Book Review: Daddy Darkest

Title: Daddy Darkest
Author: Ellery Kane

Book Description:

Bury your secrets. Bury them deep…​

A month after her high school graduation, small-town-girl Samantha “Sam” Bronwyn boards a plane with her best friend, Ginny. Destination: San Francisco. But when Ginny disappears inside an airport bathroom wearing Sam’s letterman jacket, it doesn’t take her long to figure out she was the intended target. Alone in a strange city, Sam’s on a run for her life–drawn into a dark past she never knew existed. A past where secrets aren’t all that’s buried and where revenge comes at the highest price.

Who is Sam really–and who can she trust? The mysterious stranger in 4A who secreted a gun in his backpack? The guilty ex-con? The disarming FBI agent? Her own mother?

Only one thing is certain. Someone is after her. Someone who knows more about her than she does. Someone who wants to teach her a hard lesson: There are worse things than murder.

Daddy Darkest is a standalone and the first in the Doctors of Darkness series.

My Review

Ok, I was not sure about this book in the beginning, but the description piqued my interest so I decided to read it. Oh my gosh, the twists & turns, the mental abuse, the physical abuse. The things this woman was put through it is amazing that she pulled through as well as she did in my opinion. The strength of her daughter was amazing also.

The characters were written in such a way that you were not completely sure which was the bad guys & which were the good guys & even the good guys were not all that good. You need to read this book if you like mystery, thillers, with a bit of “Oh my gosh!” mixed into the story lines.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Terra Nova

Title: Terra Nova

Author: Shane Arbuthnott


Book Description:

The city of Terra Nova was founded on a lie: that the spirits who cross over from the spirit world are evil and must be captured for the safety of humanity. But Molly Stout and her family have learned that the spirits are thinking, feeling beings, enslaved to enrich the wealthy, especially the spirit-harvesting company Haviland Industries and its founder, Charles Arkwright.

With the help of her family and the aetheric spirits Ariel and Legerdemain, Molly has been fighting to free the spirits. But Terra Nova runs on spiritual machinery, and for each factory they shut down, another takes its place. As Haviland Industries and the authorities of Terra Nova tighten their nets around Molly, she begins to question whether she is really making any difference or if her rebellion puts people and spirits at risk.

Terra Nova is the sequel to Dominion.

My Review

This book is the sequel to Dominion (see my review here Book Review: Dominion).

Most of the times with young adult books I find the sequel does not do justice to the story line. I was completely wrong this time. If anything this book was better then Dominion. The action packed scenes just kept pulling you into the story and making you continue to read the book. I finished this book in one night cause there was no way I was putting it down without seeing what happens to Molly and all her new friends. Plus she finds out even more things about the fonts and the world beyond the fonts.

You have got to read this series even if you are an adult. It is written well enough to keep you engaged and happy with the decision.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Erasing Memory

Title: Erasing Memory
Author: Scott Thornley

Book Description:

Detective Superintendent MacNeice is returning from a pilgrimage to his wife’s grave when he’s called to a crime scene of singular and disturbing beauty. A young woman in evening dress lies gracefully posed on the floor of a pristine summer cottage so that the finger of one hand regularly interrupts the needle arm of a phonograph playing Schubert’s Piano Trio. The only visible mark on her is the bruise under her chin, which MacNeice recognizes: it is the mark that distinguishes dedicated violinists, the same mark that once graced his wife. The murder is both ingenious and horrific, and soon entangles MacNeice and his team in Eastern Europe’s ancient grievances.

My Review

This was a wonderful example of a “who done it” mystery. Although the minute the perpetrator was introduced I knew who it was. Don’t worry, I do not read too many mysteries that I don’t figure out who the perpetrator is before the author tells you. The complexities and descriptions that Scott Thornley provides proves to be a compelling & hard to put down book. This book kept me up well into the night reading and enjoying it.

If you like mysteries with a touch of side plots then I recommend this book highly.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Ashael Rising

Title: Ashael Rising (The Vessel of Kaladene)
Author: Shona Kinsella

Book Description:

Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe. The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land. Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance. When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realize that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.

My Review

Oh my, I wasn’t looking forward to reading this book cause I was not in a “fantasy” mood. I am so glad I did though. It is simply amazing! For this book to be Shona Kinsella debut book, I can not wait to see what she comes out with next. I can not wait for book two to come out to see what Ashael & Iwan do & how they handle the Zanthar. The book kept me completely enthralled and I had such a hard time putting it down to go to sleep at night.

I highly recommend you read this book. I give it five stars and for me that is a huge deal, I never give books five stars unless I think that they are re-read quality. This book is one of those. I love fantasy and I would put this author up with some of the best fantasy writers to this day.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Mayflower Bride

Title: The Mayflower Bride
Author: Kimberley Woodhouse

Book Description:

Can a religious separatist and an opportunistic spy make it in the New World?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Mary Elizabeth Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed—and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary Elizabeth survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series begins with The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.

More to come in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)?
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)

My Review

Ok, first off I do not normally read what I consider “religious” novels & to be honest I didn’t think this would be one, but it was. Though the religious part of the book fit into the story line & was needed for the first pilgrims I found it to be a bit monotonous with the amount of religion in the book. I understand it was needed for the story line, but it got to the point I started skipping over those sections.

Otherwise the story line & historical accuracy was spot on to what I believe how it would have been for the first Pilgrims arriving at Plymouth. The Indians were even brought into the story line which I thought was a very nice touch.

Overall I consider this to be a religious roman novel. It was very good, but I doubt I will read anymore of this type. It just is not my thing.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.