Review: Blood Tide


3 stars

Read from October 15 to 18, 2015 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: Paloma Perez and Willow Mothershead are sisters and shadow warriors. Like their famous father, they hunt monsters who threaten humans in a world forever changed since dozens of gateways opened to bizarre and dangerous worlds. From vampires to strange unnamed creepy crawlies, the sisters face every danger without much thought to research or strategy. Yeah, they’re just that good.

In Blood Tide, Willow and Paloma begin their journey by tracking a few rogue vampires in the hopes of making enough cash for a decent vacation. They are soon tangled in a conspiracy involving a Dracula wannabe, an abducted elf princess, and an array of assassins who are all working to create a new supernatural order called a blood tide.

The sisters also stumble into first time romances. While Paloma gets sexed up by a seductive vampire mercenary, Willow sticks to first base action with a hunky foreign shadow warrior. Even as horniness and hilarity ensues, Willow and Paloma battle against the rising blood tide.

As long as they have each other, the sisters will save the day, but they’ll make one hell of a mess first. Continue reading

Review: Scrapplings by Amelia Smith


3 stars

Read from October 02 to 12, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Darna shouldn’t have been born – priestesses aren’t supposed to have babies – and she most certainly shouldn’t see dragons. After all, no one else does, except in Anamat, or so the minstrels say.

She sets out for the city of Anamat. Along the way, she meets Myril, an older girl with frequent premonitions and an eerie sense of hearing.

Then there’s Iola, who is so dragon-struck that she actually wants to be a priestess. She’s blind to the corruption in the temples.

Thorat is Iola’s champion. He sees dragons as much as the girls do, but unlike them he blends easily in to a crowd.

Apart from these four, the city seems to be nearly as dragon-blind as the provinces. Darna scavenges for scraps, but apprenticeships cost more than she’s likely to earn. When she’s offered a sack of gold beads for a small bit of thieving, she takes her chances… and ends up angering the dragon herself.

Scrapplings is the first book in a five part series. Book Two, Priestess, is due out in April 2015. Continue reading

Review: Guild of Immortal Women


3 stars

Read from September 23 to 29, 2015


“When one is immortal, one should keep a low profile.”

A new comedic romp through a magical tapestry maintained by Earth’s Immortal women.

Bookish Things: 199 pages. The cover is lovely, though it does make me think this will be a high fantasy and it’s not really.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.06 or paperback for $15.95

My Review: 

The guild of immortal women reads like the first book in a series or trilogy.

I liked a lot of the characters, Abbey, Matt, Ruth and Boo were some of my favorites.

Robert and The Doctor were interesting characters too, not that I can say I liked them. But they kept me guessing.

The book was not what I’d expected, and that’s probably a good thing, because I think the cover lends itself to a very traditional fantasy story, where as this story has loads of modern ties, magical ties and even a small sprinkle of humour.

The humour wasn’t as pronounced as the book synopsis makes out, a fair number of the jokes were in poor taste or repeated too frequently to be funny after the first time.

I got distracted by the paragraph breaks and lack of paragraph breaks littered throughout the book. Minor things really, but they do make it harder for the reader to enjoy the story.

The ending felt like it was purposely left open for another book, but there’s nothing forecast on Goodreads about another book. It just leaves too much unsaid and unfinished as far as I’m concerned.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review.**

Review: Brief Encounter by Tony Talbot


3 stars

Read on September 23, 2015

Synopsis: When a man misses the last train of the night, he meets a strange woman with a strange tale for him…

Bookish Things: 9 pages. This needs a nice cover.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.75

My Review: 

Bookshelves: awesome-authors, 3-star-review, horror, indie-authortoo-short

Typical Tony, he delivers a wicked little tale, but it’s just a snippet.

The Grace Kelly look alike in this story is an interesting character. At first I thought she’d be a witch (with all that cackling!) but it turns out that was kinda wrong…

You don’t get a great deal of information about the protagonist, but that’s ok in this story because even though he’s the protagonist, it’s not really him that’s important.

Again, I’d love to see this one drawn out into something longer, just so Tony could drag me kicking and screaming through that creepy night time station with Grace and her fetid mop bucket.

Review: The Monster’s Growl


3 stars

Read on September 23, 2015

Synopsis: The stakes of the game in the small-town bar are higher than Carly and her friends realize when a mysterious biker puts his quarter on their pool table.

This 1100-word paranormal tale is a free ‘short-short’ story from the “Monsters in the Machines” collection by Roh Morgon. An excerpt from her novel “Watcher: Book I of The Chosen” is included.

Bookish Things: 5 pages. The cover is very apt and rather nice.

Where to buy: Free on Smashwords or from Amazon on kindle for $0.74.

My Review: 

This little tale is set in a little backwater town, possibly somewhere in the American wilderness.

The story progresses quickly, extremely so, but it works for the type of story this is.

The twist ending wasn’t as surprising as some of the other reviewers may lead you to believe, possibly with the recent influx of TV shows depicting beautiful monsters…

I enjoyed this, but would love to know what happens where the story cuts off. Tease!

Review: The Girl in the Snow


3 stars

Read on September 22, 2015

Synopsis: Short story about the harshness of surviving in a dying world.

Bookish Things: 6 pages. This could do with a distinct cover.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.76

My Review: 

Like most of Tony’s short stories, this one captures a single concept and gently prods it. This one could very easily be turned into a bigger story. Who were these people? How did the world end up as it is depicted in the story? Who was the girl?

It raises a lot of unanswered questions. Questions I’d like to see Tony try to answer in a longer piece. 🙂