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Review! Nightfall Gardens by Allen Houston

May 11, 2015

Nightfall Gardens (Nightfall Gardens #1)

Nightfall Gardens by Allen Houston is a creepy, breath taking novel about two siblings and an unforeseeable destiny filled with perils and adventure.

Lily has huge ambitions of spending her life on the stage and being adored by fans. Before her dreams can be completely realized she is whisked away by a mysterious relative. Now Lily is faced with long-hidden family secret that will change her and her brother Silas’ lives forever, in their family’s ancestral home filled with ghosts, spiders, dolls and other creatures they must fight just to stay alive.

The world building in this novel is like climbing inside Pandora’s Box, each page is filled with creatures that haunt the nightmares of children and adults alike. Allen’s creativity lures the reader in and won’t let go. From the creatures of Greek mythology to ones from Allen’s very own making, it is a wicked smattering of intrigue, mystery and dark twists. Allen is this generation’s R.L. Stine.

The two main characters in this novel are well developed. Lily starts off being a bit vain and egocentric, but as the story progresses her character adapts and grows. Silas is shy, which is greatly overshadowed by his loyalty to his sister. He is surprisingly courageous against his nature when it comes to rescuing those he cares about. He has to be my favorite character due to how multi-faceted he is.

The writing in this novel could probably take some getting used to; the dialects are from a different time period. I personally think that it added to the authentic feel of the story. Furthermore, the story itself was even and well-paced, which is always a plus.

Overall, Nightfall Gardens blew me away. The sheer amount of imagination used for the world building alone is mind boggling. This is a novel to get lost in. I’m giving Nightfall Garden 5 stars. I can’t wait to get my hands on part two.

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