Immortal Eclipse by Sherry Soule
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: eBook Release: April 30, 2013
Paperback: April 19, 2013
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A devoted fashionata and practical New Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural—until she inherits Summerwind Mansion. . . .
When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares of a young woman also murdered in the house.
Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer—before they strike again.
The problem is . . . whoever it is may not be human.
Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding caretaker, Dorian, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a major distraction for Skylar.
Determined to play detective—instead of the fashion police—and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can explain away. As the boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to stay alive long enough to learn the truth.
My first impression of Immortal Eclipse was relief. From the get go the author, Sherry Soule, introduces you to Skylar Blackwell, a shallow twenty something feisty female who not only has her wits and snark about her - she also has a great sense of style and a shoe collection to die for. (Finally a character closer to my age that I can relate to!) I found myself instantly bound to the character, wondering where the author was planning on taking her once she left the safety of New York and set off for the mysterious and seriously creepy old Summerwind Mansion in California after the perplexing death of her beloved Uncle Gerard.
Full of enigmatic unique characters, and an eerie cliff side backdrop that not only reflects the mystifying mansions secrets, but also serves as a warning to our feisty heroine, Immortal Eclipse left me with a constant burning question; who will die next?
This book will compel you to wonder who the killer is until the very end, when all is revealed, and you can finally release the breath you didn’t realize you were holding. Also if you’re anything like me, you’ll be sleeping with the bedside light on and avoiding moths in the future at all cost.
In reflection, I must admit that I am not a romance fan, and while I know others will swoon over the hunky caretaker, Dorian Delacroix, and his tragic back story, it was the mystery and the intriguing mix of witchcraft, ghosts and doppelgangers that really wooed me.
It is with that in mind that I found the book at times to be frustratingly poignant only to swiftly morph into a hair-raisingly spooky scene that left me hungry for more. By chapter twenty-nine I couldn’t take it anymore – I had to finish the book. It was maddening not knowing what was going to happen to all the characters.
Well played, Sherry Soule.
All up Immortal Eclipse earned a chilling 3 of 5 bookmarks from me.
Sherry Soule is the bestselling author of the acclaimed young adult, Spellbound series. She writes urban fantasy, an odd hybrid of the horror genre that includes elements of mystery, romance, fantasy, and suspense for both teens and adults.
Right now, she's working on a few different YA series: "Spellbound" and "Tales of a Teenage Succubus."
Sherry Soule's debut novel, "BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN" was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the Wizard and Witch/Sorcery (2011) category by The Romance Reviews ("TRR").
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