Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Night of Elisa by Isis Sousa

The Night of Elisa 
by Isis Sousa

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: May 2, 2014
Publisher: Tragic Books, Isis Sousa
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy
Print Length: 193 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

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


The Night of Elisa - Illustrated EditionMy Review
The Night of Elisa by Isis Sousa
My Rating: 4 Stars

Looking for a dark and mysterious read that feels Gothic in its presentation? Want to venture between two planes of existence, one of the living and one of those dead, but not ready to move on? Duskland is a world beyond the living where it is never quite daylight, never quite night, but filled with souls who exist in another reality. They walk, they talk, they love, and in one particular household, they share a connection to Elisa, who travels to their realm after her mysterious and brutal husband has supposedly taken her life. The inhabitants of this world are both unique and unusual, but the most fascinating for Elisa is Leonhard, who is everything she could wish for in a loving, kind and caring husband, but he has a few secrets of his own. Torn between both worlds, there seems to be more to Elisa than meets the eye. Is she ready to let go of life to be happy?

The Night of Elisa by Isis Sousa has an almost dreamlike quality to it as the veil between life and the afterlife is breached in an eerily dark way. Isis Sousa writes with bold strokes tempered by the Victorian era she has created. I was captivated by Duskland and its inhabitants, and how their lives had crossed with Elisa in some fashion before. Is this their opportunity to redeem themselves? What does Elisa represent to them? She is gentle, caring and has been bullied and deceived by a selfish and evil man who only pretended to love her. Is it better to suffer in life or find joy in Duskland?
Isis Sousa took me to Duskland, and made me a part of this world with her unique writing style and plot development. Be prepared to take a fascinating journey through the darkness and into the unknown.


I received this review copy as part of The Night of Elisa Blog Tour stopping at Tome Tender July 9, 2014.

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