Review

First Contact by Kat Green

Rating Overview

Writing: ★★★ 1/2
Story: ★★★ 1/2
Characters: ★★★ 1/2
Cover: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★★ (3.875)

This book was given to me as an R2R in exchange for an honest review from a Goodreads group (LoP or Lovers of the Paranormal).

The synopsis of this novel was enticing, a realtor who only looks for haunted houses goes out to make certain that houses are actually haunted, but safe for the buyers requesting such unique places to live. All along she searches for one ghost in particular, her fiance who died. From there the possibilities tend to create themselves.

The Critical Points:

Writing:

Kat Green’s writing has many good points to it. The text is very easy to power through and never lags in one spot for too long. There were some echoing words throughout various sentences and key words that felt repetitious within the book. There was a critical point where a small slip of a character name gave way to the mystery of who the killer is. It was a small slip, but since it isn’t truly revealed until almost fifteen pages later, the “ahh” moment was spoiled. So, a few grammatical things kinked up the story off an on.

Story:

In all the story reminds me a lot of Nearly Departed in Deadwood but takes on another twist of a person who is actively looking for haunted houses. The premise never really felt too solidified from the beginning. I just kind of went along with it and it developed nicely throughout. I’d have liked to seen a little more movement if the killer was supposed to be a surprise. There were few characters to choose from and became a little obvious. There were some romance undertones throughout the book as well, which works for those who like it and can be overlooked for those who don’t.

Characters:

Sloane, the female heroine of the story, gets more developed as the story progresses. There were parts where I truly wondered what some of these people were thinking and how they got to that point. So, a lot of them were taken at face value without digging too much into the why’s & how’s. I still am trying to figure out how two good looking men (one a scientist and another and FBI cold case worker) are so seemingly handsome. <– totally my own opinion, not needed for the review.

Appearance:

I love covers. I feel like if I see a good cover, they half half my money right now. This cover is one that I would have thrown money at before reading the jacket. It’s mysterious, spooky, a little gory but not sick and leaves me wondering about what lurks inside.

Final Thoughts

The premise of the book was great. It was a quick, short read and hit on lots of supernatural elements. There was just a lot of things that I’ve read before that I think a new set of eyes would appreciate more than mine that are starting to see more cliches in this genre than anything else.

In all, there were areas needing a touch up, a little beefing up and many I look forward to seeing in another follow up. Writing with two people always gets stronger as they find their own rhythm with one another.

Links

Find Kat Green’s links below:

Goodreads

First Contact

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Review

Between Worlds by Jacqueline E. Smith

Rating Overview

Writing: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★
Cover: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★★ (4.75)

The story is a Supernatural Mystery/Horror novel set revolving around Michael, a spiritual medium (not a psychic) who is able to see and hear ghosts. He has made friends with Luke, the host of a Supernatural Ghost Hunting TV series called Cemetery Tours. The sequel of this book takes Michael, Luke, Kate (Michael’s girlfriend) and crew across from their Texas home to the eastern US to search for the possible proof of a haunted house. With Michael’s affinity for ghosts, he is bound to come across something? What they all find is more than they bargained for as they’ll have to look for the clues to calm an angry spirit refusing to cross between this world and the next.

The Critical Points:

Writing:

There’s really nothing bad I could say here. Jacqueline writes beautifully, there aren’t any errors or confusion in the book. There was a few wonky areas of formatting, but I always like to blame Kindle for that. I found myself highlighting quotes and interesting passages in my literary quest from chapter to chapter.

Story:

Haunted house stories can either be hit or miss. Too much of the same ol’ same ol’ and it feels like a waste of time and money and too many new elements and everything can get wrapped up in the last five pages leaving the reader to wonder what happened.

This story, carefully and poetically guides the reader through scene after scene. There’s never really too much or too little. The areas I found wanting more from leave a window open for other stories to fill in, so I can’t be critical about it. Between Worlds combines humor, mystery, a little horror and a dash of romance. Hitting multiple genres in one book is a goal for every writer.

Characters:

The characters are even more memorable in this book than its predecessor. I feel the apprehension in Michael, the playful spirit of Kate and the humorous adventurer in Luke. Brink adds some comic relief when needed and her other characters filter in lovely. I would say that the crew in Cemetery Tours became a little flat between JT and Peter, I found myself not associating with them just because they didn’t have a large role, which isn’t that big of a thing. I do wish a little more emphasis on Emily since her and Michael revealed to have so much in common. Hopefully she makes a cameo in the next book?

Appearance:

I love the subtly and colors used in the cover of Jacqueline’s book. I always judge a book initially by its cover (we all do) and I would display it proudly. It gives me a sense of creepy, nostalgic and romantically haunting all in one.

Final Thoughts

Haunted house and/or ghost books are saturated in October. Finding Jackie on her WordPress site was a fortuitous one. Seeing her grow as an author a few steps ahead of me gives me hope that I will continue to get better just like she has. It’s been a blast following her and getting to know her outside of fictitious tales on her site. I look forward to more works with her and hope I can call her a friend.

Links

Find Jacqueline’s books through her links below and check out her other links to various outlets below!

Cemetery Tours

Between Worlds (Cemetery Tours Book 2)

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