Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai

Jerome Peterson

All Andrew Sharpai wanted in life was to find true love.  Wandering around the Western United States, he searches for that missing love only to find rejection and haunting memories.  Along his journey, he meets LaRae DuFont, a famous show dancer, who tells him a story in which Mary Magdalene thought Jesus was a gardener, teaching Andrew that not everything is as it seems.  This lesson will change his life forever.

An uncontrollable twist of fate separates the two lovers and leads Andrew to wander again.  He finally settles in a small town in eastern Idaho where he encounters the notorious enchantress, Iris Winkle.  However, her ex-husband has placed a fiendish curse on Iris and Andrew soon finds himself trapped within the enchantment.  Remembering the lesson LaRae taught him may be his only salvation, but will it be enough to save him from the perilous spell?

My Take:

The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai was a very interesting read indeed.  As I sat thinking about the book just after I'd finished it, I was trying to decide if I liked it or not, and I still can't tell. The writing was definitely very good, the plot engaging, the dialogue natural and the pacing well done.  This book was definitely a weird one, which isn't necessary a bad thing, it simply means it was different.  I like weird books, but I still haven't made up my mind as to whether or not this book is the brand of weird I personally enjoy.  The book definitely makes a person think, which in my opinion is always a good thing.  There were some nicknames and slang going around that I didn't understand. (does anyone know what a "googlehonis" is?)  Sometimes trying to figure out if the word was an invention of the author, or just a word I've never heard in my life of limited travel outside of my native Nevada and surrounding states was an unwanted distraction.  I'll be honest, through a lot of the book I found several of the main characters to be more than a little creepy, but when it really mattered, they stepped up and redeemed themselves.  I think, in the end, all I can really say about this book, is that if it sounds appealing to you, the competency with which it was written will not disappoint and you will probably enjoy it.  However, if the plot does not seem to interest you, this book's brand of weirdness probably won't appeal to you.  Seeing as the book was well written, and I always appreciate a good step outside the box, I rate The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai a 3, Find a Used Book Store.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If this book were a movie, it would likely be rated PG-13 for some sexual content, strong language and themes of witchcraft and the worship of Satan.

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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1 comment:

fredamans said...

You and I had a significant difference of opinion.



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