Blog Tour ~ Beyond Death ~ Review

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Blog Tour ~ Beyond Death
Author: Deb McEwan
Genre: Supernatural/Suspense
Dates: 22nd of May ~ 2nd of June
Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours

Beyond Death

Blurb:
What really happens when we die? Twenty-something Claire Sylvester is about to find out.
The morning after the best night of her life she is taken before her time.
Claire is suspended in her mysterious new world. She watches as the secret lives of those she loves unravels, and sadistic villains are punished on the road to their own personal hell.
All the while a higher authority ponders her ultimate fate.
More than Claire knows depends on her actions and those of the unlikely partner who accompanied her on her journey.
What will be her final destination?
Beyond Death – a supernatural thriller of love and loss, deceit and revenge, with a little romance and humour.

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Buy Links:

Amazon.com ~ https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Death-Afterlife-Supernatural-Suspense-ebook/dp/B00KYTR3A2

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Author Bio:
Following thirty odd years in the British Army, Deb and her husband Allan decided to become weather refugees and settle in Cyprus.
Throughout her life Deb has dabbled with writing. Her first book was ‘Reindeer Dreams’ – a quirky rhyming Christmas story for children featuring Barry the reindeer and his family. Her first grown-up books about aliens and unearthly spiders could be explained as off the wall. The Afterlife trilogy came next with a few ‘Jason the Penguin’ books in between.
The first book in the current series ‘Unlikely Soldiers’, is set in 1970s Britain, with others to follow through the decades.
Deb now spends her time writing, working part-time, avoiding housework and playing tour guide along with Allan. She tries to keep the pounds off by playing netball and long-distance walking.
Visit her at:

Website: https://debmcewansbooksandblogs.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.mcewan.7
Twitter: https://twitter.com/deb_mcewan
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Deb-McEwan/e/B00LMBED2C

 

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Review for Beyond Death

Rating: 5 stars

 

 

I always love a story that shows us the afterlife. It’s exciting and it’s like someone allows you to see around the bend without going around it. Well beyond death doesn’t disappoint.

 

It’s written in third person, for me I do love first person but I understand why the author wrote beyond death in third person. The story is told mostly through the eyes of Ron & Claire both killed in a car accident. For Claire it wasn’t her time but the angels can’t put her back so she stays in Limbo with Ron until they decide if she should go to heaven or hell. In the meantime Claire and Ron get to visit earth as often as they like.

This part of the story I loved. I think its human nature to wonder when you die who would go to your funeral?  who cries for you? Imagine actually getting to see it all. Claire and Ron do but with it comes secrets they never knew and revelations that shake them. We see how so many things are connected and how one action has a knock on effect. How each choice we make has a consequence whether it be good or bad.

 

This story made me think about life and regrets and getting to do things over again. It visits the idea of rebirth along with heaven and Hell. We see the good and evil and ones who are remorseful for their actions.

 

But the fun side is how Ron & Claire get to play detective and alter their families’ lives from the grave. How sometimes when you think someone had to have been watching over you, to survive somethings in life, well maybe someone was. I hope the duo will continue  to work together, in book two. 🙂

 

Overall this was a very unique story that was easy to read. While it will make you think about life it will also entertain.

 

 

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Review of My Sister’s Reaper By Dorothy Dreyer

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Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, or let Mara die … this time for good.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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About this author

I’m a Philippine-born American living in Germany with my husband and two teens.

I write young adult books that usually have some element of magic or the supernatural in them. I also like to read those kinds of books. Aside from reading, I like movies, chocolate, take-out, coffee, traveling, and having fun with my friends and family. I’ve also been known to make a pretty sweet cupcake.

I tend to sing sometimes, too, so keep me away from your Karaoke bars.

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My Sister’s Reaper

Rating 5 star

 

Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

 

When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, or let Mara die … this time for good.

 

I must admit I read this book a long time ago, and really should have done my review straight away, but things got in the way. Anyway I rated this book five stars and now I remember why. Zadie brings her sister Mara back to life, but really it was her time to go, so when she comes back she isn’t the same person. I personally would have run a mile from Mara at the start, her staring and saying nothing was freaking me out to no end, but Zadie loved her and would do anything to make sure her sister returned to her full normal self.

With the help of a witch lady – who I just loved, her dry sarcastic tongue had me smiling and her grandson Chase (Who in my opinion I would pick) O and we have Gavin the other love interest, I just can’t seem to warm to him, even though he plays a vital role in Zadie improving her powers. So they are all on a mission to get rid of the reaper that is threating to take her sisters soul.

 

The story moves fast, and the character development was great. The author had a way of giving you information about reapers without an overload. I am looking forward to reading the second book.

Monday’s Review of Angelfall by Author Susan Ee

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Recommended for ages 16 and up.

 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Susan Ee is the bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days series which takes place in the San Francisco bay area. The first book, ANGELFALL, is being translated into 20 languages around the world. The second book, WORLD AFTER, was recently released in Nov. 2013 to international acclaim. The film rights to the series have been optioned by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Good Universe. Susan used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

 

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Review of Angelfall

 

Rating: 5 stars

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This has to be one of the most original stories I have read in a long time. Angels roam the earth, and the human species is dwindling fast. The angels aren’t here to help us, they’re here to destroy us.

 

Penryn the main character was so realistic with her judgement calls, she was no hero her main concerns where her sister Paige and her mother. That’s until Raffe an angel at deaths door presents itself with an opportunity. He can help her find her sister who was taken by the angels. Raffe is no ordinary angel he’s an archangel and one with a conscience. It isn’t exactly a love story that blossoms between them but more of an understanding that their not that different – angels and humans, and soon they see past their differences and help each other for Penryn it’s to save her sister and for Raffe it’s to have his wings sown back on.

 

Penryn mother is unhinged even before the angels arrived she spoke of demons and things she could see her abuse towards her daughters has left Penryn with little time for her, and Paige at the age of seven in a wheelchair. It’s sad but the author manages to cover up this with humour and I couldn’t stop laughing. Every time her mother did something bonkers. By the end of the book I questioned if her mother was really insane, or if all she saw was the truth, and her actions have meaning. She seems to survive in the most extreme situation.

 

The end broke my heart. … O so may are damaged, so much hope is lost and the horror that the angels wreck on the world had my skin crawling.

 

Something new and fresh now off to read World After .

 

Monday’s Review of Untethered By Author Katie Hayoz

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Sylvie isn’t comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can’t even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she’s sure of, it’s her love for Kevin Phillips. She’s willing to stake everything on it –her family, her friends, and possibly her soul.

Sixteen-year-old Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever. But everything is turned around when the boy Sylvie’s loved since fifth grade falls for Cassie. Devastated, Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible, even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the dark side of astral projection. She is positive her plans will give her what she wants, but she doesn’t count on it all spiraling out of control. 

Untethered explores the intoxicating and dangerous world of jealousy and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability. Finalist in Mslexia novel competition

 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Katie grew up in Racine, Wisconsin where she acquired an irreversible nasal twang and an addiction for books with a slightly dark edge. She now lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband, two daughters, and a very fuzzy cat. She has been an avid reader of YA fiction for years. While she has a penchant for the paranormal, she devours a range of books — along with popcorn and black licorice. She consumes all three in large quantities. Luckily, the books don’t stay on her hips.

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Review of Untethered

Rating: 5 stars

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This book wasn’t what I expected, the darkness in the story was very well written ,and it allowed us to see inside of the  mind of someone, who walks on a tight rope between right and wrong, but  when Sylvie bends the truth in her own head to make it sound reasonable she steps into the dark side and the consequences are deadly.

 

Sylvie- I think everyone at some point in their lives can relate to her. She’s a complex character one who never sees the good things only the bad, her view on herself and she paints it up – distorting the truth. Her life is no bed of roses and her gift makes her feel different in the worst way possible. But no-one’s life is perfect except Cassie her best friend – that’s how Sylvie sees it anyway, and when Kevin the guy she has loved since fifth grade takes an interest in Cassie, Sylvie’s hate, anger and jealousy push her to limits that no-one should venture to. On top of all that her parents are going through a divorce and Sylvie is bullied at school by Tori. She soon loses everything around her and we watch her step over to the dark side.

 

While reading this book it truly was food for thought. In life we sometimes never appreciate what’s in front of us always wanting to have what someone else has, or to be someone else. It’s not until you lose something in life that you see it’s true value, but for most of us at that stage it’s too late. So I feel the moral of the story is this:

 

Appreciate your life as no-matter what darkness is in it, remember there is also light – one can not exist without the other.

 

A smile would mean nothing until you have experienced a tear.

And most importantly don’t judge people y their appearance it’s wrong and more than likely your wrong about them.

 

 

Tuesday’s Review ~ Fate Fallen by Author Sharon Stevenson

 

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Blurb:

***This is the third book in the series and as such the following contains spoilers for the first books***

Shaun & Sarah Gallows are demon trackers, hunting down and dispatching supernatural threats by order of their Council.

A few months past their twentieth birthday, Shaun takes Elle to Shadows Grove to check out the site of the brutal murder he’s become obsessed with. The ill advised trip starts unlocking his own past and the mystery of his destiny begins to unravel.

Sarah realises she needs to train Ray to keep him safe. When her mother finds out she took him on a job, she gives Sarah an ultimatum that forces her rethink their relationship.

***Be warned this book is Adult Modern Fantasy, not YA. It is not suitable for younger readers as it contains profanity & sexual references.

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About the Author:

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I’m your typical reclusive author type. Anti-social in person, but I love tweeting online friends! I love my laptop, probably a bit too much mind you.
If you want to know more, check out my website or follow me on twitter.
I’m a reader and enjoy finding new indie authors to follow – there are so many good ones out there! I’m fairly new to posting reviews but I do try to be fair and honest and will not post anything less than 3 stars, as if it is not at least that good I just won’t finish it.

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Review of Fate Fallen

Rating: 5 stars

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This is the third instalment of the Gallows’ series and so far I have just loved them and Fate Fallen didn’t disappoint.

Majority of the story is told through Shaun’s eyes he’s my favourite, so I was delighted. I love how he’s real, he can be so selfish at times and it’s not until afterwards that he feels guilty. I love the chip on his shoulder but then he’s never had it easy, so who can blame him.

His selfish actions really come to light when he takes Elle is “Girlfriend” away for the weekend. But he wants to kill two birds with one stone, and check out a murder that has rattled him, one he read in the paper. But his ploy backfires. Elle sees what happens when she agrees to go to the house and it shakes her up and she also realises that Shaun thought his soul mate was here, talk about shooting a girl down. Elle gets huffed and goes back to the hotel room kicking him out it’s at this point that everything starts to move fast, and soon Shaun’s secrets unravel and his life goes downhill. Elle is taken by a fairy but she’s not upset, she’s happy and Shaun’s left on his own. He deserved it really.

I love when Shaun manages to eat a snickers or some form of junk foot at the most inappropriate moments, so funny,  and following Shaun’s story we get to meet a she-wolf, a fairy and we get to teleport and find out all about Shaun’s imaginary friend – Well that’s what his parents told him.

The other part of the story is spilt between Elle who we get to learn a lot about – God that girl has secrets and of course Sarah she still stuck between Ben and Ray but it’s not her doing – Ben just won’t let it go and soon becomes a threat to Ray.  So she teaches Ray to fight taking him into a nest of vampires and slaying them all. She is pretty cool but their relationship is called into the spotlight when her mum meets Ray, and Sarah gets dragged into Shaun’s own drama’s only his aren’t minor – there to save the world or let it perish.

Another fantastic instalment in the Gallows Series. I can’t wait to read Cruse Corrupted.

 

 

Review of Dwellers of Darkness by Author Stacey Marie Brown

 

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Dwellers of Darkness

Rating: 5 stars

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Another funny, battle filled, mind boggling ride with Ember. Here we go.

 

This book was given to me by the Author for an honest review.

Okay so this is the third book in the Darkness Series and I have truly enjoyed Embers journey. I was a bit shocked when I realized at eighty percent through that this book was not the end, I have to wait for the fourth book Blood beyond Darkness and that may not be the end either, once Ember is involved.

 

Ember is back from the Outer world and three years have passed so when she is taken back to the Dark Dwellers Eli is beyond pissed. But this is where the fun starts.

 

I love Ember and Eli being in the same room, their sense of humour and cruel jabs had me laughing my head off and to throw two pixies into the mix, Cal and Simmon, my sides where sore. They were fiercely loyal but yet so funny and Eli as usual was great at drawing them out.

 

Kennedy is another of my favourite Characters, she comes across as been a bit fragile and gentle but in this book we see Kennedy grow into a strong young women, with a bit of a bite, she didn’t get that from Ember or anything. 🙂

 New revelations about who Ember really is come to light, some of it was sad but it we see her reunited with her mum. I didn’t like her mum Lily at all, I actually really disliked her I felt she was selfish and the lies never stopped, she couldn’t just tell her daughter the truth but when Ember confronted her about this, she would make amber feel guilty for getting mad. I wanted to reach into the book and shake Lily while screaming “just tell her the truth it’s the least you could do” but o no, she continued to hide things from Ember, her excuse saying she was trying to protect her. “Yeah right”.  Arghhhh she really annoyed me. ( I can only hope she will redeem herself in book four, or else……)

 

This book was definitely more focused on Eli and Ember and their love (kind of) it’s no romance in a sense but an animalistic love. It took over most of the story but I wasn’t complaining. 🙂

There were so many shocks, betrayals and lies that I was shaking my head at every one of them, I really don’t know how Ember stays sane, or how she can keep up with who she should trust.  I couldn’t and was shocked by the end of it, by the person who sold her out.

 

So now I am left waiting once again for the next instalment, to see if Ember can finally understand that keeping her mouth shut would really be for the best. (Nahh it’s too much fun, when she opens it) Can’t wait for Blood beyond Darkness. 

 

 

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