Review of Night Life: Paranormal Short Stories

Blurb:

Join the Night for Life….Charismatic Aliens, Mysterious Werewolves, Vengeful Vampires, Haunted Houses and Timeless Obsession…

Ash, is starting her senior year in high school but she sees things that no one else does. Andi wants to finally belong but that means running away. Collin has an unrequited crush on the most popular girl in school. Amber is roped into vanquishing a ghost and Molly is haunted by dreams of the past…

Five stories of first love, jealousy and discovery…that will keep you up, well into the night.

Silver

Ash sees things that no one else does–apart from that, life is pretty normal until childhood friends, Carey and Cooper, move back into town. Suddenly life isn’t the same. When she falls for the wrong brother Ash discovers the surreal truth about her old neighbors. But their secret is threatened by jealousy and Ash fears she will lose them forever.

Coming Home

Andi has never felt like she belonged, she has little memory of her past until the day a mysterious stranger walks into her life. Devon insists he knows her. She doesn’t believe him, no matter how attractive he might be, until he shows her irrefutable evidence. Intrigued, Andi takes him up on his offer to journey home–only to discover there is danger involved with uncovering the past.

Only Darkness

Collin has had a crush on Heather, the most popular girl in school–forever. When he is approached by Nathan, the richest kid in town, with an offer of easy money, Collin can’t refuse. Enticed by Nathan’s popularity and connections to Heather, Collin goes along with the plan. But his desire for acceptance could cost him his life.

Non Stop to Nowhere

One night Amber’s old high school frenemy, Phoebe, turns up desperately seeking help. The last thing Amber wants to do is get involved. Apprehensive, she investigates and soon discovers things aren’t what they seem. It isn’t just Halloween fun when the past comes back to haunt them–literally!

Ouroboros

Molly has Chris, a caring boyfriend and a typical teenage life, but she suffers from terrifying nightmares. When an attraction to Jackson, the hot new boy in school causes jealousy to erupt, Molly realizes that this has all happened before–only in a different lifetime. Chris will do anything to be with her always and if he can’t have her, no one will.

Review:

Overall, I’d have to say that I liked this book and I would give it a solid 8 out of 10. I will warn that there may be slight spoilers below because there were a couple of endings that I found problematic.

The first story, “Silver,” is interesting. I like the concept behind it even if it was a little slow and hard to follow at first. Now, I will admit that it just may not have been what I was expecting and it took me a little while to get in the right frame of mind. Once I got into it, I really did enjoy it. It explores the concepts of love and loss and moving on and does a pretty decent job of it. I find the ideas behind the ‘aliens’ pretty fascinating and I would like to read more about this world.

“Coming Home” is a werewolf story. This one was amazing. I really loved it. Finding the place that you belong is crucial for young people. Being orphaned and forgetting your heritage would make this extremely difficult. So to all of a sudden have the promise of home and family and people who understand after years of feeling alone… It is no wonder that Andi jumps at the chance for happiness. The story flows wonderfully and there is even some action that resolves an issue I wasn’t expecting to see resolved in this story. I would love to read more by this author.

*CONTAINS SLIGHT SPOILER* The third story, “Only Darkness,” was probably my least favorite. It was okay but there were some grammatical errors and changes in perspective that detracted from the story. The ending was completely unexpected. I am not too sure that I can buy into the drastic way that Collin changes. It is more than a sudden. Upon further examination, I guess I can understand that he would have to play things a certain way, but it still… No one is that good of an actor. So this one was problematic for me.

*CONTAINS SPOILER* Another story with an unexpected ending was “Nonstop to Nowhere.” I really liked this one until the ending. Everything about it was wonderful. The way the characters’ past threatened their future, the suspense wondering what was after Phoebe, all built up to a great ending. If it had just ended after the ghost was defeated, it would have been perfect. But the fallout that Amber had to deal with didn’t make sense to me. Why was she blamed? It would have made sense if any of it had been her fault, or if she was the one that got them dabbling in the occult to begin with. But as the story read, she was the innocent one in all of this but she is the one that is taking the flack. Other than the ending, I think it was a wonderful story and I look forward to reading more by this author.

“Ouroboros” was magnificent, there is no other word for it. The concept of the story was just sensational- a love triangle that is doomed to repeat because one of the parties happens to be a witch that can’t handle rejection. Then there is the writing- not only is it flawless, it is intriguing. The story flows from one scene to the next even though it jumps time periods constantly. The differences in time period, the way the characters change in each life, they could not have been more perfect. If you know what ouroboros is then you may have a clue about how this one ends, but just let me tell you, it could not have been better written. I will be looking for more from the writers of this one.

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