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Damned [Review + GIVEAWAY]

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I love reading books that deal with the supernatural. It’s sort of my guilty pleasure. Earlier in the year, I discovered (and devoured) the novel “Blackwell: Prequel to the Magnus Blackwell Series” written by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor. Simply put, it was a good read. In the back of that novel, there was a teaser for the next novel, “Damned”. I thought that its October release would never get here. But I was finally able to get my hands on a copy, just in time to put me in the Halloween spirit.

So what is “Damned” about?

Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.

Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.

I enjoyed “Damned”. It contained the same elements of the supernatural as the prequel, but with a likable twist to the main character. In Lexie Arden, I could find a character that I was able to relate to. She was just a bit different and I like that. The second half of this novel also takes us back to New Orleans, which serves as more of a central location (there’s a soft spot in my heart for New Orleans). The story went differently that I thought it would – I love novels that keep me guessing.

Without giving too much away, I liked how the character of Magnus developed over the course of the story and I enjoyed seeing how he interacted with the other characters, including some returning ones from the first novel.

The novel itself was very well written and I appreciate the amount of detail that the authors put into it – not just the characters but in the settings as well. Like its predecessor, it was an easy read that I couldn’t put down until I had finished. I think that I actually stayed up most of the night in order to finish it as soon as I received it.

It is certainly worth a read!

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11 Comments

  1. This is something I would definitely love to read some day! Thank you.

  2. Great review! This sounds like a fun and addictive read! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  3. Ahhhh I’ve been on the search for a good book, definitely going to check this one out!

  4. Yay! I just finished my last book and have been on the hunt for another. This is perfect for Halloween 🙂

  5. I’m always on the lookout for a good book so I’ll def have to give this one a try! I love books that have a supernatural twist to them. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. What a perfect way to enjoy fall and Halloween – with a spooky book like this!

  7. Great review always love a great book like this one!! https://mylogicalliving.com

  8. Definitely sounds intriguing and perfect for the season!! – Corey

  9. this books sounds interesting

  10. This book sounds so good!! I’m always on the hunt for my next read!

  11. I love reading series, especially when they seem to get better and better. I’m not a fan of paranormal books, or movies, but it sounds interesting.

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