My Review of Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming.

My Review of

Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming.

I read Ravens Gathering in just over two days as it was hard to put down. I enjoyed the fast-paced and gripping storyline, also the chapter sizes are good, even if you want to read it in parts. I was captivated by the way the return of a long-traveled son called Martin and the appearance of a flock of Ravens set the tone of some horrible acts and village scandals. More than that this book keeps you guessing and the clever way it does this is head jumping from character to character throughout different chapters, with each character’s thoughts throwing another’s actions into question. By the time I got to the end, even my cats seemed confused to exactly who was behind village destruction.

The story itself follows Martin as he returns to the village to reconnect with his family, however, they are not that happy to see him and tries to block his attempts to stick around. But when Martin meets Tanya, he sees his chance to let her flirty ways gain him a bed for the night. But after a murder, a brutal accident and all fingers pointing his way. how can he leave? Is he really behind such horrible acts or is it the raven lurking in the woods? Maybe something even darker? You’ll have to read this book to find out.

I found Tanya and Ian’s characters very intriguing because they both seemed to lack something in their relationship towards each other, yet deep down they both felt as if they wanted the same thing, love companionship, and closeness. But because of the difference in their actions and personality, it seemed they more accepted their life together instead of really felt emotionally connected.

I also like the supernatural dreamlike feel to some parts of this story, it felt at times as if Martin was stuck in a nightmare trying to get his soul. I thought this was well written and showed a lot more to Martin’s personality as well as at times made you really feel for him, but there were also times when you don’t want to like him all. This contrast in personality made Martin a well-developed character.

The end was very surprising and unexpected, but not at all disappointing…In fact, I liked the ending and wished for more… Would there be a return of the Ravens? Who knows. But this is well worth a read if you like: thrillers with a supernatural twist and a lot of mystery driven by the many interesting and different characters.

Link

 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ravens-Gathering-Graeme-Cumming-ebook/dp/B00AGIDQA2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537681393&sr=8-1&keywords=ravens+gathering

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Lost Letters: Emotional Short fiction Story by Katrina Hart.

Lost Letters

I stood with my regiment looking out at the big sea. The waves jolted us in all direction, the wind hissed like happy whistles of my fellow soldiers when we heard we were going home.

I looked at my friends, heroes the lot of them, but if you asked anyone of these men they would say: it was their duty to protect their families and everyone elses’ from death, bloodshed and the horror of having to kill a fellow-man. No matter which side they stood on, they were just men with families trying to protect their world.

How many of us would look at our hands and need to blink? We all had blood of innocent men dripping from our fingers, the men who were forced into believing they  were fighting for their country. Did any of us really want to kill a fellow-man just because he was in a different uniform than ours? He was someone’s son, husband or father.

I dug into my jacket and pulled out a photo of my beloved little girl Rose holding her mother’s hand. Their eyes sparkled as they stood outside our house. Rose was growing up fast; her blond curly hairs mirrored her mothers’ and her green eyes resembled mine. I couldn’t wait to hold her, to tell her that her father was home now. My wife Vivian would be so surprised to see me come up the drive, every letter she’d written to me were accompanied by her tears. All she wanted was for me to return back home.

I tucked the photo back inside my pocket and joined others to eat, to share our thoughts of going home, even though I secretly feared that my wife and daughter would not look at me the same, would they see the blood on my hands? Would my little Rose remember me for rocking her to sleep or would she imagine the gruesome scenes of her father fighting and killing others.

But today was a good day, I told myself smoothing the darker thoughts. We were going home. Young Jimmy pulled out the letter from his girlfriend; he wanted to marry her as soon as he got home. We all sat and listened to him read aloud:

Dearest Jimmy, I miss you my love, all of us miss you, mother sends her love and every day I send prayers for your safe return, so we can start our lives together. I’m trying not to listen to the news because I fear that you’ll not return home. But father reminds me that you’re strong, a hero and you’ll come back to me, maybe get a medal for being so brave and keeping all of us safe. Love Mable.

I grinned as Jimmy whispers the last part and sat down. I was so happy that he would get to marry his girl and see his mother again. I rolled my eyes at the mention of a medal, no medal would ever be enough to take away the pain of all I’ve seen or the memories I’ve missed with my wife and daughter.

The air smelled smoky as other men pull out their letters from home and read to themselves. I could see the borders of home now and my heart was jumping with excitement, but I don’t share this with the others, instead I looked at the sky thick with smog and dark clouds and wondered if Vivian was really truthful that Rose’s first words were ‘Daddy’ or was she just trying to make me happy?

“William, come sing with us,” Jimmy poked me in the arm, we always sang together to keep everyone’s minds off the day’s events. I took my place at the railing next to Jimmy as he began to sing… “We’re going home, now our time is done; we will see our wives, daughters and sons…”

I was about to sing my part with everyone else when I heard a crackling noise, then a big boom! We were all on the ground; so many letters from loved ones flew off the edge of the ship as it began to sink. I tried to hold on to Rose and Vivian’s photo, but they slipped into the big sea as the ship disappeared, and left behind nothing but lost letters filled with tears and fears and love.

The End.

 

 

 

My Review of The Crack of Evil by Tayler Macneill.

My Review of

The Crack of Evil by Tayler Macneill.

Well, I couldn’t put down The Crack of Evil from the first chapter, so spent half my dentist’s visit and a night reading through the chapters to find out what would happen to Derek, Cindy, Brandy, and Ben. I loved that they all had interesting fears which really drives this story into scary, strange and terrifying corners. I also loved how at times you wondered what just happened? Did it really happen or was it just an illusion? I’m so glad I came across this book by chance when having a little look at the author’s website. I will have to read Tayler’s other books as this one has become one of my one favourite supernatural horrors.

The story itself follows Brandy, Derek, Ben, and Cindy after they moved into an old and creepy apartment. Their landlord tells them the history of the apartment creates character. But how much character this apartment has the four roommates found out soon after a presence starts causing them harm. Derek pulls out an Ouija board and suggests they throw a party and ask the presence what it wants. But does the presence want something dark and sinister? Is there more than one spiritual presence toying with the roommates’ lives? Will there be deaths after the Ouija board helped the roommate make contact with the unseen? You must read this book and find out.

I really liked all the characters in this book, they all carried around guilt and fear which made them perfect to be toyed with and tortured. I also loved the friendship between the friends, they worked together and didn’t want to leave each other behind. I think this really helped with the emotions within the story because you could feel their pain when one was targeted or hurt.

I liked the many worlds or slips between reality and their apartment because each one was nail-biting, but Tayler does an amazing job at first creating some beautiful scenes and then making readers realize they are not as beautiful as they appear, in fact, they are dark and sinister with horror awaiting the roommates at every corner.

This book also keeps you wondering and guessing until the very end, although the end is gratifying and brings the story full circle… I hope there is a sequel. If one is published I will be reading it for sure.

If you love supernatural Horror or Sci-fi, you won’t want to put this book down until the end.

Link

Amazon UK: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crack-Evil-Sinister-eyes-will-ebook/dp/B07H3JQKGZ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537450368&sr=8-1&keywords=Crack+of+evil

Amazon US:

 https://www.amazon.com/Crack-Evil-Sinister-eyes-will-ebook/dp/B07H3JQKGZ/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537450455&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=Creck+of+evil

 

Cover Reveal: The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North.

Cover Reveal

The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North.

Publisher: Transworld, Penguin.

Blurb:

‘I thought she was our friend. I thought she was trying to help us.’

After the sudden death of her husband, Tess Clarke is drowning in grief. All she has left is her son, Jamie, and she’ll do anything to protect him – but she’s struggling to cope.

When grief counsellor Shelley knocks on their door, everything changes. Shelley is beautiful, confident and takes control when Tess can’t bear to face the outside world.

But when questions arise over her husband’s death and strange things start to happen, Tess begins to suspect that Shelley may have an ulterior motive. Tess knows she must do everything she can to keep Jamie safe – but who can she trust?

 

Author Bio

 Lauren writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation.

Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside. Readers can follow Lauren on Twitter @Lauren_C_North and Facebook @LaurenNorthAuthor

Social media:

Twitter

@Lauren_C_North@TransworldBooks;

Facebook

@LaurenNorthAuthor

Amazon link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Betrayal-Lauren-North-ebook/dp/B07DRXZLS8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536684696&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Perfect+Betrayal

My Review of One Last Dance by Linda Weaver Clarke.

My Review

of

One Last Dance by Linda Weaver Clarke.

 I’ve read a few books by Linda Weaver Clarke. One Last Dance was another great read. One thing that always keeps me reading this author’s books is her characters; they are engaging, funny and passionate. I especially liked Mr. Adams’ character as he was both witty and charming with an air of mystery about him.

The story itself follows Felicity as she returns home to look after her mother when her father passed away. She is curious of her mother’s odd behaviour as she is convinced that someone broke into her home, not only that but also her mother has become close friend to the mysterious Mr. Adams living next door. But after Felicity starts reading her father’s old journal she discovers that there might be a reason for someone to want to break into her mother’s home after all. But who? And why did Mr Adams take such an interest in helping her mother? Is he truly a friend or is there something that he is hiding Read this historical romance to find out.

I was impressed by Felicity’s character, she was a strong woman who had seen some of the world, only to end up back home where everything feels different. But her fun and adventurous personality has her following her father’s clues until the very end. She is not one to let anyone lead her or her family astray.

I liked the quirky bond between Mr Adams and Felicity, he has her pegged from the start and from the moment they meet you can tell at some point sparks will fly and they will challenge each other’s perspectives on the problem at hand, which made this book rather gripping.

Also, I thought the author did a great job of bringing out that emotional and special feeling of getting to know and remember a loved one through words of a journal.  It was special that Felicity rediscovers her father’s guessing game he played with her inside his journal. It felt emotional.

One Last Dance kept me guessing until the end and left me wanting to read this book all over again.  This one will be a story I’ll read again. So, if you like historical Romance with a mysterious touch and well-developed characters, this book is a must-read.

Link: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dance-Willow-Valley-Historical-Romance-ebook/dp/B07GVNWSP9/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1536784751&sr=8-12&keywords=one+last+dance+book

 

 

My Review of A Day To Remember by Katharine O’Neil

My Review

of

A Day To Remember by Katharine O’Neil

A Day To Remember can be read in one sitting. The book has a gripping storyline with an ending I didn’t even see coming. I liked the characters in this book, especially Bryony because she has a witty side but vulnerability about her that draws you into wanting to know her story.

The story itself follows Bryony as she’s convinced to see a fortune teller with one of her friends. However, even a non-believer can find herself chilled by the predictions that are thrown her way. Will someone come into Bryony life to save her from someone else with darker motive? Or are the words of a fortune teller not all they seem to be? Read this novella to find out.

I also liked the premise of Bryony’s job of catching crocked cowboys and how this helps the readers to slowly learn about Bryony’s past and her desires for the future. Especially when it comes to Georgia. The author Katharine does a great job at showing the differences in her characters’ emotional sides and motives behind their actions.

I also felt that Tara was an interesting character. Being a daughter of a controlling mother, Tara turns into someone she may not have been if she’d had stable support. I found this side of her character very interesting and even though she has done terrible things, I think in some ways her motives are explained well throughout the story.

The book had enough suspense to be a great page turner for a good hour’s read for me and the ending doesn’t disappoint at all and in some ways was rather surprising.

This is a good read for anyone who likes great characters, stories with a romantic twist.  Give this book a read and find out what really happened after Bryony saw the fortune teller.

Amazon Link:

A Day To Remember by Katharine O’Neil.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Day-Remember-Katharine-ONeill-ebook/dp/B07DRL3V42/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536288303&sr=8-1&keywords=A+day+to++remember+book

Summer Round Up and a Winter Mini blog Series Idea.

Summer Round Up and a Winter Mini blog Series Idea.

Well this summer has been quite eventful fun, loving and terrifying all in one. I took a mini break from my blog near the end of June to spend a few weeks with my lovely boyfriend Kshitij, who travelled from Texas during his university break to  spend a few lovely weeks with me.  It was really lovely to see him, and  I smiled so much during our trip.

My two cats Holly and Smokey also loved his visit. Smokey remembered him and was on his lap looking for treats and cuddles and Holly remembered his travel bag and decided to play with it again, why break a visiting habit,  she was thinking. I always find it funny with the cats how they just love him so much and fall into their silly ways like they’ve been playing with him forever and jumping about after their treats .

While enjoying each other’s company and feeling very blessed to be together again after a good while, we cooked for each other—there is no better fun than cooking with flour and chasing Kshitij with it until he too has flour everywhere. We did save enough for the apple crumble though and it was very tasty. He even cooked a dish for me called Quesadillas , which is now my favourite thing ever…

We had fun date nights by candle light all dressed up in our date night-clothes and ate Indian food together, with our playlist on in the background, very romantic—- then we danced around the living room looking into each other’s eyes which always feels very magical to me.

We took turns in picking movies and watching them curled up together, me sometimes falling asleep—Well movies can have that effect on me. We even visited the barns near mine and Hillside and fed baby lambs and petted horses, goats, donkeys and sheep. Animals have such a lovely way about them and a real calming effect on me so I really liked spending a little time  with them. My mum even enjoyed Hillside and thought what a gentleman Kshitij was carrying her bags.

We had many little adventures over the summer together and even got creative and made each other a decorative art creature . But time flew so fast and all too soon it was time for me to meet his brother for the first time— I was a bit shy as we’d never met, but he was lovely and enjoyed feeding lambs too. It was nice to get to know one of his family members.

A day after it was time to say until next time—It’s the worst feeling knowing the person you love is leaving for a while and I knew I’d miss him a lot. But I was also really happy for him as he was going to spend the last week in the UK with his brother. So, with tears in my eyes I waved them off and spent a few days reminiscing about the time we’d spent together.

Then the next day after he’d gone, I went to our local shop with my mum to pick up some food and other things. However, I truly wished we’d never left home— while we were there  someone robbed the till by gunpoint, honestly it was so fast I didn’t even know what had happened until we were locked in and the poor cashier was very shaken. I had the worst anxiety attack I’ve had in a while. Luckily no one was hurt, and the person has been caught, but these things can leave emotionally drained and for me I’m still struggling to re-enter that shop without feeling like anxiety attack. But my mum has been back down there.

I was very blessed that my boyfriend travelled all the way back for couple of days to try and support me through the stressful feelings, he was a true rock. Also, I couldn’t have asked for nicer friends who were very supportive as well and I feel very blessed to have you all in my life.  But it has taken me a while to catch up on writing, my blog and participating in writing groups and sometimes I feel a bit like the months have sped by.

My boyfriend then returned to India to visit his family and while there his parents Skyped with me. It was a real pleasure to meet them both and they were two very lovely happy people, and his cousins were lovely too.

Now it’s time for me to try and catch up on my writing and I’ve already started catching up with my reading starting with Class of 2008 click to read my review.

But also, I’m hoping to do a mini blog series leading up to Christmas— So the idea is pick up a photo related to Christmas or of the people or things that bring love in your life, be it a pet, partner etc… Write me a little post about the moment captured in the picture in around 500 words. Of course, I’ll add the web links and a short bio of your book into the post as well. So, if anyone wants to take part let me know.

Well I think it has been enough excitement for me this summer. Honestly, I’ll be glad when the winter months settle in. I can snuggle with my laptop and a cup of hot chocolate and just write, read and watch my silly cats chase each other around

So how was your summer? Have you been writing or done anything exciting? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

Happy writing and all the best with whatever you’ve all been up to this summer.

Best wishes Katrina x