*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
When you stick to reading almost entirely fantasy and science fiction, it can be kind of limiting in terms of diversity. So I love that I got to read a paranormal book with ghosts and M-M romance and generally just lots of things I like PLUS a main character struggling to overcome depression.
However, that itself is not the reason I’m giving the book a good review. I decided to read it simply because it sounded good, and I liked it simply because it was good.
I have become really awful at reading blurbs lately though, so I thought it would be about a ghost-human relationship. Instead it was about human relationships and a ghost who was simultaneously a sneaky jerk and an amazing matchmaker but who ultimately went full-on poltergeist and wrought havoc upon the bar and everyone in it—*MILD SPOILER ALERT* possessing people, making blood rain from the ceiling, the whole nine yards. *END SPOILER ALERT* I really loved the ghost aspect exactly how it was though because it wasn’t scary for me as the reader, but it was definitely scary for the characters as things just kept getting crazier and worse and they were confused with no idea what was going on. The writing was really well done in that I felt so tense just reading it!
But though I thought the story and the way it was written were great, I wasn’t so crazy about the ending. The climax came early and things still seemed kind of eerie after that which made me think some more ghost-y stuff was going to happen, but it didn’t. And then I was left confused about certain things that weren’t explained, like how it was that *SPOILER ALERT (it’s obvious this is going to happen, but just in case)* Fizz was suddenly cured *END SPOILER ALERT* or what the sigils were about. Another review mentioned the explanation for the rifle thing *SPOILER ALERT* (that Martin was helping Fizz, which I suppose means Martin was possessing him at that point but just kind of hanging back?) *END SPOILER ALERT*, which makes sense, but I hadn’t even figured that out. So maybe there was an explanation for everything at the end, but I feel like I just didn’t have quite enough clues to make all the connections. However, the ending did at least give a resolution and wrap up the main threads. It was in a kind of “this is how things are for now and where they most likely will go from here” way, but I prefer those kinds of endings to “here’s the names of everyone’s kids 15 years from now” epilogues.
As for the characters, there were quite a few, all young males, but they were all so different in both looks and personalities that, once I memorized their names, it wasn’t hard to keep track of them.
So overall, I think certain parts of the ending could’ve been better explained, but it was still a great story that I enjoyed!
Anyone who likes M-M romance and who's looking for a paranormal story with a ghost who isn't so friendly.
Suffering from depression, and going through a rough time because of it, Fizz’s misery culminates in his parents throwing him out, leaving him with two bags, twenty pounds, and nowhere to go. Desperate, he calls his brother, who takes him to The Queen Anne’s Revenge, where Fizz winds up living in a room that hasn’t had a human inhabitant for more years than anyone can actually count—a room that seems to already have an occupant…