Change isn’t easy, especially when it’s forced upon everyone in the entire world.
Howard was such an interesting main character. What I liked the mostChange isn’t easy, especially when it’s forced upon everyone in the entire world.
Howard was such an interesting main character. What I liked the most about him was how much time he spent trying new things when a previous idea didn’t work out for whatever reason. This is exactly the kind of behavior I’d expect to see in someone who has his occupation. Observing him do it so often made me like and trust him even more than I would have otherwise.
This story included a lot of telling the readers what a scene was about instead of showing me how it was unfolding. As excited as I was by the premise, I had trouble emotionally connecting to the characters because of this disconnect. It would have been so helpful to have more details about what was happening and what Howard and Linda were thinking about as they worked on their case together. This is something that I was really expecting to love. It included many important elements of what I look for in a great book, but this specific issue made it hard for me to lose myself in the plot.
The horror themes were handled nicely. It’s rare for me to stumble across a mystery that includes this kind of material, so I was quite interested in seeing how the author was planning to blend them together. What surprised me the most about the horror was how quickly it began to show up. This wasn’t something I was expecting, but it did work well with everything else that was going on.
Give A Stalled Ox a try if you’re in the mood for something dark. ...more
Two questions have been on Damian’s mind since his transformation: will I ever find a second soulmate, and is it really possible to change? Only timeTwo questions have been on Damian’s mind since his transformation: will I ever find a second soulmate, and is it really possible to change? Only time will tell if he figures out the answer to either of them.
Damian wasn’t exactly a saint during his short first life, and his thirst for violence only becomes more unquenchable once he begins his Undead one. His severe lack of empathy and self-awareness brings depth to his personality even if certain horrid choices make it difficult to find many positive things to say about him early on. What I found most interesting about Damian’s character development, though, was how slowly it takes place. Centuries can pass between the first glimmer of change and the next step in Damian’s evolution, but because those moments are given so much time to take hold in his mind they always felt genuine to this reader.
I would have liked to see more time spent exploring the personalities and interests of Damian’s potential life partners. Some of them are developed well enough for me to understand his attraction to them, but others were given very little time to express their unique qualities. Even love at first sight eventually needs something to back up that first flush of emotion, and this novel would have easily earned a much higher rating had I better understood why he chose some of his paramours.
From the opening scene Mr. de Vissage kept my interest piqued with strong, even pacing. By covering Damian’s journey through such an incredibly long period of time the author is able to slowly build a complex supernatural society that would have been hard to flesh out in such detail in a shorter story. I found certain subplots even more captivating than the focus of Damian’s mission because of how expertly the author weaves everything together from one millennia to the next.
As someone who has never had any exposure to the French language, it was sometimes difficult for me to determine the meanings of French words and phrases that show up routinely in the first few sections of this novel. Some of them were easy to figure out because their English equivalents were so similar to them, but certain words remained a mystery to me until the end. While I understand why the author wanted Damian to retain this part of his heritage, it would have been helpful to either have had a glossary of the terms at the beginning of the book or more context clues about their meanings embedded in the text near them.
By far my favourite part of this book involves how effortlessly the author brings back the traditional approach to vampire mythology. Damian and his associates are sexually alluring to humans, but they are also extremely dangerous, unpredictable creatures. The horror elements of this tale are ubiquitous and include the darkest themes of that genre.
I would especially recommend The Night Man Cometh to anyone who is a fan of Dracula. Even with its flaws, this is a noteworthy example of what vampire fiction can be. ...more
Being a vampire doesn’t mean Sebastian can do anything he wants to do. Unfortunately his brother hasn’t figured that out yet, and unless something hap Being a vampire doesn’t mean Sebastian can do anything he wants to do. Unfortunately his brother hasn’t figured that out yet, and unless something happens soon Julian might not get another chance to learn that lesson.
One of my favorite things about vampire literature is figuring out what rules govern them in each universe. Every author chooses a unique set of abilities and limitations for their vampires, and this book’s interpretation of it snagged my attention immediately. It was very helpful to know what to expect from them so early on in the plot as some of the author’s rules are quite different from other vampire stories I’ve read.
I would have liked to see more time spent developing the personalities of the main characters. There were a few times in which certain individuals make choices that seem out of character for them based what I learned about them earlier. With more information I would have had an easier time determining if these decisions were meant to illuminate parts of their personalities that had previously been unexamined or if they were actually inconsistencies. I had some trouble connecting to the characters as they were written due to this confusion.
The horror genre is strongly represented in this book, and some of the most frightening scenes are fairly graphic. They work well within the plot, though, and even manage to tie together some of the most easily recognizable tropes from science fiction, horror, and steampunk. What surprised me the most was where Ms. Langston deviates from what I expected to happen. Her creative approach to all three genres made my first introduction to her work memorable, and I’m looking forward to reading more from her soon.
A Clockwork Army is a good introduction to steampunk. I would especially recommend this novella to anyone who is curious about this sub-genre but has yet to give it a try!
Filed Under: Horror, Reviews, Science Fiction/Fantasy Tagged With: Historical, Horror, Samhain Publishing, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Short Story, Three Stars...more
Every house talks to itself at night. Pipes rattle, duct work expands and contracts with changing temperatures, shutters flap in the wind and sometimeEvery house talks to itself at night. Pipes rattle, duct work expands and contracts with changing temperatures, shutters flap in the wind and sometimes inanimate objects soar across the room.
At least that’s what is happening in Libby and Ethan’s new place.
Moving halfway across the country to start a new job is simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. Ethan and Libby are eager to make new friends with the locals but for some reason none of their neighbors seem interested in getting to know them. I winced in sympathy as Ethan attempts to find a friendly soul to sell him a cord of firewood or give him the inside scoop on the best place in town for a hot cup of coffee as Libby adjusted to her boss and coworkers.
Weird things begin to occur almost as soon as this couple moves into their new rental but Ethan and Libby have an excuse for every one of them. I still wonder why two computer-savvy, intelligent adults wouldn’t have investigated the clues sooner either through a simple Internet search or by visiting the archives at the local library. In their shoes this would have been my first reaction to certain inexplainable events and their passive reactions to the presence in their home and all of the contradictions they encounter distracted me from what was an otherwise good story.
In the beginning I wished the plot would speed up a little bit as the hints about what was actually happening were punctuated by what I considered to be a few too many subplots. It was rewarding to piece everything together, though, once I realized this book was meant to be a slow, subtle burn. The last few sentences were particularly chilling and begged for a sequel. While I don’t know if the author has any plans to do so I hope to hear from Libby and Ethan again soon!
The Yellow House on Maloney Grove has all the elements of old-fashioned horror. I read it over an exceptionally dreary weekend and jumped out of my skin once or twice when wooden fixtures groaned unexpectantly as they contracted and expanded. Rainy days are perfect for a book like this…if you lock the door first.
Tom and Jarvis’ history of taking foolish risks may finally have caught up with them. As these two best friends struggle to stay alive in an unforgiviTom and Jarvis’ history of taking foolish risks may finally have caught up with them. As these two best friends struggle to stay alive in an unforgiving climate will Tom be able to figure out what’s really happening to them?
Almost everyone makes a few dumb mistakes in their youth but unfortunately Jarvis and Tom’s thirst for adventure has resulted in a life-threatening hike through bitter cold. While their fingers and toes freeze solid and turn black the heroes of this tale struggle to make it home before they succumb to hypothermia. By the time the story begins Tom and Jarvis are so close to death that all they can think about is survival. The unconditional, platonic love they share shines through in simple gestures like building a fire or making sure the other one keeps moving even when he wants to sleep.
We’re given glimpses of how they developed their bond in a few flashbacks but I still finished this story with an unclear understanding of the personality differences between Tom and Jarvis. They’re both impulsive, thrill-seeking and oblivious to danger but it would have been helpful to see more examples of the differences between these characters that aren’t based on race or culture.
At first I thought the ending was a little too ambiguous but given the context in which this story occurs it makes sense to leave room for interpretation. After all, Tom and Jarvis were in no condition to ask coherent or thoughtful questions for several key scenes! This approach also leaves room for a sequel which I would read eagerly if Mr. King ever decides to write it.
How do we know what is real? How does the answer to this question vary from one perspective to another? The Third Man is a thought-provoking exploration of these questions that I recommend to anyone interested in a philosophical approach to horror.
Night Terrors is an intriguing suspenseful start as the first book in a chilling quintet. This gory tale follows a young group of newspaper writers coNight Terrors is an intriguing suspenseful start as the first book in a chilling quintet. This gory tale follows a young group of newspaper writers covering the opening weekend of the newly constructed Peaceful Valley Nature Preserve Park and a unhappily married new mom whose only wish is for her husband to help with their six month old son and for him to stop paying his attractive assistant coach so much attention.
Emma Cayce, a young ball of energy, is reluctant to go on this news assignment to the park opening. Jesse Hargrove is happy to be anywhere Emma is. While they are out interviewing Frank Red Elk, the lone Algonquin descendent, they are invaded by green eyed inhuman creatures.
Eric Florence is a married basketball coach with a newly constructed home and a new baby. His wife, Charly is unhappy and tired of being ignored by her husband. Will the disruption of the unwelcome gory monsters bring the couple together after a tragic event in the Florence’s household?
Mr. Janz has a powerful imagination that has created an engrossing goose bump plot. I mean in the sense of ‘covering your eyes’ during a scary movie fear. The first installment, all though it’s just a teaser, draws you in with a mix of suspense and thriller. Mr. Janz has a way with delivering a descriptive writing style that puts you right in the thick of things. I was so involved with the story my heart was crushed at the abrupt ending. I personally would like to have seen the main characters more developed as far as giving them a deeper physical description. Overall the author did a fantastic job in building part one of Night Terrors to a gripping intensity that will have you anticipating the next installment.
What could be worse than moving to a half-finished house in the middle of nowhere?
Abby’s mood swings and pessimistic attitude make it difficult to symWhat could be worse than moving to a half-finished house in the middle of nowhere?
Abby’s mood swings and pessimistic attitude make it difficult to sympathize with her plight. Yes, changing schools and moving to a new state can be really stressful but from the moment she sees their new home Abby is determined to hate everything about it. Her intelligent and intuitive understanding of human nature soften the edges of her character, though, and after a few chapters I found myself looking forward to her witty, insightful descriptions of her family and friends.
Greg is one of the creepiest teenagers I’ve ever met in a young adult novel. Phrases that would sound harmless coming from anyone else in this story take on a much darker meaning when he leans in and quietly whispers them to Abby when no one else is listening. I would have preferred to see a deeper exploration of his personality and life history as the chapter in his life that probably molded his socially inappropriate behavior as a young adult was mentioned so briefly some readers may miss that clue. Those that figure it out will be rewarded with a chilling glimpse of Greg’s most important influences, though, as no one is born with the desire to terrorize other people!
I had trouble figuring out an appropriate age recommendation for this book. There was some use of inappropriate language and while the protagonist is quite appealing to tweens there are a few scary scenes that I would hesitate to recommend for anyone younger than twelve.
Obsession is a great stepping stone for middle school students who love the paranormal or horror genres and are ready to transition to slightly more mature stories. It’s spooky and spine-tingling without resorting to the blood and guts found in many adult stories in this style of writing but the plot is complex enough to to easily hold the interests of this age group.
How curious is too curious? Is it always a good idea to dig to the bottom of a mystery?
After being fired for making a dumb mistake at work, Beckett decides to take a long-overdue vacation in order to clear her mind and begin writing a great American novel but little does she know what awaits her at the center of paradise. Luckily Beckett knows how to quickly make intelligent, resourceful decisions as the plot thickens. While the rest of the resort guests dance and eat what sounds like incredibly delicious food she pays close attention to her surroundings and quickly learns who she can and cannot trust. Beckett’s inquisitive, even-tempered personality is perfect for this case and she’s exactly the kind of person I’d want to have around when inexplicable things begin to happen.
I was confused by Beckett’s decision to travel alone internationally without packing a cellphone, though, especially since she thought to bring her laptop with her. Even the safest tourist destination can be struck by a natural disaster, outbreak of a communicable disease or other unexpected calamity and it seemed odd to me that she would fail to take such a basic safety precaution. In an emergency the cost of calling or texting out of the country is worth it in order to keep in touch with loved ones and send and receive valuable information. I was also puzzled by her decision to pursue more information about what was really happening at the resort without telling friends or family what was happening first. Her single act of communication with the outside world was vague and didn’t seem to blend in well with her identity as a sophisticated, single professional. Surely anyone who travels alone would be more accustomed to keeping loved ones informed of what is actually happening on the road!
Poor decisions aside this was a well-paced story that tantalized me with subtle clues about what was really going on from the very beginning. Because Beckett’s first few encounters with the mystery of the island happen after she’s sampled rum punch I wasn’t sure how much I could rely on her understanding until the truth was slowly revealed.
Going Up really ought to have a sequel written for it one day. In the meantime I recommend it for anyone in the mood for a sun-soaked getaway that may not be exactly what it appears to be at first glance....more
Are ghosts capable of suffering? Can they feel the same breadth of emotions that are available to human beings?
Jessica has an unusual talent that piqued my curiosity as soon as I learned about it. What made it even more interesting is that she doesn’t understand how it works or why only some people have it. For a book this length, not going into detail on this subject is sensible. As much as I would have loved to learn more about her past a lengthy exposition would not have been appropriate while Jessica was busy stalking the dead.
This story was fast-paced and plot-driven. While it was exciting to have my questions answered in rapid succession there wasn’t much space allotted to character development. Jessica is a dedicated, talented ghost hunter but I have trouble describing her personality and interests outside of this aspect of her life. Hopefully the sequel will explore who Jessica is as a well-rounded woman in more detail because I am quite intrigued with this character’s courage and ability to think on her feet!
It wasn’t until I finished reading The Graveyard Speaks that I realized it was part of a series. While there are several brief references to a tragedy that took place many years ago this tale can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I didn’t know anything about these characters before I started reading and I had no trouble quickly figuring out what was happening.
The Graveyard Speaks is a tantalizing glimpse into a world where the line between the natural and supernatural is thin, grey and smudged. I, for one, cannot wait to visit it again....more
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo... This book is not for the faint of heart or those sensitive to blood, gore, and general nOriginally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo... This book is not for the faint of heart or those sensitive to blood, gore, and general not-nice-activities–but, if you are you probably wouldn’t pick up a book about demons anyway, because–let’s face it– demons, by their very nature– are evil. And, evil beings do things that are— well— evil. Which leads to the conflicts in this book.
Andel is in the same position Satan was in before the fall–he wants to take Satan out and be worshipped himself. Joanna and her family come from a long line of angel warriors who stand against the evil–however, it takes them a while to find out about this because there was a family schism. There’s also a hidden connection between Joanna and Andel that complicates issues.
I can see Halo of the Damned as a movie. It’s fast paced, there are a lot of characters, and Ms. Rae doesn’t let you catch your breath from start to finish.
The main issue with the book, though, is it could have used an editor’s hand. Ms. Rae is very fond of using words instead of said in tag lines–so much that it took away from the story for me. For example, on one page –out of five paragraphs–the tag lines were “demanded Joanna”; “Harriet announced”; “Kim yelled”; and “warned Harriet”. There were also incidents where the author told the reader what the characters were feeling, instead of showing us–again, taking this reader out of the action of the book. I only mention these because if they took me out of the book’s action, I’m afraid they would other readers as well.
However, if technical issues like that don’t bother your reading, the storyline itself is very well done. Like I said before, reading this book was like watching a fast-paced horror movie… and, in the end, there’s an awful lot to be said for that. A good story is a good story—and Ms. Rae is (pardon the pun) one hell of a good storyteller....more
Are gut instincts always trustworthy? Is it better to listen to them and take a chance at being wrong or ignore them and risk something you won’t realize you’ve surrendered until it’s gone?
Dick honestly believes he’s an objective reporter and all-around nice guy but the truth behind these assumptions is about to be sorely tested. As I read this book I changed my mind about this guy several times. In the beginning I admired his personality and character but as his social prejudices began to emerge I wondered how someone so intelligent and well-educated could know virtually nothing about other cultures in his own country. To be fair to him, though, Dick’s lack of knowledge is due to what I can only assume was a lack of opportunity to befriend people from rural backgrounds rather than a conscious attempt to ignore them.
I was never sure why Dick would travel to such a remote location without bringing along a cell phone. While reception can be spotty in rural locations wouldn’t it be better to bring the phone along and have a chance of contacting the outside world than to leave it at home and hope for the best? Mr. Janz’s stereotypical characterization of certain groups was also disappointing. The tropes he relied up to build tension in the plot are so well-known in the horror genre that I half-expected him to surprise the audience by subverting them. When that didn’t happen it was difficult for me to maintain interest in those characters.
Mr. Janz definitely knows how to tease an audience. While in retrospect there were several well-placed clues in the first few scenes I genuinely expected this story to produce a different ending than the one we were given. It was deliciously easy to misinterpret what was actually happening and while I would have strongly preferred to see less stereotypical treatment of certain characters the author maintained a consistently frightening atmosphere from the beginning to the end of this tale. By the final scene I had to remind myself to keep breathing as I uncovered the final mystery.
The Clearing of Travis Coble is gut-wrenching, politically incorrect horror. It’s a good choice for readers in the mood for a truly frightening story that works best when taken at face value....more
Will the world end with a bang, a whimper or so slowly that no one notices anything until it’s too late? This collection offers five terrifying glimpses into how and why everything ends for individuals, societies and even the entire human race.
It’s scary to think that someday the human race will end. Whether our descendants die out or evolve into a new species has yet to be determined but one of the loneliest fates I can imagine is outliving ever other human being and then face one’s own mortality. The stories in the book are spooky, sad, and even occasionally funny but all of them attempt to describe what it would be like to be in this situation.
Till Dawn was full of run-on sentences that made it difficult to follow the narrator’s thoughts. I suspect that it was intended to show the narrator’s disorganized thinking and possibly hint at an underlying mental illness. The concept was quite intriguing but I spent so much time trying to figure out if the narrator was reliable that I never quite got into it.
After All shows what would really happen in an apocalypse: the wealthy would hog all of the resources, everyone else would die slowly and terribly. The question is, though, what happens many generations from now when the wealthy re-inherit the earth? Can a society survive longterm if only a few personality types are allowed to reproduce?
Death Trapped once again had me wondering how much of what the main character described was actually happening versus how much of it was a hallucination. The entities the main character meets are so unusual that they could easily be described but even when the author’s intentions are confirmed I found myself listing reasons why the other explanation was still valid. It definitely kept me guessing, though, and the characters in this story were my favourite in the entire book.
Only Human is the strongest entry in this collection. It would be so lonely to be the last member of one’s species still alive especially while witnessing the genesis of the species that will be your replacement. The twist at the end of it was unexpected and even though it left me wanting more everything was tied together precisely and all of the questions I had at the beginning were more than satisfactorily answered.
The Bridge to Andromeda has an attention-grabbing introduction but I had trouble figuring out why it ended so abruptly or how certain aspects of the plot were intended to connect to one another. The metaphors were so well-written that I could almost see them bubbling out between the sentences. I truly wished to savour the final story but never quite understood what the author was attempting to communicate.
Despite a few bumps along the way Passport to Phelamanga is an imaginative collection of tales that I never wanted to end. I hope to read more from Michael Sutherland soon and in the meantime will be revisiting these worlds and wondering what he will come up with next!...more
Unfinished basements are creepy. Where else can you be six – or more – feet underground in a dark, dank, muffled, dirt-filled environment that has no sense of the passage of time?
Max thinks he’s finally figured out how to silence his bullies. At first I was surprised by the author’s decision to show Max’s emotional torment without describing why such an intelligent, peace-loving guy was chosen as a victim or what was going on in the lives of Jimmy and his friends to justify their abuse. Bullies aren’t logical, though, and some human beings are just simply cruel. In retrospect this information wasn’t important or necessary for what happens next in the story. What matters is that Max’s response to their taunts is never out of proportion or unkind. If anything he isn’t quite assertive enough! This level-headedness speaks volumes about Max’s personal code of ethics.
The Red Door’s climax left something to be desired. A scene I was particularly anticipating ends almost as soon as it begins. Switching away at that particular moment drained some of the tension in this story for me. It took until the final scene for me to begin regaining the excitement and dread I’d felt for these characters earlier. This would have been easily corrected in a longer book but it was difficult for me to reengage with the plot when so little of it was left.
Mr. James was effective at slowly building interest in the mysteries of the Starke house, though, and in describing a recently abandoned home in eerie detail from how quickly dust covers everything to what happens to a crime scene after everyone in the outside world begins to move on with their lives.
Are you ready to see what lies beyond The Red Door? This is a good tale for anyone who enjoys thinking about what might be waiting for them as much as they do actually discovering it....more
What could possibly be frightening about one year ending and another beginning? Everything.
All fourteen of these stories have truly creepy premises, from characters reluctantly participating in time-honoured traditions that usher in the new year to secret wishes that unfortunately come true. Some authors do a better job of introducing readers to the horrors of their worlds than did others but even the additions that I found less entertaining included scenes that surprised or scared me.
“Appointment in Time,” for example, built up the tension so slowly there was little relief to be found when I figured out what James S. Dorr was doing to the Englishman narrator who detailed his participation in an old New Year’s tradition. The clues were a little too easy to piece together but I still shivered when my prediction of how it would end came to pass. This tendency to reveal crucial information too early on was repeated in “Doll,” in which a businessman buys an antique doll for his ill sister, and “Deadly Secrets,” in which a man visits a mysterious business in order to gain the self control necessary to keep his New Year’s resolutions.
My favourite entries include “The Story of Myrtle Roadie,” in which an eccentric old woman living in a small town in the 1880s is accused of ritually murdering children every December 31, and “Trigger,” in which a fireworks display in a former wildlife sanctuary takes a wild turn. Year’s End is worth buying for the twists and turns in these two stories alone as both kept me guessing until the final sentences. For some reason the strongest entries were concentrated in the first half of the book with the exception of “Token Lesbians.” The idea of a teenage girl, her girlfriend and her sister experiencing the things Stefani runs into on the subway and at the club was a funny and unexpected way to end this collection.
Reading Year’s End: 14 Tales of Holiday Horror is a great way to say adieu to 2012 and kick off 2013 with a shudder. Remember, New Year’s Eve is only 11 months away and who knows what awaits us then!
What an awesome book ! This series gets even more interesting as the author ventures deeper into Norse mythology. After reading the first book, Malice Striker, I couldn’t help contemplating what kind of wondorous journey Ms. Carlo would take the readers on in the next book. Well, I just want to unequivocally state that she did not disappoint with Konnal’s story. It was wonderfully romantic as well as overflowing with action and suspense. And as expected, the heat level was hot enough to scorch your panties off.
Death Blow…a name that strikes fear in the hearts of mortal men. But not even the fierce viking can intimidate a woman who knows she isn’t long for this world. Konall -aka Death Blow- gets more than he anticipated when he buys himself a bride from King Kenneth. As with his brothers wife, his betrothed is goddess born also. Coincidence? I think not. I strongly suspect that sly old King Kenneth has some kind of trick up his sleeve with these arranged marriages.
Nyssa feels neither fear nor lust for any man. Well, she may have lusted after Konnal after she and her brother , who has been transformed into a mountain lion , save his life. But Nyssa has been cursed to a fiery death by a vengeful god. Only a very special man can save her. Konall proves that he is the perfect man for Nyssa when he ingeniously frees her from her curse. Even freed from the curse Nyssa is reluctant to wed Konnal. She believes she has good reasons, but I don’t do spoilers , so you’ll have to read the book to find out the rest of her secrets. I will say that she is every bit as stubborn as Konnal and it sets the stage for a lot of tension both in and out of bed.
I loved this story and can’t wait for Draddor to find his true love in the next book. How could his journey be any more exciting and romantic than his brothers. Something tells me that it just might be. Hopefully, we will discover what happened to Nyssa’s brother, Mus/Ciarran, and meet the lucky lady who will break his curse. Hint…Hint. I’m giving this wonderful gem of a story five flying stars....more
Creepy. Chilling. Both words that could be used to describe this book. Triumph, love and hope could also be used. This is a classic vampire novel of good versus evil. It almost feels like a throwback to a past era, to a time when it was more clear who the bad guys were.
We immediately get to know the character of Jenny and her family. I felt like they could have been one of several families that I know. Just down to earth, good people struggling to get by and dealing with the realistic daily life that so many people struggle with. Jenny worries about her dad getting older and still needing to work. She loves her brother and is proud of his accomplishments of realizing his dreams. She misses her daughter, who lives far away. She regrets relationships of the past and decisions that she has made. In short, she is just like you, me or any number of people that you may know.
The characters that we get to know through this story are realistic and dynamic. I loved how real they all were and the relationship between Jenny and her parents is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking. The vampire characters are more in the fashion of the old, scary vampires of past generations rather than the sexy, enticing vampires of today's romance novels. The exceptions to that statement would be the two “parent” vampires, Terry and Annie. We do get to know a little of their history, but really just enough to tease. We don't get to know any of the vampire Irene's history at all, other than one brief statement, and given her role in the book it would have been nice to learn more of her background. The stars of this novel are not the vampires though, despite what it would seem from the title, and as a result we don't get to know them nearly as well as the rest of the people in the book.
The love story between Jenny, and her ex-husband Jeff, is somewhat bittersweet. Jeff is a likable guy and, I realize that there are extreme circumstances at work, but I don't know that I would have forgiven him quite so easily. There is romance in the book in the form of other relationships that we get glimpses of, but relationship between Jenny and Jeff is the main romantic storyline – and it is minimal. One thing still holds true to the romance genre though: we do get our happy ending.
It is well written, with a realistic feel to it. If vampires did exist in our world, it is easy to see something like the story portrayed in this novel taking place.
If you like dark tales with classic “monsters” and a story of determination to overcome then you should check out this book. If you are anything like me, it will keep you turning the pages long into the night. I do love a good horror novel once in a while and with some romance thrown and paranormal aspects, this is like the best of all worlds. Reading it around Halloween would be fun!
Amanda Storey has been sent to Itsy to convince the town a Ritecost store is just what they need.
I have to admit this was my first time reading erotic horror and after finishing this story I’ll definitely be looking for more and more stories by this author.
This story opens quickly and the author does a great job at offering the ‘something’s creepy’ about Itsy that all good horror stories require. You know something bad will befall Amanda, and you feel more uneasy as the story progresses. By the time she arrives at the bed and breakfast you know she’s not checking out, but what exactly will happen to her? The author made it so entertaining that I wanted to read on. Her demise is the erotic part of this story, and there’s no man involved so it might not be for die hard romance fans. The dialogue is natural sounding, sometimes witty and the characters well drawn.
If, like me, you want to try reading erotic horror, this is a good pick.
Guaranteed chills. Don't read in the dark or you'll have the heebie jeebies for the rest of the night. Maybe longer!
I know when I pick up a Dreamspinner Press book, I know I'm in for a treat. This book was no exception. Ok, actually there was an exception. There were moments it scared the dickens out of me. Now, I don't generally scare easily, but in this case, it was the 'it could happen to you' vibe that was the scariest. How many of us buy things for the home and think, gee, that just speaks to me? I do that a lot. So, that part stayed with me long after I closed the book.
Jessica Skye Davies writes with fluidity. I was drawn in immediately and didn't want to put the book down. I felt as though the characters, Kevin and Tyler, were people I knew. They care for each other, and Ms. Davies has penned them very realistically. Their passion and devotion is palpable. Tyler has a streak of I'll smile and get what I want, but he's totally committed to Kevin. Kevin's fear of the statue, a mere wrought iron character resembling Punch from the Punch and Judy puppet show, is believable. I loved the measures they take to get to their happily ever after.
As much as this story had the "willies" moments for me, there are moments where I laughed and smiled. Kevin and Tyler really are a great couple. This is a book which should be enjoyed and savored. 4 cherries indeed.