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The Cemetery Circle


Not for me 😔

There's not enough story here, even for a novella. While it starts off atmospheric and intriguing, the plot and characters fail to pay off.

The author does a good job of setting up an atmospheric, creepy ghost story, with lots of intriguing elements: the concept of the Stone Watchers, the strange intuitions that Cia seems to receive from places and passers-by, and mysterious heirlooms and artifacts inherited from her grandmother. The prose is competent, well-edited, and flows nicely. Unfortunately the story peters out around the halfway mark, with uncomplicated world-building and characters.

Cia is the most interesting, with a bit of a checkered past and some tantalizing hints about her grandmother and her mother. But the hero lacks personality and there is zero sexual tension or romantic chemistry between the two of them. The villains are simplistically rendered and obvious, including Cia's abusive ex, who has an ancillary storyline that seems like it should be going somewhere but does not.

Once Cia discovers her grandmother's secret, she's given a task to complete. She encounters some danger from the bad guys, but manages to tap into her supernatural powers for the first time, and saves the day. There is not a twist or an unexpected step anywhere along the way.

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I've been running my review blog, since 2007, reviewing mainly Romance in all subgenres, Urban Fantasy, and occasionally speculative or high fantasy. I reviewed for RT Magazine for 3 years, and have been a member of the Avon Romance super reader team ("Avon Addicts") since 2012.

About the author

I.L. Cruz wants to live in a world where words are chosen with care, shoes are as comfy as socks, and reading time is sacred. She lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter and a sun-seeking supermutt named Dipper. view profile

Published on February 14, 2019

20000 words

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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