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Haunted Week: Beware of Book Review

Haunted Week: Beware of Book Review

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: To finish off a week of spook-tastic fun, review a scary story of your choice!

Happy Halloween everyone! We have reached the end of a fantastic and fun Haunted Week! I hope you enjoyed all of my extra posts throughout the last week and found some interesting Haunted things you liked along the way. My review is on a novella by Rebecca Hamilton called Her Sweetest Downfall.

Summary From Amazon: 

Ophelia’s been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored.

When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her worries. She’s destined to don a new mask—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet.

What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man she loves.


This will be a short review due to the length of the novella. If you read my earlier posts for Haunted Week you would know that I despise insta-love, and though I do acknowledge the short length of this piece making it more difficult to develop love or relationships I will not exempt it. Ophelia and Ethan fall into insta-love so quickly it will make your head spin. Oh and he happens to be the one who kidnaps her from her regular, if unfortunate life. That doesn’t stop her from being instantly attracted to him and it is certainly not one-sided. With something this short I couldn’t get past that dreaded instant attraction and it left me cold while reading it.

Ophelia was also very quick to give in to her fate that she had only learned the previous day and would turn her into something she thought was grotesque and even fictitious only a short while before. It gave a sense of her having no depth or will and that made it difficult for me to care what happened to her, even so much as where I was tempted to skim over parts of the short story. I wasn’t engaged and Her Sweetest Downfall fell flat for me.

The writing level wasn’t poor but that couldn’t save the novella for me. Hopefully The Forever Girl (of which I have an eBook copy that I have yet to read) will be better. I apologize for the short length of the review but I am a bit busier lately, a lame excuse I know. I can’t recommend this novella though. I hope that if you participated in Halloween Week that you enjoyed yourself and if not I hope that you have at least read some of the posts concerning it and enjoyed them instead. I’ve had a blast being a part of it and a big thank you goes to This Girl Reads for hosting it! Thanks for reading and leave me a comment if you’d like, I would love to read them. Happy Halloween! ^.^

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3 responses

  1. sorry this one didn’t work for you and hope you had fun during Haunted Week…i cannot believe Nov up upon us!

    October 31, 2012 at 7:43 am

  2. I have both of the books waiting to be read. I hope The Forever Girl is better, I don’t really like insta-love either.

    October 31, 2012 at 8:31 am

  3. Aww, I’m sorry that there was insta-love in it, and I’m sorry that you didn’t like it. Haunted Week was fantastic! I’ve heard that the Forever Girl is supposed to be amazing, if that helps any. 😉

    October 31, 2012 at 9:42 am

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