Shadow Visions by Gabriella Hewitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Battling with the demons of her past, Ixa Reyes has done her best to put the deaths of her parents and her little sister behind her. She’s blamed herself for their passing, wishing she could go back in time and save them from perishing. Yet she knows such a thing can never be. She lives with the pain and heartache of the ordeal every day and knows she’ll never truly come to terms with the fact that they were taken from her at such an early age.
Determined to pick up the pieces of her life, Ixa has done everything within her power to make her grandfather proud. He loves her unconditionally and has been trying to help her nurture the powers she harbors inside. Ixa refuses to believe she’s anything special and considers her visions to be a curse inflicted upon her by the Gods. Her father says otherwise, but she’ll have none of it. Her powers are the cause of her family’s demise and she’ll have nothing to do with it, even if it surges to the surface unexpectedly, every now and then. Read on »
Crimson Shadow: Noir by Nathan Squiers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
For years, Xander Stryker has yearned for a death that has always escaped him. The abuse his stepfather inflicted on him has followed him wherever he goes and the memories full of pain and heartache refuse to leave him. Every moment of every day, he’s forced to remember things he’s tried so very hard forget. Things his shattered mind knows he never had a chance in preventing. His only solace is that his step-father is dead and he needn’t put up with the abuse any longer. Or so he thinks.
With his eighteen birthday just around the corner, Xander struggles to control the never-ending rage he feels inside while lamenting the loss of the one person who has ever shown him a bit of kindness. Estella means everything to him, even if he’ll never really admit it. She’s better off not knowing about the extent of his pain and the odd occurrences that take place when his anger unexpectedly rises. She’s safer this way and he’ll do everything in power to make sure she stays that way. Read on »
Shadow on the Wall by Pavarti K. Tyler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For as long as he can remember, Recai Osman has been the keeper of secrets. Secrets that have bogged him down to the point that he’s wished for death in more ways than one. Throughout his entire life, he’s lost his loved ones and every remnant of his life. He’s clamored many times for release from the earthly realm he lives in, but Allah has other ideas. Recai is meant for many things and Allah’s will must be done.
Witnessing atrocities committed against him and his people, Recai has no other course of action but to come to the aid of those who need it. To do that, he’ll need to take matters into his own hands and rise from the dead. He’s failed to save those to close him in the past and he’s not sure if he can live up to the standards Allah has set before him. Yet part of him wonders if he can do just that. Read on »
Shadow of Deceit by Mal Olson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ever since her accident, Shannon Riedel has been rebuilding her life in hopes of coming to terms with her ordeal. The loss of her husband and six-month-old son is something she feels every day. In order to hold on to their memory, she talks to them each and every day. Yet it does nothing to replace the desolation she feels inside. Deep inside, she blames herself for their dying, even though part of her knows it’s not true.
When an armed man bursts into her office on the day of the two year anniversary marking the events that took her family away, Shannon finds herself wondering whether she knew her husband at all. The man claims Tyler owed him money as well as a disk and a diamond he says are his. Unable to accept that her husband may have been involved in sordid dealings, she tells him quite clearly that she doesn’t know what he’s talking about. This, unfortunately, angers him and fuels his urge for retribution. Unable to give him what she doesn’t have, she does the only thing she can, she runs. Read on »