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The Ghoul Vendetta (SPI Files 4) by Lisa Shearin

February 11, 2018 - 7:59 am No Comments

The Ghoul Vendetta (SPI Files 4)
Author: Lisa Shearin
Publisher: DAW
Page count: 292pp
Release date: 31st Jan 2017
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

The fourth in the SPI Files series starts in June, and Agent Mac Fraser has been working with her partner Agent Ian Byrne for about a year now.
SPI, the agency of the title, is a government agency with its HQ in New York, which acts as the supernatural equivalent of of the FBI/CIA etc dealing with supernatural or mythical criminals and crimes whilst protecting innocent supernatural creatures and the general, unaware, human population.
Mac, the narrator, is a seer – she can see through the glamour or ‘face’ used by supernaturals to the face underneath. Now, I know some people say their boss is a dragon – well, in Mac’s case, she’s telling the truth.
So where the varied staff of SPI see boss Vivienne Sagadraco as a petite, glamorous older woman, Mac sees the three storey tall dragon that their boss actually is. Apart from that little fact, she’s a pretty cool boss, assisted ably in her job by centuries old vampire Alain Moreau.
At the start of the last book, due to a ley line incident, Mac (Makenna), was dealing with the shock of an extra skill; the ability to see portals. She couldn’t open or close them like baker Kitty, but she could detect them.
Mac has been dating goblin Rake Danescu for a good few months now, and they are on a date aboard a yacht in the Hudson owned by a notorious vampire gangster (Mac undercover) when the nephew of said gangster is kidnapped. The family name is Bathory – yes, that Bathory.
By fish men – or creatures from the black lagoon. And a tentacle.
Their case gets more interesting and complicated when uncle Bathory’s deposit boxes are stolen from a bank by Ian’s nemesis – the ghoul who killed his NYPD partner five years ago – and more gilled groupies.
From here you have an action-packed adventure as Ian discovers he is linked to a magical weapon, is also kidnapped, and makes some startling discoveries about his heritage.
The whole of SPI and the supernatural community gets involved in finding the missing agent, whilst mythical sea creatures appear to popping up everywhere.
There’s a lot to say about the different plot points and character development here, but – spoilers darling.
So, I’ll simply say what I thought of it.
The Ghoul Vendetta is an emotional, funny, zipping read which delivers on fights, shocks and surprises. Meanwhile, the growing relationship between Mac and Rake gets airtime and is sizzling, without taking centre stage and attention away from the story.
I finished the book really quickly and I’m about to dive eagerly into Myth Manifestation the fifth book in the series, which was released 16th Jan 2018.
5/5

Doorways Relaunch Blog Tour

January 10, 2018 - 6:29 pm No Comments

Today I am showcasing Doorways by Robert Enright. I am pleased to have been asked to review this book and at 99p for this week only, a book well worth the pennies.

Doorways: The First Bermuda Jones Casefile by Robert Enright
Published 7th December 2017
288 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Working for Behind The Curtain Organisation(BTOC), Franklyn Jones, Bermuda to his friends, had a skill, he found missing people. Not people who just up-sticks and wanted a better life, but the ones who left no trace. Having a gift to see “Others” creatures from another world, he protected he was tasked to keep the peace between the two worlds. Working with Bermuda was Argyle, an Other who lived on earth and worked with the humans. Most of their mission were easily solved, but when a high number of people went missing at a rapid rate and a strange symbol cropped up at every scene. Bermuda and Argyle had a race against the clock, when Barnaby a deranged other wanted to destroy humanity.
Bermuda was not your typical save the world type of guy. He smoked too much, ate a lot of Tic Tacs, did not like authority and hated his gift. I loved him, whilst his methods were quite unorthodoxed he got the job done. Argyle was the complete opposite, a warrior who took his job seriously. Saying that they worked well together and were more like friends than partners.
From the moment you start this book you are transported in to a Bermuda’s world. There is a lot of action in this story making it a fast-paced read. Throughout the story you learn about Bermuda’s past and you understand why he is so troubled and you do feel sorry for him. The final battle is built up to a climatic ending and if it was written a couple of months ago, it would explain why Big Ben is now silent. Thanks to the descriptive way the author wrote I could close my eyes and picture Bermuda, Barnaby and Argyle straight away, and would love to see these characters represented in a video game, like CSGO, that I always play with boosting online that help me gain rank in csgo.
Whilst this book has been categorised as sci-fi, paranormal and urban fantasy, it also has a mystery/ thriller feel to it and readers of any of these genres will enjoy it. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and with book 2 already in the pipeline I am looking forward to more of Bermuda Jones’ cases.

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Doorways: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Doorways-First-Bermuda-Jones-Casefile-ebook/dp/B07813HWTB/ref=pd_sbs_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=WWYXCGK6GCGWQD2C0CJJ

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Song of the Death God by William Holloway

July 13, 2017 - 6:51 pm No Comments

Song of the Death God by William Holloway

Published by Horrific Tales Publishing on 11th July 2017

378 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Carsten was the youngest born of a well to do German family. Whilst the rest fritted away their money on alcohol, parties and their bohemian lifestyle.  Carsten was studious and began his study medicine, wanting to learn new things he was a complete opposite to his siblings. Coming across a plan that his sister was using a psychic to steal the family fortunes, Carsten realised he had to find out what was going on. From the moment, he saw the psychic’s powers, he knew that he had to learn about the strange phenomenon. After this 1st meeting it takes Carsten on a dark journey to get the information he thrives.

At the start of the story Carsten was a quiet academic type, being the brunt of the jokes in the family, he kept to himself, only having Ava as support. Once he began his studies into the dark arts, he became more confident with himself and his whole persona changed.  People began to treat him with more respect and after having Karl as his henchman made him feel invincible.  The things he did to his family and Ava were horrific and it came across as he had no conscience He did not care who he hurt when he released the dark power and was fixated in his learnings. Whilst Karl did have morals he turned to opium to quash them.

Although this is the 2nd book in the Singularity Cycle series, you do not have to read the first book.  The detail in the story showed how well the author did his research and while you are reading this you can imagine the sights and smells of the 1800s. Whilst the depraved lifestyle of Carsten’s siblings is described in detail, this helps you understand what sort of family he lived with and emphasised his need for knowledge. Whilst story started of slowly you had that sense of dread and as soon as Carsten began to do his research, the story became more intensified, with the pace quicken. With nightmarish deaths and demonic beings this takes you on a gruesome journey of a young man’s journey. A great read for horror lovers.

Awakening (Promiscus Guardians Book 1) by Brianna West

September 3, 2016 - 9:32 pm No Comments

Awakening (Promiscus Guardians Book 1) by Brianna West

Published on 29th September 2015

350 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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What would you do if you saw 2 gorgeous men leave your local bar, well if you were Izzy then you follow them to see what they are up to. What she did not expect is what happened to her after they caught her. Everything Izzy had read in her paranormal books, Demonic portals Angels, Demons, and magic were coming true. To help her adjust to her powers was Lucas and Paval, both Guardians and like her both Promiscus. Promiscus are half breeds a mixture of good and evil and all have to battle their dark side. Lucas is half Angel and Vampire. Paval is half Faerie and Warlock. From the start there is a spark between Lucas and Izzy and when they finally got together I did let out a cheer. Izzy is very headstrong and knows what she wants, and although not experienced in her powers she makes them work usually just by luck. Lucas is your typical tall and brooding type, he did annoy me a bit with him being too overprotective but when you are a 700 half breed and has seen death you can understand how he is with Izzy. Paval is like your young irritating brother, who provides the comedy in the book which got even funnier when he joins up with Bernie and Carl.  Although I can imagine him in a tutu. Each character had their own individuality and even the minor characters had an important part to play in the story.

The story was full of action and the fight scenes were intense especially the final battle. It was well paced and kept my interest to the end. The ending was nicely done, which gives scope for further books and looking at the author’s books, book 2 and 3 are already out. Also Victor and Paval have their own books. This book will appeal to anyone who likes the paranormal and by the end I am sure you will have picked your favourite Guardian

Tales from the Lake Volume 3 edited by Monique Snyman

August 26, 2016 - 9:58 am No Comments

Tales from the Lake Volume 3: Edited by Monique Snyman

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 26th August 2016

244 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Tales from The Lake Vol.3

I am going to start off with a confession, I have not read any of the other Tales from the Lake. So what is this book about. It’s a book that holds 19 of the most weird and amazing stories that you will ever read. It caters for all types, ranging from ancient monsters, ghost and even stories that have a sci-fi element. After reading this book you will definitely find a story or stories that you loved. Each story had its own individuality and I loved them all.

So not to spoil your enjoyment of the book, I am just going to write a one-line sentence on each story:

The Owl Builder by D Morgan Ballmer: What a twist at the end

Tragedy Park by Chris Pearce: That is one water park that I would not want to go to, creepy does not give this story credit

Enclosures by Sumiko Saulson: Reginald Henry Moore III a very conscientious body squatter

Woe, Violent and Water by Lily Childs: A short story that ranged from ancient to modern times, Enid was one evil woman.

The Cruel by Harper Hall by Harper Hall: This story gave me goose bumps; I could just imagine being in the school with that noise.

Red Scream with Little Smile by Paul Edmonds: When you start this story it seems pretty normal then the author hits you, is it a happy town at the end.

Maybelle by Mere Joyce: Ancient portals and an origami bird, a great short story that had so much contents.

Rodent in the Red Room by Matt Hayward: This story about an ancient monster, this story wants me to read more about Ben and would love a series.

The Deeper I Go the Deeper I Fear Natalie Carrol: A story about a brave boy and a Kelpie, put you off swimming in the lake.

The Pigmallion Pig: by Mark Allan Gunnells:  Joe is fixated on a children’s book but does not expect what where his fixation takes him.

Chemical Oasis by Tommy B Smith: An intense story about a highly addictive drug and the team sent to bring it down

Hush by Sergio Pereira:  Set in the surroundings of a derelict hospital, this story is not what you expect, and your introduction to the Dutch witches.

The Reaper’s Fire by Kenneth W Cain: This author draws you in to feeling sorry for Dana, but humans can be monsters or is she a very naïve girl

Effigy by Kate Jonez: Not what I expected from a job offer, don’t accept packages from strangers.

Scents of Fear by Steve Jenner: Kept me on the edge of my seat turning the pages quicker and quicker to find out if he got his target.

A Hand from the Depths by Dave De Burgh: Manolo gets abducted, but what was the reason for the abduction.

The Bet by Amy Grech: When a hazing goes wrong, great story.

The Monster of Biscayne Bay by Roxanne Dent: An ancient Indian monster Ishtikini, Lilly and what happened in 1955.

The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road by Jack Bates: As you read this story you presume this is about 2 senile men, but the further you get into it, you know something is not right.

I had not read any other stories written by these authors but the way they all wrote, has left me want to read more from each of them.  As these are all short stories, you have the choice either to read the book cover to cover or if you have a spare 10 minutes then pick up this book and read a story. Another great publication from Crystal Lake.