March 14, 2013

Book Tour: First Visions by: Heather Topham Wood (Review & Giveaway)

First Visions by: Heather Topham Wood (Second Sight #1) (2012)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
230 pages
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal/Romance
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Two years ago, 21-year-old Kate Edwards became deathly ill and slipped into a coma. While unconscious, she crept into the mind of a missing boy and awoke with the knowledge of his location. Friends and family were skeptical and wary of her new ability to see into the minds of others. Their fears prompted Kate to keep her psychic powers a secret. Feeling alienated, she dropped out of college and spent most of her days holed up at her mother's home.

Now another child has been abducted. Police detective Jared Corbett seeks out Kate for her help in solving the case. Reluctantly, Kate agrees and they must work together to bring 8-year-old Cori Preston home to her family. Although attracted to one another, Jared has a girlfriend with ties to the abduction case and Kate is sarcastic and guarded since her coma. With visions she can't control and an uncontrollable attraction to the detective, she wonders if she can leave the past behind and finally stop hiding from the world. Otherwise, Cori may be lost forever.

My Review

A HUGE thank you to Heather Tompham Wood for making the first New Adult book I ever read a remarkable and unforgettable experience. Okay, just to make sure I’m really getting across to my readers… I LOVED this book and you NEED to read it. It is a quick read that was hard to put down once I started. If you’re looking for a good page turner with a paranormal element and some romance thrown in then this book would be a perfect choice.

Have you ever searched for a paranormal book that actually seems real? One that could actually be taking place right now in our world? Well this one does just that. Kate isn’t all happy go lucky about her visions, and they are not overly hyped up, celebrated, or concise. She deals with the consequences of being different, making this one of the most real life relateable paranormal books I've read, and I love that it has this quality.

Now let’s get down to the characters. The very beginning of this book had me a little on edge. I wasn't sure if I really liked the main character Kate, she seemed a little unstable and somewhat off. Then after reading like 10 more pages I completely changed my mind. Kate is wonderfully interesting, hilarious, and just the right amount of weird. Her attitude is nothing short of snarky cuteness. She is kind of a loner because of her hiding out after she got her first vision due to the horrible backlash she received, but I’m telling you right now that I totally want her to be my friend. She was just so real. And the male lead, can anyone say yummy? You will like this stand up detective that is not only drool worthy but honorable. I usually prefer bad boys in my books, but I had absolutely no problem with Jared. Not to mention the undeniable chemistry between the two characters! 

The two main supporting characters rounded out the book very nicely. Kate’s mother who I will admit at times says things that are somewhat unbelievable, adds the perfect touch to show just what Kate is going through. The other supporting character, Jared’s girlfriend, is important even if I hated her.

Will I be reading the next two books? Of course I will. I plan to do just that as soon as I catch up on a couple of other books I need to read first. I can’t wait! On top of that... the next two books in the series are already out! You don't even have to wait...and as fellow book lovers I'm sure that is a nice and rare treat.

The bottom line is this… Read it. Love it. Share it. If you want to try out New Adult that goes against what a lot of fellow readers have been saying about this new genre, that they are just sexier young adult novels with a lot of angst, then read this. It is so much more.

RATING: 4.5/5


Heather Topham Wood’s obsession with novels began in childhood while growing up in a shore town in New Jersey. Writing since her teens, she recently returned to penning novels after a successful career as a freelance writer. In 2012, she published the first two novels in her Second Sight series: First Visions and New Revelations.

Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as USA Today,, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, Heather is a pop culture fanatic and has an obsession with supernatural novels and TV shows.


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  1. Thanks Kay for the fabulous and well-written review! New GFC follower by the way =)

    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by! :)


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