Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

Anne Rice is back with our favorite vampire Lestat as well as a lot of the characters we have loved since the beginning of the Vampire Chronicles.

Lestat, is as usual, in conflict with most of the vampire tribe and the court. He is still his lovable self. Still struggling with himself, only now he also embodies “the core”.

This book explores the mythos of Atlantis, how it was created and Amel and what part he played in the creation of Atlantis. What is “the core”? Full of ghosts, vampires, aliens and other supernatural beings, I was a bit confused by the middle.

Here is where I almost feel as if I am committing treason! While the first half of the book kept me engaged and I loved seeing more of the characters who I cared about, the second half of the book was disappointing.

For me the going back and changing some of the vampire theories and sticking in Atlantis, and alien beings was just too much. By the end I was more than ready for it to be over!

I will always be a lover of all things Anne Rice and I wish we would have more on the Mayfair Witches one day, I just can’t help feeling let down by this one.

 

Ghost Times Two by Carolyn Hart

A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel

Ghost Times Two (A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel) by [Hart, Carolyn]

Bailey Ruth Raeburn, is dead. As an Emissary with the Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions, a job that requires she visit earth to help people in trouble.

This time the trouble is James/Jimmy. A  young, cocky former newspaper reporter who was also deeply in love with Megan, a young and upcoming attorney in a law firm that she can’t wait to leave. And speaking of leaving, her late boyfriend Jimmy is not leaving.

Bailey’s mission is to get Jimmy to climb those golden stairs to heaven and leave the living alone.But Jimmy is stubborn and when one of the law firm partners is found dead, with Megan on the scene and covered in blood, Jimmy refuses to leave until Megan is cleared and safe.

Wiggins, Bailey’s boss, is a lovely fellow who just wants her to follow the precepts laid out and get the job done. He also knows that sometimes Bailey Ruth has to break a few rules to get the job done. In this case, help Megan and Jimmy solve this case.

Bailey Ruth and her adventures are pure enjoyment. She loves coming back to her old haunts and has even made some new friends who can hear and see her.

Paranormal Cosy Mystery and very likable characters make this a quick and fun read!

HARVEST OF SCORN BY F.G.COTTAM

Harvest of Scorn (A Colony Novel)

KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, AND LOCK THE DOORS!

Harvest of Scorn, A Colony Novel, is the final book in the Trilogy featuring New Hope Island. New Hope Island is located on a desolate island in the Scottish Hebrides  and 200 years ago every one of the colonists living there disappeared. Surrounded by superstition and fear, even the locals won’t go near it. While the living disappeared, the evil that is there has not. And it is getting stronger every day. And hungrier.

Felix Baxter, with the help of architect, Helena Davenport, is banking on his new project, a sort of retreat from the modern world, to bring in the rich and bored, making him richer.

Things start going wrong when they are close to opening. People disappearing, inexplicable breakdowns and very little communication with the outside world, but Felix is greedy and manipulative and really doesn’t care as long as his project gets completed.

When the survivors of the last island trip begin getting signs that the danger on New Hope has not been destroyed as they thought, they know they have little time to finally end this evil once and for all. The last time some of them did not return. But one of them has a promise to fulfill and the others need to be there to successfully do that.

It was so nice to see Ruthie, Phil, Patsy, Rachel and Elizabeth again. It is no secret that I am a huge Cottam fan. No one can scare me like he does!  His writing puts you right in the middle of the story so well, you will have goosebumps!

I can’t believe this is the last of The Colony books. Ruthie is one of my favorite characters. Are we really finished with her? Say it isn’t so!

Let me say that while this is the last book in a Trilogy, you can definitely read it as a stand alone book. He is just that good of a writer. But you really must get the other two.

Very few books really scare the heck out of me but these sure do! I highly recommend all of his books.

THE AUTHOR:

F.G. Cottam is the author of the Colony trilogy, three novels which explore the enduring enigma of New Hope Island, a desolate Hebridean wilderness from which a thriving community abruptly vanished almost 200 years ago.

The series begins with The Colony, continues with Dark Resurrection and concludes with his most recent book, Harvest of Scorn. Atmospherically located, the trilogy focuses on the present-day repercussions of an occult curse inflicted in revenge by a dying sorcerer.

Combining mystery and history in equal parts, and involving an all too human cast of characters, this three-book story is a saga of ambition and betrayal, courage and loyalty, dark magic and terrible secrets slowly uncovered.

Cottam’s paranormal debut The House of Lost Souls won The Children of the Night Award, was a Times Book Club choice and was translated into 16 languages. He is the author of eleven full-length novels, titles among which include The Waiting Room, The Memory of Trees and Brodmaw Bay.

F.G. Cottam

TODAY IS RELEASE DAY FOR THIS BOOK, SO JUMP ON IT PEOPLE!

The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden RELEASE DAY!

It’s release day for this beautiful, moving story!  A Must Read!

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel by [Arden, Katherine]

The story takes us to Northern Rus’.  Where winter is about 8 months long and not everyone survives. At a time when old gods mixed with the new. A tale of bitter, cold winters, long nights huddled by the fire listening to old fairy tales. Tales of Frost, the winter demon. The king of winter who came in the cold, dark night to take the naughty children away.

Marina, wife to Pyotr and mother of his children, wants another child. A daughter, like Marina’s mother. A powerful woman that few really knew but many spoke of. Marina also has some power, but not like her mother and she will have her powerful daughter, even if it means she loses her life.

Vasilisa, a motherless child, is different from her brothers and sister. She sees things. She talks to the small gods of the house, the forest and the lake. She is not afraid of the cold, or the thick forests that surround her home.

When her father takes another wife, one who also has the power of sight, and then a priest of the new gods arrives in the village, Vasilisa’s life and the lives of the entire village will change. As the new gods try to push out the old, something cold and cruel is waiting. Something that needs the powers that Vasilisa has to break free from his prison. Something that needs for the people to forget the old gods.

Will she choose the right path for her? Will she be able to convince her people of what she sees?

This story, based on fairy tales was one of the best things I have read in a long time. For a debut novel, it is an extraordinary. The writing was superb. The descriptions and the characters were all spot on. I’ve already read it twice. Ms. Arden definitely knows how to tell a story and I for one am hoping there are more to come!

When I first saw this book in the Penguin Random House sneak peek at books coming out in 2017, I wanted it. From the cover to the description, I knew I wanted this book. And I was thrilled to receive an ARC copy from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review. Thank You!

Book Release January 10 2017.

 

Listen (Earthen Witch #3) by Sarah Doughty

Listen by Sarah  Doughty
Listen, an Earthen Witch Book #3, continues the story of Aisling Green, who not long ago discovered that she is an Earthen Witch. As she discovers what this means and comes to grips with what she is capable of the Bad people just keep coming.What do they want? Why her powers of course! Not that even she is aware of just how powerful she is.
In Book 3, Liam and Jon have gone missing and Aisling and friends are determined to find them. But battling an unseen evil isn’t that easy and just surviving seems doubtful.Along their peril filled journey, they find unexpected enemies and allies. But fighting Renata will not be an easy task, nor will rescuing her friends. Will they go to war to survive?

Sarah has a gift for writing. Where some authors use an excess of descriptive words, Sarah is able to perfectly convey not only the people and places, but feelings.

I know that there are a lot of fans of the Earthen Witch Series and I’m not spoiling anything for you here. If you haven’t read the first two, please do. You won’t be disappointed!

Sarah has a blog Heartstring Eulogies at   thesarahdoughty.wordpress.com  where she writes amazing poetry and shares her life with us.

You can find Sarah’s other works on Goodreads or here  https://goo.gl/aeLCMm

Sigil (A Tom Regan Thriller) by Aidan J. Reid

Sigil by Aidan J. Reid

This book had a lot of the ingredients that I like in a suspense thriller. Set in Ireland with Father Tom Regan, a parish priest with a love of mysteries and the television show starring Detective Bourbon. He fancies himself something of a sleuth. But living in the small village of Ballygorm there isn’t a lot of sleuthing to be done.

Until a local man is found hanging in Joe Boyd’s barn. Officially listed as a suicide but Fr Regan senses something isn’t right about it and begins to emulate Detective Bourbon, asking questions and checking stories as well as the barn. As things heat up he may well be in danger himself.

Somewhere in Ballygorm the citizens are harboring a killer. And it looks like everyone in the village is keeping their own secrets.

Will Fr.Regan figure out who is telling the truth and find out what evil is lurking in the village? When it comes to murder,no one is exempt. Even a priest. It all came together in the end in a way that left me saying What??

Good character in Regan. Looking forward to more from Mr. Reid.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aidan J. Reid

AIDAN J. REID is a writer and freelance blogger originally from Northern Ireland.

His debut sci-fi thriller, PATHFINDERS, was released on March 1st 2016.

The theme of lucid dreaming as well as what is hidden in the deep, dark subconscious parts of our mind are explored.

A second book – Sigil – was released on June 23rd 2016. It follows the adventure of a Catholic parish priest in a small village in Ireland who suspects that a local suicide has more sinister elements involved.

His short story, Spectrum, can be downloaded for free from his website where he blogs regularly.

Heartborn by Terry Maggert

Heartborn

Book Blurb:

Her guardian angel was pushed.

Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.

His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.

Until Keiron arrives.

In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.

Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.

Review

The book blurb tells you quite a bit about the story to come. This YA/Fantasy book by Terry Maggert is without a doubt the best YA book I have read. Just when I had resolved never to read YA books, due to the usual triangle of odd boyfriend/girlfriend and some type of paranormal activity, Mr. Maggert gave me Heartborn.

In case any of you are wondering what a good YA book looks like, this is it. The story is fresh and full of characters that are interesting and that I wanted to know more about. There are surprises around every corner! The writing is so fluid and easy to read that before you know it you are at the end.

A book about love, sacrifice, and family in this world and the one above.

On Earth, Livvy was born with half of a heart. Above, her guardian angel, Keiron, is about to have his wings cut off and get tossed below by his own brother. He has a mission and Livvy is it.

While his family above is getting ready to defend themselves for allowing Keiron to leave, Keiron and Livvy enter a relationship that will change both of their lives forever. Will he save her? Is anyone and anything what Livvy thought? You will just have to read it and see!

This book was hard to review. Really all I wanted to say was ” You have got to read this book!”  Release Date is September 1, 2016

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.

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