Review by Gloria Lakritz
Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
I have been reading paranormal stories for a good many years. Stephen King started my thirst when I was in my 20’s, and the “thirst” never left. So, after the advent of Stephanie Meyers, paranormal brought more and more new writers and old writers to the forefront mesmerizing my senses with a huge deluge of great and not so great books.
I lamented, ‘Why were the authors I adored reading not writing in this genre?’ Excitingly for me, their shift has taken them to this place and with their talents and voices. Now they are in my playground and I couldn’t be happier.
Jacob Flores has been one of my favorite authors, so when I heard he was planning a Warlock story, I smiled. My smile got even bigger when he asked me to read the advanced copy for review. I had me, a four hour plane ride, and Mason Blackmoor. How much better could it get?
First let me say, Jacob Flores nails this, first with the whole teen attitude. Remember those days when you always felt a square peg in a round hole? When you had to be tough instead of soft as not to get hurt? When you are a bit out of sync?
Mason Blackmoor, comes from a family of Warlocks. His father and his two older brothers have extremely strong powers. Mason seems to be waiting for his to manifest.
New to the High School is Drake Carpenter. It is dislike at first sight. Their strange relationship grows as dead bodies start piling up in town and Mason and Drake seem to be in the thick of it. The town has a Council of Paranormals, an interesting twist, so witches, warlocks, and wizards guard the humans and the mystery Gate.
Jacob Flores has brought some interesting thoughts to bear as we follow the trail of bodies. Mason injects a humorously fun, self depreciating image of himself which tones down the blood and gore a bit! Mason’s quote of the day…. ‘Accidently turn yourself into a cockroach one time and no one lets you forget it.’ I am so glad this is a series as there are tons of things yet to write, and many characters I would love to see more of. Great job, Jacob. Thanks for your trip to The Dark Side.