Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Review: Sliding Beneath the Surface (The St. Augustine Trilogy #1) by Doug Dillon

Sliding Beneath the Surface (The St. Augustine Trilogy, #1)
Title: Sliding Beneath the Surface

Series: The St. Augustine Trilogy #1

Author: Doug Dillon

Publication date: Sept. 2011

Published by: Old St. Augustine Publications

Source: From the author for review (thanks!)

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A new resident of America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida, fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden suddenly finds himself up to his eyeballs in frightening paranormal experiences. At the end of his rope in trying to figure out what is happening to him, Jeff decides to rely on his friend Carla Rodriguez, and Lobo, an old Native American shaman, for help.

Despite this guidance, things get even worse. Jeff’s spine tingling encounters increase in number and intensity at an alarming rate, scaring him even more. Eventually, he makes the startling discovery that unresolved circumstances involving a bloody event directly out of Florida’s distant past threatens his sanity and possibly his life.

Finally, overwhelmed by forces he cannot understand or control, Jeff’s world shifts from frightening to downright terrifying. In desperation, and on Lobo’s advice, he leaps headlong into the unknown in order to save himself. What Jeff discovers though is that he has entered a level of reality he is completely unprepared to handle while unwittingly dragging Carla with him.

Like all the books in THE ST. AUGUSTINE TRILOGY, the premise for Sliding Beneath the Surface is simply this: You create your own reality.
My rating: ★★★☆☆

This was a very entertaining read with a fairly interesting plot and fantastic descriptions!

To start off, I just want to say that the voice/narration of the book was one of my favorite things! It really felt like we were inside a teenage boy's head! It was great! Also, Jeff (our main character/narrator) talks straight to the reader sometimes and I love that! Makes me feel like I'm involved in the story, too :)

I also really liked the suspense...wondering how things would turn out for Jeff and all the freaky stuff that was going on with him. The story was very intense and had tons of action throughout the book, which I also love, so it was never slow moving!

However, I was expecting more ghostlyness and hauntings, which we did get, but it was not what I was expecting. Also, I'm not really a historical-fiction type of gal myself (which is what this book felt like to me), but I can't deny that the details were interesting and very precise. So if you like these kind of because, I recommend this one!

Overall, it was a pretty good read. Even though its not in the genre I'm used to reading, exactly, I really enjoyed it.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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