Book: Haunted Halls
Author: M. Raiya
Page Count: 57
Published: Less Than Three Press LLC, May 7th, 2014
College should be a blast for Evan: Same state where he grew up, just a few hours from home, tuition is free, and there’s nothing but new experiences and opportunity in front of him. All he feels is homesick, alone, and adrift. Whatever thrills his roommates eludes Evan.
He is distracted from his misery by Gabriel, who seems to come and go in the blink of eye. But he’s beautiful, confident, proud—everything Evan is not. Most of all, he’s a mystery, and one that Evan is determined to solve …
This was a short fun read. I’ve always had a thing for ghost stories. Even the word ‘ghost’ is so mysterious and intriguing. So it was no wonder I wanted to read it, and it delivered what it intended, a fun quick read of romance between a loved yet lonely living boy, and a long ago dead ghost of a gentlemanly young man. I liked the main character, Evan, immediately. He was a college freshman and he represented one side of what we all felt at that age and stage of our lives. First time away from his home, he felt a sort of loneliness that only time, and a few good friends you can find, could help him overcome.
The good looking mysterious ghost, Gabriel, I also liked. He was a true gentleman, a ghost I wouldn’t kick out of my house. He was kind, gentle, very considerate of Evan and other living people.
The relationships weren’t as detailed as one could find in a romance, but then again, considering they all had a limited number of pages for things to develop, I can’t blame it. In fact, I wouldn’t have minded this story to be longer, so that I could’ve gotten to know more of Evan’s friends, Gabriel’s past, and even the hillside school they were attending. Description of a haunted setting can add so much more to a story.
All in all, I liked this story, the shortness didn’t bother me, except for wishing it was longer so I could spend more time with the characters, and the ending was satisfying enough. I think I’ll be following more from this author, and hopefully catch more fun reads like this one.
I’m adding three spoonfuls and a pinch of this sweet story into my hodgepodge.
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More books by M. Raiya:
- Notice (Notice #1)
- Another Healing