Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Garden of Bewitchment (Fiction Without Frontiers) by Catherine Cavendish

 














Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Pages: 240

Read: 08/10/22

Amazon Synopsis:

In 1893, Evelyn and Claire leave their home in a Yorkshire town for life in a rural retreat on their beloved moors. But when a strange toy garden mysteriously appears, a chain of increasingly terrifying events is unleashed. Neighbour Matthew Dixon befriends Evelyn, but seems to have more than one secret to hide. Then the horror really begins. The Garden of Bewitchment is all too real and something is threatening the lives and sanity of the women. Evelyn no longer knows who - or what - to believe. And time is running out.

Review:

Twins, Evelyn and Claire, spinster women, wanting to hide from society move to a remote location. A sweet little cottage in the Yorkshire Moors. A place for peace and quiet where they can avoid prying eyes and write their stories. 

Settling into their new home, they discover a toy box called “The Garden of Bewitchment”. It appears to be magic and they are quite enamored by the box's ability to create an alternate world that feels all too real but disappears and causes even more confusion and fear.

Things become very sinister as there are appearances of ghosts of the past and strange occurrences begin happening in the sisters home. 

The neighbors become involved and want to help the sisters to solve the mystery and yet their intentions do not seem to be trustworthy. 

The blend of reality and the supernatural gives the story a quality of nothing is as it seems and a sense of being isolated and confused. What is real and what is really happening to these poor sisters? Steeped in deep gothic imagery and the isolated misty moors creates an unsettling  feeling of being watched and wanting to look around corners to see if something is lurking. Appearances of sinister presences with evil intentions, the howling of wolves, walking along dark paths, and being trapped in an abandoned cottage were spine tingling. 

Suspenseful , mysterious, and creepy with an unexpected ending!

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4961171.Catherine_Cavendish

Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Catherine-Cavendish/e/B0059GDROQ/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk

Review Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4025651950

https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/2182019607

https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/7f494d0c-f354-4148-b15b-ab926ac890b2





Sunday, August 7, 2022

Consort: The Rift Bride Book 1 by Ada Dart


 












Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Gothic Reverse Harem Romance

Format: eBook/ARC

Pages: 442

Read: 08/03/22

Amazon Synopsis:

The territory master wants me for his bride, but his closest servant is my fated mate. Dare a woman ask for both a husband and her bonded companion?

 

When I was born, my father made a deal.

 

Now, to protect my remaining family, I must make good his bargain.

 

A rare specimen in a deadly and dissolving world, I am to belong to Malin Farrow: the master of Gudrune, and among the most feared leaders since the beginning of the Rift Events and all the monsters they bring with them.

 

Yet, despite his wicked reputation, and all the dark proclivities that make him infamous, he comes to love me--and I love him.

 

So what draws me to Eleison--his adversarial, standoffish, maddeningly beautiful footman with a beast in his heart?

 

For that matter...why must I be obsessed when Eleison can't stand to be near me?

 

**Inspired by Bluebeard, Beauty & The Beast, and Rapunzel, The Rift Bride is a reverse harem gothic romance set in a techno-Victorian universe. This entry features fated mates with a hot shifter on the one hand and age gap attraction with a dangerous older man on the other. It's a medium burn with no male cheating, jealous/possessive love, an HFN ending in an HEA series, and just the right amount of angst to balance out the very steamy scenes! 18+

 

**This series is by and large about VILLAINS who will get their happy ending, so be forewarned! Plot content can be dark and triggers include general BDSM, bondage, age gap romance, whipping/spanking, knifeplay, kidnapping, and some shocking twists in future volumes. Reader discretion is encouraged.


Advanced Review:

“In my environment, as in myself, I became aware of an intense battle between two energies. One drove me to stay home, where life was peaceful and quiet, and where the innocent joys of childhood could still be kindled up like a fire. But the other energy wished to break free. To abandon everything of that innocent childhood. To leap into the strange parallel reality of adults.”


For 2000 years the rift has affected Thecla’s world. The 2nd industrial era has now been joined with  two new subsets of humans. The altered  men and women now have a beast inside them and the Riftborn whose powers and gifts are not completely understood.

Thecla has both, but she has yet to discover this and understand what it means for her future.


The Rift is monitored for safety and protection, for when it occurs, it opens up an alternate reality where unimaginable creatures come through. 


Seven  years later, Thecla is now 17 years old and beginning a life on her own. It is the  year 4083 when she receives a letter from the territory master summoning her to fulfill a promise made by her father. She learns she is an unregistered riftborn and a second generation altered and her life was promised to the territory master. 


So begins her new life with Malin and Eleison.


My thoughts:

I absolutely love world building and this techno-victorian world was executed exceptionally well. Excellent creativity opening up to a dark world with an alternate reality where dangerous and mysterious creatures evolve.  The rift causes the altered to suffer, shifting into creatures; the hidden beasts that are inside them adds even more danger to the world. Over time we learn more about them and why they are as they are. Very intriguing, indeed! 


Thecla is an endearing character. We at first learn the innocence of her childhood and upbringing. She is adventurous, curious, and wants to experience the world around her. When she is summoned to the territory master, it was actually quite worrisome to know that her life was promised to the one person that everyone seemed to fear. Not knowing what was to become of her life and having to leave behind the only life she has ever known. As her character is developed, she grows in her confidence and learns that she is quite happy with her new life. She falls in love with Malin, the one man that her father always warned her against, but there is no denying her feelings. She also learns that she enjoys her masters' proclivities towards his sexual desires. This is where the story heats up and delves us into hot, spicy, and sexy, blush worthy scenes. Whew….. Very descriptive writing, leaving no doubt of what is occurring between Thecla and Malin. Their love for eachother is actually quite beautiful as it grows into a very strong bond.


Eleison is Thecla’s fated mate and there is no denying the desires between them. Can Thecla have both men and will Malin accept that she has a fated mate? I am choosing not to say too much about this part of the story as it would certainly reveal too many spoilers and that is no fun. It needs to be read to appreciate the reveal! Eleison is very dedicated to Malin and their relationship is a very important part of the story. There is much of Eleison’s character to appreciate and feel connected to. 


I also need to mention Charlotte as she is a very strong character and she helps Thecla in many ways. From learning to fit into her new life, to accepting Malin as he is, and things not to do to put her life in any danger. Charlotte is also very dedicated to Malin and she is excellent at keeping secrets.


From the synopsis, it is very clear what type of story this is, but it is so much more. A whole new world and character’s to truly invest in. Hot and steamy scenes to fulfill those desires of reading a sizzling romance that ticks all the boxes in a reverse harem gothic romance that drips with sexual tension and release. A whole new world to become a part of!


Dark fantastical imagery, excellent world building, exciting character’s, erotic, lusty, passion and villian’s for the win!!



This part of the review will no tbe included on Amazon:


Now I must admit that I am not an expert in the genre and Regina took a chance on me accepting me to her team of ARC readers, I am pretty sure she knew…so from the bottom of my heart…thank you so much for putting your trust in me. As someone who appreciates an author's style of writing, I also knew that I was in for an adventure and I am always looking forward to diving into something new. One never knows what will be enjoyable until it is tried, so I am always willing to try a genre that is new to me.  I really enjoyed reading this as it  has those elements of darkness and world building that I love.  I am definitely invested in these character’s now and I need to finish the journey so I am looking forward to reading book two.  My first book by her was “Industrial Divinity” and it was phenomenal. It made an impact and has definitely hit my top 10 of the year. 


Goodreads Author Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22383328.Ada_Dart


Amazon Author Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Ada-Dart/e/B09Z63VCVX/


Link to Regina's Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20292577.Regina_Watts

Review Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4758780860?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1


https://app.thestorygraph.com/user_reviews/karlakayjenniges


https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/3263476039





Friday, August 5, 2022

White Fuzz: The Bedlam Bible #2 by William Pauley III


 












Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Horror

Format: eBook

Pages: 77

Read: 08/05/22

Amazon Synopsis:

Franklin feels alone in life. One fateful night, he gets a curious text from a stranger, Lynda, another resident of his apartment building. She convinces him to come over, against his better judgment, and surprisingly the night seems to be going great, despite a little awkwardness.

 

However, it's clear that Lynda is living with demons that are in desperate need of exercising, as everything inside her apartment seems to trigger some dark memory buried deep within her psyche. In hopes of helping her escape the prison that is her home, he invites her over to his place, but the problems only get worse, to the point he fears she won't make it through the night.

 

Just when he feels the night has reached peak insanity, he discovers her madness is rubbing off on him…


Review:

“She dissolved just yesterday, and though I can’t fathom ever forgetting her, I’ve decided to write down the details of our meeting, of those few precious hours, for the hours changed me…”

 

Franklin lives in The Eighth Block Tower. He receives a text from a woman he does not know, a random dial. Out of curiosity and boredom he decides to answer.  He realizes that she also lives in the same building and when  he is  invited over to her place he decides to go. What ensues is the strangest, the weirdest and most confusing night of his life. 


Being the second installment of The Bedlam Bible Series, I could not wait to get started. I was excited to once again visit The Eighth Block Tower. 


This one focuses on two main characters. Franklin and Lynda. It focuses on their dynamics as residents of the building and their human dysfunctionality. It breaks into the mind's thought processes of trying to deal with the outside world and how it affects the inner self. 


“Society forces us all to become some strange version of ourselves that simply isn’t accurate, so it makes all of us uncomfortable and awkward as we interact with one another. Some of us are so crippled by these thoughts that we feel anxiety just at the idea of leaving our homes and going out into the world.”


Although this sticks with the theme of the strange and bizarre, dripping with gross moments, it also has deeper content that is very relatable. 


The isolating atmosphere sets the scene and drags us through the dark and salty halls of the tower. 


Creatively creepy!

Five Star Worthy!

Gloom and Doom

Horrific and uncanny!

Mind Blowing!


Goodreads Author Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3087558.William_Pauley_III


Amazon Author Link:

https://www.amazon.com/William-Pauley-III/e/B002IAZCKI/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk


Review Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4711440240


https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/3518043722


https://app.thestorygraph.com/user_reviews/karlakayjenniges




Monday, August 1, 2022

Hope Wharf by Mark Towse

 














Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Occult Horror

Format: eBook

Pages: 190

Read: 08/01/22

Amazon Synopsis:

Hope wharf is an idyllic town surrounded by crystal blue waters and home to approximately two hundred residents, including best friends Ryan and Zac. There’s only one road in and one road out, and the locals like it that way, happy to cater to the tourists during the holiday season and keen to get their idyllic town back in the off-season. It sounds perfect, but there’s a catch. The last time a local allegedly tried to leave town, they were found on the side of the road with mist coming out of every orifice. Tourists can come and go as they please, but it’s forbidden for locals to leave, and from an early age, children are told about what happens if they try, poor old Tommy Nicholls used as an example. Ryan and Zac are keen to uncover the town’s secrets and arrange a midnight stroll down Mulville Road to test the rumours out for themselves.

Review:

“There’s a quiet sleepy town near you–a great community; idyllic, inviting, and peaceful. Why not make it your next holiday destination? A nice beach, a bit of sightseeing–just be sure not to upset the locals.”

Ryan and Zac have lived in the small beach town of Hope Wharf their whole lives. They are adventurous and curious and sometimes cause trouble. Typical young boys having fun every chance they get. They know the mysterious legend that surrounds the town, but they are curious to see if it is true. They plan to uncover the truth, but quickly learn that there is something sinister and evil lurking beneath the waters, waiting and always watching.

Ominous secrets, small town horror, an evil entity waiting for its fulfillment of a dark promise made by the town that relies on its survival. A coming-of-age novella filled with angst filled moments of dread and doom. Slowly creeping through the shrouding mists of isolation. 

Elements of the supernatural and mysterious. A demonic presence. Family ties and the lengths they are willing to go to preserve their home. 

Sweet surprises inside this novella with a twisty, unexpected ending! 

An atmospheric, spooky, creepy tale, Towse style!

Goodreads Author Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/62495.Mark_Towse

Amazon Author Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Towse/e/B07H8DBS31/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk

Review Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4891682212?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/4235843050

https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/7ecf5ded-efe3-402c-a028-258314996360


Tuesday, July 26, 2022














 Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Horror

Formar: eBook

Pages: 15

Read: 07/26/22

Synopsis:

Are you prepared for a particularly provocative, yet deeply spiritual, presentation of God and humanity?In Sermon Two, The Reverend considers the Flood.

Review:

Noah, the great patriarch chosen by God because of his blameless piety. Chosen to perpetuate humanity and teach them to flourish in a sinless life. To be fruitful and multiply and resist all evil.

He hears his calling and he answers. He understands the hurt and the pain. The suffering as the lord watches the wickedness of his people. He now understands his mission and prepares for the flood of tears.

“Even the children. Oh, God, even the children! Tainted as they are. There can be nothing for them but tears now. Tears of love. Tears to wash them. Tears to wash their impurities from the earth. Tears to carry them away.”

The restoration of goodness has begun!

Beautifully written, evoking thoughtfulness towards compassion and understanding. Haunting throughout, imagine the suffering felt so deeply it causes a bleeding and wounded heart. 

The poetic form, imagery, and symbolism is illuminating!! 

Godless Purchase Links:

https://godless.com/products/the-tears-of-a-raging-god-the-godless-bible-sermon-2-by-the-reverend

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The Pain Eater by Kyle Muntz

 














Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Horror/ Sibling Fiction

Format: ARC PDF

Pages: 275

Read: 07/26/22

Amazon Synopsis:

The Pain Eater is the story of two brothers from Michigan reunited after the death of their father. They’ve never been close, but now they have to live together—and it gets more difficult when one discovers a strange creature, vomited from the body of a dead cat. A creature that eats human pain. It feels good: too good. Soon he wants to hurt himself more, just so the pain can be taken away. But the more the creature becomes a part of his life, the more he damages everything around him. Some wounds are too deep to ever heal.

Review:

Michael and his brother Steven’s father has just passed away. After gathering for the funeral Steven decides to stay with his brother for a while. They do not have a good relationship and were never close to their parents. Haile is Michaels best friend and she spends a lot of time staying at the house, she also does not have a good relationship with her father, so she stays away as much as she can. 

Throughout the whole story we are learning of all their grief and pain. Their resentment of a broken family. Their father was always angry and their mother was mostly absent. 

Michael is also dealing with his own identity, sexually and his inner self. He has always felt as if he has never fit into the world or connected  with anyone. He is quite reclusive and introverted. 

Steven is the type that wants to fix everything. 

Halie is a constant, always there, but her naivete plays a strong part in her character.

Now the creature from the cat, I don't even know what in the world it is. Metaphorically it takes away human pain, but only for short brief periods of time and its sucking on people must be repeated to continue the process. It causes a euphoria and a desire to want more of what it offers. 

“That’s what it does though. It doesn’t change us, it just gets rid of the parts of us that are bad for us.”

This was not an easy read and I often wondered if I would continue it because it was just so bizarre, not saying that is a bad thing, but it is also very bleak and depressing. So much sadness. I think that a good mindset is needed for this one. 

The writing surely stands out and the creativity is insane. 

Intriguing enough to finish to see the outcome, but all in all, I guess I feel that this one just fell in the category of just too strange and a bit frustrating. As with any book, it deserves the right audience to fully enjoy it and I feel that many would!

I actually want to call this book a box of fruity pebbles, such a huge mixture of so many topics. A darkness in humanity and a peculiar creature that is actually really creepy when one ponders on it. 


Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4124652.Kyle_Muntz


Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Kyle-Muntz/e/B003L8CNJY/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk


Review Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4873981634?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1


https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/1951103833


https://app.thestorygraph.com/user_reviews/karlakayjenniges

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Reconstructing a Relationship by Micah Castle

 














Rating:🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Horror

Format: eBook

Pages: 58

Read: 07/23/22

Synopsis:

Drew and Terry while out on a date suffer a terrible car accident. The boyfriend dies, but the girlfriend survives. Desperate to be with her love once more, Terry steals Drew’s brain from the morgue and escapes the hospital. She’s determined to bring him back, by any means necessary.

Through years of reading ancient books, learning forgotten languages, and drawing symbols she cannot comprehend, Terry successfully gets what she wants… And, what she deserves.

Advanced Review:

"THERE’S NOTHIN’ like a smoothie in the dead of summer. Literally nothin’. Everything you love put into a blender and mixed together to create an amazing drink. Strawberries. Yogurt. Bananas. Fuck it, even blueberries and raspberries and cherries. I’m not picky. It’s like Drew. All these parts from different places makin’ one perfect thing.”


Terry's one hope, is to be with the one she loves. Not only for awhile...but forever. When her boyfriend loses his life, she does the unthinkable.


Terry really is a deplorable character, most definitely a villianous with no thought or care for the world and the living. She commits unspeakable acts to achieve her selfish purpose.


Drew is a victim of Terry's heinous narcissism. From the moment he met her, he belonged to her. Drew's only hope is to free himself from her and rid her from his life, even if it means death.


This is told in two parts. The first through the voice of Terry; her crimes and her obsession.


The second through the voice of Drew; his awakening, his suffering and his eventual memory of what has truly happened to him from the moment he met Terry.


A  visceral modern day recreation of "Frankenstien". Bringing back that which should not exist.


A great short story recreating a beloved trope, flipped on it's axis and made even more unholy and brutal!


Link to purchase on Godless:

https://godless.com/products/reconstructing-a-relationship-by-micah-castle


Link to D&T Publishing on Godless:

https://godless.com/collections/vendors?q=D%26T%20Publishing


Available to purchase at Amazon on 08/05




The Garden of Bewitchment (Fiction Without Frontiers) by Catherine Cavendish

  Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Genre:  Historical Fantasy Format: Paperback Pages: 240 Read: 08/10/22 Amazon Synopsis: In 1893, Evelyn and Claire leav...