Sunday, August 13, 2017

Book #Review: Unorthodox (A Kendra Spark Novel, Book One) by S. Peters-Davis

A Kendra Spark Novel, Book One
S. Peters-Davis

Genre: Paranormal Suspense-Thriller Romance with a good dollop of Supernatural

Publisher: Books We Love Publishing

Date of Publication: September 15, 2017

ISBN 978-1-77362-303-0
ISBN 978-1-77362-304-7
EPUB 978-1-77362-300-9
Kindle 978-1-77362-301-6
WEB 978-1-77362-302-3

Number of pages: 153 pages
Word Count: 63,000

Cover Artist: CoverUp.Net

Book Tagline: Kendra’s ability of communicating with the dead is requested by her FBI criminal analyst friend to stop a killer from murdering agents.

Series Tagline: Kendra sees ghosts, and then her BFF, Jenna, becomes one. The two friends and FBI agent Derek Knight fight for justice to the victims of heinous crimes.

About the Book:

Kendra Spark, suspense-mystery romance author and communicator with the dead, is requested to hop on the first flight to D.C.

Jenna Powers, FBI criminal analyst and estranged best friend of Kendra, gets ghosticized in a fatal accident before relaying all the details of the FBI killer case.

Derek Knight, a dedicated FBI Special Task Force agent, takes lead on the case.

The investigation into the FBI agent killings continues as Kendra, Jenna – yes, even after death – and Derek work together on the case before Director of the Special Task Force Jackson Powers’ number is up. He’s Jenna’s father and the end-game of the killer’s target list.

Somehow the elusive killer remains undetected, until Kendra’s unique ability produces results and a final possibility at stopping his killing spree before it’s too late.

Kendra Spark is a Michigander that can see ghosts.  When her estranged best friend Jenna, an FBI criminal analyst summons her to D.C. Kendra is shocked to learn why.  Jenna is on a case trying to find a murderer taking out FBI agents who have worked with her father.  She wants to use Kendra's unique abilities to help track down the monster.  Before they get much more involved in the conversation, Jenna rushes into the street to save a boy and is mowed down by a car.  Now, Jenna must do all of her analyzing from the ghostly plane as she helps Kendra and FBI Task Force Agent Derek Knight chase down the murderer.

Unorthodox is an interesting novel that combines a ghost whisperer, an FBI agent, and a ghost into a crime solving team.  Kendra tries to keep her abilities to herself since almost everyone who discovers her secret either calls her a liar or a freak.  As the book progresses, Derek become more open minded about Kendra.  Jenna is able to help in dangerous situations by using a skill that she now has as a ghost.  Derek does the best he can in such trying circumstances that continue to hit close to home.

The author built up a low key romance but unfortunately I didn't really hop on board the relationship train.  It wasn't really believable to me.  I didn't feel any chemistry between Kendra and Derek - none at all.  I liked the characters as individuals but Kendra and Derek didn't spark for me.  Jenna's character flitted in and out as necessary and I found her to be nice and determined.  She wanted to protect her father at all costs and she paid the biggest price.  

The world building and character development was good and believable (except the slow building relationship between Kendra and Derek).  I felt that the author's detailed descriptions of the setting, characters, and scenes were adequate and I was able to visualize the whole story from layouts to character details.  At certain points I felt like I was there in the story.  

Unorthodox is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you engaged from the very beginning.  

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader's copy of Unorthodox.

My Rating:


  1. Hello Sapphyria - thank you for reading/reviewing Unorthodox. I appreciate your time and honesty. You put a smile on my face for sure. S. Peters-Davis