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TWO 3 stars for Going the Greatest Distance by Angel Propps #FF #Paranormal @LT3Press

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Title: Going the Greatest Distance
Author Name & Publisher: Angel Propps (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: Nov 23, 2015 – 34 pages

Synopsis

Lisa’s workaholic personality and the stress of her job as an editor at a large publishing company drove a wedge between her and her longtime lover and ended their relationship. Just as her lover agrees to sit down and try to work things out Lisa is offered the biggest opportunity of her entire career: the chance to talk to Clair St. Sabre, a bestselling writer who shut herself away on a deserted island with a reputation for being haunted.

Lisa arrives at the island determined to talk to Clair, win her confidence, and bring a new novel back to the city with her, and all in time to make her date. But Clair has her own reasons for inviting someone out to her secluded and eerie haven, including her lover Moira, who died over a hundred years before.

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ThreeStar

I will say that I really enjoyed this story. It was engaging, pulling me in to the lives of the characters and making me care about them. However, there were also a couple things I had a problem with. The biggest thing is that the story was too big for the length it was written in. To say it another way, this seemed like a longer story that was squished into a smaller word count. The problem with this is two-fold. One, the characters don’t seem like they get developed as fully as they could be. And two, there is a lot of tell in this story that should have been show. I liked the concept, I just feel that the author didn’t write the story it had the potential to be.

~AmyP

ThreeStar

This book I found a little perplexing. The introduction to the main character and the mystery surrounding the woman she was about to meet really enthralled me. The setting of the mystery was described beautifully. However I had difficulty in relating to the main crux of the tale. Up to this point I was intrigued and the plot had unfolded really well, then everything, to me, became rushed and the story was over.
I felt this could have been a brilliant outline to a complete novel, as it was I just felt it finished just as it had just begun.
The ending was very apt and moving. So I enjoyed the middle and the end and was just a little disappointed and confused re  the middle. Obviously a talented author and I do look forward to reading more of her work, just this novel left me unfulfilled.
~Chris

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TWO 5 and 3.5 Stars for Light Work on Dark Days by S. McDonald Powell #FF #Paranormal

1.5

Title: Light Work on Dark Days
Author Name & Publisher: S. McDonald Powell (NineStar Press)
Publication Date: December 7, 2015

Synopsis

A malignant, predatory energy is gathering force in the world. Its chosen host, the global Elite, are its willing servants. A centuries-old war has raged between this evil and those brave enough to oppose it, but now the Elite are bringing the conflict to America. Old money brings old sins, introducing the wealthy of New York City to their aberrant tastes. Worst of all, it’s only a matter of time before they plan to unify their power and wealth to establish a One World government with which they will hold sway over the lives of all. And yet, they are not the only ones stalking the streets of New York…

Dr Eryn Wilde is no ordinary pathologist. As high priestess of the Morrígan, Eryn works to thwart the Elite with the aid of the magical order, Aes Sídhe—a light in the darkness and the antithesis to the Temple, the Elite’s cohort of dark magicians.

In the bleak of December, Eryn is called to the scene of a fatal car incident, only to find a trunk full of severed limbs. Much to Eryn’s chagrin, the beautiful and intelligent Homicide Detective Rebekah Luzzatto is tasked with working on the case. As events unfold that take them deeper into the world of politics, corporate greed, blackmail, and murder, it becomes increasingly difficult for Eryn to stay away from Rebekah, despite being afraid that she will meet the same end as her last lover.

Between the two of them, will they find a way to make their relationship work? Hopefully while preventing the Elite from opening the gates of hell and ushering in World War III?

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FiveStars

Eryn is Deputy Chief Medical Examiner of NYC and comes into contact with the results of evil-doers on a daily basis.  When children’s body parts are found in the trunk of a car involved in an accident she is spurred into action, but not just as medical examiner.  There is a much more sinister story behind the find.  Along with Detectives Rebekkah Luzzatto, Dolan and Maguire of the NYPD she becomes embroiled in a truly horrific tale.
An elite along around the world have been taking control and carrying out stomach-churning acts. Eyrn is part of Aes Sidhe, a group of people dedicated to the end of their reign of terror.  The Elite have people everywhere and Eryn’s life is in danger.  She becomes involved with Rebekkah but fears that their relationship and their lives are in jeopardy and struggles with whether to stay together or not.
The story is brilliantly told and truly gripping.  Although there is a paranormal element some of the descriptions of the Elite and their influence was not far off the mark in reality.  I loved the relationship that bloomed between Eryn and Rebekkah and wanted it to work out for them.  They had so many obstacle in their way though and that ranked up the tension.  The tale itself was wonderfully imagines and I had no problem getting lost in it for a few hours.
I hope there are more tales to be told of Eryn and Rebekkah and the Aes Sidhe.  I feel we aren’t finished with them yet!
Kitty Kat

FiveStars

A really exhilarating and exciting tale. Quite unique, different, if rather graphic occasionally, though this only adds to the realism and drama which unfold.
Not the usual genre I usually read but this novel was so well written, even believable that I will certainly be looking for other novels by this brilliant author.
At first I thought the opening narrative was rather wordy but as I continued reading I realised the necessity, essence and reason for this.
The two main characters  are totally different from each other which adds to the drama of the novel. Both characters have their own strengths and weaknesses giving the plot a really realistic feel. As well as drama they bring humour  to often volatile and chilling situations.
The ending was as spine-chilling as it was absorbing and the ending although conclusive in its own way was certainly leaving you wanting to know more.
If you are looking for a page turner of a book, enjoy great metaphors, from JFK to British Royalty then this book is a must. Intelligently written, with great authority and obviously endless research from the author. A splendid book a superior read.
~Chris

ThreeandHalfStars

There were a lot of things in this book to like. The story flowed easily, following logical paths, consistent world-building, likable characters. The biggest problem for me was the overwhelming reach and saturation of the conspiracy. The book reads like a conspiracy theorist’s manifesto, which for me, was extremely tiring. The problem with this type of conspiracy is that those at the top have to ensure they have control of everything, and everybody in a position to expose them. It’s just too big to not make a mistake, especially when they’re doing something that most in society have deemed taboo. There’s also the problem that the main character has so many things she can’t speak of, that you’re constantly wondering if you know what’s really going on. I have a problem, as a reader, when the story makes me feel like I’m being left out in the cold. The romantic relationship between Eryn and Rebekah happened way too fast for me. First they barely knew or talked to each other, then they were suddenly succumbing to their hidden feelings for one another, and during that first intimate encounter the main character reveals that she’s in love with her new lover. The last thing that was a little out of place for me was the tendency for socio-economic conversations as small talk by people who probably wouldn’t ever think about having discussions like that. It seemed jarring.

Overall, the book was interesting, and so easy to read that I just kept turning page after page. But I probably won’t pick up book two. Conspiracy theories take a lot of energy, as well as a certain juxtaposition of suspended disbelief and paranoid hyperconnectivity. I’m a little too lazy to be that energetic.

~AmyP

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NEW REVIEW: 4 stars for Natural Order by Moondancer Drake #FF #Paranormal @Moondancerdrake

1.5

Title: Natural Order
Author Name & Publisher: Moondancer Drake (P.D. Publishing, Inc)
Publication Date & Length: October 2015 – 274 pgs

Synopsis

An evening at the movies turns into a living nightmare for Elizabeth Crew as her lover Dusty battles for their lives and the unborn baby Elizabeth is carrying. Dusty’s dying request is that Elizabeth go live with Dusty’s family, where she and the baby will be safe. Dusty’s family takes Elizabeth into their home with open arms and a bit of concern. What will happen if Elizabeth learns that her new family includes shape-shifters? For Elizabeth, the family secrets are not all that awaits her in the darkness.

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FourStarsThis book was fascinating and frustrating to me in turns. First was frustrating. I had a hard time getting in to the book in the beginning. It took me a while to figure out why, and I finally decided that the beginning of the book depressed me. Beth, our pregnant main character, watches her wife, Dusty, die in a brutal attack. The love they shared made Beth’s grief overwhelming. One of the last things Beth ever promised Dusty is that if anything happened, Beth would go stay with Dusty’s family in Wisconsin. The love and support Beth found in this community was wonderful. Every community should be like this. The culture of the Oneida people was fascinating, and I hope very much that the author was accurate in her portrayal, because I loved all the detail. Such a great loss at the beginning made it harder for me to continue the story. Because I agreed to review the book, I persevered and ran smack dab into my second problem. Isha is drawn to Beth, and Beth responds to Isha. I’m a little gray on the exact timing of their meeting but it’s within 2 to 4 months of Beth’s wife’s death. That’s hard for me to swallow. The author makes a point of saying that there are problems with the timing here, for everybody. But as much as I believe they’re feeling what they’re feeling, even with the guilt and shame and other negative feelings involved, it makes me wonder what they’d have felt if Dusty were still alive. But my basic feeling is that it was way too soon. The good part? The story ends with the two not exactly together, but with the understanding that they’re moving that way.

I am glad I finished this book. The richness of the culture, the terror and hardship of the war against them, and the suspense of what is going to happen next makes the story riveting in the end, and makes me look forward to the next installment in the series. I’d definitely keep reading.

~AmyP

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5 and 4 Stars for Natural Order by Moondancer Drake #FF #Paranormal @Moondancerdrake

1.5

Title: Natural Order
Author Name & Publisher: Moondancer Drake (P.D. Publishing, Inc)
Publication Date & Length: October 2015 – 274 pgs

Synopsis

An evening at the movies turns into a living nightmare for Elizabeth Crew as her lover Dusty battles for their lives and the unborn baby Elizabeth is carrying. Dusty’s dying request is that Elizabeth go live with Dusty’s family, where she and the baby will be safe. Dusty’s family takes Elizabeth into their home with open arms and a bit of concern. What will happen if Elizabeth learns that her new family includes shape-shifters? For Elizabeth, the family secrets are not all that awaits her in the darkness.

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FiveStars

This is a glorious book. It is entertaining, enthralling and totally different. From the opening pages the reader begins to consider that not everything is as it first appears. The mystery slowly unfolds, but is done in such a way that the gradual build up keeps the reader captivated and wanting to keep on reading.
Each character, every setting, and certainly the mystical back drop of this novel appear to have been carefully and intensely researched by the author.
If you are looking for a book that offers, suspense, romance and have an interest in  things mystical then I can thoroughly recommend this book, personally, I loved it!
Chris
FourStars

This book was a plot driven phenomenon from the first chapter! I enjoyed every little twist and turn. The setting, characters and supporting cast were complex, detailed and wonderfully developed. I enjoyed every push and pull, give and take immensely. The main characters danced around each other for a good portion of the book, leaving me wanting to give them a shove in the right direction. While it could have been irritating, it was played out in a scenario and setting that left it making absolute sense despite my wishes otherwise!

Well written, amazingly detailed and driven I couldn’t put this book down. I would love to see more from this world and the supporting characters in it. Great read and one I would gladly recommend!

Rhayne

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