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Night Latch

(The Locksmith #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Sam Alvarez doesn’t just open locks. He’s the key.

Living in Bellemer, Iowa, Sam leads a typical small-town life. When he’s not looking after his Nana or dealing with his mother’s expectations, he runs a one-man locksmith company. Unlike regular locksmiths, he can open anything with a touch and a wish, but Sam keeps that secret to himself. No reason to alarm the neighbors,
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Published October 1st 2019 by Fine Fables Press
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Miranda Reads
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars


Another absolutely incredible book by Anela!! I just couldn't resist doing a video review!
The Written Review
Sam, you're a miracle worker.
When Mrs. Shu thanked Sam for doing a locksmithing favor, she had no idea just how accurate her statement was.

Sam has a...sort of gift. He can unlock things.

To be fair, unlocking things in and of itself, isn't THAT unusual of a talent but when you realize that he uses magic to do so...then it becomes a little peculiar.

But Sam's eked out a (s
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: spfbo-2020
*This is one of the books I had in my batch for #SPFBO 2020*

I actually found myself pleasantly surprised with this book, as it's an urban fantasy which had elements of humour and sass throughout. We follow a man called Sam who is, himself, pretty impressive as he has the ability to open any lock. This is very useful as he owns a locksmith business, but he lives in a small town where not much happens... until... one day, a new client appears. This client is Death. This is where thing start gettin
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Anela Deen strikes again with an intriguing and engaging story that anyone and everyone will enjoy!

Night Latch is the first book in the Locksmith Duology and I was immediately hooked from the first page on! The story features Sam Alvarez, a young man with a very unique gift: he can open any door without a key...because he is a living key. I don't want to give too many other details away, because it will ruin the story but just know that this book also includes a voodoo doctor, ancient relics, wi
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal

Night Latch is an urban fantasy following the life of Sam Alvarez, a small town locksmith with the secret ability to open any lock. His abilities put him on death's radar- like not death but Death who's actually a young (kind of) woman who goes by Alice. You've read those cringy paranormals where death is super attractive snarky dude, get ready for a twist on that along with a cool magical plotline that you haven't seen before.

I liked how Night Latch wasn't as unrealistic as those, it didn't hav

May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this - Sam is a locksmith with the ability to unlock any lock without needing any tools. He meets Death in a graveyard one night and adventure and drama ensue. Sam is a really likeable character and oddly, so is Death.
E.G. Stone
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For some reason, stories about Death (or death, depending) always intrigue me. Okay, yes, some of this is because I quite like the darker side of fiction. But a good portion of that is also just curiosity about how people think about death, whatever comes beyond, and what value they place on life. So when I get to read a fantasy book about a character who meets death, I find it absolutely fascinating. Night Latch by Anela Deen (SPFBO entrant for 2020), is definitely in that category, and has the ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night Latch is a hard book for me to review: a collection of short stories/novellas, all revolving around the same group of characters and general themes. There can be no doubt that Anela Deen is a skilled author. There were so many lines in this book that I highlighted because they were so evocative: "I understood suddenly what her words had opened in me, the understanding like the hammer strike that reveals a vein of gold running through ordinary ground"; “Maggie keened my name over and over u ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sam Alvarez isn't just any locksmith, he can open any lock with a touch and a wish. No one in his small town knows this and Sam plans on keeping it that way. One day a stranger asks for Sam's help unlocking something in a graveyard, and it turns out this mysterious stranger is Death, or as she refers to be called Alice. Circumstances change and Sam learns where his talent for open locks comes from, along with the news of witches, demons and witch doctors.

I thought this story was so well written
NoNo JoJo
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Preface: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Rating this one was a little hard. I did enjoy it, but it also definitely had its flaws. The premise is solid - the main character has an unexplained ability to unlock any door, and gets into trouble with it - but does wear thin after a little while when nothing is really explained. He finds out he's a "saint" and is meant to do something big, but what that means, we really have no idea. His mentor never really explai
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-finished
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Night Latch for free through the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I have to admit, when I first heard about Night Latch, I wasn't sure if it was going to be my thing. Yet, as with all of Anela Deen's books thus far, I finished reading it in record time.

You can't go wrong with Sam's boundless wit, but I particularly enjoyed the smaller details to his character, especially once we discover the truth about who he is. Sam is a young adult, but he's a
Dana Marie
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up at GalaxyCon in Minneapolis. I am a sucker for books and was browsing the different tables offered by various authors. The cover of Anela Dean’s books caught my attention and I fell instantly in love with the description of Night Latch. I told my friend that I would have to buy the book and planned to come back later so I didn’t have to carry it around. Right before our last photo op, I wandered up and down the tables trying to find her table. It took forever but then there ...more
Kristy Halseth
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an advanced reading copy.

It was intended to be serialized but then was put together in one volume with a bonus short story that is actually a transition for the next book. After the first of four parts, I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about it. It turned out to be very good. The characters interesting. A good plot. Because of the plot, religion becomes central to the story without ever becoming a 'Christian' fantasy novel. I really can't wait to read more. I need to go mark
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is Death A Door To Continue

I really enjoyed Sam and Alice. This story had wonderful world building and character development. Sam was considered by some to be saint like and he considered the negatives in his performance which some agreed in some small part. Remorse and actions to mitigate any harm seems to give hope for redemption. The book flowed quickly by in spite of the depth of the overall thoughts explored. Overall one of the best books I have read.
Miriam Holsinger
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this creative sweet read. I loved the short story aspect of the first couple sections and was heart broken when I got to the end and realized I'll have to wait a while for book two. At times the Christian/Catholic themes were a bit strong but I found the writing sensitive and humorous so more than made up for that.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing book and original I loved reading it the characters were interesting and there was t a dull moment it keeps u interested.
I can’t sit for the next book in the series to find out what happens.
I voluntary reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 30%.

The concept was interesting and some of the writing was excellent. But it needed a much better copy editor and to be honest, the religion got overwhelming. I felt like this was a Christian YA paranormal. Which is fine but maybe not what I was looking for right now.
Jeanette Marie
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really did enjoy this book! It was a very unique concept and it has left me wanting to read the next one right away. Well done!
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The format of the book was odd, but since I read the Author's Note before beginning, it didn't hinder me in any way from enjoying the story. I loved it and the characters and can't wait for book 2!
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Reading this book. Who knew Death and a saint would make such chemistry, along with the other characters who made this book fun to read. Cannot wait for more.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A fairly original take on some old, Christian-centric tropes.
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