Review: Sunshine


sunshine

3 stars

Read from June 15 to 18, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Sophie Jean is pretty good at acting normal. She can pretend she’s not allergic to the sun. She can hide what her ex-boyfriend did to her. She can cover up the scars she’s made for herself. Ignore anything. Forget anything.

Then Myles enters her life, and he has more than a few secrets of his own. Sophie discovers that when she’s with him she is feeling too much. Remembering too much.
It’s one thing covering up her own dark past, but does she really need to worry about people finding out just how much Myles likes her? Or that despite how much she doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes, she kind of likes him back? Not to mention the fact that she now has to conceal that Myles drinks blood-that he says he’s about four hundred years old.
But Sophie can deal with this little glitch, no problem. Even if she’s putting the few people she loves at risk. Suddenly, those who were monsters before are just people, and the monsters? They’re real. Now being a normal human being is the least of her problems. Now she has to stay alive.

Bookish things: 330 pages of paranormal romance mixed with teen angst. The cover is very pretty yet surprisingly soft. I’m very shortly reading the second in this series. We’ll see where it goes.

Where to buy: Amazon have it on kindle for $0.95 or in paperback format for $10.80. Continue reading

Review: What hides within


WhatHidesWithin

ReviewStars-4

Read from June 11 to 15, 2014

Synopsis: An award-winning horror/mystery with loads of dark comedy!

Inside all of us, there is darkness. Inside Clive, it’s tangible, and it’s aching to get out.

What Hides Within tells the story of a man held captive by an unknown evil. Clive Menard is a spineless slacker leading an ordinary existence. But when Chester enters his life, it becomes far from ordinary.

A disheveled Clive stands alone in a hospital waiting room. A series of incidences have led him to undergo unnecessary neurosurgery. A voice inside Clive’s head nags him to kill the doctor.

Weeks prior, a murder investigation and an unrelated kayaking excursion set the story’s interlocking events in motion. When a remorseful killer, a bomb-happy psychopath and a mysterious widow spider converge upon Clive, they bring with them destruction and death. Clive must discover who or what is steering his very existence before he, too, is consumed by the carnage around him.

With a driven detective following his every step and a vicious killer hiding within his circle of friends, Clive must walk a narrow and dangerous path, teetering between salvation and damnation. He must confront Chester and his own demons. But is he powerless to overcome them?

An EPIC Finalist, “Best Horror of 2013″ read and eFestival eBook Award Runner-Up for Best Horror.

Bookish things: 347 pages of dark comedy. The cover is theatric and eye-grabbing. Very suitable for the story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $5.60 or paperback for $17.09  Continue reading

Review: Charla by Alexander Beresford


Charla

2 stars

 

Read from June 05 to 10, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: A mother. A daughter. A demon…. How Does a Hot, Sexy Mother Who Hates Her Daughter Put Her Ultimate Plan Into Action?

There are many beautiful stories about mother/daughter relationships out there, but CHARLA isn’t one of them! CHARLA is the story of a sexy mother who hates her daughter and manages to secretly bring her pain and discomfort. So creative is Charla in satisfying her unsettling needs, that even Amelie grew up unaware of her mother’s deranged feelings towards her.

With Amelie all grown up now, it has become harder and harder for Charla to quench her morbid impulses without getting her hands dirty. So … one lonely dawn, Charla experiences a very weird event that sparks the idea of summoning a demon to disrupt her twenty-five year old daughter’s perfect, pretty little life. She puts the sick plan into action … and the demon moves in…

Bookish things: 264 pages. The cover is intricate and interesting… sadly the interest is lost shortly after opening the book.  Continue reading

2 short stories by Tony Talbot


PolarCrossing 3 stars

Read in June, 2014

Synopsis: A short story about ghostly encounters in Antarctica.

Bookish Things: 25 pages. The cover is apt, but a little boring.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.96

My review:
Bookshelves: awesome-authors, 3-star-review, indie-authorparanormal

Polar crossing, an endless white nothingness, only four people share this desolate place…or so they think.

What would you do if you started seeing footprints in the snow that you and your party didn’t make?

Creepy much?

The pacing was not as spot on as some of Tony’s other work, but it kept me reading.

Given the length you don’t get much in the way of character development, but just enough to start seeing the characters.

Perhaps because I recently read ‘Out if step’ I wasn’t as surprised by the twist in the end.

An interesting short story that will send a chill racing up your spine.

A couple of things I noticed:
He mentions five people in total on Antarctica, but then at 21% there’s only four people in the tent.

52% – …down out (our) fabric walls.


TheBoyUponTheBridge
3 stars

Synopsis: Short story about a ghostly Victorian encounter in Cornwall with a boy who wasn’t there…

Bookish things: Only 9 pages, this one is a quick tale.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.90.

My review: 
Bookshelves: awesome-authors, 3-star-review, historical-fiction,indie-author, paranormal

A very short tale set in Cornwall, The boy on the bridge didn’t leave enough to the readers imagination. I would have left the ending a little more open…

The descriptions were rich, especially around clothing and environment. This allowed for a strong setting in a few sentences, some authors struggle with that in half a novel.

Certainly an interesting read for those who would like a super quick story about ghosts.

Reading Challenge: Unknown


Unknown

ReviewStars-4

Read from June 05 to 06, 2014 as part of the June reading Challenge.

Synopsis: Without a past, how can we possibly have a future? Darkness. The black, shapeless void that refuses the presence of light. The kind of darkness where only the dead dare to explore, and the living fear to gaze upon. With no memory of my past, I wake up inside a pizzeria with nothing but a wadded up piece of paper in my pocket. I will have to rely heavily on my instincts in order to survive. I have no idea who I am. I don’t know who to trust. Faded images briefly flash through my mind, but they make no sense. Are they memories from a past I have somehow forgotten? Are they clues to my identity? Only time will tell.

Bookish things: 76 pages.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.97 

My review: 
Bookshelves: amazon-freebie4-star-reviewthriller,mysteryjune-challenge

Unknown is a quick story that takes us through a couple of days in the life of our protagonist. We don’t know his name, nor where he came from, but then, neither does he.

Imagine what it would be like to wake up somewhere and know nothing… Not who you are, what you like, what you do for a living, if you have a partner? Imagine still, that in the midst of this personal horror, that someone is trying to kill you. That they’re determined to shoot you and you don’t know why.I enjoyed this mysterious thriller, it highlighted the scariness and creepiness of amnesia and the extent we rely on our memories to get by in everyday life.

One thing I noticed:

25% how could mom hold a purse he bought her for Xmas if she died while giving birth to him?

Division by Karen A. Wyle


Division

ReviewStars-4

Read from May 29 to June 05, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: New technology, new choices . . . but who gets to choose?

Conjoined twins Gordon and Johnny have never let their condition keep them from living full and fulfilling lives. Gordon looks forward to many years of closeness and cooperation. Johnny, however, faces their future with increasing restlessness, even dread.

When the boys are in their teens, the new technologies of accelerated human cloning and brain transplants are combined into a single medical procedure — Transplant to Clone, or TTC. Someone whose body has suffered such extensive damage as to make normal life impossible may — with court approval — be cloned and then given a brain transplant into the clone body. With Gordon’s unwitting assistance, Johnny realizes that the TTC procedure provides the chance he had never dared to hope for — the chance to live in a “normal,” separate body.

But Gordon considers their conjoined life a blessing, rather than a curse. He has no intention of accepting separation — not without a fight . . . .

Division, like Wyle’s earlier novels, uses original settings and situations to explore universal themes: the complexity and intensity of family relationships, the nature of individual identity, and the far-reaching effects of the choices we make. Continue reading