Everyone Leaves This Place

Savage Spells - Book 1

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
230 Pages
Reviewed on 11/01/2019
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Author Biography

R.B. Shifman is a husband, father, writer, and contract market researcher by day. Raised in South Florida, he studied Creative Writing at the University of Miami. Thirty years ago, he moved to Pennsylvania, and, after earning a graduate degree at Temple University, R.B. settled into a quiet suburban life befitting a market researcher.

Like most authors though, R.B. never stopped reading and writing for pleasure. His writing is influenced by E. Nesbit and C.S. Lewis, among others.

R.B. lives with his wife, son (20), and daughter (18) near Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Both his children attend college, which leaves him plenty of time to spend with his wife and write.

“Everyone Leaves This Place” represents R.B.’s debut YA contemporary fantasy novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Everyone Leaves This Place by R B Shifman is Book 1 of the Savage Spells series. Eve Salazar’s Gramma Cynthia wants to change her granddaughter’s attitude; she wants to shake her up a little and, as Gramma is a witch, she switches bodies with her. Eve is stuck in assisted living for a weekend – not once, but three times. Eve is not happy but there’s worse to come – there is someone mysterious at Gramma’s living residence and that person is looking to destroy Eve. Gramma’s dark magic spellbook has been stolen and is being used to cast spells. It’s down to Eve to find out who it is and get the book back or her life could be completely destroyed.

Everyone Leaves This Place (Savage Spells Book 1) by R B Shifman is a creepy supernatural tale with plenty of twists and turns and some humor. Not only is this a really well-developed storyline, but it also deals with several social issues including underage marijuana and alcohol use, some LGBTQ issues and light romance. The characters are developed in depth, with lots of backstory and history that give great perspective and they are all likable and easy to relate to. The plot is well-paced, with plenty of action leading to a good solid ending that draws you in from the first page and elicits a number of emotions throughout. It is funny in places and that lightens what could otherwise be a very dark story, albeit a lightly-written one. Great story, I'm looking forward to the next one.

Bill Miller

A well-written, fascinating book that covers many current, relevant topics- and really draws the reader in. Terrific job, especially by a 1st time novelist. Kudos to the author.