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The Making of Gabriel Davenport (Volume 1) Paperback – April 1, 2016
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About the Author
Beverley Lee is a freelance writer currently residing in the south east of England. In thrall to the written word from an early age, especially the darker side of fiction, she believes that the very best story is the one you have to tell. Supporting fellow authors is also her passion and she is actively involved in social media writers’ groups. The Making of Gabriel Davenport is her debut novel.
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First of all, Beverley Lee's writing is very clean. The editing was flawless, and I adored how fast the pace of the novel was. This is a perfect novel for those who enjoy horror/darker novels, as well as those who aren't experienced in the genre at all. It is one of those rare novels that is dark, but not crass or grotesque - and these types of novels are the best kind.
Lee is also a master at evolving her characters through the novel, as well as making the reader feel isolated with no one else to turn to but the characters themselves. Her writing allows the reader to become completely isolated inside of the story, and I now feel as though her characters are my own personal friends. I fought for them throughout the novel, and still think about them when they cross my mind. The Making of Gabriel Davenport is the best novel I have read in a really long time, and I am so honored to have read it at all. I cannot talk about this novel enough, and recommend it to anyone in the upper young adult - adult age range. It doesn't matter what genres you like to read, this book is perfect for anyone. And I guarantee that it will turn you to darker novels more than any other introductory novel. Lee is clearly passionate about her novel and her characters, and those passions shine beautifully through her words.
So the story is about more than a young man. It's about a process and revenge. And maybe even a bit of young adult attitude and the stealing of a soul- a lot went on and came together perfectly. You see, Gabriel lives in The Manor, a place that studies the paranormal and supernatural. Each resident, other than the curator (Carver), has a talent that assists in discovering and possibly resolving unnatural occurrences. While there, he's continuously observed by things unseen. He's also under protection - been under protection since infancy and never told why.
While he's dealing with such secrets and insecurities, his mother is tucked away in a room in the same home, completely disconnected from reality. Or is she? Things talk to her and convince her to do things, where the ones who care for her can't even carry on a conversation! Gabriel's father, dead fifteen years, decided to pay everyone a visit too. HOW DOES THIS ALL COME TOGETHER?!! Sounds crazy, I know and you don't exactly get all of the answers, thanks to the ending, but I have a feeling I'll be finding out as soon as the follow-up hits shelves and Kindle!
Be sure you grab yourself a copy of The Making of Gabriel Davenport as soon as you can. Find out what all the hubbub is about! On to a new read.
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When I first heard of 'Gabriel,' I could not wait to read it. When I finally did, it surpassed my expectations! I gave up some sleep to keep reading. It was a very happy trade-off, I assure you (and I was so freaked out at times, I didn't want to sleep anyway!). 😉 'Gabriel' immediately sucked me into the world of the Davenports, and I was right there looking over my shoulder with Beth Davenport (the epitome of 'amazing mother,' by the way. You'll see why!) goosebumps tickling over the surface of my skin, sensing but unable to see something terrible that was lurking with an oppressing heaviness on the edges, waiting, watching. The writing is not only beautiful, but vivid. I was IN every setting, could SEE every character's face, mannerisms. The characters were multi-layered, diverse, and I loved them all. Beverly brought each and every one flaring to life.
This supernatural literary feast is fast-paced (the smaller chapters really worked here!) and stirring. 'The Making of Gabriel Davenport' will take you on a crazy, haunting, and mysterious ride until the 'holy crap!' ending. Can't wait for the sequel! I highly recommend you pick up your own copy tout de suite! 😄