Book Review: The Night, by NR Larry #amreading

No one knows more than Kinsley Lane that nothing good happens when the dead walk free. A year ago, she was possessed by a ghost and her life forever changed. Luckily, on this All Hallows’ Eve, the witches of Harker Heights have offered her protection from the dead spirits who will roam free. Mac Harker is appointed her guardian and everything goes smoothly, until a mysterious guy arrives on the grounds. One that only Kinsley can see. Mac is determined to protect her from Charming, leaving Kinsley torn between wanting his protection and the strong pull to a guy who won’t even tell her his real name. She must make a choice; the one she makes leads to the biggest heartbreak, and greatest love she’s ever known. All over the course of one night. My Review The Night seamlessly confronts some pretty deep topics while leading you through an amazing paranormal adventure. Kinsley is a flawed, raw character that you can’t help but love. While the story had a potential of becoming a love triangle, it managed to stay away from that trope. Instead, Mac and Charming both play significant roles outside of being just eye candy. It’s no surprise, though; Larry excels time and again at developing realistic, layered characters. Even the supporting cast reminded me of people I actually know. One of my most favorite aspects of The Night is how it effortlessly moved from nearly chick lit, to Ghostbusters, to Tim Burton-esque as the story progressed–skillfully illustrating the changes to Kinsley’s world. The Night is bittersweet and, like Kinsley, you won’t be able to sleep until it’s over. Find it on...

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Book Review: Silenced, by NR Larry #bookreview #amreading #paranormal

A jaded and dark-humored, young black man is forced to start killing again. Pike Richards is used to having women beg him to kill them. What he isn’t used to is refusing to do the act. As a blood-cursed siren, he’s only allowed to live as long as there is someone to hear his song. However, after witnessing humans round up and kill descendants of the gods for fear of magic, Pike is ready to die alongside them. Mankind created the tech virus, a scientific breakthrough that could allegedly make them immune to the effects of magic. It backfired, and now humans are turning into beasts, and mankind faces the potential end of its race. Pike enters into a contract with Compound Six, one of the last safe havens left in the world. He’ll help them retrieve the cure if Sadie Evans, a young girl he sees as a daughter, is given a dose. The cure is located at one of the crossroads, a magic space considered sacred to the gods. Only a siren can enter this space. The blood-cursed, however, are not permitted to leave. As everything spirals out of his control, Pike needs to find a way to beat the law that would force him to stay. He must return to Sadie. If that weren’t enough, he develops confusing feelings for a strong-willed fury, who is also part of the mission but who seeks answers that, if found, threaten to undo him. Pike must decide between returning with the cure and living in a world that no longer has a place for him or silencing mankind once and for all. My Review I loved this book! Pike is a siren forced into being the hero, and he’s not all too happy about it. He’s joined by a cast of equally well-developed characters as they travel a post-apocalyptic world full of monsters. There’s sex, violence, and the strongest of strong language. The dialog is excellent, the world unique, and the warm-fuzzies just enough to keep it from being too dark. If you’re looking for something new to read, you want this book. And you’re in luck! The pre-order price is 99...

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Book Review: Hidden by Kosta Angelou

Since his childhood, David’s life has always been difficult and painful. His lack of social skills followed him through to his adult life, and together with the dark clouds of bad luck and depression, he finds it hard to manage in day-to-day life. When he devices an “innocent” plan to meet people online, his true self finally surfaces. The woman he falls in love with doesn’t know the story behind who he really is, and when the truth is finally revealed, his life, along with the lives of the people around him, utterly falls apart. Get it on Amazon. Review I’ve broken my “no contemporary” rule twice recently, and both with pleasant results. HIDDEN is one of them, though it starts to get so twisted I almost expected something paranormal-y to happen. No paranormal aspects here, but plenty of things you never saw coming. Rumor says there will be a sequel, and I’m curious to see where the author takes the story...

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Book Review: Her Sweetest Downfall by Rebecca Hamilton

Ophelia’s been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored. When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her concerns. She’s destined to do a new task—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet. What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man who’s captured her heart. Get it for FREE on Amazon. Review Hamilton manages to pack a lot of lovely storytelling into this novella. The opening scene is chilling and beautiful, and the rest of the story keeps a steady pace. While it doesn’t seem necessary to read Her Sweetest Downfall as part of the The Forever Girl series, it’s a great introduction for those who not and a great addition for those who have. Check it...

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Book Review: The Making of Nebraska Brown by Louise Caiola

The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory. All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded. Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to. The Making of Nebraska Brown tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home. Buy it on Amazon Review I normally don’t read contemporary, but the blurb was intriguing enough that I felt compelled to make an exception for this one. Glad I did! All of the characters are believable and unique, and the story line stayed interesting enough to keep turning pages. The ending was solid, and I didn’t figure it out too early. Great work all around. Poor...

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Book Review: A Scale of One to Ten by Eva Reigns #shortstory #bookreview #amreading

Book Review: A Scale of One to Ten by Eva Reigns #shortstory #bookreview #amreading

As you probably know by now, my debut SUMMONED follows Dimitri, an unwilling criminal who is controlled by a paranormal bond. I had led up to the release by posting part of SUMMONED on Wattpad. From that, I met Eva Reigns. She’s awesome, and her protagonist in A Scale of One to Ten would be able to sympathize with Dimitri. It’s a fun short story, and I hear there’s more to come 😉 Check it out...

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