Twisted Tales of Deceit is the first installment in the Beyond the Chamber Door series, featuring three blood curdling and devious tales (The Calculated Desolation of Hope, Somnium, & Knickerbocker) chronicling evil’s influence on innocent hearts and our uncontrollable desire to give in to their calculated transgression.
It takes a lot of commitment to make a marriage between a modern ceremonial magician and a chaos witch work, but when a malevolent entity takes up residence in Rhys and Moira’s home, their love will be pushed to the limits. Brewing up a solution is easier said than done when your magical styles are polar opposites; throw a psychic ex and a secret society in the mix, and things are bound to get messy.
Every god has a nanoverse, but only one will give its wielder the ability to kick start the apocalypse. Ryan Smith must try to save humanity, even though he can’t save the world. A high octane battle between good and evil, where the best hope is a kinder, gentler Armageddon.
A clueless conman, a stubborn succubus, and an evil god who won’t shut up. It turns out living nightmares almost never appreciate a good joke.
Anyone who likes magical realism in the vein of Neil Gaiman or Christopher Moore will love this well-written, fast-paced adventure loaded with humor. Hero Forged has a little bit of something for everyone–action, adventure, comedy, tragedy, gods, and monsters, and even some romance. Readers looking for a neatly categorized tale with a straightforward, predictable plot might find this fast-paced, imaginative adventure uncomfortable, but the writing and fun plot could even pull them in.
Holland finds herself immersed in a game of life or death in ancient Greece. To win her freedom, she teams up with Doran, who is on the eve of his forced wedding. They must decipher the challenge set forth by Loki and resist the raging passion that burns between them.
James is doing his best to fit in at Whisperwood School for Boys, while discreetly trying to court the aloof, opium-addicted William. But something dark is happening, something involving apparitions and missing students. James is determined to find out what secrets Whisperwood is hiding…hopefully without becoming the next victim.
Ronald Carpenter gets help from a company called The Eclipse when he needs to recapture some escaped animals. The company takes a shine to him and lures him into working for them. Nigel Hunter, tells of how a foolish experiment he performed gets The Eclipse to take him prisoner
Harper has an unusual supernatural gift, one she can’t figure out and can’t even use properly to help her friends and family. She feels cursed.
The story started out seeming as if it were going to be a lighthearted comedy because of the playful tone of the first few chapters. However, about five chapters in, a lot of serious problems start to happen with her best friend and her mother. Cora’s life is basically falling apart and Isabella’s health is failing. There are some YA and middle-grade stories that deftly handle a serious topic, while retaining a comic feel throughout, but that aren’t many that can do this successfully. This book showed promise at the beginning and it could have worked well if only one person in the story had such serious problems. It seemed a bit much for a children’s book to have the two people closest to Harper experiencing tragedy at the same time. It went from humorous to extremely heavy in one chapter. While the problems mentioned were worth dealing with in a novel, it might have been better to focus on one problem only.
It was difficult to hear of these double tragedies and then see Harper worried about how she is coming across in class to her crush. It made her problems seem trite in comparison and didn’t help her likeability or it wasn’t easy to commiserate with the minor problems she was facing, when the world of her two closest relationships were falling apart.
The author needed to pick a tone and stick with it. Or gradually make the change from humorous to heavey, or just have threads fo the heavy for this to really work.
She deals with the issues of suicide, molestation, severe illness and also touches on gay themes while having to dissect a cat at school.
While there are award winning YA novels that touch on these themes, they usually only attempt to deal with one of the issues mentioned. Too many feels like problem overload. While the point of the story is the main character trying to navigate these issues as a teen, it may be a bit much for teen readers to navigate all at once also. Meat is fine in a story for young readers, but most meals have meat as part of the meal, not most of the meal. The story would have been better served if she’d kept the concept of balance in mind. This was 80% meat, which would make for a heavy meal, and, unfortunately, made for heavy reading.
“The Tagibi Prophecy, Volume 1: The Chronicles of Theo is an epic fantasy adventure, a thought-provoking tale of a young warrior and his meeting with a heroic young woman, each from very different worlds. United by a common cause, the pair of unlikely heroes raise an army to defend Kiow from an enemy, the like of which they have never seen before
A mild mannered historian, a ruthless power hungry witch and an old man with a remarkable secret. When their lives intersect the results are deadly. The Guardian: A tale of love, revenge and magic.
Blood in the Sand is billed as the first in a series, and it lays a very solid foundation, introducing characters in great detail and informing the reader of the djinn and other truths about witches and wiccans. On the surface, it’s a story about a rivalry between two university staff who are vying for the same position. Beneath the surface, it’s a story of a witch who desires immortality, to be worshipped like a god, and an unassuming man who is most comfortable with facts established through documents and research and evidence, who finds his whole life turned upside down when his research introduces him to a djinn.
Blood in the Sand isn’t one thing for one type of reader. There are long passages related to history that inform Dr. Philip Entwhistle’s research, although many scenes only peripherally relate to the djinn and the larger matters at hand. It’s a testament to the author’s willingness to develop each character and part of the book in great detail, and while some of it is necessary to make Philip a believer in the djinn, some readers may be impatient with the amount of time spent in the past. Much of the drama surrounding the contemporary plot line unfolds in the last third of the book. I do find myself wondering what the balance will be in subsequent books in the series, because the reader now has an established understanding of how things work with the djinn and who the main characters are. I imagine the payoff will be subsequent installments that expand that world-building and move at a swift pace.
There’s a lot to like in this story. I really enjoyed the friendship between Philip and James, and it was nice to read a story that was more focused on people becoming friends rather than on characters entering a romance. There is a bit of romance in this story, but it is very much a minor subplot at this stage of the series. This book will be ideal for people who have a love of history, interest in mystical beings, and who are patient readers more focused on spending time with characters to get to know them well.
Half vampire/half angel, Violet, is dragged into the supernatural world when her sister disappears. Violet’ll have to rely on a sexy vampire geek, while facing off the harem boy angel threatening her sister. And there’s only one way she’ll win: by letting out the monster…
Everything changes when loud, mysterious neighbors move in next door to quiet introvert, Alison. Mutual interest and a glowing amulet bring Rodham and Alison together. In a blink she’s fighting supernatural creatures, doing whatever it takes to stay alive, and becoming part of something much bigger than she could have dreamed.
This book is a collection of five short stories. 1. The Lady in the Moonlight, 2. The death of the unknown, 3. The secret of life, 4. The blue-eyed girl, 6. Goodbye papa, The stories are filled with suspense and mystery. These stories takes you to the greatest height of enjoyment throughout the read.
CommonSense is an urban fantasy of fallen heroes who gather against demons and an impending and certain Armageddon. Where players and pawns are suddenly, magically, equaled. This is a world cloaked in plain sight and the story of magical combatants looking to break or defend life itself.
The apocalypse arrived as a quiet virus that put humanity’s future in jeopardy. Now musician Ed Johnson is stalked by strangers, and nightmare creatures threaten his sister and friends. Can magic and the true power of music save them and perhaps the future of the human race?
Donja Bellanger, an innocent young Goth, is lured by her glamorous stepsister Makayla into an exclusive disco, not only for wealthy elites but Immortal Descendants. Donja crosses paths with Torin Mancini, a young detective, investigating a string of murders, unaware that a blood starved, predatory killer, already has her scent.
A page-turning debut in the tradition of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, amped up and on steroids with some X-Files mystery, some Hitchcock suspense and countless plot twists and cliffhangers that will keep you guessing. And you’ll still be wrong! One of Wattpad’s top read books in 2016, making it to Top 10 Charts in “Paranormal” and “Romance” Categories with over 300k reads!
Sucked from her world, Esme finds herself a key figure in the war between a magical Order and demonic malevolenci. Partnered with the king, she must master magic better than her predecessors, or else all is lost. The only problem is, it’s hard to compete with a ghost…or eight…of yourself.
ALTERNI was a good reading experience. Written with enough room for its sequel to fill in and having relatable characters and strong world-building, it is sure to delight fans of alternate worlds.
THE AUTOMATION is a genre-bending fantasy that teeters between the classical and the experimental. Its ideal place would be on the same bookshelf as Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy and Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS—though it wouldn’t mind bookending Homer, Virgil, and Milton, if it had a choice.
A demon’s presence in the town on Mountainview has the town folk depressed, with suicides being a daily occurrence. After Father Gunter and Robert Durling meet Father Nelson, they receive an amulet that will aid them in their battle against the demon.
Jason Collins struggles to find his place in Team Joshua, one of the most veteran demon hunting units at the DH, Vatican City’s spiritual warfare division. But when Team Joshua encounters two witches, Jason alone discovers a plot by the ancient demon lord Baal that would change the world order.
After surviving the perils of an ancient family feud, Jack Hammond and Leah Winters believe only happiness lies ahead. However, their future isn’t as secure as they think. When Death arrive to welcome Leah into their treacherous shadow world, the couple discovers that Leah’s immortality has come with a price.
With her past finally in her rearview, Frankie Mourning is still trying to do what’s right. But with the monstrous power inside her, Frankie is afraid of what she’s capable of. There’s work to be done, though: bodies frozen solid with their hearts missing are washing up onto the Oregon coast, and Frankie finds herself knee-deep in darkness once again. Roving gods, visions, women bursting into flame; it’s all in a day’s work in J.L. Murray’s sequel to Monstrous.
Local journalist Angie Fell has just learned the horrific truth about the identity of her real mother. When possible solace from her ill-fated life presents itself in the form of a baroque social club called the Edendale Society, she soon realizes things are not at all what they seem.
Tres is about to be born… He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body. He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he’s too afraid to ask: why am I?
Nikki Raines, magical tattoo artist, is pulled out of her “ordinary” day (putting magic into skin) and into trouble that includes mermaids, werecat gladiators, underground pit fights, and being soul-bound. She should have listened to Leo, the centuries-old ghost Tied to her necklace, and just let that customer go.
A quiet Sunday service turns into a living hell when an ancient entity descends upon a small country church and claims the congregation for its own. Trapped in what used to be their sanctuary, the terrified churchgoers are given an impossible ransom: their new god wants a sacrifice. For everyone to live, a child must die.
Lia Davies is a small town business owner sleepwalking through life until she enters the world of the Paldimori. Chaos is the powerful leader of his people who prides himself on his control. They collide at every turn, but will Lia live long enough to explore the passion they ignite?
Readers who enjoy a well-crafted story with fantasy and supernatural elements with lots of intrigue and humor will enjoy the story in Waking Chaos. But, beware: the terribly cheesy sex scenes will either make you throw up in your mouth a little bit or laugh out loud. Five stars for the well-written intrigue, action, and plot but -1 for the cheesy sex scenes that strip any hint of romance or eroticism from the story for a total of 4 stars.
Former DOD operative Gavin Randall is coming home after twenty-eight years of war. Dismissed by the government he spent his life fighting for, his only solace is knowing that the life waiting for him is one of peace. Unfortunately, Gavin stumbles upon a secret underworld that exists alongside ours.
A quiet Sunday service turns into a living hell when an ancient entity descends upon a small country church and claims the congregation for its own. The terrified churchgoers are given an impossible ransom: their new god wants a sacrifice. For everyone to live, a child must die.
A distant daughter. A peculiar device. A secret family lineage. Follow were-lynx Pawlina Katczynski though dark ops and ancient inter-clan feuds spanning continents, trailing a machine that could save her people from their lethal bloodlust—or doom them all. Beneath society’s surface dwells Pawly’s world, abounding in intrigue and danger.
A recently widowed father. The dilapidated Victorian he wanted to start a new life in. The gnarled old woman in the house next door who watches him with sightless eyes. The beautiful young seductress who goes missing. The otherworldly messages that point to violence and murder.
It’s like Uber, but for killing monsters! What if Van Helsing hunted Dracula not because it was the right thing to do, but because she was a millennial trying to make ends meet?
This book is recommended for fans of Joss Whedon’s work, fans of modern urban fantasy, and readers who enjoy the development of a detailed and absorbing world. However, it is not recommended for readers who want a plot-focused story.
Surviving in a city ruled by the supernatural is hard. Harder still with a serial killer on your trail, and a demon on your back. For sorcerer Creed, magick will either save the day…or destroy it.
Witches are real, they are evil, and Claudia Matthews must fight her way past the temptation of corruption, and weakness to find the answers she seeks for her saving grace. But being bound to the damned means fighting against more temptation than the pull of power.
Malefica is perfect for fans off Melissa de la Cruz and Richelle Mead. An unpredictable and tightly woven plot, along with original world-building, keep this book moving forward at a fast clip.
College senior Jackson Dowd goes to Montréal for a lost weekend, meets a handsome drifter named Benoit, and finds himself plunged into the strange and violent world of feline shifters.
According to the acknowledgement at the end of the book, when Andrew J. Peters started writing the books between these covers, the author had decided to “queer” the vampire and werewolf craze in the “delightfully narcissistic tradition of” those who had come before. Shortly after starting, however, he seemed unsatisfied with the neon pink paintbrush he’d been slapping across the canvass. He began researching the deeper history of feline mysticism and Native American two-spiritism in an effort to create a richer and more unique universe for his shifters to frolic and slash each other in.
I’m happy to say that he succeeds.
When bigotry and prejudice begin to encircle their move from New Orleans, Ashton and Dillon realize they have bitten off more than they can chew. With troubles mounting within their own home, they seek to find the answers to the true terror that has taken hold of one of them.
“Flash Point” is the second novel in the Elemental Trials series. and resumes the journey of Jex Xander and Enari Alycon. Their choices will determine the course of realms, and by the end of one tumultuous summer, hearts and lives will be irrevocably changed…and not necessarily for the better.
In book four of the Bonds of Blood & Spirit Saga, Regina and her Pack now face some difficult choices. They stand on the verge of war, precariously balanced between the legacies their ancestors left them, and the hope of a bright new future—if they survive.
Sixteen year old Callie Evans is a typical teen drama queen. All she wants is a cell phone and her driver’s license. What she gets instead is a new identity as a demon-slaying angel, and, although she’s at first loathe to believe the truth, she soon realizes she’s much more than typical. Callie not only must protect the kids in her circle from the Raysers who are out to destroy their souls, but she must ultimately save the world from the evil that threatens to consume it.
A mysterious island with a dark secret. Unicorns, pterodactyls & creatures from myth. A deadly monorail with an insane AI tour guide. A vampire queen with an evil plan. A fortune teller’s frightening prediction of death. Snow the only rabbit shifter in the world, is about to face it all.
1897. Christine learns her illness stems from paranormal visions. Her sister Allie, the family heir, seeks a noble match while she searches the occult for answers. But the only witch who can help won’t unless Allie marries her beau, an impoverished aristocrat, so the illicit pair can share Allie’s wealth.
For most people, a visit from their former in-laws is unpleasant at most. If only I were that lucky. Mine have unexpectedly dropped by, leaving a couple of bodies in little bits and a message in blood as their way of saying hi.
Perhaps the biggest appeal of the Global Warden series is that it’s told from the point of view of Victor Warden, a cynical and world-weary man to whom the cosmically incredible is just another day at the office. 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.
The second strongest aspect of Lange’s writing is the pace. Action scenes are never far away, and filled with quick-fire, bone-crunching fights that never outstay their welcome. This second instalment in the series further builds on the still expanding mythos of the Warden Global world, but the exposition never slows down the page-turning. Thriller fans will find themselves in comfortable territory.
All in all, Rise of the Storm Bringer is a welcome expansion in the series, and those who enjoyed the first will not be let down by the second. With more characters, more background and higher stakes, Rise of the Storm Bringer keeps the wheels turning on the series with effortless efficiency. Perhaps as a consequence of this, the relationships in the book rarely develop beyond buddy-cop style back-and-forths, but there’ll be time for hand holding and moon gazing after the next super-powered villain is defeated (and there’s a queue of them, trust me.)
Not content to sit in traditional genres, the Warden Global series will appeal to fans of mythic adventure, supernatural thriller and sci-fi action, and also for those of you who are partial to a hard-boiled detective vibe. So if that grabs you, this series is for you.
Over river town. One urban legend. One summer. Four teenagers are caught fighting for their lives and for their families as a terrible secret rises up from 20 years ago. Their town isn’t so innocent after all. Together, they go into the deep forest. She waits alone. She’s been watching.
“Something horrible is happening in the Crimson Forest. I need you to promise me you’ll stay away from it.” The Crimson Forest, is a place where creatures known only to humans through myth and legend, fight for love and survival. It’s a world where fairy tales thrive, nightmares become reality, and some secrets are better left undiscovered.
The secrets of the past have been unearthed and with them, lives torn apart, exposed, and laid to waste. An ancient bloodline struggles to survive the chaos, violence and warped beliefs fostered over a hundred years.
Highly recommended, energetic and vibrant shape-shifting fantasy series. You will need to have read the first books to get to grips with this one, but this is a series worth diving into. Diego’s pack are forced to deal with evil Senator Flynn in this installment, after kidnapping his daughter Selene in book two. This book is very much Selene’s story, and we learn much more about the shape shifting cats and their Pride and legacy. The book ends on an explosive note, with Regina’s past coming back to haunt her and teasing us into wanting to read Book Four. Anyone who enjoys shape shifters, vampires, and character driven fantasy, will love this steamy series.
He sees her. Watches her every move and knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Lady Victoria is his key to salvation; she has no idea what storm is coming her way. I am Ezra Stone, and I always get what I want.
Adventures ensue, and world building happens, and there are demons and other interesting things. All of this would have been fine, but for a need for editing and a troubling relationship between the main characters.
Samantha Davidson is just your run of the mill PI… except, you know, she can talk to the dead. Find out what happens in the first installment of this novella series “Ghosts Among Men”.
This book is recommended for enthusiastic pop culture nerds, particularly fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jessica Jones, and Doctor Who. Samantha drops little pop culture references throughout and the story’s style is very reminiscent of these shows. However, the book is not recommended for someone who enjoys plot development over characterization.
After five campers are hacked to death in their sleep in a national park campground, FBI Special Agent Cal Bocock learns nothing is as it seems at Elkmont. Bocock and his companions are pitted against an ancient evil that has been haunting the mist shrouded mountains since colonial days.
After her father dies, seventeen-year-old Sky moves in with her estranged aunt in British Columbia. She soon discovers disturbing abilities and a hidden heritage but she must relinquish the tight control she has on her mind to embrace her powers. And accept an elk into her life.
For those of you looking for a YA novel that is a breath of fresh air and does not focus on the romance part, Hidden Dawn is a perfect choice. While the pacing could be too slow on some parts and the main character is not the likable type at first, it makes up greatly for the author’s exquisitely delicate maneuver with character development and the stunning imagery that is constantly present all throughout the novel.
A time-slip tale, part ghost story, part romance as two cousins, Tatiana and Marcus set out to discover the fate of an ancestor killed during the terror of the French Revolution. Their search leads them to a French Chateau, a snow-bound labyrinth and the Paris catacombs.
A psychic teams up with a cynical reporter to return to the past and rescue a sacred stone. The ingenious, twisty plot follows the citified pair as they adapt to the harsh Sioux life, and make an implacable enemy. When they escape home, they find they’ve escaped nothing.
Follow the strange, lustful and horrific journey of Sandy Beech as he is ensnared into the realm of African witchcraft. The Witch’s List bridges our world of convention, with that of a fabulous Twilight Zone, what may be true reality — a realm of magic and ultimate possibility.
Frankie Mourning kills the killers. But when something supernatural opens up old wounds in her hometown, she has to turn to a detective on the run for help.
If you’re looking for a book that will make you squirm as you read, look no further. MONSTROUS is haunting and suspenseful; equal parts gore and heart. With a foul-mouthed heroine who has more of a conscience than she would like to admit, and a cast of dubiously moral characters, MONSTROUS is not for the faint of heart or the easily spooked. And beware: once you start reading you will be cast under the author’s spell, and will likely find yourself possessed with the need to continue the series.
Summer is a witch sworn to marry another. Kian is a human faced with an uncertain future. Two souls forced together by a Goddess’s will. Two hearts kept together by unrelenting passion. Can Summer resist Kian’s charm? Or will she risk it all to taste the power of love?
A gripping psychological thriller about two teenagers, one with a secret. Neither of them knows the future, what dark mysteries they both hold. “I loved Abigail. She was perfection. She was the end. Our town was full of secrets; he was the worst and the best. She is my Abigail.”
George Francis Genois goes home for his twin brother, Gerald’s wedding. Under a creole moon, a spell is cast on George by Mamuska and Ophelia, the priest and priestess of the swamp. It entangles him in a supernatural battle between life and death. Does George survive the treacherous “Creole Moon”?
The Zee Brothers have a strange and dangerous vocation. While some hunt rodents or pests in the dark, Jonah and Judas tackle much larger prey… Zombies. If you like Ash Vs Evil Dead, Army of Darkness and Scooby Doo, you’ll want to try this action packed romp a try.
Carriers of Genius: Conversations with the Mothers of Twelve Famous Men examines the lives of Disney, Einstein, Franklin, Gershwin, Hughes, Rockwell, Rogers, Roosevelt, Whitman, Wright, Astaire and Carver through the eyes of their mothers. Told in interview format, it reminds us that we don’t get places alone.
John Fisher, is a Park Police officer. His office is a Dodge Durango. The dark legends and creatures have always been around, and after the civil rights movement they’re legal. When someone breaks the law on Federal land, it ‘s John’s job to bring them in, vampire, were, or other…
One of the most marvelous things about this novel, is how the prose reads like the observations and experiences of a detailed orientated cop without actually feeling that it was written by a cop who writes up so many reports that it’s second nature. I certainly got the feeling who John Fisher was, even if he’s not someone I’d be buddies with. Of course, part of that is I like my were-critters to be sexy. Cool. So, if you are looking for Anita Blake like Weres, John Fisher isn’t one of those.
But what John Fisher is, rough and yet smarter than he’d like you to think, he is in a totally realistic way. The supporting cast carries this verisimilitude across the book with only two clunkers of minor characters. I’m referring to two total twits in suits that remind of cops from an accidentally deadly traffic stop. Yet, in this first person narrative, it is realistic that John holds them in such disdain that they do not actually come across as realistic.
The dialogue is witty when John is not trying to be witty, and often not when he’s trying to be. The other characters often have better dialogue, which is amazing to me.
It’s almost a police procedural, which I enjoy when done correctly (and this was). When a book isn’t going to be a straight procedural, I like to have seen more romance and more introspection. But, true to type as a military man, just kinda says he blows his top and rushes through through the moment until he is out of emotional upheaval. It’s realistic… just not as satisfying as it could be.
I’m interested in reading more in the series. If William Lehman can adjust the mix a little, John Fisher could become quite the popular hero. Or Anti-Hero.
The very core of the Pack is threatened by Diego’s carefully protected secrets and the past he has tried to forget.
The next instalment in this darkly, enigmatic shape-shifting series, this book picks up six months after Loyalties ended. Everything seems rosy, with Angelina and Cole set to marry alongside Regina and Harry. Events take a dramatic and sinister turn when two of the pack are kidnapped, and Diego and the team have to work out by whom and for what reason. An altogether darker book that the first, Uncivil Wars both unravels the secrets of the past, and potentially blows apart the futures of all involved. A juicy read for anyone who enjoys well-plotted, character driven fantasies.
A psychic teams with cynical reporter to return to the past and rescue a sacred stone. The ingenious, twisty plot follows the citified pair as they adapt to the harsh Sioux life, and make an enemy of the murderous Red Leaf. When they escape home, they face a new nightmare.
John Powers, former autonomous operative for Department of Defense undertook orders to terminate a senator believing that the order came directly from the president himself. Now, in Washington, D.C., the Secretary of Defense and D.I.A. agree to take the necessary steps to tie up any unraveling loose ends.
November finally has the family she wanted but old enemies are lurking, waiting to strike and a group of legendary hunters is threatening her pack. Their only hope is trusting their enemies, entering hostile territories and playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath.
In the blink of an eye, Michael loses his family. As his life spirals out of control with grief, he is presented with the possibility that their souls might be trapped in Hell. Thus begins an unimaginable and nightmarish journey to rescue his family from the depths of Hell, with the Devil as the puppet master pulling his strings.
Enter the hidden world of the fae, the most ancient race on the planet and uncover the inner origins of humanity. Shades of Valhalla action-packed paranormal fantasy, filled with magic and romance. The book combines fairies, Celtic/Norse mythology, and hollow earth theory to create an adventure you’ll never forget.
There are three people in this affair – and two of them aren’t human… A hidden paranormal London lies beneath our own. Escape into the supernatural world of the Blood Lifers. A rebel, a red-haired devil and a Moon Girl battle to save the world – or tear it apart.
A unique book told from the point of view of a vampire addressing his dying wife, whilst looking back on the drama they’ve left behind. Quirky, amusing, frightening and dark, Rebel Vampires, Volume One offers a brilliant story, with plenty of twists and turns, romance and gore. For anyone who already enjoys vampire or supernatural horror style stories or for anyone who is just looking for something a bit different, a bit edgy, something that will amuse you, frighten you and take you on one hell of a journey into love, death, humanity, and monsters, then I highly recommend this book.
Imagine a world where ancient Celtic gods and goddesses walk among the rest of us. The Devil You Know is the first in an edgy supernatural thriller trilogy set in the real world with immortals that (sometimes) blend in with the rest of us. Full of wicked twists and turns, lies and deception, Cecilia’s journey will make you question everything you think you know about the world around you.
100 by 100 is a collection of 100 stories that are each 100 words long. Mathematically, that makes each worth 1/10 of a picture. Some of these 0.1 pictures are scary, some are funny, some are funny and scary, while others are just odd.
This book is recommended for fans of horror and speculative fiction. It is especially good for those who like short stories and flash fiction. However, due to the brevity of the stories, it is not recommended for readers who are looking for an in-depth story.
Gently reared by her missionary parents, Lindsay has never known anything but love. Until her father dies. Less than an hour after his funeral, she is trekking through the Black Hills National Forest with a man who vows to kill her before allowing her to fall into the wrong hands.
Anna is working as a courier for Blake in Chicago. The work is easy even if the hours are not, but she gets to piss off some people. Blake has her deliver a letter at Moonshine, the bar of a local gang, and she inevitably creates a ruckus. Because Anna is a hag.
This post-apocalyptic fantasy follows one girl’s journey of self-discovery in the midst of a battle between the offspring of fallen angels. She is thrust into a conflict where she alone has the power to stop an event more disastrous than the end of the world.
Dominion of the Star is an engaging journey through an intricate world. Readers who like symbolism or mythology in their novels will enjoy this work. Additionally, those in search of complex motivations and unlikely characters will find this a fascinating read.
To delve into another’s mind is to revel in the depths of truth, cringe in the face of past and imagined horrors, and suffer their dreams, all while searching for balance and serenity. Explore a world where betrayal and deception, desire and trust, weave a fabric that’ll test your sanity.
A cold stormy night conjures up a terrifying nightmare for Bodhi. Is it just a dream or a premonition? Max is leading a happy life with his family. His past comes knocking on his door, threatening his whole world. How will he protect his family from this harbinger of death?
The people of LonePine, Wyoming, like most small towns in the American West, know about heartbreak and economic despair. And ever since the undead showed up, they know about terror too. That’s why every pickup radio, every jukebox in every saloon, and every portable radio is belting out classic country.
With a fast pace and a well-developed world of vampire intrigue, THE COWBOY AND THE VAMPIRE is a perfect easy read for lovers of all adventure novels. More than a romance and breaking the stereotypes of both cowboys and vampires, this is a must-read if you enjoy unique fiction and fast-paced plots.
A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven’s Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to discover the root of the evil affecting people. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she’s ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive.
A unique twist to the demonic realm, paranormal audiences are certainly in for a treat with this first book in a promising new series.
Adora is a fiercely independent young woman, targeted by human-looking aliens whose government is genetically engineering human citizens. Adora’s protection must come from a similar being, Zane, whose unnatural magnetism she can’t deny. Zane must convince Adora to allow his protection and relinquish her freedom–in order to save it.
“Beyond the Screen Door” is a magical and historically accurate coming of age tale that weaves paranormal realism throughout and was inspired by the author’s experience with the spirit world and her “gift” passed down through generations.
Sixteen-year-old Grape Merriweather has just moved to Sortilege Falls and already she knows something isn’t right. A small pack of teenage models holds the town in their sway. As cruel as they are beautiful, the models are hell bent on making Grape’s life miserable. When the models start dying from a mysterious disease, all of Sortilege Falls’ secretes spill out.
Abandoned by her parents at age three, and tossed away by the only Pack she has ever known, Regina Capalini has one last chance to impress her new Alpha or be left to fend for herself as a rogue wolf, a sentence that will surely end in death.
Loyalties is a captivating and explosive start to an intriguing shape-shifter series. This first book does a fantastic job of putting everything into place, leaving us thirsty for more. The plot involving shape-shifting humans is complex, but at no point does the writing leave us behind. It twists and turns at a galloping pace, and the characterisation is excellent. However, for readers who are not keen on extended and graphic sex scenes, this may not be the series for you!
Marcel Dekrey, angel of The Lord and nine-hundred year old vampire, is a double agent in service to The Most High God. Marcel’s mandate is clear; observe and report events as they unfold in the dangerous world of anomalies–supernatural creatures of legend, and intercede if and when necessity demands.
Fear of a prophecy, of burning magical power, and a broken heart, Sanura, is unprepared when Special Agent Berber enters her life, hunting a preternatural serial killer. Assefa’s intelligent, chocolate eyes and intoxicating aura signature stirs her fire spirit but frightens the woman. Is faith the cure for her fear?
Valen disappeared. Micah’s quest for world domination is underway. An ancient bond threatens to destroy Anna and Roman. A vampire who cannot be trusted…
Two worlds in danger. A Grand Witch behind bars. A stunning Werewolf and a devilishly handsome Warlock’s pursuit for her affections. Anna awakens to find herself imprisoned by Micah, the Prince of Darkness. Micah’s on a quest for world domination—and it’s not just the Netherworld that’s in danger.
A sister kidnapped. An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner. A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is. The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her. It’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending war.
An angry detective, a disillusioned journalist and a disturbed rich kid face off against their own dark pasts as they move towards a violent and terrifying confrontation with each other and the shadowy and powerful group known as The Project.
Ember prefers the dead. When her father dies, she learns her life’s a lie. She’s threatened by a beautiful boy and rescued by unknown family. Now she’s got an uncontrollable power, a household of reapers and shifters and her survival rests with the boy who tried to kill her.
Welcome to Sanctuary, a bar that exists outside time and offers a safe place to unwind. Well, it doesn’t have to be a bar. It’s anything you need it to be really, but Asher almost always needs a good drink. Enter Asher Hearst: immortal, college student, and small-time fixer.
Mary Elizabeth Stroll tries to bring closure to her haunted youth where, after accidental overdose, she was thrust into distressing afterlife odyssey. Nine-years gone, her past and present converge during a haunting, day-long interview that morphs into a race with death. In Passing is a dark, suspenseful, yet romantic, paranormal tale.
In Passing is a paranormal love story with hints of darkness. It explores the possibility of an after life and the existence of ‘angels’, or people who are able to stop others before they make dire mistakes. The book is not afraid to take on gritty social issues, such as child abuse, substance abuse and abortion, and does so in a positive manner. Well worth a read for those who enjoy paranormal romance and books with a religious theme.
Lola’s keeping a secret, she’s vampire, and she fears if her new crush Dillon finds out, he’ll reject her, just like her mortal ex did. But when the need to feed causes Lola to make a serious mistake, an old enemy takes the opportunity to wreak revenge, framing Dillon for murder.
An attack on a dark street. Threatening messages. A mysterious black dog with soulful eyes. Melanie Johnson just wants a normal life, but nothing will ever be normal again.
A generally well-written YA supernatural romance with a pleasantly imperfect heroine. Zippy plot toward the end.
When Gabriel’s witch girlfriend doesn’t return from her latest trip, he gets on the road and heads out to find her. Sheila’s coven is secretive and distrustful of Gabriel, so the only help he has is Sheila’s familiar, a bulldog named Orson, who is psychically linked to both of them.
Underground Book Reviews co-founder Brian L. Braden presents six tales of souls turning life’s corners. From the Old West, to the edge of space, six people must learn to abandon the illusions that feed their fears, and trust in love, friendship, and courage.
Sabrina, a lovely fairy has it all: fame, fortune, and beauty—until her boyfriend Cade, a rebel vampire, films their involvement in a crime as well as the passionate lovemaking that follows. Can they also prevent the world from falling into the hands of an evil mind with horrible intentions?
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A spectral, existential noir set against the aging irons of Coney Island and old guard lions of hip hop and silent film, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale tracks the singular odyssey of would-be sleuth and soon-to-be wordsmith, Salvatore Massimo Lunezzi. Pr …
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In this rogue’s tale, full of sound, fury, and erotic surrealism, we meet Alex Fillameno, a writer who has traded in the machine-grind of New York for a bare bones existence in the high desert town of Taos, New Mexico. Recently divorced and jobless, Fi …
Archangel Lucifer learns that Heaven is empty, and his Father is missing. Seeking answers, he’s confronted by a race of Creator-Gods unhappy with his heretic Father and the world He’d created. They imprison Lucifer in Hell and plan to wipe out this heresy by letting Darkness reclaim the earth.
Between homework and drama at school, 17-yo Zoe has to control new found talents if she’s to prevent the devil escaping Hell. She must devise a kick-ass plan ASAP or watch everyone die, because she’s running out of time; she turns eighteen in two months—the date Armageddon kicks off.
Half-angel Penelope seems like a normal child, but her hidden powers make her a target for malicious heavenly beings. Now Moira finds herself caught in a terrifying struggle against creatures more powerful than she can imagine–one of which is her daughter’s father. The foundations of reality will be shaken.
In Hell by mistake? Better hope your loved ones calls a Soul Retriever. When an innocent soul is sent to Hell, loved ones can hire a Soul Retriever, to go into Hell and return the soul to Heaven Gate.
Soul Retrievers doesn’t waste any time placing you right in the middle of the action. From the first page, protagonist Getter is face to face with the various monsters of the hell dimension, and the brakes are off from there on in. In his mission to find the soul of an innocent young girl, Getter is never short of a fight scene, and the novel rolls from one danger to the next with unrelenting pace. As events unfold, Getter’s seemingly straight forward task becomes embroiled in a demonic uprising against Satan, and the already high stakes of eternal damnation become higher still.
The strongest and most enjoyable part of Soul Retrievers are the various depictions of the many levels of hell. Plenty of imagination goes into describing the multitude of unique creatures, impressive environments and creative tortures found there, and the author takes great delight in painting an intricate picture that would give certain Renaissance artists pause for thought. From singing skeletons to giant snakes, rivers of bone to flaming waterfalls, David Burton’s hell is a rich and realised landscape, and this alone will keep you turning the pages.
Despite the sinister surroundings, Soul Retrievers is a mostly light hearted tale, with no shortage of wise cracks and goofs. Though, be warned, the story crashes into some pretty horrifying depictions of suffering, which shouldn’t be surprising considering the setting. Despite dealign with some heavy themes, the novel remains suitable for YA audiences.
The novel is told almost entirely from Getter’s point of view, and the first person perspective both helps and hinders the novel. Sure, it allows us to bounce along fluidly through the plot, but it also sacrifices the opportunity to let the support characters breath and grow on their own. If you’re looking for pure action adventure this won’t bother you at all, but those looking for a weightier character piece may sense a missed opportunity.
Still, the ideas are plentiful, and David Burton lays the table for a meal with plenty of meat. With a cast of ancient gaelic warriors, rebellious demons and vampiric girlfriends, Soul Retrievers is a sometimes grim but mostly fun adventure that will appeal to YA and fantasy nuts alike.
Brilliant surgeon Aulen Gregoire discovers that his blood causes patients to survive death. His ability turns into obsession, and the blessing soon becomes a curse, ravaging his body. Craving the bliss of saving lives, his vast addiction drags him down to the deadly blue lights of the city’s most desperate.
Phillip d’Auvery is tortured. His soul is pledged to his god, but a dark curse drives him to the scourging lash of the priesthood year after year. For Phillip’s curse is a bliss only found when pain smites him until tears are shed. And when pain is the only bliss, can love still prevail?
“The Shining” meets “House of Leaves.” A horror movie fan discovers a box of pictures buried in his basement that lets him spy on his friends.
Lurk is a fresh and clever horror with a well-written cast of memorable characters. With a measured balance of mystery, suspense and reality bending horror, fans of the genre will find themselves breezing through this book in one or two sittings. It’s a real page turner, relying as much on the psychologically disturbing as its moments of grotesque imagery and supernatural creep.
Certain parts recall a young Stephen King, and the use of an unreliable narrator being influenced by the restless dead may ring familiar to fans of The Shining. However, good horror is often in the telling, and Adam Vine tells a fine tale. His depiction of Drew, from whose perspective the events unfurl, is particularly note worthy. Struggling to find his place, Drew is a study on the social outsider in the millennial age, a young man who tries to find solace in youthful crutches as his friends grow up around him, trapping him in a cycle of bitterness and frustration.
Lurk is at its surface a good horror with some genuinely disturbing scenes. But it is the depth of characterisation that sets it apart from its peers. While the cast at first appear to be typical teenage horror fodder, they each reveal wisdom, cynicism and an almost tragic self-awareness of how little, and how much, their formative years actually matter. Lurk is an exploration of youth, friendship and coming of age, wrapped in an eerie, sometimes brutal, horror story.
Welcome to SPERO HEIGHTS… a little town where supernaturals who have lost their bump in the night go to recover. Tucked in the wooded Ozark Mountains, the humans are rarely cause for concern, but the citizens of Spero Heights have enough past to go around.
A strong paranormal page-turner, perfect for a weekend read. The start of a series, but ends without a cliffhanger. Look for more from this author.
In the shadowy world of international espionage and governmental black ops when a group of American spies go bad and inadvertently unleash an ancient malevolent force that feeds on the fears of mankind, a young family finds themselves in the crosshairs of a frantic supernatural mystery of global proportions with only one man to turn for their salvation.
Fae Cunningham, a young reporter with a history of mental illness, seeks out the charismatic founder of a new political movement. Behind his polished rhetoric lies a sinister social program, an ambitious conspiracy to change everything. More disturbing still, his words sound eerily familiar, as if spoken by an acquaintance.
If you could change people’s minds, would you change the world? If so, how far would you take it? That’s the question at the heart of The New Lease, a global thriller that pits a journalism student against a rising political movement with darkly fascinating philosophies on the future of humanity.
The New Lease does what you’d expect a good thriller to do— it hooks you, reels you in and keeps you turning the pages. However, this novel has little in common with your typical Patterson or Child. In a particularly homogenous genre, The New Lease stands out as something very different. For a start, there’s very little reliance on action and suspense to keep you interested. There’s no cheap tricks to keep the pace flowing. What The New Lease relies on instead is a sumptuous cultural immersion and a highly intriguing concept.
Without giving too much away, John Stryder makes a very convincing case for supernatural ability through tantric practice, and indeed, the first person account of a young man on a spiritual journey is perhaps the strongest and most compelling writing in the book. The central premise, though, that a person who can change minds might start a cascade of unprecedented political change, is what propels the reader to the ending.
There is no real hero or villain in The New Lease, as the conflict instead revolves around a tricky moral question— if the ticking time bomb of over-population is an extreme problem that requires extreme measures, who, if anyone, has the moral authority to tackle it head on? In a world that’s increasingly turning a cynical eye to the fallout of globalism and free market capitalism, a book that questions whether we’re capable of change without compromising our innate values is very much of its time. With a careful sense of moral ambiguity, The New Lease doesn’t bash you over the head with any convenient resolutions, and even the protagonists are left not entirely sure who to root for.
Philosophical intrigue aside, The New Lease is a solid read with few weaknesses. Those sensitive to such things might pick up on John Stryder’s tendency to front-load exposition and tell rather than show, but honestly these foibles are brushed aside by the force of the plot, which, in a thriller, is always king.
Above all, The New Lease has an ace up its sleeve when put alongside the usual cookie-cutter detective yarns that pad the thriller genre, and that is that The New Lease is inherently interesting. And that alone is worth a reader’s time.
Three kids discover the lost aliens and their extraordinary ship, The Cerulean Star. But when the military captures them, it is Liberty—the frailest and most brilliant one—who leads the six kids as they struggle against overwhelming odds to regain the extraordinary ship and its precious freedom.
A girl braves peril across 300 years of Detroit history to solve a series of murders. A young girl died the day before her sixteenth birthday at Fort Pontchartrain, during Pontiac’s Indian riots, 1805 Detroit’s great fire, 1800’s Black Bottom, 1920’s Hastings Street, and during the riots of 1967, this historical thriller will tickle your imagination.
In This Changes Everything, the Many Worlds Collective aliens holos choose Clara as Earth’s first Chief Communicator in The Spanners Series. Through the Psi Wars, family and romantic dilemmas across multiple timelines in the multiverse, Clara learns to be the leader of Earth during The Transition and beyond.
Kate, a frightened, desperate woman on the run, and Ankou, a lonely, fallen God of Death, are united in a magical soulmate bond. Can these two broken people find a way to fit all their disparate pieces together into a stronger, united whole?
This book will appeal to readers who enjoy erotic paranormal fantasy, even if it isn’t backed by a terribly exciting story.
On a back alley in Toronto’s Kensington Market, above the Heaven & Earth Bakery, there’s an apartment with a room for rent. The rent is negotiable. The location varies. Humans need not apply.
The Tenants of 7C is a unique paranormal plot that includes a cast of human-like mythical creatures. While Degan’s often-humorous scenes are rather refreshing, aficionados of this genre may find themselves frustrated with her weak character development.
Lacey Stamford is just like anyone else, until one day when a simple, harmless decision changes it all. Now, thrust suddenly into a world she’s never known, this single mother of two must face the impossible: an otherworldly force so pervasive, it could threaten the very fate of humanity itself…
Can love sustain light when the forces of evil close in? Paris, 1939-1942. A fallen angel is trapped in the web of German occupation. The deadly noose of Nazi control grows ever tighter, ensnaring her and two of her lovers.
The book is beautifully written. The history is magnificent, and if you want to learn about occupied Paris from the perspective of persecuted Jewish families and Resistance fighters, this book is a fun way to do so.
The first book in the Percipience series, 2022, centers on an eco-terrorist threat and the efforts to stop it while also setting up a large scale experiment for sustainable living. The book combines murder, espionage, romance and revenge into the fictional story along with the urgency of current global issues.
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The follow-up to his critically acclaimed collection, You Shall Never Know Security, J.R. Hamantaschen returns with another collection of his inimitable brand of weird, dark fiction. At turns despairing, resonant, macabre and insightful, these nine stories intend to stay with you.
Killing isn’t exactly on Rosalie Lockwood’s list of things to do when she runs away from home. But guns and motorcycles become her latest fashion accessories as she falls for Steele, co-leader of the Fallen Paladins motorcycle club. Enter the unique world of good vs. evil in The Devil’s Flower.
A fast-paced book that will appeal to paranormal and motorcycle fans.
Thomas wakes up in a blood-drenched basement room, with no memory of how or why he got there. Spencer has the answers, and now he must train Thomas to follow the rules of being a vampire. Can Thomas to master his new powers, before he’s turned from predator into prey?
Cooke has a deft hand with realistic dialogue that serves her well here. Her most graphic scenes are slightly spartan in their description; side stepping any concerns of a gore fest. In fact, the most violent scenes are tastefully skipped over right to their blood drenched aftermath. Occasionally, she may linger over a throat closing scene or two. But some of us do find trying not to choke a bit sexy. *cough*
I found the characters more than a bit compelling. I might have liked to have gotten more into the head of William as I find some of his “growth” in the course of the story a bit suspect. It’s also more August and Spencer’s story than Thomas’, the catalyst of the tale. But then, I think Cooke would have slipped more away from horror and into dark urban fantasy if she’d given us that.
I recommend this book for horror fans who don’t need the full CSI checklist in the aftermath of a kill and for dark urban fantasy fans looking for something with real emotions and not YA level romance.
They say, “The third time’s the charm”, and for sixteen-year-old Brooke Day, they had better be right. She’s been here before, twice in fact, and so has the darkness awaiting her return.
A great read for paranormal enthusiasts who enjoy a little bit of everything, especially romance.
Dr. Alastair Stone, Occult Studies professor and powerful mage, has his hands full trying to keep the two sides of his life separate as he trains a new apprentice, deals with a malevolent entity trapped a wealthy old woman’s massive home, and battles dark mages intent on enslaving it.
If you’ll read a story about magic, even if it isn’t perfect, simply because magic is your thing, this professionally produced book is a good choice for you.
No one likes to spend time with Kat, because Kat can see the dead. Arriving at university, she vows to keep her Sight a secret and live a normal life. But that might not be easy in Edinburgh, where spirits roam the cobbles, and the bloody past comes alive…
As if knowing she’s a succubus–cursed with the ability to drain life energy from men–wasn’t stressful enough, seventeen-year-old Allison must also navigate a rocky relationship with her Bible-thumping aunt, keep an eye on her curse-loving twin sister, and oh yeah…try not kill the guy she’s falling for.
Margaret May Reis knows how strange she is; people have been telling her for years. At sixteen years old, though, Maggie begins to realize that strangeness is only half the story. Maggie isn’t just strange – she’s a witch.
The Witches of Armour Hill: Switch was a good YA read. It had lots of darkness, action, and coming of age angst and explores the challenges of being alone in the world with an edgy heroine who will likely appeal to teens. It offers great new world of witches that will likely only get better with additional books.
In the badlands of Outpost City, in the Dark Horse saloon, a poker game is being played. The stakes are life and death—for the world. What can Emma afford to lose? Will she gamble on herself, or on Arthur? Will love find a way when the apocalypse closes in?
Join Stanza on a tornadic quest into regional folklore, a string of historical murders, and the occult – and ultimately, into the mysteries behind her own bloody heritage and fey destiny. Between the suspense and the quality of writing, you won’t be able to leave aside this spellbinding first novel.
Ligatures is for readers who appreciate beautiful language and enjoy a story that both entertains and stimulates thought. It is on the dark side, and is not a simple “feel good” read. Instead, it is a novel with depth and complexity and power. Sara Rich is absolutely an author to watch.
Years of deception and suppressed trauma do not prevent secrets from unraveling when parallel worlds clash, intertwining families and exposing hidden agendas. An unwanted romance mirrored in an alternate universe has devastating consequences for an unsuspecting young woman and a mysterious stranger.