Blog Tour | Book Review | The Last Resort by Matt Drabble

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œThe Last Resort” by Matt Drabble , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we?:)


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Title: The Last Resort
Author: Matt Drabble
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Publisher: Eden Publications

Publishing date: 14th June, 2016
Pages: 327

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 


Summary:

The Paradise Resort is the ultimate in exclusive luxury island resorts, a private haven for only those deemed worthy enough to attend.

Landon Verger is a titan of industry and the founder of Paradise. The resort’s opening weekend should have been a celebration of wealth and excess, but without warning, it has gone silent.

Sam Verger knows his father only too well; the great man casts a long and dark shadow. He also knows that Landon Verger’s enemy list is long and varied, any one of which would love to see his father dead. Sam seeks to employ a professional to investigate the island, and Mac is one such woman.

An ex-military officer, she works dirty jobs and doesn’t ask questions if the money’s right. With her like-minded team, they travel to Paradise. Mac thought she’d seen everything that death had to offer, but she was wrong. What started out as a simple mission will quickly become the most desperate fight for survival she’s ever faced. There’s only one thing that she’s sure of: not everyone is getting out alive.


My Take:

This book is phenomenal! πŸ˜€ ❀

When I read the synopsis I was interested in reading this book but when I saw Matt Drabble’s name on the cover I was sure that I had to read this book. I must say, not a decision I regret. πŸ˜‰

I’ve read one of his books earlier, namely,Β “Asylum II – 13 More Tales Of Terror”Β (Click on the title to read my review) and I loved it. Matt kindly gave me one of his other books “Abracadaver” which I started reading right away but had to put it down because of college work and forgot about it. After I read “The Last Resort” I picked up “Abracadaver” again and considering the time passed between now and the last time I was reading it, I was sure that I would have to start again but to my surprise I remembered everything that I had read.

So, now I’ve read three books by this author and there’s no doubt that I will be reading all of his books. I never had books that could get me out of reading slumps but I found the author whose books are going to be a great help to me. Thank you, Matt Drabble! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

The writing style is, to describe in a word, engaging. With some books you rush the reading to just get it done with but not with his book, not even a page. I never wanted to rush even a word of this book. I loved being captivated by Matt’s words, the world he paints is magical, the way your attention is captured is mindblowing, you will be kept rooted to your seat neither wanting to keep the book down nor wanting the story to end. πŸ˜‰

I know this is supposed to be a review of “The Last Resort” but I am so impressed that I can’t stop myself from singing the author’s praises. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Anyways, getting on with the review… (finally πŸ˜› )

The story is what the summary tells you but the book as a whole is much much more than I could put in words. The characters are unique and you will find all types of personalities there. Throughout the book the uniqueness of the characters was maintained.

The plot line might seem simple but the way the suspense unfolds is very interesting. There were subtle hints pointing towards the answer of the questions that the characters had and the questions which keeps the readers thinking, if you are an observant reader then you surely can guess but it will still surprise you.

The action sequences will have you cheering for the characters, the loyalty some of the characters show will tug at your heart, some characters might make you grit your teeth and you are sure to feel the adrenaline rush.

The minute details with which the author describes every thing is commendable. No scope for lazy writing. This book has every detail paid attention to and all the loose ends tied.

I am not going to reveal much because I seriously want you to read this book and mind you, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I will be including some snippets from the book here when I post my review for Abracadaver. Stay tuned for that. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›


Why would I pick it up?

That’s me with Matt Drabble’s books. ❀ ❀ I feel like a book with his name on it is the only thing I am going to need in future to read his books. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€


Author’s Bio:

PictureBorn in Bath, England in 1974, a self-professed “funny onion” equal parts sport loving jock and comic book geek. I am a lover of horror and character driven stories. I am also an A.S. sufferer who took to writing full time two years ago after being forced to give up the day job.

I have a career high position of 5th on Amazon’s Horror Author Rank of which I am immensely proud. I was also accepted as a full member of the Horror Writers Association.

“GATED” is the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner. It is also a UK and US Horror Chart Top Ten Best Seller and winner of the Full Moon Awards 2014 Horror Book of the Year.

“ASYLUM – 13 TALES OF TERROR” is a US Horror Chart #5. It was also voted #5 on The Horror Novel Review’s Top 10 Books of 2013 and is a Readers Favorite 2014 Gold Medal Winner.

Both “THE TRAVELLING MAN” and “ABRA-CADAVER” won Indie Book of the Day awards while “ABRA-CADAVER” is also a 2015 Kindle Book Review Finalist.

Meet the author: |Β WebsiteΒ |Β TwitterΒ |Β FacebookΒ |Β 

 

 

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ARC Review | His New Jam by Shannyn Schroeder

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Title: His New Jam
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publishing date: 24th November , 2015
Published by: Lyrical Press

My Rating: 3/5 stars Β 

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Sydney Peters can’t wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote time to her true love: drums. With the semester coming to a close, she’s blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. The two favor different styles, but they make beautiful music together…in more ways than one.

Hunter is fascinated by Sydney’s distant allure. He might be a ladies’ man on campus, but the sarcastic cymbalist is impervious to his advances. When Hunter sees how passionate Sydney is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays. What he doesn’t anticipate, however, is falling so hard. But will the repercussions of his past crash down on his chance at something real?


My Take:

Sydney Peters is passing her time with the cymbals in the marching band which she hates just because she needs the credit and so that she can move on to her real love, i.e. drums. Hunter Reed plays the sax in the marching band and is a ladies’ man but has a rule of not dating anyone from the marching band but somehow he wants to change that rule for Sydney.

They are opposites and, well, they say that opposites attract! πŸ˜› They have same interests and same love for music despite their differences, that is what brings them close in the first place. Hunter sees Sydney play the drums and is mesmerized by her passion. He requests her to teach him and also be a part of his band. Sydney isn’t sure at first because-

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But then her love for music and the chance of working with a real band grow upon her insecurities. She has always wanted to be a part of a band and has unsuccessfully tried to put together a band. She finally agrees and goes to his place for band practice and for his drum lessons.

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While the lessons are in session, she learns more about him. He isn’t what she thought, he has more personality than she expected him to have.

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Her past has instilled a fear in her and she has built a wall around her. It is fun to see how Hunter breaks that wall down and captures her heart.

His past threatens their relationship. Whenever there is a player trying to settle down, we can almost everytime expect some drama from their previous lovers. Hunter trying to apologize and make things right between him and Sydney is well-written. πŸ™‚


 

Why would I pick it up?

People overcoming their fears to move on in their lives and to find love is a concept that will never get old. Conquering your fear helps you see your life in full potential. A story with that moral is hard to pass on. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

ARC Review | His Work Of Art by Shannyn Schroeder

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Title: His Work Of Art
Author: Shannyn Schroeder

Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publishing date: 27th October, 2015
Published by: Lyrical Press

My Rating: 4/5 stars Β 

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Reese Carter is definitely not your average college girl. She’d prefer to spend Saturday nights playing Hero’s Crusade than attending a wild frat party on campus. When she bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that Reese has formed a dream team sure to propel her writing into the comic hall of fame.

Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She’s sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can’t see why she’d choose DC over Marvel. He’s thrilled to finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But. this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself. When the two combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned; they never expected to develop a steamy romantic sub-plot of their own…


 

My Take:

Reese Carter and Adam Hayes are huge comic fans. Their interactions are limited to arguments over comics in Adam’s mom’s shop where Adam works and Reese is a regular customer.

They don’t agree with some of the other’s choices in comics and that’s what makes their conversations fun. πŸ˜›

Once Reese sees Adam work with his drawings and decides to approach him to illustrate for her comic books. At first Adam hesitates but then gives in because working with Reese will give him Β the work experience and will look good on his CV when he heads out to find a job. Having credentials for a book published, most probably won’t hurt.

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They both are attracted to each other. Reese wants to explore that feeling but Adam feels uncomfortable because of their racial differences. This story shows how Adam overcomes his fear, of going through the things his parents went through being an interracial couple, and accepts his love for Reese.
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Reese’s characters tell Adam much more about Reese than she lets on. When he confronts her, she is surprised and pleased that Adam caught on her fears from the story she wrote. They both help each other overcome their respective fears. That’s one of the most intimate things in a relationship, being comfortable with stripping away all the fears. After this they were destined to be together. πŸ˜‰

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Why would I pick it up?

Love is a strong feeling that can’t be put off by deciding to ignore it. One day or the other, if it is true, it will get you. Reading people shed their fears and accept their emotions is inspiring. πŸ˜€

ARC Review | Nostromo The Dwarf by Sam Carr

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Title: Nostromo the dwarf
Author: Sam Carr
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Science Fiction
Publishing date: 11th November, 2015
Published by: Bliss Group Books
Pages: 120

My Rating: 4/5 stars Β 

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

A young father gets lost in the mountains and meets a mysterious stranger and his dog. Nostromo the Dwarf is a rough man with good manners, a bad temper, and the ability to talk to animals. He tells the young father the wondrous tale of his perilous trip to the mountains in the colonial past, of a ghost and storms and deserted islands and abandoned riches and creating a new life in the New World. But where is he from and why is he here?


My Take:

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The narrator gets lost in the mountains and somehow reaches Nostromo’s place. From that moment starts a new friendship. A friendship full of stories and dinners.

Nostromo the dwarf is an interesting character. At first he might seem a bit rough but is really friendly and sweet. πŸ™‚ He can speak with the animals and birds and has found friends in them. πŸ™‚ He lives in the mountains, so well hidden that you might never even find out.

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After spending the night at Nostromo’s little house, Nostromo’s dog guides the narrator back to his place and then starts the regular sunday dinners at Nostromo’s place. Little by little, Nostromo started opening up and telling the narrator stories about his adventures. All the places he went, all the people and animals he met, and all the things he learnt. Nostromo is good with all the handiwork, he built his own house and furniture. He farms, hunts, and makes his own utensils.

This is a great story of a dwarf going on adventures alone and learning new things.

He finally goes away just like that, not even mentioning a single thing to the narrator. The narrator then takes in Nostromo’s dog and tells his son all the stories.


 

Why would I pick it up?

Nostromo’s adventures are very interesting. This simple yet intriguing story is too good to not be read. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

ARC Review | Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon

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Title: Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1)
Author: Cheryl Hollon
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Crafts & Hobbies
Publishing date: 29th September , 2015
Published by: Kensington
Pages: 320

My Rating: 4/5 stars Β 

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

To solve her father’s murder and save the family-owned glass shop, Savannah Webb must shatter a killer’s carefully constructed faΓ§ade. . .

After Savannah’s father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, she drops everything to return home to St. Petersburg, Florida, to settle his affairs–including the fate of the beloved, family-owned glass shop. Savannah intends to hand over ownership to her father’s trusted assistant and fellow glass expert, Hugh Trevor, but soon discovers the master craftsman also dead of an apparent heart attack.

As if the coincidence of the two deaths wasn’t suspicious enough, Savannah discovers a note her father left for her in his shop, warning her that she is in danger. With the local police unconvinced, it’s up to Savannah to piece together the encoded clues left behind by her father. And when her father’s apprentice is accused of the murders, Savannah is more desperate than ever to crack the case before the killer seizes a window of opportunity to cut her out of the picture. . .


 

My Take:

Mystery with a chance to learn something new, why not? πŸ˜€

This book is very well-written and the way the mystery is solved is more interesting than the mystery itself. Savannah, who comes back to Florida when her father dies of heart attack, and finds his dad’s partner to be dead with a heart attack too after her father’s funeral, becomes suspicious of foul play. She finds a letter addresed to her by her dad. This is where the stuff gets interesting. I had a subject last year that dealt with Computer Security and learnt about the different encryption methods. I loved the ciphers very much and when this book started showing interest in ciphers too, I couldn’t put the book down. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

I was aware of the first cipher that was used in the beginning of the book but not the last one at the almost end. (I might google it later, to learn it properly. πŸ˜› ) Puzzles have always had my undivided attention. The answers to the mystery to deaths was a puzzle that Savannah’s dad hid with puzzles and geocaching. (Another new concept learnt. πŸ˜€ Well, I wasn’t aware of this earlier. πŸ˜› )

I present you with the wikipedia explanation- πŸ˜›

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiveror mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook (with a pen or pencil). The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets, usually of more sentimental worth than financial. Geocaching shares many aspects withΒ benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.

There is so much well explained information on working with glass, it blends well with the story and doesn’t look forced at all. It also provides with relevant information at the end of the book to understand the terms better. That was good. πŸ˜€ (Ahh… the things you learn while reading. πŸ™‚ )

So, on with the book. I loved the simplicity of the characters. There was Officer Boulli who made we want to smack him right across the face to help him realize that he was an idiot. The other characters shared the sentiments- πŸ˜›

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Here’s what Savannah was thinking when Officer Boulli asked her to describe things in her own words. I totally agree with her. πŸ˜›

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The list of suspects was clear to Savannah. It had to be one of the two people who were too eager to buy Webb’s Glass Shop. Frank- who used to work at Webb’s and now owned his own business and Smythe- who was there to buy the properties so that his company could demolish the area and have new build-ups. When Jacob, her dad’s apprentice was arrested, she knew she had to something to prove that he was innocent.The answer however was nothing she ever expected.

Finally when the mystery was solved, Savannah brushed off Frank and Smythe and decided to stay back home in Florida with her new friends and the glass shop. πŸ™‚

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Finally, if any of you guys read the book then I would like to get my doubt cleared. Savannah had only talked to Officer Parker, who was assigned to work on Savannah’s case and was Officer Boulli’s senior, over the phone. So, how did Savannah recognize that it was Detective Parker who came to save her when she was practically seeing him for the first time? (Did I miss something? :/ )Screenshot_2015-09-30-21-00-09-1


 

Why would I pick it up?

It’s a cool puzzle mystery. If you are interested in solving puzzles then this might be the book for you. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

ARC Review | Scrapbook of the Dead by Mollie Cox Bryan

Scrapbook of the Dead

 

 

Title: Scrapbook of the Dead
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Craft & Hobbies
Publishing date: 29th September, 2015
Published by: Kensington
Pages: 304

My Rating: 4/5 stars Β 

*ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Halloween means spooky scrapbooks for the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop, but what’s been happening around town is truly frightening. First a dead woman is found in the freezer at Pamela’s Pie Palace, and the next day a second woman is found murdered by the river. Reporter Annie Chamovitz learns the victims were sisters and is certain their deaths are linked. Most bizarre of all, both women were found clutching scrapbook pages.

As their Saturday night crop quickly becomes an opportunity to puzzle out the murders, the ladies begin to wonder if Pamela is hiding more than her secret recipes for delicious pies–or if the crimes are related to the startling discovery that there are gangs in Cumberland Creek. As All Hallows Eve approaches, the crafty croppers must cut and paste the clues to unmask a deadly killer.

Includes tips and a glossary of terms for the modern scrapbooker!


 

My Take:

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This quoted paragraph is from almost the end of the book but I would like to begin my review with it. πŸ˜€ Scrapbooker’s group sounds so amazing. This makes me feel sad because if I ever suggested anything like this to any of the people I know they would just laugh in my face. It will be seen as a useless task- waste of time and waste of money. They would rather facebook stalk their crushes and exes than do something creative. πŸ˜› I will make it a point to find people who would be interested in this. πŸ˜€ This book has piqued my interest! πŸ˜€

The small town life seems so good, interactive, and peaceful. I would love to move temporarily to a small town to see if it is as good as my books depict. (People go from small town to big city and I am deciding on the opposite, great! πŸ˜› )

There were a lot of characters to keep up with but they added to the story just fine. πŸ˜€ As I got into the book I had no problem remembering them although I had to mentally relate them to each other. πŸ˜› There was some interesting set of characters. They make me want to read the rest of the books in the Cumberland Creek series.

The mystery was spot-on. It kept you guessing till the very end. Perfect suspects with good motives yet you couldn’t pin down even one of them but I got odd vibes from the killer from the time that person was introduced in the book.

I loved the simplicity of the book. The writing style was simple and hooking. The story flew by and the mystery kept your mind working. The interesting thing is all the information this book has, at the end of the book, on Scrapbooking.

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How well said this is!

 

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Now, don’t we all hate math, I surely do. πŸ˜›
But that’s a great way of seeing it. πŸ˜›

 

I totally recommend reading this fast paced mystery. πŸ˜€


Why would I pick it up?

A fast-paced mystery with a wide assortment of characters with a cool hobby group? Yes please! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› πŸ˜€