Thursday, June 30, 2011

Book Review for Thomas Scopel's TWITCH

Twitch was written by Thomas Scopel and published by Suspense Publishing. Twitch will be available for purchase as an e-book on Amazon July 15, 2011. You can learn more about this author and his work by visiting his blog at http://stayingscared.blogspot.com/
McB is a carnival man, always has been. After living a hard, neglected life in an orphanage as a boy, McB decides to make sure no one around him ever feels the way he did as a child. To ensure he keeps this promise to himself, McB takes a shine to sideshow oddities, folks who are a lot different from everyone else. Some call them freaks, but McB calls them family and he takes good care of his family.
When McB is trolling another carnivals for a new attraction, he happens upon Twitch, a pitiful, limbless creature living in horrible conditions. After one look into Twitch's entrancing, white eye, McB instantly feels connected to the creature and sets out to buy Twitch away from it's owner and give him a proper home and family. Twitch is welcomed into the oddities sideshow, but something changes the moment he arrives. Things start to go tragically wrong and horrible accidents begin to happen all around Twitch.
Thomas Scopel has introduced us to a new kind of horror in his debut novella Twitch. With carnival treats, sideshow freaks and an entrancing storyline, readers will surely devour this book in one sitting. Boasting the same feel as classic Twilight Zone episodes, Twitch has an eclectic and fresh style that is sure to garner a loyal brand of fans. I am giving Twitch a 5-spider rating and recommending it to horror fans everywhere.
CK Webb

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Book Review for 'The Heart of the Rose' by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

The Heart of the Rose was written by Kathryn Meyer Griffith and published by Eternal Press in November, 2010. It is available at amazon.com
In 1461 England, life was hard for an old wounded soldier and his beautiful young daughters. He scrapes by making a living grooming horses for the rich around town, teaching his oldest daughter the trade. One night a group of soldiers wearing the flag of the King of England ride into the inn and slaughter a company of opposing soldiers, killing bystanders who happened to be in their way.
After the massacre, young Bronwyn finds her father has been murdered by the soldiers’ swords. At that moment, she becomes engulfed with grief and pledges to avenge her father’s death.
A few years later, with father and mother gone, Bronwyn has taken her sisters to raise and finds work singing and working as a waitress at an inn. It is here she meets an enchanting man with beautiful blue eyes and a wonderful smile. It is also here, that she encounters a man who seems familiar, but she is uncertain why. The two men are complete opposites, and both are obsessed with her beauty and her voice. But Bronwyn has a secret that could cost her everything, including her life. She can heal with a touch and could be branded as a witch.
Each man vows to make her his own. Who will win her heart? Who will take her as a possession? Will either man be worthy of the Heart of the Rose?
The Heart of the Rose is full of love and adventure, and also mystery and fear. Will Bronwyn be loved, owned, or both? It is a tale of a resilient young woman who comes of age out of necessity and learns to control her own fate and never be a victim. This is a beautiful story of love and loss and growing in all forms.
Ms. Griffith was a young author full of promise when she wrote her first book, The Heart of the Rose and has gone on to write fourteen other lovely novels and several short stories in her thirty-nine years as a writer. This release is Ms Griffith's re-write of this story. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
4 spiders for The Heart of the Rose!!
SB Price

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Book Review of 'Warm Bodies' by Isaac Marion



Warm Bodies was written by Isaac Marion and published by Atria Press in April, 2011. It is available from amazon.com You can read more from Isaac on his blog, 'Burning Building' at http://burningbuilding.blogspot.com

Warm Bodies is touted as a story about zombie love but is not about zombies…well, not really. Even though the book tells the story of a zombie boy, who finds and protects a human girl from other zombies in an apocalyptic world dying from a plague, it is not, at all, a zombie story. This book is about the human condition, or the un-condition if you will. It’s about hope and fear, life and death and the consequences we could all face if changes are not made.
It is about ‘R’, a zombie boy who starts out as any other zombie, killing humans and eating their brains. But it progresses into a sweet story of a ‘once-human’ who is transforming into a ‘once-again-human’. R saves a girl named Julie from a hoard of hungry zombies and takes her to his home, a 747 jumbo jet sitting on a tarmac in some random airport. He does not know why, but suddenly, he has this over-whelming urge to protect her.
These two strange friends begin to see things and do things they don’t at first understand, but as time goes on, their actions begin to make a difference. They become a new hope that spreads out around them and changes everything.
Not in a very long time, have I read a book that has so touched me like Warm Bodies. Isaac Marion has an ability to write and express his story in a way that very few authors have done before and I believe this young writer will be a huge voice in the future of story-telling. His wonderful descriptions of characters and situations are like nothing I’ve read lately. His ability to understand and translate the human condition is uncanny and enlightening. What can I say…this guy can write.
If you read no other book this year, you must pick up Warm Bodies. It will fool you in the beginning, sadden you in the middle and move you at the end. It will knock your socks off and give you Hope!

I am giving Warm Bodies a 5 spider rating and recommending this book to anyone who reads...it's that good!

DJ Weaver

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Book Review of 'Medieval Menace' by Terri Ann Armstrong

Medieval Menace is the second book in Terri Ann Armstrong's 'Menace Trilogy' and was published through Suspense Publishing. It is available as an ebook at amazon.com.

Starleen Maddox has no time for reading as she may be losing her mind instead. She seems to be missing some time and can't figure out where it's going. During her missing minutes, men are being murdered at an alarming rate and in some strange ways. Is she doing these terrible things...or is there something else going on here that Starleen is unaware of? After being dumped by the love of her life, Starleen is being counseled and has some rage issues towards the man she still loves. Her counselor seems to think that she is just having normal thoughts and things will get better. But Starleen is beginning to think she may be more sick than even she imagines.

Terri Ann Armstrong takes us on a terrifying trip through the mind of a killer who kills with medieval weaponry in a most savage manor. The story unfolds quickly and keeps you guessing as to who the culprit really is and why these terrible crimes are happening.

Great characters and even better murder methods tell a tale that will keep the reader guessing to the end. The story is fast-paced and progresses along quickly, keeping you on the edge till the gruesome end. Ms Armstrong has done it again with this second in her series and we can't wait to read the next installment.

I am giving Medieval Menace a 4 spider rating and suggesting this read to anyone who likes a fast-paced thriller with a kick. Go get it.

DJ Weaver

Friday, June 17, 2011

Book Review of 'The Native Star' by MK Hobson


The Native Star was writen by MK Hobson and published by Spectra in August, 2010. It is available for purchase at amazon.com.

Emily Edwards is a witch, whose business is poultices and magic draughts. And business is not booming thanks to a rival, mass-producing company. On top of that, Emily’s ‘Pap’ is ailing and she is worried that she won’t be able to make ends meet.
Although she is hesitant, Emily crafts a love spell for Dag Hanson, the most prosperous lumberman in the village, hoping for salvation in a good marriage. But the spell goes wrong and Dag is instantly smitten… and not in a good way. Then, bad goes to worse as Emily and the snobbish warlock, Dreadnought Stanton, are called on to attempt to incapacitate the magicked, reanimated zombies that work the mines nearby. In her attempt to control the zombie miners, Emily inadvertently touches a strange gemstone that becomes immovably imbedded in her palm. This ‘Native Stone‘, it is soon discovered, is made of a rare element and possess incredible power to absorb magic, which explains the zombie attacks. Stanton makes Emily an offer she can’t refuse and they are off on a wild ride to find out the secrets of the stone and its powerful draw. What they find are nasty sangrimancers, religious zealots and power-hungry warlocks who all want a piece of Emily and the stone. Emily and Stanton must find a way to harness the stone’s powers and save the world.
M.K. Hobson has set this story in an alternate version of America and has given it a ‘steampunk’ feel, with magical, fantasy-like scenes from the Old West. She has detailed this magic place with delicious descriptions of several classes of witches, who are all very powerful. Her main characters are thoroughly enjoyable, as they deal with human emotions and shortcomings. The secondary characters are varied and believable, with their own ticks and quirks, which add to the fantasy feel of the story.
The settings, the characters and the unusual situations in The Native Star, make it a world of magic and a book not to be missed. I'm giving The Native Star a 4 spidar rating and suggesting it to anyone who loves a great fantasy adventure story.

DJ Weaver

Monday, June 13, 2011

Book Review for 'Billy's Family' by Eric B. Thomasma


Billy's Family was written by Eric B. Thomasma and illustrated by Lanin D. Thomasma. It was self published by the author in June, 2011 and is available for purchase at amazon.com/ You can learn more about this wonderful author and all his work by visiting his website at http://ericbt.webs.com/
Little Billy is an only child, but longs for a big family. As he questions the ins and outs of family life, his mother is there to help him understand. A trip to a huge family reunion, some long talks with his grandmother and Billy soon discovers, the family he has always wanted has been there all along.
A touching journey of family ties as seen through the eyes of a child, Thomasma's unique voice speaks directly to the heart. The illustrations are adorable and make Billy's journey come to life as each page is turned. A 'must have' for children. I urge parents to pick up this uniquely quirky, educational and fun read for their children.
This book could easily become a chapter book for school age children in the 1st through 3rd grade and a wonderful teaching tool for those just discovering aunts, uncles, cousins and more. My 9-year old son gave it, "5-spiders for sure, momma!" and you just can't argue with that!! We are giving Billy's Family a 5 spider rating and recommending it to anyone with a small child. Whether your family is big or small, Billy's Family is sure to be a hit at story time.
CK Webb

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Book Review for 'Birds Can Fly And So Can I' by Noa Nimrodi



Birds Can Fly And So Can I was written by Noa Nimrodi with beautiful illustrations by Tamir Lichtenberg. It was published in 2011 by Grassroots Publishing Group and is available for purchase at www.amazon.com/ You can learn more about this children's author by visiting her website at http://www.noabooks.com/
Giraffe has big dreams and high aspirations. More than anything in the world, she wants to take flight and soar high above the trees and into the clouds. But, how can she ever reach her goal when she has no wings? By daring to dream!
Birds Can Fly And So Can I is an absolutely adorable children's book with a message that will linger with your children long after the story has been told. Wonderful illustrations bring the book to life in this tale, reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss classic. Dreams can come true and children can be anything they set their mind to in this sweet and well crafted book. My nine year old son says, "Give it as many spiders as you have!" Destined to be a favorite in your children's life, I am giving Birds Can Fly And So Can I, 5 spiders and urging anyone with kids to pick this one up. A must read to add to your child's collection!
CK Webb

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Review of 'Fork In The Road To Apocalypse' by Jeff Gonsalves


Fork In The Road To Apocalypse (Subnorm Series) was written by Jeff Gonsalves and published by Wild Child Publishing in September, 2010. It is available as a Kindle edition at amazon.com.
Chuck Anderssen's nephew, Elliott is a subnorm. A very disturbed child with the ability to alter reality and the government knows it. Chuck is an operative and works for the Genetics Bureau. It's his job to bring in people just like Elliott. So when Elliott can no longer control his outbursts, Chuck sees no other way to save him except to bring him in.
But when the Bureau decides to make Elliott into a combat weapon, using his psychic abilities as weaponry, Chuck and a team of renegades spirit Elliott away to a vast wasteland to hide. Is Elliott unconsciously using his abilities against them? Chuck must try to save his nephew, even though Elliott's powers may be more than mankind can handle.
This second book in Jeff Gonsalves' 'Subnorm Series' does not disappoint. Full of action and fast-paced, Fork In The Road To Apocalypse is an 'in-your-face' sci/fi read that will keep you on the edge. The characters are fascinating and authentic and the descriptions are well written and panoramic. Jeff Gonsalves has penned another exciting read for the scifi/fantasy genre and it is a winner.
I'm giving Fork In The Road To Apocalypse a 4 spider rating and recommending to anyone who loves the genre or who just loves to read a well written novel. Follow this author!
DJ Weaver