Book #4: Releasing La Lechuza by A.K. Dickerson

Releasing La Lechuza
A.K. Dickerson

Are You Brave Enough To Explore Crystal Mountain?

Everyone in Escape had heard the legend of La Lechuza. The eerie cries at night, hikers that disappear with only bones found scattered along the base of the mountain. Tales of Spanish Conquistadors who chased the owl-witch into the cave systems of Crystal Mountain hundreds of years ago has been enough to keep citizens and visitors alike from setting foot on Crystal Mountain. No one has seen the owl-witch, but all have heard her terrifying cries at night. Theme park developer Cole Jackson is determined to put the legend of La Lechuza to rest once and for all by building an underground theme park inside of Crystal Mountain. When a team of university students is sent into Crystal Mountain Caves to determine suitability for the project, they encounter a beast their zoology classes never prepared them for. La Lechuza is real and she is angry, hungry, and ready to be released.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy from one of the authors for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

I jumped at this story solely on the fact that it was a horror novella. It didn’t hurt that the monster of the book was La Lechuza.

For those who do not know the story, La Lechuza is an urban legend. The legend goes is that a witch gave her soul to the devil. According to legend, people will see a half owl- half woman creature. This is Lechuza.

If this is a disturbing image, A.K. Dickerson, an author duo, prove to make the image even more disturbing with the deaths of the characters.

The story is filled with an ensemble cast, each figure with their own motivations and struggles. The group come together to study the wildlife and plants of a mountainous cave. In the process, they get more than what they wanted.

As I was reading this novella, I felt a bit of a monster movie nostalgia. I am big on monster movies and the mix of gore horror with monster movie feel really grabbed me. Now, let me rephrase that, I don’t mean SyFy or Kaiju monster (though I love those), I mean there is a monster movie feel that is similar to the black and white movies. Not Dracula but not Them. Sort of in the middle. Whatever the case may be, I had that feel and it was great.

The story is gory but not enough to really deter you from the reading. If anything, it just enhances the feeling of fear. The story is simple but enjoyable and it doesn’t prevent you from forming a relationship with one of the characters. I personally liked Sofia and Roman the best.

All in all, I enjoyed the novella and will be reading more from the authors.

Final Rating: 3/5

Book #76: Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson

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After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is.

She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces…and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex makes a deal with the local vampires. She sets out with the mysterious—and undead—“fixer” Quinn to track down whoever’s responsible for the kidnapping, sharpening her newfound magic skills along the way. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her powers become.

Boundary Crossed is a dark, thrilling journey into a world where the line between living and dead isn’t nearly as solid as it appears…

I got this book for my Audible account and figured, why not? I had been itching for something leaning to the darker side of things and decided an urban fantasy would be a good book to listen to. Besides, it was about 9 hours total and that isn’t a long time.

I’m glad I got into the book. The world is complex and interesting with the typical dark mythological creatures; witches, vampires, and werewolves. Boundary Crossed is the first book in a series that is an offshoot to another series by Melissa F. Olson. Before you ask, no you don’t need to read all of the other series to understand this one. It’s only recommended for the short story that bridges the first and second book in the Boundary series.

I do want to read that short story, so I decided to go ahead and buy the Audible version of Dead Spots, the first book in that other series. I’m actually about to start that, so you’ll see a review of that one soon enough.

The Old World, as the characters call it, is a world that is very close to the wild west. Governing factions take care of their own and fight for land. Normal everyday people, Foundings, don’t know about this other world. Even Lex, a woman who is going through life just barely, doesn’t learn about the world until she is killed . . . for the second time.

Lex is a strong female lead. I didn’t feel like she was a bitchy kind of strong. Instead, she is a woman who is loyal to her family and has high standards. She is a veteran of the Army and has a background in combat. I found her to be very relateable and I was drawn to her as a character.

There is a bit of a possible budding romance, but there are no jumps into sex. Instead, this is a book that deals with the world and Lex more so than the relationship that is forming between her and Quinn. It is a good book to get away from the romance drama that I’ve been reading.

The concept of magic and how the other Old World people work is interesting. I’d like to see more of the Old World, hence why I bought Dead Spots. I do plan on continuing the Boundary series. Right now, I’m just happy to find a new author to follow.

Book Forty-Seven of 2014: THE LINE by J.D. Horn

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Move over, Sookie Stackhouse—the witches of Savannah are the new talk of the South. Bold, flirty, and with a touch of darkness, debut author J.D. Horn spins a mesmerizing tale of a family of witches . . . and the problem that can arise from being so powerful. As Charlaine Harris’ series winds down—and as Deborah Harkness’ series heats up—Witching Savannah is new contemporary fantasy that will be sure to enchant new readers.
Mercy Taylor, the youngest member of Savannah’s preeminent witching family, was born without the gift of magic. She is accustomed to coming in a distant second to the minutes older, exquisite and gifted twin she adores. Hopelessly in love with her sister’s boyfriend, she goes to a Hoodoo root doctor for a love spell. A spell that will turn her heart to another man, the best friend who has loved her since childhood.
Aunt Ginny, the family’s matriarch, would not approve. But Mercy has more to worry about than a love triangle when Aunt Ginny is brutally murdered. Ginny was the Taylor family’s high commander in the defense of the bewitched line that separates humankind from the demons who once ruled our realm. 
A demon invasion looms now that the line is compromised. Worse yet, some within the witching world stand to gain from a demon takeover. Mercy, entangled in the dark magic of her love spell, fighting for her sister’s trust, and hopelessly without magic, must tap the strength born from being an outcast to protect the line she doesn’t feel a part of… 
In this riveting contemporary fantasy, Horn delivers the full betrayal, blood, and familial discord of the best of Southern gothic.

There aren’t many books about witches. Sure, you have your urban fantasies or Harry Potter-esque books, but there aren’t many books about witches. THE LINE is a Southern Gothic tale that reminds me of Alice Hoffman’s PRACTICAL MAGIC and a dash of Melissa De La Cruz’s WITCHES OF EAST END. There is true blue magical abilities and the story centers on two sisters and their family.

J.D. Horn weaves an intricate world and centers it in the beautiful and magical Savannah, GA. I visited that beautiful city once and when I began reading the book, I felt the heat and could see where the characters were. I love his writing and his interesting world of witches, both good and bad.

In the beginning, you may see this as a love triangle story. Mercy, our narrator and heroine, is in love with her sister’s man, but her best friend, Peter, loves her. Sure, you may think this is cut and dry and you may well believe you figured out the ending. Hah, you haven’t. There are twists, secrets, betrayals, everything that makes Southern Gothic so delectable.

This is definitely a book to read. There was so much going on and so many secrets brought forth that there is no way for me to describe the book without letting the cat out of the bag or geeking out.