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review 2016-12-06 15:06
Ghost Whisperer Meet Celeste by Kristine Mason @KristineMason7
Celeste Files: Poisoned (Book 4 Psychic C.O.R.E.): Psychic C.O.R.E. - Kristine Mason

All right. I confess. I am a huge fan of Kristine Mason and I am delighted to share the final story of the Celeste Files: Poisoned.

 

Like a good ghost story? Like some romance and thrills with your paranormal?

Then you won’t want to miss this stand alone series.

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MY REVIEW

 

Kristine Mason writes some of the best suspense stories I have ever read, whether paranormal or mystery, and I was amazed…again…at her ability to take a ghostly story and make it read like a horror novel.

 

Celeste is psychic but she kept pretty quiet about it, helping out whenever she could.

Heavily pregnant, Celeste received a call for her sister, Eden, for help.

 

The gene had skipped Eden and had caused a rift between her and Celeste, but when events began happening at her new home, she felt Celeste was the one to call.

 

The house Eden and her husband had bought is haunted.

“You chase murderers for a living, I write about them…It’s fitting that we live in a murder house.”

Celeste thought she could handle the ghosts, stay grounded and in the land of the living.

 

It seems like she is learning more about her abilities by “living’ through new experiences. Could her over confidence in dealing with situation be her undoing? Would she come out of the trance or push her luck one too many times? And this time, her unborn baby’s life is at stake.

 

Celeste walked in the ghostly world trying to put the pieces together. She talked to the ghosts, but they were so cryptic it was hard to decipher their meaning.The mysterious deaths and the evil presence that resided in the house did not give up their answers easily.

 

What was HE after?

 

Her mantra, “the living are more powerful than the dead,” kept her grounded making her believe she could survive the evil surrounding her and release the ghosts from their torment.

 

Could her over confidence in dealing with the situation be her undoing? Would she come out of the trance or push her luck one too many times?

 

I love Celeste’s hubby, John. It took a while for them to work out some of the kinks in their marriage, but he is attentive, loving and funny. I can see him waggling his eyebrows as he offers to shave her bikini line.

 

I love Kristine Mason’s ability to surprise me and roil my emotions. The level of suspense in her writing kept me on pins and needles, afraid that this time Celeste had bitten off more than she could chew.

 

The characters come alive on the pages, making me feel their pain and suffering, their fear and anger, their sadness and regret. They are not always series and in danger, they have lives us normal people can relate to, with all the daily issues and problems that arise. They can be funny and happy, loving and giving, even when dealing with murder and danger.

 

I’m smiling, teary eyed…

 

I love the television show Ghost Whisperer with Jennifer Love Hewitt and I can see that she has met her match in Celeste.

 

I never pass on an opportunity to read one of Kristine Mason’s novels and if you are a suspense and thriller lover like me, I think you will feel the same. I am patiently waiting for the movie/TV world to find her.

 

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review 2016-11-22 17:14
Book Review - Blakemort
Blakemort - A Psychic Surveys Christmas Novella - Shani Struthers,Jeff Gardiner

This is not really a genre I read much these days, but I did enjoy Blakemort, and could definitely see me having loved it if I had read it as a young teenager, when I loved reading books that spooked me.

Even after all these years, one part in particular did send a shiver down my spine, as I too was pushed down the stairs, when I was just a few years old, and to this day I am still convinced it was a ghost that pushed me. I was pushed twice by something invisible, falling down the stairs on the second push, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a giant jellyfish that pushed me.

There was a good mix of characters, and I liked that the two adult sisters were Julia and Helena, as I'm Julie and one of my sisters is Helen. Julia was the one without kids, like myself, and Helena was the one with kids, like my sister Helen. I also loved the character of Helena's daughter, Corinna.

I’ve never really thought about what my surname means, until this novella mentioned ‘mort’ meaning dead, which then got me curious about what Mortimer actually means. My husband (being born with the surname), informed me it means ‘dead sea’. How interesting.

Blakemort is a great novella for anyone who enjoys haunted house ghost stories. Although there is mention of a number of Christmas periods over the years throughout this story, I do think this novella could be read any time of year, as it is not really festive at all, but more of a ghostly mystery.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1814429173
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-10-26 16:41
Witches and ghosties and vampies, oh my!
The Ghost and the Graveyard - Genevieve Jack

Disclosure:  I obtained the Kindle edition of this book on 28 March 2014 when it was offered for free.  I do not know the author and I have never had any communication with her about this book or any other matter.  I am an author.

 

 

I routinely surf the Amazon freebies and this was one of those I picked up a couple years ago.  It worked for the Halloween Bingo, though it was longer than I expected.  Still, I read the whole thing.  It wasn't too terrible.

 

The premise is that Grateful Knight, a 22-year-old nurse, has escaped a bad relationship and is mired in debt.  Rather than file bankruptcy, she determines to pay back everything -- no details of the debts are given -- and takes her real estate agent father's offer of a free house outside the little town of Red Grove, New Hampshire.  The property adjoins an old cemetery.

 

The cemetery's caretaker is the gorgeous hunk Enrique "Rick" Ordenes, who seems a bit odd.

 

Shortly after her arrival, Grateful discovers the house is haunted.  But the haunting is more than just a couple of ghosts living -- if you want to call it that -- in the attic.  And the old cemetery is much more than the resting place for a lot of old bones.

 

I don't have much background in urban fantasy; the only other title I've read is Fae Fever by Karen Marie Moning.  I wasn't intrigued enough to read further in that series, either.  There were some similarities with The Ghost and the Graveyard, notably the young heroine with secrets about her birth.  One of the reasons I never read any more of the Moning books was that I couldn't stand Mac, the main character.  She came across as not only young and impulsive and obsessed with name brands, but as stupid and irresponsible.

 

Grateful Knight is also young and impulsive, but she's not irresponsible.  That alone made a huge difference in my overall opinion of the book.

 

The writing was decent.  I caught a couple of typos, not enough to make any difference, and the one huge error regarding the timeframe, but even that didn't really affect the storyline.  

 

I would have preferred less action and more description, but maybe this is a feature of urban fantasy, since the Moning book was somewhat similaar.  The Ghost and the Graveyard could have been much more atmospheric.  I never got a real sense of what anything looked like or felt like, and for me that is part of the great pleasure of reading.  In that sense, this was just about the exact opposite of Jamaica Inn.

 

Throughout the book, there's one element that seemed to be very essential to the resolution of the plot and was actually one of the main reasons I kept reading:  Grateful has two lovers.

 

In addition to Rick the caretaker, Grateful has to deal with the ghost of Logan in the attic.  Logan doesn't have his own name; he can't remember much of anything about his actual life so Grateful gives him the name Logan.  Though he's not as handsome and sexy as Rick, Grateful is still drawn to him, and vice versa.  And the two men are constantly warning Grateful away from each other.

 

This worked well as a device to keep the reader guessing which of them was going to end up being the "hero" and perhaps partner of Grateful.  Was Rick too slick, and did he have ulterior motives that were less than honorable?  Did Logan have more supernatural knowledge than he was letting on?  Would he end up challenging Rick?

 

What didn't work for me was the eventual resolution of the conflict between the two men.

 

 

Logan, it turns out, isn't really dead, or at least not quite.  The circumstances are contrived and left me rolling my eyes and muttering "give me a fuckin' break" several times.  First of all, how could he be an actual ghost haunting her house if he hadn't really died yet?  How did the other ghost in the house not know that Logan wasn't dead?  Given that the real live Logan was, or should have been, known to the real live Grateful, how didn't she know?  And given that the real live Logan was in the hospital where Grateful worked and was a patient of her best friend Michelle. . . well, the list went on.

 

At the point of that revelation, and the idiocy Grateful and Michelle go through to resurrect the real life Logan, I knocked the review down a full star.  I've too often seen romantic relationships with two lovers treated very poorly, and this was one of the worst.  (LaVyrle Spencer was superb at treating discarded but honorable lovers like shit; I stopped reading her books after Twice Loved because that kind of behavior on an author's part struck me as, well, as dishonorable).

 

 

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The other element that didn't work for me, but wasn't as damning to the book's quality as the resolution of the love interest, was the development of Grateful after the explanation of her background.

 

 

The first revelation was so confused and so poorly written that it prompted my "hot mess" interim review.  I simply couldn't understand what Rick was explaining to her about the history of the cemetery, his relationship to her, and so on.  Most of that confusion was resolved as the story went on, but her magical powers are so immense, almost absolute, that I was for more eye rolling again.  A couple of the scenes were reminiscent of Practical Magic -- the movie, that is; I haven't read the book -- and everything seemed to work out just fine with few problems.

 

Along with Grateful's powers, Rick's seemed pretty much all-powerful, too.  He can shapeshift into this gigantic zombie-eating dragon, he's impervious to point-blank gunshots, and he's able to communicate with her telepathically.  Not to mention being drop dead (pun intended) gorgeous and incomparable in bed.  His only flaw is his raging jealousy??

 

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Maybe I'm old and old-fashioned, but I prefer characters who are a little more human, who have flaws and work to overcome them, and who grow through the course of the story.  Maybe the characters in this series do that, but I'm not holding out much hope.

 

If you're a fan of urban fantasy, this probably would work well.  It's just not my thing.

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The Tale of the Zouave and His Lady

by Miranda Beall

 

A young woman falls heir to an old mansion. She soon realizes it is haunted and she is the target of a ghost trapped by time and awaiting her arrival.

 

 

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The Romance of the Zouave and His Lady by Miranda Beall

The Romance of the Zouave and His Lady by Miranda Beall

 

A young woman falls heir to an old mansion. She soon finds that it is haunted and she is the target of a ghost trapped by time and awaiting her arrival.

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