Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Review - Feed, by Mira Grant

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives - the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository

My Review: 

This was one zombie novel that I wanted to get in my hands for AGES now and never got to it. However, for one Christmas, not that long ago, I got the whole set for my bro-in-law, who loves his zombie novels as much as I do. I did hope to borrow the series from him eventually, so didn't I find myself feeling super lucky when he graciously passed them on to me to read. 


Did 'Feed' live up to the hype?

As I got through the first 50 pages, I honestly didn't think that it would for me.

This story centers around a group of bloggers in future years, after a viral outbreak that forever changed the world. The zombie apocalypse is not the focus of the story here, they are part of the backdrop. And I thought to myself "Well... I am certainly going to continue being a little bored here."  Add a political campaign, and I thought it was a sealed deal for me... BOOOOOORRRINNNGGG

Wow, I was wrong.

That's right.

(Honey, take a snip of this, I know you want to frame it and point it out to me every chance you get. It's ok. Go ahead. )

Who knew that I would end up devouring the last half of this novel within 1.5 hours?? I think I even forgot to make dinner that day. 

The plot sure takes a big turn, and very quickly, you can't put this down. I mean, I loved the characters, especially Georgia and Shaun, but I didn't think this plot would catch up in interest, but it sure did.

Conspiracy indeed. I really have to be vague with you guys to keep this spoiler free, but this novel definitely lived up to the hype. And the ending???

HOLY SHIT. WHAT A TWIST (and knife to the heart).

Let's just say I jumped right into Book 2 of this series.

If you are waiting to read this, don't. Don't wait any longer. You won't be sorry that you curled up with this one. It really was great.

'Feed' is an easy 

Happy reading guys!

Pick up the series!

About This Author:
Born and raised in Northern California, Mira Grant has made a lifelong study of horror movies, horrible viruses, and the inevitable threat of the living dead. In college, she was voted Most Likely to Summon Something Horrible in the Cornfield, and was a founding member of the Horror Movie Sleep-Away Survival Camp, where her record for time survived in the Swamp Cannibals scenario remains unchallenged.
Mira lives in a crumbling farmhouse with an assortment of cats, horror movies, comics, and books about horrible diseases. When not writing, she splits her time between travel, auditing college virology courses, and watching more horror movies than is strictly good for you. Favorite vacation spots include Seattle, London, and a large haunted corn maze just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

Mira sleeps with a machete under her bed, and highly suggests that you do the same.

Mira also writes as Seanan McGuire.
Author Links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Book Review - What the Night Knows, by Dean Koontz

In the late summer of a long ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy.

Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, recreating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family—his wife and three children—will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was fourteen and killed their slayer.

As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return.

Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository

My Review: 

Ok, there is no better month to get into a creepy Dean Koontz novel than October. I nabbed a copy from one of my friends, when I reviewed her bookshelf and realized that I hadn't read this one yet. 

I was excited but cautious not to expect too much. Honestly, I have been disappointed with the latest Koontz novels that I have read, and took a break from him. But I could not help but feel a little excited that this novel may just change that around.

So the verdict?

Well... it was certainly creepy, and I have to admit, darker than I expected.  The idea of a notorious, incredibly evil and sadistic killer coming back from the dead to keep a promise he made with his last breath, is certainly creepy. Not to mention, having him being able to travel through mirrors just gives me the shivers. 

The plot was fast paced, and it certainly made my heart beat faster. But again, here comes the common complaint I have had with his novels - the ending just didn't do it for me! Had it been a bit more believable, this would have been a 4 star review. But unfortunately, Koontz again jumped the shark on how to end this baby... so 'What the Night Knows' gets 

Check it out though if you are a Koontz fan. You may enjoy the ending better than I did. Besides that, it was an excellent read.

Happy Reading!

Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

ASHLEY BELL arrives January 2016.

SAINT ODD is now available!Facebook: Facebook.com/DeanKoontzOfficial
Twitter: @DeanKoontz
Website: DeanKoontz.com

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Book Review - Season of the Witch, by Natasha Mostert

In her award-winning novel, Mostert blends alchemy, the art of memory, high magic and murder to create a highly original psychological thriller.

Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also a remote viewer: able to 'slam a ride' through the minds of others.

But he uses his gift only reluctantly ― until he is contacted by an ex-lover who begs him to find her step-son, last seen months earlier in the company of two sisters.

And so Gabriel visits Monk House, a place where time seems to stand still, and where the rooms are dominated by the coded symbol of a cross and circle.

As winter closes in, Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful and mysterious Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he knows that one of them is a killer.

Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository

My Review: 

After reading the highly enjoyable 'Windwaker' (you can read my review HERE), it was without hesitation that I immediately dove into 'Season of the Witch'.

I found this story to be quite different than 'Windwalker', but the eloquent writing of this author was just as present, with much detail to character and plot development. Again, that underlying gothic dark tone, and sense of mystique also enveloped this story and its characters, and I was again quite engrossed into this story very quickly.

Gabriel Blacksone is a computer hacker with some interesting talents. When someone from his past comes to him out of desperation, he relunctantly agrees to use his power to help his old flame find her missing stepson.  As he begins his investigation, he quickly becomes enthralled with the mysterious Monk sisters, and an intricate game of cat and mouse ensues that could potentially cost Gabriel more than he bargained for.

This book had me firmly in its grip for most of it. However, I have to admit that towards the end, and the conclusion of this mystery, it began to lose me.  Though I did not end up enjoying it as much as the previous novel I read, it certainly did keep me guessing until the very end. It was certainly unpredictable (which I love!), and well fleshed out.

I give this novel 

Happy Reading!

Natasha Mostert is South African. She grew up in Pretoria and Johannesburg but currently lives in London with her husband, Frederick. She still keeps an apartment in the university town of Stellenbosch in the Cape province.
She is the author of five novels. Her fourth novel, SEASON OF THE WITCH, is a modern gothic thriller about techgnosis and the Art of Memory and won the Book to Talk About: World Book Day 2009 Award. Film rights were sold to Allotria Productions with Emmy-award winning screenwriter, Andrew Davies, commissioned to write the script. Her fifth novel, THE KEEPER, is a thriller about martial arts, chi and quantum physics.
Mostert returned to the subject of memory in her latest novel, DARK PRAYER, which is described by Kirkus Reviews a "brainy, fast-moving thriller" in which "Mostert brings together fascinating strands of biology, psychology and mysticism."

Author Links: Goodreads / Website

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Fairy Tale Confessions

Hello there, lovely readers.

Finally, my favorite blogging month has arrived. October. The month that I prep all the creepy, scary novels that I really want to read, and in turn share with you all.

I LOVE Fairy Tale retellings. Not very 'Halloweenish'? 

Think about it! Many of these fairy tales, especially in their original telling, are actually extremely dark and disturbing.

So when you think of it that way, this is actually a pretty fitting Book Blitz for October blogging here at Bookluvrs Hanve. Not to mention -  I am pretty excited about this collection of stories.

Book Details:

Fairy Tale Confessions Collection
Published by: Amber Leaf Publishing
Publication date: October 1st 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales

Fourteen bestselling authors twist up your favorite tales. Will your favorite have a happily-ever-after?

Get ready to meet some sexy, not-so-valiant princes, punk-rock princesses, villains turned heroes, and truly vile monsters wreaking havoc within our favorite tales.

Read about Dancing Princesses getting their groove on in a disco club, a seriously sexy Rumpelstiltskin, and one alluring Puss-in-Boots, plus many, many more captivating characters in these fourteen all new short-stories.


Where to buy it:

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Good luck and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cover Reveal - The Secrets We Kept, by Lily Velez

Welcome to this week's Cover Reveal, care of  Xpresso Book Tours for The Secrets We Kept, by Lily Velez. Cover designed by Okay Creations. 

 As a reader, it is important to me that authors choose relevant covers for their novels. That is the book's first impression on you as you browse online, or the book shelves/tables at your local bookstore. The first thing that makes you pause.

Would I pause long enough to pick this one up, turn to the back to read the synopsis? It sure would.  It's simplicity and soft colors would draw me to it. Its title and the image on the cover would make me curious. 

Are you curious? Go ahead and discover what this story is all about.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Cover Reveal - The Touched, by Jennifer Weiser

Today we have a Cover Reveal, care of  Xpresso Book Tours for The Touched, by Jennifer Weiser, published by Limitless Publishing.

Love the color theme. It is simple, soulful and effective. It certainly draws the attention. Curious?

Click on "Read More" to see what this novel is all about!


Monday, September 7, 2015

Book Review - Windwalker, by Natasha Mostert


From the award-winning author of Season of the Witch, comes a highly original story of murder, redemption, eternal love and destiny. WINDWALKER will keep you on the edge of your seat. And break your heart.

When photographer, Justine Callaway, walks into the deserted English mansion, Paradine Park, she doesn’t suspect that she is opening the door to the greatest mystery–and magic–of her life.

Justine becomes obsessed by the family who used to live in the house, especially the oldest son, Adam Buchanan. But why is she so drawn to a man who had killed his brother nine years before? And why, as she photographs the house, does she discover ghostly images she knows she did not record?

Even more unsettling, she senses someone is stalking her, watching her...

Purchase Links: Amazon / The Book Depository


My Review: 


Where has this author been all my life???

This novel was exactly what I hoped it would be from the very first glance at this beautiful cover. Yes... Shallow, I admit. But the cover is undoubtedly attractive and caught my eye while browsing selections on Netgalley.com.

This was a delicious story, filled with the mystery and intrigue promised in the synopsis of this book, with a delightful gothic feel.  But what I did not anticipate was the riveting love story between the two main characters and how deep their bond was, defying death and the restrictions of time.

The writing style was magical, and Natasha Mostert very quickly took a place on my favorite 'Just Discovered' authors list.  The backstory was well developed, and her characters so well fleshed out that I feel like I know them.  

Now don't get me wrong. This is not just a 'angsty' love story. There is a pretty well fleshed out baddie here, that will give you a bad case of the willies too. When I say that this story is full bodied, I mean it! There is a little bit of everything here, even the hint of a ghost or two.

This story truly was raw and compelling, filled with intrigue and so much passion that it makes your own heart clench. I am still surprised by the emotion I feel thinking of this story, even months after I have read it. 

Give this a author a go, and you may just get hooked!

"Windwalker" earned a big 4 stars. 

Happy reading!

Natasha Mostert is South African. She grew up in Pretoria and Johannesburg but currently lives in London with her husband, Frederick. She still keeps an apartment in the university town of Stellenbosch in the Cape province.
She is the author of five novels. Her fourth novel, SEASON OF THE WITCH, is a modern gothic thriller about techgnosis and the Art of Memory and won the Book to Talk About: World Book Day 2009 Award. Film rights were sold to Allotria Productions with Emmy-award winning screenwriter, Andrew Davies, commissioned to write the script. Her fifth novel, THE KEEPER, is a thriller about martial arts, chi and quantum physics.
Mostert returned to the subject of memory in her latest novel, DARK PRAYER, which is described by Kirkus Reviews a "brainy, fast-moving thriller" in which "Mostert brings together fascinating strands of biology, psychology and mysticism."

Author Links: Goodreads / Website

Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review - The Undying, by Ethan Reid

In this riveting apocalyptic thriller for fans of The Passage and The Walking Dead, a mysterious event plunges Paris into darkness and a young American must lead her friends to safety—and escape the ravenous “undying” who now roam the crumbling city.

Jeanie and Ben arrive in Paris just in time for a festive New Year’s Eve celebration with local friends. They eat and drink and carry on until suddenly, at midnight, all the lights go out. Everywhere they look, buildings and streets are dark, as though the legendary Parisian revelry has somehow short circuited the entire city.

By the next morning, all hell has broken loose. Fireballs rain down from the sky, the temperatures are rising, and people run screaming through the streets. Whatever has happened in Paris—rumors are of a comet striking the earth—Jeanie and Ben have no way of knowing how far it has spread, or how much worse it will get. As they attempt to flee the burning Latin Quarter—a harrowing journey that takes them across the city, descending deep into the catacombs, and eventually to a makeshift barracks at the Louvre Museum—Jeanie knows the worst is yet to come. So far, only she has witnessed pale, vampiric survivors who seem to exert a powerful hold on her whenever she catches them in her sights.

These cunning, ravenous beings will come to be known as les moribund—the undying—and their numbers increase by the hour. When fate places a newborn boy in her care, Jeanie will stop at nothing to keep the infant safe and get out of Paris—even if it means facing off against the moribund and leaving Ben—and any hope of rescue—behind.

Purchase Links: Amazon / B & N

My Review:

This novel was incredibly cinematic. Just the way I like my apocalyptic zombie/vampire novels! I could almost see this filmed Documentary style, and the author's visually stimulating writing style really allowed me to immerse myself deeply in this story. 

I love how the stage was set for the disaster to come, and the level of emotions in the characters as they began to feel uneasy and nervous, then panicked over the city being overcome with people turning into these strange violent vampiric beings.  

Best of all, these creatures were fascinating in their evolution. It became very clear that this was no mindless, violent creature, though many started that way. They began to evolve in their behaviour with each other, and towards the humans. They were no longer just a danger in numbers, but in their intelligent cunning as well. Their increased intelligence made them all the scarier to contemplate and imagine. 

From beginning to end, this was a page turner of a novel.  Not only was it hard to put down, but I was truly immersed in the grip of this story, occasionally startled to find myself in the comfort of my own living room, and not running for my life, like the characters in this novel.  It has been a while since a novel of this genre really got my blood pumping, so it is without a doubt that I would recommend this read to those of you that are fans of this type of plot.

I give "The Undying" 4 juicy stars.

Happy Reading!

About This Author
: Ethan Reid received his BA in English with Writing Emphasis from the University of Washington and his MFA from the University of Southern California’s MPW Program, where he studied under author S.L. Stebel, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sy Gomberg, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Frank Tarloff.

Ethan is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Ethan currently lives in Seattle.

Author links:  Website/ Goodreads / Twitter


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