The Claires by C.L. Gaber
ABOUT THE BOOK
Four beautiful girls. Quadruplets. They are not identical.
But each is named Claire.
Claire V is Clairvoyant—clear seeing with visions of the future.
Claire S is Clairsentient—clear feeling as she embraces another’s pain.
Claire A is Clairaudient—clear hearing to tap into the spirit world.
Claire C is Claircognizant—clear knowing with 100% accuracy.
Born in 1911, they first died together in 1928 at age seventeen. Two months later, they were reborn. And reborn. THE CLAIRES only live to seventeen and then they’re violently murdered. Somewhere in the world, a woman finds out she’s pregnant with quads. The Claires return to a new family as they try to break a curse that guarantees they die young.
It’s current-day Los Angeles, and once again, their seventeenth birthday is looming. Can they save themselves, clean up the streets in the name of penance, and crash their own prom?
The Claires is the first novel spin-off of the best-selling Ascenders Book Saga.
An ancient curse. A death sentence at 17.
Holy cow! What an astonishing YA paranormal suspense novel. I haven’t read the Ascenders series so I don’t have a preconceived notion of The Claires and their messed up prophecy. Stories told in different POVs are not my favorite way to read a book, but Gaber does it very well.
The four Claires are a nasty bunch of mean girls. Especially when it comes to their poor unsuspecting older brother Cass who has a special gift of his own that is apparently not being used effectively. However, as the sisters’ stories unfold and they are determined to break the ancient curse, we surprisingly see some depth and feeling there. And let’s not forget their goal to do-good this time with their “post-midnight monster hunting” before their time is up.
The sisters have their own quirky personalities along with their abilities ranging from a mission to lose their virginity to the ill effects of Post Traumatic Family Disorder (PTFD). And from using spiritual GPS to conjuring up hot ghost boyfriends.
The supporting characters are a great addition to the story including the Claires’ current host family unit and Annie, the next-door neighbor.
This is a very dark and fast-paced YA paranormal tale that has many shocking and extreme moments as well as some of the vilest characters ever created. With that being said, I’m going to pick up the Ascenders series to see how it all pans out.
Thank you to Ms. Gaber for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m C.L. Gaber, an author and film journalist for the New York Times Syndicate and Chicago Sun-Times. I also co-authored the Jex Malone series. Originally from Chicago, I make my home in Nevada with my husband, bonus daughter, and two unruly dogs.
My husband knows that Ascenders began with me in the bathroom half the night writing on tiny notepads because I didn’t want to wake him. When daylight did roll around, I told him, ”Baby, I had the most incredible dream”.