Blight by Missouri Dalton

e689b92004a2f6fa8612f8db8b1da427a9d1188eTitle: Blight

Author: Missouri Dalton

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novel (175 pages)

Publisher: Torquere Press (Sept 11th, 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb:Noah Abbott isn’t crazy, but most people think he is. When he was younger, Noah saw a something that still haunts his nightmares. A walking monstrosity like a giant made of swamp land — a troll. Ever since that day, his life has been controlled by his fear of the things he sees. He’s stuck in a rut, working in a box factory after getting out psychiatric care. He gets a hand up when Christian, fellow deviant, decides to take their relationship a step further.

Noah can’t imagine his life changing any more than that, until he meets Hannah Regent, a girl who can see the goblins and trolls too. Trouble follows fast for the new friends, as the troll from Noah’s past rears his ugly head again and Noah’s lifelong question, “why me?” is finally answered. Noah’s not human, never has been. He’s an elf, and there’s a war going on that he’s in the middle of whether he likes it or not. With fellow elf Hannah, and the timely aid of the goblin king, Noah is about to set off on a real adventure.

He’s just not sure he’s the hero in this story.

Purchase Link:

Review: Warning: there is a female involved in the romance, however no explicit detail.

Noah was sent to a hospital when he was young for claiming to see things, he is out now and been working at the box factory. He is very bored with his life and still sees other creatures, he keeps his mouth shut. He finally gives in to his desires with his Co-worker Christian, and then meets a new girl at his group therapy. Meeting heather shakes up more than his sexual life when he finds out she sees the things he does. Are they both crazy or does another world full of other creatures really exist.

Ok I went back and forth on this one before deciding at the end it deserved a 5. This story is one heck of a rollercoaster ride between reality and other worlds.  I loved the depth of all the characters in both worlds. I really loved the descriptiveness and how the author described the Goblin and other worlds; I felt as if I was truly a part of this story and sucked right in with poor Noah!

My only problem was I couldn’t decide it if was a bit too young, though the characters weren’t truly teens it still had a slight juvenile feel. If it wasn’t for the talk of sex in it I would read this to my grandkids. But having said this, I truly loved the story, the mystery, the walk between the two worlds and the tangle of romance. I myself would have liked to have actually seen some of the sex that was so frequently mentioned. MY favourite part was the use of color and scent. I now love Green and lime… if you want to know why, read this story.

I recommend this to anyone that likes a good fantasy, Elves, Goblins, trolls, sweet romance and ménage.

Necromancy and You! by Missouri Dalton

necromancyandyouTitle: Necromancy and You

Series: Guidebook 02

Author: Missouri Dalton

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

Length: Novel (206pgs)

Publisher: Prizm Books (Torquere Press) (3rd July 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Al Skelton is a nearly fifteen-year-old boy with an unusual interest—raising the dead.

When the book Necromancy and You! arrives in the mail and Al’s interest goes from theory to practice as he’s dragged into a world he doesn’t really understand. A world full of undead frogs, vampires, ghouls and a sinister cabal called the Coalition who would like nothing more than to bring Al into their fold—by any means necessary.

Purchase Link:

Review: Al Skelton has always been fascinated by raising the dead so he is excited to get his very own copy of Necromancy and You (From A – Zombie) that he sent away for in the back of a magazine and he can finally try to really raise the dead. Al discovers that things have been hidden from him when he actually makes a frog or two rise from the dead and… well, maybe a few bird skeletons. As Al delves into a world of ghosts, vampires, and ghouls and learns to avoid the Coalition, he discovers who he can trust and just what happened to his father.

This is a great young adult adventure that while isn’t strictly GLBT it does have Duncan and Lucas from Vampirism and You for a large part of the storyline. Al has a secret longing, to bring his father back from the dead, Al sends off for a necromancy book in the back of a magazine and he is drawn into a world he never knew existed and makes allies and enemies along the way. The Coalition want Al but Al has been warned about them, dodging them is harder than Al thought and he briefly ends up in their hands. Running from a disgusting organization, Al discovers that he has limited choices, but he also finds he has powerful allies.

This is a great fun story that has slashes of danger, some loss, startling discoveries, and a kindling of love. Al is a brilliant character who is like a typical depressed teenager, he is obsessed with raising the dead, but as Al discovers he can really do it. With the help of his trusty Guidebook and his undead frog familiar, he begins to explore the necromancy world and soon discovers just why he has been warned away from the Coalition by a vampire. Al’s journey is filled with danger and secrets but he soon learns who he can trust. We see quite a bit of Duncan and Lucas and we also find a remorseful ghost, Al has his very first crush on a young female necromancer and he has to face a deadly foe.

I will recommend this to those that love young adult stories that has just a touch of GLBT, great characters, a brilliant storyline, angsty teenagers, danger, lots of dead things and a happy for now ending. 

The Hellfire Legacy by Missouri Dalton

a389f59d22e367b1f1afdca28214b7adbda046eeTitle: The Hellfire Legacy

Series: The Night Wars 03

Author: Missouri Dalton

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (171pgs)

Publisher: Torquere Press (3rd April 2013)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate  

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Everything has fallen apart. With the Night Shift HQ destroyed and supernatural murders spreading across Chicago, the Night Shift team circles the wagons. Reeling from their losses, Fynn has to draw on every friend –supernatural and not– he has left to track down the monster responsible, a chase that will take his team far from home and the comfort of the world he thought he knew.

With his partner Jack and their daughter, Fynn faces questions about his family, an old feud and the Night Shift’s origins will bring Fynn closer to the truth, but he’s not sure he going to make it out of this one. He’s not even sure he wants to.

Purchase Link:

Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. With the destruction of Chicago Night Shift HQ and mysterious murders, leaving them reeling Night Shift circles its wagons. Fynn is the highest-ranking Night Shift officer left standing, he has to take charge, contact allies, and find the monster responsible, and it takes him and Jack across the world back to where it all began for the original Night Shift team.

This story dives in right where The Night Shift ended, it starts with explosions, sacrifice, betrayal, and death, and Fynn has to pick up the mantle and discover who, how and why. Fynn and Jack have a lot on their plate reorganizing Night Shift and calling in allies and family to help track down the culprit, they have little time for rest as they race across the country on the killers trail and then across the ocean to England and Ireland to a showdown that reveals the person pulling the strings.

Wow, this book certainly doesn’t pull its punches as secrets are revealed and the twisting tentacles of the past linger and try to control the present. Both Fynn and Jack are as they have always been, although Fynn is feeling the pressure and the alcohol is calling his name. The mystery of whom was stealing artifacts is revealed and the sinister connections that are revealed as they investigate is chilling, but finding out why they were all betrayed is gob-smacking. Many things are revealed in this story with connections to the previous books and many secrets come out, Jack and Fynn are a spectacular couple and their co-workers, friends and family pull together in this story and make it brilliant.

I have to recommend this to those who love paranormal, sinister undertones, a long reaching plot, some sweet loving and a great ending.