Review:Lilith’s Garden of Fury (Unforeseen Beings #3)

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I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book. 

This is the third installment in the Unforeseen Beings novella series, and this was a book, or story that was well needed and came at the perfect time. If you haven’t read the previous two books, Lilith’s Garden of Madness and Lilith’s Garden of Clarity then you will definitely need to read those two books before reading this installment in the series. These books are definitely not stand alone books, in my opinion, as there are a lot of questions and back stories and a world that does get a little confusing if you were to jump into one of the books, without reading the previous books in the series. I have written reviews for books one and two, so if you do plan on reading the books and want to check out some reviews, click on the links above. I do try to keep my reviews spoiler free, but as this is the third book in the series, there may be spoilers to the previous two books. Sorry if there are. So lets begin. . . 

“Delilah returns to Room 102 but this time she isn’t there alone. As the veil between a world she once knew and an insane new reality, fades away, Delilah must find a way to save Philip and the others from the dark evil within Kelton. But will Elizabeth and the others find Delilah in time before she destroys what she desires to save?”

This book open on Hannahs perspective, which made me so so happy, as we haven’t heard from Hannah since the first book. However, this was short lived as this was the on Chapter that we do get to hear from Hannahs perspective, but there is a very good reason for that, even if I didn’t want to admit it and want more from her, as I loved her character from the first book. You then pick up from where you left off from at the end of book 2, Lilith’s Garden of Clarity, so I will definitely say, in my opinion, these books are not stand alone books and to read them as a series to experience them and understand them better. You get some action at the begin of this book, but what I took the most from reading this installment in the series, is that this book was the much needed explanation book.

What do i mean by this? While reading this book, it felt like this book is the book that’s been needed and has been put in place to answer some questions that the readers, especially myself, might have had about this world. There is a lot of talking in this book because of this, but it’s not boring, as it’s what’s needed. I felt like I was Elizabeth in parts with this book, maybe because she was the only human and had no idea what was happening and it was new to her. Even though it was all new to her, she was the only one who wasn’t afraid to ask the questions that others were thinking and wanting to ask, even myself. Trust me, if it could have reached it to this book and high five her for asking, I would’ve, or better yet, jumped in and asked the questions myself. Even when she could tell that they’d had enough of answering and being bombarded with questions, she didn’t stop, and wasn’t necessarily afraid to stop. Or if she did stop, to rest, to sleep, or whatever else that may have come up, she would resume asking when the time was right. Even though she was only human, she had so much bravery and was willing to fight and stick by those she cares for, which makes her the strongest out of them all, again in my opinion. Why are the humans my favourite characters? Maybe because I can relate more to them. 

Like I said previously, this book gives so much more background on so many issues, that were merely hinted at or mentioned in the last two books. One of the biggest looming questions that I’ve had since the very first book is Who is Lilith? In this book we do get a massive leap in this department with background information given on not only who Lilith is, but also on her garden, on how they both came into existence and so much more. Yes, we actually get some information about the infamous Lilith and her Garden. However, this information, or maybe the information in general that was provided in this book made me want to find out more and discover more about everything. We find out more about the good and evil, light and dark, and the dark army and I could tell you more but spoilers. . .

We remain with our original main character Delilah in this book, and we also have Peter and Elizabeth. We now see how Delilah is changing, or developing and growing in this book, and how she is trying to cope with finding out all of this new information about herself and the world around her. You also see and how she is also trying to deal with her feelings and relationships between people, especially with Peter and Galvin. You then get Peter, who everyone believes and assumes is weak and timid, except for one or two, who believe he is able to train and fight in a maybe upcoming battle against the dark army. Maybe that is why throughout this series I have three favourite characters, Hannah, Peter and Elizabeth, the three underdogs in a certain way. You have Galvin, who is, or was, a guardsman to the dark army, but now he’s on the opposite side and trying to make up for the bad he’s done by helping protect and save those he’s hurt, Peter, but especially Delilah. We are introduced to two new characters in this book, which is where we get a load of the background information from as well, and these characters are, Vance and Leona. I was still left with some mystery behind these characters, and this mystery created some uneasiness for me, some mistrust maybe, but I don’t know why because they didn’t do anything to deserve it. Nothing at all. In fact they did the opposite. Maybe when I get to know them better and trust them more, then that will go, or maybe it will be justified, I don’t know. We don’t get to here from every characters perspectives and Deliahs’ chapters are the only ones who’s are from a first persons point of view, which is an interesting take. 

Like I said this book was definitely needed as much needed answers to questions and backgrounds were provided, which was essential at this point. Along with the explanations and so forth, there was a storyline, which went hand in hand with both points; they needed to know more in order to be able to improve and move forward and learn themselves. I don’t want to give too much away, as I don’t want to be laying loads of spoilers down (hint Goodreads description), if any, as I do really enjoy this series and want everyone else to enjoy it to without it being spoiled. I do now have some new questions, but that’s good when going forward with a series, as it keeps you hooked and keeps you a reading and wanting more, anticipating the next book. 

There is no other rating other than 5 out of 5 stars that I can give this book as I had so, so many questions answered and this book is an important part in the series for doing that. Again, I would not recommend these books as stand alone,  but to read them as a complete series. It’s a novella series, so it shouldn’t take you too long. Checkout my previous two reviews if you are interested but not yet convinced. 

Have you read any of the books in the Unforeseen Beings Novella Series? What did you think? Comment below ☺ 

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Review: The Rose Killer – Gary Pearson

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I received this book for free thanks to Story Cartel in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

This short story or novella, is about a serial killer, was has been strangling blonde women for the past three years, yet he is only known to the police and the public as The Rose Killer, for the single red rose that he leaves on the his victims. He is yet to be caught, there have’t been any leads or clues and there hasn’t been a new body in eight months. Now that’s about to change. The Rose Killer has decided he wants to play a game with Detective Ian Harlow! Can Detective Harlow catch The Rose Killer before it’s too late? And why the sudden interest in Harlow?

This novella wasn’t that long, being only roughly 115 pages, yet I was still able to get fully gripped and emensend into this story. There were some great characters that were developed in such a short space of pages, including a great story and a plot. It was also greatly written and the killer took me by surprise and it all seemed well thought out and developed brilliantly. I was gripped by mystery of it all. Why the sudden change of the murder, by taunting the police? What was his plan? Was he going to get caught? Why his interest in Harlow? Then with me asking myself all of these questions, I never saw the end coming, taking me by shock, which I loved.

The reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, instead of 5 stars (which I wanted to), is because this seems like a brilliant outline, and even though this was executed great, I would have loved it if this was longer and was a 300+ page book. It has everything it needs to make it happen and it would have just made it that extra bit perfect.

I would definitely recommend this book!! Especially if you love mystery, thriller and crime books. How you read this book? What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below 😀

Review: Lilith’s Garden of Clarity (Unforeseen Beings Book 2) – N.L. Johnson

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I received a free digital unedited ARC of Lilith’s Garden of Clarity from the author in exchange for a honest and unbiased review of this book.

This is the second book in the Unforeseen Beings Novella Series and this is by far my favourite book in the series so far. This novella continues on from Lilith’s Garden of Madness and picks up from where it left off, so you will definitely have to read the first one before deciding to read this one. Now how do I give you a little description of this book without giving any or too many spoilers of the first book in this series? I think I’ll leave that to the author herself and give you the Goodreads description, that way I’m limiting the risk of giving away too may spoilers.
“The world of the patient locked in Room 102 is falling apart as she knew it. While searching for Hannah and trying to figure out how she will save the former young Kelton nurse, she begins to discover what she can do but will she ever figure out who she really is? With the help of others at Kelton, the patient once forgotten will unlock more answers and even more questions. Enter back through the doors of Kelton Mental Institution and continue to uncover the truth of what has been hidden away down the South Hall of untreatables. Join the madness.”

I have read and reviewed the first book in this series, if you would like to check it out and you will see that I wasn’t a massive fan of it, only rating it 3 out of 5 stars, but this book was massively better. I had some of my questions answered from the first book, I have started understanding the storyline, the characters and I’m even connecting with one of the characters, in a weird way. I feel, as a reader, like one of the characters, who is slowly learning everything about the world she is living in from other characters in this book. So has she is slowly discovering more and more about everything, me, or us as the reader, will also learn more and more about the world that we are reading about. It’s this way that I feel connected to her, both discovering everything with brand new eyes.

It’s so brilliant and unique, plus not overly chucked in your face that it’s like a perfect balance. There are still questions, but now they are questions that make me want to keep reading to discover and find everything out, not questions out of frustration, which I’m loving. There is a darkness to the book when reading it, a darkness from different perspectives, which is fantastic when you think that light and darkness is one of the topics of this series. There was one point which actually did give me chills, which was a first for me when reading and I’ve been looking for books to do that, that’s how engrossed this book got me.

I did receive an unedited ARC version of this book, so of course there were editing mistakes and issues which I was expecting and warned about, so these problems are not even going to be thought about when it comes to me deciding my rating of this book. I simply bypassed them all as I was so engrossed in the story in front of me.

With how this book has been ended, it just left me screaming “Noooo!!!” and wanting more, needing to read book 3 in this series straight away, which is a completely different reaction to the first book. I am giving this second novella in the series an improved 4 out of 5 stars, compared to the first book, with a definite recommendation! You do have to read the first book to understand this one, as they are not stand alone books, but I’m actually enjoying this series, which if you’ve read my review of the first book is a complete turn around. I’m saving my 5 stars because this series is getting better and I’m only on book 2 and now I’m understanding this series. Roll on book 3 ☺

Review: The Cradle Will Fall – Clare Donoghue

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*** (3.5 stars)
This is a short review for a short prequel, which I am in two minds on how to review, but lets begin…

This is a very, very short read, even shorter than I was expecting. It is advertised as being roughly 28 pages on amazon, where I bought it from, or rather downloaded for free at the moment as it’s on offer, because it sounds really good and I thought I’d try this short prequel before purchasing the rest of the series. This book, or short story, may have covered maybe half of the 28 pages, if that, and the rest of was chapters from the other books, enticing you to purchase those. But now let’s talk about what there is of this book….

Be warned that if you do not like books with a bit of a graphic or upsetting nature, then maybe this isn’t your type of book, as there is some sensitivity required. This crime book, illistrates the case that Police Constable Jane Bennett and DI Lockyer first worked on together, before developing their partnership, a case that shocked them all.

It is a short prequel, more like a chapter. So much so, at first I thought it was a sample chapter and I went searching for the rest of the rest of the book. It doesn’t really go any further so you don’t really know fully what happens, because like I said, it’s a chapter, but it’s hinted at. I do and am interested in reading the rest of the series, so it did do its job, in that way. So I’m going to rate this 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Have you read this or any more of Clare Donoghues’ book? What do you think? Any suggestions? Comment below 😀

Review: Lilith’s Garden of Madness (Unforeseen Beings Book 1) – N.L. Johnson

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I received a free copy of the first book in this novella series, in exchange for a honest review of this novella.

I’m having trouble describing what this first novella in this series is about, because that is what my main problem with this book is and why I have rated it 3 out of 5 stars. Maybe because its a novella or maybe its because its set up that way in order to intrigue you into reading the rest of the series so you get the answers thst you desperatly want. Or maybe it went over my head and I missed it. But just so that you can get a description, Goodreads description is:
“Hidden away behind the doors of Kelton Mental Institution is a power unlike any the world has ever experienced. It has been locked away for so long that many no longer believe it exist. That was until Hannah finds it down the South Hall of Kelton. But should it have been found or forgotten along with the remainder of the “untreatables”. What Kelton kept locked away is only a taste of what is to come as a completely unknown world of angels, demons and the unforeseen beings, opens up or rather wakes up with the release of Room 102.”

The book starts with a little girl named Sarah, playing and having a sensitive conversation with her dolls, until she discovers a girl in her room, and they then decide to play together, until she is discovered and serious consequences are hinted at. The story then jumps ahead years to a mental hospital/institution, Kelton Mental Institution, which has the worst and most selfish reputation and we discover a female patient who has been treated the worst of the worst of all the patients, in Room 102. Her name is never told, which is why it’s hinted that it may be the girl removed from the beginning, but I have a theory that it’s not that simple, having re read this to try and understand the book some more.

There are so many questions that are left unanswered and that’s something I don’t like with a book. I think its because this is the first book it the series and I’m hoping that it is done this way to get people to carry on reading, so that the more you read the more you’ll understand, kind of like how a TV show entices you to watch the next episode or movie with cliff hangers or questions at the end.

The reason that it annoyed me so much, was because I was enjoying it thoroughly and then when I came to the end, I was still confused and didn’t have my questions answered. What was so special? Why did he freak out so badly in the beginning? Why this and that.. The writing was great. But my absolute favourite aspect was the parts that were written from the point of view from the patient in Room 102. I love her. Even with everything that she has been put through and everything that they had done to her, she had still managed to keep her personality. There was one point where I physically laughed out loud when she had been describing the leisure and exercise activities at Kelton through her point of view, which instantly made me love this character, even thinking of it now bring a smile to my face. It’s little things like that, that makes this book awesome. Another point I thought was amazing, was the title. I wouldn’t have guessed what this book was about from the title, but now after reading the book, I really LOVE it and think that it’s really clever, but who’s Lilith?

I really do want to read the rest of the series, hopefully understanding it better because even though I did only rate it a 3 out of 5 stars, I did enjoy it, I just wanted to understand the idea behind it a lot better so I could enjoy it more. Therefore, if I do read the rest of the series and it is how I think it is, I will then have a better understanding of this book and will then have to come back and edit this review.

I do recommend this novella and maybe you will have a better understanding than me because other than that, this is a good book. So much so, that I am actually going to go back and have another read of this to see if there’s something important that I’ve missed that I didn’t quite grasp the first time around, that’s how much I want to understand everything in this novella. But at the moment, I’m sadly going to have to give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Review: Sparks – Michele Wesley

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*****
I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for a honest unbiased review of this prequel novella.

This is a prequel novella of The Smoke & Fire Series, explaining the beginning of the two characters, Mycale and Sori in their younger years. This novelette allows you to take a sneak peek into the tragedies that occurred in their younger lives, sparking Sori’s “Smoke” and Mycale’s “Fire”.

I chose and downloaded this book because the description instantly screamed out to me, intriguing me, making me want to know what this story was about. Even this cover intrigued me. I wanted to try a new author and even wanted to try a new genre of book, that isnt necessarily what im used to. I am so glad that I did!!

Even those this is part of a book series, this is a prequel, so you won’t miss out of anything and it made me want to start reading the rest of the series. I have even done some research into the rest of the series, which I found out, can be read as stand alone books. The characters and their pasts are instantly compelling and as a reader I want, or need, to find out where they are going to go from where they’ve left off. How their past makes they develop and defies them.

It is a short prequel, being around 34 pages (my copy was) so it was a quick read and I was able to discover a new author, a new series and a new type of book. So if you are looking for something new why not try this book. It isn’t that long so it won’t take long to read, plus it’s free to download at https://storycartel.com/ so win, win!

I definitely give this a 5 out of 5 because of how much I loved it and how much it’s made me want to continued on with the series. Have you read this book, or any of this series? Do you agree or disagree? Comment below 🙂

Review: How To Save A Life – Kristin Harmel

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I would like to thank NetGalley, the author and the publisher, once again, for allowing me to download and read this book in exchange for an honest review of this book. If you have no idea what Netgalley is, let me explain because I refer to them a lot.

It’s this amazing site where you are able to request to download and read eBooks for free, but you do have to review them, or you won’t be granted permissions to download or read anymore books that you request. They are all eBooks, but you can find some great finds on there and some great books before they have even been published 🙂 It’s free to sign up and use, so BONUS!! 😀 So if you fancy checking it out, go to http://www.netgalley.com and have a look around. Now back to my review…

What would you do if you just discovered that you have only weeks left to live? Would you have regrets left unfulfilled? Well, when the 39 year old pediatric oncology nurse receive the devastating news that she has an unoparible brain tumor, her life feels uncompleted. That is until she is told about the tree that enables a chosen few, the ability to relive the same day over again. What follows is heartache, joy, love, confusion and so much more, asking do you ever feel as though you have lived a completed life?

This novella has so many emotions and makes you think about you own mortallity and what you would do if you found out that you had only several days, weeks or months left to life?. There were moments I found pure joy and happiness and others that were so filled with sadness and emotional. It was such an unexpected little gem in my mind, that I wasn’t expecting to enjoy as much as I did. It was nice to see the differences between how a child aged 10 years old may feel, compared to a 39 year old looks at how uncompleted their life is and even a ninth year old.

It was beautifully written and it had a great message that you should live your life while your alive and not to stress about the little things, such as the small arguments for the sake of arguing and pride. But to forgive and remind people that you love them everyday because you don’t know what could happen tomorrow. This isn’t usually my type of book, but knowing people who have died from cancer and even suddenly from a stroke, it made me think how precious those little moments are.

I honestly don’t know what I think of the ending. I don’t know if I like it or not, because it could be either happy or sad, depending or how you choose to look at it. For this, I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars.

I did like this novella and it has definitely made me think about myself and what I would do. What did you think of this novella? Did you like ending? Comment below 🙂