Maria Savva


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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,160. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Nigel Price has MURDER on his mind. Nigel's past has come back to haunt him. The truth is, his past has never left him... it follows him without remorse. There is no escape. Regret, guilt, nightmares, despair... these fill his every waking hour and disturb his sleepless nights. Take a trip inside Nigel's mind, in this dark, psychological thriller with a paranormal twist.
BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology Volume 3
Price: Free! Words: 25,890. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A collection of tales by a variety of authors.
The Dream
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,240. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Lynne cannot shake her feelings of dread; her dreams tell her she is making a terrible mistake, she must not marry Adam. But, how can she believe the dream? As her world spins out of control, Lynne must sort out what's real and what isn't to fulfill her destiny.

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Maria Savva's favorite authors on Smashwords

Ann Mauren
Latest book: Tentative Tourist: A Mayne Attraction Short Story. Published December 20, 2012. (5.00 from 2 reviews)
Elyse Draper
Latest book: Vindication. Published August 20, 2012. (4.33 from 6 reviews)
James Briar
Latest book: What Was Lost. Published May 30, 2011. (4.75 from 8 reviews)
Mark Jacobs
Latest book: The Day God Winked. Published April 11, 2011. (4.58 from 12 reviews)
Paul Mansfield Keefe
Latest book: Digger's Bones. Published December 1, 2010. (4.50 from 4 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by Maria Savva

  • EyeLeash: A Blog Novel (teenage memoir) on Sep. 02, 2009

    This book is excellent! Very funny, very true to life, and written in an experimental blog-format. Cutting edge stuff! This is the 'Bridget Jones' Diary' for the 21st Century!! It's been a while since I was a teenager, but I do try to keep up to date with what's happening in the teen world through relatives and friends. I found this book was a great way of bringing to the forefront many issues which concern teenagers these days. There are a lot of references to sex, but I feel this is necessary, in order to get certain messages across to teenagers. I like the idea of using a protagonist who is a virgin to show how teenagers feel peer pressure to have sex at an early age; and also the way the author has used 'cool' characters to send a positive message that relationships are much more about who you can trust rather than about looks and sex. Seventeen year-old Jade is in love with Novan, but she's not really sure if she is in love with him. She used to go to school with him, and she knows he fancied her then. When she meets Novan again, years later, he is a good looking bass player and she begins to correspond by email with him. Her feelings for him start to grow, but she is confused. Jade keeps a private blog, instead of a diary, setting out her thoughts and feelings. I think the author has done a great job, getting into the mind of a teenager, and has written a book containing many positive messages for teens. It's written in a language that they will understand, and deals with a lot of issues they are facing; very modern, lots of text abbreviated words (I had to look up a lot of these like: ROFL!!). It's the story of one girl's transition from child/teen to adult, and is written in a very humourous way. There are signs of comic genius in this writer. I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it, not only to teens, but to anyone who has ever really been a teenager!!
  • Heartless on June 29, 2010

    3.5 stars. This book starts out very well. Up to about page 100 I thought it would be one of my best reads ever, and that is saying something because I read a lot. It is an entertaining book, but there are far too many secondary characters, many of whom are not even introduced as far as I could tell. New names crop up here and there; by the time I was three quarters of the way through I gave up caring who they were really and just carried on reading. I liked the two main characters, The Duke of Derringer, and Leandra, for the most part. The only issue I had was that at times they both seem to be bipolar! Their behaviour is very inconsistent. This may be intentional, because The Duke had suffered a childhood trauma which could have left him unstable, and the circumstances surrounding Leandra's birth meant that she was always seen as an outsider in her family. However, I feel that the writer could have spent more time on character development of the main characters, rather than spending too much time on insignificant characters. Jaimey Grant obviously has a talent for writing a gripping story and keeping the reader engaged, because the first half of the book is amazing. The second half needed work to make it believable. There were times I was left questioning how certain things had taken place e.g. how did the Captain of the Ship where Derringer was being held captive manage to send missives out to Leandra? How would they have got to her? This was not explained at all. The book didn't really flow well in regard to continuation of certain threads in the book, for example, the letter that was found hidden in Derringer's mother's old notebook. I know the intention was that the reader should not find out this information until the end of the book, but the way in which it was written was a little annoying. As a reader I didn't like being kept dangling for too many chapters. The ending was nice, but the run up to the ending was a bit rushed I think. On the whole a good plot, nicely written, but I would personally have liked to see more of the main characters. A note to the author: Sometimes what doesn't work too well as a novel would work beautifully as a film or a play. In this case, I could really see this book as a very powerful film, or maybe a play in the theatre. I would definitely go and see it!
  • Enemies and Playmates on Oct. 21, 2010

    This is a fast-paced action packed book! There are so many twists and turns, most of them leaving me with my mouth open as they were so unexpected! Darcia Helle is undoubtedly a talented writer who knows how to hook the reader and keep them interested with a well structured and fulfilling storyline. This story would make a good film, I'd love to see it on the big screen. Lauren Covington meets and falls in love with Jesse Ryder. She has a deep mistrust of men due to her violent father, Alex, a well-respected lawyer who shows one face to the world and another to those nearest to him. At home and in his personal life he is one of the greatest villains ever to grace the pages of a crime novel. Despite her reluctance to let him get closer, somehow Jesse's irresistible charms get the better of Lauren. Soon she is in too deep even though she knows that her relationship could cause problems. By an unhappy coincidence, Jesse, the one man who could offer her some happiness away from the dark and terrifying world at home, has worked for her father in the past and there is unfinished business. The characters are all well developed and very believable. I found myself being able to picture very clearly all the action as Darcia Helle's skills for describing events are well tuned. Much of the action is character driven with a great deal of conversation, making the book a page turner. I would recommend Enemies and Playmates to everyone. I was surprised to hear that this was the author's first novel as it is so skillfully written, and it has made me eager to read more of Helle's work.
  • The First Kill on Nov. 19, 2010

    A skillfully written crime short story, taking a minor character from Darcia's Michael Sykora series of novels, and giving him the spotlight. Sean Riley is a man with a dark past and this story shows just what effect his past has had on the way he now lives his life. If you like crime fiction, you'll love the way Darcia Helle writes. This character oozes pure evil, and the dialogue-driven prose helps to give the reader the impression that they are a fly on the wall witnessing this brutal scene. Definitely not a story for the fainthearted!
  • Digger's Bones on Jan. 27, 2011

    A very impressive debut novel. Digger’s Bones is a thriller with substance. Angie Cooper is a failed archaeologist; having wanted nothing more than to pursue her lifelong dream to follow in her father’s footsteps and become an accomplished archaeologist, she destroys her career by being too impulsive and making a huge mistake. We meet Angie at her lowest ebb, she has lost touch with her friends, her career has ended and she has also recently lost her mother. Her father died when she was a child and she still harbours feeling she associates with guilt over his death and experiences recurring nightmares. Out of the blue, her old friend, Tarek ‘Digger’ Rashid, contacts her, asking her to meet him. At their meeting, in a restaurant, he advises her that a former colleague of theirs, Professor Rothschild, is dead. Then, a strange man joins them at the table, and kills Digger; taking away the Manila folder that Digger had brought with him. Angie is left reeling; two of her colleagues are dead and someone is evidently keen to stop some information being disclosed. Professor Rothschild and Digger had obviously unearthed an important archaeological find. Digger’s last words to her were that she should revisit a place they had been together, Bandelier, New Mexico, and look in a hidey-hole. Angie knew that he must have left something there for her to find, something with implications so huge that people were prepared to kill to prevent the word getting out. Digger was the only one who’d stood by Angie when her career was falling apart and had always been there for her. Even though she knows she will be risking her own life, she is determined to find out what Digger had wanted to tell her. In the hidey-hole, Angie finds a flash drive containing photographs which appear to hold clues to the mystery. Angie knew that Professor Rothschild had a theory that Judas’s bones were somewhere in the holy land and he wanted to find them. Perhaps he had? Fans of Dan Brown’s books will find more religious controversy to whet their appetites within these pages. We follow Angie on her travels to locate Digger’s bones. She is ruthlessly pursued by the strange man from the restaurant, who she now knows is called ‘Tek’. But he is not the only one who wants to stop her uncovering the secret. Many people associated with Digger’s bones are being killed. But who is the killer? As she embarks on her search for the bones, Angie is reunited with her former lover, Reilly, and for a time it seems that her life may be getting back on track; perhaps if she discovers the bones, she could get back to her work as an archaeologist and be taken seriously again? But even Reilly is reluctant to help her in her search when the going gets tough. There is a lot of edge-of-your-seat action in this book as Angie is forced to run for her life on more than a couple of occasions. The action scenes are well written and compulsive, and this complex story is crafted with skill. There is a lot of historical information in the book, showing that it was well-researched. All the characters are believable, and I was especially impressed by the character of Angie Cooper whose emotions and thoughts were so realistic as those from a female perspective. This book contains action, adventure, mystery and romance. Angie’s character is particularly well-developed as she tries to deal with her emotional baggage in regard to her father’s death. The subjects of regret, guilt and forgiveness are dealt with well by the author. There are enough twists and turns and unexpected discoveries in this book to keep the reader enthralled to the end. A very enjoyable read. Reviewed by Maria Savva as a reviewer for
  • A Valentine For Victoria on Feb. 17, 2011

    Those who love a good romance story will love 'A Valentine For Victoria'. It's a sweet story about how an unlikely couple fall in love. Victoria is a successful business woman, it's Valentine's Day and she is feeling a little sorry for herself as she sets of home to her empty apartment. An encounter with a would-be rapist in the lift -- possibly a stalker -— who seems to know a lot about Victoria, has her fearing for her safety. Enter the hero, Joel, the security guard, someone Victoria doesn't even recognise even though they've worked in the same building for some time. Apart from being a story about how love can blossom in unexpected ways, this story has more depth; it looks at the feelings of insecurity that come with loneliness, that can make us reach out to someone who may or may not be ideal, for example Victoria's odd feelings towards the attacker. The psychology behind the way the two main characters behave when they find themselves thrown together unexpectedly is well portrayed, and Victoria's emotions throughout are very believable. An underlying theme to this story seems to be 'never judge a book by its cover', and it reminds us that sometimes what we've been looking for has been there all along, but we just don't see it for one reason or another. An entertaining read.
  • The Night Walk Men on Feb. 24, 2011

    A story told as if someone is relaying a secret, like being let in on inside information. A compulsive read. A story about loyalty, duty, friendship, life, and death. Do accidents ever happen, or is everything just a part of a bigger plan? You must read The Night Walk Men to find out...
  • The Flag Keeper on March 29, 2011

    This book is absolutely adorable. Elizabeth, a little brown bear, loves helping her father raising and lowering their flag every day -- she is his 'Flag Keeper'. When he is due to go on a trip for 3 days, Elizabeth asks is she can raise and lower the flag herself in his absence. He says she should wait for him to return. Wanting to prove to her father that she is capable of raising the flag on her own, Elizabeth attempts to do so, and things go slightly wrong. After a couple of attempts, she is overjoyed when she manages to raise the flag correctly on her own. This book is fun to read, and the illustrations are delightful. I'm sure children will love the characters. The book is also educational as it teaches how and when a flag should be raised and lowered, as well as many other aspects of flag etiquette. This would make a great gift for a young child, and it's a great educational tool for older children, teaching them all about the American flag. There's an interesting list at the end of the book of dos and don'ts with regard to the flag. The author has also added discussion questions at the end of the book, and activity suggestions.
  • Losing Addison on March 31, 2011

    I was hooked on this story from the start. I find the way it was written fascinating. The author literally dreamt this book, and then wrote it all out from his memory, without editing it. It's just perfect as it is! I heard about Marty Beaudet's experimental writing and, although curious, I didn't have time to go and read the serial as it was developing online. I finally found time to visit the blog and read the free online version when the author had already written 16 chapters. I read the whole thing in one sitting because it was that gripping! Losing Addison is a psychological thriller exploring schizophrenia and the unexplained bond between twins. It's a story that will have you glued to the page. The suspense is well constructed and made me want to continue reading until I found out what was happening. The story unravels bit by bit, slowly revealing the reasons behind the characters' behaviour. Beaudet drip feeds the information in the most effective way, with flashback scenes and high drama. A wonderfully entertaining story. I'd recommend it to everyone who likes a good suspenseful thriller. And I am thrilled that the author chose to name one of the characters after me! My namesake appears in chapter 13!
  • BestsellerBound Short Story Anthology on May 30, 2011

    One of my short stories is featured in this collection, 'Flames'. My review does not include that story. This is a diverse collection of stories, there's something for everyone in this anthology. 'Wish Upon A Star' by Lainey Bancroft An insightful tale about a gifted singer who falls prey to the ravages of fame. Lainey is an author who understands the human psyche well. 'Tears For Hesh' by J. Michael Radcliffe An entertaining fantasy tale, containing wizards, magic, curses, and spells. Hesh is a likeable character and I felt compassion for him. Well written with a tragic twist. 'You Can Call Me Ari' by Darcia Helle A chilling, suspense story to keep you on the edge of your seat. By far the most vivid story in the collection. The descriptive quality of the writing pulls the reader in. Fans of Darcia's writing can be assured that even though this is just a short story it is just as scary as her novels! 'Minor Details' by Jaleta Clegg A humourous tale about two teenage girls, one of whom can't spell. This leads to an unfortunate turn of events (or, fortunate, depending on how you look at it!) A fun read. 'Ice Cream Man' by Neil Schiller Having read and enjoyed Neil's collection of short stories 'Oblivious', I was not disappointed by this story. It contains the same moody feel as much of his writing. It is in essence a poignant story of disappointment. 'No Eyes But Mine Shall See' by Sharon E. Cathcart Sharon Cathcart sets the scene well in this heartbreaking story of a love denied. I liked the descriptive quality of the writing. Much of the story is written in the form of a letter that will never be read, making it all the more heartrending. 'The First Texas Twister' by Magnolia Belle A fun and entertaining tale about how the Wild West collided with Native American culture to create the first tornado. 'Shadow Lantern' by Gareth Lewis An interesting concept. A short story told entirely through dialogue with no narrative. At first, I didn't think it would work, and must admit to being a bit confused as to which character was speaking at times. By the end, however, I found myself entertained by this fantasy tale. 'Stained' by Amy Saunders I hadn't read any of Amy's work before this short story, but now I will be seeking out more of her writing. I was very impressed by the way the author deals with the main character's emotions after a traumatic event. The tale is enthralling and the ending is moving. All believable characters. All in all, this is a great collection and a wonderful way to introduce readers to some very talented independent authors.
  • What Was Lost on May 31, 2011

    A stunning debut. An interesting subject. James Sophi weaves his words well to take us into the mind of a dying man. A fascinating idea for a story, and a thought provoking ending. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
  • Laundry Day (Short Mystery Story) on June 05, 2011

    Intrigue, murder mystery, suspense (and suspenders!). What more could you ask for from a short story? This story will grab your attention, pull in you in, keep you guessing. Most of all, it will entertain you. When Stacy Juba describes a character's emotions you can almost feel them yourself. If you're not familiar with this author's writing there are also sample chapters from her novels included as a bonus feature in this free download, and a Q & A with the author. A riveting read.
  • The Other Room on July 23, 2011

    I am so glad I stumbled across this collection of short stories. It's original, well written, and one of the best collections I have ever read. Every story in this collection is good. There are some stand out ones because they are absolutely amazing, for example 'First Time Buyers'. I think my favourite of the whole collection has to be 'Red Route', the ending is just one of those that makes you go, "wow!". It's a very diverse collection. There are horror stories, paranormal, thrillers. This is an exciting new writer, the kind of writer that makes me proud to be a self-published author. In all his stories he takes you deep into the mind of the characters, so that you almost feel as though you are reliving their story. There are many memorable quotes... always a sign of a great writer in my opinion. A couple of examples: "Just the sense of the big machinery of the economy faltering and grinding somewhere... She thought of cog-wheels turning high above her, their aloof motion turning other wheels, and those wheels still others...' " if the box of their room was just one box inside another, larger one...' This is modern literature at its finest. Do not miss this collection.
  • Into The Light on July 29, 2011

    This is a wonderful story on so many levels. It contains humour, romance, and an element of mystery. It's a supernatural tale about a ghost, Max, who refuses to go `into the light' until his killer can be brought to justice. Max, in life, was a very ordinary man, in fact he died feeling like a failure and as if his life had been in vain. What Helle's book teaches us is that there are many things we do on a daily basis that have an effect on other people's lives, for good or bad. Max is forced to confront issues from his past when he dies, and this multi-layered story perfectly highlights the fact that we are often unaware of other people's thoughts and feelings and that makes all the difference when looking at the effects of things we do. Many readers will be able to relate to Max, and also the private investigator, Joe, who is roped in to help Max find his killer. Their relationship is an odd one, but they each learn something from the other as they both try to come to terms with their problems. The book deals with the subjects of divorce, regret, relationships, insecurity, and miscommunication, among other things. It's a fun and often comical read, but also contains very deep thinking on human behaviour and relationships. The underlying message appears to be that when we die we leave behind an imprint based on everything we have done, thought, and said... it's definitely food for thought.
  • Dark That Day, After All on Oct. 04, 2011

    Two old men meet on a park bench. As one of them begins to reveal his past, he realises that he has far more in common with the other man than he had first imagined. This short story contains realistic dialogue, an intriguing storyline and a gruesome, twisted theme, which I have come to expect from the darkly entertaining Mr. McIntyre. Karma, secrets, revenge, pride (& other deadly sins), are all examined in this mini-saga. A quick read that will keep you guessing.
  • Quiet Fury: An Anthology of Suspense on Oct. 28, 2011

    I am already a fan of Darcia Helle's writing having read her novels, Enemies and Playmates, The Cutting Edge, and Into The Light. Darcia Helle has shown us with this anthology that short stories can be as compelling as novels. All of her characters seem real, they have feelings, they have a history, and we learn about them in fewer words than a novel, but still we know them. From the poignant first story, streaked with colour and tragedy, right through to the last one, that contains humour, human compassion and heart, Darcia takes us on a journey that we can relate to. We are all living in this world where calm and fury battle for our attention, just like the characters in Darcia's stories. There are stories to make you laugh, cry, wince, scream... there is every type of emotion within these pages. I enjoyed all the stories. Read Darcia Helle's stories and you will enter a world that may almost frighten you but you will be left curious enough to take another look. Her writing is addictive. She has mastered the art of suspense writing, and this collection is another example of that.
  • The Magus on Dec. 22, 2011

    I really enjoyed this book. It's a compulsive read. It starts with police being called to an address in south London where a man has died, there is then speculation that even though the death seems to be by natural causes there may be a more sinister story behind it. There is a mysterious man who keeps appearing to the police officers and claiming that he knows there is more to the man's death, and that it may be linked to other recent deaths. The book takes a look at the subjects of satanic rituals, clairvoyance, mysticism, black magick, the occult. The Magus is full of believable characters which gives the book a realistic feel. It's an intriguing murder/mystery with a twist of the paranormal. It kept me hooked and I am now looking forward to reading book two in the series. The Magus is suitable for readers over the age of 18 due to explicit content.
  • Opus Secunda on Jan. 19, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. You can tell that a book is good when you finish it and can't wait to read the sequel. I was looking forward to this after reading The Magus, the first book in this trilogy. Now I can't wait to read the conclusion in the third book! It's difficult to really categorise this book. It is a murder mystery, but has elements of romance, erotica and horror, and even sci-fi; as well as including insights into mystical subjects such as alchemy and various types of magic. This book follows Detective Nichola Peterson, after she is promoted following the death of her partner. She is drawn into a mysterious world while she investigates a murder, and meets many interesting and diverse characters along the way. I think the characters in the book are all lifelike and realistic. This is an entertaining book, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys modern literature. There are many sexually explicit scenes in the book, so it's probably not suitable for under 18s.
  • Head Above Water on Feb. 01, 2012

    Wow, well, I don't really know where to begin with this review, except to say that this book is very original and it definitely surprised me in terms of how the story progressed and in terms of the almost experimental styling of the book. This is not your everyday romance novel. Yes, it contains romance and is written well; the dialogue between the characters is fluid and realistic. All the characters are believable, and one thing this author suceeds in doing where many others fail, is in reminding us that we are all human and all capable of making wrong choices and hurting others inadvertently by our actions. The two main characters Darryl and Leena are great examples of real people, people who will sometimes act from the heart, without thinking and this sometimes comes across as selfish behaviour; especially in Leena's case. I have to say that by about half way through the novel I really didn't like Leena. I really didn't care what happened to her and I thought she was a selfish individual who only cared about herself. I felt she was expecting too much of Darryl and wondered why on earth he would bother with her. As the relationship between Leena and Darryl progressed, I also began to feel that Darryl was weak-willed and I was losing interest in him -- whereas in the beginning of the novel, I really liked Darryl, I thought he was almost the perfect man, romantic, sensitive and caring. However, I have to say that I believe the author was totally in control throughout; a puppet master, if you like, for his readers' reactions. I think he wanted us to dislike Leena (and maybe even Darryl), because that is how he then went on to successfully send out his message that ultimately we are all fallable as humans, any one of us could have done something similar to what they did. It is, after all, human nature. One thing that would have improved the book, for me, would have been to see more of the relationship between Leena and Sam, her long-suffering boyfriend. When she was flirting with Darryl whilst still being attached to Sam, I ended up untimately feeling sorry for Sam. We didn't see much of Sam in the novel, so it was difficult for the reader to know whether or not he was neglecting Leena and pushing her into Darryl's arms. I, personally, would have liked more reasons why Leena felt Sam was not the right man for her. Also, her relationship with her family was odd. They all seemed like lovely people but she despised them, and that made her come across as the bad person. If there had been a bit more background as to why she disliked her parents and sister so much, that would have helped the reader to see things from her point of view. Similarly, I couldn't help feeling sorry for Gabrielle, Darryl's girlfriend who we are told he 'loved' but she is just swept aside never to be heard of again when he gets his chance with Leena. This made Darryl come across as selfish. There was one point in the novel when I was thinking, 'I don't care about Leena and Darryl and their clandestine affair, what about Sam and Gabrielle?!' All that aside, the author did redeem the story, and I went from practically loathing the main characters to really enjoying the ensuing story. The ending and the chapters leading up to the ending, took the book into the paranormal realm, and I must say it was very interesting as well as very unexpected. I'm not sure I actually 'got' the ending, it all seemed a bit fantastical to me, but I suppose it does become a fantasy tale towards the end, and it makes for an entertaining read. I would personally love to see this story as a movie in the cinema, it would be perfect for the big screen.
  • Licence To Depart on Feb. 29, 2012

    'Licence to Depart' is the concluding part of the Magus Trilogy. I really enjoyed this series of books. The third book, much like the other two, explores the occult, paganism, magic and mysticism but takes it a step further with the idea that magic can be used to save or destroy the world. It's a very interesting read with many twists and turns. There are lots of eccentric characters and some humour to balance the darker side of the story. When this instalment begins, Nichola Peterson is out of work and down on her luck. With the Magus in hospital, it is left to Nichola to try to solve the case she had been working on as a police officer before she lost her job. Her life is in danger. But who is out to get her? We follow her through action packed adventures where she learns more about herself and about the secret underworld that the Magus is a part of. There is a lot of erotic content in this third book in the series. I'm not a fan of erotica, personally, so sometimes I did think that it could have been toned down a bit. However, given the subject matter, there was a need for some erotic content. The ending was very well done, it really brought together all the characters and elements in the story, tying everything up nicely. To conclude this is a very imaginative trilogy that definitely entertains. This would make a good TV series.
  • Caraliza on April 26, 2012

    This is not a novel, it's not a work of fiction, it's about real people, real ghosts. But that's just it... it's not. It is fiction -- at least that what you have to keep telling yourself. When Kirkpatrick writes a novel, he creates such vivid, realistic characters, that the reader would be forgiven for believing the story is real. That's where the elegant twist in this tale lies; Kirkpatrick has written it in such a way as to suggest it actually happened so much so that part of the storyline involves one of the characters writing a book about the events that were told in these pages. Caraliza's haunting photograph graces the cover of the book. This accentuates the idea that she is real. Kirkpatrick once said that he puts angels in his books. Caraliza is one such angel. She appears as a ghost, but her presence is intoxicating. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It demands your attention, but it is a book to be digested slowly. It is not written in a fast paced style. The language almost harks back to the classics. I am once again blown away by Kirkpatrick's talent as a master storyteller. I have read another of his books Breathing into Stone, and I fell in love with the characters in that book too. To understand what I mean about Kirkpatrick's writing, you have to experience it. So, do yourself a favour and try one of his books today. You won't regret it. Caraliza is a stunning story about a 75 year old secret, about ghosts that won't go away until their story is told, about love and the power it has to survive over space and time. This is part mystery, part romance, and part ghost story. It is hauntingly beautiful. The ending is perfect. A must read.
  • Street of Lost Gods (Tales of the Thief-City) on July 26, 2012

    I really enjoyed this short story. Gareth Lewis introduces us to another world where gods are reduced to begging on the streets. This strange world, may or may not exist, which makes it even more curious... one thing that is certain is that when someone arrives in this other dimension, it is almost impossible to leave. This is what makes it more surprising that Rax Darkthorn, who had once managed to escape the city, decides to return. His reason for going back is to find out if the rumour is true that his once good friend, a god, has died, and if so, the cause of his death. I found the story intriguing. The author describes all the characters well, and takes the reader on an adventure. There is a touch of humour here and there amongst the dark storyline. Anyone who enjoys fantasy stories will like this story.
  • Nomabduce on June 18, 2013

    This was an enjoyable short story with an interesting theme. I liked the idea behind it, and it definitely held my interest. Everyone on the planet forgets the planet's name. How has this happened? What will it take to get the memory back? Should they just rename the planet? A quick read that will get you thinking.
  • Owned on May 09, 2014

    If you've never read anything by Jess C. Scott, I think this collection of short stories would be the perfect place to start. A quick read that reveals the darker side of the author's writing. This author is not afraid of tackling "taboo" subjects in her work. In this book, you will find a mix of excerpts from her novels and original short stories. The overwhelming themes in all the stories is murder and revenge. Twins plot to kill their abusive father; an e-mail exchange between two friends who have both suffered abuse/rape contains the essence of a plot to take revenge on the perpetrator; in a paranormal story, a young girl takes revenge from beyond the grave; illegal animal skin traders are about to face their comeuppance in a tale that combines dark magic and vivid imagery; a dark and twisted man who takes advantage of his professional position meets his match; twin sisters take revenge on an online bully in an original way. If you like dark fiction, you'll love these twisted tales.