Book Review – Sinister Kisses (SKALS #1) by Adriana Noir

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4 1/2 Star Butterflies

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I’ve officially been blown away. This book. . . is just, wow!

Ok, i just need to start off by saying that this certainly is NOT a normal love story, and most definitely not for the weak of heart.

When i first read the blurb i took the disclaimer as a challenge more than a warning and it made me want to read this even more… in fact im posting the disclaimer here as I don’t want to get into any trouble 😉

**DISCLAIMER** This is NOT your average romance. It’s a dark, gritty, sometimes erotic psychological thriller with a heavy emphasis on plot. It also contains elements of dominance and discipline with dubious consent, psychological conditioning, and mental manipulation. There’s also gunfire and violence. If any of this offends you, this may not be the book for you. Intended for mature audiences only.17670231

Ok so this book totally fucked with my brain, i just don’t know who i am anymore… what WAS that!! It was just about the craziest written ride I’ve ever been taken on in my life. It was just so violent, disturbing, psychotic!

The story follows a young girl named Taylor. Shes had a rough life, abandoned by her parents and left with her uncle and cousin, she’s grown up on the wrong side of the tracks. Shes awesome, and i came to utterly adore her character throughout the story. She was just so completely and utterly human that you just couldn’t help but love her. She had her flaws but she was so strong aswell, just a girl in love. unfortunately for her, her love interest was Sebastian. Don’t get me wrong, at first he was just amazing. A couple of things he said and did niggled me slightly but no ones perfect.

Then BAM!!!

We saw the other side of Sebastian… the murderous, controlling psycho side! The worst thing is, the story was also told from his perspective. So even thought he was completely maniacal and complicated we got to see how his mind actually ticked. This also meant I couldn’t hate him as much as i wanted to, because underneath all the outer bravado and mentalness, he had a venerable heart. I’m not excusing his crazy behaviour, but you get an in site into why he feels like that and you can’t always hate him for the terrible things he put Taylor through.

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All i will say is, if you decide to read this book, then be prepared. Theres a lot of crazy crap going down right here and unless you have the stomach for psychological torment on a ginormous sized scale, you might want to reconsider.

I would love to recommend this book, but i would pass it out along with a firm warning. 18+ readers only.

Also – a big thank you for the review copy of the book Adrianna 🙂

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Want a copy of Sinister Kisses?

Amazon.co.uk- Sinister Kisses Book 1
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The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse (Tales of Finndragon, #1) by Richie Earl

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4 Stars

4buttI had a tough call rating this book. I had a 3.5 in mind the whole way through, but by the time I had read the last 3 chapters they gave the book a boost for the final half of that elusive star (or butterfly!)

So, first off can I say thank you Richie. I was given this book in return for my honest opinion and an honest opinion is what i will provide!

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The blurb: Three children racing against time, desperately searching for their missing father.
A medieval kingdom cursed by an evil wizard.
An ancient legend beneath our very feet.
The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is the first book in a unique, two book fantasy adventure series and is a fast paced, engaging and thrilling page turner. The story races along with plenty of twists and turns as it heads for the prophesized confrontation between the children and the evil Finndragon himself.
Combining wizardry and magic with modern technology and containing magical animals and terrible demons, The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is a rollercoaster of emotions that will make you laugh out loud and then fight to hold back the tears, as the children race against time to rescue their father. In doing so they have to kill Finndragon and put an end to the dreadful curse.
A young adult adventure that is sure to be enjoyed by all ages.

The story started well, the author jumped strait in with the nitty gritty, introducing the main three charaters of the tale – Emma, Megan and Scott. However, probably my biggest critisism is with these first few chapters. When we finally start getting a feel for the story and it starts kicking off we would suddenly have a charater bio thrown in. I found these very out of place and interuppted the pace somewhat. I feel this could have been integtrated at a slight later stage so it fits in better with the story.

Also, another observation i had was surrounding ‘Dad’. He had no name till we were quite far into the tale. I found this quite strange as everyone else was introduced and crammed in quite early on.

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I love that the author has chosen to write the characters in a very believable manner. No overbearing characters and the children displayed typical sybling rivalry, I thought this was wonderful as it added a great touch of reality to the story. At no point did I want to strangle any of them! There was also a great sence of emotion and comradery displayed by all of the characters, it really made you want to root for them and cheer them on!

I will say that there were lulls in the pace, there was alot of unessesary chatter and times when not much was going on. I think maybe this could have been summarised more rather then going for the step by step account of everyones activities. I would have also liked of seen more substance. It was very A-B and I think the spaces inbetween could have been filled better, I just felt like I was being taken on a long trek some of the time. Like when your traveling accross a long straight road, its nice to sometimes stop and break it up a little bit with something different.

All in all this was a great tale. I would make some changes and shorten it somewhat, however the story was awesome and kept me reading to the end. I would recommend this to maybe a younger age group than mine.

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Whats that? You want to buy a copy? Look no further!! :

Amazon.co.uk: The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse
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Poetry Review – Essence of a Dark Soul by Faye Cross

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5 Beautiful Stars

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Ok, this is my first ever poetry review, so please bear with me on this. I’m not usually a fan, but the author herself and the beautiful cover artwork really drew me to this book. I’ve always had a soft spot for all things gothic and vampiric (not talking sparkly vampires here, if that’s your thing, I suggest you turn around now & NEVER return.) Uh, so yeah… I really wanted to give this a try 🙂 !

Ok the cover artwork can be seen below. I’m advised this was designed and created by an Artist named Gemma Newey at Dark Phreak Arts. I must say, she sure does have a talent for it! If I ever write a book myself I know where I’d be going for my covers!

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Ok so I’ll start on the poetry now, as I say, I hope this format I’m going for is pleasing enough.

So I’ve started with the first poem, ‘Hallowed Heart

The words and feelings are expressed beautifully, the words really speak of a deep bound respect and love. Makes your skin go all tingley. I really also love the reference of ones heartbeat resembling the beat of butterfly wings 🙂

Right, here we have ‘Lustful Hunger

Oh wow ok… so i assume this poem is about someone being ravaged by a lusty vamp! I like the recollection of confusion mixed with fear and desire. No sparkly crap here, i like it! If you’re gonna be vampinated, this is the right way about it! Again some really deep cutting lyrics here, i can vision this as a song.

Next up is ‘Infinite Fantasy

This appears to be a mural to life’s long and endless struggles of death and hate. Indeed, are we meant to keep repeating ourselves, repeating our past and our mistakes for all eternity. Written beautifully and with such honesty, the sounds of one woman’s thoughts against the world.

The next ‘Eyes of Glass‘…..

Ok, my interpretation of this poem is as follows. An old lonely soul, forgotten and lost, finally finding its mate, its other half. This soul is new and full of life, breathing and living. A new soul. The poem expresses the feelings and contact as they meet and realise they are meant to be together. Very beautiful really.

Onwards to ‘Blackened Rose’

I’m getting the feeling that the cover of this book is set to represent this particular one. I feel that the person speaking is a being trapped in a never-ending world of life and death, blood and flesh. This person yearns for something more but is shunned to a life of loneliness. Such a strong sense of sadness is portrayed in the words.

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I would truly love to sit and review each poem individually, they are beautiful and heartfelt. If you could take a piece of artwork and transform it into words, it is exactly what you would find in this book. The words themselves are stained with emotion, love and pain. The author herself has bared her very soul and heart, it is beautiful.

I’m genuinely moved and i am driven with a need to find Ms Cross and wrap a massive warm hug around her shoulders.

I my favourite poem of all is entitled ‘Dark Winged Lover’ … It’s a story of true love and companionship, expressing the deepest possible connection between two people.

Thank you Faye for writing this and choosing to share it with the world. I hope it can touch other people as much as it has touched me ♥

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Would you like to get your hands on a copy?

Amazon.co.uk: Essence of a Dark Soul
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