Thursday, September 13, 2012

A New Blogfest, A Little Complaining, and a Book Review

Awesome blogger and writer Mina Lobo is having a hell of a good time at her blog, Some Dark Romantic, celebrating its first anniversary. Of course, a blogfest is in order and the theme of this one is: Resurrection. But don't fret, this celebration does not wander into the realms of the philosophical, instead it focuses on the road we as bloggers have travelled to get where we are. Remember that amazingly clever post you wrote back when nobody stopped by your blog? Well, Mina is inviting all of us who would like to resurrect a post like that. November 7th is the day for your old post to come back to life. There will be amazon gift cards for the winners, and it will be a lot of fun. If you are interested, check out the rules and details here. I'd love to read an old jewel of yours and can't wait to share mine with you.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled review. This time it is the turn of Carole Gill's The House on Blackstone Moor.

The House on Blackstone Moor is a beautifully written gothic novel full of suspense and plot twists. It is narrated by the main character, Rose Baines, the sole survivor of her family's massacre carried out by her own father. In fact, she's the one who discovers the bodies caked with blood and horribly twisted. When police arrives, they find the young woman in such a state of shock that it's decided she needs to be committed. So begins the difficult path this character has to travel in order to find her place in a world of darkness she can't escape.

You always hear how important it is to have a strong first page to draw in your readers; Carole Gill does that amazingly, showing off her gift to describe horrid scenes with simple, elegant words that serve so well to the gothic style. The story grabs you immediately, the characters are believable and very soon we root for this poor girl who has gone through such a terrible experience. The rest of the characters keep the action going and I never felt bored, though it is until three quarters of the book have passed that the first vampire is revealed as such. For a book described by its author as a story of vampirism, it is rather late in the game that vampiric lore is introduced. It is at this point that the darkest side of the story is unveiled, finally embracing its paranormal secrets.

The book is edited to perfection, letting the prose shine in all its romantic glory without grammatical mistakes or typos to distract us. Carole Gill is a gifted author I've been following for some time now, and even though I don't think The House on Blackstone Moor is her best piece, it succeeds in showing her great talent as a wordsmith and inventor of dark worlds. I can't wait for whatever else this author has in store.


Siobhan said...

hmmmm... you have me interested in this book now. Popping by from the A-Z Challenge list, and a new follower here.

Lexa Cain said...

At least if the book is supposed to be Gothic it's appropriate to use tropes. It's a little disheartening that vamps got thrown in halfway through. It's like people are just trying to get with the trend.
Thanks for the honest review. :-)

Gina said...

Hi Siobhan, thanks for following! I hope you have the chance to read the book and enjoy it.

Lexa, I think what the author was going for is to treat the story as a mystery. She gives clues that all is not what it seems and the characters have deep dark secrets. I just don't think the clues are very subtle, and stating on the blurb that the story is about vampires kinda kills the big twist. However I enjoyed reading it! If you like gothic literature, you could try it.

Lynn Proctor said...

this sounds very compelling

Mrs. Jones said...

Oh, it sounds like such a great book!! So often there are good stories but the writing just isnt up to par, and the way you describe this, sounds like something i would love to read!!
Great review!

Chris Fries said...

Thanks for the review and the heads up on Mina blogfest -- not sure how, but I'd totally missed her post on it. Signed up now!