Posts Tagged ‘Supernatural’

Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt by Dave Jeffery

March 3, 2017 - 5:51 pm No Comments

Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt by Dave Jeffery

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 3rd March 2017

277 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Dorsa Finn, has its secrets. A typical quiet coastal town where everyone knows each other. Mayor Codd wants to keep his town peaceful, so when the Blue Thunder Foundation wants to set up their new base, Mayor Codd jumps at the chance and wants every teenage boy to sign up to the project. Beatrice, Patience, Elmo and Lucas are The Newshounds; 4 teenagers who like nothing else but a good mystery but with strange tremors, re-educated boys and history resurfacing they get more than they bargained for.

It takes a skill to write from the POV of a teenager without it sounding annoying and immature and Dave Jeffery has nailed it. These 4 teenagers had a really great friendship and relied on each other for support. I did not find any of the characters annoying. I personally thought that the girls Beatrice and Patience was the brains behind the group. Beatrice was a great chef and I did smile to myself when to help her make decisions had an imaginary debate with her favourite chefs and Patience had a knack with languages and that came in useful when a new resident came to live in Dorsa Finn who was deaf. When the older generation were in trouble, the Newshounds were the ones they called. Talking about the older residents Maud and Agnes where my favourites characters as they reminded me so much of Cissie and Ada, and if you are too young to remember them, then google Les Dawson

Using the link between the Occult and the Third Reich as the base of the story added mystery and intrigue. This enabled the author to explain the history of some of the older residents of Dorsa Finn whilst adding a supernatural element to the story.

This book is not just for teenagers, as an adult I enjoyed reading it as there was enough mystery and intrigue to keep my interest. The author teased you throughout the book dropping hints about what the Blue Thunder Foundation were and what their beliefs were but it was not till the end of the book that the secrets came out. This is the 1st book that I have read by Dave Jeffery and although there are other books starring Beatrice Beecham, you do not have to read them to understand and enjoy this story. Move over Nancy Drew, watch out Mystery Incorporated there are a new gang of teenagers in town.

Two Novellas that are a good introduction to their series

February 11, 2017 - 8:20 am No Comments

Eyes (The Irises Series Book 1) by Veronique Poirier

Published 10th July 2016

94 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Natacha is an Iris, her emotions change her eye colour, but that is just the tip of her powers. Unbeknown to her she has been stalked for the majority of her adult life, by Alex another Iris, who knows that there is something special about her, but when her life is in danger, can he protect the girl he has fallen for. With two villains to confront each with a dodgy past, they are going to have their work cut out.

Natacha throughout this story, never played the damsel in distress, even when she knows of her past, she takes it all in her stride. Alex is your brooding alpha male, who even though he knew what he wanted he never was pushy. The love interest was evenly paced throughout and did not detract from the main story. The author certainly knows how to write a story, this story was full of suspense and with the added twists, made it a real page turner. When I finished it, I wanted to carry on with the story.

A great start to a unique series and I hope that I do not have to wait to long for book 2

 

Cloaked: A Wulfkin Legacy Novella by TF Walsh

Published by Crimson Romance on 4th January 2016

100 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Set in Romania, Daciana is on rohang, very similar to the Amish Rumspringa, the only difference is that Daciana is a moonwolf and has to spend her year away from her pack and live with humans. Thanks to her animal instincts she has managed to get a job at the Animal Institute in Brașov, where her main task is to look after 3 young bear cubs, but when the bears go missing, she is in trouble of losing everything. To protect her freedom, she joins up with Connell a police officer to track down who is behind it.

Daciana was very independent woman and with the added threat of her losing everything made her more determined to track down the culprits.

There was an even balance of suspense and romance to keep both genre lovers happy. The author describing Daciana as being a moonwolf, makes me wonder if they are differences between her and a regular werewolf and I hope to find out more in the other books in this series. I enjoyed the way the author concentrated on Daciana and her job and her investigations. Leaving questions unanswered like how will her pack take to her falling in love with a human, has made me want to read more in the series. A good quick read

 

Soul Guardian by Dawn Doyle

January 2, 2017 - 12:55 am No Comments

Soul Guardian by Dawn Doyle

Published on 23rd August 2016

274 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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Bethany is an accountant. All she wants is to meet Mr Right, except Mr Right is only in her dreams. She is a good person and only wants the best for everyone even giving up her spare time to work for an animal sanctuary. This all changes when thinking she is doing the right thing, she reports some financial irregularities, changing her life completely.

Bethany’s sweet nature never changed even after the traumatic event, although she did grow into a stronger character especially when she was standing up for what she felt was right. Her relationship with Antonio was just how a big sister should be. Through all these changes one thing was consistent in her life, her guardian and the love they had between them.

The story’s plot had an unexpected twist and with Bethany’s investigations and the intense love story between herself and her guardian, made this a real page turner and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Although the ending was a surprise, I hope that this will not be the last time we read about Bethany or her Guardian.

A great supernatural love story with plenty of surprises. I will definitely look out for more books from this author.

Memories of a Ghost

January 5, 2016 - 12:06 am No Comments

Author: Joe DeRouen
Publisher: Small Things Press
Page count: 400 pp

Release date: 26th May 2015

Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

I was lucky enough to win this book from Joe DeRouen at a fun Halloween Facebook event.
If you think this is your standard ghost story, then think again!
The book introduces you to Claire, who, whilst having a pregnancy scan, loses her memory. At this stage the reader isn’t sure why.

Throughout this book you get to know about her life, and the relationship with her abusive husband, and her best friend Lessie, who happens to be a doctor. Thrown into the story are two teenagers, a geek named Farris and a popular girl Sabrina, who with the help of her zombie dad join up with Claire to battle against magical bounty hunters Mr Kingfisher and Mr Quarry. They have been hired to find Connor West. Just who, and where Connor West is, well you just have to read the book.
The characters are believable and whilst you are reading this book you will catch yourself exclaiming “oh no!” quite a lot. Each character’s storyline gets you to understand the bigger picture. Yes, at the beginning you think to yourself “how does this all connect?”, but as you carry on reading it, it all clicks into place.

The ending was a nice surprise and competed this book. The way the novel is written, immerses the reader; you feel that you are there, but do you really want to be? Think of the Apocalypse, with its mixture of action and supernatural and this is a must read book.

Get this book now! You will not be disappointed.

About a Vampire

September 21, 2015 - 12:20 pm No Comments

An Argeneau Vampire novel
Author: Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Gollancz
Page Count: 357pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

I first came across Linsay Sands in a Christmas double novella The Bite Before Christmas, which include a wonderful story by Sands and got me hooked. This was my first encounter with the Argeneau vampires, and I wanted more, so when About a Vampire arrived in a goody box from those wonderful people at Gollancz, I squealed with delight.
When Holly spots a bundle of papers belonging to a client she’s not at all impressed, particularly as the papers contain a burial permit and need to be taken to the crematorium at just after midnight involving a trip through the graveyard. Not her idea of a good time. So, papers clasped between her fingers she ventures out into a darkened graveyard to the crematorium on a foggy, horror-movie night. Things don’t go according to plan when she discovers two men in the building and eavesdrops on their conversation. One of the men is vampire Justin Bricker, busy getting rid of decapitated bodies, when a head rolls onto the floor, all witnessed by Holly, and it’s up to him to clean up the figurative mess. Except for the slight hiccup that he can’t read her or control her, which means she could be his life mate.
Brimming with romance and humour, this is a fun addition to the vampire genre. There’s a solid scientific explanation for how the Argeneaus form of vampirism works, including the use of nanos. There’s also a fabulous backstory as to how these immortals even exist.
This book works on so many levels. It’s 22 in the whole series but this doesn’t matter, it can be read independently and all of the history of the Argeneaus comes across with ease. It’s sexy, steamy, exciting, but more than that, hilarious. Sands has an incredible wit about her that simply jumps up from the page. I loved this book so much I’m determined to seek out the first one and read the lot. Preferably in order but I don’t think that matters. My first search will be for the story of head honcho Lucien and his enigmatic bride Leigh. This series is simply addictive.