River of Souls Review

River of Souls Review

Kindle Edition

Published October 25th 2019 by JournalStone – Trepidatio Publishing


A 5 star read

Usually, zombie books bore me to death (no pun intended). I used to love watching and reading all the Resident Evil movies/novelizations, but at some point the whole trope was overdone. Zombies just popped up here and there, and it wasn’t anything new anymore. This isn’t the case with River of Souls, in fact, it might be the best dang zombie novel I’ve ever read.

Here, we get the story from the zombies’ perspective, and they really have it rough. Being treated like second class citizens, they have to register themselves and give up their entire life – all while still being conscious like any other human. The government also makes them take drugs and forces them to be supervised by someone at all times. It sucks for them.

That’s when we meet Davin, and his sister Zoe. The two of them have to take care of their dead father, and it isn’t long until Davin also becomes a living dead citizen. He realizes he can no longer trust the government, and remains unregistered. Along the way he meets more unregistered Undead and might just make a friend or two.

I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but you’ll just have to read it for yourself. I can’t wait to read the second book!

Thanks to the author for the review copy.

 

 


 

Merfolk Review

Merfolk Review

Kindle Edition

Published July 8th 2021


A 4 star read

I’m obsessed with mermaids. There you have it. You might’ve already known that, if not.. Well now you do. I’m fascinated with them, and I could even be open to the possibility that they exist. 

The protagonist of Merfolk, a man named Dr. Marty Murdock, is convinced that mermaids/merman/merfolk do exist. He has spent a large chunk of his trust found on a research vessel, and after becoming a scientist he’s now cruising around the ocean to find his merfolk. 

I am in love with the way mermaids were portrayed in this book. I always figured that they wouldn’t be the loving ladies mythology has made them out to be. No, in this case they’re deadly and dangerous. Of course, it takes about 75% of the book until we finally get to the mermaids, but it was worth the wait. The story before we meet them is actually pretty good, spiced with some romance and Netflix drama. I mean what else can you want, right?

It’s not a perfect book, but it’s very good. There aren’t that many dark mermaid books around, so in this case I’ll take it!

 

 

Ride or Die Review

Ride or Die Review

Kindle Edition

Published June 15th 2021


A 2.5 star read

Ride or Die is the story of three teenage girls seeking revenge on their father’s mistress. They drive to her house one night to “scare her off”, but it turns out quite scary for them in the end.

Once in a while a book comes along that is neither a good nor a bad read. The story seems fine, but it’s also missing substance. That’s how I felt about Ride or Die. It didn’t feel quite fleshed out enough. I’m torn about my feelings for it, which is why I will rate it right in the middle.

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

 

The Last House on Needless Street Review

The Last House on Needless Street Review

Hardcover, 352 pages

Expected publication: September 28th 2021 by Nightfire (first published March 18th 2021)



A 5 star read

If I tell you that I had no idea what exactly the plot was for the first 80-something percent of The Last House on Needless Street, you might think to yourself “why keep reading then?”. Well, simply because the entire story drew me in with its complexity and narrative. There are so many different voices we get to hear tell their story. It is one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read. 

I don’t want to rehash the plot, because I fear I might give something away. Just let me tell you that I had no idea how the book would play out in the end. I would’ve never guessed the twists. And yes, there was more than one. Simply fantastic. This is a must read. 

Fascinating. Disturbing. Mind Blowing. 

Thanks to the publisher for the advanced review copy.

 

 

The Undertaker and Other Macabre Tales Review

The Undertaker and Other Macabre Tales Review

Kindle Edition, 1, 205 pages

Published July 2nd 2021


A 3.5 star read

The Undertaker and Other Macabre Tales by Derek Hutchins starts off with the reader being introduced to The Undertaker himself. He meets a curious man at the graveyard one night, who claims he can listen to stories of the dead. This is where the book unfolds and delivers an array of spooky tales…

Hutchins has a gift for telling stories from many different perspectives and times. He transports his readers to Brazil, France, a creepy graveyard in the dark of the night and many other locations. I really enjoyed most of what I read within this collection. Some, I didn’t care for as much, but that is to be expected in a book filled with so many stories. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to feel a chill down their spine.

Thanks to the author for the review copy! 

 

 

Village of the Mermaids Review

Village of the Mermaids Review

Paperback, 136 pages

Published April 1st 2013 by Eraserhead Press (first published 2013)


A 5 star read

OK, wow. Let  me start off by saying that I LOVE mermaids. My whole bathroom is mermaid themed, and I adore them. But, what I truly love is evil mermaids. Yes, the man-eating kind. So when I heard about Village of the Mermaids I knew I had to read it. And again, wow!

It is completely off the walls, hence the genre bizarro fiction. I mean Mellick went all out. It’s weird and fascinating all the same. This was my first dive into the bizarro world, but it won’t be my last. You just have to read it for yourself, I won’t spoil the story.


Was I grossed out at points? Well yes, but that didn’t put me off from the cool and absolutely insane world of Village of the Mermaids.