AWRW Book Review: Everlasting Da Eb’Bulastin, by Author Rasheedah Prioleau #BlogTour

everlastingAfter another incident of sleepwalking, Aiyana Gamelle wakes up lying under the stars on the Beach of Sa’Fyre Island, an island off the coast of South Carolina with a rich Gullah and Native American history.

Knowing these incidents of sleepwalking have something to do with her long awaited transition into queen of the island, Aiyana shrugs them off as little more than a nuisance to be expected since her lineage leads to a mysterious African goddess.

Aiyana moves forward with plans to host a week long festival that will end with her succession to the island throne, but the murder of an important guest and the passing of her grandmother threaten to bring the festivities to a screeching halt. Then Aiyana learns that the transition involves an unwanted possession and the revelation of a dark family curse.

Sa’Fyre Island Series Book 1
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Self Published October 31st 2014 (first published October 30th 2014)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Speculative Fiction

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October 29 – A Well Read Woman

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What’s It About?

“What it must be like to be young an free on the island, unburdened by the worry and responsibilities Aiyana juggled on a daily basis.”

Aiyana and her four siblings run a large scenic vacation resort, and are planning a five day music festival for their guests. As their visitors arrive via ferry, Aiyana is surprised to see her old love interest, Caleb, on the island.

Initially, Aiyana isn’t interested in rekindling their relationship. She doesn’t want to see history repeat itself, and more importantly, Aiyana is encumbered with bigger problems.

Aiyana has been sleepwalking and waking up in dangerous places, which she attributes to her “transition” into becoming Queen. Aiyana isn’t prepared to lead the island, and fears she may be responsible for the deaths at her resort.

Aiyana goes outside her family to learn the truth behind the strange occurrences and whirlwind of murders. What she learns makes her wish she was dead…

My Thoughts

I loved Author Rasheedah Prioleau’s fresh perspective on her island horror story. So many authors would choose an island resort as the setting of a romance, but not Rasheedah! She crafted an urban fantasy on Gullah territory, with Gullah characters who speak the Gullah language of sea island creole, giving this novel a breath of fresh air. Everlasting Da Eb’Bulastin is unlike any other novel I have ever read set on an island.

The novel is told in third person perspective, and focuses on the main character, Aiyana. There is a sub-plot of romance between her and Caleb, but the main focus of this book is on Aiyana who is unexpectedly drawn into an otherworldly struggle.

My favorite scene was when Aiyana woke up by the ledge, naked, and tourists snap pictures of her with their camera phones. Her response, “Oh, God,” felt real to me in a way that is hard to explain. Something about the actions of the tourists coupled with her reaction grounded this book for me. It was the blending of supernatural fiction with mundane reality that made this dark fantasy feel real.

I also take away from this novel a bit of knowledge about Gullah culture. After reading, I looked it up on the internet because I wanted to learn more. I love to learn about other cultures, and it was fun to do so, even if in a fictionalized setting.
Overall, I would recommend this novel to people who enjoy tales of horror, set in exotic settings! You can grab your own copy here:

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***In the interest of full disclosure, I was provided with a copy of this novel, in exchange for a fair and thoughtful book review. This in no way swayed my opinion or rating.

About The Author

Rasheedah Prioleau is a Southern African American writer with an eclectic range of writing and ghostwriting credits.  After an unfulfilling stent in the corporate world she started over from the bottom as an unpaid intern at the age of twenty-six and never looked back.

“I love to write because there are no limits. All it takes is a finite space of time and I can create a story from infinite possibilities.”

Writers who have influenced her include: Judy Bloom, Jude Deveraux, V.C. Andrews, Octavia Butler, Stephanie Meyer, Charlaine Harris, Joss Whedon, William Nicholson, Shonda Rhimes, Quentin Tarantino, Tyler Perry, Mike Kelley, and J.J. Abrams… just to name a few.

Rasheedah Prioleau currently resides in her hometown of Washington, Georgia.


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