Wednesday, October 21, 2015

When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis

When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis

5 stars

Year Published: 2013

389 pages

They were 6 best friends when they were in University and they kept in touch having reunions to try to keep that friendship but life changes and each has her own problems.
One day after twenty five years, they chose to have a reunion picnic in Hyde Park. It started alright then by the end while in drunken fury words were thrown and accusations made which will change their lives forever.
By the end of the night only five went home.
It was sad what happened with them and to them beacuse after that drunken picnic nothing will ever be the same.

This is the first time for me author and I totally enjoyed it.
The chapters were short and although the story kept going from one off the ladies to the other and from the past to the present it was a light and enjoyable read. I felt it understandable that they grew apart from what they faced and the secrets that were kept, he betrayal and heartaches.
I do have to mention that I LOVED the cover!! It was just so beautiful.

I will keep a lookout for other books by this author.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Forsaken by J.D. Barker

Forsaken by J.D. Barker

5 stars

Year Published: 2014

388 pages

Genre: Horror (Witches, Supernatural, Paranormal)

I loved this book. From the very first chapter I was hooked.
The writing style is so engaging and flows like a river.

Rachel's husband Thad has become a famous best seller author, writing his ideas and stories in a journal given to him as a gift 10 years prior. Then things start happening that make Rachel regret a deal she made when she got him the gift.
Full of secrets, betrayals and witchcraft the author weaved a very interesting and hard to put down book.
Can't wait to read the second book to see what happens next.

This is the first time for me to read by this author, and I would like to thank both the publicist and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Quotes I liked:

“Sometimes the most frightening of thoughts can be found hiding among the shadows of our own minds.” 

“At one point, all authors are unknown until the day they are not.”

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

4 Stars

Year Published: 2009

585 Pages

Genre: Horror (Vampires)

I picked this book up at Virgin Megastores when I started recording the series, so that I would read the book first and then see the series. Which now I'm planning on doing.

When a Boeing 777 plane lands in JFK airport in New York, all transmission from the plane has been cut off. The tower tries to contact the pilot but the plane seems to have died. No transmission, no lights, no engines. Nothing.
So, they send for the CDC's Dr. Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather and his team to check it out.
The result: All passengers are dead.
So they embark on a mission to solve the mystery and later on to stop the spreading of a virus that seems to turn New Yorkers to vicious vampires.

It was a scary thrilling ride through the book. The beginning of the book was so captivating and scary that it made me go on and on.. I couldn't put it down except to recap and think about what I just read and imagine it clearly. The legend of Sardu was chilling!!

Then in the middle of the book it started to drag and I really had to keep up with so many characters. It took me ages (literally: months) to go past that but I pulled through and the last third of the book went flying.. The excitement and action was all there.. I loved it.

That was the reason for the 4 stars and not 5 although it's been a while since a book got me from the first chapter. This was a book that did.

I will start watching the series I recorded as soon as I have some free time to spare and meanwhile consider getting the second book in the series to read.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Screaming by Jack Kilborn

The Screaming by Jack Kilborn

5 stars

Year Published: 2011

44 pages

Genre: Horror (Vampires)

I got this book for free from Amazon for my Kindle on December 28, 2011

Jack Kilborn is one of my favorite horror writers. I've read a few books by him and he has not disappointed me yet. They are all amazing!

This was a short story that I wished was a full novel because the story line was great.

Colin and Butt and two addicts in Liverpool in the 1960's. Short on cash and looking for a fast fix.
So Butts mentions an old abandoned house a couple of hours away that he thinks would be a quick and easy job to rob.
They go to the house and hear SCREAMING!! Butts gets scared but Colin encourages him and they go inside to see who is making those shrill screams.
What they find is a shock to them, they find something old and shriveled but dangerous. When Butts goes to find a way to eliminate this creature he doesn't come back.

What happens to Butts and Colin afterwards is something I can't say so I won't spoil the surprise.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted by Andrew E. Kaufman

The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted by Andrew E. Kaufman

5 Stars

Year Published: 2011

293 pages

Series: Patrick Bannister Book 1

I got this book for free for my Kindle from Amazon on January 29, 2012.

Sometimes when a book is free I'm kind of skeptical to read it.. I used to read a lot of free books, but lately I've become a bit picky in what I read.
So, I was a bit hesitant to start this book.
The blurb was interesting and I thought I would give it a try.. AND..
I wish I read it sooner!! It's amazing!!
It's my first time by this author and I'm glad I did it! I'll be looking for other books by him.

Here is my review..
Patrick is a reporter whose abusive mother just passed away. He came to the funeral and met his Uncle Warren who has been a better part time parent for him that his mother.
Before leaving to go back home he passed by his mom's house to say goodbye one last time for good! While looking around the house he found a box with some of his old books so he took it with him, while leaving the house he had some heated words with his uncle and they parted in a not so great way.
While back home he checked the contents of the box and found some interesting items.. a note and a gold necklace/pendant.. what was interesting was who wrote the note and to whom it was addressed.
That got him curious and he started digging.

Nathan was a three year old boy living with his parents. One afternoon while his mother stepped out to get the mail he was abducted from his own room, never to be seen again. A local sex offender was convicted and tried for the crime. Open and shut case! But was he really the perpetrator?

When Patrick starts investigating, he gets some serious threats, but from who? Who wants this case not to be opened again and what are they hiding?

This was a roller coaster thriller that I had trouble putting down. So, if you are into great thrillers that will keep you at the edge of your seat check this out. The twists just keep on coming!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Vampire Awakes by Alexis Raye

The Vampire Awakes by Alexis Raye

Series: Paranormal Erotica Book 1

2 stars

Year Published: 2014


A very short story I got for free from Amazon.

Vlad is a vampire cursed to sleep by a witch and has been resting in his coffin for centuries.
Now he has been awakened by some strange music and finds himself in a bachelorette party mistaken as a male stripper.
Since he does not know what is going on, the girls undress him and their fun starts.
He goes on ravaging the bride to be and a few of her friends in an erotic orgy.
He then leaves the party and finds the witch that cursed him. More erotica in the graveyard!!
Would he seek revenge or ask to be put out of his misery?!
What misery?? He has been screwing since he woke up.. don't really know what's bothering him. Just being a grumpy old vampire.

Did not enjoy the book. I felt it was just some erotica with a kind of a story around it. Thank God it was free!!

Cure by Belinda Frisch

Cure (Strandville Zombie Series #1) by Belinda Frisch
Year Published: 2012

208 pages

This is the first book in the Strandville Zombies series.

I got this book for free from Amazon.

Miranda and Scott are finalizing their divorce, nothing has been the same since they lost their baby girl Rosalie. Although they both love each other, life is just not working out.
So Miranda decides to take a job in another town to try to start fresh and forget Scott.
When she reaches the Nixon center things don't seem right, she is asked to have tests and read manuals that no other employee had to do.
Zach is a new security guard just employed in the center, his wife Allison is a cancer patient and Dr. Nixon is trying to find a cure for her. So Zach worked there to be close to her.
There are a number of girls in the center that have been kept against their will and tests have been done on them, they are basically used as an incubation tool for Dr. Nixon's experiment to cure cancer.
If I go into more detail I might spoil the story so I'll stop here.

When I started the book it was like a roller coaster that you can't put down.. I was sure it was a 5 star book!
I liked the story and the writing it was fast paced with a lot of excitement.
Then it started to spiral down. Some conversations and reactions were a bit off, too many characters that I really lost count and lost interest in. that lost the first star.
Maybe if it was a movie it would have been OK.
Billy's infection was illogical. It took him ages to transform even without the shots, although the others transformed in a faster time frame. They got infected and almost immediately started to try biting someone.
Some editing is needed for the book to get rid of some of the errors.
The ending was abrupt and left it hanging which shows there is a need for a sequel. I didn't like that, for me that lost the second star.
I might consider the second book but not anytime soon. I kinda lost interest to see what happens to the heroins.

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