Mini-Review: Dark of Night, Chase the Dark, Wicked Ways

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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.

Dark of Night

Title:Dark of Night

Author: Marios Savva

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

It now followed her to Whitesands. Everyone who took part in it with her had died horribly. There was no escaping it. It would get her too. Who could save Jane from the inevitable?
Sheriff Jake, the sheriff of Whitesands, a former inspector of Scotland Yard and world renowned detective, now faced his greatest ever challenge. With the help of his best friend and deputy, Chief, these brothers-in-arms will be tried and tested like never before.
The tragedies that ensue will darken the days of Whitesands. Will Jane be saved? Everyone would give their all to do so. But, would it be enough?
It lurks in the shadows to bring destruction to those brave enough – or foolish enough, to try and stop it. It will not be denied. Or will it ..

Review: While “Dark of Night” had an interesting plot that reminded me of “It Follows…” (a movie which I thoroughly enjoyed) yet completely different – just the same unsettling, atmospheric undertone, the book didn’t live up to my expectations. It could use another round of editing and/or proofreading, and the many errors distracted me from the plot.

Chase the Dark

Title: Chase the Dark

Author: Annette Maria

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are precisely three obstacles in her way.

The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?

The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.

And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.

Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons… See problems one and two.

Review: A book filled with fun, danger, action, and basically everything that makes urban fantasy delicious. The world building was excellent, leaving us with a vast, detailed and complex world to explore. The two love interests were great too, but Ash was my favorite. Piper is an interesting character and I enjoyed reading about her struggles. The sequel definitely goes on my to read list.

Wicked Ways

Title: Wicked Ways

Author: Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush

Genre: Mystery / Suspense

Rating: 1 star

Purchase: Amazon

The Greatest Terrors

Elizabeth Gaines Ellis is an ordinary suburban wife and mother. That’s what she tells herself as she flits between her realtor job, yoga class, and caring for her daughter, Chloe. But for months now, Elizabeth has worried that she’s far from normal…that she’s somehow the cause of a series of brutal, horrible deaths.

Are The Ones

Her mean-spirited boss. A bullying traffic cop. Her cheating husband. Elizabeth had reason to be angry with them all. She didn’t mean for them to die. No one will take her fears seriously–except the private investigator prying into her past. . .

Too Close To See

The more scared and angry Elizabeth becomes, the higher the death toll grows. But those who wrong her aren’t the only ones in danger. Because others have secrets too, and a relentless urge to kill without mercy or remorse…

Review: I wanted to like this book, considering the authors are well-known and I’ve heard good things about their work. But this…It wasn’t what I expected. The plot moves along painfully slow. There are way too many characters and none of them gets enough screen time so that I didn’t connect to them at all. Dialogue is almost non-existent. The only person we spend a lot of time with is Elizabeth – we spend nearly all the time in her head – but still, I couldn’t connect with her either. Dissapointing.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Branding 360°: A Simplified Guide to Practical Branding

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for non-fiction “Branding 360°: A Simplified Guide to Practical Branding”.

Tour Schedule

July 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

July 29th: Book Excerpt @ SolaFide Publishing Book Blog

July 30th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

July 31st: Book Excerpt @ Laura’s Interests

August 4th: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

August 5th: Book Review @ A Virtual Hobby Store & Coffee Haus

About the Book

brandingfrontTitle: Branding 360°: Simplified Guide to Practical Branding

Author: Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah

Genre: Non-Fiction

Branding 360 bring to readers a simplified practical guide to branding. It opens up dimensions that even students and experts of branding find difficult to implement.

Topics such as Definition of branding which practically explains the subject matter e.g Uniqueness, Distinction and Difference one or company must be in branding.
The difference between Brand Identity and logo design.

How to consider and promote Feedback as a form of brand.
How to deploy Efficiency as form of branding to maximize its practicality and competitive advantage.

How to understand a good corporate brand starts with good investment into employee branding.

Personal branding is handled as the denominator of holistic branding.

The use of social media to handle one’s character as product.

Transformation Messages to spur you on with the knowledge and depth acquired from this book.

Some will call this book holistic branding, others
might call it branding made simple but it is indeed Branding 360, meaning all rounded
and all seasoned branding, made simple and practicable

Author Bio

Layer 7About SCOFRAY NANA YAW YEBOAH

Transformational Coach/Speaker ~ Media Analyst ~ Author ~ Consultant/Facilitator

Scofray Nana Yaw Yeboah mostly called Scof is a gifted dynamic TRANSFORMATIONAL COACH AND PUBLIC SPEAKER in the following areas Mentoring, Leadership training, Branding (Personal & Corporate and Rebranding),Women empowerment, Pan-Africanism, Relationship and Communication training. He is the lead facilitator for Zoweh Global Consult’s Corporate Employee Performance Training – CEPT.

The purpose of his life is to worship God with all his heart, mind and soul, minister of his grace, ambassador of his word, fellowship with his royal family and a magnifier of his glory.

He is a committed youth activist, and has taken part in many youth projects and conferences in Ghana.

He is married to Mrs. Rebecca Yeboah a dynamic account with Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and blessed with a beautiful daughter Nkunim Nana Afua Yeboah and a cute boy Ngosra Nana Kwasi Yeboah

He is a known face on many media platforms, GTV’s Counseling Session, Adinkafo ayebi, Break Fast Show, TV Africa’s – New Generation, Viasat 1- Paper review, CRTV’s – Morning Dew, Shalom TV’s – Start up, Obonu FM – Generational Hour, Radio Gold -African Safari ATV, Capital Tv, Radio XYZ, Neat fm, Radio Universe – Student Parliament, GFM radio UK etc.

Educational Background

He is a Micro-computer technologist and Electrical/Electronics engineer certified by City & Guilds Institute of London – UK. And his expertise includes computer hardware & software; repairing, upgrading and installation, Microelectronics and Honeywell intruder alarm systems. He attended Koforidua Sec-Tech (Mmarima Mma – Abusua Kesie) He is member of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and a graduate of Life Design Integrated program (VISTAR), a self-actualization & transformation training and coaching program. (Trainers: Dr. Carolyn “Isis” Fuqua, Bettie Spruil, Sue Hawkes and Joyce Christie-all of USA) Work

Experience:

He is currently the founder and Lead consultant for Zoweh Global Consult & Golden City Business Magazine, the President of Koforidua Sectech Old Students Association (Alumni)

He was a broadcast journalist with Media 7 operators of shalom Tv, CRTV and Wassaman TV. He worked with Debill Services Ltd, and later raised to the position head of technical department, where he supervised the control room, installations and maintenance of all kinds of intruder alarm devices and any ICT related issues.

Before he became a specialist in ICT and Intruder alarm systems, he spent four years as a tutor at Presbyterian Women’s Vocational Institute-Begoro. He taught Entrepreneurship Skills Training, Batik & tie-dye making, mathematics, AJTC (attachment Job-placing tracer-study & counselling).He was the Staff Rep to the board of directors, a member of the disciplinary committee and financial secretary of the welfare association.

Workshops and Trainings:

He was at several workshops organized by VTF (Vocational Training for Female) Secretariat such as Communication skills, Baseline survey & strategic planning, training on the constitution of Ghana. Working Ethics, Accessing & modification of EST syllabus for Voc/Tech institutes and E.S.T training of trainer.

BOOKS:

He is the author of ART OF LIFE and TRANSFORMATIONAL PEARLS, books designed to develop the personality, communication and leadership skills. His latest book is Branding 360°; simplified guide to practical branding.

Links

http://twitter.com/scofray
http://facebook.com/scofray
http://google.com/+scofray
http://gh.linkedin.com/in/scofray
http://scofray.com
http://youtube.com/scofray
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IWLIF2Y
http://podomatic.com/scofray

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Capturing the Muse

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I’m hosting the starter day party for the book tour for new adult erotica collection “Capturing the Muse”. The tour runs from July 28 to August 28.

Tour Schedule

July 28th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

July 28th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

July 29th: Promo Post @ Bloggers from Down Under

July 31st: Promo Post @ Undercover Book Reviews

August 5th: Book Review @ Romantic Fanatic Blog

August 7th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

August 9th: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

August 12th: Book Excerpt @ Underneath the Covers

August 15th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

August 18th: Guest Post @ Jena Wade’s Blog

August 19th: Book Excerpt @ Reily Garret’s Thoughts

August 19th: Book Excerpt @ Literary Musing

August 22nd: Promo Post @ Bleeding Hearts Book Blog

August 23rd: Book Review @ Ashley Nemer

About the Book

CapturingTheMuse_CoverTitle: Capturing the Muse

Author: Madison Avery

Genre: New Adult Erotic Romance / Collection

In this mixed genre, erotica collection, Capturing the Muse, find out just how far these writers are willing to go to gain back their creativity, or keep it from shattering their perfect world.

Through tragedy, life lessons, mentorship, and even a hint of the paranormal, these writers will find one thing in common, steamy romance comes with consequences.

Luck Be a Penny:

A bestselling author is unable to finish her series, and figures out the kindness she shows to a stranger can unleash more than just the plot to her upcoming book.

Dances with Muses:

One writer discovers the prince charming she created might just be better than the real thing. But coping with her delusions of the perfect romance interfere with the reality of real life.

Filling in the Blanks:

When a Muse doesn’t know she’s lost, a connection with a writer yearning for inspiration, brings her story to life.

Bookstores and Dreams:

Believing a “how-to guide” is the key to her success, a burgeoning writer will have to trust a handsome bookstore owner when a devastating accident turns her life upside.

Beneath the Inhibitions:

A depressed author collides with a prolific editor during a literary conference. And a one-night-stand becomes a source for new material, and regaining her confidence.

Capturing the Muse, Volume 1 in the Courting the Muse Series, will leave you breathless, aroused and inspired.

Author Bio

Madison Avery doesn’t kiss and tell. Except when it comes to writing. She lives in Red Deer, Alberta, where she spends way too much time reading, writing and avoiding house work.

Capturing the Muse is her first foray into the world of erotica, but where she feels right at home.

You can find Madison, and her counterpart, Yong Adult Novelist, Avery Olive, on many social media sites like Facebook, Twitter (@AveryOlive), Tumblr, Goodreads and on her website, http://www.averyolive.blogspot.com, which is currently under construction 

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party for White Death

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I’m hosting the starter day party for the book tour for thriller / suspense “White Death”. The tour runs from July 28 to August 28.

Tour Schedule

July 28th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

July 28th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

August 1st: Book Excerpt @ Book About

August 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Cara Correnti’s Blog

August 9th: Book Excerpt @ Mythical Books

August 9th: Book Excerpt @ BooksChatter

August 9th: Book Excerpt @ Shyla Wolff’s Thoughts

August 13th: Promo Post @ Nat’s Book Nook

August 16th: Book Excerpt @ Reily Garrett’s Blog

August 17th: Book Excerpt @ Dormaine G’s Blog

August 18th: Book Excerpt @ SolaFide Publishing Blog

August 20th: Book Excerpt @ Compelling Beasts

August 27th: Book Excerpt @ Literary Musings

August 28th: Book Review @ A Fold in the Spine

About the Book

Eonly 9780062283221 CoverTitle: White Death

Author: Ted Bell

Genre: Thrillers

Alex Hawke is tracking one of the world’s most powerful villains high in the Swiss Alps. A powerful Swiss banker is found dead, frozen at the base of a soaring Alp. When a second man, the head of a rival banking empire, is found dead deep inside a mountain cave, MI6 suspects a bizarre conspiracy. Vast sums may have been plundered from the Queen of England’s accounts. The British royal family’s centuries-old Swiss bank holdings are at risk, shaking the foundations of Her Majesty’s government and the monarchy itself.  Sir David Trulove, Chief of British Intelligence (MI6) tasks his most formidable weapon, Alex Hawke, with investigating the horrific murders. In Switzerland, Hawke and Ambrose Congreve of Scotland Yard are pulled into a tangled web of international intrigue, deceit, and murder. China and Russia are the prime suspects, and these powerful forces will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.   A mysterious figure known as “The Sorcerer” has long been rumored to reside within an impenetrable fortress inside a mountain complex in the Swiss Alps known as “White Death.” Hawke must scale perilous heights and breach the fortifications at the top of the world…and find the Sorcerer-or die trying.  Includes a sneak preview from Patriot, the exhilarating new Alex Hawke adventure.

Author Bio

Ted Bell ap1Ted Bell, former Writer-in-Residence, Cambridge University, was Chairman of the board and World-Wide Creative Director of Young & Rubicam, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Hawke, Assasin, Pirate, Spy, Tsar, Warlord and Phantom, along with a series of YA adventure novels.

Links

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Book Review: The Bad Nurse by Sheila Johnson

23450150Title: The Bad Nurse
Author: Sheila Johnson
Genre: Non-Fiction, True Crime
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 3 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Murder By MedicineIn the small southern town of Ider, Alabama, everyone knew Karri Willoughby as a devoted nurse, loving wife, and mother of two small children. When she was accused of killing her stepfather Billy Junior Shaw with a fatal injection of the anesthetic Propofol, outraged friends and family rallied to her defense.

Overnight Karrie became a media sensation, portrayed as an innocent young woman caught up in a terrible tragedy—until four years later, when she walked into court and pleaded guilty as charged. Only then did the full scope of her crimes emerge.  Nurse Karri was unmasked as cold-blooded, conniving murderer.

Investigative journalist Sheila Johnson draws on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, recordings and videotapes, to create a haunting real-life thriller of medicine, family, and betrayal.

Includes Dramatic Photos

Karri Willoughby seemed like a normal person, who loved her family, was a devout Christian, worked as a nurse, and who seemed the perfect woman in almost every way. At least, that was how she appeared to her faithful and loyal followers on her blog. In The Bad Nurse, author Sheila Johnson tells the real story.

Enigmatic and sympathetic Karri Willoughby killed her stepfather, Billy Shaw, over a money dispute, giving him a lethal dose of medication she brought along from the place she worked at. For months, she tried to convince her friends and online followers of her innocence, right until she walked into the court room and plead guilty. The author investigates Karri’s motives, her behavior prior to pleading guilty in court, how the murder happened, and communication between Karri and other inmates that betray she’s not the person she pretended to be at all.

While the book was an entertaining read, and it did focus a lot on the manipulative aspects of Karri’s personality, it came across as repetitive – repeating the same passage and/or sentiment several times. It also didn’t seem that well-researched. It does show communication between Karri and other inmates, some snippets of what people had to say about Karri, and so on, but it doesn’t really mention much about the toxicology rapport and the forensics of the murder. It’s mentioned but not detailed enough for my liking. Rather than on the murder, the book focused on the aftermath, and Karri’s manipulative ways.

Not bad at all, and definitely an interesting read, but I generally prefer books that focus more on the crime itself.

 

Book Review: Sidhe (The Incubus Saga #3) by Amanda Meuwissen

Sidhe_Cover_frontTitle: Sidhe (The Incubus Saga – Book Three)

Author: Amanda Meuwissen

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Gay Romance

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Nathan Grier returns from the Veil a changed man. The consequences of his time with Malak, the dark sidhe king, and the deal made to free him may be more than he can bear. The weakening of the Veil and new enemies foretell of a greater battle still ahead. With Nathan’s brother Jim now an Awakened changeling, and Nathan’s role in Malak’s plans finally revealed, Nathan’s love for fae hunter and incubus, Sasha Kelly, may not be enough to save him after all.

After reading and reviewing Changeling, the second book in the Incubus Saga, I knew I had to read the third book. I’m glad to say “Sidhe”, the third installment, definitely didn’t dissapoint.

After his experiences in the Veil, Nathan Grier is a changed man. The consequences of Malak’s betrayal weigh heavy on him, and now he must reunite the forces of Light in a final battle of Good vs. Evil.

Nathan showed such immense strength in this book, such love and caring for others, that I had to root for him. More than just an action-filled, suspenseful paranormal read, this series is an emotional one – the characters are so awesome that as a reader, you start to feel their weakness and strength, and every time they’re down, you feel down, and the other way around. Nathan has a lot of struggles ahead of him in this final installment, so it was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me.

Jim, Nathan’s brother is back too. He’s now an Awakend changeling, and he too has grown and matured from the previous book. Sasha is back too, of course. The dynamics between the three of them were fun, especially between Nathan and Sasha.

From the moment I started reading, I remained on the edge of my seat until the end. This is an excellent story, and a sublime conclusion to a series.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for The Evolved

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I’m hosting the starter day party for the book tour for YA Fantasy “The Evolved”. The tour runs from July 27 to August 27. I’ll host a review for the tour on August 19. Stay tuned!

Tour Schedule

July 27th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

July 30th: Book Excerpt @Rambling Reads

August 3rd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

August 5th: Book Excerpt @ Evelyn Shepherd’s Blog

August 7th: Character Interview @ The Book Daily

August 10th: Book Excerpt @ Cara Correnti’s Blog

August 12th: Book Review @ Fangirls Read it First

August 16th: Book Excerpt @ Nat’s Book Nook

August 19th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

August 20th: Book Excerpt @ Undercover Book Reviews

August 22nd: Book Review @ A Fold in the Spine

August 26th: Author Interview @ BooksChatter

August 26th: Book Excerpt @ Bookworm for Kids

August 27th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

August 27th: Book Excerpt @ Fantasy Book Lane

About The Book

The Evolved coverTitle: The Evolved

Author: KT Webb

Genre: YA Fantasy

From Indie Author KT Webb comes a fantasy novel that challenges tradition. She artfully combines elements of mythology, theology, romance and adventure to create a fast paced and intriguing story.

Thatcher Kline is a ward of the state, a runaway and a loner. But he has a few secrets; secrets that make him a freak, secrets that have cut him off from any semblance of a family.

Hadley and Whitley Callaghan are the twin daughters of a powerful man. Their mother abandoned them when they were little, leaving them to be raised by an absent father and his security detail. They find themselves settling into small town life in South Dakota when they meet Kerr Mason and their world turns upside down.

Kerr is a bookworm, storeowner and a good judge of character. He likes to be alone; other people make him uncomfortable. When he meets the Callaghan twins, he feels a connection he can’t comprehend.

Distant relatives raised Nora Lowell after her parents died in a car wreck. She lives in a constant state of suspension as she waits to be joined by others like her. When Nora learns that the others are on their way, she feels like her life can finally begin.

Their paths were destined to meet; their lives were destined to be intertwined as those of their ancestors were. When they come together, mysteries are unraveled, prophecies are revealed and this group of misfits quickly discovers they are destined to save the world from the clutches of evil.

Author Bio

KT WebbKT Webb is a big city girl living in small town South Dakota. KT is a wife and mother of two young children. She works full time as a marketing and communications coordinator for a technology solutions company. KT is also an avid reader and prefers books that allow her overactive imagination to run wild. She published her first book, The Evolved as the first installment in The New Era Saga; the second book will be out in late 2015.

Links

www.ktwebbauthor.com 

https://www.facebook.com/KTWebb86 

https://twitter.com/_KT_Webb_

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Satyr from the Shadows

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I’m hosting the starter day party for the book tour for paranormal romance “Satyr from the Shadows”. The tour runs from July 27 to August 3.

Tour Schedule

July 27th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

July 28th: Book Excerpt @ Undercover Book Reviews

July 30th: Book Excerpt @ Books and Tales

July 31st: Book Review @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

August 1st: Author Interview @ Compelling Beasts Blog

August 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Nat’s Book Nook

August 3rd: Character Interview @ Indy Book Fairy

About the Book

SFTS_453x680Title: Satyr from the Shadows

Author: Rebekah Lewis

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Long ago, a nymph fell in love with a mere mortal destined to be a legendary hero. Until the gods saw fit to tear them apart and tamper with fate.

Everyone has heard the story of Daphne and Apollo, of her transformation into a laurel tree to escape his obsession. If only it were so simple. Held prisoner for thousands of years, Daphne is close to death until a last minute rescuer smuggles her out of Olympus and to Melancton, the satyr she loves.

Melancton has always preferred to be on his own, keeping to the shadows and maintaining a stoic appearance. Only Daphne can be the light to his darkness, and now that she’s returned, the fear of losing her again shakes him. With grave danger lurking on the horizon, Melancton and the satyrs of The Aegean Inn prepare for battle, but the odds are stacked against them.

Meanwhile, Apollo enlists the aid of Dionysus in his determination to reclaim Daphne and punish those responsible for her disappearance. Is it possible to survive the fury of the gods?

Author Bio

SONY DSCRebekah Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She is an award-winning cover artist for digital publishers, and enjoys every minute of it when not immersed into a world of satyrs and Greek gods. Always feeling the need to be productive, she can be found creating something whether with words or images, or with arts and crafts. She resides in Savannah, GA with her cat, Bagheera.

 

Links

Pre-order Satyr from the Shadows for the special price of $2 off. The book will go back to regular price on August 1st.

 Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

iTunes

All Romance

Author Links

Website: www.rebekah-lewis.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RebekahLewisAuthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/RebekahLLewis

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6537317.Rebekah_Lewis

FREEBIES

Midnight at the Satyr Inn Short Story

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Mercury Rising (Limited time: July 27-July 31 ONLY)

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Release day facebook party with giveaways and author takeovers July 31:

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Mini-Review: Ghost Camera, The Betrayed

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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.

Ghost Camera

Tite: Ghost Camera

Author: Darcy Coates

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal

Rating: 2 stars

Purchase: Amazon

A small number of cameras have the ability to capture ghosts on film. This gift comes at a steep price; the ghosts are resentful and hungry, and the cameras offer them a rare chance to reach their favourite prey… humans.

Jenine didn’t know any of this when she found an abandoned Polaroid camera in a lighthouse. At first she assumes the ghostly shapes in the photos are a glitch or a prank – but then the spirits begin to hunt her down, and she’s forced into a deadly race to free herself from the camera’s curse.

Review: Main character Jenine lacks personality – she’s about as interesting as a cardboard figure. Everything happens to her, and she doesn’tset anything in motion herself. Her best friend Bree is far more interesting and should’ve been the main character. The story is all right but a little predictable.

The Betrayed

Title: The Betrayed

Author: Heather Graham

Genre: Paranormal Mystery, Ghosts

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Sleepy Hollow isn’t so sleepy anymore…

One night, New York FBI agent Aiden Mahoney receives a visitor in a dream–an old friend named Richard Highsmith. The very next day he’s sent to Sleepy Hollow because Richard’s gone missing there.

Maureen–Mo–Deauville now lives in the historic town and works with her dog, Rollo, to search for missing people. She’s actually the one to find Richard?or more precisely his head, stuck on a statue of the legendary Headless Horseman.

Mo and Aiden, a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s unit of paranormal investigators, explore both past and present events to figure out who betrayed Richard, who killed him and now wants to kill them, too. As they work together, they discover that they share an unusual trait: the ability to communicate with the dead. They also share an attraction that’s as intense as it is unexpected, if they live long enough to enjoy it!

Review: Aiden and Mo make an interesting pair, but unfortunately it takes a long time for the two of them to connect. Aiden struggles with his abilities, and as thus he makes an intriguing character. The murder mysteries are good too, and as usual, Graham crafts an engaging paranormal mystery. Unfortunately I found it difficult to connect with Aiden and Mo – although interesting, they were also somewhat obnoxious and I doubt I’d like them if they were real people.

The Way of All Flesh

Title: The Way of All Flesh

Author: Tim Waggoner

Genre: Horror, Zombies

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

In a world where zombies battle the living, which is more terrifying?

David is trapped in a nightmarish version of his hometown, pursued by crimson-eyed demons and insane cannibals, with no idea how he got there. At every turn he’s taunted by a mysterious youth named Simon who knows far more than he lets on.

David’s sister, Kate, fights for survival in a word decimated by flesh-eating zombies – and her brother’s one of them. She’s determined to put a bullet in David’s brain to set him free.

Nicholas Kemp is a human monster, a born killer. But in a world ruled by the living dead, he’s no longer the most feared predator, and he’ll do whatever it takes to become that again. He plans to start by killing Kate.

Review: A cool concept with a vivid, refreshing take on zombies. David is a zombie, and most of the book is told from his POV. Then there’s also Kate, his sister, who is still a human. I liked the zombie perspective, which was original and interesting at the same time. The book ranges from hilarious to gross to all-out horrifying.

Book Review: Haunted Ontario 4 by Terry Boyle

23322788Title: Haunted Ontario 4

Author: Terry Boyle

Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting, Ghosts & Hauntings

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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

Terry Boyle returns with a new book of spine-tingling paranormal adventures. Part the dimensional veil and follow Terry into the world of spirits, beyond time and space. Meet the forever-beautiful spectre of Marilyn Monroe, who came to the French River seeking sanctuary from fame and fans, and decided to stay forever. Search Canoe Lake for the ghost of Tom Thomson. Visit the Ottawa Carleton County Gaol, where hundreds of lost souls wander the corridors and still occupy their cells. Enter the secret underground tunnels beneath Scarborough’s Guild Inn, and relive the heart-stopping moment the elevator door seals shut! Journey to the remarkable Victorian Beild House Inn in Collingwood, sleep in the bed of King Edward VIII of England, and wait for the deceased doctor to make a room call. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, get ready for a chilling experience — and keep the lights on!

I previously read and reviewed Haunted Ontario 3, which focused on Black Creek Pioneer Village, and I enjoyed it, so looked forward to reading Haunted Ontario 4. I’m not that familiar with Ontario – I’m here for the ghost stories – but if I were to visit it, then these books would prove excellent guides for which spots I’d need to visit. The fourth book has a wider area of interest, focusing on places in Toronto, Burlington, Straftford, Gravenhurt, French River, and even a random chapter on Time Travellers. For that, I found it more interesting than the previous book, which focused on one area only.

The author went to visit all of the places he describes, which is an excellent bonus. He didn’t always induct investigations, but did so most of the time, and if not, he at least took the time to interrogate staff members, home owners, visitors and the likes. The writing is a bit on the dull side though, and I sometimes had to take breaks while reading to keep myself interested. I expect that if I’d seen the places myself, I might be more intrigued and eager to read on, but since I haven’t and had to rely on the storytelling ability of the author, some of the history was a little lengthy (I like history, but keep it interesting, not a dry run down of events) and the writing was a bit wonky here and there.

All in all, a good read for fans of true haunting stories, and a definite must if you live in Ontario or plan to visit, so you know which museums, B&Bs and hotels to visit.