“I read it in a few hours. I loved the story it kept me going. Sometimes the writing seemed a little wordy but I stayed up till 3 AM to finish it.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“If there was an option to give a 2 and a half stars that what I would have given this. I liked the premise but the execution was choppy. I lost the plot thread several times and had to go back and reread pages. I also never got a really good sense of the passage of time in the story (it seemed...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I read it in a few hours. I loved the story it kept me going. Sometimes the writing seemed a little wordy but I stayed up till 3 AM to finish it.”happy hill wrote this review Monday, June 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Vampires, Witches, Vampire Witches, a Ghost, Werewolf and a few humans thrown in. This is a paranormal romance with a twist. The leading female character: Phoebe MacIntire is unwanted and unloved by her family, sent off to a new and strange place only to find a possible love and then be attact by an evil, controling force. Phoebe's strength in the face of all she has to face was a winning part of the book. I suggest anyone who is in the mood for a haunting paranormal romance should most certainly take a change and read this book.”Laura wrote this review Saturday, April 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book, it was such a lovely story. ”Miyu wrote this review Friday, February 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If there was an option to give a 2 and a half stars that what I would have given this. I liked the premise but the execution was choppy. I lost the plot thread several times and had to go back and reread pages. I also never got a really good sense of the passage of time in the story (it seemed that events were happening too fast, but I also got the sense that the writer's intention was that more time was elapsing in the story than it seemed) and the romance seemed implausable. Having said that, I think with some rewriting this could be a really good story.”Ganne wrote this review Tuesday, February 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When I first heard of Somber Island, I immediately thought, "OMG! It sounds like Jane Eyre!" and when I started reading it, I kinda saw I was right. Mrs. Tolles told me that the language was modern, and not the "language" that was spoken during that time period. But aside that, there are quite a bit of similarities in terms of plot. Pheobe is hired by Lord Jacobs, as Jane is hired by Mr. Rochester and they BOTH fall in love with them. Both Lord Jacobs and Mr. Rochester have a secret. There are more, but I'm afraid I'll give away both Somber Island and Jane Eyre if I do :) But Sober Island was an amazing paranormal take on Jane Eyre and I'm sure YA Vamp Fans will love this addition to the genre.
I thought Pheobe was a very sweet character and that her relationship with Nate is one I was rooting for the whole time! I honestly thought she would get with Jonathan first, but then I'm glad everything worked out in the end. Samuel's story was sad, and I'm glad in the end things worked out for him. Of course, the antagonist Emma is pretty creepy and the description of her kinda scared me. I loved that effect of description, especially as she was the baddie in this book.
There was a bit of surprises along the way, but the thing about the book is that it's quite predictable in some areas. It's an amazing story, but there were some scenes where I could tell what was going to happen next and guess what? It happened. It's a quick-paced book though, I managed to finish it in one sitting. Which brings me to another thing, the ending was too short and explained everything too fast. It was a nice ending, but just too quick! The font size also helped, as it was clearer and easier to read. LOVED the Cover Art (it was what caught my attention) and I think it really has that haunted, eerie look to it.
Overall, Somber Island is a new and different addition to the Paranormal genre of YA, with the story and some elements of Jane Eyre, it certainly does get the reader enthralled into the story!
**Thank you so much to T. Lynne Tolles for sending me Somber Island for review!**”
“I was overjoyed when the author tagged me as a beta reader for her new book as I had previously read the blurb and watched the moving and haunting trailer.
Phoebe is the youngest daughter of a miserly, mean and selfish curmudgeon. He bitterly blames her for his financial woes. His wife had died giving birth to Phoebe, then, when she was but six years old, Phoebe became gravely ill with polio. Eventually, she recovered from the malady but was left with a twisted leg and severe limp. Her father has never forgiven her because the medical costs brought about his financial ruin. His greedy goal is to reap the benefits of large dowries and future settlements by marrying his daughters off to wealthy husbands. To him, Phoebe is a total waste of space because all he sees is her deformity and plainness. Phoebe has known only a life of servitude. It is she who cleans and cares for the family home, tending to her ungrateful sisters and unappreciative father. She leads a sad, lonely existence. Then, quite unexpectedly, her father informs her that a position as servant has been secured for her. The following day finds her on a crowded ship and sailing to Newfoundland. Follow Phoebe as she embarks upon a new life – one filled with mystery, intrigue and a spiteful, malignant apparition.
Ms. Tolles has crafted a superbly haunting story. The mood is darkly gothic in this well-constructed tale that literally pulses from the mechanizations of an evil force who invades without compassion or pity. It is a book filled with characters you will care about and become invested in – sharing their dreams and their failures. The imagery of the bleak Newfoundland coast will thrill you. Mostly though, you will fall in love. Fall in love with Phoebe’s unconquerable optimism and spirit and with her tenacious fortitude as she holds steadfast against a supernatural storm of adversity. She makes us all better for having known her. This is a book you will enjoy reading and one which you will savor long after the last word is read. It has my highest recommendation!