‘Nocturnal Farm’ by Villimey Mist – Review

*Disclaimer – I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

You can also see my video review of books 1 & 2 in the series on my BookTube channel here or read the review of Book One, ‘Nocturnal Blood’ here.

 

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My hands shake from holding the gun. Holding it brings back memories. The last time I held one, I shot a man in the thigh. I helped kill him.. It’s the same heaviness, the same stench of gunpowder in the air. There’s also the disgust at countless other people having touched this one with their dirty hands.

“You know you don’t have to do this,” Dad says.

I grip the handle tighter. “Yes, I do. I have to be prepared for anything.”

I hear a scream. My eyes dart around, but there are only my concerned father, with his hand stretched toward me, and my annoyed little brother, who has his arms crossed against the bitter cold. No one screamed. It was just a wraith from my haunting memories.

“You sound like one of those doomsday preppers,” Nathan says. “You know that, right? Are you gonna build a bunker in the woods?”

I shake my head and adjust my focus to the red-and-white circle fifteen feet away from me. They don’t know what I’ve been through. I have to be ready. Mom, Dad, and Nathan were safe because Sophie and I left Anchorage, but what if vampires come after more of my family? What if those nocturnal creatures ignore the pact? I can’t take that chance. I can’t tell my family what happened to me, but I can be prepared if all hell breaks loose.

Synopsis –

Leia Walker has been training to protect her family from vampires ever since her best friend died six months ago. That humans are disappearing all over Europe is a distant worry — Until her little brother goes to Amsterdam, meets a Sangue — a vampire familiar — and disappears.

Leia knows she can’t save him alone. To bring him home, she must take up arms with the Owls, a group of vampire hunters, without her vampire protectors or the Owls becoming aware of each other. Under Amsterdam’s streets, she discovers dark secrets, a vampire who is immune to sunlight, and a threat that turns humankind and vampires alike into feral killers.

Can Leia hold on to her belief that everybody can be saved while she fights to bring her brother home — Or will she end up as a human blood bag on the farms?

 

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Thoughts –

Nocturnal Farm, Book 2 in the Nocturnal Series by Villimey Mist, brings the story of Leia and her vampiric associates from Anchorage, Alaska, to the historic city of Amsterdam. Book 2 follows Leia as she attempts to find her brother, missing on a school trip to Europe, and she is convinced that he has somehow gotten himself involved with the vampires she was too afraid to tell him about, or possible kidnapped by a Sangue – a vampire familiar.

While the first book in the series was about the unshakable friendship between Leia and Sophie, book two gives a wider view of the vampire world, the myriad factions across the globe that fight for power, control, and to keep their citizens in check for the protection of the species. Leia’s love for her brother and her family is still present, but she is often distracted by the strangeness of this new city, and the increased opportunity to get herself in trouble. She seems to be breaking free from some of her anxious habits, but is still taken aback when a young vampire hunter actually starts to flirt with her. Could it be the start of a romance or is their world far too dangerous for that?

While the driving force of Sophie and Leia’s friendship was missing from this novel, it was still action packed. Travelling now with an immeasurably wealthy vampire elder and her vampire friend Kenji, there’s a lot more luxury as opposed to the bitter journey taken in the first book. The vampire universe of the Nocturnal series is expanded, and with it, the dangers and threats to the human race as well.

 

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It seems the more Leia learns, the more she has to fear, and with the bombshell ending of this book, book 3 is sure to be another whirlwind of emotion, blood, and shocking twists.

 

About the Author – 

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Villimey has always been fascinated by vampires and horror, ever since she watched Bram Stoker’s Dracula when she was a little, curious girl.
She loves to read and create stories that pop into her head unannounced.
She lives in Iceland with her husband and two cats, Skuggi and RoboCop, and is often busy drawing or watching the latest shows on Netflix.
You can find her on her Twitter or her Instagram.

 

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‘Dead Woman Scorned’ by Michael Clark – Review

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As strange as it sounds, Mildred Wells committed suicide in an attempt to reconcile with her son. 

Her thinking was that if they were kindred spirits, the healing could begin… or at least that was the idea.

The horrible truth that she wanted to ignore, however, was that any sort of reconciliation with Elmer would not be easy. He did not want her. Every time he saw her, he ran away. He was rightfully afraid of Mildred, but even so, she hoped deep down he could someday forgive her. 

 

Synopsis –

She’s back, and they’ll regret what they’ve done. Mildred Wells had a miserable life that carried over to a lonesome death. In the end, they betrayed her–played her the fool. She was the last to know, but there’s still time to catch up. She’ll formulate her painful plan as they live their lives in blissful ignorance. With no more family, only vengeance drives her; in fact, it’s all she has anymore. She would rather have rested in peace, but for Mildred, dying isn’t so easy.

 

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Thoughts –

Dead Woman Scorned is the second in Michael Clark’s series and a step up from the first book. Maybe I just need to appreciate a romance more, but book two focused less on Holly and Tim’s burning love life and more on how Mildred Well’s came to be the infamous Mildred Well’s, which was a much more compelling and unsettling story for me.

Set directly after the first book as new homeowner Tim is busy redecorating and trying to forget the dangerous and dead woman who refuses to leave him alone, or stop throwing hatchets at him. Dead Woman Scorned takes the reader back to the young life of Mary, and her mother and sister, as she starts on a path that will eventually lead her to become a walking corpse that violently haunts a small New Hampshire property. A series of unfortunate and tragic events in her early life plant the seed of darkness and rage in her young heart, the knowledge of otherworldly magic cultivating this seed into a seething mass of roots that over time rot and infect her soul.

A terrifying and mysterious figure in Book One (you can find my review of book one here) Dead Woman Scorned manages to clear away some of the flies that swarm around Mildred and somehow make her even more terrifying. Tim and Hollie do make an appearance in this book, lulled into a sense of security in thinking that Mildred is finally gone, they soon realise that not only is she still stalking the property, but it seems like everyone in town is now learning her name and eager to get a look at the house of this local legend.

 

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A solid addition to the series, this one will wet your appetite for the darkness to come in Book 3.

 

About the Author –

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Michael Clark was raised in New Hampshire and lived in the house The Patience of a Dead Man is based on. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife Josi and his dog Bubba. The Patience of a Dead Man is his first novel, and Dead Woman Scorned is his second. Stay tuned.

 

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‘After the Fall: Children of the Nephilim’ by Paul Freeman – Review

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He hawked and spat as stomach acid burned inside his chest. It was time. The first one appeared, a shadowy figure emerging from the trees. He could make out its hideous face as it moved into the clearing, appearing to float on the mist. It hissed and snarled at him, a grotesque smile of fangs. Slowly he unslung the shotgun from his back. His heart beat a steady rhythm as his hands only shook a little. He brought the weapon up all the while his eyes darted about the clearing, squinting in the shadowy twilight. There was never just one. 

 

Synopsis –

Twenty years after the Fall and what’s left of mankind is eking out an existence in a post-apocalyptic world. With much of the Earth now a nuclear wasteland, civilization has been knocked back two hundred years. By day the remnants of humanity gather together in small groups drawing from the land what they can in their new technological wasteland. By night they hide behind walls and bank up fires in an attempt to ward off the evil stalking the land during the hours of darkness.

The world needs a savior. A hero unafraid to face his own fears and terror of the vampires. An ex-preacher disillusioned by the world and his god is not that man… or so he says.

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Thoughts –

Set 20 years into the vampire apocalypse that has plunged the world into darkness, After the Fall paints a grim picture of one small town struggling to eke out an existence while fighting off the monsters that stalk their nights. But not only this, the group also have to protect themselves from the worst opportunistic scum of humanity – raiders.

Freeman’s storytelling strengths lie in the authentic tone of his characters and their rich lives. He creates sympathetic characters from courageous town leaders to horny and misguided teenagers, who’s bad luck genuinely pulls at the readers heart strings – characters that you can’t help but root for.

After the Fall‘s main hero is Preacher, a former man of God who lost faith in his leader when he saw his congregation torn to pieces in front of his eyes, turned after death into soulless monsters intent on pulling others down with them. Motivated by his hatred of these demons and fearless against their onslaught, Preacher also has the burden of leading the town of ‘Colony’, a group that looks to him for strength, guidance, and hope, a burden that gets heavier by the day, highlighting the struggles and vulnerabilities we so rarely see in our heroes.

 

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After the Fall: Children of the Nephilim is a post apocalyptic novel that pits faith against evil, takes no prisoners, and is dripping with darkness.

 

About the Author –

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Paul Freeman is from Dublin, Ireland, where he now works, plays and writes. In the past he has lived in Germany and America but is now content to keep his roaming to the worlds he creates and writes about. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, or on his website here.

Tribesman is his first published novel, an epic fantasy with hints of Celtic myth. He has also published a short story in the steampunk anthology, Strange Tales From the Scriptorium Vaults. Season of the Dead is a novel about the zombie apocalypse, told from four different perspectives by four different authors and published by Spore Press. Book 2 in the Tribesman series, Warrior is now available.

 

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