September 2013 Archive

Hellbound

(Another side note: I’m incredibly swamped with reviews. I still take them, but please be aware that it will take me MONTHS to get to your book. I have a very long list as well as a full-time job and I just can’t crank them out any faster. 🙂 I’m doing the best I can!)

13554828by: Su Halfwerk

Pages: 94

Published: February 2012 by Double Dragon Publishing

ASIN: B0077CTWW6

From Goodreads: Bart is a greedy morgue attendant with money on his mind. He gets more than what he bargains for when he chances upon a pain-letter, one he must pass on or bear the consequences of his inaction.

Stan is a chiseler, a fake medium, preying on his unsuspecting clients’ earnings through bogus channeling sessions. When he meets mysterious Joanna Stark, he believes her promises of powers beyond his comprehension, powers blessed by the Netherworld.

Jenna gives up her old life and career to settle down as Troy’s loving wife. He is a God-fearing man who will consent only to marriage. Except fate maps a different ending to their love story, a conclusion that takes them both down and never up again.

Bart, Stan, and Jenna are destined to go on a long and abominable journey that sinks them below their expectations and forces them to endure pain and anguish beyond their worst nightmares.

On the paths leading to the depths of Hell, their sins don’t matter!

 

Whoa. This book… wow. If you are in the least bit squirmish, this may not be the book for you. I consider myself to have a strong stomach, and this book was almost too much for me to handle. It’s incredibly detailed and graphic. That being said, I can say that it was excellently written. If your tastes lean more toward the demonic and creepy, then you will definitely enjoy this book! There are three short stories and each one follows a different person or group. I did find it very fascinating. I’m not someone who even gets scared of horror movies and this book had me thinking about it long after I was done reading and I was scared of the nightmares it would bring. This might be the perfect book if you’re looking for something to get you into the mood for Halloween. I admire the author’s creativity and approach and I can honestly say I’ve never read a book like this before. I can also say it was a bit of a shock when I read it because the book I’d just finished before had been a clean YA novel. 🙂 I did enjoy it though and recommend it for anyone looking for something dark. Maybe I’m not just as much of a horror fan as some other people, but this was definitely new for me.

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

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All in the Mind

( Just a side note before I begin this review: All of my reviews have been deleted from Amazon. I’m working on a way to fix this. I do plan to try and publish all reviews on there again. I will continue reviewing and taking submissions, they can’t take this blog away from me. 🙂 And I will continue to post on Goodreads. Amazon is just on the warpath right now and since I’m also an editor and have personally known a few of the authors I’ve reviewed, I think they think I’m a bad person. I will be fighting back though. 🙂 )

 

16116139by: Jenny Twist

Pages: 176

Published: October 29th 2012 by Melange Books

ISBN: 9781612354958

From Goodreads: Tilly wakes up in the dark, alone and very frightened. She finds she is in a strange room inexplicably furnished in 1940s style. However did she get here? Has she somehow slipped into the past? Has she been kidnapped? Of one thing she is absolutely certain, she has never seen this place in her life before.

All in the Mind is a fascinating tale exploring the human capacity to overcome any obstacle, no matter how great, as long as you believe you can.
Tilly is part of an experiment working on a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. She and most of the other patients taking part in the experiment seem to make a full recovery, but there is a strange side effect.
Tilly and her fellow experimental subjects appear to be getting younger.
Can the same experiment be repeated for Tilly’s beloved husband so that he can recover from a stroke? Tilly thinks it can and she will move heaven and earth to make sure it happens.
A charming and thought-provoking story full of reminiscences of a bygone age, All in the Mind also deals with the dilemmas posed by new developments in a society whose culture is geared to the idea that the natural span of a human life is three-score years and ten.

 

This book was awesome. I found it incredibly interesting. It seems like something that could actually happen and I’ve always been interested in psychological things. There is also so much emotion weaved into everything. It truly sucked me and kept me wanting to turn the pages. The hero and heroine are so sweet. It’s exactly the kind of relationship we all hope for and it’s so refreshing to see a couple that’s older that is so in love. I loved the concept behind this and I loved being able to see all of the ways that they went about treating this disease. If only this were a true story! Trust me when I say this is a powerful read.  Clear your schedule for a day and read this! You won’t regret it. I read it in one sitting and that didn’t take anything away from the beauty of it. This is exactly the kind of read I was looking for because it is so unique. It also gives an interesting insight into the minds of people who lived during this time period. If you’re looking for something new and exciting to read, give this a shot. 🙂

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

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Solomon’s Compass

17697175by: Carol Kilgore

Pages: 352

Published: 2013 by CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781481850

From Goodreads: A missing belt—her uncle’s prized possession. The lure of buried treasure. And a sexy former SEAL who makes U.S. Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell crazy. What more could any woman want. Right?

Taylor is on a quest to unearth her uncle’s buried treasure—a journey so far out of the realm of her real life she can barely fathom it. There’s one other minor glitch. Taylor’s certain the buried treasure was all in Uncle Randy’s dementia-riddled mind. Now he’s dead.

All the same, Taylor is in Rock Harbor, Texas, to settle her uncle’s estate, including following his directions to the treasure. When someone tries to kill her, Taylor’s quest becomes personal. She tosses Randy’s official cause of death—Drowning Due to Accident—out the window and starts looking at his Rock Harbor acquaintances. Could Randy’s treasure be real?

Jake Solomon is in Rock Harbor under false pretenses. He loathes the charade dictated by his father’s plan to protect Taylor Campbell. But Jake will do what it takes to protect Taylor from the fate that befell her uncle and the other members of a tight circle of Coast Guardsmen called the Compass Points who served together on Point boats in Vietnam.

Due to the danger involved, Jake’s dad has ordered him not to become involved with Taylor. Disobeying his father was Jake’s first mistake.

Taylor is attracted to Jake as well, but she refuses to wait for Jake to locate the killer when she knows her plan will force her uncle’s murderer into action.

But the killer’s actions are just what Jake is afraid of.

 

This book is honestly not something I ever would’ve thought to pick up on my own. I found it incredibly interesting though. These characters are very complex and that makes the story so much more interesting. I was never entirely sure where the story was going to lead next and that made me not want to put the book down. I would highly recommend this book to people who are big fans of mystery. I normally find myself zoning out when a book goes into a huge amount of backstory, but that wasn’t the case at all for me with this novel. I was interested in everything every character had to say. I thought the love story was kind of interesting too. It didn’t seem like the normal kind you read about. These characters felt real to me, it didn’t feel like they were in the kind of world that could never exist in real life. I really did enjoy this story and I think it would be great for readers who are looking for something that will keep them on the edge of their seat that’s a little bit different from most of what’s out there. 🙂

Cupcakes: Romantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseRomantic Suspense

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