Category: Books Reviewed

Review of The Shadow Rises by K.S. Marsden 4 Stars

The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter Book 1) by [Marsden, K.S.]

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The author provided great twists to keep my interest.

Our main character, aptly named Hunter, is a 7th generation witch-hunter who works with the Malleus Maleficarum Council (MMC) in stopping witches. Witches, as described by the author in the book, are not your usual Wiccan rendition, but evil, using their powers in nefarious plots.

During a forced upon vacation, Hunter finds himself in Venice, where he saves Sophie from a group of witches who were readying to sacrifice her. Sophie is a cold, calculating character, which I found little to like about. She manages to worm her way into joining the MMC, and through an attack on her mentor, who ends up dead, Hunter takes her under his wing.

Why Hunter ends up falling in love with her when she does nothing but irritate him and me, the reader, can only be put down to needing it for what is coming up next in the book. Suffice to say, it comes back to bite him.

Hunter is a strong, arrogant character, with enough endearing characteristics, such as his friendship with James, his partner, to make us root for him. The world the author portrays, the coming of the Shadow Witch, and his personal discovery of holding his own magic, makes me want to read more. I will be purchasing the rest of the series to see how it all unfolds.

RRBC Review of Ancient Evil (The First Genocide Book 1) by Brent J. Griffiths 4 Star

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Loved the interwoven time periods of this book. From past, present, and future, I couldn’t wait to see how the characters were related to the storyline. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens to Finn, Rebecca, and Hael.

With vivid settings, the author weaves together Scotland of 1994 and 2015, with a frightening future world set in 7875. We follow Finn, both in the past and present, through a harrowing experience, where his life is transformed from an unknown evil. The presence of Hael, in the future, going through his own trials, ties the storylines together.

The author brilliantly, and carefully, reveals the layers linking his characters. The evil in the story feels terrifyingly real. This is a book I would wholeheartedly recommend.

It is fair to say that there are philosophical questions raised in this book that we all contemplate over. Is evil inherent in us or can our humanity win over its presence.

RRBC Review of The Stranger by Joan Hall 4 Star

The sad story about a daughter who never felt loved or appreciated by her mother. The story begins with her mother’s funeral. Longing to find her roots, the daughter begins to search her ancestry. Enter the stranger in the story. The ending is heartwarming and gives closure to all the characters. I truly enjoyed reading this book. It kept me hooked in trying to figure out who the stranger was, and how he fits into the daughter’s life.

The Stranger by [Hall, Joan]

RRBC Review of Hunters: Hunters (The Demon Series Book 1)              3 Star Rated

I am trying to find the right words for this review. I can’t say it was excellent, but also that it was not entertaining. The story jumped right in and it took a while before I could identify with the characters and what they were doing. The editing needs some work. There were punctuation errors etc. By the middle of the book though, I was hooked enough to finish it. My interest was mostly on the main male character, Zee. The ending also leaves me with wanting to see where the story is going.

I would recommend it for someone looking for an easy read.

Hunters: Hunters (The Demon Series Book 1) by [Sheridan, Aoife Marie]

RRBC Review of Vampire Island (Hunter Series Book 1) by Sandra Cox               4 Star Rated

Fun light reading. YA readers will enjoy the main character.

 

Vampire Island (Hunter Series Book 1) by [Cox, Sandra]

RRBC Review of The Computer Heist by Michael P King            4 Star Rated

I enjoyed reading this book. The twists and turns kept me engaged. There were one or two issues with the story line but it did not detract from my liking it. Companies have back up upon backup of their programming. It is hard to imagine one copy being the only one in existence. The characters were all in it for the money, and I found none to really root for. Even with all this, I had to keep reading to find out what happens.

 

The Computer Heist (The Travelers Book 2): Fast paced hack novel of partners in crime: Computer Heist, Computer Crime, Con Artist. by [King, Michael P.]

RRBC Review of The Stranger by Joan Hall

The sad story about a daughter who never felt loved or appreciated by her mother. The story begins with her mother’s funeral. Longing to find her roots, the daughter begins to search her ancestry. Enter the stranger in the story. The ending is heartwarming and gives closure to all the characters. I truly enjoyed reading this book. It kept me hooked in trying to figure out who the stranger was, and how he fits into the daughter’s life.

The Stranger by [Hall, Joan]