Wednesday, July 20, 2016

{Blog Tour} Greyworld 1: The Anomaly - Nhys Glover (Review & Giveaway)

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Book Description:

Don't believe what they tell you in movies and on TV; ghosts don't haunt people. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there's no such thing as ghosts, I'm just saying they don't haunt living people – because basically they don't know we're here. 

How do I know that? Because I can see them. I have since I was a little kid. But I didn't have a grandmother who taught me how to help people move on, or Bruce Willis as my ghost shrink. Nope, I just got to stand around like a zombie staring at people nobody else could see, wondering if it was me or the rest of the world who was crazy. 

Then, just when I'd worked out what my version of 'normal' was, and was content with it, Jake came along - the anomaly - the Grey who didn't play by the rules. What was worse, he couldn't be just any old Grey, could he? Oh no, he had to be the most gorgeous guy I'd ever laid eyes on, living or dead. And he was set on rocking my world, whether I liked it or not.


Review:
This story is told through the eyes of the two main characters.   Beth who has been seeing Grey's her whole life and Jake who might be a Grey or might be alive.  I love the dynamic that is created by Beth and Jake going back and forth.  It really does make the reader question what is going on and what is real.  There were parts of the story that I wasn't sure who was alive and who was potentially dead.

I loved Beth as a character.  She was very well developed by the author.   Beth went into vast details about her Grey world and how it has affected her life.  I loved that Beth was so thankful for her family putting up with her due to this issue even if they didn't really believe her.   I loved that Beth was able to respect her parents for putting up with her even if they couldn't understand and just wanting the best for Beth.  Beth had to do a lot of time in controlling the Grey world and making sure she understood it to the best of her ability, she didn't really have anyone else to rely on.   I did love that she had a respect for her sister even if her sister didn't really deserve the respect. 

The ending of this book is amazing! I love that is leaves off with sort of a cliffhanger and not a cliffhanger at the same time.   I think this can be a great series with learning more about Beth and Jake. 

My one issue is that there were parts of the story I found very unrealistic.  In today's day and age everyone has so many technology pieces available at their finger tips that it seems strange that they didn't try and google each other at all.  It felt like that the book could have been much faster if one of them googled each other and found out what was really going on.  I understand this would have cut a good portion of the book out, but I felt it needed to happen sooner rather then later. 

I think this is a great beach read.  It is super fast to read and easy to follow along.  It would be great to read on a sunny day!


I received a copy of this book from Red Moon Book Tours for the purpose of providing an honest review.  This does not effect my opinion of this book.

My Rating: 4/5

Excerpt:

"What do I look like to you? I assume there's some reason you think I'm a ghost," her voice went up at the end as a question, and her pale eyebrows lifted too. Was she making fun of me?

I decided two could play at that game. "Is this where I'm supposed to say you're pretty?"

She laughed and shook her head. "I'm not my sister. I have no illusions about my looks. And if you said I was pretty I wouldn't believe you. So, no. I want to know why you call me a ghost."

I sobered up and decided to address the elephant in the park directly. "I can see through you. You aren't solid and colourful like the rest of us. Like the tree behind us." I hated to break it to her. After all, she said she wasn't dead, and yet she obviously was. How was someone supposed to break something like that to a ghost?

She looked at her own hand, as if trying to see it as I did. Of course, she wouldn't.

"It's okay. You can go to the Light or whatever. They say it's great on the other side," I found myself muttering stupidly. Crap, this was not as easy as it seemed on TV.

She looked up at me, her eyes filled with compassion and empathy. "So they say. Do you want to know what I see when I look at you?"

I hadn't thought about that. Wouldn't she see me like the rest of the people around us? I mean, we're the living, after all.

Her eyes became even more sympathetic and I began to feel like an idiot who was missing the point somehow. I could see she was fighting not to reach out and comfort me with a touch.

"You're transparent to me, too. I call you Greys. And there aren't fifty shades of you. You're all just one transparent grey."

It was my turn to look at my hand. It was as solid as it always was. Maybe she was just saying that to get even with me for breaking the news to her so badly?

"I'm as solid as those people sitting over there," I nodded with my head to the three co-eds and one guy sitting on the grass no more than ten feet away. Already they'd looked my way a couple of times, clearly wondering who I was talking to.

"There's nobody there. I can see two guys about to sit down to our right. But it's too cold for most people to be out today. Spring seems to have deserted us."

"It's not spring. It's September and this is an Indian summer," I choked out. Things were deteriorating fast. She must have died in spring and was stuck in that time forever. Always chilly, never to enjoy the pleasures of summer again.

For a moment she just stared at me. That's when it hit me. She thought I was dead. She thought I was the ghost. This was getting seriously screwed up.

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After a lifetime of teaching others to appreciate the written word, Aussie author Nhys Glover finally decided to make the most of the Indie Book Revolution to get her own written word out to the world. Now, with more than 100,000 of her ebooks downloaded internationally and a winner of 2013 SFR Galaxy Award for 'The Titan Drowns', Nhys finds her words, too, are being appreciated. Living in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales of England, Nhys these days spends most of her time "living the dream" by looking out over the moors from her window as she writes the kind of novels she loves to read. The ones that are a little bit different and wholly romantic.


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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the thorough and insightful review! To explain the fact they didn't google each other. They made token attempts but as they were caught between the wanting to know and not wanting to know if they were the dead one, they put it off. Yes, it gave them more space to fall in love, but it is also a very human tendency to put off possibly painful situations. The pain of not knowing had to get worse than the fear of knowing before they could get stuck into really finding out. That's the rationale for it anyway. I obviously needed to make that clearer. I appreciate the feedback.

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    1. I didn't think of that rationale, but now that makes perfect sense. I completely agree on the human tendency to putt of painful situations. Thank you for stopping by! I can't wait to read more of your books!

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  2. Sounds like an interesting book! Love when the MC is well developed. Great review!

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