Thursday, August 13, 2015

Review: The Demon's Grave (The Demon's Grave, Book 1) by E.M. MacCallum

Title: The Demon’s Grave

Series: The Demon’s Grave #1

Author: E.M. MacCallum

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Published: June 2nd, 2015

Content Warning: Language, Sexual Innuendos, Minor Gore & Violence.

Age Recommendation: 17+

About the Book:

When strange shadows and messages plague Nora’s daily life she fears for her sanity. To escape questions from her family, Nora joins her friends on a weekend getaway. Despite not liking Aidan Birket, Nora finds his remote, Victorian house charming. Until they discover the marble doorway on the third floor and, against Nora’s better judgment, they open it.

Trespassing into an unfamiliar world called the Demon’s Grave, the group face a charismatic demon and six nightmarish Challenges as punishment. Those that make it to the end can go home, but those that don’t will be his forever. Friendships are tested, secrets revealed and sacrifices will be made.

Nora battles zombies, doppelgängers, eyeless bikers, and the demon—whose interests are more than just a game of cat and mouse. If it’s all in her head, then it should be easy. But, if not, it means the demon knows about her sticky past, and the death of her twin sister.

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Nora has a very sad past that involving the death of her twin sister.  During that time, a demon was beckoned from The Grave, who then denied the summoner.  As Nora tries to grow up as normal as possible, there are still residual hauntings that hit her out of nowhere.  

This is what she thinks is happening after she hears things, sees things, and begins having ghoulish nightmares.  In order to regain a sense of normalcy, Nora agrees to a weekend away from it all with a bunch of her friends.  The getaway is at Aidan's house - the guy she can sense from across a room and kind of creeps her out.  

When they go into the old Victorian home, Aidan has pretty strict rules about not going up any higher than the second floor.  When questioned, he doesn't really have an answer but insists that his late grandfather indicated that it's unsafe.  Of course, teens will be teens and next thing you know, the whole group of them are suddenly locked in a room without a door and a demon is beckoning them to the Challenges that await just beyond his shadow.....

Are you ready to be taken on the "living nightmare" of a lifetime?  That is exactly what happens as soon as you open this book.  Join Nora, Aidan, and a bunch of their friends as they try to outsmart a demon in room-after-room; each containing one friend's nightmare.  Only those who can survive the trials will get to escape The Demon's Grave.

What a mind bending horror story!  I was hooked from the prologue.  As the story progressed you can't help but become attached to the main characters.  Nora has such deep seated issues pertaining to her past and she's tries not to let it affect her.  Most of the time she's successful at hiding her pain but when strange things start happening, little bits of memory force themselves to the surface.  Aidan is a huge mystery throughout the book.  Does he know the demon, or what his familial house harbors?  Can either one of them trust each other to get them out of The Demon's Grave safely?

The writing style of this book is wonderful; smooth and flows along nicely.  The entire book is engaging for the reader and there aren't any dull or boring moments.  I found The Demon's Grave to be a nice and easy read.  It took me a couple days to finish the book but when I wasn't able to be reading it, The Demon's Grave was all I thought about.  It's one of those novels that tug at you and beg to be picked back up.

Please note that this is a trilogy and as such not all in Book 1 has been wrapped up into a nice neat package.  

Also, remember that there is a Content Warning for Language, Sexual Innuendos & References, Minor Gore, & Violence.

Age Recommendation: 17+

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Meet the Author:

E.M. loves long walks through bookstores, Disney, horror movies/books, anything supernatural, and researching random facts about history and sharks, which are mutually exclusive from each other. She lives beside a lake in the Canadian wilderness with internet access, her husband, an Akita/Lab & two crazy kitties.

“The Demon’s Grave” trilogy will be out in 2015
“Zombie-Killer Bill” novella will be re-released 2015

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