Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Haunted Halls
Author: M. Raiya
Heroes: Evan & Gabriel
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 21,000 words
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: May 7, 2014
Available at: Less Than Three Press
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Blurb: College should be a blast for Evan: Same state where he grew up, just a few hours from home, tuition is free, and there’s nothing but new experiences and opportunity in front of him. All he feels is homesick, alone, and adrift. Whatever thrills his roommates eludes Evan.
He is distracted from his misery by Gabriel, who seems to come and go in the blink of an eye. But he’s beautiful, confident, proud—everything Evan is not. Most of all, he’s a mystery, and one that Evan is determined to solve…
It’s not even a week into his first year of college and Evan already hates his life. He’s homesick, lonely and feels abandoned. He doesn’t want to be at college that’s hours away from his family. Miserable doesn’t even describe how he’s feeling but when he meets a boy that he feels an instant connection with, he starts to think he’s crazy when he discovers the boy looks exactly like one of the students that died at campus over a century ago. Scared but determined to find out the truth, Evan may not exactly be ready for all that comes out of his encounters with the mysterious Gabriel.
Wow, can I just say that when I picked up this book, I really had no idea that it would pack such a punch. Okay, so it’s not very suspenseful or action packed or anything that’ll leave you on the edge of your seat BUT the writing is so smooth and sucked me in from the beginning to the point that I didn’t even realize how much I read until I was almost finished! Evan is such a gloomy character that isn’t too happy with his life at the moment, although things start looking up when he makes a few friends. Gabriel is the opposite in that he likes to have a bit of fun but he’s also serious and altruistic. Gabriel does his best to save as many people on campus as he can and, unfortunately, Evan is one of those people and it turns out Evan is way more to Gabriel than just another student.
I adored this story but I won’t deny that it has some faults. Mainly, the length of the story really hinders it because while the book progresses nicely, towards the end it starts to get rushed and then, before I knew it, it was over and I was a little confused on HOW certain things were possible. I would have really liked to get more in-depth explanations about how Gabriel is where he is and what exactly happened to Evan. Also, I felt like I didn’t get to know Evan and Gabriel as much as I would have liked, especially with the level of their feelings. I really wished we had gotten a little more depth to their interactions that would have better justified what they felt.
In the end, though, this was a nice little gem of a read. It’s a little depressing at first because Evan is so miserable and alone but it quickly turns around and turns into a very sweet story filled with hope, love and possibility. It was an interesting concept and I sincerely hope there’s more to come of Evan and Gabriel because it would be nice to explore them a little more in the future. If you like a good story about a human and a ghost falling in love, definitely check this one out because it’s worth the read!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*