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Friday, August 28, 2015

The Skates by Mark Rigney [4 stars]



From the Description:

A tragedy from the past that will not die.
Reverend Renner’s quiet, well-ordered Michigan life is turned upside down after he purchases a pair of nineteenth-century ice skates at a yard sale. First an enormous black dog takes to following him all over town, and then the skates attach themselves to his feet in the middle of the night. Frightened but curious, Renner seeks help from the one man he’d most like to avoid, ex-linebacker Dale Quist. Together, Renner and Quist work to unravel the mystery of the skates, a potentially fatal task that will lead them to England, and one of London’s greatest historical disasters.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella.

The Skates is the first novella in the Renner and Quist series, it was also my first book by Mark Rigney. It will definitely not be my last. This was such a fun story! Renner and Quist are hilarious as they try to solve the mystery behind a pair of haunted Victorian ice skates and the huge black dog that seems to follow them. This story is very engaging, using just the right amount of humor to balance the spooky events surrounding the skates. I love the characters! Renner is kind of uptight and persnickety while Dale Quist is a good ol' boy that had me laughing through the whole story. I read this in one sitting because I just had to know what happened. I can't wait to read the next part in this fantastic series! I highly recommend this fast paced and fun 4 star read.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Deep by Michaelbrent Collings [4.5 stars]



From the Description:

There are places we were never meant to go... *** A woman searching for a sister lost at sea. A man bent on finding lost treasure. A mother who has lost all hope. A maniac who believes all life exists for his pleasure. The man who would keep them all safe. Together, they will all seek below the waves for treasures long buried, and riches beyond belief. But those treasures hide something. Something ancient, something dark. A creature that exists only to feed on those that would enter into its realm. A creature... of The Deep.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

I'll admit that I don't dive or know much about diving. I'll also tell you that after reading The Deep I wouldn't even be willing to try it. This is a very intense and frightening book!! The creature was very scary but the parts that I found most terrifying were the dangers involved in diving. The bends, running out of air, being trapped in an environment that is inherently inhospitable to us as air breathing human beings. Nope, not for me thanks! The environment was used brilliantly to increase the tension and fear in this story. As if all that wasn't enough to scare you, we also get to meet Haeberle, a truly cringe worthy character that gave me the creeps. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near this guy let alone in an isolated place like a dive boat out on the ocean far away from land. I liked Sue, Tim and Cal the best and I was rooting for them to be ok at the end of the story. I was also really hoping that someone or something would drown Geoffrey before the end. You'll have to read this fast paced and fantastic 4.5 star novel to see why.



Monday, August 24, 2015

The Doorway by Alan Spencer [3.5 stars]



From the Description:

The dead work in mysterious ways.
Morty Saggs is desperate when his wife, Glenda, turns up missing. But all evidence points to Glenda never having left the house. Soon, odd smells permeate the property, and sometimes the doorway to his bedroom burns a hideous red. Is Morty going crazy, or did the house do something with Glenda? Is there some connection to the house’s previous owner, a vicious murderer named Ted Lindsey? All of Morty’s questions will be answered on the night the burning doorway opens—the night when the trap is sprung.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

The Doorway is a fun, surreal splatterpunk horror story. It started out a  little slow but once the action starts hold on to both your seat and your lunch! The horrors you will find here are well described and gruesome. I thought that I had figured out the plot at the beginning of the book but the ending came as a surprise. The characters  are a mixed bag. Morty, the main character starts out as sort of a sad-sack that I pitied and then disliked but by the end of the book I was rooting for him and his daughter to make it out alive. Some of the characters were thoroughly horrible people, specifically Janet, the reporter for a rag newspaper, and Detective Larson. This is a fun, fast paced and totally gross 3.5 star read.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Skinner by David Bernstein [4 stars]



From the Description:

For six close friends, a weekend away turns deadly when their vehicle skids off the road and crashes in a remote part of the Adirondack Mountains.

In the direct path of a blizzard, they are hurt, cold and scared, wondering if they’ll make it through the night. But the group’s luck seemingly changes when they take refuge in a small cabin.

Their plan is simple: wait for the storm to pass. But there is something else out there that has its own plans for them.

Invade. Reveal secrets. Invoke madness. Make enemies out of friends. Create chaos. And shed blood.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

Reading Skinner was like reading an 80's horror movie. It's fast paced, fun and full of cheese (of the best kind). The story line was a lot of fun. I loved the descriptions of the storm and the mountain. The scary parts were gruesome and horrifying. It also gives you characters that you can both love and love to hate. I loved Rob and Aria most and I couldn't wait for something bad to happen to Jeff and Spencer. The Old One was a great villain and I'd love to see more of him! If your looking for a really fun book you should give this 4 star read a try.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tortures Of The Damned by Hunter Shea [5 stars]



From the Description:


SHOCK…First, the electricity goes—plunging the east coast in darkness after a devastating nuclear attack. Millions panic. Millions die. They are the lucky ones.

AFTER SHOCK…
Next, the chemical weapons take effect—killing or contaminating everything alive. Except a handful of survivors in a bomb shelter. They are the damned.

 HELL IS FOR HUMANS
Then, the real nightmare begins. Hordes of rats force two terrified families out of their shelter—and into the savage streets of an apocalyptic wasteland. They are not alone. Vicious, chemical-crazed animals hunt in packs. Dogs tear flesh, cats draw blood, horses crush bone. Roaming gangs of the sick and dying are barely recognizable as human. These are the times that try men’s souls. These are the tortures that tear families apart. This is hell on earth. The rules are simple: Kill or die.

I received an ARC of this novel from Oh, for the Hook of a Book as part of a blog tour run by the amazing Erin Al-Mehairi. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.



What a fantastic book! Tortures Of The Damned is easily my favorite book by Hunter Shea so far. I sat down to start this novel and the next time I looked up several hours and all 439 pages had passed by in what felt like a few minutes. It's not often that a story will grab my attention the way that this one did. The story line is fast paced and exciting. I was totally absorbed by the story of the Padilla family and their neighbors Buck and Alexiana. I was rooting for these characters as if they were friends. My heart was in my throat several times as they fought their way through the attacking animals and gangs to try to reach a safe place. My only complaint was the way the story ended. What the hell Hunter Shea!?! Give me more of this totally entrancing 5 star read!!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Voices by Michael Bray [4.5 stars]



From the Description:

The town of Oakwell is no more, an abandoned and overgrown relic left in the wake of the massacre at Hope House. When Emma Barrett discovers the secret to the Hope House curse and how to stop it, the evil responds by awakening the deranged and catatonic Henry Marshall, who escapes to the town he once called home. As Emma gathers around her those who can bring an end to the Gogoku curse, a brutal game of cat and mouse begins amid the decaying remnants of the town. Everything is at stake as the Whisper story reaches its epic conclusion. Blood will be spilled, sacrifices will be made, and redemption will be sought as the survivors of the Oakwell curse go head to head not only with Marshall, but with the malevolent forces which have scourged the lands for centuries...

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

I have been following the Whispers trilogy from the beginning and can honestly say that Michael Bray is a phenomenal writer. His characters are believable and his atmospheric descriptions leave you wondering if that was really the wind you just heard. You will find rapey psychos, native ghosts, and a cursed forest within the pages of these books. Voices is a terrifyingly terrific end to this trilogy. All the lose ends from the first two books are tied up as Melody and her son, Isaac come full circle to where the horror all began. We even get to find out what had trapped the souls of the Gogoku and all those lost in Hope House and the cursed clearing. While I'm sad to see this series end, I can't wait to see what Michael Bray does next! A fast paced and scary 4.5 star read.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Fearless by Elliott James [4.5 stars]



From the Description:

When your last name is Charming, rescuing virgins comes with the territory -- even when the virgin in question is a nineteen-year-old college boy.
 
Someone, somewhere, has declared war on Kevin Kichida, and that someone has a long list of magical predators on their rolodex. The good news is that Kevin lives in a town where Ted Cahill is the new sheriff and old ally of John Charming.
 
The attacks on Kevin seem to be a pattern, and the more John and his new team follow that thread, the deeper they find themselves in a maze of supernatural threats, family secrets, and age-old betrayals. The more John learns, the more convinced he becomes that Kevin Kichida isn't just a victim, he's a sacrifice waiting to happen. And that thread John's following? It's really a fuse...
 
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.
 
Fearless, part three in the Pax Arcana series, is a super fun and fast paced book. I love the world created by Elliott James. It is believable and filled with terrifying creatures and the fantastic characters who hunt them. I was hooked from the very first sentence! The main character, John Charming is a slightly tarnished, very sarcastic and totally kick-ass character. If you have been following the series you'll get to catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones (if you haven't go grab them now!). Combining action, mythology and humor to create a thrill ride you won't want to put down. I can't wait for the next book! Urban fantasy and horror lovers are in for a treat with this 4.5 star read.
 

Friday, August 7, 2015

We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk [4 stars]



From the Description:

The Apocalypse has come to the Sugar Hill mental asylum.He's the hospital's newest, and most notorious, patient--a paranoid schizophrenic who sees humanity's dark side.

Luckily he's in good hands. Dr. Eli Alpert has a talent for healing tortured souls. And his protégé is working on a cure for schizophrenia, a drug that returns patients to their former selves. But unforeseen side effects are starting to emerge. Forcing prior traumas to the surface. Setting inner demons free.

Monsters have been unleashed inside the Sugar Hill mental asylum. They don't have fangs or claws. They look just like you or me.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

We Are Monsters is the story of a haunted asylum,,, well, not exactly. It's more the story of the monsters and demons we carry around with us. This was an odd book for me. At first slow but then it grabbed me in ways that I didn't expect. For the first half of it I was waiting for something to happen other than the horrible experiments that Dr. Alex Drexler is performing on the patients of Sugar Hill. While that is disturbing it wasn't experiments that would make you think horror story. But then something unexpected happened. I found myself connecting to the characters to the point that I cried several times over the things that were (or had) happened to them. Some of the imagery was horrific and some moved me. By the ending I was hooked. This is Brian Kirk's first novel and I can't wait to see what he does next. A solid 4 star read.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mother Of Demons by Maynard Sims [4 stars]



From the Description:

The hunt is on!
Alice Logan has gone missing, and Harry Bailey and Department 18 have been called to help find her. The main suspect is Anton Markos, a satanic cult leader who has a predilection for young women like Alice. Members of Markos’s cult start turning up dead—shredded by what seems to be a wild animal. Is there a madman within the cult? Or is it something far more horrible?
Can Department 18 discover the impossible truth and end the spree of murder, insanity and carnage? Or will they become the prey?

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

Mother Of Demons is a fast paced and terrifying thrill ride. The fifth installment of the Department 18 series continues to entertain and horrify readers with a well written plot and believable characters. For those who aren't familiar with the Department 18 novels, they focus on a group of paranormal investigators who work for the British government alongside units such as M15. Each book deals with a different supernatural threat. If you haven't read them you should grab them now! In Mother Of Demons you get to catch up with some of the characters from other books as well as meet some new ones. Vi and Harry are two of my favorite characters. I also really liked Jason and Susan. I enjoyed the combination of Greek mythology and police procedure in this story. The Goddess of the hunt has long been a favorite Greek myth. The ending had a twist that I didn't see coming which always makes a story fun for me. Hunt down this 4 star read and enjoy.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Q Island by Russell James [5 stars]



From the Description:

Epidemic!
An ancient virus has surfaced on Long Island, NY, turning its victims into black-veined, infectious, psychopathic killers. Chaos and madness rule.
In desperation, the military quarantines the island, trapping Melanie Bailey and her autistic son, Aiden. Somehow Aiden survives infection. He could be the key to a cure…if Melanie can get him to the mainland.
Gang leader Jimmy Wade also survives the virus, but he’s acquired a hunger for human flesh. Believing consuming Aiden will make him all-powerful, he and his gang hunt the boy. Melanie and Aiden must evade both Wade’s tightening grip and the growing army of the infected in an impossible escape from what all call Q Island.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

What a fabulous book! The story grabbed me right from the first page and led me to an apocalyptic world peopled by characters that I genuinely wanted to follow. I loved Melanie and her son Aiden, although there were times I wanted to smack her for the decisions she made that put her son in danger. Tamara and Eddie were my heroes throughout this book. The action was fast paced and well written. It never felt overdone as is the case in some apocalyptical fiction. Russell James is a fantastic story teller who has delivered a believable and engrossing look into the end of life as we know it. Do yourself a favor and grab this 5 star read before it's too late,,,