- Format: Kindle Edition
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- Print Length: 183 pages
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- Publisher: Etopia Press (22 Sept. 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B015QJ7TAS
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Confessions of a Punk Rocker (Living Dead World Book 0) Kindle Edition
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I can’t say how much I enjoyed this. And this being a novella, it’ll definitely get new readers into the series without any problems and will even bring readers back before another whole book release.
Jack is the hero and his story is told in first POV. We get to see how he felt with the lost and guilt of losing his friend Ethan, the drummer of their band, and see how these two manage to make it hilarious bantering with a ghost. You see, Etahn comes back, and makes things a bit tough. Not just that be he brings light into Jack’s past and even open his eyes to forgiveness and even lead him to love.
I love seeing Jack in this different light and getting to know who he was and is before really getting to know him. Seeing how he is around his bandmates was definitely great and each of them carrying their own personality in the band.
Having him meet Jen and knowing that she is somewhat off limits yet close enough to touch was great. Sure he was sometimes and ash but he grew on you and you just can’t help but love him, such as rockers usually do to fans right?
But I definitely enjoyed this. Paranormal isn’t usually my kind of genre although I do love ghost stories and mystery stuff, I really liked this. Nessie did a great job bring in the paranormal and punkiness in to the story as she did the other books, so I wasn’t disappointed.
If I read this before the first full book, Living Dead Girl, in the series, I think I would have loved it a bit differently than I am right now. Not that it’s not great but that because I came to love him in the first books, this novella made understanding him better and made my feels for him even more so.
So yes, I definitely recommend this.
So this one features a punk rocker on the rise to fame, a dead best friend, and the girl that's off limits. Honestly, I would have read that without knowing anything about the author's previous work. The story is told in first person perspective from Jack's POV and it is written in present tense. Now this usually is problematic for me but I have to give the author credit, it was amazingly well done. Jack's voice is strong and it never seems to slip; I knew throughout the story everything was his--thoughts, perceptions, feelings, etc. And as for the tense--it was so well done that I didn't even notice. I never got that 'off' vibe that clues me in to this particular style. I actually noticed it when I went back through the text to make sure I had my details right.
When I sat down to review, I went back and looked at the other story I'd written a review for and noticed something similar about the characterization in the books. The main characters start off a little weak for my taste but once again, Strange makes it work.
At first, I hated Jack. There, I said it. He came off as whiny, self-centered, self-absorbed, self-destructive... His whole poor-pitiful-me routine made me want to kick his ass up between his ears. Now, I admit my opinions are tainted a bit because: 1) I am the oldest child so I don't relate to the baby of the family mentality and 2) By my early twenties, I was already married with children so the concept of being young and doing normal stupid-kid-stuff is kinda lost on me. I really related more to Jen because taking on too much responsibility has always been my gig. Anyway. As the story progressed, I began to understand that Jack's familial strains weren't just his imagination or a matter of faulty perception, and I began to feel sympathetic to his plight. I guess he grew on me the same way he grew on Jen.
I did like the other characters tremendously. Like I said, I get the older sibling mentality so I actually liked Ashton even if he was a bit of an ass. I loved PJ and Ethan because everyone needs weird friends. Drew was the typical little brother--having 2 of my own, I know they tend to be both wonderful one moment and a PITA the next. Then there were the depictions of family relationships. I loved the way she captured different family dynamics through the descriptions and personalities of the various parents (and the interactions with their children) present in the story. Strange managed to create an entire community of separate and interconnected people which gave the characters and the story a tremendous amount of credibility.
The Paranormal elements were great. Ghosts, talking with the dead, crossing over--these were handled wonderfully. I did like the more gruesome factor the haunting had. It reminded me a lot of R.M. Gilmore's Dylan Hart books. The author took a different approach and instead of doing the cliched type of ghost story, she created something raw and gritty. I love the paranormal genre but it is super popular right now and sometimes is in danger of becoming homogenized. Stories like this provide novelty and keep the genre fresh and alive.
This is definitely a 5-star read. I can't wait to read the other books in the series and I fully intend to stalk--um, I mean follow--this author to discover what other amazing stories she concocts.
The story is told from Jack’s POV. Jack was a great character with a strong voice, and as the story progressed and the reader learned more about him, it grew difficult not to like him and feel sympathetic toward him. I preferred Jen, actually – responsible, independent, capable of handling her own. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like Jack, but I had to warm up to him, while I liked Jen right away.
The author did a great job of making the characters feel like actual, living, breathing people, in particular Jack and Jen, but also all the secondary characters. The world-building was interesting too, and the world of the dead, the paranormal, ghosts and hauntings, was well-crafted and just seemed to work. The supernatural element added a whole new layer to the book. The writing was good too, and overall, I would recommend this book to any fans of paranormal romance, in particular involving supernatural books involving ghosts. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book revolves around Jack, a musician in a punk rock band, as
the story opens Jack is full of guilt over not stopping his buddy Eben from driving under the influence which ended up in tragedy. This leads Jack down a dark road filled with booze and barfights (the 2 b's right?) after a long weekend festival Jack awakens to an impossible sight. Eben, as a spirit! First he thinks that it's a bad dream but it turns out that sometimes the dead can return. While he's there though Eben helps Jack with moving on and even finding love.
I thought this was a excellent book.
While I haven't read many books about the punk rock scene I never felt lost when they are talking about the band, the banter back and forth between Jack and Eben was hilerious and probably my favorite part of the book. The blend between the living and Eben was really well done just having him pop in and out made you wonder just when you might see him next and what kind of shenigans he would be wanting to get into. It's a perfect read for the month of October especially and really anytime you are in the mood for a supernatural read.
Confessions is much shorter than the other books in the series and is in Jack's POV. I really enjoyed learning more about him, learning what makes him tick, learning about his grief, woes, and love for Jen when they first meet.
A lot of present-tense books tend to be poorly written, but this one was so good, the reader won't mind what tense it is in! I love the blending of the paranormal world with the punk rock world. I love rock music, and with this series I get to read about a hot punk rocker while still getting the necessary paranormal elements I look for in this genre. Neither the supernatural nor the romance is overdone, the characters are very believable, and I will say that I think I like Jack's POV better than Jen's!
A great short, that I think will bring in a lot of new fans to this series!
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