logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: s-m-boyce
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-03-01 09:00
Hell's Gate - 'Jane Aitken (Translator)',Laurent Gaudé,Emily Boyce

Matteo’s world comes to an end when his 6 year old son Pippo is killed, caught in the middle of a gang war. Guiliana, Pippo’s mother finds the only way she can cope with her grief is to never think of her son again. Matteo meanwhile, finds himself driving around the city of Naples at night. It is on one of these lonely drives that he encounters a man who tells him about the underworld. The world where souls roam and the dead live. And so Matteo vows to recover Pippo from Hell’s Gate.

 

Though this is a short novel, it packs a lot into it’s 190 pages. Laurent Gaudé turns the idea of heaven and hell on it’s head. Here, in the harbours of Naples, there is a gate to the underworld, the place where souls go when the physical body has died. It is a dark, cold, horror filled place, one that Dante would be proud of. There are no golden gates and trumpeted angels in this version of the afterlife. The prose is brief but almost lyrical. Images of the underworld, of the sea of souls that must be crossed, of the vistas are vivid. The grief of Matteo and Guiliana is palpable and almost heart-breaking.

Hell’s Gate is not a murder mystery, though a murder does trigger everything. It’s a study in grief and how it affects everyone differently. It is a story of love conquering all, even death and of how love can break people, the loss of a person turning someone into a shadow of their former selves.

 

The novel was translated from French by Emily Boyce and Jane Aitken. As with all good translations it is easy to forget that the novel wasn’t written in English. The feeling that these are the intended, original words of the author is ever present in Hell’s Gate.

 

Hell’s Gate explores the taint that death leaves on those left behind, of how we each of us cope in different ways. Not always an easy read and certainly not comfortable, this is a thought-provoking, unsettling, often heart-wrenching and moving novel.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-10-17 00:17
Monday Mini – Ari by S M Boyce @thesmboyce
Ari: To Each His Ghost #1: A Ghostly Paranormal Horror Novel (Volume 1) - S. M. Boyce

A Ghostly Paranormal Horror Novel, Ari by S M Boyce

 

I love the covers for this series and think Sarah Montee did a fabulous job on them.

 

Ari (To Each His Ghost, #1)

Amazon  US  /  Amazon UK  /  Amazon CA  /  Goodreads

MY REVIEW

“…You won’t get help. Not from me, not from the white shirts, not from the docs. Demons don’t simply play with their food. They take prisoners of war…”

Ari is a virgin, young, innocent and head over heels for Marcus. He’s a dick, with a capital D. He only wants to get into her pants and place another notch on his belt.

 

 

 

For their date, they are heading to the Lodley farmhouse. Ari should have listened to her instincts and Marcus should have listened to Ari when she said it was a very bad idea.

 

Now, they are both being haunted, each in their own terrifying and deadly way and these ghosts do plenty more than go bump in the night.

 

The tension and anticipation I feel as I wait for whatever is coming on the next page and the next page, makes it hard to contain my excitement. I don’t know what’s coming but I am thinking it will get so much worse…

 

I am loving what S M Boyce has done with this ghostly story about haunting and redemption as it comes full circle.

 

Now, I have met Mel and Marcus and I can hardly wait to spend more time fighting demons and monsters with them.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

Read more here.

 

My Review of Origins by S M Boyce

 

  • You can see my Giveaways HERE.
  • You can see my Reviews HERE.
  • If you like what you see, why don’t you follow me?
  • Leave your link in the comments and I will drop by to see what’s shakin’.
  • Thanks for visiting!
Source: www.fundinmental.com/monday-mini-ari-by-s-m-boyce-thesmboyce
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-10-17 00:09
One Sentence Review – Origins by S M Boyce @thesmboyce
Origins (To Each His Ghost #0.5): A Ghostly Paranormal Horror Short Story - S. M. Boyce

A FREE Short Story, Origins by S M Boyce

 

I love the covers for this series and think Sarah Montee did a fabulous job on them.

 

Origins (To Each His Ghost, #0.5)

Amazon  US  /  Amazon UK  /  Amazon CA  /  Goodreads

 

ONE SENTENCE REVIEW FOR ORIGINS by S M Boyce

 

I love this fabulously creepy cover that opens into an even creepier horror story, and you might want to think twice before you piss off your resident ghost.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

Read more here.

 

  • You can see my Giveaways HERE.
  • You can see my Reviews HERE.
  • If you like what you see, why don’t you follow me?
  • Leave your link in the comments and I will drop by to see what’s shakin’.
  • Thanks for visiting!
Source: www.fundinmental.com/one-sentence-review-origins-by-s-m-boyce-thesmboyce
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2017-03-01 14:02
February Wrap-up
Scattered Souls - Erica Lucke Dean
Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton
Hell's Gate - 'Jane Aitken (Translator)',Laurent Gaudé,Emily Boyce

Only 3 books finished this month, all Netgalley. But that clears my Netgalley list and I'm pushing forward with my A-list tbr.

 

I also read a lot of samples so despite also adding a lot of them, I'm down to 109.

 

Top prize for the month goes to Traitor to the Throne, sequel to Rebel of the Sands. These are some brilliant Fantasy! Can't wait for the next book to come out.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-02-04 16:27
Hell's Gate
Hell's Gate - 'Jane Aitken (Translator)',Laurent Gaudé,Emily Boyce

by Laurent Gaudé

 

This story is translated from French and set in Naples, which could be an interesting combination, only the translation seems a little dry. Part of this is because some chapters are written in present tense, which I assume is true to the original. It might work better in French, but I had a very hard time getting into the plot.

 

Sometimes it would start to get interesting, then I would lose track of what was supposed to be happening. Eventually it became clear that a child had been killed and his mother wanted the father to track down the killer and murder him in revenge, but killing a man in cold blood is not as easy as it sounds.

 

In the process of trying to satisfy his wife's need for revenge, Matteo, the father, meets some interesting characters and finds himself examining some of life's deeper questions. An invitation from an unusual priest to visit the underworld leads Matteo on an adventure he didn't bargain for.

 

Although it took a while to get into this story, it certainly had some interesting aspects. Depictions of the underworld are always of interest and the characters were a strong point. The ending comes full circle and everything fits into place eventually, but it's the sort of story you would have to read twice to get the full benefit of what's going on.

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?