#TerrorTomes | #BookReview | SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King & Owen King @StephenKing (September 26th 2017, Hodder & Stoughton @HodderBooks) #BeatTheBacklist

SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King & Owen King
26th September 2017, Hodder & Stoughton

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

All around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent…

In the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, the virus is spreading through a women’s prison, affecting all the inmates except one. Soon, word spreads about the mysterious Evie, who seems able to sleep – and wake. Is she a medical anomaly or a demon to be slain?

The abandoned men, left to their increasingly primal devices, are fighting each other, while Dooling’s Sheriff, Lila Norcross, is just fighting to stay awake.

And the sleeping women are about to open their eyes to a new world altogether…

Okie doke. Where do I even start with writing a review for this book?! 

SLEEPING BEAUTIES always intimidated from the moment I held it in my hands – mainly due to its sheer size (I have the UK hardback at 713 pages) and I knew it would take me longer than most books to get through! I don’t mind that too much. Sometimes it’s nice to take your time with a book to really get yourself invested in it. Rewind five years and it took me THREE WEEKS to finish IT!! 

I’ve not read a lot of Stephen King (I have a fair amount on my TBR for this year though!) or even Owen King for that matter. Let’s not forget that this book is a collaboration with father and son! From what I have read of Stephen’s work, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is so far one of my favourites. 

If you are looking for a fast paced fantasy/horror novel, then I would look elsewhere. This is not one of those books. What this book does VERY well is embrace the slow burn. We spend a fair amount of the book learning the background of many of the ensemble characters, which a smidge of the ‘action’ (the action being the sleeping sickness). This continues to build until the balance shifts and the female characters are faced with a new world in which to learn how to live again. 

What I loved so much about this story was how you can take some of the themes from the ‘real world’ and with certain scenes and writing can be turned into horror. The treatment of women plays a large part in this story and their survival. Each female character has their own unique back story and how they react. From a feminist point of view, it makes for an outstanding read!!

I would encourage EVERYONE to read this book!

You can buy SLEEPING BEAUTIES from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

-S.

#FantasyReads | #BookReview | BLOOD RIGHTS (House of Comarre #1) by Kristen Painter @Kristen_Painter (1st September 2011, Orbit Books @orbitbooks)

BLOOD RIGHTS (House of Comarre #1) by Kristen Painter
Published; September 1st 2011, Orbit Books

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Rebellion has a price.

The lacy gold mapped her entire body. A finely wrought filigree of stars, vines, flowers, butterflies, ancient symbols and words ran from her feet, up her legs, over her narrow waist, spanned her chest and finished down her arms to the tips of her fingers.

Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle’s body bears the telltale marks of a comarré—a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world…and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign. 

Paranormal fiction. Not my usual ‘go-to’ genre. I’ve dabbled in the past with Paranormal, Horror and even Science Fiction, but that’s as far as my journey goes. Knowing this, [K] gifted me a copy of one her favourite paranormal books (BLOOD RIGHTS) for my birthday and I was intrigued to see what I thought of the genre.

Not going to lie, it took me a little while to fully get into the story. That’s nothing to do with the plot, the characters or even the writing style. I think it was getting my mind into another world, with new beings, sayings, etc. But what Kristen has been able to do is create a realistic world separate to ‘kine’ – filled with supernatural beings, all of which face their own internal politics.

After a few chapters, that was it. I was in. Fully invested in Chrysabelle and Mal’s story and the journey they found themselves on to evade capture from a noble vampire out for their lives. The contrast between Chrysabelle and Mal are night and day. Chrysabelle has been raised Comarre, which in the simplest of terms is a blood servant to the most noble vampires, her blood is pure and comes at a high cost. She is there to serve, but is trained to defend herself if the need arises.

Then we have Mal. A sombre, brooding vampire (I automatically think of Angel from Buffy) who quite literally has to fight his own demons. He lives a pretty solitary life, sharing his time with a shifter and a ghost. Not appreciating the intrusion of Chrysabelle into their lives, Mal begins to change in his behaviours and towards the latter part of the story, I found myself caring about him.

The chemistry between the two is so thick you can carve it with an axe and it’s clear that there is more to come for the pair! Bring on the next instalment!

 

You can buy BLOOD RIGHTS (House of Comarre #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

 

-S.

#BlogTour| #BookReview | #FantasyReads | THE MAGICIAN’S CURSE (The Great Dagmaru #1) by Linda G. Hill @LindaGHill‏ (June 27th 2017, Indie Published)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of THE MAGICIAN’S CURSE, which is the first book in the Great Dagmaru series by Linda G. Hill.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater and the lovely Linda G. Hill, who gifted me an early copy of THE MAGICIAN’S CURSE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

When Herman Anderson leaves home to make a better life for herself, she doesn’t expect to meet a tall, dark stranger with whom she’ll fall hopelessly in love.

Charming and mysterious, Stephen Dagmar is a stage magician seeking an assistant. The moment he sets eyes on Herman, he knows she’s the one. He brings her home to his Victorian mansion where they embark upon an extravagant romance. Yet a shadow hangs over their love. Will the curse on his family end Stephen and Herman’s happily ever after, before it really begins?

Amidst lace and leather, innocence and debauchery, The Magician’s Curse begins the Gothic tale of The Great Dagmaru. Magic and romance await.

So, want to know what I thought?;

This was a rather unexpected journey, one full of mystery and intrigue. Here is a love story woven into the mystical world of magic, curses and true love.

As with every story, nothing is plain sailing for the characters central to it. There are many obstacles facing our young heroine Herman and the dashing magician Stephen. A chance encounter, a family curse and fate getting in the way. This is definitely a story that was well thought out by the author, the plot believable and the characters likeable.

I found myself being drawn into this world, hoping that our two characters would over come the difficulties they faced. A story of blossoming love and a little bit of magic to boot.

Overall a very enjoyable read, one that I think will definitely be revisited later on. The author knows her characters and writes them well. Although this is more subtle approach to the genre, it is one to recommend.

About Linda G. Hill;
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Linda G. Hill was born and raised an only child in Southern Ontario, Canada. She credits the time she spent alone when she was growing up, reading books and building worlds and characters of her own to keep her company, as the reason she became a writer.

A stay-at-home mom of three beautiful boys, Linda is a graduate of the Writing Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. Aside from caring for her family, she enjoys traveling the world, eating trout cooked on the barbecue, and, of course, reading.

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You can buy THE MAGICIAN’S CURSE from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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