She is The Chosen.
Renda Bloodmane is not your average 29-year-old librarian. She sees dead people, battles demons, and her boyfriend is a ghost.
When a young girl is haunted by a powerful evil spirit, Renda is the only one who can save her. She must use everything she’s got to protect the child. But there’s more at stake in this dark battle, and this could be Renda’s last chance to find her true identity. She’ll do whatever she can to save the Child of the Dead.
Child of the Dead Review
This is the second work I’ve read from Sara Booke – first being The Zyne Project – and my first impression is holding true. Sara Brooke is a good horror writer, and her books are definitely a fun read. However, she’s not living up to her potential. In The Zyne Project, she gave us too much of a good thing, not seeming capable of understanding where to say “enough is enough”. In Child of the Dead, Book 2 in the Bloodmane Chronicles, she uses weak writing tactics to propel the story forward (gotta love how a communique can magically explain and push everything forward).
Nonetheless, Child of the Dead is a fast-paced read that invites you to just forget about the world and lose yourself in the story for a while. There’s definitely some creepy scenes that happen, the librarian’s –Yes, she’s a librarian! How awesome is that?– abilities are Sixth Sense-esque, the climax isn’t at all what you were expecting, and there’s a few minorly steamy scenes between Renda and her paramour (who happens to be a ghost). On the other hand, the dialogue is stilted at times, the author apparently only knows one word for that particular part of the male anatomy, and while it was a fun read, it also leaves you feeling strangely unfulfilled. This felt like three-quarters of a novel, or one third more of a short story than was needed.
Overall, it’s a pleasant way to waste a few hours, and I’m definitely not giving up on this particular author yet. I bet she has something brilliant banging around in that brain, and eventually it’ll emerge in all it’s awesomeness. Do you think I might be wrong, because this sounds awesome? Buy Child of the Dead on Amazon, and see for yourself.