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Book Review: Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

Author: Krassi Zourkova
Title: Wildalone
Genre: Fantasy; Paranormal; Romance
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow (HarperCollins)
Number of Pages: 384
Narrator: Thea Slavin
Amazon.com Reviewer Grade: B, Very Good; of the first 43 reviews, the average reader rating was 83.26%.

Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

What’s It About?

Thea Slavin is a musical prodigy who has come from her home in Bulgaria to study at Princeton University in America. Soon after she arrives, she develops a relationship with a man who seems helplessly attracted to her. She is drawn to him as well, but she knows that he is harboring a secret that could tear them apart.

Years ago, Thea’s older sister had been a student at Princeton. She had mysteriously died, and her body had been stolen–and never recovered. As Thea researches the circumstances of her sister’s death and disappearance, she discovers that her sister may have been involved in the secret practices of a Dionysian cult.

Within the family history of the Slavins is a legend about wildalones–mythological women who imprison men to their wills. As Thea finds out more about her sister and this strange yet irresistible new man to whom she is drawn, she begins to believe the myths may hold more truth than superstition. The question is–will she be able to handle the truth about her lost sister and her new lover when it is finally revealed to her?

Should You Read It?

The comparisons on the cover jacket to The Secret History, Jane Eyre, and Twilight are fitting. The story is like The Secret History in that it’s heavily couched in Greek mythology–particularly that involving sex and debauchery. It’s like Jane Eyre in that Thea’s lover does have a “secret wife” of sorts “hidden in the attic.” Finally, it’s like the Twilight saga not only in that it involves a supernatural love triangle but also in that it consists of the erotically tense interplay between a dominant male and a submissive, albeit stubborn, female. Although the plot would certainly fall under the umbrella of a paranormal romance, the poetic nature of the writing style could qualify the book as a literary work. References to the supernatural are subtle–laced with mystery and ambiguity. The erotic intensity, however, fills the pages from start to finish. So, if you enjoy paranormal romance but also are drawn to something a little more high brow, I’d definitely recommend Wildalone.

Links and References

Author Information: Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

Book Reviews: Kirkus Reviews, Dark Matter Zine, Urban Fantasy Magazine

Purchase: Buy It On Amazon.com

Other Books By Krassi Zourkova: Wildalone is Krassi Zourkova’s debut novel.

Book Review: Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

Author: Dean Koontz
Title: Saint Odd
Genre: Paranormal; Supernatural thriller; Mystery
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Bantam (Random House)
Number of Pages: 352
Narrator: Odd Thomas
Amazon.com Reviewer Grade: A-, Excellent; of the first 1,840 reviews, the average reader rating was 90.85%.

Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

What’s It About?

Odd Thomas, a 20 year old fry cook with a gift for communicating with dead people, is returning from Nevada to his hometown of Pico Mundo, California. Years ago, a massacre had occurred at the now-abandoned town mall. Odd has the feeling that something is going to happen again–and, this time, it’s going to be even worse.

As he reconnects with old friends, Odd begins to investigate the savage cult that pulled off the massacre so long ago. Attempting to discover their plans for his city, Odd finds himself as their target and must continually try to avoid drawing them to himself. Nevertheless, he can’t shake the premonition that his end is near and he has come back home not just to save his city but also to die in it.

Will Odd be able to prevent the coming tragedy? And, if so, at what cost? Along with introducing a few new characters, this final installment in the “Odd Thomas” series concludes with tying up some loose ends and resolving some mysteries that have been pervasive throughout.

Should You Read It?

If you enjoyed the rest of the “Odd Thomas” series, you’ll probably find some closure in the finale. With less action and more introspection, those who enjoy Dean Koontz’s more character-driven works will probably enjoy Saint Odd more than than those who prefer his more fast-paced stories. Although the genre would still fall under the supernatural thriller umbrella and there are some gritty and somewhat spooky scenes, Odd communicates more with himself than he does with the dead in this final installment of his “memoirs.”

Links and References

Author Information: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Interview with USA Today

Book Reviews: CheerUp Magazine, Horror Novel Reviews

Purchase: Buy It On Amazon.com

Other Books By Dean Koontz: Saint Odd is the final installment in a series of seven. The first six novels in this series are, in order of release, Odd Thomas (2003), Forever Odd (2005), Brother Odd (2006), Odd Hours (2008), Odd Apocalypse (2012), and Deeply Odd (2013).