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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

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

Angel Manor by Chantal Noordeloos

February 25, 2017 - 8:00 pm No Comments

Angel Manor by Chantal Noordeloos

Published by Horrific Tales Publishing on 12th November 2014

396 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

In honour of Women in Horror month this book was top of my list to read.

Freya has inherited Angel Manor from her “nutty” aunt, ignoring her mom’s wishes to sell it, she decides with her friends to turn it into a hotel. Strange things start as soon as they arrive, but with the nuns still haunting the building can they survive.

Freya was quite a weak needy character. Throughout this story, she never once stood on her own two feet. Whether at the start where she had Oliver and Bam to lean on, or further on with Logan or Marie-Claire, she always had someone there to watch her back. Although rather tiresome, it wasn’t a bad thing as it helped develop the other characters.  One of favourites was Terrance, a minor character but a bad lad trying to go good.

From the prologue to the final page there is enough gruesome action to keep the majority of horror fans happy whilst keeping with the traditional horror theme of the haunted house and the monster in the basement. Having evil nuns was a good idea as I always sense an air of sinisterism with them and feel that they have something to hide.

The suspense and terror builds up as the story progresses and just when you think the story has finished with the ending you expect; the author has one last surprise and another secret is revealed.

A fast-paced action filled book and another author I will follow

 

Searching for Sullivan by Carissa Ann Lynch

January 17, 2017 - 6:18 pm No Comments

Searching for Sullivan by Carissa Ann Lynch

Published by Limitless Publishing on 17th January 2017

215 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Veronica Von Derbach is a single mom to Sully.  After a disastrous boat ride, Sully goes missing, presumed dead. Veronica having to carry on living her life becomes a parapsychologist, a ghost hunter. The majority of her cases she has disproven the present of a ghost, but when a grainy photo of a ghost at Lake Merlott arrives across her desk, she knows she has to investigate.

Veronica is a very brave woman, after everything she went through, she still got her degree and was renowned in her field. In all her cases, she showed compassion to the clients. When she began investigating at Lake Merlott, she was still professional even though she was scared to find out the truth.

This book was full of suspense and kept my interest from the start. The twists in the book kept me guessing throughout, and I was really surprised with the final twist, it was definitely what I did not expect. It was written with such feeling, you could really feel Veronica’s pain.

As usual Carissa knows how to tell a haunting story and is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects. If you want a great story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then buy this book. 1st class

The Eleventh Letter by Tom Tomaszewski

December 19, 2016 - 8:31 pm No Comments

The Eleventh Letter by Tom Tomaszewski

Published by Dodo Ink on 25th October 2016

225 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

51nuznofa1lWhen Chris Katiwa began packing to move to a new premise, he didn’t think that finding some old tapes would stir up a load of memories. The tapes played the interviews between him an eager psychotherapist and Louise a young woman involved in a missing persons/murder case in Italy. Added to this is a mysterious woman who is rescued by Chris when she is outside his office in the heavy snow storm.

The author had a way of telling story, they kept me hooked from the beginning. The idea of the interview tapes was a good way to tell Louise’s story and you could just imagine listening to her voice whilst wondering if she was responsible for her friend’s demise.  Jumping to the time of the interviews we then follow Chris in his quest to get to the bottom of the mystery and to prove Louise’s innocence. Whilst reading I was on the edge of my seat as I was expecting something to happen. The introduction of Asha and Josephine was unexpected and I was surprised of their true identity. The way the story was laid out helped develop the main character as the young Chris in Italy was very unsure of his skill and lent a lot on his mentor, whilst when he got older and was working in Harley Street, he was confident in his abilities

With the story line incorporating London, Italy and the interview with Louise, you would expect this to be a confusing read, but it wasn’t, each chapter told you exactly when and where it was set.

It is hard to pigeon hole this book into one particular genre, but I would say that this is a Suspense Ghost story, that will keep you gripped.  I will definitely look out for more from this author