Out now…….. Thing Fifteen by Erin Lee

August 10, 2017 - 4:47 pm No Comments

Thing Fifteen by Erin Lee is live!
*Justice is Haunting. Karma is the sprinkles on top.*
Get it now on Amazon and Kindle – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thing-Fifteen-Diary…/…/ref=asap_bc…

 

Blurb:
My name is Beverly. I’m more than a Thing.

Every town has its legends. I would know, I am one of them. I am the girl they tell campfire stories about. The “well-liked librarian” who was going places until she was kidnapped and eaten by the Ice Cream Man. I am the warning parents tell their children about, the woman whose remains were never found…

There’s so much more to my story than how I died.

My name is Beverly Watkins. I was twenty-seven years old the day I perished at the hands of a serial killer. For more than a year, Master Jimmie kept me in his favorite freezer and took me out for weekly playdates. I was the cherry on top of his twisted ice cream sundae; the Thing he called Fifteen.

It’s only the beginning to my story. You see, justice is haunting. And tonight, I’m in the mood for it. I’m here to set the record straight, to make sure all the facts are tied up in perfect yellow bows like the ones they tied around trees for me. I won’t rest until I’ve told my own story, my way. Which reminds me: I have a visit to make.

Care to join me?

Out Know Driven to Insanity by Willow Ridley

August 9, 2017 - 8:11 pm No Comments
Out Know
Driven to Insanity
Willow Ridley
This book contains gore and violence, if that’s not your thing, this may not be the book for you.
It’s Annabelle’s 21st birthday, her friends decide to play a little prank on her. It’s not just a normal prank though, it’s cruel. So she decides that they all have to die.

The World between the Trees by C Freeland

August 5, 2017 - 12:20 pm No Comments

The World between the Trees by C Freeland

Published 2nd August 2017

261 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

As children Ryan and Jake were really close, spending time in the forest and playing in what they think is a mystical world. 11 years on Jake has gone missing and Ryan knows he needs to find his brother. After finding Jake’s journal and with the help of Shiloh, a close friend, Ryan finds the kingdom of Daeogula. Can he find his brother and save the residents of Daeogula.

Although the start of the story centres around Ryan, once they enter Daeogula you find more about Jake, as brothers they are completely different, Ryan is a Jock whilst Jake is the quiet one. Although in Daeogula he is highly thought off. Shiloh is used to be alone, abandoned by her mom and only see her brother when he is drunk, she relies a lot on the brothers for support. They are OK by themselves but together their bond was really strong. Whilst Ryan accepted what he saw straightaway it was refreshing for Shiloh to have doubts and even when there was a giant of a man in front of her she still did not believe anything until she could see it with her own eyes.

As you read this story, you are taken on a magical journey, with fantasy creatures you rarely come across in books. I cannot remember the last time I read a book with giants in and Humbert was one of my favourite characters, think Hagrid but bigger. The story picked up pace as the danger made its presence. Whilst this is a standalone novel, there is scope for more stories and I would enjoy reading more of their adventures, even a spin off about Greg.

Reading the authors bio, I was surprised that this is her 1st book and I will be following her to find out what other stories she will deliver. This is a great story for older children and adults and my only complaint was that it ended to soon, I wanted to read more

The Vanishing Throne (Falconer 2) Elizabeth May

August 4, 2017 - 6:36 pm No Comments

The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer Trilogy: Book 2)
Author: Elizabeth May
Publisher: Gollancz
Page count: 362pp
Release date: 18th Nov 2015
(The third book The Fallen Lingdom was released 15th June 2017) Grab it now!


The first book in this series ‘The Falconer’ introduced us to a post-Regency world of early polite 19th Century society in Edinburgh, where Lady Alieana Kameron plays the game of ‘lady’ whilst tinkering with inventions.
On meeting pixie Derrick and Fae Kiaran, she discovers she is the ‘Falconer’ – the one who is strong enough to fight the fae – who wish to destroy the human world. There is much more to the first book (death, betrayal, love, passion, magic) but – spoilers darling!
Now, in the second book, having failed to save the world in a very Buffy-like manner – she is half dead and prisoner of Lonnrach – a baobhan sith – a vampire-like fae who holds Alieana in the faerie realm sucking her memories dry to find the information he needs to take a throne. The Vanishing Throne.
Time moves at a different pace in the Sith-bhruth – a week there can be months in the world of humans. But every day in her faerie prison is a day of torture – Lonnrach’s bite leaving physical and emotional scars, as his venom runs through her veins. But it is the guilt that consumes her, as much as the need to escape – she is shown visions of a desolate Edinburgh and knows she failed to save it.
Thankfully help comes in the form of Kiaran’s sister Aithinne.
There’s a nice little nod to The Princess Bride in here as Alieana escapes through the forests and rocks with Aithinne.
Though the imprisonment and escape is tense, emotional and intriguing, it was great to move on into Alieana’s normal world to see her reaction, and to see some old favourite characters.
Derrick the tiny winged pixie is particularly funny, as is Aithinne’s jubilant use of ‘normal’ swear words (implied at and stopped at just the right moment rather than expressed) and her sibling rivalry with Kiaran. Never mind Alieana’s love for Kiaran- a powerful fae she is only just getting to know.
When Derrick is drunk on honey he is very productive and at one point makes new clothes for Alieana- who huffs – to which Derrick replies “so just because the world ends you can’t dress fancy anymore?” Point made! I can almost feel Joss Whedon’s influence here, in reflect of sparkling dialogue at the least.
As for Kiaran, he has taught himself not to feel compassion after centuries in faerie, but seeing Alieana again stirs something deep inside, and when she is hurt at one point by another character his anger is cold. Bound from killing humans he still points out, “It’s incredible what the human body can endure without dying.” He’s your ‘Angel’ to Alieana’s Buffy; sexy, brooding, stalwart, strong – and lethal.
As a team, our heroes are formidable adversaries for Lonnrach, each character having different attributes to bring to the party; carrying on with the Buffy analogy – the ‘Scooby Gang’, each one valuable in their own right, with believable personalities to match.
With the gang and the surviving humans forming a truce with the pixies, we see an extraordinary underground city; glittering quartz domes, bee hive shaped houses, obsidian buildings, and food from everywhere in the world, which the pixies can create from nothing. But the sparkling fae disturb Alieana who still bears the scars of her torture.
However, for the reader, the city is awesome; you can smell, taste and feel this place. Stunning. Yet for Alieana there’s something missing that the real world has. Yet that real world is shattered and can’t be returned to right now. That won’t stop Alieana from trying to save the world that exists now – with a fairy killing gun (a blunderbus of her own design) her own innate powers and her team as back up.
This is a hero I can get on with. And here’s why;
“No – I don’t want balls (now now trader! not that type), or parties, or dresses again. No elevenhours or fourhours or being forced into marriage.
Those things all kept me caged …”
This is an awesome blend of Austen-era bad-assery heroines, magical steampunk, fae legend and urban fantasy.

Supernatural Night Terror: John Passarella

August 4, 2017 - 11:05 am No Comments

Night Terror (Supernatural 9)

Author: John Passarella

publisher: Titan Books

page count: 381pp

Release date: 1st Jan 2011

I’ve read a couple of John’s Supernatural tie-ins and have really enjoyed them. It’s clear he’s a fan of the show and knows his characters – I particularly enjoyed the nightmare scenes. At one point (I’ll just say tummy issues) it’s pretty obvious why he’s a Bram Stoker award winner – the nightmare I’m on about is pure ewwww. With lashings of yuk. It’s a nice plot based on some cool mythology and it rattles along at a good pace. Great fun and seeing Soulless Sam again was really cool. Yes I’m evil, but I loved that version of Sam for humour.