Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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A Sweet, Soft Glow by Joshua Magnotta - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

  

Science Fiction

Date Published: December 15, 2020

Publisher: FyreSyde Publishing



In the ten years since John Malley lost his wife and daughter, he has slowly faded into obscurity in a rural Pennsylvania town. He spends his days at the local bar and tries to numb the pain of his loss. That is, until Ted’s Dead Rose Tavern becomes the home of the biggest mass killing in the history of the town. John, the lone survivor of the killing-spree, is forced on the run. He heads north where he hopes to hide out at his brother’s house.

Meanwhile, in New York City, young Melanie Parker investigates a disturbing new trend she discovered online. From what she has learned, metallic black bands worn along the forearm are responsible for some form of mind control. Skeptical of this theory, Melanie embarks on a night time excursion that places her in the middle of a riot in the middle of the city. Melanie fights for her life as chaos spreads throughout the city.

As John witnesses the events in New York, he is compelled to take action. But once in the city, John is forced to confront his past.

My Review
A Sweet, Soft Glow is one of those books where you're not quite sure what to expect. The cover is relatively normal. The title is simple. And the synopsis doesn't give much away. But let me tell you, this book is definitely worth picking up and reading. It goes in a direction I wasn't expecting, and it has some darker moments that I also didn't see coming. It's science fiction with a little bit of horror mixed in. I admit to being a little hesitant, but also curious, about this one, but I'm glad I gave it a shot. 
The story's main character is John, but there are multiple POVs throughout. Harry and Melanie are the other two "main" characters, and there are a couple of others who happen to be relevant. 
John is still suffering from the loss of his wife and daughter. He's tired. He's numb. He's just done with life. So he spends his time drinking and hanging out in a tavern. But his life is about to be turned upside down, and his past is coming back to haunt him. 
I don't want to say too much more to spoil things (trust me, just read the book), so I'll just say this: if you're a fan of sci-fi/horror that's unique and has a great cast of characters, definitely check out A Sweet, Soft Glow. 
I got an almost Final Destination vibe from it, but mixed with...I'm not even sure what else. But if Final Destination was about outsmarting mind control devices rather than Death, that's what you'd have with this book. 
Overall, the book is really well-written, with characters who feel real, and while I did take a bit to get into the story, once everything started clicking into place and picking up, I was hooked. Definitely a good read.
4 stars!



About the Author

Josh Magnotta has been a resident of northern Pennsylvania for most of his life. Throughout his early life and teenage years he was an avid writer but during college drifted away from the passion as work and other priorities took precedence. In 2014 he graduated from college and soon began working a swing shift in a factory. It was here, during off shifts where Josh would read during the night to stay awake, that his passion for writing was rekindled. After leaving the factory-life behind Josh went back to college and began work on his first novel, A Sweet, Soft Glow. He has since been writing ever since.


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