Lead Me Astray
by Sondi Warner
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Pub Date 15 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 15 Mar 2022
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Welcome to Overlay City in New Orleans—a shadowy in-between where the paranormal and the real world meet. Its newest resident: Aurie Edison.
A victim of a hit-and-run, Aurie now exists as a ghost in this mysterious realm. Convinced there is more to her death than what she remembers, Aurie sets out to uncover the truth. She soon finds herself in the company of Mys, a psychic empath, whose need to help others trumps all else, and Zyr, a werewolf detective able to work both the human and occult worlds.
As they begin to piece together the events leading up to her death, Aurie can’t deny the deeper connection developing between them. Yet, with each new secret suggesting a more sinister danger at play, they realize they may not make it out (dead or) alive.
Undeniably queer and devilishly sexy, Lead Me Astray will take you to the shadowy depths of New Orleans and never let you go.
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Average rating from 15 members
Brilliant stuff. Sondi is a gifted writer and a beautiful storyteller. In "Lead Me Astray," she breathes fresh life into the paranormal genre in a way that is both realistic and intimate. You're shortchanging yourself if you don't visit Overlay City as soon as you're able. (less)
I love this story! The entire time I was reading, I was engaged and eager to find out what was going to happen next. How could I not with a supernatural world/creatures, mystery, love, polygamy, LGBTQIA rep. Omg again I loved this book!!!
I loved all the characters. They were all so unique, yet they meshed so well. The character development was amazing. These characters and this world just felt so real. The struggles, the secrets, the acceptance, the understanding, the lack of trust, the growth, the temptation, the betrayal. Not to mention I found myself stumped along with Zyr and Aurie about who killed Aurie, why, and who she should trust. The plot kept me on my toes. Sondi Warner did her thang! I need book 2!
Thank you to NetGalley and Wattpad books for this eARC!
This has a little of everything: supernaturals, mystery, politics, and a polyamorous romance. It was set in New Orleans where all kinds of supernatural creatures live among humans unbeknownst to the humans. The supernaturals have their own version of the city called Overlay City where they have their own laws, law enforcement, government, and government officials. I got more sucked in then I thought I would, but now I really want to see what happens next.
Release date: March 15 2022
Thanks to NetGalley for providing an arc for an honest review
I….honestly this book was so damn good, I’m at a loss for words. I’ve never read anything like it. I was so happy when Mys finally came out of their shell and decided to let Zyr and Aurie in. The three of them together are so cute. Now, the plot twist, I did not see that coming.
Love this book! It center around the main character, Aurie, who is killed by a hit and run and is now a ghost. Aurie meets Mys who has the ability of sight of the supernatural world, and Zyr, who is a detective and also a werewolf. It is a a genre blend of paranormal romance with thriller. I enjoy the diversity of characters in race and sexuality. The storyline is intertwined well that it can be difficult to say which genre is dominant in the book. I did take one star off due to the storyline being a little convoluted at times. Overall, it is a great book and w4ell diverse characters.
This book is. Fine. This book feels like I am beta-reading for a novel, and it’s great for a first draft - but it’s not the first draft, it’s being printed like, Now. There’s a lot of choppy sentences and some weird pacing and it could really use like, one more round of revisions. But the voice is good, the plot is not hideous, and it feels like it’s kind of "Hush, Hush" level of material. Books don’t have to be good or the best to be enjoyable! Three stars.
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