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Ominous [Format Kindle]

Kate Brian

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I couldn’t move. Outside Billings Chapel, the wind howled. The ancient floorboards overhead creaked and groaned. My bones were like ice. I stared down at the title of the book in front of me, hardly able to absorb what I was seeing.


This could not be real. I wasn’t actually standing in the basement of a centuries-old chapel faced with a dusty, leather-bound spell book. I felt like I’d just stepped into a Nancy Drew novel and taken over as the heroine. Tentatively, I reached out to touch the cover, but before I could, the book was snatched away.

“You have to be kidding me,” Noelle Lange blurted out, holding up the heavy book. Her dark, windblown hair was fanned out over her shoulders and her face was red with fury. “This is why she sent us here? A spell book?”

My heart caught as she waved the antique tome around like it was no more valuable than an out-of-print dictionary. “Noelle—”

“You know what I’m going to do with this, Grandmother?” she shouted at the book. “I am going to track you down wherever you are right now and smack you upside the head with it!”

“Noelle, just … calm down. Don’t go psycho on me now.”

She hesitated but threw the book back down onto the podium, tossing up a cloud of dust that filled my nostrils. I coughed painfully.

“Oh, I’m the psycho?” Noelle said sarcastically, yanking her cashmere scarf from her neck with shaking hands. “Right. Because I’m the one who sent us out here in the middle of the night in a snowstorm to find an old book!”

She threw the scarf over the back of a chair and unbuttoned her wool coat. Apparently her anger was making her hot.

I walked over to the podium and opened the book, and all the air went out of my lungs. There, in handwriting I’d recognize anywhere, were the words Property of the Billings Literary Society.

Elizabeth Williams had been a student at the Billings School for Girls back in 1915. I had spent so much time poring over her writings in the Billings Literary Society book, I could probably copy her script by now. I felt like I’d gotten to know her since reorganizing her secret society at Easton Academy. I knew what colors she liked to wear, how she was fiercely loyal to her friends, how she loved living away from home. But now I felt as if I didn’t know her at all. Because nowhere in the BLS book had she ever mentioned a word about spells, or witchcraft, or this huge volume we’d just discovered. Not one single word.

Noelle stormed over to my side and nudged me out of the way. She opened the book to the center—to a page titled “The Purity Spell”—then quickly flipped the pages forward and back.

“What’re you doing?” I asked.

“Checking to see if it’s one of those hide-a-key book things,” she said. “You know, with a big chunk cut out to hide something that actually matters?” She heaved a sigh and slammed the book closed. “Nope. Nothing. Unbelievable.”

She started across the room, grabbing her scarf again as she went, coiling the ends around both hands and pulling it taut. “You coming?”


“Back to campus,” she said impatiently. “Personally, I don’t feel like wasting any more of my time up here.”

“You’re not gonna take this with you?” I asked, gesturing at the book.

She rolled her eyes and popped one hip. “Do I look like Sabrina the Teenage Witch?”

I clucked my tongue. “No, but your grandmother … our grandmother …,” I said hesitantly. I’d only just found out that Noelle and I were half sisters—that her dad was my biological father—and the words weren’t exactly rolling off my tongue. “She wanted us to find it. Maybe there’s more to it than you think. Maybe there’s … I don’t know … something in there she wants us to read.”

“Fine then.” She slid the book off the podium and started for the stairs. “Happy now?”

“Ecstatic,” I said sarcastically.

I followed her up the winding stairs toward the deserted chaplain’s office above, a sparsely decorated room that hadn’t been used for dozens of years. Noelle muttered something under her breath, clearly annoyed, but as we closed the bookcase door behind us, my heart pounded with curiosity and longing. I wanted to know what was in that book—to know what it had to do with Elizabeth Williams.

Noelle yanked open the office door, and we both heard a tentative creak coming from inside the chapel. We froze and I grabbed her forearm. That had sounded a lot like a footstep. It was after midnight. Why would anyone be up here? Noelle looked over her shoulder at me, eyes wide, and I attempted to swallow.

“Hello?” she called out.

There was no answer. Outside, the wind whistled through the bare branches of the forest.

“Is someone out there?” I shouted. All I could see was a darkened sliver of the chapel that contained a random pillow on the floor where someone had left it after the last BLS meeting, a folded blanket, half the preacher’s pulpit, and an empty LUNA Bar wrapper.

Another creak. I gasped. Noelle set her jaw and stepped out into the chapel, dragging me with her.

“No!” I blurted out, terrified.

“Come on,” Noelle said, letting out a sigh. “Let’s get the hell out of here.”

She walked purposefully down the center aisle, me scurrying along with her. The wind forced squeals and cracks and groans from the ancient wood walls. I didn’t breathe again until we were outside the chapel, gasping in the crisp winter air, and the door had slammed behind us.

“I swear I’m going to kill that old crone,” Noelle said, jamming her wool hat down over her brow.

“Let’s just get back to campus,” I said, eyeing the book. “And don’t drop that, okay? There’s snow and mud everywhere.”

Noelle rolled her eyes and hugged the book to her chest. “I’ll guard it with my life,” she said mockingly.

Another loud creak sounded from inside the chapel, and I jumped.

“Race ya?” I said.

“Okay,” she replied.

And we both took off, half speed walking, half jogging through the forest, trying to make ourselves believe there was nothing to fear.

© 2011 Alloy Entertainment and Kieran Viola

Présentation de l'éditeur

After the shocking revelations made in the Private prequel, The Book of Spells, Noelle and Reed know they are descendants of the original Billings Girls and their legacy includes a mysterious coven of witches. But it's nothing compared to what happens next.

One by one, Billings Girls go missing from campus.

The entire community bands together to find the lost girls, hoping they are still alive. Reed can't believe tragedy has struck Easton again, and she begins to wonder if the Billings Girls are cursed. But when the first body shows up containing a message just for her, she fears her friends are worse than cursed: they're doomed.

The penultimate book in the suspenseful Private series!

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3705 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 229 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : B00BNF3L8E
  • Editeur : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (22 février 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003UV8SM8
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 What happened, Kate Brian? 7 juillet 2011
Par E. Rudshteyn - Publié sur
Private is a series that, once upon a time, was a chilling, fun read. Whenever I went to my library/bookstore, there would always be a new book in the Mystery or Drama section. For those unfamiliar with the books, I would recommend reading them (especially the first six or so) because they're "hip", they're interesting, and the writing isn't bad.

Ominous, however, is the thirteenth book in the series, and the penultimate one. For a "fun read" series, this has gotten way too long. I started feeling tired of the series when Reed was on the island, where there were too many not-so-dramatic twists that came out of nowhere. However, I kept reading because I was a loyal fan.

In this book, Kate Brian has thought of another way to extend the series for a little bit longer: witchcraft. I have nothing against fantasy books, but when I'm sitting down to read a series that for the first TWELVE books has been mystery/drama, I'm more than a little surprised to know that everyone is now a witch. That would be like if the people on Gossip Girl suddenly became vampires, or everyone in Hunger Games becoming unicorns. It didn't fit, and it was a badly disguised way to prolong the series.

Is this book good? No, in my opinion. The end scene, where there's a major confrontation, is too short (about one chapter long). The only motives given are expressed in cliche and overdramatic ways ("You are the reason for this curse!"). I only gave this book 2 stars out of respect for Kate Brian and the series prior to the island. This series took a plummet from which it never recovered, and this is at the very bottom.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Private Series Takes a Supernatural Spin 19 août 2011
Par Paula L. Phillips - Publié sur
For those who have not yet read "The Book of Spells" , I'd highly advise that you read it before attempting Ominous as you may not understand the gist of the book as in a way it is like a follow on to the prequel. Whereas the prequel was set at the beginning of the creation of Billings Hall , Ominous is set in present time and follows the lives of all our familiar characters like Reed and Noelle . It is in Ominous that it becomes out in the open that Noelle and Reed are in fact half-sisters and their grandmother hands them a Spell book that was created by the first set of Billings Girls. It seems though that Reed is connected to one in particular Eliza Williams and she starts to experience visions. When a number of the Billings House girls go missing and they end up being the ones in Reed's visions, the girls start to believe that maybe the witchcraft is actually true. It was said that when all the originals ancestors gather in one place that the spells would be alive once again and bad things would occur. As the novel goes on we discover that Noelle , Reed , Arianna and Cheyenne were all descendants of the Original Billings sisters . Reed however holds the power as she is not just related to one Eliza Williams but due to her newfound discovery of her father - she was also related to the original founder of Billings Hall - Theresa Billings.
Can Reed with the help of Noelle save the rest of their house from becoming victims or is this just the beginning of a curse that was placed on the Billings/Williams ancestors all those moons ago?
Find out in Book #13 Ominous and being #13 I guess it is appropiate enough
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 ehh 29 décembre 2011
Par Lexiereviews - Publié sur
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is it just me but am I the only one who feels this series should've ended long ago after they discovered out about Ariana... but sadly no it kept going I use to love and adore this series and thought it was something new but now i feel my loved series has been dragged out and murdered. Ominous itself just awful for me really witches, book of spells ohh lordy someone make it stop.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Scary and Addictive 27 juin 2011
Par anonymous - Publié sur
Could not put this down even though I was scared out of my mind reading it. I had thought I would hate how this series has become about witchcraft, but Kate Brian managed to make it as good as ever.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 plot twists 12 février 2014
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so. many. plot. twists. i couldnt even keep up but it was awesome bc you were always guessing what would come next
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