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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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 Bakers Dozen

Bakers Dozen

by Candace Nola

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Bakers Dozen
by Candace Nola

Uncomfortably Dark Presents...The Baker’s Dozen!Delicious Dark Delights for your horror consumption!
Come indulge in the dark and disturbing with 13 tantalizing tales of terror written by an incredible lineup of independent horror authors. With stories ranging from delightful to disturbing, you are sure to find something to please your sweet spot.Authors include Jeff Strand, Christine Morgan, Ruthann Jagge, Patrick C. Harrison, III, Aron Beauregard, Lee Franklin, Chris Miller, Carver Pike, Kenzie Jennings, Daniel Volpe, Rowland Bercy, Jr., Candace Nola and M. Ennenbach. Includes a special foreword by Jeff Strand.Bon Appétit!
Robin's Review: What an exciting blend of short stories written by several different authors. This anthology has a little bit of everything and everyone. Baker's Dozen would be a great Halloween gift for the horror lover. Well written and easy to read, but hard to put down. I highly recommend this book and the stories in it. I will look up all these authors' other works to see what else is out there.

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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 The Alien Invasion Apocalypse Prophet

The Alien Invasion Apocalypse Prophet

by Taylor Elwood

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Alien Invasion Apocalypse Prophet:Book 10 of 10: The Zombie Apocalypse Call Center Series
by Taylor Elwood
Sam is telepathic and knows the aliens are coming. The problem is he’s also a zombie and no one trusts him.
Sam needs to find allies who can help him find the proof that the aliens exist and are invading the Earth, before its too late to prepare for the invasion.

Before Sam can do that, he’s got to escape the base he’s trapped in, but his every move is being watched by Michelle, who will use any excuse to lock him up and toss away the key.
Robin's Review: I read this right after book 9, and all I can say while shaking my head is…WTH aliens? If it’s not bad enough, this poor guy is a zombie, but he knows aliens are coming to invade Earth. Wow. I sure don’t want to live in this book. It was well written, a quick read, and very enjoyable.

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.
#horror #sciencefiction #fantasy #postapocalyptic #aliens #firstencounter

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