Format: E-Galley, 288 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: SoHo Teen
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Jillian Cade doesn’t believe in the paranormal. But her famous professor father does, and now that he’s gone, she decides to milk his reputation—and all the suckers who believe in the stuff—to open a private investigation firm. After all, a high school junior has to take care of herself, especially if she’s on her own.
Ironically, it’s when she takes on a case that might involve a totally non-paranormal missing person that things get strange. Particularly when Sky Ramsey—a new boy at school and an avid fan of her father’s—forces his way into becoming her partner and won’t shut up about succubi, of all things.
Before Jillian knows it, she finds herself navigating both her growing feelings for Sky and a sneaking suspicion that the poor saps she’s been scamming know something she doesn’t. Yet.
Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator is apparently the first novel in what I hope is at least a trilogy. Having read both the Gallagher Girls and Veronica Mars, I can honestly say that this story swings more towards Veronica Mars. Not unlike Veronica, 17-year old Jillian Cade runs a business she calls Umbra Investigations. Let just put the facts on the table. Jillian is a brilliant learned con artist not unlike her own father. Have a nasty ghost haunting your house? Piece of cake! Place an ad, pay a retainer, and Jillian and her cousin Norbert will show up and get rid of your problem for you, pronto!
What you should know about Jillian is that she doesn't believe in the paranormal world. Never has even though she lives with a so called expert on the subject, Lewis Cade, her father. Jillian takes on cases that involve the paranormal in order to bring in enough money to keep her alive, pay the bills, and so that she doesn't have to live with her with her Aunt and Uncle. Jillian also has a reputation in school as "the girl who shall not be fucked with." She has a hard exterior, a snarky attitude, and a carefree interior which leads to people keeping their distance.
Jillian's father is totally out of the picture for the entire story traveling the world for reasons that allude both the reader and Jillian. Let's just say that he is searching for something, and leave it at that. Jillian's business model abruptly changes after a fellow student contacts her about her missing 21 year old boyfriend Todd Harmon, and the sudden arrival of the mysterious Sky Ramsey. Jillian will get a new outlook on life by being around Sky and finding a bit about her OWN existence from the most interesting of sources.
Let's talk about Sky for a moment. Sky is definitely an interesting character which you will learn more about by READING the book! He absolutely pushes himself into Jillian's business by refusing to go away. He honestly believes in the paranormal. He's a learned person in that he's read everything that Lewis has put out, and probably has watched his videos dozens of times. He could probably teach Jillian a thing or two if she would only open her mind to the realization that the paranormal does exist! The more Sky is around Jillian, the more the reader realizes that he is not wrong. Things like Succubus do exist and they are not something to mess around with!
My recommendation: Borrow the book from someone, like the library, and read it! It has action, romance, danger, and some interesting revelations that need to be further explored! Even though there's no information on a sequel, I find it hard to grasp that the author would leave readers hanging off a CLIFFY without coming back and finishing what she started!
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (Edelweiss) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**