DNF Review: A Deep Dark Call by Rose Vane

Reviewed by Jen

I was really excited about this book. It was supposed to be a gothic style PNR, with an English-governess in Wallachia who falls for her enigmatic employer. The blurb promised a sinister manor house, a possible curse, and questionable circumstances surrounding the death of the hero’s first wife. I was expecting Rebecca meets Dracula or something. What I got was a story I had to put down three times in eye-rolling frustration before I finally walked away for good around the halfway point. It should tell you a lot that I couldn’t get any further, since the book was only about 43,000 words.

It started out with a lot of scene setting, which ok, the author was trying to set the mood. Wallachia is very different from London and wolves howl a lot. Lucy, the heroine, has some kind of Past which forced her to leave her home and strike out somewhere entirely new. At first, I figured someone must have deflowered her, especially since she wondered if her new employer was going to ravage her the first time they met (an idea she was clearly not adverse to) but since we later discover she’s a virgin, I can tell you that wasn’t it. [Read more…]

Review: The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle by Marie Treanor

prisoner of silverwood castleReviewed by Jen

This book had a couple of good things going for it right off the top. One of its biggest positives was its premise. Guin, our heroine, has accompanied her sister to a foreign land to marry the Duke.  She’s not all that excited about being her sister’s companion –and she cares nothing for titles and nobility– but she can’t wait to explore the old castle and learn its rich history. Guin wants to be a writer, and what better inspiration? It only gets better when she starts hearing rumors of a ghost and hints that the stories may be true. [Read more…]