BLOG TOUR: Jinxed by Thommy Hutson

Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (March 13, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781944109127
ISBN-13: 978-1944109127
ASIN: 1944109129

Praise for JINXED[Hutson] creates a gore-filled throwback to the classic teen slasher flick genre … Graphically detailed descriptions make it clear that this work of horror isn’t for the faint of heart. ―Publishers Weekly

Thommy Hutson’s ‘Jinxed’ is a Must Read for Classic Horror Fans (linked to full iHorror review)
“Hutson … knocked it completely out of the park … with an expertly paced, cinematic slasher in a setting that would make Agatha Christie proud.” ―Waylon Jordan, iHorror.com

“…gory but captivating … a masked murderer starts picking off the teens, killing them all in theatrically grisly ways. … entertaining” ―School Library Journal

“Thommy Hutson is the ultimate authority in nostalgia-driven storytelling.” ―Clive Barker, Bestselling Author of Books of Blood and The Thief of Always

“Jinxed is the teen whodunit that Wes Craven and Lois Duncan never made. Hutson has created the best new slasher franchise since Scream.” ―Peter M. Bracke, Author of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th

“A dark, tension-filled thriller that’s wicked to the very end. Bad luck was never so much fun!” ―Jeffrey Reddick, Creator of Final Destination

High School Can Be a Real Killer

Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack

Innocent childhood superstitions …

But someone at the secluded Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.

Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.

Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of Jinxed for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
I am a huge horror fan. I tend to lean on the psychological horror more than the physical horror, but there are days that I just need a bit more slash and a little less brain work. Jinxed is a young adult slasher fic. Not flick.
The writing is easy to get into and if you like a bit of gore to your slash, this book isn’t missing out on it. That said, I found the story pretty easy to figure out. At least, for this book. From the website, it looks like there are two others in the future. I can only imagine what will happen and I’m excited to see where Hutson plans on going with his prestigious school meets murder.
Despite that, there was one aspect in the storytelling that made the book a tad bit difficult for me. There are quite a few scene jumps in the chapters. It took me a bit to get used to it but once I did, I was having an enjoyable time with the narrative. The characters were interesting and I did find myself gravitating towards a few.
The story also played out like a slasher movie or tv show and I can’t help but wonder if this would make for something really interesting on screen. In fact, I would propose that it does happen. I’d watch it.
I could go into detail with the specific murders and the characters but to do that, I might give away certain details. Where’s the fun in that?
All in all, Jinxed had a level of nostalgia that is reminiscent of the ’80s and ’90s slasher movies. I would say this is a good book for anyone just starting out the horror genre or even the seasoned veterans. For me, I’ll be waiting to see what’s in store for the next one.
Final Rating: 3/5
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Born and raised in Upstate New York, Thommy Hutson graduated from UCLA and launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!

His career then took a thrilling turn when he wrote and produced several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: SCREAM: THE INSIDE STORY (Bio Channel), NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (Bio Channel), MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD (Chiller) and HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th (Starz/Anchor Bay).

He was also a staff writer on Hulu’s daily web series “The Morning After,” a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers up-to-date on the latest entertainment news and celebrity interviews.

Thommy also produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy.

He co-wrote and produced ANIMAL for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The project debuted in iTunes’ top ten horror films (reaching #1) and became the network’s highest-rated original movie.

Continuing his passion for uncovering the stories behind the story, he went on to produce CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th, which is the most comprehensive look at the popular film franchise.

He produced and made his feature directorial debut with THE ID, an independent psychological drama/thriller. Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening…with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”

Thommy also wrote the screenplay for Syfy Channel’s supernatural horror film TRUTH OR DARE, which was a trending topic on social media the night of its release.

As an author Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version distributed by Simon & Schuster reached number one in Amazon.com’s Movie History & Criticism category. His latest novel, the teen thriller “Jinxed,” (Vesuvian Media) is the first book of a trilogy and has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans…Inevitable and shocking. Brutal and beautiful. Homage and originality…Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.”

He is currently scripting a film for The Hallmark Channel as well as writing another book that definitively details the history, making, and legacy of another fan-favorite genre film from the 1980s.

A member of the Producers Guild of America and Horror Writers Association, and an aficionado of horror and teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling, and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment through his company Hutson Ranch Media.

 

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Book #4: Releasing La Lechuza by A.K. Dickerson

Releasing La Lechuza
A.K. Dickerson

Are You Brave Enough To Explore Crystal Mountain?

Everyone in Escape had heard the legend of La Lechuza. The eerie cries at night, hikers that disappear with only bones found scattered along the base of the mountain. Tales of Spanish Conquistadors who chased the owl-witch into the cave systems of Crystal Mountain hundreds of years ago has been enough to keep citizens and visitors alike from setting foot on Crystal Mountain. No one has seen the owl-witch, but all have heard her terrifying cries at night. Theme park developer Cole Jackson is determined to put the legend of La Lechuza to rest once and for all by building an underground theme park inside of Crystal Mountain. When a team of university students is sent into Crystal Mountain Caves to determine suitability for the project, they encounter a beast their zoology classes never prepared them for. La Lechuza is real and she is angry, hungry, and ready to be released.

A.K. Dickerson’s Debut Horror Novella Releases in Just THREE DAYS!
Early Reviews Say This About Releasing La Lechuza:

” A fast paced horror story that doesn’t hold back on the gory details “

“The world building and flow of the plot worked seamlessly to create this story that pays out in the reader’s mind”

“This is a well written book. The characters and story drew me in and I had to continue reading. Although horror is not my normal choice for reading, this book handled all the elements well and I could not stop reading until I had finished the story.”

“Loved unique characters. It’s got everything good horror story needs evil witch blood, gore and murder. Great read”
#horror #fantasy #witches #gore #blood #murder #monsters #crazyink#urbanlegend #escapefromrealityseries

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy from one of the authors for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

I jumped at this story solely on the fact that it was a horror novella. It didn’t hurt that the monster of the book was La Lechuza.

For those who do not know the story, La Lechuza is an urban legend. The legend goes is that a witch gave her soul to the devil. According to legend, people will see a half owl- half woman creature. This is Lechuza.

If this is a disturbing image, A.K. Dickerson, an author duo, prove to make the image even more disturbing with the deaths of the characters.

The story is filled with an ensemble cast, each figure with their own motivations and struggles. The group come together to study the wildlife and plants of a mountainous cave. In the process, they get more than what they wanted.

As I was reading this novella, I felt a bit of a monster movie nostalgia. I am big on monster movies and the mix of gore horror with monster movie feel really grabbed me. Now, let me rephrase that, I don’t mean SyFy or Kaiju monster (though I love those), I mean there is a monster movie feel that is similar to the black and white movies. Not Dracula but not Them. Sort of in the middle. Whatever the case may be, I had that feel and it was great.

The story is gory but not enough to really deter you from the reading. If anything, it just enhances the feeling of fear. The story is simple but enjoyable and it doesn’t prevent you from forming a relationship with one of the characters. I personally liked Sofia and Roman the best.

All in all, I enjoyed the novella and will be reading more from the authors.

Final Rating: 3/5

Book #100: Exorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz

Chicago is gripped by terror. The Sweet Sixteen Killer is brutally murdering young women, and the authorities are baffled.

When the police are called to an affluent home in the middle of the night, they learn that a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy has attacked his family. The boy exhibits signs of demonic possession, and even more troublingly, he knows too much about the Sweet Sixteen killings. Father Jason Crowder, a young priest assigned to the case, must marshal his courage in order to save the boy and the entire city from the forces of evil.

But this is a darkness mankind has never encountered before. It craves more than blood. And it won’t rest until it possesses Father Crowder’s soul.

This volume brings together the original novella that started it all—Exorcist Road—and an all-new full-length novel (Exorcist Falls) for a shattering experience in supernatural terror.

I received an audible code via Audiobook Boom for an honest review. There was no compensation for this review and everything that follows is my opinion and mine alone.
Exorcist Falls is a double feature of sorts that center around possession and the main character Father Jason Crowder. It is divided in half with the novella, Exorcist Road setting the tone and backstory to Exorcist Falls. You don’t necessarily need to read one before the other, but if you do, the story becomes more.
If that made any sense… what I mean by more, I mean that the emotional response to the story is more impactful.
Anyways, the book does illicit quite a few emotions. I found myself yelling at the book as well as turning it off many times during my time of listening. That doesn’t happen often. But this did that.
I also suggested this read to two of my friends. It’s a book I would read again.
For the narration, the narrator really brings the story to life. I usually find male narrators a hit and miss. This is only because female voices tend to be difficult. That said, there wasn’t an issue determining who was female or male when the narration was without dialogue cues. The narrator also made Father Crowder more relatable and human.
All in all, the writing was awesome and the narrator was a good choice. I will definitely be cool with reading the book again (I’m not much of a rereading kind of gal). It is perfect for the Fall and Winter season.
Final Rating: 4/5

Book #95: The Remnant by Channing Whitaker

In this suspense-filled, neo-monster, horror novelette, a writer named Gene Winfield discovers an ominous, handwritten book among the belongings of his late, adventurer aunt. As Gene reads, he becomes captivated with the volume’s account of a savage, unearthly creature. In spite of the book’s warning, with his writing career failing, Gene can’t resist the inspiration. Near the roaring fire in his aunt’s otherwise cold, empty manor, Gene begins a story of his own, but will he unleash more than his imagination…

I received an audio code through Audiobook Boom for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made in exchange for this review.

Now that that’s out of the way, The Remnant is a short horror/suspense story. It starts off just before the death of Gene’s aunt and then follows Gene through his process of her estate and his failing writing career.

Since the story is short, it would be hard for me to make a long review that doesn’t spoil the rest of it to you. Suffice to say that for a pretty basic premise, the story lent itself to be suspenseful. The evil itself was just enough to keep you wanting more. There is also a twist ending that may or may not be easy to figure out.

I would read more from Channing Whitaker.

Final Rating: 4/5

Book #73: Night Night Sleep Tight by Various Authors

Warning – These stories are not for the faint-hearted. This anthology is intended for readers aged 18+. 

‘When you wake up randomly in the night, there’s a good chance someone or something was watching you’ 
A bump in the night wakes you, the jolt just as you’re about to sleep could be something much more sinister than you thought, the sound outside your window is much more than a branch knocking in the wind, and no, you didn’t imagine that shadow in the corner of your eye… 
Night Night, Sleep Tight explores the horrific things that happen at night, from sleep paralysis to monsters hiding under the bed. 
So, Night Night, Sleep Tight, and don’t let them get you… 

Introduction by R. L. Weeks 
Under my Bed – Erin Lee 
Butcher’s Wife – K. L. Roth 
Embers and Ashes – Mary Duke 
Villisca Unraveled by A. Maslo 
The Pendant by Lorah Jaiyn 

I received an audiobook code from the publisher for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

What a way to grab my attention and spur the need for horror! Each story centered on the theme that there are things that happen should you sleep. Each one had their own twist, their own flavor, and I really liked most of them.

Out of the whole anthology, the last two were my least favorite. That said, I still enjoyed this book and it definitely put me in the mood for Fall.

Final Rating: 4/5

Book #69: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux’s teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

This is a book that I decided to audio versus reading the physical copy. The reason for this is . . . well, I don’t care for the picture in text gimmick. I didn’t care for Miss Peregrine’s with that and Asylum has a similar deal (though not to the same extent). Don’t get me wrong, the pictures were creepy. I just don’t think the pictures are needed if the story itself is good.

And the story was decent. It had a beginning, middle, and end. It wasn’t an oh my god horrifying kind of horror, but it also wasn’t bad. It did make the gears turn and the shivers to go up the spine. The concept was good. Sure, I could handle more and wanted more in the horror factor, but for what it was, I liked it.

The ending did feel a bit off. It felt a bit like a Deus Ex Machina in style and a bit left field, but it wasn’t horrible. I did like the final conflict and was wanting more of it, though the book ended in a sort of cliffhanger.

I did recommend this to my sister and I would say to the person who likes Miss Peregrine’s because of the photographs, read this book. For the person who likes a little bit of creep to their reading time, read this book. It felt like a slightly older Goosebumps.

Final Rating: 3/5

Book #65: Undead Ultra (A Zombie Novel) by Camille Picott

Undead: a reanimated corpse with a craving for human flesh.

Ultramarathon: any footrace longer than a traditional marathon (26.2 miles).

For ultrarunners Kate and Frederico, a typical Saturday morning is spent pounding out a twenty- to thirty-mile “fun run.” It’s during one of their runs that an insidious illness descends upon northern California, turning humans into flesh-shredding zombies.

When Kate receives a desperate call from her son, Carter, she and Frederico flee their hometown and set out to help him. The only problem? Carter attends college over two hundred miles away and the freeways—clogged with car wrecks, zombies, and government blockades—are impassable. Running back roads and railroad tracks becomes their only means of travel, but neither of them has ever run so far before.

As pain, injuries, hunger, and fatigue plague them, getting to Carter and staying alive seem impossible. It’s either outrun the undead or become one of them, and for Kate, death is not an option.

So, this was supposed to be one of those awesome free copies without compensation for an honest review, but I accidentally deleted and emptied my trashcan before I could get the code and use it in Audible. That said, I was planning on buying it even if I didn’t get the code. So, I bought the book. And OMG.

I LOVE this book.

The narrator is well chosen. Her voice used for the MC’s son may be a bit nasally and sound like a kid despite him being past adolescence in some parts, but it wasn’t a big deal. Just something to note.

The first thing you think about when a zombie outbreak happens is by no means run. Yes, run away from the creatures, but you wouldn’t think to run over 200 miles to family. You’d choose a car. But Picott really sets into motion something I didn’t think about and yes, a car is probably a bad idea.

I am a horror buff. I love my classic horrors and new. I love the idea of twisting and changing the norms of horror and this book did that. I actually have the Zombies, Run app and I love it for the running and storyline. I got both in Undead Ultra.

I was disturbed, gasping, and there were some tears welling up in certain places. I never even knew there were running stores or ultraraces. Truly, I thought the serious long distance runner was more like a Hollywood gimmick to illustrate the character’s physical exertion in a life transition. But no, ultraracing is real. These people are badass. Even without the zombies!

I was not only in the story, but I was on the trail with Kate and Frederico. I was feeling the sweat. I was hearing the moans. And I loved every second of it.

So much so that I have found my hobby. I have always loved the treadmill, but I never really told myself it was cool to be a runner. I gotta tell ya, it’s fucking cool. I am a person who likes to have a direction. And I have decided to start running. Just three days a week.

I wouldn’t necessarily say this book is the sole reason for it, I’ve wanted to run and I did like it, but I didn’t have a goal with that running and this book presented me a goal. No, I don’t plan on running 200+ miles during a zombie apocalypse, but I have decided that I want to participate and not DNF in an ultrarace. It’s not going to happen over night. Hell, I can barely run all the way through a 5k. I need practice. But, I have a goal. And I’m excited for it.

So, Picott, you have made a beginning runner in me and I loved this book. Just one big question though . . . I know this can stay a standalone, but OMG I loved it so much that I would scarf down a sequel in a heartbeat, any chance you can make this fangirl’s dream come true? Just saying.

Final Rating: 5/5

Book #60 : Capture 2: Flirtation with Darkness by Various Authors

~ Can a human capture a heart of a creature of the dark? ~ 

Presented by the award-winning anthology publisher, Enchanted Anthologies. Capture, book two, brings together five dark, paranormal romance stories just in time for Valentines Day. 

Embracing Darkness by Zizi Cole 
Crispin is the king of the shadows. After being alone years, he happens across a light that fascinates him. The catch she’s human. Can the light embrace his darkness? 

Unconditional Lust by Breanna Hayse 
The massive, hideous merrow leader, Muruch, craves the taste of human flesh. Confined to the ocean, he feeds his horde with sailors from ships pulled into the maw of the Bermuda Triangle. When US Army Captain, Nurys Shaye, puts her life on the line to save him after being captured, his hunger for human flesh is shadowed by the desire for her body and her love. Will she be able to see past his appearance and trust him to break down her walls and teach her to feel? 

Luck of the Irish by K. L Roth 
Darcy O’Dell has inherited more than just her Irish heritage. A curse, a Leprechaun and hot as hell Irish man all wait for her in Ireland. 

Song of the Siren by Amanda Leigh 
She snuffs sailors out like they’re her personal playthings. Until she sees him. What happens when they come together? 

Silverwolf Alpha by Jessi McPherson 
Her green eyes taunted him as he slept. She was under his skin and he wanted nothing more than to be under hers. 

These stories are intended for readers aged 18+

Let’s begin this review with a few facts: 1. I am one of the contributors to the first Capture anthology. 2. I have never read this specific book UNTIL 3. This audiobook was received without compensation for an honest review. Everything that follows below here is honest and my words alone in my opinion. I was and will not be compensated for this review.

Now that the nitty gritty is out of the way, I want to start off saying that I didn’t care for the narrator. There were some stories that she felt right for, but overall, I wish there was a different one. That said, there did seem to be an issue with the microphone or audio quality so maybe that’s what made it a little difficult to listen to the narrator and it wasn’t the narrator but the equipment that was the problem. I’m not sure. All I know is that I didn’t merge into the story worlds as I would have liked.

Since this is an anthology, I’m not going to go into every story, but the overall piece of work. There were stories that had me. I personally liked the first and last story and the Siren one did grab me at places. I felt writing quality wise, all the stories weren’t bad.

However, some did feel rushed. Now, I actually expected that so it wasn’t too big a deal. Except for maybe one story that had an ending that made me double take for a moment. Honestly, that story was probably not my favorite because I was trying to figure out the world it was set in. This story was probably the worst when it came to the narration too. So, that didn’t help.

That said, the anthology itself isn’t bad. It was a good break between other reads and I’m happy I was able to get a copy to review. The stories chosen for this anthology are well made and do fit together in some way.

In all, not a bad read.

Final rating: 3/5

Book #57: There Was a Crooked Man He Flipped a Crooked House by David Erik Nelson

“Downtrodden architect Glenn Washington and his none-too-bright sidekick Lennie help a crooked real estate baron flip houses in downtrodden Detroit. A house comes up that is too good to gut for parts. Too good to be true. Waaaay too good. Thing is, nothing leads where it should — go through the front door, step out the door on the back porch. Best library ever. And why are the cops nosing around? Non-Euclidian architectural petty-crime adventure, and all that implies.”—Adrian Simmons, writing for Black Gate magazine. 

“This is a very entertaining and readable story, and what makes it even better is the sheer amount of incidental detail that Nelson includes. At the end, just when I thought it was coming off the boil a little, there is a neat little twist that pulls it back up again, as well as allowing for sequels. One for the ‘Best of the Year’ collections.”—Paul Fraser, writing for sfmagazines.com 

“absorbing horror novella” (Recommended Story)—Rich Horton, Locus, Sept 2017 

I received an audio copy of this book through Audioboom for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

Oh man! Talk about a twist! The first thing that got me about this book was the narrator’s voice, which I love in a non creepy way. The narrator was a perfect choice for Glen Washington, our main character and narrator. Add in the author’s style of writing and there is a serious hit in this story.

What to say about this house . . . Or story for that matter. Well, the story is set in Detroit, Michigan. Our MC is a man who loves the history of old houses, the intricacies of their development from the designing stage to the hard manual labor, and falls victim to the mystery of a house he is hired to flip.

To keep this review spoiler free, I can only say that there were laughs and gasps while listening to this audiobook. I was creeped out on more than one occasion and my brother had me set it aside so that he wouldn’t have to listen to it.

About being creeped out, I should revise that by saying I wasn’t scared. It is rare for me to be scared of a story. However, did this book give me the chills? Did it make me smile from ear to ear just because the story was so different? Did I have the chills from both creepy content and well written prose?

Yes. YES. AND YES.

I definitely recommend for the audio lover, audio newbie, or even the person who wants to read instead of listening(even though you are missing an amazing narrator, just saying).

Final Rating: 5/5, hands down

Blog Tour: Raven’s Sight by R. L. Weeks

Raven’s Sight
Raven’s Shadow Book 1
by R.L. Weeks
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery
Award Winning author, R. L. Weeks, brings you Raven’s Sight – a Young Adult
Victorian Paranormal Mystery. Book One can be read as a standalone
and as part of the series.
 
Raven looks out over the small, industrial town of Cogsworth and imagines a
life beyond the confines of her Grandmother’s mansion.
 
However, Raven holds a dark secret that prevents her from leaving. One which
comes to light after her father’s untimely death. Now an orphan,
Raven must do her best to hide her gifts of sight if she’s to survive
the cruel Victorian society she lives in.
 
However, when a ghost of a child comes to her for help, Raven finds herself in
the gas lit streets of London, on the trail of a female serial
killer. As she tries to solve the string of murders, she realizes
that the murders are almost identical to those from a case left
unsolved years before she was born.
 
In a race against time, Raven is thrown into a world she doesn’t know.
With her crush, Tom, now a ghost, her friend, Emmett, now a suspect,
and an uncle who runs illicit groups and hates women, Raven will have
to unravel the mysteries quickly before she becomes their next victim.
Raven’s Sight is a YA thriller about a young woman who has a special gift. A gift that ends up putting her into the world of something darker.
Firstly, I liked this story. It starts off strong and ends decently. It’s the middle part that was so/so for me. There were times I got confused with what went on in the middle. The book is a quick read and Weeks’ writing is good, so, I may have ended up skimming those scenes and missed something completely important.
That said, even with skimming, I didn’t lose myself in the confusion. It was fairly easy to get into the meat of the story and understand what is going on.
I do wish there were more character development for Raven and Tom. Emmett seemed to be the more well rounded character out of the bunch. Though, in retrospect, it kind of makes sense why Raven’s personality didn’t seem that much developed.
The story itself is dark, filled with spirits, and does have a nice little tidbit that had me cringing and squeeing with delight. It was a decent book that works well as a first in a series, but can also work as a standalone. I liked it as a standalone, to be honest.
Final Rating: 3/5
R L Weeksis the bestselling and award-winning author of the Dead Loves Life
Series, Bloodlust, The Fallen, Willow Woods Academy for Witches,
Cursed, and the owner of Enchanted Anthologies, publisher of
Fractured Fairytales Books 1 & 2, A Deadly World: Vampires in
Paris, Things Only the Darkness Knows, and Christmas Nightmares.
She lives in a small village in the UK.
When she’s not writing, she’s traveling, reading (paranormal, fantasy and
horror being her go to genres) and designing covers for Dark Wish
Designs.
Follow the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!