Friday, January 1, 2016

Grayland by Maddie DeLange

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Book Information
Genre: Horror
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Merchant Blue Publishing (August 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996129006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996129008

Synopsis: After her sister’s suicide, Marina Magaña struggles to get through each day. Stuck in a dead-end job, stalled out of college, and falling out with friends and family, her world is stagnating, drained of color. She’s lost and doesn’t know where her life is headed.

One day she finds a mysterious locket, and soon after, a mysterious figure—the gray man—appears. Marina doesn’t know what to make of the strange events that follow, but she comes to understand that the gray man is more powerful than she could ever have imagined.

In a tale touched by traumatic loss, painful self-discovery, and lyrical beauty, Marina must find out if she has what it takes to move on before it’s too late: before she, or someone she loves, gets caught between her mistakes and the power of the gray man.

Review: I found this story to be interesting, but not enthralling.  In all honesty, I just never really got drawn in the way I usually do with horror/thriller stories.

This is a story about life, death, grief and everything in between.  It's a good concept, but the story of what happens after Marina finds the locket and is granted three wishes felt a little too undeveloped. 

The book didn't always hold my attention, and sometimes left me confused with some of the plot points.  The author does an excellent job of describing the hopeless feeling of a person with depression, however.  She captures the constantly flitting thoughts, as well as the weariness and confusion.

I really wanted to like this book more....but it needs that "something" to hook the reader and draw them deeper and deeper into the story.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Three stars

About the author
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The world is a fascinating place, and I’m thankful to be in it. I like being outdoors, being indoors, spending time in the Pacific Northwest, and also getting away from it. I live to eat, love to learn, and, just like everybody else, take too many pictures with my phone.

My home is in Oregon with my friends, family, husband, and son.

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