Ghosted (Absent Fate #1) by Jenica Saren
Released: November 17, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Reverse Harem
Publisher: Jenica Saren
Reviewed by Keyrsten
One small mistake could cost you your life. A big one could cost the lives of many.
Every first Harvest Moon of the year, when the veil between the living and the dead is most pliable, three generations of modern witches in the Syntyche coven pool their magic to commune with their ancient ancestors.
This year, however, is different. On the day of the ritual, Kismet's mother and grandmother vanish without a trace, even the essence of their souls hidden and unreachable.
Kismet knows what she has to do, she knows the risk of pushing the veil on her own. But what will it cost her?
And what would it take to get those things back? It's a matter of life or death for not only Kismet, but the whole world. It's a race against a dozen different clocks and she has to find a way to right the wrongs she started, all while staying alive.
And are witch hunters supposed to make the whole thing easier? Don't count on it.
Hot lanta this book was quite the doozy. Jenica creates this mysterious new world through the eyes of a kind of dead girl. The storyline itself is unique in all of its glory and holds many surprises for the readers along the way. There are twists and turns that keep you on your toes and practically sucker punch you in the gut. Jenica continues to be someone who beautifully crafts intriguing characters that you can't help but be mesmerized with. She is able to give you a strong female character and at the same time isn't afraid to show their vulnerabilities.
Kismet is willing to risk all she has for the people she cares about. She struggles to connect with others, and when she finds her people she will do whatever is necessary to protect them. There are times she is in situations that would make most people break, but instead she uses her dry humor and quick wit to make the best of her situation. Kismet is really the only witch who could take on the impossible task she is faced with, and really is probably the only one fit to corral the witch hunters she's stuck with. What started as a fight for her family turned into a fight for so much more than that, and she never expected to be fighting right alongside 4 men she was raised to fear.
Jenica consistently is able to give reverse harems where each of the men have their own unique personalities and they don't blend into one voice. The shenanigans Kismet puts these men through are comical, morally questionable, and are exactly what they are missing in their lives. Jadwin the ever serious bad boy with a chip on his shoulder. Hansen the silent brooding type. Zephyr the playful jokester. Lastly we have Gavyn, the openminded one with a heart of gold. They each provide a dynamic that Kismet craves, whether she needs it or not. Her relationships with the men are definitely a slow burn, but by the end of the book you can definitely feel the connections that have developed between them all.
I'm swooning, Captain, swooning! Jenica had me connecting to every single one of the characters in this book and I cannot wait to see how their relationships grow from here. Oh my lanta the secrets behind the big bad have me on the edge of my seat and scrambling my brain with all sorts of conspiracy theories. The cliff-hanger at the end is one of those hurt so good moments that you can't help reading again and again. I'll be eagerly pacing my room waiting for the next book.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addict with slight wino tendencies.