The Dragon’s Bride
Series: A Deal with a Demon #1
Author: Katee Robert
Published: March 29, 2022
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
Briar Rose might have a name out of a storybook, but she learned at a very young age that no prince was coming to save her. She’ll have to save herself. Unfortunately, even that is an impossible task in her current situation—trapped in a terrifying marriage to a dangerous man.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, which is how she finds herself making a deal with a demon. Freedom from her husband…in return for seven years of service.
She expects the service to be backbreaking and harsh. She doesn’t expect to be put on an auction block in a room full of literal monsters and sold to the highest bidder.
He might seem kinder than his fearsome looks imply, but she knows better than to trust the way he wants to take care of her, or how invested he is in her pleasure. In her experience, if something seems too good to be true, it certainly is.
Falling for Sol is out of the question. She’s suffered enough, and she has no intention of staying in this realm…even if she leaves her heart behind when she returns to her normal life.
Another buddy read with Beccie! And unfortunately, not nearly as good as the Prime Mating Agency. I get suspension of disbelief and all, but c’mon. I don’t think any of the mechanics actually worked in this book. A dragon with 2 huge dingdongs and a maw filled with fangs and a forked tongue and a petite human female. It was just too much of a leap for me. Plus, both human and dragon were morons. Apparently they were incapable of working their way out of a problematic wet paper bag! They didn’t use their brains until like the last chapter and by then, they were already given the solution by someone else. I’m giving it 3 stars because it held my attention, but I didn’t really like this book.
Dr. Stuart Knott
Published: February 11, 2022
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
You’re cordially invited to LaVey House…
The reclusive Howard LaVey has presented writers Frederick Brandis, Aster Callahan, Rhiannon Hughes, and Mikhail Orlov with the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to spend a week at his ominous estate and collaborate on a horror anthology.
Each of them hopes to get something out of it, ranging from riches to recognition, but egos flare and co-existing becomes a struggle as each writer battles against their own demons and self-doubts.
Soon enough, LaVey House turns out to be much more than they bargained for, and the chance of a lifetime quickly becomes a living nightmare as ancient spirits awaken and torment them at every turn.
Four writers, four stories, but the true horror lies buried within the dark hallways and forgotten secrets of LaVey House just waiting to live again!
The Summoning is an intense horror collaboration from the minds of Dr. Stuart Knott, Harriet Everend, and Jessica Huntley and featuring contributions from Alice Stone, Shantel Brunton, Tom Schnipke, and Daria Lavrenteva.
TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR:
Violence, supernatural horror, depictions of abuse (domestic, physical, and emotional), trauma, swearing, rape suicide, depression, panic attacks, loss of a child, blood and gore
Whoa: This one was crazy! Ivan got me this book for my birthday and I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated! It’s thick and has three different authors; my history with those kinds of books isn’t really that good. But thankfully, this one was good! It caught my attention right from the first page! I also didn’t really notice any differences in writing style. Everything made sense and flowed as if there were only one author.
The characters were all unique and had their own interesting plot lines throughout the story. The setting of LaVey House was fabulous and now I want to visit! My only real issue is that I wasn’t given enough info on the endgame (I call it that cuz I don’t want to spoil it). Y’all know that I need as much info as possible and this was another open ending that just made me want more! But I liked how everything came together and even the open ending made sense and closed out the story well. This is a really good one for any horror fan!!
While You Sleep
Series: Newryst #1
Author: Caillou Pettis
Published: March 8, 2022
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Welcome to the city of Newryst – one of the most terrifying places known to mankind. On the surface, it seems to be a bustling city full of big dreams and hopeful ambitions, but upon closer inspection, it’s actually the focal point of some of the most horrifying and unexplainable cases ever documented.
In this collection, you’ll read ten pulse-pounding tales. An ordinary man experiences the most extreme form of sleep paralysis ever documented. A young boy wakes up in an unfamiliar room and must do everything it takes to escape. An antique store owner comes into possession of a mysterious music box with a cursed backstory. A man continuously hears clicking noises coming from deep inside his walls. Two radio hosts receive unsettling news while broadcasting live on air.
What do all of these stories have in common? They all occur in the city of Newryst. Take a journey into the mind of author Caillou Pettis as he walks you through all of the most disturbing events throughout the history of Newryst.
This is a really good anthology! Normally I’m not a huge fan, especially when I have a hard time seeing the commonality in the stories, but that’s what I liked about this book. I didn’t have to search for it. All the stories take place in the same city, and that’s it. I went into it with that simple piece of info and it made all the difference. When I wasn’t looking for things in common, they just started appearing. And then, the most important thing: it was pretty creepy! So many of these stories gave me chills! I don’t want to say too much or give anything away so this is one of those reviews where I tell you to just read it and you’re welcome! An excellent anthology!