Suburbia by Christian Alecci

 


Suburbia

By: Christian Alecci
Genres: Horror
Pages: 322
Published on: October 9, 2016
Suburbia by Christian Alecci

On Sun Drop Court, everyone’s lawn is perfectly manicured and emerald green; their fences painted white. Anyone can see from the outside what a perfect Suburbia it is. Each neighbor waves and brilliantly smiles as they pass each other by...but what is hiding behind their closed doors? What secrets are buried so deep that some would kill to keep them covered? A deceased resident's journal has arisen from 1995 and now, almost ten years later, that journal coincides with modern-day horrors that are destroying the once ideal Suburbia. Paint on your smile and come visit Sun Drop Court...but once you know its secrets, you will be lucky if you are ever allowed to leave.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
 
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I have never been so glad to not live in a neighborhood featured in one of my books before in my life. What appears idyllic on the outside in Suburbia is most definitely disgusting and rotten on the inside. It makes you wonder what is really behind the curtains in some of the more affluent neighborhoods, or even your own neighborhood for that matter, as madness isn’t decided by income level.

 

Suburbia is one of those books that stays with you. Once you start reading, you feel like you absolutely cannot wait to figure out the mystery of just what the hell is going on. You know it’s something sinister, but not to what extent or who is playing what parts.  I’ll admit, I didn’t clean my house or make dinner for the two days it took me to read it.

 

The story is convoluted in a way that isn’t even the slightest bit confusing. In many books, the author tries to mix things up so much so you don’t solve the mystery too soon and it causes confusion. This is more of a clear convolution where you can see where everything connects just the way it should without getting more details than necessary to continue the story and keep you wanting more.

 

Suburbia has some fairly disturbing scenes which may not be suitable for all readers. Please keep that in mind. This book is really well written and put together. In some ways it reminds me of the neighborhood in Tamara Thorne and  Alistair Cross’s book, Mother, which I also adored.

 

I would highly recommend Suburbia to anyone looking for a good read with lots of twists and plenty of secrets just waiting to be uncovered.

 

 

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Falling Out of Focus by Brynn Myers

 

Todays 5 fang review is from a guest reviewer, whom I am hoping will be joining us more often both as a reviewer and author. Please give a warm welcome to my good friend, Charity, and her review of Falling Out of Focus by Brynn Myers!


Falling Out of Focus

By: Brynn Myers
Genres: urban fantasy
Pages: 264
Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing
Published on: January 24, 2017
Falling Out of Focus by Brynn Myers

I was drowning, but all I needed to do was breathe.

It was 5:45pm when I decided my future. By 9:43 I was well on my way to making it all come true. At 11:16 I took the first step to make it a reality. At 11:17 I fell and found peace.

When a dream of dying actually becomes a chance to live. All you have to do is fall.

Also by this author: The Echoed Life of Jorja Graham, Entasy (Prophecies of The Nine, #0.5)
 
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A story of self discovery spun into a fairy tale!

 

I honestly didn’t know what I was getting into when I started reading Falling out of Focus, I have read all of Brynn Myers work but this book came out of left field and hit it right out of the park with ease. (Corny reference I know but it works).

 

Brynn has a talent that is impossible to justify with words but I always try because she uses her words to leave an imprint on your heart and soul and I feel I must repay the favor even in a small way.

 

Novi (LOVE the name by the way) falls!! She falls in every sense of the word! When she wakes up, the world around her is one of dreams, so none of it can be real but after the last few years she is willing to ride this dream out cause it couldn’t be worse that her real life…right?!?! When Novi realizes that pain can be felt in any world she begins to believe her journey is not worth seeing through. Why would anyone choose to go back to pain?

 

Brynn spun a tale filled with fantasy but rooted in every human beings reality of life. I cried, I laughed but most of all as a human being I RELATED!!! We have all fallen out of focus at least once in our lives. The journey back to our truth and ourselves is never an easy one but when we get there we look back and realize every step was worth it. I always wished I had the words and Brynn gave them to me and so much more. She truly is an inspiration because no author can write a story like this with such truth if she herself hadn’t lived it and knowing that, I felt a connection to this book like no other.

 

Thank you Brynn Myers for giving me a book that will stay with me forever as a reminder that falling doesn’t mean it’s the end, it can be a new beginning if we choose it! Note: I tried to pick a favorite quote from the book to share with you all but there are way too many to narrow down, read the book with a notepad because there are so many quotes to live by in this one!!

 

 

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About Brynn Myers

Brynn Myers is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author. After considering writing a hobby for years, she finally turned her passion and talent into a career. She came into the paranormal genre later than most but has always loved fairy-tales and all things magical. Using that love, she creates charmed worlds by writing stories involving passionate, strong willed characters with something to discover.

Brynn lives with her family in the Brevard County, Florida area.

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Nevermore by M. Stratton

 


Nevermore

By: M. Stratton
Genres: Thriller
Published on: January 19, 2017
Nevermore by M. Stratton

Raven Pallas ran from her past.
Easton Poe had a past he couldn't escape.

When Raven gets her dream job on Nevermore--a private, remote island--she can relax for the first time in years. As the person in charge of the island and making sure the buildings are kept in perfect condition, especially the large English manor house, is her ideal job. Using her unique skillset learned from her father, she has forgotten more than most men knew of construction.

The memories of Easton's wife's brutal murder haunt him still. Escaping the mainland and Poe Distilleries, he’s holed up on Nevermore, alone with only memories of his Lenore to keep him company. For almost five years, he has driven away all the other caretakers his twin brother had hired to make sure he was safe on the remote island.

Raven is different. He can't chase her away--and for reasons he doesn't understand, he is relieved when she stays.

But something--and someone--dark and sinister is just along the edges of their oddly tranquil life. Secrets long buried come back to haunt both of them and the answers will haunt them, evermore...

Nevermore, a modern gothic romance inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Also by this author: Caught in the Storm, After the Storm, Caught in the Storm
 
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I really really love this author. Her books have NEVER let me down. They are thrilling and surprising. They keep the reader guessing throughout the entire book and just when you think you know who has done what, she throws another curveball at you. I can’t get enough of M. Stratton’s books.

 

Nevermore is a loosely based twist on the story “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. You will see the obvious similarities as you read through it. Personally, I was never one for poetry, so I actually enjoyed Nevermore more than I did The Raven. Don’t judge me. There are characters named after some of the elements in The Raven, and similar wording in places. There is also a poem of sorts scattered through, which is put together in the end in one piece for the reader to enjoy all at one time.

 

Raven is on the run; from what, we aren’t told until the end, but own Poe Distilleries, started years ago by his great (or great-great?) grandfather, Edgar. Easton is a recluse living on the family island, which had been used primarily for vacation in the past it seems. He has all but abandoned the family business to his twin brother, Bryce, and family friend Henry to run in his absence. Raven is hired to go out as a caretaker to Nevermore, since Bryce isn’t confident in his brother’s abilities to take care of himself despite having run off numerous previous caretakers.

 

When things start to get weird on the island is when the story really takes off. There are so many weird coincidences, you can’t quite figure out if the person is after Eason or Raven. There are opportunities on both sides for things to go south.

 

While this book doesn’t necessarily show some of the insanity of Stratton’s previous characters and books, it is still a very good read and great for anyone looking for a mystery/thriller with the hopes of light implied romantic undertones. Very well written and interesting, Nevermore is definitely a book worth checking out.

 

 

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About M. Stratton

About the Author
M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her debut novel After the Storm. She is a self-proclaimed dork that loves to make people laugh and can trip over nothing. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd but is quiet and shy on the outside.

She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

When not writing you can find M. watching football (Go Bears!), NASCAR, or classic movies, watching her husband and father restore classic cars, and seeing who can be sillier, her or her son, and of course reading.

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Mummy’s Little Angel by JW Lawson

 

 

Today is my younger sister Tiffany’s birthday. So I thought it would be a good day to post my review of Mummy’s Little Angel so she can see I’m not the worst sister she could have had! Happy birthday Tater Nuts!


Mummy's Little Angel

By: JW Lawson
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 294
Published on: June 2, 2016
Mummy’s Little Angel by JW Lawson

Joanne didn't believe that her life could become worse than it already was. She had lost everybody and everything she had loved. Surely she had suffered enough? The press had called Joanne's identical twins psychopaths. Her Maggie. Her Annie. But she still loved them, even though one of them had killed her husband, Jeff. Joanne believed that his murder had been an accident. How could one of her girls be a murderer? She knew them better than anybody else; they were good girls really. She just had to prove it... The brutal murder of Joanne's goddaughter, Laura had never been solved. Items had been missing when Laura's remains were discovered: clues that could lead to the capture of her killer. One of them was Laura's doll ... the doll that Joanne later discovers in her home. Joanne is facing the most horrific dilemma of her life. Has the wrong woman been imprisoned? Could her child have used such brutality against her best friend? Or could both women be innocent after all? Joanne needs to find somebody for her daughter to confide in; somebody she will trust. She needs a miracle. There is only one person who can help. He is compassionate and caring, with an amazing ability to gain the trust of the most difficult patients. He is Joanne's only hope. He is Jonathan Davies.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
 
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Holy crap is this book disturbing or what? I went into Mummy’s Little Angel thinking it would be a good book, probably predictable like many Thrillers tend to be. I’m excited to say it was most definitely not predictable or like anything else I’ve ever read.  This review may be a bit hard for me to write as I don’t want to give anything away.

 

I seriously had no idea what was going to happen at the end. Was Annie guilty? Was Maggie? Who the hell did what to who? These people are crazy! One of the things I loved about this story is we are given the story with certain details left out that you are given later. The thing with those details though, is that you don’t realize they are missing until you get them. That probably sounds really weird lol.

 

The characters in Mummy’s Little Angel are some of the sickest I’ve ever read about. There is only one other author that I can even think of who has characters this twisted, and that is M. Stratton. Her After the Storm and Bender series are pretty sick, and I think this book rates right up there with them and I loved every despicable minute. Just when I thought they couldn’t be any worse, they were lol.

 

Annie was definitely my favorite, and maybe it’s because I could identify with her about certain things, or it could have been because a good portion of the story is told from her POV. My only complaint about this book is the perspectives it’s told from. I like that we get the story from several different sources and they all mesh together to make a great story and all that. I don’t like that it is sort of told in Journal form, but some of the stuff wouldn’t be journal type entries. I would have preferred the non-journal stuff to have been maybe more clearly divided from the entries themselves, but it’s not my book. Even with my dislike for that, I still absolutely loved this book.

 

I would definitely recommend Mummy’s Little Angel to anyone looking for a great Thriller that has a strong stomach and somewhat twisted personality. Keep in mind, there are violent and trigger type scenes, so if you are sensitive like that, you might want to skip this one.

 

 

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About JW Lawson

JW Lawson is the author of two amazing thrillers, Third Time Lucky and the winner of The World's Best Story 2015, Mummy's Little Angel.
She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and has two grown-up sons.

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The Witch’s Halloween Hero by Kristen Painter


The Witch's Halloween Hero (Nocturne Falls, #4.5)

By: Kristen Painter
Genres: Paranormal Romance, witchcraft, witches
Pages: 45
Series: Nocturne Falls #4.5
Publisher: Sugar Skull Books
Published on: January 20, 2016
The Witch’s Halloween Hero by Kristen Painter

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.
Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.
When a spell goes wrong on the night of Samhain for witch Corette Williams, her only hope is the man she loves, Bartholomew Stanhill. But time is running out. As the clock ticks toward midnight on Halloween, they grow closer to the moment when magic will erase him from her mind. Can Stanhill become Corette’s Halloween hero?

Also by this author: Dead Man's Hand, Queen of Hearts, House of the Rising Sun

Yes another Kristen Painter novella got to the 28 days of 5 star reviews.  She is a talented author who apparently couldn’t come to Coastal Magic this year.  That sucks, I didn’t go but Melanie did and she said that a lot of who went last year, when I did go, weren’t there this year.  Anywho, Kristen Painter wrote another Novella.  This time it is about Halloween.  Yes every day is Halloween there, but there is still a October 31st.  So think of it as Halloween during Halloween.  ~ side note, while looking for the Goodreads link, I saw that the 7th Book is out, and it is about a Dragon.  Eeep. Okay not out until March 2017. ~ okay back to the review.

 

This is another book that falls between book 4 and book 5 for those keeping track.  Technically this book falls just before the Christmas Wish since Halloween falls before Christmas.  So if you have read any of the books, you know about Corette Williams, Pandora’s mom.  You also know about Bartholomew Stanhill, who is the rook to one of the three town leaders.  If you don’t know about them, Corette is a witch that is the mother of Pandora, who is the town’s real estate agent.  Bartholomew Stanhill, who goes by Stanhill, is a rook or “day time driver” for one of the grandsons of the town’s founder.  They have been together since I think the third book.

 

Anyways, Corette mixes up some spells prior to the annual halloween party, and something goes wrong. Blame it on one of her daughters, likely their fault anyways. She has until Midnight on Halloween night to fall back in love with Stanhill. If not, their entire relationship will cease to exist. No pressure right?  It isn’t just their relationship, but his existence.  Seriously, why do people make up spells that are horrible?  I guess maybe if you have a horrible breakup or something.  But don’t you learn from past relationships?  Oh did I mention that Stanhill felt it was time to propose?  So all of that going on, the largest party in Nocturne Falls, and some witchy daughters who need to come up with something quick.  All in a night’s work for the residents of Nocturne Falls.

 

So this is another short story by Painter.  It was like she woke up one morning and said “you know I am going to spend some time with my friends in Nocturne.” With that we have all of these little stories that take place between book 4 and 6.  Well while double checking that one was after 5 (Valentine’s Day) I now see one after 6 (True Love Trials) which I did not know about.  For the record I bought these books, both from Coastal Magic last year and then on Amazon.  Don’t judge, I am a Prime Member.  So my wishlist is getting longer by the day thanks to Painter 🙂  Not that I am really bitching since as you can probably tell, I mostly enjoy her books.  Rambling aside, this is a good short story about what happens with Magic goes bad, or when kids go bad. 😀

 

 

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About Kristen Painter

When the characters in Kristen Painter’s head started to take over, she decided to put them on paper and share them with the world. She writes paranormal romance and the gothic fantasy vampire series, House of Comarre, for Orbit Books. She has also been published in non-fiction, poetry and short stories. The former college English teacher can often be found online at Romance Divas, the award-winning writers’ forum she co-founded. She’s represented by Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency.

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