Review: Alive at Sunset by Kayla Krantz

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Alive at Sunset (Rituals of the Night #2) by Kayla Krantz 3/5

6tag_060717-064253Revenge can become an obsession of its own. After her high school experience, Luna Ketz moved on. She’s in college, studying to be a doctor and living an hour away from her old home in Lima, Ohio—where the worst of her memories lie. Three years have passed since her friend Violet’s death and the thought of that day in the woods hasn’t left her mind once. Every week, she visits the hospital where Chance Welfrey remains in a coma. She tries to move on…wants to move on…until once again she receives a phone call from Max Cazmea warning her that things may not be over just yet.

Chance, recovered from his recent coma, shows up on her doorstep. He has found a way into Luna’s life that she cannot escape—he’s dating her roommate, Amanda Grey. Back in her life once more, Chance has a list, and everyone on it ends up dead. As things escalate, Luna finds herself in a dangerous game of cat and mouse that will take all of her wits to survive.

Review:

Luna is trying to get her life back together after the terrible events of high school. The memory of Chance’s sick obsession with her still hangs over her head, and she visits the hospital every week to ensure that he has not woken up. They say, even if he does wake, he’ll have no recollection of his old life. How do they know for sure?

Krantz’s books always scare me. I think it’s Chance’s mindset that gives me the heebie jeebies. He is irratic, hell bent on revenge, and just a psycho. You never know what he is going to do. A killer you can’t escape, even in your dreams, is nightmare inducing.

Luna has the right doses of denial, fear, and anger. Her homelife- especially in regards to her parents- felt a little unbelievable, but it made sense to the narrative for Luna to distance herself from her past. Certain aspects felt out of place/ included to progress narrative. Surely Max would not have interrupted the funeral to talk to her? Wouldn’t her best friend go to the funeral and not get ready for a date?

There were a few inconsistencies, but yet again, Chance comes across as the invincible serial killer, adamant to get to Luna by any means necessary. He is a character you love to hate.

I have received an e-copy of book three in exchange for my honest opinion. I need to know how this trilogy plays out.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

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Review: Unknown by Phil Price

Unknown by Phil Price

13401013_1196250550426360_1617762986_nBlurb:

Every year across the world thousands of people disappear.
Many return home safe and well. Some are never found. A select few end up far from home, harvested by two feuding brothers who need their blood.
How on Earth can this happen?
It doesn’t happen on Earth.

Review:

Many POV’s in different eras that could be made into novels in their own right, but the more you read, the more you realise that all the stories are intricately linked through Vampires, mystical doorways to others planes/universes/worlds, and a need to harvest human blood.

Price does a brilliant job at weaving a multitude of tales with many characters and POV’s into a master story. The world building is not so far-fetched that it is unbelievable, yet has a mystery and a sense that appeals to the fantasy/ sci-fi/ horror geek in me. The narrative and characters are in keeping with the different time eras, and in turn adds to the believability of the novel as a whole.

A new spin on the Vampire genre by throwing in a splash of sci-fi, and I appreciated that it wasn’t ‘scary’ in the conventional sense. The thriller and mystery side to the narrative is what kept the pages turning. So, if you don’t want too much gore, but are interested in a cleverly woven Vampiric tale, then this is the book for you.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties.

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review.

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