Review & Giveaway! Vanished from Dust by Shea Norwood

Vanished from Dust

Vanished from Dust
by Shea Norwood
Series: Vanished from Dust #1
Publication date: September 17th 2014
by Dust Devil Press
Category: YA
Genre: Paranormal, Thriller
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:

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Eric Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn’t think so. He wishes everyone in Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that’s not going to happen since the whole town thinks he’s crazy. Why didn’t he keep his mouth shut?

No one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett, moves to town.
Eric reluctantly reveals his secret. Is it a curse or a gift? He isn’t certain, but with Kyle by his side he finds the courage to seek the truth.

They soon realize that something sinister is descending on the residents of Dust.
Is it caused by Eric’s phantoms or is it something else? Is it connected to the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople over sixty years ago? One thing is certain—only Eric and Kyle can save them.

They set out on a heart-pounding adventure and find themselves transported to a disturbed and deserted version of their small southern town. They quickly discover that this new world has mysteries of its own to uncover. What they find could prove more than they bargained for, and it only leads to more questions. Eric and Kyle must face a horrifying fact—they may never get out alive.

“We’re gonna die here,” Kyle muttered.

“I don’t believe that,” Eric said. “And neither do you.”

Will they survive their encounter with these dark and mysterious beings?

Will they find a way back home?

Or will they be lost forever?

The Vanished from Dust series is perfect for anyone who craves a hair-raising thriller packed with mystery and suspense. This paranormal story for young adults can be compared to Stand by Me, mixed with Odd Thomas, and a twist of The Dark Tower.

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My Thoughts

Vanished from Dust totally rocks. End of story.

I’m kidding. But definitely not about the quality of the book!

Vanished from Dust has such a unique premise. I loved getting involved with a fresh storyline. It’s a paranormal story, but it’s also chock-full of mystery and suspense like no other. I didn’t know what to expect at any turn, which kept me glued to my tablet.

Eric is the main character of the story. The poor kid is bullied because he made the mistake of revealing to others that he saw phantoms. Of course that caused every other kid in school to call him crazy. Crazy Train, to be more specific. Everyone except the new kid, Kyle, that is. They become thick as thieves in no time flat. One night when they’re out together, Eric sees one of the creatures near the old theater and the boys decide to investigate. Is that smartest idea? Probably not.

This story is not only full of paranormal goodness, but the characters are so completely awesome and the intrigue is properly sprinkled throughout in just the right places. The pacing wasn’t perfect. It was a little bit slow to start out, but once the story ramped up, there was no putting it down.

And the ending. Gah! The ending.

Next book right now, please!!

I highly recommend Vanished from Dust to all fans of YA paranormal, especially if you’re looking for a fresh new story to become invested in. Bravo, Mr. Norwood! I will be stalki… er, keeping my eye on you, good sir.

About the Author

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Shea Norwood is an emerging author and native of West Texas that currently lives in the DFW area with his wife and son.He was drawn to writing at an early age and recently rekindled this passion after dusting off a decade-old manuscript, titled Vanished from Dust. The fictional town of Dust is loosely based on a small town south of Odessa, TX.
When he’s not writing, Shea loves to spend time with this family, read, and is a frequent globetrotter. His travels have taken him to France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Germany, and Mexico.Shea writes Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal/Mystery

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