Thursday, January 12, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Demons of Granite Rock

Kara Lee Lovell won the Quill and Scroll award for her published poetry garnering her a scholarship to Ricks College in English.  She grey up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and lives there still with her three children, son-in-law, granddaughter, and husband

Demons of Granite Rock
Author:  Kara Lee Lovell
Synopsis:  Barker and his minions have taken over the small town of Granite Rock, Utah and the founder’s are in danger of more than just losing their town. Emily Stewart, one of the founder’s daughter’s goes undercover trying to destroy the threat that has taken over. But Barker begins to suspect her and closes in. That’s when J.C., the mystical ghost leader calls me in—however, I’m no ordinary ghost. I’m brave. I’m strong…. But I’m a little crazy and I have my own demons to conquer. I don’t know there are worse things than my voices—demons of the mind. Even my betrayed past, my inability to trust is nothing compared to what is residing in Granite Rock. These are demons you can slather with jelly and they will still taste foul. I am about to find there are things… things that go slithery-kerthumpity bump in the night and things that suck your soul dry during the day. And there is also the girl, Emily, who needs my help. For her I will do anything, stand up to anything, brave anything. So, again and again I try to defeat the evil Barker but he’s a demon and he seems to be able to best even a ghost. Can I learn to trust? Should I let my own demons take over my mind to save Emily, the founder’s, and the town? And will my demons release me when it’s over?
Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson – LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha]:
Kara Lee Lovell’s debut book, Demons of Granite Rock, was a wonderful surprise.

A thriller full of beautiful riddles and purposeful vagueness in the prose, it had me hanging on every word to see what would come about.

Mark is ‘the ghost’.  He’s an enigma.  A bipolar consultant for the even more mysterious J.C, whose sole purpose is “the job”. 

Granite Rock, Utah is “the job”.  A small town in the  middle of nowhere, founded by 2 sisters, it is now overrun by a cult mentality community.  Mark’s job is to fix it, along with the rift that has torn the sisters apart.

While attempting to do just that, Mark encounters more than he ever bargained for.  The town isn’t being overcome by a cult, it’s being possessed by demons, and the innocent are being destroyed one by one.

Demons of Granite Rock isn’t just a horror/thriller.  It’s a peek into the human psyche, an instruction on trust, a dissection of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, and a test of faith.  It’s a mysterious foray into the life of ‘the ghost’, the founding families of Granite Rock, Utah, and the greater good. 

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Demons of Granite Rock 3 1/2 Skulls and would recommend it for anyone who is looking for an up-and-coming author with small similarities to early/mid-career  Stephen King and Dean Koontz, or anyone who wants a thriller with diverse layers and action.

For the sake of completeness I have to mention that there are some editing issues in this first release of Demons of Granite Rock, but I firmly believe that if you go into it knowing that, you can overlook them for the sake of the story.

I think Kara has a winner with her debut novel.  I’m interested to see what she comes up with for us next. 

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