Review: Zareena


Author: Avishek Gupta.
Genre: Adult Thriller.
Rating: 🍫🍫🍫🍫

Blurb:

- "I was too excited as I approached her. My heart was beating faster and my breaths were growing heavier with each passing second."

- "She agreed to drop down to my hotel room in the evening. I was sweating after finishing my rendezvous."

- "Morals were the last thing on my mind. I was ready to screw the societal norms!"

- "She was adept at her craft and knew exactly how to make a man happy."

- "I kissed her lips again, and soon, we were making love for the third time in the night. This time, I was a little more adventurous..."

- "The next moment, a flash of light approached us, followed by a loud gunshot."

- "I was badly hurt and rapidly losing my senses. She came close and leaned over my body. I tried to lift my hand and whisper her name. But everything around me went dark!"

- "Was it just a figment of my imagination or was she really there last night?"

Zareena - she made me feel like a man, she saved my life, but then she vanished without a trace!
A suspense thriller strictly for adults!

Cover Review:

The cover is simple and relates with the storyline pretty well, so I like it.

Book Review

I'll be perfectly honest, I'm not a fan of short stories. I rather prefer novels.

But Zareena had it all. In 16 pages, it told a complete story, with stable characters, a well planned storyline and just the right amount of suspense.

The book was short, therefore so will be the review. Zareena was a short, enjoyable read and a concoction of the right amounts of suspense, love and heartbreak.


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Review: No Ordinary Girl



Author: Cheryl Elaine
Genre: Crime Thriller.
Rating: 🍫🍫🍫🍫

Blurb:

What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters - the worst creatures mankind has ever produced - she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound.

The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.

Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?

Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?
This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.

Cover Review:

I love the cover! It's dark, mysterious and yet so very simple.

Book Review:

I have mixed feelings about this book. The premise was intriguing, the story as a whole dark and nicely planned. But there where things that made me kip paragraphs at times. 

Like the fact that the third person POVs talked about so many characters, one after the other that at times, I couldn't understand which character was being described. The author spent the first 60 pages mostly describing the characters, and introducing the main character Aimee.

This was a crime thriller, so obviously there was going to be a detective. But the detective arrived so late, after one third of the book was already done. I wish he had showed up sooner.

Other than that, No Ordinary Girl was gruesome, dark and utterly chilling. 


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An Interview With Heather MacKinnon, Author of Shift!

Today, on the release day of her second book, I had the chance to have a conversation with Heather MacKinnon, author of Changed, and now Shift!


I had a lot of fun talking to her and I'm looking forward to read more of her books!


Q. First of all, what was your inspiration? Your last book was a Vampire novel, wasn't it? What made you write a werewolf novel this time?

A. Yes, my last novel featured vampires! My first paranormal loves! I chose to write about werewolves this time because I love the passion and heat that these particular paranormal beings always exude. I had the idea that werewolves would be born as multiple births (small litters) and then had the idea of writing about a set of quintuplet werewolves. The rest of the story grew from that initial idea.

Q. All of the McCoy sisters have such distinctive characters. Were they by any chance inspired from people you know? Or were they all completely fictional?

A. Thank you! I really strove to make the sisters have individual personalities and not just be "one of the sisters", so I'm so glad that came across for you! And no, they're not based off of any real person I know, although I think I'd be great friends with each of them (well, maybe not Beatrice). Some of their characters were early ideas, like I knew Beatrice would be a tough cookie, and that Evey would be the bubbly, fun-loving youngest sister. The other ladies formed in my mind a little later on, and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out!

Q. Who was your most favorite character to create? And why?

A. That's like choosing my favorite dog! Some days it's one and some day's it's the other. I will say, it was a lot of fun writing Evey. She's so much fun no matter what she's doing. I also really enjoyed Abraham. Writing a strong alpha character who grew up with four sisters and therefore has a much softer side was complex and fulfilling. I hope their characters mean as much to the readers as they meant to me!

Q. If you had to, who is the first character from Shift that you'd kill? 

A. Ben. Bye-bye. Haha. He's terrible, I pretty much had to think "what's the worst thing that could come out of this guy's mouth right now" in order to write his dialogue.

Q. Are you a planner or a pantser?

A. Pantser! The most planning I do is to write bullet points for different events or scenes I've thought up in advance. Then I'll arrange them in what I think their chronological order should be. That's the best I can do as far as planning goes. There's only a chapter or two in advance in my head at a time. Hopefully my style is working!

Q. What is your favorite time to write? Do you follow a specific schedule or do you write as inspiration strikes?

A. I like to write after work. I spend a lot of time during my shifts thinking of my story and what I want to write and it's almost bursting out of me by the time I get home. As far as schedules, I do attend a meeting every Monday night called Shut Up & Write that I try to always make because it really motivates me to write and I can usually get at least one chapter written there. Beyond that, I try to get another 1-2 chapters done per week when I have nothing else major going on. However, when I'm nearing the end, I'm usually writing 1-2 chapters per day.

Q. Which was the most difficult scene to write in Shift?

A. Her actual shift! If you're a fan of the paranormal, you've seen or read of shifters, but being inside the head of someone who's going through it for the first time is more rare. I had to really stretch my imagination for that scene.

Q. I loved Charlie the cat and his skidding nails. What inspired you to create the main man as Elizabeth calls him?
(I think that guy deserves some recognition, therefore the question 💖)

A. Charlie the cat is modeled after my own dog, Charlie! We've had him seven years, and he is just the sweetest little dog, and the biggest cuddler you've ever met. I wanted Elizabeth to have a companion, but knew with her work schedule, a dog would be out of the question. Therefore, she got a cat that's inspired by my dog!

Q. When will we get to read Howl, the book two? The suspense is killing me! 

A. I'm so glad to hear you're excited to read Howl! I am currently writing, and plan to publish this year, hopefully sometime around the middle of 2018.

Q. ‎What's your favorite thing about the Paranormal genre? 

A. What you need to know about me, is I'm a huge sap. I am a sucker for anything romance--it's what drives me. So what draws me to the paranormal genre is the eternal aspect of their romance. With vampires, they live forever and therefore their love never dies. With werewolves, at least with my werewolves, there's such a thing as "fated mates" which is like a soul mate. That one person in the world they were meant to find and love forever. That's so magical to me and what will always draw me to this genre.

I love the paranormal genre too! Thank You for having a chat with me!


About The Author:

Heather MacKinnon is an author living in the research triangle in North Carolina with her husband and two troublemaking dogs. She grew up on Long Island and spent her young adult years in various states in New England. This led to her subsequent addiction to Dunkin’ Donuts latte’s and her gratuitous use of the word “wicked”. She’s tried her hand at many jobs throughout the years as she strove to find the one that made her happy. Heather has sold chicken, kitchen knives, auto body supplies, PR packages, and computer software. She’s been a cashier, a waitress, a cook, a hotel concierge, a phlebotomist, and an Uber driver. Though her jobs have been many, her passion has always been reading. She’d hide in the bathroom and read between sales calls, or find a lonely corner in the kitchen and whip out her kindle between waiting on tables. After a lifetime of enjoying other people’s words, she decided to write down some of her own. Her debut novel is Changed.

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Read my reviews of her books here:

Changed.
Shift.

Review: Shift


Author: Heather MacKinnon.
Genre: Paranormal Romance.
Rating: 🍫🍫🍫🍫🍫

Blurb:

Hard working criminal lawyer Elizabeth Montgomery is finally taking a vacation, a solo trip to the mountains of North Carolina to a cozy little cabin in the woods. Unfortunately, she doesn’t even get to spend one night there. She takes an early evening hike and ends up on the wrong side of a vicious animal attack. Or so she thought. When she’s found and rescued by sexy stranger, Abraham, she soon finds out it was a werewolf that attacked her. And that she’s the newest member of Abraham’s pack. Now Elizabeth must navigate the changes that come along with becoming a werewolf while also learning to fit into this tight knit pack. For an only child who rarely speaks with her own parents, getting close to Abraham and his family might just be scarier than becoming a werewolf.

Cover Review:

The cover is befitting the storyline and has a mystique quality to it that I really like. 

Book Review

I devoured Shift in a day. I got this book as an ARC from the author in exchange of an honest review. I had loved the author's previous book so I was looking forward to reading this one.

Though when I received the book and realized it was a werewolf novel, I'd felt very disappointed. Recently, I've encountered way too many badly written werewolf novels, and I'd kinda lost faith in werewolf novels.

But as I started reading Shift, I realized that it was so much better. First off, it wasn't all about romance. There was also a keep you on your toes mystery that made the story worthwhile.

To make it even more better, the lead female was NOT a weakling who falls desperately in love with the big bad alpha. She's an independent chic and a lawyer at that and does not let other people overrule her. I loved her!

Considering I devoured it in a day, you can probably imagine just how unputdownable this novel was. If you like Paranormal stuff, you'll definitely love this one!


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A very Happy Release Day to the book!


I also had a fun chat with the author! You can check it out here.

Review: VanishIng Girls


AuthorLisa Regan.
Genre: Mystery Thriller.
Rating: 🍫🍫🍫🍫🍫

Blurb:

She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name…

Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona.

Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls. She knows the race is on to find Isabelle alive, and she fears there may be others…

The trail leads Josie to another victim, a girl who escaped but whose case was labelled a hoax by authorities. To catch this monster, Josie must confront her own nightmares and follow her instinct to the darkest of places. But can she make it out alive?
Fans of Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni will be utterly gripped and sleeping with the lights on once they discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

Cover Review:

It's dark, dangerous and perfectly befitting to the storyline.

Book Review

VanishIng Girls is definitely one of the best mystery novels I've ever read. The characters, the suspense, everything was just perfect. 

Usually, when you read a mystery novel, it usually connects with the brain, right? You try to figure out what'll happen next. You rack your brain about it. 

But this book managed to stir both my head and my heart. It made me cry and smile proudly. It made me laugh and it made me scream 'yes!' (Which made my mom think I was crazy, as usual.)

I loved Detective Josie Quinn for her determination and her badass character. I salute that woman. 

There's another character I loved but I can't reveal his name because that's part of a suspense, but he's the good guy playing the bad guy role. 

All in all, VanishIng Girls was a shocking, goosebumps raising read and I'm excited to read more of Josie Quinn's cases! 


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