Archive for January, 2018

What Hides Within blog tour

January 17, 2018 - 7:29 pm No Comments

I have been lucky to be involved on the blog tour of What Hides Within by Jason Parent. He is my review of  the book that is not just about a spider

What Hides Within by Jason Parent
Published by Bloodshot Books 15th December 2017
352 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Clive was a regular Joe, Mr average, he had a 9-5 job, a friend with benefits and a strange roommate. However, after a canoe trip and an encounter with a spiderweb, he picked up a hitchhiker, who changed the person he was.
Reading about the change to Clive, showed what a boring life he had led. He became more confident and readdressed his life. He was not now the guy who people ignored when they walked past, although that could be because he was talking to the voice in his head.
With only a handful of characters, it gives you the chance to know them in depth. Each character had their quirkiness, Kevin and his love of Hannah Montana, Felix and his love of forgotten porn, Morgan and her love of Clive and Judith just wanted friends.
The story had 3 stories running concurrent, Clive’s and his relationship with Chester, a murdered young girl and a mad bomber. Sound confusing but it wasn’t, all the stories interlinked to make a gripping read. Having read other books by Jason Parent, I knew to expect twist and turns, he always has a knack of letting you think you know what is going to happen and then takes you by surprise with the outcome. Some of the one liners especially from Chester had me laughing out loud as she had a dry sense of humour. The humour helped break up some of the tragic scenes, especially when it involved young Victoria.
Whilst this is horror, it had a mystery/thriller feel to it and unless you do not like spider, you will enjoy this read.

The Eyes Have No Soul by Matthew W Harrill

January 16, 2018 - 11:23 pm No Comments

The Eyes Have No Soul by Matthew W Harrill
Published by Creativia on 9th January 2018
293 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Since losing her parents to horrific circumstances all Clare Rosser an exceptional forensic analyst wanted to do was to find out who did it. Constantly being denied a detective job, Clare decides to take matters into her own hands and do her own investigation.
Clare was very independent, having to bring her brother up, she learnt to stand on her own two feet. When she was becoming seriously ill, her stubborn nature came through as she searched for the answers. Whether she was tackling bureaucratic male chauvinist detectives or the Viruñas she was always determined to make everything right
If you have read this author’s other books, then you know that he takes you on a rollercoaster of a journey and this story was no different. From the 1st tragic incident, had me reading into the night as I wanted to know who or what was behind the murders. With Clare only having a few close friends it gave you the chance to learn more about them and I really enjoyed knowing more about Sheriff Terrick Heckstall, a man of principles who upheld the law to protect his town. As soon as ARC stepped in and helped the story picks up pace and you sense something dramatic is going to happen. If you have read the ARC Chronicles you will know what ARC do for society, although you do not have read this series to enjoy this story.
Whilst this story is a fiction, it highlights how serious diabetes can be if left untreated and gives the readers the symptoms to look out for if they suspect that they or someone they know has the condition. However, this book also shows that with modern medicine it can be treated and suffers lead a regular life.
If you want a thriller with a horror feel to it than you will not go wrong reading this book. Another great read from this author

Absolution (The Twelve Kingdoms Book 2) by Bree Pierce

January 11, 2018 - 7:09 pm No Comments

Absolution (The Twelve Kingdoms Book 2) by Bree Pierce
Published 11th January 2018
135 Pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

At the end of book 1 Anastacia and Prince Dejen had their happy ever after. Prince Keto was back to business with Bartholomew in tow and King Neso was keeping the peace between the 12 kingdoms and ready to make a big decision that could affect a lot of people.
The second book revolves around Keto and Bartholomew. Being the eldest son Keto as Provincial General of the realm already had a lot of responsibility. Talking Bartholomew under his wing, Keto was tasked with riding Bartholomew of his anger and turning him in to the man that he used to be. Knowing what Bartholomew has done, makes him an easy character to despise but the more you read, the more you will come to like him. The change of his character shows just how patient Keto was.
Having read book 1 it was good to see how other characters had moved on. My favourite character Theta had a major role to play in book 2 and I enjoyed learning more about her. Due to the story mainly set in Cantilla, you get to know more about this land and its ruler King Ambrose. As magic plays a big part to this story it has more of a fantasy feel to this read. The scenes in The Dark Forest in Mimas had a sense of dread, as dark magic was present.
The attention to detail of the characters and the lands help make this story flow steadily and I found it a quick read. A great continuation of this series and yet again no cliff-hanger.

Doorways Relaunch Blog Tour

January 10, 2018 - 6:29 pm No Comments

Today I am showcasing Doorways by Robert Enright. I am pleased to have been asked to review this book and at 99p for this week only, a book well worth the pennies.

Doorways: The First Bermuda Jones Casefile by Robert Enright
Published 7th December 2017
288 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Working for Behind The Curtain Organisation(BTOC), Franklyn Jones, Bermuda to his friends, had a skill, he found missing people. Not people who just up-sticks and wanted a better life, but the ones who left no trace. Having a gift to see “Others” creatures from another world, he protected he was tasked to keep the peace between the two worlds. Working with Bermuda was Argyle, an Other who lived on earth and worked with the humans. Most of their mission were easily solved, but when a high number of people went missing at a rapid rate and a strange symbol cropped up at every scene. Bermuda and Argyle had a race against the clock, when Barnaby a deranged other wanted to destroy humanity.
Bermuda was not your typical save the world type of guy. He smoked too much, ate a lot of Tic Tacs, did not like authority and hated his gift. I loved him, whilst his methods were quite unorthodoxed he got the job done. Argyle was the complete opposite, a warrior who took his job seriously. Saying that they worked well together and were more like friends than partners.
From the moment you start this book you are transported in to a Bermuda’s world. There is a lot of action in this story making it a fast-paced read. Throughout the story you learn about Bermuda’s past and you understand why he is so troubled and you do feel sorry for him. The final battle is built up to a climatic ending and if it was written a couple of months ago, it would explain why Big Ben is now silent. Thanks to the descriptive way the author wrote I could close my eyes and picture Bermuda, Barnaby and Argyle straight away, and would love to see these characters represented in a video game, like CSGO, that I always play with boosting online that help me gain rank in csgo.
Whilst this book has been categorised as sci-fi, paranormal and urban fantasy, it also has a mystery/ thriller feel to it and readers of any of these genres will enjoy it. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and with book 2 already in the pipeline I am looking forward to more of Bermuda Jones’ cases.

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Doorways: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Doorways-First-Bermuda-Jones-Casefile-ebook/dp/B07813HWTB/ref=pd_sbs_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=WWYXCGK6GCGWQD2C0CJJ

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The Wolves of Winter BlogTour

January 8, 2018 - 6:01 pm No Comments

I have been asked to get involved in the The Wolves of Winter blog tour. A post-apocalyptic book set in the cruellest season. Below is my review:

The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
Published by HQ on 11th January 2018
384 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

First came the fires, then the nuclear bombs and finally when the world could not take anymore the Flu, not just the sniffles but full-blown flu which in some cases resulted in death. Gwendolynn (Lynn) her brother and parents fled from their home, after it got too dangerous to live there. Losing her dad to the flu, they eventually ended up in Yukon, they had a simple life, keeping themselves to themselves until a stranger entered their lives bringing trouble directly to their door.
The story is told from Lynn POV and with the detailed description, you understand how basic her life was. She was a strong and determined young woman and this really showed when she crossed paths with Immunity. Her memories that run through the story help explain how she became the woman she was and just how close she was with her father and the part that he played in the world’s destruction. When she came across Jax, you realise just how much she needed company from outside her little community.
Jax was a mysterious character, a loner who’s only companion was a husky. When we first meet him, he is portrayed as a regular joe who is trying to get away from the conflict, but as the story continued, you soon realise just how special he was. The longer he stays with Lynn and her family, the more you discover how much he needed human contact.
The authors style of writing was descriptive, and you could imagine just what sort of life Lynn and co had. Set over the winter months, with no electricity and little fresh food, just showed how hard it was for the family to survive. The story flowed easily, the scenes involving Immunity were intense, highlighting the dangers the family were in. There was always something going on in this story. I found this book compelling and I was reading it into the middle of the night, waking up with a book hangover. Saying that I did not want the story to finish and hope there will be a second one to come. One of my favourite quotes in the book was “Grief isn’t the footprints in the snow. It’s the empty space between”. As a lover of post-apocalyptic stories, I knew that I would enjoy, however I did not expect it to love it so much. Will look out for other books written by this author.