Review | Autumn Thorns – Yasmine Galenorn

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  • Paperback (Headline, 320 pages)
  • First published 2015
  • Rating on Goodreads: 2 stars
  • Received review copy courtesy of Bookbridgr
  • Buy the book here

“Enter Whisper Hollow at your own risk, for in this town spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead. 

Whisper Hollow is no ordinary place. In this haunted town, people don’t stay buried.

Kerris Fellwater isn’t your usual human. She’s a spirit shaman who drives the dead back to their graves.

Fifteen years ago, Kerris ran away from her hometown. But now she’s back, and there are deadly magical forces at work, wreaking havoc.

Whisper Hollow holds painful memories for Kerris, but a lot has changed. There’s a mysterious new guy in town, Bryan, who Kerris feels powerfully drawn to. Together they unearth a horrifying family secret, and unravelling the mystery means working with – rather than against – the dead. Can they defeat Whisper Hollow’s enemy, before it destroys them?”

I received a copy of this for review, and I was so excited to get to it. Spirits, darkness, family secrets – what’s not to love?

Unfortunately, there’s little to love at all.

While Yasmine Galenorn’s ideas are fun, the voice of her main character, Kerris, is awful. She grates like nails against a chalkboard, and to be honest? She sounds exactly the same as every other paranormal urban fantasy heroine. Plucky, no doubt talented, but oh so dull. And there are so many tropes to this book that I’ve seen so many times before. Can somebody just please give me a book that has no mysterious new guy in town? I’m sick to death of this trope, I really am, and Galenorn, sadly, brings nothing new to the table for this.

It just feels like Galenorn has written something akin to a Laurell K. Hamilton fan fiction – there’s no originality here at all, and it’s a great shame. She gets two stars for the ideas – but the execution is uninspired, with the book being far too short to properly delve into both plot and character. If you’re looking for a good paranormal fantasy, this is not it. It’s really, really not.

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