Attention Authors or anyone wanting a review: I am currently NOT taking on any more reviews at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I'm overwhelmed at the moment.

Monday, October 20, 2014

{Book Review} My Paranormal Journal: Volume Two by R. Moses


My Paranormal Journal: Volume Two
by R. Moses
Publisher: Self
Released: September 11th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Paranormal
How I got it:Was gifted a copy by the author upon request

My Paranormal Journal: Volume Two continues the quest for answers to the unknown, mostly centered around the demon infested house on the hill. As our journal writer slogs through life trying to convince herself that the paranormal events she has recently witnessed have benign explanations that have nothing to do with the undead or unexplained, she becomes less and less of a skeptic. She speaks with close friends and co-workers, all who have a bizarre story of the paranormal to share. She writes the stories down in her notebook, one weird eyewitness account at a time, hoping that the collection of odd tales will help her form an idea of the world, seen and unseen, that we live in today.

My Paranormal Journal: Volume Two is the second part in a three part serialized journal. This second installment is roughly 15,000 words which is the length of a long short story/novelette.

Review: Ok so this series is one journal broken into three parts, you really need to read Volume 1 to get the full story. Again this segment is written the same as the first, of course. We find our narrator digging herself deeper and deeper into the paranormal. She has become obsessed with "the house on the hill". Her interest in the paranormal has grown and bled into her everyday things. Things start to become hairy at work as her co-workers start monkeying around with a spirit board.
Again I found myself pulled into this strange tale of supernatural goings on. Ms Moses is a wonderful story teller and writer. I was sucked into her story, and found myself on the edge of my chair more than once wondering what was going to happen on a ghost hunt into this possibly demonic house. A very spine tingling tale and I can't wait to see how it ends.

 

Friday, October 17, 2014

{Book Review} My Paranormal Journal: Volume One by R. Moses

My Paranormal Journal: Volume One
 by R. Moses
Publisher:Self
Released: September 1st 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Paranormal
How I got it: Free download on Amazon

My Paranormal Journal: Volume One is a woman’s unique experiences with the weird and unexplained over the course of her life. For over twenty years she has experienced the bizarre and searches for answers at every turn. Travel with her as she becomes obsessed with a house that her friends claim is haunted by a demon, lurking in the shadows and feeding off the terror of all those who dare to cross into its domain.
From the nightly visitors to unseen touches and feelings of an unspeakable evil, our journal writer sinks further into trying to peer beyond the veil that separates our world and the unseen one as she is consumed by the house on the hill. Her research into the unexplained and ghost hunting start to take over her already busy life as she searches for answers in the metro Charlotte, North Carolina area.
So join her in her constant pursuit of the truth…if you dare.

My Paranormal Journal: Volume One is the first in a three part serialized journal. This first installment is roughly 15,000 words and is the length of a long short story/novelette.

Review: This is a rather interesting take on writing a book period. It's written just like a journal, possibly even is the authors actual journal for all I know. The narrator is a bit quirky and a little all over the place at first, but then starts to focus more and more on the paranormal.  The journal chronicles a women's life as she struggles to balance college, work and her ever growing fascination for the paranormal. I like how it is told in a way that introduces the paranormal slowly. The narrator has experiences and tries to figure out what they are and if possible how to debunk them while offering the reader tidbits of her research.

I was a little bummed at the cliff hanger ending of the book, yet I'm sure it picks back up in Volume 2. Over all a well written, fun account of one woman's struggle with the paranormal.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop: October 15th- 31st


 Spooktacular Giveaway Hop
October 15th- 31st

My Prizes are...

A hard cover copy of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Also your choice of a tote bag and piece of jewelry from Mabel & Nanny's Designs samples below...

Please note you only have to do one of the following to be entered.

 
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

{Book Review} Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries by Mark Leslie

Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries
by Mark Leslie
Publisher: Dundurn Group
Released: September 27th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Paranormal
How I got it: NetGalley

Throughout history, books have inspired, informed, entertained, and enriched us. They have also kept us up through the night, thrilled us, and lured into their endless depths. Tomes of Terror is a celebration and an eerie look at the siren call of literature and the unexplained and fascinating stories associated with bookish locations around the world.

Mark Leslie's latest paranormal page-turner is a compendium of true stories of the supernatural in literary locales, complete with hair-raising first-person accounts. You may even recognize a spectre of your local library lurking in these true stories and photographs. If you have ever felt an indescribable presence hanging about a quiet bookshop, then you’ll enjoy these fascinating and haunting tales.

Review: I found this book interesting, since should I become a ghost I think haunting a library would be my MO. Reading the history of the locations, and why the ghost maybe still lurking around was fascinating. While not all that scary or spine tingling, seriously how scary is a ghost that re-shelves books, I still enjoyed the stories and little notes from the author. The book is filled with stories that are short and right to the point, making for a quick read. I felt the book was well written and researched. I would have liked more pictures, but the ones included were nice. If you are interested in literature and haunted places this is a book to check out.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

{Book Review} Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle #1) by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle #1)
by Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Publisher: Sea Dragon Press
Released: July 28th 2014
Genre: Fiction- YA: Paranormal romance
How I got it: Received a copy from author via YA Bound Book Tours

Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an option...

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.

Review: Kacie can see ghosts, to her this power is nothing but trouble. It's cause her mother to abandon her and sever ties. She has to hide it from her friend of be labeled a freak, basically she wants nothing to do with it. So whats a girl to do when her crush, can also see ghosts? Logan knows what Kacie is going through and is willing to help, bring her into his world.
I really liked the idea of the Orion Circle, a group of teens and adults studying the paranormal and helping those with powers like Kacie. As Kacie embraces her gifts, she starts having dreams of kids who have been murdered.  Which leads them to Foxblood manor, and the terrors it holds.
I liked Kacie, while reluctant she takes to her powers well, once she realizes she not as strange as she thinks. I also liked Logan, how he was protective of  Kacie and willing to help her even though she was a bit standoffish at first. I enjoyed the chemistry between Kacie and Logan, as well as how their relationship budded. I liked the supernatural aspects of the book, and was swept up in the plot.
There were a few things in the book that made me go um, not cool. Like the cowboy spirit that was in Kacie's house, before she had it blessed. The plot was fast paced and interesting. I enjoyed the clues and how everything came together. Over all a fun and enjoyable read.



Monday, September 29, 2014

{Book Review} The Betrayed by Heather Graham

The Betrayed
by Heather Graham
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Released: September 30th 2014 by
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Paranormal Romance
How I got it: NetGalley

Sleepy Hollow isn't so sleepy anymore?

One night, New York FBI agent Aiden Mahoney receives a visitor in a dream, an old friend named Richard Highsmith. The very next day he's sent to Sleepy Hollow because Richard's gone missing there.

Maureen "Mo" Deauville now lives in the historic town and works with her dog, Rollo, to search for missing people. She's actually the one to find Richard, or more precisely his head, stuck on a statue of the legendary Headless Horseman.

Mo and Aiden, a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI's unit of paranormal investigators, explore both past and present events to figure out who betrayed Richard, who killed him and now wants to kill them, too. As they work together, they discover that they share an unusual trait the ability to communicate with the dead. They also share an attraction that's as intense as it is unexpected if they live long enough to enjoy it!

Review: This is book 14 in the Krewe series, as with the others I've read it can be read as a stand alone, but I feel once you start reading these books you'll want to read them all. Ms Graham does a wonderful job of mixing history and the paranormal.
Maureen "Mo" Deauville and her dog Rollo are called out to help look for missing Highsmith. Using her ability to communicate with the dead, she finds his head on a statue of The Headless Horseman. Aiden and members of the Krewe arrive to find out exactly what happened to Highsmith. As the case progresses Aiden and Mo have to fight their growing attraction, even though they have great chemistry. I enjoyed their interaction with each other and the other Krewe members.
The plot kept me engaged and interested, the twist and turns the book took kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen next.
As with her other books in this series I think Ms Graham did a great job blancing mystery and romance.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

{Book Review} Party Games: A Fear Street Novel (Fear Street) by R.L. Stine

Party Games: A Fear Street Novel (Fear Street)
by R.L. Stine
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: September 30th 2014
Genre: Fiction- YA: Horror
How I got it: NetGalley

Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party—the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn't know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems… on Fear Island.

R.L. Stine makes his triumphant return to Shadyside, a town of nightmares, shadows, and genuine terror, and to the bestselling series that began his career writing horror for the juvenile market, in the new Fear Street book Party Games.

Review: As a young teen girl I loved the Fear Street books. I was even a member of the Scholastic Fear Street book club, which dropped off new Fear Street books to my house every month. So when I saw Party Games on NetGalley, I couldn't resist this little piece of nostalgia.
Rachel is invited to Brendan Fear's birthday party. Since he's her crush she says yes, even though he is a Fear and everyone knows Fear's are weird. Ferried out to Fear Island to Brendan's families summer house, she and a group of kids from school plan to party all night. Little do they know what's waiting for them.
The plot was engaging and spooky, with fun twists that kept me guessing.
I felt this was a great addition to the Fear Street line, and Mr Stine still has it after all these years.