Robin’s Review of Goddess of Everything

Goddess of Everything by Paul DeBlassie III  Goddess of Everything: A Blood-Curdling Tale of Truth, Freedom, and Love by Paul DeBlassie III A blood-curdling tale of a Mother’s affection for her son, and her son’s struggle for truth, freedom, and love. In the mystic land of Aztlan del Norte, a realm of supernatural happenings and … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Goddess of Everything”

Goddess of Everything

by Paul DeBlassie III 

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Goddess of Everything: A Blood-Curdling Tale of Truth, Freedom, and Love
by Paul DeBlassie III  

A blood-curdling tale of a Mother's affection for her son, and her son's struggle for truth, freedom, and love.
In the mystic land of Aztlan del Norte, a realm of supernatural happenings and unexpected turns of fate, psychiatric healer Gabriél de LaTierra encounters evil within the Orphanage of the Holy Innocents. Children disappear for reasons kept secret by Mother Juana de la Cruz, Superior of the Nunnery and the Orphanage.
Robin's Review: This book is full of twisty turns that kept me guessing the whole way through. It's got a little bit of everything, including suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, horror, and maybe even folklore. The characters are well-written and stirred up a lot of emotion in me. I was rooting for some and swearing at others. The main character, Gabriele, sees many horrific acts at the Orphanage of Holy Saints, where children go missing. His mother happens to be Mother Superior and a zealot. So are the other nuns. This story is about good versus evil, with a theme that seems crazy but also plausible. I will let you decide.

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Robin’s Review of Northern Quartet

Northern Quartet by John Keillor Northern Quartet Book 4 of 4: The Shattered North by John Keillor Northern Quartet is set in 2030, after the world’s been a post-apocalyptic mess for eleven years. After The Fall This collection of short stories updates readers on the development of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, with many recurring … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Northern Quartet”

Northern Quartet

by John Keillor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Northern Quartet
Book 4 of 4: The Shattered North
by John Keillor

Northern Quartet is set in 2030, after the world's been a post-apocalyptic mess for eleven years.
After The Fall

This collection of short stories updates readers on the development of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, with many recurring characters from the Shattered North series.
This is five years after Four Cities.
In Vancouver, Henry returns to seek the mystery girl.
In Calgary, Abe flies out to confront American marauders.
In Toronto, Martin helps the Chevy Brothers deal with giant rodents.
In Montreal, Matilda arrives in a stolen plane to warn Alexi.
Robin's Review: This is a really great way to wrap up The Shattered North series. You get a satisfying conclusion to The Four Cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. And then this book sets up the author's next book series, The McKinley Chronicles, which has already been released. This series is so full of action and suspense that I'm going to have to read it again to see what I might have missed the first time. I would definitely recommend both of these book series by this author.

Reading Order for Book Series:

Assassin’s Secret
Book 1 of 4: The Shattered North

Stalin Gorilla
Book 2 of 4: The Shattered North

Four Cities
Book 3 of 4: The Shattered North

Northern Quartet
Book 4 of 4:  The Shattered North

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book, but that does not affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

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Robin’s Review of Four Cities

Four Cities by John Keillor Four Cities Book 3 of 4: The Shattered North by John Keillor Four Cities features Lucy in a new, post-apocalyptic reality after the flash resets the planet. Nations are gone as city states rise. Their mayors can be wild. Mad idealists plot to overthrow them as wisest human negotiates with … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Four Cities”

Four Cities

by John Keillor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Four Cities 
Book 3 of 4: The Shattered North
by John Keillor

Four Cities features Lucy in a new, post-apocalyptic reality after the flash resets the planet. Nations are gone as city states rise. Their mayors can be wild.
Mad idealists plot to overthrow them as wisest human negotiates with the extraterrestrials who caused this catastrophe for the survival of our species.

This is the third book in The Shattered North series with one more before this series closes out. 
Robin's Review: A dystopian action and adventure story with complex, likable characters (well, some of them are). This story is based on four cities and their government after an apocalyptic event called the flash. Add action and adventure, bad politics, and our favorite character, Lucy, and you've got a story worth reading. 

Reading Order for Book Series:

Assassin’s Secret
Book 1 of 4: The Shattered North

Stalin Gorilla
Book 2 of 4: The Shattered North

Four Cities
Book 3 of 4: The Shattered North

Coming next month
Northern Quartet
Book 4 of 4:  The Shattered North

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book, but that does not affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

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Robin’s Review of Slaughter Lake

Slaughter Lake by David Viergutz and Jay Bower Slaughter Lake by David Viergutz and Jay Bower For a group of friends, Slaughter Lake is about to earn its name… It’s been years since Rebecca and her closest college friends vacationed at Slaughter Lake. What once was an annual trip became a distant memory filled with … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Slaughter Lake”

Slaughter Lake

by David Viergutz and Jay Bower

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Slaughter Lake
by  David Viergutz and Jay Bower

For a group of friends, Slaughter Lake is about to earn its name…

It’s been years since Rebecca and her closest college friends vacationed at Slaughter Lake. What once was an annual trip became a distant memory filled with campfires and the peaceful serene landscape of their exclusive vacation spot.
Robin's Review: Slaughter Lake is a freaking trip. It starts all nice and all, and then boom. Blood, guts, gore, oh, and death! Wow, just wow! I read this in one night (yes, at night but with the lights on). It’s funny how you root for the characters, but you know some will die. This well-written freaky horror show will make you squirm in your seat but still turn the page. The descriptions were so vividly written that I gaged a few times. Or maybe that’s just me. I absolutely loved this book. Excellent job, Gentlemen.

 #thriller,  #horror, 

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Robin’s Review of Assassin’s Secret

Assassin’s Secret: The Shattered North by John Keillor Assassin’s Secret The Shattered North by John Keillor When a terrorist has something to hide, nothing else matters. The innocent and the sinful are equally in danger. Even the worst men on the planet cannot guess his secret.This is the prelude to a series featuring gunfights and … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Assassin’s Secret”

Assassin’s Secret: The Shattered North

by John Keillor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Assassin's Secret
The Shattered North
by John Keillor

When a terrorist has something to hide, nothing else matters. 
The innocent and the sinful are equally in danger. Even the worst men on the planet cannot guess his secret.This is the prelude to a series featuring gunfights and international intrigue and romance spanning continents and generations.
Robin's Review: Assassin's Secret is a short story or possibly a novella. Since it is so short, I will not go into the details. However, it was a quick and easy read with action and adventure. The characters are well-written and exciting. The plot was entertaining and different from John Keillor's previous books. I see this becoming a long series with many books, and I look forward to it.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book, but that does not affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

 #thriller,  #horror, #sciencefiction, #dystopian, 

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Robin’s Review of Motel at the End of the World.

The Coffee Killer: A Cozy Apocalypse Novel by A.R. Shaw The Coffee Killer: A Cozy Apocalypse Novel Motel at the End of the World by A.R. Shaw Welcome to the Crescent Motel, a waypoint in a post-apocalyptic no man’s land. At the helm are Darrell, the middle-aged mustachioed manager, and his danger-sniffing dog Bruno. When … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Motel at the End of the World.”

The Coffee Killer: A Cozy Apocalypse Novel

by A.R. Shaw

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Coffee Killer: A Cozy Apocalypse Novel  
Motel at the End of the World
by A.R. Shaw

Welcome to the Crescent Motel, a waypoint in a post-apocalyptic no man's land. 
At the helm are Darrell, the middle-aged mustachioed manager, and his danger-sniffing dog Bruno. When he and the motel's housekeeper, Nance, discover one of the guests dead, they decide to keep the body under wraps until they root out the killer. But before they have a chance, two mysterious men appear, looking for answers. When the first body disappears and is replaced by another, Darrell and Nance realize they're in over their heads.
Robin's Review: This is the first book in this series and I can’t wait for next one. It is a freaky and fun read centered around a hotel and it’s guests in a post-apocalyptic world. A well written and easy to read short story with a mystery to solve. It was quite entertaining and a different type of genre for A.R. Shaw but definitely worth the read. I highly recommend.
 #thriller,  #horror, #sciencefiction, #dystopian, #postapocalyptic

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Robin’s Review of Misfit’s Magic: The Last Halloween

Misfit’s Magic: The Last Halloween by Fred Gracely Misfit’s Magic: The Last Halloween by Fred Gracely When the world’s balance of magical power takes a sudden nasty turn, a lonely 13-year-old orphan boy who knows nothing about magic is called upon to save the town he’s been desperately trying to escape. Thirteen generations ago, Goff’s … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Misfit’s Magic: The Last Halloween”

Misfit’s Magic: The Last Halloween

by Fred Gracely

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Misfit's Magic: The Last Halloween
by Fred Gracely

When the world’s balance of magical power takes a sudden nasty turn, a lonely 13-year-old orphan boy who knows nothing about magic is called upon to save the town he’s been desperately trying to escape.

Thirteen generations ago, Goff’s ancestor stopped a dark wizard from performing an ancient ritual to become invincible. Now, due to magical laws, Goff is the only one who can stop the present-day counterpart from performing the same ritual in Spraksville on Halloween night.
Robin's Review: Misfit's Magic: The Last Halloween is a coming-of-age young adult book that is an excellent read for all ages. It is a well-written story with fantastic world-building, extraordinary characters, and underlying life lessons. The story is easy to follow and very entertaining.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. Whether you're looking for an exciting story, some great life lessons, or just want to escape into a fantastical world, Misfit's Magic: The Last Halloween is the perfect choice for you.

#youngadult, #magic, #fantasy, #thriller, #occult, #supernatural, #horror, #sciencefiction,

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Robin’s Review of Where The Devil Waits

Where The Devil Waits

by Wesley Southard and Mark Steensland

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Where The Devil Waits
by Wesley Southard and 
Mark Steensland

What would you do for all the money in the world? Or to get with the girl of your dreams? 
What if you could make other people do anything you told them? What if all this and more could be yours just for winning a race…against the devil? A long-abandoned church on top of a mountain in the Pennsylvania backwoods is where the devil waits for anyone brave enough to challenge him. The course runs from the gate, through the cemetery, to the church doors. If you win, the prize is yours. 
Robin's Review:
Where The Devil Waits is a short story and a quick read. It was exciting and suspenseful, so much so that it made me keep turning the pages to see how it ended. A deliciously creepy tale that entertained me immensely. Recommend.

#occult  #horror #suspense #thriller

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Robin’s Review of Breach

Breach

by Candace Nola

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Breach 
by Candace Nola

Laraya Jamison is a young woman on a camping trip with close friends before the start of college classes. 
When they are savagely attacked by a creature that defies description, she flees into the woods, unknowingly crossing through a breach between realities.

She must figure out where she is and how she got there in order to get home, but her survival depends on fighting monsters and demons that seem to have been ripped directly from her nightmares. Lost in a dark world full of creatures, hostile plant life and a banshee intent on hunting her, she must learn to confront her fears and figure out how to survive on her own.
Robin's Review: Laraya, the main character, finds herself in an alien world where she must survive in this foreign environment, with monsters craving her death at every turn. 

The world-building was richly descriptive and oh so imaginative. I don’t know where Candace Nola gets these ideas, but she can paint the picture so that you feel you are right there with Laraya trying to survive. The plot has some twisty turns that had me shaking my head in amazement. Breach is such a well-written freaking thrill ride that had me wanting more. Luckily there is the 2nd book in this series. I loved this story and highly recommend it to everyone, no matter your taste in genres.



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Robin’s Review of The Ever-Descending Staircase

The Ever-Descending Staircase

by James G. Carlson

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Ever-Descending Staircase
by James G. Carlson

In an old warehouse in Pennsylvania, a dark and terrible secret is shown to a researcher of spiritual phenomena. 
Monsters roam the wilds of America, all spawned by a strange being whose cycle of breeding, feasting, and nesting is interrupted by a small-town police officer, a cyber investigator, and a revenge-seeking father. A teenage boy without family or a home encounters tragedy and horror in the snowy woods, where the threshold between human reality and the impossible is guarded by an unlikely creature. At a seedy dive bar, while teetering on the edge of sanity, an afflicted alcoholic meets a stranger who changes his life forever. A pregnant veterinarian at a Wyoming zoo has an unexpected meeting with an infernal presence. A man trapped in a bizarre and lonely afterlife regrets his suicide. A grieving widower learns that even a selfless wish from the heart can end in a horrible fate when asked of cosmic entities beyond human reason and understanding.
Robin's Review: The Ever-Descending Staircase is a creepy collection of short stories that will keep you up at night…just thinking. These are well-written and easy to read. They are pretty imaginative and enjoyable. I won’t give anything away, but I, too, live in Pennsylvania. Definitely recommend this book.
#occult #horror #fantasy

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