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Pelican Freak’s 5-star review:



Seems professional, only a few errors noticed.


Absolutely gorgeous! If only every book were this pretty.

Character development:

So much fun! I like Vanessa and her house- yes her house- is its own character, I think- immediately. All of the book b!tches are great, I related to them all.  The town itself is another character and I quickly fell in love with the small-town vibe. There are characters to loathe, characters to root for, and characters whose books I think I’ve already predicted – overall brilliant design all around, with impressive attention to detail.

Wow. This book sucked me in fast and I immediately realized that putting it down resulted in serious separation anxiety. I missed it every second that I wasn’t in it. It was like a drug – I was trying to read it while walking around my neighborhood on errands, and while simultaneously talking to customers at work, for example. Hazardous!

This book has lots going on: there’s romance with heat. There’s new friendships with some really fun women -though I may be partial to the Book Bitches. There’s a bit of paranormal activity with some friendly ghosts that completely add to the charm of the town and every building in it. There’s history, and it’s completely real-feeling and fun and addictive – Conley should publish more Historicals, I’d read those all day. There’s also some modern-day mystery, which I’ll let you see for yourself… Definitely highly recommend this book.

I tend to predict everything, and I usually will not rate a book 5 stars unless it can manage to surprise me somewhere. However, this is a 5-star read, surprises or not. That said, there were a few little surprises /a few things that didn’t go exactly to my predictions.

I’ll be very impatiently waiting on the rest of this series and I strongly recommend giving this book a read. If you’ve never read Conley- do it. Start with this or Saving Charlie or Craze (which is free at the time of this posting).






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Focussing hard, he gently pushed down on the door lever, popping it open with a soft click and letting a crack of light through. From where he stood, he could make out a small child laid on the bed, still as death, tubes all over his body leading to complicated-looking machines. Ryder closed his eyes shut for a second, needing to stop himself from running away from the private room. It hurt his heart to see the pitiful boy lying there with pale skin, no flush of youth colouring his cheeks. A woman was seated by the boy’s side on a green plastic chair, but Ryder couldn’t see her face. A cloud of blond hair, tousled and long, fell down her back in waves, over the summery, bohemian dress she wore long to her ankles. Her hand was closed around the child’s, and Ryder could hear the sniffles of her preventing herself from crying.
As he hovered in the doorway, she spoke softly to the boy. “Oh, Thomas. Come back to me.” Her voice cracked on a sob, and a tissue was produced from her other hand, wrinkled from earlier use. “I need you, little man. You’re all I really have in the world. The most important person in my life.” Her golden head bent, and she whispered, “Don’t leave me.”
I can’t hang about eavesdropping. Time to get on with it. Clearing his throat loudly, almost dramatically so, Ryder swept the door open in a rush and stepped into the room, hoping she wouldn’t notice. Wait—what the hell are you doing? She can’t see you anyway. For a second, the cardinal rule floated around his head, but he brushed it away angrily.
The woman looked up towards him with glassy green eyes, her anguish reflected in their depths, and she sniffed loudly as she forced a smile onto her face. Hurriedly scrubbing at her face, she gave a hollow laugh. “Sorry, doctor, I didn’t see you there. Don’t mind me.”
Doctor? Oh, shit…she can see me. What the hell? Frozen to the spot, Ryder opened and closed his mouth like a goldfish gasping for air. His pulse became a livewire again, drying his throat with panic. The woman continued staring at him questioningly without looking away, raising her eyebrows and offering a sad smile when he didn’t make any sound. Snapping his mouth closed, Ryder managed a wry smile, brightly replying, “Please, it’s fine. It’s okay to be upset.” I don’t understand this. How can she see me? Greek has some explaining to do. I can’t take the boy while she’s here though. Hell, maybe I can console her a bit. Ankou and Morrigan wouldn’t mind that, right?
“Maybe, but I know I need to keep my spirits up, too.” Rising up sharply, the woman held a hand out, scrunching the worn tissue tightly in her other hand like a comfort blanket. “I don’t think I’ve seen you here before. New, yes? I’m Elizabeth Davies, Thomas’ mother.”
“I’m, er…Doctor Thompson. Yeah, I’m new. I’m…sorry about your little boy.” Thank fuck I’ve got a common surname.
Elizabeth cocked her head, shrugging her shoulders. “Thanks. He’s going to be okay though. I know it.” Another nervous laugh. “I know you guys say otherwise, but…I know my little man. He doesn’t give up without a fight.” She gazed down at the still child for a moment, her lip wobbling, before she burst into tears once more.
“Oh! Mrs Davies, please sit down,” Ryder gushed, racing to her side. Forgetting for a second that he had to concentrate his energies, his hand slipped through the small of her back, but she didn’t seem to notice. Charging himself, he placed his hand around her shoulders, helping her sit down as he moved his palm to rub small circles on her back. Crouching down, he smiled up into her tear-streaked face, suddenly taken by how much more beautiful she was up close. Tiny freckles dotted her nose and cheeks, and her lips were so pink they were almost blushing. “You’re right,” he agreed vehemently. Regardless of his mission, he had to give her some hope. At least at this moment. It wouldn’t be right to take that away from her. “It doesn’t matter what we say. We’re often wrong, you know.”
“Yeah?” Elizabeth asked, hope lighting her features for a moment.
Reaching over to squeeze her hand, Ryder whispered, “Yeah. So you hang onto that. Thomas will wake up, you’ll see.” What the fuck are you doing, Ryder? Grim Reaper, remember? You’re meant to take him to the Otherworld, not tell her he might wake up. He gazed up at the hope shining in her eyes, and he collapsed under her stare. Fuck it. Maybe he will wake up. Maybe Ankou and Morrigan are wrong about him. Ryder glanced around the room, frowning as he noted a ghostly figure of the little boy wasn’t anywhere in the room. After all…he’s not floating around like Abigail was. Shit, that’s it. He’s not going to die. Surely. It was the only explanation. Why else wouldn’t he be here? Although in his heart of hearts, Ryder knew it probably meant nothing, he couldn’t take Thomas away from Elizabeth just yet. Not when she was so broken. He knew how it felt.

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I wanted to share my review of this entire series. It was amazingly well done and it has stayed with me to this day.

J.A. Howell’s writing is flawless, hilariously accurate at times and even with the paranormal tendencies, can feel very true to life.

The Series:

Pelican Freak’s 5-star Review:

🔹I can never say enough about this entire series – the only downfalls to it are:
1. That it ended.
2. I missed a few days while I read this. It is so crack-like that I put life on hold to see how this all panned out.

My reviews as follows:

Book 1
5 stars

Just when I was beginning to get bored with reading, due to several weeks of books that I did not enjoy this pulled me back in. When I realized I was growing bored with reading, I felt like this would be the author to change that and WOW was I right!! I started this when I was supposed to be going to bed ‘soon’, hours later I’d moved onto Book 2 in this series as I now have a new addiction. I’m now sleep deprived but it’s totally worth it.

Completely unable to put this book down I was addicted to the small town lifestyle, the lovable characters, the drama … this book has it all by the way. A few different kinds of drama, mystery, murder, a hint of romance, a bit of steamy, even some paranormal activity. I’ll never be able to say enough for this book or do it justice. It is truly the best book I’ve read in awhile and one of the best books I’ve ever read.

Harley is a strong woman – so young and really doesn’t put up with much. It may seem that way at first but … well… she doesn’t – you’ll see what I mean when you read this. She falls into a new group of friends when she starts over and they too are all brilliantly designed. I’ve been down sick and if only I’d discovered this series sooner, I bet I wouldn’t even have noticed feeling crappy.

🔹The Untimely Death of Brody Walsh
Book 2
5 stars
Another impossible-to-put-down read by J.A. Howell. After reading Possess (The Possess Saga Book 1) in one session, unable to put it down, I launched right into this one. While Book 1 does wrap up fairly well, I just had to have more of these characters. This novella is a great look at the group of friends prior to all of the tragedy that struck; a lot of the why’s of the events are explained here and there is such great camaraderie amongst these very well designed characters.

Overall the book is well imagined and well written. I could never get enough of the small-town feel, these characters and this little Possess Saga world in general – it is a very addictive series and it reads really quickly. There is still a lot of mystery going on in this book, and there is some drama and lots of action. Howell does a great job of portraying a small Maine town.

It went as I suspected it to, but do not mistake my predictions for boredom. This is a highly addictive series and I’ll likely be putting my life on hold to keep going.

🔹Possess My Heart
Book 3
5 stars
Yet another book that I couldn’t bring myself to put down. After plowing through the first 2 books in this series and half of this one, I had to force myself to get some sleep! This installment of the Possess Saga was just as addictive as the first two despite the fact that I predicted all of it. I have this annoying habit of predicting just about everything – I do not hold this against the stories unless they’ve been done before. While I felt I knew what would happen, I was still unable to put this book down as I was completely sucked into their drama. In this installment, we are introduced to even more characters. Some lovable and maybe one I love to dislike. It also expands on some of the other characters we’d already met in the first 2 installments. Harley, though her part is small in this one, manages to shine through as the strong woman she is. I cannot say enough how brilliantly designed the characters in this series are. I have a strong need to continue in the series; while I do need to get back to ‘real life’, I know I won’t be getting these characters out of my mind any time soon. It’s been a long time since a book and its cast stayed with me this long or this strongly – Howell is incredibly talented.

🔹To Have & To Haunt
Book 4
5 stars
This was an amazing read. First of all, while it is Book 4 in a series and I have read along in order, one could read this book as a standalone without being lost. There is just enough backstory that it isn’t redundant for someone following the entire series, but the majority of what’s going on is new for this gang. We are treated alternately to the POV’s of Harley and Nolan; it is good to ‘hear’ Harley again as she is a very likable character and a strong woman. Some more trouble manages to find its way to her but there is a good reason for that and it’s explained in the story. While this is going on her fiance Nolan has his own personal drama to content with and each is sort of stuck in their own little worlds, neither giving full disclosure to the other. Some misunderstandings arise making for more drama which is always fun. The mother-in-law from hell adds even more emotion to this book as I just love to hate her and , well, I cannot repeat my name for her here.

This book has action, mystery/thriller/suspense going on, murder, plenty of drama both familial and couples and a bit of paranormal and as aways with Howell: humor. What I love is it’s all set in small town New England where everyone seems to know everyone adding another side to the drama. This is a super fast read as Howell is able to paint clear pictures for the reader without being too wordy. Very well developed characters that I cannot seem to get enough of.

Howell manages to work in a ton of laugh out loud parts making her books extra fun. Cross dressing, brawny guys, bets and drunken nights with hilarious consequences and just some really funny analogies. I think this series would work for fans of all genres, truly.

🔹Posses My Soul
Book 5
5 stars
My discovery of Howell’s The Possess Saga has seriously caused me to lose sleep- and I do not mean that in a bad way. I mean that in a her-writing-is-like-crack-and-I-cannot-stop sort of way. I now tell people that my crack is J.A. Howell books and I’m not even kidding.

Harley, Nolan & the gang are back and this book just starts out so ominous; I become already hooked within the first couple pages. Action, drama and paranormal activity ensue immediately, along with some mystery and it is seriously impossible to put this book down.

Before I know it, I’ve lost a day or so, while I was submerged in this book – I truly feel like I’ve just come back to reality after traveling to the small town this book is set in. Now that I’ve reached the end of the Saga, I’m not sure how I’ll go on – I miss Howell’s characters like they’re real people who left a void in my life when they left me.

Brilliantly written, realistic characters and perfect continuity are only part of what makes this whole saga a beautiful world that, despite all of the chaos and violence these people are subjected to, I actually want to be a part of. If ever you need a break from life, just escape into this Saga – I personally promise you won’t have any regrets, except maybe that it has to end some time.

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It was a night like any other for his gang. Drinking, smashing bars up, running from the cops. It was what they did for fun. And the fact it was New Year’s only sweetened the deal. Free-flowing alcohol, girls dancing with very little inhibitions, and loud music. It was paradise.
Gilbert Ryder Thompson looked up from the bar towards the swaying mass of bodies writhing against each other, grinding and shifting to the thump of the bass. The music rang in his ears, filling them and sending his pulse into the same rhythm, a heavy dance track that begged for movement against strangers. The singer crooned something about ‘love forever’ as the bass kicked up a notch, driving like a tribal drum. Ryder snorted as he raised the glass of bourbon to his lips. Love forever. Give me a break.
The nightclub was lit up with blinking fluorescents, casting every colour across the sweating faces of the dancers. He leaned back against the polished bar surface behind, a slab of speckled grey marble coated in sticky residue from knocked over drinks, taking an large sip of the amber liquid in his hand. Ryder might have been a thug, but he could appreciate the finer forms of alcohol. Like father, like son, I guess. Like mum, too. His fingers tightened against the thin glass at the thought of his parents, the skin turning white as he gripped it harder. The sip became a draught, and he finished off the drink with a smack of his lips, slamming the glass down onto the bar. The bartender gave him a raised eyebrow, but said nothing before racing over to serve someone at the other end.
A woman caught Ryder’s eye, lost somewhere in the middle of the crowd. She was gyrating wildly against her friend, her long blond hair falling across her shoulders in clumped strands, her mini-skirt riding up her arse as she swivelled her hips. A long ladder had stretched down the back of her tights, but she didn’t seem to care much about her appearance as she held her hands in the air with the beat turning up, a bottle of cheap alcopop in one palm. Ryder gave a satisfied grunt as he watched the woman twisting to the music, shifting his hips against the tight, ripped jeans he wore, his eyes travelling down her form. His crotch twitched in response to his thoughts, and he ran a slow tongue across his lips. Drunk, barely dressed, and hot. Just how I like ‘em. To his delight, the woman looked up for a moment towards him and caught his eye, biting her lip at his figure. Ryder’s lips curved into a confident grin, and he tilted his chin back, making it clear he was watching her.
He knew he looked good tonight. Hell, he looked good every night. If there was one thing he had learned about a certain kind of woman, it was that they rocked the bad boy look, and they didn’t care if you were a bastard beneath it. Hair dyed dark blue and twisted into a modern quiff, a close-fitting leather biker jacket over his torso, he stood out in a crowd without having to utter a word. As he stared at the woman, just about ready to nod her across, she collapsed to the dancefloor as she tripped over her own feet. Giggling hysterically, she teetered herself upright as her friend helped her up again, managing to keep the bottle of alcohol carefully balanced in her outstretched hand. Ryder raised his eyebrows and swiftly turned around, striding further into the darkness of the club. I like drunk, but not that drunk. She’d throw up on me before we even got to taking her lack-of-bra off.

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