First Impression by Pauline Creeden

Title: First Impression
Author: Pauline Creeden
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 5 Stars


Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben. 

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she's wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?

My Thoughts

Things are not what they appear.

This story is a perfect blend of mystery and paranormal. The setting was the perfect backdrop to this hauntingly beautiful story. I was drawn in to the story from the first page and was constantly surprised. Just as I thought I knew what or who was behind everything something happened to throw me off. The author did a great job of giving small hints and clues throughout the story without giving away the entire mystery.

The romance was sweet and not too overdone. There was just enough to keep me interested without completely taking over the story. I also liked how it gradually built throughout the story instead of just being thrown out there. The characters weren't instantly in love instead they slowly came to know one another and became friends. I can't wait to see how their relationship progresses in the rest of the series.

Chira is an outcast and is not used to hanging around anyone other than her best friend Tasha. That is until she strikes up a a small friendship with the new boy Ben. She is a smart, loyal, and brave young woman that I enjoyed getting to know. I also liked seeing the growth in her character throughout the book. She started out as a bit of a loner, throwing up guards to keep people out. However by the end she had finally ventured out and gained friendships that she had never thought would happen.

Ben is an unusual, but very intriguing boy who has a very kind heart. He is very sweet and a bit shy, but once you get to know him he can be very charming. I enjoyed the banter between him and Chira they really knew how to make each other smile even when they were teasing each other. Ben also has a dark secret one that he doesn't like to talk about, but even so he does his best to try to protect people. He is a bit misunderstood, but it was so easy to fall in love with his adorable self.

Matt is Ben's cousin and the last to join their little group. It was a bit tense with him and Chira at first, but with his carefree attitude and easy jokes it's hard not to smile around Matt. We don't get yo see as much about Matt In this book, but I do hope to see more about him in future ones.

This is an exciting start to a promising new series and I highly recommend it to fans of mystery, suspense, and the paranormal!