Archive for August, 2018

Abduction of Two Rulers (Thrones of Blood Book 3) by Nancy Kilpatrick

August 17, 2018 - 5:53 pm No Comments

Abduction of Two Rulers (Thrones of Blood Book 3) by Nancy Kilpatrick
Published by Crossroad Press on 14th June 2018
309 pages

Serene is still imprisoned in her grandfather’s land and Sapien Queen, Blanka and the Vampir King, Thanatos have been captured by parties unknown. But when information is uncovered that one of the Vampire and Sapien kingdoms are working together to takeover the country, the others have to work together to stop it happening.
Queen Blanka was a likeable character and whilst naïve with the ways of the other kingdoms, she was quick to find an ally in Thanatos who ruled his Kingdom fairly. With King Moarte, still trying to reinforce his defences against his Sapien father in law, he has not got much time to help rescue the others. Although it was good seeing the Belladonna, Valada and Serene all working together ready to kick ass
This series just got better. I was able to get back into the story quickly as it continued where the second book finished. Whilst there were sex scenes, there were not as many due to the story concentration on the upcoming war. The story was full of action and the torture scenes were dark and graphic, there were times that even though he was a vampire, you wander how Thanatos could survive.
A great read and hope to read more

Seasons Within: Nature has its own will by Lele Iturrioz

August 16, 2018 - 12:07 pm No Comments

Seasons Within: Nature has its own will by Lele Iturrioz
Published by Acorn Publishing 1st December 2016
282 pages

What if you wandered out of a forest, 6 years old and no memory of who you are. G was that girl, 12 years on she still lives in the orphanage with her best friend Priyam. However, things soon change when a new teacher starts at school and G soon learns more about Mother Nature.
Whilst there quite a few books out there with a similar theme, this book had something different. G had not got the perfect life, with an unusual name and an odd birthmark, she was a target for bullies. However, she loved her life, having a strong affiliation with animals, she thought it was nothing having animals following her home. The only strange thing was she had a tree called Bobby. Priyam was a true best friend, a bit of a geek, she was very protective over G and would fight her battles for her at school and when the time came for G to leave, Priyam thought nothing of packing her bags and going with her.
As you read this story you are following G on a journey of discovery. As she learns more about her former life and her predicted future, you see her take everything in her stride. There were times when things did not go to plan and it was funny seeing how she had to adapt. Being with the Six was the closest thing she had to a family and as each had a different element, it was interesting to see what they did with their gifts. There is a budding love interest but there are choices G needs to make. Each of the Six had their own characteristics and I enjoyed how even though they were all different, they were really close. Hunter was one of the Six I want to know more about and I hope that we get to learn more about their history further in the series.
The author had descriptive style that made even the boring actions like setting up camp more magical and you could imagine being with G. This is a perfect book for fantasy lovers and as it is YA can suit all ages. The story captured me from page one and I was transported into an animated adventure. I have now picked up book 2 so I can carry on the G’s adventure.

Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions by Lois H Gresh

August 15, 2018 - 4:26 am No Comments

Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions by Lois H Gresh
Published by Titan books on 4th July 2017
352 pages


I enjoy reading genre mash up featuring famous fictional characters. Holmes and Watson are asked to investigate a murder of a tram engineer, an easier case for the brains of Holmes or so it seems. However, they are thrown into a supernatural situation after bodies are turning up stripped of flesh with strange symbols are etched on the bones.
Whilst eventually Holmes may come across the Cthulhu, the title was a bit deceiving and I would have emphasized the sub title instead as that explained the story. Holmes and Watson were recognisable from the start. Everyone has their own interpretation of the two iconic characters and whether you have read the books or watched the TV or films, there are characteristics that stand out. I like that the author picked out the best bits of both and then added her own twist on the characters. She showed the loyalty of Watson and how he was torn between the love of his life Mary and Holmes. As I was reading this story, I could picture them striding over London looking for clues.
Whilst I enjoyed the story, I felt that some of the back stories were irrelevant to this story, and whilst these characters may appear later in the series, it gave it a disjointed feel and I wanted to get back to the Holmes situation. The Holmes and Watson story was gripping and their story flowed smoothly. The addition of Order of Dagon was the link to the Cthulhu and gave the story the fantasy/horror feel. The killings were detailed and unusual and baffled the police from the start. However true to form, Holmes did not let the unknown get in his way and where possible found a scientific explanation.
I will carry on with this series as I want to see where the story takes me and whether Holmes will get closer to the Cthulhu.

Where Sleeping Gods Lie by Yolanda Olson

August 12, 2018 - 4:06 pm No Comments

Where Sleeping Gods Lie by Yolanda Olson
Published 6th May 2017
227 pages

Koval missed his childhood best friend Exxie, only friends for a couple of months she made a big impression in his younger life. Now living with his partner Fai, he still thinks about her and wander’s what it.
Koval and Fai were ideal for each other, and when Koval went into one of his dark moods, Fai was there to pick up the pieces. When Koval picked up Angie has she reminded him of Exxie, Fai knew that he could use it to his advantage. The ending left you wanting to know more about Koval and Fai and whilst I realised what was going to happening Angie, I was surprised at the epilogue.
I enjoy all of this author’s books and she is a must buy when she releases a new book. However, I found this one to be a slower starter, as all the dark action happened in the last 15% of the book. Saying that when the action happened it was true to form, bloody and graphic and new way to imagine docking, emphasising how perfect they were for each other.
I will just leave you with words of advice when you are preparing your dinner “Cook your favourite meal, like it’s your last day on earth”

 

Blood Spell Lily Luchesi

August 10, 2018 - 8:53 pm No Comments

Blood Spell by Lily Luchesi
Published by Vamptasy Publishing and Encompass Ink on 8th August 2018

Bloodworth and Moonspell are the two remaining old magical families. Rivals for years and Tobias and Simon were keeping the tradition alive. But when a Nash Thornhill a third mage who got his powers by deceit and wanted to kill them both. They must work together to stay alive.
This was a quick read and from the first page you are drawn into a magical story about love and betrayal. With only a few characters the story concentrates on Tobias and Simon. They were complete opposites and whilst Tobias was bullied by Simon, he always had an attraction for him. Although Simon was confident when he was with his friends, he was submissive and timid when he was with Tobias. Tobias was in his element when he was making his potions or playing in the dungeons.
When the prophecy was revealed, you had a sense of failure for their relationship but as the story continues there is hope. When Thornhill sees his chance to defeat the mages, the story is built up to a thrilling final battle.
I have not read many M/M books, but I knew with this author that I would be in for a good read. This book will not be for everyone and is definitely an 18+ read. However, if you want a quick fantasy love story than this is the book for you. I read this book in an hour and my only complaint was that I wish it was longer. As for the other characters, I hope that the author develops a story about Amy, the half fae.

Out today https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Spell-Lily-Luchesi-ebook/dp/B07GBHDSPX/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1533934250&sr=8-4&keywords=Blood+Spell