Posts Tagged ‘Paranormal’

Someone like me by MR Carey

November 12, 2018 - 6:05 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for  Someone like me by MR Carey.

 

Someone like me by MR Carey
Published by Orbit on 6th November 2018
512 pages

Liz Kendall suffered mental and physical abuse from her ex-husband. A meek and mild individual, some people would say she was a walk over. But when she fought back at her ex, she let her dark side come to the surface.
10 years after being kidnapped by Bruno Picota, Fran was still suffering mental trauma. Things changed in front of her eyes and some people appeared as two. However, a chance meeting with Zac, Liz’s son, gets her embroiled in a phenomenon that will put her life in danger.
Liz had a great relationship with her children and her son Zac would fight for her to the end. However, being a family that close they soon notice subtle differences and I understand how hard it was for Zac to realise that there was something wrong with his mom. Fran whilst having a great relationship with her dad, had no one else she can trust, classed as the weird kid at school she kept her own counsel. Trusting Zac with her secrets was a big step for her.
When I started reading this story, I was thinking about how Fran and Liz would get involved with each other. Liz a victim of domestic violence and Fran a rescued child, there was no connection to their lives. As the story developed you could see how well plotted this story was. The story moved from Fran to Liz seamlessly and you slowly get drawn into their lives. The topics discussed in this story were difficult subjects to tackle but even though some of the scenes could be hard to read, it was necessary to tell the story. Whilst this book is a long read, it doesn’t feel like it. Fran develops before your eyes, as you watch her grow into a caring mature young lady. This story will take you on a rollercoaster journey, it will bring out all sorts of emotions as the tension increases to a dramatic ending.
With its unique storyline, this is a story that cannot get pigeonholed into any genre. It has a paranormal, horror, suspense thriller feel to it. This is the 1st time I have read any of this author’s work and I really enjoyed this story.

Hallowdene by George Mann

November 11, 2018 - 9:42 am No Comments

Hallowdene by George Mann
Published by Titan Books on 18th September 2018
336 pages

The Carrion King murders have been solved and Elspeth and Peter are getting on with life. Elspeth’s is still trying to be a success as a freelance journalist and working at the local newspaper. So, when local landowner agrees to the excavation of Agnes Levett’s grave, a 16th-century witch. As a topic of interest Elspeth covered the story from the start. The villagers of Hallowdene were divided about the dig, whilst some thought it was great for business and tourism, others feared the curse. So, when the 1st body turns up, Elspeth is already on the case.
Whilst Elspeth and Pete’s relationship is going strong, both of them have hopes and dreams which they won’t share with each other. Elspeth also starts to make friends in the village, as a social person she still missed her friends in London. One young girl she got on well with was Daisy, the waitress from the local café and whilst she quickly friends she realised that she had something to hide. As you are reading this book, you notice some changes from book 1, the main difference was Pete did most of the investigation by himself, Elspeth only helped with what she learnt from interviewing people for her story. This will please reviewers who did not like the close working relationship they had in book 1. Although them working separately helped you learn more of the story as somethings were told to Elspeth instead of the police.
This story had more of a fantasy feel to it than Wychwood, as Agnes’ curse seemed to affect a lot more people. As you follow the current murder you get to know more about her story from the moment she was accused of witchcraft.
This story was quick paced as there was always something happening, whether it was part of the investigation or the locals kicking off. With folklore and urban legends still popular, this is a series that can keep going and I hope that there are plenty more in the series.

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.