Review of Ben Eads’ Cracked Sky

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Finally found my log in info for the site! So, without further ado, here is my review for Ben Eads’ Cracked Sky.

Cracked Sky is Ben Eads debut novel, and it’s a work he should be proud of writing. It tells the story of Stephen and Shelley Morrison–a couple dealing with the painful loss of their daughter. Ben doesn’t sugar coat their suffering either. He shows it in raw, emotional detail. Cracked Sky is a powerful read because Eads takes you on a rollercoaster of feeling, from terror, to sadness, to anger, and more. There are hints of a Stephen King influence peppered through this book. Ben’s antagonist evokes dread similar to what I experienced when I first met Pennywise, and his otherworld is eerie, chilling, yet beautiful. I highly recommend you check out Cracked Sky. You’ll be doing yourself a favor.

Pick it up at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cracked-Sky-Ben-Eads-ebook/dp/B00QD89JK0

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In honor of Women in Horror Recognition Month and to spread the word about a wonderful book, I’d like to welcome Carole Lanham to the forest today as she stops by on her The Reading Lessons Blog Tour. Carole sent me a copy of her first novel and it was a pleasure to read. Here’s some more info on the title and Carole, buy links, and my review below.


thereadinglessons About the Book: Mississippi 1920: Nine year old servant, Hadley Crump, finds himself drawn into a secret world when he is invited to join wealthy Lucinda Browning’s dirty book club. No one suspects that the bi-racial son of the cook is anything more to Lucinda than a charitable obligation, but behind closed doors, O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright. What begins as a breathless investigation into the more juicy parts of literature quickly becomes a consuming and life-long habit for two people who would not otherwise be left alone together. As lynchings erupt across the South and the serving staff is slowly cut to make way for new mechanical household conveniences, Hadley begins to understand how dangerous and precarious his situation is.

The Reading Lessons follows the lives of two people born into a world that is unforgiving as a Hangman’s knot. Divided by skin color and joined by books, Hadley and Lucinda are forced to come together in the only place that will allow it, a land of printed words and dark secrets.


My review: Carole Lanham’s The Reading Lessons is a seamless blend of historical literary fiction and romance. She pulls you in with the opening sentence and the narrative never lets go. It’s impossible not to feel for Hadley Crump, a biracial boy living in Mississippi in the 1920s, who falls in love with the daughter of the white man his mother works for. Lucinda has a hot temper and manipulates Hadley to keep him in her life, but, though she denies it, it’s obvious from her more tender moments she loves Crump. The story is a bittersweet, honest portrayal of forbidden love in a time when interracial marriage could literally mean death. I fell in love with the characters and raged at Lucinda right along with Hadley when she pulled his strings, but was touched by her gentleness and devotion to him, too. You won’t forget this book. It will stay with you long after you’ve read the final page. I’m not too proud to admit the conclusion made me tear up.

From Mama’s superstitions, to Hadley’s struggle to desperately break Lucinda’s hold on him, to Dickie Worther’s dissatisfaction with a life he was born into, these characters are vibrant, realistically written, and they come alive on the page. The Reading Lessons is a deftly crafted tale of how society’s social mores often hold us back, how social classes divide us, and how when that’s briefly stripped away in secret meetings, two people can have a taste of what they truly want. I highly recommend this book!

You can pick up a copy of The Reading Lessons at:
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.ca
Nook
Kobo


carolebiopic1About Carole: Carole Lanham is the author of twenty-four short stories and three books, The Whisper Jar (Morrigan Books, Oct 2011), Cleopatra’s Needle (Black Daisy Press, coming in 2014), and The Reading Lessons (Immortal Ink Publishing, Jan 2014). Her work has twice appeared on the preliminary ballot for a Bram Stoker award, she was short listed for The Million Writers Prize, and she has won two national writing contests.

Pulitzer Prize nominated author Thomas Sullivan has said of her work: “You will find enchantment, disturbing undertones, wry humor, romantic eroticism, intrigue, suspense, and sheer escapism in all of Lanham’s work. Aberrations abound, but they are told with such convincing nonchalance that you simply have to believe them. You fall in love with the characters, and your hopes rise for their quests to succeed even as they descend into consensual madness or impossible dreams or a struggle to survive. Whether they survive and how they survive if they do…well, that’s as unpredictable as a coin flip.

Pay Carole a visit at:

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Horror Homemaker
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UPDATE: Hey, folks, would you like to win a Kindle copy of The Reading Lessons? First three people to comment on this blog post will receive an ebook from Carole!

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Hey folks,

Many thanks going out to Shaya Crabtree for her recent review of The Black Act Book 1: Witch Twins Born. She gave the book four out of five stars. Here’s some of what Shaya had to say below:

“Louise Bohmer is clearly an author who has taken the time to plan out the details of the fantasy world in the Witch Twins Saga in her mind. While the author is an expert of her world, the reader may not immediately be. While the book does not just throw the reader in the middle of the action without some sort of explanation of the magical world Claire and Anna live in, it does not detail every aspect of the society. I got a vague idea of some sorts of going-ons, but to really get an idea of what was happening, I had to continue reading. The world slowly opened up to me and it became easier to learn individual’s roles and homelands and histories as the book went on, but they were not the clearest things to understand, especially in the beginning. I feel like more would be explained by reading the second book as well and maybe also rereading the first book.

That being said, the characters are great, especially Claire and Anna, twin sisters. They interact just how sisters do, fighting and arguing, wanting their privacy from one another, but caring for each other at the same time. Their relationship is very believable and realistic. The bond between them is strong and the reader can attach to it and relate to it instantly.”

Thanks again, Shaya! You can read the full review here.

And you can grab Witch Twins Born for free at Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords. Plus Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets is now available for under a dollar. Just click the links here, visit The Black Act page, or click the book covers below to grab your copies.

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Book 3: Witch Twins Cursed will be released sometime in August, and I’ll be posting a cover reveal soon!

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I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because my internal editor was overbooked and they offer a great service.

Hey folks!

We’d like to thank Relleman for her recent review of New Girl (Anti-Heroes Book 1). Here’s what she had to say about the first book in the Anti-Heroes series:

“What a great concept. I was routing for the not so bad-bad guys. The so called good guys are bullies, the adults think they are a breath away from evil, their parents are forcing them to commit crimes. It was action packed. I found it a little short, as I read it in just about a half hour, so it went fast. This book was only lacking maybe a little backstory. I did learn a little about the main characters, but felt hungry for more info. I mean who did kill a certain teacher?

I am banking on a certain principal or maybe… well I guess you have to read the book and see who you think did it. I can’t recommend this book enough. Get the book, it is a fun, fast, action packed story.” –Relleman

Much thanks again, Relleman, for the review!

Do you want to know who killed Blaze? Who is that elusive DevilMan? All your questions will be answered in the conclusion of Anti-Heroes: Witch Wars, book six of our young adult serial. Watch for the release any day now! And we’ll also have a sneak peek at the final series cover coming soon.

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Don’t forget, you can grab New Girl (Anti-Heroes Book 1) for free at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, and B&N. Click the book cover above or the links here to grab your copy now!

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Much thanks going out to Lily Knol for her recent review of Anti-Heroes Book 5: Magic Man. Here’s what Lily had to say about Magic Man and the Anti-Heroes serial overall.

“I am very much enjoying this story. Great characters, lots of action, just blazing fun. I’m always sorry when it ends and I can’t wait to read the next installment!”

Thanks again, Lily! We’re thrilled by the responses to our serial. Magic Man is now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Click the book cover below to read an excerpt and for all buy links.

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Don’t forget to grab the first four books in the Anti-Heroes serial too! And New Girl is free!

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