I am delighted to join the blog tour for After You Fell Affair by J. S. Lark today! My thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join. I was gifted a copy of After You Fell to read in exchange for my honest review.
Creepy, disturbing and genuinely thrilling, this is one page-turner you won’t be able to forget!
As one life ends
Louise’s Lovett’s death was a tragedy. But questions still swirl about exactly what happened to Louise that day. Did she fall…or was she pushed?
A new life starts
Helen Matthews’ donor heart saves her life. But as her new heart beats inside her, Helen feels the pull of its previous owner–despite what everyone is telling her, Helen is certain she has one final message to pass on.
And a dark obsession begins
As the lives of Helen and Louise become ever more entangled, Helen’s obsession gets increasingly out of control. And the fragile new life she has built begins to fall apart…
WOW! What a brilliant thriller!
Helen Matthews believes she has the ability to communicate with the dead, but her family and friends think otherwise, as she is also bipolar. Having been unwell all her life with a heart condition, she finally receives a donor heart that saves her life. Helen has always known she possesses psychic talents, being able to see the aura of others and to sense their spirit around her, but she has learnt not to share this knowledge with her nearest and dearest – particularly her brother, Simon and her best friend, Chloe. But what caused heart donor, Louise Lovett to fall from a car-park to her tragic death, and was it an accident… or was she pushed? As Helen feels the pull of its previous owner, she becomes increasingly obsessed with Louise and the family she left behind.
Compelling writing and continuous tension ensured that I was riveted to the story for the entirety of the book. Told from Helen’s perspective, I really appreciated the narrative and the vivid imagery Jane Lark conveyed. The pacing was comfortable, and the tension soon escalated to nail-biting, suspenseful levels. This was an absolute cracker of a thriller that held no disappointments. The author’s characterisation was superb, with an eclectic blend of fascinating characters, most of whom were unlikable, though this did not affect my enjoyment of the story.
After You Fell was a cleverly plotted page-turner complete with jaw-dropping twists leading up to an exciting, exhilarating conclusion.
Full of atmosphere, creepiness, jealousy, harboured secrets, and nefarious and questionable intentions, I would recommend this unsettling and unpredictable novel for anyone who enjoys eerie psychological thrillers with a strong paranormal element.
Thank you to JS Lark, Harper Impulse and Rachel’s RandomResources for the opportunity to read After You Fell. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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I am delighted to join the review tour for two books Hanami and Hazakura by V. C. Buckley today! My thanks to Marianne&Judy at Goddess Fish Promotions for the chance to join and the wonderful review copies!
This post is part of a virtual book tour organised by Goddess Fish Promotions. V. C. Buckley will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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About the Book
“I am no princess… I am Yakuza,”
SAKURA SHINTANI is the heir to the Dragon Clan—Japan’s most notorious crime dynasty. But can she keep this fact a secret from the annoying brats of Oniyuri Academy?
She must try to master her demons while trying not to hurt anyone. But having the face of an angel puts her on everyone’s radar… including the arrogant heir to Asia’s most powerful tycoon, KENJIN KIYOHARA. He senses the danger, but Sakura is too interesting to be left alone.
He snatched her backpack and swung it around his shoulder.
“Hey!” she protested, lunging for it.
Jin stepped aside, evading her grasp. He smiled to himself, taking long strides toward his car. He could hear her feet going after him.
Mr. Fujimaru was already by the car, holding the door open. His guards stood waiting like goons by the sidewalk.
“Look,” she said, grabbing his elbow before he could duck into his car, “I don’t care if you rescued me. I am not going with you! I don’t even know you!”
Her words cut right through him.
She lunged for her bag again, but Jin threw it into the farthest corner of the back seat.
He looked at her tilting his head down, their height difference apparent. He thought about what she said.
She doesn’t know me? His forehead creased. Was he really that invisible to her? He felt like someone had just slapped him across the face. He took one long look at her before ducking into his car.
He was confused. Any girl would jump at the chance to be with him—she should have been honored and groveling at his feet for rescuing her! What was wrong with her?
He felt her slide into the seat next to him, her knees slightly touching the side of his thigh. But before he could think, she reached across him, leaning her upper body against his lap to grab her bag. Jin froze.
She straightened back up, clutching her bag to her chest. Her eyes met his with a piercing glare, and a wave of heat suddenly swept over him.
Jin looked away, landing his gaze on her reflection on the car door window. Even with an angry face, she still looked so beautiful.
Jin smiled, tilting his head to the side to get a better look. I should stop this, he told himself, but it was too late. She was too interesting to be left alone.
My Thoughts on Hanami
If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of romance, love, humour, action, determination, positive attitude, imperfection, bitchiness, evil and relationships then Hanami by V. C. Buckley is a must-read for you as you will adore this book!
Right from the get-go there was so much happening in this wonderful tale of love and romance! I was totally taken with the two protagonists Sakura and Jin in this breath-taking and action-packed story. I loved stunning mafia princess Sakura for her amazing zest for life, her strength of character and her incredible poise, even in the face of extreme adversity. For his part, twenty-year-old Jin was incredibly sweet, terribly good-natured and a real romanticist.
Author, V. C. Buckley had really worked wonders with all of the characters in this fabulous story and I was very fond of most of them: Sakura’s Granddad, Mr Shintani; Nobu, one of Sakura’s personal guards; Jin’s friends,Vaughn and Jason; the downtrodden Scot and classmate, Yuna Lerwick; even the brilliantly named and nattily dressed teacher, Mrs Selfridge, to name only a few.
Even the less personable ones – particularly bitchy classmate Miyu and Sakura’s evil Uncle Ryuu – still had very good parts to play and did not dampen my enthusiasm for this fascinating tale.
Aside from the brilliant cast of characters, another selling point of Hanami was the awesome plot. It moved along at a really wicked pace and I loved the author’s general writing-style. There was no room for repetitiveness or boredom here!
The story was, for the post part, highly entertaining with plenty of humour and comedic moments. There were however, some serious issues as well, such as coping with with absent parents, dealing with awkward relationships and coping with class, race and wealth differences. There were some intensely violent scenes to contend with, too. I was completely drawn into this novel right from the start, relishing all of the absolutely priceless scenes and also the more shocking ones.
I was rooting all the way through, not just for Sakura herself, but for most of the other delightful characters also and V. C. Buckley rounded things off very masterfully which I fully appreciated. It was very hard to say goodbye to them and I found myself wishing many of them well for the future.
I recommend Hanami without a flicker of hesitation, so don’t miss out!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Goddess Fish Promotions at my own request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
Hanami – Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About The Author
V.C. Buckley was born in an isolated government facility and shipped off to an Island in Southeast Asia where she grew up braving tropical thunderstorms and warding off evil villains. At sixteen she was discovered by an agent and jetted off all over the world. Her stories come from gritty moments of her childhood to the glitz of her travels. She now lives in Manila with her husband, two kids and an herb garden that has hijacked her balcony.
Hazakura opens with Sakura experiencing nightmares following her Uncle Ryuu’s attack on her and Ryuu himself remains in hospital fighting for his own life, trying to recover from his near-fatal injuries. But somebody stabs him, too. Who considers him that much of an enemy, even more than Sakura-san?
Meanwhile, Jin’s dad has made an important decision – he has decided that he would like to retire as he has turned seventy and intends to hand the family’s business empire over to Jin. Jin is alarmed at the proposal as he hasn’t even finished the Oniyuri Heirs program yet. His father also intends to remarry, much to Jin’s horror as he hates his father’s mistress – Pam.
While these events are unfolding, a young woman steps forward claiming to be Takara Shintani, Ryuu’s daughter, unbeknown to the rest of the Shintani clan. Takara thinks one of the Shintani clan killed Ryuu and she is going to make it her mission to find out who.
Hazakura is another great story told in alternating chapters with Sakura and Jin as the protagonists. The couple remain united however, Sakura has very grave concerns that Jin’s background, upbringing and general lifestyle are so different to her own and many people seem to believe that he is her ultimate weakness. Will he be able to cope with a permanent relationship with the beautiful mafia princess?
For me, Hazakura was equally as action-packed and thrilling as Hanami and I loved the fabulously crafted, artful and fulfilling ending that really had my mind working overtime. I highly recommend this book and its prequel without any shadow of doubt.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my own request from Goddess Fish Promotions and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
Hazakura – Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
V.C. Buckley will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
Elated by Annie’s response, Johnny caved to his impulse and pressed his mouth to her sweet lips, sparking a surge of electricity that ricocheted through his entire body, and for one glorious moment swept him up in a wave of emotion that meteorically whisked him to the edge of the universe, past swirling spirals of brightly burning stars — white dwarfs, red giants, entire galaxies. Caught in the rapture, he shed his cocoon of darkness and experienced the light — the wonderful, warm, life-affirming light. He reveled in it, felt alive. He almost believed he was. Almost.
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West Coast journalist Annie Sinclair’s career, not to mention her love life, has been on the skids far too long, when she returns to Logan Point, her small, Indiana hometown. She’s back to make amends with her elderly father, and to delve into the 25-year-old, unsolved murder of her high school classmate for a writing gig with a national tabloid.
Annie’s plans soon go awry, and her mettle is tested — first when her father warns her against digging into the past; and again, when she meets the Logan Point Ledger’s handsome, but exasperating, new editor; and again still, when she reconnects with her first love, who clearly wants to rekindle what once was.
But Annie’s most arduous test appears in the form of the earthbound spirit of a boy she once knew — the boy with the azure eyes accused of the murder she is looking into. He needs her to prove his innocence, so he can break the ties that bind him to the darkness. In exchange, he will set Annie free to realize that the love she yearns for is just within her reach … if only she will open her heart.
About the Author
Janis Thornton is the author of a true crime/oral history/memoir, Too Good a Girl, as well as two cozy mysteries, Dust Bunnies & Dead Bodies and Dead Air & Double Dares. She also is the author of two local history books and contributor to Undeniably Indiana. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Authors Guild, and the Indianapolis Writers Center. She lives in her Indiana hometown in the same house where she grew up.
I loved this engrossing and fast-paced suspense novel!
Although I had reservations about reading it because of the paranormal element, I had no need to be concerned because in the end, I think this considerably enhanced the story.
The author, Janis Thornton, created some fabulous characters for this great tale. I loved that Annie was so down-to-earth, determined and feisty. Even the bad guys played a great part and they all contributed to the story in their individual ways.
I loved that Scott Wayne, Logan Point’s handsome and intrepid new editor at ‘The Ledger’ was always one step ahead of Annie, though this must have been extremely frustrating for her.
The snippets of romance in this thriller were a lovely addition and really complemented the story, overall. The mystery itself was a definite page-turner and I was desperate to find out how events would eventually be concluded. There was plenty of opportunity to play armchair detective in the novel though I didn’t guess the outcome before the big reveal.
The writing style of Janis Thornton was great for me. There was a good combination of descriptive passages to dialogue.
Love, Lies and Azure Eyes is worth each one of it’s five stars and I highly recommend it!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Great Escape Tours at my own request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.