What comes next?

On the Other Side Book Cover On the Other Side
Carrie Hope Fletcher
magic, occult, literary fiction
Sphere
February 23, 2017
432

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'An enchanting and magical love story that reminded me so much of Cecelia Ahern' Ali McNamara EXCLUSIVE! Contains an extract from Carrie's next novel All That She Can See! Your soul is too heavy to pass through this door, Leave the weight of the world in the world from before Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It's the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she's become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won't open. Evie's soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it's too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to the only man she ever truly loved . . . Powerful, magical and utterly romantic, On the Other Side will transport you to a world that is impossible to forget. A love story like no other, it will have you weeping from the sheer joy and beauty of it all.

My daughter recommended this book to me as a really interesting book and nice to read.

I found it rather boring. I couldn’t get into it and found the whole premise rather sugary… sorry Darling!

But if you like this kind of thing – critics loved it – romantic, enchanting etc were the words bandied about, but it just didn’t do it for me. I failed to get more than about 20% of the way through.

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Not So Easy

Earth Witches aren’t easy Book Cover Earth Witches aren’t easy
Earth Witche
Heather Long
occult, paranormal, fantasy, witches
Kindle

He’s supposed to be dead, but he's killing again...

Nearly a decade ago, hedge witch Chance Monroe’s life irrevocably changed. She survived the attack of a serial killer. His death should have set her free.

When her ex-lover shows up on her porch, Chance isn’t ready to hear Randall Oakes is still alive and less prepared for the sea of emotion swamping her. One man wants her dead and the other just wants her. When the FBI offers protective custody, Chance refuses. Connected to the earth, Chance must rely on her supernatural senses and her wits to survive this game of cat and mouse.

In the farm rich countryside of her native Northern Virginia, Chance confronts her troubled past, a supernatural adversary and a sizzling passion that’s lain dormant for years….

This time, she will teach her hunter a lesson: earth witches aren’t easy targets…

When I got given this free book, I read the title and thought it must be a paranormal, fantasy romance.

What I actually got was very different.

I got  a serial killer suspense/thriller with the FBI and a witch who is ‘tied’ to, and responsible for, maintaining the health of a particular patch of land. So harvet ans seed sowing blessings, ensuring that pesky elves and fairies and other magical creatures don’t upset the earth and those who ‘garden’ it are part of her job – for which she gets paid. And an earth witch can trace the history of the land through communing with it. Murder, war and so on leave scars in the land’s memory that she can access.

When Chance was at college studying Forensic Psychology she was attacked by a serial killer, but was saved from death by her attacker being interrupted and her being rushed to hospital very quickly.

Now the serial killer is back and targeting his only survivor and the FBI want to use her talents to catch him.

Heather Long  is a well established paranormal author with many published novels and it shows in her writing. The book is well proofed, the style is fluent and she tells a story that not only crosses genres but is one that you really don’t want to stop reading.

I went and bought the next book in the series immediately!

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When the FBI meets the real spooks

Earth Witches Aren't Easy Book Cover Earth Witches Aren't Easy
Chance Monroe #1
Heather Long
fantasy, paranormal, romance, humour,
Kindle

Nearly a decade ago, hedge witch Chance Monroe’s life irrevocably changed. She survived the attack of a serial killer. His death should have set her free.

When her ex-lover shows up on her porch, Chance isn’t ready to hear Randall Oakes is still alive and less prepared for the sea of emotion swamping her. One man wants her dead and the other just wants her. When the FBI offers protective custody, Chance refuses. Connected to the earth, Chance must rely on her supernatural senses and her wits to survive this game of cat and mouse.

In the farm rich countryside of her native Northern Virginia, Chance confronts her troubled past, a supernatural adversary and a sizzling passion that’s lain dormant for years….

This time, she will teach her hunter a lesson: earth witches aren’t easy targets…

 When I was given this free book, I read the title and thought it must be a paranormal, fantasy romance.

What I actually got was very different.

I got  a serial killer suspense/thriller with the FBI and a witch who is ‘tied’ to, and responsible for, maintaining the health of a particular patch of land. So harvest and seed sowing blessings, ensuring that pesky elves and fairies and other magical creatures don’t upset the earth and those who ‘garden’ it are part of her job – for which she gets paid. And an earth witch can trace the history of the land through communing with it. Murder, war and so on leave scars in the land’s memory that she can access.

When Chance was at college studying Forensic Psychology she was attacked by a serial killer, but was saved from death by her attacker being interrupted and her being rushed to hospital very quickly.

Now the serial killer is back and targeting his only survivor and the FBI want to use her talents to catch him.

Heather Long is a well established paranormal author with many published novels and it shows in her writing. The book is well proofed, the style is fluent and she tells a story that not only crosses genres but is one that you really don’t want to stop reading.

I went and bought the next book in the series immediately! .

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Pray for Who?

Devil's Prayer Book Cover Devil's Prayer
Luke Gracias
occult, horror, conspirancy
Australian e-Book Publisher
Feb 2017
Kindle

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Don’t judge a book by its cover they say, and often it’s good advice. For this book, not so much.

Firstly, let me say, in my – and the author’s defence – that I read this book through completely, somewhat compulsively, in one day.

But that was more through incredulity than because the story was compelling – it was compelling but in a way where you looked for yet more impossible things to happen; yet more cribs from other stories; and from conspiracy theories; and yet more plot holes. For me, this was wonderful B movie fodder for a very late student night after a few bevies, when your critical faculties are rather blurred. [I wrote this well before I read the final statement by the author, where he admits it was originally a low budget film script before funding collapsed.].

It was difficult for me to rate this book as unlike many, I did finish it right through to the end. So 2 stars for keeping me reading and getting the book published!

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Habitual habits

Creature of Habit Book Cover Creature of Habit
Creature of Habit bk 1
Angel Lawson
Horror, Occult, paranormal, romance, vampires
Kindle

The summer after college, Amelia Chase lands a coveted position as the personal assistant for the brilliant, yet reclusive, Grant Palmer. Grant’s aloof nature and obsessive-compulsive behavior leads Amelia to rethink her position until Grant steps in to rescue her during a bizarre kidnapping attempt. She soon realizes Grant is a man of many secrets, all hidden behind an elaborate façade of self-discipline and control.

Grant Palmer spends his days in an expensive suit and tie, funding charitable works for his family’s Foundation. His nights are reserved for patrolling the small city of Asheville and the bordering mountainside in an effort to protect residents from rogue vampires. Why? He has his own collection of kills to atone for from his own days as a rebellious, blood thirsty killer.

Amelia and Grant’s professional relationship turns personal, distracting Grant from his duties. As the number of victims rise, it becomes apparent that a predator in the hills of North Carolina has a vendetta against Grant. Aware of Grant’s increasing interest, possessing Amelia is one way for this killer to enact his twisted revenge.

A nicely different story about vampires and those who wish they weren’t vampires. And of course the vampire becomes a vigilante, helping those in need.

OCD in a vampire is quite amusing to read about and of course, when she starts work Amelia is very naive and rather innocent and doesn’t quite understand what her employer is and what she has really let herself in for. Just a “reclusive, obsessive-compulsive, vintage-clothes-wearing and special diet eating boss”.  Who she totally mis-reads.

The Predator is rather a good nickname for the  enemy too.

Will appeal to the YA audience.

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