The Crow Box Book Cover The Crow Box
The Shadow & Ink Series Book 1
Nikki Rae
New Adult Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Amazon Digital Services LLC
January 14, 2016
164

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?

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Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team 

Wow! Where do I begin? First, when I got to half way through the book, I couldn’t make up my mind if I wanted to continue reading it. Second, there were so many questions and so few answers. Third, it ended with “to be continued” something I truly hate. So after saying all that, the funny thing was that as I continued to read, I became more interested in Corbin’s story. I even found myself looking forward to the next book.

Corbin Greene is twenty-two and studying art. Her mother has a schizophrenia and is a hoarder. Corbin’s room is the one room that is kept clean and free of clutter. Walking in the house is something that has to be done very carefully since every piece of furniture and every spot on the floor is taken up with her mother’s stuff. Corbin begins to hear a voice calling her name and she begins to walk a thin line between believing what she is hearing or believing that she is mentally ill like her grandmother and mother.

After a visit to a garage sale, Corbin’s mom comes home with a gift for her, a box with the latch covered in candle wax and filth. The book leads you to believe that the box is the reason for the voice but the voice began before the box so that was a little confusing. Corbin enjoys hearing the voice that is always comforting, but then things change when suddenly she begins to have hallucinations. Snakes, flies and feathers appear. The voice says his name is Six, but she is convinced that she needs help and signs herself into a psychiatric hospital.

As I said before, the book was both confusing and interesting at the same time. There were just too many unanswered questions for me to give it more than three stars. Who is Six? Is he really just Corbin’s imagination? Are the hallucinations caused by the box? Still, as much as I hate cliffhangers, I find myself wanting to know the answers.