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.

 

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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: Diary of Anna the Girl Witch – Book 1

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Title: Diary of Anna the Girl Witch – Book 1: Foundling Witch

Author: Max Candee

Rating: 5 stars

 

This is how a book for kids should be like, exciting, interesting, warm and thoughtful.
The lessons about friendship, loyalty, the difference between good and evil, and that actions have consequences are old but are always welcomed when done right – which is what happens here.

The characters are fun and interesting. Both kids and adult characters teach that appearances can be deceiving, and like we’ve heard a million times, we should not judge a book by its cover.

The art is also beautiful, and the drawing reminded me of the books from my childhood.

This is a book that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. You just have to open your heart and dare to dream.

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I’d like to thank NetGalley, Helvetic House and author Max Candee for providing me with a copy of Diary of Anna the Girl Witch: Book 1: Foundling Witch in exchange for an honest review.

 

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This review was also posted on GoodReads. Link here.

Review: The Silent Children

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Title: The Silent Children

Author: Amna K. Boheim

Rating: 3.8 stars

3.8 stars (which is almost 4).

First of all, thank you to NetGalley, Troubador Publishing Ltd and author Amna K. Boheim for sending me the ebook in exchange for a honest review.

This is Ms. Boheim first novel and it’s a great one once it finds its rhythm.

The book took a little to find its footing, the first third drags a little, but once it did, it became a fast and very pleasant read. This is a horror storywhere some of the horrors are supernatural, others sadly all too real. The story is told through two timelines – one beginning in the 1930s and other in 2004. The first narrative is in the 3rd person while the second one is in 1st, which gives the book a good pace, for me at least.

The characters and relationships are interesting. I wish I had learned more about Vivienne and her relationship with Annabel, I was left with the impression that there was something more behind the surface of their friendship.

The one character I had trouble with was Max, the narrator of the 2004 part of the book. He was likable but I had a hard time picturing him the way the author intended – a thirty-something successful man. Try as I might, I kept picturing him as a young man, probably just out of his adolescence. I don’t know if it was his feelings towards his mother, or his relationship with Vivienne that clouded the image I made of him, but I couldn’t see him as mature as he was supposed to be. That didn’t spoiled my enjoyment, though. At some point I didn’t care about that anymore, I was too engrossed in the story.

The twists presented were not hard to guess, and nothing important was left unexplained.

This was an enjoyable read, more than I expected, and I’m looking forward to reading more from Ms. Boheim.

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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.