The Drunken Weed
E.D. Robson gives us one crazy (and hilarious) ride through time in The Drunken Weed! After failing to assassinate her unwitting call center worker brother, goddess Gesh is thrown on a wild adventure through time. Robson offers the perfect blend of ironic humor, fun characters, and entertaining plot! I really had a lot of fun with this one and can’t wait to see what mishaps John and Gesh will encounter next!
C.M. Rushi creates a multilayered prison for us to explore in Mind Prison! Our main character wakes up in a prison without any memory of who he is and how he got there. Rushi does a great job detailing the struggle our John Doe goes through trying to regain his memories while dealing with imprisonment! It’s a great psychological read and Rushi packs plenty of twists for you thriller/mystery lovers out there!
Nineteen year old Monty figures out that sometimes legends about forbidden forests are true in Shane Lee’s Black Forest! On the edge of a farming village grows a forest, a dark forest whose leaves never grow and the locals avoid at all costs. When Monty’s younger sister disappears into the forest and subsequently returns, things start to turn bad for the village. I love all things horror, and Lee captures that pervasively creeping ‘haunted house’ evil feel, making the dead forest seem eerily alive like a character all its own! This one’s creepy and has some great twists which I won’t spoil here, so check it out if you also love horror!
The Tender Days of May
Vlad Kahany builds one part psychological thriller, one part seduction novel in The Tender Days of May! In 1820s London, Lord Ashbee is both known as a rich playboy and a scoundrel. Now with his eyes set on the virtuous May, a young woman hiding out in the back of a comfort house, the game of cat and mouse has begun. I tend to be a fan of softer romances myself, but Kahany is a master of description and fits enough intrigue and twists into the spaces between steamy scenes to pique my interest! If you love novels more akin to Fifty Shades of Gray, definitely check this one out!
Ruth Mitchell packs plenty of intrigue, seduction, and self discovery into her imaginary town in White Oak! This twisting tale is one of love and betrayal, its winding road crossing many interesting paths. Mitchell does a fantastic job of making the town of White Oak and its inhabitants seem alive! It’s the collage of characters that really made this novel for me, from sultry bar dancers to kind confidants. Every character feels like a main one, weaving great depth and complexity into the intrigue. It was fun to visit White Oak and I hope to get a return trip in the future!