Immortal Illusion A Transylvanian Vampire Romance (Lost Royals of Transylvania Book 1) by Alexa Whitewolf

First off I want to start off by saying that yes this did remind me of Twilight a little bit but not really. This book is way more complicated than Twilight. I love this book so much. I was sad when it ended. I adored all of the characters except for two of them and it wasn’t really their fault , they were wrote that way.

The characters were so complex that it made you feel like they were people. This book was wrote with great detail. I feel like Immortal Illusion was one of the best books I’ve read this year.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Halloween Vampire Hunt: A Short Story from the Halloween Hearts Collection by Margo Bond Collins

The book was about a vampire hunt on Halloween. I liked the main character but I wish there was a little more description about her. This short story is a good one it gives you enough story but leaves you wanting more. I just wished it would have ended a little differently.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Scouse Gothic: The Pool of Life… and Death By Ian McKinney

Price: $2.99 Scouse Gothic: The Pool of Life... and Death

Page Count: 200

Category: Literature & Fiction, Gothic 

Format: Kindle

Publisher: YouCaxton Publications (October 27, 2015)

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Blurb: Melville wakes with a pounding headache – there had been too many hangovers recently, but this one felt different. What had he been drinking last night? Then he remembered – it was blood.
Enter the bizarre world of Scouse Gothic where a reluctant vampire mourns a lost love and his past lives, where a retired ‘hit man’ plans one more killing and dreams of food, and a mother sets out to avenge her son’s murder, and, meanwhile, a grieving husband is visited by an angry angel.
Set in present day Liverpool, vampires and mortals co-exist, unaware of each others’ secrets and that their past and present are inextricably linked.
But as their lives converge, who will be expected to atone for past sins?

Shadow Stalker: Nightblades

*** I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. *** 

I couldn’t wait to read this book when I found out about it because I thought the blurb was fascinating and I knew I was in for a treat. Boy, was I! This book became so much more than I ever thought it could be. It is a completely different spin on a vampire novel and I absolutely loved it. Melville is so interesting and he doesn’t even know it. 

I feel like this is such a classic. I know I can read this when I am old and grey and I would love it just as much, if not more.  Scouse Gothic is for all ages really, I believe all can connect to the story on some level. That’s priceless. 

This book is something to be appreciated because of the history he gives the characters. Also how the author ties in actual places from Liverpool. Adding the map in the beginning of the book was awesome too! I kept going back to it. I don’t know if anyone else does that or not… but I do, so thanks Ian McKinney!!!!! You’re the best. 

I really enjoyed the background of Melville the most throughout the book. I feel like everything was well thought and planned for the book and it shows. It was thoroughly executed. I am just surprised about the ending though! Also a little traumatized, I do have to say because I wasn’t expecting the one part to happen so abruptly.  I NEED to know what happens next though!!

 Can’t just leave me hanging like that! I want answers Ian! Like what happened to Melville after all that? Where was he? Where did Jean go? What happened to Kelly? Michelle? Oh and the hitman? I really need to get the next book to find these things out because I have other questions burning inside me that could keep us here all day. 

I think I was also surprised by the humor that was in the book too. It was added here and there and gave the book some extra flare. The angry angel was pretty funny. I could just picture the scenes happening in my head and it was so comical. I do hope that after this series Ian continues to write because he has a knack for it. 

 

 

 

Thank you my little Padawans for reading my review and I hope you have a wonderful day!

 

Much Love To You All < 3

 

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Guest Post By Ian McKinney Author of Scouse Gothic: The Pool of Life… and Death

I am so excited to share with you guys this guest post from Ian! It gives you some insight into the book I have been reading and I just think you might love it as much as I have come to. Alright let’s get into it! 😀

 

 

Liverpool and the American Civil War

 

It was only when I began research for Scouse Gothic that I realised Liverpool’s key role in the American Civil War. When the war began in 1861, the majority of Liverpool’s trade was cotton, and the majority of the cotton was supplied by the Southern states. Although Britain was officially neutral, a large proportion of the cotton traders had Confederate allegiances. However, as most public sympathy was with the Unionists cause, they decided to secretly support the South.

Weapons were made in the city’s workshops and foundries, and smuggled across the Atlantic in high speed paddle-steamers, the ‘blockade runners’. Their return journeys bringing cotton and Confederate gold. The Confederate Government then sent agents to Liverpool to control the supply of arms and to arrange for the building of warships, hoping to break the blockade of their ports. Although British neutrality should have made this impossible, a loop hole allowed the ships to be built unarmed and classified as merchant ships, rather than warships. One such ship was the Oreto, which was later renamed and became a famous Confederate raider, the CSS Florida. It was this ship that formed the background for Melville’s story.

The CSS Florida in Liverpool bay 1862. The painting hangs in the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Albert Dock.(The painting of the CSS Florida hangs in the Merseyside Maritime Museum on Albert Dock. )

The more I researched, the more connections I found. The base for the Confederate agents in the city still exists in Rumford Place, its courtyard still cobbled as it would have been in 1862, although it is now home to a different type of agent, an Estate Agents. And the home of the Confederate banker, Prioleau, who financed the building of the warships is still in Abercromby Square, now part of the University of Liverpool. It was later home to the Chavasse family who also play a part in the book.

Rumford Place. Home to Confederate agents in 1862 and Estate agents today..jpg

(Rumford Place. Home to Confederate agents in 1862 and Estate agents today)

As I walked around the city, I kept noticing dates on the buildings and found myself automatically thinking, ‘Melville could have lived here – or drunk here, or in the case of St Peter’s Church – prayed here’. The church is now a bar, and so it seemed only natural for him to return there, and it’s here that he meets another vampire, Sheryl Malone.

St Peter's church today. A restaurant and bar called' Alma de Cuba. It's where Melville meets another vampire..jpg

(St. Peter’s Church today, a restaurant called Alma De Cuba. It’s where Melville meets another Vampire.)

I always find it important to set my books in real places. When I’m trying to work out a character’s motivation it helps if I can be in his or her shoes, walk where they walk, and see what they can see. Often, I’ll get a completely different perspective on a scene just by standing in the exact spot, at exactly the same time of day and listening to what my character would hear and seeing what they would see.

When I was writing the book, I became aware that the city had become a major part of the story, and was as much a character as Melville, Lathom or even Sheryl. Liverpool, like all my characters, is imperfect, neither good nor bad – and often funny.

Carl Jung had once called Liverpool ‘The Pool of Life’ and as it was a book about the undead I had initially intended to call it: ‘The Pool of Life…and Death.’ However, although locals would appreciate the pun it would mean little to anyone outside of the city. I decided that the title of the book needed to convey the playfulness and irreverence of the city, and so that became the sub-title.

Liverpudlian’s are often referred to as ‘Scousers’, sometimes with affection and sometimes as an insult. The name is derived from a local stew called Scouse, it’s also the name of the local dialect and familiar to anyone who remembers the Beatles.

A book about vampires would obviously be a Gothic book.

So, one set in Liverpool could only be: “Scouse Gothic”.

 

 

I want to thank Ian for giving us that awesome guest post ! I found it really interesting. I didn’t know that Liverpool was connected to our Civil War. 

I also want to thank everyone who reads this.  I will be doing my review of this book tomorrow, until then….. Have a good day everyone!!! 

 

Much Love ❤

 

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