If you've been following my blog postings for any length of time, you know I adore entering giveaways for books, especially on Goodreads.com. One day, I found this lovely: The Night of Elisa, and knew I had to have it! So I skipped entering the giveaway and contacted Isis Sousa, the author and illustrator. Thankfully, she agreed to send me a copy.
The story, set back in the 1800's, tells of Elisa, the main character who doesn't seem to thrive in this world, but in another. A place world called Duskland, set near the North Pole,in a perpetual state of never-ending sunset. It's a place where dead people go...
Without giving away SPOILERS, the lovely Elisa has issues. She's gifted with a talent that's more of a curse. She has the ability to drift from one world into another. In one, she's tormented by a cruel husband, and in the other she's deathly ill and surrounded by strange people. One is a set of conjoined twins, another is a moody scientist and doctor... and the other is mysteriously handsome, gentle and kind.. It's not until she finds her Aunt Berenice that she discovers what she is and an explanation for what she can do. Given a purpose (her own possible murder), she finds herself on a mission to either stay alive or stay in a world where she feels he doesn't belong. Can she decide which world she's truly destined for?
I was taken with this haunting, Victorian tale because of the mystery. Sousa's style of writing was aged in a way that gave the book a classic feel. Fluid and simple descriptions made for an easy, YA read, but kept you with just enough interest to care and want to know what would happen to all involved. From what I read on the author, she explained her trials and errors due to intentions of never being an author. Everything on The Night of Elisa came to her from a dream so she followed those influences. There's a section at the back of the book where she offered info on herself, character sketches and backgrounds.
The story is precious and moves similar to a graphic novel. I adored every piece, wondering what the next illustration would offer. You find yourself transported by the decorative filigree along the edges (layout), as well as the story itself. I am so grateful to Isis Sousa, for sharing her fantastic book, The Night of Elisa. Grab it anywhere where amazing books are sold! I'm off to the next read!📚
Ratings: 5 out of 5 specs
*The Keeper of the Crows is next.
**Book published by author, CreateSpace Independent Publishing.
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