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Book review: Jessica Dazzo – Super Me (@JessicaDazzo )

Faye had never felt like an ordinary teenager, but on her seventeenth birthday she reviewbegan to feel even more like an outcast. All her life she had worked, scrimped and saved every penny after paying the bills and buying the groceries for her and her mother. She never went out, brought new boots, or had much fun, all so she could buy herself a car and no longer had to take the bus to school and work. The day finally came to use it, and it was that day everything started. Humiliated by the actions of her brave new self she speeds away, destroys the car, but more concerning, she’s now seeing and hearing things that just aren’t there. Then there’s the string of obsessive boyfriends around her mother and her own confusion about the new people entering her life. Faye is a teenager all right, but she is about to discover she is so much more.

Super Me by Jessica Dazzo is probably best classed as a paranormal point horror book. Faye is a stubborn, determined character with the emotional ups and downs expected from the average teenager. Drama, questions, suspense, and a touch of the paranormal come together to form a young adult read that will keep you turning page after page until you get the answers you seek, why is Faye seeing and hearing these things, what secret is Lucan guarding, and why is she having a reoccurring nightmare? With a cast of believable characters, settings, and happenings you’ll be sure to enjoy watching events unfold. As the first book in the series it offers enough intrigue to tempt readers into picking up the next book when it is available.

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Book review: Joey Paul – Dying Thoughts – Sixth Change (@MsJoeyBug )

Tara’s life had been full of change. She was nearly an adult now, she was willingly reviewattending higher education, she had friends, a goal, but there were a few things she could not change, her gift to see a dying person’s last moments, and the toll Adam’s actions and her past experiences had taken on her. Now, at college, she finds herself once more faced with horror as members of her social circle are drugged and abducted, barely escaping. It takes her to a place in her mind she would rather not be, a place she must willingly venture if she is to uncover the ones responsible. The abductor’s game is evolving, but so too is Tara’s gift. Can she overcome her fears and learn what she must before something even more terrible happens?

I have read every book in this series to date, and I have to say they just keep getting better. The Dying Thoughts series is easily one of the best examples of the first-person narrative I have ever encountered, and just as Tara ages from book one to six, so too does her monologue, and outlook, something clearly reflected in the ever-maturing voice written by Joey Paul. Trouble seems to find Tara everywhere and book six is no exception. New friends, new troubles, and new visions await, and the clock is ticking. This is an amazing series, but the books also work well as stand-alone, anything you need to know is skilfully recapped, and you’ll find it hard not to be pulled along with the vivid and unique characters who drive this adventure.

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Book review: Kia Carrington-Russell -The Shadow Minds Journal(@kia_crystal ‏ )

The days were fine, with seven demons contracted to her Vivian had their forms and reviewtheir knowledge at her disposal. She could hold her own against most, except perhaps a choice few. Lord Haymen was one of those she wouldn’t cross, besides, she was his to command thanks to her somewhat unwilling rebirth into the world of demons, angels and demon hunters. It was the nights she had to fear. In the night there were dreams, and through the dreams, demons came for her, but in the world of slumber she had no powers at her disposal. She could only run, run, hide, and hope she wasn’t worn down enough for them to take her over. It was something all those in her line of work feared, but she had more cause than most, unknown to anyone she’d had those dreams long before her rebirth, and she feared what this could mean. Another curse plagues her, she has desires that need sating, but anyone she takes as a lover ends up dead within three days, but her latest conquest brought with him serious consequences, and opened up the perfect excuse for Haymen’s enemies to get closer.

Kia Carrington-Russell’s The Shadow Minds Journal is a fast paced, tense, gripping adventure of lust, discovery, terror, hatred, tolerance, and power plays. Vivian finds herself caught between three powerful forces, Haymen, the angel of war, and the creatures who hunt her from the shadows. Being well written in alternating first person narrative, with each chapter header making clear whose perspective you are reading, adds to the up close and personal feel captured by this supernatural tale. There are graphic descriptions, atmospheric scenes, and excellent examples of building tension. As a reader it is impossible not to want to uncover the mystery behind Vivian and the powers she possesses, not to mention see how the growing relationships between characters will change form one moment to the next. A involved and inspired read that is certain to please lovers of the genre.

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Book review: Lucretia Stanhope, Feral (@DianaS58 )

Alice was a hybrid, a mixture of three things that should not have come to be. As such, reviewthe reactions she received were also mixed. To her the PPK was a prison, she was trained, praised, but ultimately trapped. Until Maxwell decided it was time she put her ambassador status to use and went on her first mission with her knew partner, a lone alpha known as Amarok. Three wolves have gone missing from a pack, that is concerning enough, but both Alice and Amarok have the same uneasy feeling. There is more going on than they could imagine. Their cover to the pack was husband and wife, but both of them have issues with trust, can they uncover the truth before secrets tear them apart? The deeper they dig, the more likely it becomes that whoever is doing this has inside help, and when the stakes are upped, the time to find answers begins to run out. The hunt is on, but are the wolves predator or prey?

I really enjoyed watching the slow build of the forming relationship between Alice and Amarok. The cover of being husband and wife was a perfect ploy to have them lower their defences with each other. While this is book two, it works perfectly as stand alone. The main characters are strong and well developed, and there is enough mystery to have you forming your own opinion about who is responsible and their motivations. A fun read, with a promise of more excitement to follow in future books as Alice tries to discover her place.

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Book review: The Foreseen by Emma Coray (@EmmCoray )

Jodie has suffered at the hands of her husband, Jack,  to the point she was merely a tool reviewto his daily life, a set routine, a strict diet regime of what to make and when, and if any of her spirit returned he disciplined her. But he had taken it too far. His actions had been witnessed by Barry, the owner of a dry cleaner, who stepped in to rescue her from his violent hand, and hid her away. But Jack had be in control. Barry’s intervention  had landed him in hospital, and cost him his wife, and he would pay. His scheme to dispose of the disaster’s catalyst backfires, almost costing him his job, and further stoking the rage. All the while, Jodie begins to rediscover herself, her passions, and finally takes a job, safe in the knowledge she is hidden from her husband’s brutal hand. While she is focused on surviving, and entering a new relationship, her son, CJ, is being haunted by the ghosts of his friends. It seems they still have unfinished business, and CJ is convinced the wrong person has been arrested for their murder. They still have work to do, but is their mission to bring the one who killed them to justice, or is there another agenda? Find out in The Foreseen by Emma Coray.

The main focus of The Foreseen is on Jodie and Jack, along with the events surrounding her leaving him. From rage and violence to infidelity and murder, this is certainly a suspenseful read. The paranormal element is more subtle and for the  most part revolves around CJ, although the forces at play have a way of knowing where and how they are needed most. Their subtle acts make huge differences, especially in life and death situations. Emma Coray’s narrative is intensely gripping and supported by a tight plot and a small cast of excellently developed characters. Whilst it is the sequel to Struck, I found it worked well on its own, any important information is filled in if it is relevant. Even without the paranormal aspect it is an engrossing read, it’s so nice to find a book that doesn’t feel the need to overuse such things when subtly works as well if not better. The Foreseen is an intense and gripping read that left me feeling a bit lost when I finally read that last page and had to  return to reality.

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Book review: Hunting Shadows by Rain Oxford

Astrid had been missing for some time now, with no sign of being found. More reviewconcerning was that others were disappearing too, something brought to Rory’s by Cody, her ex. Normally Astrid took care of problems involving paranormal, but with her disappearance there was no one else he could turn to, except for the rouge barkeeper. A letter to Astrid asking for help detailed a series of missing people with a believed paranormal cause, and Rory had no choice but to take up the investigation in her friend’s stead. Humans could not deal with this kind of thing, and so she finds herself on a mission to discover the truth behind these strange disappearances, but she has never been an investigator, and finds herself almost grateful when someone Logan enters the scene, even if there are things about him she can’t explain. Will they find the reason behind the missing children and discover who or what is behind these abductions before another child vanishes without a trace? Find out in Rain Oxford’s Hunting Shadows.

I have to say, I do enjoy a good paranormal book. I found both Rory and Logan’s character interesting. There is something mysterious about Logan, and it’s clear he’s keeping secrets and knows more than he feels willing to divulge. The conversations and banter between the two characters are enjoyable, as is their quest itself. The two discover they can operate well as a team, and two people who know better than to trust, begin to rely on each other. Rain Oxford writes with a talent for the genre, the story flows seamlessly, taking the reader on a gripping adventure of discovery. This won’t only appeal to paranormal fans, but for those who enjoy a mystery, and there is certainly more than one in need of solving. Great characters, an enjoyable plot, and well-written Hunting Shadows is definitely worth a read.

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Book review: Guardian of the Dead by S.E. Davis

Ariana Dewitt was the product of a teenage pregnancy, born to a child of 14 who had reviewtried to take the life growing within her countless times after being told by her mother she could not abort the baby she had conceived. But it seemed Ariana had a guardian of sorts, and not just preventing her mother’s attempts, but later as a girl she was saved from death by an unfamiliar boy, she got to live on, and a path of fate was carved before her. After her mother was released from the hospital from the stabbing, which should have left Ariana dead, they were forced to stay with her grandmother and strange things started to happen. Ariana was torn from her reality, pulled into a world she had no understanding of. Her grandmother said she had been touched by the spirit of her great grandmother. She too had these visions. Ariana must come to learn what is needed of her, and the power she truly wields, if she hopes to save Betty from an eternity of torture at the hands of the one who had murdered her. But her interference will have consequences, discover what awaits in S.E. Davis’ Guardian of the Dead

Guardian of the Dead is a story of hardship and challenges, friendship and perseverance. We first meet Ariana as a young and confused child raised in a harsh environment, throughout the book we watch her grow and change until she finds the strength needed to not only protect Betty, but others too. A well rounded and suspenseful tale, you will be pulled through the pages and surprised by some of the twists this journey pulls you through. S.E. Davis’ weaves a believable tale in a smooth and easy manner.

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Book review: The Falcon Strikes by Gabrielle Mathieu (@GabrielleAuthor )

Drawn to Ireland in the hope of preventing a repeat of the horrific events in Switzerland, reviewPeppa finds herself on a desperate search for the arms dealer responsible for the devastating toxin. But just as Horus had a nemesis in Seth, so too is there a totem out there with a power and strength as dangerous as her own. While Peppa was hunting for answers, and the elusive Silvia De Pena, she too was being hunted. A surprise gift from a secret admirer warned her just how resourceful her new nemesis was, forcing her to take shelter with her ailing and estranged grandmother. Peppa finds herself amidst the IRA conflict, where even your choice of whiskey can have brutal consequences. Can she stop De Silva before she can peddle her devastating poison?

As we rejoin Peppa be prepared to notice an increasing development in the characters, not only Peppa and her bond with Cora, but we also come to learn more about Silvia De Pena. Having left her love, Peppa makes some difficult choices as she faces perhaps her most dangerous challenges yet. Gabrielle Mathieu writes in the first person narrative, with a talent I have rarely seen applied to this perspective. She has a skill for drawing the reader in, and the descriptive manner of her writing conjures a perfect atmosphere. Set in 1957, the author shows great attention to detail and avoids the common traps authors writing outside a modern timeline fall into. This is a really fantastic series, and although I have read the first book, The Falcon Flies Alone, this book, The Falcon Strikes, could be read as a stand alone, because almost everything you need to know from the previous book is carefully explained as part of the plot. If you’re looking for an insightful, imaginative, gripping read filled with mystery, threat, feuds, revelations, and even a spark of romance, then look no further than this mystifying tale.

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Book review: The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash (@iammichaelokon )

The History Major is a paranormal novella written by Michael Phillip Cash. Amanda reviewGreene awoke awash with confusion, she remembered drinking too much, but not what had happened, nor why she hurt so much. Things seemed to have changed overnight. Trees that were thick and luscious yesterday had succumb to Autumn in the space of a single evening, almost as if a mirror to her own heartache. She and her boyfriends Patrick had fought, and now he was out of her life forever and already she felt lost without him. But this was not all that had changed, her timetable was no longer the one she remembered, her classes had altered, she found herself scheduled for History, something she had wished to avoid, and it seemed no one was willing to correct the mistake. It is said people get trapped in history, and as the doors close and she is forced to her seat these words take on a while new meaning.

I thought Michael Phillip Cash’s way of integrating history with their story was brilliant. We meet Joan of Arc, portrayed in a fashion that is wonderful to read, though I’ll admit to not being much of a history reader, but I found this portrayal fit the style of an urban fantasy book perfectly and reflected exactly what they were attempting to achieve brilliantly.  Lucrezia Borgia and other characters all appear to lend a helping hand in ways you’d never imagine. I was completely enthralled by this story, wondering exactly what had happened, what the dark force stalking her was, and how she came to find herself in this strange situation. I enjoyed it so much I was actually disappointed when it finished, although it finished at the perfect point. This is certainly a griping read, with some unique ideas and philosophical applications. For a fascinating, intriguing read look nor further than The History Major.

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Book review: The Awakening by Michael Timmins

Kathleen had been drawn to Stonehenge, certain she would make the discovery of a reviewlifetime. She had no idea how right she was. Millennia before an ancient war had ended in this very spot. But she shouldn’t have found it, the time had not been right, but her intrusion had started events, and now in motion they will not be stilled. Powers were reborn that had been forgotten. The final act in the war had been one of deception, an escape from death itself. But just as evil did not go unchallenged before nor will it now. The ancient war will begin anew. Those awakening to their powers must learn to control them if they are to take their rightful place.

The awakening is an enjoyable read, and not your typical werewolf book. It is filled with ancient and forgotten  a power in a modern world. You’ll find yourself pulled along for the ride with intriguing characters and enjoyable writing.

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