About the Book: Twenty-eight-year old Patience Jensen just can’t seem to find a long enough rope to hang herself with when it comes to making assumptions about others. Ever since the tragedy that took her sanity she habitually anticipates, and sees the worst in life only wishing that death could consume her. As she relocates to Greensville, to make her new start, a shift in the road violently hurls her into a unimaginable nightmare as she comes face to face with mythical terrors and a celestial phantom that stands as a mediator. However, a few bumps and bruises won’t prove a darn thing when she confesses her tall tale to the Herculean Lt. Niles who seems as attractive as he is chauvinistic. The battle is on to resist his maddening sex appeal all while learning to cope with the mysterious being watching over her nightly. More than one secret is to be revealed as she becomes acquainted with the residents of Greensville. Patience’s eighty year old neighbor, Mr. Roach, is about to explain the complexities of a world she never knew existed and a mute janitor at her school is about to teach her why you should never judge a book by its cover. Although she is weakened from her own tragic past, Patience is not to be underestimated. She finds that through adversity there is healing and learns that compassion can transcend the pains of mortality as she takes a chance, edging out into the world to meet her new fate. My Review: I have to admit that I am a sucker for books about vampires. I read all the Twilight books and a few of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, so when I read what this book was about, I knew it was right up my alley. This book is Pattie Garner’s first novel and I think she did a fantastic job with it. She was inspired to write this book over Christmas break while listening to a Celine Dion cd that her husband had gotten her for Christmas. She wrote a few chapters which she did not think much of. Fast forward a few months to Pattie and her friend, Kim exchanging notes back and forth at school. Pattie gave Kim the chapters to read and she loved them and told her to write more. So she did and so her first novel- The Black Parade: The Phantom Series was born. I enjoyed this book and getting to know the characters. I could see vividly in my mind how each one looked and acted through the authors generous descriptions. It took me a few chapters to get really into it, but after that I had to keep reading to see what happened to my favourite characters. There were some surprises and suspenseful moments that I didn’t see coming and I was surprised by the ending. I liked that it wasn’t predictable and it kept me on edge wanting to find out more. I loved the special relationship Patience shared with The Phantom. I wish I had a protector that could heal me and put me to sleep like a baby! My favourite parts of the book was when Patience had encounters with the Phantom. This is the first of the series and I would definitely read the next one to learn more about my favourite characters. The author, Pattie Garner is not only an author, but also a kindergarten teacher. She truly cares about children. In fact, she is donating 50% of the proceeds of The Black Parade to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. She wants to help kids dealing with cancer and hopes that others will support her quest.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*