Review: The Girl on the Stairs


TheGirlOnTheStairs

ReviewStars-4

Synopsis: On her first night in a new house, Celia hears someone on the stairs outside her room.
Someone who can’t possibly be there…

Bookish Things: 9 pages. The cover is apt and a little quirky. I like it.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.77.

My Review:

A great short ghost tale that explores the ghost tropes with an interesting twist. While I had seen it before, I liked the innocent young girl character.

If you’re curious about Tony’s writing and want to read a short story this one is a good one to try if the genre takes your fancy.

AWW2017 Review: A Piece of Time


APieceofTime

ReviewStars-4

Synopsis: A fabulously spooky ghost story from Traci Harding.

Bookish Things: 21 pages. The cover is simple, but keeps in line with Traci’s other short story covers.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.02.

My Review: 

This!

This is how a short story should be done. The story felt whole, the characters real and the conclusion satisfactory yet still ambiguous enough to leave questions.

Tani, our protagonist, made logical choices and decisions, even while dealing with the paranormal phenomenon in the story. It was so nice to see that logical thought pattern.

That the piece also focused on a pocket watch and tied it in so nicely, was an added bonus.

I saw no errors in this piece. An enjoyable read with a great cast of characters.

Review: Euphoric Dreams Part One


EuphoricDreams

one-star-rating

Synopsis: Part one of three of the journey of a man in search of his first love, but ends up propelled on a wild quest. Where he finds love, faces loss and overcomes inevitable odds.

Bookish Things: 42 pages. The Cover is reasonable, but doesn’t tell you much about the book.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.92.

My Review: 

This is the first part of The Quest of Dragons and will most certainly be the last one I read by this author.

The list of issues I encountered in this 42 page story is almost longer than the story itself.

If you are thinking about being a writer, publishing books, please do not do what this author has done, and publish something that is barely but a first draft. EDIT YOUR WORK! Get someone else who is good at writing or editing to look it over.

Worst example of a story I’ve read so far! The only redeeming features, are the fact it was only 42 pages long and the fact that I paid nothing for it!

Things I noticed:

Issues including overuse of the same word in close sentences:
‘Very well’ is used excessively.
‘Tree, deal, wall, Sapphire’ all repeated too much.

Overwritten text:
‘You will perish a long painful, agonising death.’
There’s only four words too many in that sentence.

Changes in POV mid paragraph.

Use of ‘He seen’. Wrong!

Some paragraphs are indented, while others not. This occurs the whole way through the story.

Continuity issues at 82%. The group fled with no supplies yet they unpacked supplies when they arrive at Taisai.

82% – wrong use of their:
‘The three sat their(there) for a moment…’

86% – if Taisai is the multicultural hub described when they arrived, why would their presence be unusual?

93% – WTF?!? That is horse shit!

AWW2017 Review: Green but for a season


Green but for a season by C. S. Pacat

3 stars

Synopsis: Green but for a Season is the first of a series of four Captive Prince short stories. It follows the relationship between Jord and Aimeric and is set during the events of Prince’s Gambit.

Bookish Things: 24 pages. The cover is…ehhh… bland.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.75 Continue reading

Review: His Devil by Erik Lynd


His Devil by Erik Lynd

2 stars

Synopsis: HIS DEVIL is a supernatural horror story by Erik Lynd, author of the novels ASYLUM and THE COLLECTION. Sample chapters of these two novels are included in this ebook.

HIS DEVIL is about a boy whose family is shaken up the night his father mysteriously abandons him and his sisters.  They make a life without a father and husband until the night he returns home with a creature after him.  A creature far more evil than his father ever had been.  The boy learns he must grow up quick if he is going to save his family.

This story, among others, is also collected in THE LONG FALL INTO MIDNIGHT VOL. 1

This eddition [sic] also includes the bonus story BEING IT.  It is about Ian, a businessman on the fast track to a successful career and a rewarding social life.  But all that changes when he gets caught in an unusual game of tag.

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Review: Rebecca Royce Bundle


Rebecca Royce Bundle by Rebecca Royce

3 stars

Overall I rated this bundle as 3/5.

Bookish things: 43 pages, the cover is just a collage of the four short story covers. Apt, but a little boring.

Where to buy: This collection is no longer available to buy.

My overall review: 

Overall this bundle consists of four short shifter/biker stories. The pace of the stories was fast, the characterisation minimal for the most part, and the backstory almost non-existent.

I liked some of the stories, but others I really disliked. The feel of the bundle was rushed and unfinished, unlike Rebecca’s other polished series, this one leaves a bit to be desired.

Things I noticed:

Unwanted Mate:
12% – …at the very top of least (left) breast…
16% – …are you going to put it (in) my…

Bar Mate:
42% – His (He) adored her with his eyes.

I also reviewed each of the stories within the bundle. Continue reading