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Posted April 2, 2012
Unforgettable and masterful! Please let there be a sequel! (crosses her fingers)
This book is the perfect combination of a thriller, comedy, and a love story. I'm a very avid reader and I've read a lot of love stories but this one is by far one to remember. It is intelligent and extremely witty. What I dislike about other love stories is the tendency for some to be too predictable, kiddie, and all together corny. Grave Refrain is none of those things! Not a dull part in this book. I felt like I was invested in each character. I especially fell in love with Andrew. His almost manic behavior added the right edge to his character and the perfect rawness and ferocity to his love for Emily. I have to say that I love that Andrew emanates chivalrous charm but when it comes to love and sex, he can have that feral instinct of an animal.
I'm an impatient person and I dislike it when authors go off on tangents with descriptions; although I may appreciate the writing skill, if I can completely skip a paragraph and miss nothing, it shouldn't be there. Ms.Glover doesn't miss a beat. There's no "fluff" in this book.
A random note: this may be an odd point to some, but I have an almost pet peeve about books being written a little "high school-ish," mainly because of the flavorless choice of words. With this book, I feel like it is something an academic would enjoy and appreciate.
I've read many books that have a sort of love story background and they all tend to bleed into each other. All sounding this same. Not this book, it stands alone. You can't compare it so just read it. It doesn't have to be your favorite book but you're not going to regret it.
*I also recommend Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. – For some reason it didn’t let me add it to my recommendations.
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Posted August 1, 2012
Posted April 14, 2012
Warning: this is a LONG book, but it is worth every single moment spent reading it. I loved this book.
Andrew is part of a three-part rock band from England. One night a huge rock manager (Neil...although he is retired) drops in on their gig and offers them a place to stay in San Francisco. Taking him up on the offer in the hopes it will lead them to a break, the three members of The Lost Boys: Andrew, Christian, and Simon, move into the rambling in-complete-disrepair victorian house in San Francisco. They quickly find out the house is haunted by two lovers who can never see each other, Nick and Nora.
Andrew has his own ghost. His entire life, his dreams have been filled with his imaginary muse. He's sure that she's a real person. He's just never been able to find her. This confidence in her existence has caused him severe mental issues, including a stay in a mental institution. Andrew is a tortured artistic soul. He's incredibly talented, but along with that talent comes some emotional issues.
Emily lives with her two roommates Margot and Zoey. They are looking for a new place to live when Zoey's childhood friend Christian moves to town. In the meantime, Emily has become obsessed with an itinerant guitar player that she's found in the park. She thinks he's homeless and several things come together so that the three girls end up living with the three band members in this house haunted by Nick and Nora.
There is so much to this story. It was just incredibly written. From the moment I started reading it, I became immersed in the story and really did not want to put it down. Emily and Andrew are each tortured in their own way. They have this huge deep connection which they both realize is completely crazy since they just met. As a result, they both hide the depth of how much they are connected and have been for MUCH longer than they've known each other. I loved their love story, although I hated how long it took them to be honest about their true feelings and the depth of them.
There's a ton going on here. The six people in the house are trying to figure out the mystery of why Nick and Nora (the ghosts) can't be together. The band is on the verge of making it HUGE and are dealing with all those pressures. The house-owner, Neil, has his own secrets and history that come to play in the whole story. Emily is dealing with an obsessive professor who is trying to make her last semester at school impossible. In the midst of all this is the house which is constantly being worked on by various contractors who are in and out and being driven away in terror by the ghosts. It was so funny to watch the comings and goings of the workmen and their fright especially since there are six people living in this house who aren't bothered by them at all. There's also a group of 4 stoners offering comedic breaks to the story with their ghostbusting antics.
This was just a great book. The romance story line was gorgeous...and there are actually several of them going on so you get several stories in one. The suspense was amazing. I couldn't figure out how this all was going to come out with an HEA. I was extremely pleasantly surprised by the depth and writing in this book. It was really wonderful reading.
Posted April 3, 2012
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Ms. Glover’s debut novel is simply riveting. I had my heartstrings pulled and I tended to not want to let go as it spun its magical web around me. I have always wanted an old run down Victorian house, complete with its resident ghosts to renovate. I found the perfect house in this story if only I could find it in real life. Nick and Nora the resident ghosts are just as compelling as the rest of the cast. I wanted to reach out and help them become reunited.
As you get caught up in the renovations, the ghost sightings, the rooftop windows to the stars, dinner, and jazz music, I found myself simply enchanted.
Every good love story is also equipped with great romance. This story has more than its fair share of great romance. Andrew Hayes sexy, brooding tortured soul…guitarist/lead vocals for the band, The Lost Boys, a little like classic group the ‘Doors’. Then there is Andrews’s best friend, bassist, Christian Wood sexy in his own way with his, John Lennon glasses and Irish accent. If there wasn’t enough testosterone as it were you add bohemian drummer Simon Godden imagine if you will, dreadlocks/French accent/from New Orleans, do I need go on. With this explosive combination you have a band that rules the universe, with songs rich in meaning that draw you in and touch your soul.
Okay so I guess every romance has to have another half. Fate has stepped in choosing someone for each of those sexy guys. Heat starts to rise. Andrew has had a muse all his life for his music. Only problem is he has never met her and she has driven him crazy (literally) at times. Into the Skellar walks Emily Thomas, lover of vintage things. Unable to believe he has finally found his muse Andrew rushes off of the stage as Emily exits. We also find that not only has fate brought these two souls together but they are somehow connected to the past.
Emily’s roommate Zoey, artist with funky hair, overalls and well-endowed bosom, knows Simon; they used to go to camp together. They wrote to each other for years, both are only too happy to renew their….ummm…friendship with benefits.
Emily’s other roommate, prim and proper, Dr. Margot…the most level headed of three. Margot tries to keep things in perspective but as we soon find out, things will spiral out of control complicating everything in its path. Margot soon finds herself just as caught up in the romance of things as everyone else.
As ‘The Lost Boys’ strive to make a name for themselves, romance wanting to take its toll and ghosts wanting to be together, along with mystery…surrounded with suspense…this little story has something for everyone.
At every twist and turn in this story I couldn’t help but fall hopelessly in love with the characters. Whether they are forefront in the story or in the background, they are very real bunch that just tug at your heartstrings.
I found myself laughing and crying and wanting very much to go on their adventure to reunite the resident ghosts ‘Nick and Nora”, despite the evil ghosts that want to hinder them from ever finding true love.
I laughed at the fortune teller guys with their van from the sixties, bar, shag rug and plenty of pot. You can imagine this in the Haight Asbury/San Francisco area. At one point, these hilarious pot smoking guys hold a séance, drawing out one mean ghost that jumps first into Simon and then Zoey’s body. How fun, I remembered holding séance’s while
Posted February 17, 2012
This book owned me heart and soul from the first page. It's an epic love story that follows the intensely passionate, almost manic, romance of tortured British rock god, Andrew Hayes, and his muse, the lovely Emily Thomas. But that's only just skimming the iceberg. The ghostly tale spun by the gloriously talented, Sarah Glover, left me with goosebumps and looking over my shoulder. There are both malevolent and benevolent spirits haunting this story and these young lovers' lives. Against all odds, they must fight supernatural forces and a curse that's been handed down for centuries if they truly want to be together. Grave Refrain had me swooning, laughing, crying, and shivering with its intensity. The writing is spectacular and witty. Most surprising of all was underlying tone of humor that kept me on my toes with martini swilling ghosts pulling grand gestures and a pack of hippy spiritualists willing to risk it all to help out these star-crossed lovers. I only wish I could be Andrew's muse too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2012
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Posted September 27, 2012
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