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Friday, July 11, 2014

{Blog Tour} The Night of Elisa by Isis Sousa -- with review


Title: The Night of Elisa
Author: Isis Sousa
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Gothic/Paranormal
Publisher: Tragic Books
Release Date: May 30 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
.: A Gothic Novella :.

Sometimes, life and love can follow the most obscure paths, just as they did for Elisa.
Her life becomes a dark, cold, lonely cage the day the Devil takes her as his wife. He robs her of almost everything she holds dear: her health, her wealth and what is left of her family.
Trapped between the nuances of life and beyond-life, Elisa finds herself struggling for a better tomorrow. With her health deteriorating, how will she summon the courage and strength to stand her ground? And how far will she go in the pursuit of a dream?
Embark with Elisa on this puzzling Gothic adventure set in the late Victorian era, between the world of the Living and the picturesque, melancholic Duskland.

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"It is strange... How can I 'go home' when I have no memories of that place at all?"
- Elisa

"Stop it, Elisa. You're bleeding, my darling!"
- Leonhard

"Ah, love, the biggest poison and most dangerous drug there is."
- Dr. Charles

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“I am not a writer, neither is writing one of my passions, on the contrary; I see it as a necessary evil! I like to say I am an illustrator and storyteller.
I was born and raised in Brazil and since 2009, been living in Norway with my best-half. I work as illustrator and graphic designer from my home-office, in slippers and comfy clothes. (Would really prefer PJs, but here and there someone knocks on the door!)
Love Heavy Metal, Fantasy and Dark Fantasy and most forms of art.”

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While a copy would be provided for the sake of an honest review on this tour, I won a copy of the non-illustrated version. Either way, this is my honest review. (I wish to see the illustrated version, too!)

THE NIGHT OF ELISA by Isis Sousa is a gothic romance novella (nearly 200 pages, so I'm not sure novella is the word I would use!) that takes you away to a land that seems to be between existence and non-existence. The cast of characters are intriguing and attention grabbing as you start your journey in Duskland and meet them, quirks and all. Elisa arrives suddenly, found by Leonhard, the owner of the house who immediately begs for assistance in healing her from one of his housemates, Dr Charles. To say that Dr Charles is stoic would be an understatement. He is standoffish, prissy, and seems to only be interested in trying as many drugs as he can create in order to sleep.

Soon you learn that Elisa is not like Dr Charles or Giorgio or the twins in Duskland. She is a bit different. With teasing glimpses of her life and a story that winds around and around, you learn that all the characters in Leonhard's house and acquaintance are somehow tied to Elisa.

I don't want to spoil anything so I won't be telling you who they are or what they are or how they relate to Elisa, but know that they are all linked to her in some way, a shared tragedy if you will.

I'm not quite sure I liked the ending, although it can be termed a HEA. In some ways, it was amazingly satisfying; in others, I'm not sure if I wanted it to be A or B. And that's all you're getting out of me. Gothic, romantic, dark, touch of paranormal, touch of the fascinating, this was an enjoyable read.  

Dr. Charles knew Leonhard too well; he knew his friend had been gravely affected by all the abrupt changes since Elisa had entered their lives. It was too much for him to take at once. He wanted to spare his friend from what he was about to reveal.
“Just go ahead, Charles. Tell me!”
He paused, gazing at Leonhard again. “It is about Elisa.”
“What about her? Something about her illness?”
“Indeed.” Dr. Charles’ countenance was filled with great concern. “I think I figured out why she keeps relapsing, why her illness doesn’t seem to go away.”
“What is it, Charles?” He narrowed his eyes, anxious.
“Listen, I have noticed that lately, sometimes, Elisa doesn’t reflect in mirrors.”
“Wh…what?” Leonhard could hardly believe what he had just heard. “What are you telling me, Charles?” 
“At dinner tonight she didn’t reflect in the tray and sometimes her image is completely gone from the mirror behind your dining place. Believe me, I saw your reflection, mine and the Siamese sisters’ but not Elisa’s!”

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