The Game is a tense short tale that sees darkness take over the lives of two young women. Lei loves all things vintage and was an easy character for me to relate to. Best friend Iris is a loyal and brave individual that adds a quirky touch to the story.
At the heart of this tale is an old woman's warning and a supposedly haunted board game. High stakes are unveiled as Lei and Iris sit down one night to play.
I loved the concept as a whole. The idea of a haunted board game felt original in the way that the story unfolded. With its fast pace, my heart was soon thumping alongside Lei's. There were several surprise twists that I didn't see coming, with death as a key theme. The writer's style is articulate and shows an excellent ability for tension-building.
Rated 5 stars. I felt like I was sucked into the story and was experiencing the events in first person. I would definitely recommend this and shall be reading it again soon.
Set in Maine, USA, comes the tale of young Daciana (Dacie to friends), a sixteen year old with a unique and somewhat disturbing ability. Having just moved from California, Dacie is portrayed as an initially shy yet rebellious character, who pushes others away. As we learn more about her past, we begin to understand why.
This novel is a wonderful start to a series where secrets, teamwork and loss combine. The characters are a breath of fresh air and each have a distinct personality. You get a strong feel for Dacie's character through her story narration. She proves to be a determined individual that will do all she can to fix her mistakes.
I would recommend this to lovers of Paranormal and Fantasy novels. Highly addictive. Rated 5/5 stars.
Set in Spain in the year of 1492, we follow the tragic death of Luis Perato, an event of import that drives multiple parties on a thrilling journey to find his killer. From the daring David Sanchez to the abhorrent Gaspar De Amo, comes a range of stimulating characters who border the fence between good and evil. Key themes include religion, loss, and revenge.
While the Christians seek to cast out those of the Jewish and Muslim faiths, they take part of despicable deeds, showing the true ignorance and prejudice that mankind is capable of. Action and adventure prevailed throughout, hooking me from the get go.
The moral of the story? 'Never trust another man.' A unique and gripping tale. Fights to the death, conspiracies, and torture wrapped into an adventurous package.
Rated 4 stars.
Angel A's Mary Poser, shows us that words and emotions are powerful tools. Set in Nashville, the music capital of the USA, we follow Mary Poser, a 23 year old daughter to a Baptist Pastor. When she meets exotic film director, Simha Das, her entire world and belief system is turned on its head. An entirely new woman emerges from within; a prospect that at first terrified Mary.
I found Mary's character to be endearing at times, though frustrating at others. She is certainly a stubborn young woman that has spent most of her life people pleasing the rest of the town. Strong quirks such as her repetitive cries of 'Oh Lordy' when nervous make her more lovable as the story continues.
In contrast, I found Simha Das' character to be a smooth and well refined individual. He made for a complex and charming romantic interest that had my own heart beating in my ears. Themes of societal expectation and change heavily influence this thrilling read. We learn the importance of what it means to find oneself, and see the clever ways in which the author lays bare the human condition. The writer's style is articulate and flows well, possessing a distinct voice in Mary's first person narration. You will find a good mix of cultures, as well as a diverse range of characters throughout. The clarity of Angel's prose sings.
I adored the humorous and at times awkward, yet endearing moments between Mary and Simha, and was particularly fond of the insightful quotes regarding love that were used for each chapter heading. Overall, Mary Poser made for a highly entertaining read that I believe has changed my life and the way that I view others.
Rated 5/5 stars.
The Heretic's Child, by Nyasia Marie, follows Emma Smith, a woman with a precious secret. She is to ascend to be the next Cybele; an ancient being, charged to aid humans and collect their memories upon death. Her character is sweet and strong, with an intelligence that shines brighter than any star.
Thomas, as the love interest of the story, is a mysterious and brave individual that stays loyal to Emma and her cause. The pair's relationship shows a genuine, loving bond that is rare to see. Themes of loss and duty follow the pair as they journey away from their homes, in a desperate attempt to flee a hidden evil.
The concept of the Cybele and their community of Cataloggers and Counsellors is fascinating. I found myself reading non-stop and am now craving a second glimpse into the life of Emma and her duties. The writer's style gives us a unique view of both male and female perspectives in regards to danger, love, and duty combined. The first person narration was easy to follow and had me feeling especially close to the characters.
Nyasia Marie is a voice of much wisdom. They have a beautiful way with words and have created a fictional world that I would happily immerse myself in for the rest of my life.