Guest Post: A.J. Raven
“Xhazul’s Box: The Rainbow Sphere” by Jon Castle is an entertaining read for all paranormal and mystery lovers. I really enjoyed reading the story and look forward to more from the author.
The first character we are introduced to is Erinn Forrester, a University student and a Psychology major. The author has a good style when it comes to describing the characters without dragging things out. I got a sense of Erinn, who she was, and how she looked, quite fast and I like that about authors. Readers want to be able to relate to the main character or get a feel about how they look or who they are, and Jon Castle has the skill to deliver. We also get to know about the group of university students Erinn hangs out with. All of them have distinct personalities. At first I thought the group was too large but the author didn’t lose focus of the main character or the story and the pace was maintained. The characters did feel like actual university students. There were some steamy scenes so I think the book is meant for more mature young adult readers.
The paranormal and mystery aspect of the book was fun to read about. There’s a lot of talk about witch doctors, portals, and alternate realities. It’s nice to see a different take on magic rather than the normal wizard and witch thing that pops up in a lot of books. The interesting part of the story comes from Erinn herself. I wasn’t sure if she was losing her mind or what she was experiencing was actually happening. The twist in the end really intensified my experience.
I do feel that the book was too short. There’s still a lot that could’ve happened with the characters and I feel the author will address those things soon enough. The mystery behind the Xhazul’s Box was well defined and I liked how Erinn’s father also played a part in the story too.
“Xhazul’s Box: The Rainbow Sphere” by Jon Castle gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me. It’s highly entertaining, fast paced, with romance, mystery, and the paranormal thrown in for good measure. Grab a copy and we will talk about it…it’s Free!