Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: The Crawling Darkness by J.L. Bryan

Title: The Crawling Darkness
Author: J.L. Bryan
Series: Book Three in the Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper Series
Published: February 5, 2015
Source: Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars!


Book Description:
Ghost removal specialist Ellie Jordan must face a dangerous, shape-shifting entity that she and Calvin have encountered once before, with tragic results. The spirit has the power to reach into the minds of living and feed on their fears, taking the shape of their worst nightmares, and it has awoken in search of new victims. 

Now Ellie must try to succeed where she and her mentor failed before, and try to defeat the twisted and powerful old ghost before it can claim another soul for its collection.








I already really liked this series when I started Crawling Darkness but this new installment ramped everything up. It was scarier, creepier, more dangerous, and honestly, just down right fun. I completely adore this series now and I can't wait to read more.

Once again Ellie is stuck in a bad situation, where the ghosts keep getting nastier except this time, this ghost is about as nasty as they come and one she has encountered before and that encounter, wasn't pretty. 

We meet some new faces and get to know the old ones even more. Learning Stacey and Calvin's stories, and even more about Jacob, was so much fun even if those stories were sad heartbreaking ones.

I love this team and the chemistry they all have is amazing. 

Once again this is a story you do not want to read in the dark or maybe not even alone during the day. It brought chill bumps to my eyes and more than once had me looking around at things I thought I saw move from the corner of my eye. To say this brought out the slightly paranoid side of me, might be an understatement. 

Bryan wows us with his words and elegant but scary as all heck writing and immerses us in Ellie's world full of all things that go bump in the night. And before we know it, we are trapped there and don't ever want to escape. 

Another fabulous creepy installment in the Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper series.




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

45 comments:

  1. I'm too much of a wuss for a book like this! Haha! I'm glad to hear that this book was even better than the first two installments. I really need to get to this author's works!
    Great review, Ali!

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    1. Oh gosh it is worth it though Nick! They aren't too scary though, just the right amount of creepiness and scary. ;)

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  2. Okay, how scary are we talking Ali? I can handle creepy for sure, I enjoy creepy, but if it's downright horror with lots of blood and guts then, like Nick, I turn into a giant wuss and curl into the fetal position:)

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    1. No no, not horror with blood and guts, nothing like that. Just downright creepy at times. ;) I think you would be able to handle it.

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  3. I've never heard of this series. It sounds great and up my alley. Wonderful review!

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    1. You would definitely love this series Erin!

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    2. Ooo! I added it to my wish list on GR. It definitely looks like my type of book.

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  4. Yay, for a five star read!! Wow, this sounds like a series I need to discover. You know I'm a fan of creepy and supernatural - I'm very curious now. I like the sound of the team in this - just curious any romance on the side of the plot?

    Thanks for adding to my reading list, Ali ;)

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    1. There is a slight romance, very slight as in way to the side but still fun. ;)

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  5. Wow, extremely high praise from Ali! I clearly need to check this series out :) The general idea is fantastic! Happy Monday :)

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  6. Gahh I picked up the first book way back and still have not read it, looks really good.

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    1. So happy you have the first book, make time for it Lily, you'll love it!

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  7. I love ghost stories, especially around halloween! I've got to try this series. :D

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  8. I haven't heard of this series but it sounds super creepy and this is the perfect time of year for that!! Great review!

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    1. It really is perfect for right now. I hope you try it and love it Grace!

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  9. I am so glad you are reading this series. I love it. I just finished book five and I think it's my favorite to date.

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    1. I just finished it as well Heidi and I really loved it too. :D

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  10. Sounds like a good series - glad this one amped things up for you too! I really need to read something by this author. Gah!

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    1. I highly recommend this series by him. I think it is a great place to start to get an idea of what he can do.

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  11. Wow Ali, great review. It kind of sounds like a paranormal Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys mystery. Sounds good for a fall read. Thanks

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    1. Kind of actually. They have to do a lot of investigating for sure and there are always mix ups and chaos. ;)

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  12. Wow 5 stars! I never heard of this series bit it sounds really cool and scary :)

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    1. It is such a fun series, definitely try it!

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  13. I so want to start in on this series. I've seen so many good reviews on it and I have been handling creepy in book form with no problems. :) This is so moving up that wishlist.

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  14. Well damn, okay. I have the first book, and it's pretty short ... maybe I'll start it tonight.

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  15. Sadly, I've never heard of this series before, Ali. But your enthusiasm for it is catching!

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    1. Thanks Joy, it really is a fun series.

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  16. Ali, I really need to break down and buy these books..this series keeps producing 5 stars and I love the paranormal aspects

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    1. The first one is free right now on Amazon, go grab it!

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  17. Tis the season for ghostly stories, this 5-star review is great. need to check out what this series is about

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  18. Well I MUST have this series! Great review! I cannot wait to read it! I love these kinds of books :)

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    1. Go grab the first one off Amazon, it's free right now!

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  19. It's always so great to see that you're having a wonderful time again with the series!

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  20. Wow! 5 stars! So glad this was a good one for you. I used to be able to read really scary stuff but not so sure now. Maybe someday I will try one of these. Thanks for sharing :) Great review!

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    1. It really wasn't too bad but it was definitely scary during certain parts. ;)

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  21. I love the chemistry a group can have. It makes reading about them so much more fun.

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  22. Okay, I just came back from looking into the book over at Goodreads and wow! It has amazing reviews and with your five-star review too, I'm going to be adding this one! Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Woo hoo! So happy to hear that, I hope you love it!

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