Three Reviews and One Top Pick!June 19, 2017
Rising romance author Lauren Rico spins a gripping tale of loss, love, and lies in book one of the Reverie series. A true storyteller, Rico grabs the attention of her audience from the get-go. Twisty and tantalizing, Reverie is bound to be a favorite among romance buffs with a love for classical music.
In 2008, I started Demonic Tome after crossing out large sections of horror mags in a Writer’s Digest. I would search to find that a page of “open for subs” magazines were either defunct or in a hiatus. It was that moment that I wondered how hard it is really to publish, especially as an ezine. It’s much harder than you think. Much harder. Demonic Tome, great name. I would love to go back to that. But I change it. I changed the name and established a brand because its hard to advertise and market Demonic Tome. The name worries the wrong people. I’ll bring back the label for a future project. Maybe something so dark and demented that it really sends the overbearing religious families for a riot.
A Flash Of Red is an intriguing psychological thriller which introduces some rather unlikable characters. Anna, a psychology lecturer who fears she has inherited her mother’s mental illness, and Sean her scheming husband, who has been rejected sexually by Anna due to their inability to conceive a child. As a result, their marriage is fractured and full of suspicion and manipulation, despite the perfect image they present to the outside world. Bard, a psychology student, feels he has a connection with Anna, and becomes the cataclyst for destruction, as this well plotted and paced novel thunders towards a dramatic climax. As I read this book I kept changing my mind about who was at fault. A very cleverly plotted psychological thriller.
Victor’s sarcastic commentary is a useful counterpoint to the high-flying ambition of the story’s techno-mythological backdrop. Victor- even when clashing powers and trading insults with demigods, keeps our feet firmly on the ground.