[Review] Enter the Realm of Flesh

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Title: Enter the Realm of Flesh

Author: A.N. Sinner

Genre: Horror

Published: May 13, 2015

Source: Free copy provided by the author.

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

"The blade seemed to cut the air itself apart. Before he could stop, he had created a strange, ineffable crack in the air. Then, an arm reached through ... and shortly afterwards, a body followed."

Michael Phoenix is just your ordinary misfit teenager. He lives in a New England small town, his father ran off a year ago, and he falls asleep in school every now and then. However, one night, Michael accidentally opens a portal to another world, and an alien creature invades his home. All he thought he knew about the world is shattered when he is plunged into a world of darkness, a world that's strange and alien—a world that once was home to him.

Michael embarks on a journey to the darkest corners of the Earth in search for purpose, home, and vengeance. He is ready to do all it takes, even if he must go to the source of his nightmares—even if he must enter the Realm of Flesh. Along the way, he gains supernatural abilities and learns to cope with loss.

A horror journey that ramps up towards a climactic showdown in the end. There's gore, twists, and violent action galore in this dark coming-of-age story. By the end of the day, each of the three main characters will have shed their fair share of blood and learned their lesson—if they live to see the end of the day.
Spoilers ahead.

At the beginning of this review, I'd like to apologize for how long it took me to put up this review. Now, let's get down to it, yea?

The sole reason it took me so long to get this review up is the fact that this book was hard to stay into. The characters weren't all that memorable, and I, myself, couldn't relate to any of them. Most of the book was boring and held nothing there to keep me reading. There were times I put the book down and just didn't go back because I knew it was going to be hard to enjoy. However, the premise of it all was interesting, causing my curiosity to keep me going, even when it got tough to continue reading.

There was no emotional connection, so I wasn't glad when Nya and Michael started expressing their.... whatever they had for each other (it didn't seem like love at all, just a mere tolerance).

Once I hit around the 80% mark, things finally started getting a bit more eventful, and, around that time is when I started being able to keep reading. What really bothered me was that Lukas was Michael's Uncle and has been there for him more than any other character has, yet, his death scene was quick and without emotion. All of a sudden, he was just dead. I feel like when you want readers to think a character like that is dead, you should put a lot of emotion into it and make people feel, you know? There was nothing like that. I felt no sadness... nothing. It was like an unimportant character died. 

The last thing that kind of threw me off was the Epilogue. Everything before that seemed to have been written in past tense, but the Epilogue was suddenly written in present tense. Shouldn't everything flow well and remain consistent? I know the consistency of tenses can be hard for a lot of people, but I feel that also should have been caught during the editing process, you know? 

Anyway, all in all, the story was okay with its moments. Though it's in the horror drama, I wouldn't say it scared me. At all. Maybe it's because I'm used to playing horror games and junk, but nothing scared me. The monsters, however, were great; gruesome and beautifully detailed -- in fact, it seems they were more detailed than the characters themselves. If you're looking for an interesting horror story with cool creatures, I'd say get it. It's good for the price it's selling for on Amazon, for sure. 

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