Book Review – Sweetpea

Book: SweetPea (Available on Amazon*)

Author: C. J. Skuse

Sweetpea by [Skuse, C.J.]

This book will appeal to that little bit of psychopath lurking inside us all. Who hasn’t had a day where we would have made a list of the people we could kill if we could get away with it? Or gone through the day pretending to be nice when really you just want to say ‘get lost’ to the world and everyone in it? If that is just me, then perhaps I have a lot more in common with Rhinannon, the main protagonist in this book than I realised. But I am pretty sure you will have been nodding along with me on this!

This book is at its most basic, a book about a serial killer. But it is really so very much more than that. It is about a person trying to fit in every day and be ‘normal’. A person who has dark thoughts and impulses, but unfortunately acts on them at times. A person who as dark and broken as she is, you find yourself connecting with her more and more as the book progresses, and her story unfolds. Her seemingly normal and boring life unravels before you, and you laugh, cry, stress out and scheme along with her at every moment of the journey. It is a dark journey and one so skillfully written that you can’t help but empathise with Rhinannon.

It is a dark, dark comedy, gruesome, violent and full of coarse language. It is a dark, twisted humour book, that delivers from the start, and keeps up the pace the entire way through. It is definitely not a book for everyone, but if you like it you will love it. I certainly loved it, I found it an explosion of energy and uniqueness that I have not read in a long while with a book. Thank you C.J. Skuse – and what happens next??

I received this book from NetGalley for review, but all opinions are entirely my own.

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Book Review – The Woman in the White Mask

Book: The Woman in the White Mask available on Amazon*

Author: Rob Blackwell

The Woman in the White Mask (The Soren Chase Series, Book Three) by [Blackwell, Rob]

You have a secret so powerful that not even you know what it is….

This book is the third installment in the Soren Chase series, and what a read it is. (I would strongly recommend reading the previous books in the series from the beginning, they will make this read that much more enthralling!). From the beginning we have never really understood what happened that fateful night eight years ago when Soren’s life got torn apart. He lost his best friend, any chance at a normal life – and himself. Now we finally get to find out what really happened.

The woman in a white mask is determined to force Soren to reveal his secrets. But this being Soren, naturally there is so much more happening, from demon raising rituals, the evil Council threatening him and all he loves, tension between Friday and Sarah. Throw in a whole load of supernatural monsters, most of whom are pretty hard to kill and you can be sure that Soren is not exactly having a great time of it lately. The woman in the white mask strikes just at every moment of peril – and Soren being Soren, has many of them. She is slowly and tortuously drawing his secret out, but at what price to him?

This book starts out intriguing and moves swiftly to riveting and absorbing. You won’t want to put it down until you finish it. You will find yourself almost holding your breath at points, or clenching your body in tension, waiting for the suspense to drop. Rob Blackwell is a master at this genre. This latest book is no disappointment, it is a pinnacle of the Soren Chase series, and one not to be missed.

I received this book from the author for review, but all opinions are entirely my own.

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The Plague Charmer – Karen Maitland

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Author:  Karen Maitland

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Would you be willing to pay the price for salvation?

Set in 1361, The Plague Charmer paints a grim picture of a hard life in the town of Porlock Weir, a poor fishing village in Exmoor. The villagers rely on fishing to try carve out an existence, with what they can get from the land to subsidise this. They have little, but what they do have they are grateful for. Superstition is woven throughout their lives, as with many fishing folk, traditions and superstitions are key to survival. The great plague had struck over thirteen years ago, long enough to almost be forgotten. But when it strikes again, the fear rises fast and superstition and anger with it.

Then comes a stranger, plucked from the ocean, who offers to help – but the villagers are not willing to pay the price. As the plague spreads in the village the cost becomes that bit more conceivable. There is so much to lose if they pay the price, but so much more to lose if they don’t.

The historical accuracy in this book is excellent, it really made you feel like you understood what it was like to be a poor villager in the 1300’s, and how difficult life really was. Bring in the fear of plague, and on top of that supernatural happenings, how could they not go out of their minds? To us reading it it could simply be a storm. To them, the end of the world. Throughout the book I felt myself really drawn into the characters lives, really wanting some to survive and others to get justice served upon them. But above all, I really found myself grateful I didn’t live in the 1300’s! The book was intense, not a light read, however the complexity of the characters, the woven story lines and the building suspense all made for an excellent read. I would recommend it as a read, and definitely one you stick with past the first few chapters and get stuck into, it is a slow grower, but once you are into it, you are really in!

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Book Review – I hate Zombies

Book: I Hate Zombies available on Amazon*

Author: Shantnu Tiwari

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Oh my god, they killed Kenny! Who you might ask? Well zombies, obviously! I started this book expecting just another zombie story, the usual boy meets zombie, boy kills zombie, and boy meets girl along the way, and hopefully doesn’t kill the girl. Instead I get Blue and Shake, the two most unlikely heroes you could find. In it for the hot girls and “deleted” (makes total sense if you read the book, I promise).

It all starts at a party, when they are simply trying to get some hot food and girls, in no particular order. Then Kenny’s dead grandmother turns up and totally kills the party….literally. This then sends them on a journey of zombie killing, army fighting, spooky forest wandering, and much more. You can see why they really hate zombies!

The book throws all seriousness out the window and just takes you on a trip of fun and laughs, and makes you feel like you are really being told the story, even if by two of the least believable stoners out there. Described as a horror comedy, I would say it is more comedy than horror. The two bumbling ‘heroes’ keep you entertained, and there are enough plot twists to keep you guessing along the way, this book is certainly not your typical predictable zombie story. If you want a good and entertaining zombie read then this book is for you, it is a refreshing and very entertaining zombie read.

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Book Review – Certain Dark Things

Book: Certain Dark Things  available on Amazon*

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Certain Dark Things is a story of predator and prey, drugs and drug gangs, violence and bloodshed, all set in an alternative Mexico city – in fact an alternative world. How would you react if you found out after hundreds of years of myths, stories, and movies, that vampires were real? That the world not only had vampires in every city, but that there was an entire vampire genus, different classes of vampire, in different parts of the world. Each vampire class has different traits, different powers, and different needs. But all have the same lust, the same desire for human blood.

This book takes you on a gritty journey through the streets of Mexico, intertwining the more commonly heard stories of drug cartels with vampires. The vampires in this book are not romantic, sexy, lovelorn creatures, looking for a way to fit in with human life. Rather they stand alone as vampires, strong, powerful, unashamedly so, running drugs, using their power and longevity to gain wealth and material gains beyond human comprehension. They use humans when they need to, to do their bidding, or simply as food.

This all makes for a gripping story, with characters that you love to hate, characters you find yourself wanting to survive against all odds, and characters you would be perfectly happy to see as vampire fodder!

It is an enthralling read, with the story taking twists, and turns, fighting along with the characters, and keeping you captive until the heart wrenching end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a much welcome break from what has become almost standard vampire fare.

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Book Review: Crystallum

Book: Crystallum -The Primordial Principles ~ Book One, available on Amazon*

Author: Laney McMann

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If you were ever to judge a book by it’s cover this one would definitely win – it is beautiful, and draws you in. But it is more than just a pretty cover, it delivers inside as well as outside. The cover wraps up a tale of good vs evil – but is it as simple as that? The star of the book, Kade, has had a life of her father moving her from place to place, no friends, no boyfriends, and certainly no getting close to anyone. It is a life of secrets, shadows, fear and loneliness. So what happens when she moves to a new town, and suddenly she meets Cole. It is the beginning of a budding romance, but also the beginning of much more – demons, shadows and potentially the end of the world!

The book starts off with a lot of story to wrap your head around, but it is well worth sticking with, it is brilliant plot development, and really builds a lot throughout. There are plot twists that you don’t see coming, and action that has you flipping pages (or clicking Kindle buttons) frantically. There are a lot of questions left unanswered, but leads on to book two perfectly. Speaking of which – I can’t wait for book two!!

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Book Review: Cold – A Joe Tiplady Thriller

Cold – A Joe Tiplady Thriller, Book 1, Available on Amazon*

Author: John Sweeney

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It all starts with a man bringing his dog for a walk in the snow. But that man is no ordinary man, he is Joe  Tiplady, an Irishman with a dark past rooted in The Troubles. He soon finds out that he is not alone on his walk with his dog, and his life of mundanity that he has worked hard to build gets turned upside down. Along comes a journey entwined with henchmen, working for powerful Russian leaders, who will stop at nothing to keep a secret buried. A retired soviet general searching for his daughter. A mysterious Russian lady, who tries to steal Joe’s dog – multiple times. A CIA agent, struggling with his faith and losing family and friends, and not knowing who to trust in his agency along with that. Then there is Reilly. Joe’s loyal dog, who everyone seems to want, but Joe has no idea why.

The story has so many paths happening at once, and only at the very end do they all come together and finally do you get the full picture. But it keeps you guessing, along with Joe, until the very end. There is strong language, and torture scenes in the book, but I do feel that these helped build the character at the time, and was not just gratuitous. I may have asked myself at times is this story actually plausible? But then I just sat back and enjoyed the ride, and enjoyed it for what it was – a brilliant journey across the world, entwining strands that had me going on the edge of my seat until the very end.

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