2020 · books · fantasy · horror · romance

Book review: Dearest Clementine by Candace Robinson

Title: Dearest Clementine: Dark and Romantic Monstrous Tales

Author: Candace Robinson


Clementine has been taken by a creature of darkness.

Dorin is a fiend in love who must find Clementine before losing her forever.

While on his desperate search, Dorin pens eight dark and romantic monstrous tales, written only for Clementine. Each story serves a purpose, and that is, do monsters have the ability to love, too?

Dearest Clementine is a short story collection filled with dark romantic tales.

RATING: 3 / 5 stars

This is a collection of dark and paranormal short romance stories formed into letters from Dorin to his love, Clementine, who was captured by a demon Bogdi. These letters are will either be his last goodbye or what will save his love.

I came across this accidentaly while browsing Goodreads and although it didn’t have a lot of reviews it caught my attention. But I am usually not the biggest fan of short stories so maybe that’s why this was not it for me.

Since it’s the spooky month I decided I might as well pick up something spooky myself and some of those stories were really creepy and scary (all of that with at least a bit of romance of course). Some of them were just super weird and I wasn’t really into them (for example the one where a girl becomes a serial killer) and some were better (the first one with the wooden boy was my favorite one).

All of these have a paranormal aspect in them and they include mythological and paranormal characters like fairies, ghosts and Franken-people.

I feel like I didn’t enjoy this as much as some would because these stories are so creepy but in some of the stories you read it from the point of view of serial killers and people who do some weird stuff so I just couldn’t relate to them. Maybe it’s just because I’m a bit of a scaredy cat so some of you might like it way better. This just wasn’t it for me.

I feel like I liked the letters Dorin sent to Clementine more than the actual stories so if they were made into a book, I feel like I would like it.

Also, I’ve been thinking of doing a Halloween read-a-thon since I probably won’t be going anywhere this weekend since were in a pandemic after all. I would love it if y’all would recommend me some spooky or paranormal books (with a bit of romance please!). I love vampires and werevolves 😁

Happy reading!


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