Someplace Else: Is there Love after Death?
Reviewed By: Avraham Azrieli
Avraham Azrieli is the author of "The Jerusalem Inception" and other novels. His website is: www.AzrieliBooks.com
“Someplace Else: Is there Love after Death?” by Donna Montalbano is a young adult paranormal romance novel that successfully pushes the boundaries of imagination and realism with intense creativity.
At its core, this is a love story with depth, integrity, and heartfelt ups-and-downs that would be familiar to young lovers (and those of us who still remember our own all-consuming, end-of-the-world emotional rollercoasters). But author Donna Montalbano takes the story far beyond the familiar, mixing in inventive twists and turns in a breathtaking journey across the boundaries of life and death, time and place, good and evil, and of light and darkness.
The author demonstrates an uncanny ability to make this paranormal tale feel normal and believable, especially through the heroine’s authentic voice, for example: “If you live on Earth, you don’t know Dark. The closest I ever came to dark before this, was when I was about nine, and my parents took me to Alcatraz. They put you in one of the solitary cells, and then they turn off the lights. […] Well, this place made that place look like Times Square. This dark was not merely an absence of light…it was an absence of everything familiar and good. And this was where I had voluntarily exiled myself.”
In summary, “Someplace Else: Is there Love after Death?” by Donna Montalbano is a unique and captivating novel that’s both familiar and striking, populated with credible characters who take readers along on a daring exploration of love, courage, and the dark secrets that await just beyond the illusive frontiers of time and place. Take the leap into “Someplace Else” – you won’t regret it!