Thursday, 22 June 2017

Book Review: Carrion Safari by Jonah Buck


Denise DeMarco wants to retire from the big game hunting business, but she's received one last job offer she can't refuse. All she has to do is capture a monster. Soon, Denise finds herself on a cursed and sweltering island with a team of elite hunters. Her employers want her to find the legendary ahool, a species of bat large enough to carry away a human being. Knee-deep in Komodo dragons and danger, Denise soon discovers that things aren't as they appear on the island. Someone is murdering Denise's partners, turning the hunters into the hunted. The killer isn't the only threat, though. Night is about to fall on the island, and the real monsters only come out after dark.

My Review: 
Denise is a skilled hunter who has let her business go bust so an offer of $10000 to go to an island and $90000 to capture creatues alive proves too good to pass up, even if one is a legendary giant bat. The island has locals who hide behind a big wall and don't want strangers there, and the other hunters are an obnoxious bunch who all want to win the big prize at all costs but the hunt begins. And then it gets dark and all hell breaks loose...

I liked this one. Denise is very much the hero figure and a strong woman who needs a bit of good luck and it looks like she has found it with this mission. She can even put up with her nemesis Balthazar, vile racist Jubal and sexist pig Marlow as the island is big enough to stay well away from everyone else. She teams up with Gail and Harrison to explore the island and make camp but don't see anything unusual, and no sign of giant bats. But as night falls, a human scream draws them all to a small camp where Kazan is found shot dead. Did one of the hunters do it or is someone else stalking them? Why can none of them contact the ship? The following day someone takes a shot at Denise when she becomes seperated from her friends.

It is not just the unknown sniper that is going to be deadly. After a run in with komodo dragons, Denise finds evidence in the caves of mutant monsters and previous visitors to the island who did not survive. She decides that it is time to tell the others what she has found out and a meeting takes place that night in the jungle. It is then that the mystery of the island is revealed to them all...as the moon comes out, everything on the island mutates into huge deadly beasts...komodo dragons the size of a T Rex, mega snakes, giant spiders and bugs, huge bats and crazy monkeys and every one of them wants a piece of hunter for dinner. Now they are the ones being hunted through a terrifying night that not everyone will survive...

Heh got to love this one! You think that the mad sniper is going to be the worst thing when the worst the island seems to have are the komodo dragons but it all changes when it is revealed that the animals are all affected by the moon and are basically weres that grow to massive sizes. Suddenly even the smallest animals become a threat and everyone is being chased by various nasty beasties. I did enjoy that element a lot. Also when they think they have escaped the beast chasing them, they still have the sniper to worry out. It gives a lot of action and tension to a pretty exciting plot. You don't really know what is coming next and there are a couple of nice plot twists nearer the end which were fun.

The male characters are really horrible! Balthazar seems to really hate Denise and she has no idea why. The behaviour of the men at the breakfast table when they meet her was appalling and I wanted to climb into the book and headbutt them all. They were the worst sexist pigs you could imagine meeting. Characters like that make me want to DNF but it is worth trying to ignore them for the short journey as everyone splits up when they reach the island and the plot takes over. There are a few questions that you want answered and I'm happy to report that you do find out everything by the end.

Overall this was a good lost world type story with a few twists. There is the were aspect to the animals which I enjoyed. I also liked that it was set in the 1920's so the weapons they have are older, meaning they need to use their skill as hunters to kill the creatures. No AR-15 to bail you out in this story! It added something a bit different to the plot. Lots of monsters and lots of action. What else do you want in a monster book? 

Read March 2017.
4 stars. 

Game of Thrones Gossip #21 Theon Greyjoy

Welcome to my Game of Thrones Gossip, where all of us fanatics get the chance to discuss everything we love about this amazing TV series. I did a few spoiler free posts about the series last year but I found that there were other bloggers out there who were also itching to talk more freely about favourite characters and events without spoiling things for those visiting the blog. So I decided to do a whole series of these discussion posts that let us say everything we want and enjoy every second of it! The topics may talk about a death, an event, a character or be season reviews and so on. Please feel free to comment fully and without restriction!

I have to warn you that it is important that you have seen all six seasons before reading any of these posts because these posts and blogger comments will be oozing and exploding spoilers all over the place. If you haven't watched the series and plan to, be warned that it's a bad idea to be here right now! I take no responsibility if you read on and things are spoiled for you nor do I take responsibility for any mistakes on the pages I link you to.

For those of you who stuck with me through my season one posts, thank you loads! Now I'm going to look at the main characters introduced in season two, what our season one characters were doing in season two and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season two posts! 


Theon Greyjoy is the last surviving son of Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands. Balon was a supporter of House Targaryen during Robert's Rebellion and in later years, he rebelled against King Robert. Robert and Ned defeated the uprising killing Theon's older brothers Rodrik and Maron. The terms of his defeat saw Balon agree that Theon would be taken as a hostage to Winterfell, where he would be Ned's ward, to ensure the future good behaviour of Balon. Theon was brought up with the Stark children, becoming best friends with Robb and coming to view Ned as a father figure.

When we meet Theon, he is an arrogant and cocky young man and not a nice person. He throws his weight around, and aims most of his barbs at Jon Snow, pointing out that it is fitting for Jon to receive the runt of the dire wolf litter to raise. He spends time in the company of Ros, his favourite prostitute but treats her as if she is his personal property, getting angry at the thought of her being with someone like Tyrion. He has the same attitude to other women as we see him trying to abuse Osha and grope Yara when he meets her. It is obvious that he is burning with anger and resentment every time someone reminds him that he is a hostage at Winterfell, not part of the family, and should be grateful for everything he has been given. It is difficult to feel any sympathy for how this makes him feel as he is frankly obnoxious, and talks down to those around him. It is also obvious that he is full of his own self importance, putting forward his opinions on everything, which often leads to a reminder of his actual status.

When Robb decides to raise an army to gain the release of his father, Theon is right by his side as a loyal friend, offering advice. He is also one of the first to hail him as King in the North and calling Robb brother. He offers to be Robb's envoy to the Iron Islands, to gain an alliance and the use of Balon's ships against the Lannisters. We see his arrogance again when he believes that he can persuade his father to make a deal, despite Catelyn's doubts over the idea. She has little time for the Greyjoys and even Jaime Lannister tells Jory that he doubts that Theon is a good lad. Theon gets a few unpleasant surprises when he arrives home to no joyous welcome and a father who despises him for being too much of a Stark and no longer a Greyjoy. Balon isn't interested in deals with Starks and starts planning an uprising in the North, led by Yara, not his son. Theon's embarrassing bragging and attempts to seduce Yara alienates him from his sister. The only moment where he shows his spine is when he rails at Balon for giving him away to the Starks, something that visibly upsets his father.

Theon is considering warning Robb about his father's plans but at the last minute decides to be loyal to his family. It turns out to be a fateful decision which will lead to the destruction of Theon and the Starks. The lack of respect from his crew leads to a desire to prove himself to everyone by disobeying his father and taking Winterfell instead. The betrayal of Robb is complete when Theon takes the castle. A furious Ser Rodrik rails at him and his men insist that the man be killed for his disrespect and Theon is forced by his mocking prisoner to do the deed himself as Ned would have done. Bran and Rickon are distraught by what Theon has done and they escape with Osha and Hodor. Theon is angry at being tricked and seduced by Osha to achieve their escape and sets off in pursuit of them. Unable to find them, Theon murders and burns two orphan boys to pass off as the Stark boys, knowing that Robb is going to kill him for his betrayals.

Maester Luwin tries to help Theon as the castle is surrounded by Ramsay Snow's men, offering to help him escape and urging him to go to Castle Black to join the Night's Watch but Theon believes that it is too late for him. He prepares himself to die with his men, trying to inspire them to fight with him, but they knock him out and prepare to hand him over to Ramsay in return for the freedom that Robb promised them. Maester Luwin tries to intervene and is murdered.

In the books, Theon is an even worse character who was waiting for a chance to get away from the Starks who he thinks of as his jailors. However he has no great love for his own family, plotting how he can further his own prospects as he returns home. He has no qualms about killing innocents, raping women and torturing people, fearing only failure. He considers Luwin's advice to join the Night's Watch, thinking of the glory he could achieve as First Ranger and Lord Commander. He is a vile character! 

There will be more about Theon and the Greyjoys as the posts progress through the remaining seasons of the show.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Book Review: Devil Of The Forest by Brennan Beard


SOMETIMES IT TAKES AN ABOMINABLE THREAT TO AWAKEN THE MONSTER WITHIN…

Hailey Card is a tenacious young science journalist with big plans for her career, but when her magazine looks to attract new readers with stories beyond the fringe of established science, Hailey is sent to the mountains of the pacific northwest, where she’ll join a group of grizzled researchers in pursuit of America’s most notorious cryptozoological creature…

Three-thousand miles from her civilized New York life, Hailey’s skepticism soon turns to terror, and when she and the crew find themselves hunted by monsters both human and otherwise, all of Hailey’s city-slicker sophistication yields to the most primal of animal instincts:

Fight or Flight.


My Review:
You know how you see a book that talks about being a Bigfoot story but turns into the story of a whiny useless female instead? Yes, this is that book.

Hailey has convinced herself that she is going to get promoted to junior editor of the magazine, despite being in big trouble two weeks earlier for an article she wrote that upset some very influential people. She was so confident that she told the office gossip about it and now everybody knows what is going on when Hailey is called in to see the boss. Imagine her shock in finding out that the boss never even considered her for the position which embarrassing for her, has gone to her lover. She behaves like a complete idiot in the interview, protesting about it, whining, declaring that she believed she was right for the post and the whole time I was gritting my teeth and willing her to shut the hell up!

So instead, Hailey is being sent on a Bigfoot hunt with her scientific hero Preston, who of course is a repulsive, drunken, leering moron. She isn't interested in in but isn't happy when the airline stewardess is giving him preferential treatment and ignoring her. When she arrives at the place where the Bigfoot chasers are, she manages to racially offend one man and delares her intent to investigate them to see if they are charlatans, annoying everyone as you can imagine. She moans about being stuck in a backwoods place, whines about being asked to get coffee and excluded from further discussions, and is basically a pain in the arse.

By the time they are travelling out to the actual woods and getting set up ready for a monster hunt, 50% of the book was already gone and nothing at all had happened. It was very dull and I didn't even care enough to see if anyone died. I noticed that some reviews talk also about psycho drug dealers which makes me glad that I didn't venture on.

I couldn't say that I found anything to like about this.  

Read March 2017.
1 star.

Feed My TBR #2 Loch Ness Monster


Welcome to Feed My TBR, my new feature. Each week I'll select a specific subject or theme and recommend books that I've read or share books I've heard of or have on my tbr and wishlist. I invite all of you to also share your recommendations on the subject chosen...and if you could, please say what kind of book it is ie PNR, horror etc. In the comments section you can also ask for specific types of books on the subject and see if someone can help. Hopefully we can share lots of book ideas and flood each other's tbrs with new book grabs! NO EROTICA please! I don't have that at all on my blog!

This week: Loch Ness Monster fiction! 



I haven't read any of these but I have bought Loch Ness Revenge and I REALLY want to get Steve Alten, Donovan Galway and Monster. They sound most promising! Has anyone got other Loch Ness Monster books to share?

Can't Wait Wednesday


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at http://www.wishfulendings.com/ to spotlight and discuss books we're excited about but haven't read, which may not even be released yet. 

My first week! I'm so excited that I'm actually sprouting fur! Well not quite but I'm looking forward to another excuse to lurk on other blogs and say hi. Now, what have I chosen for this week's book? 


Algonquin legend tells of the Wendigo, an evil spirit sent to punish mankind. It can possess a person and turn them into a monstrous creature consumed by a need to eat human flesh. For John Bear the Wendigo was merely a scary story his grandfather used to tell him. That is, until a man is found dead in the deep northern woods of Maine, butchered like an animal and with his heart cut out. And the only tracks they can find are massive footprints that couldn’t possibly be human. Now, John is sure that what is stalking the inhabitants of their remote outpost is a Wendigo, even if no one else believes it. He must stop a monster he once thought was nothing more than a tale to warn children.

It is described on a Goodreads review as a fast paced thriller and it has a WENDIGO in it! What more could you want as a horror fan??? The good news is that I only need to wait until July for the book release, assuming the paperback also comes out at that time.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag


I saw this book tag over at http://bookertsfarm.blogspot.co.uk/  and decided to give it a go. This tag was originally created by Ely Jayne at http://www.teaandtitles.com/

1) Best Book You've Read So Far in 2017
GRRM's 'A Game Of Thrones' has to be right up there.

2) Best Sequel You've read So Far in 2017 
It would have to be the Extinction Horizon series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. Every one has been brilliant. Also really liked GRRM's 'A Clash of Kings'.

3) New Release You Haven't Read Yet But Want To
Hunter Shea-Just Add Water. I'm waiting for the paperback for mail order horror fun!

4) Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017
Kevin Hearne-Besieged. New Atticus and Oberon anthology with extra Owen! Oh and the last books in my two favourite zombie series Michael Stephen Fuchs 'Arisen' and Nicholas Sansbury Smith's 'Extinction Horizon' WANT!!! NOW!!!

5) Biggest Disappointment
A few really bad NF this year including Sue Perkins 'Spectacles' and Dan Hodges political parody 'One Minute to Ten'. Big DNFs. Brennan Beard 'Devil of the Forest' was a poor Bigfoot book too. Wanted much more from that.

6) Biggest Surprise
Nothing has really surprised me yet. I'm not one to experiment greatly with the genres I read, sticking mainly to my favourites.

7) Favourite New Author
Based on the zombie series I'd say Nicholas Sansbury Smith but I haven't read his other series yet. Hope to start 'Orbs' this week. Hunter Shea looks quite promising as well on the horror side of things.

8) Newest Fictional Crush
Not interested in this book boyfriend thing.

9) Newest Favourite Character
Fitz and dog Apollo from Nicholas Sansbury Smith's 'Extinction Horizon' and of course Tyrion Lannister from GRRM's 'ASOIAF' series. Myrnin from The Morganville Vampires.

10) Book That Made You Cry
A few favourites bit the dust in Extinction Horizon series. Darn you Nicholas Sansbury Smith! Blubbed a bit over a death in The Morganville Vampires too.

11) Book That Made You Happy
Can't say any made me really happy but I was amused by Sarah Andersen's books this year. The cartoons are funny and I relate totally to her.

12) Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You've Seen So Far in 2017
Haven't watched any films really this year. Can I count Game of Thrones??? Great first two books read this year turned into awesome TV!

13) Favourite Review You've Written So Far in 2017
I don't rate my own reviews. I don't really think any of them stand out.

14) Most Beautiful Book You've Bought So Far in 2017
I've bought so many this year. Lots of Indie apocalypse books with great covers. I was hoping the answer would be 'The Winds of Winter' but lets not go there...!

15) What Books Do You NEED To Read By The End Of The Year 
Heh, LOTS! I have to finish The Morganville Vampires series. I'd like to catch up on a lot of long running series by Carrie Vaughn, Rob Thurman, Jennifer Estep, Darrell Maloney, George RR Martin, Benedict Jacka and John Marsden but time is already against me!

Want to take part in this book tag? I tag you! Just tell me in the comments if you join in so I don't miss your post.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!  http://www.brokeandbookish.com/   

This week it is Top Ten Series I meant to start...but haven't yet. My problem is more about FINISHING the ones I have started! Still, we'll give this a try!


1) JA Cipriano-Kill It With Magic (Lillim Callina #1)
Lillim's half demon ex wants her help, her rival has risen from the grave and a dragon plotting to take over the world wants her to work for him. OK all of that and the great cover makes the book sound pretty intriguing! Hope to get to this next month with other new-to-me authors!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31208015-kill-it-with-magic 

2) James Wesley Rawles-Patriots (The Coming Collapse #1)
A financial crisis causes society to collapse and a small group of friends in Chicago prepare themselves to survive when the city falla apart. I love these apocalypse books where you follow the people trying to survive against all odds!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6280504-patriots 

3) Simone Pond-Hidden Sight (Coastview Prophecies #1)
Sibyl was blinded in an accident but can now see into the supernatural realm. She has a vision of a coming catastrophe and she and shifter guide dog Vago set out to save the town. OK love the cover, love the diverse heroine AND a shifter guide dog! Want to read this!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32861547-hidden-sight 


4) MV Stott-Familiar Magic (London Coven #1)
When her three fellow coven witches, the most powerful in London are killed, Stella is tasked with protecting the city alone and destroying whatever did it. Another great cover and intriguing sounding UF!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34007038-familiar-magic 

5) Kate Morris-The McClane Apocalypse (McClane Apocalypse #1)
Reagan ia a pre Med student at University when economic and social collapse occurs and she has to get back to the family farm. This one is the kind of apocalypse one I like plus for those who like a bit of romance there are Army Ranger men in it!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21901592-the-mcclane-apocalypse-book-1 

6) Mike Kraus-Final Dawn  
Different people struggle to cope in the aftermath of a bomb attack-a sanitation worker, an accountant, a millionaire and a wife and mother. I can never get enough of these kinds of books and I've just read a great short story by the author which makes me want to read this more!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19413299-final-dawn 


7) Steve Alten-Meg (Meg #1)
Jonas is the sole survivor of an attack by an ancient shark and he suffers the trauma afterwards as he seeks to prove it exists. But when he finally gets back into the water, it is waiting for him. Ooh yes, sharks! Love them! I had this book years ago but never read it, and with the film coming out it seems like a good excuse to read it this summer.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/105744.Meg 

8) Sonya Bateman-Wrong Side Of Hell (Deathspeaker Codex #1)
Gideon's job was hauling bodies around for a living and the corpses start talking back to him. The rescue of a werewolf and a message from a dead man will change his life forever. I've tried and liked this author before and have been planning to read this all year but not got to it yet.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28920576-wrong-side-of-hell 

9) Rob Thurman-Nightlife (Cal Leandros #1) 
Cal and his brother Niko are on the run from an elf race who are chasing Cal as he is the key to unleashing Hell on Earth. I've wanted to read this series for so long and I really want to get to it sometime this year. I did start it and liked it but got distracted from it.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/421007.Nightlife 

10) JK Walker-Glacial Eyes (Salt Lake After Dark #1)
After a party that went wrong, werecat student Jasmine is starting to attract attention from the police, council and campus as well as a supernatural serial killer. I read the short story prequel which I enjoyed and look forward to reading this diverse sounding series.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13077781-glacial-eyes


Monday, 19 June 2017

Book Review: Hotel Megalodon by Rick Chesler


An underwater luxury hotel on a gorgeous tropical island is set for an extravagant opening weekend with the world watching. The only thing standing in the way of a first-rate experience for the jet-setting VIPs is an unscrupulous businessman and sixty feet of prehistoric shark. As the underwater complex is besieged by a marauding behemoth, newly minted marine biologist Coco Keahi must face off against the ancient predator as it rises from the deep with a vengeance. Meanwhile, a human monster has decided he would be better off if Coco were one of the creature’s victims.

My Review: 
The Triton Undersea Resort is an exclusive new hotel complex built on a coral reef. The day before the guests arrive, Coco the marine biologist is test driving the small sub and has an encounter with a megalodon, something James White the resort manager does not want to believe. As the guests arrive, something has destroyed the air conditioning system and as the guests decide to go back to the surface, the shark decides to feed...

I'm a big fan of the films Jaws and Deep Blue Sea and I can never resist shark stuff so I just had to get my hands on this one. It is another of those plots that you can imagine on the SF channel but it is good b movie fun! Our main character is a stong woman called Coco who is an expert diver and the resort tour guide and marine biographer. She is sure that she saw a megalodon but convincing others of what she saw is more difficult, especially when her boss is obsessed with the upcoming opening. Her best friend/potential boyfriend Mick is the only one who seems willing to help her through the book. James White is the typical bad boss-obsessed with making money, willing to compromise safety to save some money and throws his weight around when he doesn't like what he hears. He finally realises that Coco was right when guests are already dying and his focus beomes covering up his mistakes.

The plot is interesting. A megalodon has been attracted to the new resort and we first see it when it hits Coco's sub and damages it. Coco reports the incident, and despite several dolphins also going missing, James is more concerned about the sub not being available for tourists to rent. The next day when the guests arrive, the shark has damaged the air conditioning unit, leaving it uncomfortably hot below the surface and guests are keen to get back up to a cooler climate. It is as the underground transport starts to go up the tunnel that the shark attacks, flooding the tunnel area with water, which is witnessed by Coco who rushes to help.

Things are going to get bad for everyone else in the hotel with their only exit flooded and damaged. James is already seeing his project falling apart and is trying to think of a way out of the mess, and with Coco knowing that he failed to react to her warnings, he is seeing her as a loose end that he wants to tie up. Coco is more focused on how to get herself and the guests out of the hotel. Several ideas are possible but the shark is continuing to attack the building, creating more flooding and destruction. There is always something happening in the plot and Coco seems to face one crisis after another. While some reviewers are not impressed by a lack of reality, I found it entertaining to read which is more important to me than reality.

We know that the shark is constantly lurking in the dark depths around the hotel, so there is plenty tension through the book as you wonder where it is going to pop up next. There are frequent shark attacks on the building which disrupts their plans and leads to the resort gradually becoming flooded. How are they going to get back up to the surface? Adding in the lengths James is willing to go to to silence Coco adds a different sub plot to enjoy. (pardon the pun)

If you enjoy a bit of mad monster mayhem, you might well enjoy this.
Read March 2017.
3.5 stars

Around The Blogs With Chuckles


We all enjoy snooping and lurking on other people's blogs right? Why not share those entertaining things you found with other readers and bloggers too! Welcome to Around the Blogs with Chuckles, where I take time out to show you some of my favourite blog posts from the previous seven days and link you up so you can check them out.

This Week! One of the reviews-Shadow Run, was posted May 26th but I've only just seen it this week so that counts as this week doesn't it? Just this once...!

1) Audiobook Review-Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Mogsy does another excellent review of 'biopunk' sci-fi space opera with mutated and evolved smart spiders. I'm intrigued...are you?

https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/06/12/audiobook-review-children-of-time-by-adrian-tchaikovsky/ 

2) Book Review-Smoke by Dan Vyleta
AJ gives her thoughts on a part historical part dystopia book with great world building that promised much but failed to deliver.

http://ajsterkel.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/review-smoke-dan-vyleta.html 

3) Book Review-Grit by Gillian French
Greg at Book Haven reviews this YA drama.

http://gregsbookhaven.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/grit.html 

4) Bite Sized Reviews
Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction reviews a group of books in one post-YA contemporary and sci-fi along with a giveaway!

https://feedyourfictionaddiction.com/2017/06/bite-sized-reviews-giveaway-eliza-monsters-fix-gauntlet-goodbye-days-sun-also-star.html 

5) Book Review-Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
Another one from Mogsy this week, reviewing a bit of Michael Crichton for your enjoyment!

https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/06/15/book-review-dragon-teeth-by-michael-crichton/ 

6) Book Review-Shadow Run by A Strickland and M Miller
Maddalena reviews this cross between Dune and Firefly.

https://spaceandsorcery.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/review-shadow-run-by-a-strickland-and-m-miller/ 

7) Blogging Expectations and why I hate them 
Austine at Novel Knight looks at the changing expectations on book bloggers

http://novelknight.com/2017/06/blogging-expectations-hate/ 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Chuckles Retro Reads: Cemetery Club by JG Faherty


20 years ago four friends awoke an ancient evil, and only the Cemetery Club can stop it before the whole town ends up dead. Or worse.

Rocky Point is a small town with a violent history - mass graves, illegal medical experiments and brutal murders dating back centuries. Of course, when Cory, Marisol, John and Todd form the Cemetery Club, they know none of this. They’ve found the coolest place to party after school - an old crypt. But then things start to go bad. People get killed and the Cemetery Club knows the cause: malevolent creatures that turn people into zombies. When no one believes them, they descend into the infested tunnels below the town and somehow manage to stop the cannibalistic deaths.

Now, twenty years later, the horror is beginning again. The Cemetery Club must reunite to defeat the menace once and for all. The problem is they can’t remember how they did it the first time.

It’s a race against time to find the true source of evil infesting Rocky Point, as the Cemetery Club ventures into the cryptic maze, to face their demons in a final showdown.


My Review:
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Four rebel teenagers wake up an ancient evil that consumes their town, unleashing death and destruction on a massive scale, and somehow they manage to stop it. Now the four are adults and the evil is back, worse than before and they alone have the knowledge to end it-but can they face their fears and do what needs to be done?

This was a really good horror novel, just the kind that I like. It has a good mix of gore and tension that just never stops as you zoom through the book towards the final confrontation. The book is not over descriptive, which is good, and it gets straight to the point. There is enough character development to get you to care about them but not enough to slow the pace of the story. I think the author gets the balance just right. A few reviewers have said that the body count being so high takes away from the shock value of the deaths but I don't agree with that. I think the author is trying to show that this evil is so destructive that it is quickly ripping apart a small town and that is shown with the high body count. You can feel that things are just escalating out of control on a daily basis. Besides, we like a good serving of gore in the horror genre, don't we?!! This book more than delivers if this is your kind of thing. I do have to point out that the gore is there as a genuine plot device and not just there for the sake of it. The action scenes with the attacking monsters are well written and I couldn't get the pages changed fast enough! I'm always wanting to know what the next chapter will bring. That is a tribute to how well this story is presented. Without giving away any spoilers, I did guess something about the ending and was still able to enjoy being right about it!

I can't really say that there was a down side to the book. It has the tension, the gore, the diseased town history, the supernatural element, all combined with good, uncomplicated writing and excellent descriptive work and storytelling. I liked the mix of characters and found one in particular that I kept wishing would die in a very bloody manner! In addition, be advised that there is sexual content and swearing, as you would expect in a typical book of this genre. Nothing detracts from the story in my opinion and I will recommend this to fans of the horror genre.

On the whole I enjoyed this book and look forward to picking up the next book by the author.
 

4 stars. 

Chuckles Cover Love #30


If there is one thing that makes a great book even better, it is when it has a cover that we love! The cover design is what catches the eye as we browse through a bookstore shelf or check out the Amazon or Goodreads recommendations. The right cover makes me look closer at a book, to read the blurb and maybe make a purchase. A poor cover might mean I never look at the blurb at all.

This week I'm looking at a different series by JA Cipriano, The Thrice Cursed Mage series. Again an effort has been made to give it decent covers. I still haven't read this author though I have a lot of his books now!

 



















 



















 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Chuckles Weekend Roundup


Welcome to my new feature Chuckles Weekend Roundup where I will be looking at what books I've received, anything interesting I've done or bought or watched and other random stuff. I'll be taking a look back at what happened in my blogging world too, sort of like The Sunday Post that some of you do! 

Please note that I'll be visiting your STS/SP as normal, but I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow DISQUS to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I am the only one who does that on my social media! Sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress-they try to block me because I deleted my account with them but I will persevere as it only happens the odd time!
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 This week began with the continuation of the sore neck saga but changing my posture at the computer and adjusting my sleeping position seems to have done the trick so with relief, I can avoid a trip to the doctor. Good! On the reading side of things I feel as if I'm back on track, getting four books read. I'm hoping to keep that going through the rest of this 'mood read' month and for July I plan to read authors or series that are totally new to me. I've got a lot of exciting things planned in various genres so I'm excited for that! 
 
Blogging has been slow but I have found a few new blogs to follow which is nice! More on that in my blogging section of the post. On the book buying side of things, my mini break last week was fatal and I had a mega splurge. I bought a whole 7 book apocalypse series, a pile of older political diaries, a couple of thrillers and a few horrors. I'll save some of them for future weeks I think as I also have a few downloads. *sigh* I had high hopes of a tbr clearout this year, maybe getting down to 600 on the tbr *sniggers* but since it's June and I'm still at 800, I'd have a better chance of seeing a flying pig!!!
 
DOWNLOADS:
 
 
 
PAPERBACKS:
 
 


 
Chuckles Blogging World: 
 As I had prepared posts for the week ahead, it let me post some stuff on the blog while I had exciting things like ironing and cleaning the bathroom to do. Thrilling. I did get all comments on the blog answered, though a little later than usual but didn't get to visit as many blogs to leave comments on. I'll try to do better this week! I did find a few new blogs to follow though. *waves* to Sherry, Lark, Shaunie and the girls at Novel Knight! 

Book Reviews:
Another pretty slow week for getting reviews written. I found another sheet of paper with review notes for a few books I read in March so I got them uploaded and I hope to get the rest done this week if all goes to plan. I thought I'd done the last of March weeks ago!
 
JT Sawyer-Until Morning Comes

JT Sawyer-First Wave
 
JT Sawyer-The Longest Day
 
JT Sawyer-No Place To Hide

Regular Features: 
 I break from the chosen TTT topic with a nice horror/thriller list for those humid summer nights, we look at zombies in Cover Love and I show you some of the posts I enjoyed this week on Around The Blogs With Chuckles. I have a new feature this week called Feed My TBR where I choose a topic and we all share recs for it. My first post will be about Bigfoot!
 
Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Horror/Thrillers on my TBR!
 
Chuckles Cover Love-Nicholas Sansbury Smith
 
Around The Blogs With Chuckles
 
Feed My TBR!

Discussion Posts: 
This week on Chuckles Chat I talk about terrorism and I look at Stannis Barartheon on my Game of Thrones Gossip post!
 
Chuckles Chat-Terrorism On Your Doorstep 
 
Game of Thrones Gossip-Stannis Baratheon
 
Special Features: 
 
none this week

Book Tags:

This Or That-Bookish Edition
 
Book Challenge Updates:

  My Goodreads Challenge total currently stands at 123/250. This was a much more productive week for getting books read.

TBR total of books I own but haven't read yet stands at 817.*sigh*

Currently Reading: 
Mixing it up a little! I've finished the sixth Extinction Horizon book by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and the following short novella. I plan to start Jack Kilborn's Trapped tonight.

Next Reads? 

Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Orbs

That's all for this week! Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to visit my blog and leave comments. You guys are great!