Archive for June, 2018

Out with a Whimper by Michael Noe

June 17, 2018 - 3:17 pm No Comments

Out with a Whimper by Michael Noe
Published by J Ellington Ashton Press on 23rd March 2017
133 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

In all zombie reads or films, you always have that one person, a hero ready to fight or die, save as many people as they can and have a warm beer in the evening. But what about the people who just want to keep their heads down and survive. Matt Chapman is one of those people. Written as a journal from his POV, you follow Matt as he comes to terms with the decisions he made.
Matt had no family and it was easy for him to hole up and wait it out. The thing is he was not ashamed of it. Whilst he was used to his own company, it was not long until he missed the simple things in life and slowly you watch him start to crumble. Staying under the radar whilst he went out pillaging he soon realised that drink and drugs helped his moods. Stuck in a rut, he is just surviving, but a meeting with a feisty woman soon helps him live again.
This book showcases the author’s skills, with the majority of the story just about Matt, we watch as the character develops as he journeys out of his home. The story is descriptive, the sights and smells that Matt encounters makes you feel that you are following him on his journey. With the addition of the other characters show just how much Matt had developed as a person, although at times his hard nosed sarcastic self does still make an appearance.
You can feel the tension when Matt went out and even though you knew he was alone, you still expected something to jump out at him. There were times that I had a giggle, one scene was when a drunk was singing down the road swinging on the lamp posts, with not a care in the world. As it is a zombie story expect some violence, and some of it comes from an unlikely source.
If you want a zombie story with a differences then pick up this book, and because you will be drawn into Matt’s story you will find it a quick read.

Crack by DE McCluskey

June 14, 2018 - 5:49 am No Comments

My turn on the blog tour and I was excited and intrigued to read this book.

Crack by DE McCluskey
Published by Dammaged Productions on 1st June 2018
374 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Joe O’Hara was a normal family guy. Working the night shift as a security guard, all he wanted to do was to provide for his family. That was until he was involved on a fatal accident with a biker, then all he wanted to was to feed his addiction.
As you are reading this story, you are following Joe as he struggles to come to terms with the accident. Unable to sleep and the images playing through his mind, most people would go and see a counsellor and talk through his issues , Joe has an usual way of revolving his issues.
This is a dark read, and there is tension throughout. As you are reading this story, you feel that you are there, watching Joe getting his fix and it had a similar feel to when you drive past an accident and instinctively you have to look what happened. “Crack”, that was your warning and you knew what was coming. There are not many books that make me grimace when I am reading it but this is one of them.
The involvement of Detective Paula Ashton and her fiancé Officer Ian Locke makes this story more feel real, as you follow them whilst they are preparing to get married. There were times where I had to stop and compose myself as I could not believe where this story was going. This book has its own addiction as you want to see if Joe is linked to the events.
I have read Twelve by this author and this is nothing like it. This is savage, it will shock you and you will be gripped. A psychological horror that when you hear the noise “Crack”, you will think of this book.

Cribbins by RH Dixon

June 12, 2018 - 5:50 am No Comments

My turn on the blog tour and I loved the creepy read. Here is my review of Cribbins.

Cribbins by RH Dixon
Published by Corvus Corone Press on 1st June 2018
264 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Trying to balance life as a single parent and working full time is hard enough. Throw in an undiagnosed illness and a haunting and Sophie’s life has just got worse.
I connected with Sophie straight away, understanding some of her pressures. Whilst she was strong and determined to try and live a normal life for her daughter, the cracks began to show when the hauntings began. Used to being independent she found it hard to ask for help, and it must have been difficult to involve her mom’s next door neighbour Piotr. Piotr lived in Cribbin’s house and wanted a simple life with no complications. However when he saw how distressed Sophie was, he offered to help even though he was sceptical.
Through the visitation of young ghost and her dreams you learn how evil her ex neighbour Cribbins was. The story built up slowly, helping you understand how serious the situation was. It was full of tension and suspense which enabled me to read it in one sitting. There was times that I was holding my breath wandering what would happen to Sophie when Cribbins visited her. The story had one final twist which completed the story perfectly.
Throughout the book you learn more about Sophie and Piotr’s lives and you realise that they are two regular people trying to live their lives. Set in the North east is was nice to read a story that had local dialect and this made the story feel more real.
This was my first read by this author and I would recommend her to my friends who love a good ghost story.

Skin Deep (Paranormal Detectives Book 6) by Lily Luchesi

June 11, 2018 - 8:03 pm No Comments

Skin Deep (Paranormal Detectives Book 6) by Lily Luchesi
Published by Vamptasy Publishing on 10th June 2018
153 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Empress Angelica Mancini, is enjoying her reign over the Vampire world. Travelling abroad with Danny, all thoughts of the Paranormal Investigates Division was at the back of her mind. But when a Skin Changer is threatening her agents then she knew that she was back in action.
Angelica was as bad ass as usual, the time away from the PID, had not soften her at all. As soon as she knew that her agents were in trouble she was quick enough to jump into action. Clad in her trade mark leather clad outfit, she was not afraid to get her hands dirty. Her relationship with Danny is as strong as ever and they soon slipped into their old ways when they began to investigate the Skin Changer. Even when their relationship was cracking you knew they were still dedicated to the case. Needing extra help enabled the author to introduce a new character and allowed us to learn more about Danny.
Whilst Angelica and Danny were full vampire, I enjoyed that the author didn’t lose their human emotions. This helped show how dangerous the mission was and as the Skin Changer was a savage creature, its kills were vicious. Reading this story , you can tell that the author loved Harry Potter as there were lots of one lines relating to this franchise, one in particular was Hermes was described as pulling a Severus Snape on Angelica.
Although this is the 6th in the series, this can be read as a standalone story and whilst I have read others in this series I have not read them all. I felt that I did not miss out as past scenes relevant to the story were explained in detail. The fight scenes were intense and at time you think that all is lost. Every character is described in detail and even the minor characters play a part in telling this story. I am pleased that there will be more in the series as it did end on a cliffhanger. Whilst reading this story I could imagine it as a TV series and this series would appeal to Fantasy and Buffy lovers.
Roll on number 7 and I am off to catch up on this series

Bermuda: A thrilling prequel novella by Robert Enright

June 8, 2018 - 5:32 am No Comments

Bermuda: A thrilling prequel novella by Robert Enright
Published 4th June 2018
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

If you have read Doorways and The Absent Man, then you would recognise Franklyn “Bermuda” Jones. Whilst hints are throughout these books of his earliest life in the BTCO, I wanted to know more. Bermuda is that story.
Reading this book, you soon realise what a lonely life Bermuda had. Having no one to explain why he can see the Otherside, his only hope was medical intervention, which did not go down well. Once he was on the BTCO radar he found his purpose with his life and we get to learn more about the agency and the people who worked there.
We follow him whilst he is going through training and on his first case. We are introduced to is partner Argyle, but the author does not give to much away about his past, given me hope that a short story will be written about him. On this case Bermuda spent most of his time with his trainer Denham. I really liked Denham, he was no nonsense and reminded me of a sergeant major in the Army. There was a bond between himself and Bermuda and by the end I think they were friends. Denham whilst not liking Bermuda’s methods knew that he was an exceptional agent.
This was a quick read and it was interesting to follow Bermuda from not having a purpose to becoming the agent who got the job done. The creatures from the Otherside are fiendish as ever, their killings are savage. Because Bermuda is not as experienced, the story felt more intense. If you have not read any of the full length novels than this is a good book to start your journey, if like me you have than it a good book to carry on Bermuda’s story.