Celerity

Scott Falcon ★★★ Celerity /sɪˈlɛrɪti/ noun [mass noun] archaic or literarySwiftness of movement.ORIGIN late 15th cent. : from Old French celerite, from Latin celeritas, from celer ‘swift’[Oxford English Dictionary] Celerity is in her first year at UCLA, hoping to earn a track scholarship for her second. She ran track for her school, and now she…… Continue reading Celerity

Halloween Carnival: Vol. 3

Edited by Brian James Freeman ★★★ This is an anthology of five stories, all centred around Halloween: The Way Lost, by Kelley Armstrong; La Calavera, by Kate Maruyama; The Devil’s Due, by Michael McBride; A Thousand Rooms of Darkness, by Taylor Grant; and, The Last Night of October, by Greg Chapman. I’ve already read and…… Continue reading Halloween Carnival: Vol. 3

Whiteout

Gabriel Dylan ★★★★ Kaldgellan isn’t your normal ski resort. Situated high in the Austrian Alps, it’s more off the beaten track and less costly than most, and therefore perfect for school trips. A group of British teenagers find themselves stuck at their hotel when a snowstorm descends and makes it impossible to use the gondola…… Continue reading Whiteout

Freefight [Darkon Rising 3]

L.E. Horn ★★★ In the action-packed conclusion of the Darkon Rising trilogy, the stakes could not be higher. The Gryphons and their allies must destroy the Tlok’mk superweapon or lose everything; if the shield protecting Tarin from the hulking Fang motherships falls, all is lost. Leanndra has discovered a way to communicate with the diminutive…… Continue reading Freefight [Darkon Rising 3]

Freefire [Darkon Rising 2]

L.E. Horn ★★★ Following their abduction and enslavement by the savage reptilian Tlok’mk, Lianndra, Michael and their group of fellow rebels are on the run, aiming to seek shelter and support among those who they’ve been forced to fight, the Gryphons. Under the constant threat of re-capture by the Farr-led squads, and the new threat…… Continue reading Freefire [Darkon Rising 2]

Who Let the Demon Out? [Badass Demon Bounty Hunters 1]

Naomi Bellina ★★★ Before Sable killed herself, she made sure to pay her bills, leave letters for her family, and to do the act itself in a place that was deserted at night. Consequently, the last thing she expected was to be pulled from her fume-filled car and given CPR by a cute idiot with…… Continue reading Who Let the Demon Out? [Badass Demon Bounty Hunters 1]

Freeforce [Darkon Rising 1]

L.E. Horn ★★★★ After losing her twin sister, Leanndra came to Bodega Bay to escape the well-meaning attention of family and friends who’d been constantly hovering around her since the accident. She wanted solitude but, instead, she met Michael. Their growing relationship is interrupted when they are hunted down and captured by a group of…… Continue reading Freeforce [Darkon Rising 1]

Dracula’s Child

J. S. Barnes ★★★ It’s been more than a decade since the events of Bram Stoker’s original novel, which culminated in the true death of Dracula at the hands of Mina Harker and her champions. Life has carried on, as life tends to do. Mina and Jonathan’s little family has grown, and they now have…… Continue reading Dracula’s Child

The Other

Matthew Buscemi ★★★ The Other is an on-the-nose futuristic sci-fi cum political thriller. Set in the last remaining human enclave of what appears to be our planet, the novel explores the differences between and possible outcomes of liberalism and populism. It’s the dying days of the presidential campaign in the Reclamation, the group of cities…… Continue reading The Other

Dark Screams: Vol. 9

Edited by Brian James Freeman & Richard Chizmar ★★★ This ninth volume of the Dark Screams anthology series offers a collection of six stories from different authors. This is very much a mixed bag, and is worth reading for three of the tales, while the other three are relatively weak. The stories included are:Kelley Armstrong…… Continue reading Dark Screams: Vol. 9