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Title: The Dead Game
Author: Susanne Leist
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Pages Count: 310
Formats Available: PDF
Review Due Date: April 19

Book Description: A Florida town turns into a haven for vampires and human vampires.

Linda moves to a seaside town to live a quiet life. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Life is simple--that is until the dead body washes up on shore. Linda is horrified to find that dead bodies and disappearing tourists are common for this small town. As soon as the sun sets, the residents and tourists are stalked by dark shadows. But this is only the beginning.

Linda and her friends receive an unsigned invitation to a party at a deserted house. They are pursued through revolving rooms and dangerous traps, barely escaping with their lives. Two of their own remain trapped in the house. Or so they think.

They must embark on a difficult journey, chased by unnatural creatures, not knowing whom to trust, to uncover the one controlling the game and everyone in town. Who are The Dead? Are they humans or vampires? Or a combination of both? Will there be an end to their evil game? Will Linda and Todd find love? Will a second book be needed?

The Dead Game has begun.

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1. Natalie
2. Karen
3. Mallory
4. Holly
5. Lexie

Natalie (nem02) | 73 comments Hi Sheri

I’d like to read this one. Thanks.

Karen Siddall (boysmom) | 222 comments Sounds good!

 Eldritch Reading Reindeer Welcomes 2022! (readingreindeerproximacentauri) | 149 comments

Mallory A. Haws

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Sent everyone an email!

Nerdy Werewolf (halogen) @Sheri, Is it too late to sign up to read this?
Mobi, if possible?

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Sent you an email Holly. PDF only for this one.

Nerdy Werewolf (halogen) Thanks so much! That will work!

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Lexie (livetoread66) | 35 comments Hi Sheri,

If it's not too late, I'd love to read and review this. PDF won't be a problem. Thanks! Have a good weekend!


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Sent you an email Lexie

message 13: by Nerdy Werewolf (last edited Apr 02, 2018 05:41PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

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Lexie (livetoread66) | 35 comments So, this book began the way a lot of horror movies begin, or at least get into partway through the movie. By that I mean, several friends get an invitation to a party at the neighborhood creepy house. Several of the individuals have "bad feelings" about attending and even express those feelings to a couple of the other people going to the party, however they all go. Despite the "Should we even go to this party? It might not be such a good idea.” I’m afraid about what we might be getting ourselves into.” Phrases such as that and inner monologues are how the book essentially begins, & like any horror movie everyone still goes. This had the potential to be a scary horror book, although I don’t think that was the author’s intent. I just started reading the first couple of chapters late at night, so that was my mindset.

While the book deals with the paranormal, especially vampires, it fell flat for me. It was told in the third person and jumped POVs a bit. That would have been fine, but the characters were flat and 2 dimensional, in my opinion. There was no depth to them, so no growth or character building occurred. If I’m not connected to the characters the story doesn’t hold my attention. At first, one character Mike, had an inner dialogue about ¾ of the way through the book that really bothered me because he was a complete jerk. However, towards the end I began to agree with him & got a couple of internal chuckles. I’m not sure if that was intentional or not, but it made the story a little more bearable since I was starting to lose interest and felt like the situations were close to becoming like the movie Groundhog Day.

The book ended a year later, and I was surprised that no progress had been made between a certain relationship between two of the main characters. If Ms. Leist, hadn’t specifically said it had been a year, I would have assumed only a few weeks or a couple of months had passed based on how all the characters were interacting and living their lives. While some readers will not mind that at all, a good plot is just as essential as good characters who I can relate to or at least connect with.

The plot was interesting but nothing new. I did appreciate that the author expanded the world outside of just vampires, and it sounds like the next book will build upon that. I do believe that Ms. Leist has definite potential to write some future books that I would devour, and I think many readers will enjoy this book.

I don’t want my review to deter anyone else from giving this book a read, it just didn’t capture my attention the way I like when reading. On the plus side, I didn’t notice many grammatical errors or typos, which is a huge plus!! Hopefully the next book will delve farther into the characters and really build that connection between the readers and the world inside the book.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Susanne Leist (susanneleist) | 4 comments April Showers Bring Fungi From Yuggoth wrote: ""

I love your review. Would you like to share it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble?

Karen Siddall (boysmom) | 222 comments I had some technical trouble with this book and set it aside to work on and then FORGOT. But I did read and review, and posted my review as follows:

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Susanne Leist (susanneleist) | 4 comments Karen wrote: "I had some technical trouble with this book and set it aside to work on and then FORGOT. But I did read and review, and posted my review as follows:"

Thanks for the review. On your Wordpress blog, you spelled my first name incorrectly.

Karen Siddall (boysmom) | 222 comments Susanne wrote: "Karen wrote: "I had some technical trouble with this book and set it aside to work on and then FORGOT. But I did read and review, and posted my review as follows:"

My sincerest apologies - I've repaired that!

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