Title: The curious tale of Gabrielle
Author: Zachary Paul Chopchinski
Status: Book 1 of Gabrielle
Gabrielle is driven by her will to explore and see new things. When she moves to the small town of Envisage, she is drawn to a hidden antique shop and its mysterious owner. When Gabrielle is given a strange gift, she suddenly finds herself in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil.
Follow Gabrielle as she ventures through the lives of many with the experience of only her own. It’s a journey through history, life, and love unlike anything that could be imagined—except perhaps by a curious young girl.
I was given an advance reading copy by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Zach Chopchinski!
A lot of people don’t usually read the prologue, especially when it’s an explanation, but I did. The prologue was what intrigued me to the story more.
The story shows a young girl, Gabrielle, who is curious and adventurous. She wanders into an antiques shop which always made her wonder and meets Alexandra. Alexandra says that every item in her shop holds a story, which intrigues Gabrielle, and the reader, more.
The whole story is written in such a way that you yourself get that part-creeped, part-curious, part-scared feeling. The story includes spirits, travelling through lives channeling inanimate objects to view dead people’s lives and seeing what isn’t there.
The subtle change in writing style when Gabrielle was reliving someone else’s memories was just right for the part. You understand that something is different, and honestly I loved that part more-the story of a dead soul.
I loved the characters- each one had distinct personalities, well-defined mannerisms and it all came together beautifully.
The ending of the novel got to me- it was just perfect. I was, at first, a little hesitant about the thought of a sequel (because I knew there would be one) but the ending made me gape in surprise and shock, and wanting more.
The only problem I had was the writing style, which at times was too descriptive. Once I got used to that, I could delve into the story more.
I wouldn’t say this isn’t for the faint-hearted, but be ready to be a teeny bit scared/creeped while reading this.