My #bookreview of HEAVENSGATE (JOY) by Leo Kane

My #bookreview of HEAVENSGATE (JOY)

by Leo Kane


Joy, the unloved child of the local virgin miraculously resurrects years after drowning in the North Sea.

Everyone craves her company, but no-one remembers her for more than a fleeting moment.

Stalked by Death, Joy becomes trapped in Heavensgate where she falls victim to the demonic supernatural, Jake.

She is willing to sacrifice her immortal soul for his love.

He wants to defile and destroy her.

Can she escape Heavensgate, or will the Beast steal Joy from the Mortal Realm?


This is the second book in the Heavensgate triology, and it’s not a standalone.  If you haven’t read the first book, you’ll be lost in this one.  You can read my review of Heavengate here.  The first book was a roller coaster ride as it flip flopped from past to present, and it was quite confusing.  But I think Leo Kane has restructured her book since then.  I thought the first book was full of high emotions and depravity.  Not even close.  The second book surpassed it.  I  didn’t that would be possible.

Heavensgate Joy starts right where the first one ended.  As I started reading it, the story made no sense to me.  I understood some of the elements of what had happened to Jacob and Jake, but who was Joy?  And what connection did she have to Hope?  Why was Death after Hope and why did Hope steal Joy’s heart?  Some of these questions I don’t think were really answered. 

So I’m reading along, trying to make sense of the storyline when suddenly Floating Dragon by Peter Strauss popped into my mind.  When I was younger that was such a confusing book.  I couldn’t get my head wrapped around.  That’s how I felt with this one.  But I pressed one, partly because I had promised an honest review, and partly because of the writing.  It was so compelling, it just drew me along.  Even though I didn’t understand who the characters were and why they were fighting for, or against Jake, I had to know more. 

In the first book, I never realized Hope was an immortal, and Jake was trying to kill her for his Master.  I thought she was a vengeful ghost.  So that element of book one was clarified. 

I don’t want to give away any of the story, as the journey of reading this book is half the fun.  It’s masterfully written, though it could use some editing.  Dialogue from two people shouldn’t be placed in the same paragraph. there were also a lot of commas missing which can change the meaning of a sentence.  I had to reread quite a few of them just to make sure I understood what the author intended.

As for the characters, I felt for Joy and her terrible childhood, and her struggle to understand, and remember, who she was.  Leo Kane evokes such strong emotions for her characters.  Like Jake.  Hate, him, maybe love him as you think he redeems himself, then hate him again. 

If you love richly detailed characters and settings, and a journey through tormented minds, then you’ll love this book.  I give it 4 feathers.  As a side note, I LOVE this book cover.

Angel, Wings, Feather, Heaven Angel, Wings, Feather, Heaven Angel, Wings, Feather, Heaven Angel, Wings, Feather, Heaven


About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: Google Plus: Amazon Author Page:
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