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Review: The Room Beyond The Staircase by Maegan Alexandria

The Room Beyond The Staircase – man, look at that cover – it’s sending me back to the 70’s before I was born. Truth be told, that is why I chose the book out of a big list and it scored the first book review on my website!

Plot Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon ) Having to flee Chicago one fateful night, eight year old Celia finds herself at the mercy of her strange aunt and uncle. One thing is certain, however. She must never go into the mysterious room beyond the Applecot family’s staircase. Set in the 1930s, Celia’s world becomes intertwined with circus oddities and buried secrets.

Evaluation (no spoilers):

I loved the faced paced writing style of Maegan Alexandria. My mind was shrouded in mystery at the beginning of the story which is what I like. I got an eerie twinge as I flipped the first couple of pages and noted that it was a historical type fiction about the author’s Grandmother. There was some violence mixed in straight away and and dark vibe which also was a plus. “Men in black suits”.

Although I found a lack of amusement, humor, and sometimes randomness I like in the story writing, it added to the dark vibe of the book and was interesting enough to keep me flipping the pages to see what exactly what was in “The Room Beyond the Staircase”. This is also a good thing! I have read books by very well known authors and I was laying the book down at page 50 never to pick it up again – that didn’t happen with this book. I was, in fact surprised when I finally did find out what was in the room. I was also glad it wasn’t a long drawn out ending.

I can actually relate to the main character in the book. Her name is Celia and it seems like she gets yanked from place to place, never really getting her bearings until she lands where the room behind the staircase resides.

This story seemed to follow the “flow” that most successful other successful stories follow. I did get a sense that the second quarter of the book was kind of a “filler” to get to the climax of the story, although it was still entertaining. The wordplay and vast vocabulary was great.

Recommendation:

I say if you have 2 hours to spare in your life then read this little gem and check out Maegan Alexandria‘s website. ★★★★☆ four stars out of five.

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I was curious about the mention of “Metamorphoses“……that’s some really interesting stuff! It reminds me of a book I’m reading called The Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S. D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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