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Book Review: Blood Relic – Lucretia Stanhope @DianaS58

Alice had been clear. She did not want to be used by the PPK’s military. She detested the part of herself capable of killing. She would not be their killer. But when witches started showing up, used and tossed aside, something had to be done. reviewThere was talk of an ancient magic, blood relics, and in order to stop the body count continuing to rise there was no choice but to act. Can her own special magic lure out those responsible, and is she prepared to deal with the consequences? One thing is for certain, this mission has only one guarantee. From this day forth, nothing will be the same again.

I absolutely adored Lucretia Stanhope’s Blood Relic. I somehow missed a book, something I intend to rectify, but regardless of this it works brilliantly as stand alone. I loved the complicated relationships that were penned with such passion and expertise they reach into you. Something so simple, can send butterflies through your stomach as you read. Danger lurks at every corner, and passion runs high. Threat, fear, and a drive to succeed push Alice through life-threatening encounters on a journey of self discovery and acceptance. This is a must-read for lovers of supernatural. The romance and passion will set your heart aflutter while the danger leaves you clinging to the edge of your seat.

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How many books have you read today?

Hi everyone.

Anyone who follows me will have just seen a large influx of book reviews. Sadly, I haven’t conjured a small pocket dimension where I can sit and read while no time passes in the real world. I am still working on it though.

As a Readers’ Favorite reviewer, I am often given ARC copies of books. For books not yet on the shelf I often draft a post for when the books get published. As things were a bit hectic last year with the death of my Nan, I didn’t keep track on Amazon as to whether a book I had read had been released. Since I have a few moments today I thought I would just check and attach links to all the reviews and get them out there.

Think of it as my own version of spring cleaning.

I still have a few books in my drafts waiting for release, and look forward to sharing them with you later.

All the best, and keep reading x

 

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Book review: Mo Robinson – Game of Twins

Suzanne Delacroix was born to investigate homicide. She excelled through the ranks of the police force reviewby her own merit and was dubbed the Tigress. She had only been sick once before, during one horrific night at a frat party, but the triple murder of the Monroe twins and their mother brought that night back to the forefront of her mind. Her reaction was so intense she handed in her resignation and fled to the beach for some solitude. But she couldn’t stay away for long, the murder gnawed at her, and soon she finds herself drawn back, uncovering links and secrets she would have never imagined.

Mo Robinson brings lovers of murder, mystery and paranormal something to really sink their teeth into in their thrilling and enticing book, Game of Twins. With each chapter being clearly labelled with the date and correlation to critical events navigating a complex timeline spanning many years is made surprisingly easy. Packed with action, adventure, murder, sex, mystery, and a game spanning back decades. Mia and Suzanne make some brilliant lead characters, well developed and rounded they each find themselves pursuing the truth, a truth which leads them to unexpected revelations and their supporting cast not only enhance their characters, but bring their own something special to events, be it antagonism, doubt, difficulties, or support. There is so much to love about this book, from vivid scene setting, to the delicate threads of character plot, history, and settings woven throughout. This really is a well-rounded and tight story. From the very start to the final page you’ll find yourself gripped by this immersive and well-constructed story.

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Book review: Jeff Altabef – Devil’s Den (@JeffAltabef ) 5star

Steve’s mother saw demons, and now he does too. Returning home in the hope to reviewdiscover answers he soon finds himself on a mission that will bring him closer to the truth than he could imagine. He has spent years battling demons, both figurative and literal ones, but he finally came home, only to receive an almost perfectly timed plea for help. His ex’s daughter, Megan, has been abducted, and lacking the funds to pay the police she reaches desperately to the one person she thinks could be of help. He will move Heaven and Hell to see it through, better yet, they should know their place and step aside. Nothing will stop him, not the demons who hunt him, not his doubts, not even the fact his enemies seem to remain one step ahead of him. Megan is just another number in a string of disappearances orchestrated by The Farm, they brainwash their subjects into compliance and preach religion, but their agenda is a little more sinister.

Devil’s Den is the first book in Jeff Altabef’s, A Nephilim Thriller and what a first book it is. You’re immediately pulled into the distorted world of Steven, a place of political hierarchy, districts and, of course, demons. You can’t help but love Steve’s no nonsense attitude. Tempered by life and experiences he is a firm believer in actions speaking louder than words, especially when said actions make people confess, and he had the stomach and the attitude needed to get things done. Nothing and no one will stop him. Devil’s Den possesses an intensely gripping narrative with vivid descriptions, striking characters, and a plot that sinks its claws so deep you may end up scarred for life. It is impossible to put down, you just have to know what is happening, you need to see the bigger picture, and when you do you may wish you’d had the foresight to avert your gaze.

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Book review: Robert E Kreig, The Brides of Woodmyst (@robertekreig )

The ascension of the Magi, as prophesied, came to pass, and word is spreading quickly, reviewtoo quickly. War grips the land, innocents are being slaughtered, and against her every wish Alice must remain, and work on the bonds with her new sisters in magic, letting countless suffer. But this is but one of the many sacrifices needed if any hope of victory is possible in this time of darkness. The enemies are many, and their own numbers are few. But just as life, death, earth, and sky must live alongside each other, the four with their newly awakened powers must find balance within themselves, but one is not amongst them. It is known, on occasion for one of the four to seek dominion over the others, when that occurs it falls to those who remain to rein it back and restore order, but with other forces at play this may not prove easy. There are prices to be paid, war is waged, and despite everything they think they know, they may still be blind to the real threat.

Having red book five and six of the of The Woodmyst Chronicles I was really excited to get my hands on number seven, The Brides of Woodmyst. I have come to expect a certain flair from the author Robert E Kreig, and he continues to deliver in his latest addition to the series. Robert E Kreig provides an elegant balance of history, description, dialogue, world building, and character development that work flawlessly with the intricately designed and ever-advancing plot. Once again we are delivered a vivid and interesting cast of characters. Trials and hardship stand before them, and they must rise against them, lest they be crushed. I never fail to be captivated by his writing style, imaginative descriptions, brilliant scene settings and a forever raising stake. Things for Alice began so simply, but things were never easy, but to see her claw her way to where she now stands is amazing, and she is not alone is such growth. This is one book where the characters, events, and plot all drive the reader forward making it impossible to put down.

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Book review: Diane May – EVO (@DianeMayWriter )

Marchiori had seen more than his fair share of murders, in his job it was to be expected. reviewBut never before had he seen anything like this. With all the markings of a rapidly escalating serial killer time is of the essence. And with the latest turn, the killer himself has given them a deadline with a very clear threat against one of their own. The problem is, he never touches his victims, he leaves no evidence, except for the pen drive showing him killing in the most terrifying way, hypnosis. There is more to this than meets the eye, an entire thread of things way beyond his pay grade, secret experiments, dastardly research, and the most terrifying threat humanity has to face. Luckily he is not alone, but every second is one closer to the final toll for all but a few.

Diane May’s EVO possesses some amazingly developed, realistic, and deep characters enhancing the plot of this engrossing murder mystery. But this is not your simple who done it, an intricate web of lies, secrets, and experiments give the fascinating tale a supercharge. With a serial killer at large, mass genocide on the cards, and the CIA’s experimental children danger emanates from every page and I was hooked from the beginning, the vivid descriptions and portrayal of emotion are well crafted and flow seamlessly, feeding and stimulating the reader’s imaginations. Filled with complex relationships, doubts, secrets, agendas, lies, and dangerous revelations this is guaranteed not to leave you wanting in any area, a must read for lovers of the genre or those seeking something with a little more to offer.

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Book review: Michael Pronko – The Moving Blade (@pronkomichael )

Jamie hadn’t seen her father, Bernard Mattson, for years, they had drifted apart, but it reviewhad been about to change, they had planned to reunite, but then his murder put a stop to the plan. But murder is not the only thing she finds in his wake, a robbery on the day of his funeral suggests there may be more to the murder of the renowned diplomat. Jamie is eager to discover the truth about what befell her father, on the case is Detective Hiroshi Shimizu, along with his motley crew of ex-sumo wrestlers, rugby players, and Private investigators. With nothing but a wiped computer, stolen statues, and erotic prints it seems an impossible task. But the body count is rising and answers are demanded. Can they uncover the truth before more people fall to the blade?

Culturally rich and seductively compelling The Moving Blade is a must read for lover of murder mystery and crime fiction fans. Great attention to detail in both setting, lifestyle, and characters has been applied to create an atmospheric, tense, and engaging read which is further enhanced by Michael Pronko’s skilled narrative. Plots, protests, questions, and secrets fill the pages and drive the reader forward through the engaging and well constructed plot. The characters are rich, deep, and vibrant, each with their own very distinctive rules, personality, relationships, and objectives. I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this, and it gets something I save only for those special books I really connect with, my heartfelt recommendation. Whether you’re looking for a suspenseful and engaging read, or just something to pass the hours you should give The Moving Blade a try.

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Top book review blogs 2019

Greetings everyone.

Awesome news. My blog, K.J’s Athenaeum, is included in the 2019 top review blogs! I am truly honoured to be included in this list.

As you may know, I am never without a book in hand, and a majority of the time these are books published by indie authors. I always work hard to provide spoiler free and engaging reviews of the books I have read.

The Ranked blogs’ list is created by User Generated Content, so if you run a blog or know someone who does, why not recommend them for the appropriate category? It’s also a great tool to find people with similar interests and build your community.

While you’re there, if you’ve been enjoying my reviews I would be really grateful if you’d vote for my blog in the top book review blogs category, you can get there by clicking on the button below. You can also find numerous other book review blogs that may pique your interest. 

Let’s get K.J’s Athenaeum on the map, and extend the reach of indie books.

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Book review: Truly Unfortunate -CA King (@PortalProphecy )

Truly has been having a run of bad luck. Each month is a struggle to make rent and pay reviewfor her psychiatrist. Her childhood memories have been forgotten, but within there lies a dark secret. One her psychiatrist is determined to reveal. When people around Truly start dying in mysterious ways Jeff and Miranda are called to action. Whilst they seem to be nothing more than accidents, Jeff’s gut tells him there are more to these deaths than there seems. Each of the victims had been told their fortune before meeting their end. Jeff had seen something like this before. Little did he know that starting down this path would change his future forever.

Truly Unfortunate is the first book in CA King’s Welcome to Knollville. I have read a few books by this author, and intend to continue to do so in the future. CA King never fails to keep the reader entertained. Great scene setting, character development, and attention to detail will drive the reader forward, rooting for the characters and hoping to see if and how Truly can turn her life around without giving in to the horrific demands being made of her. Discovery, hardship, and perseverance fill this supernatural tale and marks the start of what promises to be a gripping and engaging series.

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Book review: The Ancient Order – JB Michaels

When thirty legionaries and a priest go missing following a request for information on reviewthe Christian God, and this new religion, what is to be done? Simple, you send Magnus, proven and respected warrior, to investigate. His journey leads him to an unsettling discovery, where an impossible show of brute force is just the start of his unsettling discoveries. With the introduction of the new religion by the Romans there are those who hold the old ways close, so close there is nothing they won’t resort to in order to ensure their ways live, even if that means a brutal killing spree of not only those embracing the new ways, but the innocent as well. Something needs to be done to not only protect those of this time, but to aid the generations who will follow.

The Ancient Order is the prequel to the Bud Hutchins Supernatural Thrillers Series. JB Michaels has created this short novella as a means to explain how the Order referenced and integral to the later books in the series is first formed. It fills in the background history, while providing an interesting adventure you can’t help but be pulled into. Conflict, suspicion, and mistrust fill the air as ancient threats rise and a clash between old ways and new seems the only means to obtain a victory. It was great watching the forming of this union, the foundation of what becomes a cornerstone of supernatural protection in the future. I liked the main characters, who were enhanced by those playing a more supporting role. JB Michaels has certainly added another perspective to his later books in the series, and his writing style continues to hold its audience captive.

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