In no way was I perfect. During the seven days I spent in the hospital after my suicide attempt, I found coping skills to help myself feel better when I’m sad. After days of group therapy, private therapy, and a plethora of medication (okay, maybe just two), I was feeling better. After all this, I felt like a new person. There was one thing that I hadn’t been able to explain, and to be honest, didn’t even attempt to. The night at the tower.
There was a knock on my door and a nurse poked her head in. “Hayden, your parents will be here in a little while. Do you have all your things packed?”
I shook my head. “No, but I’ll get it done now. Thanks for letting me know.”
As she left, I began pulling the clothes out of my drawer and putting them in my bags. Light was bursting through the window, illuminating me in a way I didn’t want to be. I just wanted to leave and go home and have everything be back to normal. Unfortunately, it was pretty obvious that once I got out things were only going to get weirder.
That night on the tower, when Heather came up to face off with Kadin, I was sure I was going to die. The Darkness had made its way around me and was ready to suck the life out of me, and then it was gone. This angered Kadin, and he screamed that my blood was too pure. It had to have meant something good.
I knew the group—Heather, Philip, and Kristen—were going to try and explain it to me, and while I was curious, just the fact that there was confirmation that there were other things out there frightened me. Darkness, Monsters, and mysterious floating men who tried to suck the life out of you. Oh, and I couldn’t forget the Shadow that visited me on my first night here.
Just thinking about it made me ill. Gathering my things, I headed out into the main room where I waited for my parents. I was trying my hardest to forget everything that happened that night, but I just couldn’t.
About the Book
Author: Alec John Belle
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Heather Hawkins, a newly changed Monster Hunter, thought life couldn’t get any more complicated after the incident at the tower one week ago. With Kadin gone, she thinks life will finally go back to the way it should be. Until The Council calls a meeting for her and Hayden to discuss the incident. Hayden Williams is released from the hospital and wants to put all of the things he saw that night to the back of his mind. When The Council decides to meet with him, his hope is that he can get it done and over with so he can finally move on with his life. That doesn’t happen when he realizes his family has a big secret; one that he is very much a part of. Other forces against the Monster Hunters have different plans. Heather, Hayden, and their friends start unraveling the truth about the world they live in, and dangers are lurking in the shadows. A danger that could lead them all to their demise. In the second book in this paranormal young adult series, secrets will be revealed, and enemies will join hands, leaving you with an ending that no one could see coming.
Alec John Belle resides in Carson City, NV, where he is currently attending high school for his senior year. At the age of 16 he wrote his first novel, Before I Break. His hobbies include reading, writing, and obsessing over Pretty Little Liars. He writes paranormal and contemporary young adult, but often blends real social issues into his paranormal works. Alec can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.