The book starts slowly, as the author takes his time developing characters and setting, but when the 'action'This was one hell of a good ghost story!
The book starts slowly, as the author takes his time developing characters and setting, but when the 'action' starts I really cared about the people and their fate in this. Indeed, I was reminded of a Stephen King novel, where at least half of the book is spent on familiarization with characters and setting before something significant happens. It is no mean feat to write a book this way without making it boring, and this author definitely has the skill for it.
The story itself was about possession, both of the demonic and human kind. The opposing forces of chaos and order manifested themselves in compulsive hoarding vs. a compulsive sense of order. Both syndromes are sad enough in their own way, but carried to extremes by demonic forces these obsessions are outright scary. The explanation for the origin of the demon and the description of the ghostly space 'behind the veil' was coherent and fortunately lacking any long-winded esoteric mumbo-jumbo.
Whether a material thing is considered junk or treasure, everyone must see for oneself - this book definitely is a treasure worth salvaging. Highly recommended.
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Wow, what a wonderful book! It is a perfect mix of romance and ghost story in the beautiful setting of an old library.
The tension between Abbey and JWow, what a wonderful book! It is a perfect mix of romance and ghost story in the beautiful setting of an old library.
The tension between Abbey and Jack was perceptible from the moment they first met, and what followed was the well-known romance routine: the first awkward encounters until both realize and succumb to their mutual affection for each other. The misunderstandings that leads to their breakup, leaving both of them miserable. The ultimate happy end when love overcomes all obstacles and brings them together again. While this may sound corny and boring, it was anything but, not least by the added ghost mystery.
With ardent zeal I followed Abbeys and Jacks inquiries about the history of the library and its ghostly resident Harry and his wife. The solution was a sad yet at the same time happy one. The past and present love stories complemented one another perfectly, weaving both plot lines into an intricate tale of love, loss and reunion.
The characters were well-drawn, very vivid and each one unique in their own way, creating a kaleidoscope of odd and endearing personalities. Add to that the library itself, which can be considered a main character as well. Following Abbey's tireless struggle to revive the musty old building against all odds was a pleasure by itself.
A note on the audio book version: this was my first real audio book and not being a native English speaker I was concerned about understanding everything correctly. However, the speaker was very well chosen, with clear pronunciation, using only subtle changes in pitch to reflect different voices or situations. The soft smooth voice fit the story perfectly and was a pleasure to listen to.
An outstanding romance/mystery novel in every sense - highly recommended.
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Hach, war das wieder schoen! Eine wunderbare (wie vom Autor nicht anders erwartet) fantastische Geschichte mit vielen originellen Ideen, erfrischend aHach, war das wieder schoen! Eine wunderbare (wie vom Autor nicht anders erwartet) fantastische Geschichte mit vielen originellen Ideen, erfrischend anders. Teilweise recht duester, was mir natuerlich sehr gut gefiel, weshalb aber ggf. ein Blick auf die Altersangabe zu empfehlen ist.
Einzig irritierend fand ich manche Begriffe der Uebersetzung, aber dafuer kann der Autor ja nichts. Wer die Moeglichkeit hat, sollte zum englischen Originaltext greifen, aber da ich die deutsche Fassung kostenlos in der Bibliothek ausleihen konte, konnte ich natuerlich nicht Nein sagen...
Sehr empfehlenswert - nicht nur fuer junge Leser!...more
This book was so much fun! It has just the right balance between scary and funny scenes, and I'm sure young readers will be eager to join Pete on hisThis book was so much fun! It has just the right balance between scary and funny scenes, and I'm sure young readers will be eager to join Pete on his adventurous scavenger hunt.
Right from the start, the story creates a nice creepy atmosphere, but it never gets too unsettling, as they are often followed by some funny scene. Fortunately, those are never too childish or stupid, but just right to loosen up the mood a bit before Pete has to face his next task from the list.
Of course I sympathized with Pete right from the start, and I bet every kid will easily identify with him, sharing his doubts and fears, but also his moments of bravery. Of course we anticipate who will win the contest, but it is good to see that Pete does not need any superhero powers, but just has to use his wit and common sense to outsmart Benny. While Benny is the supposed bad guy, he appears more ridiculous than threatening, and if you want to find a moral in this story, he shows that arrogance and cheating are no successful qualities.
It is not easy to rate a book that is targeted at a younger audience, but as far as I can say (both as an adult and not a native speaker), writing, pace and length are appropriate. I would definitely give this one to my son for reading when he gets old enough.
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Hell's Belle was a refreshing new take on the supernatural-kick-ass-heroine scheme. Working for some secret task force, Nina's job is to fight evil suHell's Belle was a refreshing new take on the supernatural-kick-ass-heroine scheme. Working for some secret task force, Nina's job is to fight evil supernatural creatures which cause havoc in the human world. But this time, Nina herself is the target of an attack by some evil vampire. Being a half vampire herself, she soon finds out that she also has witch genes running in her blood, which makes her an extremely dangerous weapon. Now the fight is on, and together with her vampire team partner, witch aunt and an FBI agent who turns out to be more than he seems (which is tempting enough), this time Nina has to defend her own life as well.
The only thing that annoyed me with this book is Nina's language which tended to exaggerate its bitchy coolness, but I always have a problem with that kind of attitude. Fortunately, the author doesn't paint her above putting her foot in her mouth at times, which compensates for the untouchable facade.
This first part in a new series is a well-done mix of kick-ass action, romance and a good portion of humour. The writing is convincing and surprisingly well-edited, which makes reading a real pleasure and a regrettably outstanding difference to lots of other first works. Way to go!
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First let me say that I had the luck to win this book as a Goodreads giveaway :)
Reading this book turned out to be a mixed pleasure: while I definitelFirst let me say that I had the luck to win this book as a Goodreads giveaway :)
Reading this book turned out to be a mixed pleasure: while I definitely enjoyed the storyline and also was surprised by the author's strong writing skills, at the same time I was annoyed by too many repetitions. Over and over again, Antonia repeats her intentions to make a movie about the band and later on to find the killer of band member Genevieve. I got it, Antsy! Also, her mixed feelings for Monty - maybe real or maybe not, maybe answered, maybe not, maybe caused by supernatural aura, maybe not - where not convincing but confusing. I guess that is my main critique: I did not like Antonia's character very much and those parts where her thoughts and feelings were described went not as smooth as the rest of the story.
On the other hand, I loved reading Joe's book where he describes what happened in the days just before Genevieve's death in a story about his friend Pete O'Toole. I surely anticipated and devoured each chapter as eagerly as Antsy did.
While more sensitive readers may want to follow the advice to "not read the last chapters after dark" may be useful, for me it was the very reverse, as it raised my expectations which in the end were not satisfied. The supernatural factor should have been explored deeper, which would also have given room for more creepy sensations....more
Though not as brilliant as Nightblood, this book still was a very good and scary read. The beginning has all elements of your typical ghost story: youThough not as brilliant as Nightblood, this book still was a very good and scary read. The beginning has all elements of your typical ghost story: young couple moves to new home, where they start hearing voices and seeing ghosts. Sounds familiar? That's what I thought with disappointment, too, until the story takes a U-turn and mutates into a horror psycho thriller. Besides a real maniacal serial killer, our couple has to face a bunch of even more scary ghosts of killers intent on crossing the threshold into the real world. Though the epilogue was a bit cheesy, it did not diminish the fun I had while reading this novel....more
I already read and loved The Blood of Cowards so it was only natural to read another story by the author. Ghost Drums proved a satisfying read as wellI already read and loved The Blood of Cowards so it was only natural to read another story by the author. Ghost Drums proved a satisfying read as well, though imho it is not as elaborately and carefully written, which is my only criticism here. I wonder if Ghost Drums was written before The Blood of Cowards, which would show nicely a great improvement in the author's writing skills.
Ghost Drums contains much more action and some paragraphs appeared crowded, so that I wished the author would have used more words and pages to enfold the story more detailed and with patience. I can only repeat my plea for a full-length novel on the adventures of Lazarus Kalon...
Again, we are presented with a simple but original idea: can a vampire acquire the powers of a shapeshifter by drinking his blood? The solution provides not only an answer to this question, but also a neat twist in the outcome.
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