Monday, October 14, 2013

*Review Tour*
"Dark Night of the Soul" E.M. Havens!

~Published: July 30th, 2013

~Length: 166 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

"So just to be clear,” I said. My voice shook a little too much for my liking. "I killed myself. I’m in some kind of Purgatory. I am now part of a band of demon-fighting superheroes. We go around saving other people from offing themselves in the real world by protecting their statues in this one. All while trying to earn a second chance at life. Or a chance to end it once and for all."
“That about sums it up.” Marsh said, offering a steaming mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

What comes after life? Jayden Schroeder is about to find out. At the end of the road of despair, she ends it all and finds out that living might not have been so bad.

Thrust into a strange and disparate world, Jayden joins a team of warriors from all places and time. Together they battle demons to save the souls of the living, all the while on the run from the end of all things - The Judgment.

Will she fight for a second chance to spare those she loves? Or surrender?

Dark Night of the Soul is a fantastical journey, both literally and figuratively for Jayden’s soul. Action adventure, fantasy, romance, and dark humor twist together to create an afterlife tale that will keep you thinking long after the final chapter.

Who is E.M. Havens? I’m a lot of things. The word that seems to define me most at the moment is mom. It can be all consuming. Not only am I a mom of three (one of them is a teenager…pity me), but I also home-school (pity me more). I share this awesome responsibility with the love of my life, best friend, and soul-mate husband.

Add to that, the twenty-five chickens, twelve turkeys, ten guineas, nine pigs, three barn cats, two Great Pyrenees guardian dogs, a Chihuahua, a house cat, and a goose, it makes for one crazy, full, and certainly entertaining life.

Somewhere in there I find the time to write.  I started out young writing poems, then moved on to songs. I actually have a Bachelor in Music with a secondary in Science because I can’t stand English. Yes, the writer hates English.  I like to read the story for the experience of reading the story, not to nitpick each letter and comma. But I digress.

I eventually found blogging and really enjoyed sharing my life that way. When an unfortunate turn of events separated me from my music equipment, I decided to use my overactive imagination, my love of reading, and my new found hobby, prose writing, to release some of my creative energy.  I wrote my first novel and loved the experience. Fate War: Alliance is actually the second novel I wrote and the first to be published.  Now I’m working on my third and several sequels to Fate War! 

So that’s pretty much me, sitting in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, reading, writing, collecting eggs from the coop, and being a schoolmarm. It’s a pretty great life.

Connect with E.M. Online ~

My senses snapped back with sharp clarity. I laid on my back staring at dappled sunlight through a canopy of green leaves. My fingers curled around the soft dirt and twigs beneath them. I was afraid to move, unsure of where I was or what had happened. Hadn’t I just killed myself?

I turned my head enough to see forest to my right. The same on the left. I chanced sitting up a bit and propped myself up on my elbows. Forest in front. My gaze fell to my legs.

“What the hell?”

I wore camo. Ugh. But I wasn’t fat. I looked at my hands. They seemed older. My boobs! I copped a feel then tugged the collar of my khaki and brown camouflage shirt out and took a peek. They were perfect.

I pulled a strand of hair in front of me. Blonde. Now my heart was pumping. 

I scurried to my feet trying to take in more of myself and my surroundings. I wore full military garb with a handgun strapped to my hip. A really big gun lay on the ground next to where I woke up at the edge of a camp with a fire and tents, and everything.

 And me. From what I could see, my body looked perfect, just like Becky Greenwood, the cheer captain. I bet my face was too. I bet I even had blue eyes. I must be in heaven. But why camo?

“Damn it! Who ordered the newbie?”

I spun to face the gruff male voice behind me. There at the edge of the camp stood a group of five people that my mind struggled to assimilate. A knight in shining armor, a female samurai, and another man dressed in a gold foil jumpsuit stared at me.

The man upfront, who had spoken, wore camo pants like mine and a black shirt. A woman next to him eyed me. She looked like a druid or monk and carried a staff. In a thick Irish accent, she snarled.

“Welcome ta hell, brat.”

~ 4/5 Roses ~

Most everyone wonders what happens after death.  Some fear the unknown, some don't care, and some think whatever lies ahead will be better than living life on Earth.  Jayden believes the latter, and takes a fantastic journey when she decides to "move on" ahead of schedule.  

The place she ends up after death is nothing she could have imagined or expected.  She finds a group of mysterious people she can't quite figure out, doing work she can't quite understand.  Together, their unlikely team battle demons and keep each other alive, all running from Judgement.  Each character has creative quirks and secrets, making the group this story follows interesting and unique.  Jayden goes through many levels of self-growth, and experiences things that will change her forever, and leave you enchanted.  

This book has everything necessary to entertain- imagination, danger, dark humor, light romance, and adventure.  E.M. Havens has created a wonderful fantasy with this story.  Putting an imaginative spin on a topic most everyone thinks about from time to time, she's shared an idea that will stick with you for quite a while.  I enjoyed this quick read, and would recommend it to any fan of after-life stories, YA paranormal, or fantasy. 

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author via Reading Addiction Book Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. Thanks for hosting on my tou and the great review!

  2. No problem Mrs. Havens! I enjoyed reading, thanks for the opportunity :)


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