Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

The Coven Rescue (The Coven Series Book 3) by Lily Luchesi

March 23, 2019 - 6:58 pm No Comments

The Coven Rescue (The Coven Series Book 3) by Lily Luchesi

Published by Vamptasy Publishing on 19th March 2019

360 pages

With the latest threat neutralised, life in the Coven has resumed back to normality. Harley is busy brewing potions and trying to work out her feelings for Caelum. Nick and Roger are still in love and working for PID and her best friend Greta is running a successful pub. That was until Caelum had a run in with the mysterious organization the “Zoo”. With no help from the PID, it looks like Harley and co are on their own.

What I enjoy about this series is although Harley is the star of the show, the majority of the story showcases other characters. In this story you learn more about Caelum half wizard half Lynx shifter rare even in the supernatural world. His backstory covers from when he was a teenager up until the day he died. Showing that he has always been a bad boy trying to be good. Whilst knowing Caelum’s story we learn more about his 1st love Draven, Harley’s Godfather. This helps Harley when she is researching the Zoo.

Yet again Harley is put under a lot of pressure, but thanks to the support she gets, she never does it alone. The wizard behind the zoo was cleverly concealed and whilst I thought I knew who was behind I was wrong. This was a fast-paced book as there was always something going on and I read it in a day. One added touch I liked was the addition of pop culture into the text, whether it was a song title or a film quote, I read it with a smile on my face. There were some shock moments that I never saw coming and all I can say is I hope that the author has already started writing the 4th in the series as I want to know what is going to happen next.

An excellent addition to this YA series.    

D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret by Chris Turnbull

February 3, 2019 - 1:39 pm No Comments

D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret by Chris Turnbull

Published 27th October 2015

303 pages

If you ask folk what they know about Whitby, you either hear they do great Fish and Chips or Dracula.

Three years after Dracula was published, women are being murdered in Whitby, left with every victim was a calling card showing D: Detective Matthews is tasked with finding the culprit. Victoria is visiting Whitby with her politician husband, enjoying the sights and sounds oblivious to the attention she is attracting.

Mainly written from the POV of Victoria and D: helps you understand the danger that Victoria is in and the difficult job Det. Matthews had to do. Throughout the story, you don’t know much about D:,  he is a loner with an unhealthy fixation with Dracula and as Dracula obsessed over Mrs Harker, D: obsessed over Victoria.

As a historical fiction novel, this is well researched and as you are reading, you are transported back to Victorian Whitby. The descriptive writing has you imagining walking down the cobbled streets, smelling the sea air. Every character is the story is brought to life whether it is the children playing in the street or Victoria and Albert taking an afternoon stroll enjoying the Whitby sights. Like other’s, my favourite character was Tom, an 8-year-old carriage driver, who whilst having a difficult life, was a polite and conscientious young boy.

The story builds up to an exciting ending, which has you questioning the species of D: Ending on a cliffhanger, book 2 is already out. This a gothic crime thriller that anyone who loves historical crime needs to pick up

Deviations from the Norm by Mark Allan Gunnells

January 28, 2019 - 8:56 pm No Comments

Early last week as part of LGBTQ+ month Ginger Nuts of Horror posted an interview with Mark Allan Gunnells. If you want to read more of the interview here it is http://gingernutsofhorror.com/interviews/lgbtq-focus-five-minutes-with-author-mark-allan-gunnells

 

I was introduced to this author’s work when I read Where the Dead Go to Die in collaboration with Aaron Dries. Mark Allan Gunnells is one author that when a new book is released, I one-click straight away. Deviations from the Norm is the latest release

Deviations from the Norm by Mark Allan Gunnells

Published 22nd September 2018

302 pages

This book consists of three novellas of variant lengths, each one with a different theme and all three will draw you in.

The Unholy Eucharist is the longest of the novellas. When Peter, a stranger to Father Ryan wants to tell him his story, he didn’t believe what he was hearing.  Spanning over centuries this story tells the tale of the events leading up the 1st vampire and how he learnt to survive. With a well-known religious story as the backstory, I really enjoyed this novella. As the story progresses, you follow Peter on a journey that has its ups and downs, going from someone who everyone loved to a loathed creature. As I was reading this story I really felt for Peter as all he wanted to do was save a life. As it covers a long period of time, you appreciate how Peter had to adapt to the society he was living in, to protect his secret and others that he came into contact with. Having to learn to make his own decision from all the information and dramatic life-changing events thrown at him. The ending to this story was ingenious and has you wondering what would happen next.

Kronoz: Martin Garland had not had a good childhood, living with an alcoholic mom, he never knew who his father was and was too scared to ask. However, after one drinking session, his mom revealed a secret that would have an everlasting memory. Whilst his childhood wasn’t perfect, his adult life was a success. Throughout all his success, he had a burning desire to help his mom and Kronoz was invented. Martin was one of those characters that I took an instant like to, whilst he had a difficult upbringing, he never made excuses and always tried to be the best. The older he got, he always kept that ethos with whatever he was doing. The invention of time travel have you wondering what would you do in that situation and I could understand why it was done.     

The Price of Success is a story of two university friends who both studying English. Throughout their education, there was talk of a book collaboration and whilst they both dream of success as authors, only one gets what they think they want. Mat and Brad were complete opposites and as you read this story,  you realise how much their personality changes with the success that is given. When the deal is made with Mr Pyre, the twists that follow have you guessing where the story was taking you. The story reached a perfect ending, which I was pleased to read.

This is a good read for any horror or fantasy reader. The stories are short enough for you to read in one sitting as once you start one, you will not want to put it down. I am looking forward to what this author is going to bring out in 2019     

The Girl in the Fort by Tracy Fahey

November 19, 2018 - 10:47 pm No Comments

The Girl in the Fort by Tracy Fahey
Published by Fox Spirit Books on 26th October 2017
230 pages

Vivian was a city girl born and bred in Dublin, she acted older than her age. When her dad had to go to America, he left her with her maternal grandparents. Not knowing anything about them and being stuck in the country with nothing to do, she hated everything about it. However, when she began to learn about the folklore and found the fort, her time there became more interesting.
Vivian was like a lot of young girls, living in a city there was always something to do. Staying in the country she had a lot of adjusting to do.
Set in the 80s I enjoyed reminiscing whilst I read this story, especially getting Smash Hits every week and using the family phone to make a call and not to chat for ages.
As the author is an expert in folklore, I knew that I would be transported into a magical read and I was not disappointed. A coming of age story, you follow Vivian as she makes new friends and starts to believe in magic. When there was trouble she showed a certain level of maturity which you would not expect in such a young girl. Scattered throughout the story was old folklore tales told by her Grandma, and I enjoyed reading her stories as it linked the past to Vivian’s present. This was an easy read as it was so beautifully written, the descriptive writing enabled you to imagine that you had found the fort and was exploring the countryside. As I was reading this I did wonder whether the author delved into her childhood for her ideas as I imagined her listening to tales told by her grandma.
This is a perfect book for any age and a book that you get so involved in that you can read it in one sitting. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and I hope that she brings out more novels.

The Flesh of Trees by Kath Middleton

November 5, 2018 - 6:26 pm No Comments

The Flesh of Trees by Kath Middleton
Published by Hilltop Press on 24th March 2018
176 pages

Tronhafen is a logger’s village, everyone who lived there worked for Grassen, an unethical employer who was only out to make a profit. Children have been going missing for as long as the villagers can remember. Every child had been warned not to go into Green Woods, but in any close community, there is always that one child who ignores the warnings.
Sylvie Hummel was 12-year-old girl, with a bit of a rebellious streak. Looking for adventure, she ignored the warning about going into the woods. When she entered the woods, what she saw would change her life for ever. Ancient trees covered the land each with their own stories to tell. Although she was young, she had an old head on her, and when the troubles started at the mill, she understood the danger that was coming to the village. Going into the wood she soon found out the secret of the Green wood and was quick enough to share it with her cousin Erik
The use of ancient trees to tell the story gave it a unique storyline that I have not come across before. The author’s descriptive style had you feeling that you were walking the paths with Sylvie. As the story spanned over 18 years, you follow the families as they age and grow. This story shows how humans can ruin the environment with their profit-making mentality and with more forest been destroyed does make you think. With its fantasy style to the story, you will have more respect for the gnarled oak that you see in the woods and will wonder what story they have to tell.
This is a gentle read and a good introduction to this new to me author