The N Days by John Murray McKay (review by Karmin)

The N Days

John Murray McKay

Reviewed by Karmin

 

Book description: When the world we all knew went wrong and the monsters of our deepest nightmares began to stalk the earth, there was a woman who chose to search out and find Sanctuary amidst the increasingly nightmarish landscape of America. 

 These are the N Days. 

Welcome to the story of one Samantha Worthington Day. She is on the run from a demon horde that has torn through the fabled Dreamscape and destroyed everything she ever loved. She is looking for the fabled Sanctuary of America, a place where humanity can find hope, defend that which they believe in, and start rebuilding their shattered world. 

 As an added attraction, you too can join Samantha on her perilous journey throughout her experiences by tracking her epic journey with the aid of the GPS coordinates provided within the text of her chronicles. 

She has a long way to go, and her amazing destiny is yet to be revealed. 

 Called of Lightning, Called of Darkness, Called of Light! 

Journey and experience the Days of N with Samantha Worthington Day.

 

Review:

 Before I get started I should tell you that this book passed my expectations, and it was awesome. The N Days is what I would definitely classify as cool. You first learn about N day and follow the journey of Englishwoman Samantha Worthington Day through America on her way to kick ultimate butt. 

 McKay has a very vivid imagination and definitely did his research of various cultures and myths, that much is obvious from the start. Each creature, character, and location (and there are MANY) is described in detail without being overwhelming and each is loveable, detestable, vicious, and nightmarish in their own respects. McKay has way of making you love each character, even though many do not get to stay in long periods of time. The action scenes are descriptive and refreshingly gory enough to keep you up and turning pages.

 The book is written in in-the-moment-first person, and usually it is difficult to pull off, but McKay nailed it (it is the journal of Samantha), and I loved it, unlike many books I’ve read in this style. I do not have accurate words to explain how fun and thrilling this book is, I completely recommend it to every fantasy, paranormal, and monster-mythology lover out there. An added bonus is that at the end of each chapter, the reader is given coordinates and is able to map Samantha’s journey. 

 I do not often give a full 5 stars to a book, but this one was so fun, I feel it deserves it. 

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (reviewed by Louise)

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Review by Louise Ryan

 

Book Overview (Blurb) by Amazon

 

By the author of THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, David Mitchell’s bestselling and Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, one of Richard & Judy’s 100 Books of the Decade, CLOUD ATLAS has now been adapted for film. The major motion picture, directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant.

The novel features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation. The narrators of CLOUD ATLAS hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changes in ways great and small.

 

Review:

 

This book is EPIC and jaw dropping in almost every way. The book has six stories that span time. Starting in 1850 and running through to the VERY distant future and then back again. 

 

At first reading, this book is hard going. The language is difficult and flowery and the story itself seems very contrived and it feels like you know where it heading. Trust me here, YOU DON’T! 

 

The way the stories interlock is as brilliant as it is absorbing. The very real and clever way that the English language is used to seperate the stories and time zones is, quite honestly, amazing. 

 

The pictures it portrays of the future are as chilling as they are, well observed. The characters are extremely likeable and easy to identify with. And I suspect that each reader will have their own favourite according to personality type. 

 

I can’t say much about the story because it isn’t JUST one story. It’s an almagmation of several different ones with one running thread. That thread is a soul. Can a soul be reborn? Can one soul alter time? Can one soul effect it’s own rebirth? 

 

I will say this is NOT a book you can charge through. I am a very fast reader. This book is 529 pages long and it has taken me, almost 4 days of constant reading to get through it. Not because it is a difficult read, Far from it (at least after the first part) but because you really need to take your time to understand what is going on. You need to accumulate and process the thoughts and feelings of the main characters. Each word to be savoured and twisted around your brain until it sinks in. 

 

This book is very clever and very well written. I will say though, that at the end it may be a little clever for it’s own good but I’ll let you make your own judgement. It is definitely something I would recommend for someone interested in something a little grittier than girly romances or young adult fiction.

Gnash by Brian Parker (reviewed by Louise)

Gnash by Brian Parker.

Review by Louise Ryan

 

Book Overview (blurb) by Amazon

 

An ancient fundamentalist organization chooses to lash out against its enemies by conducting several simultaneous attacks across the globe.  One of these assaults unleashes a deadly virus within the Pentagon, which sets off a chain reaction of events that the United States may not overcome.

 

When the virus mutates beyond anything the terrorists had expected, the nation’s capital is plunged into a violent zombie outbreak that threatens to infect everyone in the region.  A desperate, misguided attempt by a new political power to stop the potential global epidemic backfires as the undead survive the brutal pre-emptive strike and continue to wreak havoc on the human population when they reemerge from the bowels of the ruined city.

 

Grayson Donnelly, a former Army officer who isstranded in the Midwest during the outbreak, is forced to fight for his life and for the survival of his adopted community while his fiancée Emory is trapped in the Washington, D.C. quarantine zone.  She struggles to come to terms with her own survival while living in a government-operated refugee camp just outside of thecity.

 

Both Grayson and Emory must learn to adapt and do whatever is necessary in order to survive in a nation that is nearing anarchy as the terrorists’ heinous scheme takes on a life of its own.

 

 

Review:

 

Let me start by saying I hate Zombie anything! I don’t read the stories, I do’t watch the films and shows like the Walking Dead leave me cold. 

 

HOWEVER, This book was thrilling! I couldn’t read it fast enough. What had me hooked was the very genuine “feel” of the book. As you are reading it you realise, “O.M.G.! This COULD actually happen!” The way it is thought out is extremely clever. The author clearly has a military background as the military parts of the book and reminisces of the Male lead are spot on and heartfelt. You can’t help but “know” these thought’s have crossed someone’s mind. The medical aspect of the book also had me amazed at the authors knowledge. The “virus” could easily exist already somewhere and everything that happens, I think, Could easily happen in todays world. The fight for humanity is breath taking. You are so desperate for the characters to conquer what is happening to them that you read the book as fast as you can, Not wanting to put it down. The action is fast paced and leaves you either breathless at the events or hyper-ventilating with terror. 

 

It is a story of the human spirit and will to live, no matter the odds. I found it extremely up-lifting. I am so glad I read it. If you give it a chance, I am SURE you will too. 

Captive at Christmas by Danielle Taylor (review by Karmin)

Captive at Christmas

Book 1 of Captive Hearts series

Danielle Taylor

Reviewed by Karmin

 

**18+ only book!!!!!!**

 

Book description (amazon.com): 

When her life seems to be falling into pieces, Hannah Magnus decides to spend Christmas away from her Vancouver home. She crosses the border into Washington State and locates the idyllic cabin that will serve as her home for the next two weeks. 

 

Mackenzie Dunlop is a man of action and reaction. A creation of his past and his profession. When he travels to the cabin he’ll be in until the repairs on his house are complete, there’s a surprise waiting…and Mac loathes surprises. 

 

Thrown together in the least likely of circumstances, Mac and Hannah find solace in each other after a harrowing event. But once they leave, will they be able to get on with their lives apart?

 

Review:

  Most romance/erotica novels have little meat with their bone (if you’ll pardon the phrase). This book is an exception. Taylor does a good job of laying ground work for her story, even though, right off the bat, there are some naughty thoughts from the characters. This book is NOT steeped in raunchy, which I adored, but rather development of a relationship. The characters are rich, even though the main male (Mac) doesn’t seem so at first; here, Taylor does a wonderful job of slowly sinking you into him as he opens up throughout the story. 

  On to the naughty bits (I know you were waiting), it couldn’t be an honest review of the book without mentioning these scenes. The sex scenes are not all “he put his ___ in her ___” instead, Taylor focuses on the emotion of each character, while ADDING the physical to it, which was appreciated. Although there ARE graphic details (as should be expected in such a novel), they are not overpowering and don’t really detract from the story itself.

  All in all, it was a well written story and an interesting read. I recommend it to romance-lovers looking for story to go with their naughty.

Deeply Twisted by Chantal Noordeloos (Reviewed by Brittany)

Deeply Twisted- Chantal Noordeloos

 Reviewed by Brittany Jimenez

 

Overview (amazon.com)

A mother murders her eldest daughter. A clock appears in the middle of a park. A one-eyed man with a raven on his shoulder joins three homeless men on a chilly night… 

Embrace the night and all its terrors in this macabre gallery of monsters. The living and the dead, the spectral and the material—horrifying visions from the tormented mind of Chantal Noordeloos. Your nightmares will never be the same 

 

 

 Review:

Let me just start off by saying how much I loved these stories… I LOVED THESE STORIES! Ok, much better.

 

 

Deeply Twisted is a collection of 20 deeply twisted short stories. Some stem from traditional themes, e.g. zombies, aliens, murder, but all have an authentic twist to them.

 

 

Starting off, when you look at the book cover, just the look of it entices you to read. A woman bent over backwards, seemingly overcome by darkness, hmm. Not to mention the title states that these stories are “deeply twisted” and, if you are like me, you should be skeptical and read them to try to prove the author wrong. If you aren’t captivated yet then read the foreword, a quote by Vincenzo Bilof, author of “The Horror Show”, really sets the mood and tickles your curiosity.

 

 

The stories aren’t your basic campfire, girl scout, or Goosebumps-type tales. So if you can’t tolerate entering the mind of a serial killer or feel the blood lust that envelopes you when a character’s rage stirs, then you should probably drink your warm milk and head to bed. This talented author has somehow let me feel what it’s like to be buried alive and then, just two pages later, had me screaming at a character to warn them of approaching danger. The descriptions aren’t overbearing and the way they are used almost leads you to believe they are fact. Grammar and structure are a sigh of relief and I’m happy to say that this collection is far from the teen angst novels you find at the grocery store.

 

 

On a scale of 1-10, I give a 10. Chantal Noordeloos really knows how to spin a tale and I really appreciate the effort she, and probably many of her dedicated friends, put forth to make me second guess those creaky floor boards and whispers in the wind. I look forward to reading more of her work and implore you to do the same.

Captive at Christmas by Danielle Taylor ***TEASER***

His eyes scanned what he could see of the inside. Mac slipped through the doorway. He didn’t bother kicking his boots to loosen the snow clinging to them. His weapon trained ahead of him, he searched the entire main living area. Contented for the moment, he turned to the doorway on his right.
Again, he made a silent entrance into the room; a bedroom with an enormous king sized bed, just like he asked for. As a man standing at six feet, six inches, the usual beds simply wouldn’t do. He could hardly wait to sink into its comfort after driving for nearly fifteen hours straight-
“Hmmm…”
Someone was in the room with him.
Mac dropped to the floor with the gun in his hands. A large whirlpool tub came into view on his left, in the corner of the room. An empty wineglass sat on the edge. Soft cinnamon tresses dangled over the side of the tub, resting on the step.
Using the stealth afforded to him from years of tactical training, Mackenzie edged nearer to assess the threat. When he reached the steps of the tub, he knelt, eyes narrowed. He took a fortifying breath and pushed himself up slowly, powerful thighs raising him evenly and without pause or strain.
Creamy pale skin poked out from the rapids in the tub…belonging to a woman. His eyes widened as the swell of her cleavage was jostled by the streams of water. Though she had the appearance of an angel and not that of a hired hit-man – or rather woman – Mac knew better. Evil knew no bounds, ignored prejudices, race, and gender.

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Revealing Hamilton by Sarah Jayne Carr (reviewed by Karmin)

Revealing Hamilton

Book 1 of Jackrabbit 7 series

Sarah Jayne Carr

 

Reviewed by Karmin

 

Description (amazon.com):

A conversation with a stranger changes Amelia Hamilton’s life forever. When she learns her grandfather faked his own death, normalcy slips from Amelia’s grasp. To make matters worse, he is coming for her in less than seven days. What she hasn’t determined is why.

 Amelia’s grandfather, Marius Benedict, once headed The Physician Coalition, an elite group of doctors who threw the Hippocratic Oath out the window. Years ago, they used a low-risk medical research study as a front for their experiments. Without their consent, innocents were injected with JackRabbit7, a hazardous substance used to alter their DNA. The victims were left with less-than-desirable super-human powers or excruciating death. Years after he disbanded the group, Marius has a new plan and is reforming The Coalition.

 Max, a mysterious stranger from the Insurance Agency, offers to help keep Amelia safe. He introduces The Agency as an underground government organization that contains and eliminates those who intend to harm the world. To protect The Agency, the truth of their activities are concealed and replaced with sugar-coated stories in the media.

 Over the course of the next week, Amelia has to accept the truth and learn who can be trusted. At midnight on her 23rd birthday, a contract between The Coalition and The Insurance Agency will expire, giving Marius full rein to approach his granddaughter and finish the project he started with her so many years ago.

 

Review:

This book was not what I expected and definitely a pleasant surprise. Usually, when you see terms like “coalition” or “agency” you expect some sort of boring, generic, spy-like book. That is NOT the case with Revealing Hamilton. Carr does a fantastic job of painting her characters vividly. The characters are more than the klutzy pretty girl, the jerk friend, the love-smitten puppy, they are people with dimension and it was lovely to read that. 

  I had a blast reading this book, the first night, I plowed through 54% in a matter of hours, I refused to put it down. There is lots of action, plenty of moments where you feel a deep need to reach into the book and slap the crap out of someone for being a jerk, times where you want to cry because the visual Carr paints is SO real it almost hurts to read about the children. Carr strageically places twists and “you-guessed-wrong” moments throughout the book that just kept the pages turning for me.

  I have to hand it Sarah for not giving us something generic for this genre, but something exciting and compelling. I love the way she writes and her characters feel so real, like they are sitting next to you telling the story. This is one of the books I wouldn’t recommend to just one group of people, but readers in general for something fun and new.