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review 2017-09-19 21:54
Lord Halloween
A Soul to Steal - Rob Blackwell

*Published 2011

Today is the first day of October. By the end of it, five women, five men and five children will be rotting in the ground. You cannot stop me, just as you cannot stop change. I am night. I am cold. I am flesh rendered and torn. I am steel. I am the harbinger of fail: I am death. You can call me Lord Halloween. 

Borrowing heavily from the Headless Horseman legend and adding some Jack the Ripper and Freddy Kruger elements, this definitely had a nice Halloween feel to it. Our heroine Kate finds herself having dreams where she is being chased by a headless horseman and her mother is trying to warn and help her. When Kate was little her mother was murdered by Lord Halloween and he always told her he would come back for her. Unable to ignore her dreams Kate goes back to her hometown to try and solve the Lord Halloween mystery.

Quinn works at the local paper and immediately is drawn to the new reporter Kate. He's also been having dreams about a headless horseman chasing him. Coincidence? I think not! What follows is a murder mystery involving a Lord Halloween who writes letters to reporters describing his murders and wanting them printed so he can get the respect he thinks he deserves for everyone celebrating his holiday. There is also a paranormal mystery with the headless horseman chasing Quinn and Kate in their dreams and real life. There is a sizable cast of characters that work to keep you guessing as to who the murderer/s is/are and how Kate and Quinn tie in to it all. 

I think adding the paranormal aspect overly complicated matters and gave the story a looser feeling; I couldn't follow along with it. The graphic and at times creepy letters from Lord Halloween were adequate enough to provide some spook factor. This looks to be a continuing series and I imagine the paranormal storyline and connection Quinn and Kate have will be continued on and maybe flushed out a bit better. 

The writing was overall good but like I said, the murder and paranormal plot lines had a tendency to get a bit loose. A great October read though to get you in the Halloween mood. 

We are night. We are October. We are flesh rendered and torn. We are the rider that was promised long ago, the harbinger of fall: We are death, riding on a black horse. You can call us the Prince of Sanheim. 

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text 2017-09-19 03:27
Reading Update: 10%
A Soul to Steal - Rob Blackwell

 

She had wonderfully red hair, an easy laugh and a certain twinkle in her eye when she smiled. Oh, in case it’s relevant, she screamed delightfully when I sliced into her. Unfortunately, I cut a little too close to the left lung and she began choking on her own blood, which rather diminished the effect. No one heard her.

She died at 11:33 a.m. this morning.

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review 2015-01-24 00:00
My Soul to Steal
My Soul to Steal - Rachel Vincent Rating - 3.5/5
This was my least favorite book of the series. Didn't really enjoy it, mainly because at certain moments it felt like pointless teenage banter, which made me not want to read it.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-05-27 17:53
A Soul to Steal by Rob Blackwell
A Soul to Steal - Rob Blackwell

Once a long time ago a village, in what is now known as Ireland, came under attack by a neighboring village.  They killed most of the young men, and kidnapping most of young women as slaves.  So the village elders got together and made a deal with the Celtic god of the underworld, Sanheim.  They agreed to sacrifice a young man and woman, they tied the couple to a tree and left them for Sanheim.  The next day the couple came back to the village, while they looked the same, they had definitely been changed from their experience.  The couple then went to the neighboring village, killed everyone, and brought the kidnapped women back home.  As legend has it, if the right two people, a man and woman, can face the trials of Sanheim and pass they will be blessed with powers not of this world.

 

 

 

This is the legend that underlines this book, which is pretty cool too because it is based off of different Celtic folklore.(I linked a webpage at the bottom where I found some info on Sanheim, it was pretty interesting.)  

 

The book follows two newspaper reporters hunting a serial killer who is making a reemergence after a 12 year hiatus.  It is told in a 3rd person format from many different POV's, but mainly it follows either Quinn and Kate, the hero and heroine.  Quinn works as beat reporter for a failing local newspaper.  He is, also having nightmares in which he is running away from a shadowy horseman, and the nightmares only occur during the month of October.

 

Kate, in my opinion, is the more interesting character, she has more depth and background.  I can't get into it too much without giving away the story, but she is coming back to her childhood home after having moved away under suspicious circumstances.  She is also a reporter, and has just started working for the same paper as Quinn.  Quinn first sees her in a coffee shop and is instantly drawn to her, while Kate's attraction to Quinn takes a little more time to unfold, even though she feels that there's some sort of connection between them.

 

On a whole I really enjoyed this book, it follows the same basic rules as any good serial killer mystery, but then throws some paranormal in just to make it fun.  As with most books the serial killer is made out to be invincible and is always one step ahead of the heroes, all the while taunting them with little notes he leaves behind.  The only problem I had with this book was how the killer seemed too invincible.  I felt the killer was able to get into places unseen and unheard that would not be humanly possible if it weren't written in a book.  

Because in the end the killer is just human.

(spoiler show)

 

Even with that little problem I still really liked the book.  With many thrilling suspenseful scenes, a few touching heartfelt scenes, and even a little comedy relief you really can't go wrong if your a fan of either the paranormal or thriller genres.

 

 

 

 

Source: www.sanctifiedbyjesus.org/The%20True%20Halloween%201%20and%202.htm
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text 2014-05-23 13:12
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
A Soul to Steal - Rob Blackwell

So we have the two main characters having freaky, realistic dreams.  Other people seeing apparitions of a headless horseman with a sword, but then he just disappears without a trace.  And to top it all off we have a psycho going around killing people, calling himself Lord Halloween.  It's shaping up to be a pretty good read!

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