Gods – BECKIE BOOKWORM

Release Date-October 24th 2017 Publisher-Lyrical Underground Genre-Horror

Kindle Edition-176 pages

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 . . .

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 .

ARC Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

🌟🌟🌟 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.

Release Date-September 22nd 2017 Genre-Dark Fantasy Romance

Kindle edition-278 pages

Catch me, Darkness. Again and again. The life of a virgin goddess might suit Artemis or Athena, but Persephone, daughter of Zeus, wants no part of it. While the rest of the immortals cavort, she grows restless in the shadow of Olympos.

Rules, rules. Always the rules. Her mother’s edict forbids her the company of any male god. She can’t speak to them, can’t look at them. Can’t even attend the Olympian feasts. As far as Demeter knows, her daughter remains a maiden.

But Persephone leads a double life. She finds her affection elsewhere, and in plentiful supply. If only the sons of Man made her happy. If only she could put a name to this need she feels. It grows by the day, dark and unfulfilled. An eternity of enforced loneliness looms, and Persephone contemplates a drastic choice to escape it.

Only one thing stands in her way.

Hades.

Where earthquakes rend hill and vale asunder, and the abyss yawns to devour falling screams, the black halls of the Underworld await. The Lord of the Dead follows only one set of rules: his own.

And he expects Persephone to obey.

Eris Adderly draws you into a spectacular world of dark mythology, where legends bloom with sensual new life and the stories you thought you knew turn out to be just the beginning.

This scorching hot romance takes the reader on a journey of discovery and submission, including graphic descriptions of sexual acts, and is intended for mature readers only.

The Eighth House: Hades & Persephone by Eris Adderly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

🌟🌟🌟🌟Satisfying Stars I Picked this up after an author I love recommended this on Facebook, this was a win-win for me as my second major love (Books being my first of course) is history and mythology, so I really couldn’t wait to get stuck into this story. So Initially I didn’t think we were going to gel at all, the writing style used here is so very different to what I’m used to, not sure how to explain it but it’s like its got a more formal feel to it. But I really didn’t need to worry as a couple of chapters in I got used to the style and was soon majorly engrossed and in love with The Eighth House: Hades & Persephone by Eris Adderly. I should also probably mention that I have a major soft spot for anything underworld related, It must be my attraction to the ultimate bad boys and the king of the underworld certainly ticks all the criteria for that scenario. So everyone roughly knows the story of Hades and Persephone, well Eris Adderly has taken this mythical tale of old and put her own erotic slant to it and it does actually work. No matter I have heard it before The Eighth House felt fresh, giving us a new slant to this popular myth. Even knowing the ending before-hand didn’t take anything away from this experience I was still enthralled throughout, reading this in record time. Having The rich tapestry of the gods as a background was one of my favourite aspects of this, not only was I reading a Stella book, I also got to immerse myself in such fascinating surroundings and learn a bit of culture along the way. This seems to be the first book in a new series and I will definitely be checking out the next offering, will be interesting to see where this goes next. So, in conclusion, The Eighth House is well written, it’s also very obvious that a major amount of research has gone on here regarding the gods, so well done there I’m suitably impressed Eris. It also kept my attention throughout and I would definitely recommend this to other readers.

So if you like a bit of mythology with your fiction give this a try.

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Release Date-August 29th 2012 Genre-Paranormal Romance

Kindle Edition-332 pages

Cursed for 2000 years, Roman Nicolis has tracked his lovers’ soul through each reincarnation only to lose her horribly every time. Reclaiming their love is their only salvation. He’s been her friend, her father, her neighbor, but never again her lover . . . until now.

A late night walk home throws Stella into the path of a killer. The last thing she remembers are the deep blue eyes of the man trying to kill her—and the first things she sees after a seven day coma are the same blue eyes in the handsome face of the man hired to protect her. Is it fears she feels when Roman touches her or the memory of something sweeter? She will have to push past her fears and reclaim a love that has lasted two millennia.

Eternity by Tmonique Stephens

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eternity-Descendants of Ra is the first book I have read by this author. On reading the blurb I noticed that this had a very interesting unique plot-line, this is what initially drew me to this piece of writing along with the heavy Egyptian influence Eternity seemed to offer me, I am so a sucker for anything to do with Egyptian mythology. This book for me was a mixture of contrasts, some parts I loved, others not so much. I still overall enjoyed the experience and definitely want to read the next installment in the series there were just some niggling personal preferences I found hard to reconcile with that I think let it down slightly. Let’s start with our main characters- Stella, I didn’t find her that easy to connect with initially and I’m not actually sure why, maybe it’s because I found her a bit bland and one-dimensional, forgettable( not counting the opening scene that is, that was way intense ) she did start to grow on me more as the story commenced luckily. I am also very skeptical that Stella thinks she can identify her assailant just from the shade of his eyes when he was wearing a balaclava, that’s just insanely far-fetched in my opinion. But all this aside Our Stella did become more interesting the further on Eternity progressed and I did find myself liking her especially with all the weird crap being thrown her way, MAN!!!! give the poor girl a break. Now Roman, at first I really liked him and felt quite an immense dollop of sympathy for our heart wrenched immortal. poor man, aw, must be awful to keep losing his beloved over and over again. AND THEN HE HAD TO SPOIL IT ALL!!!! What the freaken hell was he playing at Romancing and seducing Stella when he still had a fiance (Oh Bianca of the massive rock on her finger) when he hadn’t had the TALK!!! with her poor girl, it wasn’t her fault Roman was only marrying her because he felt lonely perhaps he should have enlighted Bianca of that selfish man. the other main person we see so much of is Daniel. he is one of Romans progenies who he has raised and brought into his family almost like a beloved a son. He is also the killer that attacked Stella at the beginning.He is massively jealous of his savior and this, in turn, has somehow turned him bitter and evil. WHY ? I don’t get it I was often jealous of my siblings growing up it didn’t turn me into a killer lol seems extreme. There were other secondary characters the plot had on the sidelines but these three Stella, Roman and Daniel are the main go to guys. so in summary for me, we have, good points – Fast-paced storyline, well written, Egyptian influence, immortal hottie. Bad points- cheating douche bag, indecisive hero and by this I mean yes I want to do you, nooo I don’t go away, come back, nooo. GGGRRR make up your mind rebound Roman. Ungrateful evil pleb (who’s been given everything) of a relative (I still don’t get it ) I was also a teeny bit confused about what happened to Bianca the now ex-fiance, after the maze incident nobody seems to mention her again, where is the girl, wait I think Stella asked after her at the hospital and was told she was now an ex-fiance, what the heck!!!! surely she was a bit freaked out after Daniels show and tell, what was she told? where is she now? this was an enjoyable read, with an HEA and a lot of room for future series growth. I think being the first of the series the plot was heading in numerous different directions and this was what made the sub-plots slightly confusing. Maybe this was why I had trouble connecting, as I was trying to keep it all straight in my head. I have tried to give my honest opinion while still being fair and this in my view is a great start to what promises to be an interesting series. I received a copy of this e-book for my honest opinion.

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