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review 2018-04-10 22:53
Great horror novel with creep factor
The Supernaturals - David L. Goleman

The beauty of reading horror books is this: even though you’ve probably read this same thing or read the same horror book with similar plots, cookie cutter characters, etc, what really matters at the end of the day is; does it provide you with enough chills and creep factor to get you reading?

Thankfully, this one delivers!

The plot is pretty standard; haunted house that is on the market but nobody buys it. It needs a super cleansing and a group of people are gathered and led by a Professor who’s looking out for redemption. It seems pretty much like a typical horror plot out there but it’s well written and the flow is consistent. That being said, the real action starts about the last third of the book. Think of this book as an introduction to a cast of characters, and what their ‘gifts’ are like. Their background stories are provided, and everything leading up to the night at the house is well done. It prepares to reader as to what to look forward to (with some creep factor in between)

So let’s get to the creep factor. It’s definitely there. The descriptions and events happening is enough to give the reader chills and leaves it to their imagination. There’s plenty of loud noise moments, evil laughter, and things going bump in the night to contribute to the enjoyment of reading this book.

The characters could have been better now, perhaps because it’s an introduction to the group but there’s not much substance to them (at least to some) I was a bit disappointed in George and Leonard because they had a lot to contribute but it seemed to have fizzled out when it really counts. For the most part it’s mostly John, Jenny and Gabriel in the spotlight. They’re all pretty much likable and their own storylines are good to read to provide more ‘fleshing out’ of the character.

It’s a solid horror story with a good ending. Of course it looks like there’s a second book coming out and I’m going to go and read it. I enjoyed this one immensely.

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review 2017-11-17 00:00
The Supernaturals
The Supernaturals - David Lynn Golemon So there was this book on Netgalley that looked excellent. It had a synopsis that immediately piqued my attention. I requested it , saw that it was the second in the series, and request the first one – The Supernaturals – from my local library. And somewhere along the line, I recognized that the name David L. Golemon sounded very familiar. Two minutes on Goodreads, and I had my answer. Golemon is the author of the Event Group thrillers. I have two of those books, and I don’t think I’ve ever managed to finish either of them. Oh dear…

But I had said I’d review the second one, so I needed to read The Supernaturals first. So, I bravely told myself that maybe this series would be different. I can occasionally be hit or miss with thrillers, but am fairly easy to please with supernatural stuff. I hoped I’d start reading The Supernaturals and be swept away by the story. This would be the Golemon book that I finished and loved!!

Well… it’s the Golemon book that I finished, at least. I deserve a cookie.

The Supernaturals is a fairly well-written book in most respects. There are a few consistency errors that bugged me, like the broken neck that became a broken leg. I liked the characters – or at least the idea of the characters. I loved how the book started off with stuff happening immediately. I thought that the initial idea that the author presented for the house (that it could look so cheery and beautiful while the evil was dormant) was really neat. But just because it’s fairly well-written doesn’t make it a good book. A book like The Supernaturals needs to sell on the tension, the atmosphere, as everything builds to the big showdown.

It didn’t. Not even a little bit.

The Supernaturals was the most flat, boring slog of a haunted house book that I’ve ever forced myself through. Still, up until the very end, I was going to give three stars. “Not for me, but not necessarily bad either”. Then we hit the ‘big reveal’, and I just got irritated.

Okay, so, look, I’m not a writer. Never claimed to be one. But common sense would tell me that when you’re writing a haunted house horror novel, you don’t just badly try to mash Hell House and The Haunting of Hill house together and pretend you wrote anything original. Because that’s what The Supernaturals is, in my opinion. When the pieces all came together for The Supernaturals, my mouth dropped open and I stared aghast at the page. This was… this was Hell House’s ending, with a dash of The Haunting of HIll House as topping. Not it’s exact ending, mind you. Not saying Golemon plagiarized it. But it’s like buying a pair of knock-off Nikes. Yeah, they might look great, but soon you realize they’re just a pale imitation and soon you have blisters and your feet hurt, and you realize you should have saved up for the real things.

It’s interesting, because I just finished my second read of the third book in the Newsflesh Trilogy. Blackout isn’t, by any means, a great book. It’s definitely the weakest of the trilogy. Rather mediocre, all in all. But, it’s delivered in such a way that keeps your attention on it. You can feel the tension rise as things get revealed. You care for the characters – even the side ones that are barely in it. The presentation more than makes up for the somewhat weak story. But in The Supernaturals, David L. Golemon takes the bones of a great story (if you ignore that ending), and presents it in such a flat, monotone way that you have to force yourself to turn the page.

And I still have to read the second one.
Joy.
Maybe it’ll be better?
Sweet baby Cthulhu, I hope so.
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review 2017-03-03 00:00
The Rising (Supernaturals Book 1)
The Rising (Supernaturals Book 1) - Ryan... The Rising (Supernaturals Book 1) - Ryan Troske Ethan's life is pretty normal until an accident one night nearly kills him - but also gives him incredible powers. With his powers taking over his life and putting everyone in danger, he fears he needs help controlling them, but where would that help come from? It ends up coming from an unlikely source, who pulls him into a world of supernaturals that he never knew existed.

It's an exciting first part of the series that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I loved the voice of the book (save for the very beginning, which initially broke the wall between narrator and audience in a way that I just didn't think was engaging enough, and the voice seemed older, not really belonging to a 16-year-old, until about halfway through, though that may be because he announced that he was 16).

The romance aspect was sweet, and Ethan was kind of adorably oblivious to the trail of broken hearts he seemed to leave behind. I'll be interested to see how the author develops that further throughout the series.

The supernatural powers are awesome! It was interesting, though that Ethan seemed to be the only one that ever struggled with control (likely because of the chunk of metal still stuck in his brain from the accident).

My biggest complaints were that the action scenes were hard to follow with all the names (each time we meet a group of people, there's about 6-12 of them, all named and unique, and thereafter they're only referred to by name. We go through about 3 groups of names, so you can imagine trying to figure out who is who and which side everyone is on.).

My other problem with the story was Donovan's role. I'm pretty sure I know how he fits into the story, but why the adults in the situation wouldn't explain his relation (refusing to use it to manipulate or warn) seemed like an oversight. I understand why the author would want to drag out that mystery, but it didn't really make sense for the story, in my opinion.

Only other complaint is that the cover, while cool, does little to draw me into the story, which is unfortunate, because the story is awesome. I'd love to see something that focused more on the main characters and their powers than one that depicted a scene (no matter how dramatic).

I think young adult readers who enjoy fantasy, light sci-fi, and superhero tales will enjoy this story. The "emergence of a superhero: theme reminds me of another book I read, [book:Beginnings: Family Heritage Volume 1|22784054] by Andrew M. Ferrell, which is another great plot.

I received a free copy from the author with no obligation to review. This is my honest opinion.
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review 2016-03-31 13:31
Exsanguinate
Exsanguinate - Killion Slade

by Killion Slade

 

This one will appeal to gamers, and especially to people interested in creating virtual reality games.

 

The story starts out with a spine chilling, horrific situation. We meet Cheyenne, one of three sisters with those distinctively American names like Dakota and Savannah (okay, the third sister is called Sheridan, like the hotel), named after places and generally only found in novels *rolls eyes*.

 

Cheyenne works in the gaming industry in what looks like a not too far off future and making virtual worlds is normal life to her. One particular game has given the users a lot of autonomy and aspects of the virtual world surprise her, as do the supernatural creatures who increasingly inhabit this developing cyberworld. Cheyenne is surprised by the popularity of zombies, vampires, werewolves and other mythological beings from the Horror end of imaginative fiction.

 

They go to a real life Scream House event with everyone dressed up in costume in an amusement park. Cheyenne worries about security at the event, foreshadowing that something has to go wrong. There are some funny episodes involving Sheridan's costume and I now know what a Ghillie suit is, something meant for hunters to hide out in bushes that could be very fun for such events!

 

Things take a horrific turn and there is a fair bit of graphic violence so people sensitive to gore and later on rape issues will want to consider this a trigger warning.

 

Basically this is a Paranormal story which is not a go to genre for me, yet it held my attention. Sometimes the writing seemed amateurish, but the grammar was reasonably good bar a couple of typos and I kept wanting to see where the plot would go.

 

It ends with a few things unresolved, so the story continues in the next book, but overall most things came to a tidy conclusion and I did enjoy the read enough that I'm considering getting the second book. Not a deep, intellectual read, but plenty of action and some interesting ideas about supernaturals.

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review 2014-12-08 00:00
Seductive Supernaturals: 12 Tales of Shapeshifters, Vampires & Sexy Spirits
Seductive Supernaturals: 12 Tales of Shapeshifters, Vampires & Sexy Spirits - Erin Quinn,Caridad Piñeiro,Erin Kellison,Lisa Kessler,Chris Marie Green,Mary Leo,Maureen Child,Cassi Carver,Janet Wellington,Theresa Meyers,Sheri Whitefeather,Elisabeth Staab I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Great anthology. For me it was an introduction to many new authors. Will probably be following a few more new series after this.
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