The Undertaker’s Daughter by John James Minster The Undertaker’s Daughter: A Novel of Supernatural Horror by John James Minster Don’t play with dead things. Anna Dingel is an introverted, socially inept 18-year-old raised in the family funeral home. And for some reason, her classmate Timmy—the one in the band—likes her too. After a makeover from … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of The Undertaker’s Daughter”
The Undertaker's Daughter: A Novel of Supernatural Horror
by John James Minster
Don’t play with dead things.
Anna Dingel is an introverted, socially inept 18-year-old raised in the family funeral home.
And for some reason, her classmate Timmy—the one in the band—likes her too.
After a makeover from her best friend Naomi, Anna breaks away to see him perform live, but the leader of a bad school clique attempts to assault Anna in the parking lot. Once the leader is released from jail, so begins an ever-widening maelstrom of cruel retribution, turning Anna and Timmy’s summer of love into a nightmare.
Robin's Review: This is a creepy tale about Anna who is a young adult leading a sheltered life as the Undertaker’s Daughter. It could be called a coming-of-age story but for the dark themes.
I enjoyed this story in part because it is set in my home state, Pennsylvania, but also because it is well-written, enjoyable, and fresh. The plot is well thought out, and full of twisty turns with so much clever detail, or should I say research that I could not put it down. It follows the main character, Anna and her friends Naomi, and Timmy. They go through some nasty times with some vengeful bullies out for some pay back. Things get dark when an evil force is awakened, and lots of people end up dead. It has a complete and satisfying end to the story. Well done John James Minster, I really loved this book and highly recommend it to lovers of all genres.
My favorite line is used more than once: “That’s a TP, not MP. Their problem, not mine.”
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
Deal With Toxic Family Members: 7 Survival Secrets For Adult People To Set Positive Boundaries In Relationships With Parents, Siblings, And Relatives Within Five Weeks Without Cutting Ties
by Lucca Zeni
Have you ever wondered why you feel exhausted and frustrated when gathering with certain family members?
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Robin's Review: This book provides useful information about toxic family members and the behaviors or patterns you might see in yourself or your family members. It shows you how to acknowledge your possible triggers and emotions and how to deal with them. It also covers whether you should sever ties with the toxic person or family member and, if you can’t, what you can do to minimize their effect on you.
I found this book both interesting and helpful and highly recommend it.
Here are some thought provoking lines:
“Just like me, have you ever felt like you are the family’s “different one”? Do you have the impression that you’re not anything like other family members? It’s most likely because you are different from them, and there’s nothing wrong with it. However, when dealing with toxic people, it’s crucial to remember that you can’t change them; thus, it’s best not to push them too much. Instead, save your energy for something less stressful.”
“Nobody Can Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give The Keys”
“Love them from a distance. Pray for them, wish them well, but don’t allow them to abuse you.” ~ Kimber Waul
Difficult Relationships In The Workplace: Manage Diversity And Politics, Improve Your Resilience And Strength Effectively, Gain Emotional Intelligence, And Prevent Burnout
by Lucca Zeni
Workplace toxicity is more than having a bad day at work or not getting along with your colleagues. Harmful behaviors get in the way of your performance. Some relationships can make you feel psychologically distressed, physically exhausted, or mentally depleted.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Robin's Review:I wish I had this book years ago. This book goes over what is toxicity in the workplace, but it doesn’t stop there and leave you hanging. Instead, it gives you solid information into the some of the reasons a person might be toxic and how not to get drawn into their negative behaviors. It defines the seven personality types that you might come across in your job and how to work with them. It then dives into people’s perception of you and how you might go about changing it or not even trying. It talks about boundaries and how to set them. This is not a book of pointing fingers but teaches us we are all human with flaws and needs. I found this book both interesting and informative, and I'll definitely read his other book on toxic family members.
The Ancient Ones Trilogy by Cassandra L. Thompson Revelations: The Ancient Ones Trilogy Book 3 of 3: The Ancient Ones Trilogy by Cassandra L. Thompson Back for the final installment, a freshly revived David and the rest of the immortal vampyres return to the place it all began: Africa. As they continue to fend off … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Revelations: The Ancient Ones Trilogy”
Revelations: The Ancient Ones Trilogy
Book 3 of 3: The Ancient Ones Trilogy
by Cassandra L. Thompson
Back for the final installment, a freshly revived David and the rest of the immortal vampyres return to the place it all began: Africa.
As they continue to fend off Discordia’s attacks, the close proximity of the reincarnated gods forces them to discover more about their shared pasts than ever before.
Joined by new gods, and some long forgotten, the Ancient Ones must find a way to heal old wounds and reconcile their pasts, or risk the ruin of all. Another volume of adventure, tragedy, and love, the third book in The Ancient Ones Trilogy brings to a close the tale as old as time itself, with one final bite.
Robin's Review: The Ancient Ones Trilogy ends with a huge sigh from me with this being the last book in this series. I fell in love with this series from the start and have loved each book waiting with impatience for the next one to be released. And each time I was not disappointed, sleepy with a book hangover but so not disappointed.
I was super excited to see what happens next with some of my favorite characters and of course stayed up all night just to find out. This series has a plot like no other book I've read before. It's so engrossing and imaginative. The world building felt so real that I wanted to live in their world if you know what I mean. The characters are so well-written that you can’t help becoming invested in them.
This is a fascinating story that blends folklore and mythology perfectly. It could definitely be considered a classic. If you're looking for a beautifully written story to keep you up at night, this is a must-read.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
The Charterhouse of Evil by Janice Tremayne The Charterhouse of Evil by Janice Tremayne Bound to life old and new, the sins of the departed still haunt her. When wickedness infects the innocent, can she see the curse undone? Western Australia. Clarisse Garcia is ready to return stronger than ever. With her husband by her … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of The Charterhouse of Evil”
The Charterhouse of Evil
by Janice Tremayne
Bound to life old and new, the sins of the departed still haunt her. When wickedness infects the innocent, can she see the curse undone?
Western Australia. Clarisse Garcia is ready to return stronger than ever. With her husband by her side, the plucky spirit hunter is back on familiar territory with an assignment for Benedictine monks. And now she’s out to vanquish whatever evil is plaguing the monastic village that caused orphans to mysteriously die.
Robin's Review: The Charterhouse of Evil is a suspenseful read that hooked me from start to finish. It's a fast-paced scary read with quite a few big twists that had me turning the pages as fast as I could to get to the book's ending. I highly recommend this series. It never disappoints.
Trigger Warning: sexual abuse
A Whisper In The Dark by Guy Quintero A Whisper In The dark by Guy Quintero The Agency is recruiting brave souls to solve the murder of Sara Duncan. This mission has a high probability of vector contact. Survival is not guaranteed, and neither is your sanity. Welcome to the depths of shadow and madness. … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of A Whisper In The Dark”
A Whisper In The dark
by Guy Quintero
The Agency is recruiting brave souls to solve the murder of Sara Duncan. This mission has a high probability of vector contact. Survival is not guaranteed, and neither is your sanity. Welcome to the depths of shadow and madness.
Ghost Team spearheads the operation, led by Emmerich Steiner. What was meant to be an investigation leads them into a web of terror run by demonically possessed individuals and their willing servants. Em, along with his brothers Badrick and Fredrick, his fiancée and second in command, Callisto, and the rookies Calvin and Evan, battle the forces of darkness in a brutal life or death struggle.
Robin's Review: Guy Quintero has done a great job integrating a ton of creatures into this story without making it feel overdone. Nothing is off-limits in this debut novel. The world-building is rich and descriptive, without any unnecessary words. There are a lot of acronyms, but they're easily explained through the rookie's eyes.
The plot focuses on Ghost Team, a badass team of soldiers who work for the USA - Unholy Slaying Agency. It's their job to eliminate supernatural monsters that plague the world. There are Lycanthropes, Ghouls, Zombies, and more – Oh My!
It crosses many genres and has everything you could want in a book. I loved the little Easter eggs he writes into the story, like, Roanoke.
The next in the series is Book Two: The Cannibal Peaks. This title will be released on October 18, 2022.
Madness (Engine's Game)
Book 1 of 1: Engine's Game
by Paityn E. Parque
Death is not an escape.
One night Ezra Adkins is brutally murdered in her own home. As she was dying, she expects to wake up in the afterworld. She was wrong. She loses consciousness and awakens into a horrific game of kill or be killed. Players can be killed an infinite number of times, but the only permanent way out of the game is their actual death by suicide. Players in the game ruthlessly hunt each other for points, while others kill for fun. Most players have given up on finding an escape from the game and spiral into insanity, killing without reason. It’s mayhem. Ezra soon learns who to trust and who to hunt down. But as she falls deeper into the game, she starts to lose herself as the bodies pile up. The line blurs between what she’s always known to be right and wrong. Metal will clash. Blood will spill. Minds will break. And before it’s too late, Ezra must find an escape from the game before she becomes the real enemy.
Trigger Warning: mental health, PTSD, suicide, and death.
Robin's Review: An enticing blend of suspense and thrilling drama. It was a well written and well thought out story that was full of twisty turns which is just how I like it. I really loved the authors descriptive storytelling, the exceptional world building and the suspenseful “gotta turn the page” of it. I am really impressed with Paityn E. Parque and hungrily await more from her.
Thanks so much for a review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.
Seed of Despair: Guardians of the Seeds
by M.A. Olesen
Whoever controls the seeds, controls the people…
While the privileged sleep soundly in their beds, the pain in the outskirts birthed its own monsters.
The Mahres, creators of nightmares and immortal guardians of the heirloom seeds, have sworn to free the destitute from hunger and destroy the hold the genetically engineered plants have over humanity's food source.
Alistair, the most gifted of the Mahres is wasting his powers away. He can control people’s minds, but to take his place in the fight he needs to control himself first and prove his wisdom as a mentor.
Abandoned by his family on the steps of the Eram when he changed into a Mahre, Godfrey is a brave and kind six-year-old. Trouble finds him as he struggles to embrace his new gift and let go of the family that gave him away.
When the child is forced into his care, Alistair must find out if he can save him from the terrible world that poverty created and how far he would go to protect him.
I love love love this story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. It’s that awesome. It was a short, fast read with so much depth to the story. The characters and their relationships were well written and complex. This story had all my emotions going… sad, happy, angry, and heartbroken. M.A. Olesen is now on my auto-buy list. I strongly recommend this book and author to everyone who wants a thought-provoking story based in a dystopian world.
Seed of Trust: A dystopian science fantasy novella (Guardians of the Seeds Book 2)
Book 2 of 3: Guardians of the Seeds
Seed of Danger: A paranormal dystopia novella (Guardians of the Seeds Book 3)
Book 3 of 3: Guardians of the Seeds
Witch's Bargain The Wailing Echoes Series
by Bella Dean Joyner
Somehow, it all changed with her.
The ravages of human depravity have made Earth a welcoming host to creatures that feed on the darkest of fears.
Those who succumb to the madness find themselves at the will and mercy of unquenchable, demonic monstrosities and the hordes of inconceivable terrors under their command.
Only she knows what they are.
Only she knows what they do.
Only she knows that they are here.
Hungry, they linger in the shadows…and wait.
To save humanity she must use her powers to stop them...no matter the costs.
A creepy and engaging short read with a promise of more to come with this series. It was fast paced with a well written plot and great world building. I highly recommend this author and all her books.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Ancient Secrets Book 4 of 4
by Joanne Pence
A dig in a remote site uncovers demonic killings & buried secrets that shatter archeologist Michael Rempart’s world in this sweeping supernatural thriller that crosses time and space from the present to the last days of the Russian Tsars.
When Michael unexpectedly receives a recent picture of a long-lost love, a woman he thought was dead, he gives up everything to search for her and to find answers to questions that have plagued him through the years. Instead, he uncovers more mysteries as he’s drawn deeper into the occult and the ancient power of alchemy.
Michael’s search takes him from St. Petersburg, Russia to an archeological dig site in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains—a desolate area where medieval knights once roamed, and where horrifying secrets are buried—and at the same time it creates a mystical connection to the riches and debauchery of the court of Nicholas and Alexandra and the “mad monk” Rasputin.
As Michael’s quest continues, he soon finds that while he hunts, he is also being hunted. Will he find all that he’s looking for before it’s too late?
I can’t do the summarization of this book justice, so I won’t. I will leave it up to the author, Joanne Pence to do that for you. But I will say this story has many different beautiful historical places and earlier historical telling of times interwoven through the writing of this plot. The characters were creative and mature with interesting back stories. The detail and description of the scenery was so realistic that I thought I was there. It was a marvelous read with how it all falls together. It was full of mystery, suspense, adventure and chilling horror. A must read for anyone interested in a thrilling adventure.
Thanks so much for an advance review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my own personal opinion.
Wild Refuge: A Yellowstone Shifters Novel
by K. Panikian
Sienna has come to terms with who she is or what she is a puma shapeshifter.
Due to a treaty between the territory alphas, the national parks and national forests were off-limits to the packs. No alpha could enter them, and no shifters could patrol them. After learning to control her puma shifting abilities, Sienna, a Yellowstone Park Ranger, finds peace for the first time in her life.
Except there is a murder of an exiled elk shifter, Daniel found by Soren, a West Yellowstone pack beta. Here to help her investigate the murder is
Nick Ryan a law enforcement ranger in Yellowstone and her sort-of on again off again boyfriend. Also helping is her friend, Jordan who is also a backcountry ranger like her, and a lynx shifter. Not to make things any easier is her old boyfriend Logan Black wanting back in the picture after leaving her long ago over his fear of her beast. Add in an old enemy and tormentor named Blair sticking in her nose where it doesn’t belong, and you got a messy murder. Oh, Did I mention the sexy alpha, August that leaves her wild beast wanting.
She knows that if an alpha saw her Beast form, a powerful hybrid of human and puma, with enormous claws and teeth and unparalleled strength, she would be forced into the life of some kind of super soldier or executed for being too monstrous. So, who does she trust?
Now someone from her past is back under suspicious circumstances, and the competing packs that surround her home are threatening open war.
When the fires start, Sienna knows that she must intervene, even if it risks exposure of her rare power. If she doesn’t figure out the hidden connections, she may lose everything. But is the truth worth her freedom?
The backdrop is Yellowstone National Park with different kinds of shapeshifters. The characters are unique with miles of personality. There’s mystery and shifters and sexual tension and shifters and action and shifters. Get my drift. It was an easy read that was entertaining with drama, suspense, and action. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. And I hope the author writes this series for a long time to come. You got my vote.