Hello my lovelies,
I’ve been joining in with Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, as often as I can these past few months and as Halloween on Thursday, I couldn’t let this week pass. Luckily, Shanah comes up with the topics a month at a time so that we’ve got some thinking space. *phew* She’s so kind to us book bloggers. 🙂
If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her post and not just her blog so she can add you to the list of participants.
So on to this week, as you may guess from the title, Shanah has come up with the topic – Top 5 favourite creepy atmospheres. Now, I must confess that although I used to read horror when I was younger – Stephen King, James Herbert and John Saul – as I’ve aged, I prefer the cosy side of being scared. I have included stories about zombies, demons and other scary creatures that go bump in the night as well as a dystopian sci-fi that sent chills down my spine.
I have linked the images to my reviews, where you’ll find all the information about the book, the author and the purchase links. All my links open in a new tab so that you don’t lose your place. OK, so without further ado, on to my choices …
Dark Justice by Shelley Russell Nolan
Driven to kill. Compelled to protect.
Five hundred years ago, the cure for the common cold went horribly wrong, turning those infected into freaks consumed with hate and rage. Forced underground, the freaks return above ground at night, driven to attack the surface dwellers – their bite infecting thousands more.
To fight the freaks and protect mankind from extinction, scientists created genetically enhanced soldiers. Stronger, faster, with enhanced senses, wardens are trained from birth to protect the weaker humans.
The Captain of the Ward, Jackson Kyle, is infected while saving the life of another warden. Due to his genetic enhancements, he is like no other freak. His faculties intact, he escapes and encounters a mysterious young woman. The second he touches her, he is caught in a bond, compelled to protect her at all costs. For she will decide the fate of humankind.
Dystopian sci-fi is far from my preferred genre but I really enjoyed Dark Justice and couldn’t stop reading. It’s got everything that I look for in a good story; action, a bit of social commentary and a gripping story-line sprinkled with romance and humour.
A Grave Death by Victoria DeLuis
Ghosts. Zombies. Magical Artefacts and Rogue Necromancers wreaking havoc…
… Just an average work day.
As an agent for the Independent Necromancers’ Bureau, it’s Cassie’s job to deal with zombies, catch and remove unwanted ghosts, and track down rogue necromancers. Operating out of Cardiff, one of the most magical cities in the Northern Hemisphere, she sure has her work cut out for her.
When Cassie’s lifelong friend and mentor is murdered, and his spirit severed from his body to prevent anyone talking to him, she vows to catch his killer.
With the body count rising, there’s no doubt dark deeds are at play, and with the dark deeds comes dark magic. Who or what is behind that magic?
Cassie’s the most powerful agent in the U.K. But will that be enough? And who can she trust to help?
Death is on her mind… Is it in her future?
I really loved this book. It had everything that I look for in a story; mystery, action, humour and even a sprinkling of romance. I would recommend this book to those who love a mystery to solve, enjoy fantasy and adventure themes and don’t mind a bit of romance thrown in. There are no explicit or graphic violent or sexual scenes and so I feel comfortable recommending this book to anyone who likes reading paranormal mysteries that are on the cosy side of the genre. But be warned some of the scenes in this cosy urban fantasy are very chilling!
Amanda Cadabra Paranormal Mystery Series by Holly Bell
I love this series and each book holds me hostage until I’ve finished the last page. It’s got everything that I look for in a great story; some intelligent mysteries to get the little grey cells whirling, various scenes that get the adrenaline pumping, and enough tension to make you hold your breath plus some well written humour and there’s even a sprinkling romance between our two protagonists.
I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys ‘cosy mysteries’ within the paranormal genre; I don’t think there’s any content that could offend anyone but some of the ghostly encounters are on the frightening side of cosy. I’m looking forward to finding out what adventures Amanda gets caught up in next.
Booke of the Hidden Series by Jeri Westerson
The series is set in the beautiful, rural village of Moody Bog, Maine, USA. Our key human characters include; our heroine, Kylie Strange, a local coven of Wiccans – retired doctor and part-time plasterer, Doc Boone, middle aged Seraphina, a bohemian free-spirit and ‘sensitive’, Nick Riley barista and Goth and sixteen year old Jolene Ayrs, researching whiz kid and budding Wiccan – Moody Bog’s Sheriff and hotty, Ed Bradbury, his criminal brother and leader of the Ordo – a coven of biker witches into black magic – Doug Bradbury and Ruth Russell, a descendent of Moody Bog’s founding families who is firmly at the top of society’s hierarchy.
There is no set mythology (e.g. Norse, Christian, Egyptian, etc) to the paranormal elements of the tale, so the non-human species that we encounter, which includes the elusive and enigmatic demon, Mr Erasmus Dark, can be found from any known folklore rather than from a specific belief system.
I have been really enjoying this series. The stories have been keeping me guessing, making me chuckle, putting a lump in my throat, warming my old romantic heart while also sending tingles of titillation to my nether regions. 😉 Due to the graphic violence, sexual content and disturbing nature of some of the scenes in this series, I would recommend it to adults who don’t mind this type of content and love reading well written tales of magic, curses, mystery and horror with a bit of passion and romance thrown in the mix.
I haven’t read the final book in the series – The Darkest Gateway – yet but it’s on my TBR shelf and I can’t wait to see how Ms Westerson ties everything together for Kylie and her friends.
Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series by Angie Fox
Yes, I know I already mentioned this series last week for the audio book T5T but this so called cosy series has had my poor wee heart pounding in my ears numerous times with the spookiness. I got the worst case of the jitters reading Deader Homes and Gardens: spooky old house, murder, dead of night. *shivver*
Anyway, that’s it for this week’s spooky favourites, I’m off to read a light-hearted rom-com. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. Now that you’ve read mine, why not hop along to some of the other amazing blogs taking part in this week’s Top 5 Tuesday.
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Enjoy the rest of your week and have a safe and Happy Halloween.
Bye for now. x