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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: Dead Spots by Rhiannon Frater

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I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Dead Spots by Rhiannon FraterDead Spots by Rhiannon Frater
Published by Tor Books on February 10th 2015 (ebook) February 24th 2015 (paperback)
Genres: Adult, Horror
Source: The Author
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In the dead spots, dreams become reality, terror knows your name, and nightmares can kill you.

The stillbirth of Mackenzie's son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life's dangers.

Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer...and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life—but most are beseiged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly.

Mackenzie's mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac's ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive....

As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.

It’s not often that I get super excited and fan girl over a book, but this is one of them. I read a very early copy of this since I was lucky enough to be a beta reader. I feel like I need to disclose that. Having said that, this is a book that I need to own a physical copy of because it was absolutely amazing!! I need to read it again. (As soon as I can make myself carve out time for it, which will be soon.) The terror was so real, the emotions and feelings were pulling me every which way, and I felt so drawn into it and needed to know what was coming. This book really just hit me hard with the feels and the creep factor. It even has a super horrifying clown. It is after all set in a world between life and death where nightmares dominate and it’s almost impossible to get out.

Mackenzie was a fantastic character. She is very broken. Having given birth to a stillborn child and losing herself in grief, her life isn’t a bright and happy one. Her marriage is destroyed and she feels like her life has fallen apart. When she ends up in the dead spot, she doesn’t believe it’s real. She thinks she is dreaming. There is terror around every corner. She does find an ally who has been trapped in the dead spot for a long time. It isn’t just that simple though. She stays reluctant, not wanting to believe in this disturbing place, even after numerous gruesome and horrible things happen. Fear is a hard thing and she isn’t able to just overcome everything that has happened or keep the nightmares and horrible thoughts that consume her at bay. The dead spots feed off of fear and that is how the evil lurking gets you. It was very painful at times to go through what Mackenzie was going through. My heart ached for her. I feared for her. I wanted so badly for her to be able to push down some of her emotion so she could survive and find escape back to the real world.

Grant has been in the dead spot for a long time. I did have a hard time trusting him, but I really felt that he wanted to help Mackenzie. He’s been through a lot also. He has also seen numerous horrors in the dead spot. He has seen many destroyed by it. A fate worse than death. He was interesting and pretty complex. He was a bit creepy at times to me as well, but not like the evil beings were.

There is plenty of heart racing, spine tingling moments in this book for those of you who love that sort of thing. For those who don’t, yes, it’s creepy, but there is an amazing story to it. Underlying all the scary stuff, there is a very deep and emotional story as well. There is so much more to this than a horror story. It’s very psychological as well. In fact, the end was the most amazing, head scratching, I’m confused ending ever. Not in a bad way though. It leaves you thinking. I promise it’s not a cliffhanger or anything, it’s just one of those ending that kind of throws you, but it’s perfect for the story. I feel like I haven’t gone into this much, but it’s really something you have to read. I don’t want to give anything away. All I can say is this is one of my favorite books. I adore Rhiannon Frater’s writing and creativity and love many of her books, but this one just blew me away. I hope that many of you get this and read it’s awesomeness. I can’t express my love for this enough!


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Review: As The World Dies Untold Tales 3 by Rhiannon Frater

Review: As The World Dies Untold Tales 3 by Rhiannon Frater

Posted by on 05/21/2013 • 19 Comments

I’m fairly certain I’m repeating myself when I say I’m in love with this series, but really I don’t care! This series rocked my world thoroughly and completely, quickly becoming one of my favorites of all time, if not the favorite. So it’s no surprise that these untold tales garner just as much love from me. I rarely read novellas even when they’re part of a series, but I’m telling you, these ones are absolutely worth it. They put the cherry on top of an already fantastic series. And for the love of god if this is really your first time hearing me rave about these books, see what you’re missing here!

It may not have mattered for the other Untold Tales, but it’s pretty important to have read the…

In Darkess We Must Abide: Guest Post + Giveaway

In Darkess We Must Abide: Guest Post + Giveaway

Posted by on 05/01/2013 • 13 Comments

Definitely not a new face on this blog of mine; Rhiannon Frater is here today to talk to us about her new serial–In Darkness We Must Abide. This is a new adult modern Gothic horror serial divided in 3 seasons. The first season includes 5 episodes which you can all enter to win today! 🙂 The 5th episode comes out on May 17th, and the paperback of the full first season comes out on May 24th. (Sorry if this is confusing, she likes to make our lives miserable.)

In Darkness We Must Abide Rhiannon Frater Series: In Darkness We Must Abide: The Complete First Season Genre: NA Modern Gothic Horror Publication date:  May 24th 2013

In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman…

Cover Reveal: The Midnight Spell

Posted by on 11/27/2012 • 5 Comments

The Midnight SpellRhiannon Frater & Kody BoyePublication date: February, 2013


Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas.  The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything…

Pretty When She Kills Tour Stop

Posted by on 10/01/2012 • 27 Comments

Hiya lovelies! I have one of my favorite ladies on the blog today! You all know by now how much she rocks, and that if you haven’t read any of her books you are part of my hit list * to talk about reviews! We all write reviews, we all see the drama behind dealing with authors who can’t deal with reviews, so here’s a look at the other side. But first, zee book:

Pretty When She KillsRhiannon FraterSeries: Pretty When She Dies, #2Publication date: September 7th 2012


Amaliya Vezorak never believed in happy endings…

When Amaliya harnessed her necromancer powers to defeat her greatest enemy, she believed she had finally found a happy ending with Cian, her lover and the master of Austin. That happiness is short-lived…

Xpresso Reads’ Blogoversary Kick Off

Posted by on 09/09/2012 • 64 Comments

Welcome to my 1 year blogoversary celebration week kick-off!  Get ready for a week of awesome posts and epic giveaways! Xpresso Reads turns 1!

Xpresso Reads turns one TODAY (September 9th) and I have a great week planned for my fabulous followers, readers, and friends who made it all happen! Without all of my supporters, I wouldn’t be where I am today after only one year. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started my blog and I am overwhelmed with how much it all means to me now. The blogging, of course, but I have made friends for life as well. I have completely changed the way I see authors and publishers who intimidated me so much just a year ago. I have posts planned that…

Review: The Tale of the Vampire Bride

Posted by on 07/13/2012 • 29 Comments

The Tale of the Vampire BrideRhiannon FraterSeries: Vampire Bride, #1Release date: December 7th 2009by Library of Horror Press


All Lady Glynis Wright ever wanted was the freedom to live her life as she pleased. When her family becomes guests to one of the most fearsome and powerful vampires of all time, Glynis finds her fate is far more terrible than an arranged marriage. The Tale of the Vampire Bride is sure to thrill fans of the terrible, yet romantic vampires of literary past.

I don’t give 5-stars often, in fact, half of the ones I gave this year are all for Rhiannon’s As the World Dies series, so I was a bit afraid to give this a 5 and have you think it’s only because I heart…

The Last Bastion of the Living Tour Stop

Posted by on 06/12/2012 • 34 Comments

Today is a super epic day at Xpresso Reads with the tour for The Last Bastion of the Living that brings you Rhiannon’s newest mind blowing novel, her dream cast, my gushing review, and a giveaway! Well, what else can I say? Today, Xpresso Reads is the shizz!

The Last Bastion of the LivingRhiannon Frater Release date: June 12th, 2012

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A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors…