- File Size: 1860 KB
- Print Length: 378 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NF8NCTU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Halton Cray (Shadows of the World Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"This novel is absolutely mesmerizing. If I could give it 100 stars,I would! I felt such excitement while reading this book. I am wildly impressedwith N.B. Robert's storytelling ability, along with the impressive imagery andemotion that flew off these pages." - Rachael Sizemore atmeetmybookboyfriend.wordpress.com ★★★★★
"I really had a high expectation on this book, anddamn was this book beyond what I wanted! Every page had made me excited andwanting more and more." - Cynthia at poppskii.blogspot.co.uk ★★★★★
"The best aspect of the story is the romancebetween Alexandra and Thom, which I think is really true to the themes of JaneEyre. I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it not only to Jane Eyrefans but for those who love a good paranormal romance with lots of tension." - AlisaSelene at Picture Us Reading ★★★★
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Up front and fair warning - I didn't like Thom. He rubbed me wrong the entire novel because he seems like a guy who confuses bullying with teasing. Between that and much of the romance being fueled by smitten tendencies I wasn't really sucked into that facet of the story. My tastes, not necessarily everyone's.
I'd recommend this to anybody who wants a paranormal romance that reads like a ghost story. if that's of interest, it should be a nice read.
I thought Alex was such a great character. She was strong, sarcastic and enjoyed spending time in old haunted mansions. My kind of girl. I also loved Thom. He was kind of manic-y in his interactions with Alex, but in the best possible way. Does that even make sense? I couldn't wait to find out what his "madwoman in the attic" flaw would be, and it did not disappoint.
And I wish Halton Cray was a real place. I would be there in a heartbeat. Such a great story, and I'm so excited to read the second book when it comes out!
The plot was ingenious and I was continually surprised turn after turn. I love all the characters, even those you "love to hate". The moral of the story is a great one that needs to be reinforced more than it is.
Roberts has a distinctly British writing style that once adjusted to, was utterly fantastic.
I can't wait to delve into book two and get lost in Halton Cray again.
I get tired of books where the main characters are portrayed as always being right and ending up all powerful. In this story each character has flaws and makes mistakes that all humans make. The author is able to show the good, the bad, the irritating and the redeeming qualities in all her characters within the book.
An engaging book. Not a "deep" book but I like that. The author writes a character driven book. I enjoy that style. Not overly wordy and not bogging down in pages of descriptions of places, how people look, or motives of all characters. The style of writing respects you have enough imagination to fill in the details for yourself.
Top international reviews
N.B. Roberts successfully creates a mysterious atmosphere embedded within daily life at the Halton Cray estate. The principal female is an intrepid Alex Turner, whose strength of character develops as the story progresses. Alex becomes deeply involved in a daring and secretive adventure into the supernatural. The ineluctable Thom Rues is brilliantly written and the author cleverly alludes to him intrigant and heroic attributes. The Alex & Thom relationship is complimentary, witty and very engaging. The setting is interesting and reflects the moods and tones of the plot. The pace is gradual acceleration that is excellent with enjoyable suspense.
The additional characters are nicely fleshed-out individuals who fulfill their role stabilizing the minor and major characters. Stacey, the witless temperamental ‘friend’ is exasperating. The wonderful Mrs Evans rotund and robust, a large character in all senses of the word. The superb villain Johan, wicked to the core, at times his savagery and physical description made me feel quite queasy.
The skilful choice of chapter heads and apt quotations are inspiring in themselves. Altogether, I believe the Author has taken a great deal of time over this work. The snippet of Shadows of the World Book 2 has me hooked already...I look forward to it.
5 Star Recommended!
At about 35%-40% into the book, it got better. I enjoyed some parts a lot.
But the story, especially the first quarter of the book could have been a bit shorter to keep the reader’s attention.
I can’t even tell you what happened in the first half of the book besides Alexandra starting to work at Halton Cray, a House that’s supposed to be haunted by ghosts. Thom works there as a curator and it seems like everybody has an animosity towards him. Even Alex notices something mysterious about him.
There were some thrilling and exciting moments and I loved the funny banters between Thom and Alexandra.
The Characters are well developed and described. I loved their interactions. I enjoyed every detail that Alex discovered of Thom. It was fascinating.
Though now I am glad that I kept reading/skimming this book, because there was a lot of the story that I really enjoyed. It could just have been shorter on the boring stuff and then it would have been perfect.
It's eloquent, lovely and, right when you least expect it, creepy as hell. Alex and Thom are amazing, intelligent and playful; their chemistry and quirks were a delight to immerse in. I don't think I've fallen for a cast of characters so quickly and so hard before. I was rooting for them the whole time, so much so that I was hesitant to see how it finally came together; afraid the build-up would be too much for the revelation. It wasn't. Halton Cray isn't about jump-scares and swooning, it's a slow and relentless burn that won't let go until the end: holding you in merciless apprehension, waiting for the beauty of the spell to be broken and the world to come crashing in. You won't be disappointed.
An absolute must read if you enjoy intelligent characters, elegant writing and original ideas. An amazing debut novel from a clearly skilled writer and a fantastic storyteller.