Archive for March, 2018

Strong Like Me by Laurel Veil

March 18, 2018 - 10:45 am No Comments

Strong Like Me by Laurel Veil
Published 26th June 2014
153 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Jessica is about to turn 16. Having rich parents, she is used to getting what she wants. All she wants in life in a red convertible BMW and a bi party. What she gets is a paranormal visit, but what is the spirit trying to show her.
Jessica was one of the most annoying characters I have read in a long while, she was a proper little rich brat, always getting what she wants and was rude to everyone. Although do not let this put you off the story. As the story continues you get to find out about her so called “amazing life” and by the end of the story I felt sorry for her.
The story is a quick read as there is always something going on. As you follow Jessica on her paranormal journey, you are drawn in to her life and you soon come to realise what her life was really like. There is a similarity to A Christmas Carol as you get to know about her past, present and future, but she is not alone. As I have said I felt sorry for her and whilst I could not condone her attitude, I understood her. The addition of Jed and Amanda showed the true description of friendship and whilst I thought I knew where this story was going there was one revelation I did not see coming.
This is not horror as you are used to but then when A Christmas Carol came out that was also classified as horror. An enjoyable quick read

Ghost in the Park(Unruly Ghost Mysteries Book 1) by Julianne Q Johnson

March 15, 2018 - 10:22 pm No Comments

Ghost in the Park (Unruly Ghost Mysteries Book 1) by Julianne Q Johnson
Published by JQJ Books on 21 August 2017
282 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Professor of English literature, Bryce Campbell has a gift. Whilst he writes bodice ripping stories to top up his wages, he also is a clairaudient, a person that hears the dead. When one of his students becomes the 6th victim of a serial killer, Bryce gets himself involved in the case.. To make his life more complicated, he attracts Elizabeth, an unusual ghost who can not remember how she died. With his special talents can Bryce help his best friend and lead detective Chase Robinson catch the killer and free Elizabeth’s spirit.
From page 1 I liked Bryce, he was comfortable with his abilities and never once thought himself a freak. Although he comes across as happy with his life, his meeting with Elizabeth shows exactly how lonely he was and the further you read his story, you understand why. With the additional visits from Grandpa Harris and Todd made it feel like a dysfunctional family. Elizabeth was a feisty teenager and having her story run along the serial killer story gave it some light relief.
The serial killer’s method of kill was surprising gruesome as the majority of this book read like a cozy. The relationship between Bryce and Chase was like brothers and when Elizabeth came along , was like the addition of a irritating little sister. There was some comedy moments when the ghosts started to act up.
As a British reader and reading about a British main character, I enjoyed that the author threw a few correct English phrases into the story and whilst Bryce liked his tea that was the only British stereotype.
I enjoyed this story so much I have one clicked book 2, a refreshing read

The Gaia Effect by Claire Buss

March 14, 2018 - 10:31 pm 1 Comment

The Gaia Effect by Claire Buss
Published by New Generation Publishing on 21st December 2016
234 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After The Event, City 42 is run by the Corporation. Relying a lot on technology there are the minority that are not happy with this world. Kira and Jed want to start a family and whilst they use technology to get their wish. Kira a believer of Gaia wants to use nature to bring her child up. Other’s not happy with the state of the city are Anti-Corp, a resistance group who try and sabotage the city, but after there is a sexual assault and medical abnormalities, things get serious and a time for change is needed.
Kira was passionate with everything she did, as an employee of the Archives, she learnt a lot about the “old”ways and stood her ground when people forced technology onto her. Jed her partner was a police officer for the force, honourable and was good at his job. Both were family orientated and spent time with their close friends. Even though their friends all had different views on the way the city was run, Kira and Jed calming influence united them to help the city.
With a handful of main characters, you get to learn about each one and watch how they develop and grow. Two character that had major changes were Dina who at the start was a very quiet girl, but after her medical emergency played a major part in the exposure of the water contamination and Martha living in her father’s shadows but when she became a victim in an assault and was one of the medical abnormalities, she took control of her life.
Whilst this story is set in a post apocalyptic world, on the surface., it seemed a pleasant place to live, but as you read further into the story, you realise what control the corporation had. I enjoyed reading about the technology that the people used and it would be great to have some of that tech in the world today. There was intrigue throughout and the appearance of a blue lady throughout gave it mystery. The story was well plotted and the intrigue made you want to read more. Scattered throughout the story were sweeps (similar to tweets) which were either giving out information or spreading rumors. Whilst at the start I found they helped the story, as the story continued I did skip them as I found I just wanted to read the story.
This is the 1st story I have read by this author and it looks like another author I will be adding to my reading list

Milk by Adam Millard

March 11, 2018 - 12:40 pm No Comments

Milk by Adam Millard
Published Crowded Quarantine Publications (2nd Edition) on 23rd May 2016
172 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Lou Decker was a enterprising man, he could always get his hands on anything. As the only shop in town, you could say he was in demand. However, when he started lactating milk, whilst he did not know why, he knew he had hit the big time and trade would be better than it ever was. But when the milk guzzelers turned in to mutants, the business crashed before it started.
Set in a post apocalyptic Oilhaven the town definitely has its characters .Whether it was Kellerman the corrupt Mayor of the town, Mick the naked homeless man , or Abigail, the only prostitute in town, every character had their quirkiness. Some of my favourite characters were the bandits, a mismatch of try-hard wannabes.
As like the other books I have read by this author, I had an enjoyable read. There was not a page that had the one liner that did not have me laughing out loud. There was horror and action throughout building up to a great ending. It took me longer to read as I kept reading out scenes to my daughter as she kept wandering what I was reading.
If you have never read any of this author’s books then what are you waiting for. A horror read with a laugh a minute.

The Absent Man: A Bermuda Jones Case File (The Bermuda Jones Case Files Book2) by Robert Enright

March 8, 2018 - 8:28 pm No Comments

The Absent Man: A Bermuda Jones Case File (The Bermuda Jones Case Files Book2) by Robert Enright
Published 28th February 2018(Paperback) 9th March 2018 (kindle)
342 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After saving the world 6 months prior, Bermuda Jones is back. When women are turning up dead and with their hearts ripped out, Bermuda is called to Glasgow to help solve the case.
It was great to read that Bermuda had not changed. He still balked authority to get the job done and his smart mouth annoyed everyone he worked with. However, working with the Glasgow Police, he met his match with DC Sam McAllister, hard drinking and as stubborn as him.
Having read Doorways, I knew that I was in for an action packed thrilling read and from page one I was not disappointed. After destroying Big Ben in Doorways, I didn’t think that Bermuda could top this but destroying another monumental building in London and derailing a tram in Glasgow, proved me wrong. Argyle played a bigger part in this story and the more you read, the more you learn about Argyle’s past. Spending time with Bermuda had rubbed off on Argyle as he picked up some of his habits and some of his witty remarks brought a smile to my face. The Others featured in this book were more sadistic than Barnaby and whilst the world was not in danger, the women in Glasgow were.
The story was well plotted and flowed smoothly. With all the action in the book making it a page turner as I wanted to know if Bermuda survives the constant onslaught. There was moving moments when McAllister and Bermuda reminisce about their past. The ending was unexpected and I am still in shock as I cannot believe what the author did. However, I hope there will be more in this series as who does not love a tattooed bad guy who saves the world