Friday, December 28, 2012

Book Review: The Artist's Inheritance (Antique Magic Series, #1) by Juli D. Revezzo

The Artist's Inheritance (Antique Magic Series, #1)

Author: Juli D. Revezzo

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Synopsis: Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.

When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

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Review: Anyone who knows me knows how much I enjoy a good ghost story, especially ones where objects are haunted or of possession so when the author of The Artist’s Inheritance reached out for a review, I was quickly intrigued by the synopsis. But my interest and excitement dimmed and more often than not, frustration took its place.

I did enjoy the suspenseful scenes which were built-up well and I like the premise behind the plot. The third half of the ending was when the book started getting far better with the introduction of Trevor’s family connection to the chair and demon and Hofter’s character coming into play.

The main problem with this book is the fact that the author spends the entire book TELLING the reader what is happening or events that had already transpired. The majority of the story feels dictated to the reader and what’s worse, it’s done with a monotone narration. The characterization is non-existent with characters who have no real depth or personality to them. Caitlyn is supposed to be the main lead that drives the plot forward but due to a dictated narration and flat personality, I found no strength in her character. She lacked common sense and allowed her husband to treat her as a doormat. She barely stood up for herself and when she did, she’d back down so easily. She also used sex to get him to calm down. It was just . . .  wrong. Trevor is either aloof or insane throughout the book. His character was the only one that had any real spark of personality and that was only because he was being possessed by a demon through a chair. I was also disappointed by the debt Trevor’s family had to pay and why. I expected a much darker reason.

Overall, The Artist’s Inheritance has some rough potential and had good suspense, the concept behind the story was interesting enough and the third half of the book was done well.  There was just no real depth to the plot.

I would be open to reading the sequel as long as there is a stronger plot line and more dimension to the characters. There's always hope =)

About the Author:  Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world–slightly askew. She has been published in short form in Eternal Haunted Summer,  Dark Things II: Cat Crimes (a charity anthology for cat related charities), Luna Station Quarterly, The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. She recently released her debut novel, The Artist’s Inheritance.

She also has an article and book review or two out there.But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.

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