Monday, 30 September 2013

Horrorscape (Horrorscape #2) - Nenia Campbell

Rating: 4/5
Cover Rating: 3/5

Synopsis:

Val receives a calling card from a very dangerous boy who wants to play with her. It's a game without rules, logic, or consequence, and he'll stop at nothing to claim her as his—even if it means destroying them both.

Three years ago, Valerian Kimble got herself entangled with a burgeoning sociopath intent on adding her to his own columns of wins and losses. She managed to escape him, but at a terrible cost...

This time it's personal.

Now a high school senior, Val is a pale shadow of the girl she once was and still recovering from the terrible trauma she suffered at his hands. She is understandably reluctant when her friends receive mysterious invitations to a theme party being held in one of the old manor homes on the edge of town.

Right away, something about the party seems off. The other guests are secretive, and strangely hostile. Cell phones don't work. Doors lock and unlock, seemingly at will. And the festivities start to take a turn for the sinister as the evening progresses. Because their host loves games. Loves them so much that he's decided to make a little wager. The deadline is sunrise. The stakes? Their lives.

Let the games begin.

Review:

Checkmate 

I go into books with a theory, with a knowledge of what I expect to happen - I always look for romance and I always want the bad guy to turn good - and it does my head in when these things don't appear.

usually though, those books, the ones I don't expect become the ones I cant forget, and Horrorscape is no exception.

What I loved

✔ The new characters especially Blake
✔ The change in Lisa - much better 
✔ The shocking areas, the moment when you realise - he isn't pretending.
✔ That GM intrigues me so much 

What I didn't love so much 

❌ Val seemed to have gotten a little dumb in three years - she wasn't the same 
❌ That no one recognised GM 
❌ Plot holes regarding the black team - who are they? Brent? 
❌ What GMs true intentions are and why he chose Val

Generally this was great. It was a little unbelievable at times but it was a captivating read, I finished at 3am.

I have downloaded the final book which has some pretty clear warnings - I'm terrified but I have to read it, don't I. 


Fearscape (Horrorscape #1) - Nenia Campbell


Rating: 4.5/5
Cover Rating: 4/5


Synopsis:

He followed her because he wanted to own her. She trusted him because she wanted excitement. There's a saying that curiosity can kill … but Valerian Kimble is beginning to learn that satisfaction might just be worse.

Fourteen-year-old Valerian lives in an age where antiheroes and bad boys are portrayed as the romantic ideal, and good guys are passe and boring. So when Gavin Mecozzi, the school's brilliant but twisted loner, begins to show an interest in her after a chance meeting in a pet store, Val is intrigued. He's charming and poetic and makes her feel things that she thought were only possible in books--

Fear.

Because somebody is stalking Val. Somebody who wants to hurt her. Own her. Possess her. Maybe even kill her.

As her meetings with Gavin unravel into a more complex and frightening relationship, Val can't help but wonder if the new boy in her life is her depraved and obsessive stalker.

And whether he's capable of murder.

Time is running out.

Review:

The almost more YA version of Consequences... In other words - mind fuckery

This kept me on the edge of my seat. 

Loved...

✔ writing - The research into chess and animals and even psychology 
✔ suspense - that not knowing if you can even read another sentence without screaming feeling
✔ moral questioning - Who is the bad guy? 
✔ Character creation - this starts almost slow but it isn't boring at all which is rare. 

Not so keen on 

X That I want a HEA, and book two scares me lol

fantastic young person/new adult suspense thriller. Gavin is a great psychopath and Val the beautiful and sweet victim
I am terrified of book two just like after Consequences I was scared of Truth and after Captive in the Dark I was scares of Seduced... 

But sometimes... You have to know what happens next. 

Great read - 4.5


Monday, 16 September 2013

Mine to Keep (Mine #2) - Cynthia Eden


Cover Rating: 4 out of 5
Rating: 4.5/5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Love is the most dangerous obsession…

Skye Sullivan is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. She survived a brutal stalker and escaped his abduction, and now she is looking to the future—a future that includes Skye’s lover, billionaire Trace Weston. Skye thinks the danger is finally over for her.

She’s dead wrong.

When Trace’s past comes back to haunt him, Skye discovers that the man she loves isn't quite who he seems to be. Trace has been leading a double-life. An ex-special forces agent, his military training turned him into the perfect killing machine. He made more than his share of enemies during his time in the military—and as he built his security empire—and one of those enemies is striking back.

He won’t lose her.

Skye is the one weapon that can be used against Trace—his only vulnerability. But he won’t let her go—he can’t. Trace will do anything necessary to protect Skye. Anything. Yet when she discovers the secrets that he’s tried to keep hidden, Skye’s pain and rage may send her running directly into the cross-hairs of a killer…


Review: 

He promised forever 

4.5

Really brilliant sequel, I'll admit I wasn't sure when I read this was only released due to the popularity of book one (felt like selling out) but this was a fantastic and welcome edition, it put the already captivating first book to shame. It seems Eden is an author who wants to outdo herself.

I loved the mystery and suspense and I was on the edge of my seat, not many books actually make me have doubts on the bad guy and the good guy but this one kept be guessing. 

I am soooo looking forward to book three because I fell for the couple that will be featured in it from this book. 

A great edge of your seat suspense series. I'll miss Trace.

PUBLISHED TODAY.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

I'm back!

Hello to everyone in the bloggosphere.

I don't know if you have noticed but I have been missing from SkyRose for about two months and I would like to apologise for that but alas real life is very overbearing but I am back. For good this time.

I will like to thank Mercy for keeping the blog going but reviewing an impressive list of books.

To celebrate my return, I will be hosting a month of one of my favourite genres, Paranormal Romance. To top if all of, sometime this month I will also be reviewing a very special book by our very own Mercy Corez.


Messy and Shattered - Mercy Cortez

Free on Amazon from 04 September - 06 September 2013

Now to sneak in a shameless bit of advertising, the cover for this book is made my me. So I would appreciate any constructive criticism. If you are in need of a cover, please go to my other site www.sylermeia.co.uk for more detail or leave me a message here.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Freak [Creep #2] - Jennifer Hillier

Cover Rating: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5/4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Suspense magazine chose Jennifer Hillier’s “truly frightening” debut, Creep, as one of 2011’s best novels, while #1 bestselling author Jeffery Deaver cautioned “you better call in sick—you’re not going anywhere until you finish reading.” Now, Hillier returns to the Pacific Northwest college town where one killer’s stranglehold has ebbed . . . but another sick mind has waited for the perfect moment to pick up where the terror left off.

Sitting alone in a maximum-security prison cell, Abby Maddox is a celebrity. Her claim to fame is the envy of every freak on the outside: she’s the former lover of Ethan Wolfe, the killer who left more than a dozen dead women in his wake and nearly added Puget Sound State professor Sheila Tao to the tally. Now Abby, serving a nine-year sentence for slashing a police officer’s throat in a moment of rage, has little human contact—save for the letters that pour in from demented fans, lunatics, and creeps. But a new wave of murders has given Abby a possible chance for a plea bargain—because this killer has been sending her love letters, and carving a message on the bodies of the victims: Free Abby Maddox.

Jerry Isaac will never forget the attack—or his attacker. The hideous scarring and tortured speech are daily reminders that the one-time Seattle PD officer, now a private investigator, is just lucky to be alive. Abby Maddox deserves to rot in jail—forever, as far as Jerry’s concerned. But she alone may possess crucial evidence—letters from this newest killer—that could crack open the disturbing case. With the help of Professor Sheila Tao, seasoned police detective Mike Torrance, and intuitive criminology student Danny Mercy, Jerry must coax the shattering truth from isolated, dangerous Abby Maddox. Can he put the pieces together before Abby’s number one fan takes another life in the name of a killer’s perverted idea of justice?

Review:

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it - Hitchcock 


3.5 interesting, entertaining and misdirected stars 


Okay. So we know from Creep that Ethan is gone. Abby Maddox is far from it. 

I enjoyed this sequel, it was interesting and captivating. It was the right amount of suspense writing mixed with hope to make you keep reading. 

A great story BUT 

I already read it in Creep.

I couldn't help but think that Freak was a bit of a rehash of a book I already read and adored. Like I say I still enjoyed Freak fiercely, just not as much as the previous book.

I was more captivated by the story of Abby and Ethan, and I'd like a prequel book about how they met. 

This story for me held very little resolve and that's another thing that bothered me. Either this needs a book three or it was slightly anti climatic.

Like I say, good book but not as good as the brilliance that was Creep!

I really like this author though and I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for more from her.