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 “The Last Resort” by Matt Drabble , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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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! 😀 ❤

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. 😉

I’ve read one of his books earlier, namely, “Asylum II – 13 More Tales Of Terror” (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! 😀 😀

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. 😉

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. 😀 😀

Anyways, getting on with the review… (finally 😛 )

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. 😉 😛


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. 😉 😀


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.

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Blog Tour | Review | The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “The Ghost Chronicles” by Marlo Berliner, hosted by Prism Book Tours.

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The Ghost Chronicles (Book #1)

 

Title: The Ghost Chronicles
Author: Marlo Berliner
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Publishing date: November 2015
Published by: Teddy Blue Books
Pages: 332

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.

That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.

To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.

Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.

So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.


My Take:

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

This is the premise of the book. Everything in this book seems to be written with great thought and care. Nothing seemed to be rushed or ignored. The summary of the book is a good example in itself. 😉 How well it explains the book in few words. This summary actually summarizes the book. Kudos to the author for that! 😀

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with the death of Michael. It is so well written that you can feel yourself at his place. The confusion that Michael goes through in the start makes you reach out for him. He slowly figures out that he will never be able to walk on earth alive again.

Seeing his family mourn for him and not being able to do anything is such an emotional scene.

 

Michael is a good kid who died at eighteen. A kid with so much potential, a caring brother, a loving son, a responsible and understanding boyfriend, a good basketball player; with no fault of his, everything comes to an end for him.
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That is when he meets Tom. Tom is also a phantom, a protector. He guides Michael throughout the book. Although giving Michael all the answers at once would have been much easier but, well, that’s not how it works, right? 😛

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I loved this explanation Tom gives about the souls or energies, as he explains, being stuck on earth, among the living.

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The way Tom explained being dead, our use of mind, being ghosts, I found it all very reasonable. Paranormal that makes sense? Too good. 😛 😉

Then comes the devil. Now’s the time to get you some action. The Devil logic was also borderline smart. I think there was not a single part in the book that would challenge intelligence or stoop for stupidity.

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Screenshot_2016-01-09-08-22-06-1Michael was sure whining for almost the whole book as if he was the only one who had problems. When Tom tells him this, I was like, “It’s high time someone told him that. Thank you, Tom.” 😛

 

All in all this is an entertaining book but not much happens in the book. The summary is the actual length of the story. The rest is all Michael whining, trying to figure out things, Tom disappearing and giving next to no information. At the end guess what happens, you are left hanging, yes, there’s going to be another book.

Why does this happen? Hello, I am hanging here, can we get the new book already? 😛

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Why would I pick it up?

Learning how to be dead? Yes, please! 😉 😛


 

Author’s Bio:

marlo berliner

Formerly an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company, Marlo is currently an intern with a literary agency based in New York City, as well as, an editor at Chimera Editing. Marlo writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. She is currently working on her third novel.
When she’s not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband and two sons. This is her first novel.
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Cover Reveal | Soulless by Sarah J. Pepper

Soulless
Sarah J. Pepper
(Once Wicked Series, #1)
Publication date: February 23rd 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Fantasy

@theunconventionaldamsels who rock piercings, refuse to conform to society’s rules, and aren’t obsessed with labels, check out the “Once Wicked” series. Happily Ever After doesn’t define the misunderstood evil villains we love to hate. Their story is so much deeper than their fairy princess counterparts, yet were never told. That’s a damn shame. They aren’t always as wicked as they are made out to be. Well, not all of them. So until the clock strikes midnight and the (other) glass shoe drops, enjoy these not-so-Prince-Charming book boyfriends in this modern series, #OnceWicked.

“Soulless” (#1 of the Once Wicked Series)
We don’t get to pick who we fall head-over-heels for. Sometimes they are the Mr. Right’s. Sometimes they are the White Knight’s. But sometimes they are the vilest of men. I just happen to fall in love with a monster. In doing so, I became one myself. But I never regretted the night I met Rumpelstiltskin.

“Priceless” (#.5 of the Once Wicked Series)
The first time Piper and I would meet wouldn’t be coincidental, but rather a series of debts that’d unite us. I am a high-roller. However, it was her mother who gambled away Piper’s freedom for her own screw-up Happily Ever After. Nevertheless, Piper is my prize. And when the time is right, I will collect my winnings.
***“Priceless” can be found in “Fairy Tale Confessions,” a collection of fairy tales by fourteen bestselling authors.***

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Author’s Bio:

Sarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit? Get a glimpse inside her head at http://www.sarahjpepper.com

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Blog Tour | Promo Blitz | Unfearing by Shane Morgan


Check out the promo event for the second book in Shane Morgan’s YA Fantasy trilogy. 



Series: The Unresisting #2
Purchase: Amazon


Synopsis via Goodreads:

Natasha has finally learned the truth about herself, but she’s also discovered that having so much power comes with a price. 
 
After a close encounter with dark forces, Nat decides to trust the one person Chace warned her against, traveling to a dangerous place where no Ledarian is welcomed. 
 
Love is tested and more secrets are uncovered as Nat seeks a way to relinquish her vulnerable state and face her most powerful threat ever.




~EXCERPT~
My heart felt as if it would burst from my chest as I watched hopelessly while Ethryen ascended into midair, his fingers tightly wrapped around Chace’s neck. “Chace!” I cried, running towards them. 
Jesse grabbed my arm and tugged me back. “Don’t!” he warned as Ethryen floated over the dark pit with Chace. “He’ll drop him.” 
“Do something!” I screamed at him, and then looked across at Ophelia and the man with long gray hair. 
They took slow steps forward but halted when Ethryen yelled, “Back! Or I’ll release him to the depths of this pit!” 
“Why can’t you just give up?” Chace choked out. “It’s over!” 
Ethryen growled. “It’s never over!” He drenched himself in a massive amount of red flames. It seeped from his body and trailed along the rocks to the ground of the cave, blazing all around us. “Give me the amulet or watch them die!” 
Chace struggled to free himself, clawing at Ethryen’s fiery hand at his neck. 
I moved forward again. Jesse wrenched me back. “We have to help him!” I shouted through clenched teeth. 
Ethryen glared down at me, cackling viciously. He commanded his flames to blaze higher. It flared in front of me and Jesse, forcing us back against the rocks. Jesse moved me behind him, protecting me from the flames. I tightly grasped his arm, desperate, wanting so badly to stop Ethryen once and for all. 
The monster spun back to Chace. “The amulet!” he barked. “Release the power to me! Now!” 
Chace gazed down at me with widened eyes, remorse veiling his face. Then with his left hand he started to rifle in his pocket. 
“Don’t do it!” Ophelia urged. She tried to diminish Ethryen’s flames with her own, but it was useless. The fire only blazed more, keeping us back. 
Fearing for our lives, Chace snatched the amulet out of his pocket and held it up before Ethryen. 
“No!” Dorin, the older man, and Ophelia shouted all at once. 
“Speak the words!” Ethryen ordered. “Now!” 
“Stop your flames first!” Chace bargained, tight-lipped and fuming. 
Ethryen growled, “Do you really think you can bargain with me, boy?” He waved his free hand and the red flames edged closer to us. Our backs pressed against the rocks. Should his fire touch our bodies it would have the same impact on the others as it did on me earlier. And I wasn’t sure I’d survive another hit like that. 
“I’ll do it!” Chace hollered fearfully, his hand shaking with the amulet. He looked down at me, and I knew what he was about to do. Chace would give Ethryen what he wanted just so he could protect me. 
I couldn’t allow it. 
There must be a way to stop this. 

 

 
About the Author
Shane Morgan is an author of Young Adult and New Adult fiction. She enjoys contemporary, fantasy, romance, and horror. Shane currently lives in Rhode Island with her husband, where she spends her days blogging, writing and listening music.




Blog Tour | Promo Blitz | Unfearing by Shane Morgan


Check out the promo event for the second book in Shane Morgan’s YA Fantasy trilogy. 



Series: The Unresisting #2
Purchase: Amazon


Synopsis via Goodreads:

Natasha has finally learned the truth about herself, but she’s also discovered that having so much power comes with a price. 
 
After a close encounter with dark forces, Nat decides to trust the one person Chace warned her against, traveling to a dangerous place where no Ledarian is welcomed. 
 
Love is tested and more secrets are uncovered as Nat seeks a way to relinquish her vulnerable state and face her most powerful threat ever.




~EXCERPT~
My heart felt as if it would burst from my chest as I watched hopelessly while Ethryen ascended into midair, his fingers tightly wrapped around Chace’s neck. “Chace!” I cried, running towards them. 
Jesse grabbed my arm and tugged me back. “Don’t!” he warned as Ethryen floated over the dark pit with Chace. “He’ll drop him.” 
“Do something!” I screamed at him, and then looked across at Ophelia and the man with long gray hair. 
They took slow steps forward but halted when Ethryen yelled, “Back! Or I’ll release him to the depths of this pit!” 
“Why can’t you just give up?” Chace choked out. “It’s over!” 
Ethryen growled. “It’s never over!” He drenched himself in a massive amount of red flames. It seeped from his body and trailed along the rocks to the ground of the cave, blazing all around us. “Give me the amulet or watch them die!” 
Chace struggled to free himself, clawing at Ethryen’s fiery hand at his neck. 
I moved forward again. Jesse wrenched me back. “We have to help him!” I shouted through clenched teeth. 
Ethryen glared down at me, cackling viciously. He commanded his flames to blaze higher. It flared in front of me and Jesse, forcing us back against the rocks. Jesse moved me behind him, protecting me from the flames. I tightly grasped his arm, desperate, wanting so badly to stop Ethryen once and for all. 
The monster spun back to Chace. “The amulet!” he barked. “Release the power to me! Now!” 
Chace gazed down at me with widened eyes, remorse veiling his face. Then with his left hand he started to rifle in his pocket. 
“Don’t do it!” Ophelia urged. She tried to diminish Ethryen’s flames with her own, but it was useless. The fire only blazed more, keeping us back. 
Fearing for our lives, Chace snatched the amulet out of his pocket and held it up before Ethryen. 
“No!” Dorin, the older man, and Ophelia shouted all at once. 
“Speak the words!” Ethryen ordered. “Now!” 
“Stop your flames first!” Chace bargained, tight-lipped and fuming. 
Ethryen growled, “Do you really think you can bargain with me, boy?” He waved his free hand and the red flames edged closer to us. Our backs pressed against the rocks. Should his fire touch our bodies it would have the same impact on the others as it did on me earlier. And I wasn’t sure I’d survive another hit like that. 
“I’ll do it!” Chace hollered fearfully, his hand shaking with the amulet. He looked down at me, and I knew what he was about to do. Chace would give Ethryen what he wanted just so he could protect me. 
I couldn’t allow it. 
There must be a way to stop this. 

 

 
About the Author
Shane Morgan is an author of Young Adult and New Adult fiction. She enjoys contemporary, fantasy, romance, and horror. Shane currently lives in Rhode Island with her husband, where she spends her days blogging, writing and listening music.




Blog Tour | Review | Raining Embers by Jessica Dall

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Raining Embers” by Jessica Dall , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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Title: Raining Embers (Order and Chaos, Book 1)
Author: Jessica Dall
Genre: Fantasy
Publishing date: 3rd November, 2015
Published by: Red Adept Publishing
Pages: 280

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

 


Summary:

Palmer Tash always follows the path of least resistance. He has an unusual disability involving his hearing. But in theocratic Latysia, being different isn’t a good thing, so he conceals his problem.

Brier Chastain’s malady is even more debilitating, and she often must take to her bed for long periods. Her days are spent in meaningless pursuits as she awaits an arranged marriage.

When Palmer and Brier are kidnapped on the same night, they meet and discover that their so-called disabilities are actually budding powers. They are the incarnations of Order and Chaos. With their country on the brink of war, the two must step into their predestined roles and learn to take control of their own destinies.


My Take:

I kind of debated about what to rate this book because the starting chapter didn’t seem to hold my attention. I thought maybe I wasn’t going to like this book but then the book eventually got engrossing. So, I decided to ignore the start and give it 5 stars!

Not every story can have an easy start, can it? 😛

I loved how the reincarnation of Kosmos and Chaos was explained so simply and beautifully, how Palmer and Brier came in terms with them dying and reincarnating. Palmar took some time believing it being his logical self, but Brier was almost eager to accept it as it answered all the questions she had about her strange self.

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Their life before kidnapping isn’t something that interested me because it was quite monotonous. Brier not happy with her life, Palmar not happy with his, both feeling trapped. The kidnapping is what sets the pace for the book and builds the story. From that point on there wasn’t a single uninteresting moment in the book.

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The problem with some of the books that revolve around Gods, reincarnation, power and the works is that it sometimes gets too overwhelming because all of the other factors are ignored. That wasn’t the case with this book though. The perfect balance of human nature and emotions was kept throughout the story. The actions of all the characters matched that of what human nature is known for, not some superficial reaction just for the sake of it.

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The one difficulty I had was keeping up with names. I couldn’t even pronounce most of them. 😛

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The Climax, the war is well- detailed, felt like I was having visions myself. 😛
At every step I could feel every thing happening, I could feel myself reaching out for characters. I think I was searching for some underlying motives. Apart from Brier and Palmar I doubted every character in the book. I was waiting till the last moment for Brier’s best friend, Nico, to turn against them or the little girl, Rosette, to turn out to be some evil bidding her time, the same with everyone I guess.

But I was so wrong. This is just a simple story, a simple and captivating at one. No underlying motives mostly. I am glad that the author didn’t make it more complicated than it needed to be and kept it interesting and realistic. 😀

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Why would I pick it up?

To read about the interesting reincarnation of Order and Chaos. 😀 😀


Author’s Bio:

Jessica DallJessica Dall finished her first novel at the age of fifteen and has been hooked on writing ever since. In the past few years, she has published two novels, The Copper Witch and The Porcelain Child, along with a number of short stories that have appeared in both magazines and anthologies.

In college, Jessica interned at a publishing house, where her “writing hobby” slowly turned into a variety of writing careers. She currently works as both as an editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.

When not busy editing, writing, or teaching, Jessica enjoys crafting and piano, and spending time with her friends and family. She can most often be found at her home in Maryland with a notebook and her much-loved, sometimes-neglected husband.

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