Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Tour Review: The Night of Elisa by Isis Sousa

Title: The Night of Elisa

Author: Isis Sousa

Series: Stand Alone

Genre: Gothic/Paranormal

Publisher: Tragic Books

Release Date: May 30 2014

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

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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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"It is strange... How can I 'go home' when I have no memories of that place at all?"

- Elisa

"Stop it, Elisa. You're bleeding, my darling!"

- Leonhard

"Ah, love, the biggest poison and most dangerous drug there is."

- Dr. Charles

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, editor, publisher, or Promo Host. This is my honest opinion about this book and I did not receive any monetary compensation for writing this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.

‘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.

 My Rant: The Night of Elisa was beautifully tragic, emotional and riveting.  I felt for Elisa because it was easy to connect to her. The darkness of the story surrounds you, the despair grips at you and you begin to fall deep into the abyss hopelessness and isolation in between two worlds.  The authors writing style is unique. She makes you believe in the story and her characters. The romance tugs away at your heart and pulls you into chaos that is called Elisa’s life.  The author’s characters are broken which adds to theme of this story. The plot keeps you on your toes because you don’t know which way the author is going to spin this story. I completely love this book, honestly I didn’t not expect the story or the characters to cling to me the way they did. Having some hope in the middle of the despair just when you think you lost everything is tragic but the ability to choose whether you live a life of bliss or a life of pain makes this story eerily beautiful. Elisa chose could be her salvation or her curse but I won’t tell you who or what she chose because that would be giving away too much information. If you want to know you can read that all by yourself if you grabbed a copy of this book.

My Recommendation: 

I rated this book 4 out of 4 Purple Rant Hearts and would recommend such an exquisite book to anyone that enjoys Gothic stories.

“I am not a writer, neither is writing one of my passions, on the contrary; I see it as a necessary evil! I like to say I am an illustrator and storyteller.

I was born and raised in Brazil and since 2009, been living in Norway with my best-half. I work as illustrator and graphic designer from my home-office, in slippers and comfy clothes. (Would really prefer PJs, but here and there someone knocks on the door!)

Love Heavy Metal, Fantasy and Dark Fantasy and most forms of art.” 


  1. Dear Crystal, I would like to thank you for being part of The Night of Elisa - RBTL Book Tour, and posting this lovely spotlight of your beautiful blog! Love the decorations and overall design! ^.^ Also, I can't tell enough how I loved reading your review, knowing your thoughts about the book... Really special! All my best wishes, and many cozy reads :)

  2. I also read this for the blog tour! This was an amazing book - the writing was phenomenal. I agree with your review - I also didn't think the characters would cling to me like they did. The first few pages I was confused about what was going on, but once I realized what was happening, I couldn't believe how original and genius it was. I found Elisa easy to connect with also. Excellent review! :)


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