Thursday, December 4, 2014

Straight Reading from the Library: Chrysalis Series

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In the annals of dysfunctional families, the Chisholm’s are working their way to the top. Drug abuse, an unwed mother with multiple fathers, and the questionable cash flow for the 'pretty one'. All this from a seemingly normal, two parent middle class family. But were the choices truly made of their free will? Bad choices are a Chisholm family trait, one that confounds the youngest child, Ellie, who's trying to separate herself by making smart decisions. And falling for Oscar Jeffreys, the hottest guy at school, would be number one on the list of Chisholm family disasters. Yet the crazy part is it’s not a one sided attraction.

Somehow Ellie has caught Oscar Jeffreys’ eye. Sure she could see the barriers between them. Race, age, popularity. They were at opposite ends of the spectrum. But a demon set to destroy her family? She can't see that. Oscar provides security and acceptance Ellie never imagined she deserved. As the passion of first love grows, Ellie honestly believes she has a chance to beat the odds and live a happy, normal life. Then her world collapses around her. With the help of a guardian angel, Ellie learns of a world that has unknowingly surrounded her for years. And she'll have to find strength buried deep inside to save not only her future, but flush out and stop the demon in her midst.

Ellie will have to learn that sometimes the hardest lesson about growing up is accepting that you're worth more.


Look up the word "dysfunctional" in the dictionary and you will see a picture of the Chisholm family--the parents are disconnected from their children, not caring whether their youngest daughter is home or not (she stays out overnight several times with the parents apparently not noticing), a drug addict for a son, a daughter who has children with multiple fathers, and another daughter who has questionable sources of money. Then there's Ellie.

Ellie has discovered that the star basketball player, Oscar, is interested in her. Although her best guy friend tries to convince her there are ulterior motives behind it, her other best friend is encouraging the relationship. And--about halfway through the book, Ellie learns some hard truths about herself and her family.

This book surprised me in that it did not begin like a typical supernatural/paranormal story, but when that aspect hit, it did so with vengeance. There are a lot of things going on--activities going on in another plane that Ellie is not aware of, and she finds out that note everyone is the way they seem or the way she has always thought them to be.

I don't want to say too much about the story for fear of spoilers, but if you are a fan of good vs. evil and angelic/demon activity and the way humans fit into the mixture, take a look. Warning: even though this book has teen characters, it is not a YA book. 4 stars.


When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.-Corinthians 13:11

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they must put aside their childish ways. In the past year, Ellie Chisholm has fallen into the security of her relationship with Oscar Jeffreys, emerging with a stronger sense of herself. But now Ellie's mother has started inserting herself into Ellie’s life, treating her as if she were a child even though Ellie has begun to make very adult decisions for her future. Having finally consummated her relationship with Oscar, Ellie learns the powers inside of her stretch further than vaporizing demons.

Maria, the demon bent on revenge, has been reined in by God but that doesn’t stop her from disrupting and threatening those around Ellie and Oscar. Ellie becomes off balance as Maria switches strategy and attempts to destroy Ellie from the outside. Now the gauntlet has been thrown down. Ellie must help her family achieve positive change and finally break the tie between her mother and Gaap or risk losing everyone she loves.

Can Ellie maintain her sanity while walking the last steps as a child?


This book is the sequal to Chrysalis and where Ellie came out of her cocoon in that book, she's now on a full path towards adulthood, even though she's still physically young. She and Oscar have gone further in their relationship and Ellie is working harder as she learns how to work her powers.

It is important to read the first book to fully understand what is going on in this book--the story is very much a continuation.

The characters continue to grow in this volume and there is even more action. I didn't find the connection with the characters, though, as much as I did in the first book--maybe because there were times when I felt that Ellie was too easily swayed by the doubts she had worked on in Chrysalis. After a year of being together, it seemed like she was still not trusting Oscar enough. That bothered me because he bent over backwards to be there for her.

Even with that, I'm glad I read the second book to see what finally happened with Ellie's parents and have that part of the story wrapped up. 3 stars.


Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

With characters yelling "It's my turn damn it!!!" She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.

When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.

Michel has been awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press in 2013, the service award for her local RWA chapter Midwest Fiction Writers and is a Pro member of RWA. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, cat and new puppy.

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  1. It sounds like a lot is going on and it is certainly outside of my normal reading range.