BANISH by Nicola Marsh
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published: 26 May 2015
Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours
Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit… and save her soul.
After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.
Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.
But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!
Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural…despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks?
Wrapped in plain brown paper with a card addressed to me, the flattish box looked like it could be a CD cover and my heart skipped a beat. Maybe this time Ronan had settled for playing the song and not filming it?
After what had happened with the last clip? Doubtful.
I palmed the parcel and waited until I got inside to open it, scurrying to my room and slamming the door before ditching my satchel and flopping into the bed. I loved surprises—bar the nasty one I’d got last night. Presents were a rarity in our household once Mom spiraled out of control, so when I received a gift I took my sweet time opening it and this one was no exception.
I turned over the plain white card: nothing but my name in large block letters, tied to the parcel with brown string. Typical of a no-frills guy with music on his mind rather than decoration.
I slipped a finger beneath the seal at one end, then the other, unfolding the stiff paper and peeking in the end. Yep, definitely a CD cover. I eased off the rest of the paper, eager to listen to my boyfriend’s latest masterpiece.
A flat black cardboard square resided beneath the plastic cover and I flipped it open.
It took me less than a second to realize there wasn’t a CD inside.
And another second to process what was.
Bile rose in my throat as I flung the packet away, my hands jerking so much I could barely grab the trash can as I heaved into it.
I retched until I had nothing left and still the waves of nausea rolled over me, exacerbating the dizziness.
I wished I could black out, that I didn’t have to look at proof of my madness lying on the floor like a coiled cobra ready to strike.
Seeing the dead body on the video, seeing Noah’s name spelled out at the séance, paled next to the enormity of this.
The necklace I’d given my ex, the one I’d buried alongside him for sentimental reasons, on the carpet at my feet.
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USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and spooky, supernatural fiction for young adults.
She has published 53 books with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 6 million copies worldwide.
Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD (Entangled Publishing) released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA’s RBY, Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE released September 2012, is a Barnes & Noble bestseller, and was nominated for a 2012 ARRA award.
A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favourite, curling up with a good book!
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