Light is a British vampire, who has been captured by the ruthless Blood Club, an underground society who deal in vampires, training and selling them as slaves for the rich. Defanged and ‘trained’ into a life of subservience to his new ‘owner’ Grayse, Light feels a long way from the rebel he once was. From the start though, he realises that Grayse, whose father owns the Blood Club, is not like her family her at all. An attraction grows, family bonds are tested, and as Light writes his diary to Grayse, detailing the horrendous abuse he has suffered, the two of them devise a daring plot of rescue and revenge. A shocking and at times uncomfortable read, this dark book leads us deeper into the world of vampires and their enemies, and sets the story up for book three.
For fans of historical fiction, specifically that based on the ancient Egypt civilization, and readers who like stories based on an untold figure in history, this book may just find you delightfully surprised.
The Enemy Within has everything you’d expect in a YA fiction novel. The central mystery is engaging, the main cast members are endearing and have some funny dialogue, and the main character Max deals with his isolation in a very relatable way. The book is also very tightly written. Every line of dialogue and plot set piece serves a purpose with not an ounce of fluff. All the elements of the book fit well together as well, leaving the reader with a short, but overall very solid read.
Joe Rothstein’s novel is well a well-researched journey into the dark world of political intrigue and corrupt business practices. The author manages to portray physical brutality without overly graphic violence and also reveals details about Tenny’s romantic escapades while leaving specifics to the imagination. Rothstein creates believable and sometimes spine-chilling characters and establishes a world where rising to the top no matter what the cost is simply seen as normal ambition. The beginning chapters included details about the characters that were not essential to the plot, which slowed the pace. However, once key events occurred a few chapters in, it made for an interesting read. The ending is not a foregone conclusion and there are some surprising twists. The last few chapters will leave the reader quickly turning the pages to find out what will happen next. Those who regularly read political thrillers or crime thrillers will enjoy this book.
The End is a book you can read in one day, which is exactly what I did. Not just because it is short, but because you simply cannot tear yourself away from it. For me, this book was a little nugget of perfection. I am still in awe of how much it got right in so few pages. Trevor is an ordinary young man, working hard to provide for his pregnant wife. At the weekend though, he tests his mountain biking skills to the maximum, in the mountains of Utah. Back at home, Trevor watches the footage recorded on his Go-Pro camera and is shocked to witness his own death. How his own death could be recorded on the camera, and what this now means for Trevor and his family, provide a nail biting rush to the finish. A thoroughly engaging and vivid read with a spectacular twist. Everything about this book persuaded me to keep reading; the characters, their motives, the beautifully described mountain bike scenes, and the desire to know how Trevor’s death got onto the camera. I highly recommend this accomplished book to anyone who enjoys action and adventure stories, and for anyone looking for a quick, but fully engrossing and satisfying read.
With a female protagonist coming to terms with claiming and wielding her power, this fantasy adventure is rooted in timeless, universal themes. There are moments Magical Eyes: Dawn of the Sand resembles other coming of age tales infused with magic and mayhem so closely that it lacks freshness (and antagonist Drago will forever be Draco Malfoy in my imagination) . However, the story blossoms each of the many times descriptive writing juxtaposes Princess Martina’s inner and outer worlds, deftly showing how each one tests the princess’ courage and belief in herself. This book is ideal for multi-generational sharing, a great choice for reading together at bedtime (aloud, with character voices!) or over a rainy weekend. Be sure not to miss the colorful illustrations at the end of the book.
To Swim Beneath the Earth should delight readers who enjoy literary fiction and appreciate beautiful language. It’s a novel that pulls the reader completely into its world. Those who enjoy mystical fiction will certainly relish Bensman’s inventive plotline, psychic phenomenon and past lives. It may not be a good fit for readers searching exclusively for fast-paced action but will certainly satisfy those who revel in a rich story told with detail and depth.
Highly recommended. I really enjoyed the story and the friendship, and for a book titled The Children of Darkness, it was a story that seemed to be underscored with hope. There are a few nitpicky writing things that keep this story from scoring higher, such as shifts in the spelling of gray to grey, formatting issues with the Kindle file, some point of view shifts, and some odd phrasing that renders the meaning unclear, such as ‘she startled to a doorway’, but in spite of that, the story was compelling and that overshadowed the occasional technical shortcomings in the writing and formatting.
100 by 100 is exactly that: one hundred stories, each one hundred words long. They tend toward the speculative or strange, often with a twist in the final words. Within these hundred words, author M.L. Kennedy creates universes both hilarious and horrific, sometimes both. Each story feels like a fun-sized candy bar. They’re indulgent and fun. Though you might want a little bit more, ultimately, you’re satisfied. With a hundred entries, you would expect some of them to be hit or miss. While there are a few themes that are overused or twists that don’t quite stick the landing, they are in the minority. Most of the stories are lean, not wasting a word as they set the scene, build the tension, and ultimately resolve.
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.