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ⓇⒺⓋⒾⒺⓌ For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix

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“Endings are not always bad. Most times they’re just beginnings in disguise.” – Kim Harrison, Something Deadly This Way Comes

Seth wakes up not on his own bed but in a train station in the middle of nowhere. He does not remember how he got there and why. A black train seems to beckon him inside and when he gets aboard, Seth’s amazing foray into the afterlife begins…

What an incredible experience this had been reading about Seth, his best friend Carter, the conductor, the passengers on the weird train, the ghostly manifestations among the grasslands and Seth’s boyfriend Tony. I was hooked from the first few sentences and I knew I had a winner in my hands after I was done.

Author Ana J. Phoenix came up with a fascinating, unique storyline and I was more than impressed. I was also entranced. Through the characters, Ms. Phoenix’s intimations on life, second chances and death/immortality were spelled out in simple prose that was haunting, poignant and sweet in all the right places. Although the book deals much with dying/death, I did not get the impression of anything horrifying about it. On the contrary, the tone was rather hopeful – even insightful.

Initially, I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of the manuscript and I liked it so much that I just had to have my own copy when it was released yesterday. Moreover, I would not be surprised if this novel is ranked among the best 2016 MM romance books with a supernatural twist.

I highly recommend this book and I invite you to go on a train ride with Seth and Carter. It would be one unforgettable journey worth your while.

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