Reviewing the Pages: Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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“Something borrowed, something blue. Something terrible will happen to you.”

It’s a bad neighborhood in Detroit, the kind of place where abandoned houses get stripped, then taken over by squatters, then burned. But it’s about to get worse.

Across the street is a white van with those words spray-painted on the side in blue. It pulled up in the middle of the night without a sound. The windows are solid black glass. And it’s watching you…

I’ll be honest. I usually steer clear of novellas. Not because I don’t like the story, but because I usually don’t want the read to end within 20 minutes or so. Which is about how long it took me to read this one. BUT, this read. This read kept me engaged, and wanting to know more about…whatever it was. I loved the voice of the narrator; just the perfect mix of sanity and paranoia combined other odd musings that give life to this character.

If you like bite-size reads that will give you some chills, then this read is for you.

So, there’s really not much here that I want to talk about because I do actually want you to go out and read it.  But, I do want to say that I really do enjoy the way the narrator was written.  I wouldn’t have been sure that the character I was reading was a senior citizen if the book didn’t tell me that he was one.  It’s not often that I read about a MC/narrator that is well advanced in years.  And if I have read one like that, I don’t remember much about the book.  But, I really implore you to go out and check this read out.  Yes, I finished it in 20-25 minutes, but that shouldn’t deter you from this read.

Reviewing the Pages: Drayton: the Taker

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Drayton once believed he was a vampire. He doesn’t know what he is. Or why he lives. He takes not his victim’s blood but the silky essence of their soul during their last breath. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.

So, I didn’t realize that this was really, really short. Until I was reading through it and was watching the percentage counter tick up higher and higher. But that’s ok. I was enthralled in the read. I loved reading through and watching the story unfold. Especially the reveal towards the end. That was great!

I really want to know more about Drayton. We get a very brief glimpse of what exactly he is at the beginning and the end of the read, but it’s only a teaser. Who is Drayton, and more importantly, what is he? If you enjoy short, yet well-developed reads that involve mystery and a bit of darkness, then check this out. You won’t be disappointed!

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So, when I first picked this up off of InstaFreebie, I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of it.  But, I found the premise intriguing, which sold me on it.  And sold I am on it.  Seriously, this is an awesome read.  Throughout the 70 pages, I was on the proverbial edge of my seat because I wanted to know what was next.  Each chapter, whether it was long or short, gave me something new to ponder.  And the reveal at the end was great.  I thought there was something there at one point that Drayton and Parker had known each other for years.  But, then, it wasn’t that way.

I’m intrigued by the mystery surrounding Drayton.  A savage vampire toned down by the ages and his own reluctance to become that very same savage he had been.  He’s very mysterious, and I really want to know about him.  For instance, I’m not sure what he was doing when he was at the crash.  Does he drink blood? Or has he shifted to a different sort of substance? Is he affected by sunlight? There are so many questions that I personally want answered that I’m really tempted into getting the rest of the novellas in the series.

If you like darker reads that involve mystery, and a little bit of the supernatural, then this is certainly for you.  Though, you might want to have all five of them ready, just in case.  This novella will leave you craving for more.