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    Is Bleizgeist Worth Your Time?

    Yes!

     

     

    What Did We Think Without Spoiling It?

    I bought this book just because the cover art is insane. I love it. I mean look at it! After quickly glancing at the excerpt I figured it sounded really cool and really mysterious. What really shocked me was the cover price: $0.99  for the Kindle edition and $7.99 for a book that was only 126 pages. Could a 126 page book this really be worth that price? I was game to find out.

    Then it sat in the corner of my Kindle for a while until I totally forgot what it was about. After a while I picked it up and found myself quickly drawn into this amazing world. Bleizgeist is very light on details in the description. Everything you read there you find out in the first part of the book. It starts off slow, but you find yourself quickly introduced to the main character Marishka. As the story goes on you find out just how special Marishka is. Now this isn’t another empowering story of some young girl who is destined to be a hero and save/change the world. No Bleizgeist feels more like a story of survival, personal understanding and making it in a harsh world unforgiving world. All this mixed in with what feels like a story of legends and fairy tails. Bleizgeist is a great stand alone book.  It could also be the start of something expansive and amazing.

    So is Bleizgeist, a 126 page book worth $7.99 on paperback? Yes. Yes it is.

    Bleizgeist is an engrossing experience, that while brief is very, very well done. I loved it so much that I just ordered the paperback so I can keep it on the shelf with the rest of my favorite books. So yeah, the $0.99 Kindle edition is an insanely priced steal.

    BUY THIS BOOK!

     

    Why it Works:

    The author (Hazel Butler) immediately jumps into Bleizgeist. There’s no needless exposition, no clunky world building or unimportant details. No, every single word written is precious and perfectly used. The story starts moving along with the main character and just doesn’t stop. I was taken along for the ride and found myself quickly caring about Marishka. She was vulnerable, hurt, and dealing with immense loss, all the while moving forward. Along the way I found myself caring about her, identifying with her, and slowly, very slowly, understanding her. At that point I ended up rooting for her, and found myself invested in her. Sure it could have been longer and given us some more details, but Bleizgeist works wonderfully as is.

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    Marishka is special. As the book unfolds you find that out soon enough, but the way the author presents her is magnificent.  She is the witch of the woods. She is what keeps children up at night. The neighboring townsfolk fear her as much as they respect her. Bleizgeist is almost the tale of a villain of some old fairy tale. First we find out she is misunderstood and how badly that misunderstanding is affecting her. I loved that Marishka is living in a time where the old ways that would have once given her respect and power have died out long before she was born. Yet they still linger in the hearts and minds of everyone around her. They know of the old ways, but because of whatever social/political reasons don’t/can’t abide by them. This makes her an outsider, but still respected. That very cautious respect makes everyone around her uncomfortable. It makes her an outsider without feeling forced. I loved it. I never read a story that did this before and it was great.

    Bleizgeist teases you with the inklings of a much larger world, with a much deeper history.  We get just enough tiny pieces here and there to make the world feel vibrant and real, but not enough to detract from the experience.  That is because this isn’t about the world, it’s about Marishka who is the last Bleizgeist. One lone young women who doesn’t know much about the world or even herself. This is about her trying to make it, and little by little she does, and we cheer for her. The wonderful twist of an ending is great. It just comes out of nowhere. It answers all the questions I didn’t even think needed answering. It does so in a way that could turn Bleizgeist into an amazing series, but also in a way that wraps things up perfectly. If the author chooses she can easily come back and expand, if not she told an amazing tale that, while complete, left us satisfied, but still wanting more.

    I loved Bleizgeist.

     

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