The Claires, by C.L. Gaber
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Series?: An Ascenders Novel
Publisher: Big Picture Media
Release Date: December 10, 2019
Length: 402 pages
Times Read: Once
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.
HELLO EVERYONE, I HAVE A NEW SERIES TO OBSESS OVER
♥ I had never heard of The Ascenders books or the author before I was asked to take part in this tour, but since The Claires is a spinoff and can be read as a standalone, I decided to give it a try because it sounded hella fun.
AND GUYS IT TOTALLY WAS!
♥ I always love a multiple POV done well, and that’s what we have here. The voices are clear and distinct, and the perspective of one doesn’t always match how the others perceived it, which is true of everyone everyday but is always fascinating to see. And when you start to read from Cass’s, the Claires’ sort-of brother, POV you start to see the Claires in a whole new light. We’d known them to be sort of morally gray up until then, but in Cass’s chapters, things get dark.
♥ The writing is good. It’s always a risk to try an author I’ve never read, especially one without a ton of ratings. But this book is funny, witty, sarcastic, even a little heartbreaking and depressing at times. But it’s always easy to read with writing that you just want to keep reading.
♥ I can’t speak to how this works in with the rest of the Ascenders world since I haven’t read any of the other books, but I am SUPER curious to see how all the characters from this work into the series.
Final Thoughts: Whether or not you’re already a fan of The Ascenders series, this is a fun supernatural ride that everyone can enjoy!
“Of course, all of the Claires subscribed to the theory: If you’ve done something one way your entire lifetimes and it’s not working out, then do something different.”
“We come out at night to right the wrongs. And what you did was so very, very, very wrong.“
All quotes are taken from an uncorrected proof of the book
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 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 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.”