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Review of Burning The Devil by Jen Ponce

 

 

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Genre: mystery, suspense, horror

 

Synopsis

Gwen Colburn hasn’t had an easy life, so when she meets Neo Tucker, it seems too good to be true. Gwen’s rough childhood makes it difficult for her to trust, but Neo’s respectful and caring manner make her drop her defenses. Not everyone in Gwen’s life finds Neo so trustworthy, however. Sam has been following Neo’s story for years—and the many lives that are lost in his wake. When the man who murdered Gwen’s sister returns, Gwen wonders if he may be connected to Neo. Is the killer really connected to Neo, or do the rumors of supernatural involvement hold some truth?

 

My Review

Jen Ponce once again had me riveted to my iPad while reading Burning The Devil. I was hooked from the beginning by the intriguing character of Gwen. She’s a mechanic with a horrific past, and she can’t quite disentangle herself from the emotional damage it inflicted upon her. I could feel the burden and the pain that Gwen lived with and could easily imagine how difficult that must make her life. Neo was the swoon-worthy gentleman of a woman’s dreams. He was kind and understanding of Gwen’s issues, and he was a good man that asked Gwen’s permission to kiss her. All of the characters were complex, with both dark and light sides, which made them identifiable and kept me engrossed in their world. Burning The Devil has elements of mystery, suspense, romance, and horror, and the pace of the story was perfect for keeping me captivated. I think Burning The Devil has enough layers to appeal to a broad range of readers, including those who like a little romance and supernatural, in addition to readers who love mysteries and thrillers. I recommend giving Burning The Devil by Jen Ponce a read. And be sure to check out her many other incredible books at her website, www.JenniferPonce.com. You’ll be glad you did!

 

About the Author

Jen Ponce author

This world needs more readers. Readers are open-minded, imaginative, and more empathetic. Picking up a book, whether one of Jen’s fantasy-fueled novels or someone else’s thriller, puts another person’s perspective of the world in your hands. (Unless you’re telepathic, then you’ve already experienced being in another person’s head. Good thing about books? Organized thoughts. Bad thing about people’s heads? Unorganized chaos, judging from my own stream.)
Pick up a book and enter a new world. See Tibet without getting on an airplane. (Good for those of you who are afraid to fly.) Live with cannibals without getting eaten. (Good for those of you who don’t want to be eaten.) Become a lion-tamer, an assassin, or a lover. Ride a dragon, eat a dinosaur (Come on, who hasn’t wondered what they taste like?), or fall in love with a man who looks like Fabio.
Do it from the comfort of your couch, your bed, the hard, plastic seat on the subway next to the man dressed in pink taffeta, singing songs about chickens. Whatever you do, don’t stop reading. And if you haven’t started reading, grab a book!
Jen’s love for reading came from her mom, who valued books above all things (except maybe the Dallas Cowboys and Michael Jordan.) She writes for the same reason some people run marathons, climb mountains, sculpt, paint, or put on suits of Mentos and jump into vats of Coke: because there is a fire burning inside her that doesn’t let her NOT do these things. Writing is necessary, like breathing or double chocolate chip cookies and perfectly salted potato chips.
Reading is not a lost pastime and Jen refuses to believe that something so magical could ever go away. Even during the zombie apocalypse, she will be reading. She will have to learn how to wield an ax in one hand while holding her book in the other.
Jen lives in the Panhandle of Nebraska, with her boys, her cats, her goldfish Reggie and a large supply of books that help insulate the house in the winter and expand her mind.
She loves connecting on Twitter (@JenPonceAuthor) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/JenPonceAuthor) You can also send her email and she’ll write back. Visit www.JenniferPonce.com to figure out how to do all of the above.
Jen. Writer of kick ass women and oogy monsters. One-handed, ax-wielding zombie hunter/reader.

 

Books By Jen Ponce

Devany Miller Series (Dark Fantasy):
The Bazaar: Book 1
Slip Song: Book 2

Demon’s Cradle: Book 3
World Weaver: Book 4

Queen Trilogy (Horror):
Bug Queen: Book 1

Blood Tetralogy (Horror, LGBTQ, Erotica)
Blood Curse: Book 1
Blood Drunk: Book 2

Test Brothers Series (Romance):
Counting On Your Love: Book 1

Hell Wrecker Serial (Dark Fantasy)
Addiction: Part 1

Craving: Part 2

Short Story Collections:
Things That Creep
Touch But A Web

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Review of Shadows in the Water by Kory Shrum

Genre: Fantasy Crime Thriller

*I received an advanced copy for review; however, I also purchased the book (and I have no regrets!).

Louie Thorne was not granted an easy life. From childhood, Lou has had a special ability that has made being normal a difficult task since she must be alert in water and darkness. When her parents are brutally murdered, Lou learns to master her powers to destroy the crime family that killed her family. While the darkness now makes Lou feel safe, it has also taken away any hope of living a normal life. So Lou’s aunt convinces Lou to help a retired DEA agent on a missing person’s case. Her aunt hopes to reign in Lou’s darkness, but it may just be that Lou’s darkness is the only thing that can bring the truth of her parents’ murderer to light.

 

 

Shadows in the Water sucked me in even faster than Shrum’s Jessie Sullivan novels—and I’m a big fan of the Jessie novels. Shadows in the Water is a completely different kind of story from the Jessie Sullivan novels, and I have to say, I think Shrum has found her niche in thrillers. I loved how there were several points of view, and I was impressed at how well they all came together in the end. Lou was an intriguing character with her special abilities and her cold demeanor. I thought her lack of emotions was well written and made her an interesting character, but it made her difficult for me to connect with. However, I enjoyed Lou and my lack of connection to her, while noticeable, did not affect my enjoyment of the book. On the other hand, I fell in love with King, Mel, and Konstantine. King and Konstantine were full of emotional depth, and Mel’s sassy attitude made me instantly like her. Shadows in the Water was hard to put down; I really wanted to read it all in one sitting. I was glad to see this was the start to a new series because I hated to see this book end! This is a must-read novel, and I highly recommend it.

 

You can purchase Shadows in the Water from Amazon.

 

If you haven’t read the Jessie Sullivan novels, take a look around Kory Shrum’s website and check out her books. Dying for a Living is free on Amazon.

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Review of The Sword of Moses by Dominic Selwood

Sword of Moses

Genre: mystery/thriller

 

Ava is a not-so-typical archaeologist living in Baghdad when she is summoned by the government to help them determine if an ancient Biblical artifact is genuine. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned because the Ark of the Covenant is wanted by governments, elusive groups, and a man who wants it to perform a bloody ritual. Ava soon finds herself on a hunt for the missing Ark of the Covenant – a hunt that leads her and her partner, Ferguson, down a dangerous path of conspiracy and deadly beliefs. Ava is surrounded by people who need her expertise, but they hold secrets that Ava must discover if she is to learn where the artifacts are and what the people want them for, so she can bring to light some of archaeology’s most valuable ancient treasures.

 

A friend of mine told me The Sword of Moses was similar to Dan Brown’s novels, and I was not disappointed. Although the book is a little lengthy for my tastes, Dominic Selwood weaves history, religions, politics, and magic together seamlessly in this book, creating a world of mystery, intrigue, and conspiracy that is hard to put down and equally as hard to guess what will happen. The rich historical and religious details added to my enjoyment of the novel, although occasionally I felt some of the details detracted from the action scenes. I loved the main character, Ava. She is a woman who can hold her own and settles for nothing less than the truth about everything. This book was equally as enjoyable as Dan Brown’s novels, and I would recommend The Sword of Moses to fans of Dan Brown and to those who just want a thriller rife with history, religion, and conspiracy.

 

About the author

Dominic Selwood

Dr Dominic Selwood is an author, historian, lecturer, and barrister. He is passionate about everything historical, especially medieval.

 

He started his career as a criminal barrister in London, appearing in serious cases including kidnapping, murder, contract killing, and terrorism. He is now a specialist in the Middle East, and lives in London with his wife and two children.

 

He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his original research, has a degree in English and French law from Cardiff and Poitiers, a masters in Byzantine and Near-Eastern Christian history from the Sorbonne, and a doctorate in medieval history from New College, Oxford.

 

He has been awarded numerous commercial and academic scholarships, has taught and lectured on warfare, religion, heresy, the Templars, and all the fun medieval stuff at universities in Oxford, Paris, London and elsewhere in the UK, France, and Italy.

 

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