Hungerstorm by Amber Kallyn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m enjoying this series by Amber Kallyn, although I did take a while to get through this one, but that did involve moving house in the midst of it all. Hungerstorm continues the Heart of a Vampire series from where the first book left off, focusing on the vampire King, Jordan and his feelings for the human he has changed into a vampire, Dalia.
I enjoyed the interaction between the two main protagonists, and the story was a good continuation of the seeds which had been sown in book one, leading us further into a continuing story arc which was entertaining and kept my attention.
The ‘good’ guys are good, but have enough character flaws to make them seem realistic, and the ‘bad’ guys are definitely bad, but given reason to be so.
My only criticism would be some typos and spelling issues which stood out particularly to me as I’m an editor, but they weren’t enough to detract from the story Ms Kallyn is writing, and I have now commenced book three.
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The Dark Genesis by A.D. Koboah
Life for a female slave is one of hardship and unspeakable sorrow, something Luna knows only too well. But not even she could have foreseen the terror that would befall her one sultry Mississippi evening in the summer of 1807.
On her way back from a visit to see the African woman, a witch who has the herbs Luna needs to rid her of her abusive master’s child, she attracts the attention of a deadly being that lusts for blood. Forcibly removed from everything she knows by this tormented otherworldly creature, she is sure she will be dead by sunrise.
Dark Genesis is a love story set against the savage world of slavery in which a young woman who has been dehumanised by its horrors finds the courage to love, and in doing so, reclaims her humanity.
D.S. Williams Review:
I’m of two minds regarding this book, and even twelve hours after finishing I’m still considering my reaction to it.
A.D. Koboah’s story was written beautifully, I enjoyed the pacing, the characters and the concept. A.D. Koboah has a way with words which had me engrossed throughout the majority of the story.
Luna is an interesting and multi-faceted character, and for the most part I enjoyed the way she was written, but there were a couple of times when I found myself frustrated by her behaviour and the way she reacted to the male protagonist, Avery. While her initial reactions to Avery seemed very natural based on her background as a slave on a plantation (and a slave who had been physically abused by her masters), as time passed and Avery proved himself to be kind and caring, there were instances when I was frustrated by Luna’s decision making process and the way she refused to admit to her feelings. In some ways, I think the decision to avoid telling Avery how she felt about him was based on A.D. Koboah’s desire to take the storyline in a specific direction, rather than a realistic representation of Luna’s behaviors and that was quite frustrating.
Dark Genesis is the first of a trilogy, and at this stage, while I’m curious about the other books, I’m not inclined to race straight into reading the second book. Some of the upcoming storyline is pre-empted in the last few chapters of Dark Genesis, and to my mind, knowing what is to come has put me off reading any further.
Overall, this is a beautifully written book, but I’d suggest you read it for yourself to decide your opinion.
If I Can’t Have You by Patti Berg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book ticked all the boxes for me, I love time travel romance and Patti Berg has written a charming story which mixes the modern world with the romantic, golden years of Hollywood by setting her story in the 1930’s where we meet Trevor Montgomery. The characters were well-written, and both the lead characters were flawed enough to make them seem realistic, and likable enough to want them to have their HEA. I loved the backstory, the way Trevor Montgomery was thrust into the modern era, and the way he and Adriana sought to resolve a mystery from the past, only to have it create ripples in their future. Thoroughly recommended, and a lovely, easy to read story.
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My good friend and fellow writers group buddy, L.R. Perie has a new release, which is now available at Amazon:
A book which transcends borders, and brings the past into the present.
Renee has survived the entanglement with crazed murderer Cooper Mohanigan, and in doing so, found love with Luka Stevens, the brother of murder victim Laura.
But is it enough? Renee is unable to forget that Cooper’s final victim – Sheryl – has never been found. The knowledge weighs heavily on Renee’s conscience, and in a bid to ease her guilt for the part she and Luka played, she sets out to discover the truth.
A truth which can only be divulged through confrontation with Cooper.
Cooper Mohanigan is incarcerated in a Zimbabwean prison, alone in his madness and driven by the crazed voices in his mind. One of those voices, the instigator of Cooper’s violence, is his ancestor, Jarrod Mohanigan. Renee realizes the key to the answers she seeks, may lie in unlocking the real story behind Cooper’s ancestor and she sets out to find the truth.
She must leave Luka in strife torn Zimbabwe, as he strives to conquer battles of his own, and travel to the sunny shores of Perth, Australia, to follow the trail – a trail which leads to the truth about Jarrod.
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