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review 2019-10-18 18:45
SLASH by Hunter Shea
Slash (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Hunter Shea

SLASH is the literary equivalent of a B-movie, and I thought it was a blast!

 

5 years after being the sole survivor in a real life urban-exploration trip gone wrong, Ashley is still trying to get over the murders of her friends and her survivor's guilt. The murderer, tagged "The Wraith" by the press, was never caught. Being celebrated as a "final girl" by groups of twisted followers doesn't help her to forget about it. Hearing the news that the site of the murders, the abandoned Hayden Resort, is about to be torn down, brings things even closer to the brink. Her fiancee, Todd, does his best to make sure Ashley feels loved, but even he cannot help her live with what happened. After she hangs herself, Todd discovers clues she left behind, and he, with a few of their very best friends, return to the resort to try to solve the mystery of the massacre, before the Hayden is torn down for good. Will Todd and his friends solve the mystery? Will they survive their visit? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I felt like SLASH was a lot shorter than it actually was, because it was very hard to put down. After a little time meeting the characters and getting to know them, the pace picks up and I actually felt breathless at a couple of points because everything was progressing so fast.

 

What better place than an abandoned resort to set a horror story? Imagine the Stanley Hotel from The Shining, 70 years after it was abandoned. How scary would that be? The isolation and the detritus built up over years of break-ins, kids partying, urban explorers, etc.. both contributed to how real the setting felt and also to an increasing sense of paranoia as our brave group searched for clues. What was that noise? Debris settling, or the Wraith?

 

I can't say anymore without spoiling anything, (the bit about Ash hanging herself is right there in the synopsis). Following along with the B movie spirit of SLASH was a big bunch of fun for me. It was exciting, fast paced, thrilling and, at times, heart breaking. If this sounds like your cuppa, pre-order your copy of SLASH here: SLASH

 

Highly recommended, especially to fans of B-movies! *Thanks to Flame Tree Press for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2019-10-17 22:30
THE LAST CONVERSATION by Paul Tremblay
The Last Conversation - Paul Tremblay

THE LAST CONVERSATION is my second read in the Forward series from Amazon, curated by Blake Crouch.

 

I'm familiar with the works of Paul Tremblay and just read his latest collection GROWING THINGS a few months back. I felt that this story was a bit of a departure from his horror works and it was a change that I enjoyed. Being more of a mystery/science fiction tale, I found the end to be an unexpected surprise- and I love to be surprised!

 

Thanks to Amazon/Audible for the free reads and the original premises upon which these stories are based!

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review 2019-10-16 19:14
In The Scrape by James Newman & Mark Steensland
In The Scrape - Mark Steensland,James R. Newman

 

In The Scrape is a novella that made me feel as if my giant beast of a cat were sitting atop my chest trying his best to stop my heart from beating the entire time I was reading. Not too many books do that to me but put two sweet kids in peril and that’ll do the trick, I guess! This one is a nail-biter and I was incredibly worried for these kids during the entire story. That’s some kind of knock-out writing. I’m glad I’m finished so I can breathe again.

 

 


Set in the 80’s, Jacob and Matthew are two brothers plotting to run away from their abusive drunkard of a dad and escape to live with their mom who left them all years ago. Their situation hurts the heart. They’re so young and stuck in a situation that seems completely hopeless but they’re plotting and hopeful anyway. I loved that about them. Such brave and smart young kiddos.

As this is a horror novella and there is a schoolyard bully thrown into the mix, you can expect things to go sideways, plans to go awry and terrible things to happen. And they do, thus explaining the sensation of feeling like my chunker of a cat was cutting off my airway. The plot doesn’t travel down the same path as my brain assumed it would (thankfully because my thoughts were 100% bleak) but I still found myself horrified and surprised by the turn of events which I’m not gonna spoil.

This is a story about tenacity, survival, bravery and brotherly love and facing down terrible odds when those charged with protecting you are the ones you just might fear the most. This is really great, heavy stuff. Much different from the previous collaboration I read with author James Newman, Scapegoat, which had an 80’s feel and madness tinged plot but both are excellent stories. 4 ½ stars

 

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text 2019-10-16 18:21
Reading progress update: I've read 63 out of 248 pages.
Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 - Stephen Puleo

This is just like The Radium Girls. Just swap radium with molasses, and girls with every-freaking-body near this tank.

 

Also, holy shit was America not exactly "freedom of speech" during WWI. Like, damn.

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review 2019-10-16 15:26
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Ruby's Pride (Wonderland After Dark #1) by Romy Lockhart
Ruby's Pride (Wonderland After Dark #1) - Romy Lockhart

@XpressoReads, @LockhartRomy, #Adult, #Paranormal, #ReverseHarem, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Ruby's Pride is the first book in the Wonderland After Dark series, and whilst this one focuses on the land of Oz and Ruby, don't worry, Alice is around too!

 

Ruby has worked her backside off for years but is still not closer to getting the promotion she wants. She has major issues with men, which come out as the book progresses. Warner, Ax, Corwin, and Ransom are the four lions who are able to shift into human who find her when she first appears in Oz. She has lots to do, and little inclination to stay, when she first gets there. But things are about to change for Ruby...

 

This was a great story, with plenty of sexy times and a good storyline. I can't wait to hear about the Crystal and Pearl, and what they go through. Ruby does change as the story moves on, but the reasoning behind her feelings is made clear. Yes, she acts like a brat at times, but she owns it. I also hope Ruby shows up in the other books as I would love to hear how she's getting on.

 

A great beginning to the world in which this is set, and I have no hesitation in recommending it. I can't wait to continue with the series.

 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

 

Merissa

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

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