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I'm going to comment briefly on each of the six short stories a...moreI received this book for free from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I'm going to comment briefly on each of the six short stories and then give my overall impressions of the book.
A glimpse into insanity. Well written--it leaves the reader feeling jarred, dismantled, and wee bit disturbed. Not much substance here as far as story goes, but the ambiance is just right.
Love the imagery of the house crying! Very odd little tale of sibling rivalry. Not quite sure how I feel about this one. Another glimpse into the world of the disturbed mind.
A brief little tale about a parallel reality triggered by a car crash and a concussion. Interesting, but left me wanting more--doesn't feel quite finished in my opinion. There could be something really fascinating here if the author takes the time to flesh it out a bit.
Love the start! Seems like there's a major typo near the end of the story. Looks like something might be accidentally cut off. A macabre tale of the sort of clientele who frequent grocery and convenience stores late at night. Although it ends rather abruptly, it seems fitting all the same.
A short story that incorporates the ghost hunting/paranormal investigation phenomenon with the witchy/demonic craze. Interestingly done, but I'm left wanting more. Perhaps more back story with the ghost they are trying to raise--this could have a very Lovecraftian feel to it. Also I'm slightly confused about what happens to Jill in the end. Once again I feel as though the author really has something here, the story just needs some fleshing out.
I have to admit that this one is my favorite of the collection--by far. I felt like I could really connect with the character of the little boy-Benny- and was vehemently disgusted by the description of his mother. And the description of the infomercial--spot on! Definitely the best piece in the book!
There are lots of typos. It still needs a good deal of editing. There are places where it seems the author may be getting ahead of herself--something some space from the manuscript and then careful editing will quickly and easily fix. I mention this only because it really does hugely affect the readability of the stories.
I firmly believe that this author could be someone of interest in the horror field and is definitely one to watch. I think that she has a good grasp of what makes a story tick and an admirable ability to wield words and has only to hone her craft before she makes a place for herself in the horror genre.(less)
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
James Francis inherits a house when his aunt passes away. It is...moreI received this book for free from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
James Francis inherits a house when his aunt passes away. It is in need of a lot of work and so he begins renovations with plans to sell it when he was finished at the end of the summer. He uncovers and old leach pit in the backyard and an interesting but horribly smelly old iron box which he opens with thoughts of some sort of "real" inheritance.
Instead he unleashes the body of a young Venezuelan girl who had died over forty years earlier while under the tutelage of his aunt's second husband.
The imagery in this book is acutely, graphically vivid. I felt like I was really there beside James Francis throughout the entire story. With the combination of old Native American burial grounds, poisoned and presumed evil ground, and ancient, evil Celtic magic, the story carefully weaved by author Paul DiPersio will keep you up late into the night equally afraid of and compelled to turn the next page.(less)
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Sophia Claremont has been captured by a group of vampires and secreted away to...moreI received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Sophia Claremont has been captured by a group of vampires and secreted away to an enchanted island of night to become the human slave of vampire prince Derek Novak. He is smitten with her humanity and empathy upon their first encounter. What unfolds, is a strange tale about falling in love.
There is so much that I like about this book. The description of the island and the villas in the Redwood trees sounds amazing. I want to go there!
I am reminded more of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast than typical vampire folklore. I like how the chapters go back and forth alternating between Sophia's and Derek's perspectives.
I have to admit that I feel as though Sophia's character is a bit one dimensional. I feel that her character lacks a certain depth in comparison with the character of Derek Novak. Maybe this stems from knowing more of his background than hers. I am hoping that the author will be able to remedy this in subsequent installations.
Overall, the book definitely kept me intrigued. I couldn't seem to put it down--I was too curious about what would happen next. A good, quick read and an admirable start to an interesting new series in the vampire genre.(less)
Deborah Geary finished off her Modern Witch series with a very satisfying bang. I have been thoroughly impressed with the entirety of this series (sav...moreDeborah Geary finished off her Modern Witch series with a very satisfying bang. I have been thoroughly impressed with the entirety of this series (save one- A Different Witch) and its offshoots. The characters that populate these novels are so incredibly real and every book feels like sitting down with old friends and catching up.
I cannot recommend this series or this amazing author highly enough. One caveat--this series must be read in order, so make haste and find a copy of A Modern Witch as quickly as possible.(less)
I really have been loving these books, but this one kind of disappointed me. I agree with another review that I read somewhere that each of these book...moreI really have been loving these books, but this one kind of disappointed me. I agree with another review that I read somewhere that each of these books is like coming home to a family reunion. I don't know if the author was just rushing through this one or what, but it just didn't seem to have the same sparkle as the rest of them. This might just be because after a while a series can become too familiar and its characters too predictable. That's just the way things go sometimes. I'm not giving up though. Hopefully the author will be able to find new ways to breathe life into the series.(less)
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I'm not sure that I can adequately describe just how much I loved this book, but I am c...moreI received this book through the Goodreads First-Reads program.
I'm not sure that I can adequately describe just how much I loved this book, but I am certainly going to try. Takahiro O'Leary and Samira Moheb are the most unlikely of heroes, but they set out to save the world just the same. The way that time travel and alternate realities are described like a stack of pancakes is brilliant. Samira is utterly one hundred percent believable as a shattered war veteran dealing with the aftermath of the atrocities she was made to witness. Tak is an amazing little Japanese-Irish kick butt hero. And the story of their love for each other just could not be more perfect.
In my opinion, The Beautiful Land is one of the best books of the year and I cannot wait to read more by this author. Utterly brilliant, breathtaking, perfection. Highly recommended!!(less)
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As far as fast paced thrillers go, Douglas Corleone has definitely made a n...moreI received my copy of this novel through the Goodreads First-Reads program.
As far as fast paced thrillers go, Douglas Corleone has definitely made a name for himself with this book. I was hooked from beginning to end, wondering what new obstacle would be placed in front of his solid protagonist Simon Fisk. I think that my only gripe would be that the character seemed a little too commendable, and perhaps some rough edges would have rounded him out better, as odd as that may sound.
I have little to no knowledge of the places Corleone takes us in this book, but I was able to see everything through his characters' eyes. The heartbreak and sorrow surrounding families still living from the fallout of Chernobyl is only all to real, and a reminder of one of the most horrific accidents in history.
Fans of James Grippando and Brad Meltzer would probably appreciate this book. I will definitely be seeking out more by this author. Thanks to the author for giving me something so enjoyable to read! (less)
While I didn't find this novel as gripping as her debut novel, I still really enjoyed it. The author has a way of transporting you to places that most...moreWhile I didn't find this novel as gripping as her debut novel, I still really enjoyed it. The author has a way of transporting you to places that most of us never see, thankfully. But to be able to bond with the victims of these horrendous crimes allows us to become more compassionate and understanding people.
I will definitely be seeking out more of this author's work.(less)
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I could not put this book down! Chevy Stevens had me in thrall from beginning to end. I...moreI received this book through the Goodreads First-reads program.
I could not put this book down! Chevy Stevens had me in thrall from beginning to end. I do have to warn you that this book can be incredibly graphic at times. The author doesn't hold back from anything and plunges the reader into this horrific world where a woman is abducted, raped, and tortured for over a year. Told from the perspective of the main character, Annie O'Sullivan, the reader experiences every moment with this woman first hand, which can be more than a little painful at times.
Not for the faint of heart or weak-stomached, this book grips the reader as Annie recounts in vivid and excruciating detail the year she spent locked away in a cabin on a mountain by the man who abducts her, as well as how she deals with the subsequent aftermath of life after the horrors she faced and the ensuing investigation.
Incredibly well-written, this debut novel is highly recommended to any lover of the thriller genre.(less)
There may be spoilers here, but if you are reading the review of the last book in the series before you read the first book, then shame on you. lol
Wel...moreThere may be spoilers here, but if you are reading the review of the last book in the series before you read the first book, then shame on you. lol
Well. That sucks. I was writing a review and then all of a sudden my computer decided that it hates me and crashed. And so...
I like Ethan. He is a solid character as is Amarie. There is a lot of good stuff in these books. It all depends on your perception of the novels and life in general. I could reference the underlying themes: there is a certain Romeo and Juliet quality inherent, the tale of the star-crossed lovers, a romance that can never be. I can see where the authors may have borrowed from Greek Mythology the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. I can see Ethan as a modern day Orpheus. I do not know if that is the authors' intent, but it certainly echoes that story. I love Greek mythology and I don't know why, but whenever I can liken books to the old tales, I just can't help myself.
The writing is solid and well done for its intended audience. If you don't like angst-ridden teen characters, then don't read this book. Plain and simple. I am tired of people not enjoying a book for what it is. That being said, I enjoyed the fluff. I knew it was going to be there. But now I want to poke at it because lots of interesting stories seem to be riding its coattails.