Archive for April, 2016

Blackwater Val

April 29, 2016 - 11:26 am No Comments

Blackwater Val
Author: William R Gorman
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Page Count: 348pp
Release date: 29th April 2016
Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

Richard is travelling back to Blackwater Valley to honour his wife Michelle’s final wishes of scattering her ashes on her birthday in their hometown. His wife whilst battling Leukemia was killed by a hit and run.
Travelling with him was their young daughter Katie. Katie is an exceptional girl with inherited powers. Katie can see ghosts, but it doesn’t stop there, she can also heal people and animals by removing their illnesses and also get them to see what she can see. Nobody else knows how special she is except her dad.
Whilst in Blackwater, Richard takes time to reconnect with Michelle’s family and his old school friend Tommy, who due to his own loss ended up getting into trouble.
Unbeknown to the residents of Blackwater, evil has established itself in their small town. Ancient plague pits opening up all over town, unexplained deaths and birth deformities in animals are just the start.
Throughout the trip Katie’s life is in danger but no one is aware of this until near the end. With the help of Tommy and a local witch can Richard save his little girl?
The history of the town and the local residents idiosyncrasies kept the story flowing and gained my interest. From the moment I started reading, I was hooked.
Richard’s memories of growing up in Blackwater and his time with Michelle show how raw his grief is, and it is incredibly moving.
Whilst reading this book you sense that something is going to happen and when it does it is big!
This is the first book I have read by this author and it won’t be the last.
If you like Stephen King, then William R Gorman is an author you need to look out for.

Devourer of Souls

April 14, 2016 - 2:59 pm No Comments

Author: Kevin Lucia
Publisher: Crystal lake publishing on 1st April 2016
Page Count: 232 pages
Release date:
Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

The book consists of two stories Sophan and The Man in Yellow
Sophan is told in the format of a journal that was written by a man who seems to have disappeared. The writer was one of the boys and tells the story of him and his friends, one summer break, an ancient Oriental game and a how a local boy went missing. At the start of the story it feels like a regular story of friendship but after they talk to an old Vietnamese man about an ancient game, it starts to get creepy. Whilst the story explains the older mystery it is left for you to wonder what happened to writer of the journal.
The second story The Man in Yellow is narrated by Father Ward after a crippled man confesses to him about what really happened in a nearby ghost town. The man in yellow is the nickname given to a travelling preacher, who turns up at the local church. He states that with faith, he could heal the inflicted, but at what cost?
The ending to this book had a brilliant twist, and kept me gripped.
One question that was left unanswered and I would be curious to know, is what the sheriff and priest do with this information.
I read this book in one sitting as both stories had me enthralled and I didn’t want to put it down. The book is great for your imagination as there are parts that will make you jump and are quite disturbing.
This is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last! If you like books that let your imagination go wild then this book is for you!

Yvonne

A Ghost of Magic

April 10, 2016 - 8:03 pm No Comments

A Ghost of Magic by JL Clayton
Published 30th December 2015
208 pages

The third book in The Chosen Saga and I was surprised where this story took me.
Following on smoothly from book 2, Cris aka Crispin joins Charlie’s school and slowly worms himself into her life. When Kate kidnaps Nikko, everyone including Cris jump into action to try and save him. Going to the fairy realm Charlie has to take a number of tests to get permission to use the portal to rescue Nikko.
Throughout this book I wanted Charlie to open her eyes and realise that Cris was the traveller. Each test was more intense then the last one and you wonder how Charlie could cope with anymore. Asher is his usual sexy cheeky self and Crispin is getting creepier as the story progressed.
The decision she had to make near the end of the book was heart wrenching and the cliffhanger was……….what a shocker
All I can say is I’m dying to know what will happen next

The Running Game

April 3, 2016 - 1:13 pm No Comments

The Running Game by LE Fitzpatrick

Published by Creativia; 2 edition (1 Jun. 2016)
200 pages
Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

 

Charlie and John are brothers who are men for hire. At one time they were top of their game, but since Charlie’s accident which resulted in his wife getting murdered and his daughter kidnapped, they have not had much work. So when they are offered a simple job of gaining information on a woman called Rachel, they jump at the chance, not realising what trouble they are getting themselves into.
Rachel is a doctor living a regular life in S’aven, just outside London. What she has kept a secret even from her cop boyfriend is that she is a Reacher. Due to their mind control powers Reachers are wanted by everyone government and criminals alike. One important advice she got off her dad was check the exits and always be ready to run.
Once the brothers realise she is one of them, they soon go out of their way to protect her whilst getting the money owed to them.
Added to this a low life called James Roxton or Roxy to his friends, who whilst looking for the man who injured his mom, joins up again with his old friends, but has he got his own agenda?
This is a solid start to the reacher series, and as each character has their own individual traits, you will easily find one to suit you. John the strong, silent brooding type, Charlie the broken man and Rachel a strong-willed woman, all determined to survive. But who will you choose?
From the moment you start this book you know that you are in for an adventure. There is a 2nd book coming out soon in this series and I for one cannot wait.
This book is for dystopian, thriller and paranormal lovers.

Blaze of Magic

April 2, 2016 - 12:29 pm No Comments

A Blaze of Magic by JL Clayton
Published 29th December 2014 by Outskirts Press Inc
272 pages
5*
Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

This is the 2nd book in the Chosen Saga series. If like me you have read book 1, reading this will answer quite a few of your questions.
The story concentrates on Charlie and her upcoming birthday. Charlie and Jace with their Guardians take a trip to Callamose, a magical place where as a small girl Charlie would go there with her parents. To get there they must travel via leylines, which can be hard to master.
When she arrives she meets member of the council including Jace’s real parents, a Dragon shape shifter called Zeb and their leader Eli.
As her 16th birthday arrives Charlie gets given powers and finds out that she is the chosen one and has a much bigger task ahead. Along with her powers she also gets her memories of Callamose back, explaining why she has a close relationship with Jace.
Unbeknownst to them someone is plotting against them and working very close with Crispin, who is still stalking Charlie in her dreams.
Whilst kidnapped with other supernaturals, Charlie really needs to learn her powers quickly so she and the others can escape. To add to the confusion, she is introduced to a gorgeous vampire who has an attraction to her.
This a fast past book and is supernatural overload. There are twists in this book which were not expected and you will have a tear in your eye when you are nearing the end of the book.
What is a pleasant change is that unlike most books Charlie although gets her powers, hasn’t a clue how to use them and there are some comical moments whilst she is learning, especially the amount of times she looses her clothes.
If you were a Tru or Jace fan in book one,you may change your mind when you are introduced to the other guys.
Now time to read book 3