Broken Allegiance by Mark Young

The descriptive beginning created vivid imagery; I could easily imagine where the characters were.

When a gang member is murdered, Tom Kagan, an expert in gangs is called in to investigate the case when an anonymous caller rang to report it. His long and turbulent history creates tension with some of his fellow officers; a sense of underlying tension can be felt. But his experience and keen eye is needed if they are to prevent a major gang war.

Another character is brought into the plot known as Ghost. His long history with the leader of the gang means he can still operate from jail sending out death orders, but he crosses the line, and the leader of the gang is soon after him. As Tom Kagan once again closes in, Tom is the Ghost’s next target.

This was fast becoming an addictive read as the book took me behind the prison bars into the prison walls where various illegal communications are taking place. While on the outside gang members have to prove their loyalty through murder, an in-depth look into their lives of these gang members, living on the edge one day to the next.

It is easy to get caught up in this underworld; the characters are clearly defined, relatable, and very easy to connect with – good and bad in their own way.

The action heats up as Mikio and his nephew have to hide in order to get away from the killers that obey orders from the inside, traitors are not to be tolerated.

Tom slowly discovers some facts and comes across the name Ghost, whom he is connected to in more ways than one.

But prison does not stop a vengeful man, causing all those that went against him to either flee or fight, or die. Especially Tom and his wife. But Tom’s enemies target him in many ways, hurting him by hurting others he cares for.

The story heats up all the more as different gang members reveal their agenda, nothing is sacred, and no one is safe. They begin to close in, and who knows will come out alive.

Tension builds and nearly explodes as everything rapidly comes together, and those that are dangerous quickly move, but others close in.

An exciting and satisfying end to a novel that is sure to excite readers.



Passion of an Angel by Suren Fant review

The captivating and thoughtfully descriptive words brought me closer to what would slowly unfold to a story of lust; both sexually and wanting more than what God would offer – the story of an angel that was never satisfied with what he had.

The unique story of an angle that witnessed the beginnings of earth. Somewhat cliché wording at times, but still sent an enjoyable message. A different portrayal of what most think an angel is.

The characters are a bit difficult to relate to. I felt a bit of a distance from them. They were created by the author not to have any feelings, which may explain the lack of connection or imagery I felt towards the characters. Because the characters would spark instant recognition with their names, it was a little bit easier to visualise them.

At times the descriptions do become repetitive, disturbing a natural flow to the scenes. Because of the location I had hoped for something more, unfortunately the story lagged a bit after the first few pages. Taking into account that it is a short story, I felt it should have speed up a bit to hasten the overall events. However, the length allowed the different characters to make their mark on the plot; therefore, setting it up for the next story.

Sexual scenes are created, but whether it be the setting, it still failed to establish a connection to anything that was happening. It would also improve with some editing to tidy it up a bit.

I have to admit the ending did rivet me, and created another take on the Adam and Eve story. It is hard to describe a story like this, but reveals how the selfish desires ruined the purity of what life could have been like.

3/5 stars



The transmigration of Cora Riley by Ellie di Julio review

A little bit of a slow start as the reader begins to get to know the character and where Cora Riley lives. The small town, unassuming place, everyone knows everyone else. No one really leaves; content to live a mundane life, until Cora decides she cannot do that anymore. She has to find herself somewhere else.

The writing is fluid, travelling at an easy flow. Depictions of scenes and wording create a realistic atmosphere. The way the author writes, the words used enhances the plot, creating images to the mind’s eye.

The story gets more perplexing as Cora leaves everything behind, seeming to get caught up somewhere else altogether.

This unparalleled universe or what appears to be the land of the dead, just makes this novel or the stranger. Quite unexpected how it started, only a little hint to where it was going.

The story gets stranger and stranger as Cora has to work her way out of the mess she is in. The bizarre creatures, the evil ‘Mistress’, and a goddess. Throwing Cora in the mess is somewhat confusing at times.

Cora faces a seemingly simple challenge, but of course it’s not what it seems. She encounters talking squirrels, dryads that look almost human but are green; maybe think Avatar, that try to turn Cora into one of the them.

Next Cora has to dart and dodge laughing thunder. Finally Cora gets some reprieve from some peculiar rescuers; the man Jack knows more about Cora than he is willing to let on.

The whirlwind of events takes Cora to meet Jack, a protector who makes sure the dead go to the heaven they belong to. His past causes his own precautions and knowing what Cora really is adds to the tension.

The story grows in intensity as Cora, Jack and Xavier have to travel to different portals to get to their next location. Tossing them in a mix of valiant fighters eager for another fight. Sexual chemistry sparks for Cora and Jack in a tranquil setting they arrive in. But of course not is all as it seems. And again Cora has to rediscover herself and her destiny.

Humorous anecdotes and myths crop up in the story giving it a lighter note. And the characters are enjoyable to read about. The story grows along with these characters, involving and revealing more aspects of each character. Cora is easy to relate to, very likeable. And Jack of course is every girl’s knight in shining armour – except of course slightly different clothing.

The ending did drag a bit, but it achieved the main aim of tying up some loose ends before leading onto the next book in the series.

4/5 stars



Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight review

The beginning drew me in; goose bumps prickled my flesh as I began to read the preface of the story. Mentioning some of the others that went missing, some almost forgotten. A story of terrible despair and cruelty, only to cause these women to develop into courageous women, that despite everything they made it, and now one breaks the silence and speaks of what happened behind the scenes of her life.

Michelle knight was a young woman that went missing, that no one really noticed had just disappeared.

The chapters move in quick succession. I instantly felt a connection with this woman. She had feelings; she had a son that she desperately wanted to see. In a way even after she escaped, her life was still in pieces. But what was made apparent to me was that I think what was keeping her going was her son. He was her light at the end of the never-ending tunnel.

Knots in my stomach, and nearly feeling like crying, this young child went through so much when she was young. From a home that was chaotic, taken advantage of at an early age, one can barely comprehend how terrible her life would have been like. And yet her courage kept on shining through. That’s what I felt as I read, it wasn’t hopelessness, and something about Michelle kept on shining through regardless of the circumstances.

Not any half way through the story I was trying to fight back the tears. I couldn’t fully comprehend how she could have felt, but her simple, sincere and sad words echoed throughout the pages. There is some slight reprieve at one point, showing a glimpse of a better life. But so much happens, and it left me wondering how she survived. It was a miracle that she did.

I felt her pain and heartache. Michelle didn’t glorify or try to hype up her story. She told it as simply as she could in her way.

The story then takes the reader to the next path on Michelle’s journey. A seemingly innocent path to where she meet Arial Castro.

I couldn’t believe what caused her to be there. Someone whom she thought she could trust. The horrible sinking feeling continued to develop as her story unfolded, bracing myself for what was next to come.

The scenes were very hard to read, I felt like I was there, looking in without being able to stop it. I couldn’t help but think of all the people that had betrayed her; the social workers, family, and those in authority. So many people could have prevented this, so many could have helped her and others. The story did portray him as the monster, but reading through the story just reminded me there were others that were guilty as well.

I felt tense the entire time reading this novel, although I found it difficult to read, it kept reminding me of how strong she must have been.

What I was most surprised about is I would have thought that novel would have been full of despair, but despite the atrocities that occurred, Michelle never got lost, never gave up. Perhaps that’s why he hated her the most, he couldn’t break her spirit.

I also want to mention how appalled I was when I read the countless times how his family had been in that house and did not investigate what was going on. There are so many guilty people mentioned in this story, although Michelle does not cast blame, perhaps those should cast blame upon themselves. It’s not just the monster that did this, but those that turned a blind eye.

The story was one of the best books I’ve read. Readers may assume they may not be able to read it, all I can say is that I am glad that I did. Every time Michelle’s courage and strength showed through those girls stuck together, their lives forever intertwined. Despite what he did to them, they became stronger. They made him a pathetic coward.

I would highly recommend this book, I couldn’t put it down; not only to support and hear Michelle’s story, but to remember the hundreds out there that are still missing. And to show these predators that they will never win.

5/5 stars


One dark Halloween night by John Kohlbrenner review


A dark and eerie start, fitting for a Halloween inspired story.


The place of Autumnville created was haunting, making me get the feeling that the jack ‘o’ lanterns were going to be a creepy theme.


The type of narration was interesting, almost like a big brother or parent would tell of a scary story, adding some exaggerated emphasis to make it scarier.


A bit more editing would also help to improve the overall writing flow.


As friends get closer to Halloween a blog focusing on disappearances that occur on Halloween gives them shivers. Jason is particularly intrigued.


It gets creepier when the professor Grimmgraves, the writer of this blog posts a video in their town, each town he had visited in the past disappearances occurred, sometimes whole villages.


A little bit too many repetitive descriptions go into the story about the characters, disturbing a more natural flow.


Unfortunately, although it’s supposed to be somewhat scary, it does fall a bit flat. Although kids might enjoy it. The characters are your typical sort of middle school characters, nothing particularly captivating about them, but all fit into the story well with their own individual characteristics.


I’m not quite sure if this is supposed to be a comedy story, or scary, but it seems like it’s a bit more on the humorous side. Great if that’s what the author was trying to achieve.


Jason then comes face-to-face with the Prince of Evil. For some reason Jason feels no fear, and only he can stop the Halloween monsters from killing everyone in town.


Together with his friends, there is a face-off against all the monsters you can possibly think of. With the quirky names and how the scene is set it is a bit difficult to take it too seriously. A fun story for kids to become immersed in. Children will probably enjoy the plot; and of course the wonderment and uniqueness of the possibility what if Halloween did come alive? What would you do?


An unusual ending to a somewhat unusual book. A mix of magic, evil and the devil. A lot of things happening all at once.


3/5 stars