Book Review: Revenge of the Wolf Two by Skyler Patterson

Revenge Of The Wolf 2 Ebook coverTitle: Revenge of the Wolf Two
Author: Skyler Patterson
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Horror
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon


At a young age  a wealthy  young handsome man: Justice Sorrowfell was bitten by a wolf. This left him with the abilities to change his  skin and shift his shape at will into a grievous wolf. Justice shared his secret with no one. Justice had everything a man could want.  Money, wealth and being a son of a 18th century shipping magnate in New York City. Justice is missing  however one important thing, to make his life complete. A LOVE..


A young wealthy angelic woman named Angelica Innocenta is young and beautiful. Angelica  has everything a woman could want too. All except a A LOVE . A man.. Angelica and her beautiful Spaniard girlfriend Selita conjure up scenario after scenario to purposefully court eligible men. Angelica finds no man to her liking until one day Selita tosses (Literally)her into the most handsome man she ever did see! JUSTICE SORROWFELL!


Justice and Angelica begin a glorious romance. They court throughout the city. All is exquisite and utter bliss until tragedy strikes! Whilst both are out and about the city Angelica is murdered by a heinous outlaw! Justice never forgives himself for Angelica’s death. Justice thus far has never felt the need to use his supernatural feral gifts. Never until now!  And when New Yorks police cannot seem to bring Angelica’s killer to the gallows. The man named Justice  Sorrowfell, decides a wolf could sniff this outlaw into the open!  He feasts  on outlaw after outlaw in the form of a four-legged wolf and a werewolf! He becomes a SKIN-CHANGER VIGILANTE This eventually attracts the attention of New York  Police inspectors!


The New York inspector Nolan Noluck and his partner Wilhelm Dogood . Wilhelm Dogood is summoned from England after investigating the Jack The Ripper case abroad! Both men are now  on the case! These two join forces to investigate a strange case of vigilante killings that seem to be the work of a wolf and a man! They begin their hunt for this prolific feral killer. But are they hunting a man or a beast ?!


A trio of shape-shifting tourists enter the city. They join Justice’s wolfpack. Yet they may not want to feed on only the outlaws.. A never ending grief descends upon Justice. Justice seems doomed by grief until he can be caught to face New York ‘s  police form of justice! Justice for the vigilante killings he is alleged  to have committed.. Justice is descending into alcoholism and becoming heathen.. And then one emotional visit to his dearly departed fiance’s gaudy crypt changes. It. all! AN ANGEL LIVES! IN UN-DEATH! And what does she offer him besides her incredible sensual charms? Advice on what to do next: “KILL EVERY OUTLAW IN NEW YORK CITY!” And so the body count rises! The red hot lovemaking continues! And now here we are its REVENGE OF THE WOLF TWO! Justice is kicking his  vengeance into overdrive, whilst finding time to appease his now day -walking fiance’s insatiable desires! The police are closing in and the love birds are planning a wedding! An epic showdown looms in the distance! ALL PEOPLE DO DIE. BUT TRUE LOVE CANNOT BE KILLED. OR CAN IT?! FIND OUT! This is the second book in an epic tale of paranormal, gothic, horror, action,romance!  Revenge Of The Wolf 2  An ebook on Amazon and Barnes&Nobles! And KOBO! Revenge of the wolf One  and Two are both now now on Amazon.(GET REVENGE OF THE WOLF ONE- FREE ON AMAZON KINDLE AUGUST 7Th & 8 th!!!) These ebooks were written by Goodreads author SKYLER PATTERSON!

Revenge of the Wolf Two is a nail-biting page turner. Shape-shitfting wolves, action, romance, angels, what more can you want? This is an epic story, and I really enjoyed the writing and characters. Justice was very intriguing, and the story moved swiftly.

Book Review: Pay The Ghost by Tim Lebbon

26246296Title: Pay the Ghost
Author: Tim Lebbon
Genre: Horror, Novella
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 3 stars

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

A girl goes missing … the father gives up hope … but the mother never stops searching. Now, a year later and close to Hallowe’en, they have a chance to rescue their child. But to do so they must face something terrible.

Pay the Ghost is all right for a short story. The story is pretty basic: Moll, a six-year-old girl goes missing on Halloween. A year later, her father is desperate, her mother even more so. She’s been reduced to a shell of her former shelf, and when she knocks on Lee’s – Moll’s father – door, she looks like a living corpse. But she knows where Moll is, or so she claims, and Lee is desperate to save his little girl. Even if perhaps she can’t be saved at all.

The plot was pretty original, but it wasn’t fleshed out enough in this novella. I couldn’t connect to the characters because they didn’t really have personalities, not even main character Lee. There’s nothing outstanding, different, or intriguing about the book. It’s a pleasant short story, but it doesn’t stand out.

Also, for a horror story, the novella lacks scariness. I wasn’t scared at all while reading.

Book Review: Little Killers A to Z

30618496Title: Little Killers A to Z
Author: Howard Odentz
Genre: Horror, Dark Fiction
Age Group: Young Adult and up
Rating: 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Bad things come in small packages . . .
EPIC Award finalist Howard Odentz has penned twenty-six disturbingly fascinating horror stories about the youngest predators among us.
From Andy and Boris to Yuri and Zena, this eclectic anthology is filled, A to Z, with psychopaths, monsters, and murderers!
So turn on the lights and huddle under your blankets because murder isn’t just for grown-ups anymore. Come meet our gallery of little killers.
After all, they’re dying to meet you!
Author and playwright Howard Odentz is a lifelong resident of the gray area between Western Massachusetts and North Central Connecticut. His love of the region is evident in his writing as he often incorporates the foothills of the Berkshires and the small towns of the Bay and Nutmeg states into his work.
5 Stars “a relentless, thrilling ride” – Court Street Literary, on Bloody Bloody Apple.
“Howard Odentz takes this mis-mosh of dysfunctional characters and puts together a wonderful story that is equal parts horror and love.” – Scared Stiff Reviews, on Bloody Bloody Apple.

Little Killers A to Z: An Alphabet of Horror is, as the name suggests, a collection of horror short stories featuring children. Twenty-six tales, most of them very entertaining. As with all collections, I liked some more than others, but the writing quality in all stories is very high, almost lyrical, and the author has a knack for writing entertaining, original stories, and setting the mood in just a few pages.

Some of the stories featured monster-kids, others kids who had turned into murderers, yet others featured veeeeery creepy kids. Some of the stories were creepier than others, but I liked the majority of them, and in general, I found that the quality of storytelling was very high.

I loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys dark fiction / horror, and short stories.

Book Review: Passing the Torch by L.L. Sanders

24972267Title: Passing The Torch

Author: L.L. Sanders

Genre: Horror, Novella

Age Group: Young Adult and Up

Rating: 3 stars

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

Deep in the Arizona desert live a girl and her dad, burying secrets—and bodies.
Mesa Kingston’s first memory of burying a corpse was at eight years old. Back then it had been the carcass of a large lizard her dad found that they buried in the backyard of their isolated cottage. At age fourteen, the body of a young lady accompanied the reptile’s remains, and ever since, an accumulation of female bodies began to grow. Now, the only way Mesa can stop the haunting screams of the dead is by drowning them out with flames. Or is there more to the blaze than even she can perceive?

Passing The Torch is a very short but dark novella about Mesa Kingston, a young girl living with her father. They often go to her father’s cabin to spend some time away from civilization. Yet, Mesa has memories of her father burying young women underneath the cottage. Each year, more and more women cry out to her from beyond the grave, and now, age eighteen, Mesa has decided to do something about it.

For such a short story, the author did a good job of fleshing out the characters. Mesa was intriguing. The other characters, police officers, her dad, were all sketched in a few short lines, but it worked.

The book is a novella, so it’s very short, and I wouldn’t have minded to read a full-length novel on this topic. As such, I found it an okay read but not long enough – too many details were missed, and it was slightly too abstract. Despite that, I did enjoy it and found it disturbing, in a good way.

Book Review: The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi

27405533Title: The Night Parade

Author: Ronald Malfi

Genre: Science Fiction, Horror

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4,5 stars

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

First the birds disappeared.
Then the insects took over.
Then the madness began . . .
They call it Wanderer’s Folly–a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.
After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he’s bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he’s on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.
Ellie is a special girl. Deep. Insightful. And she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they’re running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road . . .

Once again, Ronald Malfi’s writing totally blew me away in The Night Parade. This author knows how to write, how to make the words shine on the page, how to craft a story that stands out from others, and stays with you, long after reading.

David Arlen’s world has fallen apart. Wanderer’s Folly, a disease that causes daydreams, nightmares and delusions, is wrecking the entire world, turning people into zombie-like creatures, and eventually killing them. The disease spreads randomly, and no one knows how you get infected. What they do know is that the cure is hidden somewhere inside the body of David’s wife.

But now she’s dead, and the doctors who hurt her, now want his daughter Ellie, who holds the same miracle cure. But David isn’t willing to give Ellie up, not even for the good of mankind. They flee across the country, chased by the disease that strikes randomly, haunted by the remnants of human civilization.

Ellie is a wonderful little girl. She’s nine, and sometimes she acts like a child, sometimes more like an adult – but for her, it makes sense to act that way. She’s a very kind, loving, gentle child, and she touched my heart. David too was an intriguing character. Being the adult he’s left to make the tough choices, and since the book is told from his POV, we spend most time inside his mind, which I did enjoy – he was complex yet relatable.

The book isn’t exactly scary. For horror, it’s rather tame: you don’t get gore (not that much at least) or supernatural over-the-top scares. What you do get is a slow build up of dread. Even though it’s not scary, you do grow scared. The author manages to pull the reader into the story with such excellence that you become part of the story, you feel the dread David feels, your anxiety grows as things are revealed. You can’t just sit and relax: you have to keep on turning the page.

I already look forward to reading my next Ronald Malfi book.

Book Review: Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole

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Author: Lincoln Cole
Genre: Horror / Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to discover the root of the evil affecting people. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she’s ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive.

Abigail rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she’s forced to protect him, which is easy, but also to trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak. Trust, however, is something hard to have for someone who grew up living on the knife’s edge of danger.

Can they discover the cause of the town’s insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?

From the moment I started reading Raven’s Peak, I couldn’t put it down. Raven’s Peak is a quiet little mountain town hiding a big problem – the townsfolk are starting to act crazy. Abigail Dressler is called upon to discover the root of the evil affecting people, and as such, discovers a demonic threat of epic proportions.

Abigail rescues Haatim Arison, a young man who has a family legacy in the supernatural, something he knew little about until now. Now he sees demons, scary supernatural beings, and must come to terms with his own legacy. In order to survive, Abigail will need to protect Haatim and learn to trust him – easier said than done.

I really liked Haatim. At the start of the book, he’s obviously lost, having dropped out of college and suffering personal loss. But as the story progresses, the reader sees him grow and change, and likewise, so does Abigail. The plot is engaging, and the writing is very fast-paced; I almost flew through the pages racing to the end.

This was definitely an on-the-edge-of-your-seat pageturner and paranormal thriller.

Book Review: Darkview: Psychosis by R.J. Bathgate & M.J. Hall

Darkview-PsychosisTitle: Darkview: Psychosis

Author: R.J. Bathgate & M.J. Hall

Genre: Psychological Thriller / Horror

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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


Take a journey into the disturbed, delusional mind of Jack Cyrus … take a journey into Darkview … a small, remote coastal town, deep within the Scottish Highlands. The sleepy, isolated spot bears a sinister, horrific history, shrouded by a chilling secret. A secret one man must unveil, which will ravage his soul … and sanity!


Jack Cyrus is in damnation! After witnessing the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, he has become plagued by dark memories and devilish visions, the result of post traumatic stress. Compounding his trauma, he is faced with the sudden death of his wife, from cancer, after returning home to Scotland. Lost and alone, and struggling to forget the horrific circumstances surrounding her passing, Jack has developed schizophrenia, experiencing chaotic, disturbed thoughts and demonic hallucinations.

On the sixth anniversary of his wife’s death, Jack receives a cryptic, hand written letter from her, telling him she is still alive. Suffering and held captive, she pleads with him to return to Darkview, the place she spent her last days, and rescue her from purgatory. Upon arrival in Darkview, strange things start happening, and what appears to be a centuries old mystery, starts unravelling itself. Jack must piece together the clues and lost fragments of his sanity to solve the unravelling mystery. Is any of it real, or is it just a manifestation of Jack’s mind, or another facet of his schizophrenia?

Darkview: Psychosis is a thrilling, dark, disturbing read about Jack Cyrus, a man on the verge of damnation, and his descent into madness. Jack saw unimaginable horrors during the Rwandan Genocide, and as a result, started suffering from PTSD. To make matters worse, upon returning home to Scotland, he’s faced with his wife’s sudden death. Lost, on his own, he struggles to deal with the schizophrenia that takes hold of him, and drags him into the darkness, as his thoughts grow increasingly more disturbing.

Six years after his wife’s death, Jack receives a cryptic letter from her, telling him she’s still alvie, and help captive in Darkview, the place where she spent her last days. Jack travels to Darkview to find out what truly happened, but instead runs into more strange occurences, more secrets and ancient mystery. As Jack pieces together the clues, and tries to hold on to his sanity, the question begs if what is happening is real, or just another facet of Jack’s growing schizophrenia.

The writing was excellent, and flawlessly kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters were interesting, in particular Jack – he was intriguing, with a lot of different layers to his personality, and unraveling what was real and what wasn’t was a fascinating task. The story is dark and disturbing, with just the right amount of creepiness.

I would recommend this book to all horror fans.

Book Review Black Water Tales: The Unwanted

Kindle Ready Front Cover JPEG_5787914Title: Black Water Tales: The Unwanted
Author: Jean Nicole Rivers
Genre: New Adult Psychological Horror
Age Group: New Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard their unwanted children. For the American, Blaire Baker, it’s the perfect place to volunteer her services. Paired with a cheerful volunteer nurse, Blaire is enthusiastic about the possibilities, but is quickly discouraged when she encounters the nefarious nature of the staff and the deplorable conditions of the facility and the children.

Upon arrival, one of the children informs Blaire, “There’s something in the basement.” It isn’t long before strange things begin happening, including Blaire’s flashbacks of the accident that killed her parents. The children soon suffer injuries that Blaire, first, fears may be the deeds of the callous workers but she soon thinks the abuse may originate from a source that is less than human, something unwanted.

The unwanted is coming but in order for Blaire to fight it, she must dig into St. Sebastian and herself in search of truth. Blaire wants nothing more than to help the children, but when she discovers the tragedy that happened in the basement and learns that the same evil forces are still at work, it will be Blaire who needs help…There’s something in the basement.

In Black Water Tales: The Unwanted, Blaire Baker is a teacher from the supposedly cursed town of Black Water. She accepts a volunteer post at St. Sebastian’s orphanage, and along with volunteer nurse Travis Wells, she heds to the orphanage. While Blaire is optimistic at first, her optimism soon turns into despair – the facilitiy is housed in an abandoned, derelict building, the staff doesn’t care much about the “unwanted” children left at the orphanage, and the children aren’t exactly being taken care of the way they should.

As strange things start happening, and one of the children informs Blaire there’s something in the basement, Blaire grows more and more wary that something is going on at the orphanage. When Blaire is haunted by flashbacks of the accident that killed her parents, she realizes she might have to dig through the depths of her own subconscious, and the history of St. Sebastian’s orphanage, if she wants to find out the truth behind the Unwanted.

The setting is deliciously creepy (derelict orphanages are just about number one on my creepy list). The pacing is slow, but in a good way – the suspense builds up slowly, but when it reaches its crescendo, I was on the edge of my seat. The book reminded me of The Woman in Black, both in tone and eerie atmosphere, which is always a good thing.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, creepy horror novel.

Book Review: The Leaping by Tom Fletcher

7897941Title: The Leaping

Author: Tom Fletcher
Genre: Horror
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 2,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon

Jack finished university three years ago, but he’s still stuck in a dead-end job in a sinister call-centre in Manchester. When the beautiful (and rich) Jennifer comes into his life he thinks he has finally found his ticket out of there. Trouble is that his boss is interested in Jennifer as well, and there’s something strangely bestial about him…
So when Jennifer buys Fell House, a mysterious old mansion out in remote Cumbria, a house party on a legendary scale seems like the perfect escape. But as the party spins out of control on a seemingly neverending night, they must face up to the terrifying possibility that not all their guests may be human – and some of them want to feed.
An astonishing and innovative blend of horror, folktale and disturbing realism, The Leaping is the first instalment in what is shaping up to be a genre-defining series.

The Leaping has an interesting premise, but it doesn’t realize its potential. Three years after finishing university, Jack is still stuck in a dead-end job in a call centre. His best friends and roommates work in the same building, and that’s also where he meets his girlfriend, Jennifer. She reminds him of Morgana le Fay, of some mythical goddess, and he falls over her heads over heels. When Jennifer buys Fell House, an old mansion in remote Cumbria, Jack moves in with her. For his birthay, his friends plan the most epic birthday party ever, over in Fell House. But the guests might not be who they seem to be at first glance…

First, the good. The book is told from the dual POV of Francis and Jack, and each character has an unique voice. It’s easy to know which character is doing the talking. The characterization is no doubt, the best part of the book. Despite a rather large cast of characters – Jack, Francis, Taylor, Erin, Jennifer and Graham being the main crew – the author did an extraordinary job giving each character an unique personality. The characters are three dimensional and likeable (even Graham, who I started out disliking). The writing was good for the most part.

Now, the bad. The “big reveal” wasn’t as original as I had hoped. The book isn’t exactly scary. There was a slow build up, so I had expected a lot from the big climax, but that didn’t happen. It ended up being a dissapointment more than anything. I don’t want to give it away, but it was just ‘meh’ for me. Also, while the writing was good for the most part, sometimes it rambled on for ages, seemingly going nowhere, and the pacing was tediously slow at times. It takes about 200 pages before the story actually starts – or at least, before the horror starts, and although it was a rather pleasant read until then, that’s simply too long before a story to take flight.

So while I liked part of the books, I disliked a lot of it too. It wasn’t original or gripping or scary enough. If you enjoy horror that is rather mild (although gory, but not scary) then I would say ‘go for it’, but if you like really creepy horror, I wouldn’t really recommend it.

Book Review: Gethsemane Hall by David Annandale

13220384Title: Gethsemane Hall

Author: David Annandale

Genre: Horror

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

The skeptics think they know what’s going on at Gethsemane Hall. So do the religious. So do the spiritualists. They’re all wrong. Richard Gray, grieving over the loss of his wife and daughter, learns that his ancestral home holds the secret of what lies beyond the grave. And all of a sudden, everybody wants a piece of Gethsemane Hall.
Louise Meacham wants in because a fellow CIA agent committed suicide there, and she has to put the ghost rumours to rest to get her career back. Anna Pertwee wants in because she’s determined to save the ghosts from the unbelievers and the debunkers. Patrick Hudson wants in because he has to save Gray’s soul.
So Gray will let them all in, these people who think they’re coming for the truth. What they don’t know is that the truth is coming for them.

Gethsemane Hall could best be described as gothic horror meets gore and torture in a slow-paced, although chine-spilling tale. The book starts off slow by introducing us to a variety of characters, some more relatable than others. There’s Richard Gray, lord, owner of Gethsemane Hall, the house he often visited during his childhood, who is grieving the loss of his wife and daughter while he was in Africa, trying to help people. Gray is actually the easiest character to relate to – which is saying a lot considering he was also descending into madness.

Then there’s Meacham, a CIA agent who has to clean up the mess after a fellow CIA agent and hobbyist ghost hunter killed himself at Gethsemane Hall. The whole CIA angle didn’t really work. Meacham doesn’t have the characteristics one would suspect of a CIA agent, and honestly, the whole book could’ve done without the CIA angle, which gives it more of a conspiracy-vibe than a ghost story. There’s also a magician, although God knows why Meacham decided to bring her along – except maybe to debunk tricks? Although, she already had a renowned scientist for that who had debunked several “ghost” phenomena. Then there’s a team of ghost hunters desperate to believe, Gray’s best friend who wants to bring him back on the path of God, and a whole town filled with people who have heard the “call” of Gethsemane Hall before.

This book is heavy on religion, in fact it’s one of the focus points. Gray loses his faith, and the haunting has a religious angle too that I don’t want to get into because I don’t want to spoil anything. I didn’t mind the heavy focus on religion, but just mentioning it here because I’m sure it’ll annoy some people.

There are also some extremely gorey scenes. I dont mind gore, but it’s rare to see it in a haunted house story – I did like that, though, as it was quite unique.

The story is enjoyable, and there was a lot of suspense, granted. Unfortunately the build-up ended in a huge let-down of gigantic proportions: the ending is rushed (quite a contradiction considering the rest of the book is slow), it doesn’t make much sense, a lot of things are left unexplained (for example: why did this horror/ghost decide to start tormenting everyone now, when there had been people living in Gethsemane Hall for years), and the ending was very dissapointing.

This is perhaps one of the most difficult books I’ve ever had to review. I immensly enjoyed the plot, up until three quarters when it all went downhill. Gay was an engaging character, and I could stomach Meacham, but I disliked most of the other characters – some of them lacked depth, others were so stereotypical they annoyed me. The writing was very compelling at times, and at other times, so overwritten I wanted to eat up the paper.

The story is good, and it’s an okay book, but it could’ve been excellent had the ending not been so rushed, more things been explained, and some of the characters had been cut, or had been less stereotypical. It didn’t scare me, but it did give me some shivers, so the suspense was well done at least. Read at your own peril.