TWTBANNERTWTNOOKTitle: The Witching Time  by Rachel Faugno
Genre: Horror, Suspense, Romance
Length: 273 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: April 20, 2016
Publisher: Craigh na Dun, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating: 4/5

Caroline Burdick is still mourning the death of her toddler son when she inherits an isolated old house from her great aunt Hetty, a woman she barely knew. But the unexpected windfall comes with a catch: she must live in the house for six months to claim her inheritance.

Set on a lonely hilltop in Brookfield, Massachusetts, the house terrifies Caroline, as does her aunt’s menacing companion Sarah Stratton, who has stayed on as housekeeper. Even more disturbing are the repeated appearances of Bathsheba Spooner, a distant relative who was hanged for murder in 1778, and the discovery that Hetty was high priestess of an ancient coven of witches.

The only light amidst the darkness is a beautiful young man named Eddy Ross, with whom Caroline falls helplessly in love. But that fleeting joy cannot save her from the deadly maelstrom of witchcraft and family secrets that shatter her world.

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Happy Monday!! I’m excited to kick off this week and a whole new month with my thoughts and review on The Witching Time by Rachel Faugno . I’d like to send a big thank you to both the author and the publisher for giving me the chance to read this book for the tour in exchange for my honest review of it.

The Witching Time is about a young woman who has just recently lost her young son in a freak accident. Still grieving over his death she goes to visit the property that has been willed to her by her estranged aunt who has also recently passed. Intent on selling the place and getting back to trying to pick up the pieces of her life, she is surprised to find that her aunt has written surprise requirements in her will that cause Caroline to stay on the property longer than expected. But the house feels strange and the stories she learns about her family and the history of the town are just as unsettling leading to more than she bargained for.

It has been a long while since I have read a witch-y story and I didn’t know how much I missed witch-y stories until now. I had a lot of fun reading this book and I really wish I had read it around Halloween.

I thought the book and the plot were really well written. It had a very spooky feel to it right from the start which I appreciated and totally put me in the mood to read more books in the horror genre. It was very well written and well paced, it caught my attention immediately and held it throughout. I loved our main character Caroline and I found myself really feeling for her at various times throughout the novel, I commiserated with her and grieved with her. I was spooked with her and just generally connected with her.

It was a very light read for me, definitely possible to read it in one sitting due to both length and pacing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. When it began it had a historical fiction feel to it because of the witch hunt vibe so that is what I initially thought the rest of the story was going to feel like but no, it was even better because it was certainly felt very dark and spooky throughout. I have always been fascinated with Wicca, witches and nature and this book was such a treat for me to read. I am giving this book four stars since I enjoyed it so much and I recommend if you love books about witches or want to get in the “Halloween is coming” mood.

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Rachel Faugno, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, makes her home in central Massachusetts. She teaches English at a community college and has worked as a newspaper correspondent, freelance writer, and magazine editor.

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Book Review: Everyone Dies at the End by Riley Westbrook

everyonedies_squ_01jTitle:  Everyone Dies at the Endt by Riley Westbrook
Genre:  Horror – Novella
Publisher: Bigworldnetwork
Length: 27,000 words
Format: Epub
Publication Date: May 2016
Rating – 5/5!

Who knew the zombie apocalypse would be caused by something we all know is deadly…but that is also all around us? Two stories intersect as the world delves into chaos – Earl, a drugged out heroin addict constantly in search of his next fix, and a family struggling with the dramas of everyday life, get no reprieve during this zombie outbreak. Can any of them survive the deadliest game of all – survival against undead, each other, and the world around them?

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Hello everyone! Today I am doing something different and reviewing a novella, Everyone Dies at the End by Riley Westbrook. I believe I have only read one novella in the past couple of years so I was excited to have the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone Dies at the End is about the zombie apocalypse. We follow two story lines that converge and have a pretty surprising ending that I totally didn’t expect to be the case and that I actually really loved.

I ended up giving this novella five stars because I really enjoyed it and it kept me on my toes. I was always surprised and I really liked the biological angle this novella took on the origination of the zombie virus. I loved that everything was affected by this zombie apocalypse because in some stories animals aren’t affected and having them be susceptible to the disease just makes it that much harder on survivors which just really ups the ante and makes it interesting for us readers. There was quite a bit of action, intensity and surprise. It’s gory, dark, dangerous and gritty – all things I really crave in a zombie story.

I was pretty much hooked from the start until the end. Being a novella that is  24,000 words, it was a very fast, light read but always entertaining. Fans of Zombie Apocalypse stories or overall horror will enjoy this! I, myself, would enjoy reading more from the author. Oh how I wish it was a novel!

Blog Tour Book Review: Soul Retrievers by David Burton

SRTitle: Soul Retrievers by David Burton
Genre:  Fantasy – Horror
Publisher: Dark Serpent
Page count: 465 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: July 10, 2015
Rating – 4/5

When an innocent soul is accidentally sent to Hell, loved ones can hire a certain specialist to return the soul to Heaven Gate. However, if the specialist dies in Hell proper, his soul is trapped there for eternity. These specialists who risk eternal damnation are known as Soul Retrievers.

Getter has begun an assignment he takes personally, perhaps too personally: retrieve the soul of a ten-year old girl, the same age his own daughter would have been had she lived. This time, however, a strange plot is brewing behind the normal dangers of Hell. Retrievers are disappearing, including Getter’s brother-in-law, and an army is forming in secret. Teamed with Sneaker, a female Soul Retriever dealing with her new “Life” as a vampire, and an odd collection of Retrievers and souls, Getter only wants to finish his mission. But whispers of prophecy have told of a war between Satan and Mephisto, the Helland Security Chief, and have named Getter as a man with a destiny he does not want.

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Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Soul Retrievers! I’d like to send a big thank you to the author David Burton and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.

In Soul Retriever, we follow Getter who works in a secret and highly dangerous profession of soul retrieving in which he rescues innocent souls that have been sent to hell by mistake. Soul Retrievers work for hire and by contract with the lost souls family. Getter finds himself in hell once again, but this time to rescue the soul of a ten year old girl that reminds him of the daughter he lost in his past. He finds this particular job troubling and runs into far more danger than he anticipated in hell.

I really enjoyed this book. It was dark and gritty and altogether a different, interesting concept. I thought the story was so original, definitely not something I have encountered before although spending time with Getter’s character reminded me alot of how I felt when reading about other badass mercenary for hire type men like Dresden in the Dresden Files or even the Winchester brothers in Supernatural. Once I started reading this book and got that feeling, I knew I was going to enjoy reading this book. It was also almost like experiencing the hell of Dante’s inferno except I feel like the hell in this book is certainly more hellish (hopefully that makes sense!)

I found the concept of an ever changing hell to be super interesting and that added a really good, dangerous element to the story. Hell was literally just filled to the brim with all sorts of different creatures and dangers that I found SO interesting and horrifying. The soul retrievers seem to go through SO much at every single turn they take in hell, like the fact that they have any downtime down there (especially for sexy time) is pretty amazing in itself. The action scenes were great although slightly overwhelming because SO much happens in these action scenes. This book pretty much kept me on my toes from start to finish.  I found the book itself to be pretty fast paced which makes for a pretty light read because if you’re like me, you’ll get sucked right into the story.

Overall, this book was super fun to read, horror fans will definitely find something to love in this book, it’s a pretty wild, fun romp through hell that kept me up at night. I seem to be doing alot of my reading late at night in bed so if you do the same thing prepare to be a little freaked out! I’m hoping that this book get’s a sequel because I would love to revisit this world. I found the book cover to be really cool too! Four stars!

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David BurtonAbout the Author

David Burton is an American writer living in sunny Southern California. After traveling by motorcycle through Mexico, US, Canada and Alaska; building and sailing his own boats to Mexico, Tahiti, Hawaii, and through the Panama Canal to Florida, he turned to writing. He mops floors and collects trash for money, writes for a living, and is an unrequited sailor.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Oddities & Entities by Roland Allnach

Oddities and Entities

Title: Oddities & Entities written by Roland Allnach
Genre: Horror – Short Story collection
Published by All Things That Matter Press
Page count: 256
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #45

“Set in the mysterious space between the everyday world and an existence just beyond reach, “Oddities & Entities” traces a path through the supernatural, the paranormal, and the speculative. With moments of horror, dark humor, and philosophical transcendence, these tales explore a definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body.”

Welcome to my stop on the Oddities & Entities blog tour! I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review and I’d like to take a moment and thank both TLC Book tours and Roland Allnach for letting me be a part of the tour!

When I read the description above, I was instantly intrigued by Oddities & Entities. The title itself is intriguing as well and I’m happy that I got to read this book during the month of October which is when I like to read paranormal books even more due to Halloween. Surprisingly the only experience I have had reading short story collections has been in undergraduate English classes, other than that this is my first real experience with a book consisting of short stories so I’ve been super excited to read this book.

I found the experience of reading Oddities & Entities to be exciting. Not only was I deeply intrigued by the stories I encountered within the pages of this collection but I found myself biting my nails and trying to guess at where the stories were headed…something I couldn’t do! Although all the stories in this collection subscribe to the horror genre, they deal with vastly different paranormal entities and concepts that can only be described as “odd” or otherworldly. They range from a story about a woman who has grown up in the company of a freaky, paranormal entity called a Curmudgeon to a guy who pretty much snot rockets a gray being out of his brain (you MUST read the book for further detail!). I can honestly say that I have never experienced stories quite like what I encountered in Oddities & Entities which was a wonderfully good thing. I was impressed with the authors style of writing, I love the way he describes the people, places and events in his stories, I think he is a gifted storyteller and is able to craft a narrative that easily transports you into his stories. I was really impressed with the story of Elmer Phelps which is a story about a vampire which is pretty different from any vampire story I have ever read. The vampire is such a pervasive character in the horror genre that when I read a vampire novel sometimes it can feel like a repeat of something I have already read but this story was an entirely different treatment of a vampire that I enjoyed immensely. I almost wish it was a full novel!

I definitely recommend horror fans to check out this collection of horror stories, they are a different breed of their own and I found them immensely enjoyable!

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