Posts Tagged ‘Ghosts’

Descension: Psychic Surveys Book Five by Shani Struthers

July 7, 2018 - 9:06 pm No Comments

Descension: Psychic Surveys Book Five by Shani Struthers
Published by Authors Reach/Storyland Press on 13 May 2018
332 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Whilst I have read the accompanying novellas to this series I have not read any of the main books. However that is not an issue as each one can be read as standalone.
The calls for help were increasing from the residents of Brookbridge housing estate. Built on the grounds of a renowned mental asylum, an expansion of the estate is planned and the spirits are getting restless. Ruby and the rest of the Psychic Survey team know they need to act, but with an ongoing case taking up Ness and Theo’s time and Ruby’s private life taking her on an emotional journey. Can they save the past.
As the owner of the Psychic Survey company Ruby was very sure of what she was doing. Never one to be ashamed of her gift, her positive attitude makes her good at what she does. However the spirits at Brookbridge are tough and she needs all of her and the team’s efforts to try and get the job done. The team whilst being work colleagues are more like a family and when Ruby need a shoulder to cry on, they were all their for support.
As this book was set partly in a mental asylum, some of the scenes were quite saddening especially the procedures that were once used. Whilst I knew some of what happened in the 19th and early 20th century asylums, it still shocked me the length of time some of the procedures went on for and the reasons people were hospitalised. The scenes were well researched and tackling a subject like mental health needs to be handled with sensitivity and this author achieved that 100%. The tension built up and I found myself reading quicker and quicker to find out what happened. To break up the tension, there are some comedy moments thanks to Jed the Ghost dog, one instance is when he begs for some bacon.
I hope this series can go on and on and I’m off to read the earlier books.

The Frighteners:Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death and Gore by Peter Laws

March 22, 2018 - 6:40 pm No Comments

The Frighteners: Why we Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death and Gore by Peter Laws
Published by Icon Books Ltd on 22nd March 2018
320 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

If you have followed my reviews you know that I have not reviewed any non-fiction. The reason is that I like to take myself off to a fictional world. However when I was asked to read The Frighteners written by ordained Baptist Minister Peter Law, it piqued my interest to see what he wrote.
Every chapter was dedicated to a different horror topic and chapter one is a bio of the author. Whilst reading it I was so pleased that I had found someone else who had the same interests and even had the same type of friends and colleagues. Whilst I do not have a large Hammer House of Horror poster in my office, I collect creepy dolls and have macabre pictures in my lounge and yes my work colleagues think I am weird. Other chapters are Theatre of Blood, Wired for Fright, Hiding the Bodies, Zombies Everywhere, Killer Culture, The Beast Within, Deadtime Stories, The Haunted and Sister.
With each chapter you read, you get to learn more about the author as he always had a personal story to tell. Whether it was meeting George A Romano (so jealous) or touring a funeral parlour, he has done so much for his love of horror. Every chapter was packed with plenty of research, making this book an absorbing read and whilst I read it I learnt a lot about the history of the macabre. Included in the research were interviews with people who are experts in their field. Having all the research enabled him to argue both sides eloquently and he showed how his love of horror strengthen his faith.
Throughout this book I was googling facts as there were so many topics that I wanted to know more about. Living not far from Hull, I was extremely interested in the goings on there and unfortunately I made the mistake of mention the werewolf sightings to my teenagers and now my son wants to go on a werewolf hunt.
Whilst there was a lot of serious discussion, there was also some laugh out loud moments and I can just picture two grown men walking round Hull dragging two peppered steaks, hoping to lure a werewolf.
Finishing this book is a HP Lovecraft quote That is not dead which can eternal lie and with strange aeons even death may die, which I think sums up this book
This was a great read and whilst I do not read non fiction, I am glad that I have got the chance to read it. Now I’m off to read Purged, his horror novel.

Haunted Ends by Elizabeth Price

February 16, 2018 - 4:24 pm No Comments

Haunted Ends by Elizabeth Price
Published on 4th November 2014
135 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Rocky and Rose produce and star in Dead Inns, a paranormal show. Sam Thomas small in stature transports diamonds for a living. One trip ends in his fatality and its up to Rocky to solve his murder and find his diamonds.
Sam was a great character, in life he knew his limitations but just got on with it. Used to be bullied about his height, he was a bit of a loner. However when he was a ghost, none of that bothered him and whilst he only attached himself to Rocky to solve his murder, a true friendship developed. Rocky came across a bit arrogant at the start especially over his car. Although as the story progressed I grew to like him and even after everything that happened to him his still wanted to solve the case.
The was a quick easy read that you can just pick up and get into. With back stories of other ghosts thrown into the story, tells just how much history the Juniper Hotel had. This had a mixture of fantasy, mystery and comedy all thrown into one and Sam one-liners had me laughing out load. The topic of dwarfism was handled with sensitivity and never once was it mocked. What it did show was some of the issues the condition causes.
As a first book in the series this is a good start and as the rest are on kindle unlimited I will be reading them and to follow more of Sam and Rocky’s ventures.

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

First Contact (Haunts for Sale Series Book 1) by Kat Green

December 23, 2017 - 7:12 pm No Comments

First Contact (Haunts for Sale Series Book 1) by Kat Green
Published by The Wild Rose Press Inc on 1st June 2016
180 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After her fiancé, Michael died, Sloane Osborne knew she had to see him again. With her love of paranormal and her job of selling haunted houses, she knew that one day she would meet him again. When a job came up a year and a day to his death she knew that this was the best time to get her wish. Travelling to Wisconsin to visit the house, she gets more than she bargains, but even after being warned can she stay away.
Throughout this book you could feel Sloane’s grief, you could sense that she really missed Michael. When her life was in danger, she showed how brave she was, however every now and again her vulnerability would peak through and you knew she just wanted to curl up and die. When she knew she needed help, there was only one person she calls, Jonah, Michael’s best friend and a FBI agent. The connection between Sloane and Jonah was strong and as the story progressed you learn more about their friendship. Thanks to Jonah’s gift of seeing dead people, he was handy to have around. When Sloane is introduced to the ghosts, its not pretty. Each girl relives their death and you understand how much pain they were in at the end.
The author has a gift for taking you in the wrong direction and builds the story to a dramatic climax making it a page turner. A good ending and I am eager to read the 2nd book Second Sight to see how much more trouble Sloane can get into