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The Dark Game (Fiction Without Frontiers) by Jonathan Janz

April 14, 2019 - 6:50 am 2 Comments

Its my turn on the blog tour for The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz. As soon as I read the blurb I knew that I wanted to take part.

The Dark Game (Fiction Without Frontiers) by Jonathan Janz

Published by Flame Tree Press on 11th April 2019

352 pages

10 authors have been selected to attend a retreat and enter a writing competition. Run by renowned Roderick Wells, they will get his expertise and the winner would get 3 million dollars and publishing deal. But is the prize worth more than their lives?

As soon as you start reading, you have the sense that there is something going on that the authors are not aware of.  Being left to walk in on foot, segregating the group to force conflict, they are all on edge before they start the competition.

Whilst each author had their own reasons to enter the competition, they were all in it for the fame and fortune. As you read, you are introduced to each character in detail and you soon realise that they each have a dark secret. Every character was different, although at the start they were all being supportive of each other, as the competition became more cutthroat, it was no surprise that their true characteristics came out and if you are like me, you will be quick to pick your favourite. As this is a writing retreat, snippets of the authors’ work in progress are inserted throughout the main story and I enjoyed reading these snippets. However, they are important to the story. It was also another way to show the difference between each author and how they interpret horror.

Roderick Wells was a narcissistic character who from the start inflicted his power over the authors. He enjoyed publicly humiliating them in front of their peers and was like a cat playing with a mouse, toying with their emotions. The changes to Wells and the mansion became more noticeable as the eliminations continue.

Whilst there are quite a few characters involved in this story, this was an easy book to follow and there was no confusion with the characters the further you go into the book. I had heard of this author, but this was the first book that I have read and I am so glad that I did.  The author’s detailed writing enables you to imagine the creepiness of the forest and the dangers that await, the graphic scenes reinforcing the danger. The story was fast paced as you want to know who survives. As I was reading this I was reminiscing about when I  watched Harper’s Island and spent the whole time trying to guess who was going to be next.  

If you enjoy reading books with eeriness and suspense, then pick up this book.

Without a Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch

April 13, 2019 - 4:10 pm No Comments

Without a Trace by Carissa Ann Lynch

Published by Killer Reads on 5th April 2019

200 pages

A woman fleeing domestic violence, a missing child but there is no record of her existence. Is Lilly real? Ellie is called in to investigate and the more she does the more questions she has.

Ellie: The police officer called in to investigate the missing child. As the only woman on the force, she had a lot to prove, but finding the missing child was her main priority. She was focused and once she had an idea, she acted on it whatever the consequences.

Nova: Fleeing domestic violence, she takes Lily her daughter and goes into hiding.

Clara: The landlady of Nova’s rented property. After her daughter moved out, she lives there where her memories and secret that she wants to remain hidden.

With dedicated chapters for Ellie, Nova and Clara, it enables you to follow the case from each of their POV and learn more about their backstory. Each chapter was well labelled so there was no confusion which character you were reading about. The topic of domestic violence was written with sensitivity and through Nova, you got to learn what she went through on a day to day basis. As Ellie was investigating Lily and with no evidence to prove there was a child. Her determination to solve the case was strong and even when she had nagging doubts, she still remained focused.

This story was well plotted and due to its fast-pace, I read it in a day in between real life. With the mystery of Lily, I kept changing my mind whether the child was real, which made me read quicker. This story had plenty of twists and everything is explained in detail and it all comes together at the end. Without giving anything away, I did have to google one part of the plot as I was not aware of this happening in the UK so I was interested in reading about it.

This is another good thriller written by this author and it would be interesting if we had more cases involving Ellie.    

Savagery of the Rebel King (Thrones of Blood Book4) by Nancy Kilpatrick

April 8, 2019 - 8:03 pm No Comments

Savagery of the Rebel King (Thrones of Blood Book4) by Nancy Kilpatrick

Published by Crossroad Press on 1st February 2019

318 pages

With Queen Lamia and the Sapien Zaget still a threat, I knew that I needed to carry on with this series. As soon as I started reading this book, I was instantly transported back to the vampire world. Necros, the rebel king, was the leader of a small stronghold, a good distance from the other vampires. Not one to mix, he was not aware of the threat to his race. However, his life would change dramatically when he came across Guin, Sapien royalty, sent on her own mission by her grandma and former queen.

What I love about this series, is that in every book we are introduced to new characters who are important to the series and this book was no different. Necros was a ruler who treated the Sapiens as property, not one to show compassion. It was his way or else. Guin whilst dedicated to her mission, soon quickly realises how dire her situation was. The further you read into the book, the more you discover about Necros’ upbringing and understand why he finds it hard to trust. Guin, on the other hand, led a pampered life but found it hard to adjust after being brought to the stronghold. However, even though they had different backgrounds they were both really stubborn and every time they were together the scenes were full of tension. To break up the mood in the stronghold were vampire twin dwarves Grymmer and Grymmelle. With their wit and wisecracks, they managed to defuse the tension. I think they were my new favourite characters.

With so much going on with Necros and Guin, the author still managed to combine the other vampire royalty to the story and you soon find out what is going on with the rest of land and how dire the situation was for Sapiens and Vampires alike.

I finished this book in 1 day and all real life was put on hold as the story built up to a dramatic ending. I hope that book 5 in the works as I want to find out what happens to the vampire world. Like previous books, this story is for a mature audience due to the nature of some of the scenes. Although I will not look at a rose stem in the same light again. Another great addition to this series        

Crow’s Cottage: A Supernatural Thriller (Where the Dead Walk book 2) by John Bowen

April 7, 2019 - 9:48 am 1 Comment

My turn has come on the Crow’s Cottage blog tour. The 2nd in the Where the Dead Walk series by John Bowen.

Crow’s Cottage: A Supernatural Thriller (Where the Dead Walk book 2) by John Bowen

Published 29th March 2019

343 pages

With Kate and Henry taking a step back in the production of Where the Dead Walk TV series, a new face is found to front the show.  When Ray is asked to investigate Crow’s Cottage, the whole team are on board. A mysterious figure is spotted, a missing model, a dead record producer and links to the Occult, all good ingredients to a great TV show.

Chloe was a good addition to the team, fresh-faced and not afraid to confront supernatural beings. She quickly became an integral part of the group and even with her own problems, she did not let this get in the way of the story. With Kate and Henry not in the story, it enables you to learn more about Ray and Charles and they did have a bigger part to play in this story. Charles came across more confident in this story and uses his connections with the supernatural community to help learn more about the history of the Mephisto Arcane and the group who created it. With Crow’s Cottage having so much history, a lot of the story is based around the team doing the research for the show. As you follow the team on their research you learn about the residents of the cottage. As the team find out more information, uncovering more secrets the further they look, you soon realise it is not just a simple haunting but blackmail and murder.

I enjoyed the 1st in the series, but this book was even better. The team’s research helps tell the story and you get involved in at least 2 different mysteries. There were enough twists that kept you hooked in the story and some of the events were unexpected. The blend of supernatural and mystery was evenly balanced and readers of both genres will enjoy this book.

Whilst this states it is 2 of 2, I hope there is more to come of this series in the future, either another story or spin-off stories enabling me to learn more about the crew.

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Abirami Forbes and the Magic Sapphire by Priya Hunt

April 6, 2019 - 8:04 pm No Comments

Abirami Forbes and the Magic Sapphire by Priya Hunt

Published by Matador on 3rd February 2019

273 pages

After her mom died when she was a baby, Abirami, Abi to her friends lived with her twin sister and her dad. They had a great life in England until one day it went tragically wrong. Losing the remainder of her family, her dad’s last wishes was for her to live in India and get taught at Gurukull, an ancient dance school. Not knowing anything about her Indian heritage, Abi has a lot to learn, not only does she have to learn to dance, she has to come face to face with Indian mythology.

I liked Abi straight away. Going to a different country and not knowing anything about the culture was hard for her and I could understand her hesitant to fit in. However, throughout the story, Abi’s heart of gold and friendly nature was evident. Her befriending a homeless boy at the station was one such scene. Her determination was strong, whether it was to be the best dancer or wanting to visit her mom, she always strived to do the best.

This story is magical read as you follow Abi on her journey of discovery. I loved reading about the ancient gods and creatures that Abi came into contact with and whilst I knew a small amount about Indian mythology, it has given me a thirst to learn more.

This book is perfect for any age. It is an ideal book to read to your young ones as a bedtime story with enough excitement to give them a thrill or for older children and adults to read. My only regret is that my children are too old for me to read it to them as I would have loved to see their faces when Abi came face to face with the Nagas.

I am going to keep a look out for more from this author as I want to read more of their work.