Showing posts with label paranormal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label paranormal. Show all posts

Monday, October 5, 2020

Review - Turning Point by K. M. Smith

Adam is the resident vampire in a small college town in Michigan. It’s the same scenario every night: wander campus, snag a co-ed for dinner, get home before dawn. Rinse. Repeat--until an irresistible new professor appears. From the shadows, he follows her every footstep, lurking, until he witnesses a tragic accident. As life drains from the object of his desire, he is faced with an impossible choice: Should he intervene or not?

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Review - Secret Legacy (The Windhaven Witches)

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Nestled in the woods of Windhaven, Blackwood Manor waits to unleash a dark and deadly legacy…

When Autumn Blackwood shows up at Windhaven Academy for the Witching Stick Orientation, she hopes to find out what dormant powers she could possibly possess to have been accepted to the elite supernatural school. Instead, the academy is in chaos as everyone frantically hunts for two missing girls. But as school begins with Autumn no closer to figuring out her powers, strange occurrences start to follow her everywhere. Even at home, Blackwood Manor keeps many secrets, and Autumn can’t escape its haunting past.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Review - Forsaken by Sara Reinke

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Jason Sullivan has everything he could have wanted in life -- his own business, the perfect girlfriend and the perfect opportunity to ask her to marry him. Then, in one violent, unexpected moment, he loses it all. Murdered in cold blood, wrongly condemned and enslaved to a sadistic demon, Jason must fight to reclaim not only the life and love he'd once known, but also his soul.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Review - A Glimmer of Ghosts by Hunter J. Skye

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One night of filming in the wrong cemetery changes everything for a celebrity ghost-hunter with a half-dead brain. When Melisande Blythe discovers that a secret society of wraiths wants her killed or worse, Mel will have to do the one thing she promised she would never do… trust a ghost.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Review - The Waking of Ghosts by Lilliana Rose

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There is an evil awakening. At the Lost Souls academy, students aren’t your typical everyday alumni.
Rejects from clans, packs, and covens walk these halls, but there’s something more sinister haunting the academy. A resident ghost has new student, Zarya, on the fight to banish it. Will her actions cause more enemies at her new school than friends?

‘I’m coming for you.’

A message from beyond has Zarya fearful. Her skills are underdeveloped, but as a ghost hunter, she must stand and fight this new evil.

Can Zarya grow to be the ghost hunter she’s destined to be or will forces overpower her and bring chaos and destruction to the Lost Souls Academy?

Once upon a time, I used to read quite a bit of paranormal and supernatural stories until I got bored with the genre. I'm not exactly sure what made me want to read The Walking of Ghosts  —  the title or the stunning the cover art.

The book centers around the Lost Souls Academy, which is a school for rejects ― witches, werewolves, ghosts, and vampires who don't fit in with other supernaturals. The main character is Zarya, who happens to be a witch and a ghost hunter.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Waking of Ghosts. I never know what to expect with a new author so my expectations were an open book, and I was pleasantly surprised with the story. Supernatural and paranormal school plots have been done to death over the years but author Lilliana Rose cleverly found new ways to make the genre fun again. The characters are well-written and the dialogue is lively. It ends in a cliffhanger so I'm wondering what happens next.

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Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems, or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DVD Review - The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill

The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill
Director: Kevin Gates, Michael Bartlett
Starring: Mark Andrews, Michael Bartlett
Studio: Image Entertainment
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Retail: $27.97
Running Time: 88 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


Fifteen-years ago, The Blair Witch Project jumped started the "found footage genre," and many other filmmakers had followed in its footsteps, including today's DVD release of The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill. The film is co-directed by Kevin Gates and Michael Bartlett and stars Craig Stovin, Criselda Cabitac, Kevin Gates, Michael Bartlett, Mark Jeavons and Rob Whitaker. Special features include: audio commentary with co-directors and cast and "Tales from the Graveyard" deleted scenes.

When you see the words "based on true events" on a horror DVD case, most likely the film is fictionalized or it is very loosely connected to the real events. In the case with this movie, it is a faux "ghost hunting" documentary, but if you don't know that before hand, you might be fooled into believing that the movie is actually real.

The film follows six paranormal investigators who travel to Clophill to investigate the strange occurrences that have occurred at the ruined St. Mary's Church. Over the years the area has attracted grave robbers, body snatchers, Satanists and cultists. The team is determined to unravel the mysteries of the "holy ground," but what they discover may just cost them their lives.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Review - A Summoner's Tale

A Summoner's Tale
Order of the Black Swan, Book 3
By Victoria Danann
Publisher: 7th House 
Pub. Date: February 12, 2013
ISBN: 978-1933320809
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A secret society, a witch, a psychic, vampires, modern day knights, heroes, elves, fae, assassins from another dimension, and fairytales come together where emotions intersect. Two souls, joined by a mystical bond, separated by distance, must simultaneously struggle through pain and darkness in an ultimate confrontation with character and an ultimate struggle for life proving that true love waits patiently through lifetimes and finds courage to survive. Even in the strangest places. Even when you're least expecting it. Even when you're far, far from home.


Due to family crises, personal issues, and falling behind on my reading, my review for the third book in the Order of the Black Swan series got delayed and delayed. I apologize to the author for the review's lateness.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Review - Smitten Image

Smitten Image
By Pam B. Morris
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pub. Date: July23, 2012
Pages: 233
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Set in the year 2039, Lily Barnett is a skillful (but ditzy) painter when she is not searching for her keys or whatever she has misplaced. She fears that she'll never find true love in the great city of New Chicago. Lily desperately wants to find love. She day dreams about the man in her painting jumping off the canvas and sweeping her off her feet.

One day she stumbled into a magic shop looking for something to cure her aching heart. She sets her eyes on a love potion and eagerly guzzles it down without even learning about the side effects.

Lily's neighbor and best-friend, Daniel Harris - who is also the building manager, desperately falls for her quirkiness. He has been in love with her for years, but has never told her because he is hiding a dark magical secret of his own.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Review - Desires Revealed

Desires Revealed
By Rebeka Harrington
Publisher: Rebeka Harrington
ISBN: 978-0987195630
Pub. Date: July 30, 2012
Pages: 226
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Desires Reveals revolves around a 2,600 year-old vampire named Bektamun who happens to save a family whom are accused of being Huguenots in the St. Bartholomew's Massacre of 1572.

The daughter of the family, Nicole, bonds with the vampire despite her young age (She is around four or five.) and the fact that her parents and siblings don't care for it. Over the years her relationship with the vampire becomes deeper, but there is a rule that vampires can never have a relationship with a human. There are dark forces that will stop at nothing to destroy their bond.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Movie Review - Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

Last week I happened to catch the movie Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour on an Encore channel. I very seldom watch a movie during the day, let alone turn on the television, but after reading the title on the menu guide, I thought I would give the movie a try.

The Paranormal Hour begins with a seventeen-year-old Sarah Landon (played by Rissa Walters) returning to Pine Valley, California to visit her grandmother, Thelma Shaw. Before she arrives at her grandma’s, she has car problems and stops by a local repair shop where she hears part of a disturbing story. She doesn’t get the full story until she asks her grandma about it, who was more than glad to tell the tale.

A young man, David Baker, is cursed! On his 21st birthday, which is only a few days away, he will be killed by his dead uncle, Ben Woods. Years ago, Ben’s son, on his 21st birthday, was killed in a car accident that David’s mother caused. David was known as a good kid and was getting ready to go to college, but then he learned of the curse and cut himself off from the world. He has become obsessed with the paranormal, and is trying to find away to stop his uncle.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review - The Thirteen

The Thirteen
BY: Susie Moloney
PUBLISHED BY: William Morrow
ISBN: 978-0-06-211766-3
Pages: 330

    After being fired from her waitress job at a strip club, Paula Wittmore is notified that her mother has taken ill. She packs up her bags along with her teenage daughter, Rowan, and returns to her home town, a suburban called Haven Woods. Everything may look normal there, but Haven Woods has dark secrets at every corner, including several strange deaths and apparent suicides.

    Returning home is putting Paula on an emotional rollercoaster as she reunites with some of her childhood friends, not to mention her mother’s strange frenemies - twelve women bound by terrible secrets that requires a thirteen to be sacrificed.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Review - Dead as a Doornail

Dead as a Doornail (Original MM Art): A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)Dead as a Doornail
BY: Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 978-0-441-01333-3
Pages: 310
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

After finishing Dead to the World and watching the current season of True Blood, I realize that I an addicted to Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and was eager to jump into the next installment, Dead as a Doornail, picking up the previous plotlines. Sookie’s bother, Jason, is now a werepanther, by force, and joins the other werepanther Hotshots. As Jason learns to be a panther, Sookie’s boss, Sam, is shot by a mysterious sniper. But Sam isn’t the only victim, there are others and they are all shape-shifters. This has Sookie fearing for Jason’s life.

Now for a twist, Sam asks Sookie for a favor - for her to ask the vampire Eric if Sam could borrow one of his vampire bartenders. Eric can never say no to Sookie, therefore the vampire pirate Charles joins Merlotte’s in Sam’s absence. Meanwhile, Tara is now in the control of the dangerous vampire Mickey.

Dead as a Doornail focuses more on the weres and shape-shifters than it does vampires. If you are watching the current season, you’ll realize that some of the plot elements in Dead as a Doornail are in it, mainly with Jason. Vampire favorites Bill, Eric and Pam have very little to do with the novel, and involves more of the Hotshots and werewolf clans. The death of Debbie Pelt is coming back to bite Sookie in the you-know-what, as private investigators are looking into her disappearance. I liked that the author laid out more of the werewolf mythology into the modern world. Sookie’s fairy-godmother, Claudine, is a riot and fun character unlike the fairy plot from True Blood. The fifth book in the series is great read.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Book Review - Dead to the World

Dead to the World: A Sookie Stackhouse NovelDead to the World
BY: Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 978-0-441-01218-3
Pages: 310
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

After leaving work at Merlotte’s Bar in early hours of New Year’s Day, Sookie Stackhouse finds the Viking vampire, Eric Northman, walking barefoot on the highway. He has no memory of who he is, so Sookie, out of her kind heart, takes him home with her. She calls Eric’s henchwoman, Pam, and informs her of the situation. It seems that a coven of witches have taken claim in the county, and they want to takeover the vampire’s reign. Sookie volunteers, well she is getting paid, to take in the Eric until his memory is restored.

With Sookie’s ex, Bill, out of the country, she calls her brother Jason for assistance, but he shortly disappears later that night. Now, Sookie must worry about her brother, and fight off her feelings for Eric.

I started reading the 4th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series last June. My plans were to read it before the third season of True Blood started, but I got sidetracked and the book eventually went back on the bookshelf. After watching the first episode of the 4th season, I decided to read Dead to the World. After a slow attempt, I managed to finish the book on July 4th. The basic ‘witches plot’ is the main plot of the 4th season of the television series. The subplot of the missing Jason is currently being used too, but Crystal and the Hotshots were introduced during the third season. I was disappointed to learn that Bill had a very limited role in the book, but I was glad to see ‘Bubba’ (who is absent from True Blood) had a part. I laughed out loud when Eric was watching Sookie’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer VHSs while she slept. I thought Charlaine Harris has done marvelous work showing Eric’s human side as he fell in love with Sookie. The only downside of the novel was the so-called ‘witch war’ with vamps, weres, and witches, as I thought it could have been longer. Overall, I enjoyed getting back into Sookie’s weird world.