Review: Kissing the Coronavirus

Oct 23, 2020

Kissing the Coronavirus Kissing the Coronavirus by M.J. Edwards
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, this is funny!! I am not sure I will read it but I am really curious where the author went with this for the year 2020.

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Review: The Haunting of Ashburn House

Oct 16, 2020

The Haunting of Ashburn House The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 but rounded up to a 4.

This was my first Darcy Coates book and loved the atmosphere that this book has and the story and plot were great but the closer it got to the end for me, I think I wanted more and it just didn't make it there for me.

Goodreads Synopsis:

There's something wrong with Ashburn House...
The ancient building has been the subject of rumors for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town.

Following Edith's death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne's only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can't afford to refuse.

Adrienne doesn't believe in ghosts, but it's hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home. Strange messages have been etched into the wallpaper, an old grave is hidden in the forest behind the house, and eerie portraits in the upstairs hall seem to watch her every movement.

As she uncovers more of the house's secrets, Adrienne begins to believe the whispered rumors about Ashburn may hold more truth than she ever suspected. The building has a bleak and grisly past, and as she chases the threads of a decades-old mystery, Adrienne realizes she's become the prey to something deeply unnatural and intensely resentful.

Only one thing is certain: Ashburn's dead are not at rest.


Adrienne has inherited "Ashburn House" by her great aunt Edith. Upon moving into the home she struggles with money and issues getting to town for food but while staying in the home she begins to see carvings staying "light the candle on every Friday night" and never really understanding what was going on.

“This is a house that hasn’t seen a new soul in half a century. The walls are saturated with her; the floorboards are worn down from her feet; the very air continues to carry her presence after her death.”
― Darcy Coates, The Haunting of Ashburn House

As nights would draw close she would hear the stillness of the outside and the creepy factor would set up. The shrill scream of her cat "wolf" would let her know something bad was going on.

“It must be nice to be a cat. No bills to pay.

After meeting friends after finally making it to town, things begin to happen to them and one ends up in accident in her woods where they locate a grave with E. Ashburn. But was this Edith?

We follow Adrienne as she learns about the property and the secrets it holds over the years and the murders that took place there years before.

After being in the home and finally coming face to face with the very thing she feared while being in the home and the clicking noises that the thing would make, would send chills down your spin.

I truly was enjoying this book until we got about an hour from the end in the audiobook, I wanted more from the end. I was let down. I did enjoy the aspect of finding a letter later on but I still longed for something more.

I still recommend this book but I just knew this was going to be a 4.5 for me but I ended it at a 3.5. Still not bad. I will continue to read more by this author since this is just my first book. I need to find out my love for their books. However, I did love the writing style. I was very easily followed and I could see every detail happening but I just wished for more in the end.

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Review: Strangers

Strangers by C.L. Taylor

Published by Self-Published on April 4, 2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 334
Format: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GoodReads Synopsis: 

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

The million-copy bestseller returns with a gripping new novel that will keep you guessing until the end.

Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for the advance copy of this book!

I loved this book. The atmosphere was everything I wanted it to be. I loved the plot and storyline in the book. I loved the characters in this story. It gave me all the feels I was looking for when I started reading this. I highly recommend this author. I loved the writing. I will be looking for other works in the future from this author.

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Review: The Rules of Enchantment

The Rules of Enchantment The Rules of Enchantment by Wendy Tardieu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you to Maria at tckpublishing for reaching out to me. I have reviewed this for free but this did not sway my review in anyway.

The story opens up with Headmaster Wickham telling a vision that was given to him about the land being taken over by “Master Leith” that has been banished for 4 years. Headmaster calls on Rowan to pursue Kyler, one his scribes, to go face Master Leith. Rowan pleaded to let him go instead but after giving in and being told that Kyler is to go, out true story begins. I loved seeing how Rowan grew to be amazed at the power that Kyler had. After spending much time with her, this is where their feeling arose. However, this was not as erotic and the book cover describes. It did have one good scene that pretty steamy but other than that, it was not erotic. So it is a good start for someone who does not want a heavy erotic book all the way through.

I love the story of Rowan and Kyler and I think the author did a great job. I do wish we had more story of them with more build up but with the story being as short as it is, the author did a good job.

The world building was great. It was very easy to follow in the story and in the beginning of the book I feel it left you with a great feel of the division between both lands.

I am not clear if this is a stand alone or if it will be a series but if there are other books in this series, I will continue with their story.

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