YA Book Review

The Wednesday Review: The Claires by C.L. Gaber


The Book:

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Book Author: C.L. Gaber

Genre: YA Paranormal/ YA Fantasy

Publishing Date: January 14th, 2020

Publisher: Big Picture Media Inc.

Synopsis: 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. Also available in paperback starting on January 14, 2020.

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The Review:

“We’re like butterflies.. We shed the old cocoons and emerge even more beautiful the next time.”

What can I say about The Claires? It cast a spell on me. I couldn’t put it down. Was it perfect? Not by a long shot. But it was certainly entertaining and kept me turning pages until the very end.

So, let’s talk about some of the negative aspects of the books, so we can end on a good note and get in to the good stuff! There were tons of errors in the book, be it spelling, grammar, and tense hopping in the same sentence, etc. I feel that’s important to throw out there because a lot of readers can’t get past those type of errors. But, what is reading for, if not for enjoyment? And, despite those errors, I enjoyed the story, so I kept reading.

My other issue was with the story itself. The Claires were cursed to die on their 17th birthday, only to be reborn to die again, and again, because of what they were and the magical abilities they possessed. But, they were cursed by the very man, and organization, that didn’t want them to exist in the first place because of witchcraft. If this man, and his organization, were so against witchcraft, magic, whatever, why did they use it themselves? It was a huge conundrum for me throughout the book, and maybe it’s part of why I kept reading, because I wanted to know why they used this curse when they were against witchcraft to begin with. And, more importantly, I wanted to know what was so menacing about the Claires that this man and his organization felt threatened by them.

“It’s such a bitch to die at 17 and never, ever wear that cap and gown. Since 1928, I’ve longed to toss my tassels.”

Now, why did I keep reading, despite the flaws in the writing, and story? I had to know more about the sisters! The story and plot just felt so different and unique! I loved that there were elements of the past mixed in with the present and that these sisters were trying so damn hard to live their short lives, knowing that they were doomed to die young, only to be reborn and tortured again and again. Living different lives with different “parents” over and over shaped them in to the bitchy, intelligent, snarky, emotional girls they are at present.

The story gave me The Craft meets Mean Girls vibes. It was a little spooky at times. Majorly angsty at other times, and made me feel nostalgia for high school, while also making me feel glad that I wasn’t a hormonal teenage girl any more! And, though sometimes it felt like the author was trying to cram too much of the paranormal and the fantastical in to the story, it also made it that much more intriguing and enchanting!

The story had a lot of comedy to it too. It also really made me feel for the sisters, despite their bad behavior and spiteful actions. I wanted so much for them to figure out the truth behind their curse so they could actually live past 17! I was definitely left wanting another installment in their tale, and I’d recommend reading this if you can get past the flaws. 3.5 stars!

“Dear Abby…All I want to do is pop my cherry before I’m put in the ground in a wooden box – and nail a suitable date to the winter prom. Signed, Desperate and Dateless.”

4 Rating

Thank you to Wunderkind PR for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review!

All quotes used are from the book, written by the author.

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Quiz Time!

Yes! Now, you can figure out which “Clair” you might be. We all have a little something special about us!

“I don’t wish to dwell in darkness. Darkness, however, wishes to dwell in me.”

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(Based on the bestselling  Ascenders novels by C.L. Gaber)

The abilities of the four Claires take shape in the form of Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Clairsentience and Claircognizance. These abilities allow the gifted to see, hear, know and feel beyond our normal capabilities.

Ever feel like you might be just a bit out of the ordinary, like you might have something “extra?” Take this short quiz to find out if you have any “Clair” DNA!

1. Do you ever see flashes in your mind of someone else’s future…but not your own? Do they seem like still photos that appear in your mind, or more like a short “coming attractions” montage?

2. Do you see things out of the corner of your eye that cause you to do a double take, and seem to be clues about the future? When you look again, have these visions vanished?

3. Do you listen to other people’s conversations, and write your own endings in your head?

4. Do you ever have feelings so strong they manifest physically, causing a warm rush throughout your body, and sudden mood swings?

5. Do you have strong physical or emotional reactions (like a revved pulse, plummeting stomach, nervousness, or extreme joy) to being in large crowds?

6. Do you often pick up on the “vibe” of a place before those around you can figure it out?

7. Do you ever feel a sudden, unexplainable pressure in your ears, followed by brief popping or buzzing sounds?

8. Do you talk to animals and imagine what they would say back to you? Do these conversations seem real to you, although you don’t often tell others about them?

9. Do you dream of those who have passed away? Do you look into a crowd, and swear you see someone who should be long gone? Have you ever seen a ghost or spirit?

10. Do answers of all kinds, from quiz questions to life problems, just occur to you in a rush…and are they almost always right?

11. Do you just know odd facts that you can’t remember ever learning? In other words: are you usually (and don’t be shy about this) the smartest one in the room?

12. Do you ever focus hard on a thought or idea, and then watch what you believe manifest before your eyes?

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If you answered YES to questions 1, 2 or 3 you might be CLAIRVOYANT—you have clear visions of the future. These are inner images of what will happen. It is often easier to see the future for strangers or acquaintances than for yourself or close family members.

+Plus: You predict what is going to happen …and then it happens.

-Minus: You still have to live in the now.


If you answered YES to questions 4, 5 or 6, you might be CLAIRSENTIENT—you are clear feeling. You have major empathy, absorbing the feelings of others and taking them on as your own, almost as if you’re living another life.

+Plus: You are a great friend because you understand another’s pain and joy.

-Minus: You must also make sure not to let the emotions of others overwhelm you and crowd out your own.


If you answered YES to questions 7, 8 or 9, you might be CLAIRAUDIENT—you are clear hearing. You can listen to what others cannot—like the voices of animals, or even those from the spirit world who might use you as a door between realms, and pass messages through you.

+Plus: You give great advice because you have the wisdom of others coming through you, and you can also be quite comforting to friends who have lost loved ones.

-Minus: You deserve as much down time as you need, but it can be hard to take it. You have to remember to say “be gone” or “go away” when you don’t want any others to enter your private thoughts.


If you answered YES to questions 10, 11 or 12, you might be CLAIRCOGNIZANT—you are clear knowing. You are the touchstone of your friends and family because you are the one with the answers. Always right? You might be a “clair” Yoda.

+Plus: You’re never out of ideas— great ones just keep appearing in your mind.

-Minus: Your gift can put a lot of pressure on you, and you can only stretch yourself so thin.

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I answered yes to all the questions, which means I would posses all 4 “clair” abilities,  that was forbidden in the world of the claires!

What about you?!

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About the Author:

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C.L. Gaber is the author of the Ascenders Saga and a journalist for the New York Times Syndicate, Chicago Sun Times, and the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Gaber co-authored the young adult Jex Malone series with V.C. Stanley in 2014.

She is originally from Chicago and now resides in Nevada with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

Connnect with C.L. Gaber:

Website: http://ascenderssaga.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/authorclgaber

Twitter: @CLGaber

Instagram: @clgaber

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