Review: 2513


2513 by Miles Kohl

Matthew Andrews shouldn’t be alive. He is the victim of a clerical error by Death, Inc. With a twist of Fate and the oversight of a Reaper, he now has the opportunity that most would kill for: a chance to choose a new life.

But it’s not all fun and games. With the help of a Reaper and a Vampire, Matthew sets out to rewrite his fate before the boss at Death, Inc. – Hades himself – comes to collect what is rightfully his.

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Rating: 4 Stars

2513 is a unique story that depicts dying and the process of collecting souls as a business and Grim Reapers as employees of the corporation.  Due to an error, Matthew Anderson is alive and shouldn’t be. Instead of dying he is offered the chance to choose a different life for himself.

Much of the novel is about Matthew’s choices and the situations that he finds himself in following on from those choices. The banter between the three main characters had me laughing in several places, but as well as humorous this is a thought-provoking read. The end was left somewhat open for a follow up which I’d love to read too.

Overall this was a good, fun read which I enjoyed immensely.

Review: The Voivod


The Voivod: A Ghost Story by Dominic Selwood

London, 1897. An elderly bibliophile receives a letter from the recently retired head of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. But the tale it relates of a book buying journey to Cracow soon turns into a hellish nightmare. A homage to M R James. A short story.

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Rating: 4 Stars

The Voivod is a really creepy tale that leaves you with goosebumps after the final page. It’s a short story written in a Victorian style that Selwood captures perfectly. It’s subtle, but darkly atmospheric and the final twist at the end is unexpected. Cleverly built up this is a great read and I look forward to reading more like this from Dominic Selwood.

Review: The Pushers


The Pushers (Afterlives #1) by Adam E. Morrison

Choices. We make them every day. But what if one last choice determined your fate? And you didn’t know it?

All it might take is a push in the right direction. Or the wrong one.

The Pushers’ premise involves troubled characters whose existences are altered so that they may fulfil a role never before carried out by humans. The differences between them may determine the fates of many, including themselves.

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Rating: 2 Stars

When I first read the summary for this novel it had me intrigued, however it wasn’t what I thought it would be at all. I struggled from the beginning to be honest. The novel jumped back and forth between several main characters which resulted in me being unable to form an attachment or liking for any of them. The continuously shifting scenes and viewpoints made it difficult to follow and I nearly gave up at several points as I just struggled to understand what was going on.

Adam E. Morrison is a good writer, but in my opinion the novel needed to be better paced and that more time should have been taken on the storyline as it just felt as though the original direction had been lost. The main characters should have been better developed; they need to have some kind of impact on the reader. As it was I felt indifferent towards them.

By the end of the novel I was left feeling somewhat frustrated and disappointed that I hadn’t been able connect to it and the characters.