Posts Tagged ‘Vampires’

Moonlight Serenades by Thom Carnell

April 20, 2019 - 10:41 am No Comments

Moonlight Serenades by Thom Carnell

Published by Crossroad Press Macabre Ink on 19th May 2016

310 pages

One thing I enjoy is short stories, the chance to read a complete story whenever I can get the chance. With 17 different stories, I had plenty of choices. Before each short story, the author gives an insight into how the story was created and where they got their inspiration from. For this review I am going to mention my favourites.    

Opening up with Wedding Day: it’s a story about loss. As you read this, the main protagonist emotions are raw. You can sense just how much they are grieving as they reminisce. The ending was a fitting end

The Thirst: the story about a lone vampire trying to survive after a disaster has nearly wiped out their food supply. There was a sadness to this story, you are left wondering how the vampire will survive without human blood and what a lonely existence.

Clown Town: The longest of the short stories and the story connected to the cover. We follow Detective Bumbo and Inspector Garbo as they try and solve the murder of Angeletta Trivelino at the renowned night club Marceau’s. The story is a crime noir and as I was reading it, I was imagining it being played out on a black and white TV being narrated by a gravelly voiced actor. The little touches to this story added to the enjoyment, whether it was the style of the clown’s makeup or every now and again Garbo would squeeze his horn to emphasise an emotion. Running throughout the story was Bumbo’s love story and his own femme fatale. I would enjoy reading further stories involving Bumbo and Garbo.

Chirality: Hattie Caulfield was out on her daily treks across the mountains and comes across a missing child. This was an easy-going story as you follow Hattie. I loved the twist at the end.

The Politics of Dancing: As I have not read any of this author before, I had not come across Cleese. However, after reading this story, I do want to find out more about him. Working for MEST, he is like a clean-up/hit squad for the undead. A zombie terminator. A quick read with plenty of action.

I enjoyed this book and with its mixture of genres, it will appeal to more than horror fans. 

Savagery of the Rebel King (Thrones of Blood Book4) by Nancy Kilpatrick

April 8, 2019 - 8:03 pm No Comments

Savagery of the Rebel King (Thrones of Blood Book4) by Nancy Kilpatrick

Published by Crossroad Press on 1st February 2019

318 pages

With Queen Lamia and the Sapien Zaget still a threat, I knew that I needed to carry on with this series. As soon as I started reading this book, I was instantly transported back to the vampire world. Necros, the rebel king, was the leader of a small stronghold, a good distance from the other vampires. Not one to mix, he was not aware of the threat to his race. However, his life would change dramatically when he came across Guin, Sapien royalty, sent on her own mission by her grandma and former queen.

What I love about this series, is that in every book we are introduced to new characters who are important to the series and this book was no different. Necros was a ruler who treated the Sapiens as property, not one to show compassion. It was his way or else. Guin whilst dedicated to her mission, soon quickly realises how dire her situation was. The further you read into the book, the more you discover about Necros’ upbringing and understand why he finds it hard to trust. Guin, on the other hand, led a pampered life but found it hard to adjust after being brought to the stronghold. However, even though they had different backgrounds they were both really stubborn and every time they were together the scenes were full of tension. To break up the mood in the stronghold were vampire twin dwarves Grymmer and Grymmelle. With their wit and wisecracks, they managed to defuse the tension. I think they were my new favourite characters.

With so much going on with Necros and Guin, the author still managed to combine the other vampire royalty to the story and you soon find out what is going on with the rest of land and how dire the situation was for Sapiens and Vampires alike.

I finished this book in 1 day and all real life was put on hold as the story built up to a dramatic ending. I hope that book 5 in the works as I want to find out what happens to the vampire world. Like previous books, this story is for a mature audience due to the nature of some of the scenes. Although I will not look at a rose stem in the same light again. Another great addition to this series        

Abduction of Two Rulers (Thrones of Blood Book 3) by Nancy Kilpatrick

August 17, 2018 - 5:53 pm No Comments

Abduction of Two Rulers (Thrones of Blood Book 3) by Nancy Kilpatrick
Published by Crossroad Press on 14th June 2018
309 pages

Serene is still imprisoned in her grandfather’s land and Sapien Queen, Blanka and the Vampir King, Thanatos have been captured by parties unknown. But when information is uncovered that one of the Vampire and Sapien kingdoms are working together to takeover the country, the others have to work together to stop it happening.
Queen Blanka was a likeable character and whilst naïve with the ways of the other kingdoms, she was quick to find an ally in Thanatos who ruled his Kingdom fairly. With King Moarte, still trying to reinforce his defences against his Sapien father in law, he has not got much time to help rescue the others. Although it was good seeing the Belladonna, Valada and Serene all working together ready to kick ass
This series just got better. I was able to get back into the story quickly as it continued where the second book finished. Whilst there were sex scenes, there were not as many due to the story concentration on the upcoming war. The story was full of action and the torture scenes were dark and graphic, there were times that even though he was a vampire, you wander how Thanatos could survive.
A great read and hope to read more

Revenge of the Vampir King (Thrones of Blood book 1), Sacrifice of the Hybrid Princes (Thrones of Blood book 2) by Nancy Kilpatrick

March 3, 2018 - 5:58 pm No Comments

Revenge of the Vampir King(Thrones of Blood Book 1) by Nancy Kilpatrick
Published by Crossroad Press on 1st February 2017
290 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Moarte the King of the Vampires was still recovering after been held captive by the Sapiens. Princess Valada born Sapien hated vampires, after one killed her mother, but when her father gave her to them as part of a deal to save his life, is this the chance that Moarte needs to seek his revenge and will Valada find out who killed her mother.
Todays market is flooded with fluffy vampire tales so when a book that shows the dark side comes along then it needs to be snapped up and read. Moarte was a good leader, strong, stubborn but did show constraint. As you learn what Valada did to him you could understand his anger. Valada was a Sapien version of him and at the start, you could sense the conflict when they collided. A calming influence was Belladonna, Moarte mom and she reminded me of a wise old lady, she would give her council freely and whilst her son ruled, she helped behind the scenes.
From page one you are drawn into the vampir world and whilst some of what they did was harsh, it is not till you read about the Sapiens life under King Zador that you realise who the evil ones are. The story will have you gripped as whilst you want to know if Moarte of Valada will kill each other, the lives of the other vampir are as interesting. This story is not for your regular erotica fans as some of the scenes were savage and if you get distressed with scenes of rape then this is not the book for you. However, these scenes helped tell Moarte and Valada’s story and I personally grew to like Valada once I understood what happened to her. This story captures the majority of emotions and you are taking on an exciting journey, the action is bloody and fierce. A good story that has got some great characters.

Sacrifice of the Hybrid Princess (Thrones of Blood book 2) by Nancy Kilpatrick
Published by Crossroad Press on 5th September 2017
325 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

18 years after Revenge of the Vampir King, Moarte and Valada are now parents to Serena. Blinded by their love of her, they do not know what type of daughter she is. But they have a urgent mission and need her to grow up quickly and with help from Wolfsbane can she be the Princess that every ones wants.
From the moment I started this story I wanted to give Serena a good slapping, An obnoxious bratty irritating girl who because she was a princess treated everyone like dirt. Vampires and Sapiens despised her so when her parents needed her to grow up they did not know how hard it would be. Wolfsbane was well liked by all, but after losing his 1st love he took on the task of Serena as doing his duty, not realising how much hard work she will be. Wolfsbane whilst a character I recognised from book 1 became a main character and I loved learning more about his human life and admired his restraint with Serena.
I enjoyed this story more than the first one, although some of the scenes between Serena and the Sapien king and warriors were quite disturbing. Again this showed how evil the Sapiens were. The story flowed a lot a quicker as the vampires planned their attack. As the story continues I grew to like Serena and it felt that a switch clicked in her and she did come more mature. I read this book pretty quick as I wanted to know what happened, I was all set for a possible escape and it ended on a cliff-hanger. I hope I do not have to wait to long to find out if Serena is OK.

Unknown by Phil Price

December 17, 2017 - 9:07 am No Comments

Unknown by Phil Price
Published 1st July 2015
400 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

What if there are other worlds and the only way to go there is by portal? Jake a former Police officer now a PI gets embroiled in a paranormal investigation which takes him to places he could never imagine. The start sets the scene to the story, two vampiric brothers battle to the death and their supporters are using any means to revive them to finally win the battle. Confronting vampires, and getting help from the most unlikely of creatures, a simple missing person case just got complicated.
We first meet Jake when he was grieving, this helped his decision to give up his career and work for himself. He was a likable character, a man of principles who gave 100% with everything he did. Throughout the story, I could not believe how much bad luck he had, but this just made him focused to get the answers.
Kathleen was sweet natured and can be only described as a home maker. Still, she quickly adapts to everything she confronted to. I enjoyed reading her reactions to things we take for granted i.e. having a shower, drinking a bottle of wine.
At the beginning I was a bit confused as the story jumped from place to place, however, stick with it as these scenes set the story for a great read. The style of writing makes the story a page turner and you will not want to put it down. The use of portals enables the author to use his imagination to create descriptive worlds and some great characters, one of my favourites was Uncle Wilf, an aged man who always stepped up to the challenge. As a fellow Brummie, it was great to read about places in Birmingham and it is not often you read about Dogpool lane. Due to my reading speed, I did have to re-read one scene again as I misread it and was shocked when Jake took Kathleen to Next and handed over a £20. I was going to let the author know that you could not even buy a jumper for £20 let a lone a complete wardrobe, then I realised Jake had tipped the £20 to the cashier to help Kathleen pick her clothes.
If you like your traditional vampires, then pick up this book. Whilst it is paranormal, it has a thriller feel to it which makes it an exciting read. Although it has no cliff-hanger, it leads nicely into book 2. As a first book this is a great read and I could see it being adapted into a TV series, with Jake using the portals to investigate paranormal events.