Posts Tagged ‘LGBTQ+’

Stalker/s by LJ Hasbrouck

February 20, 2019 - 10:56 pm No Comments

Stalker/s by LJ Hasbrouck

Published by NineStar Press on 14th January 2019

382 pages

There are not many stories that as I am writing the review, I am thinking of changing my star rating, but this was one of them as I am still thinking about the story a day after I finished the book.

Brian Jameson is disturbed by a gunshot, an intruder has broken into his house and scratched his mom. Being at the epicentre of the pandemic, Brian is forced to learn how to survive. Escaping with his grandfather, he joins up with old friends, twins Louis and Eva and they start their journey to a better life, but with the Stalkers and ruthless gangs hindering them, will they make it to the island of their dreams.

Brian was a quiet 19-year old, not knowing what he wanted to do with his life, he was going with the flow. Having lived a sheltered life, he was forced to grow up when his mom became ill and the virus began to spread, but even when he was danger, he always tried to show compassion. His friend Louis was the complete opposite, confident, a bit of a bad boy, he had a nasty streak and at times acted like a child having a strop, but together they were good for each other.

Whilst there are some similarities between Stalkers and Zombies, ie the virus was passed by fluid, they craved raw flesh: Stalkers felt more sinister. The virus changed the people whilst they were alive, they moved at speed and they planned their move. Creeping in the shadows they had an evil laugh which would make your skin crawl.

The variety of characters they come across were well described. Whether they were the cutthroat gang that took over a derelict fairground or the dynamic D whose only friend was a cat, they all had their own tales of survival. As you read you are following Brian on a journey of discovery, whether it was learning how to hunt or finding the real meaning of love. The love between Brian and Louis started off slowly and as the journey intensified so did their relationship.

Following 3 young people as they are travelling through a dangerous America was addictive and I had to force myself to put the book down to do real-life tasks. However, before I knew it I had finished the story. What can I say about the ending wow I didn’t see most of it coming.

This is the 1st story I have read by this author and it won’t be the last.   

Starblood (The Starblood Series Book 1) by Carmilla Voiez

January 20, 2019 - 7:49 am No Comments

Early this month for LGBTQ+ Month in Horror Ginger Nuts of Horror ran an interview with Carmilla Voiez. http://gingernutsofhorror.com/interviews/lgbtq-horror-month-author-interview-with-carmilla-voiez?fbclid=IwAR1xySuvoa6j-df48j9HL6aggCEwAfElvimD570OfSBlyTRqyWkfnwhRF58

Here is my review of Starblood

Starblood (The Starblood Series Book 1) by Carmilla Voiez

Published by Vamptasy Publishing 11th December 2018

273 pages

Steve or Satori to his friends loved magic. Having split up with his girlfriend Sarah (Star) all he could think off was getting her back. Using his research, he calls upon a demon to give him extra power to get Sarah back. However, in steps Lilith succubus, serpent, temptress of Eve, first wife of Adam, dark mother.

Satori was infatuated with Star to the point that it was an obsession. He was overconfident with his powers which made him come across as arrogant and cocky. Star was the complete opposite, everyone wanted to mother.

With a handful of characters, you get to know about each in depth. Raven likes to be in charge, the leader of the little group. Freya after a tragic loss gravitates to the group and Donna best friend of Star wanted more than friendship. Their friendship was strong which helped them cope with the prejudice of some people due to their Goth lifestyle. 

As soon as Satori casts the spell, you are drawn into a tale of love and betrayal. Whilst the love between Satori and Star used to be there and you sense how desperate Satori is. However, when Star was with Lilith you sensed that their love was real. It was sensuous with a hint of danger. However, I got the impression that Lilith was playing with Star’s emotions as a cat plays with its prey.

Scenes were described in detail and I enjoyed reading about the night outs which were very similar to my clubbing days. The kill scenes were graphic and showed just how brutal a woman’s scorn can be, whether it was out of protection or a jealous outburst. The sex scenes added intensity to the story as, as a reader, you had the facts at hand and knew that both Satori and Star would be angry when they found out what the other had been up to   

Whilst this story did not finish on a cliffhanger, I am curious to know what happens next. With its mixture of horror and romance, this will please dark readers.