Posted in Reviews

#BlogTour: Innocent Blood by Linda S. Prather


Book Description

Loki Redmond swore she’d never return to the reservation, but two missing hunters and the ancient Choctaw myth of Nalusa Falaya take her and her brother, Dadron, on a dangerous trek through the wilderness.

Meanwhile, her partner Jake Savior, heads to Tunica, Mississippi, to investigate the second mass killing by a Choctaw police officer. 

Are the cases connected?

The only thing they know for sure is innocent blood has been shed, and unless they can find the source more are going to die.

My Review

5/5 stars!

This is the second book in a series, but can be read as a standalone. But it’ll make you want to read the entire series. So be ready for that.

This book has a great mystery – especially for this time of the year: it’s gruesome, creepy and with just enough of a paranormal edge to be believable. This book really doesn’t hold back with the gory details. And I really liked that. The revelations and action come fast and furious, so buckle up!

But the true gold in this book is the characters- hands down. Loki, her brothers, Jake, Grace, I loved them all and I found myself not only reading to find out what was going on with the central mystery, but to find out what was going to happen to the characters. I’m totally ready to read book three in this series just to see what happens with all the couples. They were all lovable, believable and I found myself rooting for each of them.

I also cried during a certain scene with a character. Read it and you’ll know. It’s intense and I took the emotional bait, lol.

Also why I want to read book three: [Minor Spoiler alert!!] Tim and Neta hooked up right? Right?!

I highly recommend this book and am seriously waiting for the next in the series.

About the Author

Linda S. Prather is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of 8 novels including two legal thrillers, a paranormal FBI series, one romance, and her current series involving Loki Redmond, a Choctaw private investigator and Jake Savior, a former police officer. Linda lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and grandchild, along with the “king” of the house, a Shitzu name Popcorn. Her latest release, Innocent Blood is her second in the Loki Redmond/Jake Savior series. In Linda’s own words: “This book is my favorite so far. My grandfather was a full-blooded Native American, and my mother half Native American. Prior to my marriage and children I studied Shamanism and developed a true love for nature. Studying the Choctaw history, customs, myths and religions was fascinating. Taking the facts I learned and weaving them into Loki’s story and her investigation into the disappearance of two hunters on the reservation was an emotional roller coaster for me. I found myself crying quite often.”

Links

Advertisements
Posted in Book Extras, New releases

Cover Reveal: The Missing by Jerico Lenk

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the Cover Reveal for The Missing by Jerico Lenk!

HERE WE GO!


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COVER?

 

It is 1890, and London has secrets. For sixteen-year-old Will Winchester, born Willow Winchester and raised as a young man, the safety of his own secrets rests one atop the other. Hiding his gender queerness is important. But so is hiding the ghostly voices of the Missing, which Will hears when no one else can … until the Spiritualist Black Cross Order of Occult Occurrences wants him in their service to keep peace between London’s living and dead.

The freedom to be himself may come with a price. Working alongside a patchwork team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about the ghosts who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself. Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?

The Missing by Jerico Lenk
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books

Available for Pre-order:
Amazon

 

Undergraduate studying Creative Writing, Classics, Russian and Western European History. Unabashed weeb probably burning incense and drinking too much coffee at this very moment. Out for queer representation and great sex hair. Beyond ready for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series.

Lenk writes Young Adult/New Adult, spec fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He is currently unagented.

His poems have appeared at/in USF Tampa’s Thread Literary Inquiry, biannual 6×6 creative writing showcase, and placed second in National Poetry Month 2015; Tethered By Letters’ F(r)iction Spring 2016 poetry contest finalist; winner of the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry award.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

 

 

Posted in Reviews

Hope’s Peak by Tony Healey

Hope's Peak (Harper and Lane, #1)Hope’s Peak by Tony Healey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is dark. Like, really dark. If you want a happy ending, skip this one.

But it’s also very good, in terms of thrillers. It has a definite “Psycho” vibe, a movie which the author mentions in the novel. Fans of the movie will certainly enjoy this book. Like the movie, it’ll scare the pants off of you.

The novel follows Jane Harper, who at the beginning of the novel is at the scene of the second ritualistic murder in recent weeks. She thinks a budding serial killer may be on the loose, but as her and her partner, Stu, are beginning their investigation, they find out the murders go back much farther. The first victim’s daughter, plays a big role in their investigation, with her host for being able to “see” things when she touches emotionally-charged people or objects. But she’s been fragile since her mother’s death – cut off from the outside world. There’s also a sub-plot involving Harper and Stu’s personal relationship.

The book isn’t a whodunnit, since readers are let in on the killer’s identity fairly early on, it’s more about watching the investigation unfold and wondering what is going to happen next. And the author does a good job of still keeping the suspense high even though the traditional “killer reveal” isn’t on the table. I really didn’t feel disappointed with the author’s choice in that regard.

Also, the paranormal aspect is fairly light, which keeps the believability high. I could see many Idas out there, watching life pass by with all its secrets and stories. And that’s the key to a good thriller like this: making the reader believe this could really happen.

In the end, that paranormal element allows for all the pieces to be put together and provide some closure in a neat way.

Based on the subtitle, the author intends to make a series of books about Jane and Ida’s unique relationship. I look forward to the next in the series.

View all my reviews

Posted in Reviews

Dark Flowers by Caytlyn Brooke

Dark FlowersDark Flowers by Caytlyn Brooke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re looking for the perfect spooky book to curl up with as a snowstorm swirls outside, look no further. Dark Flowers is the perfect dark version of a fairy-tale: complete with a brutal headmistress, orphans in distress, a psychiatric hospital and not-so-nice fairies.

The main character is Eliza, who, along with her friend Millie, lives at St. Agatha’s School for Girls, a depressing orphanage run by a sadistic headmistress. Eliza vows not only to escape through the Louisiana swamps that surround the grounds, but bring Millie with her. But their attempt is thwarted when the girls encounter alluring fairies, who invite them to share in their realm. But Eliza has a bad feeling about them. And based on what happens next, she was right.

This book kept me turning pages until I hit the end. I couldn’t wait to see what happened. I don’t want to give away too many details, because the fun is in reading the twists yourself, but as the girls get closer to uncovering the secrets of the swamp fairies, things get scary – fast.

And while the story uses some tried-and-true techniques to keep the readers on their toes – dreams, whispered voices, scary children – the story feels fresh and new. It never at any point feels tired or reductive. That’s what makes it so great; I had no idea what was going to come next or how it was going to work out.

The ending is also satisfying, wrapping things up nicely, answering all the major questions. But it’s definitely got this open-ended feeling, like in the movie Psycho, where you are left wondering, “Oh God, what’s next?!”

I’m really trying not to give anything away because it really is that good, there’s a new shock around every turn and you’ll stay up all night finishing it. You won’t regret picking this one up.

Absolutely recommend.

View all my reviews

Posted in Reviews

The New Mrs. Collins by Quanie Miller

Below is my review of (the fabulous!) “The New Mrs. Collins,” by Quanie Miller. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a special author Q&A with the author!

The New Mrs. CollinsThe New Mrs. Collins by Quanie Miller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paranormal stories, in my opinion, tend to fall into one of two categories: cheesy, ridiculous affairs, in which vampires “just want to go to high school!”; or creepy, haunting tales that leave you wondering, “What if this is real?”

The New Mrs. Collins is definitely in that second category. To borrow a phrase from the book: “Oh dear Lord,” It is so good!

The book follows Leena, who is left at the altar in the worst possible way; she finds out at the ceremony that he is leaving her for the most beautiful, poised woman anyone’s ever seen. Leena begins the struggle to pick up the pieces of her life, but it’s a small town, and her and Johnny share a son, so she continues to run into his new wife.

Then strange things begin happening. And they all seem to revolve around Adira, Johnny’s new wife. As Leena looks into Adira’s past, she realizes she may be in over her head. Who is Adira, and more importantly, what is she capable of?

This book hit the perfect tone for me. There were times I was frightened and looking over my shoulder, and there were other times I was literally laughing out loud. Trust me, the cast of supporting characters in this book is great.

I also like that the “bad side” is a little ambiguous. I don’t want to give anything away, but the backstory is one that makes you think and question if things could have turned out differently. I like that you can look at things from various angles. It adds dimension to the book.

The ending is very satisfying – but it also leaves open the possibility that Miller may be able to revisit these characters. I hope she does and if so I will be reading it.

I give it my highest recommendation.

View all my reviews