Posts Tagged ‘Dark’

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

Go Home, Afton (Afton Morrison Book 1) by Brent Jones

September 3, 2018 - 9:43 pm No Comments

Go Home, Afton (Afton Morrison Book 1) by Brent Jones
Published on 25th June 2018
116 pages

If you walked past Afton, you wouldn’t notice her. Small in stature, fragile looking and a librarian. But you wouldn’t know that she had murderous thoughts and wanted to right a wrong.
Was she a psychopath, that was the question that kept bothering Afton, she wanted to kill but she also wanted to do right. Not having much family, she kept herself to herself. But when a man has got off with rape several times she knew that she needed to kill. With the help of Animus Afton her alter ego, her dark side was making an appearance. But as she was watching the rapist, someone was watching her.
This was a quick read, that kept you guessing will she wont she. As the story continues we get to learn her secret that she has kept even from her brother. The story intensives as Afton gets ready for the kill and I found myself reading faster. The man in shadow adds mystery and as the story continues I hope that I get to learn more about him and whilst I can guess his connection to Afton, I would like to know if I am correct. This story does have a few comedy moments and I did laugh when Afton and Kim get their own back on the teenage boy that wrecked the library books.
I did learn something whilst reading this. The story is set in Wakefield and as I live in the UK I just presumed that it was set there. It was not till Afton mention dollars that I had to stop, check the author’s bio and I soon realised that it was set in Canada
This story does finish on a cliff-hanger and I hope that I do not have to wait to long for book 2.

Crack by DE McCluskey

June 14, 2018 - 5:49 am No Comments

My turn on the blog tour and I was excited and intrigued to read this book.

Crack by DE McCluskey
Published by Dammaged Productions on 1st June 2018
374 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Joe O’Hara was a normal family guy. Working the night shift as a security guard, all he wanted to do was to provide for his family. That was until he was involved on a fatal accident with a biker, then all he wanted to was to feed his addiction.
As you are reading this story, you are following Joe as he struggles to come to terms with the accident. Unable to sleep and the images playing through his mind, most people would go and see a counsellor and talk through his issues , Joe has an usual way of revolving his issues.
This is a dark read, and there is tension throughout. As you are reading this story, you feel that you are there, watching Joe getting his fix and it had a similar feel to when you drive past an accident and instinctively you have to look what happened. “Crack”, that was your warning and you knew what was coming. There are not many books that make me grimace when I am reading it but this is one of them.
The involvement of Detective Paula Ashton and her fiancé Officer Ian Locke makes this story more feel real, as you follow them whilst they are preparing to get married. There were times where I had to stop and compose myself as I could not believe where this story was going. This book has its own addiction as you want to see if Joe is linked to the events.
I have read Twelve by this author and this is nothing like it. This is savage, it will shock you and you will be gripped. A psychological horror that when you hear the noise “Crack”, you will think of this book.

Dance of the Butterfly by Scott Carruba

August 3, 2017 - 7:58 pm No Comments

Dance of the Butterfly by Scott Carruba

Published by Optimus Maximus Publishing on 5th July 2016

337 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Skothiam is on a quest for 3 ancient books, his research leads him to a prestige university. Meeting Lilja the curator of the university, she has a passion for the old books and a secret that she wants to keep. Also going on in the town is a vigilante trying to stop Gnegon a crime lord who is involved in human trafficking and a serial killer.

Skothiam is a mystery man and its only as the story progresses do we find more about his life. A man of means he does not flash is cash and is very unassuming. Lilja was a confident, strong woman but only at work, when she was with Skothiam she was unsure of herself and in some case quite naïve, especially when she was discussing BDSM.

At the start of this book I kept wandering were the author was taking me, as you had Skothiam’s story and the vigilante’s story running alongside each other and when a serial killer turned up in the book I was still having my doubts, but the author managed to interweave these stories together to make this an absorbing read. The author had an eye for detail and throughout this book even the smallest feature was explained. It brought a smile to my face whenever the character had a lip ring as their characteristics were so like my daughter who is always chewing on her lip ring.  With human trafficking a major part of the story, there are some dark scenes however this is necessary to the story and explains a lot at the end. This is definitely a book for the adult market, however the sex scenes were tastefully written and did not read trashy, in fact they reinforced the bond between Skothiam and Lilja. As I finished this book I was hoping that I could read more of Lilja and Skothiam as they made a good team and I was pleased when I saw Sword of the Butterfly already to purchase. A great read with a touch of fantasy

The Spawn of Lilith – Dana Fredsti

July 26, 2017 - 8:56 pm No Comments

The Spawn of Lilith
Author: Dana Fredsti
Publisher: Titan Books
Page count: 400pp
Release date: 20th June 2017
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

 

Lee Striga is a stunt woman at the top of her game, working with the legendary Katz crew; the equivalent of stunt person royalty. Her crew is going great until someone places her landing air bag in slightly the wrong position, during a routine high fall.
Lee does the drop, and wakes up in hospital with recent memories eradicated and her body in pretty bad shape. But as she heals, she longs to get back into the business; a business where shifters, fae, goblin and all sorts of supernatural creatures work in Hollywood.
On the road to recovery, Lee gets the chance to work on a film with a semi-decent budget as a stunt worker for annoying pain in-the arse actress Portia. But of course, things dont go quite as smoothly as they should, and pretty soon, people on the set are dropping dead, torn to pieces by god-knows-what sort of being.
Fredsti nails the cheap ‘bad’ film experience complete with ‘script’ excerpts with predictably villainous dialogue from – well – the villain. Think Ming the Merciless on a budget. As for attitude towards females in the industry, never mind the so-called ‘concubines’ in the film Lee is working on, she sees herself as curvy, which is fine but she’s regarded as too big to be a leading actress at a size 8, bearing in mind that’s USA ‘8’ which equates to a ‘6’ in the U.K. The sad thing is that Lee’s observations on the industry are based on Fredsti’s many years as an actual stunt woman. As Lee puts it, when being fit for a costume, “eight wasn’t exactly the gargantuan size she was implying.”
There’s a refreshing honesty here.
Axel the horny demon (literally) makes for great comic relief, but also, unfortunately, an indication of how some men in the industry treat women. Thankfully, all of the men aren’t shallow has-beens; Ben being an example of a solid actor and downright nice guy.
On a set later in the book, past the halfway mark, there’s some great banter between Lee and the producer Dobell about low budget SF/horror movies and being a lover of those films, I instantly recognised the kind of films and could guess the studio she is on about when gems such as “Crocksnake” and “Arachnogator” are mentioned – you might say, the well known low budget studio is kind of a “refuge” for B-Movie actors. There are so many pop culture references and ‘in jokes’ about LA and the movies but the kind a reader will easily get, because they are based around some accepted stereotypes. Which, by the way is when this book gets scary, because Fredsti actually worked in the industry meaning a lot of the arseholes she’s talking about? Yeah, they’re probably real. Sheesh.
As for Lee’s ‘voice’ – well – it hits 10 on the sarcasm Richter scale and I literally snorted my coffee out a couple of times through laughter. You’ll see what I mean when she describes actress ‘Portia’.
In a world where parking meter gods get bribed with Hershey Kisses, burly red-headed bar tenders hide secrets and creatures hide in the dark, Fredsti offers a brand new take on the Urban Fantasy genre.
I adored this book; the humour, the mayhem, the characters and the underpinning mystery.
This is a million shades of movie madness awesome. 5/5