Archive for May, 2018

Divided Serenity by GL Cromarty

May 9, 2018 - 9:43 pm No Comments

Divided Serenity by GL Cromarty
Published 6th December 2016
258 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

A digitally enhanced wall has always been around Aterra. Originally built as protection from the residents of the forest, the Shadowlands and Janu. Hannah, a technology expert, is the last hope to repair the wall. Having to step out her comfort zone, not only is her life in danger but so is the whole of Aterra.
At the beginning of the book I really struggled to get into the story, the timelines were jumping about and whilst clearly identified I just could not follow the story, but as soon as the story was brought into the present, it all fell into place. With 3 main characters, Hannah, an expert in ancient technology, lover of William (Bill) Bremmer and completely out of her depth when it comes to travel and conflict. Bill Bremmer, President of Aterra, a despicable character who like some politicians was out for personal gain and finally John Tanis, leader of the Shadowlands, an expert in combat and personal enemy of Bill. Whilst the story revolves round these characters, there are a lot of minor characters that help tell this story and the majority have their own tale to tell. There were a few quirky characters, Theo being one of them, who has a very interesting history, which when revealed was unexpected. One character I was really interested in was Kein and in quite a few scenes I was reading frantically to see if he would survive.
This story is medieval meets technology and with its dystopian feel will please a lot of readers. After those first few chapters, the story flowed quickly. The conflict was endless and with its unfairness in weaponry I can only imagine where the story will go and I for one knew which fraction I supported throughout this book . As book 2 and 3 are out I am going to throw myself into continuing journey of Serenity

Ever Shade( A Dark Faerie Tale Book 1) by Alexia Purdy

May 7, 2018 - 8:14 pm No Comments

Ever Shade( A Dark Faerie Tale Book 1) by Alexia Purdy
Published by Lyrical Lit Publishing 24th October 2012
282 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Shade like most teenagers had the usual worries, what was she going to do after high school, would her best friend ever stop getting into trouble and what where the voices in her head. Whilst walking home from school, the voices lead her to an abandon warehouse and the start of an adventure.
At the start I felt that some of the plot did not make sense. Getting drawn into a magical battle and then being introduced to a lightening faerie, most girls would have freaked but Shade took it all in her stride and followed him to the Faerie world. However once I got past that I did enjoy the story. Shade at times showed her vulnerable side which proved that she was not completely comfortable with the task at hand and the news about her heritage. Going on a quest enables the author to introduce us to all different type of faerie folk and I liked that each clan had different powers. It also helps you learn more about Shade and the speculation of her ancestry.
The story is like a rollercoaster and at times it was a good job that Shade was not 100% human as she would have been dead as soon as she walked out the cave. Soap and Jack add some fun and whilst they are older they sometimes act like proper teenage boys. With the addition of Dylan, there is a hint of a love interest and I cannot wait to see how she explains his appearance to her mom
Whilst this is a good introduction to the series there is still a lot of questions unanswered and I hope that some off them will be in answered in future books. This is ideal for teenagers and anyone who likes the faerie folk

They Feed by Jason Parent

May 6, 2018 - 8:56 am No Comments

They Feed by Jason Parent
Published by Sinister Grin Press on 15th April 2018
256 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Tyler is an ex-con released after 6 years after “killing” a man. Dakota is the sister he wronged. Both wanting to draw a line under the past, they unbeknown to each other, go to the spot of that fatal day.
Jason Parent has a way of making you route for the underdog. Throughout the story, Tyler’s past is revealed and you find yourself drawn to him. Not much is known about Dakota at the start, she is just a figure that haunts Tyler, the girl with the piercing blue eyes, but as the story continues you find out that she is a very determined young woman who is fixated in getting her revenge.
The story starts with the original incident that puts Tyler in prison, jump forward 6 years and you find out what is in the park. As the story continues, you are introduced to a handful of characters, Charlie is Tyler’s parole officer, Karl and Abigail, a coupe who are hiking to save their marriage, Merwin the park ranger, Mark, Bo and Luc, 3 obnoxious frat boys and the poor boy they are hazing Frosh. Each character has their own tale to tell about the eventful day, but their stories are intertwined to make a story that you want to read to the end. The description of the creatures leave nothing to your imagination and some of the kills will make you cringe. Their attacks are non stop and you are willing the characters to survive, but like most stories that is not always the case.
From the start you are drawn into a story that is a blend of horror and a thriller and just like this author’s other work, the story is not clear cut so expect a few surprises. This story had a feel of a Shaun Hutson novel to it and I for one loved it.

Tommy’s Girl by Laura Morgan

May 4, 2018 - 2:16 pm No Comments

Tommy’s Girl by Laura Morgan
Published 4th May 2018
153 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Piper Grace wants to make it big in Hollywood, having a supporting role in the upcoming film Wayward. She hopes this will be the film that launches her into stardom. Tommy Darke is the lead actor. A method actor who throws himself wholly into a role. Fascinated with Piper, he reveals the side of him that the public don’t see. But can Piper handle his dark side.
Piper is portrayed as a strong woman but as her relationship with Tommy intensifies, her vulnerable side begins to show and she starts to question her choices. Learning about her past relationships, you do wander why she stayed. Tommy was a complexed character, and could switch his mood in a flash. Having to put on a fake persona in the public eye must have been trying for him and as his character became darker I was waiting for him to loose it completely.
Throughout the 1st part of the book I could not understand where the “crime” and “serial killer” tags came into the book, but as the story progressed I was not disappointed. The author keeps you guessing what Tommy will do next, whilst he internet viewing gives us hints about what he likes to do, it is his inner thoughts that are the most worrying. This story is not for readers who are easily shocked as some scenes are explicit. This was a quick read as there was not much room for pause as I was always waiting for Tommy to make his next move, whether it was in the bedroom or in the public eye Tommy was always wanting to get his own way. As this is the 1st book in this series I am sure that it will get darker as the cliff-hanger left Tommy pretty angry. Roll on part 2 out on the 22nd May

C.H.U.D. Lives!: A Tribute Anthology

May 2, 2018 - 8:02 pm No Comments

C.H.U.D. LIVES!: A Tribute Anthology by Jonathan Maberry,‎ Tim Waggoner,‎ Michael H. Hanson ,‎ JG Faherty,‎ Mort Castle,‎ Eugene Johnson, Nick Cato,‎ David Robbins,‎ Martin Powell ,‎ Mitchell Greg ,‎ Eric S. Brown,‎ David Drake ,‎ Robert E. Waters,‎ Ryan C. Thomas,‎ Christopher Fulbright,‎ Angeline Hawkes,‎ Ben Fisher, Jason White, David Bernstein,‎ Chad Lutzke,‎ Philip C. Perron, and Ross Baxter.
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 27th April 2018
396 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

I must be one of the only people that had not watched C.H.U.D, so why did I buy this book. Having purchased the majority of Crystal Lakes Anthologies, I knew that I would be in for a good read.
So for people who are thinking what is C.H.U.D well it was a horror film released in 1984. C.H.U.D stands for or Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, so you can imagine what sort of creatures they are. This anthology opens with an interview with the late Andrew Bonime, producer of the film and finishes with another interview with Parnell Hall, the screenplay writer. Sandwiched between are 19 short stories, each with a different tale to tell of the creatures that walk beneath the ground.
So as a newbie to C.H.U.D I loved each story as it was introduction to this cult film and as I am typing this review I am watching the film. Some of the authors use scenes from the film to tell their story. The Dog Walker by Robert E Waters, The Way to a Man’s Heart by Tim Waggoner to name a few. Whilst others put their C.H.U.D imagination to tell a new tale. That’s Entertainment by Mort Castle made me laugh as I could imagine some entrepreneur profiting on people’s terror to make a theme park and Date Night by Dave Robbins have you wandering what sort of teacher Angela Swinton was.
Every story had me wanting more and I devoured the book as the CHUD devoured a human. Each story had different levels of gore, which will keep all horror fans happy, and like all horror films not everyone survives. Whether you know C.H.U.D or not this is yet another great anthology to read.