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This is a really great book and I cannot wait to share my review with ya'll. Also, don't forget to check out the giveaway going on too! Thanks again!
Add to GoodreadsTitle: Here They Lie by D’Ann Burrow
Series: (The Bloodstone Legacy #1)
Publication date: October 5th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Southern Gothic
Reese Everett’s aunt picked a bad time to die. Just weeks after a car accident left Reese’s mother unable to travel, her aunt’s house needs to be emptied and sold, leaving Reese as the only member of the family who can do the job. She typically wouldn’t balk at the opportunity to sift through her aunt’s collection of antiques, but when she arrives in Devil’s Vale, Georgia, she discovers the family house in a state of disrepair she won’t be able to handle alone.
Colton Waters is back in Devil’s Vale – whether he likes it or not. After he loses his acceptance to medical school with no explanation, he’s left with a single job offer…one that will return him to the hometown he’d hoped to escape.When an errand to help his sister ends in a meeting with Reese neither will easily forget, Colton takes a job as her temporary handyman.
The longer Reese stays in town, the more she realizes the condition of her aunt’s house isn’t the only thing she hadn’t expected when she made the trip to Devil’s Vale. Reese isn’t the only gifted member of the family – her aunt Kate has been practicing the family business…the business Reese has been sworn never to discuss.
After a ghostly visitor arrives one night, Reese and Colton learn Kate wasn’t the only one practicing the darker arts. They begin to uncover secrets that refuse to stay buried.
Here They Lie won the Young Adult Romance Writer’s 2014 award for New Adult fiction.
I really love a book that gives so much ado to Southern history. Actually, I really love any history; but I can't help but be partial to Georgia history because I am from GA!
It's also really cool when you're reading a book and you see the town you live in mentioned as being only 30 minutes away from the fictional setting. That is almost as good as seeing your state on TV! That is a great way for me to share a intimate familiarity with the book, Here They Lie.
As I was saying, I love history and it is amazingly cool that the main character, Reese, is an anthropologist, or at least one in the making. Reading the beautiful descriptions of the old houses and the town of Devil's Vale; you can definitely tell the author is a huge Southern history fan. She does such a wonderful job of world building that you really feel as if you are taking a stroll through town.
Besides the wonderful world building, the characters are also interesting too. Each person in Devil's Vale seems to have some sort of magical power that again makes the story that much better. Devil's Vale is this tourist town based on pretend magic (according to the tourists) which in reality is real magic! It is very creative!
The area of the town is what adds to this intense ghostly feel of the story. The dark swamps, with the silent forests, and the very bumpy and old dirt roads just makes it feel like someone is always watching. And yes, there is this creepy fog. Even, as I write this right now, living on a bumpy dirt road, there is fog everywhere surrounding my house. Its is freaking awesome!
The plot was also a pretty creative one too! You get pulled into the story and swept up with the characters as the past and future seem to collide together. Even as you get to know some of the more prominent characters, there is this nagging sensation that nothing is as it seems.
However, the pace did seem to move a little slow at times. But instead of the tempo, we get more in depth with the history of Devil's Vale and its inhabitants. It seems to be a fair trade.
There was also a couple other areas that I didn't enjoy- like the alternating point of views. It was confusing without a sub title telling who was talking at the time. There was one time, it was talking about driving the jeep through the woods to the house and I literally didn't know who it was: Reese or Colton, especially since they both have a jeep.
Another irritation was the amount of sex going on in this book. Now let me explain myself first. I am not a prude; I love erotica and try to experience all types of genres. However, it just seemed like our two main characters would have sexual relations at the drop of a hat. And that's cool ; but we are talking about major plot events that were pretty sad and devastating and they seemed to getting ready to do the dirty jig.
It just seemed to stretched; instead of letting it just happen.
Other than these mishaps, I still enjoyed Here They Lie very much. It has lots of twists and turns, with such a cool understanding of ghosts it was hard not to love this book. It is full of rich history and it has my home state in it. I am really loving the Southern Gothic genre and I think Here They Lie is a great asset to the genre.
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D’Ann Burrow once told her preschool teacher she wanted to be a witch when she grew up. That simple comment signaled the start of a life-long fondness of things that go bump in the night. As she grew older, she could most often be found with her nose buried in a book, and she was especially fond of the Nancy Drew series as well as anything by Christopher Pike or Stephen King. Occasionally she’d take a trip to the world of the classics where The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Little Princess reigned among her favorites. She’s lost count of the times she’s read Little Women.
Today, D’Ann enjoys the world of Supernatural, stories about guys with fangs, and she’s seldom met a disaster film she hasn’t liked. When she grows up, she’d like to work at the Haunted Mansion. Until then, watching Ghost Hunters will have to count as research.
D’Ann writes about secrets people keep. Even the bravest heroine or a guy with a heart of gold has a few skeletons in the closet they’d rather not share with the world. When those secrets get out, things get interesting.
A Texas native, she knows making great guacamole is an art form. As a theater mom, she’ll happily chat about Broadway musicals by the hour. Molly and Lizzie, the family furry ones, are frequent stars of her Instagram account.
Tour wide giveaway:
2 x $15 Amazon gift cards (International)
2 x Signed copies of Here They Lie (US Only)