Exciting and atmospheric. Full of twists and a villain that is sure to get under your skin.
Thank you so much to The Write Reads and David R. Slayton for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary physical copy!
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Premise (from Goodreads)
“The taste of black magic, battery acid and rotten blackberries mixed with the odors of cheap beer and cigarettes.”
Adam Binder hasn’t spoken to his brother in years, not since Bobby had him committed to a psych ward for hearing voices. When a murderous spirit possesses Bobby’s wife and disrupts the perfect life he’s built away from Oklahoma, he’s forced to admit that maybe his little brother isn’t crazy after all. Adam is happy to escape the trailer park and get the chance to say I told you so, but he arrives in Denver to find the local witches dead.
It isn’t long before Adam is the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, he’ll have to risk bargaining with powers he’d rather avoid, including his first love, the elf who broke his heart.
The Binder brothers don’t realize that they’re unwitting pawns in a game played by immortals. Death herself wants the spirit’s head, and she’s willing to destroy their family to reap it.
Review (No Spoilers)
I really wish Goodreads had quarter (or even half) stars because I feel like this book was a solid 4.25 for me. While I wish there were more action sequences and that certain plot arcs had been tied together a bit better, I cannot deny the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish. White Trash Warlock is a wild ride and despite predicting many of the twists that were thrown my way, I still encountered situations and revelations that rendered me shocked.
From the very first chapter I knew that I was going to love this book. David R. Slayton is an incredible writer and the world that he’s built is so amazing and awe-inspiring that you can’t help but want to learn more and more about it. On top of that there are a few jokes sprinkled throughout the chapters that had me laughing at very unexpected moments. A book that can make me laugh is always a memorable one for me.
Interwoven with the exciting narrative of magical realms and saving loved ones from evil is a heart-wrenching story of family abuse and trauma that is equally compelling. Through a series of character thoughts and flashbacks, the reader slowly develops a clearer picture of what exactly happened all those years ago that resulted in the big family fallout. The more I read about the lives of the Binder brothers, the more I begged for them to get their happy endings. A family should only have to go through so much, paranormal creatures or not.
As the book came to a close, the final 25%–jam packed with action and excitement–was by far my favorite part. There were so many last minute twists and turns that with each turn of the page I expected something even more fantastic and shocking to occur. Goodreads labels this as the first book in The Adam Binder Novels series and I simply can’t wait for the next one to be announced!
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