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The Spirit Hunters, an author’s debut novel for teenagers, receives rave reviews
December 30, 2022
14-year-old author Alina Choy Krieg poses with her debut novel The Spirit Hunters
Cover of the book The Spirit Hunters
Story Lab Publishing
During the COVID shutdown, 12-year-old Alina Choy Krieg started writing a paranormal novel to help her deal with the desperation of the global pandemic.
The Spirit Hunters is for everyone. But especially for those in difficulty. I hope anyone reading this knows that whatever he’s going through won’t last forever.
— Alina Choy Krieg
CHICAGO, IL, USA, Dec. 30, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The COVID shutdown has been especially challenging for teens. How did 12-year-old Chicago native Alina Choy Krieg respond? She wrote a book. Released just before her 14th birthday this year, the YA novel The Spirit Hunters is the story of Brianna, a typical teenager who learns about a secret underworld and her skills as a spirit hunter after she and her friends have become targets of vengeful spirits.
“Most young adult story protagonists feature teenagers who must battle the evil force that threatens their universe while dealing with a romance or perhaps friendship turmoil.” Krieg explains, “But I thought it would be more interesting and unusual to explore what might happen to someone who’s responsible for saving the world, but who doesn’t even know if he wants it or if it’s worth saving.”
Protagonist Brianna answers these questions as she enters a new world and a new role with the courage and irreverence of a modern teenager. In her new world, she struggles to harness her powers and to understand the subtexts behind outward appearances.
Regarding the book’s premise, Krieg says, “The Spirit Hunters is for everyone. But especially for those in difficulty. I hope anyone reading this knows that whatever he’s going through won’t last forever.
Reviewers agree: “As a teenager, I was able to relate to the book and its characters and really clearly understand each of their insecurities and inner turmoil that they were dealing with…[It has] it inspired me to continue my writing journey as well. I couldn’t put this book down and it is definitely worth reading! writes Anya K.
Reader Ryan Goldman writes, “both in the super-engaging prose and storytelling about traversing worlds that aren’t ours (and dealing with the trials of real-world things like friendships and self-discovery). This would make an excellent next book or gift for any teenager or young adult!
“It’s a magical experience to watch everything explode into existence when all you want to do is tell a story.” Krieg said.
The Spirit Hunters is available on Amazon as hardcover, paperback and Kindle e-books, as well as through IngramSpark.
About Alina Choy Krieg Alina Choy Krieg lives in the Upworld with her family. When she’s not in the uphill battle that is a teenager’s life, you can find her reading a book or eating something spicy. Here, the 14-year-old author poses with her debut novel.
About The Spirit Hunters Brianna Davis has always considered herself a normal girl. Everything changes when she and her friends venture into the Smith home, a place full of bitter and vengeful spirits. Targeted by these spirits, Brianna is forced to deal with a tragic loss that tears away Brianna’s perfect world, and she doesn’t know how she will recover. While she is more vulnerable, she meets two teenagers, Isabel and Darek, who lead Brianna into the world of “Spirit Hunters”, people with angelic genetics, whose abilities allow them to trap evil spirits. Though fascinated by this new world, she is shocked to learn that it gave up her right to leave the moment she entered it.
Brianna is far from safe in this new world. The spirits that have taken her loved one are not done with her yet, and every night they fill her head with violent and terrifying nightmares. Brianna thinks her recent nightmares are a scare tactic, but the truth is far more sinister…
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