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Vices and Virtues: A Horror Anthology – a Review

From weird happenings in the woods to an empathic girl to the Suicide Forest in Japan, these stories are about things such as remembrance, empathy, vanity, lust, etc. “The Girl Who Died” – A girl who loves animals better than people has pity on an animal that she finds dead in the woods. She decided…

Shadow Lord – a Review

Something rotten is going on in the world of the aventurieri, the winged, nocturnal hunters with a dietary need for blood. Yes, they are a type of vampire. But the aventurieri can eat food, have wings, are able to reproduce, and can be shot with regular bullets. In the violent beginning, Marek Strigoi’s family is…

The Flesh and Blood trilogy – a Review

Whether they are good or bad, your actions have the potential to affect you, as well as those close to you, for the rest of time. The Flesh and Blood trilogy by Christina Kaye is full of twists and turns. The storyline is riveting. Forget cleaning the house or watching television shows; once you start…

Emma in the Night – a Review

This twisted psychological thriller is a story of giving up all for love. It is a story of deception and a story of one severely twisted family. Two girls, fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma, are the focus of the story. Three years ago, they both disappeared. Their mother reminded me of Snow White’s stepmother. She…

Workman’s Complication – a Review

Workman’s Complication is a gripping, entertaining mystery that is filled with laughs, thrills, and edge-of-your-seat moments. I was hooked from the first hilarious sentence: It was harder to sing with the vampire teeth than I thought it would be. Kate’s dad dies and leaves her his private detective business. Kate McCall doesn’t want to be…

Hop-Frog (Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs) – a Review

Being part of the king’s court should be a dream job, right? Unfortunately, it wasn’t so for Hop-Frog and Tripetta. The king’s jester, Hop-Frog, was a dwarf and a cripple. Hop-Frog wasn’t the name with which he was christened; he was called that because of the way he moved around. Along with a female dwarf,…

The Halloween Children – a Review

Something eerie is going on at Stillbrook Apartments where Harris is the maintenance man. The bizarre and disturbing residents, screaming birds, strange noises and odors, an eerie abandoned unit—these all add up to make a chilling and oppressive atmosphere. I’m so glad that I don’t live there. This spooky tale is told by Harris and…