Wednesday, 20 November 2019

REVIEW - TEMPTING HEAT - TEMPT ME SERIES BY SARA WHITNEY

Tempting Heat is the first book in Tempt Me, 
Sara Whitney's sassy, sexy new contemporary romance series. 

Title: Tempting Heat
Series: Tempt Me
Author: Sara Whitney
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 12th November 2019

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An unforgiving blizzard

Tom Castle ended up in the wrong apartment on the wrong day. Now a ferocious snowstorm has him trapped with his onetime crush and longtime regret, which is pretty much in line with his lifelong bad luck.

An unwelcome houseguest

Finn Carey has no choice. Although it’s tempting to let Tom take his chances on the streets of Chicago, she doesn’t want anyone to die in a snowbank— not even the man who hurt her so badly years ago.

An unexpected second chance at love

At first, Tom and Finn do their best to ignore each other in the close quarters. Then the power goes out, and things between them heat up as the secrets start to flow. Which will thaw first: the storm raging outside or the ice protecting their hearts?


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REVIEW

This book came to my attention via Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours, I was already posting a Book Blitz and when I saw the Blurb and then read the Excerpt, I wanted to read the whole novella! I had also recently read an anthology of “Halloween themed” novellas called Trick Or Treat Me and Sara Whitney had a novella that I loved in there too.

I love the cover with the kissing couple depicting the characters in the book. I don't read lots of the lighter contemporary genres, I tend to read a lot more of the paranormal, sci-fi genres. So, this is one was a nice change, a feel good, romance type of book.

The main character is Fiona Carey, though friends and family call her Finn. Finn shares a flat with best friend Josie who she met at college. Josie has gone away as part of her job and just left a note for Finn, who ends up being rather shocked when a half-asleep guy comes wandering out of Josie's bedroom. Even more distressful for Finn is she knows the guy from school and they have "history" in that she used to date his best friend. Finn gets over the initial surprise and thinks back to what she refers to as the “incident” where she truly believes Tom betrayed her trust which ended up in a very upsetting and stressful last couple of weeks of high school.
Tom tries to avoid further awkwardness by attempting to leave straightaway but the weather is awful and snow is mounting up on both the side-walks and the roads. He attempts to struggle on until he hears Finn shouting out of one of the windows for him to come back, the snow is too bad. Initially things are almost as frosty inside the flat as it is outside it but they end up kind o calling a truce. Things go from slightly thawed, to steamy hot over the course of the weekend. Then there’s another misunderstanding where things go slightly awry . . .but you’ll have to read the novella to find out if there’s a happy ending.

There’s a really funny point in the book where Finn is talking to her mother who seems to think Finn cannot take proper care for herself. Her mother actually asks what is someone breaks in. Finn finds the suggestion far- fetched and she puts down the phone she has a little sort of chuckle to herself. Then later when it turns out that she isn’t even in the flat alone, in fact, there was someone in the flat that she didn’t know about when she was talking on the phone to her mother, Finn finds it rather amusing.
I think it’s really cute when Tom refers to Finn as Huckleberry, her nickname from when they were at school together.

I adored the characters of Tom and Finn. Tom’s character being very chivalrous and escorting a drunken Josie home yet not taking advantage of either situation or Josie. I thought the way they still had feelings about the “incident” was so realistic too. I mean I think we all have the guy we really liked, and crushed on but never actually dated. I was so attached to the characters of Tom and Finn that I was angry at the character of Josie and wanted to shout at her. I’m still not sure I really like Josie as a character though I guess I will have the chance to learn more about her in the next novella, as it seems she is a more central character in Tempting Taste. I also thought that Finn’s brother Jake was an interesting character, maybe he will have his own romance in a later novella.

My immediate thoughts upon finishing this book were that it was a brilliant read and I had adored it from beginning to end.

To sum up the novella flows really well, and it felt like a really quick read. It certainly left me wanting more! I would have gone straight on to reading the next novella in the Tempt Me Series had it been available to buy! I certainly agree with some of the comments in the blurb, this book is a sassy, sexy, I’d say steamy contemporary novella.




Tuesday, 19 November 2019

BLOG TOUR - THE VEILED THREAT BY SOPHIA MENESINI


Title: The Veiled Threat
Series: The Veiled Duchess
Author: Sophia Menesini
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ, New Adult
Release Date: 13th June 2019

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Captain Shea Lara is the current leader of The Veiled Duchess. The most feared pirate ship in all of Neried. And now, after completing her former mentor’s final score, she’s retiring. Everything seems to be coming to an end… Until a mysterious stranger drags her back into the fold with an offer for a score she can’t refuse. All she has to do is kidnap the crowned princess of the northern Queendom, Princess Joana of Arethusa. The prize is just within reach. But sparks fly as the two women collide. And an obscured threat that could upturn Shea’s entire world storms on the horizon. She’ll face it alone unless she can allow herself the support she needs from old and new allies alike. Something’s coming and Shea is at the center of it.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sophia Menesini lives in Martinez, CA with her husband, and their two small Chihuahuas, Ziggy and Zeppelin. The Veiled Threat is her first novel and the first book in The Veiled Duchess Series. Sophia is an avid tea connoisseur and lover of Scotland with an unconventional memory for obscure Disney and Broadway song lyrics.


You can find my blog, updates, and other entertainment at my website: www.sophiamenesini.com


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EXCERPT
“I suggest moving that hand if you plan on keeping it.”
He lets go immediately and sets his palms flat on the table as a peace offering. 
Shea relaxes but only just, sitting back down in her seat lightly. She keeps a steady grip on her gold long sword. 
“My apologies for startling you,” he soothes. 
Shea laughs darkly and his shoulders tense.
 “Look I’m not for sale the same way the other ladies are. Not all elves serve,” Shea mutters, “so if you’ll excuse me…” 
“No,” he objects quickly.
He almost lifts his palms off the bar but instead flexes his fingers against the surface before relaxing them flat onto the counter. 
“Please. I mean to hire you for another reason.” 
Shea stays where she is. She doesn’t know why but the man piques her interest as she observes his submissive position. She stands, turns, and leans her back against the bar, noting how the hooded man averts his gaze away from her so his face is still obscured.
 “I’m not sure you know who I am,” Shea chuckles. 
“I know who you are,” he states. 
“Then what could you possibly need me for?” Shea asks, genuinely curious. 
Surprisingly, it’s not often that dark strangers find her in the night to propose business propositions. 
“I need you to steal something. From what I know, that’s kind of what you do.” 
“Depends on the something.” 
“Something of great value,” he explains. 
“Right,” Shea deadpans. 
“A princess.” 
“Of course.” 
“This is serious.” 
“I bet,” Shea grins, “Which princess?” 
“The crown princess of Arethusa,” he whispers. 
“Careful mate,” Shea’s eyes narrow, glancing around casually, “Around here that’s treason.” 
“Among me and my fellows, we’re calling it a political coup.”
“Don’t they all.” 
Shea turns back to face the bar letting her hips lean against the edge and downs the new tankard. 


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Monday, 18 November 2019

REVIEW - ROTTEN BODIES - A ZOMBIE SHORT STORY COLLECTION BY STEVEN JENKINS

Title: Rotten Bodies - A Zombie Short Story Collection
Author: Steven Jenkins
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Publisher: Different Cloud Publishing
Release Date: 22nd October 2019 
                            (previously published 27th April 2015)

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We all fear death’s dark spectre, but in a zombie apocalypse, dying is a privilege reserved for the lucky few. There are worse things than a bullet to the brain—much worse.

The dead are walking, and they’re hungry. Steven Jenkins, bestselling author of Fourteen Days and Burn The Dead, shares five zombie tales that are rotten for all the right reasons.

Meet Dave, a husband and father with a dirty secret, who quickly discovers that lies aren’t only dangerous…they’re deadly. Athlete Sarah once ran for glory, but when she finds herself alone on a country road with an injured knee, second place is as good as last. Howard, shovelling coal in the darkness of a Welsh coal mine, knows something’s amiss when his colleagues begin to disappear. But it’s when the lights come on that things get truly scary.

Five different takes on the undead, from the grotesque to the downright terrifying. But reader beware: as the groans get louder and the twitching starts, you’ll be dying to reach the final page.


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REVIEW
After reading and loving the Dead Aware series so far by Eleanor Merry, I felt I wanted to try another zombie book and came across this collection of five short stories/novella’s by Steven Jenkins. There’s I Am Dead, Room 503, Run, The Pit and Simon Dunne: Former Zombie.

I love this version of the cover, a rather angry looking rotting female zombie. The cover gives you the clue that there won’t be any “nice zombies” or “aware zombies” in this story collection. The zombies in this collection are the monotonous, angry, flesh eating, never give up until they get you kind.

Room 503 has the main character Dave taking his wife flowers, a sign of guilt? Well, the short answer yes as Dave has to go away to do with work and he is wanting to oil the waters with his wife as she doesn’t like him working away from home. It turns out she has every right to feel funny about her husband working away as he isn’t in fact working but meeting his long-term mistress in a swanky hotel to spend the weekend in bed with her! The irony is that whilst he is locked away in his hotel room with his mistress, he hears a ruckus in the street and they go onto the hotel balcony to see what is happening. The Police are facing off against . . ..what are those moaning, shuffling people, grabbing and biting? Well, they are zombies and in the fight against the Police they are winning! Dave and his mistress check out the news on the hotel room TV and on the internet on their own phones and see that there has been a virus breakout that’s turned people into zombies. To catch this virus all you need to do is be scratched or bitten by a zombie. Dave tries to phone his wife, suddenly feeling guilty about her and his daughter being at home unprotected. Obviously, Dave isn’t the only person trying to use the telephone network so he keeps getting a continual engaged tone. Dave speaks to reception who tell him what he has already seen from the balcony, and that the hotel is now in lockdown, it is not safe to leave the hotel, and their advice is to stay in your locked room. There is Police back up on the way to get the zombies away, at the moment the hotel is safe as all doors are locked etc and should hold against the zombies senselessly walking into them. Dave speaks to his mistress and says he is going to try to get to his car, despite her protests and her begging for him not to leave her alone, he sneaks out of the room, down the back stairs to see if he can make it to his car!

One of the other stories in the collection is called The Pit. This story is set in Wales during the years of Margaret Thatcher’s government, when jobs were scarce, when you took what job you could get to make ends meet and put food on the table to feed your family. The main character in this one is Howard John Thomas, he is married to Thelma and they have a 7 year old daughter called Delith and a baby son called Jacob. Howard has his own idea’s how all this horrible business began. He thinks, like others have said mining half a mile down is too far and they have found the devil. The devil being zombies that roam the mines shafts preying on the few miners left trying to work to get money to feed their families. Thelma didn’t want her husband working down the pit, but after being on the dole, it was the only job that he could get, so he took it. He tries to not think about those that are roaming round in the pit and thinks of his children, and his wife Thelma, the very reason he is willing to work in this dangerous place. Howard thinks about Delith, singing her heart out at the nativity play at school. Howard was so proud of his singing Shepherd Delith, who wants to be Mary anyway! Then he thinks about baby Jacob lying in his cot with his big blue eyes gazing up at him. Then he thinks about Thelma’s thick blonde curls waving down her back, he truly loves his family and would do anything for them. Trouble is it’s getting harder and harder to work down here in the mine. There is never enough battery power in your light, so you have to turn it off sometimes to preserve it, then if/when you get lost you run a larger risk of being caught by one of those zombies.

In the last story in the book, the main character Simon Dunn, thinks a lot about the word zombie, he hates it. Simon would prefer to be called the “walking-dead” or “coffin-walker” than zombie. He thinks zombie sounds low class, common and undignified! Simon then reveals that the official, politically correct terminology to use is “Former Zombie.” Simon also reflects on how simple his life used to be before he became a “Former Zombie.” He goes on to say he used to get up, have breakfast, watch TV, kiss his girlfriend and take the dog for a walk. Then a rather funny quote I can’t resist sharing, Simon says “Of course, the dog was the first thing I ate” that honestly made me laugh out loud as it’s so pragmatic and deadpan how the character reveals the fact, he ate his own dog.

There are some fantastic descriptions within this collection, such as “Every joint and muscle aches, and my head is pounding like a hangover”
“Even my finger hurt and creak when I make a fist” and “When I attempt to bend my legs I can feel the fluid burn and swirl around my kneecaps”
They enable you to imagine and almost feel the pain these zombies and people are feeling.

There are also some great humorous descriptions in the book too, such as a fairly newly turned zombie who isn’t sure how long he has been turned but all he can think about is his desire to feed on warm flesh. “Its all I can think about – that and trying to remember which part of the body carries the juiciest meat.” The zombie continues thinking about eating, trying to work preferences out, an animal? No, they decide they’d prefer a human. They aren’t particular as to whether its male or female but… “Preferably someone morbidly obese. I could feed on them for days. And the chances of one outrunning me are pretty remote..”

I found all the individual stories really good and in fact, in some cases I would love to read more from those characters or from within the world they were set in. Some of the stories are shorter than others, such as Run, but are still good reads. I would certainly like to read more by Steven Jenkins, zombie and/or other books he has written as I enjoyed his writing style. The stories flowed really well and quick enough to dip in and out of the book perhaps if you were on a bus or train journey. 

So, to sum up this is a really good collection of short zombie stories! This selection of stories would be a great initiation to the zombie genre and is a fantastic introduction to this author’s work too.



Sunday, 17 November 2019

BOOK BLITZ - TWISTED SURPRISE BY EMERY JACOBS


Title: Twisted Surprise 
 (A Twisted Fate novella)
Author: Emery Jacobs
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 15th November 2019

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Or at least it’s supposed to be. With the holidays quickly approaching, Jovie is looking forward to spending some quality time with her boyfriend Jack.
First a family Thanksgiving in Brownsboro, Georgia with her parents, followed by a magical Christmas with their friends back in Houston.
But Jack’s disappearing act leaves Jovie wondering if their relationship will even survive the holidays.

Ready for a Twisted Surprise? Unwrap this romantic Christmas tale to find out what Jack’s been hiding!


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EXCERPT
“Merry Christmas, baby,” Jack whispers, his warm breath dancing across the skin below my ear.
I rub my eyes, turn my head to face him, and smile. “Merry Christmas.”
His fingers skim across my bare arm then slide in between mine, squeezing my hand gently.
“Did you sleep good?”
I nod. “Yeah, actually I did.” I don’t remember much after drifting off to sleep last night, which I usually equate to a good night’s sleep.
“How about you? Was the couch good to you?” I motion toward the small sofa beside the bed and cringe. There is no way anyone could sleep well on that tiny thing, but knowing Jack, he’ll lie and say he did just so I won’t feel bad that he stayed the night.
He barks out a laugh before rubbing his neck. “I slept better than I have in years.”
“I doubt that.” I hesitate for a second. “But thank you… for staying.”

“You couldn’t have made me leave even if you wanted to.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emery grew up in Southern Arkansas and has lived most of her adult life in Northern Louisiana. She spends her days working as a Nurse Practitioner in rural health and her nights reading, writing, and occasionally sleeping. She loves real life romance…lots of angst and heartbreak, but always a happy ending.


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Saturday, 16 November 2019

REVIEW - DEAD SEA GAMES - DEAD SEA GAMES BY J. WHITWORTH HAZZARD

Title: Dead Sea Games
Series: Dead Sea Games
Author: J. Whitworth Hazzard
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Publisher: BHC Press
Release Date: 16th November 2017

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The only way to win . . . is to live

One year after the Emergency, the island of Manhattan has become a prison. The survivors of the Colony have carved out a living a few stories above the sea of millions of shambling corpses. With no escape and no hope for the future, the teenagers entertain themselves by participating in brutal gladiatorial games, betting the only thing they have left – their lives. 

Jeremy Walters is among the best of the best, but his adrenalin-addicted recklessness has done more than earn him the nickname Deathwish; it’s gotten him noticed. Now the race is on to recruit Deathwish as opposing forces maneuver to take advantage of his zombie-killing gifts. If he somehow manages to navigate the maze of bribery, threats, extortion, and intimidation, and not get himself killed, he’ll still have to face every teenager’s greatest fear: an angry mother.


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REVIEW
I am still fairly new to reading the zombie genre but when I read the blurb of this one, I immediately added it to my must-read list. I will be totally honest I wasn’t overly keen on the cover, though the title did pull my interest. The genres listed for the book are horror, sci-fi, and fantasy which I totally agree with but would also add post-apocalyptic and probably pandemic would fit too.

I should point out that some parts of this book have been released before as novellas. This whole book is made up of a total of four novella’s or parts. Each section has its own title, Adrift, Exiled, Kidnapped and Scorched. I like the individual parts titles and I think the book/series title of Dead Sea Games is great and really fitting as quite a few times in the book the deadheads are described as moving like a sea. Or when the characters look down from a building they see a sea of deadheads drifting aimlessly around awaiting their next victim/meal.

The world in this book is still reeling from the “Emergency”, the characters are basically in a kind of prison, as they are forced to stay isolated in the Colony and ruled over by the Triumvirate. The government make special drops of food rations that are triumvirate monitored and given out by the army headed by Colonel Barkley, though this doesn’t stop people being attacked or homes being broken into for food rations as there never seems to be enough.

To travel anywhere you have to take to the roofs and go from building to building. One slip could mean your death, or an even worse fate. You could die from the fall and be eaten, or bitten and changed into a “deadhead”, basically a zombie, who craves human flesh to eat. If bitten you are cast out from the colony, as there is no treatment, and there is no cure. . . .or is there?

The main character in the book is a teenaged boy called Jeremy by his mum, and the other adults, but everyone else knows him by the name of Death Wish. Most of the teenagers abandoned their birth names soon after the Emergency. A drastically different way of living, called for them to become tougher, so they changed their names to suit this. Most of the teenagers gather every Friday for the “games”. These “Games” can be life changing, as they are literally life or death for some that take part. As with most communities there are different gangs in the area that compete in these games. There’s the Raiders, led by Bash, the Yakuza, led by Fauxhawk and the Sirens, led by Monique. Death Wish is in no one’s gang as yet, though he is a regular competitor in the games. Bash has let it be known he would be welcome in the Raiders but Jeremy has said he will never join a gang whilst his mum is alive, he thinks it is his duty to be with her and knows how devastated she would be if he left to join a gang. Before the Emergency, there were four of them, his mum and dad, his older sister and Jeremy, but when “it” happened his sister had been sleeping over at a friend’s, they had tried to contact her via phone but in the end, dad just went and got in the car to go bring her home, and that was the last time he saw his dad.

The game consists of those wanting to take part lining up and pledging what they are willing to bet. It could be food rations, clothes, ammunition or weapons. Then the players make their bids of time. When there is only one person left and no one wants to bid higher it is that person that is lowered down into the pit to fight deadheads for the length of time they bid. Once they are lowered down via a rope, the rope is removed and not lowered until the allotted time has passed by. Death Wish has quite a reputation for lasting in the pit and fighting the deadheads off. It’s a bidder and sore loser from one of the Games that lies in wait for Jeremy to beat him up and possibly kill him that gives Colonel Barkley the perfect reason to arrest Jeremy.

I really loved the character of Jeremy aka Death Wish, he is kind of living two lives. As Jeremy he does mostly what his mum tells him to, he cooks dinner and helps Mr Renner in his work. As Death Wish he has a tough, harsh reputation as a guy who is scared of no one, not even the deadheads. Death Wish thrives on danger and the ever present, threat of death. There are some equally tough males and females in the gangs too. When Barbie, Bash’s second, and right-hand man in the Raiders admits defeat, being unable to rescue Mrs Marsden & her young son Lucas when a scavenging trip goes wrong and they don’t make it back, Jeremy decides he cannot accept that his neighbour and her young son are lost. Jeremy puts his protective gear on, and becomes Death Wish, ready to take on anything. Death Wish takes his time covering his skin leaving less exposed areas for the deadheads to gain access to bite!

Things change between all the different factions of gangs and people in the colony when they have to come together in an attempt to stop a new, despicable man who believed in torture, the Khan and his army who mark their ranks with knives on their faces to be clearly seen.
I adored the relationships that ended up forming between the rival faction gangs when they were most needed. When Death Wish and the leaders of the gangs, Bash, Fauxhawk and Monique end up being held and tortured together, they end up having to rely and trust each other

When Ellethea, an older female character was helped back to her lab by Death Wish she gave him a syringe of what she says is the cure to the Osiris effect. The bacteria that gets into your body and blood and turns you into a deadhead. It is this cure that Death Wish bargains with, when he is purposefully infected by the Khan. Death Wish promises to return with the Sniper that is picking off the Khans men, but that could be a problem, as he knows the Sniper and she is quite close to him. How can he deliver the Khan the sniper without condemning her to a torturous painful death. Death Wish needs to come up with a plan and fast! He turns to Ellethea who does her best with what she has, despite people including the Khan referring to her as “the alchemist” she is in fact a scientist. Death Wish explains how he had to give the Khan the cure but Ellethea explains it will be weeks before she can have anymore available. Death Wish has to come up with another plan. He can feel the alien Osiris effect seeping further into his system, into his brain. He has to use every ounce of his strength to fight it and every bit of his cunning to try and defeat the Khan and his men.

There is so much going on in this book, it’s difficult what to say as I don’t want to give away too much and spoil your own reading experience.
As everyone bands together for the greater good, they stop fighting each other and band together to fight the bigger threat of the Khan. Of course, in every war and battle there are casualties, there are also heroes too.

At the end of the book there is an epilogue which explains how the groups have joined together into one larger group that accepts any of the orphans who wish to join. It seems like everything is over, but certain characters that fought are no longer welcome in the Colony at Colonel Barkley’s orders, so somethings do not change for the better. The gang which uses the Raiders old HQ as its base not only scavenges and explores the wilds, they also rescue and help stranded survivors make it to the Colony if that is what they want.

This book has some great descriptions and some really humorous sections too, despite parts of the book being life and death situations. I reckon the author has a wicked sense of humour, in the acknowledgements he thanks someone called Max Brooks for “infecting” him with the zombie craze! The author was very detailed about how you could become a deadhead, the different stages, how long it took, what you would feel and do. It was certainly really well thought out book plot and world. The relationships between the different characters were so realistic. Such as the tough teenagers changing their names but when Jeremy is hurt and two of the tough members of the Raiders Gang take him home they immediately change and become timid, respectful, young teenagers when Mrs Walter’s, Jeremy’s mum refers to them by their birth names, or as she puts it the names their mother gave them. Mrs Walter’s really doesn’t understand why they would want different names for…. Yet towards the end of the book she understands them much more and even gives herself a nickname. This time it is Jeremy who asks, and doesn’t want to call her it. It is quite a funny moment in the book.
I also must mention that sure there are quite a lot of big tough guy characters but there are some equally brave, tough, kick butt female characters too, such as Ellethea the alchemist, Mrs Marsden, a mother, who goes out scavenging for food and supplies with the Raiders. Then of course there is the all-female gang called the Sirens with leader Monique, second in command Trina and last but not least Jeremy’s mum.
As always, there are characters you love, such as Jeremy/Death Wish, Bash, Barbie, Shadow, Monique, Trina, and Lucas. Then of course there are characters you thoroughly enjoy disliking such as the Khan, Dutch, the Stinky, Slimy and Colonel Barkley.
The characters that surprised me a little, some in a good way, others may be not such a good way. Those characters (in no particular order) were Mrs Walter’s, Ellethea, Fauxhawk, the Gamemaster, Rogue, Master Cheung and his son Shorty.

My immediate thoughts upon finishing this book/novella collection were Wow! I truly loved it! But, I seriously hope there is much more to come! What about the possibility of monsters & war that, the Khan hinted at, or the others 'out there' like Jeremy? Are there more people out there like Ellethea? Alchemists? Someone still working in a lab on the cure?
Fantastic characters, in a brilliantly created and well thought out world.

As I have said I am fairly new to reading the zombie genre and I am discovering how diverse and unusual the zombies can be. From ones that are mindless, flesh eating machines, to ones that are more aware and try to “live on”. It was such a shame that a couple of certain characters were killed off, though they did fit really well with the plot and it made sense how they happened and why. I seriously hope that there is more to come from this series! 





Friday, 15 November 2019

REVIEW - CURSE BREAKER - MACKENZIE GREY: TRIALS BY KARINA ESPINOSA

Title: Curse Breaker
Series: Mackenzie Grey: Trials
Author: Karina Espinosa
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Shifter
Release Date: 17th August 2019

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One Vampire. One cure.

To save her life, Mackenzie had no choice but to turn Amy into a vampire. Wrought with guilt over it, Kenz searched throughout the supernatural world and found the impossible—a cure to vampirism.
Now, led by the villainous Elders, members of the vampire community are creeping from the shadows, united by their determination to claim the elusive cure. As the future Queen of the Lycans, Kenz finds herself tangled in the web of an impending uprising and left with only one choice... run.

Can Kenz return Amy’s mortality? Or will she lose her best friend to the crushing Nosferatu curse?
 


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REVIEW
As soon as I knew this book was coming out I knew there was no if and when I would read it. It was a case of I am reading as soon as I can my hands on the book. That’s what I did, though I didn’t expect to go get cosy in bed and read the book from the first word to the very last all in one go! I adore the cover of Curse Breaker, its bright, it has Kenz on it, what more could you want! It will stand out on a book shelf and its cohesive enough to be instantly recognisable as part of the whole of the Mackenzie Grey books series.

So, in this book it seems like Amy has made her decision on whether to take the vampirism cure or not. However, things aren’t as straight forward as that, they never are for Kenz, and Amy. Mackenzie finds out at the last minute that there is going to be a meeting and the vampire elders will be there. Naturally Mackenzie demands she attends to protect her friend Amy.
Things go bad, the elders do not make the right choice in Mackenzie’s opinion. When things go wrong around Mackenzie and they affect someone who she loves she acts first and thinks about the consequences later.

And wow, there are super serious consequences this time. With everyone she normally has to help her actually hunting her who can she turn to? Bash? Well no because Mackenzie feels she has brought enough trouble to him and his pack. Charles Cadwell already hates her, one more thing may make him turn on Bash and take away the Brooklyn Pack. As Bash and the Brooklyn Pack are temporarily staying at the Cadwell estate due to things that happened in the last book, Mackenzie puts the love of her life out of bounds for help. Though she does ask for help from one member of the Brooklyn Pack who she trusts with Amy’s life and her own. Mackenzie also finds herself reaching out to the one warlock no one wants to owe a favour to.

Favourite, loved main characters are of course Mackenzie, Bash, Amy, Jackson. Other characters I loved in this book despite certain actions they had to take were Lucian, and Bobby Wu. I also enjoyed hating Isaac and the vampire elders. One character that I would put in the “still contemplating” box is Mason Kincade, though I do think we may see more of him in the future.

My immediate reactions upon finishing the book were, wow did I really just read the whole book? And that it was absolutely amazing! Karina Espinosa has created another fantastic adventure for Mackenzie whilst hinting at future possibilities for certain characters too. I certainly wanted even more as I finished this book.

To sum up this book was amazing. As soon as you started reading, you immediately slipped right back into Mackenzie’s mindset and were right alongside of her as her wolf reacted and put her own life in danger once again. I absolutely adored this book and am really looking forward to even more in the future.

Definitely a must read book and series!