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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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.
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!
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!
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.