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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review, Black Satin by Rae Hachton for Supagurl Book Tours

Title: Black Satin (Pretty in Black #2)
Author: Rae Hachton
Published: May 2012 Teen Pulse
Format: Ebook provided by Supagurl Tours for review

What if you weren’t who you thought you were?
What if your whole life changed in an instant and you were released to a new identity?
What if you were forced to kill the one you love?
What if everything you knew wasn’t real, and you awaken to a new world?
What if love could take you to unknown places? How beautiful is death really?

Marcus Marble has disappeared from Ellie’s life, and she needs answers to questions and he’s the only one who can answer them. How is her sister back from the dead, and why is Ellie still alive? When Ellie realizes Marcus isn’t coming back, she is forced to move on with her life the best way she can, in hopes of finding the answers herself, but when people at school begin to be viciously murdered, and Giles reveals to her a life changing secret, she decides to investigate the possible truth of it. What she discovers is more than she thought she would. The only time Ellie feels normal is when she’s around Walter, the new guy at school. And normal is how she wants to feel, now that Marcus is gone from her life. But Walter may not be all that he seems, either, and she just might spiral in to an even more dark world, she never thought possible. And when it occurs to her that Marcus has made the decision to pass on through to the afterlife, during the Risorgimento, she races against time to stop him, while knowing she has feelings for Walter, too.

Will she make it in time to stop Marcus from passing through, and if she does, what will she tell Walter? Her heart will have to make the final decision. But will the choice be worth dying for?

Black Satin tour, here it is!  So here I am, listening to some Cocteau Twins to set the mood, and I’m just going to type it out.  And in many ways, it fits the Cocteau Twins’ music.  It was dreamy, it flowed well, and it transported you to another place.   HERE is my review of Pretty in Black.

Black Satin is the sequel to Pretty In Black.  The beginning kind of reviews some of the first book, which I appreciated.  Not so much because I needed the refresher, I read them back to back.  But I appreciated it because I really loved the style Rae Hachton writes with.  In fact, Black Satin even jumps a little bit ahead of Pretty in Black to give you some more background on Marcus.

                “Being with Ellie is like having a constant adrenaline rush shoot through me, electrifying my spirit.”

In the beginning of this story I felt like the detail was more finely tuned than in its predecessor.   But that is also partly because of the review from the first book, except from a different POV.   We learn about Marcus and how he and Michael are in a challenge to become Prince of Nevermore when Zarfe retires.  Kind of like a “Let the best man win” type of situation, and we get a bit more history about Jillian and Walter.  And the Jillian/Walter/Marcus triangle.  And then that morphs into a Walter/Ellie/Marcus triangle.  Except that it doesn’t, not for Ellie.
Ellie is unwavering in her love for Marcus, and that’s what I loved.  She wants to be with him.  Sure, there are moments where she thinks, hey, maybe I can be with this other guy.  But she knows she is fooling herself.  Marcus has her heart in a vice grip, and if he walks into the everafter, she may as well pass on too.

The cons:  I don’t like the whole Nevermore Slayer aspect.  As in book one, I felt that it’s been done, and that it wasn’t really needed to tell the story.  The Pros:  Gargoyles!!  Yep!  This book has gargoyles!  I’ve not read any books really with gargoyles, so this was a very special treat.  This book will have you going through time and space, and it does get a bit steampunk in certain areas, which was totally unexpected.  I’ve never finished a steampunk book and liked it, but this was pretty alright.  Really, with gargoyles, vampires, and many love triangles, the steampunk barely phased me.

All in all I definitely give this book a thumbs up.  It was dramatic and unique.  I’ve honestly never read anything like it.  The author really has a beautiful style with words, and that beauty more than makes up for where the storyline stumbles a bit. 

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