REVIEW: A Plague of Mercies by Adam Pelzman
I cannot recall ever reading a book like this one. I’ll admit, the free verse was unusual and certainly a choice the author made, but it was so strange that it took only pages to get pulled into it and “forget” that this wasn’t a standard fiction novel.
As I read, I kept remembering some things I’ve just accepted about the COVID-19 pandemic–I remember seeing publisher, agents, and even reviewers online speaking out against the idea of pandemic-related fiction. I can see their point, that maybe it’s “too soon” for some of us. I think this book did a really good job of simply making that awful time a part of the setting without focusing on it in any way. This book isn’t about death and disease… it’s about struggling to survive and stay sane when you seemingly have only yourself for company.
While it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I’m sure, I think it’s definitely something people should at least try. While it could certainly broaden people’s tastes in fiction writing styles, I think a lot of readers are going to find some long-awaited peace from what all of us just went through in some way.
This book will be published on Amazon on June 7th.
The Arcadia Bell Series by Jenn Bennett
I’m always very excited by a book–especially a series–that offers something new, some new twist on the same old story lines. The paranormal market has been so saturated with the same, tired concepts that it’s a breath of fresh air to see something like the Arcadia Bell series. With the first title, Kindling the Moon, it’s obvious that this is going to be somewhat different. We may see the same genre details and the same types of characters that make paranormal fiction great, but Bennett does a really good job of being original with the themes and plot.
“Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.
“But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.”
The series kicks off with book one, which is available now, and follows up with several more titles in the series.