Category Archives: Nell’s Reviews

Necropolis PD by Nathan Sumsion

How can a normal college kid get sucked into Purgatory without even trying?  Can a human even survive in the land of the dead?  Can the dead be murdered and be more dead?

Purchased by reviewer

Title:  Necropolis PD
Author:  Nathan Sumsion
Publish Date:  April 2, 2019
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source:  purchased by reviewer
Publisher’s Description:  How do you solve a murder in the city of the dead?

Jacob Green was just an average college student. But three months ago, he ran through the wrong door and found himself trapped in the city of Meridian – a literal necropolis, concealed from the modern world, made up of forgotten places and populated entirely by the dead.

As the only living, breathing resident, Jake has struggled to scrape out an existence while waiting for the Necropolis Police Department to decide his fate, and it’s not looking good. But when an unusual string of crimes hits the city, Jake’s overseer and tormentor, NPD Detective Marsh offers him a deal: Jake’s life in exchange for helping them solve the worst series of crimes in the necropolis’ history.

Someone, or some thing is killing the dead, and if Jake can’t figure out who’s responsible, he could be next.

Necropolis PD is a hidden world fantasy that combines mystery, horror, magic, and more than a little humor. This book is perfect for the living and recently-departed alike.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

I will admit that I was a bit apprehensive about trying this book.  New author.  First time out, probably needed polishing.  Fairly violent, no sex, zombies, ghosts, other dead like creatures.  Urban Fantasy from a gamer.  I had a very strong ‘we’ll see’ attitude.

This book was one of those books that I could not put down and although I had to it was still running laps in my brain.  I am still awed after reading it.  The writing was absolutely incredible.  The descriptions and the characters were so alive, especially the main protagonist, Jacob Green.

Jacob is a college student that has absolutely no idea that he is special.  He has no idea that his life is to irrevocably change when he tries to help at a tragic car accident.  He chases a monster into an underworld place that leads to unimaginable things.

The story is pretty straight forward.  It’s a mystery as to why or how Jacob is in the underworld.  It’s not clear why the monsters keep him alive even though they torture him within an inch of his life. I mentioned before that the detailed writing is amazing.  This story is told in first person with Jacob telling the story. As the story progresses, I feel like I’m in 1977 watching Barney Miller TV show with Beetlejuice characters thrown in for good measure.  This comparison is a good comparison because I loved both.

Jacob is self deprecating and although he doesn’t know even a smidge of what is going on, he has a brain and common sense to put pieces together.  I love this character and his support cast because of how well they were fleshed out…um…so to speak (some of the “zombies” were missing flesh – ha).  Jacob doesn’t learns quickly and he doesn’t frustrate me like some characters who just can’t get the drift.

I loved this book and I hope it will become a series.  I’d read this author again, for sure.

 

 

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The Winter of Swords: A Grimdark Epic (Overthrown Book 1) by Aaron Bunce

Amazing world and fantastic characters.  Full of action – hard to put down!

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

Title:  The Winter of Swords: A Grimdark Epic
Author:  Aaron Bunce
Series: Overthrown #1
Publish Date: February 7, 2019
Genre:  Fantasy/YA 16+
Source:  Provided by author

Publisher’s Description:  An intelligent, six-limbed beast snatches a girl away from her family.

An orphan confronts the darkness in his past, while a menace stalks his small town.

A young woman cast into servitude tries to forge her own path in an unforgiving world.

And an inexperienced soldier following the path of honor and duty comes face to face with a foe born from his worst nightmares.

Seemingly unconnected, this small group of normal folk will fight to survive, for an ancient evil has awakened, and Denoril will need heroes if it is to endure the Winter of Swords.


The Phantom says…

I thought this book was amazing.  It was packed full of action and I never wanted to put it down.  The characters were well fleshed out and I loved the character development throughout the story.  I was able to relate to them and cared about what would happen to them next.

I don’t really have a favorite quote because everything was so well written it would be hard to choose, but my favorite character is Roman (an orphan with lots of questions about his life and parents). There was a lot of violence and would not recommend to a reader under the age of 16.  I didn’t love the ending, but it’s building steps toward the next book..

 

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Book News and Author Announcements – Vermilion Lies by L.D. Rose

One Book Two has some news! Everybody – check it out!

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Vermilion Lies, an all-new dark paranormal romance by L.D. Rose is coming April 17th!

Pre-Order your copy Today!

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Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?   

 

Title:  Vermilion Lies
Author:   L.D. Rose
Series:  Order of the Senary #3
Publish:   April 17, 2019
Publisher:   Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Genre:  Dark romance
Description:  Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?

Book News and Author Announcements presents Hunt of the Gods!

One Book Two has some news! It’s the magic day for a cover reveal for Amy Braun’s new book to be released June 2019!!

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Title:  Hunt of the Gods
Author: Amy Braun
Series:  Areios Brothers #2
Release: June 4, 2019
Description: Power always demands a price.

Two months have passed since Derek Areios—war-scion and heir of Ares—and the band of rogue scions he’s aligned with recovered both the Thunderbolt of Zeus and the Heart of the Devourer and returned them to the Gods. During the battle, Derek discovered he could control not only the element of fire, as all war-scions can, but also the dark element “aether,” making him the only scion alive to wield two types of elemental magic.

Commanded by Zeus to retrieve the Trinity Weapons and the Shards of Cronus, Derek and the rogue scions are thwarted in their goal by a gang of water-scions with a grudge against one of the rogues—Thea, heir of Poseidon. Both groups travel to an uninhabited island to recover one of the Shards––the Eye that belonged to Cronus, King of the Titans. But what they encounter will lead them down a path of brutal betrayals, hard truths, painful memories, and desperate actions.

With angry and impatient gods breathing down his neck, a curse that allows Ares to control him, a prophecy he’s desperate to avoid, a magic spear corrupting his thoughts, and two forms of elemental magic, Derek has a lot of baggage—and a lot of power. Will the price of using that power to satisfy the Gods be too much for him to pay?

Mythological monsters, explosive magic, and devastating truths take center stage in the second novel of the action-packed AREIOS BROTHERS series from Amy Braun. 

AUTHOR BIO:

Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action.

When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction, and diving headfirst into danger in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

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Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

The first book in the IN DEATH series by J.D. Robb.  The book that started the phenomenon of at least 48 books with several novellas thrown in.  Eve Dallas meets billionaire Roarke and he slowly ingratiates himself into her life and her love.

Title: Naked in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #1
Publish Date: July 1, 1995
Genre: Fantasy suspense romance
Narrator: Susan Erickson
Publisher’s Description: Here is the novel that started it all- the first book in J.D. Robb’s number-one New York Times-bestselling In Death series, featuring New York homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.

It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion.

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washington politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.



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


Nervous Nellie says…

I have always had the stubborn opinion that I don’t need to read a book if I’ve already read it once.  My partner in crime here in the blog world has been slowly changing my mind about that.  Ivana re-reads series just because a new book is joining the ranks.  I always thought that was a silly thing to do, but I’m coming around to her way of thinking.

If you’ve followed my posts of late, I read the In Death series book #46, #47 and #48. Dark in DeathLeverage in Death, and Connections in Death are the last three releases with Vendetta in Death coming soon.  Now, a person that is not enthralled with the In Death series may say something like: “48 books?  How can a series go on for 48 books?”  I don’t know and I don’t care.  I love this series.  What I think I love about it the most is that the mystery plot is the basis for the book and the characters are not the center of the story.  Basically, the mystery happens, Eve Dallas has to investigate and from there I am led through the procedure of finding the killer with the secondary characters hopping in to help.  There is also the bonus of living Eve’s off-time life as a secondary story too which is an over arch of the whole series.  This series has a lot of characters, but they aren’t all thrown at the reader right away.  The infusion of the characters is slow so it’s kind of like meeting the family one by one.

Naked in Death is the very first Eve Dallas book.  She is an incredibly tough woman with the uncanny ability to fit the murder puzzle together.  She isn’t the only hero in the book which gives credit of teamwork where credit is due.  The plot of the story involves a murder of a prostitute.  It’s a high profile prostitute with a lot of political land mines to navigate.  Eve could easily open and close the case by citing some lame reasoning or another, but, like a dog with a bone, she will not give up.  Her tenacity and incredible feeling for each and every victim is what keeps her chipping away until she uncovers what is more than just a little shocking.  She meets her future husband, Roarke and fights valiantly against her attraction to him, which we all know is a moot point.

I read this book the first time around nearly 20 years ago.  It holds up today and could easily follow any of the newer books.  The writing is very professional, which it would be because of the author and best selling level of quality.  I don’t feel like I need to plug this author because she is world renown but I do feel I need to plug the series.  Come on and join us cult followers of Eve Dallas and Roarke.  I do not think you’ll be sorry.

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