STRANGE ANGELS BY LILI ST. CROW This book pulled me along with its fast pace, excellent writing, gritty narration, and realistic cast. Dru’s voice was exceptional and raw, I loved her style and phrasing. The book was almost infinitely quotable with such gems as, “The mall was as brightly lit as heaven,” and, “First one’s free,” and, “Running on rabbit.” You got glimpses of Dru’s past in brief descriptions and comparisons she made throughout the book, and what I saw in them was very similar to the first two seasons of Supernatural. I felt that Dru herself was an amalgamation of the two main characters of that show, Sam and Dean Winchester. She’s a tough as nails, take no scrap from anybody, in your face, trash talkin’, gunslingin’, boogey man hunter.

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REVIEW AND INTERVIEW – DREAMS OF THE DEAD BY THOMAS RANDALL I was fortunate enough to be asked by a wonderful blogger, Little Willow, to participate in a blog tour for Thomas Randall’s book, The Waking: Dreams of the Dead! Read on to discover more about this intriguing paranormal horror story and about the fascinating author. 🙂

There aren’t that many straightforward, classic horror stories anymore, and so DREAMS OF THE DEAD fills a welcome deficient spot in the YA genre. Pick this up to experience a slightly creepy story in a fascinating foreign world; it’ll make you want to move to Japan yourself—though not for the horror part.

Q: Dreams of the Dead is, in a sense, a vampire story. What is your favorite vampire story?

TR: Wow. There are so many that I love. Richard Matheson’s I AM LEGEND. Stephen King’s SALEM’S LOT. Anne Rice’s original INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. Bram Stoker’s DRACULA. The classics are classics for a reason. I also love the novel THE LIGHT AT THE END by John Skipp and Craig Spector. Brian Lumley’s NECROSCOPE books. Of more recent books, Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels are huge, huge fun.

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INTERVIEW –  EYES LIKE STARS BY LISA MANTCHEV Lisa Mantchev grew up in Northern California but now lives in Washington with her husband, daughter and four dogs. Eyes Like Stars is her first novel.

1. Is there a specific time or place that you do your best writing in?
ANY time I have actual peace and quiet is a good time for writing! (Seriously, I have a little one and four dogs… it isn’t often quiet at my house .) This usually ends up being very early in the morning or very late at night.

2. Who were your favourite authors as a teenager? Are they different to your current favourites?
As a teen, I loved the Shoes series by Noel Streatfield, the Sunfire historical romance novels, plus classics like Little Women and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

3. If you were only allowed to take three books to a desert island, what would they be?
I guess it would be cheating to take my iPod loaded up with audio books? I would probably take Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee, and something by Terry Pratchett.

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Will you read any of these books, now that you have read reviews for them?