Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Night Of Elisa by Isis Sousa

Title: The Night of Elisa
Author: Isis Sousa
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Gothic/Paranormal
Publisher: Tragic Books
Release Date: May 30 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

.: A Gothic Novella :.
Sometimes, life and love can follow the most obscure paths, just as they did for Elisa.
Her life becomes a dark, cold, lonely cage the day the Devil takes her as his wife. He robs her of almost everything she holds dear: her health, her wealth and what is left of her family.
Trapped between the nuances of life and beyond-life, Elisa finds herself struggling for a better tomorrow. With her health deteriorating, how will she summon the courage and strength to stand her ground? And how far will she go in the pursuit of a dream?
Embark with Elisa on this puzzling Gothic adventure set in the late Victorian era, between the world of the Living and the picturesque, melancholic Duskland.
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"It is strange... How can I 'go home' when I have no memories of that place at all?"
- Elisa

"Stop it, Elisa. You're bleeding, my darling!"
- Leonhard

"Ah, love, the biggest poison and most dangerous drug there is."
- Dr. Charles

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My 4* Review-

Elisa has had a pretty poor adult life so far. Her husband only married her for her family's wealth, then he tries to take her life too. Elisa flits between life and the afterlife. It is in the afterlife that she meets Leonhard. After meeting Leonhard she learns that he and his friends have all had dealings with her husband in some way.

This was a unique book, and I'm glad I was given the oppurtunity to read it. Night of Elisa has a Gothic, tragic atmosphere, it is very dark. But a real good read. I really enjoyed every page.

The characters are really interesting. They all have their own back story which crosses over into a small part of Elisa's life. Isis Sousa has written her characters well, and they seem realistic and believable. My only want is that I could have seen the illustrated version to see the pictures too. I think that Leonhard might be a... (no I won't write that, you'll have to read it yourself to see what you think he is)!

The plot is good and flows well. Isis Sousa has kept the mystery and suspense there to keep you turning every page. The plot also has twists and turns too, just to keep you guessing what's going to happen next.

I really enjoyed this book more than I had initially though I would. I'm definitely going to be reading more from Isis Sousa in the future.

If you like dark, Gothic, mysterious books then this is a really good quick read. Like I said I just wish I could have seen the illustrated version!

About The Author-

“I am not a writer, neither is writing one of my passions, on the contrary; I see it as a necessary evil! I like to say I am an illustrator and storyteller.
I was born and raised in Brazil and since 2009, been living in Norway with my best-half. I work as illustrator and graphic designer from my home-office, in slippers and comfy clothes. (Would really prefer PJs, but here and there someone knocks on the door!)
Love Heavy Metal, Fantasy and Dark Fantasy and most forms of art.”

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Excerpt - (Chapter III – The White Roamers) -

Dr. Charles knew Leonhard too well; he knew his friend had been gravely affected by all the abrupt changes since Elisa had entered their lives. It was too much for him to take at once. He wanted to spare his friend from what he was about to reveal. 
“Just go ahead, Charles. Tell me!” 
He paused, gazing at Leonhard again. “It is about Elisa.” 
“What about her? Something about her illness?” 
“Indeed.” Dr. Charles’ countenance was filled with great concern. “I think I figured out why she keeps relapsing, why her illness doesn’t seem to go away.” 
“What is it, Charles?” He narrowed his eyes, anxious. 
“Listen, I have noticed that lately, sometimes, Elisa doesn’t reflect in mirrors.” 
“Wh…what?” Leonhard could hardly believe what he had just heard.  
“What are you telling me, Charles?”  
“At dinner tonight she didn’t reflect in the tray and sometimes her image is completely gone from the mirror behind your dining place.  
Believe me, I saw your reflection, mine and the Siamese sisters’ but not Elisa’s!”

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