#BookReview Saint’s Vigil by Bryan Phoenix


Saint’s Vigil by Bryan Phoenix

This horror/thriller was a read that was on my bookshelf for quite a long time. I tried picking it up a few times but it wasn’t doing it for me. Finally, I forced myself to sit down and finish it – and it was quite the treat. It just took a little bit to get starter.

This book is brutal (in a good way, I guess? It’s meant to be). It’s not lighthearted, and I dare say it deserved an NC17 or R rating if it was rating through the MPAA. There’s lots of pain and loss within the story, but I wouldn’t say this horror lives up to a Stephen King kind of horror. This kind of horror was very brutal, bloody and cruel. It’s not a scare you psychologically, it’s more of a realistic, disgusting kind of horror. Some people like that, I personally don’t. And don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good horror novel that scares me, but this one seemed more wrong than scary. There’s corpses and mutilation and things you don’t typically see in books (or I’m reading all the wrong ones…or right ones? I guess…)

The style of this book flows smoothly, and it keeps moving at a relatively medium-pace the entire novel. I thought it could have moved a bit faster (due to how large this book is) but it was okay.

I found the characters kind of dull. I didn’t connect with them like I do other characters (villainous and heroes/antiheroes alike). Within this story, these characters could have been real winners – the brutal nature of this story leaves so much room for characters with real motives and crazy storylines, but it didn’t hit it out of the park for me.

Overall, this book has good themes but wasn’t my top novel of the year. It’s a good read for someone who wants something brutal and “disgusting” (in a good way, I promise!! Like a brutal Quenten Tarantino sort of book).

Three out of five stars.

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#BookReview Do Not Ask by Elaine Williams Crockett


Do Not Ask is an excellent crime/thriller!

This book is addicting, my goodness. I love a good political, crime novel (it’s evident if you look at my book shelf or my lists on Netflix…) so getting the chance to read this book made me so excited! I’ve been more focused on romances recently that I almost forgot this genre existed!

Do Not Ask is the second book in the Warren Alexander series, but you don’t need to be caught up to understand a thing! This book was a smooth read without the background, since Elaine fills in any big holes that you need to know along the way. She also makes this book full of fast twists and turns that will keep you addicted and following every story line.

Every part of this book was fantastic – which is shocking! It’s rare to find a book that I can’t pick apart some major flaw (so kudos to Elaine!). I loved the speed of the story and I found it to be unique and thrilling. I didn’t want to put this book down! Alongside all of that goodness, I also got heavily involved with trying to guess who did what. Since there was just enough back story to get the reader going, it makes it easy to follow along and play the detective game along with the plot.

The book is also realistic, which makes it an easy read. There’s no aliens or crazy conspiracies – it’s a fiction novel that makes it feel so real. There are some aspects of this book that seem a little odd, but it’s not surprising that they exist by any means (some adult chasing after young, pretty girls might make you squeamish, but it happens).

So, the question is – where do I want to see Elaine go from here? I definitely think she’s talented and needs to keep writing! This book was excellent, and I hope she continues writing to get better. My expectations are for her to write another novel, and I hope she’s able to write it so it’s not necessary to read all of the books before it – that should help gain some more readers. And hopefully, this book goes a little more mainstream. It’s awesome! It’s so good that it could be on a shelf next to Kathy Reichs in my local book story!

Five out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book from the author (Elaine Williams Crockett) in exchange for an honest review.


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#BookReview Fire on the Ice by Tamsen Parker


Maisy and Blaze are the newest feature in the SIG, and these two ladies will leave you breathless!

Maisy is a figure skater and Blaze is a speed skater. The two get hot and heavy early on in this book and already have a relationship of sorts going on. It’s a nice change from strangers or friends to lovers, to be honest. But if you were thinking these would be soft, vanilla sex scenes – you’d be wrong! Tamsen is shockingly amazing at writing these scenes that they will make you blush (so maybe don’t read them in public…?). I think this has to be the “hottest” book of the series so far, so be warned!

The “parents don’t like that I’m gay” was something new from Tamsen, but I think it worked well. There needed to be some conflict in this book, and it fit perfectly! I didn’t totally enjoy the opposites attract portion of this book, but it fits well enough within this story.

These characters do grow within this story, and I have give me praise to Tamsen for doing such. Having characters that try to change and grow was a lovely addition to tie this book in together. It really shows how much Tamsen is growing as an author – she keeps implementing new and better plot points in her books. Personally, I didn’t like the personalities of the main characters (it’s a personal problem, to be honest. They remind me of people I know, and you know how that is…). I think in relation to the story, they have the best personality for the scenario, but it just didn’t bode with me. It’s nothing against this story (because it’s a great story, honestly, READ IT).

If anything, I would have liked a little more plot in this story. I found this to be a really heavy romance compared to a plot focused one. This can be great for some readers, but for others it might not work. Keep that in mind if you’re going to read it – don’t expect a crazy, complicated plot.

This might be my least favourite SIG novel (but they are all fighting for top spot, so it’s a tight race for first place) if I had to place them in a list. It’s still a fantastic book, I just liked the others more (I related more to the characters from the other books on a personal level).

Overall, I would definitely recommend this story to anyone looking for romance, F/F, or sports romance books. It’s still top tier! Comparing them to Tamsen’s other books (based on my own personal opinion) it’s one of the best, just not MY favourite. It’s definitely one of her best.

Four out of five stars.

Side Note: Who would have thought Olympics erotica would be a category of books? It’s probably one of the few I never considered until Tamsen actually wrote these books.

I received a copy of this book courtesy of Tamsen Parker and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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#BookReview Life Seemed Good, But… by Richard Bell



I have been slowly reading this incredible anthology book and I have to say, it is 100% worth it if you need a laugh!

This anthology series is all about comedy. Each little story (and I mean little, some are hardly a page) is full of smiles and giggles to make your day a little bit better. The stories connect a little, but it’s not a giant “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, if you catch my drift.

It’s hard to make me laugh, but in the security of my own home I allowed myself to laugh out loud at this book. It’s cute, it’s sweet and it’s shockingly amazing. There are some weirder stories, and some with a little bit more “adult content” or hints towards it. There are also many references to popular culture that you can pick up on (almost like a little game). In the back, Richard Bell included a glossary just in case you don’t understand his colourful language, as well.

This book was written as a form of therapy for Richard, when his wife was going through treatment for cancer. As someone who’s fatherh as passed away from cancer (and who went through waiting rooms and treatments galore), I think this book is a marvelous idea. I really hope this book reaches the masses, because it’s well written and hilarious! It’s also standing behind a really good cause.

I really loved that Richard Bell was constantly referencing aluminum foil hats. To be honest, I haven’t heard people talk about them in years and it made me giggle! I remember kids in my class who used to WEAR aluminum foil hats because of silly conspiracies, so the memories that came flooding back reading this book made it so much better.

If you want something fun, quick or funny then this book is for you. I recommend this book to EVERYONE. Honestly, it’s worth the read. Take some time out of your day and have a good laugh. Times are tough, we need some more positivity around and this book can provide it.

I have also heard a portion of the money made from this book will go to cancer research, so why not help out a good cause while you’re at it?

Five out of five stars.

**Richard Bell got in contact with me and provided me a free copy in return for an HONEST review. This is my personal, honest opinion.


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#BookReview The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman


The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman

This book reminds me of Games of Thrones if it was set in a western setting. There’s lots of death, and lots of interesting drama to keep you interested.

I’m not crazy into westerns, but I love reading in different genres so I don’t get bored reading the same old, same old. So this read was refreshing, even if I’m not the typical “target audience”.

The book’s setting is around civil war time, which is not a setting I see often of (at least in the books I typically read). For me, this setting worked well within the story. I enjoyed reading all of the descriptions of the locations and people of the time and Clifford Jackman did well within this setting.

While this book is fictional, a lot of the scenarios that happen in the book (brutal, almost R rated scenarios I might add) were situations that happened to people. It was incredible to read, but it rips your heart out knowing some of this did happen to people back in this time. The history was on point despite being fiction. It’s not totally Wild West fiction if my review makes you believe that, but it’s a “western” style near the Civil War (not men on horses shooting everyone like those old movies).

I definitely want to see Clifford Jackman write more – I thought this book did well within it’s genre and was a good read. He was skilled at writing blood and war without a hero or antihero. It was just a novel following someone’s life in a dark western-esque era. It didn’t knock my socks off and turn me to the western genre, but it was worthy read I’d recommend or suggest my local library pick up for other readers.

On point Clifford! Keep up the good work! I can’t wait to see you grow as an author!

Three out of five stars.

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#BookReview The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter


The Goddess Inheritance is the final book in the Goddess Test trilogy.

I really liked the idea behind this story – Persephone and Hades’s relationship but in a YA novel. At the time, it was kind of mind blowing for me. I was used to seeing vampire novels pop up everywhere, so this was a nice change.

So, that being said – let’s look over the positives and negatives in this story. This MAY contain minor spoilers – so beware.

1. This series had a really nice ending. I didn’t feel like anything was left wide open and it wasn’t an ending that destroyed me and made me hate Aimee Carter! Great job!!!

2. The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I like this series covers, so if you judge by covers this might be the series for you!

3. I really like Henry. I almost want a book just centered around a character like him and watch his character continue to grow. I felt like his character was WAY more likable than Kate, and we’re following her story…

4. The side characters got more action in this book!! Gotta love when the author actually uses their side characters instead of throwing them away to focus on the main duo.

1. Man was this book SLOW. This whole series isn’t the fastest paced or most addicting, but still book felt drawn out. This story felt like it could have been finished in two novels.

2. Kate is annoyingStats, at least to me. I didn’t find that her character developed enough over the three books, and she still felt just as whiny as the first novel. I kind of hoped for some wild character development in this book since the last book didn’t have very much, so I was left disappointed. Perhaps she’s almost…too flawed?

Overall, this book is a great romance YA novel. It’s not super action-packed. It’s definitely a good fit for the romance section. I need to read more by Aimee Carter soon, I just never seem to be able to have the time! At least it’s nice to see her books pop up a LOT in my local book stores. She’s always on the shelves!!

I definitely recommend this entire series to fans of YA, especially those who want a great romantic read!

Five out of five stars.

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#BookReview The Year After by Ashley Wagner


The Year After by Ashley Warner was a tale about one woman’s experience with rape.

That seems like such a horrible way to word that sentence, but this story is a year’s worth of journals about what happened after the rape (and a few extra stories from years later). There is literally journals from every single day after, all 365, and it shows how one woman has dealt with that horrible situation. Her job, her friends, her apartment, the lawsuits, her family – it is all discussed and shown to be aspects of her life that were affected (because contrary to popular belief – this affects your ENTIRE life).

This story is just one of many about these types of situations. In our world today, it’s hard to believe people can’t understand how damaging this can feel and how this is a real life situation that can happen to anyone. Having just one story show many sides of the rape has made me feel a little better about humanity. While rape is still happening, and that’s not good (in short terms), this book does shed light on real life situations. More books like this should be read to shown this can happen to anyone and it’s not a piece of pie to deal with.

This story took guts, and to me its inspirational. Everyone has their dark secrets and past that they don’t need to tell, but Ashley shared it with readers. There’s nothing that can fix the hurt she faced, but if this book can bring one more reader out to understand why this shouldn’t happen and potentially stop someone it’ll have done it’s job.

This book can bring a discussion up. I almost wish this book would have been made at the time I was in grade 12 gym class. Rape was a short discussion being told “it happens” and that was all. We knew what it was, was told as girls it’ll happen to somebody and that we’ll deal with it. No, that’s not right. This book should be given to classes to understand – this is a discussion, not a “oh well” sort of situation.

While there were parts of this book I didn’t like – the super short chapters with three sentences on a page – that hardly takes away from the story. This journey is super important and I highly suggest everyone read this book or a book similar to it to understand the pain, the survival, and the changes that a situation like this can have on someone.

Thank you for this tale Ashley, what a fantastic book.

Four out of five stars.

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