Victorian Mistress by Jesse Stuart

My Rating: 5/5 Stars (Can I give it 10 stars?!)

Summary via Jesse Studio: “Charlotte Maguire gets you right in the heart. Literally. 

Charlotte ‘Lot’ Maguire is a thief on the streets of Victorian London until she meets Brandon O’Connor and spies a route to an easier, well paid, life. Except Lot isn’t made for the life of a Victorian lady and can’t resist the lure of trouble. With corrupt businessmen in the drawing rooms, vampires in the gentlemen’s clubs and her old associates in the alleys she doesn’t have to look far to find it.”

My Review: Full of clever metaphors, unique vampire romance and a badass female protagonist, you won’t want to miss out on this fast paced freebie!

Lot is one of my new favorite female characters. She’s independent and strong, but still opens up little-by-little to the idea of love. She’s everything you wish you were, and everything you beg for from a female character.

Victorian Mistress is brilliant and beautifully written. Edited by the author, there are little-to-no errors and mistakes throughout, which is impressive. The story isn’t bogged down with unnecessary narrative or dialogue. It all flows well together, moving the plot and building the palpable world Stuart created. Each character has a unique voice. The tension throughout the dialogue and narrative pulls and pushes you from scene to scene with little room to breath. It’s fantastic! You won’t want to put it down until you’ve consumed the ending.

You can read this book for free at Victorian Mistress on Wattpad, or on the author’s blog, Jesse Studio. Follow Jesse Stuart on Twitter @sisterquill.

A Wicked Hunger by Kiersten Fay

My Rating: 3/5 Stars

Short Summary via Amazon:

“Coraline’s survival teeters on the whim of a devastatingly handsome VEA agent named Mason as she is hunted by those who would see her dead, but can she trust her mysterious vampire bodyguard?”

My Review: 

I don’t mind the cliffhanger at the end of this book, especially since I know it’s in a series, but I missed the answers to the central conflict… Was there a central conflict? The book is one giant cliffhanger, with little to no resolution of the original problems introduced in the beginning. 

After a while, I did get hooked to the story because I enjoy Fay’s writing style and her steamy sex scenes. I loved the Shadow Quest series, so I was looking forward to reading something similar. 

Knox’s character is what makes this story more intriguing, and I wish he had been introduced from the beginning. Cora is too weak, relying on Mason most of the story. I don’t really like her character until the end, where there is conflict between the three of them, in addition to what we learn about Cora. Hopefully this new self-discovery will help her become a stronger, independent character, and I’m looking forward to finding out what happens with Knox. 

Overall, I wasn’t blown away, but I want to know more. I read this book for my own enjoyment. Kindle version. 

Garlic: A Short Story by David Forsyth

26473563My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Short Summary via Goodreads:
When a policeman retires early due to a traumatic experience he looks for the safest place to hide. Will his worst fears follow him to a festival that should be his safe haven? Or will he become his own worst enemy?

My Review: I’ve followed David Forsyth since he released Voyage of the Dead, and I really enjoy everything he writes. He has yet to disappoint me.

This was a fun vampire tale, quick and easy to follow. I kind of guessed halfway through what was going on, but it was still entertaining. If you haven’t read anything by this author, I highly recommend reading this short. Follow it up by reading Voyage of the Dead; it’s one of my favorite zombie stories!