Book Review: FROM AWAY by Deke Mackey Jr.

Hey there rebel!

I give you another review for #IndieAugust!

This one is a serial (much like TV Series, the individual episodes are shorter and the storyline continues in the next installment), and I know that not everyone likes serials, but this one might as well change your mind, if you give it a chance.

FROM AWAY - 5 Stars!

From Away is the first installment of a horror serial. If you don’t like cliffhangers, maybe that’s not your read…

I am mighty impressed with this story - it has so many elements and it’s very well written, so the rating is well deserved.

We start in a lighthouse, where people keep watch against something horrific - except nobody knows what it is, not even those who ward against it. The story takes place on an isolated island that doesn’t want to be connected to the mainland, and meanwhile, there are generational clashes, family feuds, and the conflict keeps rising…

And while the action keeps rising and the author manages to completely creep you out, he also managed to develop the characters and make you care about them. What a feat!

There are a few things that might be construed as negative:

  1. The writing is a bit choppy in places. I don’t mind the abundance of short sentences and fragments, which is the author’s style, but some people do.

  2. There’s a lot of head hopping, but I think it’s done well. Basically, almost every scene happens in a new person’s head, and half of the time it happens with people we haven’t heard about before, so it could become a bit tiring.

  3. There are some punctuation errors throughout the whole book, but from all the errors out there, I think punctuation ones are least annoying.

Since I liked the style and I thought the head hopping was done well, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read fast paced chilling mystery/horror/thriller and multifaceted writing/storytelling.

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Book Review: Dreadful Penny by J. Matthew Sanders

Hey there rebel!

It’s been a long time since my last blog post, and I’ve missed blogging, so I thought it’s time to start updating you again, regularly.

Right now, I am reading a LOT of indie books for Indie August, which means that my next few blogs are going to contain indie book reviews.

After all, indie authors really need our support! And other than buying their books, what really helps them is when you leave a review. :)

Today’s review is about a book called…

Dreadful Penny
By J. Matthew Saunders

Dreadful Penny - 4 Stars!

Dreadful Penny is a paranormal PI novella.

The main character Penelope is a regular private detective, who seems to have inherited her father’s predisposition for the unusual, and thus begins the story - with an unusual case. An old acquaintance hires her for her services and strange things begin unfolding… I won’t go into details, but I’ll say that the paranormal is prominent.

While Penelope, the protagonist, is not too well developed, her friends Zed and Charles are fascinating, and with every page, I wanted to learn more about them, especially Zed, who is Penelope’s assistant and a bigger mystery than the mystery itself.

What I really liked about this book is that it was a shorter read - 131 pages - and very light. It was easy to get lost in the story and keep turning those pages. In fact, I would say that the writing was what I call “invisible writing” - it doesn’t call attention to itself, but lets you focus on the story.

The only reason why I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is that while the whole adventure was fun and there were a ton of twists and turns, the final “battle” or the climax wasn’t too climactic. I didn’t feel like it was suspenseful or scary enough, so if you’re looking for a light, paranormal detective story, this is for you.

If you’re looking for bone-chilling horror, this is not for you.

You can read the first installment here - it’s occasionally free. The author has 3 more novellas in the same world, which I’ll have to read as well in order to find out everything I need to know about Zed and Charles.

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Thanks for reading. And happy reading.