Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review - Mastic by Eli Constant

When the body of supermodel Harmony Phelps turns up in Morgantown, WV, Detective Mark Faulkner and Assistant Medical Examiner Renee Forst are sent on a downward spiral of unreality. 

A year before the body’s appearance, Kat Forst sees a vision of her own death. Now, the dream that haunts her with every sleep both frightens and intrigues her. Each night, she enters a bathroom; each night, three men test her resolve; each night, Kat finds herself drawn closer to the man decorated with swirling, glittering patterns of coral stone.

Drugged and abducted by the Mastichoria of Chios, controllers of a mythical spice, Kat will confront the truth of her vision - the reality of her bloody fate. And the coral man within her dreams is real - Mikolas, the seducer. She tries to fight him, but his will is stronger; his desire is stronger. To Kat, the magic within her blood is a curse. To Mikolas, her blood means salvation.

Across the daunting oceans, Mark and Renee pursue Kat. Time and destiny are against them.

Title: Mastic

Author: Eli Constant

Genres: Dark Fantasy, Horror

Length: 452 Pages

Publication Date: October 4, 2013
Mastic encompasses several genres. While sitting strongly in the realm of dark fantasy, it exudes paranormal and romance. The mood and tone of the novel are cleverly crafted.

The newly designed cover art reflects the romantic element of the novel, while maintaining its mystery.

The characters are three-dimensional, and I immediately cared about them. I loved to love some and loved to hate others. It's so easy to get to know each of the characters, and their relationships with each other are believable.

Not only are the characters three-dimensional, so are the background and surroundings. Each is brought to life, creating a beautiful backdrop for the characters.

This novel crosses genres so skillfully, no matter what your favorite genre, Mastic will be an instant favorite.

Eli Constant lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She is surrounded by battlefield country, farmland and lakes. Currently, she spends her days being a devoted mother and, of course, writing. Eli feels fortunate that her marriage is one of real love and she thinks her children are the coolest people in the world. She also feels so lucky to have an extended family that is ever present with encouragement and kind words.