Contemporary, Dark, Reviews, Romance

Monster (Animal #2) by Marni Mann

Release Date-October 12th 2017
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-278 pages

“Because I came from you, does that mean I’m capable of killing? That I’ll be addicted to blood? That I’ll get off on torturing people?”

The kid had questions.
I didn’t blame him.
He’d only heard one side, and it wasn’t mine.

“Why did you hate my mother?”

Now, that was a story worth telling.
But, to do that, I had to bring the kid back to the very beginning.
When the killing and the blood and the torture had all started.
When I was truly happy.
When I was first called a Monster.

Monster is a follow-up to Animal. Animal must be read first.

Monster is an extremely dark novel. There are strong sexual themes, drug usage, physical and sexual abuse, and torture that could trigger and/or cause emotional suffering.

Monster (Animal, #2)Monster by Marni Mann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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WARNING!!! Monster is an extremely dark & twisted novel.
Strong sexual themes, scenes of physical & sexual abuse, Drug use, & torture are abundant here.
Please do not take this author’s warning lightly.

I Picked up “Monster”(Animal, #2) practically as soon as I’d finished “Animal” and straight away I was plunged back into the world of confusion I’ve now come to expect from Marni Mann.
This lady has such a distinct way of telling a story misdirection should be her middle name.
The way she knits together the pieces of a tale keeping the reader guessing until the very end is just genius.
So I’d love to say this picked up exactly where the first instalment left off, but it really doesn’t.
That would be too simple sigh.
I had no clue where the bleeding hell this was going yet again.
The only character I recognised from this was Shank who is now residing in a Venezuelan prison cell.
So Through a series of letters between Shank and Kid and flashbacks of the past, we get to hear the backstory of events that have led to his incarceration.
His story and it’s hard to stomach in places.
But back to those letters,
They are very graphic dark and brutal, not really the sort of correspondence appropriate for a kid.
Through these we really get an insight into Shank’s Psychotic head, showing us just how sick and twisted he really is.
The one thing I will say is these letters are certainly honest.
unempathetic and evil in their content but straightforward and candid in there intent.
Though Shank we get to find some closure as to what went down with Beard, Tyler, Diego and Toy when the curtain finally closed after the events of “Animal”.
The other scenario we find ourselves visiting is Bangkok Thailand.
and here we get to meet Huck, brothel owner and reluctant rescuer.
After finding a beaten Arin on his backdoor step.
Huck her unenthusiastic white knight takes her in.
Whats starts initially as a grudging rescue Slowly escalates into more and although there is a lack of trust on Huck’s part, he slowly starts to lower his defences letting Arin in.
The sexual scenes in this between Huck and Arin for me somehow counterbalance the gruesomeness off Shanks confessions.
The light to the darkness, I felt the connection. and needed this glimmer of brightness in a sea of black.
A beacon in the dark.
So eventually we are expertly steered to a surprising climax that I really loved.
It was unexpected and so well constructed within these pages that it took me completely unawares.
All is revealed to us the reader, our eyes are opened this story is finally told and the curtain can fall.
Bravo Marni your story-weaving skills are epic and twisted girl, I’m so suitably impressed.

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Animal (Animal #1) by Marni Mann

Release Date-March 23rd 2017
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Editions-306 pages

In this prison, we weren’t just guards. We were animals.

I captured the guilty.
Locked them inside our prison.
Tortured their bodies and abused their minds.
I had murdered hundreds.
Never recognized one.
Until her face.
Until that scream.
I was hired to take her life.
But first, I had to figure out how she ruined mine.

Animal is an extremely dark novel. There are strong sexual themes, drug usage, physical abuse and torture that could trigger and/or cause emotional suffering. You have been warned.

Animal (Animal, #1)Animal by Marni Mann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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🌟🌟🌟🌟 STARS
So here is “Animal” in all its glory.
Where do I start with this so very different story. well here goes,
Beard is running an illegal prison in Venezuela with his two best friends.
It’s A place where they torture and kill, not just for the money involved, but also for the kicks too.
Beard himself has an obsession with the screams, he loves to listen to the cries of the tortured and the damned, it’s just his thing.
So as you have probably surmised from the above “Animal” is an extremely dark tale and you should probably be aware that the descriptions in this are very graphic and detailed.
So the majority of this tale we get to follow Beard around and experience his very graphic sex life.
I should also mention that there’s a lot of girl on girl action, some menage scenes and also some drug use as well, just in case this bothers you.
The sex itself is also very down and dirty in language as well as detail and while this itself didn’t bother me, the sheer amount of it did.
This is where Animal lost a star for me, I felt there was too much and I just didn’t enjoy some of the encounters here, they felt a trifle off to me.
I actually in hindsight realised why I felt this way, It was quite obvious to me once I’d made the connection.
Surprisingly the prison itself didn’t affect me that much, not because I don’t have a heart and lack the ability to empathise, Just more because I tried to not visualise what was occurring there, I buried my head in the sand, so to speak, out of sight, out of mind and all that jetsam.
You Know, LA LA LA LA LA Fingers in ears that kind of stuff.
I am actually pretty much unshockable anyway as it takes a lot to disturb me and mess with my head. Probably the side effect of reading so much depravity.
So moving on , the other person’s head we get to play inside is a young college girl by the name of Tyler.
Ignored and taken for granted by her family, makes Tyler extremely vulnerable in her need for acceptance and love.
she is Easily Recruited by the Achurdy and her choices in life lead her down a dark path with only one end seemingly in her sights.
we are given a little taster of Tyler’s utter despair in life and also in her death.
A snapshot into her head if you will.
So, What did I just read? And How darn Clever Was this folks? A Slow Stunned Clap from me, I’m so very impressed Marni, you rock girl.
Animal by Marni Mann was a complete an utter twisted-mind F@ck.
I know I had a slightly bemused expression on my face throughout.
And I was also, in a state of utter confusion for the majority of this story.
and Just when I thought I was getting somewhere, It was like BAM!!! here’s another curve-ball for you, we don’t want you getting too complacent girl.
With the final curtain closing on what was a massive Reveal, my first thought after the initial shock was, Ah, I get it now, everything kinda makes sense in a weird sort of freaky arse way.
Marni Mann after keeping me in a state of compete and utter perplexity throughout all of “Animal” has somehow managed to wrap this all up so prettily
Gathering together all the stray threads of this story and weaving them into a sort of gruesome testimony.
At least that’s what I thought until Animal threw another DUH!!! moment at me, (I’m rolling my eyes here people.)
I knew it was to good to be true,
Back to trying to find my way out of the dark, sigh.
Animal is like being lost in a maze with no exit anywhere at all.
So where were we, 0h yes, I guess this story hasn’t quite finished unfolding yet. I for one can’t wait till act two commences.

So just a footnote,
I originally after finishing “Animal” rated this a three and a half.
I decided to sleep on it before I put pen to paper
As I could not get this out of my head, and for that reason alone I’ve upped this to a four, as this is not a read I will forget in a hurry and it doesn’t really matter if that’s for the right or the wrong reasons it’s stuck in my head now so it’ a definite score.

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Dystopian, Erotic, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance

Fire in His Blood (Fireblood Dragon #1) by Ruby Dixon

Release Date-January 11th 2017
Genre-Dystopian Romance
Kindle Editions-331 pages

Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash. Dragons – once creatures of legend – are the enemy. Vicious and unpredictable, they rule the skies of the ruined cities, forcing humanity to huddle behind barricades for safety.

Claudia’s a survivor. She scrapes by as best as she can in a hard, dangerous world. When she runs afoul of the law, she’s left as bait in dragon territory. She only has one chance to survive – to somehow ‘tame’ a dragon and get it to obey her.

Except the dragon that finds her is as wild and brutal as any other…and he’s not interested in obeying.

What he is interested in is a mate.


Fire in His Blood (Fireblood Dragon, #1)Fire in His Blood by Ruby Dixon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS
“Fire in the blood” was a surprisingly delightful read.
I have previously read Some of Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarian series and loved them.
This, in my opinion, was on an equal par with them and I do Love a sexy dragon shifter so I was on to a winner straight from the get-go.
This story is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future, where a few years previously rifts opened up in the sky and through these tear’s came the dragons.
laying waste and destroying cities, Humanity is in hiding and the worlds gone to pot, everyone’s only out for themselves.
Enter our gal Claudia, after being caught scavenging and thrown into a cell she earns an awful fate.
To be used as dragon bait, to see if she can tame a dragon.
Convinced she is going to be Scooby snack Claudia is astounded when the gold dragon flashes into a human, well almost human looking, he has claws and fangs and a kind of dappled skin and horn-like protrusions on his head.
With an inability to communicate there at a disadvantage.
The dragon “Kael” is his name recognises Claudia as his mate.
And she seems to help hold the madness at bay for him, the madness all dragons are afflicted with since they were pulled through the rift.
Claudia and Kael start a comical but sweet courtship, where he brings her dead goats and spit roasts her meals, he even offers to eat her enemies sweet ay?
Kaels just desperate for his Claudia to give him a chance.
But she still can’t get her friend and sister Amy out of her head, needing to do something to rescue them from there life at the fort.
I found myself smiling a lot through this as these two found their way.
It was lovely just to read some uncomplicated fun romance.
was their slight repetitions and an annoying whiny heroine here, Oh Yes!! but honestly, that didn’t really bother me as Buff Hunky Kael with the dragon heart of gold certainly made up for it.
He was a sexy Sweetheart even in his dragon form, he adored his Claudia and was prepared to do anything to assure her happiness.
Thankfully Claudia got less annoying as the story progressed and by the end I actually quite liked her.
so if you’re looking for a lighthearted read with some sexy shifting and a dragon the size of a bus give this a go, it really was an enjoyable read and a great start to a new series.

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Contemporary, Dark, Reviews, Romance

Resuscitation (Trauma #3) by Cassia Brightmore

Release Date-October 2nd 2017
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-158 pages

A mantra that Dr. Cian O’Reilly has lived by; never allowing any new insiders to pierce his inner circle. Until her. Dr. Athena Payne was his game changer, the woman he wanted to bring into his cloak of darkness; to share in his malicious desires of torture and terror as the executioner of all who escaped justice. But when faced with an alleged betrayal of that trust, how far will he go to seek his vengeance?

Love. Conquers. All.

Three words that Athena Payne has always believed whole-heartedly. In her determination to become a brilliant heart surgeon, her thirst for knowledge tossed her headlong into a hidden conspiracy, a deadly game of death intertwined with the complications of love. Trusting and loving Cian may very well be the last things she ever does as she’s faced with paying the ultimate price for allowing him into her heart.

Save a life. Take a life.

Will the hardest kill Cian’s ever faced be his last? As others circle closer to learning his true identity, interns and attendings alike face the possibility of losing everything they’ve fought so hard to gain.

Trust no one. Let love conquer all. And prepare for a shocking ending that you won’t see coming in this third installment of the Trauma Series.

Lincoln Hospital, where the cure can be your worst nightmare.

Warning: Contains violent and graphic situations not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen. This is the third book in the “Dexter” meets “Grey’s Anatomy” series and ends on a cliffhanger. All books must be read in order to follow the series.

Resuscitation (Trauma, #3)Resuscitation by Cassia Brightmore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Resuscitation (Trauma #3), By Cassia Brightmore, well where do I start with this one after the cliffhanger of the last book I was so hoping a certain somebody would see sense and desist from his course of actions.
With this not happening I can honestly say I may have hit a HARD LIMIT!!!!
The Deeds undertook in Resuscitation to me are in no way ever redeemable whats so ever.
I just can’t get my head around it I bloody Knew that Dr Death as I’m now referring to him was losing it big time.
I said I felt a lack of connection Between Cian and Athena, this kinda proves it.
How can you profess to love and adore somebody and then treat them this way I was absolutely appalled and astounded.
And in the aftermath what does our dear Athena do she jumps right back in with both feet, joins back up with the murder squad and again starts banging her dear Dr Death.
How can she forgive him!!! Is she bloody insane!!!!
I don’t get it.
So this is my main reason for marking this down from the first two books. “Resuscitation” left a bad taste in my mouth that I struggled to get rid of, I found I just couldn’t make myself forgive Cian.
I’ve rated this a three because despite me reaching a limit here this is a well written interesting read.
And I also couldn’t get this out of my head, so it’s definitely a book I won’t forget in a hurry.
So as per usual Resuscitation’s finale was a cliffhanger, no clue where Cassia is going with this but I will be reading the next in the series, I need to know what happens. and despite my revulsion, I am now definitely invested in the Trauma series.

Heres my review’s for the first two in the series if you would like to check them out.……

And I will leave you with this little taster, just to whet your appetite for Resuscitation

“I am this city’s judge. I am the trial. I am the executioner. I am what criminals should fear at night. I am merciless and I will never fail. I am the Reaper; the bringer of death. My punishments are delivered not swiftly, but accurately and with precision. Consider that before you commit a crime in my city.”

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Flatline (Trauma #2) by Cassia Brightmore

Release Date-September 12th 2016
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-144 pages


Within the walls of the prestigious Lincoln Hospital in New York City, a hunter awaits. A man with a thirst for blood and an appetite for vengeance. Dr. Cian O’Reilly, the city’s most respected cardiovascular surgeon, is living a double life, one bathed in torture and mayhem as he delivers final justice to the city’s most heinous criminals.

When a new influx of physicians joins the rotation, the struggle for anonymity intensifies as a nosy reporter inches closer to the truth about Cian’s true identity. In a dangerous game of kill or be killed, no one is safe and everyone is a potential victim.

A romance blossoming on the premise of murder. An escaped killer on the loose. A traitor in the midst intent on bringing them all down.

Lincoln Hospital. Where the cure can be your worst nightmare.

Warning: Contains violence and graphic situations not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen. This is the second book in the “Dexter” meets “Grey’s Anatomy” series and ends on a cliffhanger. All books must be read in order to follow the series.

Flatline (Trauma, #2)Flatline by Cassia Brightmore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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🌟🌟🌟1/2 STARS
Right, Flatline (Trauma, #2) By Cassia Brightmore, I struggled a little with this instalment, don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed this, but it was no-where near as good as “Lincoln Hospital”
Hence me marking it down in my ratings slightly.
In fact, It wasn’t until we got that shocker of a cliffhanger near the end, and I was like
That it Jumped from a three-star up to a three and a half, I was so shocked and so instantly reinvested in this series.
So I’m not going to hash over all the back story as I covered that in my review for book one.
which you will find here.…

So “Flatline” carries on where “Lincoln Hospital leaves us with Dr Cian O’Reilly and Dr Athena Payne now practically living together and conducting a secret relationship under the noses of there colleagues.
The only ones fully aware of Cians and Athenas out of hours association are best friend Sabine and the murder squad as I have affectionately nicknamed them.
So in this instalment, we get a lot more hospital drama, some more gruesome kills and a few more of those sexy shenanigans from our gruesome twosome.
Theres also another major player introduced to the hospital playground Dr Rafe Mckay and he’s a bit of a ladies man, he takes an instant interest in Sabina and Athena much to Cian’s displeasure.
And then just when you think not much more is going to happen BAM!!!! a really awful killer twist that I really didn’t see coming.
so here’s what I struggled with,


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Still not feeling the connection between Cian and Athena, There needs to be less sex, less murder and more actual connecting between these two I’m just not feeling it.
Is it just me? or is Cian losing the plot he seems less vigilante avenger and more psychotic sadistic murderer? has he crossed the line and is enjoying it far too much?
I felt not much happened here it was just more of what we got from book one.
Also, remember Bianca, I think her name was (Correct me if I’m wrong) from book one, in the interest of full disclosure why has Cian not mentioned what actually happened to her too Athena, you know just while we are all being honest and all.
This above point makes me question Cian’s integrity, he’s developed a bit of a god complex and the way he’s just able to push this fact to the back of his mind as trivial, an accident if you will, well it doesn’t speak much for his character.
This is personal but I’m actually starting to dislike Cian, and finding it hard to believe that someone who loved his wife so much could change so drastically in two years.
And finally Athena, I do like her but she seemed to accept and also jump on board the murder squad boat very quickly, just an observation.



So there it is folks, very much swings and roundabouts for me.
I’m invested but with some reservations, I will be reading book three Resuscitation, how could I not with that ending.
So just to close, I enjoyed this and yes I would recommend. Flatline is well written with a dramatic storyline, enjoy.

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Lincoln Hospital (Trauma #1) by Cassia Brightmore

Release Date-April 18th 2016
Genre-Dark Romance
Kindle Edition-178 pages

On the twenty-third day—he hunts, bringing the scum of the earth to justice; his justice. Ending up as a patient on Dr. O’Reilly’s table could either save your life or end it in the most horrific way.

New York City. The infamous city that never sleeps; the place where dreams either shine brightly or shatter into razor sharp pieces of metal. For Dr. Cian O’Reilly, it’s the perfect city to disguise his dark alter ego. As a top surgeon at Lincoln Hospital, he has access to resources far beyond the reach of the average person; the ideal cover for his double life. By day, he’s the epitome of professionalism. By night, the facade is stripped away and his true depraved self is revealed.

When Dr. Athena Payne joins the roster as a new surgical intern, Cian’s carefully constructed life is thrown into turmoil. With her sunny smile and wide-eyed innocence, she threatens to break through his iron-like exterior, exposing the man beneath. Following her dream of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon, her internship at Lincoln Hospital is the first step in achieving her goals. Something about the dark air of mystery that surrounds her new boss, Dr. Cian O’Reilly, leaves Athena questioning just what it is that the good doctor is hiding.

A killer on the loose. A doctor wielding a deadly blade. An intern caught in the midst of first love and a lethal web of murder.

Lincoln Hospital. Where the cure can be your worst nightmare.

Warning: Contains violence and graphic situations not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen.

Lincoln Hospital (Trauma, #1)Lincoln Hospital by Cassia Brightmore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Lincoln Hospital (Trauma, #1) by Cassia Brightmore what did I think, well I loved this, of Course.
I’ve always been a sucker for a tormented A-hole of a hero and Dr Cian O’Reilly has the dick factor in spades, so this book had me by the short and curlies from the get-go.
So the premise of this book is that that Dr Cian has taken upon himself the task of bringing to justice those deserving of his less tender care.
So By day, he saves lives as a top surgeon and by night, with his carefully selected team he delivers his own brand of sweet justice, ridding the streets of scum.
So yeh in some ways, Cian did remind me a bit of Dexter, they have the same goals just differing reasons for what they do.but Cian has defiantly got the shittier attitude of the two.
So Dr Athena Payne joins the hospital as a new intern and from day one spark fly between these two. But Cian is struggling with what he wants, (Athena) and he tries really hard to push her away behaving like a real SOB to her Can’t believe how hot and cold he was blowing with her, shame on you Cian, not nice.
Now I don’t want to really give too much away, so I’m just gonna list what I thought Lincoln Hospital’s weak points were, and bare in mind this is just my own personal observation’s.

I would have liked to see more of a development in the romance department, Cian and Athena went from Zero to I Love you in ten seconds flat, as much as I love these two instalove just isn’t my thing.
I thought the kidnapping serial killers was a bit out of place, It felt clunky like it was thrown into the mix just for drama. didn’t quite get this addition at all.
Also when Cian comes clean to Athena, it was so anticlimactic, I really expected much more from this.

despite the above points, this was a good engaging read that I raced through. It had well-developed characters and an easy reading style that flows.
It also had another major plus factor in its favour, A big fat twist at the end that I so didn’t see coming, now that was a shocker, well done Cassia,
I am so ready now to read Flatline (Trauma, #2).
There’s No way I can’t not read it now after that big ruddy expose, I’m still somewhat in shock.

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Historical, Horror, Mystery, Reviews, Suspense

Wrath of the Ancients (Nemesis of the Gods #1)

Release Date-October 24th 2017
Publisher-Lyrical Underground
Kindle Edition-176 pages


Egypt, 1908

Eminent archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the site beneath the desert sands . . .

Vienna, 1913

Young widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus, transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals, she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of hieroglyphics.

Something pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy .

Wrath of the AncientsWrath of the Ancients by Catherine Cavendish

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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🌟🌟🌟 STARS.
This is my first Book By Catherine Cavendish and I found it to be suitably chilling with an almost gothic feel to it, overall I found this an enjoyable pleasant experience.
“Wrath of the Ancients” tells the story of archaeologist Dr Emeryk Quintillus and his quest and
obsession to resurrect his beloved Queen Cleopatra through any means necessary.
Doing this sets in motion an ancient curse that will have repercussions echoing down through the century.
So this is where our Adeline Ogilvy, a young widow, comes onto the playing field.
Miss Ogilvy comes across as a very sensible, pragmatic, and I would say not easily spooked young woman. I found her to be a very likeable character.
So Adeline is employed under false pretences to journey to Vienna to transcribe the late Dr Quintillus’s memoirs. Supposedly being a direct descendant of Cleopatra herself she is needed to complete Dr Quintillus ritual. To be the vessel he needs to restore his beloved Queen.
What follows is a truly frightening and menacing experience for Adeline and all who attempt to aide her in her battle with this old ancient evil.
Now, this is the part of the story I loved and despite initially thinking I was going to struggle with the writing style I soon got into my stride, riveted with not only this eerie Egyptian horror tale but also so immersed in 1913 Vienna.
I especially loved the little snapshots of historical figures intercepted throughout, this was a very nice touch indeed.
Now if I was Rating on this part of the story alone, I would give this a four star all the way.
I couldn’t put “Wrath Of The Ancients” down, so needed to know what was coming next.
My main issue was that despite the excellent woven tale I encountered in Part one of this book, Part two itself fell a trifle flat for me.
It seemed rather rushed, as well as short and didn’t really flow that well, just my opinion.
In fact, I would go as far as to say, I found it an actual chore.
Surprisingly, I took longer to get through this short part two than its predecessor and it pulled for me, what was a so promising book down slightly.
Thankfully Part three made me smile again especially getting to connect with an Adeline who is now in her Eighty’s.
I loved hearing her casual everyday observations of the differences in life she now experiences.
It was So removed from her life in 1918 showcasing the progression of time and its effects.
So It’s now 1964 and Markus Von Durnstein resides in that dreaded house, he writes needing Adaline’s help, so she agrees to travel to Vienna to assist, though nothing on earth will persuade her to reside in that evil house,(Don’t bloody blame her) it’s a hotel all though way for Adeline.
The two team up to try and defeat the darkness encroaching, this time hopefully for good.
So I’m gonna break this down as this is a hard one to fairly judge.
Part one – So good, definite four stars.
Part Two – Seemed rushed and too short, two stars at the most.
part three – back on form again, back up to a three.
There is also a very brief afterword which I will get to that in a minute.
so I’ve decided to meet in the middle and give this three stars.
I also wasn’t quite onboard with the style of narrative, as besides the prologue, we spent so much time in Adeline’s head, it was a major shock to suddenly find myself in another.
Maybe if an extra point of view had been thrown into part one, I wouldn’t have felt as adrift later on, but that’s just a personal opinion.
Now for the afterword, I will be short and sweet here.
I didn’t like it, thought it was completly unnecessary and it left me with a very bad taste in my mouth indeed.
So there we have it a good solid read, which I experienced a few minor issues with.
Still very much worth giving a go.
So if you like spooky gothic ghost stories with a smidge of horror and if like me you like anything to do with Egyptology give this a go.
Thank you to NetGalley the publisher and the author for providing a free arc of “Wrath Of The Ancients” By Catherine Cavendish, this is my own personal unbiased opinion.

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Mystery, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Young-Adult

The Treatment by C.L. Taylor

Release Date-October 19th 2017
Genre-YA Mystery
Kindle Edition-384 pages

“You have to help me. We’re not being reformed. We’re being brainwashed.”
All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.

Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.

Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.

Before it’s too late.

The TreatmentThe Treatment by C.L. Taylor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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The Treatment By C.L. Taylor was a decent enough read that I really quite enjoyed.
I also took into account when reading, that this was aimed at a much younger audience than myself, so I have been slightly lenient in my rating as I feel there were things I noticed that would probably go over the heads of this books intended demographic.
I would say this is a read my twelve and thirteen-year-old boys would really enjoy, Myself being a mum in my forties, well let’s just say I enjoyed this, while not overtaxing my brain overmuch.
So The Treatment is about sixteen-year-old Drew Finch and her actions when her younger brother Mason gets expelled from yet another school and sent to Norton House, a residential reform academy.
so After being followed by the mysterious Dr Cobey and receiving a strange message about the treatment, her brother is receiving while residing at Norton House. Drew decides to investigate herself by getting herself admitted as a pupil.
So as I said this was an enjoyable read that does what it says on the tin.
There were no great surprises here, This was more, the underdog saves the day type of tale.
Drew herself, well I felt a bit sorry for her bullied by her ex-best friend (which there was no real explanation for)
Does one thing wrong and then gets shipped off to a reform academy, I know she needs to be for the story to work but jeez, her mum, hardly mother of the year actions are they.
Drew herself seems to be quite a resilient girl with a bit of a kick-ass attitude, more so maybe than I would expect from someone who’s been bullied so relentlessly.
But anyway she seems a very likeable pragmatic type of girl.
She teams up inside Norton with her roommate Mouse and the two try to coordinate an escape while steering clear of there other roomy Jude.
Jude is every mean girl cliche you can think off, horrid just for the sake of it. Shes even worse when Lacey, Drew’s arch nemesis turns up like a bad penny and the two join forces to torment Drew.
I did find both Jude and Lacey to be slightly one dimensional in their behaviour.
So anyway to cut a long story short Drew strives to save the day, while rescuing her friends and brother along the way.
This is done in true kick-butt style with only the one extra unsurprising twist along the way.
So the wrap up of “The Treatment” I felt was a little bit rushed, I would have liked to have seen things eked out and explored in a little more depth.
But besides that, this is a great addition to the Young Adult/teen genre-leaning more heavily towards the Teen age group.
So I would definitely recommend this to the younger generation, It is a fun action packed clean read, that is well written and is sure to catch imaginations.
thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an Arc of “The Treatment” By C.L. Taylor this is my own honest unbiased opinion.

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Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Young-Adult

Select (Select #1) by Marit Wiesenberg

Release Date-October 3rd 2017
Publisher-Charlesbridge Teen
Kindle Edition-352 pages

Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?

Select (Select #1)Select by Marit Wiesenberg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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🌟🌟🌟1/2 Stars
Select was such a delightful read. I was so happy to have wished for this on NetGalley and to have that wish granted was fabulous.
So Select is the first book in a new Young Adult paranormal series.
It revolves around Julia Jaynes who Comes from a race of highly-evolved humans,
This group hide in plain sight amongst the general populace who they refer to as outsiders.
Julia seems to have it all, The perfect family and lifestyle at least this is what it appears outwardly to others.
After an incident that gets this elite family group noticed Jayne is made an example of and sent to the local public high school with the outsiders and ordered to lie low, suppress and also tamp down her emerging extraordinary abilities.
Here she re-meets John Ford and the two overtime become friendly.
Now there is a lot more to this Young Adult debut novel than meets the eye, you need to look deeper beneath the layers and unravel the perfect illusion that is Julia’s life.
Most of the characters that claim to care for our young Julia are toxic to her.
Her father Novak is a big old douche, manipulative, cold and cruel but with a strange ability that compels others to gravitate towards him, giving him their faith and trust, in fact, It seems to have at times an almost cultish element to some of the family’s interactions.
Victoria her step-mother is a first class bitch, despite practically raising Julia from the age of Two she treats her like a second-class citizen, putting her own daughter Liv over Julia in everything.
Then there’s the younger sister Liv herself, self-centred, over-entitled, little princess, I really don’t like her and really wish Julia would stop making excuses for the spoilt little madam.
The bestie Angus, well I was divided in my opinion of him I’m going to see how he behaves in future as I’m pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of him.
I have my eye on you boyo.
Oh, and Angus and the Lost Boys dropped poor Julia like a bad disease when she was on the out and these are meant to be her friends.
So where was I, Oh yes Julia and Ford, well these two start a fledgeling relationship filled with the usual teenage angst.
I will also say that I wasn’t overly fond of the methods employed by Julia initially of reading John’s mind, but gave her a temporary free pass because she’s young and still learning.
In herself, Julia was a show of extremes so grown up in some ways and then so irritatingly naive and selfish in others, I myself think her privileged upbringing played a big part in shaping Julia.
And am hoping she will evolve so much more going forward.
As for John himself well he seems a very solid lad, A touch rebellious but he definitely seems to have his head screwed on right, he comes across as more grounded than Julia and more adult also.
As you can imagine this tale is not plain sailing and when its time to get out of dodge, things around Julia start to collapse like a pack of cards, decisions need making and secrets are finally revealed and on this note, I will leave it.
Select leaves us with more questions than answers.
it sets itself up for the next in this series nicely, which I will definitely be reading as I now feel so invested in this story and its many diverse characters.
This may be a Young Adult Novel but I would definitely recommend to all ages it kept my attention and I’m forty-four.
It’s well written and a definite page turner, pulling the reader in.
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with a free arc of Select by Marit Wiesenberg, it was lovely of you to grant my wish.
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Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Reviews, Suspense

If You Only Knew by Cynthia Clark

Release Date-November 1st 2017
Kindle Edition

A wife, a mother, a killer.

One wrong decision, one terrifying night, leaves student Elizabeth with a stark choice – kill or be killed. And the consequences of that choice will shape her whole life.

Now a wife, a mother, and a lawyer, she must find a way to out run her past, protect her family and live with her secret. But is it really possible to live a happy life with such a huge shadow cast by the past? And as it becomes clear that someone else knows her secret and is hunting her down, time is running out for Elizabeth to keep her family safe.

In the bestselling tradition of Clare Mackintosh and Jenny Blackhurst, Cynthia Clark has written a heart-stopping story about the choices we make and how far we’d go to protect our families. Even if it means deceiving the people we love most.

If You Only KnewIf You Only Knew by Cynthia Clark

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Arc Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

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🌟🌟🌟 1/2 Stars.
If You Only Knew By Cynthia Clark was a good read, It’s the sort of book I would pack for my holidays to read around the pool not too taxing but a very enjoyable read nonetheless.
This Novel revolves around Elizabeth and explores how the numerous wrong decisions made on one single night can impact and shape the course of our lives the repercussions echoing down through the years affecting our lives dramatically.
It’s a bit like a pebble thrown into a pond, the ripple effect, who knows where it ends.
“So If You Only Knew” is told from two timelines, the then and the now.
So as the reader we are fully aware, eyes wide open from the start. Elizabeth’s secret is also ours. we get to experience all the fear, longing and confusion alongside her.
This works as we get to walk in her shoe’s hearing her private thoughts.
It helps to build a sense of sympathy and solidarity as we get to feel the pain and panic first hand, making us feel somewhat closer, almost a friend, the only other person in the know.
Like being part of some secret exclusive club.
So we have the “THEN” which consists of a narration and walkthrough of the big secret.
And the “NOW” seventeen years later where Elizabeth is now a wife, mother and successful lawyer.
and we get to have a ringside seat as all the ripples settle and Elizabeth has to deal with a past that has finally caught up on her.
So “If Only You Knew” is not really a mystery as you the reader, are aware throughout of what is going on. There are no big reveals and no unexpected twists.
This was a minus for me as I kept waiting for the penny to drop, a big twist and there just wasn’t one.
Also, I found the husbands Attitude “Miles” extremely hypocritical, considering what is revealed about his own past actions, I really couldn’t take to him, talk about a lack of sympathy.
Yes, I could understand his shock and anger at his wife, but when the dust finally settled and he had time to think and reflect, you’d think he would have behaved in a much warmer manner towards his wife and the mother of his children.
The woman he supposedly loves, the wife who is aware of his deepest dark secret, The wife who didn’t judge him,
Unlike Miles !!!
Talk about needing to man up.
despite these two above points, this was a good solid read that I would definitely recommend.
It was well written and flowed brilliantly making this a very easy entertaining read.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with a free Arc of “If only you knew” By Cynthia Clark. This is my own personal unbiased opinion.

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