Where Death Meets the Devil by L.J. Hayward



“I trust you, Jack.”
“You’ve said that before, then shot me.”
“For which I apologised.”

Title: Where Death Meets the Devil
Author: L.J. Hayward
Number of pages: 395 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Fast paced, super intriguing, full of action.
Bad things about this book: I wanted more but then two sequels were announced so it’s okay now.
Do I recommend it? Yes, but be prepared.
Rate: 5/5

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Of all the possible endings I could’ve thought of, this was certainly the most coherent to the character’s personalities. The last sentences took away the physical pain I was feeling not knowing which way things could go. I didn’t expect things to go the way they did, and I didn’t expect all the twists, lies, betrayals that were hidden behind not enough concealed bushes along the way.

The day Ethan Blade did something straightforward would be the day the Devil started knitting.

Jack is undercover and his cover is blown thanks to a famous assassin called Ethan Blade who is everything and nothing Jack expected in a cold-blooded killer, as cliché as it may seem. They fight and it seems that they lie and betray each other every other minute. Nothing is as it seems and everything can go wrong. I was afraid the ending was not going to be like I pictured it because things kept happening and the ending was so near it wasn’t possible! Impossible, though, isn’t in Ethan’s vocabulary; Ethan with his British accent and white eyes, and his mystery past. Jack can’t trust him but he can’t fight alone so he must join forces to try staying alive.

This was . . . was . . . intolerable, frustrating, personal. Wonderful. Arousing.

I would’ve loved reading some chapters in Ethan’s pov because he intrigued me a lot but Jack was such an interesting character that I was plenty satisfied with his side of the story. I still didn’t see many things coming and I liked that I was blind-sided. I love trying to come up with theories even if I then find myself sweating with fear.

My eyes hurt, I can barely see, yet I’m satisfied. I was afraid I was going to be disappointed. I wasn’t. My greedy brain wanted an epilogue but my heart knows it wouldn’t have made the story justice. There’s only one tiny thing that I think would have made the ending 100% satisfying. I wanted the both of them to do what Jack was always so much against on doing. I guess we can’t have it all, right? It was still perfect as it was.

Ethan could irritate a saint with nothing but politeness.

I’ll miss Ethan and Jack. I’ve come to enjoy their company. As crazy as they were, I liked them a lot.



Black Light Express by Philip Reeve



He didn’t have a plan. He thought love and anger would be enough.

Title: Black Light Express
Author: Philip Reeve
Series: Railhead #2
Number of pages: 303 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: It’s the perfect sequel of Railhead with everything you didn’t think you needed.
Bad things about this book: The twists!!! How many can my heart take? (Not really a bad thing, I just like things being easy even when they never are)
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a great sci-fi book and it’s worth a chance.
Rate: 5/5

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I’m glad I waited this much to read the second book of the Railhead series because maybe now I won’t have to wait long for the third and last book. It’s already the end. It’s never easy.

Zen and Nova took the new gate to an unexplored part of the galaxy and will meet quite a few interest characters. Their love is pure and adorable, never too much, never forced, just right for the kind of book we’re reading. There’s nothing wrong about two people loving each other even if the rest of the world may think it’s unconventional, with Nova being a machine and all. Their adventures in the Web of Worlds was fantastic and there’s so much they found out, so much that can change everything and maybe by changing everything, they will have to make sacrifices. I’m never ready for sacrifices.

Threnody Noon, new Empress of the Great Network, along with newly unfrozen criminal Chandni Hansa, will be forced to escape the Network to save their lives and their journey will intersect with the one of Zen and Nova. There’s only a tiny detail: Threnody was deceived by Zen in Railhead; he’s at fault for the death of her uncle, the previous emperor. She doesn’t like him and she wants him to pay for what he’s done.

While they are escaping, they found themselves in Desdemor, where the new gate is, and they go through it with a new character, one that will be my favorite from the time they met him, until the end of the book: the interface of Mordaunt 90. This guardian in the form of a magnificent golden man stole my heart. I was torn because guardians aren’t really trustful but there was something in him that gave me hope.

This book didn’t lack twists; right from the beginning things started to go wrong, everything seemed to fall apart very easily and I was scared because, if that certain thing happened, nothing could stop other bad things to also happen, right? I was on edge all the time.

I was scared for the humans, for the other beings, for the golden guardian, for the motorik, and for the trains! This is my first time being scared for trains but in this book they’re as important as all the other characters. They have personalities; they are smart and essential to the success of the various missions. The Damask Rose is as caring and witty as ever and there’s also a new entry: the Ghost Wolf. A black wartrain with fire in its engine! Not real fire, it’s only very enthusiastic. The trains are great and they also have villain counterparts in this book and you can’t help being afraid. You care for them as much as you care for the main characters. I just hope they’ll have a happily ever after!

This series is amazing and this book is even better than the first. I loved it. A lot of wth moments, lots of gasps, lots of “now what?”. Can’t wait to see how it all ends!


Agent Bayne by Jordan Castillo Price



“I guarantee that once you learn the ropes, everything will click, and you’ll be happy there.”
Happy? That seemed awfully ambitious. Awkwardly useful, though? I supposed that would be a step up.

Title: Agent Bayne
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #9

Number of pages: 279 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: VICTOR BAYNE, always.
Bad things about this book: To wait for more Victor Bayne.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I love this series and everyone should give it a try.
Rate: 5/5

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It seems I’ve just said goodbye to Victor just a few days ago and now he’s back! It must be because of my impromptu re-read. I always find an excuse to read the whole series all over again. When I saw the author was writing book 9 I was so excited I checked every single day the website to see if I could preorder the book already. The cover is as usual worth of our beloved detective now agent Victor Bayne. His scowl is right and it gives me joy.

Victor is no longer a detective for the Chicago police; he is now a federal agent working for the infamous FPMP, the agency that has been observing (read: spying) on his life for years. Is he going to fit in or is he going to feel the way he felt during all 14 years as a detective? Is working with Jacob going to be too much and they’ll grow sick of each other? Victor will have to face new people and ones from his past, and will have to learn to work in a team to make the world safer for psychs, and for mediums like him.

“You’ve got some poor habits to unlearn.”
Story of my life.

There wasn’t anything I was afraid of while reading this book. I knew things were going to be all right with Jacob, fights may happen but in the end they were going to be happy, like they deserve to be. I was curious to see how were their lives like after all the mess with Jennifer Chance and I was sad to see the gruesome affair had left a few scars on poor Jacob. I think, with Victor’s help, he’s going to be okay but not soon; these things can’t be easily forgotten. There were also a few surprises and a lot of guessing going on. Who was the murderer? Was there more than one assassin? Were Victor and company going to be fine? I sure hoped so! New talents unveiled, new friends to get to know better, I loved every single bit of this book. I love guessing and putting my bets on someone being the one behind everything; I’m not usually right but I’m also pretty good at guessing correctly at some point. Here I guessed right one thing but was completely blindsided by others that I hope are going to be explained better in the books to come.

Jacob was so used to being the strong one. It might seem like I’d revel in the turnabout when he finally got a stiff dose of reality. But no. It actually broke my heart.

Some of the things left to future explanations were the many flashbacks of Victor’s past. My boy has never had a quiet simple life, hasn’t he? He has always dealt with ghosts and every repercussion seeing ghosts had on his already not so perfect life. We had more insight on what happened during Victor’s adolescence, also a few of new very interesting episodes during his stay at Camp Hell, and I wonder how much more are we going to learn about him in book 10.

Murder House!! That’s the name of the 10th book in the PsyCop series and I’m impatiently waiting here, by myself, in my room, to be able to read it. Or better, to devour it! A murder house, you say? Colour me super interested!

Not gonna lie. Seeing Jacob in his sweatpants and reading glasses, unwilling to disturb a stranger’s cat… it was disconcertingly cute.

I didn’t know I could love Victor more and then JCP made him interact with smartphones and she put three cats in the cannery with the lovebirds. Vic with cats was the most adorable thing that could have happened in my ordinary life. I didn’t think I needed to see Victor cuddling cats, being puzzled by cats or reading about them sleeping on his head. Victor with cats will be my favourite thing from now on, probably until the end of my human life. I can’t thank the amazing author enough for giving me that. I will be forever grateful and I will give her my loyalty, although she already had it, from book 1.

b>“Long time no see, Agent Bayne. Look at you and your fancy new phone. Bet you hate it.”
“Uh… jury’s still out.”

Agent Bayne is the perfect PsyCop book. Victor is not afraid to be who he is, he isn’t hiding his talent anymore and he likes that other people admire him and are not scare of him or worse, make fun of him behind his back. Agent Bayne has the right amount of sexy times and the love between those two is now so strong that I no longer feel like Jacob is only used to make Victor be naked and horny. They have an amazing chemistry. Perfect couple for a perfect book with the most perfect medium the book world could ask for.


Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel



“Generally speaking, people tend not to question what they’ve been told was true. Scientists are no different; they’ve just been told a lot more things.”

Title: Sleeping Giants
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files #1

Number of pages: 304 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: The files, the interviews, make you part of the story from the very first page.
Bad things about this book: Can I say the cliffhanger? Maybe not, seeing as the second book is already published.
Do I recommend it? Yes, if you love sci-fi books, there’s no way you’re not going to love this one.
Rate: 5/5

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I realized I almost always choose a book or by its cover or by its title. After I make that first choice, let’s say 8 out of 10 times, I’m lucky enough to find that the summary is a perfect mix of everything I enjoy in a book. After that nothing could stop me from buying it right away. That’s what happened with Sleeping Giants, with a tiny little difference: I received the first two books of the series as birthday presents back in November. Free books are the best!

Rose Franklin fell into a hole when she was ten, discovering a glowing giant hand, and her life didn’t change. It did chance almost two decades later when she found herself studying the hand again. She found a way to retrieve all the other pieces of this incredible giant all around the world, realizing it’s impossible humans made it. This discovery will change everything and everyone involved in the project. Why did they find the hand in the first place? Were the pieces put there for them to find when they were ready? What will happen now that they have the complete thing assembled? Is it a weapon?

“This, all that’s happening now, this is your bat mitzvah. You can play with atoms, you can sit with the grown-ups.”
“What does that mean for us?”
“That means you won’t be forgiven for childhood mistakes anymore.”

Told in the form of interviews and journal entries, this book takes you, with a lot of fast forwards, to the events involving the pieces of the statue, the assembling, the understanding of its commands, and the studying of its components. I found that the writing style made it easier to visualize what was going on. Usually the interviews told events already over, but lots were of conversations of planning ahead and insights of the project. Everything could be easily played inside your head like a movie, or maybe some sort of documentary. I got even more involved because it was like I was in the room with them, going through all the facts.

The characters were likeable and hateable; you form your opinions almost right away but that won’t mean you won’t have quite a few surprises along the way. Characters will have your cheer; others will have all the bad karma you can send their way. There are tons of twists, tons I’m telling you. I don’t think I have ever been so unprepared for things to happen. Are you kidding me? How was I supposed to be prepared for that epilogue? Nothing could have prepared me for that and, for it, I’m grateful. I love surprises!

I have now read the summary of Waking Gods and, what can I say, I need to read it as soon as possible. What the hell is going to happen?


They Mostly Come Out At Night by Benedict Patrick



Title: They Mostly Come Out At Night
Author: Benedict Patrick
Series: Yarnsworld #1
Number of pages: 200 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The twists left me speechless. Also the cover is gorgeous!
Bad things about this book: The first half is maybe a little bit slow but it doesn’t take long for it to change.
Do I recommend it? Yes, and also the other books of Yarnsworld even if I haven’t read them yet.
Rate: 4/5

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This book really surprised me. At first I got often angry, then I was certain some things were going to have the obvious outcome, then they didn’t and I enjoyed the second half of the book a lot more and got into the story with a newly found awe. Long story short, I couldn’t put it down; luckily it is a short book.

We have two parallel stories: on one side there is Lonan, the outcast of a little village, hated by everyone because of a misunderstanding. On the other side there is Adahy, the Magpie prince, then King of the corvae people, who has the duty to protect the villagers from the monsters that come out at night. How does their separate story come together? Lonan dreams of the magpie prince, he sees through his eyes; everything that Adahy sees, Lonan sees.

Lonan knows of new dangers but can’t tell anyone without looking like someone who has lost their mind. He is already hated and seen with disgust by the one he loves so he doesn’t want to add this new peculiarity to the already messy mix.

Everyone in the various villages of corvae has a Knack, an ability, a talent, in something that makes them useful to the growing of the community. Lonan’s father was a blacksmith so he thought that was going to be his Knack but after that horrible night when the monsters took his father’s life, Lonan was outcasted and he didn’t develop any Knack of his own. Being Knackless is like being useless. A village doesn’t need a useless inhabitant.

Through Lonan we see Adahy’s life and struggles and in his waking hours, we see Lonan’s struggles and pain. He is tormented by the images he sees every night and he is conflicted because sharing this information will probably save people’s life but it’s also possible it will make them hate him even more. What is the right thing to do? What can he do to help the Magpie King save their land from the monsters that mostly come out at night?

This is a very short book but it has a lot of twists you wouldn’t expect. The characters are rich and if you need to hate someone, the hate you feel is strong. Feelings are overall very strong throughout the story: anger, frustration, sadness, hopelessness, hopefulness, and also happiness. So many things can change the course of the story but sacrifices have to be made for the ones you love to survive.

Will Lonan find a way to save his village? Will Adahy overcome his fears and save his land? So many things will happen for you to find out the answers to these questions. Trust me, though, you probably won’t guess the outcome.


Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk


“I wasn’t strong, or brave, or anything really. But he made me want to be.”

Title: Stormhaven
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #3
Number of pages: 177 (paperback)
Good things about this book: More love and more magic, what’s not to love?
Bad things about this book: Too short? But maybe not.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it is very short and the story is more and more interesting.
Rate: 5/5

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Whyborne can’t catch a break. Now he has one more reason to scowl: electricity. Why is it so weird for a guy to want a poor lit house with a library with books to read almost in the dark causing permanent damage to his eyes? Whyborne can’t understand progress but he can understand magic: he’s a better sorcerer now and every book has a new spell he will use to fight and win whatever will come between him and Griffin.

Not only electricity has come to put a bad taste into Whyborne’s mouth, but a case involving a coworker accused of murder will put the two men in an unstable state: the suspect resides now in an asylum which is bad news to Griffin. I’m furious after learning what happened to him, unfairly and unnecessarily just because people are disgusting and completely selfish. Poor Griffin: his nightmares keep him up at night but he has Whyborne who will be by his side no matter what.

You’d think there’s nothing worse than the devilish electricity, the asylum, the mysterious cult worshipping a sea monster, and the possible end of the world, right? What about Griffin’s parents coming to visit with a surprise and the two of them have to pretend they are merely friends? It is worse because it will put Whyborne back into his pessimistic habits. His mind will weaken and weird thoughts will crawl in there. There’s nothing worse than a weak mind when there’s the menace of the evil rising!

“I wish to be with you until the breath leaves my body, until the last stars burn out, and the earth falls into the dying sun.”

There was so much love in this book besides the main evil plot: that’s a mystery you have to read or else it will spoil the fun. Griffin and Whyborne has come to a turning point in their relationship and maybe things are going to get better or they may easily get worse. Whyborne loves Griffin so much he doesn’t want him to suffer even if avoiding the pain will put him into a pit of despair. He’d sacrifice his own happiness to see the man he loves be his very best. I was heartbroken at Whyborne’s thoughts because he wasn’t being selfish; he was being realistic in a world that considers him a criminal only because he loves a man. Living hidden from society is taking its toll on them but love wins, right? I sure hope it’ll be the case until the very last book.

“You’re really choosing him over your family?”
“Whyborne is my family.”

I love how short these books are and how fast I can read them without putting them down. I have to pace myself, though. I don’t want to get to the last one published and have to wait who the hell knows how long for the next one. I can be very patient, but sometimes I’m not.


GhosTV by Jordan Castillo Price



“I’d blow someone for a valium,” I said in Jacob’s ear.
“Maybe he’s got one… but try offering a hand-job first so you retain some leverage.”

Title: GhosTV
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #6
Number of pages: 379 (ebook)
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne and all his new paranormal misadventures.
Bad things about this book: There’s one thing I thought important that wasn’t explained.
Do I recommend it? Yes, read the entire series and short stories.
Rate: 5/5

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It all started with a bitchy remark and a very bad haircut. Doesn’t sound very paranormal and it’s true but that’s how this whole adventure with slimy hands and lack of ghosts begins. Victor is everything but an athletic human being: he is just like me, straining a muscle doing the easiest of tasks. His lack of self-esteem is causing him to take physical activities into consideration. Can you believe it? My Victor running? My Victor doing weights? Are you crazy? He’s perfect the way he is. That damn woman putting weird ideas in his already overcrowded head!

“Don’t tell me you tried a tanning bed.”
“No. I went outside.”

(^^^ I laughed so much! Tell me about it, Vic!!)

Victor had the wonderful idea of getting his hair cut by a newbie with a disastrous outcome. Thankfully, Crash saw the horror and fixed it giving my Vic a sexy haircut that he admired every time he found himself in front of a mirror or any reflective surface. Jacob also seemed to appreciate it. Lucky him! Being as insecure as he is, I was so happy seeing Victor giving himself some credit; he is a beautiful almost 40 year-old man with amazing abilities and he deserves all the happiness the world can give him.

But this book wasn’t about Victor’s haircut or his lack of upper or lower body strength: this book was about Lisa missing and Victor teaming with Jacob and an improbable Dreyfuss to find her and the other women missing in PsyTrain in California. We find something more about Jacob’s talent and also something more about what the hell that FPMP does and who is the one spying on Vic.

“I tried not to look too puzzled, since everyone could see everyone else in all those mirrors, and I like to keep my bewilderment to myself when I can help it.”

There aren’t ghosts in this book, barely one and not important to the story. This book is all about the GhosTV Dreyfuss has found and given Victor and astral projections. The GhosTV is capable of amplify or diminish psychic activity in its vicinity so Vic was able to see ghosts more or less solid. That was really useful to avoid using all the million pills he usually takes to calm him, to sleep, and to avoid ghosts. But this time the GhosTV is inside PsyTrain and this place has something going on that is not what usually Vic faces. So the TV might make things accidentally messier! For the best? That depends.

First the lack of ghosts, then the disappearance without trace of Lisa and her roommate, with no connection to nothing they did in the facility whatsoever. But is it really that way? Is this place truly different from Camp Hell? What exactly do they do in this place? There are mysteries and Victor meets again a “friend” from Camp Hell, he discovers new things he can do now, maybe increasing even more the level of his talent. He can astral project himself and, contrary to other people doing it, he can actually remember what did he see and talk about during his travels.

I loved everything paranormal that happened in this book. I loved the new abilities and the prospect of being able to grow more as a medium for Victor. I loved that he showed he really cared about Lisa and he did everything in his power and more to find out what happened. I loved how he showed how much he loves Jacob and how much he means to him; they are in this world together after all.

“You got to ask yourself what’s more important– to try to do everything your own way and lose it all, or to ask for help so you can get what you need, when you need it. Always remember, you not here in this world alone. You got friends.”

Can’t wait for Spook Squad after that ending!! Not really a cliffhanger but now everything can and will change and I want to find out how Victor will face this new life setting. Can I say again how much I love Victor and his scowls, his smiles, his sloppiness, his new hair and his beautiful heart? I love everything about him and I know that, by reading the PsyCop series, you too will find yourself falling hard for him. It’s inevitable! Let yourself love that man; he deserves it! As you do!