Title: Unholy Beings: Death’s Children
Author: Josie Bembridge
Published Date: 26th February 2021
Page Count: 192
Reviewer: Gwendoline SK Terry (14 April 2022)
A little girl’s world is turned upside down when her mother is killed by monsters. The very same ones that plague her dreams most nights and they don’t like leaving witnesses. What happens when the king of the monsters comes to get the child himself?
Jora finds herself thrown into another world, one she’s far too young to understand. Desperate to seek comfort from those around her, but terrified they’ll devour her.
This is the first book of many to follow, an introduction into another world, full of many sins, some pleasant and some not. You’ll meet many unholy and unknown beings along the way and learn all their stories.
Unholy Beings: Death’s Children is a fantastic story filled with enticing characters, vivid storytelling, and exciting mystery. I didn’t expect so much depth and richness from a story less than 200 pages long, but I was pleasantly surprised.
It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a vampire story (admittedly, I’m usually a staunch Anne Rice fan and don’t read anything but her novels when it comes to modern bloodsucker books), but the creepy cover drew me in. For just $1.35 USD, I had to buy the ebook and give it a go – and I’m very happy I did. I sat down to read a few pages before bed and before I knew it, I was 52% of the way through the book. Unfortunately for my sleep schedule, I stayed up much later than I wanted to just to finish the story.
Jason and Henrietta are your stereotypical sexy, powerful vampires. Maeve and Rosie are adorable, I loved all of their scenes, but Devin was my favourite character, he was such a sweet, caring old man. I LOVED the way Henrietta sends messages via cats – I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it had me laughing out loud. The mystery surrounding Sapphire, Thomas and Jora was intriguing. What an ending, though! It’s hard to describe the craziness without giving anything away – but wow. Definitely have to pick up the next book in the series.
Though the story is fantastic, it desperately needs formatting correctly on top of a healthy dose of copy editing. Paragraphs are separated with full line breaks, the dialogue is centred for some unknown reason, and misplaced commas and full stops interrupt sentences, making them read oddly.
Despite the issues with formatting, I would definitely urge any vampire fans/gothic fantasy lovers to pick up this book.
*In my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads I mistakenly wrote the price as $1.24. The actual price I paid for the eBook was $1.35. The review on http://www.gskterry.com has been edited to reflect the correct amount.*