Monday, May 25, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ All Hallows Eve (Book of Shadows 1) by Michael Penning

All Hallows Eve 
Book of Shadows 1
by Michael Penning

A century after the witch trials, Salem is still not without its witches.

Alice Jacobs doesn't believe in ghosts... until her daughter is taken by one. When her husband disappears while investigating a series of strange and terrible incidents in the bustling seaport of Salem, Alice is forced to bring her young daughter, Abigail, along from Boston while she takes up the search. But she soon learns of a terrible prophecy that has the entire town bracing for nightfall: one hundred years after being hanged for witchcraft, the vengeful spirit of Rebecca Hale will rise from hell on All Hallows’ Eve to claim the souls of Salem’s children.

Alice dismisses the old legend as foolish superstition... until Abigail is snatched from her bed by a sinister woman made of smoke and mist.

Desperate to find her daughter before the sun rises and she is lost forever, Alice races against time on a spine-chilling adventure that takes her from forgotten dungeons and gloomy cemeteries to the haunted forests of Gallows Hill. Along with Jonas Hobbes—a roguish sailor searching for his own missing child—she battles deadly supernatural forces and uncovers a dark secret that may be the key to saving Abigail’s soul… if only she can survive the most terrifying night of her life.

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

All Hallows Eve wasn't quite what I was hoping for, at least not at first. It's not a bad story by any means, but it moved a bit too slowly for me. Given the premise and setting, I was all set to be thoroughly creeped out, but a good deal of time is taken to introduce the characters and give the considerable backstory. That said, I did get my creepy story eventually. About halfway through, this book picks up considerably, and we get some terrific twists. That's when I started really getting invested in Alice and what was happening in Salem. So, from that point on, I had a hard time putting it down, and the ending - well, let's just say that the author definitely saved the best twist for last with that ending. I realize that I'm in the minority here, but it is what it is. It may not have been what I was looking for in the beginning, but it was still worth the read, and after that last half, I'd recommend it. 

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