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The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by CL Schneider

August 28, 2016 - 12:03 pm No Comments

The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by CL Schneider

Published on 4th January 2014

503 pages 

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies    

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Ian Troy is a Shinree bounty hunter and for the last 10 years has been avoiding everyone, trying to forget a most devastating mistake. Whilst at war Troy used the Crown of Stones and wiped out everyone including his Queen. Hiding the crown except a piece that he kept on his person, Troy thought that would be the end of it, but he was so wrong.  His enemies are gaining strength and are out for revenge. Whilst he is trying to track down who is out to kill him, he makes friends with too unlikely characters Malaq a prince born out of wedlock and Jarryd a messenger who is in love with a princess in danger. With the help of Sienn another Shinree he begins to learn to control his magic and starts to trust other people.

Ian is not your typical main character, and reminds me of a drug addict wanting to stay clean but is craving for his next fix. He has forced himself to stay away from magic and even when he knows he has to use it he is always thinking of others and does not want to kill the innocent. I imagine him to be the damaged hero and everyone he meets is trying to fix him in their own way. Malaq is confusing and you don’t know where his loyalties lie. In his own stumbling way he is trying to fix the country and wants his claim to the throne. Jarraq is the innocent one of the group but at the start of the book he very naive but as he continues on his journey he grows into a strong character.

This is a great start to an epic fantasy, and there is action from start to finish. With Ian as the unlikely hero you will definitely not get bored.  Although this book finishes on a slight cliff hanger, you do not have to wait to find out what happens as book 2 is out to buy.

The Eyes of the Dead: (The Vetala Cycle Book 1) by Greg James

August 27, 2016 - 10:45 am No Comments

The Eyes of the Dead:  (The Vetala Cycle Book 1) by Greg James

Published by Manderghast Press on 17th December 2013

174 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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Set in WW1, it follows the journey of Private Wilson who is serving in Belgium. Earlier in the war Wilson was involved in a fire but having no memory of the incident, carries on doing his duty and fighting the Germans. Joining up with a new garrison, their orders were to take Black wood.   Brookes a very young soldier gets injured so its left up to Sargent Smithy and Private Wilson to try and save him and take Black Wood. Over time Private Wilson memories slowly come back and what a shock when he finally remembered what had happened.

This book combined the horror of vampires, rats and the factual horror of war, I don’t know what would be more scarier, meeting the large rats or crawling through the trenches whilst you are dodging bullets. The description of the war was quite a graphic and although I have never been one for reading about WWI, I really enjoyed this book. Everywhere Wilson went trouble followed and I kept wondering when he was going to break. Whilst reading it you could imagine yourself being there with him, the sight that he saw especially when the rats began to eat. I especially enjoyed reading the scenes set in the field hospital, because I think that is when you started to understand exactly what he had gone through and more of his supressed memories were starting to resurface.

My first book from this author and I have already downloaded book 2 in this series

Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book 1) by Lily Luchesi

August 27, 2016 - 10:37 am No Comments

Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book 1) by Lily Luchesi

Published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly publishing on 17th May 2015

128 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Detective Daniel Mancini has to go into early retirement due a stake out that goes horribly wrong. He is tracking a serial killer who turns out to be a vampire the trouble is nobody believes him and thinks he is crazy due to his injuries.

Two years later he gets a knock on the door and a beautiful agent Angelica Cross invites him to join a secret part of the FBI who investigates paranormal activity. She wants him to help her catch the vampire serial killer and as he knows the case he is the best man for the job. Whilst he gets trained in how to fight all things paranormal a close friend gets killed by the vampire causing Daniel to have an unhealthy hatred of all things vampires. Both Angelica and Daniel has their secrets but can they work together to solve the crime.

I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great start to the series. I liked how the relationship between Angelica and Daniel was going and the prejudices they both faced. I love the idea of a human working with a paranormal and can’t wait to see how the series progresses. Angelica is one feisty lady and you can tell that she does not taking any nonsense. Daniel is your typical cop, always questioning everything and wants to get to the bottom of the mystery.

I am interested in finding out where their relationship will go but I don’t have to wait long as book 2 is already out

Princess by Ariel Marie

August 27, 2016 - 10:22 am No Comments

Princess by Ariel Marie

Published by Ariel Marie on 14th November 2015

146 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Nadira Olaru is a nurse in a paranormal hospital, she also is a vampire princess. Having 4 older brothers who are a touch over-protective isn’t much fun for her. When she meets Cooper, a human detective, she knows that he is her chosen one, but how will her brothers react. Adding to the problem her brothers are part of The Dark Shadows, a group who protect vampires and humans and when dead bodies start turning up all over the city Cooper and her brothers have to work together to find out who is doing it.

The story is well written and a really quick read, this was due to the fact that the action is paced out throughout the book. I did feel sorry for Nadira and I felt that she did get smothered a bit by her brothers but as the story continued I could understand why they were doing it. Having older brothers, she knew how to stand up for herself and did not take any nonsense When Cooper and Nadira got together you could really feel the passion and I liked where the story went. This is the first in the Dark Shadow Series and the three more of the series are already out. With Nicu, Adrian, Toma, Teague and Cooper, I am sure that you will find at least one book boyfriend to lust over.    

Tales from the Lake Volume 3 edited by Monique Snyman

August 26, 2016 - 9:58 am No Comments

Tales from the Lake Volume 3: Edited by Monique Snyman

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 26th August 2016

244 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Tales from The Lake Vol.3

I am going to start off with a confession, I have not read any of the other Tales from the Lake. So what is this book about. It’s a book that holds 19 of the most weird and amazing stories that you will ever read. It caters for all types, ranging from ancient monsters, ghost and even stories that have a sci-fi element. After reading this book you will definitely find a story or stories that you loved. Each story had its own individuality and I loved them all.

So not to spoil your enjoyment of the book, I am just going to write a one-line sentence on each story:

The Owl Builder by D Morgan Ballmer: What a twist at the end

Tragedy Park by Chris Pearce: That is one water park that I would not want to go to, creepy does not give this story credit

Enclosures by Sumiko Saulson: Reginald Henry Moore III a very conscientious body squatter

Woe, Violent and Water by Lily Childs: A short story that ranged from ancient to modern times, Enid was one evil woman.

The Cruel by Harper Hall by Harper Hall: This story gave me goose bumps; I could just imagine being in the school with that noise.

Red Scream with Little Smile by Paul Edmonds: When you start this story it seems pretty normal then the author hits you, is it a happy town at the end.

Maybelle by Mere Joyce: Ancient portals and an origami bird, a great short story that had so much contents.

Rodent in the Red Room by Matt Hayward: This story about an ancient monster, this story wants me to read more about Ben and would love a series.

The Deeper I Go the Deeper I Fear Natalie Carrol: A story about a brave boy and a Kelpie, put you off swimming in the lake.

The Pigmallion Pig: by Mark Allan Gunnells:  Joe is fixated on a children’s book but does not expect what where his fixation takes him.

Chemical Oasis by Tommy B Smith: An intense story about a highly addictive drug and the team sent to bring it down

Hush by Sergio Pereira:  Set in the surroundings of a derelict hospital, this story is not what you expect, and your introduction to the Dutch witches.

The Reaper’s Fire by Kenneth W Cain: This author draws you in to feeling sorry for Dana, but humans can be monsters or is she a very naïve girl

Effigy by Kate Jonez: Not what I expected from a job offer, don’t accept packages from strangers.

Scents of Fear by Steve Jenner: Kept me on the edge of my seat turning the pages quicker and quicker to find out if he got his target.

A Hand from the Depths by Dave De Burgh: Manolo gets abducted, but what was the reason for the abduction.

The Bet by Amy Grech: When a hazing goes wrong, great story.

The Monster of Biscayne Bay by Roxanne Dent: An ancient Indian monster Ishtikini, Lilly and what happened in 1955.

The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road by Jack Bates: As you read this story you presume this is about 2 senile men, but the further you get into it, you know something is not right.

I had not read any other stories written by these authors but the way they all wrote, has left me want to read more from each of them.  As these are all short stories, you have the choice either to read the book cover to cover or if you have a spare 10 minutes then pick up this book and read a story. Another great publication from Crystal Lake.