Posts Tagged ‘Paranormal’

Children Shouldn’t play with Dead Things (Dead Things Series Book 1) by Martina McAtee

August 24, 2017 - 12:03 pm No Comments

Children Shouldn’t play with Dead Things (Dead Things Series Book 1) by Martina McAtee

Published 31st August 2015

510 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Ember a young girl who loved being surrounded by the dead, whether it was hanging out at the cemetery or working in the local undertakers. Having a drunk as a dad made her into a bit of a loner, after her dad died she thought she was by herself, how wrong she was. Living in a veiled town are Tristin and Kai, twins with special powers. Rescuing Ember from a mysterious man (Mace) they realise that there is something bigger going on and to get through it, they will need a lot more help.

Even though related, Ember, Kai and Tristin were completely different. Ember was so used to being by herself, she lapped up any interest in her wellbeing. When she was introduced to the people Kai and Tristin lived with, she was really overwhelmed and when she started learning what she was she didn’t know who to trust. Kai was the joker in the family, on the outside he made a joke about most things, but this was more of a defence mechanism. Tristin was completely opposite to her brother, a moody teenager, was happier to punch the stuffing out of a punchbag and had an instant disliking to Ember.  Whilst the story revolves around these three, the story relies on other characters as well. Mace, the mysterious man who attacked Ember, with his cocky attitude, and his bad boy image he reminded me of Spike (Buffy) and was the anti-hero of the story. Quinn, a human born to a magical family, he was the only one that understood Tristan and was the brains. Isa the Alpha and Rhys her brother were werewolves had always played an important role in Kai and Tristin’s lives and Isa really showed her authority when she found out about all the deceit in the pack.

This book had a lot going on, however as the author wrote it in 1st person POV and each chapter was clearly labelled with that 1st person, it was not confusing and helped the story flow. There were some great one liners usually from Kai and this just showed how comfortable he was with his family and his sexuality, the scenes between him and Rhys were sweet and you could feel their love for each other, even when they were at each other’s throats. As Ember became more comfortable with her powers, you get to find out more about the history of the town and the tragic circumstances that happened there. With Reapers, Banshees, Witches, Shifters and not just wolves and many more different supernatural beings this book has it all for paranormal lovers. A long book but as this is fast paced it was a quick read. An unexpected ending leads nicely into Dark Dreams and Dead Things.  

 

The Guardians (The Tempest Isle Series Book 1) by SC Storm and Rena Martin

August 10, 2017 - 6:51 pm No Comments

The Guardians (The Tempest Isle Series Book 1) by SC Storm and Rena Martin

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 29th July 2017

256 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Living on the Tempest Isles are the Guardians are a group of supernatural creatures, born to protect the supernatural and human world from the reapers, but times are getting harder and it falls to a small number of people to save them. The guardians of each race need to ascend to ensure their race survives.

From the start of this book, you notice that the story does not just revolve around one character. Vampires, wolves or witches, each supernatural race had their main characters and their stories were intertwined to tell a story that fantasy lovers will enjoy. All the races appear to live in harmony, but as the story progress you find out that a small group are out for revenge and as more reapers appear, their plan seems to be working.

With so many character, you would think that this story would be difficult to follow, but that is not an issue as the story was written in the 3rd person. The style of writing made it a quick read and it was not till I wrote this review that I realised that it was written by two authors. Whether you are a vampire or a werewolf fan, you will definitely find your favourite character. This story had action, revenge, betrayal and romance. Ending on a cliff-hanger which involves a lot of blood, I hope that it is not long before book 2 is out

Chrysalis by Maria Macdonald

June 10, 2017 - 7:42 am No Comments

Chrysalis: The Emergence of Emery by Maria Macdonald

Published by Feather Dreams Press on 3rd June 2017

Pages 346

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Bought up in foster care, Emery always felt that the world was against her, bullied at school, ignored it life, Emery just wanted to be invisible and survive day to day. Little did she know what she was getting into when she fought back after a late-night attack. Whilst zapping her attackers she ends up meeting mystery man and trusting her instincts goes with him for safety. Taking her to a safe house, she knew that she had finally found her family an odd ball of people all after one thing to fight and survive the dark. As she learns her new powers, she realises that she has a huge part to plan in the ongoing battles. Slowly learning to trust, she meets a Kade, a friend of Elijah who rocks her world but is this a blessing or are they both in danger.

Emery was a lonely girl and even after she met Elijah and the others, it took her awhile to adjust to people liking her for who she was. As she learnt her powers and with the help of Kade, she became more confident and learnt to stand up for herself. Elijah was sweet and protective and the more you find out about his relationship with Emery, the more you understand why he is how he is. Kade is very stubborn, even when he was fighting his feeling and others you knew he was strong.

With everything that is going on in Emery’s life, everyone having different levels and powers you would think it would be hard book to follow, but with the detail explanations throughout, it made it an easy story to read. There is action from start to finish and with magic involved made it a page turner. Just like a caterpillar that uses a Chrysalis to turn into a beautiful butterfly, Emery does the same. Reading other reviews, I am surprised that this is the author’s first book in the Paranormal genre. The story flowed fluently and will captivate you from page one.  Ending on a slight cliff hanger, this is a well written book and I hope it is not long till I can read more about Emery, Kade and Elijah.

The Fallen and Bloodlust: 2 books both by RL Weeks and KL Roth

April 10, 2017 - 9:11 pm No Comments

The Fallen by RL Weeks and KL Roth

Published 3rd March 2017

100 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

What if you find your boyfriend murdered and you know who did it but he made you forget with a kiss? This is the dilemma that Chloe had. But when she finds out that two sexy handsome demons are involved, Chloe does not know whether to run, fight or be loved.

Chloe was devastated when she loses Jake, and whilst she tried to tell everyone what happened no one believed and just wanted to dope her up. Even her best friend Zelda was worried, but she was more concerned about the constant visits from Miles who helped her overcame her grief. However, you could tell that she still had a crisis of conscious when she was with Miles. Miles although a demon was caring and considerate, but possible that was down to the heritage of his parents. For him falling in love with a human was frowned upon, but this did not stop him pursuing Chloe. Things became more confusing for Chloe when Grail decided to pay her attention. Grail was very full of himself and I think he toyed with Chloe’s guilt. He was like a cat playing with a mouse. Although whilst reading this story I thought she was one lucky girl

The sex scenes were hot but what do you expect when one of the demons is a succubus. The ending had one unexpected twist which completed this story. As a novella, this was a quick read and it was a good introduction to the authors writing skills as a collaboration. If you like your demons hot and spicy then this is the book for you.

 

Bloodlust: A Darkness Calls: Volume 1 by RL Weeks and KL Roth

Published 3rd March 2017

238 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Emeline was in the wrong place at the wrong time, caught up in a witch hunt and cursed to walk the earth as a vampire. Whilst find a cure for her curse, she loses someone she loved, vowed never to love again, she hurts others before they can hurt her. Born to serve is her only friend and servant Marie who she saved from death many years before. After moving to a quiet town in England, she puts her plan into action to make their friendship eternal, but after meeting Matt a troubled young man whose family is falling apart, she stops to think about who she really is. Does Emeline go with her plan? Is Matt her saviour? and where is Matt’s missing sister?

Emeline is a complex woman, from the moment she got cursed she knew what she was doing was wrong, however she needed to survive. After the loss of first love her whole nature changes and she becomes heartless. However, I think that was just to protect herself from the hurt and underneath her evilness she was still a scared young woman. Only when she was with Marie do we see her carefree nature and this showed more after she met Matt. Matt had so many problems at home, a missing sister, a mom who had spiralled into a deep depression and a dad that had a fascination with a younger woman. Matt brought out the best in Emeline, and what started out as escapism soon turned into something else, but was it love or lust.

The further you get into the story more characters appear, Ti a warlock infatuated with Emeline and Lilith a love-struck witch to name but a few, but with all the additional character it does not make this book confusing as the authors tie up their involvement neatly. Added to this is further magical creatures, all having an important role in this story   About 2/3rds into the story there is a scene that shocked me as I could not believe what the authors had done with Emeline but further on and with a great twist the story gives you an explanation of Matt’s missing sister. There is so many twist in this story that it makes it a page turner as you don’t know what to expect. This book ticks all the right boxes. Paranormal, erotica, horror, mystery and fantasy. This will please so many different readers and with a cliff-hanger that makes you wander where this story will go, I can’t wait for book 2

Son of a Kitchen Witch by Tim Hemlin

April 9, 2017 - 7:05 pm No Comments

Son of a Kitchen Witch by Tim Hemlin

Published by La Nouvelle Atlantide Press on 1st February 2017

285 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Bobby Hawthorne Jr was your typical teenager, not one of then IT crowd, but mainly left alone except by Jimmy Pearson, he knew which buttons to press to make Bobby really angry especially when it came to his best friend and secret crush Angelina Dellapicallo. The only thing that made him different to all the other teenagers was that his mom was a witch. Olivia was a chef and owner of a restaurant, she had been running it by herself since her husband died when Bobby was young.  She manages to keep her secret from her neighbours even with Jax the pixie flitting about and with her close friends Crystal and Earlene help keep Bobby safe, much to the annoyance of Bobby who feels that they are keeping far too many secrets and when his granddad turns up he knows to be worried. With the appearance of hellhounds and the dark magic getting stronger can Bobby and his witchy friends survive.

It was nice to have a main character with flaws, Bobby was not your perfect teenager, his anger issues got him referred to a counsellor which even in today’s society is still not a subject that is openly discussed. The story highlighted how close Bobby and Angelina were and although they did fancy each other, it showed that their friendship was a lot stronger than a teenage crush. When Bobby shared his secret with Angelina it showed how mature Angelina was and enforced how much trust they had with each other. Olivia was an overprotective mother, but with what happened to her husband you could understand why. The inclusion of the minor characters was explained in detail and one of my favourite characters was Cactus Rose, who Bobby found out to be his Great Aunt. A witch who was not afraid to dabble with the dark side.

Having read the author’s mystery book, I can say without a doubt, that he is definitely a multi genre author and yet again has written an exciting story. This story is full of action with a hint of mystery and with the use of magic anything is possible. A great read which will suit young and older readers alike and with the story finishing with the hint of book 2 I hope it will not be long before I read more of Bobby’s adventures.