Pure by Catherine Mesick

Pure by Catherine Mesick


Pure by Catherine Mesick

Sixteen-year-old Katie Wickliff lives quietly in the small town of Elspeth’s Grove, unaware of the troubled past that forced her grandmother to flee Russia with her when Katie was only a child.  When people in the town begin to disappear, and Katie’s own home is attacked by a terrifying creature, Katie and her grandmother return to Russia to find answers.

Pursuing them is the handsome William – who just might be a vampire.  Katie discovers that William is indeed partially a vampire, but he is also one of the Sidh, an ancient clan whose members are gifted with great power – a clan to which Katie’s deceased mother also belonged.

Soon, Katie discovers that her mother’s seemingly natural death was actually murder, and she is forced to confront the question she wants to face the least:  Is William her otherworldly protector, or is he the dark creature who killed her mother eleven years ago?

About the Author

 Catherine Mesick is a Washington, D.C.-based writer who works on a variety of projects. She is also the author of Pure, Firebird, and Dangerous Creatures. You can find her on Twitter at @CatherineMesick.
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Sample From Chapter 4 of Pure:

“Are you real?” I asked.

The man moved closer to me in one swift movement and leaned in. His face was only inches from mine.
I began to feel light-headed. Was I hallucinating all of this?

“Who are you?” he demanded.

I could feel the warmth from his body, and I reached out a hand to touch his shoulder.

“You feel solid enough,” I said. He did indeed feel solid, and I found I was reluctant to move my hand.
I also realized I wasn’t hallucinating—somehow an image in a mirror had become real.

“How did you get out?” I asked.

Puzzlement flickered in his eyes. “How did I get out of what?”

“Out of the mirror,” I said. “That’s where I first saw you.”

The man’s anger returned. “How do you know that woman Galina Golovnin?”

“Galina Golovnin?” I said. “Is that the woman who came to my house on Sunday? I never heard her last name.”

There was more confusion in the man’s eyes, but he pressed on, leaning even closer.

“What do you know of Gleb Mstislav?”

I caught at the name. “Mstislav. Galina mentioned a Mstislav mansion. She said the lights were on—she seemed to think there was some kind of danger. Does Gleb Mstislav have something to do with that?”

The man’s eyes ranged over my face. “You really don’t know, do you?”

“Know what?” I said.

The man stared at me for a moment without saying anything. Then he turned to go.

“Wait!” I said. “Are you a student here? How will I find you again?”

The man turned back.

“I’m sorry if I scared you,” he said. “You should forget you saw me.”

He turned away again.

“Wait!” I said, feeling panic rising in me. “If you know something about Galina and this Gleb Mstislav, then I need to talk to you.”

“No,” he said sharply.

“I need to talk to you.”

“It’s better if you don’t.”

“But what if I genuinely have to?” I said in a rush. “What if the danger that Galina hinted at actually happens? What if I need to talk to you then?”

Something flickered in the man’s eyes that I couldn’t quite read.

“What is your name?” he asked.

“Katie Wickliff,” I replied.

“Finally you answer a question,” the man said, a small smile quirking at one corner of his mouth. “If you need to talk to me say ‘Katie Wickliff summons you.’ If you do that, I will find you.”


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Folks in quaint Elspeth’s Grove where teenager Katie lives are vanishing. Katie’s home is also invaded. Katie doesn’t know why her grandma escaped Russia with her when she was very young. Estranged friends from the old country come and inform her grandma that she needs to head back to her homeland. Get ready; there’s going to be upheaval and disruption in Katie’s life. This was a fun YA read with lots of suspense and mystery intermingled through it. The ethnic aspects of Russia as well as learning about Katie’s background I found very interesting and well written. Then there is striking and mysterious William, who Katie gets involved with. I enjoyed how their relationship blossomed and I love the names Katie and William. My youngest son’s name is William and if I would’ve had a second daughter I would have named her Catharine or Katharine, which Katie is short for. Great character name picks! This is the first book in the (Pure) series. (Firebird) is book 2. I recommend you pick up this captivating, paranormal read. It will make a great addition to any supernatural/fantasy enthusiast’s library.


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Pure was a new twist in paranormal reads with supernatural characters including vampires, fey, and more. I finished it a couple of weeks prior to writing this review and found I had to go back to the book to check out what I liked and disliked to be able to write it. What that said to me was the book was okay, it was good, but it was just not a memorable read. I did enjoy the cultural twist with visiting Russia and delving into the family history and legacy that fuels this story and mystery. I enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns from the revelations, as well as action. I am not sure where I stand on the teenage angst at the beginning, but I did like Katie much more by the end of the book and I have hopes for continued character growth in the next installments. I bought this book from amazon.


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This was a very unique book that I really enjoyed. The storyline was extremely creative and there were twists and turns around every corner.

Simon? eh, I could do without him. William? yum, he is definitely a keeper. He is hot and haunted. What girl doesn’t like the tortured bad boy?

I liked the change in scenery halfway through the book. The author did a good job mapping out two solid locations for the story to take place. Katie and GM start out in the U.S. and end up in Krav, Russia.

The characters in Russia were more interesting and better fleshed out than the U.S. characters. Most of the story happens in Russia and it’s an adventure once we get to that point.

This book was well writt




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