Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #Thriller The Angel Killer by April Taylor @authAprilTaylor

Today’s team review is from Teri, she blogs here http://teripolen.com/

#RBRT Review Team

Teri has been reading The Angel Killer by April Taylor

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It’s been a little while since I’ve read a suspense/thriller, and with the main character having a psychic gift allowing him to ‘read’ people, this one grabbed my attention.

Deryn Steele is a likable MC, and I have a soft spot for anyone who loves their pet as much as he does.  I enjoyed the spin his gift/curse put on the story, sometimes giving him an advantage.  He’s had somewhat of a rough life, but his problems aren’t yet behind him.

This is a well-written novel offering a number of characters with varying motives for the reader to eliminate as suspects.  I have to admit, I figured out ‘who dunnit’, but the reason was somewhat of a surprise.  The author does a wonderful job at characterization, making even the supporting cast well-rounded.

Something I didn’t care for, and this is just a personal preference, is the amount of romance (insta-love) in the novel.  There was such an emphasis on the romantic aspect, I felt it overshadowed the urgency of tracking down a serial killer/rapist of 12-year-old girls.  I’d even consider classifying this as more of a romantic suspense novel.

If thrillers and romance with a dash of paranormal is your preferred brand, I’d definitely recommend The Angel Killer.

 

Book description

Deryn Steele has an unwanted psychic gift leftover from a near-death experience. He can read people just by touching them. His friend, DCI Harry Curzon pulls him into the hunt for the killer of blonde, blue-eyed 12-year-old girls in the Lincolnshire seaside town of Thorpe St David, the Angel Killer..
Deryn meets Terri Fordham, aunt of the latest victim, who has survived an attack. It is a shock when he cannot read Terri, but this feeds his growing feelings for her making him determined to catch the predator. It soon becomes clear, however, that this killer won’t stop and is not only still targeting Terri’s niece, but also Terri. Can Deryn keep the girl and her aunt safe and unmask the murderer?

About the author

Author of The Tudor Enigma series. High Treason in an alternate Tudor universe.

April Taylor

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT The Old Man At The End Of The World by @AKSilversmith #Zombies

Today’s team review is from Teri, she blogs at http://teripolen.com/

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Teri has been reading The Old Man At The End Of The World: Bite 1 by A.K. Silversmith

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This was such an entertaining read!  Gerald is in no way prepared for the zombie apocalypse, and is even oblivious to the fact that it’s happening around him as he works in his garden.  The banter between Gerald and his neighbor, Ham, had me laughing out loud more than once as they beat the odds and fumbled their way through several precarious situations.

Being American, I missed some of the British references, but didn’t feel it detracted from this well-written novella.  This is a humorous take on the ‘zompocalypse’ that isn’t filled with doom, gloom, gore, and body parts (well, not many).  I’ll definitely be looking forward to the second bite.

I received a copy of this book through Rosie’s Book Review Team.

Book Description

Gerald Stockwell-Poulter couldn’t help but feel it was extraordinary just how quickly his life had changed. One moment he was earthing up leeks in the West Sussex sunshine and the next he was rooted to the spot as Rodney Timmins from the end allotment ambled towards him, arms outstretched, blood pouring from a hole in his neck and a look in his eye which suggested that he was less after help and more after a helping of Gerald. 

Now, as Gerald’s life takes a quick turn for the worse, he must do things he has never done before. After 87 largely well-behaved years as a model citizen, less than four hours into the ‘zompocalypse’ and he has already killed a neighbour, rescued a moody millenial drug dealer and forged an unlikely allegiance with a giant ginger Scotsman. And it isn’t even tea time. 

Join Gerald as he and his newfound allies navigate the post-apocalyptic English countryside in their hilarious bid to stay off the menu. 

The first installment of the Old Man at the End of the World Series. A novella of 20,000 words.

About the author

AK Silversmith

AK Silversmith is the author of The Old Man at the End of the World; a series of zombie apocalypse Bites centering on the world of 87-year-old Gerald Stockwell-Poulter.

Bite 2 is coming soon…

She was born in Tasmania in 1983 and now lives in western Ireland where the weather is similar but the zombies are still absent.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT OCTOBER RAIN by @dylanjmorgan #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s second review is from Teri, she blogs at http://teripolen.com/

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Teri has been reading October Rain by Dylan J Morgan

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This is the second book I’ve read by Dylan Morgan – the first was a horror novel that grabbed me from the first page and this sci-fi
thriller novella was no different.

The author paints a bleak picture of a dying city and his descriptions of an uninhabitable planet are vivid and creative and made me believe it’s entirely possible to live on Mars.  This story takes off from the first page and is easily read in one sitting – and trust me, that’s a good thing because you won’t be able to put it down.

Initially, Steele appears to be a stone cold hitman without an ounce of compassion – but then we meet his family and learn his wife and
daughter are his whole life.  I really liked Steele and if there was anything about this novella I didn’t enjoy, it was the length.  I’d love to read more about this compelling character and see his story continued.

If you enjoy suspenseful reads that offer unpredictable twists, October Rain is your book – highly recommend!  I received a copy of this novella from Rosie’s Book Review Team.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Teri Polen @TPolen6

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

Teri Polen

 

Teri Polen lives in Kentucky, USA

You can find copies of Teri’s book reviews here; Books & Such http://teripolen.com/

Teri also promotes her book reviews on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook

Genres Teri enjoys; horror, dystopian, YA, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, paranormal

Book Formats Teri prefers for the review team;  e-pub

Hobbies, interests, and any pets? Reading – I’d love to have a vacation where all I do is read.  Yoga, movies, anything Marvel, avid fan of The Walking Dead, love animals, but a definite cat person.

Reading Soft edge

I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?”

Is it bad if I say none? I haven’t had time to review as much as I’d like since I review for a couple of other websites, plus writing my own book.

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?”

Romance. I can’t tell you the last time I read a romance novel, so I’d feel completely unqualified to review one.

“What do you look for in a book?”

I tend to look for things that are “otherworldly” if that makes sense. Reading is an escape for me and I’d rather read something that takes me out of this world or to an alternate version of it.

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?”

romance, high fantasy (but love the movies), alien sci-fi

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?”

No