Month: June 2016

Write to Die by Charles Rosenberg

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My Review:

The first thing I really enjoyed was that in the book was a character named Kathryn, which happens to be my name and spelling, so it amused me when I read and I really got immersed into the story. Mr. Rosenberg wrote a great story and I loved that he was able to use his knowledge of the law and wrote such a fun mystery. Overall I really enjoyed reading this, it was fun and had a good mystery to it.

5 out of 5 stars

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Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner

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My Review:

I was hooked from the beginning, I enjoyed the scene with the boat and our first encounter from the demon, and learning about Meela and what she felt was her betrayal, the friendship that Meela and Lysi was so cute and sad. It was such a well written piece and I loved reading about the war between Meela’s people and the merpeople. This book had everything great about mermaid books, it had adventure, suspense and more. I was so engrossed in the book that I was upset when it ended and wanted more from the story, I really look forward to the next book in the series and more from Ms. Warner.

5 out of 5 stars

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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My Review:

I loved the premise of the book and looked forward to reading it because of it, and it didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed reading Mia’s trials and wanted her to get her revenge in the end. All of the characters were enjoyable and well-written, I liked that the assassin’s league was in a church, it was a breath of fresh air. I’m curious as where Ashlinn’s story is going to go, as well as Mia’s. Overall I really enjoyed it and look forward to book 2.

5 out of 5 stars

Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle

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Beloved author Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn) returns with this long-anticipated new novel, a beautifully bittersweet tale of passion, enchantment, and the nature of fate itself.

It was a typically blustery Puget Sound winter before the arrival of Lioness Lazos. An enigmatic young waitress with strange abilities, when the lovely Lioness comes to Gardner Island even the weather takes notice.

As an impossibly beautiful spring leads into a perfect summer, Lioness is drawn to a complicated family. She is taken in by two disenchanted lovers—dynamic Joanna Delvecchio and scholarly Abe Aronson — visited by Joanna’s previously unlucky-in-love daughter, Lily. With Lioness in their lives, they are suddenly compelled to explore their deepest dreams and desires.

Lioness grows more captivating as the days grow longer. Her new family thrives, even as they may be growing apart. But lingering in Lioness’s past is a dark secret — and even summer days must pass.

This book comes out September 30th 2016

My Review:

What an enjoyable book, I loved the fantasy elements and the writing style. As a fan of Mr. Beagle this book did not disappoint I loved the characters especially Lioness,  and the book kept me interested and could not put the book down. I would recommend this to fans of the Last Unicorn or fans of the fantasy genre and Mr. Beagle.

5 out of 5 stars

Charnel House by Graham Masterton

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Winner of the Edgar Award: A demon is intent on devouring the world—and it’s up to a small group of believers in San Francisco to stop it.

A desperate and terrified old man appears at the office of John Hyatt at the San Francisco Department of Sanitation with a chilling complaint. His house, Seymour Willis insists, is breathing. Hyatt suspects a rat infestation but the truth is worse. Much worse. An ancient demon out of darkest Native American folklore lives within the walls and floorboards of Willis’s home—an all-powerful malevolent being determined to break free and wreak havoc on the City by the Bay.

Soon a tiny cadre of believers in the impossible—including Hyatt, Willis, and a Native American shaman—hold the fate of all humanity in their hands. The monster’s hunger for blood and flesh is insatiable and it is determined to escape its prison and become whole. And once it does, the entire world will be its feeding ground.

A haunted house story like no other—a gory and terrifying tale of demonic possession—this award-winning supernatural thriller by the acclaimed author of The Manitou provides substantial chills on every page. A tale of unrelenting terror reminiscent of the works of H. P. Lovecraft, Graham Masterton’s Charnel House will haunt your dreams long after you’ve turned the final page.

My Review:

I will hand it to Mr. Masterton, when I started reading this I was expecting a typical haunted house book, but what I got was a story about a real Native American demon and I really appreciate getting surprised when read a book. The characters were great and I enjoyed the world that was set up in the book. The book was chilling, and the demon Coyote, was a scary creature, and I want to look up more Native American lore. I really enjoyed this book and hope for more from Mr. Masterton.

5 out of 5 stars

America’s Most Haunted Hotels Checking In with Uninvited Guests by Jaime Davis Whitmer

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My Review:

I loved the history of the haunted place and the fact that this book was able to give me the chills with its ghost stories. The photographs of the book were beautifully done and really helped create the spooky atmosphere. The writers did such a good job with this book and I loved that they let you know how to visit these haunted hotels.

5 out of 5 stars

SuperNova (Heroes of Arcania #1) by Liz Long

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The streets of Arcania are overrun with crime, deteriorating as a madman named Fortune makes himself at home. He shows no mercy, striking down anyone in his path – including Nova Benson’s little sister. Devastated, Nova vows to seek justice for her family, but aside from her freak strength and impenetrable skin, how is she supposed to stop a monster like Fortune?

Cole Warner wants to help people. Entrusted to keep his family’s secret, he’s also frustrated at having to hide his gift. He knows he could do more to help in the fight against Fortune. If he could convince his sister Penelope to join him, they might even have a chance at beating him. When Cole meets Nova, he realizes his whole world is about to change. And he’s going to welcome it with open arms.

Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan.

Then again, neither was becoming a superhero.

This book comes out June 16th 2016

My Review:

I enjoyed reading SuperNova and one of the best things about it was the relationship between Nova and her sister Starling, and the realness of the relationship helped me feel the devastation of what Fortune did to her sister. That said Fortune is the perfect villain from the beginning we can tell this guy is a bad guy, he’s written perfectly. I did enjoy reading chapters from different viewpoints, each viewpoint had a different voice and it was refreshing. The ending of the book really amps you up for the sequel Fortune’s Favor, and this book left me wanting to know what will happen next. Overall this was a super enjoyable super-hero book and I can’t wait for the sequel and more from Ms. Long.

5 out of 5 stars

Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell by Paul Kane

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Sherlock Holmes faces his greatest challenge yet when he meets the Cenobites, the infamous servants of hell.

Late 1895, and Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr John Watson are called upon to investigate a missing persons case. On the face of it, this seems like a mystery that Holmes might relish – as the person in question vanished from a locked room – and something to occupy him other than testing the limits of his mind and body.

But this is just the start of an investigation that will draw the pair into contact with a shadowy organisation talked about in whispers and known only as ‘The Order of the Gash’. As more and more people go missing in a similar fashion, the clues point to a sinister asylum in France and to the underworld of London. However, it is an altogether different underworld that Holmes will soon discover – as he finds himself face to face not only with those followers who do the Order’s bidding on Earth, but those who serve it in Hell: the Cenobites…

This book comes out July 12th 2016

My Review:

When I first saw this book I was interested to see where this book was going to go, and I thought it was going to be hard to place Sherlock in the Cenobite world but I’m so glad I was wrong. Mr. Kane was able to capture a wonderful blend of the two worlds. It was such a fun read I could really picture it as a movie. Holmes was on point and I enjoyed this version of the cenobites and the battle. I really felt bad for Watson, especially toward the end. A part of me would like a sequel but in truth the way it ended was perfect. Overall I would recommend it to fans of Sherlock Holmes and horror fans.

5 out of 5 stars

Commanding the Red Lotus (Red Lotus Stories Book 1) by R.J. Sullivan

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Money Can’t Buy Respect

Sayuri Arai, privileged daughter of a corporate mogul, abandons a promising career to find her own path. She invests in a broken-down asteroid mining ship and steps in as the commander of its crew. Every day presents a new challenge just to keep her ship from falling apart and the bitter crew from killing each other. Can Sayuri unite the feuding factions, or will her rivals turn the entire complement against her? Commanding the Red Lotus offers a classic sense of wonder for today’s science fiction readers.This book is out now.

My Review:

What keeps me coming back to R.J. Sullivan is that he’s always able to write characters that are enjoyable and a real. This is the first book I read of his in his Red Lotus series as I enjoyed his supernatural books immensely, this book did not disappoint! I enjoyed reading it from start to finish, I loved watching Co-Commander Arai grow into a person that was a strong leader and she wasn’t the only person to grow either, the entire crew of the Red Lotus did as well and I think that element help make the book great. Overall I really enjoyed reading this and can’t wait for more adventures with the Red Lotus family.

5 out of 5 stars