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WWW Wednesday

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What did I just finish reading?

Check out my review for Vermilion Lies

Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm? 

What am I currently reading?

“He’d thought himself the hunter, that I was easy prey but what he hadn’t bargained for, was contending with a woman who hadn’t eaten a square meal in twenty-four hours. I get mean when I’m hungry.”

Clarry Pennhaligan, low on ambition but high on energy, can’t seem to come up with a proper grown-up plan to kick-start her life. Planning really isn’t her thing. But then she happens upon her true vocation: Snooping. Discovering other people’s secrets and getting paid for it. What could possibly go wrong? Well……as it turns out, just about everything and soon Clarry finds herself in real danger.

What will I read next?

Tick tock…

Mary Cross has been forced to accept the world of the supernatural because of an experience that left her with the ability to hear—but not see—the supernatural. She survived three weeks of being kidnapped and tortured, and it has left her emotionally and physically scarred.

Across the street from her house, strange things are happening…

Mysterious noises haunt the residents, faucets turn on by themselves, and footsteps can be heard running up and down the stairs. It all centers around Noah, a two year old child. Babysitters have run screaming from the house.

Caleb Malone has been dumped into a teeming hornet’s nest…

He’s always been the good son, done everything asked of him, and even gave up graduate school to join the family business of hunting supernatural villains. He’s convinced himself he’s happy, that his duty to his gift should come before anything else.

Until he meets Mary Cross.

She gives him hope that things can be different, that he can be different.

Together, the two of them must solve the mystery of the two shadows stalking the child and save him from whatever has attached itself to him. Time is running out and to save Noah, forcing Mary to face her own demons.

But in doing so…has she put a target on her back?


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Review – The Ghost Files #3

Title – The ghost files volume 3
Author – Apryl Baker
Pages -264 pages – Kindle edition
My copy – Kindle – from kindle unlimited.
Published – 09/06/2014
Genre – Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, YA, Supernatural.

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One, two, the ghosts are coming for you… 
Three, four, better salt your door… 
Five, six, death and hatred mix… 
Seven, eight, help will come too late… 
Nine, ten, never reap again…

Seventeen year old, Mattie Hathaway, has enough on her plate without having to deal with the latest teenage ghost drama. The ghosts of eight murdered girls are out for her blood. They blame Mattie for their deaths. She has to figure out what happened to them before they make sure she ends up just like them…dead and angry.
Not only that, but she has to face the greatest fear of her young life, the death of the only person she’s ever loved. Can she let nature take its course or will she interfere and cause the balance of life and death to spiral out of control?
She’s out of time, and doesn’t know if she should trust Silas, the demon who has taken a very disturbing interest in her or her father, a man just as evil as Silas. 
Either way, she has to make a choice. But what will it cost her and those she loves?


Review

Not only does Mattie have to deal with ghosts popping up whenever they feel like it, she is now experiencing their excruciating death. Mattie is now thrown into reliving each girls death, and each ghost specifically wants Mattie to endure the pain. The one occurring theme of their murders being Mattie Hathaway is the reason they’re dead.
Mattie meets her father Zeke – a dangerous, secretive and endearing man. He appears to either scare or draw in others around him. But Mattie is faced with not only fear, but comfort knowing she has found her father. However with Silas in her ear telling her Zeke is not to be trusted, where does that leave Mattie.

I found this book slower than the previous two, not so much ghost drama, but more of a book based on Mattie’s discovery and journey to find herself. Relationships were a heavy plot, I only wish the ghosts of the murdered girls were focused on more instead of the teenage drama.
The story really kicked off about 60% of the way through, with spooks, chills and murders. At this point I was engrossed, it’s a shame it took that long but I am glad I kept reading because that cliffhanger has me wanting to read the next instalment. Which might I add is already downloaded on my kindle.

Perhaps Apryl Baker didn’t do as well with this instalment, however it is a crucial part of the series, and leaves more questions than answers.
I still stand by my previous reviews of this series that these books are a must read, and I would read again. On the other hand, even though Apryl Baker is skilled at writing, I wish this book was perhaps thought out better with a focused plot line, rather than jumping in and out of relationships.

I gave this book 3/5 stars – it was likeable but tedious. Please meet my hopes of the next instalment being better.

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One, two, the ghosts are coming for you… 
Three, four, better salt your door… 
Five, six, death and hatred mix… 
Seven, eight, help will come too late… 
Nine, ten, never reap again…

Seventeen year old, Mattie Hathaway, has enough on her plate without having to deal with the latest teenage ghost drama. The ghosts of eight murdered girls are out for her blood. They blame Mattie for their deaths. She has to figure out what happened to them before they make sure she ends up just like them…dead and angry.

Not only that, but she has to face the greatest fear of her young life, the death of the only person she’s ever loved. Can she let nature take its course or will she interfere and cause the balance of life and death to spiral out of control?

She’s out of time, and doesn’t know if she should trust Silas, the demon who has taken a very disturbing interest in her or her father, a man just as evil as Silas. 

Either way, she has to make a choice. But what will it cost her and those she loves?

Previous Reviews for this series –
Ghost Files 1
Ghost Files 2

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Review – Ghost Files Volume 2 – By Apryl Baker.

Title – The ghost files volume 3
Author – Apryl Baker
Pages -264 pages – Kindle edition
My copy – Kindle – from kindle unlimited.
Published – 09/06/2014
Genre – Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, YA, Supernatural.

At seventeen, Mattie Hathaway has survived her mother attempting to kill her, multiple foster homes, and a serial killer. Oh, and she sees ghosts on a regular basis too. You’d think Fate would give her a break right? Umm…nope, not Mattie.

Dan Richards is the only person in the entire world Mattie trusts, but then the boy goes and breaks her heart. Mattie does what she does best, she runs and lands herself slap in the middle of a haunted house full of ghosts turned vengeful that want Mattie to join their ranks. 

Only bright spot on all this? Eli Malone – the gorgeous boy with the beautiful aqua eyes that makes her feel things she’s never even imagined before. She’s not sure what to do with him, especially when Dan shows up glowering at him. 

She’ll figure Eli out if she can survive the house. The ghosts are bound and determined to kill her so she’ll be one of them. Now if she can just figure out how to survive them and the demon stalking her, she might be able to decide what to do about her feelings for Dan and Eli.

That is if she can survive the night in the house.

Review

Via Goodread’s book receives contradictory review’s. I for one enjoyed this book, and so far the series.  Prior to this series I read the follow on series called “The Crane Diaries” and was confused about Mattie’s past. This series clears that all up and has kept me engrossed. (Homecoming – The Crane Diaries – Review).
There may not have been a lot about new Orleans featured in this book, which appears to be fellow reviewers complaints. I on the other hand found there to be plenty of paranormal content, gossebumps and drama to keep me entertained throughout, New Orleans was simply a basic setting for this book.
The only part I found myself skipping was the internal dialogue from Mattie…. I wanted action, dialogue between characters, however as soon as I was getting bored the story picked up again, throwing me back into Mattie’s paranormal gifts, demons and more.

The main critique I have seen from other reviewers was Mattie’s constant switch between men.   What people need to understand is, this is from the point of view of a 17 year old, who has experienced prolonged abuse and upset.  Mattie has been tortured, passed around foster homes, and given a gift which is not only terrifying, but dangerous!. Of course she is going to jump at the chance to fall for a cute, caring guy.  This is probably the only normal part of her life, experiencing what other teenage girls do at her age. The fact that one of the three men is dead, does not bring much hope for Mattie’s love life, even if Mattie has her heart set on “mirror boy”.

I very much enjoyed meeting the New characters, Caleb, and Eli. their brotherly banter and protectiveness over Mattie.
they featured in my favourite character moment.
Dan discovers more than he realised on the journey to find Mattie’s real mum. He also needs to gain Mattie’s trust, and try to salvage her broken heart that he smashed.

The mystery dark goo demon who appears from the beginning and I thought was the plot, seems to disappear halfway thought the story line and replaced by a news demonic ghost. 
This threw me off, however I preferred the demonic ghost from the 1700’s, his dark twisted mind and Voodoo.
The descriptiveness of Apryl’s writing is enough to keep any reading captivated, but not too descriptive to bore us.

I would definitely recommend this book and read it myself again. Apryl Baker has not let me down in this series, and has made me fall in love with the paranormal genre all over again.

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WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

What I have recently finished?

The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.
All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race. 

Here is my recent review for the book – The Blood Prince

What am I currently reading?

At seventeen, Mattie Hathaway has survived her mother attempting to kill her, multiple foster homes, and a serial killer. Oh, and she sees ghosts on a regular basis too. You’d think Fate would give her a break right? Umm…nope, not Mattie.

Dan Richards is the only person in the entire world Mattie trusts, but then the boy goes and breaks her heart. Mattie does what she does best, she runs and lands herself slap in the middle of a haunted house full of ghosts turned vengeful that want Mattie to join their ranks. 

Only bright spot on all this? Eli Malone – the gorgeous boy with the beautiful aqua eyes that makes her feel things she’s never even imagined before. She’s not sure what to do with him, especially when Dan shows up glowering at him. 

She’ll figure Eli out if she can survive the house. The ghosts are bound and determined to kill her so she’ll be one of them. Now if she can just figure out how to survive them and the demon stalking her, she might be able to decide what to do about her feelings for Dan and Eli.

That is if she can survive the night in the house.

What will I read next?

I have two choices of books to read next have not yet been release….. So I am very excited. I am hoping to read L.D. Rose new book Vermilion Lies from the senary series, which will be released next month….. Promo’s will be coming soon.

Check out my reviews for the first two books in the series:

Black Bullet

Releasing the demons

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ABC Reading Challenge – G

I have seen only a few posts on this challenge, recently viewed it on Sara @ the Bibliophagist. I think this will become another regular post on my blog, perhaps for Friday’s :).

Books Read –

The ghost downstairs – By Molly Ringle
The ghost files – Apryl Baker
The girl on the train – By Paula Hawkins
Th gilded king – By Josie Jaffrey

Books To Read –

Gone Girl – By Gillian Flynn
A gate of night – By Bella Forrest
The ghost files series 2-5 – By Apryl Baker
Ghosted – By Kristine Schwartz
Gone – By S.H.Love

Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you have any recommendations? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Ghost Files #1 – By Apryl Baker – Book Review.

Cherry blossom lipstick: check 
Smokey eyes: check 
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check 

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too. 

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally. 

Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance. 

Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim… 


Review

Genre – Paranormal, Horror, Mystery, Young adult.
Available in – paperback + kindle + Audible.
My copy – Kindle.

Length – 284 pages

First of I want to start by stating I should have read this book before Homecoming (I found Homecoming confusing). This book was the series prior to The crane diaries. And trust me everything is now clearer about Mattie.

The plot of this book kept me turning every page. Apryl Baker has made an amazing, creepy story. Even I was shivering a little bit with some of the gruesome details. For a young adult, paranormal book I was shocked and intrigued with the amount of spooky details and gore. Not one detail was missed.
The gradual build up to the end left me wanting more, each chapter added new gifts, new ghosts with an added adrenaline rush in the final few chapters.
It has been a long time since a paranormal book has excited me like this.

The characters were kept simple. Mattie and Dan are the main characters portrayed in this book.
The Ghost Files follows Mattie’s life coming to terms with the fact her mother tried to kill her and then committed suicide, now she can see ghosts.
However after spending years in the foster system, as well as trying to avoid ghosts Sally disappears and Ghost boy arrives, sending Mattie into a string of hospital visits, which she can’t explain to her foster mother….. But she can with Dan.

Raising the knife once more, she pushed it deep into her own throat before pulling it out. She collapsed beside me, her face inches from mine. I had to lie there and watch her die.

The back and forth banter with Dan and Mattie was the best. Dan was like an over protective older brother at first with the need to protect Mattie even outside of work. Mattie decides to confide in Dan when it comes to her gift but cannot understand why – what has this random guy in her life got that her boyfriend doesn’t, and why is she slipping up with her words around him.
All these new ghosts, and with the help of Dan and a new doctor Mattie begins to understand her gift, and begins to trust in the spirits knowledge.

I never felt I was reading from the point of view of a teenager, Mattie comes across as a grown woman, troubled past but now stronger than ever and ready to kick ass.
There was nothing I disliked about this book, and I have already added the rest of the series to my TBR.

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