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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-04 07:16
The Rift by R.J. Clark
The Rift (Detectives and Demons #1) - R.J. Clark

The Rift by R.J. Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Matt Faustus, whose very soul is connected to a high ranking fiend, finds himself neck-deep in a new case - one he accepted despite being warned about the possible ramifications. A little girl is missing, abducted by the family's house-cleaning demon, and it's his job to find her. Eager to earn that paycheck, Matt's enthusiasm soon lands him in trouble within the Hellspawn society, though that sure doesn't stop him.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to R.J. Clark for giving me the opportunity!

This came as an unexpected surprise, especially considering I added this one to my Goodreads shelf way back in 2011; the year I made the decision to start reviewing everything I read. Being able to jump into something that piqued my interest that long ago, well, it was more than nice. What initially drew me in was the compelling aspect of the Rift itself, and how it expelled demons of all shapes and sizes right out into the city of New Orleans. Can you imagine if that happened? It's a terrifying thought; an apocalyptic occurrence right out from Revelations. However, whilst the book includes adult themes of gore and some sensitive subject matters, I wouldn't classify it as horror. For me, it was urban fantasy through and through - perhaps on the darker side of the spectrum, yes, but urban fantasy all the same - a genre that still appeals to me despite my tastes evolving toward more darker material.

Matt was certainly an entertaining and likeable protagonist, even if he displayed selfish and immature behaviour, but those faults didn't affect my impression of him. His soul-bound connection to Baalberith was yet another high point, offering a more intimate and unique peek into the relationship between man and monster. A large part of what intrigued me was Matt's entire history - there's so much backstory, so much unexplored territory to his character. Mentioned throughout were snippets of his difficult childhood, a large portion including Father Donovan and his ceaseless exorcism attempts. Clark has a great amount of freedom if he wishes to return to the world in which Matthew resides, either as a recollection of earlier events, or following the conclusion of this debut. Maybe even involving a new hero entirely!

My favourite character had to be Persephone, however. I found him a great addition to the team as he added much needed spice to what would've been a couple's day out. There was nothing wrong with Alura per se; she had a temper I found to be enticing, and I loved the Succubi as a species, but overall I didn't quite feel connected to her partnership with Matt. This could be because their attachment had already been established, and instead of accompanying them along with their courtship, I was thrown into the middle. I felt somewhat lost at times, and when particular information was held back, of which concerned the reason why they had fallen out in the first place, it even further distanced me.

The plot itself was the definition of action packed. It just didn't stop; trouble followed Matt everywhere, biting at his heels. I appreciated the fact that injuries were in abundance - pain, bloody and brutal, was dished out over and over. There's nothing more tedious than an overpowered hero that comes out on top of every bad situation. For me to get properly invested and absorbed, there has to be that feeling of danger and struggle, even if it's nothing but a convincing illusion. Clark was able to pull this off superbly, successfully giving considerable weight to every threat. The ending also held a twist I adored, because of the sheer horribleness of it. Suffice it to say, I felt sorry for Matt.

As for the Bestiary and wide selection of demons - I enjoyed the large amount of creativity put into their creation. They had their own culture and each offered their own strengths and weaknesses. It might not have been pretty, but I was completely on board with that.

As you can tell, I've a lot to say about this once forgotten novel as I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I do believe it's in need of further editing. There's a large amount of mistakes; incorrect words placed within sentences, although it didn't bother me all too much.

In conclusion: I would consider this a great beginning to a series. I enjoyed the demonic elements, and Matt as protagonist. This book deserves more recognition in the urban fantasy genre, for sure, however I believe it needs a bit of tidying up in regards to sentence structure.

Notable Quote:

Most humans saw these creatures as second class citizens, and treated them decidedly so. Like their slaves for the most part. Regardless of the concept of inalienable rights, man is a creature attracted to subjugation, and since it wasn't legal in this country to enslave each other anymore, many figured they'd just substitute the Hellspawn. Demons were the food that fed that primal urge without attracting social ire or reproach.

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review 2017-11-29 10:00
Review! Mallory's Mark (Demons in Darkness # 2) by Erzabet Bishop
Mallory's Mark - Erzabet Bishop

 

 

Hotter than Hell and eager for sin... 

Mallory is having a bad year, even for a succubus. Her adorable dog has transformed into the Devil himself, and she can't catch a date without someone dropping dead in her wake. Now a hot shifter detective is on Mallory's trail, and things are about to get dicey. Even a trip for a cut and curl can't ease her spirits. After Mallory rescues a dog in distress, her luck might finally be turning around. Sometimes the one you save saves you right back, and maybe that sexy investigator will turn out to be exactly what she needs as well. But someone from Mallory's past has a score to settle, and her hot new boyfriend may just end up on the menu. 

All that glitters could be murderous... 

Detective Bryce Richardson is a werewolf on a mission. A murderer is stalking the city streets, and all signs point to one very gorgeous lady with a string of one-night stands and a growing pile of bodies. Watching her with her blind rescue dog tugs on his heartstrings, and he finds himself falling for his chief suspect, hook, line, and sinker. A true mate is hard to find and when his animal speaks, he's learned to listen. But can Bryce keep his head long enough to solve the murders, or will he be next in the killer's sights?

 

 

I just had a fantastic visit to an intense world full of zany, vivid characters and great world building.

 

This is my first book by Erzabet Bishop and I am wondering how I have managed to miss her books, luckily that oversight can be fixed and I can’t wait to get started especially on the first book in the Demons in Darkness series. The second book Mallory’s Mark really grabbed my attention and held on tight throughout the book with a story full of zest, chuckles, romance, and thrills. The world is well put together and has unique traits that make it stand out from others, some of them fun as well as intriguing.

 

Mallory and Bryce make for a great couple with lots of red hot chemistry and their romance is full of spice and sweetness as well as ups and downs which keeps readers focused on the couple throughout the book. The readers can empathize with both characters and if they are anything like me, fall in love with all the characters and be intrigued enough to want to know them all. The suspense builds throughout the story keeping readers turning the pages with lots of twists and turns that keep readers guessing.

 

As this is the second book in the series and I have not read the first, I want to let you know that I had no trouble falling into the story and becoming fascinated with the world. Erzabet Bishop’s books have now been added to my TBR pile and I am certainly looking forward to more books in this captivating series.

 

 

Mallory’s Mark is the 2nd book in the Demons in Darkness series.

 

Mallory’s Mark is available in ebook at:

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Erzabet Bishop can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   BookBub   Facebook   Pintrest   Twitter

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text 2017-10-17 09:10
Halloween Bingo Update #5
Succubi - Edward Lee
It - Stephen King

 

 

My reading has been non existent lately, I'm in the middle of renovating as I'm selling my unit in preparation for moving back to the UK in December.

The only book I've finished in the last few weeks for bingo is Everything under the Moon.

 

 

Books read 6/25

 

Called

Ghost

Cozy Mystery

In the Dark, Dark Woods

Horror

Locked Room Mystery

Murder Most Foul

Witches

Werewolves

Modern Masters of Horror

Terrifying Women

Diverse Voices

Haunted Houses

Serial Spree Killer 

Terror in a Small Town

Aliens

Darkest London 

Gothic

80s Horror

Classic Noir

Chilling Children

Magical Realism

Romantic Suspense

Vampires

 

The Dead Will Walk

 

 

  5*

 

Aliens

 

Dreamcatcher - Stephen King  Stinger - Robert R. McCammon  The Void - Brett J. Talley  Alien Aberrations - Ryan C. Thomas,David Dunwoody,Randy Chandler,Stephen R. Pastore  

 

Supernatural

 

       Succubi - Edward Lee  12%

 

Werewolves

 

        4.5*

 

Chilling Children

 

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness  Katie (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Michael McDowell  The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey  The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman  

 

Haunted Houses

 

       3*

 

Vampires

 

Let the Right One In: A Novel - John Ajvide Lindqvist  The Strain - Guillermo del Toro,Chuck Hogan  They Thirst - Robert R. McCammon  Enter, Night - Michael Rowe  

 

Magical Realism

 

American Gods: A Novel - Neil Gaiman  The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman  The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King  The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly  

 

Monsters

 

    The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black - E.B. Hudspeth  3*

 

 

Diverse Voices

 

Monster Hunter International - Larry Correia  The Resurrectionist - Wrath James White  Addicted to the Dead - Shane McKenzie  Clickers - J.F. Gonzalez,Mark Williams  

 

Witches

 

Stardust - Neil Gaiman  The Bell Witch - John F.D. Taff  Witch Water - Edward Lee  The Witching House - Brian Moreland  

 

Ghost

 

    First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones  4*

 

Free Square

 

   5*

 

80's Horror

 

   5%

 

Terrifying Women

 

The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson  Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman  Brother - Ania Ahlborn  Marked In Flesh - Anne Bishop  

 

American Horror Story

 

Dark Hollow - John Connolly  The Bottoms - Joe R. Lansdale  Exponential - Adam Cesare  Cannibal Corpse, M/C - Tim Curran  

 

Genre: Horror

 

Meat - Joseph D'Lacey  Bottled Abyss - Benjamin Kane Ethridge  Nightwhere - John Everson  Children of the Dark - Jonathan Janz  

 

Country House Mystery

 

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie  Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane  The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins  

 

Darkest London

 

 

The Yard - Alex Grecian  Murder as a Fine Art - David Morrell  The Enemy - Charlie Higson  The Treatment - Mo Hayder  

 

Modern Masters of Horror

 

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King  Ghost Road Blues - Jonathan Maberry  Voices of the Damned - Barbie Wilde  White Knuckle - Eric Red  

 

Classic Noir

 

A Drink Before the War - Dennis Lehane  Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn  Heaven's Prisoners - James Lee Burke  The Midnight Room - Ed Gorman 

 

Demons

 

 

Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin  Baal - Robert McCammon  Practical Demonkeeping - Christopher Moore  Kill the Dead - Richard Kadrey  

 

Romantic Suspense

 

One for the Money - Janet Evanovich  Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning  Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews  Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins  

 

In the Dark, Dark Woods

 

The Hunter from the Woods - Robert McCammon  The Devil's Woods - Brian Moreland  The Haunted Forest Tour - Jeff Strand,James A. Moore  Dark Hollow - Brian Keene  

 

Serial/Spree Killer

 

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America - Erik Larson  Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay  I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga  Cherry Bomb - J.A. Konrath 

 

I don't think I'm going to get much more read before the end of October but I think I'll continue with my selections for the rest of the year.

 

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text 2017-09-30 10:27
Halloween Bingo Update #4
Succubi - Edward Lee
It - Stephen King
Everything Under the Moon: A Novel - Jeff Johnson

 

 

 

 

One month down and only 5 books read to show for it. Out of the 5, I've had 2 five star reads so I can't complain.

 

 

 

Book Read 5/25

 

Called Squares

 

Ghost

Cozy Mystery

In the Dark, Dark Woods

Horror

Locked Room Mystery

Murder Most Foul

Witches

Werewolves

Modern Masters of Horror

Terrifying Women

Diverse Voices

Haunted Houses

Serial Spree Killer 

Terror in a Small Town

Aliens 

 

The Dead Will Walk

 

 

  5*

 

Aliens

 

Dreamcatcher - Stephen King  Stinger - Robert R. McCammon  The Void - Brett J. Talley  Alien Aberrations - Ryan C. Thomas,David Dunwoody,Randy Chandler,Stephen R. Pastore  

 

Supernatural

 

       Succubi - Edward Lee  12%

 

Werewolves

 

        5%

 

Chilling Children

 

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness  Katie (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Michael McDowell  The Monstrumologist - Rick Yancey  The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman  

 

Haunted Houses

 

       3*

 

Vampires

 

Let the Right One In: A Novel - John Ajvide Lindqvist  The Strain - Guillermo del Toro,Chuck Hogan  They Thirst - Robert R. McCammon  Enter, Night - Michael Rowe  

 

Magical Realism

 

American Gods: A Novel - Neil Gaiman  The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman  The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King  The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly  

 

Monsters

 

    The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black - E.B. Hudspeth  3*

 

 

Diverse Voices

 

Monster Hunter International - Larry Correia  The Resurrectionist - Wrath James White  Addicted to the Dead - Shane McKenzie  Clickers - J.F. Gonzalez,Mark Williams  

 

Witches

 

Stardust - Neil Gaiman  The Bell Witch - John F.D. Taff  Witch Water - Edward Lee  The Witching House - Brian Moreland  

 

Ghost

 

    First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones  4*

 

Free Square

 

   5*

 

80's Horror

 

   5%

 

Terrifying Women

 

The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson  Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman  Brother - Ania Ahlborn  Marked In Flesh - Anne Bishop  

 

American Horror Story

 

Dark Hollow - John Connolly  The Bottoms - Joe R. Lansdale  Exponential - Adam Cesare  Cannibal Corpse, M/C - Tim Curran  

 

Genre: Horror

 

Meat - Joseph D'Lacey  Bottled Abyss - Benjamin Kane Ethridge  Nightwhere - John Everson  Children of the Dark - Jonathan Janz  

 

Country House Mystery

 

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie  Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane  The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins  

 

Darkest London

 

 

The Yard - Alex Grecian  Murder as a Fine Art - David Morrell  The Enemy - Charlie Higson  The Treatment - Mo Hayder  

 

Modern Masters of Horror

 

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King  Ghost Road Blues - Jonathan Maberry  Voices of the Damned - Barbie Wilde  White Knuckle - Eric Red  

 

Classic Noir

 

A Drink Before the War - Dennis Lehane  Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn  Heaven's Prisoners - James Lee Burke  The Midnight Room - Ed Gorman 

 

Demons

 

 

Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin  Baal - Robert McCammon  Practical Demonkeeping - Christopher Moore  Kill the Dead - Richard Kadrey  

 

Romantic Suspense

 

One for the Money - Janet Evanovich  Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning  Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews  Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins  

 

In the Dark, Dark Woods

 

The Hunter from the Woods - Robert McCammon  The Devil's Woods - Brian Moreland  The Haunted Forest Tour - Jeff Strand,James A. Moore  Dark Hollow - Brian Keene  

 

Serial/Spree Killer

 

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America - Erik Larson  Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay  I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga  Cherry Bomb - J.A. Konrath 

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text 2017-09-23 13:44
Halloween Bingo Update #3
It - Stephen King
Mr Mercedes - Stephen King
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
Succubi - Edward Lee
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black - E.B. Hudspeth

 

2nd book read!!

 

 

Not exactly speeding through them but Feed was 600 pages. Maybe some shorter reads next.

 

Pic Monkey won't let me save anything til I sign up for all the features so I've also moved to BeFunky.

 

Here's what my bingo card is looking like now.

 

 

 

Bingo Calls

 

Ghost

Cozy Mystery

In the Dark, Dark Woods

Genre: Horror

Locked Room Mystery

Murder Most Foul

Witches

Werewolves

Modern Masters of Horror

Terrifying Women

Diverse Voices 

Haunted Houses

 

Reading List

 

The Dead Will Walk - Feed 21/9 

Aliens -

Supernatural - Succubi 12%

Werewolves -

Chilling Children -

Haunted Houses -The Turn of the Screw 24%

Vampires -

Magical Realism -

Monsters -The Resurrectionist 33%

Diverse Voices -

Witches -

Ghost - First Grave on the Right 10/9 

Free Square Mr Mercedes 11%

80's Horror - It 7%

Terrifying Women -

American Horror Story -

Genre: Horror -

Country House Mystery -

Darkest London -

Modern Masters of Horror -

Classic Noir -

Demons -

Romantic Suspense -

In the Dark, Dark Woods -

Serial/Spree Killer -

 

 

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