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Book Review: The Town of Superstition 1-2, by R.G. Thomas

The Well of Tears

The Town of Superstition 1-2

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Book 1: The Midnight Gardener

At fifteen, Thaddeus Cane has moved thirty-two times with his father. Each time he’s displaced without explanation, Thaddeus loses any friends he’s made. The name of their latest town is Superstition, but it seems normal enough, with one exception.

Thaddeus’s bedroom window gives him a view into the beautiful gardens next door. Every night after dark, an attractive guy around Thaddeus’s age appears to tend the plants. When Thaddeus visits his neighbor, he discovers not only how deep his interest in the other man runs, but also that Teofil, the midnight gardener, isn’t human. He’s a garden gnome, a revelation that will lead to more secrets coming to light and an adventure unlike anything Thaddeus ever imagined.

Book 2: The Well of Tears

Thaddeus Cane is on the journey of his life. Having just discovered he is the son of a wizard and witch, he sets off on a quest to find his mother, who was cursed when Thaddeus was just a baby. He is accompanied by his father, Nathan; his new love, Teofil Rhododendron, the garden gnome who lives next door; and Teofil’s mother, brother, and sister. Though the world they travel through is familiar to him, they encounter a number of magical beings, some friendly and others quite deadly. When Nathan is gravely wounded, Thaddeus must choose between finding his mother and saving his father’s life.

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Book 1: The Midnight Gardener

Book – The Midnight Gardener (The Town of Superstition #1)

Author – R.G. Thomas

Star rating – ★★★★★

No. of Pages – 123

Cover – Lovely!

POV – 3rd person POV

Would I read it again – Yes.

Genre – Young Adult, Paranormal, LGBT, Magic

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** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

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I’m a big lover of young adult, supernatural stories and the minute I read the blurb for this one, I was desperate to read it. It didn’t disappoint.

Thaddeus is like any other teenager his age – a little awkward, unsure, moody and sure that he’ll be fine, because he’s older now and smarter for it. The trouble that he got into in the story was always believable, realistic and intriguing.

From page one, I wanted to know who the mysterious midnight gardener might be and what he might be. I wanted to know what creature was stalking Thaddeus from the woods and just why there was a feeling of something being different about him, though I didn’t know what.

About halfway through, I got all the answers I could want. They weren’t thrown at me, but handed over gently, a little at a time, as Thaddeus and I learned the truth at the same time. The way the magic was revealed was gentle and considering – nothing being thrown in just for the sake of making it more interesting. Everything had it’s place, it’s meaning and it’s use. While Thaddeus and I sat back and tried to put the pieces together, things began unravelling and it felt like a real journey.

Like I said above, it really felt like I was travelling through this story with Thaddeus, just as confused and unsure of what to believe as he was, when he was. When the few revelations were made, I’d already been set up to somewhat believe them (mostly due to Teofil’s confession) and it made the thought of dragons, gnomes and witches being real that much more believeable.

Personally, I fell in love with both Thaddeus and Teofil early on. They were these sweet, narky, adorable teens that were relatable, but also very much like the teens I remember from high school. Each a little bit weird, a little guarded, a little unsure and yet drawn to each other in a way they couldn’t explain. The chemistry between them was sweet and perfect, from the start. Never over stated, limited often to just a look or a blush, their romance had more of an effect on me and was more natural than some adult romances I’ve read.

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This is an exceptional young adult novel, full of intrigue and mystery, with enough of a dash of romance to keep you smiling. I can’t wait to read the next book and find out what happens next.

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Favourite Quote

“You taste like magic,”

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Book 2: The Well of Tears

Book – The Well of Tears (The Town of Superstition #2)

Author – R.G. Thomas

Star rating – ★★★★★

No. of Pages – 127

Cover – Evocative!

POV – 3rd person POV

Would I read it again – Yes.

Genre – Young Adult, Paranormal, LGBT, Magic

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** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

Reviewed for Divine Magazine

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Just as good, if not better than book 1, The Well of Tears is an action packed adventure.

Starting immediately from the end of book 1, I loved that we didn’t miss any part of Thaddeus’ journey to find his mother. Though there was a lot of adventure – death defying moments, danger and so many more secrets revealed – I never felt as though the book dragged or gave away too much. Everything was done with the perfect amount of moderation, leaving the reader to figure out things on their won, before the big reveal.

Yes, that last sentence implies that I figured out the two biggest secrets that were mentioned in this story – one revealed before the end, the other only hinted at. However, that wouldn’t have been possible without the trail of clever little clues the author sprinkled into innocuous conversations and innocent proclamations.

Once again, Thaddeus and Teofil made excellent main characters. Though we only read the story in Thaddeus’ POV, I always felt connected to Teofil through him and the small, intimate chemistry they shared with each other.

Similarly, I grew to question everything out of Fetter’s mouth and, eventually, feel very sorry for him (not telling why!) and really liked the spark in Astrid. Diplomatic and dreams, Astrid is very much like their mother, Miriam, while Fetter is much more blunt and has no tact.

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Right from page one, with that fabulous intro, I was hooked on the continued journey of Thaddeus and the gang, searching through the Lost Forest for his mother. I can’t wait to continue the journey in the next book.

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Favourite Quote

“Thaddeus Cane knew he was still in the United States; he knew this as a fact with his heart and his mind. But the landscape he had been traveling through the last few days seemed intent on convincing him he’d been dropped into a magical world. Which made sense, seeing as how he reached this far point by stepping through a magical doorway conjured up in the wall of his basement.”

“This strange journey he had suddenly found himself on, and the family secrets he had recently learned, seemed small in comparison to the – dare he say it? – love he had discovered with Teofil. Everything they had gone through, and everything yet to come, felt possible because of him, and Thaddeus almost couldn’t recall what his life before Teofil had been like.”

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