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Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator

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Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator

Jen Klein has written screenplays for shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” but JILLIAN CADE: (FAKE) PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR, is her first novel. The book follows a teenage girl of the same name who runs her father’s paranormal investigation business after he’s left to search the world for magical items. Jillian doesn’t exactly want to run the business, as she doesn’t believe in the paranormal, but she needs to pay the bills.

One day, Jillian takes on a case that seems completely non-supernatural --- a missing person --- but supernatural things start popping up pretty quickly. Jillian is reluctant to accept that the supernatural is real, but with the mounting evidence, it seems like the only possibility. Take into consideration Sky, a total fanboy of her father’s work who might just have a crush on her, and things go from confusing to crazy.

I loved the premise of JILLIAN CADE (FAKE) PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR, but it didn’t quite live up to expectations. I liked Jillian’s character, but it was hard to relate to her. She had a lot of spunk but didn’t always seem to follow through. Her feelings for Sky were also very confusing; she goes back and forth between hating Sky’s guts and wanting to make out with him. It would have made sense if it was more of a progression, and Jillian went from hating him to liking him, but it’s not realistic to go back and forth.

It looks like there won’t be a sequel to JILLIAN CADE (FAKE) PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR, but I hope there will be.

Sky’s overall character got on my nerves, as well. I don’t think he’s the kind of person I would like in real life, and he followed Jillian so much that he practically became a stalker. Even though he had some interesting aspects, they got lost because of his more negative attributes.

I also found the paranormal aspects of JILLIAN CADE (FAKE) PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR to be pretty slow-building. It starts out with almost no paranormal elements but suddenly, paranormal stuff starts popping with next to no explanation. A lot of the things that would make the novel make more sense appear towards the end of the book instead of at the beginning. So instead of enjoying the novel, I was stuck being confused and wondering what was going on.

Despite these negative aspects, I loved Jillian’s cousin. He was fun and loved the paranormal. Unlike Jillian, he was all on board with crazy stuff happening.

Currently, it looks like there won’t be a sequel to JILLIAN CADE (FAKE) PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR, but I hope there will be. The novel was interesting enough and left enough hanging that I would read the sequel, though I’d probably check it out from the library instead of buying it.

Reviewed by Isabel C. on September 21, 2015

Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator
by Jen Klein

  • Publication Date: July 19, 2016
  • Genres: Paranormal Mystery, Youth Fiction
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Teen
  • ISBN-10: 1616956909
  • ISBN-13: 9781616956905