Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Night of Elisa by Isis Sousa ~Review, Playlist and Giveaway


Title: The Night of Elisa
Author: Isis Sousa
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Victorian Gothic/Paranormal
Publisher: Tragic Books
Release Date: Sept 8 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Illustrations: Characters and Ornaments Pencil Sketches


Blurb/Synopsis:
.: A Gothic Novella :.
 Sometimes, life and love can follow the most obscure paths, just as they did for Elisa.
Her life becomes a dark, cold, lonely cage the day the devil takes her as his wife. He robs her of almost everything she holds dear: her health, her wealth and what is left of her family.
Trapped between the nuances of life and beyond-life, Elisa finds herself struggling for a better tomorrow. With her health deteriorating, how will she summon the courage and strength to stand her ground? And how far will she go in the pursuit of a dream?
Embark with Elisa on this puzzling Gothic adventure set in the late Victorian era, between the world of the Living and the picturesque, melancholic Duskland.

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Excerpt

‘Elisa’ calmed and the struggle was over. How dare she speak of me like I’m already dead? I know these faces… Father Johannes was throwing holy water over her bed and chanting in Latin.
“E-l-i-s-a i-s b-a-c-k!” a loud voice echoed in the room for all to hear. Quentin was very surprised. “She is back! Father Johannes, how is it possible?”
Father Johannes’ voice was frail. He was a short, gibbous man with an aquiline nose and big, deep eyes. “God the almighty never betrays us, my son!” He raised the wooden cross with his right hand.  “Whatever evil was holding her from life – from death – is here no more!” He came closer to Quentin, reaching for his ear. “She is strong, my son! Keep pretending until the last moment. We don’t want it to happen, but if she survives we don’t want her to tell anyone about what we did.”

“If she survives it will be for a very short time. I will take care of her once and for all, Father!” Quentin pretended he was seeing a miracle from the seven heavens. His young wife back from the dead! How was it possible? We did everything we could, but you persisted… “Elisa, my dearest, you’re alive! You live! You have come back to us!” Quentin continued, admiring that she had endured so much.






Meet the Author

Writing sucks. Period.

That’s why I am an artist; illustrator and graphic designer who writes in a hobby basis. Oh, wait… That’s not the “why”… I was born artist, and there is nothing I can do to change it. But with all the imagination I have running lose, there came some stories… And there came some books!

When I’m not doing artwork and illustration for authors and bands, I’m doing woodcarving, painting ornaments, painting artworks for myself, writing articles for IT’S ART MAG, collaborating with other artists and so on. Love Arts, History and Heavy Metal.

Oh, and summer is a bitch! Always. Anywhere in the world.

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Playlist

Elisa is a very delicate young woman. Despite her tragic past, of losing her mother and father too early and have married an abusive husband, she never gave up on love.  A playlist for Elisa would have to be melancholic, blue, dreamy and romantic. The following tunes are just like her.

Frozen by Within Temptation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfLoCG1MLqI
The video shows a Victorian scenery, and a woman who suffers the mistreats of her husband, just like Elisa did once.

April Rain by Delain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuFsMtXJXbc
A song for melancholy, for the hard times when you feel blue. A song for the rainy days.

I feel immortal by Tarja Turunen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00eE1NVoZSU
A very beautiful song, which is also melancholic. The lyrics also denotes a big inner strength towards life, loss and love.

Join me in death by HIM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsCPgrhR1bQ
When love is so strong is transcend plans of existence… Like it happened with Elisa and Leonhard.

Sleepwalking by Avantasia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oeuqm5j2aA
Just like a fairytale, when you feel the presence of your beloved one, when you dream about him or her.

Somewhere in time (The Haunting) by Kamelot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYcKB0G6kSs
Love that transcends time and all distances. When you’d go all the lengths following your heart.

Eversleeping by Xandria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAV0kNIB9lA
Not only the lyrics and title fits the passages where Elisa is asleep, but it is a romantic song which prays on hope and a better tomorrow, just like she dreams of.

My Review
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Dark and Beautiful
I loved The Night of Elisa in so many ways.  The story is beautifully dark and intriguing.  A woman caught between a desperate reality and the world she wants to be a part of.  The story has a unique cast of characters; some you will love and others you will love to hate.  This story contains all of the best parts of a paranormal romance twisted and turned to make it an individual experience.  The artwork is beautiful and helps to set and keep the mood of the story.  The dark theme of the story and the haunting simplicity of the  pencil sketches are a perfect compliment to each other fully creating a world in and of itself.
This is absolutely one of only a few books I will read again and again.  I will never get over how beautiful and consuming The Night of Elisa is for me as a reader.
Happy Reading!
~Red

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2 comments:

Tragic Books | Isis Sousa said...

Dear Red, wow -!!! - Thank you for the lovely post! It looks so nice, and very informative :) I am very glad with the review as well, it is so nice to know you liked the story and illustrations ^.^ Yay :D Thank you so much for the support! My greetings to you and the other girls @ Dowie's Place :)

Doris Orman said...

I haven't had the opportunity to really read any yet. I'm happy to have you on the blog! <3

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