Friday, November 4, 2016

Book Review: Chaste by Jesse Teller


Inside the Book:

Title: Chaste
Author: Jesse Teller
Release Date: October 5, 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Format: Ebook/Paperback

When her devout parents died, Cheryl turned her back on her god. Years of denial and self-loathing have defeated her. Her life consists of taking orders and succumbing to abuse. A group of strangers stops in Chaste for the night, but an unnamed threat is preying on the town. Tragic deaths have become more and more frequent. Cheryl wants to protect these travelers, expose the evil force, and save her fellow citizens, but she must find a way to believe in hope.

I will admit, this one was hard to read. But, not for the reasons you might think. Cheryl is one of the most well developed characters I have ever read, and that makes for a book that leaves you turning the pages quicker than you may want to. This book is not a happy one. Growing up in a small town I can relate to some of the angst a person can feel when everyone knows you. 

This book does have a lesson, but I certainly wouldn't say it has a happy ending, more like an ending that reveals an understanding. Knowing what I know about the author, this must have been an extremely hard book to write, which makes me love it even more. 

Meet the Author:

Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.


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