Category Archives: Horror

The Darkness: Giger Texas by Joe M. Solomon

What do you do when the very darkness is attacking you? A small group of friends is about to find out.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

The DarknessTitle: The Darkness: Giger Texas
Author: Joe M. Solomon
Series: Stand Alone
Publish Date: October 3rd, 2017, NES Publishing
Genre: Horror
Source: Provided by publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionWhen night falls in Giger, Texas, shadows gather as they always do in dim corners and other areas bereft of light. But this time they consolidate and attack any who tread too close. Michael Warren, a twenty-four-year-old resident of Giger, finds himself at the epicenter of this horror and is stunned by the losses suffered overnight. Then the sun sets and the shadows again coalesce, growing more aggressive, the darkness eviscerating anyone it touches.

His only weapon light, Michael struggles to survive and searches frantically for his girlfriend, aiding friends along the way. When Hurricane Daniel roars ashore, wind gusts shred trees and tear down power lines, plunging all of Southeastern Texas into blackness that only feeds and strengthens the encroaching darkness. Rising floodwater provides easy thoroughfares from which the darkness can strike as Michael and his friends contend with the elements, clash with criminals, and battle their way to his residence where they will stand against the darkness and fight to survive. 


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

First off, let me just say WOAH! The creep factor is strong in this one!  When the author lists Stephen King as one of his inspirations, you can definitely tell. You can feel the horror that the characters are going through.  I mean, SPOILER ALERT—EVERYBODY DIES! Ok, ok, not everybody, but pretty damn close!

A funny little side note—I told my fiance that this story reminded me of Stephen King before I even knew that the author was inspired by him!

There are a lot of characters. Most are insignificant, and many meet their doom. All of them make you feel for them. Even the tidbits of background that we get on these minor characters make their demise that much more horrific. Not only are these characters battling this strange darkness, but they are also battling each other and mother nature. A lot happens in this book, but it works. And the twist when we find out what the darkness really is—WOW!

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I did have one issue. Many of the main characters are running around in a hurricane. A HURRICANE! That was just a little unbelievable to me as the winds can get very strong and streets can become rivers. Now, the author does have characters wading through rapidly rising waters, but with rapidly rising waters often comes swift currents, and none of our characters are swept away.

If life weren’t so hectic, I can guarantee you I would have finished this in a day! It is a horror novel worthy of Mr. King, and I give it 4 flashlights!

Other recommendations…

If you love horror novels you might try Horns by Joe Hill, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Under the Dome by Stephen King

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Lost in Wonderland by Nicky Peacock

This is not your typical Wonderland. You have been warned.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Lost in WonderlandTitle: Lost in Wonderland
Author: Nicky Peacock
Series: The Twisted and the Brave 01
Publication Date: April 14, 2016, Evernight Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery
Source: Provided by author

Publisher’s DescriptionMonsters, serial killers, and imaginary friends—being a Wonderlander can be murder…

Once upon a time, Kayla was lost. Then she found Wonderland, but not the one you know. Run by ex-government agents and funded by an eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire, this Wonderland is the name of a collective of highly trained vigilantes who hunt serial killers. Now Kayla, aka Mouse, works tirelessly alongside her fellow Wonderlanders, Rabbit and Cheshire, baiting dangerous murderers. But even her extensive training hasn’t prepared her for the return of her older brother…

Shilo has spent most of his life in an insane asylum, convinced his mother was abducted by a sinister Alaskan monster who lures the lost away to feast upon their flesh. And now he’s certain that his sister is in the same monster’s crosshairs. But if Shilo is going to save what’s left of his family, he’ll have to convince his sister that maybe, just maybe, we’re all a little mad.


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“You used to be much more…muchier. You’ve neglected your muchness, Mouse.”

I must admit, even after reading the synopsis, I was expecting something more akin to the fantastical Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories. While it was a little shock to discover this isn’t the case, this tale delivers the fantastical and humorous as well as being dark and thrilling!

This is undoubtedly one clever book. In its own right, the book is dark. It is chock full of murder and intrigue. I mean, a secret vigilantly group that hunts and kills serial killers? That would be awesome by itself!  But the little bits of Carrol’s Alice makes things a little lighter. Quotes and references litter the pages, adding to the characters and the tale overall, and made this reviewer love the tale all that much more.

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The characters all have their own strengths and weaknesses. This makes them seem more realistic—even the killer/monster, the Kustaka.  This also adds to the narration as the story is told from Kayla and Shilo’s point of view, as well as that of the Kustaka.

The ending to the story felt a bit rushed, and I found myself wishing that the chase was drawn out just a bit longer. But overall, this is a powerful start to a series, and I can’t wait to read the next installments. 4 teacups all around!

Other recommendations…

If you love Wonderland tales, you might try the following re-tellings: Splintered by A.G. Howard, Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J Pepper, Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

The Silver Bullet by Josie Jaffrey

Josie Jaffrey has done it again!

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

35658853Title: The Silver Bullet 
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Series: Solis Invicti Book 04
Publish Date: August 5, 2017
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy
Source: Provided by author

Publisher’s DescriptionThe truth is out, and Emmy is faced with a choice she dreads: surrender her mortality, or allow her frailty to threaten the nascent society the Silver are building. With exile the only reasonable alternative, she struggles with feelings she can’t define and a duty she’s reluctant to accept.

While the Silver city hangs in the balance, Emmy must remake herself to redeem it and save her friends. Her reinvention forces her to choose sides, threaten alliances and risk becoming like those she fears: inhuman.

The Silver Bullet is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance quadrilogy, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Ms. Jaffrey has done it again! The Silver Bullet is full of action, betrayal, and just the right amount of steamy.

The action picks up right where Bound in Silver left off. It doesn’t let up from there. In all actuality if life hadn’t have gotten in the way I probably could have finished it in a day. I didn’t want to put it down! There are a few slower parts but they blend in well and never last long.

I do not want to give too much away, so all I will say on the betrayal front is this: I never saw it coming! Jaffery has a way of making me want to throw her books across the room (trust me this is a good thing). I was so surprised and hurt right along with Emmy that it felt like a personal betrayal. On a side note, I think I may be safer getting these books in paperback before re-reading them all. 😉

I love the love between Sol and Emmy! He truly loves her and wants her to choose even if it means losing her. It is refreshing from the “I’m gonna make you mine” attitude in many romance novels. True to life Emmy realizes that she has loved Sol all along. The tid bit where Drew pinned Emmy while training her felt true to life as well. It would be slightly awkward given their history.

The ending holds possibilities for more to the series or even the potential for spin off series. Either way it was an explosive ending to an amazing series!

badge5v5I will shout my love for this series from the rooftops! I give this book 5 cures!

 

 

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

Here are some more post-apocalypse reads to check out: Blackwing by Ed McDonald, Pandemic by A.G. Riddle, The Bone Gatherer by Jennifer Adele

The Whisper King: Reign Eternal by Wil Radcliffe

The Whisper King was the first of the horror genre I’ve ever read.  It opened up a whole new world.

Title:  The Whisper King: Reign Eternal
Author:  Wil Radcliffe
Series:  The Whisper King #3
Publish Date:  May 26, 2017
Genre:  Horror
Source:  Purchased by Reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  When David Kinder agreed to lead the Whisper King’s army into war, he was promised answers to all of his questions. That included “the knowledge that burns.” But this truth may even be too much for the Prince of the Shadow Mountains, for mortal and immortal alike have succumbed to the madness it ignites.

Even as David wrestles with matters of the mind and spirit, a physical threat looms in the form of the Amathair, a homicidal creature from the end of time. With thousands upon thousands of skeletal Dearmad troops at its command, the Amathair threatens to annihilate all of reality.

Only monsters stand against this threat. And only David Kinder, heir to the Whisper King, can lead them to victory… or damn them to ruin.

 

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers.  *BEWARE*


 

Nervous Nellie says…

This is horror with suspense and fantasy mixed in.  There is a lot of violence and several graphic death descriptions.  If you don’t like the concept of children turned into other world warriors, turn away now.

I’m going to start this review with a little recap. In this series we see David ‘sort of’ kidnapped by the Whisper King.  I say ‘sort of’ because he was in an orphanage and he hated it.  Then again, he was a child.  He wished for good parents and never got any.  I did not expect to be reading horror when I started.  The kindly author left that part out.  Thanks, Wil.  It was a page turner and I loved it.  Incredibly written and vivid characters with imagery that was out of this world.

Daughter of Shadows, Book 2 leaned more heavily on the horror and The Whisper King: Reign Eternal was no different.  However much I might say I don’t like horror, I LOVED this book.  Again, the author shines with words that weave a fantasy world of monsters and evil that I shudder to think anyone could survive in.  I know I’d be dead. I think the story indicates strength of David’s character and his struggle is just starting.

Book 3, Eternal Reign, shows how strong David has become in his position within the Whisper King’s army and how smart and caring of his friends he is.  He is a protector and he takes his job to protect very seriously. He has typical problems of any leader except these problems are world crumbling – not just his world but the human world too- and war with an unknown enemy. Talk about stress, man.

This is an incredible story.  David has a lot of hard choices in his world.  He has power above all others and he has to figure out how to use it.  He is an anomaly within the ranks of the other recruits.  He exceeds and he’s become the Prince of the Shadow Mountains-the Whisper King’s heir. He doesn’t get to live the life of royalty. He has to lead his soldiers and make all the right decisions or they will be lost and his world will be no more.  Love, loss, friendship and enemies.  It’s got everything and I recommend it highly.

 

Our reviews in this series…

The Whisper King
Daughter of Shadows
If you like this book…

…you might try Inquisitor Series by Lincoln Farish, The Hellequin Chronicles by Steve McHugh or Deacon Chalk by James Tuck.

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Book News and Author Announcements Faith Hunter

Don’t forget about Jane Yellowrock’s next adventure in Cold Reign released May  2, 2017!  Here’s some extra news you might not know.

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WhatCold Reign
Who:  Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #11
When: May 2, 2017

SUPER SECRET NEWS:  The first chapter is available on Faith’s website for your reading pleasure.  You can also pre-order a SIGNED copy directly from Faith’s desk to yours here.

Description:  Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless of cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

Pre Order links:    Amazon Barnes and Noble | Kobo

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