- File Size: 2100 KB
- Print Length: 370 pages
- Publisher: Glass Apple; 1 edition (September 20, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 20, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015NMZC6Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Ghosts of Ravencrest (The Ravencrest Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Belinda takes a job as a governess for the Manning children that live in the Ravencrest Mansion. She immediately makes enemies with Mrs. Heller, a mean old woman that works in the house. Belinda starts to hear and see things in the house and having strange dreams that keep her up at night. Belinda finds out she has a gift and she needs to use her gift to help a little girl in the house before it's too late.
Though I enjoyed this book I still thought it was weird and kind of disturbing at times. Mrs. Heller is the main person that creeped me out the most, the woman was messed up in more ways than one. The authors did a great creating a character that was so messed up that it creeped me out, which is an accomplishment on it's own. I felt bad for anyone that had to deal with her because she was not nice to anyone, not even the children in the house.
I'm not sure how I felt about Belinda. I liked her and I thought she was a good protagonist there were times I thought she was naive. I was embarrassed for her when she didn't understand what Riley and Grant were joking about in the beginning. I guess that made it more clear just how sheltered she was as a child, poor thing. Her mother was vile and very much cringe worthy.
Thorne and Cross can write some amazing books. They are able to write dark scenes and are not afraid to go places that most authors don't. I can't wait to see what other books they write because I am a huge fan.
The dialogue is fluid and the scenic descriptions are everything that we would expect from Tamara Thorne. Her writing partner Alistair Cross adds not only a certain bite (not that Tamara didn't have fangs before mind you) yet a male perspective showing a certain patriarchal darkness, again, not often seen in fiction nowadays.
In all, this is a wonderful story that makes the reader identify so closely with its female lead that we feel we are seeing what she sees (and most horrifically and sensually) feeling what she is feeling. That's right. her room mate, her mom, her boss all seem familiar. She is us, walking down a dark, sexy, dangerous path. Should she take the job? Hell yes.
The characters are really extreme caricatures and they, at times, seem to get in the way of the progress of the story, even though I really didn't have a problem with any of the characters - except a few of the experiences (and reactions to the experiences) that our heroine has towards the beginning of the book with her roommate and doctor. The characters are vibrantly written though and the authors produced a few unexpected laughs that this reader appreciated.
I also have no argument with sex in books but it seems that the bad guy -girl actually- was almost completely defined by sexual act. She could have actually been menacing and had the potential to really be an interesting villain but she just seemed to have sex instead of causing mayhem and dealing with the threats to her future.
There were a couple of places in the book where the exact same thing was needlessly stated or explained multiple times. I wonder if they didn't write the story in chunks and missed smoothing these sections out in the editing process. It didn't happen often enough to be distracting but it didn't feel like a natural flow for the story.
I felt the the authors did a great job with the setting and tone without overdoing the descriptions of the big spooky house and grounds. I also enjoyed the jump back in time to help fill the reader in on the current events. Nicely done.
Finally I think the authors are playing jokes on the readers with the names. Nurse V. Massingil? Mr. Phister? Ms. Waxwing? Really?
All in all if you're looking for a quick entertaining read that you don't really want to have to put to much thought into (no really, I urge you not to think about it too much) this book is worth the price and I look forward to the continuing sagas of Ravencrest Manor.
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