Welcome to my stop on the Damned blog tour. I’ve reviewed this paranormal mystery and there is also a giveaway for you to enter as well. You can follow the tour by heading over to Xpresso Blog Tours.
Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.
Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.
A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.
As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.
Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.
I had one of those moments with this book, where I read the description but didn’t really take it in, totally sucked in by the cover instead. On my spreadsheet, I listed this as a fantasy because in my head that’s how I had interpreted the cover, so imagine my surprise when I started reading and it definitely was not a fantasy. Took me several hours of reading to get over that one and a stern telling off to stop judging books by their covers!
Interior Designer, Lexie and her architect fiancé Will move into the rather run down Altmover Manor. This is Will’s dream home, a mansion he can fully restore with Lexie for them to spend their lives in. Except there’s more beneath the rotting wood and dodgy wiring than meets the eye. Lexie meets the ghosts of the past, quite literally and starts uncovering some sinister goings-on. When one of the ghosts, the previous owner Magnus starts attaching himself to her and it becomes apparent that some serious Voodoo is connected to what is going on Lexie and Will get dragged into a dangerous mystery.
So, of course, I tripped over, in the beginning, thinking this was a fantasy when it quite clearly is a paranormal mystery! This isn’t a genre I read much but it was a convincing story. The first half didn’t grip me as much as it could have. I felt like Lexie came across as a bit, well, dim. She was asking all the right questions and was doubting the right people but then she would just shake it off and carry on like everything was fine. I think it would have been better if she hadn’t been suspicious at all.
The second half of the book was very strong and I read it twice as fast as the first half of the book. Magnus is an outstanding character. I loved the way he fit in and almost wished he wasn’t a ghost. His charisma shines through and reading his passages with Lexie were thoroughly enjoyable.
The way that the mystery works out and how Lexie rises to the challenge is not only clever but well executed. This was an enjoyable book with a lot going on throughout.
Sending huge thanks to Alexandra Weiss, Lucas Astor and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
About Alexandra Weiss
Alexandrea Weis, PhD, is an award-winning author of twenty-five novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. ~Winner of the gold medal from Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for Romantic Suspense, the Silver Medal from the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year awards for Romance, the gold medal from the Feathered Quill Book Awards for Romance, and an InD’Tale Magazine RONE winner for Paranormal Romance. Weis is a member of the Horror Writers Association
About Lucas Astor
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
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Book & Buy Links
Series: Magnus Blackwell #1
Author: Alexandra Weiss, Lucas Astor
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publication Date: 3 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US