Book #124: The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

When I first looked at the cover and read the blurb, I’ll be honest, the book didn’t spark me. I wasn’t feeling the story and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. However, it is a club book and I was going to read it. So, I did.

I’m happy to say this is the case of bad blurb/bad cover. Not that the blurb is bad, I just feel it didn’t reflect the story itself.

The story itself has a fairy tale feel to it from the get go. I was pulled into the prologue and wanted more. The overall writing is beautiful and does keep a bit of that fairy tale quality to it. It was easy to go from chapter one to the end without any trouble. However, I was confused at times.

There are moments where I was unsure about the characters. I wasn’t really connecting with Wil despite DeStefano’s writing style. I wasn’t sure of the motives of any of the characters, their relationship with one another, and how the King really is. Now, I was sure about Wil with Gerdie and Owen, but I wasn’t sure about anyone else. to be honest.

There are scenes that tore at the heartstrings and I could see the connection to mental illness in the book.

The setting, though… that was confusing. It was a hodge podge of steampunk meets alchemy meets cyberpunk. Some countries had a good relationship with technology and yet, the one country that is a huge power didn’t. It didn’t really make sense in the scheme of humanity. Usually the better tech is what makes a country stronger.

But, that aside. The story wasn’t bad. It was a solid three in a five star scale. Would I read the sequel? Maybe, but I’m not in love with the characters or the world. DeStefano’s writing though? I’m definitely going to check out her other stuff.

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Book #123: Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash

Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.
Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

 

Okay…. if you are a Goosebumps reader, think Escape From Horrorland meets Jurassic Park. Michael Phillip Cash’s Monsterland is filled with action, blood, and the classic horror monsters.

This book is a short read. I felt it started a bit slow too. Which makes sense, because the reader needs to understand and get a feel for the players and story. The story itself is interesting. It has a large cast though that you have to get a feel for. Once you hit a certain spot, we the characters enter Monsterland, you get the real action.

I personally feel that this book would have been better if it was longer. Only because I wanted more of the lore, more of the world, and more of the characters.

Wyatt was a great character and he was perfect for a lead. He changes more than the other characters. And through that change we see how the world really is and who the monsters really are.

But, like I’ve said, I wanted more. I wanted more of the world, more Wyatt, just more.

It was a good story and I do like listening (because I had this in audio) to Cash’s work. Will I listen/read more? Definitely.

Book #122: Night of the Living Dummy by R. L. Stine

When twins Lindy and Kris find a ventriloquist’s dummy in a Dumpster, Lindy decides to “rescue” it, and she names it Slappy. But Kris is green with envy. It’s not fair. Why does Lindy get to have all the fun and all the attention? Kris decides to get a dummy of her own. She’ll show Lindy. Then weird things begin to happen. Nasty things. Evil things. It can’t be the dummy causing all the trouble, Can it? 

 

 

This is my second Goosebumps classic I’ve read this year. Will I read more next year? No idea, but I thought why not for this one. I actually haven’t read this one. I briefly remember seeing the episode and thinking Slappy was boring, but reading the book reminds me why that’s the case.

He isn’t the main antagonist. Nope, it’s not the dummy in the picture. It’s a different dummy. Not sure why this one popped up instead of Mr. Woody for the cover, but from the description, Slappy is creepier in my opinion.

The story itself was okay. We have twin girls who compete for everything. One seems to be a stronger personality, meaner, and possibly the favorite. The other is more quiet, nicer, and possibly less favorited. Not saying that either one is actually the favorite of their parents. I think that was more of a case of unreliable narrator.

I did find myself getting upset over Lindy’s antics. She was a b*tch. I’m putting it out there. I’m guessing she’s the oldest. Makes sense. I was a bit like that, but damn . . . she’s just plain mean. Kris is whiny.

I can see how this book is a favorite in the Goosebumps world. The dummies are creepy to look at. However, most of the conflict that occurs is explained and it isn’t what you think right off. I’m sure the other Dummy books are better and this is a great beginning to a creepy group of ventriloquist dummies. I would love to know who the person was that made them and the history of Slappy. Just saying.

Definitely a read for kids and parents. I’ll be getting Bug into Goosebumps. No doubt about it.

Book #121: The Essential Handbook of Victorian Etiquette by Thomas E. Hill

Essential for understanding Victorian way of life, this is a very interesting book on the code of manners of Victorian behavior. This book is about life in the Victorian World when the British Empire never slept or the sun never set on it. America in the Victorian World was still a colony and indeed wanting to become its own in identity. The book plays an important role in explaining that the rules and manner system of America was very similar to the British at least in the old families of Boston and Philadelphia. This highly entertaining little book is great for those just starting to learn about the Victorian culture. 

I’m not a big nonfiction reader, but I’m trying to read more nonfiction. Next year I have a goal of two nonfiction books. But, anyways, I bought this book because anything Victorian culture is a big thing for me. I have always loved that era in culture, history, and enlightenment.

As such, I plan on one day writing fiction set in a Victorian like setting. Because of this, books like this is great research material.

What did I find out about myself in reading this book?  I would have issues in high society. Though in today’s culture I could be prudish (I’ll be the first to admit that), I am by no means a Victorian lady.

What else did I find out in this book? My husband needs to read the last sentence. Actually, every man needs to read the last sentence. It could potentially help your relationship issues. I am not kidding. It made me laugh.

I will be keeping this book and using it for further research. Luckily, it’s short and written more like a How to book. There are even illustrations and examples to help you understand how to think like a high society individual.

Book #120: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Some kisses come at a price.

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski is the third book in the Winner’s Trilogy. I was in love with the first two and this one didn’t disappoint. The will they/won’t they interaction of Kestrel and Arin is still there, but we finally get a resolution!

Okay, now that I put that out there. . . . what I really loved about this book was the military strategy and Roshar. We meet Roshar in book two, with his deformed face from escaping slavery and his amazing personality. Well, he is still as lovable as ever and has quite possibly turned into my new favorite character. Not saying Arin and Kestrel weren’t a favorite, but Roshar is in a space of his own.

The war itself is filled with intrigue, tricks, and battles. You see more of the interaction of a Harani and their god and yet more of the world. I felt the story was complete by the end, but there are some things that aren’t resolved by the book’s end. It didn’t bother me though. I just wanted to give that warning.

The book is also a thick one, but Rutkoski’s writing style made the book flow fast. I didn’t feel like I was reading a 500+ page book.

All in all, the book was great! Not as amazing as book two, but a good ending to the overall story. I want a Bite & Sting set now. Rutkoski is definitely an author I want to continue reading. Time to find her other stuff.

Book #119: Death is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons

Whether it’s to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for…
 
Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town’s Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street’s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle’s signature truffles.
 
As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away…

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

Includes Scrumptious Chocolate-Making Recipes!

I was feeling a cozy mystery read and picked this up for the title and chocolate recipes. I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate? If you don’t, I’m sorry. You’re just missing out. Granted, I suggest not eating all of the chocolates yourself. I don’t know if I broke out because of all the chocolate I’ve eaten (and have continued to eat), but I have. Just saying.

Michelle isn’t what I say is a typical cozy mystery sleuth. She doesn’t seem to have the mindset though she did have a good motivation (more for her business than the person killed). It was Erica I actually liked more. Erica was organized, smart, and put things together a bit quicker. Michelle wasn’t a bad character, I just feel Erica might have been a better lead role.

The mystery itself was decent. There were twists and hints of a future romance (or two) for the next books. The story was okay. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. I liked it.

The chocolate recipes though…. AMAZING! I have only tried the Lemon and Thyme, but that’s okay because I love lemon anything. This one truffle satisfies my chocolate and lemon needs.

Book #117: Unspoken by A Lexy Beck and Book #118: Unseen by A Lexy Beck

Unspoken, Book 1 
Jennifer Dunning steers well clear of the dating scene, made cautious by the mistakes from her past that still haunt her. Starting a new job profiling for a big company, she thinks she has everything set. She’s ready to prove herself, and show her father that she won’t disappoint him this time. 

But a chance encounter with a gorgeous stranger leaves Jennifer in emotional turmoil. She is trained to read people, but she is just dying to know more about the enigmatic Cain. She doesn’t even know his last name, but despite her best efforts she finds herself falling for him. 

But when Jennifer discovers that Cain is keeping secrets from her, will she be able to get past the deception, or will she throw away not only her chance at happiness but her career too? 

Unspoken 2, Book 2 
Jennifer is stunned to discover that her new lover, Cain, is keeping secrets and now she begins to have doubts about their relationship. When her new job begins to uncover sinister information about one of it’s employees, Jennifer becomes concerned. 

Unspoken 3, Book 3 
Jennifer is alone, left by her lover for another woman, but everything isn’t as it seems. Can Jennifer and Cain survive the surprises that lie ahead for them? 

Unseen 1, Book 4 
Her kidnapper has been caught and Jennifer is trying to settle down with the man of her dreams, but the secrets Jennifer is keeping from Cain may just rip them apart. Unseen forces haunt the two as Jennifer is pulled into a new case that uncovers up old memories that hit too close to home. 

When the dust settles, will Cain still be the man of her dreams? 

Unseen 2, Book 5 
Shocking news has turned Jennifer Dunning’s world upside down as she struggles to keep the memory of her mother alive without losing every man that is close to her, including her lover, Cain. 

As she wrestles with a new discovery and link in her case, she realizes the truth is closer to home than she’s ever realized. 

Unseen 3, Book 6 
Jennifer’s life is rocked by news that has been delivered from a secret source and threatens to change everything she’s ever believed about her parents. As she struggles to balance her life with Cain and her busy career she realizes she must make a choice. Who will she choose or has the choice already been made for her?

I want to start out saying that I’m grouping these six books as two. The reason is because, each book is written in novelette or novella length. Besides, the set of books 1-3 is titled Unspoken and the set of books 4-6 is titled Unseen. That said, because it is in a boxset, it made sense to do the reviews in one post. So, forgive me for all of the text.

I actually liked the Unspoken trilogy better than the Unseen trilogy. Unspoken not only introduces the main characters, it has a stronger mystery involved. Though it was fairly easy to see where the book was going, I did like the tension between Cain and Jennifer. I liked the events that lead up to the end and I liked the reveal.

Unseen’s romance wasn’t as strong. Cain and Jennifer are together now, but there is a stalker still going on. That was actually taken care of early on in the story.  The main mystery was interesting and I did want to know more, but I feel it could have had more action. The romance too, that was medium.

In all, the boxset itself wasn’t bad. The books are quick to read and I am interested in more of Beck’s work. It isn’t a bad read for a person just wanting to pass the time quickly.

Book #116: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

This was one of those books that I was hesitant about. Why did I pick it up? Well, one of the books in the criteria of Book Battle (a Facebook group I’m a part of) wasn’t grabbing me and I needed to use a substitute. I was still hesitant going in, but the first chapter quickly smoothed out that worry.

Note. I’m not a fan of historical fiction. There are some I like, but I don’t go out of my way to find a historical fiction. The cover also misled me. Here I am thinking it has a contemporary feel to the historical fiction (again, a genre I don’t care for).

Like I said before, it was the first chapter that got me. Or, really, the introductory from the narrators. I loved that there were narrators. It gave the book a movie like quality. One that you see in Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail or The Princess Bride or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In fact, the writing is very similar to that.

What about the historical fiction value about it? It does have a historical spin. The characters are historical figures and the story does go down a similar vein as the factual events. However, there is magic in this book. And it’s the magic that added both laughter and interest.

All in all, I was surprised by the book. I was laughing out loud all the time. I loved all of the characters involved. And, I kept thinking of cult classics as the book went on. This is definitely a book that I would recommend. Now I can’t wait for the next one!

Note. Next one is different time period with a fictional character as a main character who knows a historical figure. Is it the same world? No idea. Do I care? Nope.

Book Tour: Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

Hunger Moon
Alexandra Sokoloff
(The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #5)
Publication date: October 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Revenge has no limits.

Special Agent Matthew Roarke has abandoned his rogue search for serial killer Cara Lindstrom. He’s returned to the FBI to head a task force with one mission: to rid society of its worst predators. But as the skeletal symbols of Santa Muerte, “Lady Death,” mysteriously appear at universities nationwide, threatening death to rapists, Roarke’s team is pressured to investigate. When a frat boy goes missing in Santa Barbara, Roarke realizes a bloodbath is coming—desperate teenagers are about to mete out personal, cold-blooded justice.

Hiding from the law, avenging angel Cara Lindstrom is on her own ruthless quest. She plans to stay as far away from Roarke as possible—until an old enemy comes after both her and the FBI, forcing her back into Roarke’s orbit. This time, the huntress has become the hunted . . .

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Previous books in the Huntress/FBI Thrillers Series:

Hunger Moon excerpt

The sandstone spires reach like alien fingers from the depths of the canyon.

The gorge cuts through the Arizona tablelands, a vast, prehistoric gash. Inside lies a 230-million-year-old natural wonder: a cathedral of wind-carved sandstone walls in every possible hue of red, gold, and white, adorned with the gleaming black curtain-like sweeps known as canyon varnish. Ancient ruins of cliff villages nestle in natural caves at impossible heights. Sedimentary deposits lie in distinctive round piles, like stacked pancakes.

And the famous double sandstone spires rise 750 feet from the canyon floor, at the exact junction of de Chelly and Monument Canyons.

Navajo legend says the taller spire is the home of Spider Grandmother, the goddess who created the world. She stole the sun and brought fire to the Anasazi. At the beginning of time, monsters roamed the land, and she gave her children, Monster Slayer and Child-Born-of-Water, power to kill the monsters and protect the First People.

Her stories are only told in the winter months.

And only to those who will listen.

 

A bleak sky, streaked with white, stretches over the desolate South Rim of the canyon. There will be snow tonight.

The grinding of a pickup truck grates through the silence.

A four-door Tundra. Tonneau cover over the bed. Two men dressed in camouflage inside. Fast-food and jerky wrappers litter the wells at their feet. In the back seat, a cooler packed full of beer.

And three rifles, three-inch twelve-gauge magnums, strapped to the padded back-seat gun rest.

Hunters, driving the rim.

The front-seat passenger sets his sights on something moving ahead of them, leans forward greedily. “There we go, there we go.”

The driver follows his gaze, fixes on what he is tracking. Not a deer, but a young girl, shining black hair underneath the hood of her parka. Schoolgirl’s backpack on her shoulder.

On the men’s faces, something crude and capering.

“That’s some tasty-looking pussy.”

“Oh, yeah, that’ll do.”

“Let’s go.”

“Get her.”

The driver swerves the truck over to the side of the road, squealing brakes.

The girl hears the sound, stiffens, is starting to run before she even completes the glance back.

The truck skids to a stop in the snow. The doors fly open; the men are out of the car, grabbing for their rifles.

The girl runs for the rocks, but her pursuers are bigger, fastr. Two of them, grown men, against a teenage girl.

They move forward into the strong wind, a military-style formation, heavy boots crunching in the sandy snow.

They pause at the rock outcropping, looking out over the boulders. The girl seems to have disappeared. Then a scrabble on the rocks betrays her. Hearing it, the men grin at each other.

The driver rounds the rock first, his mouth watering. He is already hard in anticipation . . .

The tire iron bashes him across the face, breaking his jaw. He staggers back, howling inarticulate pain.

The girl kicks him viciously in the knee, crumpling him, then swivels as the second hunter rounds the edge of the rock. She slams the tire iron against the side of his head.

Now both men are collapsed on the ground, moaning and cursing.

She steps forward, no longer feigning that youthful, hesitant gait.

She lifts her arm and uses the tire iron on their skulls. Two, three, four blows, and there is no more moaning. Thick crimson drops spatter the snow. Her breath is harsh. Her face is ice.

There is only the wind, swallowing the sound of her breathing.

 

Cara stands at the edge of the canyon, looking out at the spires of Spider Rock, the vast open gorge.

Below her is an icy crevasse. The canyon has any number of them, deep splits in the rock wall where whole sheets of the cliff have broken away. Behind her is the hunters’ pickup truck.

Their bodies lie at her feet.

She drags one, then the other, to shove them over the cliff’s edge, stepping back to watch each body hurtle down into the crevasse, tumbling into oblivion.

The snowfall tonight will cover all trace of them. Later, birds and animals will pick the bones clean.

Another offering to the canyon, and the gods and ghosts that haunt it.

Author Bio:

“Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.” – The New York Times

ALEXANDRA SOKOLOFF is the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling Huntress/FBI series (HUNTRESS MOON, BLOOD MOON, COLD MOON, BITTER MOON, HUNGER MOON – now in active development as a TV series), and the supernatural HAUNTED thrillers (THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, BOOK OF SHADOWS, THE SHIFTERS, THE SPACE BETWEEN). The New York Times Book Review called her a “daughter of Mary Shelley,” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.”

As a screenwriter she has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has also written three non-fiction workbooks: SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS, STEALING HOLLYWOOD, and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog (www.ScreenwritingTricks.com), and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA West and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America.

Alex is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theater and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. In her spare time (!) she performs with The Slice Girls and Heather Graham’s all-author Slush Pile Players, and dances like a fiend. She is also very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. But not an addict. Seriously, it’s under control.

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Blog Tour: Black Goat Blues by Levi Black


In Red Right Hand, Charlie Tristan Moore was thrust into a nightmarish world of lurking Lovecraftian horrors when The Man In Black, a diabolical Elder God, chose her as his unwilling Acolyte. Discovering her own power, Charlie ultimately defied The Man In Black, but at a cost.

Now armed with a magic coat made from the skin of a flayed angel, Charlie is out to destroy The Man In Black and save her boyfriend Daniel–and she doesn’t care how many bloodthirsty gods and monsters get in her way…

 

Praise for RED RIGHT HAND

Red Right Hand is a perfect blend of old-school horror and modern storytelling sorcery. Levi Black is absolutely riveting! ―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Predator One and Deadlands: Ghostwalkers.

Visceral and creepy, Red Right Hand is a sincerely twisted tale that’s every bit as thrilling as it is macabre. ―Cherie Priest, bestselling author of Boneshaker and Maplecroft

A merge of horror and dark fantasy that will grab you by the throat! ―Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series.

Red Right Hand is a beautiful, terrifying nightmare of a book. Stylish and nerve-wracking, it held me constantly in an iron grip as I read it…and has yet to let me go. More, Levi Black! ―Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of The Rules

Levi Black writes with bare knuckle confidence and a champion prizefighter’s skill. Red Right Hand is his first round combination that leaves you flat on the canvass, dazed and impressed. Get in the ring and be ready for battle. ―Nate Southard, author of Pale Horses and Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again?

Levi Black‘s Red Right Hand is visceral, violent, and sexy. This book has jaggedly-sharp humor, snappy patter and tight pacing that can literately leave you breathless at some points. It’s crazy fun with unspeakable horrors! ―R.S. Belcher, author of Nightwise and The Six-Gun Tarot

Imagine that one of Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones showed up at your door and said, ‘You work for me now.’ That’s the premise of Red Right Hand, Levi Black’s grim and gory tale that takes urban fantasy into the darkest places of both the universe and the human heart. Riveting in both senses of the word: it grips your attention, and it feels like bolts punching through your flesh. ―Alex Bledsoe, author of Long Black Curl

Levi Black mixes deft characterization, vivid description, and H. P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horrors to create a thoroughly engaging urban fantasy. ―Richard Lee Byers, author of The Reaver and Blind Man’s Bluff

With Red Right Hand, Levi Black gives us an exciting, pulse-inducing mashup of Urban Fantasy and Lovecraftian Horror. Charlie Moore is a great entry into the pantheon of urban fantasy heroines, and The Man in Black is a Mythos character made even more terrifyingly real. I can’t wait for the sequel. ―Gini Koch, author of the Alien/Katherine”Kitty” Katt series

Levi Black’s Red Right Hand is a perfect fusion of noir, action and horror. Urban decay, Lovecraftian madness and emotional desperation are only a few of the ingredients in the mix that powers this breakout novel. The engine on this beast is burning high-octane fuel and running hot. Highly recommended! ―James A. Moore, author of the Seven Forges Series and Alien: Sea of Sorrows

Sleek, savage and brutally well-written, Black‘s story hurtles you into a world where the elder gods view humans as expendable playthings or tasty snacks. Even as you obsessively turn the pages, you’ll be rooting for good to triumph over endless evil. A brilliant blend of horror and urban fantasy, Red Right Hand proves that truth is chaos, and hell is only a tentacle away. ―Jana Oliver, award-winning author of the Demon Trappers series

If Mickey Spillane had delved into the Cthulhu Mythos, he might have turned out something like this. Hard-hitting and truly scary, Red Right Hand is a postmodern Lovecraftian nightmare of a tale. Dark and bloody and bad to the bone. ―Charles R. Rutledge, co-author of Congregations of the Dead

 
My Review
I want to begin by saying that I received a copy of Black Goat Blues for an honest review. It was given to me by TOR via Jean Book Nerd blog tours. I was not compensated in any way.
I am new to Levi Black. I didn’t read the first book to this series, but I have to say that I am intrigued by Charlie Moore and the dark world Black has created. Or should I say expanded upon?
I say it like that because there are Lovecraftian Elder Gods in this book that play central roles to the magic and horror. Cthulhu was apparently in the first book because he is mentioned. Now, I’ll be honest, I don’t know Lovecraft aside from him being an author of horror. I know that he’s popular and I know that a large group of my friends praise his disturbing works. I just haven’t gotten around to reading his work.
That said, I kind of wish I did before picking up Black Goat Blues. I feel that if I was exposed to Lovecraft, the world Black created would be that much more interesting and in depth. This doesn’t mean I didn’t grasp or care for Black’s work. I did.
It had disturbing scenes, a kickass heroine, and the inner struggle of choices. There is a skinhound chasing Charlie around, there are allies, and there is the fact that humans are probably far more disturbing than the Gods. If anything, Black’s work makes me want to try Lovecraft.
The world of Black Goat Blues is dark, witty, and a world I would like to visit again. I am definitely going to have to read some Lovecraft as well. For that, Mr. Black, I thank you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Levi Black lives in Metro Atlanta with his wife and an array of toys, books, records, and comics. He’s been weird his whole life and is almost as scary as he looks. Red Right Hand is his first novel.

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