Mirror of ShadowsBy T. Lynne TollesPublished: September 15th, 2012Ella McKaye returns home for her grandmother's funeral to find she's inherited a ton of money and a run down mansion she never knew existed, called Grey Manor. Her greedy mother is appalled when the will stipulates specifically that Ella can't give her any of the inheritance. She quickly throws Ella out of her home forcing her to take up immediate residence in the spooky old mansion.Within minutes of entering her new home she has a strange interaction with a creepy old mirror in the main hallway and the ghostly inhabitants of the past get more and more agitated the longer Ella's there. Nearly fatal back to back accidents make Ella start to wonder if she's angered some ghost of if there is something more sinister at work.Will Ella unravel the deadly mystery before she becomes a ghost herself? Or will fate take another one of the Grey ancestors to the grave.
When I first began to read Mirror of Shadows, I instantly knew I was going to like it. While Tolles has said she started writing to inspire her daughter, you can tell she was having fun writing this one. The emotions fly off the page, the attention to detail is insane. Ella is actually very easy to relate to, and the plot is thick and twisted (my kind of book, everyone.)
My only qualm with this one is, for one, sometimes the reactions seemed a little unrealistic... I like more shock, more angst in my books. And at the end, I almost feel as though Tolles got bored and just wanted it to be over... It went from being nice and leisurely-suspenseful to a bit scattered and jumbled... Though, it does not take away from the book at all. :)
Very good. If you like ghost stories with a hint of romance and lots of drama, I'd definitely give this one a go!
T. Lynne Tolles is a lifelong avid reader of all things paranormal and now is a writer of new adult paranormal romances for readers 15 to 115. She grew up in the sunny California San Francisco bay area. She's the mother of two, wife to one and pet mom to three cats and Newfoundland dog.
Blood of a Werewolf is the first of five books in a series called, the Blood Series. Other titles include Somber Island and Mirror of Shadows - both unrelated to the series.
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