Robin’s Review of If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror

If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror

by Caleb Stephens

Rating: 5 out of 5.
If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror
by Caleb Stephens
An unlikely friendship is born in the red clay dirt of a trailer park. Two latchkey kids who will do anything to hold onto one other, despite the consequences.
If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror is a visceral collection of thirteen stories that explores what happens when we open ourselves to others and dare to let them in. There are monsters on these pages, yes, ones whose teeth cut deep, but never as deep as the teeth of the monsters in the mirror.
Robin's Review: This is a dark and intriguing collection of scary tales, each one different. They fill you with dread and anxiety about what will happen next in the twisty turns of each story. I recommend this book, but only if you read it with the lights on. I hope you enjoy them because I sure did.

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 The City Grew Monsters

The City Grew Monsters

by Hunter Adams

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The City Grew Monsters 
A Zombie Apocalypse Novel 
by Hunter Adams

Can a little girl survive a zombie apocalypse?
After her mother was killed by an intruder, six-year-old Magdalena “Maddy” Ruiz creates a rule for herself: avoid strangers. Always. But when the zombie apocalypse spreads through San Diego like wildfire, and reaches the Cielo Vista Towers where her father works the night shift as a doorman, she finds herself stuck in an empty 25th floor penthouse… and dangerously close to the new neighbors.
Robin's Review: This is a unique and fresh take on the zombie apocalypse genre. Why? Because it is being told and felt through a young girl’s eyes. Which is new for me at least. Maddy is only six and staying in an upstairs apartment while her father, Ernesto works downstairs.  When the crap hits the fan and it tuns into a zombie apocalypse and Ernesto doesn't come back for Maddie, she's left to fend for herself. Of course, there are others in the same boat, and you get to see it through their eyes too. This is a well-written, easy-to-read story. The characters are well-defined and relatable. I enjoyed this story and recommend it to others who want a little angst with their zombie apocalypse. I look forward to the continuation of Maddie’s story.



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Robin’s Review of The Betrayed

Where The Devil Waits

by Wesley Southard

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

How well do you know the people around you?

Your neighbors? Your coworkers?

Friends?

Family?
Sidney Jameson, a young single father just trying to make ends meet, is being followed. They keep to the shadows, quiet and cloaked in dirty brown robes...and they're getting closer. And what they have to tell Sidney is something terrible. Something he never knew about his past. Something he didn't want to know about his future.
Robin's Review: Just let go…

That is what you wrote in my book. He did. This is a well-written brutal creep fest. The main character, Sidney, is your average joe but with flaws, like everyone normal. Except for the part about saving the world. It has an interesting plot that draws you in, creative world-building, and a good vs. evil theme where you're rooting for the winner and dreading what will happen next. This is a great freaking book. I definitely will be reading his other books.

  #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 Awakened (Spark of the Prophet Book 1)

Awakened (Spark of the Prophet Book 1)

by E.J. Rekab

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Awakened 


Spark of the Prophet
Book 1 of 1: 
by E. J. Rekab

Demons wreaking havoc on Earth. A secret council run by mysterious angels. A warrior whose dreams could save the world.
While grieving the loss of her father, 19-year-old Alice Griffin wakes up with perfect vision. Odd since she'd worn glasses every day since she was a child. Soon after, she's attacked by a malevolent force and learns not only do demons exist, but that she's been chosen to fight them.
Robin's Review: I loved and enjoyed this story, and I hope there will be more to come—hint hint, wink wink.

Alice, Cole, Jessie, Alondra, Jake, and Misty are at a secret academy training to kill monsters such as demons, vampires, and shifters, to name a few. This is a coming-of-age story with action, adventure, and romance. The main character, Alice, is a complex and capable young woman who develops into a butt-kicking warrior with special powers.

There is a trigger warning for self harm. E. J. Rekab writes it authentically and with respect.

I look forward to anything this author writes and I highly recommend her and her stories.
#paranormal #urbanfantasy #horror #fantasy #vampires #shapeshifters #action #adventure #academy

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Robin’s Review of The Black Rogue

The Black Rogue

by Ashley Brion

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Black Rogue: 
A Brooke de Láuront Novel 
Book 1 of 1: 
by Ashley Brion

Tryniti Brooke de Lauront was formidable, beautiful, and a member of the French royal family. 
She hid a dark secret that only her family knew: she was the fearsome pirate The Black Rogue who sailed the seven seas as the most dangerous swashbuckler of her era. When she gets a letter from her uncle, King Louis XVI, that she needs to return home immediately to marry and take over the French throne, her entire world is thrown into chaos.
Robin's Review: The Black Rogue sets sail on a tale of love, betrayal, and sparks are flying more than just cannonfire.
I bought this book at an author meet and greet called Committed at the Hill View Manor. And boy am I glad I did.

I enjoy a strong female character, and Tryniti Brooke is very much one. The Black Rogue is a quick and easy-to-read romance story. It is set around the French Revolution in the 1800s. Tryniti is a princess and has been spoken for in marriage to Sean Reilly, but neither is ready to wed. This story had some twisty turns that kept me reading it all night until I finished it. I even gave it to my Mother, who also enjoyed it.
#frenchrevolution #romance #pirates #arrangedmarriage #action #adventure

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Robin’s Review of Soren’s Legacy

Soren’s Legacy

by J.Houser

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Soren's Legacy
Book 5 of 5: Seeder Wars Series
by J Houser

Leah is the black eye the Green Lands never saw coming.Born to two of the most hated rulers, she didn’t earn any points with the people by trying to assassinate their most beloved queen.
Two years after the failed assassination attempt, she’s making great strides in learning her powers, improving her reputation, and forging a new future.All until a tiny little accident makes her question her family ties and her goals.A teenage pregnancy was never part of her plan, and now she’s faced with the reality of starting all over again. Can her relationship with Marcus survive the scrutiny of the royal family, and that of the entire realm?
Robin's Review: I enjoy reading this series. The story is written so descriptively that I fall back in place when I start the next book. The characters have shown depth, growth, and maturity as they progress through their life and events. Throughout this series, J Houser has touched upon some sensitive issues and emotions, and she has done it respectfully and beautifully. It saddens me to see this series end, but it was such a fun and thrilling ride that I have no regrets. I highly recommend her as an author and all of her works.

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.
#youngadult #romance #contemporary #dystopian #paranormal #fantasy #sciencefiction

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Robin’s Review of A Creation of Yesterday

A Creation of Yesterday

by D.L Fletcher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A Creation of Yesterday
D.L Fletcher

Sometimes what was written yesterday can't be changed...With every breath they took, and every decision they made, something was being created for them tomorrow.
With the help Alice sought in protecting her granddaughter Cami years ago, she thought she knew what tomorrow would look like. For Rick, he and his boys thought they were doing a good job protecting Cami.What none of them knew, was the real impact of their decisions until today arrived and tomorrow had passed...This is A Creation of Yesterday...Creation Series Book 1 - A Creation of Tomorrow Book 2 - A Creation of Yesterday
Robin's Review: “A Creation of Yesterday” continues with where “A Creation of Tomorrow” leaves off, Cami’s story and her life since the last book. I will not give away any spoilers because you have to read it with fresh first-time eyes. I will say this is not my normal go to genre of book. It crosses into romance, and of late I’ve grown a little tired of romance. This book has truly shaken me from romance fatigue.

A Creation of Yesterday, is a multi-layered read by crossing different genres and doing it flawlessly. I will say that this is my favorite book of the year. It has complex characters, the plot is definitely unusual, and had a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. I have fallen in love with all of the characters and hope that D.L. Fletcher writes more about them.

This is one of those books that will keep you up all night reading and then cry because you finished it and boy did I cry. I really enjoy this author’s writing style which is a no-frills way with storytelling and is character driven.
I highly recommend this author and all her books and can’t wait for more from her.
Triggers: Child Abuse, Rape, Assault, Murder
It was my honor and 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.

#crimefiction #romance #crimethrillers #thriller #suspense

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Robin’s Review of The Oath: Book Two of The Grey Tower Chronicles

The Oath: Book Two of The Grey Tower Chronicles

 by Jillian Bondarchuk

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Oath: The Grey Tower Chronicles

Book Two
Jillian Bondarchuk
He’s the chieftain of Clan MacKinnon; she’s the daughter of a powerful druid. When they are forced through magic into an arranged marriage, will it end in war… 
or passionate surrender ?Bound by a blood oath that feels like a curse, Malcolm MacKinnon quickly regrets the promise he’d made to Vanora, the witch who would save his brother’s life: protect her daughter… or die trying. He needs to collect her before the marsh violets bloom, but as winter thaws, Malcolm hesitates to fulfill his vow… and time is running out. Living on the fringe of her people, shunned because of the scars that mar her body, Coira always knew she’d die a spinster. 
Author's note: The Oath is stand-alone but I could not write Malcolm and Coira's story without revealing the ending of The Shield and the Thistle. The Oath can be enjoyed if read out of order, although I strongly urge you to read Meggie and Colin's story before you read The Oath for the best reading experience. xoxo!
Robin's Review: This is the story of Malcolm MacKinnon who is the brother of Colin from the author’s first book titled The Shield and The Thistle. I love the rich distinctive writing style of this book. The world building is imaginative and so realistic that I felt like I was there, living in that time. The characters are fully fleshed out and totally relatable even though it’s in the past. I love how Malcolm has changed since the first book and proceeds to protect Coira from many dangers. I empathized with Coira so much that she is hands down my favorite character, so far that is. I highly recommend this author and her books to anyone looking for an adventure. Once again, I will be buying my mother a signed copy. We are total fans for life. More please!
It was my pleasure to receive an advance free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#scottish #historical #romance #paranormal 

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The greatest power one can possess doesn’t come from light or darkness, but from a place of love.

Charisse Tarren and the Black Pendant

(A Family Legacy – Book 1)

by Iuliana Foos

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Charisse Tarren and the Black Pendant

Charisse Tarren and the Black Pendant
(A Family Legacy)
by Iuliana Foos

The greatest power one can possess doesn’t come from light or darkness, but from a place of love.

When Charisse and Draxen meet shortly after the peace proclamation in the galaxy, they discover the fighting is far from done. In search of answers, they unite efforts against fate, risking their lives for each other.

The most well known White Templar healer in the galaxy, Charisse Tarren, always felt a piece was missing in her life—her identity and a mystery of darkness. A darkness that she should be able to control. Raised as an orphan by the templars, she lets a vision of family lure her in with the promise of an important discovery in Ruesha.

Lord Draxen Harett, a member of the Dark Circle, is the one initiating the first peace treaty in the galaxy after hundreds of years of war. His parents’ spirits appear before him, sending him to a forgotten world, Ruesha according to his spirits, he was supposed to witness a major event and reflect, as well as act upon, his actions to determine the future of peace of the galaxy. But what he finds is Charisse Tarren in a bit of trouble. As they work together to survive they become closer in understanding each other’s life paths.

Two very different and powerful people from opposite backgrounds and teachings. A quest for identity, a misunderstanding, and a revelation that will rock a centuries old perception to its core. 

It doesn’t get better than that. The story is well written with intense world building. The characters are strong and relatable which makes you root for them throughout the story. It is fast paced, and action filled so much so that you can’t and won’t want to put it down. You will want to read the whole series.

So here it is:

Charisse Tarren and the Black Pendant (A Family Legacy Book 1)

Kalina Theus and the Death Vision (A Family Legacy Book 2)

Adanya Tebbet-Theus and the Dark Mask (A Family Legacy Book 3)

Thane Tebbet Theus and the Chasing Dreams (A Family Legacy Book 4)

Radox Harett and the Lost Daughter (A Family Legacy Book 5)





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