Strange Circumstances by Marshall J Stephens, Weston Kincaide, David Chrisley


4 Stars

Publisher: Kincaide Publishing

Date of publication: January 29th, 2012

Genre: Fantasy

Where you can find Strange Circumstances: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

The future’s a gamble. Few people know what they really want, and those that reach it often find that it isn’t what they expected. Strange Circumstances is an anthology of stories exploring the predictability of fate and destiny… or rather their unpredictability. In the twelve twisted tales and fifteen flash-fiction pieces, Strange Circumstances explores the boundaries of our universe to see what lurks in the unknown, hidden within the mysteries of science, magic, extraterrestrials, religion and the paranormal. Amid celebrities who hit their peak and vanish, a tree that grows up from the floor of a moving train car, unspeakable conspiracy, monstrous espionage, and wicked sorcery, there is something within these pages for anyone who enjoys dark tales and twists of every sort.

My review:

I normally don’t review anthologies. I feel that it isn’t fair to the authors when I can’t do an in-depth review of their stories. So I stopped reviewing them. I didn’t stop reading them because, personally, I love them. I love the different writing styles displayed by different authors. When Weston asked me to review Strange Circumstances, I accepted. I have enjoyed reading this other books and figured that this one would be the same for me. Which it was.

I am going to keep this review short and sweet. This was a great book. The short stories were intriguing and in some cases, scary. The flash fiction at the end of the book was something I have never read before. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them but they were great. Just a snippet of a story. Enough to get my imagination going. Loved it!!!

I am not going to do a What I Liked/What I Disliked about Strange Circumstances.

I gave Strange Circumstances a 4-star rating. The short stories were well written. The flash fiction was something new and I l enjoyed reading them.

I would give Strange Circumstances an Adult rating. There is no sex. There is some mild language. There is some mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Strange Circumstances. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

I would like to thank Weston Kincaide for allowing me to read and review Strange Circumstances.

All opinions stated in this review of Strange Circumstances are mine.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

To Kill an Assassin: The Priors, Part 2 by Weston Kincaide


4 Stars


Date of publication: February 1st, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, mystery, thriller

Series: The Priors

To Kill a Priest – Book 1 (review here)

To Kill an Assassin – Book 2

Trigger Warning: None

Where you can find To Kill an Assassin: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Episodes 10-18

Mutations abound in far-reaching worlds and some planes are being devastated by war. The PASTOR agency has an agenda to do so much more… including ruling them all.

It is up to Madelin and her evolved friends to not only stop the black-op agency but free the other victims—including those attempting to kill her. She must discover her own abilities and learn to harness them… or else entire worlds will be overrun.

Even then… it may be too late.

My review:

I couldn’t wait to read To Kill an Assassin. I had read To Kill a Priest and enjoyed it. I assumed that To Kill an Assassin would be the same. And I was not wrong. This book was Ah-Maz-Ing. I could not put it down.

To Kill an Assassin’s plot takes place shortly after the final events of To Kill a Priest. Madelin and her group had found a sanctuary of a sort in a bunker. But that sanctuary is short-lived. Leodenin and his group of vampires tracked them there. After a fight that injured Madelin, the some of the group finds a sanctuary in a snow-covered world. There is a surprise ally in this snow-covered world. But Jedd and Daniel find themselves in a different world. A world where Daniel finds out that his path is different from everyone else’s. They do find their way back to Madelin and carry out a plan to rescue all the children at the PASTOR facility. Can they rescue the children with minimal damage? More importantly, can they defeat Leodenin?

What I enjoyed the most about this book is that the author took already flushed out characters and added extra depth to them. Madelin, Roger, Jedd, Daniel, Juno, and even Leodenin’s characters got more depth to them. I loved it!!! It made for a better read for me.

The suspense angle of the book was fantastic. I was kept on the edge of my seat reading To Kill an Assassin. The author did a great job of keeping up the pace from the earlier books. It was almost like I couldn’t catch my breath. That is what a suspense book is supposed to do to you and I loved it!!!

The paranormal angle of this book was fantastic also. I loved how Roger discovered what he could do with his new vampire skills. I was pretty impressed with how he put them to use. I also like what happened to Daniel. I wasn’t expecting it and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in Part 3. Of course, Madelin and the PASTOR children were fascinating. Again, I can’t wait to see what else Madelin has up her sleeve. I also can’t wait to see what secrets and abilities the children have.

I did like the romance between Madeline and Juno. What I didn’t care for, though, was the hint of a love triangle between Madelin, Juno, and Daniel. I felt that it wasn’t needed. Just my opinion but I felt that it took away from what Daniel was going through because of his feelings for her.

The end of the book was great. Some plots were wrapped up and others were not. I liked that the author left enough unsaid so that I need to read Part 3.

What I liked about To Kill an Assassin:

A) more depth added to characters

B) book kept me on the edge of my seat

C) Roger discovering what he could do with his new vampire skills

What I disliked about To Kill an Assassin:

A) Leodenin. He made my skin crawl in this book

B) the hint of a love triangle between Madelin, Juno, and Daniel

C) That’s it

I would give To Kill an Assassin an Adult rating. There are sexual situations (but no sex). There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

There are no trigger warnings for To Kill an Assassin.

I would reread To Kill an Assassin. I would also recommend it to family and friends.

I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review To Kill an Assassin.

All opinions stated in this review of To Kill an Assassin are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

To Kill a Priest: The Priors, Part 1 By Weston Kincade


4 Stars 


Date of publication: February 1st, 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Suspense

Where you can find To Kill a Priest: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Episodes 1-9

The universe is much larger than people think—with worlds spanning into infinity and human kind evolving into everything from vampires to the unknown. Are you one of these unlucky few?

Madelin is, and the government black-op agency called PASTOR knows it. To free herself from their clandestine clutches, she will have to trust an unknown godfather… the only family she has left after the agency’s murderous tendencies. As she strives to overcome her medically induced amnesia, she and her newfound friends must test the limits of this world and break them. The government has secret plans for her future if she remains… but will the next world be any better?

My review:

I do not like serial novels. The reason I don’t like them is that I hate waiting for the next book to come out. I am not a patient person. I am kind of like Veruca Salt in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. “I WANT it NOW” when it comes to books. But, if the books are compiled into a single book, then they are alright. To Kill a Priest, while a serial book, has episodes 1-9 under one cover.

To Kill a Priest starts off with an ex-mercenary finding a young woman dressed in a kimono. The girl has come out of nowhere. He makes a decision to help her. Meanwhile, a man has hacked into a government black op agency called PASTOR. This agency is responsible for murdering his best friend and his wife. They also have kidnapped their daughter, his god-daughter. He is determined to rescue her.

I enjoyed the fantasy aspect of this book. The author did a great job in explaining multiverses. He did an even better job of explaining how Madelin, Father Leodenin, and Jedd were able to open the rifts and travel between the dimensions.

I liked Madelin. I felt that she adapted to being able to open rifts pretty well. Considering that her first time was under duress. I liked the mental image that she used, a black rose. I did think that she was too trusting. I mean, she didn’t know Daniel from a hole in the wall and she went with him. But, she did turn out to be a very strong female character towards the end of the book.

The other main characters, Jedd, Roger and Daniel, each had their own tragic backstory. I didn’t see how the three men would figure into the book when they were separated by dimensions. But once they got together, they melded well together. They also melded well with Madelin. There were no awkward pauses in the book when they finally came together in the middle of the book.

I did like that the book was full of action and suspense. I don’t like it when guns or any sort of action are brought into books like this. But in To Kill a Priest, it went perfectly with the book. I also liked not knowing what was going to happen next. When I thought the author was going one way with the book, it went the opposite direction.

The bad guys at PASTOR. I couldn’t get over how evil Father Leodenin was. I do wish more was spent on PASTOR and exactly what tests they were running on the kids there. I am sure more will be explained in the next episode. The glimpse that the author gave was chilling. Seeing that Father Leodenin was once a test subject, I can only imagine what they were doing to the kids.

The last half of the book was a surprise. I did have my suspicions about Lord Alain and wasn’t surprised when Juno revealed the “big secret“. I was surprised at what happened at the end of the book. While I was expecting Madelin to do what she did, I wasn’t expecting who they brought, where they went and who followed them.

What I liked about To Kill a Priest:

A) Interesting mix of fantasy and suspense

B) Great storyline

C) Great main characters (and secondary)

What I disliked about To Kill A Priest:

A) The scene with Alain and Madelin. I wasn’t’ prepared for what he did

B) The scene where Roger was introduced. I winced for him

C) The beginning scenes where Madelin was being held captive by PASTOR

I would give To Kill a Priest an Adult rating. There is violence, language but no sexual situations.

There are trigger warnings for To Kill a Priest. They would be the beating of a woman, kidnapping, and rape (no graphic scene but talked about after the fact). If you are triggered by these, do not read the book.

I would recommend this book to family and friends. I would include a warning about the trigger warnings. This is a book that I would reread.

I would like to thank Weston Kincaide for allowing me to read and review To Kill a Priest.

All opinions stated in this review of To Kill a Priest are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

Sacrifices (A Life of Death Trilogy: Book 3) by Weston Kincade


4 Stars


Date of publication: May 31st, 2017

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

Series: A Life of Death

A Life of Death – Book 1 (review here)

The Golden Bulls – Book 2 (review here)

Sacrifices – Book 3

Where you can find Sacrifices: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Alex’s ghostly visions can save lives. But can they stop a drug czar from disrupting the peace and harmony of Tranquil Heights?

Introduction by Scott Rhine, author of Jezebel’s Ladder
For Alex Drummond trouble doesn’t come knocking, it kicks down the door and raids the refrigerator. War is brewing between moonshiners and a murderous drug kingpin. Cremated human remains are appearing everywhere. And now Alex’s family is in the middle of it all. To make matters worse, his son’s powers rival his own… as does his stubborn nature. Choices will be made. Laws will be broken. And morality will be questioned. Will Alex’s family survive the bloodshed?

Psychometric powers combine in this thrilling battle for survival in Weston Kincade’s final book in the A Life of Death trilogy. The future of Alex’s hometown is at stake… but sacrifices must be made.

Trigger Warning: graphic violence

The Golden Bulls (A Life of Death: Book 2) by Weston Kincade


Title: The Golden Bulls

Author: Weston Kincade


Date of publication: January 9th, 2013

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Number of pages: 308

POV: 1st person

Series: A Life of Death

A Life of Death – Book 1 (review here)

The Golden Bulls – Book 2

Where you can find The Golden Bulls: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Fifteen years of ritual sacrifices that began before Alex Drummond joined the force have become an anomaly in Tranquil Heights. For most residents, anger at the unsolved murders has turned to disappointment with the small police force. Now citizens hope this year’s sacrificial lamb won’t be one of their loved ones.

Alex Drummond’s ability to relive victims’ traumatic murders has not been enough. There are misguided links to Egyptian funerary rights, but without evidence and the murderer’s identity, no one outside of Drummond’s tight circle will believe him, let alone make an arrest and stop the vicious killings. After an anonymous tip, Detective Drummond discovers an annual visitor, a local who moved away years before with a similar flair for murder. He follows her to Washington DC after watching the woman burn her husband alive. His high school friend, Jessie Arturo, who settled in the large city after a failed baseball career, assists with the investigation. In such a large place, unsolved murders abound like cobwebs under abandoned guest beds.

September 20, the serial killer’s anointed date, is only days away. How has the murderer proven so elusive, even from Alex’s paranormal abilities? Is he in over his head, or can Detective Alex Drummond save the ghosts calling to him and decipher this network of brutal, ritual sacrifices before someone else is burnt alive?

Trigger Warning: 

A Life of Death (A Life of Death: Book 1) by Weston Kincade


Title: A Life of Death

Author: Weston Kincade

Publisher: Unknown

Date of publication: May 31st, 2017 (Originally published May 15th, 2011)

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, Mystery

Number of pages: 333

POV: 1st and 3rd person

Series: A Life of Death

A Life of Death – Book 1

The Golden Bulls – Book 2

Where you can find A Life of Death: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Alex Drummond is a troubled high school senior with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability. When he touches items that murder victims held in their final moments, Alex relives the events in gruesome detail, seeing what they saw, thinking their thoughts, and even feeling what they felt. But who will believe a troubled teen, especially when the murders are so close to home and might reveal skeletons hidden for hundreds of years? Join Alex as he struggles to find his destiny, understand love, solve the mysterious murders within his small hometown, and speak for victims who can no longer speak for themselves.

Trigger Warning: Child Abuse

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