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The Devil and the Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly (book 2 in the Creative Series)

May 19, 2019 - 6:01 pm No Comments

The Devil and the Muse by Mandy Jackson-Beverly (Book2 in the Creative Series)

Published by Cricket Publishing on 12th June 2017

284 pages

The immediate threat is over and happy to live in Italy with Gabriel and her family, Coco is getting more comfortable with her gifts. But when a concerned friend and her paintings highlighted the plight of teenage girls, Coco knows that the Allegiance has got to step in. However, with the team have to split up to cover two missions, things go from bad to worse.

Due to the majority of the characters already known to us, the book seemed to flow a lot quicker and the story was fast paced. Whilst Coco still had a major role to play, the story concentrated on some of the other characters and we learn a lot more about Pelayo, an El Salvadoran vampire and Sabine, a doctor who fights for the vulnerable. Also helping the Allegiance was a vampire with a surprising background. Whilst the main mission concentrates on the missing girls, Prudence has her own mission and it gives us the chance to meet some of her ancestors and learn more about her life. Whilst we know that Kenan is behind the trouble, the story goes further to explain why he is the way his.   

Due to the nature of the subject matter, this story came across a lot darker than book 1, but this just helps enforce just what Coco and company are up against. As I mentioned it was a faster pace due to the fact there was always something going on. The art still played a big part in the story and the picturesque descriptions of the paintings enable you to imagine them as you are reading.

A good addition to this fantasy series and I am looking forward to reading The Immortal Muse which came out on 31st March 2019

A Secret Muse (The Creative Series Book 1) by Mandy Jackson-Beverly

May 19, 2019 - 11:53 am No Comments

A Secret Muse (The Creative Series Book 1) by Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Published by Cricket Publishing on 1st February 2016

300 pages

Coco Rhodes was happy with her life, an artist and teacher, she enjoyed her freedom. Her brother Chris was a member of a secret society The Allegiance, and whilst her family and friends were members, she wanted nothing to do with them. However, when her life was put in danger, she had no choice but to accept their protection. But could that be enough to save her from Kenan, one of the evilest vampires they have come across  

I liked Coco, she was happy to be herself, she was a free spirit, lost in her art and content with her own company. Even though her best friend and her brother were part of The Allegiance, she wanted nothing to do it, which showed how headstrong she was. Even after her accident, she was still stubborn and was literally forced into having additional protection. 

I enjoyed how the supernatural overlapped with the real world, regular humans were not aware that supernatural beings lived and worked with them. Only a few people knew about the Allegiance and this kept everyone safe. Due to the society being large, they’re quite a few characters in the story, but each one is relevant to the story and when we are introduced to them, parts of their backstory is revealed. As the story continues you soon come to realise how their lives interweave with each other and how they are connected in the future. There are various supernatural beings in this story, witches, vampires, to name but a few. All have an important role in the story.

This story was well researched and as some of the characters are vampires, the story spans over a long time period. Whilst I do not know anything about art, I enjoyed reading about the supernatural involvement used to create some of the most famous paintings. The scenic views of Italy and the places visited were described in fine detail and whether it is the 15th century or the modern day you feel like you are transported there. The pace would quicken with the action, making it more intense. The fight scenes were full on, but the characters would change from fighters to lovers in a few scenes, slowing the pace making it an enjoyable read.  

This is a book for adults and whether you are looking for those tall dark and brooding men or just a good fantasy read to start a new series than this is the story for you.  

Osgood As Gone: A Spectral Inspector Mystery (Book 1) by Cooper S Beckett

April 27, 2019 - 3:17 pm No Comments

Osgood As Gone: A Spectral Inspector Mystery (Book 1) by Cooper S Beckett

Published by Horror & Carnage Press on 22nd April 2019

356 pages

When a mysterious email turns up in Prudence Osgood’s inbox, is it a prank or will it be the start of something sinister? With the help of Zack, her partner in crime can she get back into the investigating.

Straight away I liked Prudence Osgood, she wasn’t little miss perfect and had to work for everything she accomplished. Having been injured in a car crash over 10 years ago, she was getting through the day with a mixture of alcohol and painkillers. She had a way of rubbing people up the wrong way, but underneath her cold exterior, she had a heart of gold and hated having to rely on others for help. As you read her story, you learn more about her big break up with the love of her life Audrey Frost and how it ruined both their careers. But when the case reveals information that would affect Audrey, Osgood puts the animosity behind her to involve Audrey and the longer they spend together, you can see their defences start to crumble.  Zach was the computer geek, having all the high tech gadgets, he was a whizz with search engines and knew people in the know, who could help them, although I did think he was a bit excited when he got to play with a record player.

The mystery was well plotted and even though there was a lot going on, secret messages, an aged rock band, vinyl records, missing people and mysterious messages, you can follow the plot with ease. The story is a steady pace until the last quarter of the book when you sense that Osgood is nearer to find out what is going on. The scenes are more intense and I found myself putting real life on hold to finish the story. As well as solving the mystery Osgood has quite graphic nightmares and through these, you learn just how horrific the car crash was and the closer Osgood comes to cracking the mystery, the more graphic the nightmare become.   

This book has it all, horror, a mystery, love and some laugh out loud moments usually down to Osgood’s quick wit. Finishing on a cliff-hanger, I hope I don’t have to wait long for some more of Osgood and I will be following this author closely to see when it is going to be published.

The Coven Rescue (The Coven Series Book 3) by Lily Luchesi

March 23, 2019 - 6:58 pm No Comments

The Coven Rescue (The Coven Series Book 3) by Lily Luchesi

Published by Vamptasy Publishing on 19th March 2019

360 pages

With the latest threat neutralised, life in the Coven has resumed back to normality. Harley is busy brewing potions and trying to work out her feelings for Caelum. Nick and Roger are still in love and working for PID and her best friend Greta is running a successful pub. That was until Caelum had a run in with the mysterious organization the “Zoo”. With no help from the PID, it looks like Harley and co are on their own.

What I enjoy about this series is although Harley is the star of the show, the majority of the story showcases other characters. In this story you learn more about Caelum half wizard half Lynx shifter rare even in the supernatural world. His backstory covers from when he was a teenager up until the day he died. Showing that he has always been a bad boy trying to be good. Whilst knowing Caelum’s story we learn more about his 1st love Draven, Harley’s Godfather. This helps Harley when she is researching the Zoo.

Yet again Harley is put under a lot of pressure, but thanks to the support she gets, she never does it alone. The wizard behind the zoo was cleverly concealed and whilst I thought I knew who was behind I was wrong. This was a fast-paced book as there was always something going on and I read it in a day. One added touch I liked was the addition of pop culture into the text, whether it was a song title or a film quote, I read it with a smile on my face. There were some shock moments that I never saw coming and all I can say is I hope that the author has already started writing the 4th in the series as I want to know what is going to happen next.

An excellent addition to this YA series.    

Rosamund: A Psychic Surveys Companion Novel (Book 3) by Shani Struthers

March 10, 2019 - 7:16 pm No Comments

Rosamund: A Psychic Surveys Companion Novel (Book 3) by Shani Struthers

Published by Storyland Press/Authors Reach on 17th January 2019

168 pages

If you have read any books in the Psychic Surveys series, then you will already know Ruby Davis, but who did she inherit her powers from. Documental evidence has come to light, written by Rosamund, an ancestor of Ruby explaining her powers.

Growing up without her mom, Rosamund spent all her time in their stately home Mears House. Having no contact with the outside world, Rosamund now 16 spent all her time reading and drawing. When she did see her dad, all he asked was “What do you see?”.  

Reading this story from Rosamund’s POV, conveyed just how lonely she was, her only contact was the maid Josie and she was torn between wanting to be friends and her place in the house. However, when she went to London with all the new sights and smells she was like another person. Her acquaintance with Constance showed her what she had been missing when it came to female companionship. However, things take a turn for the worse and as her dad shows her his real reason behind his obsession, she finds a friend in the most unlikely place and slowly she understands her abilities.

This was a well-researched book and from chapter one, you are transported into the Edwardian era. Some of my favourite scenes where Rosamund’s trips to London as you saw Rosamund blossom whilst you were reading. Whilst you are aware that this is a ghost story, it was done subtly and as you are reading, there are no clues that Rosumund is talking to a ghost. This gives it a believable feel as Rosamund was unaware of her gifts. This was a quick read and as the story builds into a life or death situation, you get the feeling that all is lost.

Whilst this is part of the psychic surveys series, this is a standalone and is a good introduction to the author’s work.