Mini-Review: Wilde’s Fire, Crazy Dangerous, The Unholy

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Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

Wilde’s Fire

Title: Wilde’s Fire

Author: Krystal Wade

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

“There is no pain in this death, only peace, knowing I am going to die with the one I love the most.” – Katriona Wilde. Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she’s ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out. When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she’s dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. Kate’s forced to accept a new truth: her entire life has been a lie, and those closest to her have betrayed her. What’s worse, she has no control over her new future, and it’s full of magic and horrors from which nightmares are made. Will Kate discover and learn to control who she really is in time to save the ones she loves, or will all be lost?

Review: The story was engaging, but a little too easy and predictable. Kate is a contradicting character, and I struggled to like her at times. The plot is okay, but pretty straightforward. I enjoyed reading the book, but it was nothing special.

 Crazy Dangerous

Title: Crazy Dangerous

Author: Andrew Klavan

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Do Right, Fear Nothing.

Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with the wrong crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it’s only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.

But one day, Sam sees these friends harassing an eccentric schoolmate named Jennifer. Finding the courage to face the bullies down, Sam loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.

Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons, the devil, and death. And here’s the “really “crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies–prophecies of something terrible that’s going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.

With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.

“The adrenaline-charged action will keep you totally immersed.” “–RT Book Reviews”

Review: This book was amazing – nothing like I expected. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Sam is one of the most engaging main characters I’ve come across in YA. Jennifer was inspiring as well, but Sam was my favorite.

The Unholy

Titlte: The Unholy (Krewe of Hunters #6)

Author: Heather Graham

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mystery

Rating:  3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

The 1940s: Hard-boiled detectives and femmes fatale are box-office gold. In one iconic scene, set in a deserted museum, the private eye arrives too late, and the buxom beauty is throttled by an ominous Egyptian priest.

Now: The Black Box Cinema immortalizes Hollywood’s Golden Age in its gallery of film noir tributes. But the mannequin of that Egyptian priest is hardly lifeless.

He walks — and a young starlet dies a terrifying death.

Movie mogul Eddie Archer’s son is charged with the grisly murder. Eddie calls agent Sean Cameron, who specializes in irregular investigations. As part of an FBI paranormal forensics team, Cameron knows that nightmares aren’t limited to the silver screen.

Working with special-effects artist Madison Darvil — who has her own otherworldly gifts — Cameron delves into the malevolent force animating more than one movie monster.

Review: This was a light read, and had a few surprising twists and turns. The characters could use some more development, but the plot was intriguing and original enough to hold my interest. The pacing falls apart at the end. The writing is okay, but not more than that. Setting and plot are great, but the rest feels uninspired.

Book Review and Giveaway: Spring Blessings by S.C. Houff

BookCoverImageTitle: Spring Blessings
Author: S.C. Houff
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Asher Stone didn’t want to be a hero. After spending two years recovering from an isolating drug habit, his life was getting on track. He had a girlfriend who he loved very much. He was holding down a job and had a repaired relationship with his mother. One day, Asher was attacked by a manticore that escaped the clutches an order of magi and his world gets turned upside down. Now, Asher is dealing with old temptations and new problems and a destiny that he has to embrace or the fate of the world will crash down on him. The only thing Asher can hope is that Blessings and Hope do spring eternal in this first book in a series.

Spring Blessings is a refreshing novel in the urban fantasy genre, offering a protagonist the reader can truly root for, and who acts like a real, living and breathing human being. Way too often in urban fantasy do the characters end up being caricatures, standard stereotypes, but here that’s not the case at all.

Asher is just about the most reluctant hero I’ve ever read about. He spent the last two years recovering from a drug habit, and did eveything he could to get his life back on track. But when he gets attacked by a manticore that escaped the clutches of an order of magi, Asher’s life will never be the same agian. His destiny is linked to the fate of the world, and he gets more responsibilities than he asked for. Old temptation try to lure him back into the life he swore he left behind. The drug habit, the constant temptation, and Asher’s personality, make him stand out from other characters. They make him unique. He’s a struggling hero, inherently, deeply flawed, but trying his best to be better than the person he once was.

The plot itself was entertaining, and has some original elements. This is a solid first book in a brand new series, and I look forward to reading the sequel.

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Mini-Review: One Moment, Fatal Incision, Silver

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Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

One Moment

Title: One Moment

Author: Kristina McBride

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Following on the heels of her “must read” debut novel (New York Times best-selling author Jay Asher) One Moment is perfect for fans of Sara Zarr and Gayle Forman .

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party. She remembers climbing the trail with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below–dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.

Review: One of the most heart-wrenching but beautiful books I’ve ever read. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much while reading a book. The mystery is suspenseful as well, and I had to read this in one sitting – I couldn’t stop.

Fatal Incision

Title: Fatal Incision

Author: W.R. Park

Genre: Mystery

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Ghastly ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders of five mutilated women in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888 ended without an arrest-although suspects were plentiful. Two young Scotland Yard detectives, armed with only a hunch, voyage across the Atlantic to New York City to assist in investigating a string of similar murders. Did ‘Jack’ slip away to America? And is now applying his macabre trade as ‘The Manhattan Ripper?’ Their dangerous search propels them from the city’s mean streets, seediest of taverns-to the underground caverns beneath those streets, home to a society of outcast mole people.

Review: I requested this book because it mentioned “Jack the Ripper” and similar murders. In this story, a new set of detectives goes to investigate the case. The mystery was easily solved for me, and the romances didn’t add much to the plot. However, on the whole, it was an entertaining read.

Silver

Title: Silver (Bandia #1)

Author: Talia Vance

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

“As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can’t resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna’s charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she’s been hiding even from herself.

Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.

But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.

Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.

Review: The most intriguing part about this book was, at least for me, the celtic mythology. There’s also the whole forbidden romance thing, which adds bonus points. Ultimately, it offers an original spin on the YA paranormal genre, and an intriguing cast of characters. Brianna was easily my favorite, though.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the two-month long book tour for creative non-fiction / spirituality / religion “The Best of Jonathan’s Corner”. The tour runs from August 29 to October 29. I’ll be reviewing the book on October 27. Stay tuned for the review, and meanwhile, check out the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

August 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 29th: Promo Post @ Renee Entress’s Blog

August 31st: Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

September 1st: Promo Post @ The Single Librarian

September 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

September 5th: Author Interview @ Endazzled Reading

September 7th: Guest Post @ Mythical Books

September 9th: Promo Post @ Forever Book Lover

September 11th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

September 16th: Guest Post @ Plain Talk BM

September 18th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

September 20th: Promo Post @ 365 Days of Reading

September 22nd: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

September 24th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

September 26th: Promo Post @ The Book Gazette

September 28th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

September 30th: Promo Post @ Endazzled Reading

October 2nd: Guest Post @ Hollow Readers

October 4th: Book Excerpt @ Books Direct

October 6th: Promo Post @ The Book Daily

October 8th: Book Review @ 365 Days of Reading

October 10th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 12th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

October 14th: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

October 16th: Book Review @ Bookish Madness

October 18th: Guest Post @ The Book Gazette

October 20th: Book Review @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

October 22nd: Guest Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 24th: Author Interview @ The Book Daily

October 27th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

October 28th: Book Review @ Bookaholic Ramblings

October 29th: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

About The Book

the-best-of-jonathans-corner-front-coverTitle: The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: Creative non-fiction / many genres / religion and spirituality / Eastern Orthodox

The Best of Jonathan’s Corner, newly expanded ​ after getting five star reviews​, is a collection of varied works of Eastern Orthodox mystical theology. It spans many topics and many different genres of writing, but it keeps coming back to the biggest questions of all. It is inexhaustible: the works are independent, and you can read a few, many, or all of them to suit your taste. Fans of CS Lewis and GK Chesterton will love it.

Author Bio

wardrobe_full Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “C.J.S. Hayward.”

Called “Jack of all trades and master of many” by one boss, he also wears many hats professionally: open source / IT generalist, front end developer, JavaScript programmer, back end web developer, Pythonista, PHP and Perl user, Django developer, end to end web developer, Unix/Linux/Mac wizard, LAMP guru, SQL generalist, Unix shell (both using existing shells and implementing a new shell), system administrator, researcher, technical writer, usability advocate, UI developer, UX/IA enthusiast, and more.

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).

Links

http://tinyurl.com/best-of-jonathans-corner

http://CJSH.name

http://amazon.com/author/cjshayward

http://JonathansCorner.com

Release Day Party for The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

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About The Book

the-best-of-jonathans-corner-front-coverTitle: The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: Creative non-fiction / many genres / religion and spirituality / Eastern Orthodox

The Best of Jonathan’s Corner, newly expanded ​ after getting five star reviews​, is a collection of varied works of Eastern Orthodox mystical theology. It spans many topics and many different genres of writing, but it keeps coming back to the biggest questions of all. It is inexhaustible: the works are independent, and you can read a few, many, or all of them to suit your taste. Fans of CS Lewis and GK Chesterton will love it.

Author Bio

wardrobe_fullChristos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “C.J.S. Hayward.”

Called “Jack of all trades and master of many” by one boss, he also wears many hats professionally: open source / IT generalist, front end developer, JavaScript programmer, back end web developer, Pythonista, PHP and Perl user, Django developer, end to end web developer, Unix/Linux/Mac wizard, LAMP guru, SQL generalist, Unix shell (both using existing shells and implementing a new shell), system administrator, researcher, technical writer, usability advocate, UI developer, UX/IA enthusiast, and more.

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).

Links

http://tinyurl.com/best-of-jonathans-corner

http://CJSH.name

http://amazon.com/author/cjshayward

http://JonathansCorner.com

Book Review: The Greying by Dallas Sutherland

CoverTitle: The Greying (Book One in the Landland Chronicles)
Author: Dallas Sutherland
Genre: Fantasy Novella
Age Group: Middle Grade
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

LANDLAND CRIES OUT FOR A SAVIOUR… Upon the death of her mother, Meah is pulled across the boundary that separates this world and another time and place where the dog-like Firbog have brought the mists of the greying. Under the evil Queen Berilbog they threaten to claim all the lands. With her Mother dead and her Father missing – she is on her own! Can Meah learn how to use the power of the thinking? Will there be enough time to save both Landland and herself? Will Meah ever find her way home again? She must triumph over grief and sadness on her journey into a world made cold, grey, and colourless by the ravages of the greying. Meah travels into the depths of Bigriverland to find the mysterious sage, The Biggo. In the heart of Dead Wood, Meah meets Josh O’Tosh, the last of the warrior Pictish Priests. Battling lurking homunculi and the horrors of the many-headed-winged-thing, they set out to recover the only thing that will save Landland …her mother’s Book-of-Colours.

The Greying is an original middle grade fantasy novella that offers an original cast of characters and creatures, and mixes them with solid writing and an excellent plot.

When her mother passes away, and Meah wants to cast her ashes into the sea, she tumbles into the water, and ends up in a world that’s completely different to her own. The world has succumbed to strange mists, called the Greying, because an evil Queen wants to take over Landland and rule it, instead of the rightful rulers. Meah soon enough makes new friends in this foreign world – friends who believes she is the savior destined to rescue them all from the cold, grey, colourless world and bring the colour back.

The story is more complicated than it sounds, especially as Meah discovers some things throughout the book, particularly about Landland and how it came to be. Meah is a naieve, young girl, and she struggles at first with the responsibilities she’s facing, and with ending up in this strange, new land, and of course dealing with her Mom’s passing. But Meah grows up a lot throughout the book. She learns a lot about the world, about herself, and her inner strength. Her new friends, and the villain she’s facing, form an original, creative mix of characters, and kids will enjoy the creativity the author used to come up with these characters.

I enjoyed the book, and I’m sure middle graders will love it. If anything, I would’ve liked to see more original place names – it feels as if all the creativity went to the characters and plot, and the setting didn’t get the same creativity juice – but apart from that, the book was highly entertaining. Recommended to middle grade fantasy fans (and older fantasy fans).

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Book Tours: Guest Post I Wish

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I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for “I Wish”. I’ll leave the word to author E.B. Tatby now. 

Wish Loud and Follow Your Dreams

It takes a special character to merit the role of protagonist. There must be something endearing about them… something we empathize with or admire. The main character must also possess a quality we love to hate: an annoying habit, an Achilles heel, or a fatal flaw.

Even more than a personal connection, what we crave the most—what keeps us flipping through the pages—is the seemingly impossible journey ahead. Like Kenza Atlas, the sixteen-year old heroine in I Wish, who taps into a wellspring of positive energy only to unleash the wrath of a vengeful evil spirit, we read because we want to be reminded of our internal power to get clear on what we really want: the power to wish… a gift we all have that is ever present and rarely used.

When I finally decided to pick up the pen (or rather, a cramped laptop keyboard) and write my first novel, I soon realized that—as a writer—I was following my own hero’s journey , replete with all the necessary ingredients:

·         a life-long dream of becoming an author

·         almost no time to dedicate toward writing, and

·         a dauntingly competitive book industry that seemed to be (and still is) re-writing itself

How many times did I think about giving up? I’ll admit that I’ve lost track, but I’m glad to report that I stuck with it. Fortunately, I was inspired by a most unexpected source: the main character of my novel, a girl named Kenza Atlas who was learning to wish.

Whatever it is you embark on, whatever stops time for you and fills your soul—whether it be writing, healing people, innovating new and untried forms of technology, or whatever it is that lights a fire within you—promise me this…that you follow in Kenza Atlas’ footsteps in I Wish.

WISH LOUD and FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!

 

About the Author

E.B. TatbyE.B. Tatby was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. She is living her life-long dream of being an Author and is passionate about inspiring others (especially teens) to follow their dreams. Above all, she wants to remind them of the power to wish.

I Wish, a YA story, is her first published novel. She is currently working on a sequel.

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I Wish 2All her life, sixteen-year-old Kenza Atlas has heard the stories, but she never believed them. She never expected the allure of power or, worse, how far the dark shadows could cast. Genies and wishing are for fairy tales, not teenage girls, and especially not in Omaha.

But when a Moroccan jinn with undulating tattoos and mysterious black eyes whisks her 500 years back in time, she witnesses the death of her powerful ancestor and the gorgeous slave she loved. They sacrificed themselves to escape the Caliph, a tyrant named Mazin.
And now he’s after Kenza.
He’s tracked her to her present time. Now she spends her days stealing paranoid glances over her shoulder, obsessing over a slave who died hundreds of years ago, and praying her family will survive.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Trusting the Knot

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for erotica novel “Trusting the Knot”. The tour runs from August 27 to September 10. I’ll be reviewing the book on September 3rd. Stay tuned for the review and meanwhile, visit all other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

August 27th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 29th: Promo Post @ Bookaholic Ramblings

August 31st: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

September 1st: Promo Post @ Sunshine Book Promotions

September 2nd: Author Interview @ Iequals Alissa

September 3rd: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

September 5th: Promo Post @ The Book Daily

September 7th: Book Excerpt@ Underneath the Covers

September 9th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

September 10th: Book Review @ Forever Book Lover

About Trusting The Knot

22839744Title: Trusting The Knot

Author: Kara Winters

Genre: Erotica

Sasha Caesario worries of finishing college with the burden of student loans, she discovers an advertisement for a well-paid summer job as a submissive. BDSM has been a curiosity to her, ever since watching a stage show in Los Angeles. However stepping into her new role requires much more than ropes and chains…

As a Master Dominant, Dr. Richard Anderson has had his share of the spotlight, being a co-founder of one of the nation’s top BDSM retreats. But past troubles forced him to stay away from the crowds. Now, being urged by his surrounding friends to take on a new submissive for the summer, he reluctantly agrees. He’ll never let this new girl into his world. Or into his heart…

But when Sasha arrives, that feeling to control and protect comes charging through as he sees her potential. Yet as the summer progresses, and the closer they become, his walls begin to crumble. Sasha can see the man he once was, but is she too late helping him regain the trust he lost years ago?

Author Bio

Kara Winters grew up sneaking in all the romance novels she could reach for on her grandmother’s bookshelves. Her love for a good story inspired her to pursue writing as a career and led to her published debut novel in 2013 entitled ‘Working Out the Kinks’. Currently she lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the RWA

(Romance Writers of America), as well as the Los Angeles branch of the guild. If she is not at home in front of her laptop, Kara is out shopping for vinyl records, exploring the LACMA, or cruising up the California coastline, looking for inspiration to her next book.

Links

Website – www.KaraWinters.net

Facebook – www.facebook.com/winters.kara

Goodreads – Goodreads Author Page

Twitter – www.twitter.com/karawinters21

Giveaway

There’s a tour-wide giveaway for signed copies of the book, a bag of goodies and a $25 Amazon gift card.

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Book Review: Shattered Secrets (Cold Creek #1) by Karen Harper

19486810Title: Shattered Secrets (Cold Creek #1)

Author: Karen Harper

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 3 stars

Pruchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Every town has its secrets…

Returning to Cold Creek, Ohio, is an act of courage for Tess Lockwood. Abducted and held captive as a young girl, she is unable to remember anything about the crime that destroyed her childhood and tore her family apart. Now a grown woman with a bright future, she is certain she has put the past behind her. But when she inherits the family home, Tess must confront the demons that still haunt her and the town of Cold Creek.

Gabe McCord has always blamed himself for what happened to Tess. He had been a teenager when she was snatched from the group of children he was responsible for watching. Now Gabe has taken on the role of sheriff and hopes to shed new light on the cold case, especially given his growing feelings for Tess.

Tess isn’t ready to recall what happened to her, and she has no intention of digging up any details that might remind her of the truth. But when another child in the town goes missing, she’s certain it’s related to her return to Cold Creek. Together,Tess and Gabe will have to work to unlock their painful memories in order to save another child and heal their damaged souls, for good…

Shattered Secrets is a mystery/thriller set in the town of Cold Creek, Ohio. Tess Lockwood grew up in Cold Creek, where was abducted and held captive as a young girl. While she has no memories of what happened to her, saying it ruined her childhood would be a severe understatement. Now, eighteen years later, Tess is a grown woman, who has a bright future ahead of her, and who is certain she can put the past behind her. But when she inherits her old family home, and moves back to Cold Creek in an effort to sell it, all those old demons come crawling back.

Gabe McCord was the one in charge when Tess disappeared. He’d been a teenager, ordered to look out for the smaller kids. Now he’s the town’s sheriff, and when another kid goes missing, he digs back into the cold case, seeing a connection no one else though about before. But solving the case isn’t easy. There’s a cult in town, and they won’t allow anyone near, or any investigations on their property. Tess is struggling with her past, and a bit reluctant to work with Gabe. But when they start falling for each other, the past catches up with them.

I struggled to finish the book. The writing was sloppy, and could use another round of edits. It’s only an ARC, I get that, but it still needs some work. The characterization was too standard as well – we have the heroine who can’t deal with her past, and the hero who tries to save her. Neither Tess nor Gabe brings anything new to the table – they’re the standard characters I’ve seen over and over again in romantic suspense.

Small towns usually bring forth a sense of claustrophia, but this one didn’t at all. Usually, that atmosphere helps set the mood, but it’s lacking here.

Overall, the book was quite boring. The mystery had its good points, I suppose, but it never really reached the complexity I was hoping for. The writing caused the suspense to disappear almost completely, unfortunately. Had the writing been slightly better, I would’ve enjoyed this one more. The mystery wasn’t that surprising, but it had me guessing for a while.

Book Review: Amity by Micol Ostow

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Author: Micol Ostow

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Ghosts, Horror

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events of the Amityville Horror.

Connor’s family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she’s recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor’s nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren’t there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn’t just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she’s done before. As she’ll do again.

Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan.

When I started reading Amity, I thought at first it would be a retelling of the original events that happened in Amity. I mean – who hasn’t heard of the Amityville Horror? Instead it’s a story inspired by the events, but not exactly retelling them. I’m cool with that, because I already knew how the Amityville events end, and at least in this story, I had no clue how it would end.

The story involves two seperate timelines. Connor and his family move to Amity, and soon enough, Connor starts having nightmares about demons, destruction, and darkness. However, Connor has always been an oddball, and he’s not as scared of the nightmares as a regular person would be. He has trouble feeling emotions, feeling love, and he kind of likes those dreams.

Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity, into the same house, after Gwen is recovering from a psychotic break. While she thought she had it under control, as soon as she steps into the house they bought at Amity, she has visions of corpses and other horrbile things.

With two timelines interlapsing, and two emotionally-damaged characters playing the main parts, it’s no wonder that Amity is an intriguing book. Not only are the characters highly complex, they also have intriguing background history. The house itself is so horrific and twisted it almost feels like a character all on its own.

One of the best haunted house books I’ve read in a while. The book focuses not only on the potential haunting of the Amity house, but on the descent into madness from both characters as well – each of them in their own way, leaving it in the middle whether the Amity house is truly haunted, or the characters are. The Connor timeline was my favorite.

If you’re a fan of YA horror, Amity is the one book you shouldn’t excluse from your list. Go read it, like right now.