Monday, 29 June 2020

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas Review

At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten  in the Kansas countryside, is the Finch House. For years it has remained empty, overgrown, abandoned. Soon the door will be opened for the first time in decades. But something is waiting, lurking in the shadows, anxious to meet its new guests. 

when best-selling author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the world's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he wont be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.
This book was a fantastically spooky read. It had me on the edge of my seat all the way through honestly. The plot of this book really gave me Haunting of Hill House vibes, which is probably why I loved it so much. I loved all the characters in this book, they all had their own spin on horror stories which I imagine would be the case if we got together all of today's masters of horror..a few names spring to mind! 
The plot of this book surprised me, especially when half way through the book they were already finished in the house, I was expecting them all to go for that interview at Kill Creek and never come back but the plot had other plans. 
This book really gave me the creeps, the prologue really gave a great first impression as I was reading it in the evening and had to go sit with my fiance because I was so scared! Honestly though, (and this is me being the horror head I am) I wanted more! More scares, more ghosties and more horror! 
I have to say the description in this book was beautiful, Scott Thomas really has an amazing way of painting and picture.The words and sentences he created left me in awe. Such excellent writing.

Overall a perfectly written, spooky thrill ride that will really send chills up your spine.
5 stars!

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Venom by Bex Hogan Review

Marianne has never wanted to be a fighter, but with unrest and discord threatening the Twelve Islands, she will have to battle threats both inside and out in an attempt to attain peace for her homeland.

Marianne is now the Viper, but her hopes for peace in the Eastern Isles are being frustrated. The corrupt King remains on the throne, bandits are proving hard to stop and Marianne is not sure who among her crew she can truly trust.

For the islands to prosper, the invisible bond that once existed uniting land and sea must be reinstated. There's only one way that can happen - the return of magic. To do that Marianne must put aside all her fears: she must return to her roots, the Western Isles, and call on the power that runs in her blood.

She must become a Mage.

Only then, can she possibly command the army needed to finally take down the King.


This book brought back everything I loved about Viper - the first book in the series. (you can find the review of Viper here)
This book was just as twisty and fast paced as the first book, although I think it might have been more heart wrenching than Viper. As usual I loved all the characters in this book, although to begin with I found myself wishing that Bronn was in it a bit more. But by the end of the book I'd decided that I hated Bronn. 
This book ended on such a cliffhanger that I am desperate for the third book Vulture! 
As usual Hogan's world building is fantastic, we get to see a bit more of the Isles and meet a few different types of people. She really has made a world you can completely lose yourself in. 
There's nothing bad I can say about this book, I loved it just as much as Viper, so much so that I read it in one day. There is a risk of the second book in a series being disappointing especially since I loved the first one so much. I can honestly say this wasn't the case with Venom 
The story had moved along quite drastically by the end of this book, I did miss the piratey feel from the first book but there's so much other stuff going on.
Overall another fantastic addition to the Isles of Storm and Sorrow trilogy. 
5 stars