I Never Meant To Start A Murder Cult
By: Darrell Z. Grizzle
A series of short stories ranging from bizarre dead bodies to spectral entities in hospital windows. I never knew what to expect from one story to the next and it was fantastic. I loved how he embraced the weird, the unexplained, and the surreal.
Grizzle has a wide range in tone and time period. Some of these like “We Ride On The Wind” could easily have been expanded into a full-length novel, and I would be one of the first to pick up a copy.
I can’t wait to see what he does next!
My Rating: 5/5 Stars!
All Those Broken Angels
By Peter Adam Solomon
An abstract tale swirling around possession, romance, and a mystery written in a gorgeous poetic prose. This novel is captivating with a strong vein of supernatural and strange.
We follow Richard who has confused memories about his friend Melanie and is haunted by a dark spirit that has attached to him. The descriptions of the dark spirit interfering with his everyday life, of it closing in on him while he was in bed, and the description of it taking away his autonomy was absolutely chilling. Full disclosure, as someone who grew up in a haunted house, this was a hard book for me at first. I found it very unsettling which I rarely find in ghost novels like this. I loved it.
Slowly we learn more about Melanie, the strange situation around her childhood, the bizarre spirit that has invaded their lives, and the dark secret they must uncover. Overall this story flips around quickly, leaves you down many wrong turns and dead ends, and has you trying to guess what will happen next. It is an absolutely incredible reading experience.
Once again Peter Salomon knocks it out of the park!
My Rating: 5/5 Stars!
The Leak of Madness
By: Alice J. Black
This was a quick read and dove right into a world of alcoholism, sensitivity to spirits, and a very dysfunctional life. Peyton struggles with her addiction to alcohol which she uses to mask the messages that come from the spirit world. It’s a messy existence, but it’s her coping mechanism.
I have to say I was not a fan of her friend, or how she insisted on bringing Peyton to a wedding even though she had clearly had a rough night. The longer the story went on the more I disliked her friend. I would have called an Uber and gotten out of there! But it’s implied that Peyton is there not only because of her friend’s insistence and almost hawk-like monitoring of everything she did, but also due to the peer pressure of the friends who know her.
The setup may seem long at times, but then once the ending comes around, things happen fast! Hold on to your seat as the whole scene shifts into something far more deadly. Overall this is a strong start to a series following Peyton and her strange life, and I am so ready to see where this goes!
My Rating: 5/5 Stars!
Lyrics & Curses
By Candace Robinson
I’m a big fan of Candace’s work, and although this one was slow to get started, the final half makes up for it! I think part of it for me was the focus on the romance during the first half. While I don’t mind romance, I tend to prefer it as a side plot rather than the main plot, and I wanted to dive into the fantastic elements earlier. That’s my own preference though.
The concept of getting trapped in a mirror world and having to watch doppelgängers take over your life is fascinating! I loved the whole world-building and mechanics of that and would have loved to see it explored more.
While this was a great read with some fascinating elements, the slow build at the beginning was a little difficult for me. Folks who love sweet romances with some eerie and fantastic elements will definitely love this book! And as usual, Candace does not disappoint with the finale.
I’m really curious to see where this goes in the sequel!
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars!
This is it. The final book in the Stolen trilogy!
It’s a strange feeling to finish a series, to write THE END and mean it for more than a single book, but to characters you’ve gotten to know for almost a decade. But it’s so rewarding!
When I first wrote Stolen, I feared nobody would ever read it. They would never read the banter between Teagan and Shaleigh, or the friendship between Mawr and Colin. They would never see the fire dragon Tanwen or explore the Bloody Forest and the bloodthirsty Pello Pines there. But that isn’t what happened.
I’m always going to be grateful to Parliament House Press for taking a chance on my YA portal fantasy series with its mysterious faeries and fantastic creatures from Living Statues to Minotaurs. I’ve learned so much compared to where I started!
Today both Stolen and Broken are discounted too, so it’s a great time to dive into an immersive world!