LEAVE THE LIGHT ON… Find the perfect Halloween read here:- Go on you know you want to…

LEAVE THE LIGHT ON… Find the perfect Halloween read here:- Go on you know you want to…

Starting with my own Darkly Wood reviewed here by Lesley Hayes, I have listed some of my favourite seasonal reads for Halloween including the book link on amazon.com and my review of each book. Why not pick up one or two of these gems…

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing, sinister, lyrical – a beguiling 5* read, August 16, 2014
This review is from: Darkly Wood (Kindle Edition)

Entering Max Power’s mesmerizing novel is like venturing into Darkly Wood itself. Just as the book within the book, discovered by the heroine Daisy May, begins as a seemingly innocuous tale describing the unfortunate history of those who have wandered past its outskirts, so does the bewitching narrative of the novel prove increasingly sinister, the further in those reckless enough to cross the initial boundaries go.

I was lulled to begin with – just as Daisy was lulled – intrigued by this apparently random collection of tales of people who had one way or another found their dreadful destiny waiting deep in the heart of Darkly Wood. It reminded me, during the first enticing chapters, of those many pleasant hours I spent as a child, sitting by the fire listening to my grandmother recount the old gossipy stories of people she had known – characters whose quirky personalities and drama-soaked lives remained etched on my memory. I therefore stepped boldly and eagerly through the early pages of ‘Darkly Wood’, warmed by the distinctive, lyrical voice of the author and not too alarmed by the increasingly macabre turns of the individual histories of the residents of the village of Cranby, and the narrative itself.

As the novel progressed Daisy’s own story gathered momentum and the account of the history of Darkly Wood was a task taken over by the mysterious Benjamin, who became her companion. By now the novel had taken on certain aspects of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ – but a very dark ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (which is, let’s face it, already pretty dark.) I also by now realised that the magic of the story ‘Darkly Wood’ had ensnared me as surely as if I’d been stumbling my way through its dense, shape-shifting forest. There was no discernible exit – only the mystery unfolding, and my increasing fascination to find out how Daisy’s story was resolved. I was taken on a journey as convoluted as a densely thicketed maze, with unexpected openings and suddenly blocked pathways. The novel was Darkly Wood, I realised. Its darkness gathered as I continued to turn the pages with escalating avidity, never sure, even to the very last pages, what would happen next.

But despite your inevitable curiosity I am not going to tell you what happens to Daisy – or to Benjamin – or describe the monster that lurks in Darkly Wood, as fascinating in both essence and history as the Minotaur that is chained, trapped in the very heart of the labyrinth in the ancient Greek myth. That same mythical quality hangs in the air in Darkly Wood – the sense of otherworld and allegory which we instinctively feel drawn to, however terrible. What I will do is urge you to read the book, to allow the experience of it to beguile you and menace you and ultimately touch you to the core with its poignant and unexpected ending. I am giving Max Power’s novel 5* and have already put his second novel ‘Larry Flynn’ on my reading list.

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The Little Book of Horrors
The Little Book of Horrors
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding horror, October 27, 2015
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This book does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a collection of three short stories and each one is a little gem in their own right. I am a fan of a good scary story and the author clearly understands the requirements of a writing a quality horror story. Many authors fail to fully appreciate just what is needed, fear, surprise, suspense, mystery and even an element of spoiler to prepare you for the fright. Lacey Lane hits the target every time. The writing is crisp, the dialogue clever and sultry at times, there is an element of adult content, so be warned if you are not expecting it but it all comes together very nicely to create a great little book that is superb value for money. I downloaded this and read almost straight away. I had intended to dip my toe in and come back to it later but got sucked in and read in one sitting. Definitely one for Halloween but seriously this one is going to be a good read anytime. I would love to read a full horror novel from this particular author, something to get my fangs into….
Storm Lake
Storm Lake
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable short read, October 12, 2015
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This a well told enjoyable, pacey little story about something lurking… I always like something lurking. Nice even tension that builds right from the off, simple, descriptive, clear narrative and I have to say entertaining from start to finish. I was tempted to drop a star for what is a way is a compliment so I decided against it and gave 5 full stars instead. The reason is I felt I would have enjoyed more than I got and this book would be better for being longer. That being said that is hardly a criticism more a compliment.it is a relatively well trodden path, that is to say, monsters in the lake , but originally handled and I will definitely go back to this author for a second helping. Pick this up, it is a quick and enjoyable read.
Blood Red Rage (LIttlemoon Investigations Book 1)
Blood Red Rage (LIttlemoon Investigations Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read, October 12, 2015
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Fantastic book. I really loved this story, the very notion of a collector of women is fantastic and simple, quite chilling and there is a very definite nod and a wink to the paranormal in here also. The quality of the narrative is fantastic. I was completely hooked from the very opening of this book. The author grabs hold of you and never lets go. Morgan Kelley has such a distinctive voice, clear, direct and her story telling ability is of such a high standard, I am happy to give this book 5 stars. Forget the genre thing here, if nudges on a few. What I got was a book I read over three stressful days that took me into another world where I completely escaped inside a very clever story. What more can a book do for you.
Montenegro Book One: Cemetery Candles
Montenegro Book One: Cemetery Candles
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4.0 out of 5 stars One to pick up., August 21, 2015
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This is a really good gothic story that I quite enjoyed. I love the time scape and the themes and while I think there is a great deal to be enjoyed in this book I had one minor difficulty in that this is a book that uses present tense – which for me at least, has to be almost perfect to work. It has too many disadvantages that stilt the author in that it restricts the timeline, complexity of characters and sometimes diminishes suspense. In Montenegro this is for the most part well traversed but on occasion it threw me off a little. Having said that I know it is very much a style of writing that is in vogue now so this is something where many other readers will disagree with me. The characters here are certainly well rounded, beautifully developed and the ability of the writer to draw me in to an intriguing tale was very impressive. A slightly loose ending suggests a sequel of course as does the Book1 in the title, so that works well enough for me. There is a very definite quality to this work that demonstrates a talented writer who I think will shine in book 2 for sure. Notwithstanding my minor and very personal struggle with most books written in the present tense, this is a book filled with quality. I loved the cover which didn’t look to great sadly on my old kindle but it sets the book up nicely. There are always challenges for writers to be original and fresh especially when writing on themes that are familiar. Estela has crafted a story here that is very much that, original and I think there are few who will resist its charms. Definitely one to pick up, and I suspect if like me you are a fan good stories well told then you will find your way back for more from Estela Vazquez Perez.
Selkie
Selkie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful read, August 4, 2015
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What a wonderful story this is. Right up my street. I have a penchant for books that are at heart simply told with characters I can connect to. I read a lot and have eclectic tastes, but sometimes a book like this comes along and lifts my spirits. Selikie could in simple terms, be called a coming of age tale I guess but it is much more than that. Sam Harris, the girl at the heart of the story is a wonderful centrepiece on which to balance a story that hovers around the mythical Selkie of the title. Told from her perspective, the imagery, pace and splendid sense of place is so well crafted that I was captivated throughout. Julia Lund writes with an understanding of how to translate her characters emotions to the reader. For me every book has love somewhere at its heart, be that as a central theme, its absence or loss or the effect it has on an individual. Here the changes in Sam’s life and circumstances, her falling in love for the first time and the competition for her affections create a wonderful drama that unfolded to create a splendid story. Lovely book, pick this up if you like book that will engage your heart as well as your head.
Malbed Mews
Malbed Mews
by May J Panayi
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, August 4, 2015
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Malbed Mews is a lovely, carefully balanced tale of horror and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this clever story about a haunted apartment block with its fair share of secrets. . It opens straight into the action and them diverts somewhat but the key to this book is how beautifully paced it is. The balance in a hoor book is vitally important. Here we have an author who has built and built at just the right pace showing us just enough at every stage without spoiling the ending by giving away too much. The characterisation is excellent and as each new character is added the story is embellished. There is a lot for the writer to work with here and she could easily have got lost in over-complicating the plot but not so. The first quarter of the book gave me the introduction to various players and the location itself. Malbed Mews has a past and this too is explored cleverly through Guy and his discovery of some of the history of the place. Using gradual revelation through a number of devices including nightmares, the author has again given just enough before the action really begins. Then the fun starts and as the madness begins to unfold a word of warning, there is some adult content which did not offend but important to note if that’s not your cup of tea. The setting is perfect, the voice of the author is distinct and engaging at all times and for me the most important fact is that this is a ripping good story. I really enjoyed this book from May.J.Panayi, it was the first book I have read from this talented writer and I know I will be back for more. A well-deserved 5 stars from me.
Angels Blood
Angels Blood
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, July 13, 2015
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Definitely an enjoyable read. Loved Tavia the main character, loved the characterisation in general which was very clever as here the story deals with werewolves and the author has created her own set of rules and social norms for the pack that made sense despite the fact that she is dealing with creatures of myth and fantasy that have been written about so many times, it is tricky. However here she creates a world where it is easy to become engrossed in the plot and happily suspend belief to enjoy the story. There are some long passages of narrative which can be difficult to get right in order to maintain momentum but the book was perfectly balanced for me. I read it in two sittings lounging in the sun and it is a testament to the writer that I raced through the book so fast. Perhaps the most important thing from my perspective are the characters. I have to be engaged with the characters as an absolute and Sallyann Phillips really knows how to create believable characters that I could picture perfectly and in Tavia she has made a nicely imperfect, well rounded heroine that I completely got. Nice twist on a well used genre, good use of language, a pacey tale with more than enough going on to keep those pages turning. I really enjoyed this one. Five stars.
Language in the blood: Book 1
Language in the blood: Book 1
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really well told tale, July 13, 2015
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I was really rather surprised by this book which I enjoyed very much indeed. One of my favourite classics is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and everything suffers by comparison when it comes to vampire tales. That being said, Angela Lockwood has written a highly entertaining, cleverly thought out book with enough pace and intrigue through the years to keep me interested. Right from the off I was intrigued and I believe the author has a great deal of talent. There was a little bit of lag midway through the book due to the timeline switch but it won’t distract you from the overall enjoyment of the book although it is why I have dropped a star in the rating. It is hard to create a good and original vampire tale, but here it has been achieved with sufficient originality and style for me to say that this is a book I can highly recommend and I will be looking for more books to read from this author. If you are a vampire fan or even if not, so long as you like a well told yarn then pick up Language in the Blood, you will enjoy it for sure.
LOST GIRL (Book One of The Lost Trilogy): A Paranormal Mystery
LOST GIRL (Book One of The Lost Trilogy): A Paranormal Mystery
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clever tale, May 16, 2015
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There’s nothing like a good story well told. That’s what you get with this perfectly paced well balanced tale from a writer I know I will be going back to. I like a bit of creepy, especially when it is well done. The trick is to keep the momentum up and where so many others have tried and failed Lost Girl gets the balance just right. I never spoil a plot so I wont change that today. I will say that while I am only familiar with the setting for the book from films or TV, I found myself reading with a Tennessee accent after a few pages and that for me means I am right in the story. Great descriptive writing, smart dialogue with an intriguing narrative. I know this is part of a trilogy so I can tell you for sure I am going to be reading more from this spook spinner. Pick it up and enjoy.
Murderous Little Darlings - A Tale of Vampires - Book One: A Tale of Vampires - Book One
Murderous Little Darlings – A Tale of Vampires – Book One: A Tale of Vampires – Book One
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clever little tale, May 8, 2015
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A short book perfectly told about a trio of vampires and I really enjoyed it from start to finish. I whizzed through this book and while I am not normally a vampire book fan as such, John Hennessey did the genre proud. I always look for originality, pace, and great characterisation in a book. Murderous Little Darlings scored on all counts. The story is simple enough but cleverly contrived to catch the reader out which I liked. Five stars well deserved. You can’t go far wrong with this clever little tale.
Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale
Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale
by Ramona Wray
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.85
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really nice book, May 7, 2015
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A good book not in my normal reading pile and a very enjoyable read. I wont touch on the plot for me far too many spoilers in previous reviews for this book anyway. Instead I want to comment on style and content. A well structured well written story with indeed a very promising plot. Ramona writes a wonderful story of paranormal romance with plenty of twists and turns. I often think love is at the heart of every great book and of course it is central to this teen tale about a girl who is the focus of two suitors with a dark and old secret at its heart. I really enjoyed this one but I have 2 tiny criticisms. One is that the cover for me does not relate to the story, in that I think it might throw some potential target readers off because it seems to be aimed at a younger audience than the story itself. That I hope falls under constructive criticism because it is a lovely book. The only other minor thing is for me the ending was a little bit too neat and tidy. However, that’s probably just me and as I mentioned I am not normally a fan of this genre so perhaps it is par for the course. Well done Ramona Wray, very impressive and I heartily recommend this to fans of the genre in particular.
Salby Damned
Salby Damned
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly, March 19, 2015
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I have to confess that this is the first ‘Zombie’ book I have read. I am a fan of some of the classic zombie movies and I do like The Walking Dead, so there are my zombie credentials up front. What did I think of Salby Damned? Loved it. What are the key ingredients of a good zombie fest? Well first you need a good source story. How do they come about? In Salby damned Ian D Moore handles this perfectly but no plot spoilers. How do you kill them? What happens when you do? Again these details are handled well and as original as you can be, within the limitation of the premise that zombies have to actually meet the general undead criteria of zombies in the first place. The level of peril that the main characters are put in must be high and the hero must have the right strengths and qualities to persevere. In each case Salby Damned succeeds in ticking all the right boxes. More than that, I would think it difficult to be original in a genre that has been done to death (excuse the pun), but this book manages to feel fresh and entertaining, including enough twists along the way to make it a very enjoyable read indeed. I liked the pace, great opening, no hanging around and nicely finished off which is always important. Great read for me, I enjoyed it from start to finish. Look forward to the planned sequel.
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