Posts Tagged ‘Magic’

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.    

Shifting Identities (Criminal Elements Book 3) by Clare Meyers and Cris Meyers

December 16, 2018 - 2:18 pm No Comments

Shifting Identities (Criminal Elements Book 3) by Clare Meyers and Cris Meyers

Published 5th December 2018

328 pages

After surviving their last explosive heist, the team go their separate ways. However, Rook gets a phone call and the team are blackmailed to get back together, pull off the heist of the century or suffer the consequences.

Due to the difficulty of the heist, the planning and execution called on all the team’s talents. This enabled you to know more about the team in depth.Not only what magic each of them possesses,but more about their former lives. Thanks to the extra attention from Stone,Carlos is becoming more comfortable with his gifts and their relationship was becoming more like father and son.     

From the initial phone call,you are taken on an intricate journey. As more elements of the heist are known,you are left wondering whether they can pull it off. As the heist drew nearerthe story intensifies as the pace picked up. I flew through the last quarter of the book as I wanted to see whether all their plotting had worked.

Whilst the book did not end on a cliffhanger, it does leave you wondering what will happen next.  The details throughout, show just how well the story was plotted and this series is improving with every book. I hope to read more about this bunch of criminals. 

Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery

November 16, 2018 - 7:07 pm No Comments

Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 16th November 2018
307 pages

Beatrice and the rest of the Newshound had survived the Cryptic Crypt and now the darkening heart was lying dormant in Dorsal Finn. But like all evil entities, it won’t rest forever. Now on their school holidays, they are enjoying their freedom and looking forward to a celebrity party on The Spirit of the Ocean. But what they don’t plan for is revenge from a 16th-century witch.
Beatrice and her friends are a lot closer and you can tell that the prophecy of the Darkening heart is playing on their minds. Whilst Beatrice is still the star of the show, the story’s plot gave the opportunity for other characters to show what they are made of. One such character was Emily, being profoundly deaf did not stop her doing anything that she wanted, and when their lives were in danger she knew exactly what to do. She was confident and strong-minded, my only dislike was the football team that she supported, but I can forgive her for that. The other character that had matured was Thomas, Beatrice’s little brother, whilst he still annoyed her with his fixations you could see how much he cared for her and when they were separated, he put his fear aside to get involved in the fight.
From page 1 you are drawn into an action-packed adventure and with the magical element enables the author to introduce some very strange creatures. The story was a quick read as there was always something going on. The descriptive scenes enable your imagination going into overdrive. Scattered throughout are funny one-liners, usually down to Edna, Dorothy, Maud and Agnes, 4 old dears that like to put the world to rights and you will find yourself having a little giggle at their expense.
Whilst it is the 2nd in the series it can be read as a standalone as anything important is explained in detail. This is the perfect book for a youngster who wants a scary bedtime story or to encourage an older child to pick up a read. However, as an adult, I loved it as it reminded me of books like the Famous five or a Nancy Drew book. Another great addition to the Beatrice Beecham series.

Blood Spell Lily Luchesi

August 10, 2018 - 8:53 pm No Comments

Blood Spell by Lily Luchesi
Published by Vamptasy Publishing and Encompass Ink on 8th August 2018

Bloodworth and Moonspell are the two remaining old magical families. Rivals for years and Tobias and Simon were keeping the tradition alive. But when a Nash Thornhill a third mage who got his powers by deceit and wanted to kill them both. They must work together to stay alive.
This was a quick read and from the first page you are drawn into a magical story about love and betrayal. With only a few characters the story concentrates on Tobias and Simon. They were complete opposites and whilst Tobias was bullied by Simon, he always had an attraction for him. Although Simon was confident when he was with his friends, he was submissive and timid when he was with Tobias. Tobias was in his element when he was making his potions or playing in the dungeons.
When the prophecy was revealed, you had a sense of failure for their relationship but as the story continues there is hope. When Thornhill sees his chance to defeat the mages, the story is built up to a thrilling final battle.
I have not read many M/M books, but I knew with this author that I would be in for a good read. This book will not be for everyone and is definitely an 18+ read. However, if you want a quick fantasy love story than this is the book for you. I read this book in an hour and my only complaint was that I wish it was longer. As for the other characters, I hope that the author develops a story about Amy, the half fae.

Out today https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Spell-Lily-Luchesi-ebook/dp/B07GBHDSPX/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1533934250&sr=8-4&keywords=Blood+Spell

The Magician’s Curse: The Great Dagmaru Book 1 and The Magician’s Blood: The Great Dagmaru Book 2 by Linda G Hill

August 6, 2018 - 10:05 pm 1 Comment

The Magician’s Curse: The Great Dagmaru Book 1 by Linda G Hill
Published by LG Hill on 27th June 2017
258 pages

Herman was running away from her family. Her mom was mentally ill and her dad was rarely at home, when he was he liked a drink. Making sure her Chad her younger brother she jumped on a train to find a better life. Also, on the train was Stephen an amazing magician who after laying eyes on Herman offered her a job. The instant attraction between the Herman and Stephen was obvious to everyone, but the curse on Stephen’s family could put a stop to all their plans.
Having a dysfunctional family caused Herman to grow up quickly, and you forget how young she was. Herman’s background did make her cope better as she learnt more of Stephen’s past. However, there was times that she came across as a spoilt brat especially when Stephen spent a lot of time with Margaret and even after Stephen’s assurance she still wasn’t happy. Margaret whilst the 3rd wheel in the relationship, cared a lot for Herman and like a big sister helped saved Herman and Stephen’s relationship on several occasions. The unusual curse helped explain the bond between Stephen and his servants, especially the housemaid Nina and I can honestly say that I have not read another story involving a curse like that.
This was a quick read and I finished it in one sitting. As there are not many characters, the story revolves around Herman and Stephen and as the story continues more about Stephen is found out and you admire Herman more for her courage. Whilst I am not one to read a lot of PNR, I found this story kept my interest. There were a few sex scenes and whilst they were described detail, they did not detract me from the story. The magic acts were described in detail and I could imagine the audience sitting there in awe trying to work out he did the act.
Whilst it did not end on a cliff-hanger, it did leave a few questions unanswered and left me wanting to read book 2

The Magician’s Blood: The Great Dagmaru Book 2 by Linda G Hill
Published by LG Hill on 10th August 2018
454 pages

Stephen’s magical act is on tour all over Canada and with Herman playing a big part in the act, it looks like things are on track. However, Herman and Stephen’s relationship is as complicated as ever and with more of Stephen’s demonic side making an appearance could it get any worse.
With Nina temporarily out of the picture you would think it would help Herman’s relationship. However, the revelation of the incubus bloodline puts another strain on it. Although it explains a lot about other women’s attraction to Stephen. The tension between him and George Herman’s dad made the threat to Herman’s life more serious, although it did get a bit annoying as George had paid no attention to Herman when she was growing up.
With the addition of Stephen’s old coven friends and both of their families, enabled more magic to appear in the story. This story had more intensity than book 1 as Stephen had upped his game trying to break the curse. With the threat to Herman, a near death experience and heated family arguments made this story a page turner. The author kept you guessing till the end about Nina’s plans and whilst it was hinted it was still unexpected the ferocity of the attack. This story is definitely for adults as the sex scenes were graphic in parts, and whilst they did not add anything extra to the story, they helped enforce the incubus side of Stephen.
Whilst this could be the final book in the story, the ending gave hope for more from Stephen and Herman and of cause my favourite character Aunt Aggie.