A family tragedy takes Jael, her mother, and her stepfather to Raven Estates, a small town shut behind iron bars. The more Jael and her family learn about the tragedy, the more mysterious things seem.
Jael hopes her new school will bring a reprieve from the grief at home, but she learns very quickly that this is no ordinary school, and her new friends are no ordinary students. Most surprising of all, Jael learns that she comes from a line of powerful beings.
When disaster starts to move from Jael’s house to several other families in Raven Estates, it is clear that something sinister is happening, and Jael and her friends may be the only ones who can stop it.
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Jael stood in the middle of her bedroom, taking in the sight of her entire existence packed neatly away into big brown boxes. Moving day had come quickly, and she was in no way ready for it. The room already felt empty to her, like it wasn’t hers anymore. Sitting on her dresser was the only item left to be packed. She stared at it, knowing she wouldn’t be able to just shove it away into some box. There was a reason she had waited to pack the picture frame last. She knew exactly the emotions that would come flooding in, and she had put off the moment long enough.
She sat down on her bed, grasping the picture of her and her dad. The frame was a gilded cityscape of Seattle with the tall Space Needle in the corner. The photo inside was a snapshot of the two of them giving the thumbs-up to the camera as they stood on the deck of a ferryboat. Her parents had taken her to Seattle that year to celebrate her tenth birthday. It was the last birthday she got to spend with her dad before he passed away. Tears began to fill her eyes as she looked at the reminder of a happier time in her life.
Now her life seemed to be completely upside down. Quickly she wiped away her tears and wrapped the frame in bubble wrap, shoving it into her duffel bag. She knew it didn’t help to sit around and cry, but this time she did have a good reason to cry. Tomorrow she would be leaving the only home she had ever known, the house her father had brought her to when she was two days old. It was the one place in this world where she felt safe. Now all of that was going to be ripped away from her.
It was more than just leaving the only home she knew. It was deeper than that. After her dad’s passing, she could still feel his presence in the house. It was never that creepy feeling you get when you’re alone and feel that someone is watching you. To her it always felt like his essence was left behind.
Author: Natalie Esperanza
Natalie Esperanza currently resides in Washington State with her husband and three children. As a military wife for thirteen years, she has had the opportunity to travel to many different places and meet a lot of different people. These experiences have all influenced her stories.
She attained her associate degree in business administration and has always written as a hobby. This hobby has persuaded her to start blogging and write book reviews and various freelance projects.
She is working on her second book, which will be another young adult novel in her favorite genre—the paranormal.