– by Charlotte Greene
Once again, it was solely the book cover that lured me to read the story. When a cover is spellbindingly aesthetic and subversively revealing, I avoid the book’s blurb because I want to experience the story organically based on my supposition of what the cover and/or the title has revealed to my imagination. THIS cover of Charlotte Greene‘s latest lesfic horror/supernatural story, “Legacy,” with a compelling romance, literally held me captive. It’s the well. The. Bloody. Well. I always had this strange fascination with the well. Perhaps because of what it represents (to me): the abyss of hidden secrets, dark mysteries, lost time, trapped past. So the sight of a well on this cover was like a calling….an ominously eerie calling for my attention. With the cabin looking on from afar like it was scared of the unassumingly imposing well, not to mention, its intimidating title towering over its insidious mouth, my resolve to devour this book was sealed good and proper. I trusted my instincts that its story would give me the kind of satisfaction that I always crave for when reading. In particular, stories in the horror/paranormal/supernatural genre, because of my unusually high expectations and selective pickiness. I don’t usually read books solely based on their covers but the few times that I did, they all came up on top, believe it or not. No exception with this one. Yay to intuition!
Needless to say, the cover and the title did its job and then some in personifying the nature and intent of the story. “Legacy” was utterly brilliant! For me, it was one of the most arresting, richly multi-layered, spine-tingling, bone-chilling horror/supernatural stories ever written and I’m proud to place this as one of my favourites in the genre, lesfic or otherwise. The tone, the rhythmic flow and design of Greene’s dark, hair-raising nightmare of a tale was reminiscent of Henry James’ “The Turn Of The Screw,” Stephen King’s “Doctor Sleep,” mixed with the visual shudder of “The Ring,” “Amityville Horror,” and “Cabin In The Woods,” all of which are on my favourite horror “proverbial” book/blu-ray shelf. But the icing on the cake for me was what “Legacy” had that these aforementioned books/movies didn’t…. LESBIANS! To top it off, it also featured a prominent lesbian romance that Greene ever-so nonchalantly weaved into the story amidst all the otherworldly ruckus throughout the entire journey! To say that I was utterly satisfied and satiated after devouring this book is an understatement. Naturally, I shall be revisiting the cabin, the well, the woods, the fascinating cast of characters, particularly the primary MCs and the “shadow” MCs…yeh, you have to read it to gauge who I’m talking about!
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– by Charlotte Mills
**Sometimes a book cover sets up the mood, tells the story or raises the level of curiosity and intrigue. THIS cover satisfies all. The contrast. Beauty and ugliness. Calm and chaos. In the midst of beauty and calm illuminating the dark forest lies chaos. Its name is Spade and its mission? “Payback.” Can you feel it?**
If you haven’t read Charlotte Mills‘ latest, “Payback,” her first Ylva-published novel, and you’re a fan of crime/mystery (with a compelling romance, to boot!), you really ought to, imo!
Craftily original. Insidiously unassuming. Slyly-weaved web. Pure FUN.
And the twist? *slow clap*
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– by Charlotte Mills
*This commentary applies to both Books 1 & 2 of this Duology*
I have to admit, I never heard about Charlotte Mills before. Until one day, I noticed the cover of Ylva‘s “Payback” written by someone called Charlotte Mills. Its aesthetic cover captivated me attention, plus, after reading the blurb, I was positively curious about not just the book (I’m a big fan of the crime/mystery genre and constantly looking out for well-written ones in lesfic) but the author herself. So, I set out to check her previous work via Goodreads, just so I could gauge her writing and storytelling style before I ventured into her first Ylva-published novel. I picked her critical-acclaimed duology, “Out Of The Blue” and “Latent Memories,” which I assumed she self-published in 2016. Was I glad I read them! Needless to say, I have me eyes on Ms. Mills’ work now because after reading 3 of her books, I like the rhythm and tone of her written words when telling a story. So I’m looking forward to reading her latest, “Payback” soon!
Anyway, back to me commentary about this well-written, compelling and explicitly told love story….
Now, these two books MUST be read back-to-back, imo. Otherwise, let’s just say, you’ll prolly end up pulling your hair out of sheer frustration after reading the cliffhanger of “Out of the Blue” since you’ll be aching to find out what’s gonna happen! So if you just leave it at that and not continue with “Latent,” you’d be left totally unsatisfied. But trust me, reading both, one after another, will make the entire journey very much worth the ride!
Continue reading “Out Of The Blue and Latent Memories: Parts 1 and 2”
– by Robyn Nyx
After reading Robyn Nyx‘s time travel saga (The Extractor Trilogy), I had to go back to her beginning, obviously, so I read her debut novel, “Never Enough.” Since I loved her writing style in the Trilogy, I had a strong feeling I’d love this book. Nothing like a writing style that captures the beating of the heart and words that flow like a rhythm, innit? Sure enough, two chapters in, me mind was made up. I shall be reading everything this new favourite author of mine churns out. End of.
I think I may have finally found me favourite McDermid/Cornwell-style of crime/thriller writing in lesfic! Yup, Nyx’s book ticks all the boxes (and then some!) that I’m looking for in this particular genre – unreservedly dark, intense, gruesome, graphic violence (non-sexual, mind!), suspenseful, thrilling. It’s the dog’s bollocks, really (for me!). But the icing on the cake that McDermid/Cornwell doesn’t have but Nyx does? Explicit, uninhibited sex and romance. In other words, the whole package. Sealed and delivered brilliantly with originality and creativity in the plot and story. Bloody hell YES!
Celebrity (Actor)–Journalist–Human trafficking plot–Sadistic killer–Love
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– by Kris Bryant
I couldn’t wait to read Kris Bryant‘s latest, “Listen,” and when I did, let’s just say, she gave me a truly wonderful and amazing journey to experience in her brilliantly written story about Lily and Hope, superbly wrapped in the sensual world of MUSIC, with words that turned into music notes, played throughout the story like a sheet music. The language of music (me favourite kind apart from the language of maths) really shone in this remarkable story from the start. For her to create a character who was not only a music prodigy but also an actuary (simply put, a profession that has everything to do with numbers…maths!), delighted me to no end. To say that I was ecstatic about digging me heels into Lily’s journey would be an understatement! And Bryant nailed the bloody thing beyond me expectations! To me, “Listen” is her BEST work yet! It’s now one of me favourite lesfic stories and defo will be on me 2019 best list!
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– by Jenn Matthews
First off, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a generous offer from the author of this book to read it before its release date sometime in February with no review obligation. After communicating briefly with Jenn Matthews, new author of Ylva’s and the architect of this book, “Hooked On You,” I was intrigued. I promised that I would give it a go after I finished the 3 books that I was reading then. Nonetheless, the story which captivated me from the start has inspired me to decide on commenting about it.
It IS ironic that the book has the word “Hooked” on its title because…!!! Ok, ever the curious one, despite being busy reading several books simultaneously and carrying on with me day job, I just thought I’d read the first pages of Matthews’ debut published novel just to get the gist of her writing tone and style. There was a Prologue. Good, so I dove in. Oh. My. God. Bloody hell! I instantly suspended all me other reads then so I could dive into this one! Needless to say, I was instantly HOOKED! From the Prologue alone! Whaaa?!
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– by Anna Burke
After a captivating read of Anna Burke‘s latest novel, “Thorn,” obviously I HAD to read her debut work, “Compass Rose.” The critics were right. By gosh, what a fantastic, thrilling, captivating ride indeed! This swashbuckling action-adventure where I got to read about pirates, mercs, and the military all converging in the high seas (not to mention monsters!), marking their territories and warring for more was exceptionally depicted with persistently vivid visualisations of each and every situation, environment, surroundings, all described with such realism that I was transported to every scene that Burke created, like I was there meself, observing every action and sequence….virtually!
Burke’s “Compass Rose,” at times, was reminiscent of Jules Verne’s classic sea voyage adventure literature, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea,” and at times reminded me of “The Pirates of the Carribean,” for me. Except, Burke’s voyage was infinitely better for me, imho, because of many factors, namely, all the badarse, kick-arse leading characters were WOMEN! Bloody hell YES! Having expressed just how much I loved Burke’s literary, lyrical writing style in “Thorn,” Burke continued to impress me to no end with her brilliant knack for creating a glorious sense of music in her richly descriptive, heart-tugging words in every scenario and dialogue/monologue that somehow transformed into lyrical notes in me head as I read on!
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