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Fellside by M.R. Carey #review

Fellside

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Title : Fellside
Author: M.R. Carey
Published: 2016
Pages:: 496
Format:: Print

After reading The Girl With All The Gifts I jumped on the chance to get a review copy, my thanks to Hachette for indulging me. This book while well written in nothing like the authors previous book.

Here the writing had me mesmerised and while I enjoyed the story with varying elements of supernatural, court room drama, and mystery among others the story had a tendency to peak and valley with pacing. At times I could not put the book down and others it slowly plodded along and the excellent writing is what kept me going. I highly enjoyed this book despite some moments of not being quite as good as it could have. I would rate this one 3.5 stars

 

The unmissable and highly anticipated new literary thriller from the author of the international phenomenon The Girl With All the Gifts.

Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. It’s not the kind of place you’d want to end up. But it’s where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.

It’s a place where even the walls whisper.

And one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess.

Will she listen?

Superghost by Scott Cole #review

Scott Cole

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Title : Superghost
Author: Scott Cole
Published: 2014
Pages:: 85
Format:: ebook

 

Mad science, giant monsters, and a whole lot of severed limbs…

Things were bad when Darren lost his arm to a drunken farmer driving a stolen bulldozer the wrong way down a one-way city street. All he had left was the strange tingling sensation where his arm had been and a life that was no longer there. Now, even that is about to be stolen from him.

The foulest mad scientist the world has ever seen has plans for Darren’s phantom limb, and the limbs of all the other amputees he can attack. He is gathering them to build the greatest Frankenstein ghost ever made from phantom body parts – a SuperGhost designed to destroy the world! And it will take Darren and a ragtag band of amputation survivors to bring down the creature and save mankind from total destruction!

 

A disgruntled mad scientist creates a monster with the ghost limbs of amputees. That right there is the story in a nutshell. It was fun, quirky, and entertaining. A short read as are all NBAS reads so this is a good taste of what one would have in store if trying bizarro for the first time. My fave part was the inclusion of an octopus and its limbs which while highly inaccurate as octopi will regrow limbs, not that this story is factual but non the less phantom octopus limbs don’t happen. Be that as it may I enjoyed Sexy the Sexopus and his little wiggly ghost appendage. < That sounded wrong.

Hades’ Disciples by Michael West #review

Michael West

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Title : Hades’ Disciples ( The Legacy of the Gods : Book 2 )
Author: Michael West
Published: 2014
Pages:: 301
Format:: ebook

Terrifying creatures exist all around us, hiding in plain sight. Ancient. Deadly. They gather in secret, conspiring, dreaming of nothing less than humanity’s destruction, and their numbers are growing.

Earl Preston knows the danger all too well. After tangling with a horde of mythological sea monsters in Colonial Bay, he has been tasked with finding these beasts and exposing their plans whatever they may be. But Earl is not the only one with a mystery on their hands. At the very top of the world, Carol Miyagi has stumbled onto an artifact from Earth’s past, something magnificent held captive in a prison of ice and snow. Now, Carol and Earl must work quickly to decipher the will of the gods–a plot that defies imagination–and to stop their followers from carrying it out.

They thought the nightmare was over, but they are about to discover that the horror has only just begun.

 

This is a seriously good series that I wish more people knew about. I enjoyed book one which I read ages ago. The only problem I had with reading book two was that some things I had forgotten so reading the two books closer together would have been beneficial. The series continues with mythological and fantasy creatures tied to modern day. We have good guys in a race against time to keep the bad guys from implementing their evil plan. Well written characters that are so fascinating to read about I so want to get my hands on book three. Michael has written what is a super fun and entertaining urban fantasy that gets the reader hooked and desperate for more. You’ll also have a sex scene that will blow your mind. For a man who is arachnophobic Michael sure does go in depth in their sex lives.

Hurry and write book three Michael and put us out of our misery, that was one mega cliffhanger.

Highly recommended.

Michael West

 

Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig #review

Mockingbird

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Title : Mockingbird
Author: Chuck Wendig
Published: 2012
Pages:: 400
Format:: Print

 

Miriam is trying. Really, she is.

But this whole “settling down thing” that Louis has going for her just isn’t working out. She lives on Long Beach Island all year around. Her home is a run-down double-wide trailer. She works at a grocery store as a check-out girl. And her relationship with Louis–who’s on the road half the time in his truck–is subject to the piss and vinegar Miriam brings to everything she does.

It just isn’t going well. Still, she’s keeping her psychic ability–to see when and how someone is going to die just by touching them–in check. But even that feels wrong somehow. Like she’s keeping a tornado stoppered up in a tiny bottle.

Then comes one bad day that turns it all on her ear.

 

I loved Blackbirds the first in the Miriam Black series and didn’t think it could be topped for awesomeness. After reading book 2 its clear one should never underestimate the power of Chuck Wendig. This book blew me away. I simply loved it.

Miriam Black is one of the most appealing messed up kick-ass characters ever put on paper. Mockingbird it a dark, slick engrossing urban fantasy and I can’t wait to read book 3. Miriam sees how people die when she touches them, with a man in her life she’s trying to keep it together and live as normal a life as Miriam can which for her is not remotely normal. Thankfully or the story would be short and sweet Miriam is faced with death of a scale she can’t stand and takes it head on. Fate bites back and the action gets hard and relentless.

I love you Chuck Wendig and if we ever meet at a convention be prepared for the ear shattering fan girl squeal of a lifetime. Majorly recommended as everyone should be a fan girl of Chucks.

Black Paintings by James Smythe #review

James Smythe

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Title : Black Paintings
Author: James Smythe
Published: 2014
Pages:: 20
Format:: ebook

“I first saw the painting in a gallery in Spain. I was there on business, the day after my diagnosis, and wanted to distract myself before my flight.”

James Smythe (The Machine, Way Down Dark) explores the darker side of art. A furious – and very wealthy – man becomes obsessed with a painting. As he finds himself in the art, he begins to lose what makes him human.

I love the mind of James Smythe. The amazing worlds and characters he creates always make for a great read. This short was one I had to get and it did not disappoint. A wealthy man who learns he is dying takes his love of art to a whole new level. He procures a piece he becomes obsessed with, I myself had to google this piece and it is in fact a very real work of art. A satisfying short into a death spiral of self destruction.