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review 2017-08-04 07:10
What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery #1) by Victoria Laurie
What's a Ghoul to Do? - Victoria Laurie

 

 

 

Author: Victoria Laurie

TitleWhat's a Ghoul to Do?

Series: Ghost Hunter Mystery

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M.J., her partner Gilley, and their client, the wealthy, de-lish Dr. Steven Sable, are at his family's lodge, where his grandfather allegedly jumped to his death from the roof-although Sable says it was foul play.

But the patriarch's isn't the only ghost around. The place is lousy with souls, all with something to get off their ghoulish chests.

Now M.J. will have to to quell the clamor-and listen for a voice with the answers...

 

 

 

 

 

Its taken me a long time to put in the effort to read and write a review for self proclaimed psychic and author Victoria Laurie's book What's a Ghoul to Do because when I bought her books I wound up stumbling onto the whole Amazon/ DAM/ Reader vs. Author / Blog drama when I looked up her social pages since I wanted to know more about her.

 

I didn't care for what I learned. So I shelved her books and forgot about them for awhile.

 

I wasn't fully convinced that I was eager to read books with the Zombie/Ghoul themes since I'm not a big fan of the whole zombie movement.

I mean no insult to fans of both. My fault at the time for not knowing that there actually is a difference between the two.

Eventually I found my interest was piqued by someone who turned me onto Diana Rowland's Zombie series. I read the books and was forced to admit that I rather enjoyed them. A lot. So I figured since I still had Laurie's books on my shelves I might as well give those a go now that I was willing to give the undead a turn and now that Laurie's whole I'm out to punish all negative reviewers escapades was over - just in case I didn't like them either.

 

What's a Ghoul to Do was interesting - not really for me when it came to her portrayal of her characters personalities. MJ kind of felt too childlike/ valley girl for me to feel interested in her. I'm the complete opposite of that so its hard for me as a reader to relate to that kind of character.

Most of Laurie's characters felt like on one hand they were described as this fascinating person but on the other, the moment that character actually did or said something it reversed everything that had been built up about them that made me interested in them to begin with.

I do think that there is potential in this series being really good with some minor changes I just didn't think as the first installment to a series that it was all that great.

It probably would have been better suited as a YA book if Laurie took out the more adult content (its not explicit just adult geared) and kept her characters young since the maturity level of her characters feel more like children/teenagers than an adults.

 

The biggest reason I wanted to read the books - my wanting to get into the zombie/ ghoul thing... I have to admit I'm a poor candidate to judge the level of ghoulishness of this book. The only thing I have to compare it to is Rowland's books and unfortunately What's a Ghoul to Do doesn't even begin to compare. I hate that because its not fair to Laurie but that's all I have to base it on right now.

In my mind What's a Ghoul to Do just felt more like a clever title than actual ghoulishness in the book.

In the end I think I was the wrong reader at the wrong time for this book and this author.

But I encourage you to give a try. See what you think. Could be maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did. I'd be interested in hearing what your thoughts are if you have read it.

 

 

 

Until next time book lovers...

 

 

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review 2017-07-21 22:07
The Ghoul Vendetta - Lisa Shearin

Fast paced as per usual. Am a bit surprised that we have elves, goblins, and... apparently we have fae as well. Huh. Oh, and Fomorians. The latter were banished millennia ago by what turns out to be Ian's ancestor...who wasn't human. Nobody's sure how Ian feels about that. Ian isn't saying though. Ian would have remained in the dark so to speak about his ancestry if the bad guy hadn't left a little trinket that lit up like the Bat signal when he picked it up.

 

Of course, the bad guy is trying to get a curse lifted that Ian's ancestor placed on the Fomorians, and to do that, he's gotta remove Ian.

 

Much investigating ensues, with Rake declaring his intentions to Mac just prior to the latest war to stave off Armageddon. Of course the good guys win.

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review 2017-04-13 22:40
The Ghoul Vendetta / Lisa Shearin
The Ghoul Vendetta - Lisa Shearin

A vampire gangster's nephew is abducted off his yacht by a bunch of low-rent Creatures from the Black Lagoon. A slew of banks are knocked over by what looks like the cast of Night of the Living Dead. All of this may seem like the movies, but, I promise you, it's not.
I'm Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and I know the culprits aren't wearing disguises or makeup. They're real. Deadly real. Especially their leader--an ancient shapeshifter who leaves a trail of chaos and blood in his wake. Now, he's taken my partner, Ian--and his intentions aren't pretty.
The worst part? This is only the beginning...
The beginning of the end of the human race.

 

Another enjoyable offering in the SPI Files. Now I can see the set-up for this book that Shearin wove into the first three books. Very skillfully done.

For those who are into paranormal romance, this series may frustrate you. The pace of Mac and Rake’s relationship is glacial, but I’m okay with that. This seems to be parr for the course, as Shearin’s Raine Benares series is much the same. Unfortunately there is also the same is a tendency to repeat, repeat, repeat herself (although not quite as much in the SPI Files).

With Vivienne Sagadraco on vacation, we get to see more of Alain Moreau, cool vampire lawyer. Although I love Vivienne, it was nice to see Alain get some page-time.

The big changes in this installment happen in Ian’s life. I will be interested to see where Shearin takes things next, as there are obviously threads of the story left hanging, waiting for another book. Not to mention that I want to know how things go for Mac & Rake. Mac didn’t get to use her seer’s powers much in this book—hopefully that will change in the next one.

Now the big question is when will Book 5 will be published?

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review 2016-11-02 12:23
Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead - Steve Bryant

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!

So it is not Halloween any more, but when I spotted this one over at Netgalley I just had to try it out. Scouts + zombies + mystery? Um, yes, where do I sign up for this!

This one is apparently a bundling of 4 volumes. Each part has a separate cover, a bit of information about the series, and also some sketches for the characters and how the characters got to be were they are now.

After reading it, well, I have to say I am filled with many many questions. However, I do have to say, that I don't mind them that much. The story builds up, you start with mystery, scouts, and then zombies. Then some more zombies, you find out some stuff as we get along. However, I do feel that the ending was a bit rushed. So, they suddenly find our mysterious guy, then boom, then people get called and done. I feel like this part could have done with a bit more spreading out. Now it felt disjointed and weird.

The whole scout stuff was really fun, it gave the kids some advantage as they knew how to work the land, and also how to work with tools. Plus it was a bit funny to see how the guys had to be saved by 2 girls. :P Sorry, just think it is always funny. Guys are always acting tough, but then they do something stupid and end up having to be saved. :P

I don't really get how anyone would want to live at this place. Sorry, but apparently people have been going missing for quite some time, yet people just continue living there? Whut? I would move as fast as I could if this was the case.

I also wonder how the zombies work, apparently a bite is not deadly? So what do you have to do to turn into a zombie? Magic? Something else?

I will definitely check out the next volume, hopefully more information is given in that one.

The art was so-so. At times it looked pretty decent, but sometimes it was just not that pretty.

But all in all, I did enjoy this volume. Kick-ass scouts, mystery, and zombies (glow in the dark even).

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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review 2016-09-30 05:06
A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder by: Victoria Laurie
A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder - Victoria Laurie

An OK read, The style is breezy, and occasionally breathless. It's the last book in the Ghost Hunter series, and I'm not really tempted to go back and read the others. Here's the blurb:

 

Medium M. J. Holliday battles demons in the tenth Ghost Hunter Mystery from the "New York Times" bestselling author of "No Ghouls Allowed."
M.J., Heath, and Gilley, are back home in Boston, where their new film is sure to be a "monster "hit! To promote the film, the studio is sponsoring a special exhibit of supernatural artifacts at a local museum. Unfortunately, Gilley whose mind is engaged with wedding plans gets talked into donating to the exhibit the very dagger that keeps the dangerous ghost Oruc and his pet demon locked down in the lower realms. Before M.J. can recover the bewitched blade, there s a murder and a heist at the museum, and the dagger is stolen.
Now Oruc is coming for M.J. and her crew, and he's bringing with him some fiendish friends from M.J. s haunted past. She, Gilley, and Heath are certain to be in for a devil of a time. M.J. may even need to recruit a certain skeptical Boston detective to help stop the paranormal party crashers from turning Gilley s wedding bells to funeral knells. . . ."

 

I did like the action parts, and thought they were well done.

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