One day Claire is a working mom with a deadbeat husband and the next day, she’s a super powerful vampire. It’s quite a change to adjust to4.5/5 Stars!
One day Claire is a working mom with a deadbeat husband and the next day, she’s a super powerful vampire. It’s quite a change to adjust to, but Claire not only manages, she thrives.
Kill Me by Alex Owens is a delightfully fun book that follows Claire as she adjusts to her new existence, but still manages to keep her humanity and dedication to her daughter intact. The book is written in quick and sometimes humorous prose that makes it an absolute joy to read. There are a few lines that are unforgettable (including a brief but hilarious explanation on Claire’s part as to why she hates the term “making love”).
The concept is a fairly original one, and it is nice to see a vampire who is still very human by the end of the book. Claire is an incredibly likeable character, one with whom I think many readers will be able to indentify. She really is the heart and soul of the book—moreso than many protagonists in this genre—and as a character, she drives the story on magnificently. She’s not the only character, though. Owens presents to the reader a cast of well-crafted characters including the sultry and mysterious Bette, the stoic Gregor and Creepy Clive, as Claire calls him.
The book gets a little steamy at times, but Claire’s vampire-sexual escapades are never presented in a trashy manner, and it never negatively affects the movement of the plot in any way.
Definitely give this book a try if you’re in the market for something a little quirky, a little dark and a lot of fun! ...more
As someone who has always been interested in paranormal investigation, real ghost stories really catch my attention. So, when I saw Willow3.5/5 stars.
As someone who has always been interested in paranormal investigation, real ghost stories really catch my attention. So, when I saw Willow Cross’s collection of true spooky tales was free for Kindle, I immediately picked it up.
The stories were both creepy and intriguing. The spirits in these pages are both benevolent and malevolent (or, at the very least, disturbing). Cross’s story of the shadow figure and stringy-haired man in the window in one house in which she’s lived is especially eerie.
The stories themselves—four in all—are definitely worth telling, but the storytelling itself is perhaps a bit too conversational at times. I appreciate the decision to make the stories very conversational since they are personal experiences, but I still would like to have seen the prose a wee bit more polished.
All the same, Haunted is an entertaining and spooky read. Definitely give it a look if you’re into real ghost stories! ...more
I picked up Paul Melhuish’s short story “Necroforms” on a whim last week and read it almost immediately. The story starts out simply enough4.5/5 Stars
I picked up Paul Melhuish’s short story “Necroforms” on a whim last week and read it almost immediately. The story starts out simply enough and could easily have taken a route countless other horror stories have taken. James Guest’s mother has died, and while he is forced to tend to the funeral preparations, odd things start to happen at the old woman’s house.
But Melhuish takes the story in a completely unexpected and eerie direction. I’ll keep this review spoiler-free, but know that this tale is not your standard ghost story!
The language is direct and very easy to read, but still chilling. There is a fantastic sense of atmosphere in the story, which takes place predominantly in a very remote area in the country. Really, my only complaint would be that the story ends too abruptly. The concept, however, is very original and offers a twist that I certainly didn’t see coming.
“Necroforms” is still free to download on Kindle at the moment, and I highly recommend it. It’s a creepy short story that certainly offers its fair share of scares! ...more
The Black Knight boys are back! I’m not sure why it took me so long to pick up the second book in John G. Hartness’s series, but I’m definitely glad IThe Black Knight boys are back! I’m not sure why it took me so long to pick up the second book in John G. Hartness’s series, but I’m definitely glad I finally got around to reading it. It was great to be reunited with the characters from the first book.
This book picks up where Hard Day’s Knight left off and has all the wit and off-the-wall humor of the first installment in the series. This time around, Jimmy and Greg are up against trolls and malicious fairies as they investigate a series of attacks in Charlotte. The case even takes them to Fairy Land where our vampire heroes end up—perish the thought!—sparkling.
While the book loses a bit of its direction in the middle, it picks back up again fairly quickly and brings it all home for a great final battle. It’s quick moving and entertaining, and there are some absolutely fantastic one-liners thrown in there as well. If you’ve read Hard Day’s Knight, definitely give Back in Black a go, and if you haven’t read Hard Day’s Knight, what’s wrong with you? Pick it up now!
Now I just need to see about getting my paws on the next book… ...more
I had high hopes going in reading Dead Spell by Belinda Frisch. I had heard a lot of good about it, and I have to say I was not disappointed! I couldI had high hopes going in reading Dead Spell by Belinda Frisch. I had heard a lot of good about it, and I have to say I was not disappointed! I could not put this book down!
Dead Spell follows teenagers Harmony Wolcott and Brea Miller as they attempt to figure out why a seemingly malicious spirit is haunting them, particularly Harmony. The deeper they go, the more confounding the mystery becomes. As I said, this book sinks its claws in and won’t let go, and it’s exciting to watch this mystery unfold. It always keeps you guessing.
What I have to give this book the most kudos for is how many chances it takes. For example, Harmony is an abusive and manipulative girl, and she easily could’ve been too unlikeable to be a protagonist, but you can’t help but feel for her and want to know what is happening to her. Frisch writes her incredibly well, in general. She isn’t your standard teen protagonist in a YA novel; she’s very real.
In fact, all of the characters in this book are real and relatable. My favorite is Adam, Harmony’s boyfriend. He’s a truly multi-layered character, and it’s really interesting to see him expand as a character throughout the book.
The story itself, however, is the strongest element. Frisch’s tale is well-constructed and quick-paced and will always keep your attention. If you haven’t picked up the book yet, definitely give it a read! ...more
If you're in the market for a bit of light reading that will leave you feeling hopeful, check out Bernard: Diary of a 46-Yr-Old Bellhop by S.L. DanielIf you're in the market for a bit of light reading that will leave you feeling hopeful, check out Bernard: Diary of a 46-Yr-Old Bellhop by S.L. Danielson. The far-from-typical protagonist of the story is a middle-aged man complete with believable flaws that make him one who the reader can relate to. Hunks and heartthrobs need not apply, and this reader truly thanks Danielson for creating a likeable main character that shatters that mould. His progression as a character throughout the story is believable and engaging to watch unfold, as well. Also a joy to read was his mother, Molly, who is a trip and a half.
The plot is quick moving and the writing style is easy to digest, though at times, perhaps too easy. There were moments that felt as though they moved too quickly or that not enough detail was given to the reader. The dialogue, in some instances, felt unnatural or terse, as well. For the most part, however, Danielson's sparse writing style is a good thing and keeps the story moving forward.
The text does have some errors, incorrectly formatted dialogue and missing commas, sometimes making the work seem like a draft rather than a finished product, but Bernard's story is interesting enough to keep a reader's attention. Give it a look! (2.5/5 stars)...more
Daniel Clausen definitely has a winner with his collection of short stories, The Lexical Funk. With just the right amount of humor and emotion, theseDaniel Clausen definitely has a winner with his collection of short stories, The Lexical Funk. With just the right amount of humor and emotion, these stories examine unique characters and situations that will tickle your funny bone and break your heart all at once. Clausen has a frank but intelligent style that gives the stories a conversational feel, as though you’re listening to a bar buddy with an English degree tell you about the woes of a friend of a friend, and it’s splendid.
In addition to the stories, there are short Lexical Interludes that often break the fourth wall, addressing the reader and referring to the book itself, giving the whole work a nice meta touch.
Definitely pick up this book if you’re looking for engaging and intriguing stories that will stick with you long after you’ve read them. My personal favorite was the bizarre “The Spectacular Adventures of Dictionary Salesmen”, which is just as fantastic as its title would have you believe. This is not one to be missed! ...more
As if hospitals weren’t scary enough, Matthew Bryan Laube takes it to the next level in Ancient Awakening. This hospital has been taken ov3 1/2 Stars.
As if hospitals weren’t scary enough, Matthew Bryan Laube takes it to the next level in Ancient Awakening. This hospital has been taken over by werewolves and vampires and even the scaliest, nastiest demons I’ve ever seen.
The book follows everyman cop Mike Samson and Ann Melakh, an unstable bio student, as they traverse the hospital and fight these monsters alongside Joseph Miller. Miller has a bit of an advantage, of course. He kills these things for a living.
Ancient Awakening is really fun. It is the book equivalent of a SyFy original movie, and I mean that in the best way possible! It never pretends to be something it’s not. This book is unadulterated demon butt-kicking from start to finish. And to liven up the journey even more, we’re given the incredibly entertaining Joseph Miller to guide us. Miller is a little crazy and a little brilliant, and he’s a real treat to read.
The book’s prose is admittedly a bit rocky at some points, occasionally relying too heavily on telling, rather than showing. It also took me a long time to warm up to the character of Ann. She seemed very whiny and petty at first, but as the book progressed, she grew on me. The crazier she got, the more I liked her!
I’d recommend this book to someone looking for a quick and fun read. It was definitely entertaining, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book with Joseph Miller! ...more
Outstanding! The Woman in Black is delightfully creepy, and its style and tone are pitch perfect. It's been a long time since I was so drawn in by a bOutstanding! The Woman in Black is delightfully creepy, and its style and tone are pitch perfect. It's been a long time since I was so drawn in by a book. I couldn't put it down! It's a quick and fascinating read. Highly recommended!...more