The Village of Eben Hollow by Brad A. Braddock is a story of good versus evil.
While I loved the title, the story held little for me. There is your usual evil sorceress, her minions, and the dead that she can raise, but the storytelling left a little to be desired. All the villagers seemed the same, all brutes and drunkards. It was easy to see where the story was headed. No mystery. Nothing that held me to the story.
When The Tik-Tik Sings by Doug Lamoreux starts off with the sound of tik, tik, tik, tik., and then the horror begins.
The author sets up the first scene perfectly. It caught my attention and had me hooked. But somewhere along the line the author lost me. The fact that the main character, Erin Vanderjagt, is not the kind of character that I envision when I envision a female cop. With all the witnesses, her ‘boyfriend,’ and others telling her what’s going on, she still has no clue. I felt as though her character was a bit of a bitch, and a bitch does not a strong woman make.
Rise of the Archmage by Martyn Stanley is the fourth installment of the Deathsworn Arc series. The companions are headed to Votrex’s home when they stop to aid a woman thought to be a witch.
While Martyn’s writing is getting better, and the editing is also getting better, I feel that the characters are not growing enough. They seem to be the same as they were in book one. Grant you, the time in the books has only been two or three weeks, I still haven’t seen any character growth. Especially Korhan. It seems Korhan has the ability to slay a Noble Dragon in book one, but gets his butt handed to him in every fight he gets into since, which seems to me that Vashni’s training has had no effect on Korhan at all. It seems she just wants to humiliate him for her own amusement, which is getting a bit boring to me.
Brael is another character I was hoping to see some character growth, but the only thing I see with him is that he is so obsessed with the ‘truth’ that he almost caused one of the companion’s death.
Saul, the wizard, has actually learned a bit of spell casting, so his character is growing somewhat.
It seems that Votrex is the only character that still hasn’t had his day. The companions still haven’t made it to Votrex’s home. The companions are easily distracted from their destination, and seem to be well caring people, for they will stop and help any damsel in distress.
I hope the author puts more growth into his characters in the next book, for I’ve come to care for these characters and would like to see them learn and grow.
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
A Face in the Crowd was written by Stephen King and Stewart O’Nan. Dean Evers is a widower who sits alone and watches baseball, then notices familiar faces in the crowd. Faces of people who should be dead.
A great collaboration that was quick and fun to read. What can I say? It’s Stephen King!
Kellie’s Diary #2 by Thomas Jenner is the second installment of the Kellie’s Diary series. We follow Kellie as she tries to survive during the zombie apocalypse.
This is a short story written as diary entries by Kellie as she tells her tale. We follow Kellie as she becomes ever more fearful, and begins to doubt herself and her capabilities to survive.
Kellie’s Diary by Thomas Jenner is the first installment of the Kellie’s Diary series. We follow Kellie as she tries to survive during the zombie apocalypse.
This is a short story written as diary entries by Kellie as she tells her tale. It’s very interesting how the author decided to write this story this way. Kellie’s entries gives us a glimpse into the end of the world as she sees it. I loved the way this was written. It’s definitely written as if it’s a little 9 year old girl writing in her diary.