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Monday, June 6, 2011

02 Enchanted Book Tours review: the blood that defines us by Majanka Verstraete

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family" - Anthony Brandt

The Blood That Defines Us
William and Isabelle Johnson, together with their three children, move into their new home.  strange things begin to happen as the family settles in. the house and a specter in the shadows make the Johnsons feel more welcome than necessary.
there is something about an old mansion and its provenance that always make for a good ghost story.  this novella is no exception.
here we have new occupants getting caught up in their new home's peculiar history. there is evil and madness, secrets buried within the walls and dark alliances best undone.
the sense of foreboding is palpable and as the story unfolds, it grows stronger and takes on a more menacing aspect.
readers will experience alternating points of view. i had no problem with this at all. the third person POV refers to journal entries made by the house's previous residents. the contents are critical to the story and provide a lot of answers. i also liked how the first person POV sounded so innocent and innocuous at times. the hint of malice, though, was ever present and just waiting to be unleashed.
blood and gore do not always have to be spelled out in squeamish details to scare readers and give them thrills and chills. that is what i like about author Majanka Verstraete's writing debut. she finds a way out of this and still manages to deliver the goods.
with its Gothic elements, The Blood That Defines Us will creep you out and then some.

*The Blood That Defines Us is available from the publisher Evermore Ebook Publising and Smashwords. sample chapters can be read HERE.
for more information about Majanka Verstraete and her work , please visit http://writings.eternalised.net/narrative/ and her Goodreads page.

my personal rating is:
The Blood That Defines Us contains material not suitable for younger readers 13 & under.

Disclosure of Material Connection: i am a member of Enchanted Book Tours and a copy was provided by the author. although  payment may have been received by Enchanted Book Tours,  i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

1 comment:

L.J. said...

Another great review of a must read for me, AO! Thanks!

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