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- Print Length: 143 pages
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- Publisher: E.M. Havens (June 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DQ000VU
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"Welcome to hell brat"- Neala, Dark Night of the Soul
A Fast paced, action packed, story of second chances. Jayden is insecure and ready to end it all. She thinks she's fat, ugly and not worthy to be loved. This leads to her lying in her family's bathtub after downing several pills in an attempt to kill her self. She just doesn't want to live anymore so she takes the pills. She's not sure they're working until she begins to feel strange. She began to feel heavy and dizzy and before she realizes what's happening she wakes up wearing camouflage, armed with a gun, and now has blonde hair. She has no idea where she is or how she got there. She's not even sure she's dead, until she's looking up at a group of five people. The next thing she hears is "Welcome to hell brat." This begins a journey she will never remember and never forget.
Dark night of the soul is such a good story. It's an interesting take on the after life or rather the in between. The characters were easily relatable and likeable. They helped tell a sad but happy story. Of course Marsh was my favorite. Marsh was the "keeper of time." He was short with Jayden upon arrival, not to mention impatient. But deep down he was gentle, caring, and sadly hurting. I think I slowly fell in love with him the way the characters did.
What I liked the most about the story was the character build up. It played off nicely. The reader gets to know the characters in such a natural way. It's all timed perfectly. I always like when an author allows the relationships develop in a way that is realistic or comparable to real life. It just makes the story better when they don't force the relationships. I also liked the plot it was interesting the way the author told this story of the after life and second chances. It's a story of hope. It's wonderfully written and very well put together. I would definitely recommend this one to other readers.
Seventeen year old Jayden commits suicide and finds herself in a kind of purgatory where teams of people who have committed suicide protect other suicidal souls from the demons that whisper in their ears and incite them to suicide. Life in this purgatory is a series of battles, if they defeat the demons, the person lives, if they lose, the person succeeds in their quest for death and their soul joins the team. When a new member arrives, the Judgement- a kind of sparkly storm cloud- comes for another. If it's you it comes for, you'll meet a statue of yourself and you can either submit to the judgement or fight to keep the demons off your statue/soul. If the judgment takes you, you'll either move on to the next realm, or you'll go back to your life. It's a second chance. It's difficult to explain and it's bizarre, but it works.
Havens takes us through a series of events in which Jayden grows as a person.This isn't a story you can say much about without blowing the intricacies, surprises and beautiful ending. What I can say, though, is that I didn't want to put it down.
The author skilfully revealed the details of the world and the character's lives as the story progressed, so that there was always something new to learn and a different angle to take on what we'd already seen. A romance blossoms as well, one with a bitter sweet flavour because it apparently has little chance of long term success. The environment is surreal, taking the group of demon slayers through various terrain and a wide variety of accommodations provided by 'Him'. Is he God? No one knows. One powerful image is of a Wal-mart in the middle of a desert where the manager uses televisions to show Jayden the options the suicides don't see due to their tunnel vision. That's when she learns why they fight to keep the demons from luring people to their death.
Though the subject is suicide, this is not a sad or depressing book; it's a great tale with layers of meaning. Though it appears as a fantasy, everything is a vehicle for insight making it more precisely metaphysical fiction and magical realism.
It's simply but effectively written and warrants 5 stars once an issue of formatting has been corrected.
"Is it Heaven."
"No." He looked down at me in awe, a smile gracing his burnt and peeling lips. "Better. It's Wal-mart."
I received a free copy of this from the author in return for an honest review. I am an Awesome Indies reviewer.
The story is unlike anything I have ever read and it took me a while to grasp the whole Purgatory scene but eventually I wrapped my head around it. LOL My favorite part is the characters, they are beautifully written, all of them serving a specific purpose and I fell in love with them all. Of course we are following Jayden on her souls journey but we get a striking look at some of her companions lives and what they had to go through to get to where they are now.
Dark Night of Soul is a new and refreshing, still tragic, tale of suicide and what might possible happen on the other side. I immensely enjoyed the transformation of Jaydens soul....she came from being self centered and dependant on other people for her success or failure to a women that can hold her own, puts other first, and has a brighter out look on life and what it deals you. Even if you do not like the thought of suicide let alone reading it...give it a try because this book will still touch you and leave a lasting impact. Truly memorable.