Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

Arithmophobia by Ruschelle Dillon

July 16, 2018 - 8:32 pm No Comments

Arithmophobia by Ruschelle Dillon
Published by Mystery and Horror LLC on 15th December 2017
144 pages

According to Google, Arithmophobia is the exaggerated, constant and often irrational fear of numbers.
Ruschelle plays on your fears with 9 short stories. Each short story featured the number 1-9. With a mixture of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and horror, some blended with humour, there is a short story to suit most readers.
Some of the stories I enjoyed were:
It Takes Two: Ahnna was rich and was never happy with her body. She knew that getting her breasts done would make her happy. So when her plastic surgeon, came up with a new procedure she knew she needed them and what was one little lie. This story builds up to the finale and what a finale. What I enjoyed was that there was no hints on the procedure until then end.
Three is as Magic as can be: When parents are being taken and all that remains is the child. Detective Oswald Quinn is on the case, 6 months on and still no suspect. Not only that but he is having problems at home with his son. With its dark thriller feel, this story grabbed me from the 1st blood stain on the floor. Reading this story, there was a feeling of dread and you could see Quinn slowly cracking under the pressure, as he was torn between his family and the case. A unexpected, heart-breaking ending.
A Perfect Eight: Dawn and Nicole are sisters. Both worked at their parent’s restaurant. Nicole the oldest and prettiest didn’t realise what she was doing to her sister. Things took a turn for the worse when customers who ate The Live Plate began to die. Made up of shrimp, oysters and octopus, the customers had to sign a waiver to eat it. But was it the dish that killed them. The story shows how far sisterly love can go. Throughout this story the author leads you down the wrong path, whilst I had my suspicions I could not work out the how. A story with a difference.
These are only three stories, but also making an appearance is a cheeky crude hysterical leprechaun in Seven Colors and the Four horseman in Four Men on Horses.
As an introduction to this author this a good read and I will be looking out for more from her

Snowflake by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

July 12, 2018 - 5:22 am No Comments

Snowflake by Heide Goody and Iain Grant
Published by Pigeon Park Press on 20th July 2018
433 pages

My Turn on the blog tour. This book is out 20th July 2018

What would you do if you came back off holiday, to find that your parents have sold their house and moved away without telling you. This such predicament happened to Lori Belkin. Still living at home at the age of 25, she had a degree, no job and spent all her time making cartoon strips for her blog. Moving into her brother’s she has to learn to survive, get a job and all she has is a strange pendant.
I loved Lori from the moment I started this book, she was like a breath of fresh air, so different from the majority of characters I read about. She had a heart of gold but everything she turned her hand to she messed up. She lived her life and was not ashamed of what she was. Having a friend like Cookie didn’t help either.
The relaxed style of the authors makes this story easy to get into. There is always something going on when Lori is around which in turn makes it a quick read. If normal life had not got in the way I would have finished it a lot quicker as I did not want to put it down. At lot of Lori’s actions had a domino effect and one small action turned into major events.
The magical theme runs through the book, but whilst it plays a big part in the story, it is downplayed as the story is about Lori and the changes she has and will make in her life. There are quite a lot of laugh out loud moments and one of my favourite scenes was when Lori booked a driving lesson just to take a ruined rug down the tip.
Set in Birmingham, I enjoyed reading about places I was familiar with and on Lori’s travels I could picture exactly where she was travelling.
I rarely mentioned covers when I write reviews, however when I saw this cover, I was wondering what the cover had to the story, but as you read it, it does become clearer and I had to giggle when these creatures were revealed. Although I would like to know what happened to them at the end.
This book should have at least two warnings whilst reading it. 1. Do not read in public as you will get strange looks when you are trying not to laugh. 2. Do not read whilst drinking a coffee as your kindle is likely to get wet. Overall this book is a brilliant example of a comedy book. Having read other books by these authors, I know that they can write a story, however this book is one of the best I have read. I for one would love to read more of Lori’s adventures and maybe other strange artefacts can find their way to her.

To purchase this book https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Snowflake-Heide-Goody-ebook/dp/B07F3X4XF2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531372580&sr=8-1&keywords=snowflake+heide+goody

Secondary Silence by Virginia Johnson

June 21, 2018 - 8:44 pm No Comments

Secondary Silence by Virginia Johnson
Published on 21st October 2017
138 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When Ashley died, she had not expected to wake up as a ghost, her only companion was Thaddeus, a powerful vampire. Ashley was a sensitive in life so when she became a ghost, she still had special powers. Living with Thaddeus, she spent her days interpreting visions, either the ones she receives or ones given to her by Thaddeus.
Ashley was sweet natured and you could see the pressure she was under. The relationship between Ashley and Thad was strong and whilst on the surface it was platonic, you could feel the love they had for each other. As the story continues their past is slowly relieved and you can see how good Ashley is for him.
If you have read any of this author’s work you know that she can write some harrowing scenes, usually resulting in someone dying and this book was no different. Ashley’s visions were descriptive and because she could not understand them straight away she had to keep reliving them which made the reader re-read them as well. The details in the visions were so illustrative that you could imagine the sights and smells, even down to the burning flesh.
As Ashley’s power’s getting stronger you wonder what is going to happen and I was reading into the night to get to the end. This is a quick read due to there always something going on. The author keeps you guessing about the significance of the visions and it is not till the end that it is all explained.
If you like vampire stories with more action than pick up this book and whilst this is a PNR is has enough blood in to keep me happy. My only complaint was it was too short and I wanted to know what was going to happen to them.

The Boogeyman’s Intern by Matt Betts

June 1, 2018 - 4:43 am 1 Comment

I have the pleasure to kick off the blog tour for The Boogeyman’s Intern. The Boogeyman’s Intern takes a lighthearted look at things that go bump in the night.

The Boogeyman’s Intern by Matt Betts
Published by Raw Dog Screaming Press 1st June 2018
218 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

As a child, did you have an imaginary friend. Did the tooth fairy visit you when you lost a tooth. These and other creatures all live together on the Hill, rubbing shoulders with the Gods from the ancient beliefs.
Abe was an imaginary friend, good at his job until he got bored. On his final strike, the committee gave him one more chance, find out who killed one of the elite, the boogeyman Ira. Being the first policeman on the Hill, he puts together a team involving his friend Zane another boogeyman and career counsellor Brady. One big problem, he did not know where to start, so had to rely on his connections in the otherworld.
Living in a land of imaginaries, you come across quite a lot of weird and wonderful characters and it is not often that you read about Norse Gods rubbing shoulders with tooth fairy assistants. Ade was a comical character who relied a lot on his quick comments. Coming across as sarcastic he did rub quite a few people up the wrong way. One of my favourite characters was Brady, who reminded me of one of those aging hippies who would be at camp singing Kumbaya.
I enjoyed how the author brought some of the human world into the Hill, Zane’s obsessiveness over a police badge and Ade would fall back on police TV shows he watched when he was an imaginary friend. What starts out with a mysterious death soon turns into a matter of life and death. The story was a quick read and I really got into it until about 50% as Ade was shown into a cave housing all sorts of strange creatures. This stopped me in my tracks as I could not understand where the story was going but as I kept reading, it became clear the reason for that particular journey. Throughout the story you find out more of Abe former life and his relationship with the human boy Truman. There are some laugh out loud moments thanks to Ade and a unlikely character of a deranged Tooth Fairy, and there were times when you felt sorry for the life Ade had and the troubles he had to overcome. The story reminded me of Monsters Inc. for adults as like the film, the imaginaries relied on children to believe in them
This is the first book I have read by this author and I am interested in to reading more of his work. If you like your fantasy read with a difference than pick up this book.

About the Author
Each night Matt Betts fills a bathtub full of pop culture and then soaks in it, absorbing it through every pore. It’s not pretty. The Ohio native is the author of the speculative poetry collections Underwater Fistfight and See No Evil, Say No Evil, as well as the novels Odd Men Out and Indelible Ink. He lives in Columbus with his wife and their two boys.
Raw Dog Screaming Press’ Science Fiction/ Adventure Imprint, Dog Star Books, Thrives
In 2013 RDSP celebrated its 10th year in publishing by launching a Science Fiction imprint, Dog Star Books, to much fanfare. The initial releases have received lots of critical praise. Dog Star Books brings readers’ favorite sub-genres of Science Fiction Adventure under the imprint’s unifying brand. Explosive covers by artist Bradley Sharp invoke the ideas of new pulp, strange worlds, and futures that never were or will be. Dog Star is the destination where meta meets pop, where intellect is fun, and where imagination pulses in all its sensual glory.

Ever Shade( A Dark Faerie Tale Book 1) by Alexia Purdy

May 7, 2018 - 8:14 pm No Comments

Ever Shade( A Dark Faerie Tale Book 1) by Alexia Purdy
Published by Lyrical Lit Publishing 24th October 2012
282 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Shade like most teenagers had the usual worries, what was she going to do after high school, would her best friend ever stop getting into trouble and what where the voices in her head. Whilst walking home from school, the voices lead her to an abandon warehouse and the start of an adventure.
At the start I felt that some of the plot did not make sense. Getting drawn into a magical battle and then being introduced to a lightening faerie, most girls would have freaked but Shade took it all in her stride and followed him to the Faerie world. However once I got past that I did enjoy the story. Shade at times showed her vulnerable side which proved that she was not completely comfortable with the task at hand and the news about her heritage. Going on a quest enables the author to introduce us to all different type of faerie folk and I liked that each clan had different powers. It also helps you learn more about Shade and the speculation of her ancestry.
The story is like a rollercoaster and at times it was a good job that Shade was not 100% human as she would have been dead as soon as she walked out the cave. Soap and Jack add some fun and whilst they are older they sometimes act like proper teenage boys. With the addition of Dylan, there is a hint of a love interest and I cannot wait to see how she explains his appearance to her mom
Whilst this is a good introduction to the series there is still a lot of questions unanswered and I hope that some off them will be in answered in future books. This is ideal for teenagers and anyone who likes the faerie folk