Posts Tagged ‘Urban Fantasy’

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.

If you want to know more than you can follow him all over social media

Doorways: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Doorways-First-Bermuda-Jones-Casefile-ebook/dp/B07813HWTB/ref=pd_sbs_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=WWYXCGK6GCGWQD2C0CJJ

Website: www.robertenright.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/robenrightauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/REnright_Author

 

Immortal Unchained Argeneau 25 Lynsay Sands

November 14, 2017 - 10:42 am No Comments

Immortal Unchained
Author: Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Gollancz
Page count: 369pp
Release date: 28th March 2017
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

The Argeneau Vampires rule the world – well, not literally, but they are top players in all forms of modern industry – particularly blood banks.
In Lynsay Sand’s ever expanding world (this is book 25), the Argeneau family is governed by Lucian Argeneau who represents them on a council of immortals – nano engineered ‘vampires’ who are refugees from Atlantis – who need blood to stay at peak fitness level.
There are certain rules the immortals have to follow. To control population they are only allowed to turn one human in their long lives, this person normally being their life mate. They also survive on bagged blood, and eating ‘on the hoof’ or from the tap as it were, is only permitted in emergencies. The immortals can read and control others’ minds, unless drugged, but the single person they can’t hear is their future life mate.
During the last few books, immortals have been mysteriously disappearing. It was at the end of the last big where we had the big reveal – the name of the villain. So – SPOILERS HERE …
No surprise once you start reading – it’s Dr Dressler.
Dressler has invited celebrated chef Domitian to work for him on his island. Domitian is convinced his identity as an immortal is secure, so when a helicopter arrives he climbs on board but is immediately drugged.
Back on the island, police officer Sarita, is growing impatient waiting for a helicopter to take her to the mainland to see her grandmother who has had a fall.
Finally having enough, she storms into Dressler’s lab to find him, but finds a body cut in two instead: the torso strapped down on one small table, the legs strapped to another.
Dressler and his assistant walk in, use Sarita to help put the pieces of the tables back together, like a demented magician, pouring blood on the corpse until the pieces stitch back together to form a screaming, writhing man.
Two seconds later she’s drugged, unconscious, then waking up in the weirdest, white honeymoon paradise lodge stuck in the middle of the jungle island.
She’s alone.
But she won’t be for long.
In this, the 25th Argeneau novel, Sands again delivers a fun blend of romance, sexual chemistry, adventure, danger and humour.
Where it switches up though, is in the inhabitants of this mysterious island where Sarita finds herself imprisoned. Problem is, I just can’t tell you more! Because the surprise in store is worth it. Whole new story arcs will emerge I think, n the back of this book, and the end has another cliffhanger to potentially lead to more avenues.
I loved this book, and can’t wait to read the next one.
5/5

Night Stalker(Dead Loves Life Book 1) by RL Weeks

August 31, 2017 - 5:55 am No Comments

Night Stalker (Dead Loves Life Book 1) by RL Weeks

Published on 31st August 2017

151 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When Casey and her boyfriend George visit Aokigahara, also known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees in Japan, she thought she was just seeing the sights. However, George a lover of the supernatural had other ideas. Whilst on one of their hikes, she thought she sensed that someone was following them. After a disturbed sleep when she thought she dreamt of a woman in the room, they flew back to Pleasant Springs, where once they arrived George was involved in an accident. One year later Casey is being stalked in her dreams, and now wants to move on with her life.

Casey is a very non-descript character, a normal girl from a normal family, torn up by grief after the accident. It is not till further into the book that Casey’s heritage slowly starts to reveal itself and you see the glimpse of the type of girl I hope she will eventually become. Her stalker is a man of mystery, from the outside he appears to be a nice guy in a bad situation, but as the story progressed, there are things he is not telling Casey.

RL Weeks is good a telling a story and I love her attention to detail, information Casey needed was found whilst reading an ancient book and not from someone telling her. The underworld she created reminded me of the city from Total Recall, where the lower class (humans) were being abused for the pleasure of other. You can already feel a connection between Casey and the mystery man and although she does not trust him, you just know something will happen. The introduction near the end of a strong female demon adds to Casey predicament, but as it finishes on a cliff hanger I will have to wait till Night Wanderers is out in December. Once you have finished the book carry on reading as the Author’s notes are interesting to read and explains how she came up the with idea, also there is a creature of the night glossary explaining all the paranormal creatures in the book