September 19, 2018

#BookReview: The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Bérubé

About the Book:

Something is wrong with Marianne.

It's not just that her parents have split up, or that life hasn't been the same since she quit dancing. 

Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.

She's losing time. Doing things she would never do. 

And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close.

Something is after her. But a first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing's rage. 

It demands Marianne give back what she stole. 

And Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it think it's owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side. 

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre:Parnormal (LGBT Light)

About the Author: Amelinda Bérubé has been a writer and editor with a small department in the Canadian public service. She holds a bachelor of humanities from Carleton University and a master of arts from McGill. Amelinda is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and can be found on Twitter @metuiteme. Visit


My Review: I have to say that I am very sad that this book just didn't work out for me. I have really wanted to read this one since I picked it up for the simple fact that this cover was gorgeous and the story sounded amazing. I love horror movies and books but this one just fell really far from the bar that I would have liked to see.  This one started off with a lot of info dumping and just kind of kept that for most of the book.  Either we were reliving what had happened or learning about Marianne's past.  

The paranormal aspect of this one fell far from what I am used to as well.  I have about 20+ years in the paranormal field and well I think this one would have worked better as a movie vs. a book. It reminded me of a movie that was out a while back ago, I forget the name.  But it was basically the same thing where there really isn't a ghost per say but more like leftover emotions that take hold like a ghost.  This made the middle and the ending of the story really disappointing. 

The other issue I had with this one was that Marianne doesn't spend any real time thinking she was crazy. I mean she jumps right to the conclusion that she is haunted/possessed. This would have made more sense if her background or the background of someone in her life would have dealt with the paranormal.  As it sits it just felt off. 

The light romance we get in this one doesn't really show up until the end of the book so it takes a back seat to the who I'm haunted thing.  It was a nice addition to the story but it just didn't bring much to the story as a whole.  

Do I Recommend this book? For me, this one wasn't very good so I will not be recommending it.  If you do decide to try this one out I would recommend grabbing it from the library.  

Go Into This One Knowing: Paranormal Light, LGBT Romance (light)

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