07 August, 2018

REVIEW: STORMHAVEN by Jordan L. Hawke

Title: Stormhaven
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin 3
Genres: LGBT, Paranormal
Publisher: Smashwords Edition
Release: December 3rd, 2013
Source: ebook
Pages: 176

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BLURB:
Mysterious happenings are nothing new to reclusive scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne, but finding one of his colleagues screaming for help in the street is rather unusual. Allan Tambling claims he can’t remember any of the last hour—but someone murdered his uncle, and Allan is covered in blood.

Whyborne’s lover, dashing ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty, agrees to prove Allan’s innocence. But when Allan is deemed insane and locked away in the Stormhaven Lunatic Asylum, Griffin finds himself reliving the horrifying memories of his own ordeal inside a madhouse.

Along with their friend Christine, the two men become drawn deeper and deeper into a dark web of conspiracy, magic, and murder. Their only clue: a missing artifact depicting an unknown god. Who stole the artifact, and why can’t Allan remember what happened? And what is the truth behind the terrible experiments conducted on Stormhaven’s forbidden fourth floor?

It will take all of Whyborne’s sorcery and Griffin’s derring-do to stop the murderers and save Allan. But first, they must survive an even greater challenge: a visit from Griffin’s family.

 

EXPECTATIONS: Second book in the series really disappointed me. It was very much a personal preference and dislike to the topic they were involved in. And while first and seconds book had different adventures, unrelated to one another, I somehow didn't think this one will be something entirely else too. So I've expected the worst!

THE WORLD: Widdershins are yet again under attack of mysterious Lovecraftian forces from either pits of hell, myths, our own world, or outer space. This time it mostly affects those mentally sensitive, so our wonderful trio gets to involve themselves with Stormhaven, a mental asylum where some of them find truths and answers they didn't expect.

CHARACTERS: Whyborne is having terrifying and much too real feeling nightmares. In them it seems like he walks an underwater city, and there's presence of someone there. He can hear a song too, and it strangely sounds like his mother. But as often in books like this, he waves these dreams off, and tells no one about them. Griffin, in the meantime, is fighting his own demons. For one, his parents came to town, and he's too afraid to admit to them he has a male lover. They adopted him against all odds, and he fears he'll disappoint them, for they were so happy believing he was cured back in the day, in asylum. On top of that, the new case of Allan Tambling, a kind man who was found bloody by his uncle's murdered corpse, leads them all to Stormhaven mental hospital, where shadows from the past become just too real to bear. Christine, their very best friend, is caught in between these battles boys are having, and she very much disapproves anyone who is interfering with their or even her happiness. I'm telling you, she's the most badass woman out there.

ROMANCE:  There's a little storm clouding Whyborne's and Griffin's happiness. Whyborne does understand why Griffin doesn't want to tell the truth to his parents, but at the same time, he can't help but feel hurt over it. And Griffin is torn in between. Yes, there will be a choice made. Yes, you probably can guess it. 

GOOD: There was a great plot twist involving the new enemy, I appreciate me a good plot twist. 

BAD: Two thirds of the book are for Griffin, his parents, and Whyborne's unhappiness for it. So all the best parts got rushed by, and weren't too elaborated upon. 

OVERALL: It was a pretty good book in comparison. A bit too much of it was spent doing boring things, but Christine made everything better, kicking ass and taking names. She's a doctor, and you'll get used to idea, want it or not, fellas.

What do you think about STORMHAVEN?

 

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