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review 2017-06-13 11:45
Review: The Turn
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death - Kim Harrison

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

Since The Hollows is one of my favourite urban fantasy series, and probably one the series that got me hooked on urban fantasy in the first place, a prequel to the Hollows was a must have. I put in a Netgalley request as soon as I saw it. (Even though I’m only up to book 7 in the series).

 

Though after reading it, I can’t honestly say I liked it all that much. It was okay, somewhere between a two and a three star read for me. The first half of the book was full of science stuff that I found incredibly boring and a slog to get through. I’ve never DNFed a Kim Harrison book before, so series and author love made me determined to finish it.

 

 I found it quite confusing, it didn’t help also that I could have sworn there was a Trent Kalamak in the Rachel Morgan series. It was only when I was reading reviews on Goodreads and saw the questions about this book section that someone else had asked the same thing that was puzzling me. Not the same character, two different characters (though there was a ding! moment towards the end of the book that made me go aaaah, that’s why).

 

One or two familiar characters also popped up, demon Algaliarept (who’s name I can’t pronounce to save my life) was his usual delightfully obnoxious (and somewhat amusing in a snarky way) self and Quen.  One of the vampires makes an appearance towards the end as well.

 

This is all about two dark elf scientists who are fighting it out for funding, Trent and Trisk, both of whom hate each other, Trisk’s created a genetically engineered tomato that will supposedly end third world hunger. Forced to work together each have their own separate agendas. As I said, the first half was all very technical and the two of them playing off each other to get to their own goals. (I had to keep reminding myself this was set in the 60s as well). Favourite classic songs are on the radio as new music.

 

But of course, jealousy rears its ugly head and one thing leads to another, something goes hideously wrong. This resulting in a wide spread disease that nearly wipes out the human race, bringing out the fear and repercussions of a bunch of vampires, witches and other species trying their best to get head of it and survive as well.  While at the same time Trisk and a companion, the Dr who created the virus in the first place, there’s links to her genetic tomato, and Trent trying to keep on top of things.

 

The second half was much more exciting as things went from bad to worse and Trisk and her friends try to fix the problem. There’s something – satisfying is not the word I’d use – but there’s definitely a so that’s how it all happened feeling about now knowing how The Hollows all started, but it’s certainly not a favourite novel. Though I am glad I read it, and would certainly recommend to Hollows fans.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2017-02-11 11:24
Call of Shadows by Terry Maggert
Call of Shadows - Terry Maggert

Call of Shadows: A Fearless Series Short Story (The Fearless Book 0) by Terry Maggert is a puzzling short story about a monster and her Helper. I gave it four stars.

 

The simple cross was used as bait. "Less than two feet high, of a simple design, the roadside monument was like the thousands of others that dot the rural South and elicit a sympathetic what a shame or intemperate thoughts of just desserts for rowdy youth."

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Call-Shadows-Fearless-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B00OD5HW9A/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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review 2017-01-15 19:42
It Sleeps at Dawn by Anthony Renfro
It Sleeps at Dawn - Anthony Renfro

It Sleeps at Dawn by Anthony Renfro is a short horror story. It has homonyms and typos so I gave it four stars.

 

An unnamed woman awoke not knowing where she was. Then discovered stained glass windows with frightening scenes of vampires. She ran to a door and struggled to open it.

 

Outside she met a man she'd seen the night before but did not go home with him. She was sure of that. "He smiled at her, an evil dark eat you alive from head to toe smile, which revealed large white fangs..."

 

There was two Bonus Short Stories: The Living Sand which I had read and reviewed before. Also Fear of the Scarecrow.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXYPP02

 

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review 2016-12-02 07:56
The Rosegiver by Sandy Benitez
The Rosegiver - Sandy Benitez

The Rosegiver by Sandy Benitez is a horror, young adult book set in the late 1800s in rural England. Rachel Harper travels to her aunt's home, the Rosethorne Inn in Thistlegrove. She learns from a writer, John, who is also traveling to the inn that several young girls are missing. Rachel is frightened but feels safe when she arrives.

 

While Rachel waited in the train depot, she observed: "professionally dressed gentlemen in black wool suits huddled together like a murder of crows, discussing the business of the day."

 

"Sighing, she grabbed another lemon drop from her purse and plopped it into her dry mouth. She loved the tart taste but it always seemed to cause her mouth to twist in a funny manner when it first hit her tongue. She wondered how many strangers had witnessed the odd distortion on her face when she ate one and if they thought she was well or suffering from some unknown ailment."

 

Ronan is a graveminder and employed as a 'Jack of all trades' by her Aunt Judith. The language is flowery but suitable for the timeframe.

 

Mysterious happenings took place. Can they find the kidnapper before Rachel is harmed? Can this situation be solved?

 

It kept my attention, so I gave it five stars. Unfortunately, the Kindle edition I received had awkward breaks with the book's title, page numbers or the author's name inserted in strange places. I found that very distracting.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Createspace and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1523889047

 

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review 2016-10-02 11:51
Moonborn: The Proving by Marina Finlayson
Moonborn: The Proving: A Prequel - Marina Finlayson

Moonborn: The Proving by Marina Finlayson is an intriguing paranormal novella-length prequel about Garth, the human stepson of the werewolf pack leader. He always wanted to be a wolf but remained an outsider. I gave this five stars.

 

"He was such a boiling mess of impotent rage, shame, and longing, he hardly knew which was up. Couldn't think straight, couldn't see straight."

 

I received a complimentary kindle copy from Amazon. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Moonborn-Proving-Prequel-Marina-Finlayson-ebook/dp/B01C2KA8O8

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