Eighth Note (Fire Ballad One)
Eva Reed saved the world.
Actually, she saved two worlds, but who’s counting?
Finding herself in the middle of present day suburbia, married and a mom at only twenty years old, she’s beyond bored. Even with her popular music blog and her handsome husband Will catering to her every impulse, she longs to use the incredible powers that she possesses.
But Earth is no place for magic.
When Cole Mathison arrives, asking for Eva’s help in solving the death of a famous pop star, she cannot resist the overwhelming pull to use her abilities again.
Eva finds that there is more to the sinister murder than what the evidence shows.
People who listen continue to die, and she must rely on her immortality to protect her from a frequency that is shattering minds and stopping hearts.
There are forces at work that she could never have imagined...
And evil will be heard.
Review—Eighth Note by Kimberly Stedronsky
“You and I both know there are things in this world that are disturbing, and monsters that have yet to make themselves known. It is not your responsibility to fight them.”
Eva Reed is immortal…her entire family is. Eva is also a queen. You would never know any of these things by looking at her and her family. Married to her Soul Mate, Will, and being a stay-at-home mom to their daughter, Perry; Eva keeps her magic pretty well contained. Problem is, she’s bored. And boredom breeds resentment. Craving excitement in her life that doesn’t revolve around a toddler, Eva tries to keep herself occupied with her blog—a music blog. See, one of Eva’s magical charms is that she can control music…or better, frequencies. Creating melodies, and soundtracks for her daily life sounds great, except if anyone found out, their secret could and would ruin their very existence. It’s only when Cole, an old friend, shows up asking for her help in solving a very weird case of suicidal death involving a song that Eva decides to use her “powers” and knowledge of music and all its charms to help him. This is her opportunity to have something more.
“BETA (14-30 HZ), ALPHA (8-14 HZ), THETA (4-8 HZ), and DELTA (0.5-4 HZ) “Sororities?” Cole suggested, glancing down at my iPad screen. I lifted my eyes and gave him an obligatory smirk. “Haha. Brainwaves.” I countered. “Like right now, we are in beta. We’re awake, in an active state of awareness. Alpha is a relaxed state of consciousness when we’re most creative. Like when you’re playing the guitar.” “Theta is the state we dream in,” he went on, reading over my shoulder. “And Delta is deep sleep.” “Theta is the frequency I’m most familiar with,” I added. “I can bend the frequency somehow. And find yours. Or anyone’s. Combine them, make us dream together.”
As if things couldn’t get any weirder…there are people dying left and right. All after hearing a song that was recorded by the original artist before she too, killed herself in the most brutal of ways. No one knows or understands what is happening and Eva is determined to find a way to break the chain. What she doesn’t know is that the forces working against her have been waiting a very long time for her to finally come to them…
“Yes, yes. A magical skeptic. A reincarnated soul with doubts. You are a prime target for this demon.”
WHOA! Demons…yeah, this just got real! Somehow, the story morphed from fantasy about different lands and kings and queens—to a war of the worlds. A battle between good and evil, and Satan himself is trying to establish an army. Problem is, he needs help; Eva’s help. He needs her power, her musical talent, her strength. It’s a little scary. I was completely intrigued, and totally clueless as to how it all started. One thing I loved was the fact that things were explained to me in a way I could catch on completely and go back to previous stories, knowing what is going on…well, mostly.
I enjoyed the mystical element to this book. I love how the idea of fantasy and reality morph into spiritual warfare. Definitely a nice twist. There isn’t much of a steamy factor but it didn’t need it. There was enough, and it was definitely not what I was expecting (I was pleasantly surprised) but the fantasy element, even with sex, was good. I look forward to reading more in this series…I am so happy with the surprise of Eighth Note. I didn’t read a synopsis or anything else and as the story unfolded I found it was hard to put down. All good things in a story!
**4 Lets Make a Deal with a Demon Stars**
Kimberly Stedronsky is an Ohio author who prefers an epic love story. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, which she uses as an excuse to be as immature as possible on a daily basis.
She is married to a stand-up comedian Marine veteran, and their three children are appropriately sarcastic.
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