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Julia Malone is abandoned on the door of an old English manor but she’s not alone for long. Five telepathic children soon arrive to form a paranormal family of makeshift misfits. Julia packs a humorous punch with her witty way of viewing an unpredictable world. In fact, it becomes her survival mechanism when life goes topsy turvy in the craziest way imaginable. When the chJulia Malone is abandoned on the door of an old English manor but she’s not alone for long. Five telepathic children soon arrive to form a paranormal family of makeshift misfits. Julia packs a humorous punch with her witty way of viewing an unpredictable world. In fact, it becomes her survival mechanism when life goes topsy turvy in the craziest way imaginable. When the children come of age they drink an unknown substance supplied by a wealthy American benefactor from New York City. It slows the aging process but side effects become a game changer. The mysterious and charming Claude Van Buren arrives at their annual autumn party and unveils himself as the man behind the madness. Julia becomes Van Buren Industries vice president of product development and cracks the code by finally stabilizing substance X, also known as the elixir. Claude Van Buren promises to revolutionize the world with a new line of skin care touted as the fountain of youth. Nic and Julia are sent on a vacation and find themselves in the middle of the jungle discovering scientific anomalies the world would never believe. This coming of age series is one girl’s journey into the puzzling realm of first loves, ethical dilemmas, and life that is stranger than fiction. ...

Title : second hand stops
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Number of Pages : 215 Pages
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second hand stops Reviews

  • Tracey
    2019-05-22 00:37

    I'm sorry, this was rather dreadful. I hit a streak of Netgalley books I flat out could not finish, and this might have been the one that irritated me the most. It slowly and rather painfully is revealed that Julia Malone is one of six young people who were dumped when very young and raised together in a strange sort of foster home. All six – including, apparently, three brothers – are eighteen as the book begins, and are coerced to drink some potion for some reason, which changes all six of them – apparently enhancing already existing characteristics. Second Hand Stops is another one set in the present tense … sort of. The author seemed to forget that now and then. Or perhaps the writing is just so inadequate that it seemed that way. "She gazes my direction". "He’s heavy with rain, and so is my heart." (Her heart was heavy with rain?) What I have been known to call reality-show-recapping is recurrent even in the small amount I managed to read. "My father abandoned me on the doorstep of an old English manor when I was three." – Yes, I know. THE PROLOGUE SAID SO, just a second ago. Also, one of Julia's fellow orphans is kind of evil, one's kind of bitchy, and she's all kinds of in love with one. I was somehow able to extract and retain this information after being told each thing several times. And like I said, I didn't read all that much. And like the recapping, the Mary Sue game is strong in the book. The first person narrator is probably the most obnoxious I've ever come across. "My ability to spot the nuances of body language is uncanny" … she said humbly. And this is the most cock-eyed collection of backhanded self-compliment I've ever seen: "I’ve thought of my future and cross super model off the list because confidence is a prerequisite. I have a hard time imagining myself as anything special. Everyone says I’m gorgeous. So, define gorgeous. I never could. Sometimes I stand before my bedroom mirror, gazing at the willowy body and piercing green eyes, trying to determine society’s definition of beautiful."Gagging now. Wait! It actually gets worse!"Nevertheless, I am the brave one. Impetuous and stormy, mercurial and confusing—but brave." Oh, and she has "radiant emerald eyes, surrounded by a darker ring of jade." Gagging still.Something keeps showing up in books lately (and, I believe, television) which seems like a new and ugly pattern: adjectival commas where they really, really don't belong. Like "four, twenty-foot windows" or "pale, terra cotta walls". I don't remember this horrible habit happening even a couple of years ago … it must stop. What else… oh, just generally muddled writing: "giving her lifeless body the illusion of death. We stand in silence, wondering if she’s dead". "Lifeless" does pretty much equal "dead". What on earth are ginger-blue flames? How does one of the teenagers know her own eye color has changed immediately after taking the mysterious potion, when she has no mirror and no one told her? How does one character bow when a second earlier he was "nose to nose" with the heroine? Wouldn't he head-butt her? "Lillian didn’t utter a word", says the narrator, when Lillian in fact did utter. This is too convoluted to have the effect that was probably wanted: "It rained last night as if the heavens needed a good cry to clear out emotional cobwebs." And this – this is just nasty: "My relief drips on his shirt until there’s a wet spot the size of an orange." Ew. So. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity; I'm only sorry I hated it.

  • Jennifer Smith
    2019-05-21 21:33

    This was fabulous! I loved it from the very beginning, definitely pulls you in. I can't wait for the second one in the series!

  • Karlee
    2019-05-20 03:36

    WOW... this story was amazing! Julia, Nic, Sebastian, Dutch, Lincoln and Lyra all get dropped off to be raised by a woman by the name of Lillian at the age of three. Nic, Sebastian and Dutch are all brothers and both Nic and Sebastian love Julia. Julie is in love with Nic but his love for her isn't the same, they are best friends though. Lyra is the youngest and a week after she turned 18, the six telepaths were ready to get their first dose of Elixir. They have no idea what it will do to them or why they really have to take it. Julia, Nic and Dutch have the normal reaction to it and Sebastian, Lincoln and Lyra have a terrible reaction. Their once blue eyes are now as black as ones soul. When their Benefactor Claude comes to town and wants to bring them back to New York with him to work for his company to help launch his new line of face cream called Immortality, things start to change. Julia has grown the most but when she is in trouble how will she know who to trust? Can she trust her new colleagues or the people that she grew up with? Will she end up with one of the brothers as well? Find out in this page turning, edge of your seat story! Can't wait to read the next book in this series.

  • Jennifer Loiske
    2019-05-11 03:26

    This book hooked me from the start. Julia Malone lives in a huge manor with five other teens, a manor that is run by mysterious Mistress Lilliun. She is some sort of a mother figure for them, yet she has a few secrets of her own. She seems nice from the outside but gave me real creeps. They all are telepaths but that is about where their similarities end. Especially after drinking the odd elixir, which is supposed to prolong life.When the teens turn eighteen they have to move to New York and work under their wealthy benefactor, a benefactor, who is well aware of the elixir and the telepathic talents of the youngsters. But Julia is not sure if New York will be a start of a great adventure or a beginning of a long road that can only lead to hell…I really enjoyed the easy flowing dialogue and the use of language. The relationship between Julia and Nic is a real teaser. The plot is carefully built and every sentence matters. And yeah, Katie St. Claire is definitely an author to watch for.I highly recommend this new, exciting series for anyone who enjoys a paranormal romance stories as this is a true must read!

  • Adrienne Woods
    2019-05-22 20:17

    Review to come on 20/2Ms. St. Claire has given me a copy for my honest opinion.When I started first with Second Hand Stops I did found the character introduction a bit overwhelming, but I could see why the author decided to do it this way. When the action began I couldn't put the book down. It was an amazing read that I think teens would absolutely love.I couldn't put it down and would sell this as a page turner. Ms. St. Claire really created her orphans strong and they were all somebodies we could relate to. I love what she did with Claude, it was different, a breath of fresh air. This entire story is different and one you should definitely pick up. It is the perfect choice for Teens.Good luck with your novel Ms. St. Claire and I can't wait for the next one to see what is going to happen next.You can get your copy of Second Hand Stops on Amazon.

  • Winter Sophia Rose
    2019-05-08 22:27

    Intriguing, Unique, Complex, Fast Paced, Mesmerizing Page Turner! An Amazing Read! I Loved It!

  • Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
    2019-05-14 23:24

    This story had me at hello. When Julia was dropped in a Mistress Lillian Perriman's manor, her young age didn't show her fear, her sorrow, her troubles. She was quite handful and feisty at age three, for Pete's sake! From that moment on, I knew I am going to like her. The day she was abandoned, she met five other children her age. Nic, Sebastian, Dutch, and there was also Lincoln and Lyra, the only other girl in the group. Six orphans, one mistress, one future. That was also the day she changed her name to Julia Malone, because she thought that name sounded epic. Another reason why I loved her. These six kids had something in common - they all had the ability to communicate using their minds. That itself intrigued me. When they reached the ripe age of 18, they were required to drink The Elixir - to which Nic had jokingly referred to as the fountain of youth, the one that would delay their aging, the one that would have made them immortals. But they all knew it was more than that. While the elixir did something good to Nic, Julia and Dutch, it was something wicked to Sebastian, Linc and Lyra. And the mystery continued to entrance me. Soon they met their benefactor and all the wealth in the world was upon them. They got separated and lived exciting lives. Until a secret threatened to change their world. Katie St. Claire's writing is magnificent. Second Hand Stops literally stopped my world for a night. Immersed in a new paranormal world of mind readers, I found myself awake in the middle of the night until the wee hours of dawn, just so I could read everything about Julia and her abilities and her troop. And when I reached the epilogue, I knew I want to see what happens next. I have to read the next. I have to know it. I have to.

  • Angela Street
    2019-05-21 19:19

    Julia Malone and five paranormal children are left on the doorstep of an old English manor. At age eighteen they must drink an elixir that strengthens both good and bad traits. They end up leaving England and going to New York and become instant millionaires with strings attached that could be downfall of the world. There are no words to described how utterly enchanted I am with the complex characters and the unusual plot of this book. I have definitely discovered a new favorite author. The best thing is that this is a series and the other two books are already ready to be purchased. If you are a member of Kindle Unlimited you can get them free! Although this book is set in the present, there are times that it had a Victorian feel as well as a Steampunk traits. I enjoyed this dichotomy. Another thing that I appreciated is that the book actually had a "real" picture enclosed of the model who posed for the book cover. I loved seeing what she "really" looked like and enjoyed keeping her image in mind as I followed the adventures of Julia. This made the character of Julia even more alive and realistic in my mind. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review and I definitely recommend it. In fact I have already downloaded the second in the series and stayed up till 1 AM on a work night reading it as I could not bear to leave the wonderful characters that the author has developed in writing this unique and wonderful series.

  • Stacie
    2019-05-10 23:28

    Second Hand Stops is an incredibly mesmerizing novel that captivates readers with complex characters and a unique plot.When Julia was just three-years-old she was dropped off at an English Manor and would never see her family again. Five other children join Julia at the manor and the six of them discover they all posses telepathic abilities. When the children reach the age of eighteen they are given an elixir to prolong their lives and promised wealth to surpass anything they could have ever imagined. The group finds themselves changing as the elixir enhances their abilities. Now, they must travel to New York with their benefactor and work for his company. Julia, who has always been curious, thinks there more going on than meets the eye and she's determined to uncover the truth, but at what cost?Second Hand Stops is a fantastic coming of age fantasy. The rich characters, hidden truths, and romantic exploits are just a few aspects readers will find intriguing. The author has a vivid imagination and portrays it effectively in her writing. I found the story to be well written and believable. Julia's romantic attraction to Nic and Sebastian's infatuation with Julie is one love triangle not to be missed.​I literally could not put the book down and am now well into the second one. I highly recommend checking out The Van Burens series.

  • Julianne Redmon
    2019-04-23 02:27

    Great coming of age story! It was hard enough being a "normal" eighteen year-old but having to do it with the special gift that Julia and her housemates have makes it even more difficult.The characters are multi-faceted and well-developed. Julia got on my nerves a time or two with her over dramatization of some things, but I chalk that up to being a normal eighteen year-old (please tell me I wasn't like that at that age!). Nic and Dutch also demonstrate that teenage boys can be more than one dimensional, which I truly did appreciate. The author did a REALLY good job in making me dislike Lyra, Lincoln, and (OMG) Catherine, while leaving their "benefactor" an enigma.The settings certainly bolster the story line and the emotions that the characters have. I felt that in England, Julia and Nic were truly at ease. The manor, the town, and the garden reflected that in their descriptions of the tall wooden bookcases and earthy tones. However, once they arrive in New York everything seems cold and sterile. Neither are quite comfortable there and it shows in the strain on their relationships with everyone. The story was fast-paced and a fun read. The end left me extremely unsettled, as I'm sure I was meant to be...

  • Brenda Perlin
    2019-05-16 03:22

    Second Hand Stop is a mesmerizing fantasy tale that caught my attention instantly. There is something poetic about how it's written and has an inviting quality in its uniqueness. Clever, crisp and precise. I love the authors clever descriptions…"Ten shades of apathy and sarcasm rolled into a snotty little ball of shocking black hair."What's not to love? So out there in your face but in a unusual way. I adore the ongoing wit and smart dialog. This was an easy book to get absorbed into with it's great details, realistic dialog and fascinating storyline.There is nothing that is not cool about this book from the interesting title, eye-catching cover to the poignant storyline. I absolutely loved everything about this fascinating book! I have to say, after finishing, I was pretty much blown away. What an accomplishment. And an enjoyable one at that!Excerpt~"You silly, silly girl-maybe New York is exactly the place you should be, all drama and theatrics and such." I give her my best whatever look and she marches from the room only to return with another gown, this one much more revealing than the first and about eight sizes too small.

  • Angie Martin
    2019-05-15 22:19

    “Second Hand Stops” by Katie St. Claire is the first book in the Black Moons series. This YA book has everything you could possibly want from a book. Diverse and believable characters, wonderful settings, heart-stopping suspense, and thought-provoking intrigue. I couldn’t be happier with Ms. St. Claire’s offering to the YA genre. Most paranormal YA books today are still hanging for dear life to the fading fame of the Twilight series with their overdone storylines and boring, whiny teenage characters.This is not one of those books.In fact, “Second Hand Stops” is so far removed from those types of books that it should be the beginning of a new revolution of intelligent YA paranormal. If you go into it wanting the same old tired plot and youthful characters that need a good spanking, you’ve come to the wrong place. There is nothing ordinary about this book and it is one of the smartest YA paranormal books I’ve read in a long time. From the breathtaking cover to every suspenseful twist and turn, this book does not disappoint!

  • Melissa
    2019-05-13 20:40

    I received a copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest opinion.This is not in my normal range of what I read, but I liked the description. In high school, I read only mystery books. When I went back to reading, I fell in love with Romance books, but I still love to read whatever I can.This book started out with Julia being dropped off to the manor by a bald headed man. I do not understand why. We learned that each child in the manor has telepathic abilities. I kept thinking who this this benefactor and what does he want with these children.This story has me so curious to all those questions: What, Why, When, Where, Who, etc. What is Rowan and his aunt up to? Who are Julia's parents and why are they not with her anymore? I could not stop reading this book. I had to know more and I wanted all of my questions answered. I will be reading book 2 and 3. ☆☆☆☆☆I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.Would I recommend this book? Yes! Author? Yes!Would I read more from this author? Yes!Happy Reading!Melissa

  • Niki Driscoll
    2019-05-20 03:22

    A very intriguing storyline, interesting intense characters and somewhat of a mystery. This is a very complex story with a lot of different things going on. The relationship between all the main characters is different and challenging. Throwing all these different children together at a such a young age leaves me to wonder about the underlying reason and who they really are. The mysterious benefactor and the unanswered or half answered questions leave you wondering what is really the main story as there are quite a few different story lines seamlessly woven together to make a truly captivating tale. That fact that Julia seems to be the main focus of everyone leads me to believe she is the key to mystery at hand. Definitely a story to keep you engaged right up to the end, but as it is book 1 of a series you will not have the answers you seek at this time. A great reading experience that challenges your mind and is a challenging puzzle.

  • Joey Paul
    2019-04-28 03:34

    SECOND HAND STOPS is the first in a series about a group of teens who are gifted with psychic abilities, they have a generous benefactor whose motives are not as clear as the main character would like. Gifted millions to live off and sent to New York to start their intern ship at a job they are not even sure they can do, they are faced with getting answers from a man who believes he owes them none.The story is fast paced and well written. I found myself engaged with the main character Jules and was as anxious to find out if the guy she loves feels the same way as I was to find out what was in the mysterious elixir and who their benefactor really is. Also, what did the elixir do to the others and when will they ever find answers?A great YA paranormal book with an exciting pace and thrilling story unfolding in the words. I look forward to the next one!

  • Georgia
    2019-05-01 01:16

    Oh dear, I've found another must read series. If you like kids with weird telepathic powers thrown in the deep and mysterious end then this is the book for you, as it was for me. The fact that the main characters don't know what's going on left me hooked to find out what happens next and the intermingled relationships have me curious for more. Personally I'd like to get to know Lyra and Levi a little better but I have a feeling the author is saving that for later. Julia (the main character) is thoroughly likeable, as is Nic and their relationship is sweet. Constructed characters, a great plot line and a strange ending that leaves me asking questions...I think I'll be picking up book two NOW!!

  • Corrine Pickering
    2019-05-14 21:37

    Second Hand Stops - Katie St Claire (The Van Buren Series 1) 4.5 starsReviewed for Netgalley. This is the first book in the series.When Julia was three she was abandoned and delivered to an english manor house where she grew up along with 5 other children. They are all very different but all have telepathic abilities. When they all reach 18 they have to drink a vial of elixir with unknown side effects, then they will begin their new wealthy unknown life in New York.I really loved this YA/Teen story, it wasn't what I was expecting at all. I particularly loved Julia's character, her humour, banter and the overall suspense, unknown and twists throughout the book. This is a captivating story that kept me hooked all the way through, I am now left eagerly awaiting the next book.

  • Debbie Bunton
    2019-04-27 21:26

    Six abandoned children, each with telepathic abilities, find themselves living in an old English manor and learning how to use their abilities. After the last one reaches the age of 18, they are presented with knowledge of their benefactor, opportunities for immense wealth, and forced to drink an unknown elixir. This coming of age story has everything you could want. Intrigue, suspense, and romance. There were a couple instances where transitions were not as smooth as I wanted, the book is very well written with appealing characters and story progression. I would recommend this book and am highly anticipating the second book in the series.

  • Jackie Allen
    2019-04-29 19:28

    I'm not done reading yet, but wanted to start the review. First off, I've never read an Urban Fantasy series before. Ms. St. Claire has a sense of humor that shines through in her writing and it made me laugh out loud when Catherine and Lyra got in a catfight at the office. I think I'm madly in love with Julia, but something irritates me about Nic. I hope she ends of with Sebastian because he's sexy and mysterious. Eeeep! Okay back to reading. Loved this book! Looking for the second and third in the series!~!!~

  • Cherime MacFarlane
    2019-04-30 23:30

    I am not either a teen or young adult and thoroughly enjoyed the story. I'm eager to get to the next installment. The characters were quite well developed and I found the plot intriguing. This was an easy read that flowed easily from England to the bustle of New York. I certainly would recommend this for a teen or young adult. Genre can be misleading. This is quite a well done story for any age group.

  • Sherri Malia
    2019-04-29 22:41

    Great Paranormal read!!This book was compelling & humorous. Characters were fully developed and blended so well with the story. It was a page turner…I did not want to put it down till I finished. Teenagers with special gifts…I absolutely loved the characters and watching them grow, all in all making this such a compelling read. Awesome YA read.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-05-16 23:32

    An intriguing YA paranormal romance, Julia and Nick alternate telling the story as they discover their love and seek the truth behind the potion they drank.Read full review in the 2014 May issue of InD’tale Magazine.

  • Paula Genereau
    2019-05-16 02:24

    Julie is abandoned on the steps of a old English Manor. Five other children join her to become a pack of paranormal kids. As they come of age they have to drink this drink to help slow the aging process. Follow Julie & the 5 other kids on the journeys

  • Ken
    2019-05-05 02:19

    Never expected to like a chick book, but this was a great read. I'd recommend it to pretty much everyone. Actually looking forward to the next book in the series. Witty dialogue and lots of things I didn't see coming. Handing it over to the wife and daughters to read now.

  • Debbie Poole
    2019-05-21 20:28

    This is the first book I've read by Katie St Claire and I loved it.The main characters are very strong and really interesting. I can't wait to read book two and learn more about everyone.

  • Jordan
    2019-05-22 22:19


  • Bill Tillman
    2019-05-20 21:38

    A great romp through the back streets of England to the throbbing clangor of NYC. This is an action packed adventure of the paranormal and teenage flair. Well worth reading.

  • Heather
    2019-05-22 01:26

    I would of given this book 5 stars, but the ending... what is with the trend to just leaving books on a cliffhanger?!

  • Lara
    2019-05-16 23:19

    I requested this from NetGalley as I was intrigued by the concept. The cover implies a steampunk story in London. However, that is misleading. The story is contemporary. The first part is in rural England and the second in New York City. There is a paranormal element through psychic powers such as telepathy, but no steampunk elements.The initial scene is promising, with the main character being delivered to a house as a child. After that I had some confusion. For one thing, the conversation apparently held as a child with the woman caretaker wasn't realistic as it didn't fit that of a 3 year-old at all. And, if she was precocious, it certainly didn't continue into her teens, when the majority of the story takes place.When we pick up the action, the last of these 6 children who had been raised together have turned 18. There are a lot of weird and tense dynamics that we know about because our narrator (Julia's 1st person voice) tells us about them. However, I have no idea what is behind this, so none of it make sense to me. Certain characters only seem shifty because they are constantly described as such. Not because anything they do is so bad. Also, I had no feel for what their life had been like up until this point. Some mention is made about training their telepathic abilities, but that is about it. Much later in the book there are a couple of sentences about trying public school then being tutored at home, but the feel was of young people who just wander around their house and estate all day glaring at each other.Many of the actions didn't make sense to me. For instance, Julia helps to prepare food that caterers later serve for a party. That doesn't make sense as caterers would prepare the food themselves. The constant and moody interactions between teens and adults made it hard to empathize with anyone as I had no idea why a character would go from friendly to angry to sweet in the space of a few comments. And that was my main issue with the book--little world building, and no understanding of motivations to understand the characters. The people and their descriptions were superficial with everyone reacting strongly, but no one understanding why, often including the person reacting.The writing is decent, but not great. I didn't have trouble following the story, although I didn't get a good feel for the real context. There are far too many adjectives and adverbs used. Sometimes they are not appropriate. Having spent some time in the UK and read many books by English authors, some terms were not what I would have expected from a person raised in England. But, as I'm not a native, I can't say if they were wrong. The plot developments are strange, and while Julia remarks on the fact that it doesn't make sense for them to be abruptly placed in positions of authority (while being called interns? another discontinuity), as a reader I was as lost as she. There is a scene later in the book in which someone was apparently not at work that day, but Julia had interacted with him twice. That drew me out of the story as well. Maybe it was the next day? But, that doesn't work given other statements.The romance is confusing. I'm not sure if there is a love triangle or not. The relationship Julia has with the boys doesn't seem quite real given their ages and proximity. And while I can believe that her and Nic's feelings for each other weren't obvious to the other, I didn't understand why Nic felt he had to hide his. And, I'm not sure about the role of all of these other young men who show various levels of interest in Julia. At one point she is described as the glue of their little group, but I'm not sure why that would be as I didn't see her do anything special.A lot of questions are raised in this book, and none are answered, except one (partially). While the book doesn't end on a cliffhanger, it does leave us with even more questions and with nearly everything unresolved. I liked Julia. Her reactions sometimes didn't make sense to me, despite being a first person narrative. I was glad she was open about her concerns related to the sudden changes in their lives. I'm curious about the secrets behind Claude Van Buren's behaviors and the motivations of some of the characters.

  • Ashley Dyson
    2019-05-21 03:32

    Wow. I've never read anything like this before. I can see the Van Buren family as a movie, or series, because there is just so much going on. I would recommend this to anyone eighteen and above.First of all, I love, love, love, Julia. She reminds me of the way I think and her sense of humor is awesome. Claude was a mystery to the very end, and even when I got into the second book, I was perplexed about whether he was a good guy or bad guy. It gets even crazier in the second book, just wait.The rest of the characters, Dutch, Lincoln, Lyra and even Lillian change so much it was like watching them grow up and into these strange roles within Van Buren Industries. The whole concept of this series is beyond cool. I stayed up all night reading Second Hand Stops, and half of Rewind so I'm pretty tired in class today. Looking forward to Fast Forward this weekend!!!