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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Gabe Espinosa, is trying to dig himself out of the darkness. Struggling with the emotional fallout of a breakup with his ex-boyfriend, Gabe returns to his job at The Rosebriar Room; the fine dining restaurant at the historic Sentinel Club Chicago Hotel. Already haunted by the ghosts of his severed relationship, he’s drastically unprepared for the ghosts of The Sentinel ...more
Published December 30th 2019 by NineStar Press
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Joyfully Jay
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

For me, this horror story dragged. Aside from the Epilogue, the whole story takes place over a twelve-hour period. Gabe is in his head for about 85% of that time, often rehashing his grief over the breakup with Kevin and his suicide attempt. While I could sympathize with his pain, I struggled to connect with this unreliable narrator; Gabe hides his true resentments even from himself. Gabe is frustrated with his life, has internalized self-hate for himself as a
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
So good! So worth reading! More please!
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

actual rating: 3.5

This was a pretty interesting book although definitely more character driven than I was expecting it to be. This worked well because a lot of the story focused on the main character's struggles both as a gay man and a man of color so it was nice to see a different perspective in an urban fantasy book and these things did tie into the haunting very heavily by the end of the story. I do think it could have been a little bit longer
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Testament by Jose Nateras

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You know that feeling.. when you see a book cover that just reaches out and draws your gaze? That's exactly what happened to me with this novel. The blood red tempest against the black and white Chicago skyline just pulled me right in. And it's not misleading, in the least. This is a book I feel secure saying, you can judge by its cover.

From the opening scenes, freshman author Jose Nateras easily immerses you in even the day to day life of Gabe Espinosa. The
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, horror
Three point five stars out of five.

Gabe Espinosa, two weeks off a suicide attempt, returns to his job at the Rosebriar Room, part of Chicago's Sentinel Club, only to find an evil making itself known to him. He is attacked by a diner at the restaurant, finds the furniture in his apartment stacked upon itself, receives calls and voicemails from a voice exuding evil menace, and is in his roommate's Uber as a random jogger attacks the car, only to fall behind as they escape. Clearly, something is
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, horror
What a terrifying ride this novel is! so let’s see... Gabe is returning to work after a suicide attempt, he’s recently broken up with his boyfriend... so things are pretty raw for him on all fronts. I don’t mean to minimize what happened to Gabe...but I don’t want to give away too many details about what is revealed in the novel.

Gabe returns to work but he’s unsettled. Of course, he’s still missing Kenny - the partner who cheated on him and moved out of their home - but he’s feeling unsettled in
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t really feel qualified to write an objective review of this book, given that the author and I have been friends since we were eleven, but I will say that Jose has written a very effective, atmospheric little horror novel that sucks you in and doesn’t let you go as it barrels towards its inevitable conclusion. The pace is relentless, but given that the events of the story take place over the course of a single day, it absolutely works. And I’ll read anything set in Chicago, but this novel ...more
Micchi Kins
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes a book just grabs you by the hand and drags you through its story. This is one, and I loved every minute of it.

Gabe struggles with a lot. Both paranormal, supernatural weirdness, amd his own internal problems. Queer and brown in a world that doesn't care for either of those, he nonetheless searches for community, acceptance, love.

This book does a marvellous job at depecting these struggles. The way the supernatural elements mirror and highlight Gabe's frustration and journey is very
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Hailing from Chicago, Jose Nateras is a Los Angeles based based Actor, Writer/Novelist, Teacher, and Director with experience in everything from Shakespeare, to Sketch Comedy, Improv, Puppetry, TV/Film, Stand Up, and more. He has his MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and always has new and exciting projects in development.

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