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Sunday, February 7, 2016

#BlogTour & #Giveaway: The Crow Box by Nikki Rae; #Review

The Crow Box 
The Shadow and Ink Series, Book One
Nikki Rae
Genre: New Adult Dark Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: January 15, 2016
Rating:  4.5 Stars
Told in the first person

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".


The small wooden box is dirty, the size of a human fist, and sealed with wax. When Corbin takes it upon herself to clean it and break the seal, a voice she has tried to ignore gathers strength. Shadows play on the walls at night, and with a family history of mental illness, Corbin fears the worst. But the voice tells her it is real. That its name is Six and it will prove it in time.
Drawn to this mysterious entity, Corbin isn't sure what to believe and the line between reality and her imagination blurs more every day.
Some doors should not be opened; can this one be closed?

My Thoughts:

Corbin Greene received a special gift from her mom.  Her friend Jordan uses her as a muse to create her artwork.  And art is something that these two have in common.  But one thing that they don’t have in common is what Corbin has to deal with at home.  It’s something that a young woman at that age shouldn’t have to deal with.

Don’t expect this story to be all hearts ‘n flowers.  It shows how different families are.  Family dynamics can be different.  Friends and their families will be different.  How parents treat their children differ between families.  Parents themselves are also different.

Mental health seems to be a theme here.  Do you know what to look for?  Is it hereditary?  Does it effect your own family?  Corbin has a dilemma because she starts to question what she sees.  I found it more to be a sad tale.  She doesn’t know what to or not to believe in and tries to find ways to get well.  But one thing that’s constant in this story is that the author reveals things slowly.  And you will understand that right from the beginning.

Just like art, it’s a book to be experienced.  It certainly isn’t a book that I’ve ever experienced before but am glad that I had a chance to.  The author creates another character, Six, and he evolves during the course of the story.  It’s the unknown that pushes you forward to not give up on Corbin and find out how she and Six fit together.

You’re left to wonder what Six’s purpose is.  What makes Corbin so special?  In order to create a story such is this you must have a very creative mind.  This story really doesn’t answer anything but gets the reader ready for book two.  Which you will understand when you get to the ending.  If you’re looking for something that you’ve never read before you just may have it here.  Slightly paranormal, with no sex, - at least in this book – and a book series you may want to read more than once.  I’m certainly looking forward to finding out where our author is going to take this series.


About the Author:

Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

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