Saturday, March 30, 2013

Possessed by P.C. Cast (REVIEW) After Moonrise - Part 1


Author: P.C. Cast
Category: Supernatural
Suitable for: Adults Only
My Rating: 3 Stars
Format Read for Review:  Kindle
Pages: Approx. 125

After Moonrise is made up of 2 novellas: Possessed by P.C. Cast and Haunted by Gena Showalter. Both novellas are set in the same world and centered around a Psychic Detective type of agency called After Moonrise. This review is for Possessed.

Description: A woman seeks help after her twin sister is murdered. She goes to a psychic who specializes in finding murders by tracking negative emotions. Together they search for her sister’s killer and attempt to save her soul from annihilation.

In Short: This supernatural novella has a dark plot with some unique ideas. The concept is interesting but there were some bizarre and even uncomfortable developments. I thought this novella was just OK. It isn’t a book I would want to read again someday.

Pros: This book had an interesting plot. I feel like maybe if this had been a regular length novel or at least a little longer the story could have grown into something a little more believable and been less rushed. I did think that the mystery elements of this book were good. It was interesting how the ghost was giving them little hints to find her killer. I do enjoy P.C. Cast’s writing style.  

Cons: The romance element of this book was a little unusual. Like most of the other reviewers for this book I found the sister “taking one for the team” to be weird and it made me uncomfortable. I also thought their romance happened too fast making it less believable to me. I’m really not a fan of “insta-love” because I generally have the feeling that it isn’t based on anything real and therefore wont last. I also thought the general premise for the book was a bit cheesy. I didn’t get into the ooey gooey happy feelings stuff. There was also a lot of unnecessary swearing in the beginning. I’m not usually that annoyed by cussing but who drops F-bombs in front of clients like that? Very unprofessional of the psychic detective main character. I also really couldn’t get into the male main character of this story. Him being so moody and only able to experience negative emotions (until the happy girl comes along) was just so unrealistic even knowing his back story. They have to make him experience joy in order to help them. Unfortunately the only way they can think of to make him experience joy is sexually. I thought certainly there are other ways to make men feel happy. That definitely wasn’t the deepest and most thoughtful solution.

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