Rosamund: A Psychic Surveys Companion Novel (Book 3) by Shani Struthers

March 10, 2019 - 7:16 pm No Comments

Rosamund: A Psychic Surveys Companion Novel (Book 3) by Shani Struthers

Published by Storyland Press/Authors Reach on 17th January 2019

168 pages

If you have read any books in the Psychic Surveys series, then you will already know Ruby Davis, but who did she inherit her powers from. Documental evidence has come to light, written by Rosamund, an ancestor of Ruby explaining her powers.

Growing up without her mom, Rosamund spent all her time in their stately home Mears House. Having no contact with the outside world, Rosamund now 16 spent all her time reading and drawing. When she did see her dad, all he asked was “What do you see?”.  

Reading this story from Rosamund’s POV, conveyed just how lonely she was, her only contact was the maid Josie and she was torn between wanting to be friends and her place in the house. However, when she went to London with all the new sights and smells she was like another person. Her acquaintance with Constance showed her what she had been missing when it came to female companionship. However, things take a turn for the worse and as her dad shows her his real reason behind his obsession, she finds a friend in the most unlikely place and slowly she understands her abilities.

This was a well-researched book and from chapter one, you are transported into the Edwardian era. Some of my favourite scenes where Rosamund’s trips to London as you saw Rosamund blossom whilst you were reading. Whilst you are aware that this is a ghost story, it was done subtly and as you are reading, there are no clues that Rosumund is talking to a ghost. This gives it a believable feel as Rosamund was unaware of her gifts. This was a quick read and as the story builds into a life or death situation, you get the feeling that all is lost.

Whilst this is part of the psychic surveys series, this is a standalone and is a good introduction to the author’s work.        

Blanket of Blood (Gary Blood Crime Series book 1) by Eileen Wharton

March 9, 2019 - 3:54 pm No Comments

Blanket of Blood (Gary Blood Crime Series Book1) by Eileen Wharton

Published 11th February 2019

319 pages

Teenagers are going missing, but not much had been done about their disappearance. But when a premature baby is found in the woods and there are links to the teenagers being pregnant, then DI Blood is put on the case.

 DI Blood was a likeable character, whilst he had his own personal issues, he never let them get in the way of the case. Rough at the edges but a gentle heart, who else would have their ex-wife living under there roof. Blood and his team were relentless and worked well together, even when evidence was hard to come across.

This read is definitely not for the faint-hearted but the graphic scenes helped show how dangerous the killer was. From the moment I started this book I was hooked and whilst reading it I was trying to work out who was behind the crimes. The author had a way of leading you down the wrong path, convincing you that you knew who it was and when they were revealed and the reasons, I was way off. This was fast paced and as more evidence was found, I was reading quicker and quicker, the last quarter of the book was intense. The backstories of the characters made them more personal and you felt that you knew them and understood some of the difficult decisions.

As a 1st in a series, this is a good introduction to a series that I hope will go on for a very long time.  

Smoke and Rain (Reforged Book1) by VS Holmes

March 9, 2019 - 11:57 am No Comments

Smoke and Rain (Reforged Book1) by VS Holmes

Published by Amphibian Press on 10th September 2015

452 pages

When Cehn was invaded Alea barely survived. Bought to Vielrona to recover, she strikes up a friendship with Arman, the landlady’s son. With the battle between the Laen and the Mirikin getting intense, no-one is safe.

As you are taken on a journey, you are exposed to a magical land, where the Gods play an important part in people’s lives. The minutest features were explained in detail and it has you feeling that you are there. The character’s backstories help you understand what the conflict the war had done to all their lives giving you an understanding of the importance of their beliefs. As more of their lives are revealed you are taken through their every emotion as they contemplate what part they are expected to play in the war.

The first 17% was a bit confusing but I am glad that I persevered as it explained the history of the land and introduced us to the important characters. After that point, I was invested in the story as I followed them on their journey. Watching Alea become a confident woman after suffering so much I wanted to see her succeed. The friendship between Arman, Wes (my favourite character) and Kam was as strong as brothers, supporting each other in their choices and reading about their antics broke up the intensity of the story.  Whilst this did not end on a cliff-hanger, there is more to come as Lightening and Flame is already out.

This is the first book I have read by this author and it won’t be the last. If you enjoy reading Epic Fantasy then pick up this book.  

Beneath a Starless Sky by Debbie L Taylor

March 4, 2019 - 9:46 pm No Comments

Beneath a Starless Sky by Debbie L Taylor

Published by Meadow Publishing House Ltd on 14th November 2018

295 pages

If eye colouring determined what you would do in your life. What class would you be?

The lower class or Ambers lived to serve the Greys born into wealth. Not allowed to get romantically involved, any offspring were shunned by both sides. Having a mom who is Amber and a dad who is Grey, Max is not sure where he belongs, he spent his life working for the Government but wanting a better life for Ambers. Grace, his boss was an elite Grey, wanting to change the world but living in an unhappy marriage, she didn’t know how to. But thanks to a secret operation, they both see their chance.

To help tell the story, it alternates between Max and Grace. There was no confusion as each chapter is clearly marked. Telling the story that way enabled you to see both sides of the story. Max found it hard to make friends or even have a relationship, always on the defensive and enjoyed nothing more than to rub Grace up the wrong way. As you read his story, you soon realise what his life had been like growing up and you understand why he is like he is. On the opposite side, Grace’s life is not rosy as everyone believes, she was good at putting up a front, but slowly you can see her starting to crack.  

The story starts off a bit slow as there is a lot of information given to you, but this does help you understand the world Max and Grace live in. As the story continues the pace picks up and I found myself reading quicker just to find out what happens. There are a few drop jaw moments that helps tie up the story. However, I don’t think that this is the end of the story and I hope that there will be further books, as by the end of the story Max had grown on me. With a mixture of Sci-fi and Dystopian, this was an enjoyable read and to answer my question, my family and I would be Ambers.    

After Bees by BC Nyren

March 2, 2019 - 5:09 pm No Comments

After Bees by BC Nyren

Published on 28th July 2017

186 pages

It’s been mentioned that if we lose the humble bee, it will be the end of civilisation.

100 years after the last bee disappeared and society was split. Having women in charge and men as slaves, with plenty of food and very little crime, the population of The Settlement think they are doing well. But when a high standing woman is found murdered and her slaves have been abused, the Captain of the Guard Willow Pelletier thinks that there is something rotten going on.

Willow was a strong character, great in battles and would put fear into the majority of the population. But she also had a caring side to her, which showed when she took on 2 slaves that had been tortured and the way that she ran her household.

There was a significant contrast between The Settlement and the Hillfolk, showing just how more advanced in technology the Settlement was. The descriptive writing of the author brought the characters to life and the simplest tasks were detailed bring the scenes alive. Willow’s caring nature came to force when “Her heart clenched for her slave as she took in the sight of his beaten, bruised form, trying to see past the collage of abuse to the undoubtedly strong, proud man who he might have been before.”  And you recognise that lightbulb moment when she wants to change people’s attitude.

This was a quick enjoyable read, which I read in one sitting. I would love to know if Willow succeeds.  I am going to look out for more by this author