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Jimmie’s Ice Cream (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 2) and Thing Fifteen (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 3) by Erin Lee

September 12, 2017 - 9:53 pm No Comments

Jimmie’s Ice Cream (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 2) by Erin Lee

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 8th July 2017

166 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The story starts 6 months after book 1, Jimmie has been trying to fight his cravings and FBI agent Florel Ross has placed her ad, but with no success. Still bullied at work Jimmie decides to do something for himself and opens his own Ice cream shop, well his does like ice cream.

The story followed the same format as the first, changing from Jimmie’s exploits to Florel’s investigations. Jimmie writing in his journal, explained more of his story and his thoughts on each of his things. When he opened his own shop you just knew it would succeed as whatever he does he plans it in minute detail. I would have loved to see his bosses faces when he resigned and they had to do all his work. In book one I liked Florel, however in book 2 she was egotistic, she thought she could capture Jimmie by herself, her motives were to get inside his head all for science. Not relying on anyone for help got her into a life and death situation and due to a stupid mistake, I lost all interest in her.

Whilst I did not like where Florel’s story was taking me, there was a reason for this and as the story progressed, you could see Jimmie starting to crack. When Jimmie was reminiscing of his kills, there are reminders of book 1 and if you read book 1 when it 1st came out, it is a nice reminder of what happened. Whilst the ending was not what I expected, it does lead nicely into book 3

 

Thing Fifteen (Diary of a Serial Killer Book 3) by Erin Lee

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 5th August 2017

121 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

 

 Jimmie has been arrested and now serving his time in a mental institute and he still apart from his favourite thing number 15. I like that this book was slightly different to the others as the author selected Jimmie’s favourite thing to tell the story.

Beverley number 15 had always been Jimmie’s favourite and her side of the story went into more detail on how she ended up in the freezer, her narration showed real hatred of Jimmie ending her life and how she was going to get her revenge. I enjoyed reading the story from her POV as you got to understand more of what Jimmie did to her on their Thursday date nights. When she was alive she was quite a quiet individual but did like to shock people, and she did like the attention from Jimmie.  Jimmie story was mainly him writing his journal going back over his kills and you could sense he was still getting a kick out of what he did. Never did he once show remorse.

I thought this was a better read than book 2 maybe because Florel did not pay a big part in it. I felt I understood more about Jimmie from his journals and Beverly’s introduction to his mom. There were a few funny moment when Beverley was taking the mick out of Jimmie and she did like being in control of the situation. I am glad I read book 2 and 3 after each other as the story seemed to flow smoothly. The epilogue was thought provoking as Beverley even with everything she did had not found peace and there was still not closure. Once you have finished this book carry on reading as it was interesting to see all the research that was done to write these books and there is also an interview with the author done by Amy Bernal.

The Unremembered by A Maslo and Red by Jessi Mcpherson

September 9, 2017 - 8:51 pm No Comments

The Unremembered by A Maslo

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 9th September 2017

49 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When the Queen wanted Aeliana, the princess in an elven kingdom to marry, what she didn’t expect is a curse to last a lifetime. Long into the curse Endymion the prince of the new kingdom, is under pressure to find a bride. Escaping to the abandon forest, he comes across a phoenix and begins and adventure where he must battle for his love.

Aeliana was a sweet character and even after the curse she was never bitter, and though alone, she always made do with her situation. Endymion was her knight in shining armour and whilst he was under pressure to marry he would not rush into anything. Once he met Aeliana he was a man on mission and even when it went wrong, he fought for what he believed in.

This was a lovely story and a quick read, the main characters were likeable from the start. From their meeting, I thought I knew where this story was going but the curveball the author threw into this story had me wondering what could happen next. The last part of the story was fast pacing as it was a matter of life and death. If you like fantasy and mystical creatures you will not be disappointed. Another good read by this author

 

Red by Jessi Mcpherson

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 9th September 2017

61 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

From a young age, we learn the story of Red Riding Hood, but what if that was not the truth. Red is an alternative story of this well know tale.

Cara a young girl who after she goes to her way to her Grandma’s house, and whilst she knows about the legend of the village, werewolves and a curse, she soon learns the role she plays in this story.

What I liked about Cara was she did not believe what she was told, However, when it sunk in who she was, she took her role serious and her caring nature came through.

This was a completely different story to the traditional Red Riding Hood, but the way the story was written made it believable. The twist with the huntsman was unexpected and there will be characters that you love and hate. Although there are werewolves in this story, they are not the type of werewolves that you are used to reading. One of my favourite characters was a small pup called Lily.  Running through is a love story and whilst this is relevant to the story, it does not detract from main story.  This is a quick read, whilst this is a standalone story, the ending gives me hope that there will be more stories about Cara and her clan. A good twist on a traditional tale        

Midnight Moss by Carissa Ann Lynch

July 9, 2017 - 6:24 am No Comments

Midnight Moss by Carissa Ann Lynch

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 9th July 2017

155 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Ever since Dorothea can remember she wanted her own house. She has been buying items for when she became a house owner. So, when her mom offered her Grandma Doris’ house in Black Cat Springs she jumped at the chance. After moving in she decided to investigate the town, coming across a fence but why was it there and what secrets did it hide. Getting involved in this mystery was Adam a supermarket clerk. With only a few scribbled notes in an old box can they solve the mystery of the fence.

Dorothea was very independent, but was not spiteful. She loved her own company and once she made up her mind to do something, she lets nothing stand in her way. Although when it came to the opposite sex, she was shy and did not know how to act around them. Adam was caring, but put on an act so he wouldn’t get hurt. He still lived with his mom and acted as a surrogate big brother to Elliott. Adam and Dorothea clicked straightaway and as the story progresses you understand their relationship and why they needed to become friends.

As this is a fantasy you expect magical powers, however whilst there are hints they don’t get revealed until further into the story. It was a welcoming change to read a fantasy story that did not have your usual suspects. In this story, you have Trolls, Lake Guardians which reminded me of the children in Children of the Corn and shape shifters that could change into any creature. Although there is a touch of romance is does not detract from the story. This book is fast paced and there is always something going on. The suspense builds the further they investigate and you get the feel of the chase. An unusual twist at the end involving a body and I wonder if this is going to have an impact on book 2.

It does not matter what genre Carissa writes she always has a flair to tell an exciting story. A great fantasy adventure which I did not want to end.