Saturday, 16 April 2016

Blog Tour / Book Musings - The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman

The Requiem Red
Publisher: Month9Books
Release Date: April 5th 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Blurb : 

Patient Twenty-nine.

A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is theonly constant in her life.

Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see theoutside world.

But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread...each was twenty-nine's cell mate.

Will she be next?



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My Musings : 

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I don't know how and where to start about writing my thoughts on this book. This was a 5 star read right from the start!

The author caught my attention with the mysterious book cover followed by the blurb which totally had me panting to read this book with mystery of the monster of the Soothing Hills Asylum. The beginning of the book was right smack dab in the middle of the mysterious disappearings of various inmates, most of them being Jane, patient 29's roommates.

I admit I was kind of confused at the start of the book because I didn't realise that it was told in various points of view. After I got it, I was able to read faster and follow the story without any pause. The story was told in 4 views, that of Jules, Jane , Mason and Jonathan. It granted me views into each character. Jane was an intentional inmate at the Asylum because of a mad person who underwent lots of hardship and torture while Jules, though brought up in prosperity, nevertheless was treated same as Jane in different manner. Mason was a hitherto well to do gentleman who was reduced to working as an orderly at the Asylum. He came to know what went on among its walls while Jonathan, though working there for a while, didn't know all the details of his workplace.

All the other characters like Ginny, Maeve and Willis among others, add the necessary accessory to the story and lend genuineness to the atmosphere. And speaking of genuineness, the author has done a great job of being authentic in her story telling whether it being the manner of speech or the way of dressing or the torture methods used in the asylums in the time period during which she has based this book.

The story is a thriller involving mysterious disappearing of patients in a spine tingling and kind of macabre background with the right dash of romance to life the spirits even in that dire place. This will appeal to the thrill seekers. Now I can't wait for the sequel because the ending was a definite cliff hanger. The ending, while clearing part of the mystery, didn't address the entire matter. So I can see myself picking up the next book without any hesitation in the future. This was a superb introduction to a new author for me.

My rating : 5/5

Meet the Author : 

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does theAsperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on thesubjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

She also writes under the pseudonym R.R. Smythe.







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