Book Review: The Last Soul: A Reaper Novella (Reapers Book 1) by Lena Hillbrand

About the Book:

The Last Soul: A Reaper Novella (Reapers Book 1)

A nameless reaper finds the last living human and harvests his soul for her master, expecting the reward he promised–freedom. But Lucifer is a clever master, one who isn’t ready to let a subject regain free will easily. The reaper’s only hope is to find the angel who witnessed the harvesting and convince him to testify on her behalf. Without proof, she is at the mercy of Lucifer, and at risk of spending eternity in the depths of her own personal hell.

My Thoughts:

This is a short Novella which portrays heaven and hell in a different way. It is well written but took me a while to completely understand the context and characters. There are abrupt jumps or shifts in situations and character discussions. This makes it difficult to understand and may serve as a deterrent to reading this. The story talks of angels and reapers, and how Lucifer controls the reapers, focusing on finding and harvesting the last living soul on Earth. However, looking past the small flaws, this story is written in a fresh new perspective which makes it worth a try, especially since it is a very short story.

Book Review: The Black Witch of Mexico by Colin Falconer

About the Book:

The Black Witch of Mexico

Would you sell your soul to have anything you wanted?

Adam Prescott has everything; he’s earning big money as an emergency specialist at one of Boston’s biggest hospitals, he has a fancy apartment in Beacon Hill, everything is working out fine.

But when his girlfriend dumps him, it hits him harder than he expected, and he lets himself spiral. On the advice of his boss he takes a sabbatical in rural Mexico – a place where they still believe in magic – and in witches.

A mysterious figure called the Black Crow tells him he can cast a spell and give him anything – anything – he wants … and though he doesn’t really believe in any of it, Adam is tempted.

Anything at all?

Okay, he says. Okay get me my girlfriend back.

And that’s when the nightmare starts.

From the witch markets of Mexico City to the ancient valleys along the Guatemalan border, places still haunted by the statues and ruins of the Olmecs, he is drawn deeper into a world he doesn’t understand and comes to question everything he once believed.

Are witches just superstitious nonsense? Or is there such a thing as real evil in the world?

The Black Witch of Mexico is a chilling psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems.

So be careful what you wish for – you might just get it.

My Thoughts:

“Be careful what you wish for – you might just get it.”

That’s how the synopsis of the story ends and this is an apt way to describe the plot of this book.

The protagonist, an emergency specialist at one of Boston’s biggest hospitals spirals down after his girlfriend dumps him. On the advice of his boss, he takes a sabbatical and moves to Mexico. Here he lives in a village where the people still believe in magic and the existence of witches. What follows is a series of events that form the entirety of the plot.

When the doctor encounters a witch, who offers to give him anything he wants, he asks for his girlfriend back. Thus all hell breaks lose and leads to the beginning of a series of nightmares. Playing on the psyche of the character, the author has written an interesting book. The author’s style of writing is captivating and will ensure that the reader is hooked.

The story is well written and is quite different from most books I have read. However I must say that I did not understand the ending and I feel a little let down by that. The story was built up really well up until that point, but the ending confused me. In spite of this, I thought that this was a good read and would still like to recommend it even though it left me a little confused.