Posts Tagged ‘Urban Fantasy’

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 Absent Man: A Bermuda Jones Case File (The Bermuda Jones Case Files Book2) by Robert Enright

March 8, 2018 - 8:28 pm No Comments

The Absent Man: A Bermuda Jones Case File (The Bermuda Jones Case Files Book2) by Robert Enright
Published 28th February 2018(Paperback) 9th March 2018 (kindle)
342 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After saving the world 6 months prior, Bermuda Jones is back. When women are turning up dead and with their hearts ripped out, Bermuda is called to Glasgow to help solve the case.
It was great to read that Bermuda had not changed. He still balked authority to get the job done and his smart mouth annoyed everyone he worked with. However, working with the Glasgow Police, he met his match with DC Sam McAllister, hard drinking and as stubborn as him.
Having read Doorways, I knew that I was in for an action packed thrilling read and from page one I was not disappointed. After destroying Big Ben in Doorways, I didn’t think that Bermuda could top this but destroying another monumental building in London and derailing a tram in Glasgow, proved me wrong. Argyle played a bigger part in this story and the more you read, the more you learn about Argyle’s past. Spending time with Bermuda had rubbed off on Argyle as he picked up some of his habits and some of his witty remarks brought a smile to my face. The Others featured in this book were more sadistic than Barnaby and whilst the world was not in danger, the women in Glasgow were.
The story was well plotted and flowed smoothly. With all the action in the book making it a page turner as I wanted to know if Bermuda survives the constant onslaught. There was moving moments when McAllister and Bermuda reminisce about their past. The ending was unexpected and I am still in shock as I cannot believe what the author did. However, I hope there will be more in this series as who does not love a tattooed bad guy who saves the world

Blackwater by TWM Ashford

February 19, 2018 - 9:06 pm No Comments

Blackwater by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 17th January 2017
301 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Blackwater has its issues. Residents are disappearing, parts of the slums are being torn down. People are rioting and bodies are turning up. Hunter is a vigilante moving in the shadows and seeking information about it daughter Amy.
Hunter was a brooding loner. He only had a few close friends Liandra owner of The Engine Room, who also got Hunter his jobs and Abdul, a librarian and fount of all knowledge. They were there for him when he needed it. Good at what he did, in fact he was too good which made a lot of enemies. He only went for people who deserved to die, trying to find out what happened to his daughter.
This story is very descriptive, the sights and smells of Blackwater come to life whilst you are reading. This a quick pace book as there is always something going on. The story is full of action and some of the scenes will make you wince. There were times that I could not get over how many injuries Hunter had and how he could carry on, but he showed how determined he was. Throughout I was routing for Hunter which made it a page turner.
Whilst the story did not finish on a cliff-hanger, the story was not over and the Blackwater vol2 is already published so you carry on Hunter’s journey. If you like dystopian, fantasy and action all thrown into one then pick up this book

The Snow Witch by Matt Wingett

January 23, 2018 - 9:13 pm No Comments

The Snow Witch by Matt Wingett
Published by Life is Amazing on 1st September 2017
196 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When Donitza Kravitch turns up in snowy Portsmouth with a rucksack of clothes and her violin, she had nobody. Constantly on the move and trusting no-one Donitza has always been alone. Through the playing of her violin, she makes friends in unlikely places, and uses her love of music to spread the magic.
Donitza was always a lone and did not make friends easily. She relied on her instincts to survive always staying in the shadows. However, when she played her violin she became the person that every noticed and admired. She was a character you took to straight away and if I met her in the street will bring out my motherly instincts. One of her admirers was Eddy, a sweet natured young man with a heart of gold, this made him an easy target for bullies. Eddy kept his feeling about Donitza hidden, but his small acts of kindness gave it away. Celia a lonely old lady who gave Donitza a roof over her head. Celia was a sweet lady who sensed when Donitza needed help. Suffering her own loss, having someone to care for gave her a purpose. Riley was one of the evilest characters I have ever read about, causing misery wherever he went. A bully and a brute who loved inflicting pain and suffering.
The author wrote a beautiful story and draws you in from the first page. Using a handful of characters, lets you get to know them in detail and Donitza story is tragic in parts. The magic element is throughout the story, whether it be through Donitza’s playing or the stories that her mom told her. I am so glad that I read this story and if you love your stories with an urban fantasy feel then get this book. Not to give anything away but the epilogue was brilliant, I loved what happened and it felt justifiable

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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