First Visions by Heather Topham Wood 4*
BLURB:Two years ago, 21-year-old Kate Edwards became deathly ill and slipped into a coma. While unconscious, she crept into the mind of a missing boy and awoke with the knowledge of his location. Friends and family were skeptical and wary of her new ability to see into the minds of others. Their fears prompted Kate to keep her psychic powers a secret. Feeling alienated, she dropped out of college and spent most of her days holed up at her mother’s home. Now another child has been abducted. Police detective Jared Corbett seeks out Kate for her help in solving the case. Reluctantly, Kate agrees and they must work together to bring 8-year-old Cori Preston home to her family. Although attracted to one another, Jared has a girlfriend with ties to the abduction case and Kate is sarcastic and guarded since her coma. With visions she can’t control and an uncontrollable attraction to the detective, she wonders if she can leave the past behind and finally stop hiding from the world. Otherwise, Cori may be lost forever.
My Review: A psychic story with a very down to earth heroine. I liked that she was not portrayed as a predictive psychic as that made it so different from the normal type of psychic story. The touch of romance and danger added a little spice to it, to make this an enjoyable start to what might be a decent series.
Dark Host by Kim Knox 3*
BLURB:Feline Mosaic, Charis Sur, thought her mission aboard the INS Pagidion would be quick and easy. All she has to do is watch her target and keep him alive until Betelgeuse goes nova.Simple. Until one of the passengers drops dead in front of her. Suddenly everything is not simple. Her life depends on a successful mission and she has to protect her target from whatever killed this man. That throws her into the path of Jason Narak, the one man she never wanted to see again. The man who burned her six months before. Yet, even as her past with Jason hurls her mission, her life into disarray, Charis finds that something is waiting for them aboard the INS Pagidion. It calls itself darkness. And it needs a host
My Review: A strange, yet compelling, story that mostly had me scratching my head in puzzlement. I think I could have done with less ambiguity and confusion even though it was well written and had plenty of action.