Lullabies For Suffering ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’”

First, I want to thank the publisher for an early copy to review!

Ok! Let’s start with the fact that this is a collection of novellas/novelettes by quite some talented writers (some new to me and some familiar to me) This book comes with heavily armed trigger warnings in the intro, as it’s a sub-genre of horror called addiction horror. Now, this is the very first time I’ve ever read this kind of horror and OUCH did it hurt like Hell! This kind of horror is not your average bloody, gory, slasher horror- it’s more of a realistic desperate soul breaking reality check of real-life horror. I can describe this in one word, desperation. Gut-wrenching desperation! The real horrors that are out there every day that we either don’t see or choose not to see. It cut me very deep reading these stories and they left their mark on me forever as a reader. For me, it could’ve been a quick read, but I had to set it aside a few times to close up and stitch the wounds that were tearing at my very core. This kind of horror is amazingly creative and unique on its own, I suggest you read it if you crave realistically every day “behind the curtains” kind of horror….just be mindful that it’s tragedy at its finest!!

5 BLACK GLITTERY STARS/ 5

The Other Inside by J.M. White ๐Ÿง›๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’ฃ

Thank you to J.M White for a copy of this book to review!!

J.M. White is also the author of one of my other favorite books Shattered (which if you haven’t read, you need to!) Now onto my review…..๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–ค

She is such a killer writer, that with less than 200 pages in this book, it slapped me sideways off my seat! My goodness I never seen that one coming either. You THINK you know how it’s going to end, but ohh no, there’s no mercy in this twist from page 1!! I couldn’t stop reading it when I started and I tore right through it. When this book is released -everybody is going to need to buy it!!!

4 1/2 โœณ๏ธ/5 for me ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ–ค

Patch Lane by S.F. Barkley๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ”‘

Sarah Hastings is a rookie cop who works the night shift in Amber Forest, a small rural town nestled in the Western Pennsylvania mountains. After repeatedly responding to an abandoned and allegedly haunted farmhouse for 911 hang up calls, she discovers a dead body in a secret room. The forensic investigators determine that the body has only been dead for three to four days, but the case takes an unexpected turn when Sarah runs the victim’s fingerprints and learns that her Jane Doe actually died 20 years ago.

When the investigation intersects with a larger confidential case, Sarah finds herself caught between the FBI and US Marshals and realizes that she may be closer to the victim than she thought. As Sarahโ€™s involvement in the case deepens, she finds her career is not the only thing at stakeโ€ฆ

Someone wants her dead.

My Review:
Thank you so much to S.F. Barkley for a free review copy to review!!

Let’s start by saying the mix of paranormal and crime mystery were perfectly woven together. It was a fast paced book that I couldn’t put down once I started! The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 was because some things left me with more questions than answers….I needed more! But, if you’re in the mood for crime fiction sprinkled with some paranormal in there, then this book is a perfect fit for you. I think it was a great read and fun for those mystery lovers out there!

4โœณ๏ธ/5

Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ”ช

First, I want to thank Crooked Lane Publishing for a review copy of this novel for review. All opinions are my own.

We start this journey off with a mystery right off the bat. We follow Heather and her friends that have a Dead Girls Club where they like to talk about serial killers and true crime, but then the storyline gets so much deeper. You really can’t get into much detail without giving away things, but that ending – with! Knocked me out, never seen it coming. These characters are relatable and there’s just something you feel for them as the storyline goes back and forth from the THEN & NOW. Let me tell you I gave it a solid 4 stars, but as I sat on this review…. I had to give it a solid 5 just with this being one of the best psychological thillers I’ve read. I will tell you this now…come January – BUY IT I highly recommend it!!

SOLID 5 STARS!! โœณ๏ธ

Remains by Andrew Cull๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’”๐ŸŒน

Wow…this one threw me out of my chair and knocked me sideways. Andrew Cull has a way with words to be horrifically beautiful, sad, heart-pounding, and heartbreaking. All at the same time.

This book follows Lucy (who seemed all too real) through her grief and emotions of her lost son. Testing her strength as a mother to do anything to fill the void and get your child back. How far are YOU willing to go?

A testimony and a test of being a parent. With such emotions coursing through your veins while you’re reading this, it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time wondering the whats, the who’s, the whys….breathless

I have to give this book 10 out of 5 stars, it touched me so deeply as a parent. BRAVO MR. CULL๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ‘

Lullaby of Flames by Candice Robinson ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ”ฅ

Wow…. I’m at a loss for words! Even though this was a short novella, it packed a punch and Candace made me breathless. It had everything you wouldn’t expect to go together- Alice in Wonderland meets a beautiful horror.

We meet Cori, a lonely misfit, who doesn’t fit in with “society.” But as she travels down a hole to a mysterious place full of horror and wonder, she becomes transformed into a beautiful strong young lady. She views things with a new light and takes away from things a different view. To me, this is beautiful horror and one with the twist of my favorite fairy tale, Alice in Wonderland!!

Great job Candace, I need more books like this I’m my life!!

Winterwood ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ–ค

I want to thank @netgalley #netgalley for an early copy of #winterwood in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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This novel was my first by Shea Ernshaw (and now I can’t wait to read her other one I have (Wicked Deep.) She has an amazing talent of pulling your heartstrings from the beginning!! I smiled, I cried, I went through all the emotions with these characters as they did. That to me is pure talent! I love reading books like this one. They resonate with you long after reading it! Although, it lost one star for the repetitive “whining” through three-quarters of the start of the story. That’s my ONLY complaint. But, I had my heart attached regardless.
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This book takes you on a journey with Nora Walker, a witch of the oldest haunted woods whose ancestors belong to the land. She meets people and love in strange circumstances, but an adventure worthy of a standing ovation! A haunting, beautiful, and heart-pounding story that I absolutely adored.

Camp Slaughter ๐Ÿ”ช ๐Ÿ–คโšฐ๐Ÿ’€

How do I begin? There’s no dragging backstory then 5 chapters in you’re at the good stuff, nope it’s thrown in your face from the beginning. I loved that it was a slasher flashback! Trigger warning: not for the faint of heart. It gets really detailed in the gore department, which is fine by me. This book was done in a day and a half, I COULD NOT put it down!! There was NO break between the action- I was on the edge of my seat the entire time wondering what was going to happen.

This is a story about teenage kids having a last hurrah camping trip to a secluded campsite. Little do they know what’s in store for their fun festivities before college. Is a nice get away with a large cabin the perfect place to relax and chill? I would think so, but not anymore after reading this. Some things are TOO GOOD to be true and that’s the case here. It wasn’t just a gory horror story either, it had pieces of hauntings and abandoned places all rolled into one. This is on my top 5 of 2019!!

My conclusion is, if you like slasher films, supernatural elements, mixed with an intense storyline, you NEED this book in your life!!
I may think twice about taking a camping trip now…

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Strays by Allen Brown ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ–ค

STRAYS by @allen.brown.author.

I have to give this novella โญโญโญโญ/5. To start off, I always thought of myself as that “crazy cat lady” and never thought anything of it, just funny. But since reading this story…. I will NEVER look at cute old cat ladies the same EVER again๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I really had to sit on the review because I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.
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It’s a novella about a young girl in the city of NY who’s part of a broken system and just wants to be loved. Then she meets this wonderful lady who’s like a grandma figure and gives her the attention she’s been longing for. Just, in a different way and that’s all I can say without giving too much away.
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But I want to thank @allen.brown.author for choosing me and giving me the honor of reviewing his book early!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿค— You’ll want to pick this story up if you love cats, disturbing twists, and dragging your jaw off the ground when your done saying WTH DID I JUST READ?!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’€
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Allen, good job, you hit another one out of the park! ๐Ÿˆ

Rose by Rami Ungar ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’€

First off- thank you to Blackthorn Books for letting me read an early copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This was such a unique horror story. Honestly, you would never guess with such a gorgeous cover! It’s very original and shocking! It tells the story of Rose and how she comes to life as not quite human, but has to battle a demon because everything comes with a price. I will say I honestly did NOT see the ending coming!!! This is an author to keep an eye out for, I love his style. And can’t really say too much about the book without giving much away, so I’m just going to say YOU NEED TO READ IT!!!!

Rami Ungar knew he wanted to be a writer from the age of five, when he first became exposed to the world of Harry Potter and wanted to create imaginative worlds like Harryโ€™s. As a tween, he fell in love with the works of Anne Rice and Stephen King and, as he was getting too old to sneak up on people and shout โ€œBoo!โ€™ (not that that ever stopped him), he decided to merge his two loves and become a horror writer.

Today, Rami lives and writes in Columbus, Ohio. Heโ€™s self-published three novels and one collection of short stories, and his stories have appeared in other publications here and there. Rose, his first novel with Castrum Press, will be released June 21st, 2019.

When heโ€™s not writing your nightmares or coming up with those, heโ€™s enjoying anything from the latest horror novel or movie to anime and manga to ballet, collecting anything that catches his fancy, and giving you the impression he may not be entirely human.