Review: Imago Mortis by Samuel Marolla

imago-mortis-2820x4500.jpgTitle: Imago Mortis (Augusto Ghites #1)

Author: Samuel Marolla

Publication Date: January 12, 2014

Publisher: Samuel Marolla

Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Mystery

Amazon Synopsis:

Augusto Ghites is a junkie. His drug: the ashes of the dead. His trip: reliving the lives of those whose ashes he sniffs and interacting with their ghosts.
To obtain those ashes – to get his fix – he needs money. And there’s no better job for someone who can talk to ghosts than that of a private eye.
When an old prostitute hires him to investigate the death of her colleague, Ghites thinks that it’s just an average, everyday case. But together with the King Lizard, he will discover that there are forces at play that are well beyond his capabilities to control.
Set in a decadent Milan and told in perfect noir style, this horror tale introduces a dark and self-destructive occult detective in the best hard-boiled tradition.


 

3 / 5 Stars


I have to admit I was a little nervous going into reading Imago Mortis. Paranormal/horror stories are not normally my thing. I scare easily and tend to gravitate to light and fluffy romances. That being said, I agreed to read Imago Mortis because I’m always up for trying different genres. You never know what you’ll like if you don’t try it, right?

The first thing I noticed when I started reading Imago Mortis were the amazing descriptions. There were intricately detailed descriptions of everything! From the city of Milan to the seedy characters Ghites interacts with, everything is beautifully described. While it was helpful in getting acquainted with the setting and characters, the descriptions did distract from the story a bit. At times, it was hard to pay attention to what was happening in the story because I was so overwhelmed by the lengthy descriptions of where Ghites was or who he was with.

As for the story itself, it was definitely creepy! A private investigator who communicates with ghosts to solve crimes is one thing. A private investigator who snorts dead people’s ashes to do so is entirely another! The things Ghites sees were so disturbing. I’m hoping I don’t have nightmares from those visions!

To be honest, Imago Mortis wasn’t a book for me. It wasn’t that it was poorly written. The writing was beautiful. It was just too creepy for me. I’m sure there are a lot of horror buffs out there who would love it, though!

**I received an electronic copy of Imago Mortis from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Halloween Book Tag

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Happy Halloween! I saw The Halloween Book Tag over on The Cyborg Knight and thought it sounded like the perfect post for today. The Cyborg Knight borrowed it from The Bookie Monster.


Favorite horror book?

I don’t really like horror books, so I’m going with my favorite “horror” book from my childhood. Christopher Pike’s Remember Me was my favorite book for a long time.

Scariest moment in a book you’ve read?

I couldn’t think of the scariest moment I’ve read in a book, but Those Girls by Chevy Stevens had a ton of intense moments that stressed me out.

Would you or have you ever get dressed up as a book character for Halloween?

Sure! Why not? I haven’t done it before. One of the evil parents from Disney’s Descendants would be fun! Maybe next year my daughter can be Mal and I could be Maleficent. Or we could be Evie and the Evil Queen.

What do you think your favorite character would dress up as for Halloween?

I’m not sure what Kate from Bright Side by Kim Holden would dress up like for Halloween. Maybe a sunshine, rainbow or unicorn? She’s always looking on the bright side, so something super happy would be my best guess.

What is your favorite kind of horror? (gore, psychological thriller, spooky)

I love me a good psychological thriller! I love twists and turns and being shocked. My favorite right now is the Nine Minutes series by Beth Flynn. (Ha! I worked it into a tag again! I have a goal to include it in every tag this year so more people read it!)

If books were as cheap as candy, which ones would you give out to trick-or-treaters?

There are so many books I would love to give out that would not be appropriate for trick-or-treat aged kids. I’m picking J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for this. They’ll probably all be disappointed because they’ve probably all read it already.

Halloween to-read list / Recommend some reads!


I hope you have a boo-tiful Halloween and get to eat a ton of candy!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Great Books/Series with Witches, Ghosts, Werewolves and Vampires

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Halloween themed freebie , so I’m going with Ten Great Books/Series with Witches, Ghosts, Werewolves and Vampires.


1.  The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

2. The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

3. Rooms by Lauren Oliver

4. The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

5. Witching Savannah Series by J.D. Horn

6. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

7. The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

8. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

9. The Harper Connelly Series

10. The Caster Chronicles by Cami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined — Wait! What?!?!

 Has anyone else seen this yet? It came out TODAY! I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It sounds like so much fun to read! C’mon closeted Twilight Saga fans, you know you’re going to read it. I really want to! (Hint, hint to my lovely sister. It would make a great birthday present.) I only wish it wasn’t like $13!

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.

Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

Twilight has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1USA Today bestseller, a Time magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide.