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This was a really fun, fast paced read for me in which I immediately became engrossed in the story from the very first page. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters, but I especially enjoyed Dylanie the most. She was a Gothic teenager who was a medium and clairvoyant and all she wanted to do was understand her special gifts more so she could use them in her favor. I loved how she paired up with the other two teenagers, Ashley and Jake, and they all were taking part in the paranormal TV show, Paranormal Teen. They made a great team together because they all had different abilities they brought to the table. I loved how Dylanie had not only Jake interested in her, but also a Civil War ghost named Jackson. It was enjoyable turning the pages to see who was going to win Dylanie’s attention more. This is labeled a Young Adult, Paranormal story that will even have adults entertained while reading it. Great job, Ms. Lawton!

Poor Dylanie is going through some crazy times in her life right now. If being sixteen isn’t hard enough on her, add to the mix that her dad moved out, her mother has a “girlfriend” and she has a few paranormal gifts that make her stand out from other teenagers. Top it all off with getting a spot on Paranormal Teen and you have a disaster of a situation happening. Does Dylanie learn anything while on the TV show? Does she come away knowing more about her special abilities and will she be able to use them to her advantage?

Book Blurb for Shrapnel

It’s been six years since Dylanie and her family visited a Civil War site and the place came alive with cannon fire. Problem was, no one could hear it but her.

Now she’s sixteen, her dad’s moved out, her mom’s come out of the closet and Dylan’s got a spot on Paranormal Teen, a reality TV show filming at historic Oakleigh Mansion. She’ll spend a weekend with two other psychic teens—Jake and Ashley—learning how to control her abilities.

None of them realized how much their emotional baggage would put them at the mercy of Oakleigh’s resident spirits, or that they’d find themselves pawns in the 150-year-old battle for the South’s legendary Confederate gold. Each must conquer their personal ghosts to face down Jackson, a seductive spirit who will do anything to protect the gold’s current location and avenge a heinous attack that destroyed his family.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2013 4.00