Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review: Powerless by Laurie Treacy

25384584Release date: April 14th 2015
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Could the ghost in her present hold the key to her lost past? 

After surviving a traumatic event that stole her childhood memories, college student Cat learned to live day by day. School work, a part-time job, and her boyfriend fill most of her days. Ghost hunting takes up some of her nights, but this ‘hobby’ begins to dominate her life. 

A ghost stalks her and leaves her creepy gifts. Then the strange dreams begin. By the time she discovers the ghost’s real intentions, it might be too late.

*Purchased the ebook via Kindle

I usually don't read novellas because I like a fully fleshed out story with characters that develop overtime. However, I really enjoyed this short and eerie story. Laurie Treacy is a fantastic writer and someone who has helped me greatly on my journey (no bias). The only thing is I wish that this story was longer, as I'd like to learn more about the characters, especially Adrian. That ending did a number on me and now I want more!

Cat was an interesting one. Aside from the fact that she's a ghost hunter, she had no recollection of who she was or where she came from, and I was intrigued and wanted to go along with her on this journey to find out what had happened. I liked the twists. I never warmed up to her boyfriend from the beginning and just had a suspicion about him, so I wasn't too surprised of his position. However, the fact that Cat and Adrian were more connected than she thought gave me chills. 

Like I said, it's a short story, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. The writing is awesome; so fast-paced and lucid. And the overall plot is engrossing. I highly recommend giving this one a read, but not at night, as one could be terrified of the ghostly activities that takes place. 

About the Author
Laurie Treacy is an urban fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary romance writer (YA/NA/adult). She graduated from Marist College and lives in New York's gorgeous Hudson Valley with her husband, three children and various pets. She's a member of the SCBWI and Romance Writers of America and can be found at local writer's events and bookstore signings. 


  1. I feel the way about short stories, but there are some that I end up loving though they leave me wanting more. Ghosts are one thing that absolutely freaks me out, but I love reading about them. The note about not reading at night was hilarious! I've always been terrified of losing my memories so those stories are very interesting to me. I couldn't even imagine not knowing who I am. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

    1. Wow me too. Losing your precious memories is just horrible. I hope you give this one a try too. Thanks for stopping by, Jaclyn :)

  2. I always want good novellas to be longer, so I tend to stay away from them.

    1. Yeah same here. But I've read two now, this one and Four Houses and i enjoyed both. But there's still that feeling of wanting more. Then again, sometimes I feel the same for longer novels.

      Thanks for coming over, Jen :)

  3. I've not come across this book before, but I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it overall. I normally don't read books that scare me, but I may have to give this one a go once I've got the guts for it!

  4. I don't mind novellas as long as it will not leave me hanging. This one sounds like it's worth checking out. :D

    Thanks, Shane!

    1. Hope you do check it out. Thanks for coming over :)

  5. It is always great when an author can pull off a novella that leaves you satisfied! This sounds like a story I would enjoy!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  6. I throw in the rare short story when I can't decide what to read next. This sounds good, but I could go for a full length book based off from that blurb.
    Suzi Q., The Book Dame


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