Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review: The Possess Saga by J.A. Howell


Book 1: Possess.

Stumbling off the bus in Midtown, Harley Martin thought she found an escape from her old life.
She soon realizes it was anything but that.
Low on cash and options, she manages to find herself a cheap but surprisingly nice apartment. The catch? The last tenant, Brody Walsh, killed himself.
Or did he?
As disturbing dreams and hauntings start to occur, Harley realizes there may be much more behind the previous tenant’s death than a simple suicide. She finds her life further entangled with his when she learns that her new boss, Nolan, was also his best friend. Could this handsome but evasive pub owner have something to do with Brody’s death?
Trying to piece together the events surrounding Brody’s death proves to be a daunting task, but Harley can’t give up. Brody won’t let her. He is still in the apartment with her, trapped in limbo until she finds his killer.
But he’s not waiting for revenge.
Harley’s next.


Harley deals with alot of bad stuff at the start of this book, and as she reaches her snapping point, she drugs her fiance and runs. She has no idea where she heading, she wants to disappear. She jumps on a bus and leaves everything behind.
The bus arrives at Midtown, where Harley gets off and finds herself a hotel. She intends to find herself a job and somewhere to live. after checking into the hotel and freshening up, she asks at reception where she can grab something to eat and drink. The hotel receptionist gives her directions to a pub called Finleys in town.
And so begins a series of events which cause Harley to believe in something she’s never believed in before.
This book follows Harley and her journey from the life of hell; with her now ex-fiance; to a life with a new beginning and new friends; which she hopes will be much happier.
This book captured my attention from the start and held it until the very end. I was so glad that I had book 2 to continue with; as book 1 left me wanting more.
The book is well paced, very engaging and riveting. Characters have flaws which makes them more realistic. I became attached to characters; especially Harley and Nolan.
There is an underlying story surrounding Brody which will become clear in book 2, however that said; JA Howell gives snippets of information surrounding Brody that leave you intrigued but not confused. 
The book is full of suspense, creepiness and romance too. it will make you laugh out loud as well as feel like crying too.

Book 2: The Untimely Death Of Bradley Walsh.

Brody Walsh’s life is left in disarray when his girlfriend is found brutally raped and murdered. But it completely shatters when his best friend, Nolan is arrested for the crime.
Even as the media is portraying him as a monster, Brody knows Nolan isn’t capable of murder.
That leaves the question: Who is?
Once the trial begins, Brody discovers just how little he knew about his girlfriend, spurring him to dig into her past for possible answers. And as Aggie, his long time confidant and childhood crush, stands by his side through all of this, he finds his own past resurfacing when his feelings for her reignite. But as the media and the prosecutors close in on Nolan, ready to convict him for a crime he didn’t commit, Brody will be forced to make a choice.
A choice that will lead to his untimely death.

This is the back story of Brody and is told from Brody’s POV. 
From reading book 1 we know that Brody dies eventually and it’s heart shredding to read knowing that Brody will die.
Whilst reading the events in book 1 surrounding Brody I found that I did have a few questions, upon reading book 2 I found those questions to be answered.
This book is generally heart-breaking. I couldn’t help but feel like that for both Aggie and Nolan at different points in the story. For Aggy it was over Brody’s death, and for Nolan it was when he was in prison.

Book 3: Possess My Heart.

 "You can't leave me because I'll only ever love you."
What was supposed to be a final goodbye turned into one last piece of unfinished business for Brody Walsh.
As long as Aggie Walker's heart still belongs to him, he's destined to remain in limbo, watching over her.
But when her family decides to send her to Scotland for the summer and she meets Camden MacTavish, it seems despite their constant head-butting that there may be something more between them.
That is, if she is willing to let Camden in.
As Aggie finds herself torn between her lover lost and her lover anew, it becomes clear that she cannot hold on to both. If she decides to let Camden into her heart, she will have to let Brody go. And if she can't let Brody go, she risks losing Camden-and a second chance at love.

Book 3 sees us follow Aggie as she tries to overcome her feelings for Brody and his death. Its full of suspense, creepiness and romance once more.
Aggie is having a really hard time letting go of Brody, but this is becoming dangerous for both her and Brody’s spirit. Aggie’s uncle; Angus and Nolan decide that a trip to Scotland to stay with her cousins might help her. Aggie isn’t happy about going but eventually gives in. She arrives in Scotland to stay with her cousins; Bea and Grant.
On her first night Grant insists that they go out. Aggie meets Camden MacTavish; Grant’s best friend. Camden has been drunk and tries it on with Aggie, which earns him a swift knee to his sensitive area! She sees Camden as a typical man-whore. But is he? 
Because Aggie is unable to let go of her feelings for Brody and knowing she’s only in Scotland for the summer, she is unwilling to accept that Camden has feelings for her. I wanted to sit and cry for Camden, after meeting Aggie he knows that he doesn’t want to be a man-whore any longer. He puts his heart on the line trying to win Aggie over so many times; because Aggie is in such a bad place emotionally; Camden gets hurt time and time again. He doesn’t give up trying though.
Will Aggie ever let go of her feelings for Brody? Can she have any kind of future with Camden? 
You’ll have to grab yourself a copy and give it a read. You won’t be disappointed!

Book 4: To Have And To Haunt.

Ghosts aren’t the only thing that can haunt you...
Nolan and Harley have been in paradise for the last year, head over heels in love. When Nolan proposes and they find out Harley is expecting, it seems they both will have everything they ever wanted.
Or will they?
Nolan’s kept the horrors of his past locked away. After all, he has Harley and Finley’s Pub is doing great. None of it matters anymore, right? But when the news of nuptials and babies has the opposite intended effect with his estranged mother, the ghosts of his past come rushing back, and the memories of them are terrorizing him nightly. But he can’t tell Harley. On the verge of marriage and parenthood, Nolan must figure out a way to deal with his past, or let it consume his future with Harley.
Harley’s always known she wasn’t normal. Seeing Brody’s ghost only confirmed that. But now a killer is on the loose in Midtown and she’s having visions of each victim’s death. Will she be able to help them and accept just how different she truly is? Pregnant, engaged, and contending with an overbearing mother-in-law, Harley isn’t sure she can take on the responsibility and the future laid out in front of her.
They say love conquers all. But as Nolan and Harley struggle with their own secrets, will their love be enough to keep them together?
Or will the things that haunt them finally tear them apart?


There is more creepiness, suspense, romance and emotional turmoil in store. In To Have And To Haunt we return to Harley and Nolan.
Harley and Nolan are under an immense amount of stress as the course of true love never runs smoothly! The story starts at Christmas in the pub with everyone there, when Nolan proposes to Harley. Harley’s reply? It takes her a while to get there but eventually she answers Nolan with “I’m pregnant”.
Harley is seeing more and more ghosts, but not only that she has started to have visions of people dying; as her power of ‘sight’ develops. Harley also learns that she has another stalker, she hides this from Nolan as she can see that he is stressed.
Nolan is stressed because he is suffering more and more nightmares about his time in prison and he doesn’t want to tell Harley what happened for fear that she won’t look at him the same way.
The other cause of stress for them both are Nolan’s parents. Nolan has had a very strained relationship with his mother since he was in prison, and she’s very traditional. Harley fears that her future in-laws won’t like her, especially once they learn that she is pregnant and not yet married.
Harley isn’t too wrong. Nolan’s mother hates her and makes it fairly clear. She seems set to try and destroy Nolan and Harley’s relationship.
Harley and Nolan are both trying to protect each other by not talking about what is bothering them. However; will keeping secrets help or will it cause more problems?
Grant also comes to stay and brings with him some lightheartedness and support especially for Harley.

The books are layered with emotion and detail. They are a pure joy to read, and I can’t wait for book 5: Possess My Soul to be released in 2014.

About The Author:

 J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.

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