Thursday, February 16, 2012

Book Review: The Kure

The Kure

Published By: CreateSpace (9/16/2011)

Buy itat B& or Amazon 

Source: Provided by the  Author 

Audience: 18+ Paranormal Romance

My Thoughts:
Suspenseful and mysterious, The Kure has one of my favorite qualities in a book - anticipation. It isn't dumbed down and you're so busy being lost in the story you don't have everything figured out by the midway point. The premise is unique and different and I will definitely be picking it up again, to revisit the prose and a well written story, as well as to see if I missed anything, because I have a feeling Ms. Frances is a sneaky one. ;)

The two main characters, John and Sarah, also fall into an interesting category - they seem to not match up in the traditional sense, and yet it totally works. I found the interactions and development of their relationship to be realistic and organic. The romantic aspect is there, but it's not what makes the story go 'round - Sarah doesn't even show up till about 50 or so pages in. Conflict with John's illness arises and there is sacrifice, and all I can say is it's true love...But I'm dangerously close to spoiler territory, so I better stop there.

I would like to warn the faint of heart:  Without giving too much away, this book may not be for you if graphically described pain/medical/sexual weirdness type things bother you. I personally love it (as long as its not me), and it reminded me of old school gothic horror stories, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention it. 

This book is intense, darkly engaging and I was very excited to see there will be a second book in John and Sarah's story, The Karetakers.

John Tyler, a young man in his early twenties, awakens to find a ghastly affliction taking over his body. When the village doctor offers the conventional, and potentially disfiguring, treatment as the only cure, John tenaciously convinces the doctor to reveal an alternative remedy—a forbidden ritual contained within an ancient manuscript called the Kure. 

Although initially rejecting the vile and sinister rite, John realizes, too late, that the ritual is more than a faded promise scrawled on a page of crumbling paper. And as cure quickly becomes curse, the demonic text unleashes a dark power that drives him to consider the unthinkable—a depraved and wicked act requiring the corruption of an innocent soul. 

Ultimately, John must choose between his desperate need to arrest the plague that is destroying his body, and the virtue of the woman he loves, knowing the wrong decision could cost him his life.

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