JM Luttrull

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  • The Foundlings on July 11, 2013

    The author provided me with a copy of the book for a fair and honest review. Just by the synopsis the author provided I was intrigued and looking forward to reading it. Then, he told me himself in an email, and I quote, “Don't worry though, my book is nothing like twilight, I know there are a lot of vampire lovey dovey stories out there now. Mine should be different enough to stand out in the genre.” I will agree; it does stand out! After Donnie endured a really rough and trying year; losing both of his parents, and all but giving up on life himself, he meets the beautiful and elusive (when it comes to relationships) Abbie. Although he is smart has a problem with history, and Abbie happens to tutor the subject, so he signs up for sessions. This was the break he needed, and soon they fell in love. After high school, Abbie went off to college and Donnie became a mechanic. Things were great, until Abbie went to Florida on a vacation trip she won. It was supposed to be a weeklong “girls” trip with her friends. However, someone had different plans for her. She was given the choice to be turned into a vampire, or have all those that she loved be killed. She chose to become a vampire. After doing so she went back home and hung herself to give the impression that she was dead and there was even a funeral. Donnie, however, did not believe that the events were true and he set out to find the truth. This was when his spirit guide leads him to “the spot” where he crashes his car and falls to his impending death. As he is dying his beloved Abbie appears. She sees that he will not live, and in a state of frenzy, she decided to feed from him. In the aftermath of the feeding, and to Abbie’s surprise, Donnie soon awakes. Neither of them can believe it, and soon they find out that Donnie is not a typical vampire himself. Donnie vows to protect Abbie once they learn that she is in danger and is being hunted by the “bloodline” that turned her. Little did either one of them know the war that was about to ensue. I honestly did not know what to expect when I was getting ready to read this novel. I think I was expecting more of a vampire horror type novel, but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t. I truly could not, nor did I want to, put this book down. It had me captivated from the start. I wanted to give this book a 5 star rating, but the reason why I didn’t is because there were too many errors; additional words in sentences and the in chapter “scene” change breaks was not used until the later chapters in the book, which made some parts of the book a little confusing. Some of it could have been because of formatting issues, but some were probably editing oversights. Aside from that, like I said before, this book was able to draw me in and get to my emotions in multiple areas of the story. Because of this, this book, and this author, has quickly become one of my favorites. I cannot wait to sink my eyes into the next installment of the series.
  • Frostwalker on July 28, 2013

    I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. Jake is having some really strange dreams. These dreams keep calling him out to the woods behind his house. When he wakes, he feels that he knows exactly where this spot in the woods is at, but when he tries to find it, he can’t. Not because he is unable to find it, but because he is not physically able to continue on in the dark woods. His dreams, and lack of sleep, are starting to affect his work. But, it’s a good thing he is his own boss and the only other person he has to worry about at work is his secretary, Nancy. Over breakfast at the office one day, he realizes his attraction to Nancy, but now he has to weigh the pros and cons of making a move on his employee. Jake’s best friend Eric, and Eric’s girlfriend Wendy, convince Jake to ask Nancy to come along with them to do some Christmas shopping. During the trip to the mall, Jake and Nancy realize they have a lot in common, and begin to really hit it off. Because of this trip they start a new, romantic, relationship. But, strange happenings begin to occur as the weather worsens in their rural North Carolina town. As the snow flies and unnatural beings begin to attack them they are forced to run and try to find a way to save themselves. When they team up with a Native American, John, and his Grandmother, they learn a familiar story about their people and a battle that happened a long time ago. It was too familiar for Jake, as he felt he was living the exact same story. Will Jake’s story end the same as the story of the tribe? Will these evil beings take over the town? The state? The world? Is this new romantic relationship going to be able to grow, or will something else step in the way and kill it? This was a good, paranormal, story. It seemed like something straight out of the X-Files. I was hooked from the beginning and had a really hard time putting it down. I felt that the storyline flowed along perfectly, and the editing was really good. And, the way the story ended almost seems like the author might have a sequel in the works.
  • Killing Matt Cooper on July 29, 2013

    I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. A serial killer is on the loose. He picks out his victims from a list he keeps in his head. The victims he chooses? They are women who cheat. He picks the women who remind him of His Love, who happened to be his first victim. Although he does not have sex with them, he wants each of his victims to go out having the best orgasm of their life. He is very careful with how he gets rid of the bodies, and he feels his method is foolproof, that is until the FBI is brought in to investigate an incident at his dump site, and bodies are found. Will he be found out? Will the beautiful lead investigator figure out it is him? Only time will tell. This was an interesting novella, to say the least. As many others have said about it, it is a quick read, and one that is difficult to put down once you start reading it. With it only being 52 pages, I was able to complete it in less than a day. However, when I was done, I was left wanting more. I feel as if there is, or could be more to the story. Aside from that, if you are not one for reading “rape” stories, then I would suggest you pass on this. The author does get a little specific about a couple of his victims. But, at the same time, it is not too erotic.
  • Brethren: A Gripping Tale of Counter Espionage on Aug. 19, 2013

    I was given an eBook copy by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Allan Capstein owns a successful accounting firm in New York City. One day he decides that he is going to take a vacation to France. When he is approached to take a package with him and deliver it, in exchange for free air fare, he thinks it’s kind of strange, but agrees to it anyways. After all, what can it hurt, right? Upon arriving in France, and at the packages destination, Allan meets the beautiful Mlle. Marie Du Berge. This chance encounter turns out to be a match set up by the heavens as they spend virtually the rest of his vacation together. They enjoy each other’s company, and even make plans for her to return to New York with him. However, there is the mysterious package that Allan was asked to deliver. When Marie seemed to be disinterested in it, it caught Allan’s attention and made him wonder, even more, what the package contained. Does he really want to know? Especially after he finds out that it wasn’t by chance that he was asked to deliver it, but he was chosen? Moreover, who exactly chose him? The answer to that question surprises even Allan. This was a very interesting, but quick, read. I was able to get into the story fairly quickly, and the author had me curious as to what was going to happen from one page to the next. One of the only problems that I had with this book was the amount of French it contained. It really seemed to me that about every other paragraph had, at least, a partially French sentence. It is not that I minded it too much, I understand that the story was set in France, but it has been almost 20 years since I studied the language and it made parts of the story a little hard to follow. Other than that, it was a good story. The characters were easy to follow and distinguish. The author built them up enough that I was able to envision each of them. There was a fair amount of suspense, and I think that the author did a great job with who he put in as the “Middle Eastern despot.” If you are looking for a good, quick read, I would suggest you giving this book a look.