This is an amazing story! While it deviates completely from what the reader thinks it will be about, it's still a must-read for vampire fans of all kinds. I would definitely pin this as a story about understanding and acceptance of what is. No matter how you change the words human and vampire and make them other words, the story really doesn't change. I absolutely love how after so long, vampires are shown as they potentially really are. Young ones are a bit unruly, the older ones are more easily able to blend into our world almost undetected.
The characters are all well-developed and easy to love or hate; even Finn lol. I was almost instantly on Rau's side, which is rare for me. I tend to hate most "villain"-types, but Rau is definitely one of the most likable characters in this world.
The story itself is not only believable, it's written with in-depth detail so the reader will see this book play out like a movie. There's plenty of action and more than enough plot twists to keep the reader entertained. Though, be forewarned, there's a mild cliffhanger ending with a "to be continued"-esque end sentence. Unfortunately, book 2 isn't out yet, so I'll have to wait to continue this story.
I had a few issues with Micah. When her life takes a drastic turn, she goes on a rampage, which isn't what I had the issue with. That would be a normal reaction for the situation. However, there was no easing moment. There was no in between. One second, she was on her rampage, the next, she was back to normal. Even worse, she was almost docile after all was said and done. I feel her calming moment was a little rushed, not intentionally, but I can't see anyone going through that and hitting acceptance in the blink of an eye. It's almost an inconsistency that's been nagging at my brain since I read it.
There are a handful of errors sprinkled throughout the book, a couple will cause the reader to pause and reread to be sure that they did read the spot correctly. None of the errors really hurt the story, they are just in plain sight and should have definitely been spotted by the editor(s).
Other than that, I can't wait for Vlad (book 2) to release so I can continue this story and see how it all turns out.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws
Let's get the bad stuff out of the way. There are two errors on the back cover's description. I'm almost sure Mr. Asher wasn't able to proof that blurb before the print was published and until now, was unaware the two errors even existed. I also spotted an error on page 20 and on page 60 of my paperback. In the same chapter as the first interior error, there's a slight inconsistency. When Chuck mentions what a Wampus resembles when it's gliding in the water, Mason and Emma claim they saw nothing like it; but they had. They'd seen what resembled a boat speeding down the river a few hours before the appearance of the Bingbuffer; a boat that they couldn't exactly hear or see very clearly to tell if it WAS in fact a boat; which matches Chuck's description of a Wampus. However, given the circumstances of what followed the sighting, it's easy for the reader to assume that perhaps the two forgot all about the "boat". I'm sure he'll be having a talk with his publisher about them since it's their job to ensure things like that don't happen. However, 4 errors in a whole book is a lot better than most I've seen, so all hope is not lost.
As to the story itself, as with the first book, the reader will get to get up close and uncomfortable with a few creatures from lore. While there's mention of Bubba the Monster Hunter in this one, he doesn't make an appearance this time and that's okay. Mason Dixon has enough character for us to accept that Bubba's appearance was probably a one-shot deal.
The working chemistry between Mason and Emma starts to come together a bit more in this. The first book was more vague about them as people and this one lets the reader see the two working together under more stressful circumstances.
As always, there's old and new characters to meet and either love or hate. Himari is still Himari and Chuck proves his worth in this one, while Noah remains annoying and DEMON keeps being the thorn in our protagonists' sides.
I really hope there's another book following this one, because this story is far from complete. Momo is still a mystery that needs unraveled and I'm sure I'm not the only one that wants to see what becomes of the Whistling Wampuses or Mason's new friend Claw. I'm also curious to see how many more ATVs Mason can accidentally destroy while tracking the Cryptids down. I can't imagine Noah is happy to have to keep replacing them lol
I give this book 5 of 5 paws.
Mason Dixon is a YouTuber who makes monster tracking episodes. Along with his cameraman, Emma, the two scour Missouri in search of "Cryptids", monsters from all forms of mythology and legend.
While short in length, Mason Dixon: Monster Hunter, the first in the New Templars series, takes us all over the hidden, out of sight places Missouri has to offer. There's all types of monsters the two meet, from Sasquatches, to Gowrow, to Chawgreens all of which are easy to read up the real lore on with just a few keystrokes on your keyboard to Google.
What I love the most about Mr. Asher's books is he doesn't just create creatures, I imagine he spends countless hours researching the ones he decides to bring to life for his books because 9-out-of-ten times, whatever creature he writes about has a plethora of lore in the real world.
Friends of author John G. Hartness' Bubba the Monster Hunter series will especially love this book because our favorite, ornery monster hunter makes a surprise cameo appearance! I, for one, would love to see an actual collaboration between the two monster hunters. Both authors are well-written and bring their tales to life. I can see Bubba and Mason going head-to-head against a monster they'd need backup for lol
While this story doesn't hold the usual action-packed scenes of Asher's other works, it's filled with snort-worthy moments, innuendos, and everything else we've come to love from Eric Asher and his books.
I look forward to reading Mason Dixon: The Wampus of Reeds Spring, book 2 of this novella series, and hope there are more than just these two planned for the future.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws.
The Door is the first book by Lorilyn Roberts I've had the pleasure of reading. And it was really long overdue really. Fans of Christian Fiction are going to love this book. A modern-day girl, Shale, is transported back to the time when Jesus of Nazareth walked the Earth. In the few years she spends stuck in this time, she not only learns more about those around her, but she learns more about herself as well.
This book is beautifully written, and descriptive enough that the reader sees and feels everything going on. I found no errors in this book. Though, the fact that not Shale, nor Daniel, who are both from our time, don't know the King is Jesus bothered me. I can almost let Shale get away with it, but even Atheists know who Jesus is and what the Bible says he did. The fact that Daniel has no idea bothered more than a little bit. Daniel is a Jew, and while the Jews don't claim Jesus as their Messiah, they know the things he was said to have done. So Daniel being a devout Jew and not knowing who Jesus was bothered me.
The Door has many life lessons that most young people are either not taught these days or ignore, but they are needed to know. It also teaches Christians young and old that their God is forgiving, if they only seek to be forgiven. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone of any spiritual path. This book is a great story for all people.
All in all, this book was a great read and I wish I had the others in the series to finish the story.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws and hope Ms. Roberts continues to teach her God's teachings to those young and old.
***THIS REVIEW CONTAINERS SPOILERS***
The Twisted Ones was a bit faster-paced than the first book. It's also a bit shorter, which probably explains the pace. Book two picks up roughly a year after The Silver Eyes ends. The horror in this one is more frequent and far more gory than the first book as well. Centering around the Freddy Fazbear's Sister Location, which is somewhere between Charlie's college and Hurricane. And this time, Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, and even Foxy are part of the good guys, which is confusing all in itself in many ways, because the only animatronic that was good in The Silver Eyes was Golden Freddy, who made zero appearances in this book. Either way, there was plenty of gore and jump-scare moments throughout the book. This more horror, less snore-fest is really the only thing that saved this from being a 1-Star review. Thank you for listening to the fans, but it is what it is. I hope my review will be taken for what it is, as those who know me, know I RARELY ever give a bad review.
There were a few minor errors that I spotted, nothing that would really deter the reader, but I felt they should be mentioned since he authors do have the money and can afford better editing than they've gotten this time.
This book left many many things unanswered. Springtrap's answer to Charlie didn't sit well with me, and I'm sure it didn't sit well with others either. Chapter 13 is a rushed mess of nonsense that left me not only irritated, but very disappointed as well. Everything in that chapter was rushed and very little of it made any kind of sense at all. Where to begin with the holes in this book? Let's start with:
1) Springtrap... How the hell is he alive? IS he alive? Is he an intelligent zombie? His presence makes no sense other than the authors needing a villain, and who better than the one that was supposed to have been killed in the first book?
2) The animatronic heads in Charlie's dorm room serve NO purpose in the book. Not one. Yet for the amount of times they are mentioned, thought of, seen, etc, you'd think there was a reason, other than they were being built in a similar fashion than the Twisted Ones.
3)The door Charlie draws over and over, somehow without realizing she's doing it. She finally gets to the door and then NOTHING! With the house coming down around her, she doesn't have time to pry the mysterious metal door open and see why she's so drawn to it. And NO ONE goes back after the fact to find out. It's just a unanswered piece of the story.
4) Where are Freddy, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy that Twisted Freddy was somehow able to wiggle his half of body all the way to Charlie, using only ONE arm, and LITERALLY only there from the torso up? I'm sure they didn't just stop and vanish into thin air while knowing they'd been asked to help save Charlie.
5) I can only surmise that Aunt Jen was somehow miraculously with Charlie at the end of Chapter 13 because at some point during the months between Chapters 1 and Chapter 13 she died and not one person thought to tell Charlie. There's no other way Aunt Jen could have gotten into the area without being seen by the others there.
6) Chapter 14 is perhaps the most disappointing of them all. It's anticlimactic and doesn't even end with a real cliff-hanger. It's almost like there should be another Chapter after it, but there isn't.
The release for book 3, which is as of now is untitled, isn't scheduled until June 26. Unless this book fills all, and I mean ALL these loose-ends, I don't see myself bothering to read it any further. I don't want to sit around waiting years to find out in book #20 the answers to book #2.
I give this book 3 of 5 stars and pray the authors spend a little more time writing a story without so many holes and a better ending.
This is the first book by Dane Cobain I've had the pleasure of reading. There are no regrets. Mr. Cobain is a very articulate author. I'm not really sure the world is ready for how eloquently he can twist the English language to suit his purposes. While this tale is considered horror, it's more dark than scary. It's wonderfully dark though. The story spans over the course of a year (with a few snippets from decades earlier) and weaves a tale to tell your children to scare them into being good little angels. If you're a lover of religious fiction, this is definitely a book you'll want to check out. It delves deep into the psyche and will make you question every sin you've ever committed.
I did feel the end of Chapter 25 was a bit rushed though. There was more that needed to be said, or perhaps the scene should have been slowed down. It seemed to me that the father rushed Montgomery out of his home and already knew what the priest was going to say before he said it. The wife had zero reaction to her husband's suddenly odd behavior, this caught my attention and niggled in my brain throughout the rest of the book. I did spot a minor error on page 13 and feel Mr. Cobain should have that looked at as soon as possible, since it's the only error in the entire work and one his editor should have spotted easily since it's in plain sight. There's a minor loophole on chapter 26 that bothered me a bit too. While Jones acknowledged he watched the same broadcast Montgomery did, he feigns ignorance to the theory Montgomery suggests. That same theory is the one CERN theorized in the broadcast, though Montgomery has it being the reverse. I actually flipped all the way back to chapter 16 and reread it to make sure I was right on this lol. In Mr Cobain's defense, he did a nice job of trying to cover the hole up in the same chapter. Kudos!
All in all, this is a book I would gladly read again and again, as it strikes me as one I'd find something new within the pages every time I read it. I recommend this book to anyone who loves religious fiction, horror, paranormal, the list really goes on and on. This is a definite must-read for most people I know lol
I give this book 5 of 5 paws and look forward to seeing what else Dane publishes to tease my mind with.
This is an amazing story from this debuting author. Like all fantasy sagas, this one has more adventure and monsters than should be able to be contained in one place, but Ms. Mckernan pulled it off beautifully. This story is one that is sure to catch the reader's attention from the first page and keep the pages turning until the end. There are beautifully detailed illustrations scattered among the pages that really aid in bringing the story to life as well. Ms. Mckernan is lucky to be in league with such rare talent.
While the story is great, it needs quite a bit of work in the editing department. There are punctuation and grammatical errors everywhere, though most of them will not impede the reader's flow; they are seen but won't create a pause in the flow of the story for the most part. On page 444, there's a point-of-view swap. The story, which up until that point was told in third-person, switches to first-person for an entire paragraph for no valid reading. This error may cause a small hiccup to the average reader. All of these errors are quite common to authors who pour their very essence into their world and characters. They should, however, have been caught by an editor as they are in plain sight.
I believe with a little touch up to the editing and proper formatting, this story has the makings to be something the world hasn't seen in a very long time in the fantasy genre. I truly do look forward to the completion and release of the second book in this series.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws due to the amount of errors found.
Transcending the Legacy picks up where Ascending the Veil leaves off. It's a powerful ending to this amazing series. I would suggest some tissues being nearby...Seriously. Jesca and the Guardians are in the final countdown to save humanity from the creatures who crossed into our world. Even with the help of some new friends, this task wears more and more on Jesca, Nate and Xander as the time to fulfill the legacy grows closer and closer. The messages riddled in the series are loud and clear within this final book. Sacrifice comes in all forms. Love is the strongest link between people. Legacies will find their way, even if they happen in ways you aren't expecting.
Again, there were the same grammatical errors as the other three, though, only one or two will actually pause the flow of the reader.
Despite the errors, I give this book 5 of 5 paws. Ms. Kimball truly outdid herself with this work. I have read many of Venessa's books, and Transcending the Legacy is currently my favorite of her works. Well done, Venessa.
Ascending the Veil picks up where Surfacing the Rim left off. Jesca and her team not only learn more about themselves, but about what's going on and what the Sondians have truly unleashed on the world. As this book draws to a close, the Dobrians are preparing for the ultimate battle between good and evil; heaven and hell.
I adore how this entire story wove Scientific fact with the Christian lore of Revelations. I cannot even begin to imagine the amount of time and research Ms. Kimball put into this story, but I can assure you, it's definitely worth the read.
As with the first two, there are minor loopholes (not near as bad as the first two though) and the same scattering of grammatical errors throughout the book. By this point, if the reader is reading the books back to back, the errors won't impede as much as they are almost expected to be there.
I am both elated and anxious to start on the final book in this series, Transcending the Legacy and I hope it will answer some questions I have, as well as be as action-packed as the first three were.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws.
Surfacing the Rim picks up around a month or two after Piercing the Fold ends. Our characters are still living large in Miami and Jesca and Nate's attachment to each other is getting stronger and stronger.
I love this story so much. Ms. Kimball thoroughly researched the quatum theories on black holes and white holes and wove them into this story in such a way, the reader will have no problem finding them believable. The chemistry and emotions between the characters is raw and each is as unique and individual as the next. It isn't hard to feel what each character is feeling, or to follow their emotional trekks. I found myself tearing up more than once when it came to Jesca, Nate and Xander as well as when it came to Jesca and Nate.
I am overjoyed that the chapters and sub-sections in this book are labled so the reader knows whose point-of-view it is, book 1 was not and it caused me a bit of confusion until the point-of-view slips suddenly appeared to alert me as to who was narrating. This one elimates that confusion with the name of the narrator.
I found far less errors in this book than I did in book 1 which pleased me to no end. Nothing ruins a good story like a bad editor. I'm glad Ms. Kimball found a new one, or got her old one to pay more attention.
Like Piercing the Fold, Surfacing the Rim suffers from the same point-of-view changes mid-sentence, though to a far lesser degree. I can only assume Ms. Kimball's editor was actually paying attention a bit more this time. There, however, is a slightly annoying hole that should have been caught, if the editor were giving the work their full attention. Sam Crest complained repeatedly in book 1 that he'd never been able to read Xander's thoughts, yet in this book, the fact that Xander can block him surprises Samson and he acts like this is a new thing, when it is not. Another hole I found was the fact that they flew to Xander, yet their rental car is packed to he gills with things Ezra put in the trunk before they left Miami. How did Jesca not see these things being loaded onto the plane, or loaded into the rental car before she finally does see it all when they are unloading it into the cabin?
Another thing that bothered me was that they changed Corrinna's copula from a Dobrian one to a Sondian one, but Ezra never did this with Xander and it must be assumed that Xander's Dobrian one was changed to the Sondian one when Sam picked him up as a child to make him compliant as had been done with Corrinna. So why was Xander's never replaced when he joined Ezra and the others?
The story still flows beautifully, despite the holes and minor errors and I look forward to reading book 3, Ascending the Veil.
I give this book 4 paws.