After a disastrous evening at a bar that
ends in a creepy auditory hallucination seemingly coming from the tall marsh
grasses, Jessie wakes up with a terrible hangover made worse by the fact that
her daughter, Maya, is missing. Racked by guilt about her inability to watch
over Maya, Jessie goes through the marsh in search of her daughter vowing to
never neglect her again. Naturally, she is overjoyed when Maya is found,
seemingly, shaken but relatively unharmed.
However, Jessie’s elation is short-lived
as she senses something different with her daughter. Aside from the
smell of the swamp that Jessie can’t seem to wash off Maya, her daughter
becomes uncharacteristically quiet. Maya also seems to lose her appetite even
for foods she normally loves.
Amidst her desperate need to be a better
person and the best mother she can be, and the suspicion that there is
something terribly wrong Maya, Jessie finds an unlikely ally. Armed only with
very little information and unconditional love for her daughter, Jessie and her
friend set out for the marsh to find out the truth once and for all.
This is a scary, suspenseful, and touching
story about a bum of a woman who struggles to be the best version of herself.
It depicts how someone overcomes her self-destructive tendencies for the most
important person in her life. It portrays clarity in the middle of confusion
and courage in the middle of fear. It displays the amount of determination
needed to win the prize of redemption.
Though the story appears to be simply
about an irresponsible mother who lost her child to paranormal entity, there is
so much more than that. It tells of the difficulty of a person to rise above
adversity with her only beacon of hope snatched away from her. It also shows
the tendency to prejudge someone by the way he or she lives. Most importantly,
the book features the multidimensionality of the world we live in and that
things are not the way they seem.
This is a relatively enjoyable book.
Relatively in that, some readers who are not into horror stories may not choose
to read it. I, myself, am not a horror book enthusiast. As a reviewer, however,
I find the book well written and easy to read. Jessie is very well depicted as
a person who blames everything and everybody else for her unpleasant situation
making her very relatable. Moreover, the author is able to maintain an eerie
mood right from the beginning down to the last page. Finally, though I prefer a
different ending to the story, I find the conclusion quite satisfactory.
to Peter Fugazzotto (@PeterFugazzotto)
on such a well-written book! For more books by the author, click HERE.
Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria is
a fantastical, an action-filled, an adventure-filled, and a magic-filled, young
adult fiction, and the second book in The
Elandrian Chronicles created by J.M. Bergen.
It’s summer vacation and Thomas Wildus and
his friends Enrique and Akhil are doing what normal and ordinary boys do during
vacation, having fun and hanging out, with girls. However, a mysterious
message, a glimpse of a familiar, albeit frightening, face, and a visit from
his mentors cut the summer fun short. Now, Thomas and his friends are back to
the training room and preparing for a quest for a magical object and a
confrontation with the ‘Sumerian’.
As magical as, as suspenseful as, and,
probably, even more action-filled than the first book, this second installment
introduces more characters both good and evil and presents more rigorous
training, both physical and mental, for Thomas and Enrique. The author also
offers surprising twists and unexpected turns of events that make the book even
more interesting. Fighting and chasing scenes are depicted in vivid and minute
detail and the conclusion is quite satisfying. However, I find some of the
descriptions too gory and too violent for young readers.
Still, I enjoyed this book a lot and I’m
looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
to J.M. Bergen (@JMBergen1) on
such a great and enjoyable second installment. For more books by the author,
With the help of her now relatively-famous best friend, Bella, Irish
American actress Derry O’Donnell dons her Madam Tulip persona as part of the
grand birthday celebration of a famous pop singer. Up in the Dublin mountains, Derry
finds herself amidst the members of a musical band, each with his or her own
preoccupation. A pushy manager intent on keeping the band together, a
high-strung singer visibly upset by the sudden disappearance of a beloved and
revered friend, an anxious songwriter keeping something from fellow band members,
and a charming sax player fascinated by Vikings.
Ever professional and discreet, Madam Tulip is privy to information pertinent
to the future of the entire band, information that may explain the whereabouts
of a missing shaman.
As exciting and as funny as the previous three books, Madam Tulip and
the Serpent’s Tree features the private lives of famous and very promising musicians.
It depicts their lives behind the glitter and adoring fans, their pain, their
fears, their insecurities. But most importantly, for me, the book portrays the
humans inside the celebrities, their longing for love, belongingness, and
The book is, as all the other books I have read by David Ahern, funny
and lighthearted. It is, first and foremost, an easy read. It is exciting and
suspenseful, with carefully and vividly described scenes. In addition to Derry,
Bruce, Bella, Jacko and Vanessa, the author includes a variety of characters
that the readers would easily relate with. Though the ending is not as
conclusive as I wish, it is no doubt satisfying.
Congratulations to David Ahern
on another enjoyable book! For more books by the author, click HERE.