Book Review: The Undernet by J.S. Frankel

‘The Undernet’ by J. S. Frankel brings new definition to the age-old contest between good and evil, and between truth and deceit as a young man seeks answers that seem determined to remain hidden.

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Frankel has crafted realistic, likeable and engaging central characters in Milt and his girlfriend, Robbie.  They’re not perfect, and their mistakes have consequences, which makes them easier to empathise with and understand. Insights into Milt’s thoughts and gut reactions, and his feelings about Robbie, draw the reader into the often very confronting story of his quest for justice and truth.

Part of Frankel’s genius in casting this story is designing characters who live and work in the shadows, so that the reader has to keep questioning whether they are the good guys or the bad guys. There are so many layers of intrigue and concealment in this story that the reader is kept curious and wanting to know, much like Milt throughout this story, seeing the truth despite layers of concealment and misinformation. In this sense, the Undernet and the Dark Net take on the roles of additional impersonal characters that deliberately obscure reality in this story, just as they seem to in actual fact.

Some parts of The Undernet are definitely uncomfortable to read. In graphic contrast to the sincere and honest friendship Milt has with Robbie and with his best friend, Simon, Frankel gives his readers a solidly-written exposè of the dark side of human nature as one is likely to find it on the dark side of the internet – or anywhere. This is delivered with confronting realism and honesty. Through all of this, It was the strong identification I felt with with Milt’s “ordinary person” response to the ugly side of life that enabled me to keep reading and hoping for him to find the resolution he was so desperate to find.

The Undernet is available on Amazon or from devinedestinies.com

Book Review: Sweet Discovery by Aliya DalRae

Having thoroughly enjoyed Sweet Vengeance, the first book in Aliya DalRae‘s Jessica Sweet mysteries, and Bittersweet, the back story of Malcom, I was keen to read Sweet Discovery.

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Not until I started reading did I realise how ironic the title is – many more questions than discoveries were arising in the most fascinating and heart-stopping ways. Absolutely, 110% intrigued, I had to keep on reading to find the answers to my own questions and theories, as well as Jessica’s.

This book is a fast-paced roller coaster of emotions, complete with loop-the-loops and tilt-a-whirls of mystery, secrets, horror, and intense personal conflicts for a number of key characters.

It’s a mark of a great writer that a story can take you on the journey not just of the main characters and the key plot, but also of the other characters through sub-plots that weave seamlessly with the main story. Characters I disliked intensely in the first book became more likeable not only through the development of their personality and actions, but also through gaining a greater understanding of their motivations and histories. Other characters that I quite liked in the first book underwent an almost opposite kind of transition. Once again, DalRae reminds us through this fabulous book that no matter how confident we might be that we’re right about people or situations, or even that we know something for sure, things aren’t always what they seem.

If you’re looking for delicious paranormal mystery adventure laced with more than a dash of hot sauce and romance, look no further. DalRae’s Jessica Sweet mysteries are the books for you.

Now, I’m waiting with bated breath for the next in the series. I’m definitely hungry for the next course.

Aliya DalRae’s Jessica Sweet mysteries are all available on Amazon.

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Book Review: ‘The Gift’ by Nikki Landis

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Narrated in the first person by the character of Gemma Harding, ‘The Gift’ keeps the reader guessing right to the end. This story draws the reader into a complicated web of deceit and carefully constructed appearances that leave Gemma able to trust only  herself and her gift in her search for the answers she needs.

The reader is drawn into Gemma’s character in the first chapter by a  narration that is almost a stream-of-consciousness passage, through which Landis reveals Gemma’s special ability and how it has impacted on her life thus far. The reader, familiar with Gemma’s thoughts and feelings, follows her through this story sharing her thrills, fears and questions as events unfold.

This is a brilliant read. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys the mystery/thriller genre, particularly with a psychological edge to it.

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Author Spotlight: Aliya DalRae

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Aliya DalRae is the author of ‘Sweet Vengeance’, the first book in the Jessica Sweet Trilogy.

‘Sweet Vengeance’ delivers a fabulous blend of magic, vampires, fantasy, and mystery, and is a great story written with humour and flair. It’s a fabulous read for 18+ readers.

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The second book of the trilogy  in the coming months is highly anticipated by fans of ‘Sweet Vengeance’.
If you don’t yet have a copy, grab yours today! You won’t be sorry!
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You can watch Elliot Brooks’ book review on Youtube.
The Book Squirrel review of ‘Sweet Vengeance’is pretty good reading, too!
You can follow Aliya on social media:

twitter: @AliyaDalRae

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15019566.Aliya_DalRae

Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Aliya-DalRae/e/B01C9MZ0OW

Author Spotlight: R.M. Gauthier

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R.M. Gauthier is the author of a number of published books: ‘Longing’, ‘Control’ and ‘Waiting’ share related characters, although they are not necessarily sequential.
‘Control’ is the first of three books in the Landon Miller myster/thriller/hot reads series.
Renee is currently working on its sequel, ‘Bound’, which is due for release this year.

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What people are saying about ‘Control’:
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“Every chapter is a tease and the ending…seriously.”
“If you thought ’50 Shades’ was good, this is better.”
“Strong psychological drama…”

Read the Books Squirrel’s review of ‘Control’ here.
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Renee demonstrates her versatility as a writer in ‘Christmas Miracle in July’, a holiday based romance novella. Don’t be fooled by the heading – it makes great reading at any time of the year!
In addition to writing, Renee is accomplished in filmmaking and directing, which can clearly be seen in the book trailers she creates for her works.
You can see Renee’s bio, books and book trailers on her website at http://www.rmgauthier.com/

You can follow Renee on the following social media:
twitter: @Ren071968
Insta: r.m.gauthier
https://www.facebook.com/Control-194513947652069

Please support Renee and check out her books. They’re great!