Sister of the Chosen One by Colleen Oakes & Erin Armknecht | Review

Sister of the Chosen One by Colleen Oakes & Erin Armknecht | Review
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Sister of the Chosen One Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy Curtis Brown Studios ebook 277 pages Goodreads

“Action-packed, empowering, and comic-book vivid, Sister of the Chosen One will have you cheering.” – Natalie Mae, Author of The Kinder Poison

Valora Rigmore understands pressure. As the Chosen One (resident telekinetic, superstar and model girlfriend) her life revolves around it. According to an ancient prophesy, Valora is destined to fight Erys, a terrifying individual with the power to control monsters. Valora is worshipped at school, in the press and by her parents, but as the battle with Erys looms near, the cracks in her perfect façade are beginning to show.

Her twin, Grier Rigmore understands disappointment. A curvy bookworm perpetually in the shadow of her sister’s legacy, Grier’s life is one long humiliation after another. However, as Valora’s fandom reaches an unbearable fever pitch, an interesting new boy and a clever teacher spark Grier’s curiosity about her own powerful gifts.

When Grier’s star begins to rise, so do more questions, like: who is truly the Chosen One, and will two sisters at odds survive long enough to understand the answer?

Best described as Harry Potter meets Mindy Kaling, Sister of the Chosen One is a darkly funny, female empowered YA epic about siblings struggling to connect with each other, free themselves of labels and save the world in the process.

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Review

Initially drawn to the cover of this book, and then the synopsis, I decided to give this book a read. I am so glad I did because I loved this novel.

Told from the perspectives of twin sisters, Valora and Grier, Sister of the Chosen One masterfully weaves an action story with personal struggles. As time passes, we see events unfold through the eyes of both sisters. Sometimes scenes slightly overlap, which was interesting, but I think it worked with the narrative.

The heart of this story is the sisters. Both characters are well-rounded and extremely relatable. Even with the fantastical elements, these are two teenagers who are looking for understanding. I felt for these characters and found myself relating to their feelings.

The people in this story have magical powers, to a degree, and are gearing up for a fight with the big bad. Although this has fantasy elements, I think that many readers would enjoy it. It was an exciting look into different abilities and a world filled with magic and monsters.

I did find some plot points predictable from very early on. However, since this wasn’t part of the central theme, I’m willing to overlook it.

Overall, I think this was very well put together. It kept my interest from the beginning and brought forth many emotions. I wish I had a book like this when I was a teen. I’m sure this is a standalone novel, which makes me sad because I would be very interested in reading more about these characters and their adventures.

About the Authors

Colleen Oakes
Colleen Oakes

Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including The Black Coats, Queen of Hearts Series, and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son. You can visit her at http://www.colleenoakes.org, on her Author Colleen Oakes Facebook page, on Instagram (@colleenoakes), or on Twitter (@ColleenOakes_).

Erin Armknecht
Erin Armknecht

Erin Armknecht lives in St. Louis with her husband, son, and rescue dog. Sister of the Chosen One is her debut novel. You can find her Twitter @EisforErin and on Instagram @erinarmknecht.

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Veil of Secrets by G.A. Charnock | Review

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Veil of Secrets Secrets of the Veil #1 Paranormal Romance ebook Goodreads | Amazon

Everybody has a past. Some just don’t know what it is yet…

Alice has long been intrigued by the couple she serves in Amo Mangiare every Friday.

There’s an unsettling tension between brooding, multi-millionaire businessman, Victor Davies, and his glamorous companion that she can’t put her finger on.

So when she receives a hand-written cry for help from the mysterious Eva, Alice knows she can’t ignore it.

As events and coincidences conspire to lure her deeper into Victor’s territory – a strangely bewitching world full of luxury, intrigue and unanswered questions – Alice is never sure who she can trust.

But it’s only when Alice’s past comes calling and a long-buried secret is finally unearthed, that she must confront the ultimate truth.

You can never escape your destiny…

I received a digital copy of this novel through Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review.

Review

This story was a wild ride.

Alice, a journalist by day and waitress by night, finds herself in the middle of a mystery when a woman asks for her help one evening. This woman happens to be the dinner companion to Victor, a millionaire and a businessman. Alice soon finds herself entering Victor’s world, and it is full of secrets. Torn between unsettling occurrences and her growing feelings, Alice must decide if she can trust Victor or run in the opposite direction.

This story is challenging for me to review because I enjoyed the novel and had issues with it. I would categorize Veil of Secrets as paranormal suspense with romantic elements. The romance level was low. The main characters had an attraction to each other, but it took most of the book for them to act on it.

Alice and Victor work well together as a couple. They respect each other. Even given the tension and unease in their situation, you could see the potential in their relationship. Misgivings about Victor eased as the mystery unraveled. However, I want to know more about these character’s backstories. The side characters tell a little, but I wanted to learn more, especially given the ending.

Veil of Secrets had three different mysteries going on, and although concluded by the end of the book, it was almost too much. I felt that the central mystery was intriguing enough to carry the novel. Even so, the pacing was steady, and the multiple plotlines intertwined nicely. Many secrets came out in the last third of the book, and with those answers came many more questions.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel and think readers of romantic suspense will as well. As the first novel in a series, the plot serves to develop our characters and the mystery elements that will carry over into subsequent books. The ending grabbed my interest, and I want to know more about these characters and their continuing journey. 

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Fable by Adrienne Young | Review

Fable by Adrienne Young | Review
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Fable Fable #1 Young Adult, Fantasy Wednesday Books Hardcover 368 pages Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

I was provided an eARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review

I haven’t read a lot of young adult literature lately but devoured Fable this past weekend. This novel by Adrienne Young is the first book in a fantasy duology. The second book, Namesake, comes out in March.

Four years ago, Fable was abandoned by her father on an unforgiving island. While there she was forced to survive among thieves and traders. Using skills learned from her late mother, Fable is trying to make it off the island to prove herself worthy and join her father’s crew.

I really enjoyed this story. Although fantasy, I think that readers of many genres will enjoy this book. And let me be clear, this isn’t a pirate tale.

Fable is a strong, smart female lead. Even when she is enlisting the help of others, she finds ways to be useful. Fable’s backstory unfolds throughout the novel and I thought the author did a nice job weaving needed information into the narrative.

There are several side characters and each one approaches Fable in a unique way. It is easy to see how each character’s personality fits with the others. However, I don’t feel that we’re given enough. I want to know more about these characters.

I am happy to say there is no love triangle. There is a love interest. The relationship has a slow burn. These are two characters who shouldn’t be together but can’t fight their connection forever.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. The pacing was spot on and there was a nice balance between action and character development. The author did a good job world building. I could imagine what each of the places and people looked liked. Fable also didn’t feel like an introductory novel. I think because it is part of a duology, not too much time was wasted explaining things.

Anyway, this book ended on a cliffhanger and I’m dying to read the next installment. Luckily, I’ve already been approved for an ARC, so I don’t have to wait long.

Trigger Warnings: Violence, Murder, Death of Parent

Machiavellian by Bella di Corte | Review

Machiavellian by Bella di Corte | Review
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Machiavellian Gangsters of New York #1 Romance, Suspense ebook 456 pages Amazon | Goodreads | BookBub

I hungered to be seen.

There were three things I knew about Capo Macchiavello:

He was gorgeous.

He was reclusive.

He was considered one of New York’s most savage animals.

And he wanted me as his wife. A simple arrangement – you do for me, I do for you. Nothing owed, no expectations. Except for one: never leave.

Life was never that simple, though. By the age of twenty-one, I was parentless, jobless, and homeless, and I had come to learn the hard way that nothing was ever free. Even kindness comes with strings.

Capo might’ve been the only man to ever see me, but I had made a vow to myself: I would never owe anyone anything. Most of all, the man I called boss.

I killed to stay hidden.

Mariposa Flores thought she owed nothing to no one, but she owed everything…to me, the ghost the world had once called The Machiavellian Prince of New York.

Machiavellian is the first of three books set in the savage world of the Gangsters of New York series.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for participating in the blog tour and providing a review. This review contains my honest opinion of the novel.

Review

This was an entertaining story and not exactly what I suspected.

Our main characters find themselves together in an agreement, but not everything is what it seems. They each have a motive but secrets are divulged as the story develops that create complications. Capo and Mari were and interesting pair. Both are independent and head strong characters. However together, they really work. I appreciated that this novel showed their relationship grow. You were given small moments where the couple got to know each other and saw growth in each of them. Not everything was about sexual tension.

There was a bit of violence in this novel. It is a mafia story after all, so that is to be expected. The scenes weren’t explicit, but I wouldn’t recommend to readers who are sensitive to violence and assault. I also found the arrangement to be off putting given the power dynamics at play, but character development helped ease this.

Overall, I found myself devouring the novel and couldn’t put it down. Although long, the pace was well balanced, and I didn’t lose interest in the slower moments. I thought that the author did a good job creating the world around the characters and I developed an interest in many of the side characters as well.

Trigger Warnings: Violence, Murder, Rape, Homelessness

About the Author

Bella Di Corte has been writing romance for seven years, even longer if you count the stories in her head that were never written down, but she didn’t realize how much she enjoyed writing alphas until recently. Tough guys who walk the line between irredeemable and savable, and the strong women who force them to feel, inspire her to keep putting words to the page.
 
Apart from writing, Bella loves to spend time with her husband, daughter, and family. She also loves to read, listen to music, cook meals that were passed down to her, and take photographs. She mostly takes pictures of her family (when they let her) and her three dogs.  
 
Bella grew up in New Orleans, a place she considers a creative playground.
 
She loves to connect with readers, so don’t hesitate to email her at belladicorte@gmail.com if you’d like to reach out. 

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Review

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Review
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Mexican Gothic Gothic, Horror, Historical Fiction Del Rey Hardcover 301 pages Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a novel set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

Review

The minute I heard about this novel, I knew I needed to read it. And I am so glad I did.

I love gothic novels and they don’t get made much anymore, so I was really excited about this read. This novel has all your major gothic tropes and perfectly blends horror with romance. You have a secluded location, insanity, eroticism, nightmares, and more. The horror level on this book wasn’t very high and the gore was also minimal. There are definitely spooky moments, but I feel that a lot of the tension is more psychological. You were really trying to figure out what was going on and who this family was.

Pretty early on, I thought that I had this book pegged. I was convinced that I knew the twist. And I was half right. But the rest of it blew my mind. Looking back I see things that I missed and I appreciated that the author gave hints without completely spoiling the surprise. The pacing was steady and I didn’t feel that there were lulls. The scenery of this story was very descriptive and the house became just as interesting as the characters.

Overall, I thought this was fantastic. It is a conversation starter and felt fresh and new. I kept giving my family updates as I read it and have recommended it to a ton of people. So now, I am recommending it to you.

Trigger Warnings: Hallucinations, Racism, Incest, Sexual Assault/Attempted Rape, Violence, Murder

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole | Review

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole | Review
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When No One is Watching Alyssa Cole Mystery, Thriller, OwnVoices Harper Audio Audiobook 8 Hours, 30 Minutes, 5 Seconds Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller from a critically acclaimed and New York Times Notable author, in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning…

Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo.

But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.

When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other—or themselves—long enough to find out before they too disappear?

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review

This was an interesting read and I’m glad that I listened to it.

A predominately black neighborhood in Brooklyn is going through changes. Neighbors are leaving left and right and white people are moving in. Businesses are closing and then reopen, catering to a new type of customer. The neighborhood is going through gentrification, a not uncommon problem.

This story is told from two perspectives: Sydney, a black female, and Theo, a white male. This provides an insider/outsider perspective and I thought was a clever way to show the social issues through different eyes. Sydney has lived in the neighborhood most of her life and she is trying to hold on to her family home. Theo recently moved in with his girlfriend.

Sydney and Theo soon begin a friendship and try to understand each other given the circumstances. The evolution of their relationship felt organic and their conversations brought racial and social issues to the front. The pair soon find themselves wondering if the changes happening may be caused by more sinister schemes.

I found the overall plot interesting and liked that this thriller took real-life issues. Not only was this a thriller, but educational on current social issues that plague many communities across the country. What makes this story scary is how realistic the problems are. I don’t have first-hand knowledge of the racial topics, so I’m not going to get in-depth about it, but I appreciated what the author was trying to achieve and hope to see more novels like this in the future.

I did find the plot slow-moving in the beginning. It took about half to the book to establish characters and for more thriller aspects to be displayed. It really picked up in the last third and I felt that it moved very fast at the end. I also found the twist to be predictable. I did like the open ending, however, and thought it was very fitting for the story.

As this was an audiobook, I very much enjoyed the narration. I liked that there were different narrators portraying Sydney and Theo. The change is voices helped keep up with the story and made the characters more real. It was well-read and kept my attention and they did a good job.

Trigger Warnings: Violence, Murder, Racism

The Duke Effect by Sophie Jordan | Review

The Duke Effect by Sophie Jordan | Review
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The Duke Effect The Rogue Files #7 Romance, Historical Fiction Avon Paperback 352 pages Amazon | Goodreads

She doesn’t care about love…

Despite being surrounded by her happily wed sisters, Nora Langley prefers botany to ballrooms and would rather spend a lifetime in her laboratory than consider affairs of the heart. An expert herbalist, Nora has been masquerading as her late physician father for years, dispensing invaluable medical advice. She corresponds with people all over the world, including an old army colonel. But when the man shows up on her doorstep, he is nothing like she expected—he is a young, handsome heir to a dukedom who suddenly threatens everything she holds dear.

He only cares about duty…

Constantine Sinclair arrives on the Langley doorstep in a desperate bid to save the woman who raised him, the Duchess of Birchwood… only to discover that the venerable doctor he expected is a bold and lovely charlatan. Furious at the deception, he vows to reveal her secrets. Determined to prove her skills, Nora promises to save the duchess in exchange for Con keeping her secret. Con reluctantly agrees… and soon, Nora’s brilliant, headstrong ways are throwing his carefully controlled life into chaos. What happens when the rigid soldier begins to lose his grip on his heart?

If you’re looking for a historical romance with a strong female character, a brooding male lead, and a little bit of steaminess, then look no further.

I found both characters to be interesting. Nora was a strong-willed woman who wanted more out of life. I liked that she wanted to have a career and goes against societal expectations. She is not afraid to stand up for herself. Con is a man who has a strong sense of duty and most of his actions throughout the novel are driven by this. Con probably grows the most, finally deciding to follow his heart, instead of what others say he should do.

I did feel like the characters were constantly avoiding each other. And although I liked this novel, I felt that some of the buildups of the relationship were lost because of this. Sidelong glances and attraction do not show why the characters are a match. I would have liked to see a little more time together between our leads. There was also a slightly absurd scene with a “love-potion” that I found a bit out of place and served no purpose except to bring our characters together sexually.

Overall this was a satisfying read. By the halfway point, I didn’t want to put this down. The novel included many tropes romance readers will be familiar with and the two main characters were an interesting match. Although part of a series, this story does well as a standalone, and I didn’t feel you missed much in terms of backstory.

Thank you NetGalley for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Enthrall Secrets by Vanessa Fewings | Review

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Enthrall Secrets Enthrall Sessions (Book 7) Fiction, Erotica Audiobook 6 hours and 57 minutes

ENTHRALL SECRETS tells the long-awaited story of Scarlet Winters, the infamous, fiery dominatrix from the exclusive Los Angeles BDSM club Enthrall.

The Obsession of the Forbidden.

The promise of salvation.

That was his offer. If I surrendered completely. I’d be rewarded with nothing less than my very own salvation.

And I needed it. Quite simply, I was drowning until billionaire Danton Belfort swept me up into his world.

His unmatched reputation for mastering submissives was legendary. His methods cruel, yet beautiful. Commanding, yet delicate. He was willing to do whatever it took to reach beyond my veil of pain and ensure a transformation that would render me reborn as the most dazzling of dominatrixes.

If the process didn’t obliterate me.

All I had to do was survive. Survive him. Survive myself.

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Review

This novel was really two stories in once. We follow Scarlet in the past and present through two different relationships with Danton and Ethan. It was interesting that Fewings uses the conflicts of one character to connect with the past of another. Both are instant love connections, but intimacy appears genuine.

Although this novel was about a dominatrix, I found the erotic scenes to be quite tame. This novel was about Scarlet’s personal life with a sprinkle of her profession. Based on the description (which, completely leaves out Ethan), I was expecting more intense sequences. I’m not disappointed with what was produced, I just thought it would be more.

I enjoyed Hart’s sultry voice as the narrator, however, I found the narration to be a bit robotic, especially at the beginning of the novel. I had a difficult time getting past this until I became absorbed in the story. Hart did create a character but they fell a bit flat.

Overall, an enjoyable romance which includes erotic scenes throughout. Enthrall Secrets is an easy read and fits nicely within the contemporary romance genre.


Meet the Author

Vanessa Fewings is the bestselling romance author of the highly acclaimed Enthrall Sessions.

Vanessa is also the author of The Stone Masters Vampire Series. Prior to publishing, Vanessa worked as a registered nurse and midwife. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and has lived in Germany, Hong Kong, and Cyprus.

Born and raised in England, Vanessa now proudly calls herself an American and resides in California with her husband.

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Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke | Review

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Mighty Jack Mighty Jack (Book 1) Children’s, Graphic Novel, Fantasy First Second Hardcover 208 pages Amazon

Jack might be the only kid in the world who’s dreading summer. But he’s got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s boring, too, because Maddy doesn’t talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk―to tell Jack to trade their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. It’s the best mistake Jack has ever made.

In Mighty Jack, what starts as a normal little garden out back behind the house quickly grows up into a wild, magical jungle with tiny onion babies running amok, huge, pink pumpkins that bite, and, on one moonlit night that changes everything…a dragon.

Review

Jack doesn’t have the best summer to look forward to. His mom must take on a second job, leaving him to watch his younger sister, Maddy. One day at a flea market, a stranger offers Jack magic beans in exchange for his mom’s car. Maddy, who never talks, finally says words to have Jack make the trade. As they begin to plant the seeds, Maddy and Jack realize this won’t be an ordinary garden.

I loved the basis as a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Retelling stories have so much potential and it’s always interesting to see a new interpretation. I have to admit, I wanted this story to be so much more and was disappointed. There was an opportunity to round out the characters, but Hatke misses it. We have three characters with struggles that never get developed.  We have a mother struggling to pay bills, get a second job, and don’t have the time to spend with her children. Jack is a young boy put into an adult situation of caring for his sibling and keeping the house in order. Maddy doesn’t speak but shows a strong curiosity. The story skirts around the realness of these characters and focuses more on the garden.

I also felt like there was no arc to this story. It isn’t very long, but there should still be a rise and fall. Instead, the entire book is an upward climb to the final moment in which readers are left with a cliff hanger. Nothing was resolved. The graphics were beautiful and the color palate was complimentary, but it wasn’t enough the save this lackluster story.


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Mother by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross | Review

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Mother Horror Glass Apple Press ebook 464 pages Amazon

A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother …

Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume.

Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever …

No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family.

The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember.

Sometimes it’s Worse …

Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger – and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever change their definition of “Mother.”

 

Review

Claire and Jason are down on their luck. After both losing jobs and expecting their first child, they find themselves getting help from an unlikely source…Claire’s Mother, Priscilla. Claire hasn’t seen or spoken to her mother in nearly a decade. She is uneasy about the arrangement, with bad feelings and old memories struggling to the surface. Priscilla appears to be on her best behavior and has won Claire’s husband, Jason, over. However, Claire’s apprehension is beginning to distort reality and change her personality. Is Mother really the monster Claire claims her to be?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thorne and Cross did a fantastic job building suspense and agitation as the story unfolds. The story provides snapshots of different characters and makes you second guess opinions. What I enjoyed most is how among the horror and suspense, Thorne and Cross satirize human relationships and envy. It was a clever way to further the idea of not truly knowing who are neighbors/friends are. The ending was quite different than I imagined but entirely justified and honest once revelations are made. It really ended with a bang!

Mother is not a gory horror story and toys more with the mind. There are some disturbing scenes and flashbacks. This was a wonderful story with a driven plot and interesting characters. Don’t be afraid…read Mother.

Also, check out my interview with the authors.


I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.