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KM – The Gatekeepers Sons – Eva Poehler

Title: The Gatekeeper’s Sons

Author: Eva Poehler

Series: Yes, 1st in the series

Category: Supernatural / Mythology / Action

Length: 385 pages

My rating: 9/10

Fifteen year old Therese was in the car with her parents during the fatal accident that killed them both. In real life, she is shy, quiet, unassuming. However, while in a coma in the hospital, she dreams of two men who are incredibly handsome, and decides, since she’s dreaming after all, she may as well do whatever she feels inclined to, even kissing both guys. Little does she know, she’s in the dream state that is somewhat real, and the guys she is tantalizing are Hypnos and Thanatos, the Gods of Sleep and Death, respectively.

Thanatos tries to make a deal with his father, Hades, in order to join the human realm and make Therese fall in love with him, so that he might take her as a bride. When Therese finds him working at her best friend’s farm, she is taken aback, and wondering how she could have dreamed about this man before ever seeing him, and he seems to act as though there’s some big joke going on. Was her dream real?

Overall, Therese ends up in the high court of the Gods and is forced to be put in an arena with the man who killed her parents to prove her worthiness. Can she do it? Can she deal out justice for the man who took her life away from her, and win the right to be with Thanatos, or will she falter? After all, she is only human.

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KM – Essie’s House – Robert Meyerson

Title: Essie’s House

Author: Robert Meyerson

Series: No

Category: Supernatural / Psychological Thriller

Length: 263 pages

My rating: 7/10

Brenda and Gary are a typical couple facing today’s problems. Brenda is unhappy with her job, and due to the current economy, Gary is out of work completely. One day, their unsatisfied, but routine lives are shaken up when Brenda gets a call from a Mr. Higgins, who was supposedly the attorney to her Uncle Jacob. Learning her uncle has passed on, Brenda yearns for the lost chance to get to know her uncle, though he left his entire estate to her.
Uncle Jacob ran an antiques and salvage company. The building that he has willed to Brenda seems daunting to the couple as they move in and try to sort through the strange, vast amount of junk, antiquities, and oddities. Little do they know, there’s more to the building than just items, and there’s more to the items than the mere substance of them. Strange events start occurring, which leads to secrets, long buried, deep resurfacing, and the couple must battle for their sanity…and their lives.

This wasn’t one of my favorites, but it wasn’t terrible. I feel as though there was something missing in the middle of the novel, when things start to change, as if the descent to madness wasn’t very convincing. It also left quite a few things unexplained, which highly annoys me. It was worth the read, but would never make it to the “favorite” list.

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KM – The Seer – Ali Cross

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Title: The Seer

Author: Ali Cross

Series: Follow-up to Desolation series (Desolation Diaries #2)

Category: Drama / Action / Paranormal

Length:  54 pages

My Rating: 6/10

This is the second in the set of “Desolation Diaries”, short stories to follow up the Desolation series. Miri and James are the featured characters, with Miri being the first-person narrator. She has a vision of James being attacked by shadow-like figures, and must work with li’Morl to learn how to control her visions, and hope that they will help her stop what’s about to happen.

Yet again, I found the same flaws. Ali Cross is a good writer, but it’s too short to adequately tell a tale. It feels rushed, and everything just blows by, with no significant feelings of anything actually happening. It lacks the depth and feeling of the actual series.

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KM- Personal Demons – Ali Cross

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Title: Personal Demonds

Author: Ali Cross

Series: Desolation Diaries (follow up to Desolation series)

Category: Drama / Action / Paranormal

Length:  59 pages

My Rating: 5/10

This is a short story to follow up the end of the Desolation series. Miri and James have moved to Paris, and James is the first-person narrator. Hel has come back to Earth, and is trying to snare James as her slave again. He desperately tries to get rid of her and fears how Miri will react when she finds out what he truly went through while serving as Helena’s personal slave in Helheimer. He finds help in a very unlikely place.

This was simply a short follow-up, that I felt obligated to read after finishing the Desolation series. Just out of curiosity. It was decently written, but was too short to really offer up much in the sense of entertainment. I would have liked to hear what was going on with Desi and Michael, rather than James and Miri.

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KM-Doctor Sleep – Stephen King

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Title: Doctor Sleep

Author: Stephen King

Series: LONG AWAITED Sequel to The Shining

Category: Drama / Mystery / Paranormal

Length:  544 pages

My Rating: 9/10

Nearly 40 years after the debut of The Shining, King has finally published a sequel!

Doctor Sleep follows Dan Torrance (yes, Danny, from the Shining) through his alcoholic turmoil, AA, and finding a new life for himself, away from The Overlook, but never quite free. Some of the Residents haunt him still. With the help of Dick Halloran (the chef from The Shining), he begins to learn how to control the lingering effects, although he can’t outrun “The Shine.”

After beginning his new life as an orderly for a hospice home, he quickly earns the nickname, Doctor Sleep. He begins to be visited by what he senses to be a young girl, and she leaves messages for him on his blackboard.

Across town, a baby is born. They name her Abra Stone. Strange things occur around the baby, including a crying fit that persists for hours preceding the 9/11 attack, and abruptly stops as the towers are hit. Abra’s parents notice strange things around her, and her grandmother hints that she may have the Shine as well.

Abra and Dan must convince her parents that he’s okay, and that what they experience is real, in order to band together to fight the True Knot, which travel across the country, killing children with the Shine in order to “drink their steam.” With Dan’s alcohol problems, the stigma surrounding her and Dan’s relationship, and all the other adversities they’re facing, can they stop them?

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KM-The Showing – Will Macmillan Jones

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Title: The Showing

Author: Will Macmillan Jones

Series: No

Category: Drama / Fiction / Mystery/ Supernatural

Length:  196 pages

My Rating: 7/10

Mr. Jones realizes that his grandfather’s old home is for sale. He arranges for a look inside with the real estate agent in charge of it. While inside, he begins to feel an old evil stirring that he remembered from his childhood, so he leaves the agent, Mrs. Hollis, inside to do her “security check” and leaves. The next thing he knows, he’s being tracked down by the police, saying that he was the last to see her, and she never left the house. The police agents are even creeped out by the house. 

However, when Police Constable Ian Evans finds himself on a date with the new estate agent in charge of the house, he has strong feelings for her. After their dinner, he recieves a text saying that she is going to check out this “haunted house” again. He panics, and she is unreachable. Another agent lost within the house.

The two contact a medium, who is too afraid to help, but does refer them to a friend of hers, Eric, who vows to help them understand the house which Evie, the medium, states is not haunted, but is in fact possessed. Mr. Jones remembers a sentence muttered to him once in childhood by his mother, “it can’t hurt you because you have your grandfather’s blood in your veins.” So the quest begins to find out what is possessing the house, what secrets lie within Mr. Jones’s family, and whether they can be stopped in time to save the woman Ian loves, as well as countless others that have gone missing in the house over the decades.

This was a nice, quick read. Decent story line, character development was pretty good. The strange turn toward the end was quite unexpected for me. 

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KM-Affliction – David Jester

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Title: Affliction (A Forever After Story)

Author: David Jester

Series: Yes (#2 – Follow up to Forever After)

Category: Drama / Fiction / Supernatural

Length:  97 pages

My Rating: 2/10

I was not very impressed with the first of this series, Forever After, which was previously reviewed. However, I chose to give the sequel a chance in the hopes that the writing was better. It was not a good choice.

The story picks up where Michael, a grim reaper, is visiting his therapist and talking about how he and Chip, his roommate/ tooth fairy are trying to track down a sadistic serial killer who brutally butchers women and leaves them in obvious places to be found, sometimes even in broad daylight. All Michael is able to get from one of the souls he collects is that she smelled a hot menthol smell before she died. None of them can identify their killer. Meanwhile, at a bar one night, Michael meets a charismatic woman who enraptures him, and the frontman of a band that’s playing in the new establishment. The singer seems overly friendly and Michael is a bit put off by his overly eager antics. Meanwhile, the killer is leaving clues for only Michael to find, and even goes as far as to leave a package on his front door step. Will Michael and Chip be able to find out who the killer is and stop him before he gets to more women in Michael’s area?

Again, I was highly unimpressed by Jester’s writing. It lacks fluidity and decent transition. I still think he had a great idea for all of it, just lacks the skill to deliver it correctly. It’s less than 100 pages, and only $.99, but if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t have even paid that for it. Definitely not worth the read.

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