- File Size: 2369 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press; Macabre Ink First Digital edition (July 6, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 6, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I2PAT8C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What the "cuss" was this author thinking? I really tried to get into this book. I really did because I love horror but this was just terrible all around. It had a horrible plot that I didn't even understand in the first place. The book kind of lost me when one of the main characters kept trying and failing to drink her own pee because of some ritual thing. The writing was nothing special and the entire story was not relateable to anyone. I don't even think that an author writing this would enjoy or relate to it. The only thing that I can say for Giron is that maybe she was trying to be unique and different. It is definitely unique since I have never read another book like it, but being different isn't always a good thing. Most people might find you rather unique and different if you took a dump in Santa Clause's lap in some odd protest of Christianity but they probably wouldn't like your actions. Now, I respect all books and I am not saying that this book is crap (or dump for the sensitive types) but I thought it was a bad effort and one of the worst things I've ever read right up there with Stranger by Simon Clark and Black Butterflies by John Shirley. I still want to try House of Pain because I own that one too, but judging by the reviews it got, it will be more time wasted that I will never get back. Don't make the same mistake I made and will probably make again. Unless you want to experience everything horror, and I mean everything, avoid this one.
Vanessa is truly a monster, but Giron’s deft touch makes the witch sympathetic. In fact, I found myself rooting for Vanessa in her horrific quest. And upon reflection, I realized all mankind faces Vanessa’s plight. We want to live, we want to remain young and beautiful, and many of us go to great lengths to ward off the inevitable decline.
Besides the moral conflict inherent in Vanessa’s raison d’etre, Giron subtly weaves another plot element into the novel. When Vanessa learns that the husbands of several of the women for whom she reads tarot have gone missing, she realizes that another witch has moved into her territory. Consequently, Vanessa and her nemesis square off in a battle of powerful, dangerous creatures.
With all of this going on, Giron manages to integrate an overarching theme into "Borrowed Flesh." Not only does Vanessa need to destroy the innocent in order to survive, she craves love and the satiation of her erotic desires. This theme of need is pervasive in the Giron’s prose. It shows up as an itch that can’t be scratched, a craving that can never be fulfilled—no matter how many human sacrifices are made, no matter how many sexual encounters are consummated.
Sephera Giron, an obviously talented writer, has continued to practice her craft since the publication of "Borrowed Flesh" in 2004. I am looking forward to reading more of her work
Vanessa is a witch with eternal life who makes a living reading tarot cards. When several of the town's women residents come to her for help with their straying husbands, she has a feeling there is something else keeping the men away. When she tries to solve the mystery she realizes she's not the only witch in town.
Borrowed Flesh should have been marketed as a paranormal romance because the novel focuses Vanessa's budding relationship with David. The parts where she bathes in virgin blood could have been easily cut out because it's not essential to the plot and are the only parts that could be considered horror.
The characters aren't very deep and I didn't find myself caring about what happens to them. Vanessa is portrayed as a "good" witch, yet she kills innocent virgins to obtain something as frivolous as looking young, which made me dislike her. She's the heroine of the novel and Giron tries to make her seem caring, but I couldn't get over the fact that she murders young women and bathes in their blood just to look pretty. Also, some characters are mentioned over and over without explaining them. Sophie constantly appears in Vanessa's dreams but there's no explanation of who she is or why she is significant to Vanessa's life. And Vanessa's ex Demian is described a bit, but there's no clarification of why he and Vanessa broke up or what their relationship was like, Giron just says how Vanessa will always love him over and over.
Although I didn't care for the characters, the novel held my interest until the end because of Giron's direct writing style and my curiosity of why the husbands went missing. Which brings me to the part of the novel which I hated the most: the anticlimactic ending. I got to the end just to find a measly five pages dedicated to the fight between our heroine, Vanessa, and the "bad" witch. And the reason behind her holding the men hostage was so ridiculous that it made me upset I wasted my time on the rest of the book just to reach this crazy conclusion.
I like Giron's writing style and will read more of her work, but I would recommend skipping this one.
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