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15 01, 2017

Review: The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Occult|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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motion of puppets book coverReviewed by Maria Tews

The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue was a book that I really tried to enjoy, but ultimately found too many issues with. My main one is that it lacked motion, or action, or really anything that could’ve made the lengthy 260 pages go by at least somewhat easily. The book seemed to drag on with a protracted story line that relied heavily on descriptions, but the ending left me hanging with several frustratingly unanswered questions.

Kay and Theo Harper are a newlywed couple spending the summer in the quaint Old City of Québec when Kay, afraid that someone is following her when she is returning home late from work, runs into a seemingly abandoned toy shop for safety and turns into a puppet.

17 07, 2015

Review: Newport by Jill Morrow

By | July 17th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Historical, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Occult|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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newport book coverReviewed by Vera Pereskokova

Attorney Adrian De la Noye arrives in Newport with his associate Jim Reid in tow. His mission: draft a new will for a very wealthy client, the elderly Bennett Chapman. In his golden years, Bennett has finally decided to enter the state of matrimony again and wants his will to reflect his upcoming marriage to the beautiful, and much younger, Catherine Walsh.

Adrian and Jim’s arrival at Liriodendron, Chapman family Newport estate, coincides with the arrival of Bennett’s grown-up children, Lady Chloe Dinwoodie and Nicholas Chapman. The pair is there not to celebrate the wedding but to prove that their father is not in his right mind and cannot legally change the will.

At first, Adrian is confident that Bennett is of sound mind – if not body – and that his children are only there to serve their

16 01, 2015

Review: Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

By | January 16th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Occult, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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wildalone book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Wildalone is a refreshing novel about mythology, and classical music. The premise was interesting–it engaged and drew me in. I thought the book was a nice debut effort from author Krassi Zourkova. I was at ease reading the story right away, even though it takes quite a few chapters to fully enjoy a book. The protagonist Thea Salvin is a Princeton freshman who is going to study the piano. Thea comes to the U.S. from Bulgaria and is not very familiar with the norms and cultures of her new country. She’s a prodigy and a musician who is set on going to an Ivy League College–if only she knew what that College would have in store for her.

The writing is in a poetic tone that takes off with Thea’s journey with two wealthy alpha brothers: Rhys and Jake. I’m not

12 01, 2015

Review: The Vines by Christopher Rice

By | January 12th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Occult, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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the vines book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I really enjoy reading about the paranormal and supernatural. I like reading about things that can’t happen in real life because I see these kinds of books as an escape from reality. I also enjoy horror movies for this same reason, because I know that they are not real. When I read about The Vines by Christopher Rice, I thought I had struck gold. The idea of mixing the paranormal with horror sounded like something right up my alley. Unfortunately, The Vines turned out to be a run-of-the-mill horror story lacking a substantial plot and harboring one-dimensional characters.

The Vines takes place in modern-day Louisiana – and the author does not let the reader forget it. The plot centers on Spring House, an old plantation house with a dark past in the form of mystical man-killing vines.

6 01, 2015

Review: The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III

By | January 6th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Occult|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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the unholy book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Paul DeBlassie’s novel, The Unholy, begins in an unknown past. A young, unnamed girl watches a horrific event. On a dark night in the wild mountains, amongst the horror that she witnesses, there is magic in the night to protect her. The novel shifts to a contemporary scene and introduces Claire Sanchez, director of mental health workers at the Ecclesia Dei Psychiatric Hospital on the Aztlan Plaza.

The Unholy is a novel of haunted souls. Claire Sanchez is intelligent, insightful, difficult to know, and evading both her past and her future. She lives on the Aztlan Plaza at the base of the high-mountain desert, considered by natives to be the naval of the world. It is here in Aztlan that varying cultures come together, some blend, some resist, some conflict. Claire’s past leaves her wary of

25 11, 2014

Review: Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth

By | November 25th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Occult|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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weirdo book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Weirdo was a completely appropriate title for this book. The weirdo was supposed to be the main character, Corinne Woodrow, but I found the real weirdo to be the author of the book who thought the story made any sense at all and who made it at least 200 pages too long.

Corinne was convicted of the ritualistic murder of one of her classmates. Many years later, Sean Ward – former detective with the Metropolitan Police – reopens the case. He does not believe that Corinne acted alone. DNA testing showed that there was at least one other person at the scene and he is intent on proving her innocence. Corinne refuses to talk about the case and who may or may not have been there with her.

Weirdo jumps around different times and events so as to completely confuse

28 08, 2014

Review: Underworld’s Daughter by Molly Ringle

By | August 28th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Occult, Paranormal, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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perf5.000x8.000.inddReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Persephone and Hades, or Adrian and Sophie in the mortal lives, discovered the secret to immortality in their Underworld garden in Molly Ringle’s first book in the Chrysomelia series. Now, in Underworld’s Daughter, new immortals are being created for the first time in thousands and thousands of years. Unfortunately, Sophie has not had a chance to taste the delectable fruit of immortality. Thanks to Nikolaus, the trickster god, Tabitha and Zoe, her and Adrian’s best friends, have discovered their old immortal selves: Dionysos and Hekate. But Sophie is being left farther and farther behind, which means that mortality and the danger of the cult group, Thanatos, are getting closer and closer. Can her immortal friends, Gods of Ancient Greece, help her escape with her life? Or is she doomed to wait, yet again, and hope she has a

13 08, 2014

Review: Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech

By | August 13th, 2014|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Occult, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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Season of the DragonfliesReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Many years ago, Serena was a well-bred, well-brought-up young woman who had prospects and years of wealth ahead of her. But she didn’t want that. She wanted to be free, be on her own. One night, at a dinner party, she fell in love with a man sitting across from her at the table and they ran off together, forever separating herself from her father and his money. Living in the jungle with Alex, Serena discovered a wild flower that would bend and move at her command. Serena and her little family transplanted that flower back to a private farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her flower, Gardenia potentiae, became her passion and set up her family for generations to come.

Now, three generations later, the precious flower has created a family business like no other before

25 04, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Her Loving Husband’s Curse by Meredith Allard

By | April 25th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Occult, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments

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Her-Loving-Husbands-CursePlease welcome Meredith Allard, author of Her Loving Husband’s Curse, who is touring the blogosphere with Virtual Author Book Tours.

Enter to win a copy below! Open internationally – print copies are available to US and Canada residents only.

Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

It is often difficult reading an installment of a book series without reading the book that came before, but I did not feel that this was the case with Her Loving Husband’s Curse, which is book two of a trilogy. Generally, I am not a fan of vampire fiction, but this novel had a great balance of mystical aspects and completely human emotions. The magical components, while far fetched, were fun, interesting and the cast of characters who possessed special abilities, often led practically normal lives, which was refreshing. It is almost fitting as well that tale is set in Salem,

13 03, 2014

Blog Tour: The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose

By | March 13th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Occult, Romance|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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collector-of-dying-breaths-coverPlease welcome M.J. Rose, author of The Collector of Dying Breaths, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

Reviewed by Colleen Turner

If you have never read a book by M.J. Rose then you are missing out on an immersive, sensual adventure that twists and turns through time and across the world, one that is laced with mystery, romance and heartbreak unlike anything else I’ve read. In her Reincarnationist series she introduces us to an unforgettable character named Jac L’Etoile, a woman from a long and illustrious line of French perfumers who has continually fought against her abilities to experience past life memories, her own as well as others, and who has spent her life trying to debunk the mysteries of the past in order to make sense of the mysteries surrounding her in the present. In The