Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Seven by Peter Newman Blog Tour

Title: The Seven (Vagrant Trilogy #3)
Author: Peter Newman
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date:April 20th 2017
Synopsis: Years have passed since the Vagrant journeyed to the Shining City, Vesper in arm and Gamma’s sword in hand.
Since then the world has changed. Vesper, following the footsteps of her father, journeyed to the breach and closed the tear between worlds, protecting the last of humanity, but also trapping the infernal horde and all those that fell to its corruptions: willing or otherwise.
In this new age it is Vesper who leads the charge towards unity and peace, with seemingly nothing standing between the world and a bright new future.
That is until eyes open.And The Seven awakes.
Review: So here we are with The Seven, the final book in the vagrant trilogy and it feels like I've been on a journey, just as much as the characters in the book in.

The seven is very much a call to Arms book (in the way that catching fire was...though this is not a direct comparison to that book in any way). We're left with the dramatics of the malice and now vesper bless her cotton socks wants to forge peace. This makes the book very real, bringing issues that we are all currently looking at. Issues of acceptance and how we see and treat people.. Though yes in this case some of them have been tainted by evil forces. But don't judge a book by its cover eh.

One of the great strengths of this book and indeed the series is how Newman creates visuals without really saying much. Yes there is description but he doesn't go into so much detail that allows the mind to form its own ideas and I like this in a story. The eyes in the swords stuff freak me out a little, but they, like the singing swords, are these small touches that make this stand out and build its world history.

In a similar way he creates his characters, they became such strong characters in my mind because of the small nuances or habits they had. I still love how the vagrant doesn't talk and yet says so much, it can be sooooo infuriating to the characters around him but yet also endearing. His interactions with Reela are beautiful and the way she gained her confidence and her drive from his mimicking make my heart break! Vesper has grown through the books though you still see, or at least I still feel that element of the girl from the malice, and that's good because it gives her the edge and vulnerability we need from a lead. This helps her as she grows through this book, I connected with her so much and you're shouting at the book and wanting to protect her, proud of her achievements and respecting her authority because boy does she now have some. Unlike the seven, these ethereal dominating characters that I'm almost scared of Alpha... Do not cross him. Day or not, you do not want to get in his way because he was not made with any kind of compassion or understanding for the way the human mind works...

And here we have the title plug... The Seven have been these almost elusive characters that have been worshipped by the people that pop their heads out in times of need or in this case when they Cling to a cause and go hell fore forward to get rid of it. I loved the interwoven story of their creation, it brought moments of softness into the story from the harshness of the more war like narrative of that chase that was going on.

This book is not going down without a fight (we'll a few) and I was wolfing them up. Phrases like "and everything between them explodes" and I'm on the with this gormless face being like Wtf... And needing to read on.

This book and indeed the series is a lot of things, light and dark, funny sad but overall entertaining and I would definitely recommend you give it a read! 

The Seven is out tomorrow...don't forget to grab your copy and let us know what you think! Whilst your're at it check out the other stops on the blog tour banner below. And as an extra bonus, if you're in London tomorrow evening 20th April, which also happens to be pub day Peter will be in conversation with the fantastic Juliet Mushens in Waterstones Piccadilly at 7pm so come along to that and mention you saw it here!

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Why London - Relics Blog Tour

Why London?

London is a city close to my heart. I was born and bred here, I still live here and it has this magnetic pull over me that will always draw me back wherever I go. So I always love to hear it's draw for other people and even more so I love to read about my city, so I am pleased to welcome author of Relics Tim Lebbon to the Blog to talk about why London

Quite some time ago––eighteen years, maybe even twenty––I was invited to London for the day on an exploring adventure with some new friends.

I'd been published for a few years by then, mainly in small press magazines and by small indie publishers, and I was slowly getting to know fellow writers who'd become friends. Des Lewis and I had started writing short stories together (we wrote a baker's dozen of short stories over the space of two or three years, maybe they'll even be collected one day). I'd also started conversing with Simon Clark, and we were discussing collaborating together on several TV ideas (we did, and they never went anywhere ... that's TV). And so when they invited me to explore London for a day with them, guided by a man who had a better knowledge of London than most––Mark Samuels––of course I said yes.

It was only one day, and it turned into a series of journeys from one pub to the next (culminating in a mad, slightly drunken sprint across London for me to catch my last train home, but that's another story). But each journey was through streets I'd never walked before, past buildings I'd never seen, and anywhere we went Mark told us stories about the area, who had lived where, and what he or she had been doing or writing at the time. It was an eye-opening experience, seeing London from the inside out, and I don't think we clapped eyes on any of the serious tourist attractions.

Even before then, London held a strange allure for me. A new city built upon ancient foundations. A place where what is visible aboveground is dwarfed by the subterranean structures that exist way down out of sight––Tube tunnels, stations, and abandoned service routes; sewers; air-raid shelters and nuclear bunkers; forgotten basements; underground rivers. There's so much about the city that people don't know about, and no one person can possibly know everything.

When I wrote Relics, the decision to set it in London was subconscious. I didn't even have to think about where this story of mythological creatures and their valuable relics should be set. London was a natural, and on a couple of occasions when it was suggested that the story could be set elsewhere, the whole concept almost fell apart.

I love world-building, and Relics has as much as in-depth world building as any of the alternate-world fantasy novels I've written (I talk more about this in another blog post on this tour). For Relics London was the perfect setting, and I honestly don't think the story would work anywhere near as well if it was set elsewhere. There's a sense of space, grandness and scope to the city that any reader will be familiar with. The idea of shady deals in dark alleys, crime lords owning certain areas, and gangs carving out their own turf. The city itself is one of the main characters in the novel, and as with any good character it has its dark sides as well as its light, and intentions hidden away as well as overt. London is a dangerous, wonderful place, and probably as capable of dark miracles as any familiar location can be.

In Relics I dig deep looking for those miracles. What I find might surprise you.

Relics is out NOW...grab your copy and don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour below: 

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Thursday, 16 February 2017


by: D. Melhoff

Book Description:

A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm's fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counselors must follow a trail of dark children's fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.

Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.

*this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. 

4/5 stars

I am a huge lover of the horror genre, so when I read the synopsis of the book, I knew this would be one epic read!

Even though I am not familiar with the original Grimm Fairytale, I was still able to grasp myself to the story, and enjoy it all the way through.

Throughout the entire book you're drawn into this gruesome world filled with true horror, mystery, and one heck of a thrill ride! The writing is fantastic, and very detailed. I was able to visualize all the scenes in this book, which made it all too real and creepy. Especially the murder scenes, oh my, were they gorey and messy!
I was constantly on the hedge of my seat anticipating what was going to happen next. With every chapter leaving you wanting more nd more!

I enjoyed all the characters in this story, even though Scott was not very likable at times. They all developed perfectly. You were on this mystery adventure with them, just trying to find out who the killer is.

This book had the feel of Friday the 13th movie franchise, mixed with Freeforms series, Dead of Summer. I love both of them, so that's a huge compliment in my eyes.

Towards the end of the book, I still had no idea who was the murderer! Every time I thought I knew, I was hit with another crazy plot twist!

Overall, I could not recommended this book enough! If you love horror, you will throughly enjoy and appreciate this story. It honestly needs to come on the big screen, that would be epic!!!

Buy the Book:  Amazon

Author's Bio:

D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror. For more information, visit

Connect with the author:  Book Website  ~  Twitter ~  Facebook


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