Scary Mary by S.A. Hunter

Scary Mary (Scary Mary, #1)Scary Mary by S.A. Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Again, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this book, but it appears to be a young adult version of Ghost Hunters. Mary lives with her fortune teller grandmother and is clairaudient. Which means she can hear and talk to ghosts. Which includes dead dogs.

So…what happens when I new boy turns up at high school? Well, a lot happens actually, except Mary actually likes the new boy, something that doesn’t happen very often because she’s the school freak because of the ghost thing.

Well, it sounds like an interesting series, but like a lot of ebooks this wasn’t very long for a novel, and while it was the first in the series (and therefore free) I’m not completely sure the author hooked me. This is part of the reason I’m not a huge fan of ebook series.

That’s not to say it’s a bad book! It’s not, it was fun to read and I really liked Grandma and Chowder! It’s free so read it to find out!

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The Spook’s Bestiary by Joseph Delaney

The Spook's Bestiary: The Guide to Creatures of the Dark (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles)The Spook’s Bestiary: The Guide to Creatures of the Dark by Joseph Delaney

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just as an FYI this book is not technically part of The Last Apprentice series, but a supplementary book. If you’re familiar with Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series, this would be like one of the “map” books or Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook.

Also important, I am a fan of the TV series, Supernatural.

With all that out of the way…this read a bit like John Winchester’s journal. It’s a compendium of all the creatures that are kept at bay by a Spook (Hunter/Sam and Dean?) in County. It includes examples of times John Gregory (the Spook who ‘authored’ this book) encountered said creature, and quotes from his various apprentices.

I found it an interesting take on the creatures originally from mythology, especially the Old Gods which come from many different regions (Greece, Romania, Ireland, etc.), and how they were dealt with. The last chapter included some instance and probable new creatures that had yet to be identified.

Supposedly this series has been turned into a movie called Seventh Son (which I’ve never heard of, and has poor reviews), so I’m wondering how I missed that. But I’m intrigued enough to see if I can find an actual book from the series to see what the fuss was about.

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Imortal War by Justin Somper

Immortal War (Vampirates, #6)Immortal War by Justin Somper

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I saw a title like Vampirates, I really wasn’t sure what I was getting in a book from Dollar Tree. I thought to myself, this could be decent, or extremely cheesey. It wasn’t either, it was actually pretty good once I got into it.

It’s the sixth book in a series, and while I think I would have benefited from reading a previous novel in this series, I wasn’t completely out of the loop with the plot. It’s set in a world of ocean going pirates, nocturnals (vampires), and vampirates (vampire pirates). Once I had it figured out who was who, the plot became much more interesting.

It was much more sophisticated than just vampires riding the oceans in search of their next meal, it was vampires riding the oceans to control the oceans and secure the future of their kind. Toss in a 500 year old prophecy, two sets of twins, and romantic rivalries and this book is far from cheesey.

Even though it seems I read the last book first, it would be interesting to read previous books in this series to see how it all led up to this book.

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Just a Touch Dead by Jordaina Sydney Robinson

Just a Touch Dead (Bridget Sway, #.5)Just a Touch Dead by Jordaina Sydney Robinson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This little novella is the prequel to series of ebooks about, well, a ghost or spirit. This one chronicles the main character of this series journey from life to death to government employment. It gives a decent introduction to the main character herself and the environment she now inhabits.

I don’t know if I’ll be checking out the rest of the series, mostly because I have plenty to read already, but it is an interesting concept and it was entertaining.

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Mortal Ghost by L. Lee Lowe

Mortal GhostMortal Ghost by L. Lee Lowe

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this ebook. Some reviewers on Smashwords didn’t like it because they couldn’t find a plot, or didn’t resonate with the characters. As one of the secondary characters was named Sarah, I didn’t have a problem resonating with that character.

However, there isn’t a plot with this story, not really. It’s one of those novels that just follows along with the lives of the characters until a certain event occurs. It’s a bit like a Danielle Steel novel, you move and grow with the characters until a certain point.

For that reason and because this ebook had a supernatural/paranormal twist to it, I did like this ebook.

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Ghosts Among Us by James Van Praagh

Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other SideGhosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side by James Van Praagh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started reading this book thinking it would be along the lines of all those ghost shows on tv. Like, the guys who take all this equipment with them and sit in a supposed haunted building all night and then review what they captured in the morning.

Nope. This is a more mystical take on communicating with ghost. The book goes a bit into what the after life is for ghosts, or the spiritual energy everyone has inside them. He talks about auras, chakras, the power of thought, the power of energy, and how a person never really dies.

It was a lot to take in, having never had an interest in chakras, Van Praagh explains the basics, and how others’ energies (ghosts, or even other peoples’) can affect it, which in turn causes us to have issues. Same with auras, how our auras can change based on the energies around it. It was, a little eye opening.

It wasn’t all his mystical knowledge, there were stories of readings he’s done, both for the average man on the street and a few celebrities he’s encountered. He also revealed what he thought the after life was like based on his near-death experience and from his visits with ghosts on the other side.

Some of the ideas he presented were similar to my own thoughts about what happens after we die. Such as, I believe in reincarnation, and that when we die we get to see those who have gone before us (grandparents, family pets, etc), James addresses all those things and more. If you’re at all interested in this kind of stuff, give this book a read. I mean, I found a copy at the Dollar Tree so you might as well! As a side note, this is not a religious read, he does touch on it to a degree, but it’s not the main focus of the book.

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The Twilight of the Gods and Other Tales by Richard Garnett

The Twilight of the Gods and Other TalesThe Twilight of the Gods and Other Tales by Richard Garnett

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a collection of short stories all revolving around supernatural occurrences. Some where of a Christian variety, others were Greek/Roman in origin, and some were Godless. They all had a feeling of myth and fairytale, which is something I like in my reading.

All the stories were different, hand different endings, different characters (some famous), many were based on true life happenings, it was just overall an interesting read.

I do not know if I have a favorite, but the one that sticks in my mind is ‘The Poisoned Maid’.

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The Asylum Novellas by Madeleine Roux

The Asylum Novellas: The Scarlets, The Bone Artists, & The WardenThe Asylum Novellas: The Scarlets, The Bone Artists, & The Warden by Madeleine Roux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been interested in this series, so I bought this one. It has three novellas as (from what I can tell) a bit of backstory, but are rather interesting in themselves. This book also contains a sampling from the trilogy they belong too, a bit of a teaser you could say.

Did I like it? Do I want to read more?

Yes, yes I do. Madeleine Roux does a wonderful job giving her readers just enough to be interested in the rest of the series. The novellas are complete stories in themselves, but they leave you wondering a few things, like “what happened after all that?” and “how does this pertain to that other thing?”

I will be reading more of her work.

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OUT NOW: After Life / Bleed / A Disturbing Affair


A trilogy of crime, thrills, and deceit!

After Life:
Mason Fletcher is an ordinary man, until he wakes up in an unfamiliar alley. With no memory and no idea where he is Mason takes to the streets and meets some unlikely friends. But the bodies keep piling up and Mason soon discovers that everyone he meets is connected in a heinous circle of death. Now it’s a race to discover Mason’s own identity before someone else winds up dead.

Deep inside Adam an obsession is forming, a wild and unstoppable force that will eventually drive him to murder.

A Disturbing Affair:
Janice Porter lost her job as an accountant and is in danger of being tossed into the street when a promising position turns up at Meyer Publishing. Her potential new boss is friendly enough, almost too friendly. So why do all her co-workers call Deidre Horton the dragon lady?


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The Black Witch by Michael Rivers

The Black WitchThe Black Witch by Micheal Rivers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t know why but suddenly every where I turn I find a sailing reference.

When I started reading this book I forgot that it was a Kindle ebook, and thought it was a Kindle Classic. This did eventually show it’s true colors and age as I continued reading however. Not that this was a bad thing, but I don’t think the book flowed as well as it could have.

For some reason I don’t read seafaring novels, and after reading this one I’m questioning that subconscious decision. This was quite good, the writer was quite good for a “Free Kindle eBook” author, and one that wasn’t a romance of any kind.

Anyway, enough about Kindle, more about the book.

The book comes with a short story at the end, which was fine, it didn’t really have an ending but I was entertained while I read it. The main story does end, and ends a little confusingly, but leaves room for a sequel.

The ending was probably my least favorite part, but I will still say if you can get your hands on it (especially if it’s free again) it’s worth a read.

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