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Death Blooms by Yolanda Olson

September 19, 2018 - 9:35 pm No Comments

Death Blooms by Yolanda Olson
Published 20th August 2018
258 pages

Gray Talbot was an artist, using an unusual material, he had a select client. Whilst his business was doing well, his social life was non-existent. His only friend was Aiden, a feisty girl who loved to fight bare knuckle. Determined for Gray to find love, Aiden tries to play cupid by introducing him to Penn, who lived off his trust fund.
When Gray was working, the compassion and care he showed for his art work was like a parent and their children. His friendship with Aiden was strong and you realise if it was not for her his would slip into long bouts of depression. However, what was stronger was his love for Penn, the was passion and Gray took a big risk with sharing his secret with him.
What I love about this author is that she makes a story with only a few characters. This enables the reader to really get to know the characters. It is not till near the end that you know the full extinct of Gray’s work and I would love to know where the author gets her ideas from, as even with my weird mind I would never have guessed what his work entailed. As for the ending, I did not expect what was coming and whilst I was in shock, I could understand the reasons behind Gray’s decision.
This is true Yolanda, dark and gripping. A story about love in its rawest form. One of the best I have read

Lost Objects by Marian Womack

September 18, 2018 - 9:47 pm No Comments

Lost Objects by Marian Womack
Published by Luna Press Publishing on 3rd July 2018
119 pages

A day does not go by when the news does not feature global warming or a certain animal on the endangered list. This book contains 10 short stories exploring the impact of extinct creatures, a lack of food and changing climates,
Regardless which story your read, you soon come to realise that every story is beautifully written. The descriptive style of this author made me feel that I was going on a discovery and as I followed each character I was instantly submerge in their story.
Some of the stories that stood out for me were Black Isle: Based in Scotland, Dr Andrew Hay and his colleagues were scientist trying to restore nature. As I read this story I got the sense that there was something destructive was going to happen. The sense of foreboding especially when there was no bird song, had me wondering how far scientist were going to create their ideal world and one of the strangest things was the climate in Scotland. Constant sunshine and no rain.
Love (Ghost) Story. The MC had a ghost that appeared every evening. Throughout this story I found myself asking myself questions. How did he die? Did she kill him? Was she a victim of domestic violence? Because of all these questions, I felt real sympathy for the MC, and I felt a sense of loss for her as I felt that even in death, the ghost caused her to stop living.
The Ravisher, The Thief: Taking you to a mystical land, following Paloma who lived in a land were birds were heralded as gods. As to do some translating she learns a secret that has a big impact on the land. This story had a magical feel to it and I enjoyed reading about how the birds were trained and cared for. The story built up to an unexpected and tragic ending.
As a new author to me this book was a great introduction to her work. Being short stories of various length, it was perfect if you wanted a quick read as you could read a story in less than 1 hour.
Another great find from Luna Press Publishing

Cage the Dead by Gary F Vanucci

September 16, 2018 - 5:56 pm No Comments

Cage the Dead by Gary F Vanucci
Published 3rd July 2014
208 pages

Happy with her life, Gaia loved her boyfriend and had a great job working with the primates at the local zoo. Going to work like any other day, but on this day, folk began to act weird and before she knew it she was running for her life.
As soon as you start this story you are hit with the walking dead, set in a zoo, you can imagine how many people were wandering around. Gaia threw herself straight into the action, and whilst at the start she found it hard to kill the zombies, she eventually desensitized herself. However, her love for the animals was strong. The arrival of Justin, a young lad on a school trip brought out her maternal skills, but when Justin met Solomon, the giant silverback, the bond between them two was unbelievable.
This was a quick read as I wanted to see if Gaia survived. It was fast paced as there was always something going on. There were some shock moments, as the more you read the more you start to care, but this is a zombie apocalypse and not everyone survives.
The ending completed this story and I did let out a little cheer, I would love to know who survived and where they went next.

Out of Time by Monique Martin

September 16, 2018 - 2:39 pm No Comments

Out of Time by Monique Martin
Published 20th November 2013
296 pages

Simon Cross was a professor of the Occult, helped by assistant Elizabeth (Lizzy)West, he taught his student the theory behind vampires, demons and other creatures. What he does not expect is an artefact off his deceased grandfather transporting him and Lizzy of to the 1920s. Where he must put all his knowledge to the test.
Simon and Lizzy were likeable characters; however, they were complete opposites. Lizzy strived for adventure and took everything in her stride when they were transported back to the 1920s. Simon on the other hand was cautious and over-protective, what didn’t help were the dreams he had.
The story flowed steadily, and the scenes set in the 1920s were well researched. The scenes where Lizzy got a job in the speakeasy showed how quick she could adapt and as the story continued you get to find out more about her childhood. Throughout the story you can sense their attraction for each other. To the point that I wanted to give Simon a shake and tell him to man up.
The only thing I did not enjoy was the stereotypical British statements and I don’t know why I am surprised that Simon being a British character in America was a tea drinking posh person who went to boarding school. Regular folks can be professor without a boarding school education.
I will dip into the series again, just to see which other time periods they go to

The Mourner’s Cradle by Tommy B Smith

September 14, 2018 - 8:21 pm No Comments

The Mourner’s Cradle by Tommy B Smith
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 14th September 2018
140 pages

When Damon, Anne Sharpe’s husband suddenly passed away, all she wanted to do was to prove his name. Ridiculed in his academic field, Damon was trying to prove that the Mourner’s cradle, an old burial ground was real, and he thought he found it. Traveling to Peru, she not only has to battle the cold but other’s out for the research.
Whilst she did not know exactly what Damon was trying to do, her determination and sheer stubbornness, helped her through this trying time. Going with her was Ruben, a work colleague and friend of Damon. Whilst he did not believe the myth about the Mourners Cradle, he felt that it was his duty to protect her.
As you are reading this story you are following Anne on a perilous journey. Her grief is raw and shows the dedication that Anne had for her husband. Whilst this is not horror it the scary monster sense, it shows the true horror of human nature and there are some heart stopping moments. Especially on the mountain. Once I started this story I could not stop as I wanted to see if Anne survived. The intensity continued to the end of the story and when I finished I felt mentally drained and felt that I had took the journey with Anne.
This was the first story that I had read by this author and will look out for others.