Friday, July 21, 2017

DOUBLE REVIEW: "Your Heart Is Mine" + "Lament For The Lost" by Nicole Thorn

Isaiah Barker is a deputy in a small town in Southern California. For the past few months, the town has been plagued by a serial killer. Another serial killer. The Ripper, as the locals call him. Isaiah is far less sloppy than this new killer in town. The new killer makes a habit of killing young women and harvesting their organs before leaving the bodies on display for the townspeople to find. 

The case was going slow until Rocelyn Blum moved to town. Isaiah takes a liking to her instant-ly, and it forces him into a situation where his only option is to set up his latest kill to make it look like The Ripper did it. The killer doesn’t take too kindly to being blamed for someone else’s work, so he decides to take it out on Rocelyn. Isaiah has to find The Ripper before his game ends and he takes away the only person in Isaiah’s life that can make him feel human.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The book is as wild a ride as the blurb is! I am a horror nut, as you all well know by now, and this book fed my desire for bloodshed AND mystery at once. I think the best horror books have characters who aren't exactly likable, and I didn't really like Isaiah OR Rocelyn. (Especially Rocelyn.) But yet I was drawn deep into this story and into their lives as The Ripper tried to, ahem, tear them apart.
I'm known amongst my friends as the one who always guesses the endings of books, but this one really kept me on the edge of my seat and it took me finishing the book to say, "Why didn't I SEE this?" That, to me, makes it a great book!
It's not for everyone, especially those who can't handle bloodshed, but horror fans will clamor for this book. It's the first full-length story I read from Nicole Thorn, and I was very glad that I had another book of hers to get to once I was done with this one!

4.5/5, rounded up to 5: dark, twisted, intriguing.
Purchase Your Heart Is Mine via Amazon.

Willow Warren spent her life trapped in her house by overprotective parents. Her brother was allowed freedoms that she wasn’t, but she never knew why. However, one phone call changed everything when her mother told her to run and don’t look back. Now, Willow, her brother, Phin, and his girlfriend, Juliet, are running for their lives from a place that would kill the only two friends she has and take her into custody for a lifetime of being experimented on because of the strange gifts that she was born with.

While fleeing for her life, Willow meets a man named Fitz. He works for this facility, and he happens to be the adoptive son of the man who wants her imprisoned. Willow doesn’t know if Fitz wants to help or hurt her, because his actions flip flop based on his random whims. In the fight to stay alive, Willow must figure out just who she can trust.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Psychological horror, teen style. I know, that line didn't sit well as I thought about it, either. When it comes to horrors of the mind for teens, it can get murky and possibly too dark, or miss the mark entirely. But this one walked that fine line right to the end. It's a fast-paced read, with compelling characters, and a twisted plot. I can't say enough good stuff about it.
The book begins dark, gets darker, and adds in adventure and mystery and crazy plot twists, which means I can't write too much about it, because this is a spoiler-free zone.
You can really see how Thorn's talents have improved, and you can be sure that I will be reading more by her in the future!

Purchase Lament For The Lost via Amazon.

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