BOOK TOUR: Review: “Blackheath” by Gabriella Lepore

Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore

 A review by Maria.

I would like to thank author Gabriella Lepore for letting me be apart of her book tour for her gothic novel Blackheath.

Maggie Ellmes always seems to be burdened with bad luck, whether it’s missing her alarm clock or getting busted for tardiness and getting detention; it seems to follow her around. Bad boy Joel Tomlins both fascinates her as much as he repels her. At a carnival, Maggie finds out she doesn’t have just the odd case of bad luck, she’s actually cursed. She knows that there’s only one person with any hope of helping her: Joel.

I absolutely loved Maggie’s character. Her woe-is-me inner voice was hilarious, along with her sarcasm and wit. It was when she played a particularly brilliant prank on Joel to get out of detention that made me start to love her. She was smart, witty and not afraid to speak her mind to anyone or about anything.

Joel was harder to like and it wasn’t any fault of the writing of the character. His family dynamics were very bizarre and hard to keep track of. There were a whole host of brothers, a semi-present father, an absent mother, and scores of “possibly related” aunts in their family, aka a coven. So almost any scene with Joel featured a member of his family and I spent too much time trying to figure who it was rather than getting involved in the scene. Once I could separate him out in my mind from his brothers, his character started to grow on me. He was intelligent, brave, and selfless. He was fiercely protective of his brothers and his candor about his family dynamics was hilarious.

Blackheath was a very short and fast read. The strange family dynamics and the curse were the focus of this story but it was also supposed to be a romance. I never felt real chemistry between Joel and Maggie. They teased and tortured each other adorably, but I never really felt the characters fall in love.  It felt to fast and convenient to be real since they used to hate each other.
This book is appropriate for young adult readers and adult readers alike.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

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Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore
Publication date: December 21st 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Ellmes is dogged by a case of chronic bad luck. She figures that’s just her lot in life—that is, until the psychic at Blackheath’s annual carnival reveals that Maggie’s problems are caused by more than just ordinary misfortune; she’s actually been cursed.

Desperate to shake the hex, Maggie has no choice but to seek out the help of Joel Tomlins, a rebellious classmate who’s descended from Blackheath’s most powerful line of witches. After breaking all of his coven’s conventions to help her, Joel discovers that the curse isn’t as bad as Maggie fears. In fact, it’s much, much worse.

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Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural—especially witches! She currently has six Young Adult books in print: Evanescent, The Blackheath Witches, How I Found You, Secrets In Phoenix, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.
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Review: “Evanescent” by Gabriella Lepore

rel=”nofollow”Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore

 A review by Maria.

I would like to thank author Gabriella Lepore for letting me read and review her novel, Evanescent.

A girl hunted to her death and a boy cursed to live forever. . . .

Evanescent is a gothic fairytale in the modern world.

Bronwen Snow’s grandmother tells her she’s being hunted and is in terrible danger. Her only hope is to seek out Felix Cavara’s help. Bronwen makes the dangerous trek to the castle on the hill looking for Felix. She not only encounters him and his childhood friend Loki and Alistair but also secrets, magic, and danger. Now Felix and Bronwen must figure out who or what is hunting her before it’s too late.

Bronwen was a personality who took longer to grow on me. She was very much a character of contradictions. She’s the damsel in distress looking for Felix to save her, but she can also take a step back and be firm with Felix and the boys. She spends much of the novel in the dark about pretty much everything but shows her intelligence by constantly trying to unravel the secrets around her. She has a wide character arc being somewhat meek in the beginning to strong, brave, and intelligent later in the book. I eventually began to enjoy her character immensely.

Felix was cocky, opinionated, and at times selfish and childlike. He was every inch the swoon-inducing hero this book needed. I loved his quick wit; and his comments often had me laughing out loud. He was brave, strong, and smart. He was also incredibly flawed by being egotistical. However, his character was what I most appreciated about this novel.

Felix feels a great deal of guilt for the curse that’s hung over Loki, Alistair and him for hundreds of years. They are cursed with immortality because Felix put his trust in the wrong witch, doomed to walk the earth with only each other as company. Felix feels the burden of this guilt and the responsibility of taking care of them both.

Loki and Alistair are Felix’s friends and have been cursed with him for so many years. Both are pleasantly adorable in their own ways. Loki is several years younger than Felix and Alistair and brings plenty of mirth and innocence to the page. He has a captivating youthful energy even after being alive for so long and only wants to be accepted and loved. Many times I felt like he was using Bronwen, Felix and Alistar as surrogate parents. Alistair was a completely loyal and wise character. He was always a presence in the novel but was a character of few words, which made him even more endearing whenever he did speak his mind. He was content to let Felix and Loki run amok in their exuberance and be the one who kept them grounded.

This novel was a short read. It was quickly paced but kept the excitement and intrigue rolling throughout. The danger was very real, mostly since much of the time it was unknown as to what, who, or why was something hunting Bronwen. The author threw some major surprises in, but tied up the book rather well.

Evanescent is appropriate for young adult, middle grade, and adult readers alike.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore
Published by: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Publication date: March 15th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:

“Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.”

When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.

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Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural—especially witches! She currently has six Young Adult books in print: Evanescent, The Blackheath Witches, How I Found You, Secrets In Phoenix, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.
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