Review: Lost Hunters, Second Edition by Deanne Devine

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Lost Hunters, Second Edition by Deanne Devine

“Amberly County would be a great place to live if it weren’t for this stupid curse.”
Jake Nichols, televised interview, “Peculiar People and Places.” WYOY TV, May 28, 1979.

The tale of John Barker’s Hunt has been handed down for generations in Amberly County. Stories about the Hunt are mostly told around campfires, but there are some who claim it to be true. According to the old timers, the county is cursed, and once every generation the ghost of John Barker returns to hunt down the person who killed him. Oddly enough, roughly every 20 years the county does suffer a cluster of bizarre deaths.

Nineteen years have passed since the last Hunt, but the citizens of the quiet town of Miltonville are too absorbed in their own problems to take notice. Cindy Swift is preoccupied with her upcoming suicide; Troy Ivers is worrying about the midnight ceremony he plans to hold in a rural cemetery; and Leslie Vickers is very concerned that the mannequin down the hall wants to kill her.

Ed Philips is the one person in Amberly County who is aware that trouble is about to arrive. It approaches in the form of a phantom, walking in the body of a dead man. Ed knows the real story behind the legend of the Hunt, but has spent most of his life denying the truth. Now, with the fate of a young woman in his hands, he must decide whether to continue feeding his demons of cowardice and regret, or face them head on, and attempt to put an end to John Barker’s Hunt.

Purchase Link: Amazon.com

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Review

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review *

Rating: 2 stars

Amberly County’s residents have told the story of John Barker and his hunt for generations, each passing down the tale around campfires. But for some it isn’t just an old story but a real curse upon the county. And the strange deaths that occur every few decades do leave people wondering if there is some truth to the old tales.

I really wanted to enjoy this story. The synopsis was great and I was looking forward to a read full of suspense, fear and unexpected twists in the tale. To be honest I just found it very confusing. There were too many characters and none of them were very likable or stood out from the rest. There were times when I just wanted to give up as following the story was almost impossible. I persevered hoping that things would start to make more sense as the story progressed but this wasn’t the case. I ended the book feeling so disappointed. Deanne Devine is a good writer and has some great ideas, but there were too many characters and the constant switching of locations and between characters just created confusion. For me this was a disappointing and frustrating read.

Review: Marked by Stuart Park

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Marked by Stuart Park

Venus and her sister planet concludes their 3,000 year cycle. Stargazers amass to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event, but not Mark, his life is about to change.

Mark’s chance encounter with the cold but intangibly-carnal Kiko sets him plummeting into free-fall. Kim, his emphatic but emotionally-charged wife moonlights with a shadowy organisation whose intentions are far from transparent. She needs to blame someone for the disappearance of their daughter twenty years ago. No solace is offered by her egocentric therapist who’s engrossed in his own agenda.

Plagued by visions, Mark struggles to maintain his grip on reality and descends into a vividly-violent web of darkness. As Mark’s world spirals beyond his control, it’s quite possible this cycle will not end smoothly.

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Review

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review *

Rating: 2 stars

Marked follows a family who are dealing with the unsolved disappearance of their daughter 20 years ago. As the story unfolds the planet Venus and her sister conclude a 3,000 year cycle and this is woven into the plot.

To be honest I didn’t really enjoy this book. It started off well, explaining the events that led to Mark and Kim’s daughter’s disappearance and then how they both dealt with the loss in their different ways. After this it seemed to get lost somehow. I found that the plot wasn’t really making sense and nor were the characters actions. I’m not too sure how the Venus cycle fitted in at all either. It was just too confusing and I ended up reading it twice to try and make sense of it all, but to no avail. Overall this made for a frustrating read so I can only give it 2 stars.

Review: Wind Down by Mark Ewig

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Wind Down by Mark Ewig

Aaron Starks survived a near death experience when he was stabbed by an unknown assailant. All of his college roommates were suspects. However, investigators could turn up nothing to catch the attempted murderer.
Fifteen years later, Aaron is all grown up with a family. Things are going great until he starts experiencing strange blackouts and other paranormal visions. During the blackouts he still interacts with others, but he cannot remember anything he said or did. Doctors are unable to provide an answer. It is not until Aaron has an encounter with Ju’van, a local shaman, that he realizes what he needs to do. He is sent on a journey to meet up with all his old roommates to discover the truth on what really happened the night he was stabbed in the back.

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Review

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review *

Rating: 2 Stars

Fifteen years ago university student Aaron Starks was stabbed in the back and left for dead. His attacker was never caught and Aaron had always suspected that one or more of his friends and flatmates may have been involved. Fifteen years on and Aaron is married to his university sweetheart, has three children and his dream job. Then his perfect life is shattered when he starts experiencing blackouts. When doctors are unable to find a reason for these, Aaron learns that his blackouts are connected to the attack on him all those years ago.

I really liked the concept of this novel. The ideas are very clever and original, and this had the potential to be an excellent paranormal/mystery. Unfortunately there were quite a few things that let it down.

The grammar is very poor. It jumps between tenses almost constantly making it very difficult to read, and also punctuation has been used incorrectly throughout. Whilst the characters have potential they are undeveloped and very immature for their age. They act more like primary school children than university students. The writing itself isn’t bad, but it yo-yo’s from either rambling long descriptions to very short sentences.

However, as I said this has great potential. In my opinion it needs to be longer with a lot more time taken to character build (especially the university part of the novel). A revision that adds to this good start combined with addressing the points I made above would make this a really unique and page-turning read.

And I loved the twist at the end! I never saw that coming!

Review: The Pushers

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The Pushers (Afterlives #1) by Adam E. Morrison

Choices. We make them every day. But what if one last choice determined your fate? And you didn’t know it?

All it might take is a push in the right direction. Or the wrong one.

The Pushers’ premise involves troubled characters whose existences are altered so that they may fulfil a role never before carried out by humans. The differences between them may determine the fates of many, including themselves.

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*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

Rating: 2 Stars

When I first read the summary for this novel it had me intrigued, however it wasn’t what I thought it would be at all. I struggled from the beginning to be honest. The novel jumped back and forth between several main characters which resulted in me being unable to form an attachment or liking for any of them. The continuously shifting scenes and viewpoints made it difficult to follow and I nearly gave up at several points as I just struggled to understand what was going on.

Adam E. Morrison is a good writer, but in my opinion the novel needed to be better paced and that more time should have been taken on the storyline as it just felt as though the original direction had been lost. The main characters should have been better developed; they need to have some kind of impact on the reader. As it was I felt indifferent towards them.

By the end of the novel I was left feeling somewhat frustrated and disappointed that I hadn’t been able connect to it and the characters.