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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

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

Doorways Relaunch Blog Tour

January 10, 2018 - 6:29 pm No Comments

Today I am showcasing Doorways by Robert Enright. I am pleased to have been asked to review this book and at 99p for this week only, a book well worth the pennies.

Doorways: The First Bermuda Jones Casefile by Robert Enright
Published 7th December 2017
288 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Working for Behind The Curtain Organisation(BTOC), Franklyn Jones, Bermuda to his friends, had a skill, he found missing people. Not people who just up-sticks and wanted a better life, but the ones who left no trace. Having a gift to see “Others” creatures from another world, he protected he was tasked to keep the peace between the two worlds. Working with Bermuda was Argyle, an Other who lived on earth and worked with the humans. Most of their mission were easily solved, but when a high number of people went missing at a rapid rate and a strange symbol cropped up at every scene. Bermuda and Argyle had a race against the clock, when Barnaby a deranged other wanted to destroy humanity.
Bermuda was not your typical save the world type of guy. He smoked too much, ate a lot of Tic Tacs, did not like authority and hated his gift. I loved him, whilst his methods were quite unorthodoxed he got the job done. Argyle was the complete opposite, a warrior who took his job seriously. Saying that they worked well together and were more like friends than partners.
From the moment you start this book you are transported in to a Bermuda’s world. There is a lot of action in this story making it a fast-paced read. Throughout the story you learn about Bermuda’s past and you understand why he is so troubled and you do feel sorry for him. The final battle is built up to a climatic ending and if it was written a couple of months ago, it would explain why Big Ben is now silent. Thanks to the descriptive way the author wrote I could close my eyes and picture Bermuda, Barnaby and Argyle straight away, and would love to see these characters represented in a video game, like CSGO, that I always play with boosting online that help me gain rank in csgo.
Whilst this book has been categorised as sci-fi, paranormal and urban fantasy, it also has a mystery/ thriller feel to it and readers of any of these genres will enjoy it. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and with book 2 already in the pipeline I am looking forward to more of Bermuda Jones’ cases.

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