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review 2015-12-01 08:30
The Realms of the Dead: Crossfades and Bleedovers by William Todd Rose
The Realms of the Dead: Crossfades and Bleedovers - William Todd Rose

I had no idea that this book contained two novellas when I requested it from NetGalley. All I saw was The Realm of the Dead and thought that this book seemed interesting enough to request. 


Crossfades introduce the reader to Chuck Grainger, a Recon and Enforcement Technician that works The Institute. His job is to guide lost souls into the next life. What Chuck needs to do is project his spirit into Crossfades, the realm of the souls of the dead so that he can help them move on. The problem is that sometimes souls doesn't want to leave and they realize that they are dead and learn to control and manipulate the Crossfades. And, that is exactly what happens when Chuck is trying to help a little girl named Abigail to cross over suddenly her world is disappearing and a malevolent spirit is taking over. Now Chuck must fight the very dangerous spirit...


In the sequel Bleedovers must Chuck, who have survived the ordeal in Crossfades, stop a spirit that has managed to cross over to the real world. Some spirits know that they are dead, but doesn't want to move on instead they are trying to return home and sometimes every few century some manage to do that. And, now someone has crossed and is looking for revenge towards Chuck.


I did prefer Crossfades to Bleedovers, I found the story more intensive and more interesting. I did enjoy Bleedovers, it was just that I was pretty sure throughout the book that the spirit they thought they were trying to catch was not the one they thought it would be and I was right. It would have been too easy if it would have been and I suspected from the start that the spirit would be not the one Chuck thought it would be.


All and all, quite good. I liked the idea of a secret place where people worked to help bring souls over to the next would and I'm curious to how it all started. 


Thanks to Hydra and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-05-14 12:07
Review: Crossfades by William Todd Rose
Crossfades: A Dystopian Novella - William Todd Rose

Publication Date: 19th May 2015


Publisher: Random House Publishing group - Hydra


ISBN: 9781101883686


Source: Netgalley


Rating: 2.5*



Some men fear their own deaths. Others dream of peace and heaven. But Albert knows exactly what he wants: to be the lord of his own private hell, where his eternal reward will be torturing the souls of his victims. And he knows how to get it.
While Chuck's dream of a promotion may be ordinary, his career is anything but. As a Recon and Enforcement Technician, Level II, at a mysterious organization known only as the Institute, Chuck spends his days rescuing souls that get trapped between this life and the next, caught in mini-hells known as crossfades.
Lydia has no dreams—only nightmares. There will be no awakening from the impossible realm of terror and pain where she's trapped . . . unless Chuck tracks her down. But this rescue will not be easy, not for a mere Level II technician. Because, in this place, Albert is god. And he's determined that none shall escape his wrath.



The exciting synopsis for Crossfades encouraged me to request it on Netgalley, but once I started reading, I was a little disappointed to be honest. I was expecting a suspenseful, gripping tale but this just didn't do it for me.

Whether the way it is written didn't light the fire in me, or I didn't find the story was like I had hoped, I'm not sure. Some parts were fast-paced and held me interest for a short while, but I was sorely tempted to skim read which is never a good sign.

I'm sure that other readers will really enjoy Crossfades. it just wasn't for me.


This review is merely my honest opinion and is primarily feedback for the author and/or publisher.


**I was provided with a review copy by the publisher, in return for my honest review**

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