USA Today bestselling author Sharon Stevenson lives in Scotland with her husband. She probably spends too much time indoors, binge-watching Netflix shows and finding new and irrefutable reasons to order takeaway food instead of cooking. Her urban fantasy novels include the bestselling Gallows demon tracker series, and Edinburgh set magically animated zombie series, Raised, which readers often recommend to fans of Jim Butcher.
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- North End
on Oct. 26, 2012
North End is an enjoyable horror tale with an opening hook that drags the reader straight into the story. It's an intriguing beginning and the story unfolds to reveal the main character Tom's creepy discovery of something disturbing in a disused Tube station.
I found that the story was paced well with the final ten chapters moving quickly along and keeping the sense of tension while at the same time throwing a good surprise in on the way to the book's satisfying conclusion.
The characters were well written and developed as the story progressed. Tom's shyness was endearing and Jodie with her strong willed temperament was also very likeable. I found the inept police officer Terry alternately annoying and amusing. The story's antagonists were suitably creepy but I can say no more on this for fear of spoiling the surprise. You'll just need to read it to find out!
While the story itself was very much enjoyable, it was simply 'told' and this is my main reason for not giving it a higher rating. For me the teenagers dialog wasn't always convincing and I found that the time was mentioned often enough to become mildly distracting. Looking past these concerns though there is a nice little creepy tale in there and I will be following this author to see what else he comes up with!
on May 06, 2013
'Urdaisunia' is an epic fantasy novel about a peasant girl named Rashali, whose choice of a romantic partner is linked closely to her own destiny and the future of her people.
My only complaint is the number of characters at the beginning, I found it difficult to remember them with all their unusual names, but as the story goes on it becomes easier, the main characters make themselves known and the heartfelt story begins.
This was something different for me, I usually tend towards more modern fantasy novels so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this.
World building is essential in making an epic fantasy novel believable and this was very well done here. The story was also solid, emotional and intriguing. There were moments when I felt truly worried for Rashali and what might happen to her in the brutal world Halland has created. I wasn't sure what to make of Prince Eruz at first but his character grew on me by the end.
Overall this was an excellent adult fantasy novel and I would recommend it to just about anyone.
on Aug. 07, 2013
'Paulie' is a creepy read with well written characters. The short story works well on it's own but I was also very intrigued by what could happen next and how the story will develop into a novel. There are some vividly drawn horrific images in this and it was the right mix of shocking yet believable. A shiver inducing short story! I look forward to reading more by this author.
- Vampires Drool! Zombies Rule! A YA Paranormal Novel
on Aug. 16, 2013
'Vampires Drool! Zombies Rule!' is the story of high school student Lucy who just happens to be a zombie trying to pass for human.
Well to start with I have to say I loved the first person narration; Lucy's voice was so fresh and vibrant I was kept totally hooked throughout! The writing style was so good I flew through this book in no time at all. It was such an easy, enjoyable read.
This is a different take on zombies than anything I've read before. I thought it was a really cool and believable concept - it's all to do with electricity and you'll just have to read it to find out more!
The characters were all great, particularly Lucy. The storyline was surprisingly brilliant with some unexpected turns and a satisfying ending. This short novel moves along at a fast pace and never gets boring.
I would recommend this book to all fans of YA paranormal. It's a free read so what are you waiting for?
- Sing the Midnight Stars
on Aug. 21, 2013
'Sing the Midnight Stars' is the first novel in a fantasy series about drug addicted detective Andrin whose determination to solve a series of strange murders leaves him facing some tough choices.
This is a really cool blend of gritty detective story and dark fantasy. The drug and how Andrin ended up addicted to it was a very compelling part of the story and really made me sympathise with this character. I also loved the murder mystery aspect as I thought it was something unusual for this type of fantasy story, and it was done in a captivating way.
This book is very well written. It's descriptive, atmospheric and believable. I found all the strange character names a bit hard to remember at times but it wasn't too big of a problem because the characters were so well described I could picture them easily every time their names came up.
Overall this is an excellent start to a very interesting and different fantasy series. I look forward to reading the next part soon. Highly recommended for mystery and fantasy fans alike!
- Days with the Undead: Book One
on Dec. 01, 2013
I received a copy of this book for honest review. 'Days with the Undead' is the journal account of a zombie apocalypse, filled with warnings of what to do and what not to do when zombies attack.
The narrator Julie is a no-nonsense doctor who right from the first entry comes across as someone who has seen it all and doesn't want to see anyone else make the same mistakes she has already witnessed. She does come across a bit on the cold side but there is an explanation for this which appears much later in the book. The moments of horror glimpsed in the beginning are gory and well depicted but the true terror in this tale of survival is not unveiled until close to it's well plotted ending. I was uncertain where the story was going when I started reading it but I was satisfied by how it ended and it really stuck in my head - I actually kept thinking back to the story long after I put it down.
So while in the beginning Julie's journey didn't seem so unusual for a zombie apocalypse survivor, the story does take a surprising twist and suddenly becomes more than meets the eye. I was very impressed by this unexpected development as it elevated the story from the typical to the brilliant in an instant. The ending for me is also where the weight of the apocalyptic events lies, in the horrors of what Julie has endured to survive. It goes a long way to explaining her stern attitude and at times cold retellings of events.
Overall this is a well plotted zombie apocalypse story with a brilliant ending. Recommended for fans of horror and zombie books!
- Shadows From The Past
on April 12, 2014
This is an atmospheric supernatural short story with a few nicely plotted twists. It was suspenseful and unpredictable. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Highly recommended!
- Best Friends
on April 12, 2014
This is a nice story about friendship, told through flashbacks leading up to the present day. It was well written, with heart and in a nostalgic kind of way. An enjoyable read by a talented author.
- Welcome to Hell
on Aug. 07, 2014
This is a really enjoyable short story that is told very well and just makes me want to find out more about these characters and their world. I loved the sense of humour and the main character was awesome. It was very engaging and entertaining. I've just grabbed the first book in the series and look forward to reading it soon!
- Water and Fire
on Aug. 07, 2014
I'm not big on romance but having tried out Carlton's 'Mel Goes to Hell' series and not being able to put it down, I just had to try this out. The story is different and captivated me quickly and easily. I love this writer's imagination! It's a pretty steamy romance read with the main character keeping a secret from the man she falls for. The ending really surprised me and it's safe to say I'll be reading this series now. Amazing story. Highly recommended!
- Fashionably Dead
on Aug. 10, 2014
'Fashionably Dead' is the story of Astrid, a woman who tries to quit smoking and winds up a Vampyre.
This book is really different to anything else I've read in the urban fantasy genre. The author has an excellent sense of humour and this is what gives the book it's unique flavour. There are insanely steamy sex scenes, hilariously outlandish characters, crazy situations, and a whole heap of unusual supernatural stuff. It's a very fun and engaging read that really gets you caring about the various characters as the story goes on. This is a brilliant start to the series and I will definitely read the next book.
Highly recommended to fans of urban fantasy and paranormal romance!
- The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw
on Aug. 10, 2014
'The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw' is the story of two adopted girls Emma and Lana as they turn sixteen and some strange incidents lead them to the truth about their destinies.
I thought this was an easy, enjoyable read. The characters are believable and it felt like a different twist on the usual teen paranormal novel. Although it's quite a common thing in YA paranormal books for the main characters to develop powers, I thought the story in this one was really unique and had some fun and surprising elements to it.
I will say that this was written for older children/younger teens, so it wasn't totally my kind of book, but it was very well written and there were enough interesting developments to keep me reading regardless of the age range it was intended for.
Overall this is just the start of what looks to be a very interesting and different paranormal series. It's a clean read and easy to get in to. Recommended to fans of YA Paranormal.