Review of ‘Ghostlove’

Ghostlove will grab readers and keep them wrapt close, thanks to Mahoney’s conversational style. Between the forward momentum of the story and the easily digestible prose, this one is hard to put down. Continue reading Review of ‘Ghostlove’

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Addicting, Enthralling, and Just Damn Good | Review of ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)

By Cynthia Ayala

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Jimmy Patterson
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Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with wealth and privilege. But tea time, dress fittings and proper decorum are not where her passions lie. Against her father’s wishes and what society expects, Audrey slips away into her uncle’s laboratory, his protégé in forensic medicine. Being in this line of work brings her the bodies of Jack the Ripper’s victims where the danger begins to lurk closer to come than she ever thought possible.

Published September 20, 2016, by Jimmy Patterson, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is her debut novel that takes the history of Jack the Ripper and weaves her own unique story around it in this YA thriller.
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A Decent Evolution of Story | Review of ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’

By Cynthia Ayala

Underworld: Blood Wars starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies & Charles Dance
Screen Gems
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“Vampire death dealer, Selene fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.”

—IMDB

Underworld: Blood Wars is the fifth film in the franchise and while it’s better than it’s predecessor, the film, while enjoyable, is not without faults. The story isn’t the element of the film that suffers. It’s a solid story, but the problem lies with the franchise. In Awakening, humans discovered that Vampires and werewolves were real. Yet in this film it’s almost like that never happened. Let’s rephrase, it’s like it didn’t happen at all. It’s hard to reconcile that with this film that does tie directly to it. Discovery is inevitable considering that Alexander Corvinus was the one who cleaned up all the messes and kept their existence secret, as established in Evolution, but the film seems to have moved past those elements and went back to the beginning, to forget about humans altogether and focus on what made the series so strong to begin with: the war between Lycans and Vampires.
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Book of the Month Poll – August 2016

By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers and book lovers. Another month means another book of the month poll where you get to what on which novel you believe should be August’s book of the month. The winning book will receive a featured post and a featured book review. You can vote here on Pollcaster or by clicking the picture below. Or you can vote by leaving your vote in the comments section. Here are the selections for this month:
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A Remarkable Frame Narrative | Review of ‘The Keep’

By Cynthia Ayala

The Keep by Jennifer Egan
Anchor
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After twenty years, two cousins, damaged by a childhood prank, reunite at a medieval castle in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Europe. They are cut off from the outside world and only have each other and their friends to talk to. However, with a baroness that will not leave the land, and a haunting past, they are all lured into an environment of extreme paranoia. One man, now in jail, recounts the events at the Keep in an unforgettable story, tying the past to the present.

Published on August 1, 2006 by Anchor, The Keep by Jennifer Egan is a thrilling frame narrative set within a suspenseful gothic novel.
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An Emotional and Haunting Ghost Story | Review of ‘Lost Among the Living’

By Cynthia Ayala

Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James
NAL
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1921, England, Jo Manders is a widow, her husband lost, reports MIA over Germany. Now she is working as a paid companion for his wealthy aunt at Wych Elm House, where the past lingers in the shadows and haunts the night. Something is lurking at Wych Elm House and it wants Jo.

Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James was published on April 5, 2016 by NAL is a haunting gothic tale of life, death, and love set within the past of historical fiction. Continue reading “An Emotional and Haunting Ghost Story | Review of ‘Lost Among the Living’”