Saturday, January 10, 2015

Book Review: Angel Manor


A beautiful house – with a dark and deadly secret. 

When Freya inherits her mother's childhood home, she sees it as an opportunity. A chance for a new life with her best friends, as they convert the crumbling mansion into an exclusive hotel. 

Instead, they'll be lucky to escape with their lives. 

As the first hammers tear through the bricked up entrances, a dark, terrible and ancient evil stirs beneath the house. An evil that has already laid claim to Freya and her companions' souls.

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When I started reading Angel Manor, I knew it was going to be a scary book but I didn't realize how terrifying it would be. Angel Manor will definitely go in my top favorite horror books of all time. It is definitely a truly horrifying book.  I distinctly remember reading this book while the wind was howling outside and the house was making noises. Those are great elements to scare someone especially when they are reading a scary book or watching a scary movie.

Ms. Noordeloos has different supernatural themes going on in the book that can seem overwhelming to the story. However, she ties them all so well that these different themes flow as one symbiotic theme. Never was I confused in the story with what was going on. Never was I confused as to whose head I was in while reading. This story takes the span of a few weeks but it never slows down.

Angel Manor is definitely not for a person who is easily offended or grossed out by graphic and violent themes. Ms. Noordeloos does not hold back in her writing of this story. She pushes these boundaries and when you think she can't push it anymore, she pushes it even farther. I loved that... I never thought I would but I did. She drew me in to the story so much that I couldn't put it down.  Ms. Noordeloos wrote her characters to embody evil and that came through in her writing.

One of the things I truly enjoyed about Angel Manor is that you don't know what's going to happen. You may think you know but you don't. Ms. Noordeloos just spins the tale to keep you guessing as to what's going to happen.

Do I recommend Angel Manor? You bet I do. When a book grabs my attention the way Angel Manor did and I couldn't put the book down, that's when you know it's a truly great book.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Book Review: Lost is the Night - Khale the Wanderer Book 2

Khale the Wanderer: lost in the wilderness, scarred by Milanda's fate. 
Lord Barneth: the butcher of Colm hosts a feast in Khale's honour - but to what end? 
Cacea Selwen: a mysterious servant-girl whose fortune becomes bound to Khale. 
The Thoughtless Dark: a figure emerges from its shadows to decide if, this night, the Wanderer shall die. 

What others have said:
"Greg James has a wonderfully vivid and creative imagination which sets him apart from other writers in the Fantasy genre." - Cheryl Bradshaw, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Sloane Monroe Series 

"James' writing is flawless and strong. There were many moments when I forgot anything existed but the world he had built." - Heather Marie Adkins, Author of Abigail, The Temple & The House 

"This is dark fantasy of the highest calibre." - Adrian Chamberlin, Author of The Caretakers

Greg James delivers an unforgettable saga in this second installment of Khale the Wanderer books. 

James reintroduces previous characters into this story as well as new ones. He also introduces new and nightmare inducing foes that will make you scream for dear life. Each character introduced is profound and I found myself fighting alongside with them, wanting them to live to see another day, as bleak as those days are. 

In Lost is the Night we find Khale struggling, more than he has in his long existence, for his life. Khale is more vulnerable in this story and we see that side of him. In Under a Colder Sun, Khale was unreachable. Yes, I found him to be interesting with his roguish way but in Lost is the Night, Khale is more human and we see that side of him. We see him literally fighting for his life and fighting for another's life. 

This story takes on a life fighting journey that lasts through an entire night. Never does James skip a beat with everything that is happening. He tells this tale incredibly well and never was I confused as to whose story I was reading.  In the end, you will be left wanting to know more about Khale's fate as he embarks on a new journey in a different and frightening world. 

Do I recommend Lost is the Night? Oh you bet I do. A fantastic grim dark fantasy that will leave you yearning for more.