Book Review: Sarah by Teri Polen

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Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.

Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house – but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.

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Goodreads: Sarah by Teri Polen


Review

Rating: 5 stars

When teenager Cain Shannon meets spirit Sarah who is haunting his new house, he learns that she was murdered. At first, Cain believes that he is helping her bring her killers to justice, but enraged by the premature and senseless end to her life, Sarah has revenge on her mind instead. Now Cain and his friends are drawn fully into the world of the paranormal as they attempt to protect themselves and their loved ones from Sarah’s wrath. Of course, this time Sarah is not going down without a fight.


I won a copy of Sarah a while back and I really wish I had gotten around to reading it sooner! It had me gripped right from the beginning. Cain was very relatable as a main character. He was just a normal teenager who was trying to deal with his father’s death whilst supporting his mother and younger sister. He has a support network in his best friend Finn, and they are more like brothers. Finn also provides a lot of the light comic relief and his comments often made me smile. I started out feeling sorry for Sarah, but when her quest for vengeance goes too far I lose most of that and hope that she can be sent to wherever she is destined for next.


The novel itself moves quickly, but without skimming over anything or leaving out any details. There are plenty of scares, twists and turns to keep you turning each page. As the spooky season draws near, I encourage any fans of horror and paranormal to pick up a copy. You won’t be disappointed!

 

 

 

 

Shari Reviews Stuff: Connor the Fuzz-a-mallow

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Purchase Link: https://www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/toys/fashion-and-dolls/squishmallows/squishmallows-40cm-fuzz-a-mallows-connor-the-cow-soft-toy/p/211971

Since his release a few months ago, Connor has quickly become the most sought after Squishmallow! I was lucky enough to get my own Connor last week as some friends of mine kindly checked their local Smyths store and found him for me! My ‘local’ store is in the next county so not easy to get to and online orders just sold out so fast!


Is he worth the hype? I would say yes! Connor is a fuzz-a-mallow so he is fluffy all over and feels extra cuddly! He’s 16 inches so one of the bigger (but not biggest!) squishmallows you can buy. He’s very well made and so cute! I have used him as a pillow (and so has Tash!) and he’s very soft to sleep on! I try not to do that too often though as I don’t want to make him go all flat!


He is definitely worth his £24.99 price ($28.91) so if you can find him in your local store, I do recommend adding him to your collection!


Disclaimer: These are my own thoughts on the above product, and I have not been asked or paid by the company to provide a review.

Audio Blitz: The Professor’s Date by Lane Hayes

Title: The Professor’s Date

Series: The Script Club #5

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrator: Alexander Cendese

Publisher: Lane Hayes

Release Date: July 21, 2022

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 05 Hours 58 Minutes

Genre: Romance, Nerd/Jock, MM Romance, Humor, Hurt and Comfort

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Synopsis

The professor, the hair stylist, and a wedding date…

Tommy

Help! My sister is getting married and according to her, I need a date. And a makeover. I’m a busy man, though. I don’t have time to meet eligible bachelors, and the tape holding my glasses together works just fine. Until my hair stylist steps on them.

Yes, Noah, my dazzling dreamboat of a hair guru created a mini disaster, but I don’t mind at all. He’s a sweet, funny, kind jock who—

Screech! No jocks. I have nothing in common with sporty people.

Except…Noah is different.

Noah

I don’t date. However, I’m not opposed to offering fashion advice to a sexy professor in need. A haircut, a quick shopping expedition…

Boom! Mission accomplished.

Not so fast. I’ve misjudged the situation and my attraction to the geek with the tragic sense of style. Sure, Thomas is too smart for me by a long shot, but there’s something about him that makes it easy to forget my past. It might be his quietly commanding nature or his movie-star good looks. Or maybe it’s just him.

All I know is that I’m very tempted to be the professor’s date.

The Professor’s Date is an MM geek/jock romance featuring a nerdy professor, a soccer-playing hair stylist, and a quest for the perfect date!

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Book Blast – Unexpected Departure by Shannon O’Connor

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Book Title: Unexpected Departure

Author and Publisher: Shannon O’Connor

Cover Artist: M Leigh Morhaime of Lost Marbles Designs

Release Date: April 21, 2022

Genres: Contemporary F/F Romance, Women’s Fiction

Tropes: Slow Burn

Themes: Love after loss, losing a parent, self-love, self-acceptance

Length: 42 000 words/ 160 pages

Heat Rating: 1 flame

It is a standalone story and does not end on a cliffhanger.

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Will she be able to confront her past, learn to move on, and learn to love herself?

Blurb

Riley is stuck —in a job she hates, a toxic relationship, and in life. She knows the relationship is bad for her, but she also can’t seem to let her go. After catching her girlfriend cheating, again, she finds comfort at her favorite bar, with her best friend by her side.

After punching someone in the face and meeting a mysteriously gorgeous bartender, Riley thinks things may be changing. Sawyer is adventurous, sexy, and confident— all the things Riley yearns to be. And a sunrise motorcycle ride starts to give her hope that things can change.

When she suddenly gets a phone call from her brother, she discovers her estranged mother is dying. After almost a decade of silence, she’s forced to return to her small homophobic hometown, say goodbye, and confront her demons.

Will she be able to confront her past, learn to move on, and learn to love herself?

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Release Blitz: Famine (The Four Horsemen Book #3) by Sienna Moreau

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Book Title: Famine (The Four Horsemen Book #3)

Author and Publisher: Sienna Moreau

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Release Date: August 25, 2022

Genre: Dark M/M Paranormal Romance

Tropes: Second chance, forbidden love, lovers to enemies to lovers, hurt/comfort

Length: 80,000 – 90,000 words

Heat Rating: 3 – 4 flames

It is not a standalone story. It is the third book in the series and must be read in order.

This book does not end on a cliffhanger. It is a HFN as there is an overarching plotline that will conclude in book 4.

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A fallen angel with a broken heart. The third horseman who rejected him. A love that can destroy them both.

Blurb

Punished for choosing love over faith, the Archangel of Kindness emerged from a century of confinement enshrined in darkness, a shell of his former self. Rejected by the very Being for whom he sold his soul, the last threads of his sanity were stripped away. He is now Lucifer, the King of Hell.

Famine’s choices have only ever caused suffering for those he loves. He struggles with guilt, blaming himself for what Lucifer has become. He’s certain keeping his distance is the only way he can ensure Lucifer falls no further.

But together or apart, on the same side or not, it doesn’t matter. They are forever bound, forced to endure a never-ending loop of anguish. Betrayed and surrounded by new threats, they find themselves relying on each other while battling their own demons. But soon a choice must be made: allow their love to destroy them both or embrace it before the world ends.

Famine is the third book in the Four Horsemen series. This book is not a standalone and must be read in order.

Content Warnings: Religious themes, extreme violence, gore, and others.

Arachnophobia warning: There is also a dog-sized pet spider named Paul who just wants to be loved.

This is a paranormal, second chance, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers, MM romance filled with snark and morally questionable characters. It ends with a HFN and a mild plot cliffhanger.

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Shari’s Life: Icelandic Souvenirs

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I saw a lot of amazing things on my recent holiday to Iceland! And I bought some pretty great souvenirs back with me too! So here is a rundown of what I got!

IMG_7760One of the first things I bought was this really cool Icelandic / Viking necklace! It looks as though its a crow’s skull and I’m not entirely sure what it means but it glows in the dark too! I also got at the same time a precious stone with the rune for natures wrath on it which seemed appropriate somehow and this really cute sheep keyring!

I have already mentioned Khaled and the epic walk to find him in a previous post but I have to include him as he is one of my squishmallow dreams! I was so happy to find him as he has been an ISO of mine for a while now! In the same shop I also got a ty beanie baby called Rory the Rooster! He doubles as a phone screen cleaner too! 

IMG_7759On the walk back to the hotel on the second day we also found this cool gift shop called Woolcano. We were able to pick up some presents for family and friends back home which was great. I was also able to get this lava rock which was something I really wanted to get too! 

That’s pretty much most of the gets as I said it was quite expensive out there and I had limited suitcase room (and that was before I had to practically sit on it to get Khaled in!). I did get pretty much everything I wanted though and I was glad to be able to find gifts for everyone too!

 

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Shari’s Life: Iceland Holiday Part 3

Shari's Life

I am now back from my holiday to Iceland which was just as amazing as I thought it would be! If you are looking for a holiday destination, I highly recommend it! The country is beautiful and the people are so lovely and welcoming!

I have split my post into 3 as it was very long! I hope you all enjoy my account of our adventures in the land of Fire and Ice!

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Shari’s Life: Iceland Holiday Part 2

Shari's Life

I am now back from my holiday to Iceland which was just as amazing as I thought it would be! If you are looking for a holiday destination, I highly recommend it! The country is beautiful and the people are so lovely and welcoming!

I have split my post into 3 as it was very long! I hope you all enjoy my account of our adventures in the land of Fire and Ice!


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New Release Blitz: Conspiracy by M.D. Neu

Title: Conspiracy

Series: A New World, Book Three

Author: M.D. Neu

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: 08/16/2022

Heat Level: 2 – Fade to Black Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 126800

Genre: Sci Fi, LGBTQIA+, Space travel, aliens, politics, grief, interspecies romance

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Description

A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to seven billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who have been told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice.

It’s been a little over a year since Todd Landon’s life changed with the arrival of the Nentraee. Continuing his duties as Special Envoy for Terran Affairs, Todd finally feels at home with the aliens; gaining more responsibility and influence with both races. Plans are underway for two Interplanetary spaceports and additional solar exploration. It’s an exciting time for both the humans and the Nentraee.

Not everything is as perfect as some hope. Speaker General Mirtoff and Vice-Speaker Mi’ko of the Nentraee are worried that the Liberi Dei plot additional terrorist attacks and may have inside help. Threats are clear, but who can they trust? Could Todd be helping them unknowingly or worse covertly? Will these new space endeavors continue to bring the human and the Nentraee together or will a conspiracy hiding in the shadows fracture an already shaky alliance?

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Shari’s Life: Iceland Holiday Part 1

Shari's Life

I am now back from my holiday to Iceland which was just as amazing as I thought it would be! If you are looking for a holiday destination, I highly recommend it! The country is beautiful and the people are so lovely and welcoming! 

I have split my post into 3 as it was very long! I hope you all enjoy my account of our adventures in the land of Fire and Ice!

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