Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Hold On Me

Happy Saturday! It is Dance Like a Chicken Day!  Why someone would want to, I have not clue.  But if you do (or are at a wedding where they are popular), then do it today!  I have been taking it easy today.  I started a new medication last night and it made me very sick (that is the end of it).  I am finally starting to feel normal (it is about 7 p.m.).  I got a wonderful new gizmo today.  It hurts for me to sick for long periods of time, so I got a device that will raise up my laptop to standing height.  It can also me used in bed, in a chair, couch, etc.  The title on the box is Multifunctional Laptop Table.  I found it on eBay.  So far, I like it. Let us hope a cat does not jump on it.

A Hold On Me by Pat Esden is an interesting paranormal novel.  Annie Freemont is twenty years old and has just been accepted into the Sotheby’s summer program.  However, her father’s health has been declining and Annie will have to refuse.  Annie’s father, James has been acting odd and seems to have the beginning of dementia.  Her father’s illness started when they were in an old church buying antiques.  They opened a hidden space and a dark shadow came out.  Does it have anything to do with her father’s condition?  Annie wants to take care of him, but then her Aunt Kate takes her to court.  Aunt Kate wins custody of Annie’s father.  Annie is forced to take him to Moonhill, the families ancestral home (and a place they left fifteen years previously after the death of Annie’s mother) in Port St. Claire, Maine.  Upon arrival Annie and her father are separated and Annie is kept from seeing him.  What is going on in this home?  Annie is being told lies and she wants the truth.  What secrets is the family keeping from Annie?  Is she ready for the truth and can her father be helped?

A Hold On Me is an interesting book, but it was not great.  Annie comes across as flighty, obsessed with guys (I guess that could be any twenty years old), paranoid, and she over reacts to everything.  Annie has severe trust issues (paranoia).  Annie’s fear of darkness is mentioned repeatedly in the book.  Annie acts more like a sixteen-year-old than a twenty-year-old (just how she came across to me).  The book contains a lot of Annie’s thinking (over thinking) which was not enjoyable.  There is mild foul language and sex in the book (just letting you know).   I liked the paranormal elements in the book (one of the reasons I picked the book) and the mystery.  I did not like the ending.  The novel is left with an incomplete ending (and we have to wait for the next book).  I give A Hold on Me 3 out of 5 stars.

The next Dark Heart novel is Beyond Your Touch and it will be out on August 30 (I have not decided if I will read it or not).  I received a complimentary copy of A Hold on Me from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

I am off to eat dinner and start a new book (the last one was dull and felt long).  Have a delightful Saturday.  Do not forget that Outlander is on tonight.  If you missed Houdini and Doyle on Monday it is replaying tonight on Fox at 8 p.m. (good show).  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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