Set in a dystopian future so obsessed with physical beauty that girls and women are kidnapped and dismembered for their perfect body parts, The Last Magdalene is a fast paced novella that is sure to give even the most jaded reader goose bumps. Join Rosario for a heart pounding adventure as she escapes the brutal city with its harvest dens and factories, only to find herself in the middle of a prophesy, poised to lead a rebellion against the mafia and their jigsaw girls.
*I received a free ecopy from the author but this has not affected my review in any way.
A dystopian future in a city divided by the poor and the rich, mafia's trade of dismembered perfect body parts from girls, the Magdalenes, an old line of warrior priestess, a prophesy of the return of an incarnated hero and martyr, a new treaty that would cost girls from the hamlets' lives, and how Rosario, along with Shae, the strongest of the army the Magdalenes trained and Andeka, the harvestable girl the mafia chose had to put an end in the mafia's evil works..... This read has an interesting dystopian plot with suspense and action in it. A good short story that could be read within an hour or so. I was enthralled from the beginning to the end tho I was a bit disappointed with the ending because I wanted to find out what will happen next after they clean up the city from the mafia's trade. This a worth checking out read.
About the Author:
R. Anne Polcastro wrote her first book when she was five years old. It was only twenty some words long, typed up by her kindergarten teacher, and bound with construction paper and yarn . . . but it was the beginning of a dream that would later eat at the grown up her until she quit her boring office job to write more books. And while she no longer dictates fantasies about wild ponies to someone sitting at an old school typewriter, Polcastro’s stories still revel in the speculative. For example, in her Left Behind Trilogy, a series of middle grade sci fi novels, she gives a teenage alien the reigns to a wild adventure.
Polcastro was born and mostly raised in the Pacific Northwest. When she wasn’t there, she was growing up on the other side of the Mexican border, which is why she learned to read and write in Spanish first (not that she can speak anything but English very well, and even that can be a challenge early in the morning). And while it was hard to love all of the wetness again after the desert, Polcastro still hails from the rain infested northwest where she lives with her two kids and their family dog
Published by: Secret Cravings Publishing
Born Mohawk, raised white, forensic pathologist, Michelle Thomas is trapped between two worlds—this one and the spirit world where the ghosts of those who’ve drowned speak to her. Haunted by crippling nightmares of her own drowning death and erotic dreams of a phantom lover, she strives to make sense of her life. When two suspicious deaths occur at the Lake of the Mountain Resort, she’s sent to investigate. She’ll face the greatest challenge of her career when her past and her present collide. One of these men is her future, but which one—the rich and powerful Mayor Ron Davies, or Tony Steele, the hydrology professor who may be responsible for his students’ deaths? Charged by the spirits of her Mohawk ancestors to atone for her previous sins by protecting Lake of the Gods, can Michelle solve the murders, save the sacred waters, and fulfil her destiny?
Strange sexy dreams, the ghost of a Mohawk woman, the research about the lake, the investigation about the two students' death, the reincarnation of two lovers who were separated by death in the lake, and the legend of The Three Sisters.... how all these were connected will get you glued on this read. An entertaining, intriguing and definitely a page-turner read with interesting and well-developed plot and characters and woven with mystery, paranormal, suspense, and romance.
A highly recommended read.
About the Author:
Susanne Matthews, née Poirier, was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Her parents, Leo and Cecile Poirier did their best to encourage her talents. She has one sister, Michele, who works as a nurse.
Susanne attended St. Lawrence Secondary School, graduating with honors. While in high school she participated in public speaking competitions, winning both the French and the English public speaking awards on the same day. She also participated in the Drama club.
After high school, she moved to Ottawa, Ontario to attend Carleton University, where she achieved a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in English and History.
Susanne met her husband, John, at Carleton. They were married at the end of her second year and resided in Ottawa for the next ten years. They had three children Gregory, Jason, and Angela.
Susanne, John and the family returned to Cornwall, and once the children were all in school full-time, Susanne went to Queen's University in Kingston where she earned her Bachelor of Education degree. She retired in 2010 after more than 30 years as an educator, most of those years spent as a secondary school English teacher.
Today, she continues to live in Cornwall with her husband of more than 40 years. Their children have all left the nest, but she enjoys visiting with them and her five grandchildren: Hannah, Nico, Eleni, Georgia, and Tonio.
When she isn't reading or writing, Susanne enjoys scrapbooking, watching television, traveling, and camping.
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The City is everything Adam Reid could possibly have hoped for – power and potential. And his scholarship to the prestigious Harton University is his ticket to it all. A chance for a fresh start. A chance to hide from his dark past.
But the City has secrets and its doors only open if you know the right people. People like Jack, Adam's new louder-than-life room mate, and Lia, who yearns for a soul uncorrupted by the City.
Then Castalia Vallas stalks her way into Adam's life. Intoxicated by the seductive professor, Adam learns to confront and control the desire he dares not speak of.
But who is the hunter and who is the prey?
A puzzling mystery read about Adam Reid, a nobody and out of place in the city who desires to fit in and be one of those beautiful people in the city, his discovery of what he really is and who those people around him are. The voices in his head, the weird events, his discovery of the power inside him which he was able to control with the help of his seductive professor, his first hunting as a hunter, and how he saved the city from the evil that's about to awaken......An intriguing full of mystery plot with interesting characters, and strong sexy female antagonists, this read will keep you turning the pages to know what's really happening and what's reality or not. I find this read confusing and tons of questions were left unanswered. Lots of why, how, when, and who were still stuck in my head from this read but the second book might have the answers. I like how the story ended in preparation for the book two.
About the Author:
Author B.B. Sorores lives in a little house near the sea with a temperamental black cat and my shaggy loveliness of a husband.
She loves all things glam, especially pin-up girl dresses and great shoes. Sparkly shiny things brings her great joy and delight.
She relishes munching into a fat juicy steak or a succulent roast chicken.
She loves Christmas, especially putting up the tree laden with twinkly things and sitting beside it after dark when it's all lit up.
She likes lots of art on walls and ornaments and plush rugs and big soft pillows.
She likes the sky when it brings bright bold colours and sunny days so she can go for long walks and breathe in the fresh air.
When she writer, she likes to have a favourite cocktail close to hand. For her, each book requires its own special cocktail to match it. For Lion, she chose the gimlet. The mix of gin with tangy lime, and a sugar and salt mixed rim made a perfect match for the sweet and sour mood throughout the book.
Several years after the third World War, resources are scarce. The poor are poorer and the middle class doesn't exist anymore. A man with resources travels from city to town buying teenagers from desperate parents and orphanages. The teens are educated, fed and clothed as appropriate for their end purpose, Soldier or Breeder.
A strong, young woman, Marie Rice, falls for Gunnar Lincoln. Their attraction is forbidden, Marie meant for someone else. Disturbing events on the island lead to Gunnar and Marie looking for a way to escape and save everyone else. While they bide their time, attraction turns to something stronger. Will they escape? Will they save the others?
An island only known as CACAJT with the breeders, the military teams: Riolsh and Nyamos which lead by Tyson, Marie, Gunnar and Rowen, and Silas who's mission is to rule the world and get rid of the weak....
I like the chemistry between Gunner and Marie and the back story of the characters but overall I was disappointed with this read. I feel like it didn't reach its full potential. There wasn't enough plot and character development and I didn't feel that dystopian theme in this read.
About the Author:
For the last twenty-five-plus years, Tracey Steinbach had been having a love affair with romance novels. Johanna Lindsay and Nora Roberts still remain among her favorites. She had since brought more of the paranormal romance into her reading. She enjoy reading Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurell K. Hamilton and Lora Leigh. Approximately two years ago, she opened up herself to Stormy Glenn and discovered the world of M/M Erotic Romance.
She enjoy fishing, swimming and just sitting on her front porch swing when it’s warm.
When it’s cold outside, she get comfy with a blanket and a movie. She's not a fan of horror movies, but she like most other genres.While You Were Sleeping and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers are among her favorite movies.
She listen to anything from country to hard rock, depending on her mood.
"Break the Chains, Be Freed Within" is a collection of poems that explore personal experiences, emotions, insight, and battle with depression. They will invoke tears, sadness, and helplessness. Yet they will also offer hope and encouragement. These poems will inspire you to move forward from a dark place, knowing you are not alone, and lighten your spirit. Break away from what keeps you chained, so that you can freely live the life you want.
A collection of poems that speaks of a lot of pain, sadness, and hopelessness. A collection of poems which remind us that even in the darkest moments of our lives when things seemed to be all impossible, there's always a hope for things to get better and with God's guidance, we can win from the struggles and battles in our own lives. As long as we don't give up in trying and fighting harder in winning our own battles, we can have a better life we deserve....
Most of the poems reflect my life that made me literally cry. My favorites were "Heart of Stone, "Monster in My Head", "Harpoon My Madness", and "Break the Chains, Be Free Within". With my constant battle with bpd, this book enlightened, inspired and touched myme.
This is a recommended book with relatable collection of poems that will inspire readers especially those who suffers from depression.
Rating: 4 stars
About the Author:
Cristina Isabel was born in Miami, Florida and is very proud of her Hispanic heritage. She enjoys expressing herself through the written word, and from the age of 11, has been passionate about writing. Her favorite genres are horror and dark fantasy, however, she also likes science fiction, young adult and poetry. Cristina is currently working on her first fiction short story collection, while pursuing a degree in Marketing Management at Broward College. She is also a beta reader, book reviewer and a member of the Florida Writer's Association and Horror Writer's Association. Cristina's other interests are attending writing conferences, going to the movies and playing Sudoku.
Paige Lyman, an accomplished psychiatrist, feels dislocated when her husband suddenly dies in a helicopter crash and she discovers the startling truth about who he really was. The revelation destroys all her certainties and transforms her from psychiatrist to patient. Paige tells us about her life, in long flashbacks, starting with her atypical childhood in East Africa with Bill, the young Irish boy who stole her heart, and then abandoned her for priesthood. As a heartbroken teenager, Paige is seized by an implacable passion. She seeks her proverbial pound of flesh in the beds of various priests in an orchestrated attempt to get back at priesthood for robbing her of the only man she ever loved.
Everything changes when she meets Stern W., a medical researcher, who sweeps into her life like a hurricane and marries her. Yet now, as ugly skeletons, long forgotten in the closet, begin to rear their heads, Paige is seared by a damning awareness that she had indeed had what she yearned for all her life without realizing it ... but it is too late to come to terms with the heart-wrenching things she did for a reason that no longer existed.
This read shocked me over and over with Paige's actions but despite those, still I didn't hate her tho I loathed those priests: father Ted who invited Paige for an excursion, father Cochran with the elegant villa where he and Paige stayed for the summer, and father Fitzgerald who stole money from the church to finance Paige's lifestyle and their trips.
A story of love, heartbreak, pain, revenge, sex, lust, marriage, betrayal and forgiveness..... A story of Paige's flashbacks of the Irish boy who abandoned her for priesthood, the day she discovered sex with a stranger, her troubled adolescent life, her confidence and power in seducing priests, her new found love, her cracked married life, her punishment for her husband, her sexual adventure with her professor, the forgiveness for her husband's betrayal and the shocking revelation after her husband's death.....
Paige's life indeed was like a one hell of a roller coaster ride... A disturbing but well-written read. A highly recommended in your TBR list that will rattle your mind.
*Note: Contains sexual scenes. Not intended for young readers.
Rating: 5 stars
About the Author:
Augustine Sam is a bi-lingual journalist and an award-winning poet. A member of the U.K. Chartered Institute of Journalists, he was formerly Special Desk editor at THISDAY newspapers, an authoritative third world daily, first published in collaboration with the Financial Times of London. He later became correspondent for central Europe.
His poems have been published in two international anthologies: The Sounds of Silence & Measures of the Heart. One of his poems: Anguish & Passion was the winner of the Editor's Choice Awards in the North America Open Poetry contest, USA.
The Bookish Ailurophile
Shin is a 27-year-old bookworm who loves books that give her adrenaline rush and makes her feel the characters' emotions. When she's not reading, she's either spending her time listening to oldies music while making some crafty stuffs made out of old book pages, or spending her time reading books with children at an orphanage.