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Dave Ferraro grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, where he was warped by a steady diet of comic books, horror movies and young adult novels. He is the author of the paranormal fantasy series "Hunters of the Dark," as well as "Dark Genesis" and the gay teen paranormal romance "Twice Bitten." He graduated with a B.A. in English and creative writing from Saint Cloud State University, and currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
on Sep. 27, 2012 :
I signed up to review The Tomb by Dave Ferraro, on a Goodreads forum. I sat at my computer for a day and a half and read this book. The book had a great story, backed up by likeable characters. The beginning had some minor grammar errors that I noticed, but as the book went on I did not notice them any more.
The story begins with a girl beginning her first journey on an archeological dig in Australia. From the moment the book begins you see a romance on the horizon. As the book continues the person you think she will be with continues to surprise you. I won't say that I was at the edge of my seat the entire book, however I did enjoy reading it and I look forward to reading more of Dave Ferraro's books.
The Tomb is a book that I recommend to any Young Adult Paranormal Fiction lover, it will keep your attention the entire time.
Author of Immoral Love
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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on Aug. 29, 2012 :
Review of The Tomb by Dave Ferraro
Reviewed for We ♥ YA Books!
I received an ebook copy from Smashwords, via We ♥ YA Books! Goodreads Group in exchange for my fair and impartial review.
I really appreciate the gentle notching of the reader’s hook accompanied by the subtle escalation of suspense. So much in this novel depends on the psychological aspect of horror, which to me is much more poignant that splattering the reader with gore. Author Dave Ferraro is well aware of the inside-and-out of his characters, drawing them deftly and empathetically. When one or more of the individuals on Black Forest Island, among the archaeological crew and support staff (the supply boat captain) begin to act “out of character,” it’s not done obviously but subtly, inspiring the reader to think about what’s happening, and why-and then the intermittent tie-ins with Rachel’s seemingly faulty memory lend yet another layer of suspense. For readers who prefer their horror flavoured with the Supernatural or paranormal, there’s plenty of that here too; but I must marvel at the psychological insights. Once again I am reminded of Henry James in “Turn of the Screw,” and Saki in “The Open Window,” because sometimes what is to be feared is within, not always external.
I highly enjoyed and recommend this book. The author has a very smooth writing style which encourages me to go read all his other stories as well.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on Aug. 28, 2012 :
I thought the main story in "The Tomb" was interesting, but I felt the execution fell flat.
This book is basically in need of more solid editing. It contains run-on sentences and clumsy language. The characters are not well developed, and the backstory of Rachel doesn't fit well with the main story. There were also several errors such as Rachel once being referred to as "Shanna" in the narrative voice, and in another spot Lucky was referenced when it should have been Daniel. There were also major plot problems, such as when a major crime scene was uncovered and, instead of becoming the site of an ongoing investigation by the authorities, the archeologists had continued unimpeded access to continue work (including demolition) on the site.
The book felt as though the author has a rigid outline of points he wanted to put in the book and then forced them in instead of letting the story develop organically. While the book has potential, it feels very much like an early draft.
Despite the faults, there were moments when the story became absorbing, but they were often detracted from by a subsequent fault.
I have not read the series for which this is a prequel, so I cannot comment on how it relates to the other works, or whether the akward inclusion of the backstory was important for the rest of the series.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Aug. 21, 2012 :
Awesomely epic thrill ride that I just couldn't put it down!
The Tomb is a paranormal thriller and is a stand-alone prequel to the Hunters of the Dark paranormal fantasy series written by Dave Ferraro.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I absolutely couldn't put it down and read through the night to get to the end. I had to know how it ended! So, lets get the techy stuff out of the way. The writing was very well done, the story line was clever and exciting, the characters were relatable and well written and it even had a bit of a scare factor to it, which is unusual for me since I don't scare easily. There were plenty of times in the story where the tensions were high and the visuals the author laid down, actually gave me the creeps and I LOVED it!
Rachel was a terrific heroin. She was young but she was feisty and willful. She didn't let what was happening around her bog her down and keep her from going out and trying to work through the mystery. Her league of heroic friends was a great addition to the story. I loved Daniel, Lucky, Chad, Cyrena and all the other that were thrown into this chilling adventure.
The idea of it all taking place at an archeological dig was a little like "The Exorcist", and I thought I'd be disappointed at that but the author does such an amazing job of not letting you get stuck on that fact and even goes so far as to sprinkle a handful of pop cultural references into the mix to poke fun at the similarities. The suspense and mystery of what was happening was thick and foreboding. I haven't read the Hunters of the Dark series in which this book is a prequel to, so I went in not knowing the details of what this book was about and Im so glad I did it that way. I was left wondering if the events unfolding throughout the story were the effect of demented natural human design or supernatural. The author does a terrific job of concealing the intent of the story until well over half way through the book and I found that thrilling because I didn't know what to expect.
Something else I loved was the author was NOT afraid to kill, maim or bring his main characters to their knees! I loved that we didn't know who was going to survive, who the love interest would turn out to be and who was the antagonist.
With all that being said, I almost hate to put any dislikes in this review. But there was a part of the story that just didn't fit with the overall theme and that was Rachel's side story. It wasn't really part of the overall theme, it didn't have anything to do with the outcome of the story and just seemed to be filler in my opinion. I didn't mind the content of her side story and loved the small snippets we get from her memories, but it just didn't go along with everything else that was happening and I wish it had just been left out.
And lastly, you know that point in all horror movies where you scream at your characters to not separate??? Yeah, well, I was throwing a hissy fit! Why do they always separate? There was one point in the cave where two went one way and one went another and I kept saying over and over, "bad idea guys! Strike now!" but they never listen. Haha!
The Wrap Up:
In short, I loved this book! I'd definitely recommend this to my friends and anyone else who will listen ;) It was an awesome read and Im ready to see what happens next for Rachel and her friends.
NOTE: I read this as a R2R with We ♥ YA Books! with Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Aug. 16, 2012 :
This was not my favorite book, unlike other reviewers I found it a bit dull!
Read my full review here: http://youngadultbookmuncher.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/the-tomb/
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Aug. 12, 2012 :
This book was definitely pretty exciting. Like edge-of-my-seat exciting. I could barely put my laptop down (which had the book on it). However, even though it was extremely exciting, it definitely had it's flaws.
The Tomb is about an 18 year old girl called Rachel Thyme on an archaeology dig on an island near Australia. Strange things start to happen to the crew members, and there have been rumors of a curse on the island
Even though it was near Australia, it didn't sound very Australian to me. Where was the island? No wildlife or Australian plants were mentioned. On a remote island, I would expect to see heaps of wildlife and gum trees or something.
The characters were alright. Rachel was alright, but kind of bland. The other characters all sort of meshed together in my head, because no one really stood out (except for Kelly, Cyrena, and Hinako). None of the characters were too bad - I've had characters make me want to rip my hair out. But everyone was pretty boring.
The storyline was fantastic. Absolubtely great. I loved all the mysterious things happening on the island, especially all the trances. The tombs were really interesting to read about, definitely not your usual book location. There was definitely a lot of action involved.
However, just a warning to people who get scared easily (like me). This book can be a little scary, in fact, I woke up at 3 in the morning, and couldn't get back to sleep because I was so scared! It's not too bad, but probably don't read it before you go to bed.
There were things about the book that annoyed me.
When they find out about the vampire, and the yacht gets sabotaged, they decide to stay on the island anyway. This is not a good enough excuse to stay there! There's a vampire there! Leave!
Also, I'm annoyed that none of them left the island. If I was Rachel, I'd be incredibly scared, especially when weird things start to happen. I'd just leave everything behind and swim to the mainland.
Rachel has 3 love interests. I can't really remember them, Chase, Daniel, and some other guy. Those parts were pretty boring, and the only one I really liked was Daniel, mostly because he was Australian.
The part about Rachel's parents didn't seem to fit in. Those parts seemed to just be randomly thrown in, and they were pretty awkward.
Overall, a good read. Very exciting and great storyline, but the characters and other elements fell flat.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Aug. 10, 2012 :
Rachel is fresh out of her French Boardingschool. Her parents are very rich and she feels like her mother is forever sending her away or trying to get rid of her. Her father pulled some strings to get her on an archeological dig for the summer. She hopes to go to college and pursue a career in archeology. She travels to a small island called Black Forest Island off the coast of Australia. She is the youngest of the group of people on he island.
She has romantic interests in 3 of the young men. Two from the dig and the other is the captain of the yacht they hired to get to and from the mainland. She bunks with Cyrena and becomes fast friends with her.
Once they start clearing the debris from the site of the dig, strange things start happening. And the more they unearth the more of an ominous prescence Rachel feels. Maybe it's the legend of the island. That the previous digs had people disappear from the island and were never found or heard from again. Or perhaps there is something more. As they unearth the underground tunnels Rachel has more confusing dreams of her past. So not only does she have to deal with the surmounting strange things that are occuring at the site but her subconscious is also unlocking some family secrets that may have been better off buried. Because when Rachel figures the dreams out she may never want to return home again.
I'm glad I read this before I've gotten to the omnibus I purchased of the whole series. Hopefully I will get that read before the year ends. I gave this read four stars and I'm looking forward the rest of the series now!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Aug. 03, 2012 :
Rachael is an 18 year old girl that wants to become an archeologist, with the help of her father she gets to go to work on a dig site in a desert island in Australia. Little does she know that this archeological dig will be anything but ordinary.
I enjoy the story quite a bit; Rachael was a great character to follow. I believe the only problem I have was all the confusion with the romance aspect of the story; however as the story developed I understood why the author did that. I will be interesting to see how the author follows with the next book.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)