The longer Reese stays in town, the more she realizes the condition of her aunt’s house isn’t the only thing she hadn’t expected when she made the trip to Devil’s Vale. Reese isn’t the only gifted member of the family – her aunt Kate has been practicing the family business…the business Reese has been sworn never to discuss.
After a ghostly visitor arrives one night, Reese and Colton learn Kate wasn’t the only one practicing the darker arts. They begin to uncover secrets that refuse to stay buried.
Here They Lie won the Young Adult Romance Writer’s 2014 award for New Adult fiction.
Title: Here They Lie (The Bloodstone Legacy #1)
Author: D.K. Burrow
Published: October 5, 2015
Genre: Southern Gothic, Paranormal
Though I found Reese's abilities intriguing and was absolutely smitten with Colton, this book fell short for me. I really wanted to like it, but when I had time to read, I wasn't excited to pick up the book and continue reading.
One of the things I liked about it was the growing romance between Reese and Colton, though it didn't take center stage, and therefore, this book doesn't fall into the romance genre. Thank goodness for that. The focus was on Reese and her paranormal abilities.
There were a few things that were so distracting that I couldn't stay with the story. For instance, the point of view alternated between Reese and Colton, and because the chapters are not labeled, in some chapters, I'd read a page or two before I could figure out who I was reading about. Then, I'd start the chapter over again with that character in mind. Then there are the typos and grammar errors. I can overlook some--no book is without them--but in this case, there were enough to be distracting.
I was disappointed when I realized I was at the end of the book. It's not the cliffhanger necessarily, but that I was left completely in the dark about too many things that I thought were important. For instance, what's the spell that Reese needs help to un-do? I don't want to know everything, but a little more about the founding families and a hint at the old spell would have done much to keep me more interested. To me, this book just felt like the introduction to a longer book.
About the Author
D’Ann writes about secrets people keep. Even the bravest heroine or a guy with a heart of gold has a few skeletons in the closet they’d rather not share with the world. When those secrets get out, things get interesting.
A Texas native, she knows making great guacamole is an art form. As a theater mom, she’ll happily chat about Broadway musicals by the hour. Molly and Lizzie, the family furry ones, are frequent stars of her Instagram account.