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Book Review: The Gates by Iain Rob Wright

This is my first book by Mr. Wright and I must say I truly enjoyed it and have already placed my order for the next one. I had no trouble loving all the characters and really getting in their skin. The story moves along at a good clip but you are never left behind. This was a nice different read on the end of the world. This is story (very similar) my very religious Grandparents told me about. Makes you really consider is your soul safe…

I’m giving it 4 stars out of 5 because of the physical book and the Kindle edition. I have them both and when I read I like to read the actual book during daylight and then for night time reading I use my iPad. The physical book ends on page 337, the Kindle edition has a few more chapters introducing new characters to the story. The physical book wasn’t formatted correctly. I too am indie author and making sure your paperback looks professional is important. This did not. The justification and word wrap as well as font changes from top to bottoms of pages make it look elementary. The Kindle edition about 300 pages in is as if the editing stopped. Spelling errors, extra words, etc. were everywhere.

No doubt Mr. Wright is an AWESOME horror author, but I’m not thrilled with the publishing and differences between the two books. They were rushed and new editions were pushed out without edits only for one format.

Book Reviews

Mr. Snuff by Jon Athan

This is my first book by this author and let me say I was pleasantly pleased. The start of this book kept me glued to the pages. First and foremost you must know when starting this book it’s going to be full of blood and gore and horror. The story follows Russell as he tracks his daughter’s killers. Violence laces every page of this book in page turning goodness. I never saw the twist in the end coming. For lovers of gore and shock this book is perfect for you. I can’t wait to read more by this author. If you’d like to read this book, click on the cover shown below to take you to Amazon to purchase.


Spankenstein by Tim Miller

In typical Tim Miller fashion this book was very shocking, gory, and full of page turning goodness. The main character, Donny, is a real piece of work. He was very believable and crazy. I was instantly pulled into the book from page 1 and couldn’t put it down.

If you are a fan of raw gritty horror you MUST read this book.

If you’d like to read this book too, just click on the cover shown below to take you to Amazon.


A Wanton Woman: Mail Order Bride of Slate Springs by Vanessa Vale

I love the whole idea of this book; a woman with 2 husbands. Never once boring. The characters are very likable and the pages just fly by. I read it one sitting and am on to the next book. To get your copy, just click on the cover shown below to be taken to Amazon.

Book Review: Can You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse by Anthony Wacholtz

I found this book when searching for Choose Your Own Adventure books. Yes this is a choose your own adventure type book. No dice or paper needed, not like a gamebook.

I was a bit disappointed at how short the book is but the story makes up for it. I’ve read three different endings so far. I’m really impressed with the feel of the paper, I love the images too. If you’re looking for an adult book, ya know explicit, this isn’t the book for you. But if you are looking for a good read that you can share with the kids or just by yourself, pick up a copy of this book. I’m pleased enough I want to get a couple more from the You Choose: Doomsday series.

If CYOA are your thing or you loved them as a kid, check this book out, I think you’ll be pleased.

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Book Review: Witch Island by David Bernstein

Howdy lovelies! Well it’s the start of shooting season. I’m sure you all probably already know but I shoot competitively during the summer months. My husband and father also shoot. We don’t win money only bragging rights and a nice little trophy. Because of this I apologize for slacking on interviews, but I will do my best to catch up this week. So back to business 🙂

Witch Island by David Bernstein

Review: This book started out great but didn’t sustain the hook that started the story. The author seemed to ramble and was using too many speech tags (said, asked, etc). When the story should be building tension and suspense it gets dry. Its not a bad book, just needs the editor/proof reader to help the author tighten up the story.

I’m sure all the authors reading this review have suffered from the same problem at one point or another. I know I sure did. I want to stress this isn’t a bad book but it is lacking for me.

Between my editor and Rayne Hall and her books teaching me, I now can pick these things up pretty easily when I read a novel. You know you are learning and improving on your writing when you can recognize these things.

Book Review: Monster by Matt Shaw

If you’ve not read anything by Matt Shaw be warned, it is graphic and gory.

****Warning there are spoilers below******

Richard, the father, is a wife beating bully who turns into an alcoholic wife beating bully and then he starts beating Andrew. My heart went out to Andrew and his mother. I wish she would have gotten the guts up to leave Richard. After he forced her to drink draino while carrying Andrew she should have went to a real doctor, not one of Richard’s buddies, and then aborted Andrew. Even though Andrew is a monster, he’s not the true monster of this story, his parents are.

The pages kept flying by and the horror mounting. This was a great read.

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