First Impression (Shadow Maven, #1) by Pauline Creeden



StoryCartel sent me an advanced reading copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  4.3  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone… until she met Ben.

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she’s wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?


Genre:  Young Adult, Paranormal

Series:  1st in the Shadow Maven series

Length:  177 pages



I watched for the owl with my Hogwarts letter to appear on my 10th birthday, but he never did. So when an owl taps at my bedroom window near midnight six years too late, I am more confused than elated. I had never seen an owl before except in the movies…

Surprisingly, the bird dips toward the street. A tall young man with dark, disheveled hair pushes off from a wall and steps into a pool of light. I’ve never seen him before. His eyes are on the owl as well. The bird dives toward him. When the guy reaches an arm out in a welcoming gesture, I’m stunned to find the owl landing upon his shoulder.


My Opinion

The first book of the Shadow Maven series introduces you to the protagonists Chira and Ben, outsiders for different reasons. Her only friend Tasha convinces her to visit a presumably haunted house – the beginning of weird incidents happening to the participants. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Amazon plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With First Impression, Pauline Creeden has created the first instalment of the Shadow Maven series. It is a very enjoyable read. I was drawn into the story, felt rather close to Chira, her emotions, the events, Ben, Steve and Matt. First Impression is the very promising start of a new series with a nice paranormal touch, a fast read, appealing not only to readers who appreciate the young adult, paranormal, urban fantasy genres.

This book is the first instalment of a pretty promising series; a book to read again.


About the author

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine.

Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and is now available as an audiobook. #1 Bestseller on Amazon in Christian Sci/Fi and Fantasy (October 2013).

One of Pauline’s short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group.


Connect with the Author:

Amazon:  Pauline Creeden
Amazon US:  Buy link
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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about First Impression?  Or – if you did not yet read First Impression – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If First Impression was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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