Monday, August 13, 2012

Ghost Crown by J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel

Ghost Crown
A priceless mystical treasure, a dark secret order, and a vengeful fallen angel forces collide as the battle for Middleburg continues . . .

For gang members Raphael and Ignacio, plans for the homecoming dance are almost as harrowing as their recent victory against the demonic forces that threaten their town. Despite their tentative alliance, a fight breaks out between the preppie Toppers and the goth Flatliners when Topper girl Aimee shows up at the dance with Raphael, the rival gang's leader. In the midst of an all-out rumble, the homecoming queen discovers a supernatural power that causes a potentially deadly catastrophe. Meanwhile, a charismatic half-angel, half-human arrives in Middleburg with plans to steal Aimee from Raphael.

To add to the bizarre circumstances surrounding the town, real-estate moguls begin buying up most of the Flats and evicting the tenants. These mysterious men seek a priceless treasure prophesied in ancient Chinese writings and will stop at nothing to find it. But Raphael and his friends vow to get to it first and use it to reclaim their homes.

As Raphael and the Flatliners and Zhai and the Toppers hone their supernatural abilities and search for the treasure, Aimee begins kung fu training, intent on using her new skills to locate and rescue her mother. When she discovers that the elusive treasure may be the key, the race to find it intensifies.

But there are others who seek the treasure too, and they have the power to reduce all of Middleburg, and perhaps the world, to ashes. . . .

The second book in The Tracks series: Ghost Crown, focuses more on the paranormal than the everyday lives of the rival gang members. J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel are a wonderful writing team, the story has a much faster pace and surprises on every page creating a thrilling story that kept me interested from start to finish. Secondary characters make a stronger appearance throughout the book, but there is still a lot more we need to learn about them. And with a cliffhanger ending that leaves you looking for more, the authors have guaranteed excitement and anticipation for the next book.

This time around, the leaders discover that they are both an integral part of the ancient supernatural war going on between good and evil. With the discovery of the truth brings even more danger, to not only Zhai and Raphael, but their friends as well, and incredible powers they know little about. When Zhai tries to uncover his father's plans and makes contact with the people evicting the Flats residents, he becomes violently uncontrollable when magic is used to govern his actions. Meanwhile, Raphael and his gang are left scrambling for shelter and answers as to why their homes are being torn apart.

The tension between the two groups intensifies with each turn of the page and the romance is once again endearing. However, someone new to town--a nephilim--sets his sights on Aimee and by the looks of it, he just might win at separating her from Raphael. 

This book was reviewed as a part of The Tracks Series blog tour hosted by TLC Book Tours. If you would like to view the entire Book Tour schedule and follow the rest of the stops, please find it HERE

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