A Glimmer Of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles, #1), by Steve McHugh // BOOK REVIEW //

January 18, 2018

A glimmer of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles, #1)
by Steve McHuch

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Release date: April 1st 2018 by 47North
Genre: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Sci Fi/Adult

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Layla Cassidy is the daughter of one of America’s deadliest Serial Killers. He’s in jail and locked away for good but she can’t get past all the hurt it caused her. She wants to put that all behind her and forget it ever happened, but there is a voice inside her head that tells her to be violent, to hurt people…
When she’s kidnapped by a group of Psychopaths that want her father she must do anything to survive, and in the way, she activates an ancient scroll that gives her an incredible power. Now, she must run away from that group and make allies that she never thought could exist and work on her new powers if she wants to survive and protect the ones she loves. 



Before even reading the synopsis, I was enticed by this beautiful cover, I admit. But what I wasn’t expecting was the fantastic adventure inside these pages that completely lured me in. I could not put this book down for the life of me. I really like fantasy books, they’re fun and full of mysteries and danger, but Glimmer of Hope is all that and much more. 

For starters I really like everything that involves creatures. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM… And guess what was in this book? Tons of creatures, beautifully written and super dangerous. We have werewolves, spirits, OGRES, psychopaths, demons, Elfs, and a ton more of them. Some are enemies, some are allies, but I grew to like all of them. Why? Because the author introduces these creatures so nicely, and each of them has a different personality that suits their “powers” perfectly, that I was smitten. Heck, I loved the Ogre and the Psychopaths the best and they were supposed to be the bad guys…. the author created characters that were so cold and emotionless and SCARY…  so, I must say the reason that this book was amazing in my opinion was because of the bad guys. They were excellent.

This book is not an easy one to read. It makes you think on the nature of humans and their darkest thoughts. It has super violent scenes with very explicit content on killings and fights. There are scenes were people were tortured and played with without any remorse at all. So, if you’re prepared to read all of this, GO FOR IT! I particularly liked the darkest side of this book and I think it complements the story and adds more danger and realness to it, so I’m all for it.

I didn’t really feel like Layla was the only Protagonist in here, of course the story revolves around her but the secondary characters that helped her throughout became important as well. I really liked that the whole story wasn’t centered on one person. You had several points of view, from different characters, good or bad. Never only Layla’s. But Layla was a girl that I really liked. Herself and her powers grew so much in the book, and it’s interesting to see her go from a kickass human to an even better powerful woman. She was dangerous and strong just like any awesome protagonist should be!

Elias was the "main" Bad guy in this story. He’s a redcap. He kills people with his knife, and then the blood is collected by his hat (fedora). Once he does that he puts the hat on and he absorbs their memories. He’s cruel and he likes it. And I absolutely LOVED HIM! Even though he had ton of scenes where he killed without mercy, but it was still kind of awesome to read several chapters from his point of view. From a killer’s point of view! It’s worth reading this book because of him alone!

If there was one thing that I would change it would be the romance. There’s zero romance in here and I totally get why, and the book doesn’t need any of it. But I’m a sucker for romance. And in the end, we kind of got an HINT at it… So, in the next book I want some more romance scenes. Let’s hope!!

Glimmer of Hope is truly a kickass book. It’s filled with action scenes all the time, history, brilliant bad guys and interesting good guys as well. It has a world of fantasy that keeps getting better with each page you turn and is always fast paced and never ever boring! Steve McHugh did a great job.

*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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