Welcome to Jeff Gunhus’
B l o g t o u r GYPSY BLOOD!
With my #review and an International Giveaway, below.
Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Adult, Horror
When Corbin Stewart, a down-on-his-luck writer living in Paris, witnesses the brutal attack of an old gypsy, he rushes to help. He chases off the attackers, three albinos wearing porcelain tragedy masks, but not before they stab the old man repeatedly. While Corbin tries to keep the man alive until help arrives, blood gets on his skin, in his eyes, into his mouth. The old man dies, but Corbin soon discovers that death isn’t the end for the powerful gypsy, and that the blood in his body carries part of the man’s tortured soul with it.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Gypsy Blood is my first book by Jeff Gunhus, and I am pleased to say I enjoyed my first climb down into the secret underground world and hidden crypts of Paris.
Witnessing a horrific attack on an old gypsy man, Gregor, lead protagonist Corbin goes to his rescue, but when he is attacked himself and gypsy blood gets into his mouth strange things start to happen to him. It’s not long before he discovers the new blood in his body carries part of the man’s tortured soul and it opens up a whole new world he never knew existed.
I thought the infected gypsy blood idea was a really cool concept, and I enjoyed the part the Romani woman Margot had to play, as the the mysterious lady who possibly knows more than she first lets on. How much of her being there is just a coincidence? Or is she more connected than we are first lead to believe?
I also really liked how we heard about Corbin’s past, the sad loss of his daughter Rose, and how she was later used against him to complicate matters even more. Even the albino Alexis the baddie was intriguing enough for me to feel sorry for him and Les Fantomes de la Nuit at times. That’s quite clever, getting me to sympathise with the antagonist. I was equally excited at how Detective Maurice Besson’s character progressed, and he got more involved than he needed to, through no choice of his own.
Maybe there could have been a few more horror elements added, however, those it did have were fun to read, and the sewer scenes made me want to puke. I found the end of the book to be quite satisfying and enjoyed how it became the beginning of a story for one couple. Plus it was nice to see Corbin start writing again. (I’d like to read that story, too!) In fact, there was a real sense of peace at the end, as the subplots gathered together for their final conclusion, and everything came to a breathtaking close where I could finally breathe again!
Overall, the characters were well developed and the story encompassed an exciting mixture of thriller, adventure, horror with a strong supernatural theme throughout. I’m certainly enticed enough to read more of Gunhus’ books, as this was a fast and enjoyable read for me.
Thank you to Jeff Gunhus and Xpressso Book Tours for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of what I thought of this story.
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Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.
After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.
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