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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
What would you do if you were an unwanted orphan living in an orphanage out of nightmares on an island that you cannot leave? In Sisters of Sorrow - A Novel of Magic, Madness and Survival by Axel Blackwell, a girl called Anna gets a chance of escaping from her living hell. The kids in the orphanage have to make shoes every day, and if they do not meet the quota, they will not get food or heating. The machines also often kill the kids, as nobody really cares about health and safety. The kids are unwanted, and so are the nuns that look after them. Anna takes her chance, but what she did not expect was that the island would not simply let her go as it is infused with a lost soul that wants revenge. Anna has little choice about what to do next, especially after she finds a boy who wants to save his younger sister.
Sisters of Sorrow by Axel Blackwell is a real page turner. I started it one day and finished it the next. While reading the book, I felt like I was watching a movie. It was very easy to imagine what everything would look like (and I think this story would make an awesome movie). Anna is an interesting character who carries a big burden around with her, only to realize that not everything is as it seems - even in her own past. She will have to face not only the evil around her, but also the darkness within herself, and often the reader will wonder whether she'll make the right choice. Sometimes, I wasn't sure where the author was taking the story and that is a good thing. The book kept me entertained and it was quite exciting. While it isn't a full-on horror that makes you sleep with the lights on, I did feel uneasy every now and then. It's just the perfect mix!