I just finished writing the first draft of a novel that leans heavily on demonology, so reading this book has been very helpful.
The descriptions and sI just finished writing the first draft of a novel that leans heavily on demonology, so reading this book has been very helpful.
The descriptions and seals contain enough detail. The invocation instructions are handy. It's all very interesting. And the individual descriptions of the 72 spirits of the Goetia is great.
I find this book fascinating, and the way it fuels my creativity is fantastic. It's amazing how many things mentioned in this book happen to fit perfectly with what I've already written. This is a great base for me to spring from.
I also found it very easy to read.
Yep. I really liked it. This is a great reference book! And I know it's one I'll keep returning to....more
Warm Bodies is one of my all-time favourite books, and I really enjoyed The New Hunger. So when I found this shortie, I had to read it. Especially sinWarm Bodies is one of my all-time favourite books, and I really enjoyed The New Hunger. So when I found this shortie, I had to read it. Especially since it's the inspiration for the full length novel. :)
The story is told by a zombie. A guy who remembers some things about the way the world used to be, but can't remember his name. Except that it might start with a T. He shares a bit of his easy life, comparing how things used to be and the reality of how they are now.
And that includes him having to eat people.
This was a well-written story. It's interesting, unique, sweet, and made me laugh. There's even a touch of zombie romance.
Sweet little tale that can be read in one sitting.
Wow! This story is AWESOME! Seriously awesome. Not only is it well written but it's riveting, and has a killer twist.
Koja is born an ugly, yellow-eyeWow! This story is AWESOME! Seriously awesome. Not only is it well written but it's riveting, and has a killer twist.
Koja is born an ugly, yellow-eyed, patchy-furred fox. His mother almost eats him, but he's very clever and talks his way out of an early death. Actually, he spends his life talking himself out of potentially lethal situations. And makes friends because of it.
The day a skilled hunter comes to the woods, the animals start vanishing. Koja knows he must do something, but for the first time, this too-clever fox might have fallen into a trap he can't talk his way out of.
Like I said before, this story is amazing. I loved Koja. He was so smart and willing to help others. He might not be the prettiest fox, but he's certainly the most kind.
Oh, and I have to mention the fantastic cover! Loved everything about this folk tale. Including the ending....more
I've been in an UF prequel-kinda mood lately, so I decided to read this novella next. It's set in the Otherworld series world. It's about the D’ArtigoI've been in an UF prequel-kinda mood lately, so I decided to read this novella next. It's set in the Otherworld series world. It's about the D’Artigo sisters, before they came to Earthside.
Camille is a witch, and like her sisters, she works for the Y’Elestrial Intelligence Agency. Her latest case has her on the hunt for a sadistic killer. But it looks like her boss might be working against her because he's got his own agenda. That's when a seductive Svartan enters her life, and might end up being the one who helps her close the case...
This is the story of how Camille and Trillian met. About how instant their attraction was, and what their passionate connection led to.
I enjoyed this glimpse into the lives of the D’Artigo sisters before the first book. I also liked the hints of things to come that were sprinkled throughout the story.
I've fallen behind on this series--I'm up to Book 7--but look forward to getting back into it....more
This short story was just okay for me. It wasn't because of the subject matter, because that was interesting. It wasn't because of the writing style,This short story was just okay for me. It wasn't because of the subject matter, because that was interesting. It wasn't because of the writing style, because it was very well written. I thought the psychic explanations were interesting too. And the length wasn't a problem, because I enjoy short stories.
The one thing I couldn't connect with was the main character. I found her to be too cocky and not caring enough about the people she was reading. Which I suppose is why she ends up where she does......more
I like Naomi's UF stories, so I'd been looking forward to reading this free short story for a while.
Ayla is a werewolf. She's also got a human girlfriI like Naomi's UF stories, so I'd been looking forward to reading this free short story for a while.
Ayla is a werewolf. She's also got a human girlfriend and abandoned her pack years ago because of their prejudice. But her cousin was killed, so she heads back with Shannon to attend the funeral. She's nervous about returning, and introducing her mate to her parents but finds that a lot has changed since she left.
And discovering what really happened to her young cousin turns out to be a ghastly experience.
I really enjoyed this well-written and interesting shortie. Now I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series....more
I started reading this book on my Kobo app yesterday afternoon, and finished it today. Wow. What a great story! I'd read great things about it... andI started reading this book on my Kobo app yesterday afternoon, and finished it today. Wow. What a great story! I'd read great things about it... and everything was true!
Jacqueline was recently dumped by her boyfriend after three years. While leaving a Halloween party she didn't want to attend, a guy she knows attacks her in her own truck. But a stranger saves her.
Relieved to have survived the attack, but shaken enough to be overwhelmed by fear, she finally starts to put her life back together. Starting with fixing her economics grade. And that's when she realises that the guy who helped her is actually in her class.
Now that she's noticed him, Lucas seems to be everywhere. And she certainly doesn't mind...
I was hooked into Jacqueline's POV instantly. Her story was honest and raw. Her life has fallen down around her, making her feel like she's made stupid decisions and is now crippled by fear. She feels lost and alone, but soon realises she's not because her friend, Erin, helps her to reclaim her courage. While Lucas helps her trust herself enough to feel safe again.
Also, the attraction between Jacqueline & Lucas was scorching off the pages. Yowza! I loved how these two damaged people found each other. And then helped one another find strength.
I loved this book and the two main characters. I just found out there's a sequel from Lucas's POV. I really need to buy it!...more
By the time I found out about this book, it was too late to read it online. So I was very excited when it was released as an eBook.
Dina is just an aveBy the time I found out about this book, it was too late to read it online. So I was very excited when it was released as an eBook.
Dina is just an average girl running a nice B&B in small-town Texas. She has a cute Shih Tzu and is a good neighbour. Except, her one guest is an actual otherworldly lifetime visitor outrunning hideous crimes, and Dina happens to be an Innkeeper.
Inkeepers are connected to the house and land. They can wield magic and access other places. The inn can do some freaky stuff too.
When a vicious alien animal starts killing dogs and soon escalates to humans, Dina can't ignore what's going on around her. Even if it means stepping outside the safety of her inn's boundary. And with the help of a werewolf and a vampire, she might be able to help save the neighbourhood.
Sean—the werewolf—and Arland—the vampire—are as fascinating as Dina. All three characters have interesting backstories. I'm also curious about Caldenia. Oh, and the thing about her missing parents is so sad. Hope she gets some answers.
I really enjoyed this story and loved the way an urban fantasy situation was blended with science fiction. Very well done....more
This is a book I've had my eye on for a while, and finally picked up a copy a few weeks ago during an insane Kobo sale.
Quinn is an ex-junkie, a liar,This is a book I've had my eye on for a while, and finally picked up a copy a few weeks ago during an insane Kobo sale.
Quinn is an ex-junkie, a liar, and two-kinds of monster. She was attacked by a werewolf and then bitten by a vampire. A scary, old vamp that turns Quinn into her pet and weapon. Did I mention that she's also a monster killer? No? Well, she is. And btw, adding previously withheld info is something Quinn continually does quite a bit.
After becoming a monster herself, she starts getting deeper and deeper into trouble. As well as losing total control and waking up all over the place with no memory of why. Well, she does find some answers in her puke. :P
Quinn is a very unreliable narrator. She's a total liar, and has lived a very hard life on the streets after she ran away from home. I usually have problems with unreliable narrators, but not this one. I really liked her and wanted her to come out okay at the end.
I really enjoyed this book! It's dark, gritty and totally raw. The kind of book that makes you want to take a shower after reading it. LMAO. But you know what? I loved every minute of it. And didn't even mind that it was kinda poking fun at other PNR & UF stories. ;)
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Quinn's next adventure....more
I have to admit that the reason I finally read this classic short story was because I love the Sleepy Hollow TV show so much. LOL.
Although it was wellI have to admit that the reason I finally read this classic short story was because I love the Sleepy Hollow TV show so much. LOL.
Although it was well written, contained some interesting elements and characters, I found the descriptions to be overpowering. So much that it took the focus away from the story. And although Sleepy Hollow and the mystery of the Headless Horseman is spooky, I didn't find it as scary as I was hoping.
Also, not knowing what really became of Ichabod Crane was a little annoying.
I'm disappointed to say that I didn't think this story was that great. Personally, I prefer what's become of the story now. The many different incarnations have added a better level of mystique than the actual story.
But of course, without it there wouldn't have been an origin to draw inspiration from....more
One of them is an FBI agent obsessed with finding the conman/thief. The other is a criminal marsterminThis introduces us to Kate O'Hare and Nick Fox.
One of them is an FBI agent obsessed with finding the conman/thief. The other is a criminal marstermind who gets off on being chased by an attractive federal agent while scoring a lot of wealth along the way.
I've had my eye on INK for a while, so when I found out this prequel novella was free I picked up a Kindle copy to read on my phone.
Katie is devastateI've had my eye on INK for a while, so when I found out this prequel novella was free I picked up a Kindle copy to read on my phone.
Katie is devastated after the death of her mother. To make matters worse, she finds out that her aging grandparents can't take her in. And that's how she ends up in Japan--alone and unable to speak the language fluently. But the fascinating thing is that something strange is happening to her.
Tomohiro is haunted by shadows every night, and has trouble controlling the monster within. Not to mention that drawing is dangerous. Still, he tries to be normal by having a girlfriend... until he realises there'll never be anything normal about him.
I loved this novella! It was interesting, sad, dark and intriguing. Both main characters are fascinating in their own ways, and I can't wait to find out more about them. I also enjoyed reading a story set in a different culture.
Yeah, after reading this novella I'll definitely be buying INK. :)...more
This is a classic that I've been meaning to read for ages, so when I saw it on the Google Play Store, I grabbed it for my Galaxy Note.
The year is 198This is a classic that I've been meaning to read for ages, so when I saw it on the Google Play Store, I grabbed it for my Galaxy Note.
The year is 1984, the world is at war and Big Brother not only controls everything and everyone, but he can also see what everyone is doing. Every home and place of work has a telescreen which spits out propaganda, news, and can watch your every move.
In this world, there is no privacy. There's no individual thought. There's only fear and hate. Children are horrid little spies, marriages are organised, and betrayal happens all the time. It's a barren society with no colour.
It's also where Winston Smith's story takes place. He's in the Outer Party and works at the Ministry of Truth. He plays by the rules just like everyone else, but when he starts secretly writing in a journal his whole life changes. Now he's starting to think about things, he's starting to question why the past needs to be altered, and can actually remember instances of changes being made that he knows are false. He's also noticed Julia.
When the two start seeing each other in secret, they both know they're breaking the rules and will eventually get caught. But neither one of them cares because Winston is falling in love with her, and has become obsessed with the rebellion...
I kept hoping that Winston and Julia would just runaway and escape the Party, but of course they don't do that.
This book is an amazing read! It's well written, hooked me in right away, has some pretty elaborate worldbuilding, and a narrator that you can really feel for. I have to admit that at one point the info got a bit much, but I soon forgot about that because of the devastating situation that followed. :(
It's a sad story about a man who wants the world to be different but has to pretend he's compliant like everyone else. It's also a story about forbidden love and the strength of the human spirit. It's also about endurance and being pushed so far that breaking point becomes the only solution.
It's one of the best books I've ever read, yet at the same time it saddened and angered me. It's depressing, and the ending tore me up inside because it's just so hopeless. But I have to admit that it's fitting, and certainly didn't go the way I expected.
Yeah, I loved it. This is one of those books that leaves a lasting impression on you....more
Zoey is an empath and is always willing to help Hidden creatures/monsters. Heck, she has a closet moI really enjoyed this Zoey and Maurice adventure.
Zoey is an empath and is always willing to help Hidden creatures/monsters. Heck, she has a closet monster and his gargoyle brother-in-law staying with her. But when a cute green baby is dumped at her house, it's a problem she hadn't expected. The cutie happens to be half dryad and half satyr, so taking care of her isn't easy.
But Zoey's determined to find her parents and gets herself into a whole heap of trouble!
I love the way this supernatural world is opening up, and the satyr imagery was both hilarious and frightening. I also enjoyed seeing another--more horrifying--side of Maurice. I actually think their friendship is awesome.
This is another excellent Monster Haven Story that the lovely author is actually offering for free. You should check it out! :)...more