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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.

The Reaper (SE Rises The Fade series book 1) by SE Rise

July 26, 2018 - 9:45 pm No Comments

The Reaper (SE Rises The Fade series book 1) by SE Rise
Published on 12th October 2017
258 pages

A Reaper’s life is a busy one. Travelling around collecting the souls of the recently deceased. Jakaro or Jack was one such Reaper. To help him do his job without disturbance, his has an enchantment that makes people forget him as soon as they see him, this results in it being a lonely life. However, when he goes to buy a sandwich and meets Brin who does not forget him, he wanders if his life will change. But things do not always go smoothly and when Marley, an associate from his past arrives to cause trouble. Jacks life just got interesting.
At the start it felt that Jack was just doing his job on auto pilot. Whist he was dedicated it felt that he was missing something. However, as soon as he met Brin, it was like he had a purpose. Spending time with her bought out his gentle side. Brin was feisty and confident and as a couple they were perfect. Throughout the story you find out what Jack’s relationship with Marley was and the reasons behind Marley’s actions. Marley was a character you love to hate, a highly intelligent character who had planned everything to the finest detail.
Reading this story, you are taking on a journey, following Jack as collects the souls and whilst he plays the hero. When he takes Brin into the Fade was one of my favourite parts. The gift he gave her to enjoy her time there was magical. The Fade was an amazing place and it was so well described, you could imagine being there. Secondary characters Marshall Wyatt Earp and Ginger, were two characters I would like to know more about.
It was non stop action, making it a quick read. There were parts that was full of suspense and I could not imagine how Jack could accomplish all he did. The story was well planned as Marley’s end result was unexpected. This is a must for paranormal lovers and as a first in the series, it is a good introduction to the Fade.

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.

Secondary Silence by Virginia Johnson

June 21, 2018 - 8:44 pm No Comments

Secondary Silence by Virginia Johnson
Published on 21st October 2017
138 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When Ashley died, she had not expected to wake up as a ghost, her only companion was Thaddeus, a powerful vampire. Ashley was a sensitive in life so when she became a ghost, she still had special powers. Living with Thaddeus, she spent her days interpreting visions, either the ones she receives or ones given to her by Thaddeus.
Ashley was sweet natured and you could see the pressure she was under. The relationship between Ashley and Thad was strong and whilst on the surface it was platonic, you could feel the love they had for each other. As the story continues their past is slowly relieved and you can see how good Ashley is for him.
If you have read any of this author’s work you know that she can write some harrowing scenes, usually resulting in someone dying and this book was no different. Ashley’s visions were descriptive and because she could not understand them straight away she had to keep reliving them which made the reader re-read them as well. The details in the visions were so illustrative that you could imagine the sights and smells, even down to the burning flesh.
As Ashley’s power’s getting stronger you wonder what is going to happen and I was reading into the night to get to the end. This is a quick read due to there always something going on. The author keeps you guessing about the significance of the visions and it is not till the end that it is all explained.
If you like vampire stories with more action than pick up this book and whilst this is a PNR is has enough blood in to keep me happy. My only complaint was it was too short and I wanted to know what was going to happen to them.

Skin Deep (Paranormal Detectives Book 6) by Lily Luchesi

June 11, 2018 - 8:03 pm No Comments

Skin Deep (Paranormal Detectives Book 6) by Lily Luchesi
Published by Vamptasy Publishing on 10th June 2018
153 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Empress Angelica Mancini, is enjoying her reign over the Vampire world. Travelling abroad with Danny, all thoughts of the Paranormal Investigates Division was at the back of her mind. But when a Skin Changer is threatening her agents then she knew that she was back in action.
Angelica was as bad ass as usual, the time away from the PID, had not soften her at all. As soon as she knew that her agents were in trouble she was quick enough to jump into action. Clad in her trade mark leather clad outfit, she was not afraid to get her hands dirty. Her relationship with Danny is as strong as ever and they soon slipped into their old ways when they began to investigate the Skin Changer. Even when their relationship was cracking you knew they were still dedicated to the case. Needing extra help enabled the author to introduce a new character and allowed us to learn more about Danny.
Whilst Angelica and Danny were full vampire, I enjoyed that the author didn’t lose their human emotions. This helped show how dangerous the mission was and as the Skin Changer was a savage creature, its kills were vicious. Reading this story , you can tell that the author loved Harry Potter as there were lots of one lines relating to this franchise, one in particular was Hermes was described as pulling a Severus Snape on Angelica.
Although this is the 6th in the series, this can be read as a standalone story and whilst I have read others in this series I have not read them all. I felt that I did not miss out as past scenes relevant to the story were explained in detail. The fight scenes were intense and at time you think that all is lost. Every character is described in detail and even the minor characters play a part in telling this story. I am pleased that there will be more in the series as it did end on a cliffhanger. Whilst reading this story I could imagine it as a TV series and this series would appeal to Fantasy and Buffy lovers.
Roll on number 7 and I am off to catch up on this series