Nicole Storey

Biography

Nicole Storey lives in Georgia with her husband, two children, and a plethora of pets. When she isn't traveling to magical worlds with potty-mouthed pixies or fighting demons, she enjoys reading and reviewing books, Halloween, conspiring with angels, and keeping the world safe from evil.

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Books

Blind Sight (The Celadon Circle)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 73,340. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
We all have our demons. No one knows this better than Jordan Bailey. At an age when most girls are dating, going to parties, and planning for college, Jordan spends her time studying ancient lore, cleaning weapons, and keeping humanity safe from evil. It's hard to plan a future when you aren't promised tomorrow...

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Smashwords book reviews by Nicole Storey

  • Full Wolf Moon on Sep. 26, 2011

    For me, the book started out a tad bit slow, but after about 10-12% it picked up, gained momentum, and then the next thing I knew, I was holding on for dear life! The characters in this book touch you; they make you feel their pain, their fear, their hunger…If I had to pick one favorite character, I could not do it! From Doris-who always has to show control and never let her real emotions show to Max- who I went from dislike at the beginning of the book to compassion by the end; the characters will work their way under your skin and so will the situations they find themselves in. Just to let other potential readers know-this is not one of those “Twilight” feel-good books where the werewolves start out as Indian Gods with bulging muscles and Adonis faces who turn into wolves that fight the bad guys and help save the day. In K.L’s story, the werewolves are the creatures of old that should be feared, not slept with! K.L.’s werewolves are the type that cause panic-induced praying, as the characters who encounter them know that their lives are about to end…painfully. I also liked the “tension within tension” that Nappier created in her work. There are the problems that come from the Tulenar Internment camp and the anger that the reader feels about that whole situation; there is much tension between characters in the book that had me yelling one second and close to tears the next, and then the fear of the wolf itself and wondering what it will do next. This book brings about so many types of emotions and, to me, that is one of the signs of an awesome read and a talented author! I don’t want to write too much as I will eventually give something away and I want everyone to GET THIS BOOK! You will not regret it! I give it 5-stars (more if I could!) and I have already downloaded the second book in this trilogy, “Bitten”. Grab this book-you won't be disappointed!!!
  • Fall Leaves and the Black Dragon on Sep. 30, 2011

    This book totally took me by surprise! When I first started reading it, I assumed that it was about a tragedy that a young man survives as a 6-year-old child and his struggle to remember it, and yet, also forget it. I didn’t expect the story to take the turn that it did! The main character, William (or “Liam” as he is known as later on) survives a terrible accident when he is a child. I must say that in that first chapter, Gustafson captures that innocence of being a child. He describes “Little Willy’s” imagination and the games and toys he likes to play with perfectly. It brought back many memories of my own childhood. As he grows older, Liam begins to have horrific nightmares about the circumstances surrounding the accident and it almost drives him mad. He begins to have visions and one assumes that all of his problems as a teenager are the product of his imagination; a tragic side-effect of not being able to really get over what happened that dark October day. I suffered right along with him in this story. I could only speculate on the horror that something like this could cause a young child, but Gustafson pulled me in by using beautifully crafted words to help me understand exactly what Liam was feeling. I felt like I was right there beside him. I felt his pain of not having a normal life like other teens did and wanting so badly to help him! Liam does have one best friend that sticks by him throughout his nightmare-life and that is Kenny. As a last resort to try and help his best friend, Kenny agrees to go with Liam back to where the whole thing started; back to the place where Liam’s life began to fall apart; Iowa. And ladies and gentlemen, it is then that the story takes a complete 180-degree turn and the reader is left breathless. There was one part that I read that left me in goosebumps and I had to fight the urge to look under my bed that night before going to sleep! I’m not one for giving away spoilers, so I really have to watch what I type here! The twist that the story takes and all of the mind-blowing revelations are so excellently executed that it’s hard for me to maintain my usual degree of savvy-reviewer! LOL! Just trust me on this; you need to get this story; download it on your e-reader TODAY! You won’t be disappointed. I give 5-stars to Erik Gustafson on this book and I can’t wait to read more of his work!
  • The Halloween Collection on Oct. 07, 2011

    I liked this book for several reasons. I love the way a group of Indie authors came together to create this book! There are 9 Indie authors from different genres, so you are sure to like at least one of the stories in this collection, probably more! I love the cover, as well! As many of you know, Halloween is my favorite holiday, so of course, the artwork really catches my eye and it brings the spirit of the book to life. But, let’s talk about the stories inside… I have to say that some of the stories were REALLY good, and others didn’t quite hit the mark for me. Two of my favorites were “The Village of Those Who Touch the Dead” by M. Edward McNally and “Haunting in OR 13″ by Alan Nayes. In my opinion, both of these tales captured that Halloween spirit. Not to give too much away, but “The Village of Those Who Touch the Dead” was awesome! There are two villages; one is called Tsheh and it is the village of the wealthy, a port city. The other village is smaller and is called the Village of Those Who Touch the Dead. In between these two villages is a wide, stone road built on arches and on both sides of it, a flooded graveyard. At night, the dead rise from this dismal swamp to attack the village people who use the road. If you are attacked, there are two possibilities for you; death, or become a shadow. Trust me, death is better. “Haunting in OR13″ is a classic ghost story and I loved it! This tale takes place at California Medical College, where medical students learn the ropes in hopes of becoming future doctors and surgeons. The only thing is, at least one medical student cracks under the pressure in surgery rotation every year and ends up having to be institutionalized. Sara McCaffe is determined not to follow in their footsteps. But, there is one operating room, OR 13, that is never used. Fifteen years ago, a terrible accident occurred in there and 5 people were incinerated; burned to death. Sara is told that OR 13 has not been used since. That’s really strange, though, because that is the OR room she is assigned for her first surgical rotation, which takes place on Halloween! All in all, there were only two stories out of the nine in this book that I didn’t care for. Although some of the other 5 that I did like did not embody the Halloween spirit, in my opinion, most of them were very good and I did enjoy reading them. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5. It was edited very well and was a nice collection of stories to read. Right now, you can download this book for FREE on Smashwords, so grab your copy and settle in for some spooky reading this October! Don’t forget a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of wine, a blanket to keep the chill away, and of course, a crucifix for when you read, “The Revenge”!
  • Dead: The Ugly Beginning on Nov. 26, 2011

    Taken from my blog: nicolestorey.wordpress.com Now, anyone who really knows me can tell you that I am a zombie-fanatic! I love all zombie movies and shows (my current favorite T.V. show is The Walking Dead), but, I have not read many zombie-related books. I guess, in my mind, I just couldn’t see how a writer could capture all the emotions that are expressed on the big screen in a dystopian world where zombies have taken over. On T.V., you can see with your own eyes that raw emotion; the horror that the characters are faced with. Their panic is so tangible that you can almost feel it and experience it with them. I read one other “zombie” (and I use that term loosely) book and I was not impressed, so I decided to just stick to Romero films and The Walking Dead and let it go. I’m glad that I changed my mind and took another chance on Zombie-Literature! I won’t say that I was hooked by the first page when I read this book. As a matter of fact, I was a tad disappointed. The book started out just like many other zombie movies I have seen before and was a little predictable. It was easy to see that the author is a Romero fan AND a Stephen King fan. He took many experiences from Romero’s movies and King’s book, “The Stand”, and incorporated them. He also refers to them a lot via the characters in the story. BUT, by the third chapter, I couldn’t help myself. I could NOT put the book down. I started reading it at 10 am and finished it by 3 am. Brown did something that I didn’t think was possible; he took a zombie story and made it seem real. Of course, there is a lot of gore, blood, head-bashing, and the like. After all, this IS a zombie-related book and we all know that the only way to kill one is to disable their brains. I expected that. What I didn’t expect was a story with characters that I grew to like and care about. Brown has many characters in the story and you get to follow them while they try to survive in this new and chaotic world where there is no law, no rules, and no hiding from the zombies. The characters were easy to follow and I never once got confused or mixed up. He made the point-of-view changes very clear and enjoyable. I came to love so many of the characters and was very upset when one didn’t make it or another was forced to leave a friend after they were bitten by the zombies. Brown’s writing made it easy for me to feel their pain, joy, horror, and hopelessness. I didn’t want the story to end! TW Brown has the second book in this series available now; “Dead: Revelations” and a third installment ready to publish next month! After reading this book, I can now say that my faith in zombie-related stories is renewed and I cannot wait to read Brown’s next book in this amazing series. Also, thanks to Mr. Brown, I have also ordered Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead: Compendium One”. I now have to see if the comic books are as good (or better!) than the T.V. show! If Kirkman’s writing is as good as Brown’s, I have nothing to worry about! Who knows, maybe one day in the future, I’ll be watching another wonderful zombie show or movie called “Dead: The Ugly Beginning”. I wouldn’t be surprised at all!
  • Dead: Revelations on Dec. 08, 2011

    Taken from my blog: nicolestorey.wordpress.com I did a review on the first book , “Dead: The Ugly Beginning” a few blogs back and it was then that I fell in love with this series. However, I was hesitant to read the second book in the series because I was sure it wouldn’t measure up to the first. How could it? The first book was almost perfect in every way and I had a hard time putting it down! If I could have gotten my hands on an I.V. line and a catheter, I wouldn’t have put it down at all. But curiosity got the better of me and I read the second book … in 10 hours. TW Brown did it again. I really loved the second book for the fact that we get to know some of the characters in the first book better. Brown took a handful of people from the first book, some that are my favorites and some that I wish would die a slow death, and expanded on them in this book. In Dead: The Ugly Beginning, the world has gone crazy. Brown rides that wave of chaos and frenzy and brings the reader along for the ride. It’s like being in the middle of a gigantic storm in the middle of the ocean; the boat has sunk and the reader is just hanging on for dear life. Every chapter brings more nervous energy, more horrible surprises, more death and destruction. In this second book, the storm has blown over, but the circumstances have not improved. Just like the characters, the reader is just drifting along in the middle of the ocean, still hanging on to a piece of the wreckage, and wondering if anything will ever be normal again. Dead: Revelations is all about adjusting to a dystopian world. It’s about finding out exactly who your friends are and who you need to watch your back around. It’s about learning to survive, making plans, and trying to find solutions while still protecting the precious ones that have survived the storm with you. It’s about ordinary people becoming reluctant heroes and having to make the tough choices when no one else steps up. It’s about finding out that some people actually thrive on the chaos and it turns them into monsters. At the end of the book, I was left with a yearning to read more. I had grown even closer to some of the characters and just had to know what would happen to them next. Brown is not above killing off characters that you are sure will make it to the end by throwing in a shark or two just when you think everything is safe. Another aspect of this book that really got my attention is that Brown tells part of the story through a zombie’s perspective! I have never seen or heard of that before. The reader gets to see this new world through the zombie’s eyes and feel what it feels. It really helped to answer some questions that I had such as how the zombies know when a live person is near by and do they have any human feelings left? Can they think? Do they realize what is going on? So, all in all, this book was just as brilliant as the first and I was not disappointed with any part of it, other than it had to end. Thankfully, there is only one week left to wait for the third book’s release! I will be doing my happy dance on December 15th! I think that what I have enjoyed most about reading this series is that I have found another author to add to my MUST READ EVERY BOOK THEY WRITE list. Trust me, this list is a very short one and it usually takes me a reading a slew of books by an certain writer before I make that decision. TW Brown managed to join after only two. Well done, sir!
  • Wild Life on Dec. 14, 2011

    This is the first book that I have read by Bennett and I really like the way she makes the characters believable. Milo and Claire are two people that anyone can relate to. They could be your neighbors or relatives. There is nothing extraordinary about them, and yet I loved them because of their strengths and flaws and the fact that they were so real. This story deals with death, family relationships, drama, mystery, humor, and especially, trust. Bennett weaves different stories within this one book so by the end, I felt satisfied and not like I had missed out on something. One of the characters that I didn’t really care for when she was first introduced ended up being one of my favorites by the end. I was so glad to find out that Susan’s next book in this series, “Charmed Life”, is all about Sondra and tells her story! That was another reason why I loved this book. The characters changed so much from beginning to end – and in a good way! I highly recommend “Wild Life”! It is an uplifting story that anyone can enjoy and I can’t wait to read some of Susan’s other stories!
  • Kiwi in Cat City on Dec. 14, 2011

    This book is an enjoyable read and kids will especially like it! Johnstone takes a cat named Kiwi and gives her a life like regular people have. Kiwi has a job and, when not living with her humans, resides in Cat City. When her human owners decide to follow her one night to see what happens when Kiwi goes out on her own, they end up being transformed into cats themselves and Kiwi takes them to the magical city with her. Johnstone knows what kids want! This book is very descriptive, but also gives children a chance to use their imaginations. I loved this story because it had a plot that I could relate to and get interested in, and yet, it wasn’t so involved that children could not understand it. I would recommend this book for children ages 11 and up. This is the first in Johnstone’s Kiwi series and I am looking forward to sharing them with my daughter when she is a bit older. She loves cats and what better story than one where the kids in the book get to become kittens and go on an adventure in a cat city?
  • Dead: Fortunes & Failures on Dec. 15, 2011

    This is the third book in TW Brown’s Dead series and yes, I have read and reviewed each one! I am ADDICTED to these books! You know when you love a particular author’s series and once you get the newest installment, it feels like you are being reunited with old friends? Well, that is exactly how I feel when reading these books. I absolutely could not wait to get back to the characters and see what was going to happen next. From the moment I opened it up on my kindle and read the first paragraph, I was transported back to the aftermath of a post-apocalyptic world where zombies have taken over and any decision that is made could mean life or death. I am so impressed with the way Brown keeps coming up with brilliant ideas and how he adds to the story lines without forcing it. The characters and their actions seem so natural. In the third installment, Brown is setting up the characters for the brutal winter to come. He answers some questions from the last book, introduces a few new people and, as always, never fails to keep the surprises coming. Also, a few of the repugnant characters finally get their comeuppance! YAY! One thing that I have never done while reading a Dead book is cry. I’m not a girly-girl type and it takes a lot to get me emotional or sad while reading a book. I will admit that I did choke up in one part of this book and let a few tears fall. That is the beauty of Brown’s writing – you never know what is going to happen. The characters can go from fighting zombies to a touching moment in the blink of an eye. I just want to say that if you haven’t read these books yet, you MUST buy them! I have heard some people say that they don’t like horror, or gory-type stories, but the Dead series is so much more than that. They are about regular, everyday people trying to survive in a situation that they have absolutely no control over. They remind us that no matter what happens in our lives, no matter what type of tragedy strikes, we HAVE to pick ourselves up and keep trying. They are about hope, love, and change. I would like to end this review with a personal plea to Mr. TW Brown: WRITE FASTER!!! LOL!
  • When Darkness Falls on Dec. 28, 2011

    I honestly didn’t know exactly how to feel about this book right after I finished it. It left me feeling all sorts of different ways, confused and creeped-out being at the top of the list. The author had an excellent idea for this book. She took a bunch of teenagers who all have some sort of problems, whether it be greed, gluttony, pride, lust … even envy. You get it, right? The Seven Deadly Sins. She then put them in a scenario where each one is given a chance to either make the right decisions or the wrong decisions; the wrong choices leading to death. The person who oversees the decisions is an old man who owns a “hotel”, which is actually a sort of purgatory. This is a book that will keep you turning the pages! I had to see what would happen to each person; would they make the right decision and be spared, or make the wrong one? I do have to admit that I was confused by the descriptions in the book a few times and also, the author does tend to repeat the same words, or variations of certain words, over and over. However, I did enjoy this book. :) I won’t say that I got attached to any of the characters, but it isn’t that kind of book, in my opinion. Instead, I found myself hoping that some would stay on the right path and survive, while wishing I could push others off the path completely and be done with them! The characters did pull different emotions from me and that is very important when reading a book. I do recommend this book to anyone who likes Stephen King. Porter’s writing style in this read is very similar to King’s and that was something I was not expecting! If you like books that bring out several emotions at once, creep you out so badly that you have to reach for the nearest light and check under the bed, and leave you feeling like you’ve run a marathon at the end, then this book is for you!
  • Zomblog on Dec. 29, 2011

    I have read other books in the past that were written in a blog-diary form. Some were interesting enough to keep me reading, but most fell flat. It is almost impossible to to write in the first person AND give engaging details that are in the past tense in a diary form. Something is always lacking, whether it be character detail, descriptions, or not enough information. However, as Brown is one of my favorite authors, I had to take the chance. You guessed it, I was not disappointed at all! Brown just has that gift. He can tell a story, even in a blog format, and make it seem real. His characters could be anyone that you know. The main character in this story, Sam, is just a paper-delivery man who has an ex-wife and a teenage daughter … oh, and a band. He isn’t anything extraordinary. He has no special powers; he can’t shoot electric bolts from his fingertips or move things with his mind. One of the things that I love about the books I have read from this author is that he can take a zombie book and turn it into something other than a “zombie book”! The walking dead definitely take a back seat in his stories and the main characters are the living, breathing type that you either learn to love or hate (sometimes both)! I read Brown’s DEAD series before I started the Zomblog series. I have been told that this book was his first attempt at writing zombie literature. I noticed a general theme in the DEAD series and I often wandered if it was only in those books, or if it was one that was carried over from his previous works. I see now that it is. That theme is that even though the zombies caused the breakdown of life as it was known, THEY are not the real problem. The zombies are really not to blame for most of the problems that his characters encounter. The zombies are not the “monsters”. In his books, the real boogeymen that leave the reader thinking long and hard after reading his books are human beings. It is amazing how people can change once there are no more rules and no one to carry out the laws of the land. What they can do to one another is much more scary than a wandering zombie, or even a hoard of them! For anyone who says that they don’t like horror stories, I encourage you to at least try TW Brown’s books. Trust me, the main focus is not the zombies and Brown will tell you that himself. He goes beyond the blood and gore and gives his readers stories with morals and life lessons. He gives them characters that change and grow and become something more than just people trying to make it in a dystopian world. You know, an apocalypse could be caused by many things: nature, medical science, and wars just to name a few. How would we react in a situation where there is no more millitary, policemen to keep us safe, electricity, clean water, or food? Would you stay the same person as you are now or would you become something more? Something less? These are just some of the questions and situations that the author delves into in his books. Trust me, I should know. So far, I’ve read all of them and I am patiently (okay, maybe not patiently) awaiting his fourth book in the DEAD series! If you do decide to take a chance on one of Mr. Brown’s books, please leave me a comment and let me know what you thought! I just love it when readers prove me right! LOL!
  • The Sable City on Jan. 25, 2012

    The Sable City is book one in McNally's The Norothian Cycle series. This book can only be classified as a fantasy for adults. Now, before you get the wrong idea, what I mean is that The Sable City isn't a "fluff and stuff" fantasy book that the reader can just breeze through with hardly any thought. This book takes time to read, but it is well worth it! If you enjoy works by Tolkien, you will love McNally! I had to mention Tolkien, because the author's work reminds me so much of his Lord of the Ring series! They aren't the same as far as the characters, content, or the adventures that take place, but McNally does invent his own worlds and languages and this book just has that Tolkien "feel". McNally is a genius! I do love fantasy, and this book took me to places that I could never dream up on my own. The author has such a vivid imagination. He has that special talent of being able pull the reader in to explore these wondrous places and characters without pushing his vision upon them. He gives just enough detail and description to get you started, but I can see that he likes to let the reader make up their own minds as to how they want to "see' the story he tells. This story is a mixture of fantasy, adventure, with a little magic thrown in. It has many characters, and I honestly cannot pick a favorite, as I loved them all - even the ones that weren't so honorable. By the end of the book, I felt like I knew them. Being able to connect with the characters is very important to me and McNally had no problem bringing us together in this epic tale. The author is not above throwing in some twists and turns and thrusting his readers into the unexpected. He kept me hanging to the edge of my seat! If you are an adult who loves a good fantasy book, but just can't get into the young-adult scene of vampires, werewolves and the like, then this is the book for you to sink your teeth into. It has depth, creative characters, beautiful imagery, and a hearty plot. I am so glad that I have two more stories to read in this series!
  • Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 205 on Feb. 08, 2012

    Taken from my blog: nicolestorey.wordpress.com Happy Wednesday! Today is a first, as I am reviewing three books at one time! LOL! Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Series is a collection of three short stories by author Robert DeCoteau. All three stories were based on Decoteau’s novel Don of the Living Dead. I have yet to read this novel, but I must say that I enjoyed all of the Primrose Court “shorts!” In the first book, Primrose Court Apt. 205, we read about Theodore Granger – a man who suffers from Agoraphobia and OCD, has an irrational fear that he is cursed, and that his presence has caused many deaths. In the story, Theodore has decided he is going to take his first step out into the world after ten years of being a recluse. It is an important day for him! He only has to walk one block and cross the street to get to the coffee house where he is supposed to meet his doctor. Unfortunately, there are more deaths along the way. In the second book, Primrose Court Apt. 305, we read about Charles Grimly and his wife, Mariana. Charles definitely has a “Norman Bates” complex, as he, too, cannot let go of his mother’s apron strings. His wife is a stripper at a local club and Charles has a problem with this. He is an over-weight guy who lives with a a woman who cannot stand the sight of him and treats him like dirt. As I read the story, I often wondered why Mariana married Charles if she despised him so. Everyone has a breaking point and Charles finally reaches his. With the help of his dead mother, it looks like Charles may be onto a better life – minus his pushy wife. However, even the best laid plans go awry. There are some things which cannot be foreseen – he is about to find that out. In the last book, Primrose Court Apt. 502, we learn Tommy’s story. I actually felt sorry for this young man. He is a druggie who lives with his mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. He has just lost his job and learned that his girlfriend is sleeping with his drug dealer. Figuring that things can’t get much worse, Tommy goes out the window and sits on the building’s ledge, contemplating his life and if maybe suicide is the answer for him. Then, something happens that assures him there are things much worse than death. I loved several things about these short stories, but my favorite is how all the characters are tied together (they all live in the same apartment building) and make appearances in each other’s tales. I am often displeased with short stories because there isn’t enough time to get to know the characters and relate to them on a personal level. Decoteau gives just enough information for the reader to understand the protagonist, their problems, and why they take the steps they do to resolve them. I do hope that maybe the author will take these characters and go a bit farther with their adventures. I would love to know what happens next!
  • Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 305 on Feb. 08, 2012

    Taken from my blog: nicolestorey.wordpress.com Happy Wednesday! Today is a first, as I am reviewing three books at one time! LOL! Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Series is a collection of three short stories by author Robert DeCoteau. All three stories were based on Decoteau’s novel Don of the Living Dead. I have yet to read this novel, but I must say that I enjoyed all of the Primrose Court “shorts!” In the first book, Primrose Court Apt. 205, we read about Theodore Granger – a man who suffers from Agoraphobia and OCD, has an irrational fear that he is cursed, and that his presence has caused many deaths. In the story, Theodore has decided he is going to take his first step out into the world after ten years of being a recluse. It is an important day for him! He only has to walk one block and cross the street to get to the coffee house where he is supposed to meet his doctor. Unfortunately, there are more deaths along the way. In the second book, Primrose Court Apt. 305, we read about Charles Grimly and his wife, Mariana. Charles definitely has a “Norman Bates” complex, as he, too, cannot let go of his mother’s apron strings. His wife is a stripper at a local club and Charles has a problem with this. He is an over-weight guy who lives with a a woman who cannot stand the sight of him and treats him like dirt. As I read the story, I often wondered why Mariana married Charles if she despised him so. Everyone has a breaking point and Charles finally reaches his. With the help of his dead mother, it looks like Charles may be onto a better life – minus his pushy wife. However, even the best laid plans go awry. There are some things which cannot be foreseen – he is about to find that out. In the last book, Primrose Court Apt. 502, we learn Tommy’s story. I actually felt sorry for this young man. He is a druggie who lives with his mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. He has just lost his job and learned that his girlfriend is sleeping with his drug dealer. Figuring that things can’t get much worse, Tommy goes out the window and sits on the building’s ledge, contemplating his life and if maybe suicide is the answer for him. Then, something happens that assures him there are things much worse than death. I loved several things about these short stories, but my favorite is how all the characters are tied together (they all live in the same apartment building) and make appearances in each other’s tales. I am often displeased with short stories because there isn’t enough time to get to know the characters and relate to them on a personal level. Decoteau gives just enough information for the reader to understand the protagonist, their problems, and why they take the steps they do to resolve them. I do hope that maybe the author will take these characters and go a bit farther with their adventures. I would love to know what happens next!
  • Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 502 on Feb. 08, 2012

    Taken from my blog: nicolestorey.wordpress.com Happy Wednesday! Today is a first, as I am reviewing three books at one time! LOL! Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Series is a collection of three short stories by author Robert DeCoteau. All three stories were based on Decoteau’s novel Don of the Living Dead. I have yet to read this novel, but I must say that I enjoyed all of the Primrose Court “shorts!” In the first book, Primrose Court Apt. 205, we read about Theodore Granger – a man who suffers from Agoraphobia and OCD, has an irrational fear that he is cursed, and that his presence has caused many deaths. In the story, Theodore has decided he is going to take his first step out into the world after ten years of being a recluse. It is an important day for him! He only has to walk one block and cross the street to get to the coffee house where he is supposed to meet his doctor. Unfortunately, there are more deaths along the way. In the second book, Primrose Court Apt. 305, we read about Charles Grimly and his wife, Mariana. Charles definitely has a “Norman Bates” complex, as he, too, cannot let go of his mother’s apron strings. His wife is a stripper at a local club and Charles has a problem with this. He is an over-weight guy who lives with a a woman who cannot stand the sight of him and treats him like dirt. As I read the story, I often wondered why Mariana married Charles if she despised him so. Everyone has a breaking point and Charles finally reaches his. With the help of his dead mother, it looks like Charles may be onto a better life – minus his pushy wife. However, even the best laid plans go awry. There are some things which cannot be foreseen – he is about to find that out. In the last book, Primrose Court Apt. 502, we learn Tommy’s story. I actually felt sorry for this young man. He is a druggie who lives with his mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. He has just lost his job and learned that his girlfriend is sleeping with his drug dealer. Figuring that things can’t get much worse, Tommy goes out the window and sits on the building’s ledge, contemplating his life and if maybe suicide is the answer for him. Then, something happens that assures him there are things much worse than death. I loved several things about these short stories, but my favorite is how all the characters are tied together (they all live in the same apartment building) and make appearances in each other’s tales. I am often displeased with short stories because there isn’t enough time to get to know the characters and relate to them on a personal level. Decoteau gives just enough information for the reader to understand the protagonist, their problems, and why they take the steps they do to resolve them. I do hope that maybe the author will take these characters and go a bit farther with their adventures. I would love to know what happens next!
  • Highest Hill on March 06, 2012

    Taken from my blog: nicolestorey.wordpress.com I'm a sucker for a good spooky story and this creepy book by author Jackie Williams was exactly what my (sometimes) deranged mind craved! Highest Hill is a mixture of thrills and chills that I couldn't put down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read to snuggle under the covers with - just make sure to leave your light on! ;) The protagonist is a sweet, little boy who gets bullied and has parents who care more about their liquor than their child. His favorite place to escape is Highest Hill, but this place of serenity isn't what it appears to be. There be monsters lurking about! What I loved about this book is the way the author takes you along in the story and you get to know each character in the book. None are passed over. This wasn't a very long book, somewhere between a novel and short story, (but I am a fast reader). However, by the end, I felt as if I knew the characters personally. This book would appease anyone who loves horror and paranormal with a touch of fantasy. The ending is complete, but it did leave me to wonder if there will be a second book. I need to know what happens to my young friend now! That is a question only the author can answer, but I will be keeping tabs and look forward to reading more of her stories!
  • The Vampire Castle on March 22, 2012

    Taken from my blog: nicolestorey.wordpress.com Happy Thursday! My book review today is on The Vampire Castle by author Malla Duncan. This is book one in The Shadow Garden series. I am a huge fan of Malla Duncan. She is a very sweet, supportive author who always makes time for a kind word for others. It was a pleasure to read some of her work. This would make a great read for children ages ten and up. The Vampire Castle reminded me of Alice in Wonderland with Tim Burton characters. It is a mixture of fantasy and paranormal genres with a little spookiness thrown in. The main character, Elspeth, is living at a boarding school while her mother tries desperately to find a job and make a home for them. Elspeth is special, although she doesn't know this. One day, a mysterious lady shows up to take Elspeth to stay with a grandfather she never she had. After that, the fantastical adventures start... Who are the crazy people she is staying with? Are they magic? Does Elspeth also have powers? I loved the characters in this book. I have to say that Elspeth and Nigel were my favorites, but the author describes them all so well, I could clearly picture them in my mind. Each character has their own personality and features that shine through in this fairy tale. Her richly decorated settings in this book were phenomenal, as well. The only complaint I have is that I wanted more information about the background on some of the characters. What exactly are these people and where do they originate from? However, this is the first book in a series and I am sure more answers will be given in the following stories. I'm just very impatient! -smile :) I can't wait to read more about Elspeth and her new friends with the color-changing eyes and amazing powers! I hope Ms. Duncan will hurry with the second book (hint-hint)! If it is anything like her first, we should all be prepared for an astounding journey!
  • The FishingTrip-Trial by Water, Execution, & Deliverance of Retribution on June 20, 2012

    Life Demands Action. Yes, it certainly does. When the legal system fails a town of children who are being preyed on by pedophiles, a few citizens (one in particular) decide to take matters into their own hands. I won’t say that this is a “feel-good” book – it isn’t, but Ey Wade manages to capture the wide range of emotions that come to surface when people cannot depend on “the powers that be” to do the right thing. Rage, denial, guilt, sadness, hopelessness…you will find it all in this small, Texas town. I found myself being able to relate to different characters in this book – and some characters I wanted to throttle with my own hands. One character who surprised me was Vivian. As a mother myself, I found it hard to believe that another mother would handle herself the way she did after she found out such devastating news. Also, Vivian’s parents did not react in a way my own parents would have. Let’s put it this way, if anyone were to ever touch my children in a harmful way, I would kill them. If I didn’t get to them first, my father would. I enjoyed this book. Durham was my favorite character. He was like an onion with many layers that kept being revealed. I love it when a character has depth. I love it when you think you know a character and you end up not knowing them at all! There were many surprising twists in the story. The sad part about it is that it’s totally believable and has happened many times. I’m so glad Ey Wade’s book sheds some light on this very serious topic.
  • Beads on a String-America's Racially Intertwined Biographical History on July 12, 2012

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review by the author. My name is Gage Bailey and I am fourteen-years-old. My mother was given a copy of this book for review purposes as the author wanted the opinion of a kid who enjoys history - that's me! I really liked the fact that the author added so much more information in this book, more than you can find in the text books we get in school. The title is perfect. There are more than just "Americans" who helped to make the history of our country and I think it is sad that we don't get to hear about them at school. We are all beads on the same string, and everything we do, no matter how big or small, makes history. The only thing I wish is that the author would have added more of her opinion in the book. I do realize it is non-fiction, but I would have liked to know more about what she thought when she was researching and writing it. What she as surprised as me to find out such important and interesting facts? I really liked this book and I recommend it to anyone who loves History!
  • Six Fright-Mares on Dec. 17, 2012

    I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. I must say that I love horror tales, especially ones that take me back to those campy-type movies I loved as a kid (and still do)! My favorite was Outcasts, as I truly enjoy dystopian stories where survivors of an unplanned world must think on their feet - and quickly - to survive. There is something in this book for everyone who loves a little horror before bedtime. The stories are not too long or too short and they will hold your attention to the very end. I really think the author should take some of her tales and turn them into full-length novels! Hint-hint!!!
  • Six Fright-Mares on Dec. 17, 2012

    I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. I must say that I love horror tales, especially ones that take me back to those campy-type movies I loved as a kid (and still do)! My favorite was Outcasts, as I truly enjoy dystopian stories where survivors of an unplanned world must think on their feet - and quickly - to survive. There is something in this book for everyone who loves a little horror before bedtime. The stories are not too long or too short and they will hold your attention to the very end. I really think the author should take some of her tales and turn them into full-length novels! Hint-hint!!!
  • The Sea Inside on Dec. 02, 2013

    I received an ARC of this book for beta and review purposes. Vicki Johnstone has a firm grip on the fantasy genre. I loved the characters, the amazing worlds she created, and the idea of facing one's fears in order to move ahead to something better. Not all questions were answered at the end but enough to satisfy me...for now! A delicious brew of invention, enchantment and refreshing characters, Vickie Johnstone has a firm grasp on the fantasy genre. I can't wait to read more of her work! I am looking forward to the next book!