Book Review | Broken Chords by Jessica Bayliss

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Broken Chords by Jessica Bayliss

Horror

Leap Books LLC. | October 2nd, 2017

3/5 Stars

They rip, they tear, they FEED, and you never come back again.

Here’s how last year’s Gypsy Cob Music Festival should have gone. Lenora “Lenny” Ragno was supposed to rock her duet with her long-time crush, Jeb, during the open-mic competition. Then, swept up in the glow of success, he’d finally kiss her. Instead, Lenny choked on stage and spent the whole year dodging him online. And avoiding playing her fiddle in public. She thought her worst nightmare was behind her, but she was way wrong.

Now, she’s back at Gypsy Cob where avoiding a public performance is about as impossible as hiding from Jeb. She thinks facing him will be the scariest part of the festival, but when one of their friends talks everyone into trying astral projection, Lenny catches the eye of a demonic entity that marks her as its own.

Now, whenever it wants, the demon can pluck Lenny from her reality and transport her to a hellish between-world, haunted by its countless, gruesome victims. If she doesn’t want to become one of them, she must discover the nature of the demon’s hold on her and remove it. But how can she defeat a literal demon when she can’t even get over her personal ones?

Broken Chords by Jessica Bayliss is a fast-paced, engagingly creepy novel. Lenny is worried about performing with Jeb again this year at Gypsy Cob Music Festival after screwing things up last year. After her and her friends play around with astral projection, Lenny learns she has much more to be worried about, like staying alive.

This book is less than 200 pages in its entirety but that doesn’t make it any less haunting. Bayliss uses creepy songs and otherworldly creatures to help describe the place in between. The dark, demonic imagery will haunt you into the night. Mixed in with all of this creepiness is the relationship between Lenny and Jeb. Lenny has been avoiding Jeb for the past year until Gypsy Cob where she must face him. Only to find out their relationship will become more than she ever imagined.

This creepfest of a book is a quick and easy read full of detailed descriptions, astral projection, and otherworldly creatures. Perfect for anyone who loves scary stories with a touch of romance. I look forward to checking out Bayliss’s other books.

It took me a couple of chapters before I was truly hooked to the story. Once I was hooked though, it was hard to put down. Everything is happening so fast that you if you put it down, you feel as though you may miss something. There was a perfect amount of creepiness that it wasn’t cheesy as some scary stories can be. The amount of romance was also perfect, not too much but not too little that it didn’t play an important part of the story. The description of the demon and the Feeders makes them easy to imagine. As far as a rating goes, I give this book a 3.5/5.

I received this book from NetGalley and Leap Books, LLC in exchange for an honest review.
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