Sunday, 11 March 2012

REVIEW - Spiritus by Dana Michelle Burnett

Title: Spiritus
Author: Dana Michelle Burnett
Series: Spiritus #1
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release date: December 1st 2011
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads / Amazon
Source: Won paperback

A love that refuses to die… 

“As I watched him vanish into a soft mist that faded away, I knew that he was no ordinary spirit…I knew that he was a dangerous entity that could be in some corner of another realm planning his revenge, but I also knew that I was hopelessly in love with him.” 

When Becca moves into her ancestral home in Corydon, Indiana, her life takes a puzzling and thrilling turn when she meets the ghost haunting the halls. As the seductive spirit lures her closer and closer, she learns about her own past and starts to understand that some mistakes are meant to last. 

Becca McAllister has always been different from other girls her age. Never part of the "in crowd", Becca never really fit in anywhere. When her mother dies and her father moves them to the small town of Corydon, Indiana, Becca didn't expect things to change. 

But things do change when Becca accidentally makes contact with a one hundred and sixty year old ghost, Alastor Sinclair, that haunts the halls of her new home. 

To Becca, Alastor is a seductive spirit that seems to see straight into her soul. To Alastor, Becca is what he was waited a century for--A second chance. 

But the closer they get, the more Becca realizes that this isn't the first time she and Alastor have known each other. Worse still, is she the one responsible for his death so long ago? And if so, did he come back for love or revenge?


Really sorry to say that I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. I hate writing bad reviews so I'm going to keep this short. The book had so much potential. The concept of the story sounded really interesting but sadly it let itself down. I found that the writing didn't flow and I didn't connect to the characters. They seemed very 2-dimensional. There was also a lot of grammatical mistakes. Normally I can overlook a mistake here and there but there was too many here to ignore. Finally, the love story annoyed me. I can't say too much about it because that would spoil the story for those who plan on reading this book but I'll just say this: Becca really needs to grow up and decide what she wants. She came across as very immature in her attitude towards love and her reaction to the hot guy at school. She fell in love with Alastor so quickly that it wasn't believable. I know there is a backstory (which i won't mention) that is meant to justify the whole insta-love thing but I just didn't get it. I''m not sure whether I will read the next book but I'll see when it comes out.

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