#BookReview : Judenrein by Harold Benjamin #Judenrein #Thriller

Judenrein by Harold Benjamin
Publication Date : March 25th 2020
Publisher : Intrados Publishing
Genre : Dystopia / Thriller
Pages : 386

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Zack Gurevitz has had a checkered past. A Yeshiva boy, turned Green Beret, turned junkie, excommunicated by his one-time faith and now the potential savior of people he doesn’t even like.

As a white supremacist movement stealthily takes the reins of power in America, it is again the Jews who are made out as scapegoats. Stripped of wealth and citizenship, they are made to live in 21st century ghettos that hark back to a sinister and murky past that many had thought would never return.

But things are about to get much worse. With the revealing of a planned terror attack that will place the blame firmly at Jewish feet and condemn millions to death, Zack is contacted by Jewish leaders in Detroit, begging for his help.

Reluctantly he agrees and before long he is mired in a conspiracy that will have far reaching consequences for his country, the Jewish population and even his own sanity.

As the clock ticks down, can Zack find a way to avert a looming disaster? Who is behind the conspiracy? And can he really trust anyone?

*** Note: I received e-ARC via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher and NetGalley. ***

Judenrein was terrifying dystopia thriller set in 21st century America run by Neo Nazi White Supremist. It was about white supremacy, fascism, right-wing extremism, Nazism, and terrorism.

Writing was gripping, easy to follow, and to the point. Short chapters made it fast paced and quick read. It was written in multiple third person narrative mainly from main characters’ perspective -Zack and Agent Matthews- and also intermittent secondary characters and villain’s POV.

Book started with a man being shot that made me think who he was and why. Next we are taken back 5 days back from where all story started introducing readers to each characters, their current life and what is going on in America after rise of Pete Kasprzyks and how ex-military neo-nazis were now working in government planning terror attack.

Zack was G battalion’s best Jewish solider, now was on methadone program. He saw Jewish being homeless, jobless, penniless and stateless after rise of Pete and country supporting his ‘88wh1te’ white supremist group while labelling every Jewish terrorist or supporter of terrorist organisation. He didn’t know why he was spared from Jewish hate but when he was found by orthodox Jewish leaders at Detroit compound and was given a mission to find out more about attack, things got worse for him.

Agent Matthews was hedge fund manager who made her way up the rank of FBI. She was put on administrative leave after a mission went wrong but she was given another chance through off the book assignment which was from Colonel Hollis Weld.

Now Weld was the one who orchestrating whole performance of terror attack. But how and when was mystery. I was curious to find out what Weld’s plan was, how her and his men were going to use Zack and Agent Mathews and how they both would discover Weld’s plan and stop it.

Zack was amazing throughout the book. He gave Rambo feel, surviving on his own many harrowing situations and discovering villains’ plan as he went deeper in his mission. His encounter with Matthews were fun to read. Agent Matthews was not sure if Zack murdered her partner or not and how he was involved but when her suspicion about Weld and his junkies were confirmed she started believing Zack. I liked the way she found out the truth and how she helped Zack. They made great duo in book. I wish I could see them more. I liked Zack’s friends Wiggy who was brilliant hacker and Rosenblatt, Zack’s childhood friend living in Jews camp in Detroit.

This was plot driven story. Characters were there to play their role. If you want to connect with characters, you would be disappointed. There wasn’t much background story, only enough information about them to keep the story going and to understand their current situation and mental state. But still they were realistic and I enjoyed reading their part in story and made me root for Zack and Matthews.

World was frightening and yet interesting to read. Jews, blacks, Latinos were rounded up in a camp striped off their rights and citizenship after catalysing crisis and making Jews a threat to nation. White supremist were now planning third phase of Reichsadler with ultimate goal of making America Judenrein (free of Jews) forever and non-white free. I was shocked at seeing these supremist repeating history with their extremely racist view and behaviour.

It was baffling to see people electing a racist president and believing all they said throwing their logic out of window. It was all very prophetic and vividly written with a bit about Jews culture and religion. It made me think can this really happen, can people be that stupid to elect such president and believe every word he says and drive their hate towards particular community in name of patriotism? Answer is simple and terrifying, yes or maybe.

Mystery and suspense were brilliant. I wasn’t sure what their whole plan was. Characters were misled along with reader, were put in situations that made me anxious for them and kept me wondering how the hell they were going to stop the attack.

Events before and after climax were action packed and adrenalin inducing. They made me impatient to read all detail on what characters were doing and how they were carrying out action. I just wanted to reach to important point. End was good but also unbelievable. I’m struggling to believe how they wrapped or rather covered whole thing after Zack and Matthews saved the day.

Overall,

Judenrein was powerful, thought-provoking, and fast paced thriller filled with suspense and action packed. I highly recommend this to fans of dystopia thriller.

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#BookReview #GuestPost : Bound to You (The Demon Knights Series, #1) by Alyson Caraway #ParanormalRomance @alycaraway @vulpine_press

Bound to You (The Demon Knights Series, #1) by Alyson Caraway
Publication Date : August 7th 2020
Publisher : Vulpine Press
Genre : Paranormal Romance
Pages : 242

Rating: 4 out of 5.

She’s a power-hungry battle angel

Coriel is determined to rid the world of demons and prove she has what it takes to be archangel. But when a fierce battle ends in tragedy on her orders, she is banished from the Heavens–and finds herself at the mercy of Hell’s sexiest and most powerful demon knight.

He’s the demon knight who wants her

Rather than take his rightful place on Hell’s throne, Zagan prefers to spend his days in the human realm corrupting souls–and he’ll end the life of any angel who tries to stop him. But rather than slay the beautiful battle angel when he has the chance, he binds her to him with his life-saving kiss, forcing her to obey his every command.

The line is drawn

Coriel has no choice but to submit to her captor, though the curse of his kiss is not what lures her to him. While Zagan takes great pleasure in exerting his dominance over the Heavens’ fiercest warrior, he soon wants her to do more than just his bidding. As the war between angels and demons rages, he wants her by his side … to rule Hell as his queen.

*** Note: I received e-ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Vulpine Press. ***

Bound to You was action packed paranormal fantasy that revolved around fallen angel and how her life changed after she was bound to the most powerful and to-be-king Knight Demon.  It was about manipulation, betrayal, guilt, regrets, and love.

Writing was easy to follow and fast paced that took me right into the fascinating world of angels and demons. It was written in third person narrative from alternative Zagan and Coryn’s perspective that worked well here and made it easy to understand characters.

Plot was interesting. First few chapters introduced the world, how hierarchy worked in hell and specially heaven, how angels descend to fight demons on human realm and their souls and injuries are cleansed with help of God, and both main characters and their dream. There was lot of action and killing and sex. All characters were interesting.

Coriel was Coryn’s God given name. She was smart, clever, ambitious breath-taking beauty. She dreamed to be Archangel and one day High Archangel taking place of Michael whom she admired. But nobody took her seriously, refuting her wish to drop her name in nominations saying she is too young to be archangel. She was impulsive, stubborn, a bit naïve, and had trouble in following orders that resulted in loss of battle with demons. But when she was sent on earth again to get her revenge from Demon Knight Zagan things turned bad to worst for her. She lost the battle and Zagan saved her from death by giving her his antidote that bound her to him eternally. Heaven abandoned her. She had to stay with Zagan who gave her new name Coryn. The more she thought about what heaven did to her and how different Zagan was, her perspective changed. Coryn’s emotional conflict was realistic. I liked her development that took time but at the end I liked her for taking the right side and doing right thing.

Zagan was interesting. He was strong, ruthless demon but also different from other demons. He was demon prince and general of King’s army and yet he didn’t care about throne and never carried out his duty of training army, he was more interested in spreading evil among humans. When he met Coryn we see a whole different side of him- caring, sensitive and loving. He admired her strength and stubbornness, the more he knew her the more he fell in love. He found companion with whom he could rule and wanted to make her his queen. I liked him more than Coryn. He was clear with his feelings and what he wanted and he was less drama. I liked how even after sting of betrayal he saw through things and decided to trust his love.

Romance was steamy and passionate. I liked enemy-to lover-trope here but I have to say the spark and lust was instant. In fact, they realised they loved each other a bit early but had internal conflicts. Their love was tested, they both had doubts initially but at end heart won over mind and trust issues.

World was fascinating, I liked reading rules of heaven and hell and seeing it from characters’ perspective. I enjoyed reading powers of other Knights. I did recall Lucifer’s dialogue while I was reading this, “Hell is hell and heaven is… hell.” something like that which was true here. I was surprised how both worlds behaved contradictorily. I wasn’t expecting goodness from demons and manipulations from angels and gods.

The twist and turns were good. There were few red herrings as well. I couldn’t guess who plotted for Cory’s fall and why. I have a little bit idea who didn’t want Zagan to be king and take his rightful throne but couldn’t think of name as that person was mysterious until climax.

Climax was surprising and tense. I was shocked when truth of whole scheme and manipulation came out. I wasn’t sure what Zagan and Coryn would do with this truth and situation. End battle was bit confusing and a whole mess. I couldn’t understand what happened and what Alex was thinking or whose side he was on, maybe that will be in next books of the series. Battle and the story ended like I expected.

Why 4 stars-

Like I said the last battle left me with some question, I couldn’t figure out what they said to Alex and what he was thinking. I wanted to know more about the world.

Overall,

Bound To You was fascinating, action packed, quick paranormal romance with enemy to lover trope, interesting characters, and mystery. It was enjoyable first book in series and I wish to see what will come in next books.

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Why Write Angel & Demon Romance?

Them: “That’s so cool that you’re an author! What do you write?”

Me: “Paranormal romance! Right now I’m writing a series about demons finding love. The first book is a story between a demon hero and angel heroine.”

This is typically met by one of the following two reactions:

Reaction 1: “That’s so cool, I LOVE books like that!”

Reaction 2, often accompanied by a judgmental look or a raised eyebrow: “Romance … with demons?”

It’s the second reaction I anticipate most. Is this person religious, and do they think I’ve written an attack on their beliefs? Do they think I worship the devil?

They’d be relieved to know that neither of these things are true. I was raised Roman Catholic, I taught religion classes when I was in high school, I got married in a church, and my children are baptized. I’m also a huge nerd and gamer, and have been drawn to angelic or winged characters in anime or video games all my life. I’ve been writing stories since middle school, first with fanfiction and “original” stories that were thinly veiled fanfics with my own names and outrageous teenage angst. Every story I’ve ever written has been a love story with magic or fantastical elements, so when I finally started writing true original fiction six years ago, it was only natural to write paranormal romance. And what better to make my main character than a winged being that I’ve always loved so much? Enter Coriel, the heroine in Bound to You. (That’s right: a series that started as a story about an angel became a series that would center around her enemies, demons.)

I’m also a sucker for a good villain and enemies-to-lovers story, so it was never a question in my mind who Coriel’s hero would be: Zagan, a powerful demon who would challenge her views and be challenged by her strength. I pantsed my way through the story (meaning I didn’t outline it, and discovered the story as I wrote it), which quickly molded into a Beauty & the Beast retelling.

Now, if those Reaction 2 skeptics based their opinions on my Google history, I would agree that I come across as a devil worshipper: “names of demons,” “demonic symbols,” and “anatomy of a pentagram” are just some of the many Hell-related queries I’ve entered. I also have a well-worn copy of A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits on my bookshelf. But even though I pull from real-world mythologies and religions, the world Coriel and Zagan inhabit is entirely of my own creation. Their gods may have names you recognize, like Wodan or Ouranos, or you may recognize Zagan as a name taken from demonology and The Lesser Key of Solomon, but the traits and behaviors of these characters are unique to my series and my world.

I knew when I first started writing these books that, not only was I going to be judged by some for writing romance, but that that judgement could be compounded because I was writing about demons—and I understand why that would be a red flag for some people. That’s why I was thrilled when my first advanced review came in. It started, “Reading the first couple of pages, I wasn’t sure I’d really get into this book. It posed a new and uncomfortable (to me) perspective on angels and demons.” I braced myself for the rest, and was overjoyed by the next sentence: “As I kept reading, I quickly decided that not only could I get into this story, I was enthralled.” The more I read, the more it showed me that the story could still be entertaining to those hesitant to read it only because of the classification of the two main characters. Even by the end of the book, that reader’s beliefs weren’t attacked, and they were able to enjoy the characters’ journeys instead.

So, what’s my answer when I get Reaction 2 and a surprised look? “Yes, it’s about demons in a fantasy world. It’s pretty hot and you should check it out sometime!” and follow that up with a wink. Write what you love, read what you love, and don’t let anyone’s reaction stop you from creating or enjoying it all.

About Author:

Alyson Caraway is a debut author of paranormal romance. When she’s not writing, you can find her indulging in retail therapy, playing video games, studying Japanese, or stuffing her face with something deliciously bad for her health. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and maltipoo. Find her on social media @alycaraway and alycaraway.com

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Vulpine Press

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#ReleaseDay : Dearest Clementine by Candace Robinson #Shortstorycollection #horror #romance #DearestClementine @literarydust

Hello readers! I have read books by Candace Robinson ever since I started this blog. I have enjoyed all her YA and Fantasy books and I’m excited for another new book releasing today- Dearest Clementine : Dark and Romantic Monstrous Tales. Check out the book details in this post.

Dearest Clementine by Candace Robinson
Publication Date : August 6th 2020
Genre : Romance / Horror / Short story collection

Clementine has been taken by a creature of darkness.

Dorin is a fiend in love who must find Clementine before losing her forever.

While on his desperate search, Dorin pens eight dark and romantic monstrous tales, written only for Clementine. Each story serves a purpose, and that is, do monsters have the ability to love, too?

Dearest Clementine is a short story collection filled with dark romantic tales.

Goodreads link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52732017-dearest-clementine?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=yR15txCPOa&rank=1  

Purchase:   https://www.amazon.com/Dearest-Clementine-Romantic-Monstrous-Letters-ebook/dp/B07ZTTCTYL/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=dearest+clementine+candace&qid=1595686804&sr=8-2


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#BookReview #BlogTour : As Luck Would Have It by Zoe May #Chicklit @rararesources @zoe_writes

Hello Readers! Today I’m sharing review of As Luck Would Have It by Zoe May as part of blog tour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to Rachel for tour invite and author for providing review copy.

As Luck Would Have It by Zoe May
Publication Date :  4th July 2019
Publisher : HQ Digital, HarperCollins
Genre : Romantic Comedy
Pages : 241

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!

So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.

Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever…right?

Other books I read by the same author:

Perfect Match

When Polly Met Olly

Flying Solo

As Luck Would Have It was amusing romcom that revolved around Natalie’s holiday romance. It was about letting go of past, second chance at love, enjoying life and taking risk at chance of love and happiness.

Writing was good, like previous books it was entertaining and lovely. It was written in first person narrative from Natalie’s perspective set in mainly Marrakech, Morocco and Chiddingfold village in England. The plot was interesting and I love the second chance at love and high school sweetheart getting back together arc.

It started with Natalie narrating her life story, telling about how she came to live with her mother at age 32 with an adorable daughter, how she became entrepreneur and how her ex betrayed her. When her mother took her to village raffle, she won the first price of 5 days holiday in Marrakech but not alone, her high school sweetheart, her first love who broke her heart 16 years ago also won the raffle. Not just that but on arriving Marrakech, because of huge misunderstanding, they have to fake being married. What a twist of fate! I was curious to find out how they were going to clear things between them and if they would accept their feelings and get back together.

I enjoyed first half of the book. It was fun, fast paced and entertaining. Natalie had refreshing voice. She was clever, smart, independent single mom. Her story was gripping and emotive. I was shocked to read how she couldn’t see the sign she and her fiancé weren’t compatible until it was too late to save her heart. Her move to her mother’s house was wise decision and I liked how she juggled motherhood and her business with help of her mom. I rooted for her and understood why she was hesitant to let Will or any man in her life.

Romance was slow built. I thought what happened 16 years ago between Will and Natalie would come in second half but it was revealed right after they won raffle and I agreed with Natalie, it didn’t look good but as I read more about Will, I liked him more.

Will was carrying his own baggage of emotions. His father’s death and recent divorce took toll on him and yet I could see he was not letting loss weigh him down. His career and marriage story and why he and his ex-wife decided to get separated was interesting. I thought there might something dramatic but there wasn’t. I loved his spirit and how he learned from what he went through and became wiser and more sensible.

Second half was all about Marrakech, their 5 days together and fake relationship along with knowing each other more worked like charm. This part was a bit slow but I loved beautiful description of Marrakech- souk, monkey men, snake charmers, exotic hotel, Bahia Palace, Jenna-al-Fna, people, Arabic cuisine, desert tour – made me want to book trip right now and fly to this place. Author added humour and entertainment along with these places wonderfully.

Climax was interesting. Series of blunders did make me smile and I loved Marrakech even more at this point. But there wasn’t anything dramatic like I imagined. It was adventurous and quiet simple which make it different unlike all dramatic cliché we read in romcoms. End was lovely and cute.

Why 4 stars-

As much as I loved characters’ adventure and their exotic holiday and beautiful description, somehow this part felt too slow. Not my most favourite book by Zoe May but I enjoyed it.

Overall,

As Luck Would Have It was feel good, entertaining, and enjoyable chick-lit with amazing setting. I recommend this to fans of romcom.

Purchase Links:

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Author Bio:

Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe’s Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/

She posts updates and blogs on her website, http://www.zoemayauthor.co.uk

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#BookBlitz : The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance by Lali A. Love @Laliaristo @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Hello Readers! I’m pleased to be part of the blitz tour for The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance by Lali A. Love, organized by Love Books Group. Check more details about this ne fantasy paranormal novel in this post.

Synopsis:

When a demonic parasite turns her classmates into an army of sleepwalkers, sixteen-year-old Jo must confront her celestial identity and reveal the mystery of existence. Guided by the Galactic Council, a Galactic Compass and with the help of her best friends, Jo unleashes the cosmic powers of creation to prevent the Lord of Darkness from enslaving all of humanity into obscurity. 

Will she be able to decode the artificial system in time to save her friends and the sacred Light?

Author Bio

Award-winning Author, Lali A. Love provides a supernatural thriller of metaphysical and visionary fantasy with her own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative skills to produce this heart-wrenching and gripping tale.

Lali A. Love lives in the capital city of Canada with her husband and two beautiful children who are her greatest source of pride, joy, and inspiration. As a debut author, Lali loves to write stimulating, character-based novels that invoke an emotional response in her readers. She has done extensive research into epistemology and metaphysics to further her understanding of the Universal Laws of Energy.

In her spare time, Lali is committed to writing her visionary fiction trilogy about spiritual transformation. These mystical novels are based on the journeys of three incarnated Angels that have been brought together in the third-dimensional existence, to realize their Divine Feminine soul purpose. Each of them must experience unique self-realization to overcome the dark demonic entities that are determined to destroy their inner light to derail their Soul mission.  

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