Vampire Girl ( book 1 ) by Karpov Kinrade
Synopsis : You think it's safe to walk alone at night . It's not . You think the only threat is other humans, it's not . Monsters are real . Demons are real . Vampires are real . And I'm about to become one of them . My name is Arianna Spero . I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma . Now i'm her only hope . She made a deal with the devil and on my 18th birthday he came to collect . But there's a way to save her . There's something the Princes Of Hell want more than my mother . ME . So I signed my soul away and promised to pick a prince to marry, I would take the blood oath, become one of them, and give them an heir . I would become a Princess Of Hell, and my mother would live . I expected fire and brimstone . I expected pain and misery . I didn't expect beauty . I didn't expect magic . I didn't expect love . But the princes are keeping secrets from me . Secrets that could shatter everything .
My Review : I got an E-book copy of this book free on my Kindle so I didn't know what to expect from it , I ended up finishing it in two sittings !
A really great, exciting, romantic read with lots of wonderful characters, set in a magical ' Hell ' . I thought it was very well and cleverly written . The Kingdoms within Hell and the Princes were all centred around the 7 deadly sins .
The main character, a human woman, Arianna or Ari has to save her mother by signing a contract to go to Hell, marry one of the Princes and produce an heir but it turns out to have many dangerous situations !
It ended in a cliff hanger so I really need to buy and read the others in this series to find out what happens .
Rating : 4 out of 5
Raven's Peak ( book 1 of World On Fire Series ) by Lincoln Cole
Synopsis : A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem . When the townsfolk of Raven's Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to discover the root of the evil affecting people . She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she's ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive .
Abigail rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about . Now she's forced to protect him, which is easy, but also to trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven's Peak. Trust, however, is something hard to have for someone who grew up living on the knife's edge of danger .
Can they discover the cause of the town's insanity and put a stop to it before it's too late ?
My Review : It is a mixture of some of my favourite genres - Crime Fiction and Horror . The characters and places in the book were well created . There were some very humourous conversation pieces which made me laugh . Lincoln Cole sets the scene very well and some parts of this book were really dark and creepy, what happens as the story progresses is exciting, action packed with a few unexpected twists and turns . There are some very graphic gory parts that some readers may not enjoy !
I read this book in just one sitting as I couldn't stop turning the pages to see what happened next , It did not disappoint at all ! It ended in a cliff hanger because there are further books coming in this series which i'm looking forward to .
I highly recommend this book to any crime fiction, supernatural and horror fans .
Rating : 4 out of 5
How To Behave In A Crowd by Camille Bordas
Synopsis : Isiadore Mazal is eleven years old, the youngest of six siblings living in a small French town he doesn't quite fit in .
Berenice, Aurore and Leonard are on track to have doctorates by age twenty-four . Jeremie performs with a symphony, and Simone : older than Isidore by eighteen months, expects a great career as a novelist - She already put Isidore to work on her biography . The only time they leave their rooms is to gather on the old, stained couch and dissect prime-time television dramas in light of Aristotle's Poetics .
Isidore has never skipped a grade or written a dissertation . But he notices things the others don't, and asks questions they fear to ask . So when tragedy strikes the Mazal Family, Isidore is the only one to recognize how everyone is struggling with their grief and perhaps the only one who can help them if he doesn't run away from home first .
Isidore's unstinting empathy, combined with his simmering anger, makes for a complex character study, in which the elegiac and comedic build toward a heartbreaking conclusion . With How To Behave In A Crowd, Camille Bordas immerses readers in the interior life of a boy puzzled by adulthood and beginning to realize that the adults around him are just as lost .
My Review : This is the story of a dysfunctional family called The Mazals who live in France . The story is narrated through the youngest family member eleven year old, Isidore ( or Izzy or Dory for short, depending on which family member he is talking to ) . It follows him and his family through the period of a couple of years and how Isidore is trying to make sense of himself as he becomes an adult and also of the people and world around him . The other older siblings are successful and seem to have found their ways in life but they don't know how to connect with other people, they only know what they are doing and/or learning .
Suddenly tragedy strikes and they lose an important member of their family unit . Isidore doesn't seem to fit in at home or at school and he tries to run away quite a few times during the story, he meets some interesting characters along the way and learns some good advice for life. He is a very perceptive boy who is always taking notice of people and things around him and asking questions . He has a close connection to his sister, Simone who wants to be a novelist and they spend a lot of time together in the book due to the fact she enlisted Isidore's help with taking notes for her biography .
This is an amazing and moving story which deals with a lot of different life issues including : Family life, friendship and on the more unhappy topics of Death, Grief, Suicide and Abortion .
It was a really emotional read but I loved it !
I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review .
Rating : 4 out of 5
Water Memory by Mathieu Reynes
Synopsis : A new life begins for Marion when her mother inherits an old family home and decides to make it their new home . With its own private beach and a view of the sea, the house has all the makings of a happy new life . But when Marion discovers strange rock carvings nearby, and learns that a sinister-looking lighthouse watchman may be part of a local legend come to life, it becomes clear that things are not as idyllic as they seemed .
My Review : This is a graphic novel for younger readers although it is quite creepy so maybe not for very young readers ! The art work is really nice, I very much liked the images and colours used . It has a gripping storyline to go along with the pictures, it is quite slow at the start but as Marion explores more of her new surroundings it soon becomes dark and creepy .
The story is focused on an ancient sea town legend and there are many scary looking rock carvings around the area .
Author and illustrator work very well together to make this a great book . Marion, her mother and the other characters are all well written and you feel like you know them as you read more of the story .
I recommend this book to any fans of Manga, graphic novels and mystery, I think you will really enjoy it !
I received a free copy of this graphic novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review .
Rating : 4 out of 5
The Day The Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker
Synopsis : It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers . The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard . The summer his mother died in a tragic accident . As he recalls the tumultuous events that launched a surprising journey, Samuel can still hardly believe it happened . After his mother's death, twelve year old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time . Prompted by three strange carnival fortune tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for The Tree Of Life -- the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back . His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question : Could it be possible that death is a gift ?
Haunting and hypnotic, The Day The Angels Fell is a story that explores the difficult questions of life in a voice that is fresh, friendly and unafraid . With this powerful debut, Shawn Smucker has carved out a spot for himself in the tradition of authors Madeleine L'Engle and Lois Lowry .
My Review : The story is narrated through the main character, Samuel, in his old age as he prepares himself to go to the funeral of his friend, as the book begins he is reminising past memories and so the story unfolds ...
There is a big storm and sadly Samuel's mother is killed in a tragic accident, he can't understand it and will do anything to have her back again . He then goes on a quest to try and bring her back but dangerous things begin to happen around him and his loved ones .
When I first started reading this book I thought it would be hard to read as it deals with tough subjects like death and grief but it was actually a very good and enlightening read ! It's a book that has some good life messages in it and maes you think .
The characters were engaging and some were scary too . This book is for younger readers but I enjoyed it , it is a mix of reality and fantasy . This is the author's debut novel and it was fantastic ! I will certainly be keeping my eyes open for other books by this author .
I received an Ebook copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review .
Rating : 5 out of 5
Living The Secret ( book 2 in the Adi's World saga ) by Jo-Marie
Synopsis : Imagine being small enough to live inside a tree ! What is the outside world like for someone as tiny as you ? What if your entire town is keeping a huge secret from you ? Come travel with Ayden & Jayden as they learn the secret and encounter a much larger world . It's time for them to begin to live their dreams . It's time to Live The Secret !
My Review : This is the second book in the ' Adi's World ' series . After enjoying the first book I couldn't wait to read the follow up and I wasn't disappointed either !
Due to this being the 2nd book I don't want to give away spoilers in my review so I will simply say to you that Ayden & Jayden's adventures outside the Maple Community are action-packed and perilous , It's an exciting read ! I highly recommend this series of books to you all , I thank the author kindly for giving me an E-book copy of this book in exchange for an honest review .
Rating : 4 out of 5
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Synopsis : About three things I was absolutely positive . First, Edward was a vampire . Second, there was a part of him- and I didn't know how dominant that part might be - that thirsted for my blood . And, third I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him .
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn . With his porcelain skin, goldn eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistable and impenetrable . Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. What Bella doesn't realise is that the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk . And it might be too late to turn back...
Deeply seductive and irresistably compelling, Twilight is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page .
My Review : I feel I am really behind with reading this !! I saw the first movie years ago so I kind of remembered the story . I enjoyed this first book in the saga, it had the right mix of romance, action and drama for me . From the start it was an impossible love story between a human and a vampire but as the story progresses we now they are destined to be with each other and Edward will do everything in his power to protect Bella . I will be going into the second book blind because I can't recall seeing the second movie so I think it will be even more thrilling !
Rating : 4 out of 5
This House Is Haunted - The Most Haunted House In Britain By Guy Lyon Playfair
Tagline : More horrifying than the Amityville Horror !
Synopsis : The investigation of The Enfield Poltergeist
In 1977 life as the Harpers had known it came rapidly to an end, for their Enfield home was visited by a wilfully destructive poltergeist . Chairs were thrown and bricks hurled at visitors to the house, bedclothes were removed, cutlery and metal fittings bent and twisted, writing myseteriously appeared on the walls and even the Harpers' teenage daughter achieved the amazing feat of levitation . And through this ordeal Mrs Harper and her family, though frightened and worried, were firmly rational, as mediums, ghost-hunters and the press invaded their home .
One year later the family were experts on psychic phenomena . For the ghost was captured on tape and film by Maurice Grosse of The Society For Psychical Research and writer Guy Lyon Playfair . More compellingly vivid than any fiction, the extraordinary story was happening here in Britain, persuading even the most case-hardened sceptic to believe that... This House Is Haunted . published in 1980 .
My Review : I picked this book up at random as part of the buy 3 for £1 charity sale in the local supermarket . I'd recently watched the movie ' The Conjuring 2 ' which involved some of the events from The Enfield Haunting . It was an extremely interesting and scary read ! It contains a number of photographs towards the middle of the book, of evidence of the things that happened, which adds to the extraordinary accounts . I don't tend to read a lot of non-fiction as I prefer to escape into a fantasy world for a while as I read but I've read two true possession/haunting books now and really enjoyed both so I must make an effort to try more non-fiction .
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in true paranormal activity and maybe any sceptics out there, as it might open your minds .
Rating : 4 out of 5
SonofaWitch ! by Trysh Thompson, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sara Dobie Bauer, Frances Pauli, Mara Malins, Adam Millard and Lissa Marie Redmond
Synopsis : Noone is perfect - not even a witch . Witches have amazing power at their fingertips to do unbelievable things . That magic can come in really handy sometimes too . They can make someone fall in love, poison an apple to enact a sleeping curse, to banish an enemy to an alternative reality, or just conjure up some Nutella when there's none in the house but what happens when those spells go horribly awry ?
SonofaWitch ! Contains six humourous contemporary fantasy stories of magic spells gone wrong .
My Review : I love to read anthologies as it gives you a taster of different authors works . This book is good, I haven't read much like this before, it was amusing .
Each story was very different even though they were all about witches and magic . I can't pick a favourite story as I really liked them all equally . I will certainly be looking for more books by these authors .
I received an early advance readers copy of this book through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review .
Rating : 4 out of 5