Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
Book Review of --
The Transient (The Castle Trilogy Book 1) by M.W. Russell
Overall star rating --- 4
About the book:
She never believed. Not in ghosts, not in friendship, and especially not in love.
When Melodie Gibson moves half way around the world to upstate New York, her entire world turns upside down. Living in a quirky castle turned bed and breakfast, she finds herself confronted with someone watching her every move. That someone is Joseph, who captivates Melodie's heart, fulfilling her dreams and drawing her into his world—a world that is beautiful, magical… and treacherous. It will take all the courage Melodie has to face those who will stop at nothing to rip them apart.
From the pages of a Victorian Gothic novel transplanted into modern times, The Transient is the first in The Castle Trilogy, a powerful fantasy romance series for teens.
Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 possible -- 22
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
Let me begin by saying that this book has a cliffhanger ending. A plus is that there's no sex in the book, and not much violence. But it is very spooky, so if you like the supernatural, then you'll love this. Very likeable characters populate the book, and it's really a ghost romance story. This is a perfect book for the teen reader who likes a bit of the supernatural.
But the prologue of the book has a very dated 2012 reference, which is probably a bad choice; and the prologue makes you feel as if you are coming in on the middle of a trilogy instead of the beginning. Not a very successful prologue.
Genre -- supernatural romance story
Age recommendations -- 12 and up
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- very mild
** The author's links **
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