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review 2018-12-09 06:39
rising from the ashes
Riding Towards Shadows - Nellie Merthe Erkenbach

Riding Towards Shadows really impressed me more than most books I've read in recent months.

A self-discovery novel that exudes strength and vulnerability at the same time, is personal and also help (almost instructions) for women in a similar situation. Nellie Merthe Erkenbach takes us on her journey through the pain of loss, a journey into her past, which she undertakes to heal in the present.

The Glasgow of the 1990s is an unknown world but opens up through Erkenbach’s vivid descriptions and flashbacks.

Riding Towards Shadows is a "road movie" and that's why the vehicle plays a special role; her motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson Sportster, is almost mythical, a symbol of masculinity that helps this woman to emancipate from male stereotypes. The actual journey thus becomes an inner development, a maturing process.

Because these are real people, some characters remain a little unclear but this gives the story a certain kick.

Riding Towards Shadows is suffering from love lost and growing through dealing with the pain, it is not a humorous book but one that stays with the reader for a long time after the last page is turned.  

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review 2018-12-08 15:45
Review: "Enemies and Shadows" (The Rifter, #7) by Ginn Hale
Enemies and Shadows - Ginn Hale

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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review 2018-12-07 13:03
Shadows in the Mist
Shadows in the Mist - Brian Moreland

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Jack Chambers sends his grandson to Germany on a mission to retrieve the bodies of his deceased platoon. He wants the truth to be known about how and why his men were massacred in the Hurtgen forest but there are those who wish to keep what the Nazis did a secret. Jacks diary gives the answers as to the horrors that they endured and also speaks of a supernatural evil that the Nazis wished to unleash on the world and that higher powers would seek to exploit today.

A solid horror that is mostly told through the diary pages of Jack, you become completely invested in the survival of Jack and the 'Lucky Seven'. There's a lot of warfare discussion and this can drag a little but the horror elements make up for it and it ends up an entertaining mix of history and occultism. I did wish the present day story had been fleshed out a bit more, I expected that there would be more of a threat to Sean and those that went to the Church but at the end it was a little anticlimactic in that sense. I did appreciate other aspects of the ending and found it be moving and therefore somewhat satisfying.
Recommended.

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review 2018-11-11 03:12
Chasing Eva (In Light of Shadows) by Camellia Hart
Chasing Eva (In Light of Shadows Series Book 1) - Camellia Hart

 

 

Eva is a fierce adversary when pushed too far. Clive is a worthy opponent. When your heart is forced into battle with your head, what do you do? Chasing Eva is a smartly crafted war between mind and heart, body and soul, attraction and loathing. Camellia Hart makes it hard to choose between two overpowering forces. When falling in love, there's always a catch and the heart wants what it wants.

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review 2018-10-30 15:35
As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason
As Shadows Fade - Colleen Gleason

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I ended up liking this book quite a lot. I have really had a great time with this vampire hunter series set in the Regency period and I was eager to see how everything would wrap up in this final installment. I had some ideas about where things might go in this book and I wasn't completely wrong but there were more than a few surprises worked in along the way as well. I am pretty satisfied with how everything came to an end.

Demons are making their way into the world. Demons are a danger not only to humans but vampires also have a lot to lose with their increased presence. Demons are hard to fight and even harder to overcome. There are a few special items that could help in defeating this enemy but in order to use them, Victoria and the other vampire hunters must enlist the help of one of their greatest enemies, Lilith, the vampire queen. I couldn't wait to see how things would finally wrap up with this master vampire and seeing the members of the group working with her was intense. She has had such a unique hold over Max throughout the series and I knew that things would get exciting when the vampire hunters were finally able to deal with her.

The characters in this series are really well done. The group of vampire hunters were on the road for much of this book so there were not quite so many characters throughout the book as some of the other books. Victoria has become such a strong leader and is willing to sacrifice if that is what is required of her. I do like the fact that she does still want things for herself and actively works to make those things happen. Max has been through a lot over the course of the story and he takes on another huge obstacle in this installment. He has proven that he will do whatever it takes to help make the world a safer place. Sebastian has also changed throughout the series. He isn't as afraid to show how much he cares and actively pursues what he wants in this installment. He is also a very brave man that can be very honorable when given the opportunity.

My one complaint about this book was the love triangle that took center stage at the start of the book. I really wish that this element to the story would have just been left out. One love interest was more than enough in my opinion. The love triangle was really set up in the previous installment in the series but this was where things were really dealt with. Victoria knows what she wants and doesn't waver in that decision which I really appreciated. I was pretty sure how the romantic element of the story would pan out before I ever started reading this book and I was right for the most part. The way that story worked out in the end made the whole triangle make a lot more sense to me and I was really satisfied with how everything turned out.

I would recommend this series to others. This is the fifth and final installment in a series that really does have to be read in order since each book builds on the last. I have had such a great time watching this group of characters change and learn to work as a team to make the world a safer place. I definitely plan to read more from Gleason very soon.

Initial Thoughts
I ended up liking this one. At the start of the book, I was a bit disappointed that the focus seemed to be almost entirely on Victoria's romantic life. I would have been happy to just leave the whole love triangle thing out of this series. The book did get back to the vampire hunting action I wanted to see and there were a few surprising revelations. All in all this was an exiting story.

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