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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Griffen: Shadows of the Mirror Realm by A.J. Blakemont


Dark Urban Fantasy



"They are immortal, deadly, ruthless. I don’t belong to their dark underworld.

I won’t be a victim. Never again."

She has nothing—not even a roof above her head. She has unimaginable powers, but these powers come at a price: she has to feed on the mental energy of human beings, killing them in the process.

Her name is Griffen and she is a newborn. She is a copy, a paranormal twin of a young woman, Letitia. Griffen is not the only one of her kind—there are others like her, living among humans or hiding underground. Romantics called them doppelgangers, ghostly twins, the harbingers of death. Scientists who know that they exist call them simulacra. They call themselves mirror souls. Who are they and what are their goals?

Lonely and desperate, hunted by her fellow mirror souls, Griffen hides in the London underground and preys on criminals. In this dark underworld, is there a place for compassion, for love?

In this action-packed paranormal thriller, dark fantasy author A. J. Blakemont will guide you on an epic journey through parallel realities toward a dramatic revelation.

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My claws plunged into the skull of my victim. Convulsions shook his body while my mind was synchronizing with his. For a few seconds, we would be one, sharing everything: thoughts, memories, emotions. Mirror souls call this the “delta link,” or the “kiss of death.” We don’t eat, drink, make love, or experience pleasure in any other form. The kiss of death replaces all those experiences, combines them into a single instant more intense than any orgasm.

The kiss of death is a moment of ultimate intimacy. The victim discovers what is hidden in the darkest corners of their psyche, while we watch their inner universe unfold before us. Repressed memories, feelings banished into the abyss of the unconscious, suddenly rush to the surface, overwhelming any organized thought. And from this chaos, this battleground where the ghosts from the past break the barriers that had kept them confined to the mental limbo, finally emerges their destroyer: the truth.

Nothing is hidden. Their mind becomes a single flow channeled into mine. I see them, more vulnerable than ever, all their secrets exposed. Time freezes, and their life passes before my eyes in slow motion. Recent memories first, then older ones, until we reach the instant when they became self-aware. This journey is almost as terrifying for me as it is for them. I always fear that behind the ugliness of their crimes, I will discover something different, innocent, and beautiful, like the memories of childhood, dreams, unfulfilled longings. I try to understand why they became who they are, what drove them to this life of violence, why the only way for them to experience pleasure is to cause pain to others.

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3 out of 5 (good)

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Okay then, here we go.

I apologise if this review is a little disjointed. 

I very nearly dumped this one, I got past half way and told myself to finish it, to see if it began to make sense, to become clearer. Unfortunately, while I I DID finish it, I still am not sure what the whole point was.

Griffen is newborn, a copy of Tish, a mirror of her soul. She has all Tish's memories. But Griffen needs to feed and she finds that food in the criminals of the London Underground. Killing a human trafficker brings Griffen into contact with her own kind, other who have motives that Griffen is not privvy to. She also comes into other factions of her kind, other non-humans and into contact with Andre, her salvation.

Other than the fact that this is first person, present tense AND singlr point of view, I'd like to make the following points.

There is much repetition. Griffen will say "I remember when...." and then we'll get an immediate, in brackets (well, Tish remembers when...) EVERY SINGLE TIME! Every time Griffen recalls, remembers, picks something out of Tish's life, you get the qualifier. 

And there is a lot of stuff thrown in. Rules, traditions, or laws, or history. It just gets dropped in, and many time I had to go back and check I hadn't missed something. I hadn't, it just appeared.  It made for a difficult to follow plotline.

Its full of action. Not a bad thing, but it was making me dizzy, the flipping back and forth between worlds, time zones, and Griffen in and out of peoples heads.

I'm still not sure if I liked it, but I didn't hate it and I DID finish it, so.....

3 stars

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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I am a novelist and essayist interested in all things dark and mysterious. My favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy. I am also passionate about music, mythology, and history and its mysteries. I have a degree in literature and a PhD in molecular biology, and I earn a living as a professional writer. I live near London in the UK and I am a member of the Society of Authors.


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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thanks for hosting and for your review. I think this book will interest mostly science fiction and dark fantasy readers. Personally I would not recommend it to paranormal romance readers.

  3. The story sounds very intriguing.

  4. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  5. sounds like a fun one

  6. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. Looking forward to checking out this book!

  7. Thanks for the giveaway.


  8. Where is your favorite spot to read?

  9. Thanks for your honest review

  10. I have added this book to my TBR list and look forward to reading it!