Review: Quislings by Poppet


Quislings_

3 stars

Read from July 06 to 08, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: A harmless game of Spirit of the Glass changes their lives. Immersed head first into the ancient Mayan world, tattoos transform, prayers are caught by the greedy, and the rattlesnake comes to stake its claim. Rituals ancient and new clash in a bid for supremacy. A Chinaman, an Italian, a Slovenian, and an American, walk into a bar – it sounds like a joke, right? Quislings are no joke.

Extended description
A harmless game of Spirit of the Glass changes their lives. Immersed head first into the ancient Mayan world, tattoos transform, prayers are caught by the greedy, and the rattlesnake comes to stake its claim.

Zohar issued a death threat on Halloween and now it’s a race against time before they all die. Usha has to open the heart of heaven in time to save the rest of them, but the key is too cryptic. Rituals ancient and new clash in a bid for supremacy.

A Chinaman, an Italian, a Slovenian, and an American, walk into a bar – it sounds like a joke, right?

Quislings are no joke.

Adult-content rating:
This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages. Continue reading

Review: Neighborhood watch


neighborhood watch

ReviewStars-4

Read from July 01 to 06, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Fall, 1995.

Holson is a sleepy, middle-class suburb, whose most interesting news amounts to farmer’s markets and Friday night football games.

When young Brandon Grey disappears, no one thinks he’ll be missing for long. When another boy vanishes, parents begin to worry about their children. When bodies turn up in the local river, cut to pieces, stuffed inside industrial-strength black trash bags, the town begins to shut down.

The day that Brandon Grey is last seen walking home from school by teachers, two young boys are starting a street hockey game. A man stops at the end of their block, takes a picture of them, and drives off. All they catch is the model and color of the car he’s driving.

Jake and Colin, fueled by their ambition to form a detective club, decide to go searching for the car that haunts them. They soon take it upon themselves to find Brandon Grey. As tensions in town rise, and so does the body count, they find themselves deep in a mystery they never bargained for, closer to the serial killer than they could have ever imagined.

Bookish things: 366 pages. This book’s cover is suitable for the content, but I’d like to see something a little more eye-catching.

Where to buy: On kindle from Amazon for $3.56 or paperback for $8.30 Continue reading

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.