Review: Knight Takes Pawn (Happy Release Day!)

Synopsis:

Jagger rules everything. The cities from the elite districts, to the slums, and everything in between are his domain in one of three sovereigns on the planet Jaru. The only law is Jagger Law which can change at any moment. One wrong look or word can get a body part chopped off or have you killed.
Since the beginning of the war, which was almost over three decades ago, the air has had been stale and musty, still smelling of burnt metal. All resources needed to survive are severely limited, causing many Jaruians to pillage one another just to get a single meal for the day.
There are some who wish to end Jagger’s power and they’ve started to infiltrate his organization. Money, amongst other things, are just a farce that Jagger uses to dangle in front of his subjects to keep the population in line and distracted. Those who want to see the end of Jagger’s reign want to take control over the depleting natural resources in order to save the planet and the Jaruian species.
Natalie gets caught up in Jagger’s twisted game of power and control when she’s taken from her sovereign. Against her will, like all women who are caught, Natalie is thrown into the Jaruian sex trade. With her new, unwanted job responsibilities, Natalie takes a stand, willing to die fighting for her life rather than be used. When an opportunity presents itself, is Natalie willing to do whatever it takes to free herself or remain only a pawn?

WARNING: This series contains sensitive material. Reader discretion is advised. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Knight Takes Pawn by Martha Sweeney is her 5th novel. I have read everything published by this talented woman. Unlike her previous fictional worlds, Knight Takes Pawn heads in a new genre direction. This one is a psychological thriller. All previous books were contemporary romance. I can honestly say, that Martha Sweeney has a knack for writing the best reads. Whether they are short or full-length novels.  Instantly, I was intrigued wondering how this writer was going to do with her new direction. But I was amazed once again. She totally blew me out of this world and deeeply into her new one. Thrilling, engaging, and dark. Knight Takes Pawn is a must read for all. 

Inside this latest book, Knight Takes Pawn, Martha Sweeney take us, readers to a new place. Themes like slavery, cruelty, and trust are incorporated throughout the piece. Trust is greatly lacking due to the spies. Martha Sweeney has created a world that no one can trust someone else. If trust is placed in the wrong person…everything is lost. Gone forever. Death hangs in the air. The suspense of what is to come on every page will leave readers on the edge of their seats. Absolutely, a compelling yet frightening read. One woman is tired of what happens to her and fights back. I love the daring, and boldness of the characters. Evil versus good. I was addicted from beginning to end. Overall, I highly recommend Knight Takes Pawn to readers worldwide. 

Review: Electric Souk



Synopsis:

Ireland’s gone bust, and with it Aisling Finn’s life. She flees austerity for adventure in the desert. But the Arabia she finds is not that of her dreams. Everyone is chasing a fast buck, a fast woman and another G&T. Expats and locals alike prickle with paranoia. Debonair fixer, Brian Rothmann, charms Aisling with champagne brunches and nights at Bedouin camps. But is Brian a hero or a desperate expat prepared to go to any lengths to get what he wants? Is this Aisling? Or is he using her as bait? Her only hope is Hisham, a local activist. But where do his loyalties lie? Aisling faces severe peril when the sleazy expat and blood-lusting desert worlds collide, as the Arab Spring erupts. She has to ask, whom can she trust? Can she trust her instincts? Humanity blisters in this haunting, lyrical thriller about trust and treachery.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Electric Souk by Rose McGinty is by far an interesting read. It instantly takes readers on an epic journey. A young woman leaves her homeland for work in another country. A country full of war, distrust, and danger. The stakes are high. Never knowing who to trust, Aisling Finn puts her life in the hands of those around her. Spies, secret police, and work fill her days. At first, the novel shows Aisling following people as they live a fast life full of drinking and good times. But fear hangs deeply in the air. I never knew what to expect next. Rose McGinty writes a superb novel. Suspense, intrigue, and the mysterious lure of what may come. Electric Souk is definitely an electrifying tale. Resistance, destruction, and secrets on every page. The intensity builds. The charcaters are written in a way that visually tugs readers further into the book. Loyalties and deception are major the,es surrounding these interesting charcaters. Overall, I highly recommend reading Electric Souk to all. 

Review:  More than a Slave



Synopsis:

Alexander Anderson has a reputation that would strike fear into the heart of the devil himself. And now, Aria Starbird is his property.

Aria has spent only a few months as a lowly slave, but already her happy childhood memories were starting to fade under the weight of her brutal existence.

When she is sold to Lord Anderson at an auction, she cannot help but be afraid. Lord Anderson is known for his cruelty. He is fiendish and handsome and as wicked as he is wealthy.

However, as she gets to know her new master, she realizes there is more to him than meets the eye. Over time, she is able to penetrate his tough exterior, and begins to understand the struggle of a man who believes love is a weakness, but whose heart is now yearning for something unknown.

As the two let down their walls and discover each other’s truths, will Aria be able to tame Alexander’s inner-beast?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

More than a Slave by Anaelle Gadeyne is the darkest yet most intensifying read ever. The Hunger Games has nothing compared to this book. This was dark, horrifying, and emotional. So many issues brought up in a clever way. I was intrigued and chilled at the same time. Aria is a young woman who sacrificed herself as a slave to help her parents. They were barely living and no food, no money, and their home would be lost forever. But the moment Aria is a slave her life changes forever. Aria won’t experience happiness for a long time. Seven months of torture by a cruel man. Then she suffers cruel punishment from in public. But her bravery and strength surprises a lord watching it all. Alexander has been know to be feared by all. He kills without mercy. However, seeing Aria…he admires and likes what he sees in her. Fiery, bold, and strong. Not to mention beautiful. Aria sees Alexander Anderson and likes him too. But knowing he’s a monster has her slightly off…soon, fate will bring them both together and each one will change the other’s life around completely. More than a Slave brings up the cruelty shown to human beings. How those who are rich treat those who are below them as well as how and what slaves endured. I was amazed by the emotional force that hit me while reading this novel. I felt sad, angry, and happy. Eventually good does win…Anaelle Gadeyne has a talent for showing readers the ugliness of what occurs in life as well as the beauty of it. Overall, I highly recommend More than a Slave to readers worldwide. 

Review: Trout Run



Synopsis:

Eddy Trout, part-time bartender, and pot-grower had a troubled heart. In this, the second novel of the Eddy Trout Series, Eddy has left his wife and buried his father in a gone-to-seed garden, and now he’s running hard toward what he hopes is a new, brighter tomorrow. His sister, Em, has disappeared, and he’s got to find and “save” her. She turns up where they both swore they’d never return—Oak Creek, the small Oregon logging town of their childhood, where dark memories threaten … and may possibly free them.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Trout Run by Paul Allen Dage is a fascinating read. Dark, emotional, and haunting. This second novel in the Eddy Trout Series was engaging, suspenseful, and well-developed. I found the main character, Eddy Trout, as a man with many flaws. His past haunts him. His present seems to drag onward in a way that readers, like myself can feel he’s not happy with…a lot of interesting moments happen inside this book. Eddy Trout drifts further away from his wife. A good woman he doesn’t love anymore. Then, there’s his sister, whom he loves very much. She goes missing and Eddy is determined to find her. Last, Eddy finds himself in trouble. He went and did something deadly…like dumping his father in a garden. Anger, loss, grief and determination can be found on every page. The character’s journey is definitely like that of a rollercoaster. One never knows what to expect next. Paul Allen Dage’s writing is superb. His words have a way of dragging me deeper into Eddy’s life. The further I went, the more I found an explosive destiny ahead. The ending leaves my mind wondering what will come after this. Overall, I recommend this stunning piece to readers everywhere.

Review: Evil Rises




Synopsis:

THE MAKING OF A MONSTER

Warp speed action. Gripping story. Compelling read.

From China’s ancient spiritual center, the rogue monk Chin arises to redefine Shaolin Kung Fu as a battle plan for his lust for criminal power. Cruelty, murder, and torture are this monk’s hallmarks.

How did Chin become like this? More importantly, as he builds his global criminal syndicate, will no one stop this errant true believer? Can anyone stop Chin and his criminal army? Do they even have the guts to try?

Just like classic literary villains like Tony Soprano or Keyser Söze, Chin gladly spills rivers of blood to force the world’s underbelly to kowtow to his plans.

With cold, unblinking precision, author Wesley Robert Lowe takes you all the way inside this icy criminal empire. Unleashed is the perfect introduction to the psychopathic cosmos of Shaolin Darkness. 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

Evil Rises by Wesley Robert Lowe is a thrilling read. Every page is full of action, choices, and danger. The suspense was in full force. An epic journey of one man determined to become a monk like the one he met. But once a good man…is now an evil one. I enjoyed watching this particular character go from one end of a spectrum to another. Quite interesting…to watch as it all unfolded. 

Wesley Robert Lowe’s writing is great. I was easily entertained and hooked. The character’s life was becoming a sad one until he left it for another ….then it spiraled out even far worse than it started…and whether it will change for the better or not is for readers to dig in and read. I recommend this dark, violent, and engaging novel to readers everywhere. 

Review: Rayna 




Synopsis:

Rayna escaped the bordello as a teenager. She meets a Buddhist monk that helps her to learn that life is worth living again. She learns different languages and several studies of martial arts. Rayna also has a secret. Without warning, time will stop moving. Only Rayna is allowed to move in this frozen world. She can not control it, but uses it to her advantage to seek revenge on those that have hurt her.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Rayna by R. K. Marts is a wonderful YA fantasy. One that instantly draws out an emotional attachment to the protagonist. I felt her sadness, anger, and frustrations. Then, the knowledge about her birth mom only led my curiosity out further. 

Rayna is a young girl who spent her entire life in an orphanage. The kids teased her because of her pretty looks. She has never known her mother. Soon, she’s adopted and and that’s where the plot takes a knife to one’s heart. Dark, frightening, and sad. Rayna will experience things girls herage never should have to go through…yet it still happens. From there she escapes and friends a monk. A man who defended her. I wanted to hug the monk. After that the plot spirals readers further on a journey of revenge, discovery, and a mission for truth. 

R. K. Marts’ book was easy to read. Following along, was simple. Danger, violence, sex, arejust a few themes inside this tale. I would recommend this YA read to those eighteen or older due to the adult content. Beside that, the story was powerfully told and engaging to read. I recommend Rayna to readers worldwide. 

Review: Human Acts by Han Kang



Synopsis:

From the internationally bestselling author of The Vegetarian, a rare and astonishing (The Observer) portrait of political unrest and the universal struggle for justice.

In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.

The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho’s best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho’s own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.
An award-winning, controversial bestseller, Human Acts is a timeless, pointillist portrait of an historic event with reverberations still being felt today, by turns tracing the harsh reality of oppression and the resounding, extraordinary poetry of humanity. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Human Acts by Han Kang is dark, haunting, and powerfully told. I haven’t read Han Kane’s previous work, but will definitely do so now. Her writing captured my attention immediately. The power of authoritarian rule and the suppression of its people…is not something anyone will ever forget. Especially the dead…

Bodies are building up…the numbers of dead are rising. Sadness broken out everywhere. Human Acts has caught a realistic event in South Korea. An uprising, a massacre, an a tragic situation overall. Violence hangs over the people like a heavy stone. Suffocating them little by little. Anger, censorship, and death. Families losing loved ones…the whole book was like a nightmare unfolding before my eyes. The pain, suffering, and emotions were terrifying. Like revisiting the Holocaust era all over again but more horrifying. 

Overall, Human Acts is well-told. The journey inside will never be forgotten. Han Kang’s characters have left their imprint…the terror was gruesome but entertaining to read. Definitely a page turner. I recommend it to readers worldwide. 

Review:The Obsidian Chamber



Synopsis:

A TRAGIC DISAPPEARANCE

After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead.

A SHOCKING RETURN

Sick with grief, Pendergast’s ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive–only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.

AN INTERNATIONAL MANHUNT

Proctor, Pendergast’s longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance’s kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown.

BUT IN A WORLD OF BLACK AND WHITE, NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS

And by the time Proctor discovers the truth, a terrifying engine has stirred-and it may already be too late . . . 

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The Obsidian Chamber by both Preston and Child is one of the most intriguing plotines ever. I haven’t read any of the previous novels in this series by either writer. However, I was able to follow along and understand everything. Almost as if it were a stand alone read. I was immediately blown by the amount of suspense. It was a bit overwhelming at first but it suited the book as the plot continued to unfold. So many hidden layers and plot twists inside…every page was thrilling. Tons of action…an unknown danger and a mystery allbrillaintly wrapped for my full attention. 

Here, I learned that someone, one of the main characters has gone missing. Then, another character will have someone from the past pop up within her life. The missing person’s body guard is in full swing of action. Finding and defending people. I liked Proctor, the body guard. I sort of liked Constance. She isn’t my favorite but she has potential…

At first, the plot moves slowly as it goes through time. Explaining things to readers a bit. After that, it speeds up..and before I knew, it I was sucked into the story. A sense of danger, excitement, and the unknown element…I would recommend The Obsidian Chamber to readers. 

Review: Mute Desire



Synopsis:

This new world is dangerous, lonely, and scary.

Standing up to packs of Blasted has never been so risky. In spite of her visions, she can’t always tell where the next attack will occur. She needs help, even more so since the dice are loaded.

It happened a moment ago. There used to be four of them fighting the enemy, there’s only three now. They’re surrounded, trapped in a dreary place with no hope, with no choice but to surrender. Only one person can save them, the terrifying man who makes her heart skitter. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Mute Desire by Chris Lange is brilliant. The thrilling fantasy led me onto a deep, erotic, and frightening journey. I never knew what to expect. From visions to notes and a deadly unseen enemy, a woman and three others are to be found and safe the world from an enemy. An enemy no one has seen. Kat has visions. Mind blowing ones…especially when it leads to the sexy hulk of a man living near her. He is mostly mute except for one word phrases or when he demands her to do something to him…their passion is hot enough to burn. One man already got close to Kat and her heart and turned out to be a traitor. So, she’s worried about having that happen again. But then she learns she can trust the man with her now. He’s there for her. 

Mute Desire brings a world barely hanging on a thread. Danger is everywhere. No where to hide, and an enemy that needs to be fought… but it’s hard when no one knows who the enemy really is. Then, a close ally turns out to be an undercover bad guy…all nightmares break loose. The race is on…and the scenes bring up the fear, intrigue, and suspense…

I couldn’t put this novel down…

Hot, engaging, and truly a page turner.

Chris Lange knew exactly how to lure readers like me into this fictional masterpiece. Mute Desire is an adventure readers don’t want to miss. I highly recommend it to all. Overall, I’m looking forward to the next book. 

Review: A Solitary Awakening 

Synopsis:

Elijah Warren’s world has always been one haunted by murderers. His personal life is non-existent, though it’s not like he’s noticed. Work consumes him, and he’s buried himself in the FBI’s exhaustive demands. There’s no time for romance with killers to track–that is, until the beautiful and erudite Aurelia Blanc is thrown into his life, along with the so-called “Poetic Murderer.”

The Poetic Murderer makes murder an art form, each crime scene an exhibit. To catch him, Elijah and Aurelia must decipher cryptic poems and study imaginative death scenes. They traverse the United States, into the uncharted past of a killer most twisted, whose brutal violence evokes not only empathy for the victims, but an interest in the killer himself.

In time, what these detectives discover about both themselves and the Poetic Murderer will change their lives forever. First, they must understand him. Then, they must stop him, but will a romantic liaison make the killings more personal? If Elijah and Aurelia don’t stay focused, one could end up dead at the hand of a Poetic Murderer.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

A Solitary Awakening by Kevin Cady is a phenomenal read. The writer has drawn me deeply into his thriller. Suspenseful pages taking me behind the scenes as his characters race to find the murderer. I was thoroughly intrigued from beginning to end. 

Inside this debut novel, an FBI agent and a forensic specialist are working together to chase after the worst kind of criminals. A serial killer setting his victims death like artwork. There’s no art in gruesome deaths. Blood, deadly cat and mouse chase, and it will take everything from both characters to get their murder before one of them ends up dead…

Kevin Cady’s writing is superb. Immediately, I took a liking to both characters. The FBI agent, Elijah is unique. His backstory is sad and his present life is sad as well. He works hard to putting criminals away forever. Devotes his life to saving the world from murderers. No time for a social life. Until the forensic science specialist comes into his life. Shaking upside down and inside out…both have to come to terms with their feelings as well as the job at hand…catching the sadistic murderer before it’s too late. Romance can’t get in the way…

Overall, A Solitary Awakening by Kevin Cady is a mystery that I highly recommend to all. This is the first book to a great new series. One that I can’t wait to explore. Dark, engaging, and fast-paced. Readers will never want to miss this journey.

Review: Wishes at First Light


Synopsis:

Starting over, one wish at a time… 

Gabriella Chance has devoted her life to helping others overcome traumatic events. Now it’s her turn. Gabby’s come home to Heartache, Tennessee, to finally face her past. She finds solace in an unlikely ally, her high school crush, Clayton Travers. But while Clay wants to be Gabby’s refuge, he’s returned to Heartache to confront his own demons. With so many painful secrets in their past, can they hope to wish for a happy future…together? 

Rating: 5-stars

Review

Wishes at First Light by Joanne Rock is full of dark moments as well as sweet ones. Immediately, I was drawn into the characters’ lives. Each one has a dark past that sends shivers down my spine. Families that didn’t love them back and the past that’s holding them from moving forward…

Joanne Rock showed me a young woman thinking she was meeting her life crush only to meet a monster who would take advantage. Luckily, she had a friend who came to her rescue. Her brother and his friend went with her leaving behind their only home. Now years later, she returns back home. She is determined to face her past. But to do so, she,it’s also face her crush. I loved how Joanne Rock brought two characters who secretly seem to have fallen for one another only to be separated. Each one can’t love freely u til the past is over…but will it ever be? 

Clay has parents who were not good. He ended up in foster care and his siblings weren’t that lucky. One of them died and Clay feels responsible. He’s working hard to get his siblings together as a family should be. Then, his father is super ill and the love of his life is back in town….life is complicated and messy all over again. 

Wishes at First Light by Joanne Rock is thrilling to read. The plot moves by quickly. Before I knew, I was finished. Compelling, addictive, and heartfelt. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere. 

Review: Still Life 


Synopsis:

Romantic Suspense’s Rising Star Continues to Win Fans

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart. 

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead–and the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot. Worse, her friend can’t be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Still Life by Dani Pettrey was incredible. It has everything I expected, plus more. Murder, investigation, a crime chase, and romance. That and it was written in a way that combined Christian and suspense together. The blend was perfect. The main characters brought the story to life. Every page was intense. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Dani Pettrey captured a realistic couple dealing with life threatening issues. One was a photographer and the other a crime scene analyst. With their skills, a murderer will be caught. Then, there’s the romance building between them…made this book an explosive read. Enticing, highly engaging, and entertaining. Still Life is indeed just that…it describes the murder exactly. The way the corpse was posed to lure out those close to the victim…it was pure genius. Overall,I highly recommend this writer’s work to readers everywhere. First novel, I have read by her and already I am looking forward to reading more. 

Review: Blood and Circuses



Synopsis:

Phryne Fisher is bored. Life appears to be too easy, too perfect. Her household is ordered, her love life is pleasant, the weather is fine. And then a man from her past arrives at the door. It is Alan Lee from the carnival. Alan and his friends want her to investigate strange happenings at Farrells Circus, where animals have been poisoned and ropes sabotaged. 

Mr. Christopher has been found with his throat cut in Mrs. Witherspoon’s irreproachable boarding house and Miss Parkes, an ex-performer, is charged with his murder. Phryne must go undercover deeper than ever to solve the circus malaise. She must abandon her name, her title, her protection, her comfort, and even her clothes. She must fall off a horse twice a day until she can stay on. She must sleep in a girls tent and dine on mutton stew. And she must find some allies. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, the young and fresh-faced policeman Tommy Harris has to solve his own mysteries with the help of the foul-spoken harridan Lizard Elsie, or Miss Parkes will certainly hang. Can Phryne uncover the truth without losing her life?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Blood and Circuses by Kerry Greenwood presents yet another fabulous Phryne Fisher adventure. This book holds a darker and rawer version of my favorite detective. Sure plenty of gruesome stuff happens where Miss Fisher is bound to be found. I think trouble finds her everywhere. In this particular case, Miss Fisher goes alone to help another friend of hers. With her personality and intellect, I can see how the woman detective can indeed have so many friends. A friend in a Circus calls for her help in solving a murder. But to do so, Miss Fisher will go undercover, leaving behind her luxurious life. The fact that our main character has not always lived a perfect life, helps her when put in this crazy circus lifestyle. Kerry Greenwood took everyone’s favorite sleuth and put her in a sitatuion that tests every skill she has. Entertaining as always… Phyrne Fisher remains my favorite heroine.

Blood and Circuses is bold, dramatic, and worldly. Vulgarity and the ugly side of life shows up…but Miss Fisher is tough enough to handle it all…overall, I highly recommend this fast-paced thrilling journey to readers everywhere. 

Review: Teenage Degenerate

Synopsis:

In 1996, Scott was nineteen and lost in adulthood with an endless job and no future ambitions. Teenage Degenerate is his story about drug addiction, music and growing up. Over the course of ten months, he quickly descends into the dark and dangerous world of crystal methamphetamine.
Scott experiments with crystal meth in a dark, deserted parking lot in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado and soon after his crew of misfits will do almost anything for their next high. One by one, family and friends disappear, and he is left alone with a decision to continue fighting or give up. This is his struggle to reclaim a normal life and the search for something real.
Teenage Degenerate is a brutally truthful, humorous and heartbreaking journey that explores the depths of addiction. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Teenage Degenerate by S. C. Sterling is a powerful tale about falling into addiction and getting out of it. This nonfiction book, took me deeply into the writer’s journey from the moment he got hooked until the ending. Raw, emotional, and well-told. I felt the emotions grab me with every page. Addiction is a frightening place to find oneself and then to get to a place where there’s only two roads – fall deeper or climb out. Teenage Degenerate is about drugs and it’s dark to read. But I highly recommend it to readers everywhere. Whether one has been there or knows someone who was or is going through this, it’s like getting inside the person’s head. I was able to feel and see everything that the writer felt and saw. The writer’s thinking and choices along the way…overall, this is a definite book to read. 

Review: Red As Blood



Synopsis:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Six of Crows—this international bestseller is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that chills to the bone, and not just because of the icy winter setting. 

Lumikki Andersson has made it a rule to stay out of things that do not involve her. She knows all too well that trouble comes to those who stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. But Lumikki’s rule is put to the test when she uncovers thousands of washed Euro notes hung to dry in her school’s darkroom and three of her classmates with blood on their hands. Literally. 

 A web of lies and deception now has Lumikki on the run from those determined to get the money back—no matter the cost. At the center of the chaos: Polar Bear, the mythical drug lord who has managed to remain anonymous despite his lavish parties and notorious reputation. If Lumikki hopes to make it out alive, she’ll have to uncover the entire operation.

 Even the cold Finnish winter can’t hide a culprit determined to stain the streets red.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka is a striking new YA thriller. I was drawn into the dark adventure ahead of me. The character, Lumikki Andersson, is a phenomenal protagonist. Her past experiences help her in her current situation. Deadly, frightening, and suspenseful. Lumikki ends up involved in something no other other would want to be involved within…death lies on the future. Hanging in the air like a heavy blanket that one can’t shake off. Only time will tell, if Lumikki can get the answers before something ends up happening to her. 

Salla Simukka has enticed me into her world of fiction. I have read many fantasy novels but this was definitely one that caught my attention. The plot showed potential. Needs a bit of kinking out…otherwise it was brilliant. The main character seems to have skills that are too good for this first piece in the series. I would have liked to see her struggle a bit more with her abilities aka skills versus her being perfectly skilled. Although her past seems to make her perfect skills believable yet…still. She’s young yet and shouldn’t have it well-tuned.  She should learn what flaws are in her best skills and get them sharper as each book comes out…instead of already being perfect in book one. All in all, the character intrigues me. She’s determined and brace enough to risk her own life. That,are me really connect and like her a lot. Overall, I recommend this dangerous tale, As Red As Blood, to all. 

Review: The Price of Valor 


Synopsis:

In the latest Shadow Campaigns novel, Django Wexler continues his “epic fantasy of military might and magical conflict”* following The Shadow Throne and The Thousand Names, as the realm of Vordan faces imminent threats from without and within.
In the wake of the King’s death, war has come to Vordan.

The Deputies-General has precarious control of the city, but it is led by a zealot who sees traitors in every shadow. Executions have become a grim public spectacle. The new queen, Raesinia Orboan, finds herself nearly powerless as the government tightens its grip and assassins threaten her life. But she did not help free the country from one sort of tyranny to see it fall into another. Placing her trust with the steadfast soldier Marcus D’Ivoire, she sets out to turn the tide of history.

As the hidden hand of the Sworn Church brings all the powers of the continent to war against Vordan, the enigmatic and brilliant general Janus bet Vhalnich offers a path to victory. Winter Ihernglass, newly promoted to command a regiment, has reunited with her lover and her friends, only to face the prospect of leading them into bloody battle.
And the enemy is not just armed with muskets and cannon. Dark priests of an ancient order, wielding forbidden magic, have infiltrated Vordan to stop Janus by whatever means necessary…

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Price of Valor by Django Wexler is the fascinating tale. There’s everything a reader needs…action, suspense, war, magic, fantasy, and a bit of romance. I loved it. The pages were brought to life. I have never read a novel by Django Wexler but I will most definitely start. This was an engaging, dark, and intense read. Each character added to the plot…creating a build that only grew. The ending….has only left me with more need to read the next book by this talented writer. The Price of Valor has a lot to offer. A Queen, secrets, and enemies …danger hanging around everywhere. Overall, I recommend this brilliant masterpiece to readers worldwide. 

Review: Believing the Lie



Synopsis:

After writing sixteen Inspector Lynley novels, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George has millions of fans waiting for the next one. As USA Today put it, “It’s tough to resist George’s storytelling, once hooked.” With Believing the Lie, she’s poised to hook countless more.Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he’s sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man’s uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio’s digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.
Deborah’s investigation of the prime suspect-Bernard’s prodigal son Nicholas, a recovering drug addict-leads her to Nicholas’s wife, a woman with whom she feels a kinship, a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful. Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family, including the victim’s bitter ex-wife and the man he left her for, and Bernard himself. As the investigation escalates, the Fairclough family’s veneer cracks, with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim, the troubled son Ian left behind. 

Rating: 3-stars

Review:

Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George is indeed my first read to this writer’s series. I was instantly hooked from the beginning. Elizabeth George sucked me into her novel. Suspenseful, deep, and intriguing. However, the ending wasn’t what good. The book was like a chocolate cake dressed up to make my mouth water but then when it got to the actual bite, it lacked…that’s how the ending was for me. I wanted Inspector Thomas Lynley to investigate a death … a real death. But instead it turned out to be several other things. Believing the Lie will have readers like me thinking was it just an accident or was there a murder. The ending ruins all that. When it comes to crime fiction, I liked how Elizabeth George created a smoking gun…to lure and and make the bad guys sweat some. Overall, it was good..not the best. 

Review: Most Wanted 

Synopsis

Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor. 
Two months pass and Christine is happily pregnant. but one day, she is shocked to see a young blond man on the TV news being arrested for a series of brutal murders-and the blond man bears an undeniable and uncanny resemblance to her donor. 
Delving deeper to uncover the truth, Christine must confront a terrifying reality and face her worst fears. Riveting and fast-paced, with the depth of emotionality that has garnered Lisa Scottoline legions of fans, Most Wanted poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a killer? 

Rating: 3-stars

Review:

Lisa Scottoline has talent when it comes to writing suspenseful reads. I loved how this plot kept me guessing all the way through it. However, none of it was plausible. Usually, stories can make one feel like yes, this is possible even though readers know what really can happen and not happen in real life. The main character was okay. Her actions were not believable. Her situation despite being an utter disaster is not something that can or would happen. Maybe, a man who walks into a sperm bank donates the sperm a particular character would eventually end up getting. But he would have to be a good guy turned bad. Yet inside this read, he’s a serial killer. I just can’t picture that kind of manic donating his sperm to a bank without getting caught unless he kills those who do his dirty work…or those who are witnesses…and still get away due to no evidence pin pointing him…but still. That’s far fetched. The main character’s fear is a real one. That is believable. There’s a real what if…scenario here. But it just didn’t cut it, in this read. Other than that aspect, I enjoyed reading the book. I am still a major fan of Lisa Scottoline’s books. Just because this one didn’t come out as well as her others, won’t deter me from reading her new books. Overall, I still recommend this writer’s work to all…just not this particular novel, Most Wanted. 

Review: The Children Under the Ice


Synopsis:

Twelve year old Mikey hates hockey, but loves newspaper reporting, he’s quirky that way. One night, Mikey discovers the newspaper story of a lifetime when he falls through the ice of the Sherman Oaks Pond and sees the ghosts of children with a secret. And that’s when everything falls apart. No one believes Mikey’s story, not even his dad, the town Sheriff. 

With the help of his quirky friends, Mikey decodes the ghost’s clues and discovers the killer is closer than he thought. Mikey has always found it hard to trust anyone. This time he will have to trust a ghost. Can you trust a ghost to solve a crime? Mikey has to convince the town his story is true before the killer strikes again. Will he do it? Or will the killer get to him first? 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

The Children Under the Ice by R. A. Douthitt is the most intriguing start to a new mystery series. The story is beyond suspenseful. Dark, thrilling, and frightening. They story  starts out with one murder that soon turns into multiple murders. Never ever go into the woods. No telling what evil resides within it. A murder is on the loose. He’s gotten away with murdering people…but now, one person may be able to put a stop to it. A young boy, Mickey ends up meeting the ghosts of those who were murdered. They use Mickey to get the killer caught. Only time will tell, if the murder gets put away before someone else gets hurt again. Dangerous, clever, and never a boring moment. Writer, R. A. Douthitt, has done a magnificent job in weaving a tale that sends goosebumps on one’s arms and chills down their spines. I found this first novel of the series to be creepier than the Goosebumps novels. Loved reading it. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers everywhere. 

Review: Reaper’s Claim


Synopsis:

In my motorcycle club I’ve earned the name ‘Reaper’ and now I have my claim on Abby Harrison. 

Reaper:

I didn’t know what love was, but I knew what want was, and I wanted Abby. When I walked out of the club and saw her I was stone cold sober. She was quietly beautiful and unlike any other woman I’d had before. But she was the daughter of the president of Satan’s Sons MC and completely out of my reach.

Abby:

Everyone knew The Reaper and how he got his name, so I never expected him to be my salvation when my sisters drunk boyfriend wanted to lay hands on me. I thought my innocence would be lost in that alley, until he showed up and saved me. I know being with Reaper will lead to trouble, but I don’t know if I have the strength to stay away. 
Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Reaper’s Claim by Simone Elise is outstanding. It has everything one needs a hot action packed novel. Heat, sexy characters, and an emotional rollercoaster. The family situation is not normal but it works out for Abby and her sister as well as their dad. Being a single parent to raise his kids, he brought them to live in his biker bar. All the bikers know to respect the girls. Abby and her sister are 16-years-old and compete opposites. Abby is the studious good girl type while her sister is outgoing, moving from man to man and sucks at school. All it takes is for one moment outside and Abby meets Reaper, aka Kade. Everyone calls him Reaper. But Abby calls him by his real name. He is the biker son of another biker gang. Yet for some unknown reason fate has spiraled out of control and brought him face-to-face with a blue-eyed angle. Abby. But her age keeps him at bay. However the pull towards her is one he can’t resist. Their attraction and relationship goes up and down…definitely a realistic telling. I felt that the characters were real rather than just fictional. Simone Elise has susprised me with this romantic tale. Hot, raw, and bold. Reaper and Abby are entwined forever. But then something happens and their world falls apart…

Reaper’s Claim is a must read for all. Simone Elise kept me hooked. Every page was engaging. Drama, trouble, and danger…all hanging in the air. Plus, the raw attraction happening with two new couples and the novel takes on an explosive side. I enjoyed reading this book. I can’t wait to read the next book featuring what happens next…the ending was amazing. Overall, I highly recommend this to readers everywhere. 

Review: Unfolding

Synopsis:

Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he’s an outcast and she’s the most perfect girl he knows.
And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates life by sensing things before they happen. And her most recent premonition is urging her to leave town.
When Stormi begs Jonah for help, he finds himself swept into a dark mystery his small town has been keeping for years. And the answers Stormi needs about her own past could possibly destroy everything Jonah has ever known—including his growing relationship with Stormi herself.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen is one of the best suspenseful tales I have read. Education, dark, and intriguing. Every page lured me further into the world of chaos. A young guy suffering from scoliosis and seizures is the leading caharacter. One that made me fall deeper into the story. His life is a shroud of mystery. A darkness overcomes his town. He secretly loves his best friend Stormi. She is unusual in ways. Normal in most but her sense of things is peculiar. As the plot comes to an end, readers will be stuck in awe and suspense. Stunning, clever, and engaging. I couldn’t stop reading this new YA book. Jonathan Friesen has captivated me with his new book. I am now looking forward to reading more of his future works. Overall, I highly recommend Unfolding to all. 

Review: The Weight of Him




Synopsis:

In The Weight of Him Billy Brennan undergoes an unforgettable journey in a startling attempt to resurrect his family and reignite hearts, his own most of all.

At four hundred pounds, Billy can always count on food. From his earliest memories, he has loved food’s colors, textures and tastes. The way flavors go off in his mouth. How food keeps his mind still and his bad feelings quiet. Food has always made everything better, until the day Billy’s beloved son Michael takes his own life.

Billy determines to make a difference in Michael’s memory and undertakes a public weight-loss campaign, to raise money for suicide prevention–his first step in an ambitious plan to save himself, and to save others. However, Billy’s dramatic crusade appalls his family, who want to simply try to go on, quietly, privately.

Despite his crushing detractors, Billy gains welcome allies: his community-at-large; a co-worker who lost his father to suicide; a filmmaker with his own dubious agenda; and a secret, miniature kingdom that Billy populates with the sub-quality dolls and soldiers he saves from disposal at the toy factory where he works. But it is only if Billy can confront the truth of the suffering and brokenness within and around him that he and others will be able to realize the recovery they need.

Told against the picturesque yet haunting backdrop of rural, contemporary Ireland, The Weight of Him is a big-hearted novel about loss and reliance that moves from tragedy to recrimination to what can be achieved when we take the stand of our lives.

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review

The Weight of Him by Ethel Rohan was a heartfelt read. I felt the deep connection to the characters pain. An overweight father stressing over the loss and pain of losing his son. His wife seems to have pulled away from him completely. No touching her for pain of her moving away from his touch. The father is determined to lose weight and make it a memorable thing for his dead son. There are others who have lost someone due to suicide. The father isn’t alone. The tale carries the heavy weight of the dead son on every page. Loss, grief, blame, denial, and then finally admitting the feelings of having lost the child. His wife opens up…his other son is still alive. Life will move forward. Slowly but memory of their son stays with them forever. The loss of a child is something we all can relate to as well as losing a loved one to suicide.  Eating ourselves up for the death of that loved one. Thinking we could have done something different to stop it. Then, the question as to why the son killed himself plagued the father. Why…

The Weight of Him is a steady paced novel. Full of darkness overshadowing a family. They’re struggling with the death of a son and brother. The father’s journey of overcoming the darkness was powerfully told. I enjoyed watching him take on the pain and trying to keep his family together. Death has a way of breaking things. Hearts are broken. Readers take on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Ethel Rohan has masterfully created a realistic telling of the sad reality of life. It’s not always picture perfect not a happily ever after. It’s a scale whose bad days sometimes out weigh the good ones. Overall, I recommend the book to all. 

Review: A Harvest of Thorns

Synopsis:

A beloved American corporation with an explosive secret. A disgraced former journalist looking for redemption. A corporate executive with nothing left to lose.

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of workers, mostly young women. Amid the rubble, a bystander captures a heart-stopping photograph—a teenage girl lying in the dirt, her body broken by a multi-story fall, and over her mouth a mask of fabric bearing the label of one of America’s largest retailers, Presto Omnishops Corporation.

Eight thousand miles away, at Presto’s headquarters in Virginia, Cameron Alexander, the company’s long-time general counsel, watches the media coverage of the fire in horror, wondering if the damage can be contained. When the photo goes viral, fanning the flames of a decades old controversy about sweatshops, labor rights, and the ethics of globalization, he launches an investigation into the disaster that will reach farther than he could ever imagine—and threaten everything he has left in the world.

A year later, in Washington, D.C., Joshua Griswold, a disgraced former journalist from the Washington Post, receives an anonymous summons from a corporate whistleblower who offers him confidential information about Presto and the fire. For Griswold, the challenge of exposing Presto’s culpability is irresistible, as is the chance, however slight, at redemption. Deploying his old journalistic skills, he builds a historic case against Presto, setting the stage for a war in the courtroom and in the media that Griswold is determined to win—both to salvage his reputation and to provoke a revolution of conscience in Presto’s boardroom that could transform the fashion industry across the globe. 

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison is an amazing book. It captures the reality and fear of corruption. From CEOs to the slave trade, readers will get the experience as thought they were actually there or a part of it. The frightening discovery leads a strong willed battle to a company stationed back in the U.S. Secrets leaks. An unraveling of events will shine light to the darkness that is very much a reality in our own world. Corporations think they rule the world. But they can only get away with it for so long…and that’s when all goes to light. Court room battles, an investigation, and one determined journalist make this an interesting read. I was hooked. Many popular yet ugly topics come alive within the pages. Readers will dig through them as the content is released. Absolutely stunning…Corban Addison has captured the dark side of live and world we live within and turned it into one of the most heated moments in the fictional world. The ending was just as epic as the beginning. Fast-paced, intriguing, and a great story. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere. 

Review: Brothers-In-Arms 

Synopsis:

Can a Jew and a Nazi survive Hitler’s Germany?
Franz Kappel and Japhet Buchanan never expected their friendship to be tested by the Third Reich. Friends from early childhood, the boys form an inseparable, brotherly bond. Growing up in a little German village, they escape most of the struggles of war until the day Japhet is banished from school for being a Jew, and later has a rib broken when other village boys beat him up. Franz learns he is putting himself in danger for spending so much time with Japhet but continues to stand up for his Jewish friend even at the risk to himself. Then one day their lives are shattered when they see first-hand that the price of being a Jew is dangerously high. 
With the war now on their doorsteps, Franz and Japhet come up with a desperate plan to save their families and get them out of Germany alive. Leaving behind the lives they’ve always known, they move into Berlin with nothing to protect them but forged papers and each other. Convinced their friendship can keep them going, the boys try and make a new life for themselves while trying to keep their true identities and Japhet’s heritage a secret. Taking his best friend’s safety upon himself, Franz joins the Nazis in an attempt to get valuable information. At the same time, Japhet joins the Jewish Resistance, neither friend telling the other of their new occupations.
With everyone in their world telling them a Nazi and a Jew can’t be friends, it is only a matter of time before they believe all the lies themselves, until neither is certain if they are fighting against a race of people or fighting for their homeland. Somehow they have to survive the horrors of World War II, even when all of Germany seems to be against them.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Brothers-In-Arms by Jack Lewis Baillot is a tale that takes readers immediately back into the dark and haunting time for Jews. Even their German friends were in danger. Imagine trying to help a Jewish member escape from the cruelty of the Hitler’s Nazis…if caught one’s death could be just as bad or much worse than what the Jews received. Sad and troubling times. A moment in history all will never forget. Jack Lewis Baillot has created a fictional world full of suspense, deadly consequences, and an unforgettable friendship unlike any other. A German Nazis best friends with a Jew. 

Inside this novel, readers meet two boys who grew up being friends. Times have changed and with it their lives are at stake. Japhet Buchanan is a Jew. For that reason alone he is tormented by all. As war breaks out, he and his family will be in grave danger. His friend Fran’s Kappel, a German, works with his friend to get out of Germany with their family. Safety. But getting out will prove most difficult. Brothers-In-Arms had me rooting for both characters and crying too. Both went through so many demons to get to the ending moment. The writing brought back the fears, tears, and memories of WWII. I highly recommend it to all. Plus, the writer has gone even further by breaking more boundaries within this masterpiece. Absolutely, stunning. 

Review: The Girl on the Beach



Synopsis:

Who is Harry Dixon?

When Ellie Golden meets Harry Dixon, she can’t help but feel she recognises him from somewhere. But when she finally realises who he is, she can’t believe it – because the man she met on the beach all those years before wasn’t called Harry Dixon. And, what’s more, that man is dead.

For a woman trying to outrun her troubled past and protect her son, Harry’s presence is deeply unsettling – and even more disconcerting than coming face to face with a dead man, is the fact that Harry seems to have no recollection of ever having met Ellie before. At least that’s what he says …

But perhaps Harry isn’t the person Ellie should be worried about. Because there’s a far more dangerous figure from the past lurking just outside of the new life she has built for herself, biding his time, just waiting to strike.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Girl on the Beach by Morton S. Gray is amazing. The novel lures readers deep into a mysterious past and an even more mysterious present life. The future is shrouded in darkness and the unknown. If only the danger could be put behind them, life would be wonderful. A woman thought she lost her husband only to see him at an art exhibit. He is going by a different name and his appearance has been altered. He can’t remember exactly who she is…but when he does, it will be hard to let her go again. Especially, when he finds out that he’s been a father all this time…

Morton S. Gray has masterfully created a stunning plot. The tale weaves through an emotional rollercoaster and one of a mystery. Lives are once tangled up again…and it’s only a matter of time to see where it all will go. I found it interesting. The attraction and detail Ellie felt towards Harry was a hook for me. It even made me curious. Who was Harry and whay did he make Ellie feel like she knew him…puzzling, enticing, and fun. The attraction from both Ellie and Harry is strong. Both want each other. Danger soon comes. Details from the past come spilling out and their lives are up in the air. The Girl on the Beach is a page turner. I couldn’t stop reading it. Overall, I highly recommend this suspenseful novel to all. 

Review: Think Twice



Synopsis

From the blockbuster New York Times bestselling author of Look Again comes a novel that makes you question the nature of evil: is it born in us or is it bred? 

Bennie Rosato looks exactly like her identical twin, Alice Connolly, but the darkness in Alice’s soul makes them two very different women. Or at least that’s what Bennie believes, until she finds herself buried alive at the hands of her twin. 
Meanwhile, Alice takes over Bennie’s life, impersonating her at work and even seducing her boyfriend in order to escape the deadly mess she has made of her own life. But Alice underestimates Bennie and the evil she has unleashed in her twin’s psyche, as well as Bennie’s determination to stay alive long enough to exact revenge. 

Bennie must face the twisted truth that she is more like her sister Alice than she could have ever imagined, and by the novel’s shocking conclusion, Bennie finds herself engaged in a war she cannot win—with herself.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline is an interesting thriller. Here, Lisa Scottoline has brought readers a tale about two sisters and an unforgivable act of betrayal. Bennie and Alice are twins. Bennie is the more responsible one. She has her life all mapped out until her twin does something unexpected. Imagine dinning with a sister and the next moment, stuck in a box of some kind. The horror and fear Bennie felt was real. I immediately hated Alice. Alice is the unresponsible twin. The one with the bad streak. Alice was fine until she met a man who introduced to the life of selling drugs. From there she changed dramatically. If she didn’t share the same facial features as Bennie, then she would have easily killed her twin. But luckily Bennie survived…at least for the moment. This plot was fast-paced. Definitely, a read that excites as well as frightens the reader. I kept wondering what was going to happen next…Alice’s betrayal to her twin, made something snap in Bennie. It wasn’t until that dark moment did Bennie realize that she’s not as evil as her sister. But that didn’t mean, if pushed she wouldn’t go into the dark end…Lisa Scottoline has created an engaging story. I loved her fascinating characters. Believable, entertaining, and highly recommended to all. Readers won’t need to Think Twice. 

Review: Hunters in the Dark

Synopsis:

From the novelist the New York Times compares to Paul Bowles, Evelyn Waugh and Ian McEwan, an evocative new work of literary suspense

 

Adrift in Cambodia and eager to side-step a life of quiet desperation as a small-town teacher, 28-year-old Englishman Robert Grieve decides to go missing. As he crosses the border from Thailand, he tests the threshold of a new future.
And on that first night, a small windfall precipitates a chain of events– involving a bag of “jinxed” money, a suave American, a trunk full of heroin, a hustler taxi driver, and a rich doctor’s daughter– that changes Robert’s life forever.
Hunters in the Dark is a sophisticated game of cat and mouse redolent of the nightmares of Patricia Highsmith, where identities are blurred, greed trumps kindness, and karma is ruthless. Filled with Hitchcockian twists and turns, suffused with the steamy heat and pervasive superstition of the Cambodian jungle, and unafraid to confront difficult questions about the machinations of fate, this is a masterful novel that confirms Lawrence Osborne’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Hunters in the Dark by Lawerence Osborne is dark, gritty, yet most engaging read ever. Nothing will happen like reader’s expect. Twits and turns everywhere. The suspense builds like a fire consuming a forest. Anticipation grows as readers wait to find the unexpected outcomes. I got to travel from my reading spot to Cambodia. Most exciting yet dangerous place I have traveled. The main character, Robert Grieve, is a British teacher, whose life sudden engulfs readers like myself into a steady plot. He leaves his life behind and the new one…is like wild rollercoaster. Karma and humanity tough topics found within the pages. The beginning was a bit slow, but it soon lead to the adventure at hand. Well-written. I recommend Hunters in the Dark to readers everywhere. 

— NPR “Best Books of 2016” – Staff Picks, Realistic Fiction, Seriously Great Writing, and Tales from Around the World selection

Review: The Wolf of Dorian Gray



Synopsis:

Complete with adventurous romance, harrowing escapes, hell-bent revenge, and a werewolf terrorizing the gentry; The Wolf of Dorian Gray transcends this classic work of literature into a compelling and most delicious read.

“There on my desk is the first passionate love-letter which I have ever composed in my life–and it is addressed to a dead girl.”

What will happen when the wolf comes to London? Can Dorian save his soul? Or will the beast consume it and his life, along with those of his friends and loved ones?

“The engorged moon hung full and low in the sky like a yellow skull. Misshapen clouds stretched across the floating orb with elongated hands and bony fingers grasping. As they neared the docks, the gas lamps grew fewer and the streets gloomier. The cobblestones blackened as they passed the deserted brickfields. Bottle-shaped kilns spat their outrage with orange tongues of fire into the cooling air. Mangy dogs snarled in hunger and wandering sea-gulls screamed their displeasure at the hansom’s passage.”

This expanded edition of the classic philosophical fiction by Oscar Wilde, features all-new scenes in a compelling tale of love, lust, and the werewolf spawned by the evil of man. The story, set in late 1800’s England, follows the life of Dorian Gray, who through ancient Romani magic’s and the skills of an astonishing artist has had his fate and soul irrevocably linked with the last remaining wolf in the forests of England. Dorian revels in the experiences of first love, delights in the art and beauty of the world, relishes the freedom of his youth, and is awakened to the many pleasures of life. His friend and mentor, Lady Helena, provides a guiding hand as he struggles with his conscience and the purpose of living. Meanwhile, the wolf begins to grow and change into a hideous monster that is ravaging the countryside.

“The wolf had begun hunting human prey. They were plentiful in the dark city streets and provided enough good meat to satiate his gnawing hunger. He was still very careful not to let any who saw him live. To do otherwise would displease the Master. He would only stalk those people that were foolish enough to walk alone in the night.”

Read more at thewolfofdoriangray.com

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Wolf of Dorian Gray by Brian S. Ference is a refreshing paranormal read. A werewolf unlike any other. Dorian Gray is human and werewolf. His werewolf form is a devilish soul. Best not to mess with his temper…or else perish like the rest. A young artist captures him in painting. In a way cursing his soul. A savage beast who kills in the night. Rumors spread. Fear is wide. Yet no one really is aware that he’s a monster…

In a way, The Wolf of Dorian Gray reminds me of Frankenstein a bit. Both are monsters. Created monsters. Each one destroys and kills. Haunted and hunted. I found this novel, quite interesting. Fast, suspenseful, and dark. It sent shivers down my back. Brian S. Ference created a stunning piece. His main character sends out fear and leaves readers wondering what next. The danger and the character’s own fear of being found out…left me turning the pages. It was an adventure that I won’t be forgetting…edgy, bold, and entertaining. 

Review: The Skeleton Code

Synopsis:

Early in life, we learn to exaggerate our positive personal qualities and hide or deny our failures and weaknesses. The Skeleton Code is a satirical and humorous look at the many ways we protect our public personas by closeting our personal secrets, an ultimately self-deluding way of life. As a parody of the self-help “success” genre, the book presents facetious strategies about how to cover up our silly and scandalous secrets before turning to The Skeleton Cure.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

The Skeleton Code by both Alla Campanella and Ken Massey is a great read. The book is a super neat way of getting the past to stay in the past. We are all human. Meaning we’re bound to make mistakes that keep us on edge if ever leaked. Both writers go through every step of addressing skeletons and how to move forward. Their advice and self-guide helps going through the process. Plus, there’s situation of skeletons inside that help us relate to our own skeletons. From there it makes us feel that we can take on the future and not be dragged downward by the mistakes. The help also leads readers into a more productive, positive, and engaging lifestyle. Limit future skeletons. Funny, well-written, and absolutely the best self-help book I have come across in a while. Overall, I recommend The Skeleton Code to readers worldwide. 

Review: A Pawn for Malice


Synopsis:

Does an ex-cop ever lose his “nose” for investigating? Freshmen Senator, Bryon Gallagher, certainly hasn’t, when the love of his life, Jessica, is kidnapped by a mad man. No stone is left unturned, as he plays the role of senator by day and rogue detective by night, calling in favors and working his past snitches to the bone to find her. The only problem is, who does he focus his efforts on … her deranged, former father-in-law who lusts after her, a crazed felon hell-bent on revenging the execution of his brother put to death under the Senator’s newly passed Death Penalty Bill, or an unknown psycho, looking for his “moment of fame”? 

A Pawn for Malice is a thrilling, passionate, and suspenseful romance that entails self-discovery, survival and a love, that is so strong, it conquers the evil trappings of a criminal mind. 

Rating: 4.5 stars 

Review:

A Pawn for Malice by Cynthia Roberts is a thrilling dark tale. It caught my attention from the start. The main character, Jessica, has just gotten out of a bad situation…only to leave a place behind for a new start. Safety. But even then, she’s not safe. Her father-in-law threatens her before she left. She leaves for a job with man who lures her in like a magnet. Sexy, hot, and a powerful man…Bryan is. With his prior skills and knowledge I was a goner. As soon as Jessica is safe, her life once more plunges into danger. The intrigue and suspense builds into overdrive. Jessica is a strong female character. She doesn’t let anyone take advantage of her if she can help it. Her feelings towards Bryan, a senator, grows each time. His attraction towards seems to be just as strong. One man willing to use everything he has to get his woman back safe. 

Cynthia Roberts has created a stunning piece. A Pawn for Malice suits the story well. As the characters fit right into it. A chase after many frightening suspects and time racing against him.  Bryan has to find Jessica before it’s too late. Romance, suspense, and danger all rolled into one perfect read. The mystery of who kidnapped Jessica is a powerful lure. I had to know who and why. The writer has skills in creating a novel that entertains as well as sending chills down reader’s spines. Interesting characters both bad and good…plus, a crime fiction plot. I enjoyed reading this novel. I will definitely be looking for more of Cynthia Roberts novels in the future. 

Review: The Body on The Lido Deck 


 

Synopsis:

Twin Falls pathologist Toni Day is on a Caribbean cruise with her husband and parents when she is jerked out of a peaceful slumber by a horrific scream. After several unsuccessful attempts to reclaim sleep, Toni heads to the ship’s deck to read. But shortly after the sun rises, everything changes when a mangled body plummets from the roof into the pool next to her.

Rather than flee in horror, Toni teams up with her stepfather, Nigel, and Scotland Yard to investigate the murder, despite resistance from the captain and the Royal Barbados Police. With just three days left in the cruise, Toni and Nigel must work fast, especially when two more bodies are discovered and a crew member is fatally injured. As Toni delves into the histories of crew members, she uncovers mysterious connections that lead back nearly three decades. Finally, with only one night remaining, Toni and Nigel must set a trap in a last ditch attempt to find the killer before one of them becomes the final victim.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Body on The Lido Deck is a dazzling mystery that lures readers to its depth. For fans of CSI this is definitely up your alley. There’s a lot of dead body language that some might not like but goes with the territory when dealing with dead bodies. The main character, Toni Day, is very blunt. Straight forward kind of person. Her habit it to say or question things…and it may come of as rude. However, in her line of work, she has to be that way. In this particular novel, Toni was traveling on vacation with her husband and parents. As usual she finds a murder case. Except this one almost lands directly into her lap. There are plenty of suspects and as they case builds it’s still hard to guess who done it. I loved the suspense and intrigue created perfectly by this writer. I have never before today, read a book by Jane Bennett Munro. After reading this tale, I have to say that I am super happy I did read it. It will keep readers questing and entertained. So many possibilities and few leads. Evidence goes missing and the main character gets into more dangerous situations as the book unfolds. Overall, I loved it. Highly recommend The Body on The Lido Deck to readers everywhere.

Review: Don’t Trust A Stranger

Synopsis:

Have you ever wanted to date someone online? Do you trust people easily? Sometimes that can be a deadly thing. Never be too careful. Never settle for less than what you deserve.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Don’t Trust A Stranger by Jacquelyn Wiles is a must read for all. Her memoir brings to life the issues many live with and are not aware of or may not have someone there to help them. It was quite frightening to read. I wanted to stop reading only because I thought it was going to get super worse with each page. Yes, the domestic violence upgraded; however, so did the help that the young woman received. I believe that without a supporting family behind her or the evidence and the timing of the police call, that things wouldn’t have ended as well as they did. I was then left with an ending that placed a relief within me for the writer but also a new fear emerged. What was going to happen next?

Don’t Trust A Stranger takes bravery to write and talk about it. I am happy that Jacquelyn Wiles has written this book. She has shared her experience with others who may be in that position right now…and need this to give them the help and motivation they seek. Inspiring and horrifying at the same. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.

Review: My Nazi Nemesis


Synopsis:

Jack Goodwin is a savvy CIA agent oozing with charisma, yet saddled with baggage. Haunted by a dark past for fifteen years, Jack finally reveals all to his daughter, Eleanor. 

As an OSS agent during the war, Jack’s traumatic past involved a series of near-death experiences, from failed sorties and secret missions, to a horrifying encounter with Auschwitz, to having met and married Eleanor’s mother, Veronika. 
But the flames of passion had died when a prying Waffen SS officer, Alois Richter, entered the fray. With an amorous eye for Jack’s bride and a suspicious plea to join the OSS, Alois had sent Jack’s world into a catastrophic tailspin with tragic results. 

Fueled with revenge, father and daughter join forces to hunt down his long-time nemesis. But when disturbing evidence arises, Eleanor is forced to reevaluate the mission, as intrigue, murder, and suspense abound, leading to a climatic face-off that reaches unexpected and terrifying heights.
Rating: 5 stars

Review:

My Nazis Nemesis by Rich DiSilvio is now, my new favorite historical WWII novel. His book brings my favorite topic to life. The awful Nazis. Deadly, frightening, and real. This thriller brings the time period when the Nazis were active and creates a suspenseful dark tale. The action is everywhere. Just opening the book, the first page catches readers attention. Like it did with mine. Deadly situation that can be the last, yet the main character seems to make it out…and the plot thickens.  Rich DiSilvio has masterfully woven an entertaing war novel. One that both scares and lures me. I feel like a fly landing in the killer plant…only seconds will determine if I fly off to live, or if I’ll die. The same is applied to this novel. Hilarious, romantic, and stunning. My Nazis Nemesis will engage readers from the beginning to end. Rich DiSilvio knows how to draw readers into his book. Captivating. The main characters like Jack are believable. Reading this novel, was like watching the scenes come to life. I would love to see this story made into a big motion picture. Overall, I highly recommend My Nazis Nemesis to readers worldwide. 

Review: Selena’s Requiem

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Synopsis:

It’s been a year since Selena D’Agostino fled Castle Cormoran and her vampire kinsmen, staking Philip and setting Kieran on fire as he slept in his coffin. After Kieran appears at her book signing–and just as quickly vanishes–Selena receives a mysterious telephone call from a solicitor in Leeds, urging her to return to claim her inheritance.

Will Selena return to Cormoran for a reunion with her beloved Kieran—or will she go to her death?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Once again, Rita Dimitra has lured me into her world of fiction. Vampires, death, and love. I love how the male character doesn’t give up on his woman. He goes after what he wants. And that is Selena D’Agostino. Yet, she fled him and her relatives. She now, is settled. But then she sees what appeared to be her lover. Kieran. He’s a vampire. She’s still a human. Yet she only has the power of forcing him to allow her to be in power…sometimes. He love for her is so strong that he asks her something that she is most afraid of…death. Will death be the end or will it be the start of her new life with Kieran? Intriguing, addictive, and masterfully woven. Selena’s Requiem is a powerful story just like the first if not stronger. This is one romance that I highly recommend to readers everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: The Blood Waltz

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Synopsis:

Selena D’Agostino needed a vacation. So when she received a mysterious invitation from England to meet long-lost relations at their family castle, it seemed just the ticket.

But nothing could have prepared her for what she would find there. Not only were her newfound relatives not what they seemed . . . it soon became clear that they were not about to let her leave.

And perhaps the most frightening of all was her overwhelming attraction to the seductive, enigmatic Kieran Ramsey, who bore an eerie resemblance to a 400-year-old portrait that hung in the castle . . . a man of dark secrets, with an insatiable thirst for blood and a lust for Selena’s soul that would not be denied.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Blood Waltz by Rita Dimitra is quite an interesting tale. This isn’t the norm for a detective mystery nor for a vampire story. Yet this book combines both in just the right amounts. Rita Dimitra’s novel is the perfect one to read for this Halloween. It’s dark, edgy, and sends chills down my spine. There’s is a romance inside…everything about it is unusual. Secrets, family, and a Gothic spun tale. Readers will be intrigued from the first page to the last. A vacation to visit family turns out to be a major life changer for the heroine. Her life as she knows it was simple and easy. Now, attending a castle the relatives she finds are much more than the normal way. So much history and mystery surround them all. Yet Selena, the main character, feels a draw to find out more. Curiosity is a weakness or in this case could it be a strength? The Blood Waltz is absolutely enchanting. I loved it. Overall, I recommend it to all.

Review: Supernova

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Synopsis:

C. A. Higgins’s acclaimed novel Lightless fused suspenseful storytelling, high-caliber scientific speculation, and richly developed characters into a stunning science fiction epic. Now the dazzling Supernova heightens the thrills and deepens the haunting exploration of technology and humanity—and the consequences that await when the two intersect.

Once Ananke was an experimental military spacecraft. But a rogue computer virus transformed it—her—into something much more: a fully sentient artificial intelligence, with all the power of a god—and all the unstable emotions of a teenager.

Althea, the ship’s engineer and the last living human aboard, nearly gave her life to save Ananke from dangerous saboteurs, forging a bond as powerful as that between mother and daughter. Now she devotes herself completely to Ananke’s care. But teaching a thinking, feeling machine—perhaps the most dangerous force in the galaxy—to be human proves a monumental challenge. When Ananke decides to seek out Matthew Gale, the terrorist she regards as her father, Althea learns that some bonds are stronger than mortal minds can understand—or control.

Drawn back toward Earth by the quest, Althea and Ananke will find themselves in the thick of a violent revolution led by Matthew’s sister, the charismatic leader Constance, who will stop at nothing to bring down a tyrannical surveillance state. As the currents of past decisions and present desires come into stark collision, a new and fiery future is about to be born.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Supernova by C. A. Higgins is the second adventure in this brilliant series. A sci-fi fantasy that brings women up to the forefront and puts them on an unthinkable journey. I found this novel, quite interesting. It had all the right elements of its genre and still swept me off my feet. I love the computer intelligence shown inside this tale. One that is almost human like. Frightening, intriguing, and highly entertaining. Supernova is about computer science, emotions, and choices. Choices that can have consequences…C. A. Higgins is a talented writer who words lured me deep into a fantasy that has it all. Fighting, action, and technology. The emotional journey was like that of a roller coaster ride. Very exciting. Overall, I recommend this tale to readers everywhere.

Review: Hag-Seed

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Synopsis:

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest retold as Hag-Seed

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.

Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

 Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood is a sensational hit. I loved how she brilliantly captured one of Shakespeare’s famous plays, The Tempest and brought to life in a modern world. I felt like I stepped back into my high school English classroom. That’s when I studied Shakespeare’s plays. It was then, that I fell in love with King Hamlet. Now, after reading this tale, I have to this one is indeed my new all-time favorite. Echanting, thrilling, and beautifully told. 

Margaret Atwood brings us a realistic character that is similar to Prospero from The Tempest. This modern rebelling is so similar to the original play. It’s quite frightening in a way. I love the setting and tone that the writer has set for this story. I was hooked from beginning to end. Hag-Seed is about an artistic director who lost his only child and from there let a man take over his duties. He knows it was indeed the wrong decision. But once it was made he didn’t change it. For in some ways it was a blessing but underneath he knew it was more of a curse. Then, this new man that he let take over his duties soon has him kicked out of the life he lived for…now, enters the themes that we all knew and love from Shakespeare’s plays. Revenge and redemption. The protagonist Felix, is quite an interesting character. He had a way of drawing me into his life story. The events were dark, hilarious, and entertaining. Suspenseful too.  Felix wants to go after all who drew him out of his former life. Creating a play in a prison with prisoners was an enticing way to go about his goals…readers will love this title. It was hard to not be drawn into the troubles ahead. Margaret Atwood masterfully woven Hag-Seed into a new beloved novel. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers worldwide. 

Review: Barren Waters

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Synopsis:

It happened once before…
It was called the Permian Extinction…
All life in the oceans died…
And now it’s happening again…

Sometimes life ends with a bang. Other times it ends with a slow strangulation. The oceans are extinct. Empty. Stagnant. Only the slow passage of millennia can reverse the effects. But what does that mean for the rest of the planet? What does that mean for those who remain?

Enter the world as it exists in the twenty-second century. Follow Jeremy Colt and his family as they race across the continent to survive. What waits for them in San Diego and why do they need to get there? The clock is ticking. Can they get there fast enough? And if they do, will it even save her?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Barren Waters by Julia Shupe is an extraordinary dystopian tale. One that contains an acolpyse that will send chills down a reader’s spine. It was absolutely terrorifying to think that one day the world could be like the one pictured in this tale. I realized the importance of survival not just for us humans for the other life living on our planet. Water ecosystems being destroyed is saddening. It is to some scientists belief that all organisms once lived in water before starting out as land creatures. From there creatures and us humans were created.. If life can’t survive in the water what does that mean for all of humanity? Following the characters’ journey to survival was harsh, critical and believable. Julia Shupe created a masterpiece that brings out major issues we need to deal with as well as brining out an entertaining story. Readers will instantly be captivated by this novel. I definitely was hooked. Barren Waters is a deep, thought provoking yet stunning piece of fiction. Overall, I highly recommend to readers worldwide.

Review: Waiting for a Lifetime

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Synopsis:

Sunny Siebel isn’t an ordinary girl – she can see what others can’t. She has the ability to see and communicate with the deceased.

Only sharing the company of lost spirits waiting to move on, her life changes when she meets a Reaper for the first time and realizes what she has been missing – why she is so different – when she falls in love. What she didn’t expect was how their connection would change her.

Acquiring comfort and solace in her newfound love, Sunny finds herself running from heaven itself while getting caught in the middle of an even larger plot that not even her assailants see coming.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Waiting for a Lifetime by Samantha Markham is a brilliant YA fantasy. I couldn’t believe the raw talent that this writer had until, I read her debut novel. This tale takes readers on a young woman’s journey in life. Her mother died and she can see and talk to ghosts. No one knows she can except her. Until, she meets him. The reaper captain. Appears to be her age, yet his age is much older than Sunny Siebel would have thought. But that doesn’t keep her attraction to the new strange guy in front of her. Something about her ability to see ghosts attracts the reaper closer to her. Their friendship is instant and something deeper begins to develop. Something that isn’t looked upon as good by the world from which the reaper comes from…it’s banned to be in a relationship with a human. But then again, Sunny ends up susprising both herself and the reaper when an unknown power escapes from her hands.  Waiting for a Lifetime describes this novel perfectly. The waiting of the two characters in finding each other is indeed like and will be a lifetime. Samantha Markham’s characters are believable and her world of fiction is highly entertaining. An deeply engaging tale that brings paranormal an YA issues together beautifully. I enjoyed reading it. Look forward to reading the next grand adventure by this writer. Overall, I recommend this story to readers everywhere.

Review: Ghosts of Havana

Ghosts of Havana (A Judd Ryker Novel) by [Moss, Todd]

 

Synopsis: 

A timely international thriller by the former deputy assistant secretary of state and bestselling author.

When four American fishermen stray into Cuban waters and are promptly arrested by Castro’s navy, State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker finds himself called in to negotiate their release. But the more, Ryker digs into the situation, the more things he discovers that just don’t seem to fit, especially now, with relations between the United States and Cuba supposedly thawing.  Who are these men really, and what were they doing there? What is Ryker’s actual mission, and what is his own government hiding from him?

Some people want the new initiative to succeed. Others want to stop it at any cost. Still, others see it as an opportunity for something much more radical. The common factor for everyone, of them: the time to act is right this minute.

The ghosts of Havana are walking, and Ryker is caught in the middle of them all.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Ghosts of Havana by Todd Moss is a masterfully woven tale. One that will plunge its readers deep into an unknown darkness surrounded by conspiracy, murder, and the search for truth. Ryker, the main character will soon find himself in a deadly situation. More questions arise than answers, and it will take everything for Ryker to survive it all. Highly engaging as well as well as entertaining. I was completely absorbed into the plot. Fast-paced and brilliantly told. Todd Moss knows how to keep his readers intrigued from the start to end. This novel made my heart race in anticipation of what was to come. It’s difficult and unseen troubles send readers on a journey that is full of action and suspense. The government can also be one’s worst enemy if not played right. Ghosts of Havana is truly a fascinating thriller that I highly recommend to all.

Review: Gilt Hollow

Gilt Hollow (Blink) by [Langdon, Lorie]

 

Synopsis:

Willow Lamott’s best friend is a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. Over four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.

Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow Lamott stepped back into his life. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton wonders if his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon is by far a marvelous read. It is full of dark sinister things. Lorie Langdon’s novel is brilliantly woven in a way that captured my attention from the beginning to end. Fast-paced and exciting. Suspenseful, edgy, and intriguing.

Imagine being a young man and wrongly accused of a crime. A crime that was committed by another person. No one believed in you. Except for one person. That person shakes down the world and leaving a place for something unexpected. Love. Just when things are planned, Ashton’s world is tilted once again. Out to prove he was innocent all along…a girl leaves him feeling unbalanced. Something about her draws him nearer. But there is still a murder out there. The danger gets closer and the risks are high.

A young girl, Willow, is fixed upon a boy her age. One she is not sure is indeed innocent. But something drags her closer to him anyway. As things grow between them, the threats become real. Romance is great but is it worth losing those that one loves?

Gilt Hollow is an enchanting world of fiction. There’s plenty of action, romance, and mystery. Readers will be baited, lured, and hooked. Lorie Langdon’s writing is stunning. Well-developed characters that pulled me into their lives, risks, and future. A plot that snagged me inside and kept me prisoner. Realistic and haunting. I loved reading this masterfully woven tale. Overall, I highly recommend Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon to all.

Review: Consciousness


Synopsis:

From new horror author Pete Castillo, comes a story that revolves around an age-old supernatural phenomenon. 

Marco Torres was a boy when his parents thought he was abnormal. The scare wasn’t long, but little did they know, it was only the beginning. 

Eventually, Marco becomes aware of his abnormality so he searches for answers. Around the same time, ghostly psychic visions of a crazed homeless man appear to him. When the defect and visions subside, Marco thinks he’s in the clear until he’s almost killed by the same crazed man. 

As Marco gets older, the affliction intensifies. He tries to become a writer and does a quick stint in the Navy. Eventually, he flips when his path crosses with a mystery couple who have the same abnormality as him. They gain his trust the hard way, then the new friends go on several adventures. Their biggest exploit is a murder investigation. Will Marco learn to harness his rare ability without getting himself killed?

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

Breach of Consciousness by Peter Castillo is just the perfect read for this kind of season. I can’t think of a better ways to start fall than by reading a creepy steady paced mystery. Breach of Consciousness is a combination of murder, paranormal activity, and an investigation. This ingredients bring forth a novella worth reading. The beginning introduces, the main character, Marco Torres. The details given are just enough to hook readers. Then, from there it builds into a mystery woven with the characters mysterious ability and the action coming ahead. Murder, power, and government agents all play a role in Marcus Torres’s life. He soon goes on a mission to find the truth and solve the death of a friend but in doing he might risk everything including his own life.  Peter Castillo’s writing well organized. It carries readers into moments when the writer himself wants them to land there. Readers will think it’s slow. However, each writer has the power to lead us when and exactly how he wants us to reach each scene. I think Breach of Consciousness is a great debut novel. The ending left thoughts of what will happen after this story and whether Peter Castillo will grant his readers another book. Another dark tale that showcases the same characters once again. Overall, I recommend to all.

Review: Indecent


Synopsis:

BEING A CRIMINAL ISN’T AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS!

Based on true events!

There was a time when six countries were united by one man named Tito. He defended the country from the tyranny of Hitler, thus establishing himself as a leader. His system of government was Socialism controlled by his Secret Policethe UDBA. Most of the population was thrilled to live such a life and they considered the agents their protectors, but one brilliant kid disagreed.

Zlatan, at the age of sixteen, decides to live outside the system, but that leads him to prison, to serve a sentence of five years. Inside he meets his teacher, Uncle, a former spy for Tito’s Gestapo, who arranges an early release for him, but it comes with a high price.
In front of the prison gates, two agents catch him and give him an ultimatumdo or die. Zlatan agrees to their criminal requests but not for ”King and Country” but for the freedom he craves. His actions lead him to discover something dark in the pit of his mind. He learns there are greater things to fear than the police and other criminals. He must answer the question . . .

IS HE ACTUALLY FREE?

Be the first one to find out in this debut novella by a young author, filled with suspense and psychological battles of an abnormally self-aware man.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Indecent by Ethan Brant is an extraordinary read. Fascinating from beginning to end. The pages whirl by and the action is great. I found myself deeply satisfied with Ethan Brant’s masterpiece. A suspenseful new thriller that I recommend to all. His writing style is lures readers into a dark world of fiction. Putting them on edge.   The danger is a real threat. One that the main character, Zlatan, has trouble escaping. Defiance only gets him deeper into the dark world he knows. His actions have him questioning  if he will ever be free. Indecent brings readers a fast-paced yet heart racing crime fiction. One that young adults and adults will enjoy. I can see this first short story as a crossover that will entertain readers everywhere. This first tale gave off a vibe like that of the Bourne series but on a much younger level. Detailed, stunning, and well-developed. I highly recommend this book worldwide. The characters, the scenes, and the plot are just out of this world. I loved reading it. Indecent is definitely a must read.

Review: Clarence Olgibee


Synopsis:

It starts with a murder.

In 1974, 17-year-old Jimmy Tate Sullivan watched his two friends bludgeon to death a black man. Sentenced to life for abetting the crime, Sullivan is initiated into a white- supremacist church by a fellow convict, once the best friend of an African-American teenager, Clarence Olgibee.
Shifting back to 1954, this family saga is about race, religion, and the powerful white men in a sleepy Midwestern town who plan a new world order Olgibee tries to escape.
Small choices have fateful consequences- in this life and the next. Olgibee’s choices lead him back to the two women he loved and an ultimate decision. (less)
Rating: 5 stars
Review:

Clarence Oglibee by Alan S. Kessler is an intriguing yet dark tale. One that shows the true ugliness of human nature. Racism is just a nightmare in fiction but in the real world too. No matter how many years go by there will always be racism issues bringing down people everywhere. Society is to blame. Yet it’s also the people who build up that society. 

Alan S. Kessler’s writing is superb. I was pulled into the plot instantly. The story held me captive. Sending shivers down my spine and suspense was like a thick heavy blanket. Brutal, raw, and an honest telling of how these situations occur everywhere. Racism has been imprinted upon birth almost programmed into our DNA. Generation after generation and still the struggles are real. Black seems to be forever lost in world not ready to let go of it’s evilness. The words are three dimensional. Popping to life with every page. The action is intense. Leaving me sitting on the edge of my chair holding in my breath.  

Consequences of cruelty stays pressed up in one’s mind forever. The images never fade. That’s exactly where Jimmy Tate Sullivan lies. His friends beat to death an innocent black man on the streets. A man that was heading home. Yet the white young men were drunk and looking for trouble. Trouble came and cost a man his life. Jimmy ended up spending time in jail. As rightly so. The plot gets darker as the story continues to unfold for the main character. Choices have to be made. Danger hangs tightly in the air. 

Overall, I highly recommend this stunning yet realistic tale to readers worldwide. 

Review: Wrecked

Wrecked by [Padian, Maria]

 

Synopsis:

Everyone has heard a different version of what happened that night at MacCallum College. Haley was already in bed when her roommate, Jenny, arrived home shell-shocked from the wild Conundrum House party. Richard heard his housemate Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny formally accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard find themselves pushed onto opposite sides of the school’s investigation. But conflicting interests fueling conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible–especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict.

Maria Padian offers a kaleidoscopic view of a sexual assault on a college campus. Wrecked will leave readers thinking about how memory and identity, what’s at stake, and who sits in judgment shape what we all decide to believe about the truth.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Wrecked by Maria Padian was indeed the perfect title for this new adult tale. I found the characters completely wrecked whether physically or emotionally. Then there was the usual college peer pressure to add to the mix. This story told about a sad, dark, and unforgettable situation. Alcohol and rape. Typical to most college students. Yet despite the awareness of such things…students still made mistakes. Like, take a perfect academic girl that comes from a wealthy family whom nobody really notices. Then, she takes it upon herself to accept an invitation from a complete stranger. Not only that but an invite to a party known for excessive drinking mixes and hookups. But something more sinister than just a hookup happens to this particular student. Next, there’s this other wealthy college student who has taken advantage of the female while she was drunk or still tipsy from whatever was in her drink.

Once she claims rape from him, everything went downhill. The board found that the woman’s events weren’t adding up but that she was indeed telling the truth about being raped. However, with no witnesses or any evidence nothing can be done or can it? Despite all this trouble, readers will meet two awesome characters. The lead female character was an excellent soccer player up until her third concussion. She ended up meeting her roommate’s ex. The guy who happens to be her math tutor. But he’s the kind of guy that’s easy on the eyes yet wants the forever thing with a woman. But just as things start to click between them, both end up defending the person on each side of the rape case. Let the questions begin…and let fate take the characters where they should be. I found this fictional novel to be entertaining but also, play out an important message to young adults. It spoke out loudly about rape, alcohol, and using consent. Great advice and tips dipped masterfully into a stunning read. Overall, I highly recommend Wrecked to readers worldwide.

 

 

Review: The Holocaust (History & Memory)

The Holocaust: History and Memory by [Black, Jeremy M.]

 

Synopsis:

Brilliant and wrenching, The Holocaust: History and Memory tells the story of the brutal mass slaughter of Jews during World War II and how that genocide has been remembered and misremembered ever since. Taking issue with generations of scholars who separate the Holocaust from Germany’s military ambitions, historian Jeremy M. Black demonstrates persuasively that Germany’s war on the Allies was entwined with Hitler’s war on Jews. As more and more territory came under Hitler’s control, the extermination of Jews became a major war aim, particularly in the east, where many died and whole Jewish communities were exterminated in mass shootings carried out by the German army and collaborators long before the extermination camps were built. Rommel’s attack on Egypt was a stepping stone to a larger goal—the annihilation of 400,000 Jews living in Palestine. After Pearl Harbor, Hitler saw America’s initial focus on war with Germany rather than Japan as evidence of influential Jewish interests in American policy, thus justifying and escalating his war with Jewry through the Final Solution. And the German public knew. In chilling detail, Black unveils compelling evidence that many everyday Germans must have been aware of the genocide around them. In the final chapter, he incisively explains the various ways that the Holocaust has been remembered, downplayed, and even dismissed as it slips from horrific experience into collective consciousness and memory. Essential, concise, and highly readable, The Holocaust: History and Memory bears witness to those forever silenced and ensures that we will never forget their horrifying fate.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Holocaust: History & Memory by Jeremy Black is one that I will forever behold. This book contains so much history and memories during one of the most horrifying moments in history. Jeremy Black has brilliantly put together a great study of the Holocaust for readers everywhere to revisit and learn. His writing is direct, concise, and very detalied. I am never giving up this book. There is so much to read. The information contained in this reading material is stunning. I was surprised it wasn’t thicker with all that was inside of it. The journey back in time and across nations and other countries was remarkable. The Holocaust always brings up the dreaded nightmares and terrors that noone wants to remember. All the innocent lives that were taken in mass killings is something that all should never forget. We need to be reminded of the hows and why and to learn that we shouldn’t ever allow something like that to occur ever again. The Holocaust: History & Memory is a strong and superb book. I highly recommend this read to all. Jeremy Black’s work is one to take seriously and read.Educational, informative, and a remembrance of such nightmares…

Review: Watching Edie

Watching Edie by [Way, Camilla]

 

Synopsis:

For fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train: A dazzling work of psychological suspense that weaves together the past and present of two women’s twisted friendship.
 
Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.

Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there’s no one to turn to…

But someone’s been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It’s no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie’s doorstep, just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them—so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie’s about to learn a new lesson: those who have hurt us deeply—or who we have hurt—never let us go, not entirely…

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

Watching Edie by Camilla Way is a  psychological thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats. The story captivates readers in a way that keeps them reading all night long. I felt the compelling tug dragging me to the last page. The scenes are filled with darkness and a fright that leaves readers’ hearts pounding fast. Edie and Heather are two friends that will keep readers constantly on their toes. I wasn’t sure which I wanted to do more…to scream or to run. Both girls presented in this novel, suffered badly. Each one dealing with an equally heavy load. One with guilt the other with an obession of the past. The loss, grief, and destruction of these two girls now women is one that hooks readers. It’s  sad to follow their stories to the end knowing something big will happen that will forever change both of their lives. As a reader, I kept hoping for the best for both. Fear and complexity of the friends situations is one not to be taken lightly. So much is at stake…a secret kept between both girls. Will the suffering finally end?

Camilla Way has brilliantly crafted a masterpiece. For fans, of  Girl in the Dark, Gone Girl, and Her Darkest Nightmare, this is a must read. Once you open this tale, it’s hard to put down. I found myself woven and lost between each girls’  terrifying events from their past. A past that still seems to be haunting them to the point of destruction. The plot is steady-paced. It switches back and forth from the girls’ past to their present moments. I think the switching has helped me to understand each character more deeply. I got a bigger insight as to who they were and are as an individual. Watching Edie is superb. I love dark reads with a heavy dose of suspense. The ending is one readers don’t want to miss. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to all.

 

Review: Her Darkest Nightmare

 

Synopsis:

THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLER
Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her―and left her for dead. Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community…even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart.


BEGINS WITH AN ESCAPE FROM HER PAST

Then, just as the bitter Alaskan winter cuts both town and prison off from the outside world, the mutilated body of a local woman turns up. For Amarok, this is the final proof he needs: Hanover has to go. Evelyn, though, has reason to fear that the crime is a personal message to her―the first sign that the killer who haunts her dreams has found her again. . .and that the life she has so carefully rebuilt will never be the same…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak is brilliantly well-written. With this talented writer, I have yet to see a poorly written and undeveloped book. Each of her novels, is better than the one before it. It is amazing what Brenda Novak conjures in each tale. This latest novel is a romantic suspense read that will have readers hooked from beginning to end. The fear is overwhelming. I could feel the raw tensions caused by both they work that the main character does and the romance that stirs between her and the police officer. The attraction is mutual. However, the issue lies with the female doctor who can’t forget the past and embrace her life. Or embraced what her life could be like if she would just let go of her nightmare.

Brenda Novak introduced us readers to a prison where a bunch of doctors wanted to analyze the psychopaths that kill and torture others. They hoped that this facility will give them the research they need to see what causes the killers to do what they do. Their goal was to find out what makes them kill and why in a false hope that they can save people. Monsters housed in one building that has top security. Yet one lady never made it to the facility to work on time…then there’s the sexy police officer who found a woman’s head all bashed in a way that no one could recognize her. He immediately laid the blame on the Hangover House aka prison full of psychopathic killers. But could the killer really be a loose prisoner or someone else that the doctor might know? The suspense as always left me hanging. I was eager to know who died and who the killer is, plus, I wanted to see what lied in the future for the two main characters. Then there’s the doctor who was tormented by her boyfriend. Raped and left for dead…yet somehow she made it through and worked her way to becoming a specialist that works in analyzing men aka killers like her boyfriend. Even though she spent years in therapy, she still can’t let go of the danger that’s bound her in like the prisoners around her. Intriguing, sexy, and phenomenal. Brenda Novak’s new novel, Her Darkest Nightmare, will have left her readers sweating in fear. Overall, I highly recommend this compelling read to all.

Review: Glossolalia

 

Synopsis:

What if your subconscious determined the fate of nations?

SPIES AND POLITICS – CONSPIRACIES/ASSASSINATIONS … No one but her uncle will hire Nancy, considering her habit of snapping out of amnesiac fugues, wondering how she got her bruises and the scent of men’s cologne. When she sees a crime of poison in progress at her uncle’s pesticide company, she chases the truck carrying away the chemical legally deemed too toxic to use or to dump. Her pursuit leads to more earthshaking discoveries than she’d imagined, in a convoluted world of international political intrigue and assassination, dark romance, esoteric occult rituals based on an Elizabethan spy code and CIA practices.

This political conspiracy suspense novel introduces a young woman with an ambiguous past involving herself in a killer organization with the engagement of one layer after another of her psyche. The Agents of the Nevermind series dares to explore the edgiest controversies and the complicated lives that disinformation-dispensing intelligence agents must endure as they create bizarre delusions in order to hide the uncomfortable truth about the financial foundation of their country’s power.

Fights, chases, edgy sex, power to the people, twists and turns, secret rooms, missing time, and bold truth rarely found in novels until now.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Glossolalia caught my attention at first by its cover alone. The cover spoke to me in a way that perked my interest. I looked at the front cover and it appeared similar to what one would see in a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Then the title was the next item that caught my interest. It’s an unusal title that I don’t normally run across on books. I am an avid reader and this book was so peculiar that I couldn’t pass it. I just had to read it.

Tantra Bensko’s novel, Glossolalia, is a complex and most compelling read that I have ever laid eyes upon…the book consists of several different genres and combinations that make it a powerfully engaging read.  Suspenseful, check. Conspiracy, check. Political thriller, check. Science fiction fantasy double-check. Alternate universe double checked. Readers worldwide can find a little of everything within this stunning novel. This tale is full of action and intrigue from page one to the last page. Mind control, murder, and sex. All of these interesting things woven into a surprising story that will blow readers’ minds away. I just finished reading this and now, I am looking forward to the next brilliant adventure by the talented writer.

Here, we have a masterfully woven novel that brings the most unusual events into a fascinating world of fiction. Glossolalia means speaking in tongues. A young woman, Nancy, is the leading female character that instantly grabs readers attention. She does things like chasing after a truck that dumps harmful chemicals, works at her uncle’s firm that kills animals, and fighting. There’s never a dull moment. The main character suffers from bouts of amnesia. She takes us through her entire life and into a mystical land. This is the first book in the psychological suspense series called The Agents of The Nevermind. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this intoxicating fantasy series by Tantra Bensko. Glossolalia takes readers on an environmental and psychological journey. Overall, I highly recommend it to all.

 

Review: Stolen Lives

Stolen Lives (The Lives Trilogy Book 1) by [Lewis, Joseph]

 

Synopsis:

Three fourteen-year-old boys, Brett McGovern, Stephen Bailey and Michael Erickson are inextricably linked by the abduction and murder. Brett, who was abducted from Indianapolis, fears that his captors will decide to kill him. More recently, two boys from a Milwaukee, Wisconsin suburb, Stephen, and Michael, have been abducted, and the detectives on the case know that if they are not found within 24 hours, any chance of finding them is remote and they will be gone forever. A fourth boy, George Tokay, a Navajo, holds a key piece to this puzzle and doesn’t realize it.

Pete Kelliher and his team of FBI agents from the Crimes Against Children Unit have been tracking the murders of children for the past two years. He believes that if they can find these two boys, they might find the answers to the questions that have been eluding them. He and his team race to find Stephen and Michael before they disappear forever. There isn’t much to go on, and each time he gets a break, potential witnesses are found dead. As Pete and his team investigate, the stories of these boys are like loose threads on a sweater: pull the wrong one and it unravels completely. Slowly, Pete comes to the realization that one or more members of his own team might be behind it all. There are injury and death, some of which is Pete’s fault and that causes him to question his effectiveness and his future.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Stolen Lives by Joseph Lewis is a remarkable piece of fiction. It takes things that have happened and puts it into a new twist, inside this fictional world. The terror and events are similar to ones we find in our world, today. Real stories inspired this talented writer to bring about the issues into a work of fiction. Readers will be trapped within the walls of every scene once they opened up the book. The plot is full of intrigue, danger, and suspense. Crime fiction at its best.

Here inside this thriller, Stolen Lives, brings to life real problems in a way that will have readers on the edge of their seats. Dark, sad, and definitely an eye opener. Joseph Lewis brings to readers’ attention that boys too are abducted and sexually abused just like girls are. The world is never a safe place, but when those who should be protecting may be the cause of danger…everything spirals out of control. The story has a way that wrapped itself completely around me. It sucked me in from page one and wouldn’t release me until the last page. There’s plenty of action and mystery that hooked me right away. The ending was great…and left me wondering what’s to happen next. Joseph Lewis’s writing was superb. His characters drew me into the plotline. The dialogue was easy to read and follow along. Overall, I highly recommend this masterpiece to readers everywhere.