Writing sucks. Period. That’s why I am an artist; illustrator and graphic designer who writes in a hobby basis. Oh, wait… That’s not the “why”… I was born artist, and there is nothing I can do to change it. But with all the imagination I have running lose, there came some stories… And there came some books!
When I’m not doing artwork and illustration for clients, I’m doing woodcarving, painting ornaments, painting artworks for myself, collaborating with other artists and so on. Love Arts, History and Metal.
Oh, and summer is a bitch! Always. Anywhere in the world.
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Embark in this dark journey... to Duskland!
As Cold As Thorns
by Isis Sousa
When lust and vanity consume a humble young soul, nothing is left but a faint flame in the darkness of the void. Henrique succumbs to the ever-growing desires and beguiling passions tormenting his mind, causing a rupture between reason and a desolate world of ice and snow where pain is the key to salvation. Come and indulge yourself in this startling tale of coldness and wonder.
by Isis Sousa
A Gothic short story - with black and white illustrations. During the last days of autumn, a wave of strange happenings creeps into Lord Welton’s life. It all starts when he brings the sole survivor of a mysterious accident into his household. Soon people close to Lord Welton begin to disappear and a tenebrous danger falls upon the one he loves the most.
The Night of Elisa - A Gothic Novel
by Isis Sousa
Join Elisa in this puzzling Gothic novella set in Late Victorian Era, between the world of the Living and the picturesque, melancholic Duskland. Let your imagination travel through words and beautiful pencil drawings.
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- High Witch (High Witch Book 1)
on Nov. 23, 2012
High Witch is a novella Fantasy Romance written by the Australian author Mona Hanna. It is a book with an interesting story: it has magic, action, adventure and love, lots of love. The main characters are Brayden and Ariel, a young couple in their mid-twenties. They fall deeply in love for each other and find themselves in one of the biggest and most dangerous adventures in their lives.
They love grow stronger as they have to overcome fear and a lot of difficulties in their way. All because of a dark warlock, Julius, who has diabolical plans regarding the future of Ariel, the High Witch herself.
Despite all the pain, nothing can defeat the love Brayden, a very conscious and respectful your man nurtures for Ariel; as well as the love she nurtures for him, the one who helped her learning and controlling her magic powers.
As a novella has a short length, we can’t expect much description of the characters or environments, and everything has to go in a faster pace. I feel that if this was a more extensive work, it would have been really nice to have learned more about Brayden and Ariel. There’s so much more about what make their personalities I would like to understand. Anyway, we will surely know more by the next book.
The plot feels like happening a bit fast in the very beginning of book, that’s when Ariel and Brayden meet and get to know each other. After that, when they get entwined, action starts to unfold and things get more exciting. In the end there is a lot of tension, action and conflict, by the time Ariel is going through “The Test”.
The book, which I must mention has a lovely cover, ends with a beautiful, happy and peaceful scene. Ariel and Brayden are now bonded until death tears them apart. They are meant to live in happiness forever after, but will they?
I am looking forward to know what Mona Hanna have prepared for them in the next book…
- The Unfortunate Tale of Talid Farrowheart
on Oct. 19, 2014
5 out of 5 stars
When you start reading this tale (a 23 pages Short Story) you notice immediately that S.M.White’s writing has tremendous quality. The descriptions, the plot flow, interactions between characters and dialogues are all brilliant. So this alone captivated me from the very first page.
The story is dark and gritty, à lá Game of Thrones, which is the reason I wanted to read it. I like it dark.
The protagonist, Talid Farrowheart is a cursed and hunted man. He committed horrible crimes which cost him all that what he loved the most. The plot goes around him trying to escape and forget his past. At some point he captured by the King’s Justices and faces the inevitable: torture and punishment for his crimes. Death is the ultimate reward for his life through tortuous paths.
The narrative contains graphic descriptions of torture, among other things, which are perfectly fitting for the time, mood and character of the story. Reading Talid’s tale, I was transported to that world as each line of the book was engaging, moody and kept me interested.
Definitely recommended for those who like Dark and Epic stories.
Not recommended for the faint-at-heart or moralists.
- Wolf Girl finds necRomance
on Feb. 12, 2016
«Wolf Girl finds a Nec-romance» is a fantastic author debut! But here is the thing, I don’t like teen stories/YA stuff… However, when I came across Gisele’s book, the title hooked me ^.^ - because, ya know… I like dark stuff and ‘Necromance’ sounded dark to me, as well as part of the blurb. So I gave it a try and…
What a wonderful surprise! What’s special about this book? For starters, the way it is written. Each chapter with the perspective of a character. This way we can see multiple perspectives about some of the events and it is totally cool to learn how each of them experience and see things.
The traits and personalities of the leads and support characters was really well-done. That’s one of my favourite aspects of the writing. I got really impressed by how lively Brendann, Sani and Lamar are. How each of them are completely tridimensional and have a true life story behind them.
The plot twists were also great, some of them you may expect, some may catch you as complete surprise. I went from laughing to sadness, since the story shows funny and cruelly sad reality of Brenndann and her family, specially.
This is a drama-comedy-romance, and if you are into knowing how someone young life’s is going to take a turn, for the worse and the better, you may want to read this book. (Also great for fans of supernatural fiction, this has a cool and light dose of it!)
PS: Almost forgot to add: the book also shows several social issues, like the author points out on her own review, and it was all well done. I got heartbroken by learning about the female lead' life, for example. I think it was very nice to raise some awareness for such things as kids raised in poverty, drug problems and the like.
- The Vampire and the Necromancer: An out of Sequence Love Story
on July 23, 2016
The Vampire and the Necromancer: An out of Sequence Love Story is the follow-up of Wolf girl finds NecRomance. It is indeed out of sequence – it means you can read one or another first, and the story will simply get complete – what a great idea!
I am glad I had the opportunity to read another great book by Gisele Walko, because I truly like her writing style, how she puts the plots together, and how she shows each chapter through the POV of a character, it is a nice way to learn the story through multiple points of view.
Much like its sister book, this novel has an intelligent sense of humour at the same time that makes criticism to things that happens in the US society regarding multiracial people and environment. I admire how Gisele can make the supernatural become the ordinary – such as a vampire and a necromancer, two teenagers living a normal life at the same time the deal with their supernatural problems.
I think Gisele masters the art of making tridimensional characters, when you read these two novels you feel and interact with very different personalities. And about the lead girl, Nova, I like the fact that she is ‘nerdy’ – someone with a brain and with an intelligent family and she plays violin. Ivan, the lead boy is a painter. So, a lovely couple, who totally fit together!
There’s only one thing which is a minus about the book – and I think it is a personal problem of mine – that I think the timeline or order of the facts was a bit confusing sometimes. With the previous novel I it was perfect, I had no problems following the story, but here I felt a bit lost. But reading the whole book, everything makes sense and the story becomes full circle.
The story has a happy ending, like its sister novel. So, if you like to laugh, and delve into following the problems and victories of young characters, this is a book for you!
Kudos to Gisele, for cool writing and great way to start her writing career with these two excellent and fun novels!