Book Review: Girl Desecrated

Girl Desecrated: Vampires, Asylums and Highlanders 1984 (The Fergus She) by [Cowtan, Cheryl R]

So I’ll be honest with you. This isn’t the usual type of book that I find myself drawn to. Vampires and demons aren’t my thing. I don’t jump up in down at angsty teenager drama heavy on the romance. I read Twilight cringing, but kept to it because my younger sister liked it. And let’s be honest… Jacob. But I digress.

So when I found this book, I don’t really know why I decided to read it. The cover was appealing. The tagline was clever. Maybe that’s why? Either way, I’m glad I did.

Cheryl Cowtan manages to pull at your sympathies for a truly unlikable hero. Rachel is everything you hope your daughter doesn’t become. Disrespectful. Snarky. Has a chip on her shoulder the size of a bowling ball. But as the layers are pulled back, you realize there is a lot more to her than meets the eye.

And just what IS the Fergus She? As the details are revealed in all their horrible fascination and heart-pounding terror, I realized that I really did care what happened. And it was almost without me even being cognizant of it. I pulled for Rachel, even as I knew that things weren’t going to end well. That’s the beauty of what Cowtan does with the story; she lets you see where the end is going, and much like a car wreck you can see happening even before the collision happens, you very much want it to NOT happen knowing it will regardless. Yet you can’t put the story down.

Angus, the male love interest so to speak, is a stereotypical male heartthrob. That’s one of my only complaints about this book. Why oh why does every romantic interest have to have huge muscles, dreamy looks, and an attitude? But that’s par for the course with this particular genre of writing, I suppose. Part of me wishes the author had branched out of this, but I can also see why she didn’t. Besides, he’s Irish. Everyone knows Irish men are all good looking… right?

Between the complex plot line, fast-paced action, scary scenes that keep you up at night, and clever writing, I’d give this a 4 out of 5 stars. Why is not 5? Three reasons for me. I’m not a huge fan of explicit sex scenes (this one had some). There were a few grammatical errors that were consistent enough to be a bit frustrating (periods in the wrong place, etc). And lastly, the stereotype super sexy hot dude who is the epitome of perfection. But none of those things detracted from the story in the least. Give it a try if you enjoy gothic fantasy!

Link: Girl Desecrated

Authors website: http://www.cherylcowtan.com/

Author’s email list: http://www.cherylcowtan.com/novelnews

 

Book Review: The Raventree Society by J.E. Purazzi

This actually isn’t a book. It’s an ingenious idea, really. J.E. Purrazzi has released a mini-series type of short stories. It gives the impression of being a TV series, with the stories called “episodes”.

I love them. The series is called The Raventree Society. The first four episodes have been released: The Strawberry Lane Hotel, The Haven, The Coal Mansion (my favorite!) and The Cleo (it comes out June 29th). Episode 5, the finale, is set to be released in a couple months.

They are ghost stories, but I’ll just say, they aren’t your typical ghost stories. Are they scary? Oh yes. Are they creepy? Definitely. But the characters are what makes this series shine. When I think of ghost stories, the first thing I DON’T think of is intricate, well-developed characters or impressive plot lines. But this series has them all.

The gist of the story (I won’t give away any spoilers, don’t worry) is set around a man named Kyle. He’s a paranormal investigator on a TV series called (you guessed it) the Raventree Society. His brother disappears, and the stories are set around Kyle trying to find him. Along the way, he runs into all manner of dangerous and scary situations. But that’s all I’ll say.

Seriously. Do yourself a favor and download these. They are only 99 cents each, and even if your not a fan of creepy, scary stuff, you’ll thank me later.

Book Review: The Weaver’s Blessing by Beth Wangler

Do you like fairy tales? Not the Brother’s Grimm type of dark stories, the kind you don’t even want your kids reading. No, this is the feel good, singing princesses with animals all around type of tale.

Beth Wangler, author of The Weaver’s Blessing, spins a story almost as good as a Disney movie. The chapters are short and sweet, the heroine is kind and compassionate, and the hero, although reluctantly, is actually a good man. The evil King and sorcerer curse the land, and only the princess can save it.

It’s quirky and fun. There’s a few stereotypes, and since it’s a fairy tale, I’m willing to overlook them. If you’re looking for something in-depth, you should probably find something else. But if your looking for a quick, fun read to escape reality for a while, this is your book. All in all, I enjoyed it. Check out Beth’s other works on her website.