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The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé Paperback – August 28, 2016
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About the Author
Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game StarWars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She's the mother of a preschooler and twin babies--a houseful of girls will definitely keep her husband on his toes.
Samantha's short fiction has appeared in AE, Flash Fiction Online, and elsewhere. She has three novels out about angels and demons: the first two and a companion novel in her Fallen Redemption trilogy.
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I love multi-ethnic urban fantasy and from the cover blurb, was thinking that is what this would be. However, it wasn't quite what I expected-- not so much an urban fantasy as a horror-based, slow-moving exploration of the nuances of evil in the context of multiple lives at the crossroads of magic and Catholicism.
The titular heroine has felt haunted her whole life an oily, evil shadow. She is facing growing relationship issues with her wife and teenage daughter and decides to turn to exorcist Father Angelo for help.
She is drawn into several exorcisms, but also begins to discover the thing that is haunting her has had her in its clutches before, and intends to use her current life as a way to torture her and her family. Meanwhile, Father Angelo has to come to grips with his dark-magic past and estranged relationship with a former mentor who may be Scarlet's only hope.
The book's pacing is a bit uneven-- the beginning is a slow dance between Scarlet and Angelo and the Catholic church and what it will permit. Lots of layers of what is "sin" and "evil" etc.
The last third of the book gets quite Exorcist-tastic. Lots of creepy blood and mayhem and horror. I felt a little frustrated in that I felt we were getting a peek at some truly intriguing characters (Angelo's former mentor, a surprise visit at the end only hinted at throughout the book) but weren't provided enough emotional fodder to appreciate their awesomeness. About halfway into the book, I realized "companion novel" was printed right there on the cover, and suspected that reading the whole series would give me access to the full emotional richness of the complicated relationships we just barely glimpse the outline of in this book.
This glimpse is enough to make me head over to Amazon to go read the blurbs and reviews of the main series to consider buying it.
by S. L. Saboviec
I recived a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Terrifying, scary as hell and emotionally frighteningly journey into Hell. Quite literally, into Hell. A woman faces her worst fears as she slowly becomes possessed by a demon.
There are nods to the greats of hellish literature, a guide to the inferno named Dante, a Catholic priest who must find his own salvation named Angelo... this book is plotted within an inch of its life, with characters that force you to care about them with their life-life qualities.
Of course, with only being covered in spiders missing my from own personal fears, this book kept me up all night and sent me looking for a thesaurus for words to describe the absolute terror it inspired in me. Thanks for the night terrors, Ms. Saboviec! You are a master in the wings, hopefully this will reach horror fans because it it more terrifying and soul-searing than anything I've read in years.
Scarlet is one of the best realized heroines I've met in a long while, strong willed and uncompromising. Smart and understanding of her foibles even as she stumbles into them.
There is so much meat to this book. Yet, it is so disturbing that I just want to go crawl into a light romance to escape it!
5 out of 5
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