Thursday, 24 October 2013

Blog Tour: Dark Lullaby by Mayra Calvani

I received a copy of Dark Lullaby in exchange for my review as a part of this blog tour.

Gabriel and Liz have been broken up for three months but decided to stay friends. One night, while out at a bar, a woman called Kamilah comes up to them. Gabriel is instantly taken by her and sets out to seduce her, causing a whirlwind romance. Despite planning to fly to Belgium in 2 weeks for the birth of his twin sister, Elena's, baby, Gabriel agrees to visit Kamilah's native Turkey. But mysterious things are happening, his possessions are going missing, he hears voices in the woods, and that isn't to mention the spooky feelings of doom that the twins have, and that Liz has. Can Gabriel save himself and the others he loves?

Wow this book was dark! Not too sure what I was expecting (I say that a lot don't I!) but it was a lot darker than that. Normally when I read paranormal books, at least some of the paranormal beings are the 'good guys', yet in Dark Lullaby they definitely aren't.

That's not saying that all of the supernatural/paranormal beings in Dark Lullaby are evil, because they aren't, and I believe that saying that would miss the entire point of the story, and the fact that there are degrees of evil. It was very cleverly done, nothing is explicitly said until near the end of the story, and so it really does keep you guessing!

I didn't feel like there was a whole lot of character development in Dark Lullaby, Gabriel felt like the same at the end as he did at the beginning to all intents and purposes. But what I did like about the characters was the fact that Calvani has managed to write a whole 'proper' length book with such a small cast of characters, and didn't feel the need to add unnecessary fillers.

I'm happy to say I worked out the culprit, but I did still get surprised as to the plan, and to the motivation behind the plan, which is still an accomplishment!

My only real issue with Dark Lullaby was that for some reason the kindle version ends at about 75%, meaning that 25% of the book is an extract from another book. Not a real issue really, but I was expecting another hour or twos reading from the book!

Dark Lullaby definitely had me on the edge of my seat, and keeping turning pages, though it was a lot darker than I was expecting!


Title:  Dark Lullaby
Genre: Supernatural/Psychological Thriller
Author: Mayra Calvani
Publisher: Mayra Calvani
Pages: 250
Language: English
At a tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. After a while, however, he begins to notice a strangeness in her…especially the way she seems to take pleasure in toying with his conscience.
The young woman, Kamilah, invites him to Rize, Turkey, where she claims her family owns a cottage in the woods. In spite of his heavy workload and the disturbing visions and nightmares about his sister’s baby that is due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her.
But nothing, not even the stunning beauty of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of her nature…
In a place where death dwells and illusion and reality seem as one, Gabriel must now come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister’s unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul.

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Mayra CalvaniMayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.
She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, two wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she’s not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. She’s represented by Serendipity Literary.
Visit her website at

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Friday, October 11 – Interview at The Writer’s Life
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Thursday, October 24 – Book Review at Trips Down Imagination Road
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