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review 2015-02-24 19:14
Holy hell!!! This was one freaking good read!!!
Stormhaven - Jordan L. Hawk

Ok so here's me roaring through these books dealing with the whole aliens, monsters and who knows what that are coming at me and I'm enjoying it...a lot! Or at least I thought I was and then I read 'Stormhaven' and now I know. I've just been reading the warm up.

 

This for me was superb!!! I loved it. Oh there were still monsters, demons or whatever you want to call them. Only this time they were more abstract and only made a very small appearance in reality. There was a lot more Whyborne and Griffin relationship...sort of, Griffin's family shows up and can I just say that was a little tense.

 

There was definitely a stronger psychological component to the bad guy/monster issue than we've had in previous books and about this I am not going to say anything more because I really don't know how to express it without giving away parts of the story and this story to me is just to damned good to spoil for anyone.

 

Before I go on about our MC's can I just say "Christina you are the best, you are a rock and conceivably the perfect friend, you are honest in your opinions and not afraid to call a spade a spade, you tell your friends what they need to hear which is hard because it's not always what they want to hear, but at the end of it all you have their back and are there for them, especially Whyborne even when you are telling him he's wrong you're in his corner and you are steadfastly his best friend. I adore you for this. For being the kind of friend that we all need."

 

So now about our MCs. I have thought that Whyborne and Griffin were a sweet, sexy, melt my heart couple from the get go because of each of their circumstances and the times that they live in it won my heart to see them find happiness together but the last 25 to 30 percent of this book left me a sappy little puddle of mushy happiness curled up in my bed quietly wiping tears from eyes.

 

I honestly can't conceive that this series could get any better than this but I am so willing to keep reading to find how if it does and how in the world this could possibly happen.

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review 2015-02-20 01:33
Holy hell what just happened?
Eidolon - Jordan L. Hawk

'Eidolon' is a short story in the life of Whyborne & Griffin.  When Griffin decides that he wants to give Whyborne a perfect Valentines Day evening, however, work gets in the way.

 

This was such a sweet little story and I loved seeing the vulnerable side of Griffin. The side that is insecure and doesn't believe that someone like Whyborne could possibly love him and want to spend their with him. We saw similar thoughts and feelings in Whyborne during Widdershins. These two men need to talk but of course being men it's very possible that's not going to happen and we get to watch them muddle through for a little longer.

 

Now here's the bizarre thing I wanted more of the horror part of this story. I wanted to know what kind of demon they were dealing with. Where did this talisman come from? And there were more questions that I wondered about but no answers. So the demon gets to stay a bit of a mystery which at the end of it all seems ok, you know demon, mystery it seems to got hand in hand. So on to the next book.

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review 2015-02-19 17:08
Historical fiction + Horror...should be a no, I don't get it...
Widdershins - Jordan L. Hawk

I'm going to start by saying while there is a very small, very limited selection of historical fiction that I have enjoyed this genre is still not a biggy for me and horror stories are just a huge NO, NO, NO!!! So I'm left wondering how this happened? That I not only read this book but I really, really liked it and have every intention of reading more. It's a mystery...ok maybe not so much of a mystery as a surprise. This is the part where I'm going to ramble a bit...

 

I've spent a bit of time pondering this surprising anomaly and wondering why? First I wondered why did I even read this book, it's not my thing? Ok this was the easy question and I like to start with the easy stuff before the morning coffee. I read it because so many of my friends were not only reading it but really, really liking it and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Then came the harder part 'why did I like it?' I may read a book because my friends are and I'm curious but it doesn't mean I'm going to like it, just doesn't work that way for me and probably most people. So here's what it came down to for me...

 

What makes for an excellent reading experience? For me it's a story that I can slip into and see everything in my head like I'm watching a movie, but it's subtle. It happens without me having to work at it or even realize what's going on. It means my hubby will talk to me and it's the one time that I've tuned out the real world and have no idea what he's telling me, not a good thing who knows what he could get me to agree to at these times because I'm there in the story and everything just seems natural and right, which is probably one of the reasons that I don't like historical so much and really, really hate horror.  Those damned monsters follow me to bed every time. 

 

Jordan Hawk created a world that I thoroughly enjoyed and each time I picked up this book the movie started playing. The creatures horrified me, Whyborne and Griffin were there with me, so I could be brave, Christine was a woman whom, I would have proudly wanted as my friend. I cheered for her and her independence. She represented the women of that era who bravely struggled to create the world that I inherited and while not perfect it is so much better than what was. But most of all Wyborne and Griffin were a couple that I could believe in and when Griffin would look at Whyborne and call him 'my dear' I heard it, I didn't roll my eyes or giggle because it sounded silly for a man to use that kind of endearment towards another man because for me at that moment I was in that era and those were the type of endearments that lovers used.  For me this story was just right, it took me to the world that the author had created and led me along the story's path with ease and believability, which considering some of the things that were contained in this story made for a bit of an impressive task.

 

I'm on to the next adventure and hopefully, maybe there will be fewer things going bump in the night...but, somehow I doubt it. Oh well, maybe my big brave dog will protect me...no wait, he just saw his shadow so I'm going to have to convince him to come out of hiding first, lol. I think I'm on my own for this one ;-)

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text 2013-09-26 01:27
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Horrorscape - Nenia Campbell

How could I forget how damn creepy Gavin is?!

 

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review 2012-03-15 00:00
The Fun Book of Scary Stuff
The Fun Book of Scary Stuff - Emily Jenk... The Fun Book of Scary Stuff - Emily Jenkins,Hyewon Yum library copy
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