Review: Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn
Enter Whisper Hollow at your own risk, for in this town spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead.
Whisper Hollow is no ordinary place. In this haunted town, people don’t stay buried.
Kerris Fellwater isn’t your usual human. She’s a spirit shaman who drives the dead back to their graves.
Fifteen years ago, Kerris ran away from her hometown. But now she’s back, and there are deadly magical forces at work, wreaking havoc.
Whisper Hollow holds painful memories for Kerris, but a lot has changed. There’s a mysterious new guy in town, Bryan, who Kerris feels powerfully drawn to. Together they unearth a horrifying family secret, and unravelling the mystery means working with – rather than against – the dead. Can they defeat Whisper Hollow’s enemy, before it destroys them?
I was initially drawn to Autumn Thorns by the cover, it was evident from the design that this was a paranormal romance and reading the description I was sure this was a book I would be interested in. I was new to Yasmine Galenorn but her book’s have been on m radar for a while so I was grateful to finally delve into one.
Unfortunately I was utterly disappointed in what I discovered between the pages.
Our protagonist, Kerris, has been away from Whisper Hollow for a long time and returns to take over the role of Spirit Shaman after the sudden death of her Grandmother passes the role to her. There are several issues I found with the book from this point…
I found it really hard to connect with Kerris, I found her lack of emotion, empathy and confusing dialogue really hard to follow and honestly swallow.
The book introduces a lot of history, characters, folklore, witchcraft and so in. It gets awfully confusing and really hard to follow after a while and makes the story very slow to move. There are so many sub-characters who aren’t particularly relevant to the main plot line yet a big deal is made of them which gets really confusing.
The ‘romance’ between Kerris and Bryan is crass and uncomfortable. I have no problem with the author going down the ‘soulmates’ line but let’s at least make it seem as though there is some emotion there. The way it is written makes the sex scenes seem very out of place, cold, emotionless. They are porn-like in nature lacking any warmth and using shocking sex talk. I just felt uncomfortable and not as though I was reading something beautiful and special.
Ultimately Kerris comes across as cold, and unfeeling. There is no emotion about her Grandmother’s death, other than her need to jump into bed, no emotion on finding her ‘soulmate’, and no real emotion comes through on other things that come up through the book. She just comes across a bit like a stone.
In the end I couldn’t finish this book, I reached a point where I just couldn’t read any more. I try really hard to finish these books and to get a rounded opinion with the full book but with about 50 pages to go I just couldn’t do it. I’m afraid this isn’t an author or series I will be pursuing further.
Thank you to Headline Eternal for the ARC via BookBridgr so that I could review this book.
Title: Autumn Thorns
Series: Whisper Hollow
Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 27 October 2015
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook
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