The Disembodied by Anthony Hains

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Thirteen-year-old Griffin Rinaldi seems like a normal kid. He plays basketball at the Y and he’s just learning to talk to girls. But Griffin doesn’t feel normal. He’s been diagnosed with Depersonalization Disorder—he feels disconnected from his body, and at times, he doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive. And it seems to be getting worse.

Following the brutal death of his abusive father, Griffin is haunted by a red-haired kid only he can see and who wants him to do things he doesn’t understand. Griffin’s only sources of support are his grandfather, Soren – a regional author of Outer Banks ghost stories – and his same-aged cousin, Tanner, a boy coping with his own troubled life.

When a rare blizzard strikes the Outer Banks, Griffin recognizes the red-haired boy as a vengeful specter from Soren’s tales. To make matters worse, his well-meaning aunt has convinced his mother he’s under some sort of spiritual attack. Unsure if the mysterious boy is a symptom of his disorder or an entity with evil intent, Griffin finds himself in a struggle to save his life, his sanity and maybe his very soul.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Ghosts
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Horror
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Psychological
Series: n.a.
Length: 316 pages
Release date: 2016-08-16

 

Teaser


Beatings and belittling were common methods of child-rearing employed by the adult Rinaldi brothers. For Griffin, the terror had ended when his father died the previous summer. He’d felt a sense of relief. What would other people say if they knew? They wouldn’t understand. None of them had any idea what he went through – other than Tanner, of course. They’d both lived with the same shit, but now his nightmare was over. Did Griffin feel guilty for being relieved? No, that didn’t weigh on him.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 13-year-old Griffin Rinaldi. He is suffering from strange out-of-body experiences.

With The Disembodied, Anthony Hains has created a surprising and thrilling story about a boy who is having mental issues after his father’s death. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Griffin and his grandfather, Soren. Anthony Hains knows how to keep you glued to Griffin’s story, giving you the feeling of being an invisible ally and/or at least part of the events. Griffin is quite complex and likeable, so are Soren and Tanner, the other characters are of sufficient depth (according to their relevance). The story comprises realistic characters in a “normal” environment with interesting turns and nicely fitting surprises; it has a great flow. The story covers a disturbing topic; its characters are sometimes too realistic for comfort.

This is a book for you if you like well written and compelling stories with major psychological and horror aspects, if you like getting close to likeable characters.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author:

Anthony Hains is a professor of counseling psychology with a specialization in pediatric psychology. His latest novel, The Disembodied, is a Kindle Scout winner and published by Kindle Press. He is the author of two previous horror novels, Birth Offering and Dead Works. Anthony lives with his wife in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. They have one daughter.

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Disembodied?  Or – if you did not yet read The Disembodied – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Anthony Hains

 

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Come On Up to the House by Dane Cobain

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Doesn’t life seem nasty, brutish and short?

This horror novella and accompanying screenplay tells the story of Darran Jersey, a troubled teenager who moves into a house that’s inhabited by the malevolent spirit of his predecessor.

As time goes by and the family begins to settle, Darran begins to take on more and more of the qualities of James, the dead teenager who committed a bloody suicide.

As tragedy after tragedy threatens to destroy the family, Darran’s mother Alice decides to leave the house behind and start afresh, but is it too late?

Find out when you Come On Up to the House…

Genre(s): Fiction > Horror > Occult
Series: n.a.
Length: 125 pages
Release date: 2016-12-05

Teaser


Darran breathed a sigh of relief an turned around. As he did so, the lights flicked on by themselves and his nightmare was back, only this time he was living through it. The walls and carpet were daubed with blood. Darran did not know it, but he was looking at the room as it was left by its previous inhabitant. It wasn’t a pretty sight.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to the Jersey family – especially teenage son Darran – and their house.

With Come On Up to the House, Dane Cobain has created a horror story about a house, the evil spirit within, and a family. It is a fight between evil and not-so-evil; the horror is not limited to the evil spirit. Dane Cobain paints a clear picture of Darran while the gory story evolves. The other characters are of sufficient depth, supporting the novella-length story appropriately. The story has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like the macabre, novella-length horror stories with a psychological touch, and screenplays.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Dark
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😡
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

Dane Cobain (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK) is an independent poet, musician and storyteller with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not in front of a screen writing stories and poetry, he can be found working on his book review blog or developing his website.

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Amazon:  Dane Cobain
Buy link(s):  books2read.com/u/bQZXQw

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Come On Up to the House?  Or – if you did not yet read Come On Up to the House – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  Former.ly by Dane Cobain

Review:  No Rest for the Wicked

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Cover Reveal: A Sinister Six by Steve Boseley

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‘A Sinister Six’ is a collection of darkly disturbing stories, where the ordinary and mundane become extraordinary and fantastic.

Come along, as we journey to the edges of reality and glimpse what lies just beyond our reach. Discover that nothing is quite what it seems, and explore the horrors that travel with us throughout our lives.

The characters you will meet within have been forced beyond the boundary of their reality and have encountered what lies beyond.

Die, Blossom Bloom is the story of TED HARRIS, an old man who feels a yawning chasm of grief and guilt from the loss of his wife and the way her life ended. Keeping these details secret leads him to commit acts he never thought himself capable of.

The Girl in the Park tells the tale of a boy who encounters an enigmatic young woman in the park. As he grows, he begins to fall in love with her, but it is only at the end of his life that he discovers how he can be with her.

A Snap of The Fingers asks the questions What would you do for a loved one? Would you die for them? Would you kill for them? Ten-year-old SETH ROGERS is asked that very question by a stranger that offers to save his mother from the cancer that is killing her.

The Photograph A photograph is rediscovered decades after it was lost, only now the picture has several new faces in it, faces that were not there when it was taken.

The Book demands to be read. It needs to be read. Doctor MONTE HILTON is tasked with helping a man that believes The Book is urging him to read it and that the very existence of our universe is in danger if he does.

I’m Watching You is the story of one man’s descent into insanity. Long hours and late nights force MIKE to question what is real and what is imagined. Some people can only be pushed so far before something breaks. 


Author Steve Boseley

Steve was born and raised in Nottingham, UK, in 1971, and he lives there now, with his wife, two children, two cats and a rabbit.

Steve worked with children and young people for several years, before being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of just 30. He now works for a local charity, supporting and empowering disabled people. Writing resurfaced following his diagnosis, offering endless imaginary worlds to escape in to.

Steve was published in several online horror webzines, including Microhorror, Schlock! Horror, and several others, and he has also had work published by Alfie Dog fiction and those stories will be appearing in one of his future collections.  Over the past 18 months, Steve has had stories included in the anthologies The Asylum Within, and the Halloween edition of Dead but Dreaming.  Most recently, Steve was a guest author for the short story collection Deathly Musings, which was at the end of 2015.

Steve’s next goal was to self-publish his first book, which he succeeded in doing, when Die, Blossom, Bloom was published in May of 2016.


A Sinister Six will be published soon – I’ll keep you posted.

Steve offers a FREE copy of I’m Watching You by going here:  http://www.authorsteveboseley.com/freehorrorstories.

 

The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé by S.L. Saboviec

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé, busy executive and less-than-stellar mother and wife, has a problem that only an exorcist can solve. Except she’s not precisely a devout Catholic parishioner any longer, and to gain assistance from the Church means telling a whopping lie of omission.

Fortunately, she discovers Father Angelo Ambrosio, whose commitment to helping the afflicted means he’s willing to overlook the things Scarlet prefers to keep hidden. Unfortunately, his sordid past keeps him under a microscope with the bishop, who’s not so liberal in his views.

But the demon harassing Scarlet is relentless. It makes its motives clear: in a previous life, she struck a bargain, promising it her body on her fiftieth birthday. Now, she and Angelo must unravel the mystery surrounding her forgotten past in order to stop the possession by next week or risk losing her to the depths of Hell forever.

This stand-alone novel set in the Fallen Redemption universe extends the series to modern day. Enter a world where humans reincarnate, demons interfere in daily life, and the currents of fate carry us all to our destinies.

Genre(s): Horror, Dark Fantasy, Lesbian
Series: n.a.
Length: 434 pages
Release date: 2016-10-03

Teaser


Even with the presence hovering at her elbow, Scarlet almost regretted giving her contact details to Kelton. But Father Angelo was polite on the phone, a stark contrast to his strange assistant. She agreed to meet him at the church on Friday after work. She didn’t even have to lie to Eve, who was out of town on business.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Scarlet and the presence that follows her. Her search for helps leads her to Father Angelo, his strange assistant Kelton, and finally she also meets the mysterious Dante.

With The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé, S.L. Saboviec has created a remarkable dark fantasy tale. It is a very dark read with gory details; you can feel Scarlet’s despair. The main characters are complex, the other characters are of sufficient depth. S.L. Saboviec draws you close to the events – sometimes too close for comfort. I was drawn pretty close to Scarlet, Father Angelo, and Dante. The plot lines grow together nicely, keeping the reader hooked until and including the finale.

This is a book for you if you like dark urban fantasy and do not shy away from evil demons.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Dark, suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😡
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game Star Wars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She holds a B.S. in Physics, which qualifies her to B.S. about physics and occasionally do some math for the sci-fi stories she concocts. Her dark, thought-provoking science fiction & fantasy contains flawed, relatable characters and themes that challenge the status quo.

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Amazon:  S.L. Saboviec

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé?
Or – if you did not yet read The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  Guarding Angel

 

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Anamelia (A Tale Before Dying, #1) by Alec Silva

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The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Amazon)

A tale about a girl with heterochromatic eyes that just wanted to flee to a magical world. Between her and her dream, there are only a rock and seven challenging tasks.

Genre(s): Paranormal & Urban Fantasy, Horror
Series: A Tale Before Dying, #1
Length: 55 pages
Release date: 2016-04-14
 Translated by Mike Brandish
Original title Anamélia, um conto antes de morrer

 

Teaser


“One day, of course, Anamelia fled. Forever.

It was such a cold night that dreams froze in the air, the slightest sigh of love was crystallized and the tears became diamond droplets. The snow-covered the streets and souls, although those were happier and able to keep themselves warm.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Anamelia, orphaned young – now trying to realise her dreams at all cost.

With Anamelia, Alec Silva has created a bizarre fantasy story. It is an unusual and quite compelling read, drawing you into the world of Anamelia, watching her activities to fulfil her dreams. As stated in the book’s subtitle, Anamelia is to die eventually; it is a book about death, inspired by the works of Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro – without copying them. Alec Silva paints a clear and somehow disturbing picture of Anamelia’s mind while the story evolves. Anamelia is of sufficient depth, this also applies to the other characters – depending on their relevance. The story has a fairytale character and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like urban fantasy combined with a streak of horror, and if you like the work of Tim Burton or Guillermo del Toro.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, dark
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳

 

About the author

Escrever é uma forma de aliviar a dor e retardar minha morte.
(Writing is a way to alleviate the pain and delay my death.)

In love with dinosaurs and Greek mythology, began writing for Jurassic Park, but the first book, “Ariane”, written in 2007, did the legend of Eros and psyche. Since then, he has accumulated more than 40 books, dozens of short stories and a thousand poems, most disposable, but that matured as a writer. Published “Zarak, the Monster” in 2011, inaugurating the great autobiographical genre; in 2013, presented “the Creatives”, which resulted in ambitious projects, starting officially what he calls Lordeverso, which already has some works.

 

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Alec Silva
Buy links (English):  books2read.com/u/b6QK20
Buy links (Portuguese):   books2read.com/u/mBeoPN


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Anamelia?  Or – if you did not yet read Anamelia – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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