Sunday, February 10, 2019

OF BLOOD AND BONE by Nora Roberts

Reviewed by Valerie Dorsey

I, for one, don’t read romance, but Nora Roberts Trilogy Chronicles of The One is far from romance. Book 2 Of Blood and Bone is again set in the post apocalyptic world after the “Doom” has killed off most of the world's population. We see the rise of elves, shifters, and Uncannys, any who has magical abilities. Along with the light(good) is the dark, those that want to kill, destroy anything they don’t understand.

In Of Blood and Bone we watch Fallon come into her own through the training of Mallick, who has been waiting centuries for The One to be born. Fallon completes 3 quests that get her 3 spirit animals and when the time is right, and her powers within herself are realized, she will claim the sword and the shield.

The readers are reconnected with characters from a Book 1 when Fallon travels back to New Hope to begin the training of her army to defeat the suffering and injustices that are being meted by those that follow the darkness.

Light vs Dark, Good vs Evil, if you’ve never read a Nora Roberts book before, this series is a great read with adventure, magic, destruction and hope!

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the epic Year Onereturns with a new tale of terror and magic in a brand new world.

They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.

Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.

In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again


Publisher: Bloodshot Books
Published: November 30th 2018
Pages: 140

This is my first time reading Somer Canon and now I'm addicted. Hook an IV from her keyboard to my arm and let me mainline her stories. KILLER CHRONICLES is one of those rare stories that sticks with you long after you've turned the last page. Not only does KILLER CHRONICLES feature one of the coolest creatures in folklore, it also contains great characters and one helluva setting. 

You immediately feel unease from the first scene. I don't read the synopsis before diving into a book. You could say I like to live dangerously. With KILLER CHRONICLES, I was pleasantly surprised. I'm talking from the first couple of pages Somer Canon had flipped the script and it sent me reeling. It had me doing a Zack Morris time out in my reading nook. I think Somer Canon has done something completely different with KILLER CHRONICLES because I've never read anything like it. 

KILLER CHRONICLES centers around a complex character named Christina Cunningham. She runs a true crimes website called Killer Chronicles. Christina goes to Micksburg, West Virginia to do some investigative reporting on a series of bizarrely gruesome deaths. She hopes the story will catapult her site to the next level. Christina isn't prepared for what she's about to experience. Or is she?

Christina has quite the time in Micksburg. She has a romantic fling. She also discovers what is behind the grisly deaths. I didn't see it coming. Somer Canon does a fantastic job describing this truly terrifying creature. You wouldn't believe all of the smells in that hotel room. Housekeeping needs to clean it thoroughly with bleach is all I'm saying. So much happens in that hotel room. 

You will need a yummy snack cake for this one. Overall, the reading experience was excellence. I devoured KILLER CHRONICLES in one sitting. I couldn't put it down due to Somer Canon's writing style–it makes for a quick read. The story is fast paced and the characters are great. Each character is interesting and they all get into the mix in one way or another.

I thought I knew where the story was going, but I was terribly wrong. That ending is everything. I didn't see it coming. I thought it was going one way, then Somer Canon pulls the lever, sending it in another direction. And it's all for the better. 

If you've read this book, please let me know in the comments below. I need to talk to someone about this great book. 


She is an ancient primal force of nature, exalted by some and feared by others. Those who heed her capricious whims are rewarded. Those who displease her, however, are slaughtered like the animals she considers them to be.


Christina Cunningham runs the website Killer Chronicles, a popular online database of the worst crimes of humanity. Lured to the town of Micksburg, West Virginia by a series of bizarrely gruesome deaths, she hopes that it will be the story that launches her site to the next level. When she discovers what is behind the murders, her ambition and her survival instinct collide as she matches wits with the strange and inhuman being. Is her life or the lives of her loved ones worth the story?

"Sexy and violent and funny...deliciously quirky.” - Brian Keene, author of The Rising

SILENT VICTIM by Caroline Mitchell

Reviewed by Valerie Dorsey

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Published: March 1st 2018  
Pages: 325

This is my second time reading a book from Caroline Mitchell. This one is part psychological thriller and murder mystery! Throw in a sexual predator of young girls and a dysfunctional family and you have a recipe for a good story!

The main character, Emma, also deals with self image issues and bulimia! Mitchell does a great job of showing how a predator starts grooming his victims, winning them over, creating trust. It’s a sick game he plays with Emma and other girls!

The reader is drawn into Emma’s current life with glimpses of her teenage years dealing with her family and her relationship with her teacher! Many secrets are kept, past and present, with everything coming to a horrible conclusion! 


Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.

It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge…

Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

Panicked, Emma confesses to her husband. But this is only the beginning. Soon, Alex will discover things about her he’ll wish he’d learned sooner. And others he’ll long to forget

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

FIND YOU IN THE DARK by Nathan Ripley

Pages: 352 
Published: April 2nd 2018
Publisher: Text Publishing


A chilling debut thriller in the vein of Dexter and The Talented Mr Ripley.

Martin Reese has a hobby: he digs up murder victims. He buys stolen police files on serial killers, and uses them to find and dig up missing bodies. Calls in the results anonymously, taunting the police for their failure to do their job.

Detective Sandra Whittal takes that a little personally. She’s suspicious of the mysterious caller, who she names the Finder. Maybe he’s the one leaving the bodies behind. If not, who’s to say he won’t start soon?

As Whittal begins to zero in on the Finder, Martin makes a shocking discovery. It seems someone—someone lethal—is very unhappy about the bodies he’s been digging up.

Hunted by a cop, hunted by a killer. To escape and keep his family safe, Martin may have to go deeper into the world of murder than he ever imagined.

My Thoughts:

Martin Reese has it all. He is a successful business man. A father. A husband. Everything looks rather normal on the surface, but Martin is hiding a dark and sinister secret. He will go to great lengths to keep that secret from being revealed to the world. Nathan Ripley makes Martin out to be a rather cut and dry, carpool type of dad, but at the same time, we get to see the darker side of Martin and his morbid escapades. 

As Martin's exploits become more frequent, people start to notice. One is a detective and the other is a stone cold serial killer. Martin must tread carefully. His marriage is on the rocks. His wife is starting her own business with another man. There's some jealousy there. I love how Ripley looks at the family dynamic and how it plays a big part in the plot. Things will be revealed. There are tons of twists and turns along the way to that excellent conclusion. 

You really don't know who has the moral high ground in FIND YOU IN THE DARK, which makes it a fascinating read. It's fast paced and smart. Ripley grips you from the start, and sends you reeling at the end. All the characters are dynamic, which is a very rare thing to have in a debut. I'm thoroughly impressed. And just when I thought Ripley was going to go the conventional route, he pulled the rug out from under me and did the unexpected. 

There's a lot happening in FIND YOU IN THE DARK, but Ripley manages it with style and grace. The loose ends are dealt with and there are no plot holes. There is a sense of urgency when you start this book. Once you start reading this book you can't stop–this is due to Ripley's style and prose. The short chapters keep you on the edge of your seat, too. I can't get over that ending. FIND YOU IN THE DARK is unrelenting and unputdownable. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

THEM by James Watts

Publisher: Hellbound Books
Published: March 9, 2018
Pages: 290


Ray Sanders returns home from Florida to bury his mother. Soon, the supernatural evidence behind his mother’s demise begins to surface in the form of dreams and mysterious happenings. During all of the madness, Sanders must face his destiny and vanquish the generations-old evil that has plagued his family since the 1800’s… In 1854, Louis Sanders, with the help of Elias Atkins, dug a well to provide water to the family farm. What they did not anticipate was the water to be infested with Odomulites - ancient sins. These malevolent beings - were trapped in our world on their way to the spirit world - formed a pact of protection with both Sanders and Atkins; the families would serve as guardians of the Odomulite nests and in return, a blind eye would be cast when the Odomulites took host bodies to inhabit and feed upon. It was this pact, which in 2016 would propel Sanders and Julie Fontaine - a young woman with a special connection to the Spirit World - into the heart of the last active nest to rid the town of its insidious Odomulite population.

My Thoughts: 

I love how the author presents THEM to the reader. The prologue piqued my interest. The lady running through the night is the best kind of starter scene to get the reader engaged and hooked. I immediately wanted to know what she was running from. The author didn't let me down. A family secret going back generations is unearthed and Ray must face the terror head on. 

The decades old pact between the Odomulites and the Sanders and Atkins families make for an interesting dynamic. The Sanders and Atkins families must protect the Odomulites, and turn away when they have to take host bodies. These otherworldly monstrosities scared the daylights out of me. Think Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, but much more grittier and sinister. The ancient monstrosities are about to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting small town. 

The small town Alabama atmosphere is great. The characters are well written and relatable. The dialogue gives it that authentic feel. The pacing of the story is excellent. The vivid scenes bring the story to life. There are some scenes I can't unsee. The host bodies grossed me out in the best ways. I'm gagging just thinking about it. The author wraps the story up with a satisfying conclusion, too. 

THEM was a great reading experience. Read it with some popcorn, so you don't bite your finger nails. I look forward to reading the author's future work. 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

January Wrap-Up

Hi! I hope all is well with you and yours. It's been a weird winter here. We've already had two snows and another one on the way. January was a good reading month for me. I read several books over the last four weeks. I've read horror, graphic novels, history, and mystery/thrillers. I really enjoyed my experience. I got to see the different writing styles. I'm always learning from authors and how they approach their work. I learned several things from the following books. I will be reviewing these very soon.