I learned something new when I wrote this review.  One should not write the word ‘incest’ in a product review if one wants to see said product review posted on Amazon.  At least, I think that’s what triggered Amazon’s ‘no no’ filters.  And I don’t think I even want to know what kind of google searches are going to send readers to this blog post…

The original, uncensored review is as follows:

I first heard of the 27 Club earlier this year, and I thought, “Wouldn’t that be a great premise for a story…all these musicians, making deals with the Devil.  Fame, fortune and immeasurable talent in exchange for their immortal souls.”  And here is that story. 

Danielle Blanchard Benson’s novelette ‘Forever 27’ is set in Europe in a near future with a considerably altered global political landscape.  Think Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, think ‘True Blood’, think ‘Underworld’, add lashings of rock ‘n’ roll, an ill-fated love affair and throw in a proliferative Beelzebub scattering his seed across the globe and encouraging incest in his quest to breed the anti-Christ, and you’ll start to get the idea.

Like many indie authors, Ms Blanchard is at a slight disadvantage for not having the services of a sure-handed editor.  Incorrectly formatted dialogue, an excess of dialogue tags and an over-abundance of adverbs kept pulling me out of the story.  Fortunately, not all readers are as nit-picky as me. Given current publishing trends towards paranormal romance, there is potential in the premise for commercial success.


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