Archive for January, 2018

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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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.

Becoming David by Phil Sloman

January 7, 2018 - 11:05 am No Comments

Becoming David by Phil Sloman
Published by Hersham Horror Books on 24th September 2016
86 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Richard a self-employed accountant, house-proud and someone you would take home to meet your mother, a man who if you met in a pub you would be happy to have a drink with him. But what if I told you he had unusual taste, a taste for meat that was not animal. Oh yes to get his favourite food, he had to kill, unsuspected men he picked up in bars. He had a great life, until he killed the wrong person and David made sure he knew it.
This is a fast paced read and before I knew I had finished it. Having only a few characters, helps you learn all about Richard. When David started to haunt Richard, you get to see Richard’s world fall apart. At the start David was more like Jiminy Cricket, Richard’s conscious but as the story progressed he became as dark as Richard. Although there were times that I suspected that Richard had a split personality and David was a figment of his imagination. Whilst this is a story of a cannibal serial killer, the author does not concentrate on the blood and gore which enables you to use your imagination. The cannibalism was discussed at meal times and I always had a smile on my face when I read how he prepared the food. Obtaining the meat was just how you would get meat from an animal. The planning of each killing was more important than the kill and you can understand how Richard had got away for it for so long. There are not many books that at the end of the story, you start to feel sorry for the killer, but this was one of them.
I have read this author work in a few anthologies and always love his ideas of a story. I am eagerly looking forward to more stories from him. If you like your horror psychological then pick up this book.

Cursed (Spun Fairytale series Book 1) by RL Weeks

January 7, 2018 - 9:28 am No Comments

Cursed (Spun Fairytale series Book 1) by RL Weeks
Published on 7th January 2018
504 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Seven objects crafted to hold the deadly sins. Cursed concentrates on two of these items, the amulet and the lollipop. As this story progresses you get to know how much damage the items can do to people’s lives. The fairytales covered are Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Snow White but as you read it other fairy tales characters appear.
The merging of the fairytales, made this an interested read. As 4 major fairy tales are covered in the story, there are quite a few characters. Most of these characters were out for personal gain and were not afraid to stab others in the back to get what they want. One was George, a character that you will love to hate. He would hurt anyone who got in his way and surprisingly he still managed to get people to help him with his task. One of my favourite characters was Finnr who sacrificed his own happiness to save others and I hope that he makes an appearance in future books.
As advertised this is a revamp of Haunting Fairytales, so if you have read this series you will find parts of the story familiar. However, the author has change some of the character’s names and added extra scenes. Whilst the prior series was suitable for teenagers, this new series is steered towards the 18+ market due to the added erotica. Whilst it was written in taste, I personally did not think it added anything to the story, but erotica fans will love it. The action in this book seems more intense than in the previous edition. If you like you fairy tales and love the merging of stories, then get this book. I am interested to see what revamp she has done with the rest of the stories and how the cursed items affect the land of Cantata