Book Review: Devourer of Souls by: Kevin Lucia


Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Ragnarok Publications

Publication Date: June 30, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Goodreads

Synopsis: Sophan

An ancient game of chance and Fate. One boy's smoldering hate, another boy's need to make things right, and a father's ghosts of Vietnam past. These are the key players in this latest tale of revenge and reparation performed on the stage of the strange Adirondack town of Clifton Heights, NY.

The Man in Yellow

Tahawus is a small, isolated Adirondack town just north of Clifton Heights. A quiet place filled with simple people of an ardent faith, nothing much ever happens there...until the man in yellow comes calling. He knows your worst nightmares, and he can offer your fondest wish. All you need is faith...and a mouth from which to scream.


Review: DEVOURER OF SOULS features two novellas, ‘Sophan’ and ‘The Man in Yellow’. Overall, DEVOURER OF SOULS is excellent; tapping into the primordial and collectively unconscious fears humans share. Two men meet in a diner, old friends, and share tales of the secrets they know to be true. Ones which should never see the light of day, but in sharing do not halve the fear, but multiplies it exponentially. ‘Sophan’ features a primitive, yet deadly Vietnamese game of chance where the price is your soul. ‘The Man in Yellow’ only wants the most precious thing from his followers…and proves the adage, “All that glitters is not gold”. I preferred ‘Sophan’ to ‘The Man in Yellow’, but they were both amazing. Clinging to your psyche long after you’ve finished, DEVOURER OF SOULS is one of the most delightfully dark tomes I’ve read in a while. This author is wickedly talented!

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Book Review: Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny by: Malia Ann Haberman


Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Crossroad Press

Publication Date: May 28, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

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Synopsis: In Chase Tinker's world, magic, lies and secrets can be a lethal combination…

For eight agonizing months Chase Tinker's guilt over the despicable act he committed on Halloween night has been eating away at his heart and mind. Chase's life gets even more complicated when secrets about the mysterious Relic in the attic are revealed on the eve of a visit from an unwelcome caller. It doesn't help that this all occurs on his fourteenth birthday!

Despite his problems, his biggest concern is that his family's Dark Enemy, the Marlowe Family, is becoming more powerful with each passing day, fueled by the energy they continue to pillage from the many magical beings of the world. If Chase and his family are ever going to win, they will need a whole lot of magical help; they must destroy the most evil threat the world has ever known!


Series: Chase Tinker series

Review: Chase Tinker is tired of secrets, especially the one he’s been keeping close to his chest since Halloween. As event more secrets pile up, Chase has had enough and is willing to let everyone know how he feels. Chase was snappy, whiny, and paranoid – alienating both family and friends. Now, Chase had plenty of reason to be paranoid, with the Marlowe family plotting to get their hands on the Tinker house and the Relic. I can also understand Chase’s irritability, with his profound guilt, but sometimes it seemed to go a bit too far. When a Marlowe comes to the Tinkers for aid, Chase is against it from the start, even though the elder magical Tinkers are willing to let him stay. In the meantime, the kids go on a quest to find magical creatures who will help them against the Marlowes. They find it is not only the Tinkers who have been affected by the dark greed of the Marlowe family. CHASE TINKER AND THE HOUSE OF DESTINY continues the magical story of Chase and his fight to save his family. My favorite parts of this book are their quest to find magical allies and how effortlessly the author makes the magic real. There will be another book after this one, which will conclude the series. Once I got to the end of CHASE TINKER AND THE HOUSE OF DESTINY, I needed the next book right away! The best aspects of this series are the family bonds between the Tinkers, as well as watching Chase grow into himself and his powers.

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Book Review: The Beholder by: Ivan Amberlake


Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Breakwater Harbor Books

Publication Date: April 29, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

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Synopsis: Around the world, people die under mysterious circumstances. Each has a sign. Each is a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. A NYC interior designer Jason Walker receives a message saying he is the final piece.

Emily Ethan, a startling beauty with supernatural powers, appears and tells Jason that powers dormant within him are about to wake. He is the only person who can prevent darkness from enslaving the world. He is the Beholder whose advent has been awaited for many years.

Setting out on a journey with Emily, Jason discovers the world he could have never imagined, but the greatest surprise arrives the moment he realizes he has fallen in love with Emily.


Series: The Beholder Series

Review: With palpably vivid descriptions, THE BEHOLDER could easily translate into a feature film. Jason has always thought he was just an ordinary man, working at an interior design firm. He’s been having nightmares of murders, which he discovers are not ordinary dreams, but supernatural visions of the past and future. In the true world, there are the Sighted (whether Light or Dark) and the Unsighted (regular humans). When Jason meets Emily, the girl in his visions, he is told he is the One. Jason is the Beholder, the only one who can put a stop to the darkness once his powers are awakened. Learning about the unseen world along with Jason was fascinating. The personification of evil, The Pariah, was truly sinister. THE BEHOLDER brings us a mystery, wicked supernatural fights, and a beautifully complex love story. THE BEHOLDER is a quick and intense read, filled with exquisite detail, bringing readers a new twist on a classic theme.

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Book Review: The Homecoming by: Robyn Carr


Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. The people in his hometown have never forgotten what might have been.

Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he's been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father—and the people of Thunder Point—he's become a better, humbler version of his former self.

Winning over his father isn't the only challenge. Seth must also find a way to convince his childhood neighbor and best friend, Iris McKinley, to forgive him for breaking her heart. With his homecoming, will Seth be able to convince the town, his family and especially Iris that he's finally ready to be the man who will make them all proud?


Series: Thunder Point Series

Review: THE HOMECOMING is one of my favorite Thunder Point novels. It moves away from some of our favorite characters and introduces us to Seth Sileski and Iris McKinley. Former best friends, they grew apart when Seth broke Iris’ heart. Iris is a guidance counselor at the Thunder Point high school and Seth is a police officer, recently returned to Thunder Point. Seth is no longer the same dumb and reckless teenager he was when he left Thunder Point. He’s gone through a lot, which has matured him greatly and he wants everyone to see the difference. Iris isn’t so sure about Seth and is quite busy trying to find out what is happening to one of her students. While I agreed with Iris’ reasons for being so angry at Seth, it was hard for Seth to understand as he had no clue what he did wrong. While the main characters weren’t any of the ‘regulars’, the regulars are an integral part of the town and had their own appearances. THE HOMECOMING dealt with topical issues which made sense within the theme of the story. A well-written story, with characters who fit the Thunder Point mold, THE HOMECOMING is a marvelous addition to this series!

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Book Feature: The Tenth Chamber by: Glenn Cooper


Publisher: Lascaux Media

Publication Date: June 20, 2014

Synopsis: Abbey of Ruac, rural France – A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling fourteenth-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains – and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring. When they discover a vast network of prehistoric caves, buried deep within the cliffs, they realize that they’ve stumbled across something extraordinary. And at the very core of the labyrinth lies the most astonishing chamber of all, just as the manuscript chronicled. But as they begin to unlock the ancient secrets the cavern holds, they find themselves at the centre of a dangerous game. One ‘accidental’ death leads to another. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to protect the enigma of the tenth chamber.

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