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 The Undertaker’s Daughter

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

by John James Minster

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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.

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Robin’s Review of Difficult Relationships In The Workplace and Deal With Toxic Family Members

Deal With Toxic Family Members Difficult Relationships In The Workplace by Lucca Zeni 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 … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Difficult Relationships In The Workplace and Deal With Toxic Family Members”

Deal With Toxic Family Members

Difficult Relationships In The Workplace

by Lucca Zeni

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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.

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Robin’s Review of Revelations: The Ancient Ones Trilogy

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”

The Ancient Ones Trilogy

by Cassandra L. Thompson

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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.

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Robin’s Review of Buried

Buried

by Justin Boote

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Buried
by Justin Boote

When Amy is buried alive in her own back garden, she thinks she is going to die. She is beaten unconscious but fortunately, wakes up the next day still able to breathe. 
Managing to dig her way out, she vows revenge on those that buried her, for her and her young daughter’s sake.
And what she has planned for them all would make being buried alive seem trivial in comparison…

Trigger Warning
This book contains scenes of an adult nature. Do not read if easily shocked.
Robin's Review: Wow, just wow!! I finished this in one sitting because, well, it is a short story but also because I needed to find out how Amy Hunter got her revenge. Interesting ways. That’s all I am saying. You gotta read it for yourself. It is of the graphic nature, but hey, that is horror for you. An amazing story that is well-written and easy to read with twisty turns. Loads of fun, as always, with this talented author.

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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 Chaos: Apocalypse Book 3

Chaos: Apocalypse Book 3

 by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Chaos 
Book 3: Apocalypse
by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

Just as things seem to be calming down, the members of the farm are about to face their biggest challenge yet. 
As a horde approaches, the team must fight in order to survive another night. But with their group vastly outnumbered and cracks beginning to show among them, survival seems to be slipping through their fingers.
Robin's Review: This a well-written and easy-to-read cozy zombie apocalypse story about young adults and teenagers surviving in a new and dangerous world. It seems like they're barely hanging on to their survival with their pinky fingers, or maybe that is just me. So now that we have all the players figured out, we jump right into it. I mean, a zombie horde, blood guts, gnashing teeth, and bodies everywhere. I don't want to give anything away, so I will stop there.

This a great zombie book. I love the authors writing style; that is not overly graphic but with enough description to understand what is going on. The characters are young and kinda snarky, which I enjoy. I see bad things coming up for the characters that are in the next book. (No, I haven't read it yet). So, an exciting and entertaining plot throughout the series. I am going to be sorry when this series ends. 
Great Quotes:
She would trade what was left of their humanity for her own in a heartbeat.

“Let’s squish them down and make some zombie soup.”

They’re just speed bumps, he told himself. Just speed bumps.

“Looks like you’ve got an uncontrollable pest problem now.”

“Then I guess we do shots of espresso and get on with it.”

“We’re not doing this again,” he hissed. “We don’t need any more newbies trying to get in our good books. Don’t we already have our hands full with Joe?”

“Pain is just weakness leaving the body,”




Apocalypse: A Zombie Thriller
Book 1 of 3: Apocalypse

Fallout: (Apocalypse)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse

Chaos: (Apocalypse)
Book 3 of 4: Apocalypse

Sacrifice: (Apocalypse )
Book 4 of 4
This title will be released on June 30, 2022.

#teen #youngadult #comingofage #horror #shortstory #postapocalyptic #sciencefiction #thriller #fantasy #cozyzombieapocalypse

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Robin’s Review of The Charterhouse of Evil

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

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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
#horror, #suspense, #thriller, #supernatural, #occult

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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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