Review: Paramnesia: The Deadish Chronicles by Brian Wilkinson

Paramnesia

Publisher: Blue Moon Publishers
Author: Brian Wilkinson
Released: April 3rd 2018
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Animal death
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received a copy of Paramnesia through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Paramnesia is the first book in the Deadish Chronicles by Brian Wilkinson. What first brought my attention to the book, unsurprisingly, was the beautiful cover. It’s so pretty – light pastel colors blending together to make an ethereal portrait of a girl. Wonderfully done.

The title of the series probably does a better job giving an idea of the subject than the title does. It’s about a girl who can see ghosts. To me it looked light a nice and fun light read to enjoy.

I was curious, so I looked up parmnesia to see if it was a real term. Fun fact: it is! It’s defined as “a condition of phenomenon involving distorted memory or confusions of fact and fantasy, such as confabulation or déjà vu.” (Thanks google dictionary!).

Spoiler Warning

Warnings first: There’s some animal death in this one. It’s sad, and there are a few ghost critters too. That’s not too surprising, in a story about ghosts though, huh?

I was so excited to start reading Paramnesia; I loved the cover and description, so as far as I was concerned it was guaranteed to be fantastic. Perhaps it’s because I got my hopes so high that I ended up not loving it as much as I would have hoped? I did really try to enjoy it; I just had trouble at parts.

I promise you I did try to care about Nora and Andrew’s relationship – I knew it was going to be the crux of the plot after all, so felt important to like them. Unfortunately their relationship was too sudden and too perfect for it to feel real for me. And to top it off, having the parents call their son’s girlfriend his future wife is just creepy – they’re in high school for crying out loud! Don’t put that much pressure on kids, okay? It’s weird.

The character development on the whole was kind of flat and forced, as were many of the characters themselves. I can see that some effort was put in to make Nora seem like a real girl, giving her an annoying brother and a great best friend – but both felt more like archetypes than characters.

There were some great points to the book though. I loved the Deadish society – all the ghosts were so unique and quirky. It’s like more effort was put into the dead characters than the living ones. If the focus had been one hundred percent on this crew I would have been so much happier with the book.

The major twist at the end of the book made sense, in that they didn’t break the rules of the book to make it happen. Though you can also see it coming a mile away. I’m willing to give this one a pass though, because the twist ended up creating way more complications for the main characters than just having to kick the bad guys’ butt.

This was an interesting concept on the whole, and I’m glad I took the time to read it. I’m not sure if there’s a planned sequel for this one or not, but I might give it a try if that’s the case. I’d be curious to see if any of the problem areas were address and progressed in future books.

 

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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