Posted in Jade C. Jamison, Suspense

Old House – Jade C. Jamison

Horror Scene of a creepy WomanSynopsis

Kenzie Sampson is home on Christmas break during her first year in college. She’s had more than the usual trouble adjusting to her new environment away from home, but she’s not about to tell her family, who have had enough to worry about, including plenty they haven’t told her. Worse yet, Kenzie discovers that just because you don’t believe in ghosts doesn’t mean they don’t exist…and she doesn’t know how to deal with them or her own demons as she adjusts to the old house that’s her family’s new home

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My Review

I hardly ever do this…but A SPOILER is included in this review. Well it’s not a spoiler of sorts, but it’s something I was thinking about when reading this book, and I have to include it as it’s my own thoughts on what happened in this book. I’ll tell you when I include it, so if you don’t want to read it, you can just skip it.

Old House is the new book from Jade C. Jamison and because she is so lovely, she has sent me an ARC copy of it, so here is my review!

Jade starts the book with a prologue which instantly grabbed my attention and got my intrigued about what was happening or had happened to the person involved. It’s a bit of a mystery. But you do get to see who the prologue is about and it makes a bit more sense further into the story.

Kenzie is back from college for Christmas and since she’s been away, her family uprooted from Colorado Springs to the mountains an hour away to a house they inherited from her Uncle. Kenzie is confused over why they had to move, but is filled in by her sister the next day. You instantly find out that something bad has happened to Kenzie in her first semester of college, yet you don’t know just what has happened yet. She hasn’t told her parents and before she can tell them, she has to come to terms with it herself. She also needs to tell them she’s not going back to college either.

Your house is one place that is meant to be safe to you, but to Kenzie it isn’t. Her bedroom makes her feel uneasy and now that she’s had a pretty vivid dream about a lost and abused young girl, it makes her room feel even more claustrophobic to her. I really felt for Kenzie. Something bad happened to her at college and coming home was meant to bring her closer to her family again and make her feel safe and protected, but it’s turned her upside down and she’s scared of her room and what might be in it.

She feels that this girl is trying to communicate with her and Kenzie is hell bent on helping her ‘to the other side’ if only to stop the dreams and the uneasiness she feels in her room, and get her room to feel safe to her again. But does she succeed? Does the ‘spirit’ leave her alone?

You finally get to know what happened to Kenzie, and I kind of knew that was what happened. What with the dreams that she was getting. In a way, both the girl and Kenzie, to me, were linked through some sort of memories from their traumas. She also began to have dreams about her uncle and a little girl running away. Pretty weird right? It seemed the room held memories for the girl and Kenzie which has more than likely been locked away until now, until her return.

I loved her relationship with Adam. He seemed like the best friend you could ask for and he, in some ways, believed Kenzie – even witnessing to some extent with the painting, what she was telling him about the house, especially the weird aura in her room. I don’t want to write too much about his time with Kenzie, but you’ll have to read and find out what happens.

SPOILER

Now with her emotional trauma and everything she thinks is happening in her room, I did suspect it could all be in her head and it might be her doing everything, instead of a spirit, which Kenzie is certain is haunting her room. When Adam came to stay, he told her she sleep walks a couple of times before coming straight back to him and back to sleep, so it got my thinking she could have been changing the painting every time she got up, as she seemed pretty freaked out that it kept changing all the time. As I’ve mentioned, she dreams about the girl and her uncle, whom I thought was involved somehow, and I wasn’t wrong at all. You do get to find out what exactly happened to Kenzie and it does make sense in the end about how emotionally damaged – if that’s the right word – she is.

SPOILER OVER

Jade is great with planting little hints in this book. It made me really think about what is happening to Kenzie and makes you think about different scenarios that could be throughout the book. I think I was spot on with figuring out what really went on, albeit, it took a while, but when I really thought about it, I gasped when I was right. It’s all explained at the end for those who didn’t really understand what had happened, which was great as I really did want to know if unraveled the truth behind her trauma and paranoia of the ‘spirit’ in her room.

For one who never reads horrors – as I get spooked pretty easily – I was captivated by this book from the beginning. The more I read, the more the clinks in my brain were trying to figure out everything so I needed to finish it to find out. It really is an awesome book to read. Full of suspense, mystery, a little loving but more importantly self-discovery or a self-realization about Kenzie’s life from when she was a little girl to her life in the present.

Definitely give this book a read, you will not be disappointed!

Posted in Suspense

Graveyard Games – Sheri Leigh

Synopsis

Dusty has always been the hothead in the pair — her twin, Nick, he was the calm, cool and collected one. But now Nick is dead, found murdered in their local cemetery, and Dusty, on forced leave from her job as a Chicago police officer, goes back to her childhood home to attend the funeral.

It becomes quickly apparent to Dusty that the local authorities aren’t being straight with her, or anyone else, about what’s been going on in the little Midwestern town she grew up in. The detective in her kicks in and she decides to find out what–or who–has killed her brother, so she moves in temporarily with her father and stepmother, takes a job in a local bar, and starts asking questions.

Her focus soon fixes on Shane, her brother’s best friend–the town bad boy and bad seed. The tension between the two of them has always been palpable, and nothing has changed. Sparks fly as they collide, and while Dusty finds herself sinking in deeper with Shane, the mystery of what happened to her brother–and an ever growing list of victims–grows even stranger.

Dusty finds her past haunting her everywhere she goes as she continues to dig deeper into the circumstances of her brother’s death, and her future looms large as her fate as a police officer is about to be determined back in Chicago. With everything coming to a head, she focuses on one thing: What happened the night her brother was killed in the cemetery? She’s sure Shane knows… something… and she’s determined to find out what it is, one way or another.

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My Review

This book was free on Amazon, and as I’ve said before, I love reading the free books because many of them turn out to be such a good read and this was…at the 80% mark.

Graveyard Games starts off pretty fast, with Dusty, attending her twin brother Nick’s funeral, rewinding on some parts of a conversation between the two of them the night before he died, as he had moved back to their hometown after being ‘fired’ from his job.

Dusty has been suspended from her job in Chicago and so when she comes back to her childhood town, she’s determined to find out who or what has killed her brother, not believing the story that the local police and the local newspaper are running about an animal being the main suspect in the vicious deaths of not only Nick, but other people as well, people she was close to when she was younger.

After the funeral, it does start to become a little slow, not much happens apart from Dusty getting a job in the local bar, befriending a guy called Sam, who, as the book states ‘is a little slow’, has a plan to ‘get with’ her brother’s best friend Shane, whom she allegedly hates so she can get the truth about Nick’s death from him – as she doesn’t believe he doesn’t know what happened, as Nick told her the night before he died he was going out with Shane and their friends.

To be honest, it only really got exciting from about 80% onwards as Shane tells Dusty what killed Nick and they get a gang of them together to go hunt this ‘creature’ down in the cemetery and that’s when all the action happened and I was sitting up straight, gasping over what was happening and hoping that none of them died. I actually had an inkling over who the creature was, and although it wasn’t the person I thought it was, they were still related to that person.

This book – albeit – sounds like a thriller, it’s not a thriller at all. I don’t really read horror books, as I get scared easily when the author describes the deaths in details, what the body looks etc, but in this book, sure, Nick is described in Dusty’s dream, but I could handle the little amount of description of his messed-up body.

I actually had no idea how old the characters were, because they still acted like teenagers, drinking in the woods, making bonfires, and some of the characters are married with kids, so forgive me if I was a little confused over why they were acting immature nearly every night. Searching for their ages, I think they were in their mid twenties? Anyway, as I said, they were acting like they were still in school.

I did love the scenes between Shane and Dusty as Dusty was convinced she hated him from a young age although she had loved him and he her, since they were younger but Nick had stopped Shane from inviting her anywhere with them because Nick had a big secret that you find out when Shane tells Dusty how he died. Although she was only planning to be with Shane to get information, they both slipped back into being in love with each other and when everything happened in the Graveyard at the end, I was on knifes edge wondering who was going to die and who was going to live.

Anyway, if you want a thriller/horror, this probably isn’t the book for you, but as it was free, I can’t complain about it because it ‘eased’ me into wanting to read more books like this, albeit, not the gory kind but we’ll see if I get to that stage eventually.

Posted in Paige Toon, Romance, Suspense

One Perfect Summer – Paige Toon

Synopsis

‘And you still love him?’
‘Every second of every minute of every hour of every day…’

While on holiday in Dorset one summer, Alice meets Joe, a guy working at the local pub. She’s eighteen and on the brink of starting university, while Joe’s life is seemingly going nowhere. But despite their differences, the pair fall hopelessly and desperately in love. And then summer comes to an end and they are dramatically torn apart.

Alice heads off to university in Cambridge where she gets a part-time job punting on the River Cam and slowly picks up the pieces of her broken heart. One day Lukas – a gorgeous golden boy from Cambridge University – spies her and it’s not long before Alice falls for his charms.

Months turns into years, but then Joe comes back into Alice’s life again in a way that she could never have imagined. While Alice lives her ordinary life with Lukas, she has to watch from the sidelines as Joe’s life becomes evermore extraordinary. She never stopped loving him, but he’s out of her reach now, surely? And what about Lukas?

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My Review

I have to begin with how much I love Paige Toon. It’s a given, but this book, although I enjoyed it, irritated me.

18 year old Alice spends the summer in Dorset with her mother before heading off to university after the holidays. There she meets Joe, a guy who lives and works in the local pub and they seem to just click. Joe’s life is seemingly going nowhere, his parents are completely horrible and his family has a secret.

They spend all summer together, and fall in love, but when summer comes to an end, they are dramatically torn apart and Joe leaves, not telling Alice where and leaves her broken-hearted.

Mourning for Joe, Alice heads to Cambridge for university where she gets a part-time job punting on the River Cam and she tries to mend her broken heart, with spending time on the river, going to university and making new friends.

One day, she meets Lukas, who is studying at Cambridge University and it’s not long before they start spending time together and Alice falls for his charms and with months turning to years and as much as Alice tries to forget Joe, she can’t. He was her first love, but she tries to for Lukas’ sake as she wants to make it work.

But suddenly, Joe is thrust back into Alice’s life in a way that she can never escape now and seeing him, watching from the sidelines, it just confirms how much she still loves him but he’s so far out of her reach she tries to leave it alone. But something extraordinary happens, thanks to Alice’s best friend and her life is seemingly going to change fast.

Alice and Joe’s teenager love affair was believable and real. It was a real love at first sight and first love between them, both spending their summer together and sneaking out at night to see each other. It broke my head when everything went wrong and a blast from Joe’s past came back and threatened both of them. Forget the heartbreak from Alice, I wanted their love to last more than the summer, but alas it couldn’t as Joe ran off without telling anyone where he went. Like his parents would care anyway.

When Alice met Lukas, I still wasn’t over Joe and so I really didn’t get into his character. He was rich, his parents weren’t completely fond of Alice when he took her home to Germany, he was possessive, jealous and didn’t like her friends – which would be a big no-no for me if my boyfriend hated my friends, he’d be gone because my friends are everything to me.

The book irritated me because although Alice goes to find Joe when she returns from Dorset with no luck, she is pinning over him throughout the book, and although she gets with Lukas, she can’t love him because her heart belongs with Joe. When she finds out what Joe has been doing for years and he is now a heartthrob, she begins to obsess over him, but there is no way she can reach him.

But she can get in touch with him. Thanks best friend.

The epilogue. THAT annoyed me. Paige Toon does it with some of her books, where you have no idea who the main character ends up with. Lukas or Joe? I’m rooting for Joe, but I suppose I’ll have to read One Perfect Christmas, which is the sequel to tie up any loose ends over this book and as I’ve just downloaded it, expect a book review very shortly.

Posted in Romance, Suspense

On The Island – Tracey Garvis-Graves

Synopsis

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He’s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn’t bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family – and a stack of overdue assignments – instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.’s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island.

Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

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My Review

I finished this book in about four hours, after being captivated by the story of two people being lost and stranded on an island – I do like the films such as Castaway and Blue Lagoon – the old and new versions, so I knew I would probably become engrossed in this book of survival and friendships.

From the synopsis, you can see that Anna is 30 years old, while T.J is almost 17 has also overcome cancer. During the trails and tribulations of trying to get to the Maldives island T.J’s parents are currently residing in, the pilot of their little plane dies and they are stranded in the shark-infested sea. T.J has to tow Anna to the nearest island without becoming food for the Sharks.

Over the course of the book, they have to band together to get through the days being stranded, hoping that their family will not give up hope in finding them and will have faith they are still alive. As the weeks turn into months and the months into years, their hope is slightly fading, and by now they have made themselves a little home from things around the island, including a pet chicken!

While the fear that T.J’s cancer could return, Anna and T.J both become ill and safe each other over the years. But thats not all thats worrying them both, Anna is now spending time with T.J, who in her eyes is becoming a man.

While they do in fact fall for each other, as it was inevitable since it was only the two of them together every day and night, you become engrossed with both the characters, feeling their every emotions and wishing someone would come along and find them as both of them do not want to die and leave the other on their own.

I must say, i thoroughly enjoyed this book and the ending too. I heard its going to be made into a movie, and if that is true, i literally cannot wait to see the outcome of it.

Posted in Romance, Suspense

Shut Up and Kiss Me – Christie Craig

Synopsis

When PR expert Shala Winters gets hired to increase the tourist trade in a Texas town mostly populated by Native Americans, her schemes stir up a storm of trouble-with both the town’s commanding lawman and someone after Shala’s life!

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My Review

I’ve had this book on my kindle for a few weeks now but I’ve always put other books before it. Last night I decided it was time to read it – seeing as i think it was a freebie on Amazon – and I normally really enjoy the freebie books.

I had read the synopsis when i downloaded the book, so i had completely forgot what it was about, and when i got a few pages in and got confused, i re-read the blurb and remember exactly why i had downloaded the book.

It is definitely different from any other books i read. I’m not really a romantic mystery/suspense girl myself, but I did in fact, love this book. Every page had me hooked and i was constantly guessing over who the hitman was going to me – I thought it was her ex-husband…totally way off there.

Christie made me love ALL the characters and their story lines but I have to say i adored Lucas and Jose the most.

Lucas had some great lines which had me laughing throughout the book and I just felt drawn to Jose – I did feel slightly sorry for him and i kind of understand why he wanted to leave Precious – as i feel that way about my home town at the moment and I don’t feel like i fit in anymore, so i can totally sympathize with him in that respect.

The love triangle between Maria/Matt/Jose got me irritable at times. Maria and Jose are foster siblings with history and Maria was with Matt but something happened. I didn’t like who Maria ended up with, i wanted the other guy as i really liked him.

Redfoot and his premonition dreams about souls mates and incidents from the spirits were very interesting to read. I believe in the whole soul mates thing, so i enjoyed it when they came true. His ‘relationship’ with Veronica annoyed me a bit. Mainly it was Veronica getting on my nerves saying no one could find out because of her children but when you’re older, why should it matter to your children if you find another partner? It would make me happy if any one of my parents found someone else if the other one left or died (They are together just for the record).

Sky and Shala – too cute. I loved the way their relationship paned out – both attracted to each other but not wanting to do anything.

Redfoot had a dream these two were soul mates and the journey from when they first met to the end of the book had me hanging on. Sky doesn’t believe in soul mates and love but when he sees Shala he’s attracted to her but thinks if this whole soul mate stuff is true, he has to stay away. Shala is also instantly attracted to Sky when she first sees him and after having her camera snatched off her by him, all she wants is it back so she can do her job and get out of Precious but no matter how much they want to stay away, they cant as Shala has a stalker that will do whatever to have her dead, and Sky will do whatever to protect her and keep her safe.

I did just find the epilogue on Christie’s website, if anyone hasnt seen it or read it.

Totally recommend this book especially as it makes me want to go to Texas now as the scenery etc was beautifully written

Posted in Romance, Suspense

Enemies and Playmates – Darcia Helle

Synopsis

“When the abused decide to fight back, the abuser’s world might just shatter. Lauren Covington’s family maintains a grand facade that hides the private abuse they suffer at the hands of her father. Jesse Ryder, a private detective, steps into that world and, in the process, falls in love with Lauren. Together, Lauren and Jesse dodge death and expose the truth behind the facade.”

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My review

I have to say, at first the book cover didn’t entice me into reading it, but because it was free and the synopsis intrigued me, I downloaded it. it had taken me a while to get round to reading this book as I thought it might be all about sex but I have to say I was drawn into it within the first few pages and it’s taken me a few hours to read as I couldn’t put it down. It deals with abuse, dominating power and control and love – not my usual reading material. I hated Alex (the father) from the start- how can a man even think about doing something so horrid to his family and have the nerve to do everything he does in the book! I was so glad of the ending, but I did wish it happened so much earlier on so he could piss off and let Kara (the mother) and Lauren live their life. I loved Lauren and how she would stand up to her dad and try to protect her mum and brother. Her relationship with Jesse was adorable, considering everything that was going on in both their life’s and the way Jesse was going out of his way to protect Lauren and try to end her father’s rein.

I don’t think I could ever forgive a friend that deceived me like Gina did to Lauren and I really wanted Lauren to stand her ground and be like ‘no way in hell am I forgiving you’ but then I suppose Gina was a victim of Alex’s and was lured into becoming his plaything when she was only 16 (shes now 22) but still you would never think to do what she did to a best friend! This book had me conveying all sorts of emotions throughout it and I just needed to finish it to know who would survive and I’m so glad that it ended how it did. Not sure how I’d feel if it didn’t end that way but i was in so much suspense over what would happen. But men like Alex do not deserve to be alive- to hire people to kill people, especially your family makes me so disgusted at certain members of the human race and I know it’s just a book but who’s to say this doesn’t happen in real life?! Other than my little rant, I shall definitely be recommending this book.