REVIEWS

Latest review: http://bookviral.com/the-house/4584139191

Visit recent review: http://www.romantichistoricalreviews.com/the-house-by-sebastiana-randone/

Also visit http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=The_House_by_Sebastiana_Randone

Victoria Brinius’s review
Jan 25, 14
4 of 5 stars
This was a good time travel and paranormal book. A mysterious house in the woods is nothing new in literature. However added with a human “big bad wolf”, a lost girl and time travel this book is definitely something worth reading. I loved the tidbits thrown in that reminded me of fairy tales. The time travel was well done and it was believable. The author’s choice of words was what took me so long to read. Accurate language for the time period was used, ad naseum. For someone that is not familiar with that time, I needed to use clues and look up a lot of words. However if you enjoy a historical time travel with a fairy tail twist, then that is what this book is. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review from OrangeBerry Book Tours, however all opinions are my own.

By J. Reason on September 30, 2013
Wonderful descriptions that draw you into the world that The House is in. This is wonderful writing, with some great words, descriptive words and written in old British English, as it takes place from the late 18th century and mid 19th century, with some typical phrases that some may not understand and even some words that I had to look up. Written in a third person almost as if we were looking down on her but from a distance. Mysterious, time travel, romance, (well a little), and I really enjoyed reading about the background of the characters.
I also enjoyed that fact that the author took ages to tell you the name of the main character, at least this is a little different from most books, and enjoyable.
There are loads of characters in the book, but from different time frames an dwell introduced so as not to get them muddled up or confuse them.
Scura handles the whole situation rather well, after all imagine being transported to another time frame without the means to return, she settles well into her new roles.

It is a difficult book to put to describe in terms of genre: paranormal, time travel, fiction, a little romance. I was drawn to the cover, I loved it and the colour and the title is also very apt.
I finished it in only one sitting as it is not all that long, only 150 pages and it kept me engaged and I loved it. It is a little different from the books I would normally read but I am really glad to have read it.

By LAS Reviewer “The Long and the Short Of It Re… (USA) – This review is from: The House (Kindle Edition)
No mystery can be solved without clues. The problem is that Scura can’t remember how she arrived in the forest or even what her life was like before this adventure began. She knows she’s the only one who can piece together what happened, but how can she solve a riddle when she barely has anything to work with?

As soon as I read the first line of this book’s blurb I couldn’t wait to give it a try. Scura is an unnamed protagonist for the first several chapters, and the idea of a woman the reader knows nothing about running through the woods in a torn night gown makes the premise even more intriguing. As the plot slowly unfolded I came up with and discarded several theories about what might have happened to her. While I did figure out her mystery before it was revealed, the process of determining if I was correct kept me invested in Scura’s tale until the very end.

The secondary characters are so well-written that several of them could have carried the plot nearly as well as Scura did. Lady Elizabeth Chatterham is one of the first people the main character meets, and her response to Scura’s account of what happened to her instantly endeared me to Lady Elizabeth’s point of view.

This book is full of archaic words and phrases that were common in the 19th century. While the syntax appears to be an accurate reflection of the time period in which Scura travels, some of the descriptions were so flowery that they slowed down the plot. During the first few chapters I found myself spending almost as much time looking up unfamiliar words as I did reading. I understand why the author chose this writing style, but it would have been helpful if she had included contextual clues about the meanings of the more obscure terms.

Scura’s character development also puzzled me. Early on she is described as an Agnostic who is highly skeptical of metaphysical topics, so I was surprised to see her accept unlikely explanations for what has happened to her so quickly. I briefly wondered if her change in personality was another clue about what had happened to her, but it was never quite clear to me if this was the assumption the author intended for me to make.

It isn’t easy to seamlessly blend so many genres into one book, but Ms. Randone makes it look effortless. The mystery and romance were so tightly woven together that every scene that propelled one of these storylines forward also added depth to the other. I figured out certain plot twists in advance, but I was surprised by how often the characters did or said something that I never would have guessed was coming from them.

The House restores the magic of fairy tales for adults. This is as good of a choice for anyone who adored these type of stories as a child as it is for newcomers to the genre.
Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews

PURCHASE THE HOUSE AT: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HZCQLM2
https://www.createspace.com/4591207 (soft cover book)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/391707

Advertisements

37 comments on “REVIEWS

  1. This design is spectacular! You obviously know how to keep a reader entertained.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost
    moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic
    job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that,
    how you presented it. Too cool!

  2. Hey there would you mind letting me know which web host you’re utilizing?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog
    loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting
    provider at a honest price? Kudos, I appreciate it!

  3. Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some help
    from an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog?

    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.

    I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where to start.
    Do you have any points or suggestions? With thanks

    • It is not that difficult. I am far from being technically savvy, but I did find wordpress(this host) user friendly. If I managed to get this far, I am more than certain that you can do it. Just google wordpress starting up a blog and/or website, and take it from there. You can get one for free, but if you wish to own your domain name there is a fee. It is not that expensive.

  4. I have been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or weblog
    posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually
    stumbled upon this website. Studying this information So i’m satisfied to show that I have a very excellent uncanny feeling I found out just what I
    needed. I most definitely will make sure to don?t disregard
    this site and give it a look regularly.

  5. Whats up very nice website!! Guuy .. Beautiful .. Superb ..
    I’ll bokmark your web site and take the feeds also?
    I am haply to find so many helpful info here within the publish, we need develop more strategies on this regard, thanks for sharing.
    . . . . .

  6. I don’t even know the way I finished up right here, however
    I believed this submit was great. I do not recognise who you might be but certainly
    you’re going to a well-known blogger if you happen to aren’t already.

    Cheers!

    • I wish I could devote more time to it. You may want to read the latest journal by Melancolia Mawdlin “prose act”. I appreciate your kind words however, and when I finish the book I am writing I will post more rambling thoughts.

  7. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills aand also with
    tthe layout on your weblog. Is tuis a paid theme or
    did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare
    to see a great bloog like this one today.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s