Review: Our Last Night

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Title: Our Last Night

Author: Taylor Adams

Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from GoodReads):

Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards
Dan is a professional ghost hunter who’s never actually found a ghost. But his newest case is promising: a cursed Russian rifle (allegedly) haunted by a demon. According to legend, anyone who touches the antique weapon dies within 24 hours. But for Dan, it’s personal — he’s still mourning the death of his fiancée Adelaide, and he’s desperate to find proof that spirits exist. At any cost.

As the clock ticks down, Dan’s paranormal investigation quickly twists into a mind-bending nightmare. He is stalked through time and memory by a terrifying (and very real) demon. And as for his lost love, Adelaide? She might be the only one who can save him . . .

 

This book was a surprise. I admit I’m not a huge fan of horror, but I am curious about the genre, so I was at the same time excited and dreading reading this book.

So, this is horror, but it’s also prominently supernatural. It is also a love story.

There’s two tales happening at the same time. There’s the race against time to stop stop evil and save oneself, and there’s the slow understanding that everything may look perfect when you look back, but that’s just one’s mind choosing to remember only the good.

The book a little to find its rhythm, but when it found, it made it impossible to put it down. As a result, I went to bed 3:30am last night. I couldn’t wait until the next morning, I had to know how it ended!

Also, I think the book dragged at times, a few scenes were unnecessary plot wise. I didn’t skip any of them, though, afraid I’d lose a hint or a sudden development, and trust me, they  were there, not everywhere, but the twists and hints were there, and they helped build an exciting and surprising narrative. Also, I should mention there’s some gore and violent imagery, but if you’re a fan of horror, you’re already expecting it.

This is book is an excellent read for fans of thrillers and supernatural. The love story is also well written, not annoying or too sugary, and true as the layers are peeled and more is revealed.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Joffe Books and author Taylor Adams for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review also posted on GoodReads. Link here.

 

Review: The Magic of Cape Disappointment

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Title: The Magic of Cape Disappointment

Author: Julie Manthey

Rating: 4 stars

I’m not usually into romance, but I needed to read something different, something more light hearted and this book was the perfect choice.

This is a story of being found by your destiny, no matter how much you run from it. It is full of powerful magic, beauty and love. It reads like a fairy tale of sorts, a story of destiny, of breaking rules and boundaries, and finding and accepting yourself in the place and role you tried to escape.

This is also a story about friendship and learning to lean on others.

It’s about true love and soul mates, and how love knows no prejudice.

If you want to read something lovely, entertaining and rich, this is the book for you.

Did I mention the main character, Kay Baker, is a Native American, and descendant from a powerful lineage of medicine women? And she talks with coyotes? Oh, and she can’t cook, but that’s okay because she meets Sam, and although he knows nothing about herbs and healing and would run the other way if he came across a coyote, he is a chef, and a lot more.

I’d like to thank NetGalley and author Julie Manthey for providing me with a copy of The Magic of Cape Disappointment in exchange for an honest review.

This is a self published book, and a great one. I highly recommend it.

 

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: Good Omens

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Source: Neil Gaiman

Title: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Author: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Rating: 4 and half stars

What can I say about Good Omens that hasn’t been said yet?
It’s not for everyone, nothing wrong there, but if you like crazy fun colorful imagery, well, there’s a big chance this book is for you.

I heard about Neil Gaiman and this book from a good friend of mine years ago (probably over a decade ago, when we first met). It took me this long to read it but I wasn’t in a hurry – I knew I would love it.

I’m the (weird) kind of person who doesn’t like audio books because my imagination provides me with different voices for each character and doesn’t like watching movies based on books I’ve already read, again, because I have everything clear in my mind, and it could be ruined by someone else’s vision, or someone else’s vision would pale in comparison to what I created.

This book is for people like me, people who can dream and see, feel and hear the words as if they’re happening right in front of you.

Good Omens is less about character development and more about character and life happening.

It’s sweet, it’s fun, it’s outrageous, it’s touching. It’s life.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: The Ocean At The End of The Lane

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Title: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman

Rating: 5 stars

All I can say about this book is that it’s like a poem, like a lullaby. It’s like an old favorite blanket, warm, comforting. It’s beautiful.

The characters are presented in a way that the reader can see them clearly, and the narrative helps you feel what the characters feel, see what they see, live the events right along with them.

There’s magic, there’s love, there’s pain – just like life. This another beautifully built world by Neil Gaiman; a world we get a glimpse of throught this book, but that may live on in our minds.

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Review originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.