My Review of Caged: The Clans of Arcadia By Arwen Chandler.

My Review of

Caged: The Clans of Arcadia

By Arwen Chandler.

Caged is the first book I’ve read by this author after coming across the cover on Facebook. I really enjoyed the magic of this story and following the captive faeries, dragons and changelings throughout the book. I also liked that this is a rather quick read packed with emotions and adventures related to a battle and that can be read within three hours or an afternoon in my case. I will have to go back now and read the other two books in the series.

The story itself follows many magical faerie, dragons, and changeling as they try and create peace between the Elusive cult of Bahs. While doing so they discovered a captured fairy who, like her family, was born behind bars, waiting for the day when her powers would be fully drained. A battle takes place, but who will come out alive? You’ll have to read this book to book to find out.

All the characters in this book have their own story and special way about them. Two of my favourite characters were Caderyn and Alurea because their friendship seemed special and I liked how they bonded when they were trapped and helped each other in the best way possible.

I also loved the vivid description that dragged me into the story and helped me imagine every scene and get a sense of what the characters looked like, as well as the wonderful world around them that set the tone for the battles and some heartfelt moments ahead.

Chapters are written through the point of view of different leading characters, which not only helped me connect with the characters, but also revealed a great deal about their goals and feelings throughout their journey.

I thought the author did a great job with the ending; it was emotional, yet magical all at the same time and kept open the possibility of another book in the series. If you like mystical creature and lands laced with battles and dragons this book is for you.

Link:

Caged is free to download on Kindle at the moment.

 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Caged-Clans-Arcadia-Arwen-Chandler-ebook/dp/B07GVR7GDQ

 

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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

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