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James Earl Williams has a fresh start, finally. Having lived through the gangs of New Jersey protecting his younger brother best he could, he met his legal problems head on and now he is finally free to go to college and begin his adult life. Somehow, his new beginning is not at all what he envisioned. He meets Jolie – a beautiful young woman who is just as attracted to him as he is to her. All could be good with the world still … but then there’s the persistent click click click sound… the grave robberies … the evil being lurking in his dreams … an old woman … and epic battle!
James doesn’t know which way to turn and finds himself fighting not only for his life but for his very soul and the souls of his loved ones – both past and present. It will take him and his entire family to face this evil; some will live, some will die and some … will be between life and death!
David Pyle has created a southern world filled with familial ties, supernatural beings, action, mystery, voodoo and even the walking dead! Between Life and Death has something for everyone.
Pyle very smoothly walks us through a complex story with lots of people who are integral to the story. Each character plays a pivotal role in the upcoming deadly battle of wills and good vs evil. Although there are some soul-searching and transformation of a couple of key characters, the story flow is slow and natural. No character is extraneous or useless, but rather each one enhances the transformation of James or another main character leading them into the final battle.
Character development was solid. Each character was strongly developed leaving no doubt about where their loyalty lay. The reader could not help but grow to know and love some characters and despise others. Pyle executes vivid imagery in character and plot development. This is not a story to be read at night, alone or during a storm. Pyle strikes fear in the reader that goes deeper than the physical world – he takes fear to much deeper levels striking at one’s core beliefs.
Epic in length, this is a solid read that resonates with the reader long after it is over. There were several plot twists and character discoveries that shock the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. I look forward to reading more by David Pyle.
WorldsAPlenty gives this book, Between Life and Death, a five-star rating for its story line and ingenious blending of several genres into one story.
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I decided to try eStories.com for a free audiobook download. I found the membership allows me to choose from over 80,000 bestselling titles with new releases. For my free audiobook trial, I selected The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donahue.
Absolutely riveting! Jack is a gifted young artist with Asperger’s with a deathly fear of the outside. Trapped in his home by his deep fear, he struggles to keep himself safe from the noises on the outside and the monsters that want in – they want him! As strong as his fear is, he is also harboring a secret that is tearing him apart – a secret with a responsibility that no one can comprehend. Although he must put an end to the secret, it could be deadly to those around him. No one knows what happened three years ago, but Jack does! That’s when it all started … the evil … the fears … the noises.
His unsuspecting friends and family are captive to the same monsters; they just don’t know it yet. A supernatural tale with a psychological twist or two.
Donahue takes heartbreak, fear, and childhood nightmares twisting them into dark, evils that lurk just outside the edge of reality. It is a book that will haunt you from day one. Donahue is a wordsmith that vividly paints with words in dramatic detail drawing the listener in and putting them through the same fears.
The narrator, Bronson Pinchot was excellent. He spoke clearly and became each of the characters. His performance was pitch perfect and captivating with his strong yet soothing voice. I thoroughly enjoy listening Bronson Pinchot’s performances. He never disappoints!
The audio production was excellent; I had no issues.
WordsAPlenty rates The Boy Who Drew Monsters with a 4.5 star rating for exciting, creative and captivating.
eStories.com gets a 5 star rating for their excellent service, opportunities and membership opportunities.
I have been a fan of audiobooks for a long time. Imagine my excitement when I found that eStories.com works on all my devices through a free app; about 80% or more of the audiobooks downloads are DRM-free leaving you to do what you want with them; unlimited cloud storage; and at $11.95 a month, it’s extremely affordable. And at least for now, anyone who signs up is given an audiobook for free.
L.X. Cain, the author, provided bookie-monster.com with a copy of this book for an honest review. Due to technical issues with bookie-monster website and as a reviewer for bookie-monster.com, here is a copy of that review.
Everyone loves the circus. The circus is supposed to be a place of laughter, fun and good times. But just who are the carnies? What secrets do they hold close? At the Zorka Circus it’s all fun and games until the big top comes down and they are ready to leave.
The group known as the Skomori clan (aka Bloodwalkers) are infamous for being ghouls and handlers of the dead. The plot continues to thicken as the circus leaves the small European towns children disappear leaving no trace. Sylvie of the Skomori clan and soon to be wed discovers a bundle that was hidden away – this holds the clue to the unseen evil stalking the children. Rurik, the security guard once the Strongman and victim of direct lightning strikes must solve the mystery before he loses his home and friends to the evil.
The two must come together and save the latest victim before it’s too late; it’s one of their own circus children. Banding together Rurik, Sylvie and others from the Circus attempt to defeat the growing evil and save the missing child and themselves. Is it too late? Is the evil too strong and many?
If you’re not afraid of clowns already, you will be by the fourth page of this book! L.X. Cain, author, takes fear and gives it a new face with the turn of each page. Cain takes several situations and weaves them together into one masterful tale of horror that will leave the reader shaking. By the end of the second page, the first thing to pop into my head was, “OMG! This book is going to be awesome!” And it was!
Rich vivid words describe feelings, fears and situations fully leaving no doubt as to what the reader should be experiencing. Dialog that is accurately scripted and well done. There are no holes for the reader to fall into, just the horror lurking on each page.
The author is clever and creative in his writing; Cain expertly deals out horror as if it were ice cream on a warm sunny day. I could not put this book down after I started reading it. I am a huge fan of the horror genre but this, it tops my list of excellent books.
WordsAPlenty rates this book with 5 stars! It was entertaining, scary and well done.
WordsAPlenty received from the author a copy of 12:07 The Sleeping by L. Sydney Abel in exchange for an honest review.
For some life is unfair and secrets can become deadly! James Walker was an unwanted child passed around until a kindly nun took great care in placing him with a loving family. Lance suffered from nightmares since the age of five. Katherine, Lance’s wife, suffers in near silence over her fear of his cheating and the loss of their first child who was stillborn. Mr. Green longs for release and return of his soul. Their lives are intertwined in deadly and secretive ways leaving everyone’s soul in jeopardy because The Sleeping wants souls, pain and suffering.
James suffers from sleep paralysis in which he is unable to move upon waking from a deep sleep. He knows The Sleeping are coming for him, he feels them crawling up his body as he lays there helpless.
He tried hard to turn and face his intruder. Sweat began to cover his body, as the corner of the bed sank when something sat down. He wished and wished for his limbs to move, but they didn’t. It was in those moments that all became still. Nothing could be heard apart from his own rapid breathing, which was loud enough to wake the dead. …and whatever moved was now rested on top of him, lifelessly heavy.”
Lance only suffered from nightmares until … “There were others too; all lost in the darkness, crying, screaming and shouting. The writhing sound was held together by nightmare memories … something was now towering over him. The assailing figure lowered itself on top of him; he felt he was being submerged into death.”
The connections of these people must bring about a catalytic event to bring an end to everyone’s suffering to an end thus a ritual must take place with The Unwanted; The Protector; The Custodian, The Messenger/The Key and two Pretty Things. Faith and Trust is what everyone must have, but will it be enough to free everyone from the growing darkness and evilness of The Sleeping?
L. Sydney Abel has taken something that is already frightening – sleep paralysis and turns it into something darker and more frightening! A syndrome that a good deal of the earth’s population suffers from usually briefly but can be brushed away once the paralysis is gone. Abel plants seeds and encourages their growth until closing one’s eyes for sleep can be terrifying as the fear continues to nurture within.
Abel uses vivid imagery to describe The Sleeping: “There were about him like a thick fog – they were the walls, the ceiling, and the floor.” His use of imagery projects how terrifying and immobilizing this condition can be when described in this manner.
Abel connects all the dots of a well-planned story line leaving readers gasping at some twists and turns. His characters are well-developed and strategic as is the dialog.
At the end of a book, one must decide whether or not the book met its potential – depending on the genre – was it romantic enough or funny enough or in this case scary enough. Abel successfully took an occurrence that anyone can experience and turned it into a horrifying blood draining terror!
Was 12:07 The Sleeping scary? OMG YES!
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that is terrifying well past the end of the book.
WordsAPlenty gives this book a well-deserved 5 star rating.
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Nora has been haunted her entire life with mysterious messages and shadows as well as the death of her twin sister at an early age. In high school, Nora meets Aidan and along with her friends travel to his ancestral home. This is where the Demon’s Grave lies in wait for Nora, Aidan, Phoebe, Read, Robin and Cody.
Faced with six challenges in the world between light and darkness, all must successfully defeat their own challenges to escape back to their life. Within each challenge Nora and Aidan are reminded of who they are and what they have encountered.
“Was that really JWD? I stared at the foreign corpse-like creature. I couldn’t let it catch me, not like before. My shoulder ached with a phantom pain and I nudged Aidan.”
Nora has to defeat doppelgangers, spiders, eyeless bikers, zombies, an evil Maserati and the demon in charge of her nightmare. Nora questions her sanity – what if it’s all real and not just in her head?
“Sighing through his nose, shadow-man finally said. “Call me Damien, for now.” Like the little demonic kid in The Omen? Of course I’d pick that name for a demon.”
MacCallum has created an imaginative plot with realistic characters while engaging the readers and holding their attention captive. Well written and edge of your seat suspense, MacCallum has successfully crafted a tale that will have readers waiting eagerly for the next in the series.
Once you begin reading this book, there is no putting it down – it will haunt you until you come back and finish it!
WordsAPlenty awards The Demon’s Grave (Book One of the Demon’s Grave Trilogy) written by E. M. MacCallum with a 5-star review. Click here to purchase the book and begin your own experience.