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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.      

Nameless

December 21, 2015 - 6:01 pm No Comments

Author: Mercedes M Yardley
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Page Count: 308pp
Release date: 11th December 2015
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Luna Masterson, like her Daddy, could see the dark shadows at night, unlike her Mom and brother. At a birthday sleepover when a young child, Luna is the only one awake as the demon walks through a room of girls, tasting them.
The demonic love the taste of little girls.
When Luna starts screaming and shouting, Luna the Lunatic isn’t invited to another party.
Her Dad has to teach her how to keep quiet and not let the world know she can hear the voices. Not that it always works.
As an adult, there is only Luna and her brother Seth left, and after Seth’s wife, Sparkles, leaves him, Luna moves into his to help take care of his daughter Lydia. Lydia also has nightmares and Luna fears it’s hereditary.
Of course, everyone including her brother Seth, just thinks Luna is bonkers. At work as a phlebotomist, Luna loses it one day whilst taking blood samples from Reed Taylor, and when he demands to know who she was telling at, she tells him. Bad move.
However, Seth decides to bit the bullet and ask her about the demons. It’s a useful exposition technique, which allows Yardley to tell us that in the majority of instances demons have to be invited in, like mythical vampires. And demons come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, including smart and dumb. Thanks to Luna’s powers, demons are no longer able to see into Seth’s house.
Taking Lydia to show off at the supermarket, Luna runs into Reed again, as well as a demon leaching her power, and an invisible presence Following Reed that steps in to save the day. Who or what is the presence? Is it on her side? And what does Reed have to do with all of this?
Luna’s voice is strong and sarcastic, poking fun in the only way she can, in order to deal with the things she sees. The humour in this is rife, apart from the, argh, creepy bits, of which there are a few. Some of the various demonic character voices are really quite funny, particularly that of Mouthy Demon. My only real critique is the constant repetition of the name Reed Taylor, which interrupts the flow of the narrative somewhat. I understand the reasoning behind this but it doesn’t quite work.
On the plus side, there’s a helluva twist at about 70% ebook level, that adds a whole new dimension to the novel.
This is the most interesting and entertaining “I see …” Urban Fantasy I’ve read since Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series. Top notch stuff with a great cliffhanger. A marvellous book. I am eager to read the next book in the series, out July.

Demon Road

September 18, 2015 - 6:59 pm No Comments

Author: Derek Landy
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 27th Aug 2015
Page count: 512pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

I’m aware of Derek Landy from the Skullduggery Plesant books, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so when I heard about Demon Road, I knew I just had to give it a go. Especially when some of the reviews compare it to my favourite TV show, Supernatural.
And the book starts with a bang;
“Twelve hours before Amber Lamont’s parents tried to kill her, she was sitting between them in the principal’s office …”
She’s been called in by Mrs Cobb, because over the last month she has been involved in three altercations, nothing like her normal behaviour. It’s clear from the start that Amber is a strong, resilient character and as the quote says, “from the mouths of babes” – Amber’s logic and honesty in the face of adversity is honourable. Of course, the adversity isn’t what you think – it isn’t the threat from Mrs Cobb that’s the issue, it’s the calm way in which her parents react to Mrs Cobb and decide to ‘punish’ the principal.
Amber’s parents are odd, to say the least. Of course everything starts to make sense when Amber finds herself on the run, and on a hellish road trip on the Demon Road.
As always, Landy’s sense of humour shines through the narrative. On this demonic road trip we have the guy with the mysterious and dangerous background, Milo, Glen, the Irish youth exploring America and Amber. It is through Glen that most of the humour comes through, giving Landy a chance to share his Irish heritage. As for the car the group are travelling in, I can see why the publishers have compared this to Supernatural, as Milo’s car has the same amount of personality as Dean’s ‘Baby’ from that series. It’s a serious car for a serious dude!
Despite the humour there are also some dark and grim veins running through this book, which add to the overall enjoyment of the novel, from dark characters, to settings, to all manner of creatures, this is immense fun. There’s a section of the book, in the town Cascade a Falls, that reads very much like a classic Stephen King novel, but I refuse to say which one because of spoilers.
As well as the aforementioned comedy that is rife through the book, there’s also a great deal of poignancy and exploration of what exactly family is and how important family can be. And the end of the adventure is a helluva cliffhanger that means we know Amber has more adventures to come.
Skullduggery was good, but with Demon Road, Landy has outdone himself. A hellishly awesome book