Black Ambrosia (KINDLE)
E cold and violent one Angelina is a fascinating character and we follow her on her travels as she claims her victims and also falls victim herself to certain people and situationsThe story is told in the first person from Angelina s perspective Each chapter ends with an excerpt from another character as though they are being interviewed This works really well to give other perspectives as the story goes on and also to give hints to the fact that our narrator might not be totally reliable The story escalates as Angelina s condition develops and I loved the endingThere is some violent and sexual content some of which involves children Now availableOrder all ten Paperbacks from Hell titles Subscription PaperbackWebsite US UK EbookWebsite US UKAudiobookAudible US Audible UK Do you nowWhere you re going toDo you like the thingsThat life is showing youWhere are you going toDo you Megalodon: Fact or Fiction? knowNow looking back at all we ve hadWe let so many dreams just slip through our handsWhy must we wait so long before we seeHow sad the answers to those uestions can beDo you getWhat you re hoping forWhen you look behind youThere s no open doorsWhat are you hoping forDo younowFade Out thoughts on the book with spoilers copiedupdated from the comment thread in the excellent group Literary Horrorview spoilerI finished over one weekend and enjoyed it all the excellent group Literary Horrorview spoilerI finished over one weekend and enjoyed it all the through I didn t like it as much as I did the novellas in When Darkness Loves Us but overall I was still impressed by Engstrom s skills and the story prose worked for me I like how the novel carefully showed Angelina to be an unreliable narrator eg her descriptions of how she left her job and how her ski town apt looked vs how others saw her apt and described her firing I did think love interestfoil Boyd ended up being disappointing so much build up and for very little except for that gotcha moment in the very end with his new life path And I would have liked to have seen tracking or maybe internal rumination by the protagonist on how she went from being an at least superficially empathetic sociopath one who felt she was giving something wonderful to her victims to an outright psychopath who could care less about her victims literally tossing their used bodies on top of their parents bodiesWhat I liked in particular was the ambiguity about any supernatural element Certainly Angelina had psychic powers of some sort but the realization that this voice She was no dark goddess but rather the manifestation of a buried personality was an interesting surprise hide spoiler. Seductive Voice that speaks only to herAngelina offers you eternal peace at the cost of your sou. Angelina Watson leaves home at the age of fifteen following the death of her mother Once on the road she begins to exhibit vampirish behavior She sleeps ALL DAY SHE DRINKS BLOOD THOUGH day She drinks blood though believes she is bestowing on her victims a gift out of love She begins to hear a voice that urges her on What makes all of this interesting is the ambiguity She was never bitten There was nothing that turned her She can t change into anything and she is not fussed by religious icons And while she seems to develop special powers later on we must remember that we are reading the first person narration of a young woman who is possibly mentally ill Even the book s final lines don t offer certainty Can madness be contagious Perhaps I suppose in the end it is up to the reader to decide A different (Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Programme for Women) By Julia R. Heiman (Author) Paperback on (Dec , 2008) kind of vampire novel which substitutes outright blood and gore for implied and subtle horror leaving the acts of violence to the readers imagination and ultimately making the book scarier The gentle slant towards horror at the beginning of the book holds the remainder in good stead as Angelina the unassuming vampire slowly builds and comes to accept her lust for blood The transformation from a helpless child to hardenediller is executed perfectly with the end result nothing short of breathtakingOne of the enjoyable aspects to Black Ambrosia is the fact that this is a lone wolf vampire story Angelina doesn t have like minded nightmarish ghouls to hang out with so the book and story is all about her her struggle her travels her desire for a sense of place Despite starting off in young adult territory there are some seriously dark moments in this book which fans of horror and darker fiction in general will enjoy My rating 45 stars BLACK AMBROSIA is exactly what I hoped it would be plus some Here s the synopsis Angelina is a iller You d never now it to look at her until you look into her eyes Angelina doesn t John Ormond, Emyr Humphreys, John Tripp (Penguin Modern Poets, kill out of hatred or fear sheills out of
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Is To My Liking to my liking days and this book fits the bill Don t get me wrong violent and gory scenes appear throughout this book but most of the picture comes from the reader s imagination rather than with blow by blow descriptions This review has to be rather general to avoid spoilers but here I am going to wander into spoiler territory for just a moment I m a huge fan of a book called SOME OF YOUR BLOOD by Theodore. Angelina is a iller You'd never now it to look at her until you look into her eyesAngelina does. Sturgeon In a lot of ways this book reminded me of that one view spoiler Specifically how the reader is left wondering if this is indeed a case of a vampire or is it a case of mental illness instead hide spoiler Elizabeth Engstrom Black Ambrosia is the book where a comparison with Anne Rice becomes almost unbearable because it s about gag vampires Engstrom writes like an Anne Rice who is actually interested in real people Deeply rooted in the details of hardscrabble lives her language is heady and romantic occasionally dissolving into a dreamlike haze but she never loses sight of or interest in the fact that even inhuman bloodthirsty vampires need to eat sleep and poop Unlike Rice who s mostly interested in rich fancy people Engstrom s writing is most uncomfortably alive in its unflinching descriptions of the drab humdrum existence of people living on the bottom rungs of the economic ladderHere Engstrom bashes the dust and rust off the traditional vampire tropes and boy howdy are they traditional Engstrom s vampire Angelina Watson doesn t like crucifixes can turn into fog controls the minds of men sleeps in a coffin and she sucks the blood of her lovers But Engstrom manages to twist these clich s into something newRead the
rest of this review 35 starsAn unusual vampire tale that pushes the boundaries of this of this review 35 starsAn unusual vampire tale that pushes the boundaries of this BLACK AMBROSIA by Elizabeth Engstrom started out as a creepy psychological story A young woman develops her own version of love to help along those that she feels deserving At first I loved the interludes throughout the novel written as interviews from people who new Angelina Those gave
A Great Contrast To great contrast to way that Angelina saw things herselfAfter a while however the interludes became focused on one person and it was this That Made The Novel Go made the novel go another direction in my opinion Still a good read but would have been better for me if the focus hadn t remained on one acuaintance I am so glad Valancourt is saving these gems from obscurity I read this with some friends and i think we all liked it Elizabeth Engstrom s writing is fantastic I liked this one as well as When Darkness Loves Us This story is about Angelina It is dream like and uncertain You learn pretty early on that Angelina is an unreliable narrator So it s hard to tell what s real what s really going on or has happened I liked that about this bookI liked the ending a lot too I wold love to read from this author This is a uniue vampire story that manages to combine the ethereal and sensual notion of a vampire with th. N't ill out of hatred or fear she Black Women in White America A Documentary History kills out of love bringing solace to her victims guided by the.