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You always hear how important it is to have a strong first page to draw in your readers; Carole Gill does that amazingly, showing off her gift to describe horrid scenes with simple, elegant words that serve so well to the gothic style. The story grabs you immediately, the characters are believable and very soon we root for this poor girl who has gone through such a terrible experience. The rest of the characters keep the action going and I never felt bored, though it is until three quarters of the book have passed that the first vampire is revealed as such. For a book described by its author as a story of vampirism, it is rather late in the game that vampiric lore is introduced. It is at this point that the darkest side of the story is unveiled, finally embracing its paranormal secrets.
The book is edited to perfection, letting the prose shine in all its romantic glory without grammatical mistakes or typos to distract us. Carole Gill is a gifted author I've been following for some time now, and even though I don't think The House on Blackstone Moor is her best piece, it succeeds in showing her great talent as a wordsmith and inventor of dark worlds. I can't wait for whatever else this author has in store.
I found most of the characters very lovable, especially Simon and Ada.
I did find the sudden romance/relationship between Louis and Rose a bit sudden.
I found it a little hard to connect with some of the characters and really get into the story. There were a few parts that just drew me in and made me feel like I was really there.
I found the whole going between two worlds thing a bit confusing.
Overall a very good book and I loved it.
Now, I've never been to the UK but I love English (Scottish, Welsh, etc) accents. Sometimes while I read a book where the characters are meant to be from England I can't hear the accent as I read the book. This novel, however, obtained that. The dialogue is fantastic. As I read about Rose and what she was going through, the story she was telling, I could clearly hear her voice (and accent) in my mind.
The very beginning of the novel was surprising and I had no idea where the book would go next. It was graphic and shocking to have a character, right at the start of the book, walk in to find her entire family dead. As mentioned in the synopsis Rose is brought to an insane asylum, which is an experience in itself. Each character that enters a scene I was unsure if I could trust or not. Whether Rose's fragile mental state was influencing how others appeared around her or if they truly were untrustworthy. For some, my instincts proved to be accurate. For others, I was wrong. Either way I was always left wondering what would happen next rather than figuring it out; I hate when I can figure out what is going to happen to a book before it happens so this received double thumbs up from me.
But what was most surprising was that the book was not just consisting of the darkness around Rose from her family's death or the asylum but the darkness formed in the very pits of hell. Fallen angels, demons, Satan and all forms of creatures of the dark come and go from this book leaving their influence casted over all.
My greatest issue with the book was the lack of proofreading or editorial adjustments. The story itself was interesting but there were many grammatical mistakes. A lack of punctuation was sprinkled through out the book along with spacing issues. With some fine-tuning I feel this book could be all the more stronger. A little more description of the surroundings and characters would be helpful for the reader to see the characters a little more clearly.
Otherwise, I am pleased to say that there are more books pertaining to this series. A deeper look into the romantic interest of Rose followed this book in the 2011 publication: I Vampire, a character whom I get the feeling I only know the surface of from Blackstone Moor.
If you have an interest in gothic romanticism; love, loss, darkness, heaven and hell, then please check out The House on Blackstone Moor.