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, ...more
The Written Review
Another absolutely incredible book by Anela!! I just couldn't resist doing a video 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
I thought this story was so well written ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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.