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Monday, March 7, 2016

Sapphyria's Book Reviews Presents: The Island by Clarissa Johal; #BlogTour, #Giveaway, & #Review

Book Details: 

Genre: Paranormal Horror
Author: Clarissa Johal
Editor: Marisa Chenery
Booktrope, Forsaken Imprint (2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1-5137-0161-5
Price:  On sale for only $0.99 during tour
Number of Pages: 210
Rating:  4 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Sapphyria’s Book Reviews, and 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".


Exploring a remote island can sometimes get you into trouble.
Especially when you stumble upon a cave and awaken two demons.

Rumors and superstition.

That’s what Emma thinks about local gossip concerning her grandmother’s “cursed” private island. Emma journeys to the island to ready it for sale. While out exploring, she unearths a hidden cave – a cave which holds answers to the island’s dark past.

There may be more to the rumors than she thought.

My Thoughts:

The author has created a character to lighten the mood and her name is Paisley.  After being introduced to her, I found myself wanting to know more about her.  It is interesting how their relationship starts to change.  Our author also includes a character that’s a real jerk.  You’ll know who he is the second you meet him.  But once Emma is all by herself is when the tone of the book changes and it’s a good thing that Nathaniel is there for her.  He’s hero material.

I joke all the time that I’m going to run away and hide out on an island but Emma has me rethinking that idea.  This would be a great book if you love to go camping.  The author doesn’t set out to scare you – at least at the beginning.  But it can give you nightmares as it builds over time.  Unless you read it during the day – this way you have a chance to think about other things.

This is more of a horror tale with a slice of romance.  The ending is a happy one or is it?  Is it just getting us ready for another story about The Island?  I look forward to seeing what the author does.


She was jarred awake by a cry. The vestiges of her nightmare dissipated as she orientated herself. Nightmare. Emma let out a sigh of relief. The cry sounded again. A distant sound, high and wailing. A baby’s cry. Her heart quickened. Good god, surely that can’t be a baby?
The fire in the stove had burned down, its embers lending a glow to the living room. Emma looked out the front window. The yard was still. She unlocked the door and opened it a crack. The cry drifted in with the breeze, faint but unmistakable. She ran through her mind what possible bird or animal could make the sound and came up with nothing. Characteristically, the island was blanketed with silence, almost like a vacuum. She stood, uncertain. After several minutes, the sound started again—the unmistakable high wail of a baby. She slipped on her boots and parka.
Fog trailed like cobwebs in her wake. The mournful cry threaded through the trees and came from the direction of the house ruins. In spite of a growing anxiety at what she’d find, she quickened her pace. If that is a baby, it’s still alive, and I need to get to it. If it’s not a baby… She blocked out the possibilities of what else it could be.
She approached the ruins and the sound stopped. Her heart raced. I know it was coming from here. The area held an unnatural heaviness. A branch cracked behind her and she turned with a start. Something dark darted through the trees.
“Hello?” Her voice sounded muffled in the fog. Emma’s attention snapped to the left. The dark figure ducked out of sight. She took one step backward, and fled.
Heavy footsteps echoed from behind as she plunged through the trees. They were catching up with her. Emma pushed herself to run faster, terrified she’d lose her footing on the uneven ground. The cabin loomed large, a haven in the thick fog. Stumbling across the cabin’s porch, she hurdled through the door and slammed it shut, locking it.
Emma rooted her feet to keep from running around in circles. Straining to hear, she was greeted with eerie silence. Several moments passed before the baby’s cry started again. And this time, it sounded from right outside the door.


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About the Author:

Clarissa Johal is the author of paranormal novels, THE ISLAND, VOICES, STRUCK, and BETWEEN. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing, taking pictures of gargoyles, or swinging from a trapeze. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters, and every stray animal that darkens their doorstep.

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Twitter: @ClarissaJohal

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to read/review THE ISLAND and for hosting me in your blog :)

  2. Thank you so much for hosting Clarissa and her novel, The Island, today!


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