A Remarkable Frame Narrative | Review of ‘The Keep’

By Cynthia Ayala

The Keep by Jennifer Egan
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After twenty years, two cousins, damaged by a childhood prank, reunite at a medieval castle in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Europe. They are cut off from the outside world and only have each other and their friends to talk to. However, with a baroness that will not leave the land, and a haunting past, they are all lured into an environment of extreme paranoia. One man, now in jail, recounts the events at the Keep in an unforgettable story, tying the past to the present.

Published on August 1, 2006 by Anchor, The Keep by Jennifer Egan is a thrilling frame narrative set within a suspenseful gothic novel.
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Gothic Loveliness | Review of ‘Lady Midnight’ (The Dark Artifices #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
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It’s been five years since the battle between Clary and her demonic brother, and now the torch has been passed to another pair of fierce warriors…

Emma lost her parents that day and her life has been nothing but a battle to try to figure out who murdered her parents, leaving her an orphan. Nevertheless, she had Julian, who took on the reigns to be the parent to his family. Together, as parabatai, they held together, but strange murders are taking place, taking the shape of her parents’ death leading them to an unsanctioned peace with fairies that may even hold the key to putting the family back together.
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