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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 inJillian 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....

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  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    2019-05-01 18:02

    Jillian Cade : (Fake) Paranormal Investigator, took me completely by surprise. I don't know what it was that I expected, but it wasn't that. The beginning started off pretty slow but once it picked up, I didn't want to put it down. This is Supernatural for the YA crowd. Throw in monsters, some romance, and a broody main character, and voilà, you get Jillian! I'm excited to see that there will be another book. The farther along I got into the book, the more I worried about how everything would eventually wrap up. By 90% I came to the conclusion that there just had to be a second book coming. Jillian Cade is a learned con artist; conning people into believing she's a paranormal investigator. All that she does is all learned from the man that birthed her. And right about now, he's left her in the care of her aunt and uncle. At the start of the new school year, Jillian gets a case that seems all too real. Throw in the new boy, Sky, who uses Jillian's own defenses to partner with her on the investigation of finding a missing college boy. But then they learn that maybe the paranormal and unexplainable may exist. Can Jillian be swayed away from her skepticism and become a true believer? What's Sky's endgame and why is he so hell bent on helping her? I had so much fun reading this story. Even though the beginning could have sped up a little bit for my taste, I enjoyed the story immensely. At first I thought that maybe this would be considered a YA contemporary novel but it is in fact a YA paranormal romance. But the romance does take a backseat to the story as a whole. The heroine, Jillian, is strong and doesn't take crap from anyone. I truly think readers will enjoy diving into her world. Overall, I loved this so it goes to say, I definitely recommend reading the book! I'm hoping it doesn't take too long for book two to get here because I want to be back in this wonderful world the author has created. Plus, I'd like to see where she takes us as we try to gain more answers. (Also I want to see more of Sky, he's pretty dreamy - hint, hint)4.5 Stars*Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • nick
    2019-05-11 21:53

    Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator, with its Veronica Mars meets Supernatural vibes in the summary, immediately reeled me in. It sounded like it would be an entertaining read with a cute romance. The book wasn't without its lows for me, but overall, this was a fun debut novel and I think this series itself could become epic with more character, plot and world development.The book, as you might have guessed, is centered around Jillian Cade, who in her father's absence decides to run his paranormal investigation company. Only thing, she doesn't believe in the supernatural. Jillian was an interesting character for me, because I had conflicted feelings about her. She was sassy, witty and quite intelligent. For the most part, I did like her, but there were times when her reluctance to believe in the supernatural despite numerous evidence being thrown in her face, was frustrating. Actually, it took her almost the entire book to accept the fact that yes, there were paranormal creatures in the world that she lived in. I would have disliked her because of her ignorance but her dry wit and sarcasm, which read very funny, are what got me through the book. Jillian was also independent, and she was clearly suffering from the absence of her father. I did hope that more of her complicated relationship with her dad was explored, but with the way the book ended, I have no doubt that the sequel will delve into that.One part of the book I really enjoyed was Jillian's close relationship with her cousin and partner, Norbert. The two of them were almost like siblings and I loved the bond of friendship between them. They were supportive of each other and were willing to help each other no matter what the situation. Jillian also found romance in this book with Sky, a new attractive boy at school. These two did not start off well, but their bickering and bantering were a highlight for me. The progression of their romance and all the swoony kisses were delightful. I loved their chemistry together and I'm excited to see more of the two of them as a couple in the next book.The plot and world building were where Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator were a littly shaky and I personally thought needed to be more thoroughly fleshed out. At the beginning of the book, one of Jillian's classmate hires her to find her missing boyfriend, who she believes was kidnapped by a succubi. This book had the feel of an adult UF/PNR book and I think if it had been more thoroughly developed, it could become a series just as addicting as so many UF/PNR books are. I wanted to learn more about all the paranormal creatures because the main character spent the entirety of the book not believing that they existed, there was hardly time for the author to grow her world. There were twists and turns throughout the book that did surprise me so I have to give credit to the author for that. And I'm sincerely hoping the plot and the world will expand in the sequel.Despite my quibbles, I did think that Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator was a very readable book. The book ended with an interesting revelation, so I'm looking forward to reading the next book. If you enjoyed the older style YA paranormal books, then this might be a book you want to check out.

  • Kaitlin
    2019-05-15 22:00

    *I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.I didn’t know much about this book when I went into it. I got an email from Soho Teen with four options. There was one that I was definitely interested in. I wasn’t very familiar with Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator, but I saw the words “Buffy meets Veronica Mars” and that’s all I needed to know. I picked this one up on an impulse and now I’m glad I made that decision!I’ve never seen Buffy, but I LOVE Veronica Mars. Jillian and the vibe of this book did remind me of Veronica Mars and that made me so happy. I actually spent a couple days binge watching the show shortly after reading this story. It was an entertaining read with some darker elements. The sarcasm and banter were GREAT. And the mystery was interesting.It wasn’t really a twisted Whodunnit tale where you constantly changing your mind about the identity of the culprit. It was more of a mystery of what was happening and what truths characters were hiding. There was some good twists that I wasn’t expecting! The mystery kept me engaged.Lies and fakeness were everywhere. Jillian grew up believing everything was a lie, so she turned out to be very skeptical. When she started confronting the truth, she played it off and came up with other explanations. She was a smart character. Her skepticism helped her think things through logically. She approached people and places with caution. This is a flaw as well as a strength. She didn’t get close to many people, which affected her relationships, but she did think things through. She has a lot of room to grow.The romance was okay. I feel very iffy when it came to Sky. His chemistry with Jillian was great! Their banter wasn’t too bad, either. His actions were a big turn off, though. He has a lot of growing to do before I start really liking him.I was really happy with the ending. It showed evidence of character growth. It also showed what a sensible character Jillian was. It was a good place to end for the mystery, characters, romance—everything. Overall, Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator was very easy to enjoy. The mystery started out as a small case and gradually grew bigger and more complicated. I’m really interested in reading a sequel so I can see what happens next! As for the “paranormal” side of this book . . . well, that’s part of the mystery!

  • Shelley
    2019-04-27 18:47

    **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.***Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal*Rating* 3.0*My Thoughts*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 will show up and get rid of your problem for you, pronto! *Full Review Posted @ Gizmos Reviews 09/15/2015 http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...*Recvd via Edelweiss 04/28/2015* Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Soho Teen

  • Becky
    2019-04-30 01:42

    Jillian's mother is dead and her father disappeared even before that happened. He says he's off on work, but Jillian doesn't care. A junior in high school she's been left to all but fend for herself. Umbra Investigations is Jillian's lifeline. Her means of making money and (sometimes) paying bills. Her firm is focused on investigating the weird and supernatural, even if Jillian herself doesn't believe. What matters is that her clients do and as long as they're willing to pay, she's determined to keep up the charade. Then Jillian is hired by a fellow student, a girl who wants Umbra to find her missing boyfriend. And if Jillian fails, the student threatens to expose her for the fraud she really is. With new guy Sky Ramsey by her side she - whether she wants him there or not - Jillian vows to close the case even when the clues lead her in a decidedly bizarre direction. This debut by Jen Klein is seriously fun! Jillian is a gutsy heroine who puts on a good front but has basically been orphaned. Her mom died while she was in attendance and after a prolonged period of odd behavior too. Her dad is more focused on his work than he is on his daughter. She's not totally alone, though. Her aunt and uncle are there to support her, much as they try, and her cousin helps in her investigations. But Jillian is stubborn and has her heart set on her independence.Then the twists start coming. In spite of her belief that all paranormal is fake Jillian's case starts to lean more and more in that direction. Before long Jillian begins to realize the truth, but by then the shit's really hitting the fan! I do hope this is the first in a new series. There's so much more to Jillian's story and I'm dying to read it!

  • Liviania
    2019-05-05 23:49

    JILLIAN CADE: (FAKE) PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR is Jen Klein's first YA novel, but she's already a seasoned writer due to her work with hit TV show Grey's Anatomy. The eponymous Jillian Cade knows all about the paranormal due to her father. She uses the information she's picked up from him (in addition to some common sense) to run Umbra Investigations. After all, it isn't too hard to solve a haunting that isn't actually happening. When a classmate hires Jillian to find a missing person, she realizes that she might be in over her head trying to solve a real case. But her dad ditched her, so she has to make money somehow.I took a long time to warm up to JILLIAN CADE. I think I was expecting something kookier. Instead, I got Jillian's reluctant attraction to Sky Ramsey, the mysterious new boy who knows too much about her. (And who is totally off his rocker, since his explanation for the disappearance is that a succubus did it.) The story did start to move once it pulled off one of my favorite tricks: it switched genres.I feel like I'd like a sequel better, because the reveals really broadened the world of JILLIAN CADE. This book took too long to build for me, and I just couldn't with Sky. His whole stalker-act could've been written to be 90% less creepy, thus making the romance 90% more believable. (As is, it mostly hinges on Sky being hot and Jillian feeling possessive of him.)JILLIAN CADE: (FAKE) PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR isn't a bad first novel, but I expect more from someone working on a show that knows how to bring the drama.

  • Stephanie Mohler
    2019-05-09 02:00

    Received an ARC from Edelweiss. This is the story about Jillian- a tough, snarky 11th grader who is pretty much living on her own while her paranormal guru/con man father is traveling the world looking for something or other. To earn $, she has a "detective business" where she tricks people into thinking she's gotten rid of their pesky paranormal problems. Her sidekick is in this business is her geeky cousin Norbert (yes, that's his name- he's pretty adorable). On the 1st day of school, she meets Sky (yes, that's his name) a hot boy who is weirdly interested in her, and way to interested in her father. Jillian and Norbert, and Sky (he bullies his way in) take on a missing persons case that leads to Jillian finding out that not everything paranormal is make believe. I liked parts of this story, and there were parts I didn't like.Like- Jillian, Norbert, her "detective business"Dislike- Sky- he's a stalker/bully in the 1st part of the book, and while that's explained later- I still don't like him. I didn't need the romance aspect- this is obviously going to be a series- let it build slower/ less sentences about his messy blonde hair. I also don't buy that Jillian's aunt and uncle would let her live by herself- in a house with no electricity. Not sure how I feel about the paranormal part. I'll read the 2nd one when it comes out, not sure if I'll purchase it for my HS.

  • Trisha
    2019-05-11 23:41

    I wish I had liked this one more. Teenage girl detective - takes after her dad but - here's the twist. She takes paranormal cases. And she has someone who has reached out and needs her services (well, her dad's but he's out of town and she needs the money). But there's also a new boy a school - and he is constantly tripping her up and throwing himself into everything she's doing so she is forced to partner up and let him help her.I think the biggest problem I had was that I didn't like Jillian. She just...wasn't a nice person. She was rude to EVERYONE. I understood her need to hide for certain reasons but she was just rude to everyone - whether they were helping or not. Sky was just...okay. I didn't understand his connection either(view spoiler)[ although the end tried to shore that up. it still made no sense. she was so rude to him! (hide spoiler)]If this is a series, I don't think I'll be continuing it.

  • Eri (Airy Reads)
    2019-04-23 22:02

    This book reads like a rough-on-the-edges twist on Veronica Mars. Fun and snarky, it's got interesting bits of information embedded in acharmingnarrative with a dorky sidekick and an attractive partner. A proper review to come soon.

  • Pop Bop
    2019-05-07 01:57

    This Heroine Is Just RightI like snarky, edgy heroines. Whether there's a quest, or detective story, or space opera, or urban fantasy, or school daze farce - it doesn't matter as long as she has attitude and a way with one-liners. But, there's a need for balance. Sometimes that snarky character can drift into so much angst, anger and drama that the tale stops being fun and turns into a mean slog. Or, the heroine transforms into a soggy sop under the tender ministrations of some dreamboat borrowed from a Calvin Klein ad. Well, not to worry. Jillian Cade stands proudly astride the snarky heroine sweet spot.While this is set up as a fake paranormal story, (Jillian is a teen con artist), that ultimately turns into a real paranormal story, most of it, (until the last third or so), feels more like a high school detective tale. Jillian's looking for a missing person, and she's just hamming up the paranormal angle in order to get paid. So, the framework starts out more like Nancy Drew, (although I don't recall any condom jokes in any Nancy Drew books), than Buffy. That said, there is certainly enough creepy stuff early on to keep a paranormal fan interested. And we wrap up with full on, (although thinly developed), paranormal by the end. There is romance in the mismatched guy/gal detective team style. It's not "heavy" romance, but is more along the lines of snappy chatter, flirting, flushing and a little heavy breathing. That said, we're all grown ups here so some of the humor is older YA, (again, condom jokes). There is angst, but that's never very convincing except to the extent that it sets up Jillian's frosty exterior, explains her family situation, and makes her a more sympathetic character. There is a stutter-step cliff hanger, in that we do resolve the missing person story arc but also set up a longer arc that practically promises a sequel.The bottom line, though, is the book is funny. All of the characters are allowed to be smart and quick witted. Even minor players get good lines, and characters like Jillian's young cousin sidekick Norbert are allowed room to shine and to introduce variety to the lineup. Jillian can be counted on for good throwaway bits, deadpan one-liners, and edgy observations that skewer the usual YA subjects, but do so with style. As I say, Jillian alone makes the book appealing. Everything else is bonus time.(Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • Cara
    2019-05-19 22:49

    This wasn't as good as it had the potential to be.

  • Leah
    2019-04-22 17:48

    When I was accepted to review Jen Klein’s debut YA novel Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator, I was so pleased because it sounded right up my alley. In fact, it sounded very Veronica Mars-ish, what with the whole teen investigator thing, but with one small difference (and no, I don’t mean no Backup) in that Jillian’s actually a fraud. She dupes people into thinking they have actual paranormal activity going on in their houses (or, actually THEY think they have paranormal activity in their houses) and Jillian gets “rid” of whatever it is. (Except she doesn’t because it’s all boo-hockey).I really loved Jillian Cade. She’s so snarky and so sure of herself, and I loved her from the off. She’s everything I would want to be, when I was a teenager, that I wasn’t. Confident, capable, able to look after herself (which comes in handy since she has to look after herself), she even lets her cousin Norbert tag along on her cases, which was just so cute and adorable. And can we get a Norbert spin off please? I loved him.It was actually a really awesome read, until the fake paranormal stuff became very much real paranormal stuff. A succubus? WTF is that when it’s not at home? That’s sort of where my mind started to wander off, because I really thought this was all going to be about Jillian taking the mickey out of everyone she helps (because that was actually super fun). But if takes a turn for the serious when Jillian investigates the disappearance of a boy called Todd, after he disappears and his girlfriend Corabelle freaks out. Enter Sky, who I warmed to immediately, because I liked that he got on Jillian’s nerves for lack of a better way to put it. But his beliefs? I wasn’t so sure. I mean a succubus, REALLY?Honestly, I’m just not sure about the whole paranormal thing. Vampires I can take. Ditto witches. But succubus? Succubi? I’m not entirely convinced thus far. It seems to have a super interesting (and slightly confusing) back story, but it needed more build up, I think. It all sort of came out of nowhere (not nowhere, because Sky goes on about it FOR AGES but it takes ages to become real) and I felt like I was hit with this information overload which is probably why it felt like I’d stepped into an entirely different book. I am very intrigued to see where it goes, though, as this is very much the start of a brand new series, I was just a bit surprised when it took a more serious turn. It was definitely intriguing, though, and I want way, way more of Jillian, Sky and Norbert. They make quite an awesome team.

  • Sandra
    2019-05-04 22:37

    Julian Cade is a marvelous main character. Her mother dead and an absentee father, Julian is a perfect example of teen identity crises. The strong-willed, opinionated, high school junior is in charge of her own life and has created a persona meant to alienate all people coming into contact with her. At least that is what she believes. With bills to pay and a need to eat, Julian, helped by her younger cousin Norbert, is running Umbra, her father's paranormal investigation agency. Of course, Julian believes her father is a con artist and the supernatural is bunk. Out of her depth and unaware of it, Julian find herself working a missing person case with a new partner. Jillian's client is unexpected and her partner, the new guy in town, has blackmailed her into including him on the case. Blackmailer or not, Sky Ramsey, an attractive and seemingly normal teenager, admires Jillian's father and believes in the supernatural. With a scary obituary – hers – and a troubling new case, Jillian is beginning to question everything she has been debunking. What if the supernatural exists? What if she actually needs friends? Or a boyfriend? This book, written with humor and cynicism, becomes darker as the story progresses. The first of the series, this is the story of a teenager with a real identity crises.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-20 19:45

    The book, "Jillian Cade, Fake Paranormal Investigator" by Jen Klein is the genre of mystery. The main character, Jillian Cade is a junior in high school and she is making a living off of pretending to be a paranormal investigator. Sky Ramsey, the new boy in school, helps Jillian with cases to investigate and he also likes Jillian. Norbert is Jillian's cousin and her partner with the paranormal investigations. This book is a 4.5/5 stars because at the end of every chapter is a cliffhanger and you want to keep reading more. It did get confusing at some points, but it would make sense a little later.While Sky and Jillian were on an investigation, they were blackmailed by multiple people to solve the case. This put a lot of pressure on the two of them, which made it hard to concentrate on solving the case. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery books or a lot of cliffhangers. This book reminds me a lot of Harry Potter because they have similar plots and situations. My favorite character was Jillian Cade because she wasn't afraid of what anyone thought of her and that led to good things for her. My least favorite character was Corabelle LaCaze because she was very rude and selfish. The author would want the readers to take from this book that life doesn't need to be so dark and can be a little brighter.

  • Jeretta Hall-Robinson
    2019-05-16 01:44

    This is a great start to a series by Jen Klein. I listened to the audio book, but then couldn't wait, and quickly picked up the book for the last few chapters. Jillian is a great character. You don't necessarily like parts of her personality, but in the end, you can see that she is starting to grow and understand things more. She was very realistic in terms of her personality. Sky, was a little off for me. It wasn't until the end and I actually got to see why he acted a certain way, did it make sense. And Norbert, Aunt Aggie, and Uncle Edmund...may I have more of them please!? They were great side characters that helped to move the story along as well as bring their own interesting perspectives to the table. I would like to see more of them as well as Aunt Aggie and Uncle Edmund more involved in Umbra Investigations. It was interesting twist, having it actually be a mythical creature as the culprit. You kind of think that it is going that way. Or that the author wants you to think that, but will pull a "Scooby-Doo" in the end and reveal that it was just a human in a mask. I am hopeful that she comes out with the second in the series soon. It was a great mystery, with plenty of humor, tense moments, and a bit of paranormal in the story.

  • Holly
    2019-04-26 23:53

    I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I was initially taken by this for the irony of it all: Jillian doesn't believe in the paranormal (even though she runs a paranormal investigation business)...and then she gets a case that may actually be paranormal. It's fantastic irony. I just wanted to know more about it.And it was cute. Jillian is 100% sassy and totally as a defense mechanism. Her home life is utter crap, so she copes by looking scary and backsassing anyone who gets too close. Which was entertaining, at least.The mystery, while good with a nice twist at the end, moved a bit slow. The whole book tends to focus exclusively on the mystery with little deviation. It just felt like it started to drag after some of the initial action and questions.There was also something a little weird about Jillian's feelings toward the new guy, Sky. It seemed a bit off, but I can't quite pinpoint why.There are a lot of little humorous scenes. I liked having the comic relief at times, especially when it got weird. I like weird humor.Overall, it's an entertaining story, but it just moves a bit slow.

  • Gabby
    2019-05-13 17:45

    I picked this book up on a whim at the library because the title intrigued me. I AM BEYOND GLAD THAT I DID. While I took a little bit longer reading this than I would have liked, I absolutely loved it. The characters were well-rounded and fun, and the story was witty. Jen Klein is a talented writer, one I'll have to be on the lookout for now. For the first 100 pages or so you think you know where the story is headed, but THEN IT 180'S AND OH MY GOSH. THE WORLD BUILDING IS JUST GETTING STARTED, THE ENDING WAS WILD AND I'M DYING FOR MORE. IF THERE ISN'T A SEQUEL I'LL BE VERY UPSET. The way things ended, and with a world barely established that we could still learn so much about, and just how things sounded on the end like they would talk about things that could clearly happen in a sequel or over the course of a trilogy I have high hopes that we'll see more of Jillian Cade. (If not though, I'll be sad. And Mad.) Overall it was a surprising read-- more fun and crazy than you expect, and the characters make my heart very happy.

  • Billie
    2019-04-19 00:38

    This entire "review" is a bit of a spoiler, so it's all being hidden. My Goodreads friends probably wouldn't mind because I doubt they'll read this particular book, but random Goodreads users who might stumble across this are likely to feel differently.(view spoiler)[This started out being exactly the book I needed to fill the Veronica Mars-shaped hole in my life. And then it turns out that the paranormal is real and Jillian is the Abomination and I don't know why that rankled so much. I think I would have been okay with the paranormal being real if Jillian hadn't been the Abomination. It would have been like tossing Veronica into Buffy's world and it would have been awesome. But, making Jillian part of the paranormal world just felt like a step too far. But, it was enjoyable up until the reader was told of Jillan's Mostest Specialist Supernatural Identity, so three stars. (hide spoiler)]

  • Melissapalmer404
    2019-04-30 23:59

    Book #78 Read in 2015Jillian Cade, Fake Paranormal Investigator by Jen Klein (YA)Jillian Cade has taken over her father's paranormal investigation business while he's off traveling the world. Pretty ambitious for a high schooler, but Jillian is not your typical high school girl (I kept picturing Trubel from NBC's TV show Grimm). Jillian is savvy, tough and intelligent. She knows she needs to keep the money coming in so she can survive on her own. Then the next school year starts and she meets new student Sky, who seems a little too much of a fan of her father. A classmate hires the pair to find her missing boyfriend and it does seem to have a paranormal possibility to the case. This book was a good, quick read. It had a good mystery, some paranormal parts to it, humor and romance. This book definitely was the set up of a possible series. I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.http://melissasbookpicks.blogspot.com

  • Jennifer Kelly
    2019-05-11 19:54

    My friend read this and told me about it. I asked to borrow it, but she'd already bought it for me as a gift! Jen Klein writes for Grey's Anatomy, but it is a show I have never watched so it didn't influence my perspective of the book. I loved this book!! it had all the elements that make me a happy reader: YA, romance, twists and turns, cliffhangers, fantasy, magical realism, and the occult. I would tell myself one chapter and find myself reading five. This book isn't high-brow lit (just look at the title), but if you love fast-paced romps with all the preciously mentioned criteria, I think you'll love this book as much as I did. I even cried on the last page. Now, both my friend and I are eagerly awaiting the next book!

  • Rachel
    2019-04-24 00:44

    Supernatural YA can be a hit-or-miss proposition, but Jen Klein has done a wonderful job with this story about an independent high school student investigating the "supernatural," and what happens when the supernatural finally catches up with her. Really enjoyable and well-drawn, and I def didn't see the major plot twist coming. Looking forward to reading more novels from this talented writer.

  • Sara Grochowski
    2019-05-15 17:38

    3.5 stars. I ended up loving this near the end, but it took awhile for it to pick up. Will definitely be reading book two. Review forthcoming.

  • Heather
    2019-05-01 22:00

    I won this from Goodread giveaways and it is a great read. IT is really entertaining.

  • carolina ☾
    2019-05-01 17:45

    I might read this book because i've seen some "Veronica Mars meets.(...)" and some "Buffy" on reviews. I got to check it out.

  • Bryn
    2019-05-18 20:42

    Loved this book! Love Jillian's kick butt attitude. A fast-paced story that is a lot of fun to read.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-19 18:00

    More two stars than three. Very lacking. Thought this would be a standalone - should be a standalone, considering the characters won't keep you engaged for long

  • Silea
    2019-05-18 18:56

    The A-plot of this book is the girl going all weak-kneed over a guy who stalks her, blackmails her, and lies to her constantly.The B-plot is about her paranormal investigation business, sorta.

  • Misty
    2019-04-28 20:43

    Fun, but a little bit throwaway. Review to come.

  • Alex
    2019-05-18 00:37

    This was a very cute and fun book, full of twists and turns that I should have seen coming but didn't. It ended very abruptly, though, so I really hope there are plans for a sequel.

  • Bronwyn
    2019-04-19 00:01

    Full review at http://bronzelock619.blogspot.com/2017/03/jillian-cade-fake-paranormal.html.I was quite surprised by how much I like this book. It was a thoroughly entertaining read. Jillian was the kind of sassy, tough girl that I like to read about. Who wouldn't adore a book heroine that kneed a guy in the groin for trying to get close to her. Well, probably only the guy in question that got kneed in the first place. She was intelligent, sassy, and witty, so reading about her was so much fun. Here are some quotes from the book that I particularly enjoyed.Once I reached the plastic garden gnome gracing the back porch, I unscrewed its head and fished the key out of its hollow neck. I know other people stash their extra key in a fake rock, but that's not my life.We headed in opposite directions.One thing I did learn from my father: never look back (even the Bible says you could turn into a pillar of salt).Geometry class started with with a discussion of proofs. Considering that my days were already spent trying to prove things that couldn't possibly exist, it was stupid that I had to waste an hour of my time explaining why Triangle A was congruent with Triangle B. Especially when the answer apparently had to involve a bunch of memorized theorems and postulates instead of the simple answer I tried to provide when called on."They're just the same." I slumped further into my chair."But why?" asked Mrs. Keplin."Because they look the same.""That's not enough," said Mrs. Keplin. "I need a theorem.""How about the theorem of 'Duh'?"Some classmates giggled. Some glared. Mrs. Keplin shook her head and scribbled something in her notebook.Great. Another year, another class participation grade gone to hell.Boy, do I NOT want to be her teacher. Reading about Jillian was amusing enough. Add Sky Ramsey, the cocky new boy that had a penchant for sneaking things out of Jillian's pockets, and it became a riot. They were constantly trying to have the last word, trying to one-up the other in terms of finding clues to solve the mystery they have on their hands. It really frustrates Jillian how Sky kept finding ways to insert himself into both the investigation and her life. Sky was a better actor and investigator than her too, which really frustrated her. Jillian always suspected he had some kind of ulterior motive for trying to get close to her. But while she tried to figure him out, she could not help but fall for him as well. The banter and the chemistry between them made reading this so much fun. Jillian's relationship with her cousin Norbert, on the other hand, was warm and sweet. Norbert was adorable in a nerdy way, and really enthusiastic in all he does, even if it is helping her cousin con people with her (fake) paranormal investigations. Norbert also easily warmed up to Sky, which annoyed Jillian to no end. He probably got his warm personality from his mother, who would always give Jillian a bear hug she could not refuse whenever she saw her. I was actually quite moved by Norbert and his parents, which had immediately uprooted themselves to move to Los Angeles once they found out Jillian had been left alone and parentless. All of them had never complained about it once, not even Norbert. Even when Jillian refused to move in with them, they respected her wishes, and just rented a house close by to keep an eye on her. They really were good people, and it is nice for Jillian to have people like these in her life.The mystery they were investigating was also quite good. It was entertaining to follow the investigations of Jillian and Sky while they narrowed down their suspect list and try to recreate what their victim had been doing for the past few days before he disappeared. The mystery was not particularly complicated, but it did have a few twists in there to keep things interesting. But while this book had some wonderful lead characters, and a satisfactory mystery, it had a really sloppy world-building. Its descriptions for Los Angeles were good, but not its paranormal aspects. Having succubi in the story is enough of a fantasy element. There was no need to add another superior race that existed before humans and how they were the leaders of the succubi. This race, the Elem, knew that their rule was coming to an end, so they separated themselves from the humans and put all of their own race in a magical sleep? Weirdly, (major spoilers:)the union between the Elem and a human produced both a normal baby like Jillian, and something that became a horror movie ghost girl in my mind, due to the fact that she had white hair and white, pupilless eyes, and stalked Sky in his sleep as a shadow. She even had the ability to send Sky to the future in his sleep. The worse was that all this was discovered by Jillian at the last five percent of the book. It was all such a big mess, as it seemed the author was trying to squash as much fantasy elements at the very last minute.From an emotional standpoint, things also ended weirdly, as Jillian (more spoilers:)easily forgave her father after stewing in her disappointment of him for so long (two years and 90 percent of the book). Her romance with Sky was hanging in the air, as they were not officially together nor did they decide to be apart. The one thing that had been wrapped up beautifully was the case, but there was nothing about the looming end-of-the-world scenario that was going to come. Hopefully, if there is a sequel coming, it will expand on the mythology and give more explanations. Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator is a fun and entertaining book, but the ending left much to be desired.