#BadMoonRising Unclear Purposes (Driscoll Lake #3) by Joan Hall #thriller #suspense #giveaway

Today’s author has no problem spending time in cemeteries – in fact, she enjoys exploring them and taking ghost walks.  She’s also generously offering one of her e-books (your choice) as a GIVEAWAY to a random commenter.  The winner will be announced here next Thursday, October 24th.  Welcome Joan Hall!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I love to explore old cemeteries. The older, the better. I like to envision how the people lived. So, I would choose the haunted graveyard. Maybe I’d ask one of those ghosts a few questions.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

A vampire. I’d been rather fond of them since the days of Dark Shadows and Barnabas Collins. I’ve seen some pretty good-looking male vampires here and there. Oh wait, maybe I should clarify I’ve only seen them in the movies or on TV.

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Monster Mash because it sounds like so much fun. And they had a fabulous list of guests at the party—Zombies, Wolfman, Dracula, and his son.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Keeping it close to home, but I would probably choose New Mexico. I plan to set at least one book of my next series in the Land of Enchantment and it would be nice to learn firsthand more about the culture.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy reading (wish I had more time). I’ve already mentioned I like to explore cemeteries, but I also like to take ghost walks. I love to hear the legends and folklore behind the stories. We (husband and I) have been on ghost walks in nearby Jefferson, Texas, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. However, I’ve yet to encounter a ghost.

What are you working on now?

A group of short stories that I plan to publish in the next few months. Most are in the mystery/suspense genre, but a couple are romance, and at least two involve characters who served in the military.

Some people take secrets to the grave…

Three years after her husband’s murder, Christine Lawrence still struggles for balance. She has a rewarding career and a close circle of friends but feels oddly unfulfilled. Worse, the close relationship she once had with her teenage daughter has grown increasingly strained.

Former FBI agent, Vince Green, is battling demons of his own—painful secrets that drove him from Driscoll Lake. Newly resettled in the small town, he makes his living as a private investigator.

When Vince and Christine cross paths, stumbling over the body of a murder victim, he’s forced to confront memories he thought long buried. The circumstances surrounding the killing are eerily similar to a victim from his past.

As the body count continues to rise, Christine finds herself drawn to Vince. With a murderer stalking the streets of Driscoll Lake, neither is aware the killer has targeted her as the next victim—or that Vince’s past is key to unmasking a disturbed and deadly killer.

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Author Bio:

Joan Hall likes to create character-driven fiction with strong, determined female leads and enigmatic male characters. She has always enjoyed reading a good mystery or suspense story, so it’s only natural that’s her favorite writing genre. When she’s not writing, Joan likes to take nature walks, observe the night skies, and explore old cemeteries. She also likes ghost walks and learning local folklore. Joan and her husband live in Texas with their three cats.

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#BadMoonRising: The Gate (Astral Conspiracy #1) by D.L. Cross #sciencefiction #aliens

If you love the idea of an Indiana Jones-like character caught up in the midst of an alien invasion, add The Gate to your TBR.  I  just finished it a few weeks ago, and I’m chomping at the bit for the next book in the series.  This author would choose to join the Ghostbusters over the X-Files team, and I agree wholeheartedly with her logic.  Welcome Staci Troilo (writing as D.L. Cross)!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I’d definitely prefer the graveyard. Go ahead and call me weird (it wouldn’t be the first time—or the last), but when I was a kid, I used to walk up to the cemetery and hang out there. The setting (surrounded by woods with lots of trees spaced throughout) was beautiful, and I found it peaceful. And I got to visit departed family members. (No, I don’t think that’s the only place to talk to the dead, but I do feel close to them when I’m at their gravesites.) Besides, it’s got to be easier to run from a ghost across open land than up rickety stairs in a dilapidated house, right? (And don’t get me started on how stupid people are to run UP steps when they’re being chased.)

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

As much as I love wolves, I’m going to have to go with vampire. They’re in control of when they turn, they have no health issues, and they never get old. (I feel every one of my years right now, and several more I haven’t earned yet!) I’m not even convinced daylight would be a problem, as there are stories where it’s not (Vampire Diaries rings, The Originals, the ridiculous sparkly vampires…).

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

I have to go with Ghostbusters on this one. As much as I love sci-fi and the X-Files, the Ghostbusters have more fun. (And if it’s the reboot—which I hated—I’d get to work with Chris Hemsworth, so… not really a question at that point, is it?)

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Absolutely Italy. There’s so much history there (which factors into many of my stories) and I’ve always wanted to go. The food, the culture, the scenery, extended family… what’s not to love? It wasn’t even a question I needed to ponder.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I’ve got several works in various stages. It’s kind of daunting. I never used to work on more than one project at a time. Now, I have several going at once. And I like it that way. It keeps me from getting bored.

Next year, under pen names, I have 13 works scheduled for publication. They’re currently under various stages of completion, from barely-a-concept all the way through formatted-and-ready-for-publication. I’m also doing (or at least trying) NaNo this year, and if all goes well, I’ll have at least one title to publish as Staci Troilo in 2020.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?

Here’s an odd twist for you—I think writing men is easier than writing women. This is a time when Ivory Tower Princesses don’t need Knights in Shining Armor. Today’s heroine needs to don her own shield, wield her own weapon, and not only save herself, but save the man and everybody else. She’s a difficult character to write. Too soft, readers call her TDTL or a simpering b!#@%. Too hard, readers complain she’s cold and unrelatable. I think achieving the right balance in a female character is much more difficult than writing a well-developed male character.

He lost his job. Lost his girl. Now it’s all he can do not to lose his life.

Landon Thorne is a disgraced archaeologist, a laughing stock in his field because of his unconventional beliefs — he’s an ancient astronaut theorist. No one takes him seriously.

Until an alien armada targets Earth.

Now Landon’s in high demand — by the US government and someone far more sinister.

They race across two continents to the Gate of the Gods, the one place on Earth that might give humans an advantage over the aliens. But no one is prepared for what they’ll find.

And not everyone will make it out alive.

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Bio

Staci Troilo writes because she has hundreds of stories in her head. She publishes because people told her she should share them. She’s a multi-genre author whose love for writing is only surpassed by her love for family and friends, and that relationship-centric focus is featured in her work.

 

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#BadMoonRising: At Daddy’s Hands by Jacob Paul Patchen #thriller #suspense

If this is your first day dropping by Bad Moon Rising, you’ve missed some entertaining conversations over the past few days along with new books and authors.  And here’s another.  Today we welcome Jacob Paul Patchen with At Daddy’s Hands, which was a #1 Amazon New Release just a month ago!

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Aliens.  So that I finally know the truth… and make a few suggestions on who they should take next.

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

Woods with a killer on the loose. Mostly because that’s my playground, and they should fear my magic sticks and rocky mud pies.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

X-Files. I think it would be more interesting investigating a bunch of weird phenomenon than dealing with apparitions that can walk through walls.

What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers?

When I enrolled at Muskingum University, it wasn’t to get a degree, it was to play football. Matter of fact, playing football again was my biggest goal after returning from my deployment to Iraq in 2005. But after total reconstructive knee surgery my freshman year, they made me pick a major. Luckily, I chose English.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Even in my 30’s I still try to pretend that I’m an athlete. I work out, run, stay active, play sports, and complain about all of it. I watch a lot of movies, think of excuses NOT to go to work, and daydream about what life would be like if I was a little bit taller.

Also, I nap. A lot.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently in the “pre-planning” stages of my next book. Basically, that means that I’ve done a lot of thinking about it, but no actual work.

But I do hope to start it before the end of the year. It will be a book about PTSD, love, and catastrophe. It doesn’t have a title yet, but I can see a few characters shuffling around aimlessly in my head waiting for me to give them the go-ahead and be.

In public, Jim Handler is a well-respected, small-town hero, and homicide detective who solved the case of the Will’s Creek Massacre. But at home, in the shadows, Jim’s childhood demons come alive to feast upon his family in the form of sexual, physical, and mental abuse.

But his three teenage children have had enough. They have devised a plan for redemption.

Empowered by the legal system’s lack of accountability, a judge who offers a quiet and meager plea deal to save face, Jim feels enabled to do whatever he wants to his family. With no one to keep Jim in check, this cycle of sexual and physical abuse is rampant. It is up to Nikki, Tyler, and Ally to end the evil that is devouring the Handler family.

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Author Bio and Social Media

Jacob Graham, writing as Jacob Paul Patchen, is an Ohio writer who earns his inspiration through experience. He uses a unique voice of wit and grit to write about social issues, such as family, love, humor, learning, and war. Jacob is a 5-star author of several books in various genres, an award winning poet, and a combat veteran.

 

 

 

 

#BadMoonRising: Buried by Sue Rovens #thriller #suspense

If you’ve been here for Bad Moon Rising the past few years, Sue Rovens is a familiar name.  She’s here today with her newest release, Buried, where strange things are afoot in the cemetery.  Sue is also looking for authors to feature on her blog for Meet and Greet – her contact info is below.

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

Honestly, I’d prefer neither. BUT, if forced to make a decision, I would probably rather walk through a graveyard instead of spending the night in a haunted house. The walk would be faster (although I’d probably run). Plus, I tend to think of graveyards as more sad places than scary. Having said that, there have been some movies which have pushed that boundary for sure!

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Well, since I don’t believe in aliens (and DO believe in serial killers), I would have to go with being abducted by aliens since that is the least likely to actually happen. J

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

Again, neither! But, I suppose locked in an insane asylum. Being lost in the woods with a killer after would most certainly not end well as I’m not very comfortable in the woods. Plus…woods = spiders.

What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers?

That instead of having horror/gory/creepy things around my office at work (and my house), I have pictures of animals and cute things. I kind of live in a dichotomy – having written horror yet preferring to be surrounded by adorable photos of elephant shrews and baby ducks.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?

I actually find writing female characters more difficult. I don’t see myself as the “average female” (whatever that means anymore – society had fairly specific definitions and expectations when I was growing up).

I don’t have kids. I don’t wear make-up. I’ve spent a great deal of years involved in once was thought of as “mostly guy activities” (martial arts, ROTC, weight lifting, etc). I understand that things have/are evolving now so gender divisions are more fluid.

Having said that, I still feel like I might sway a little bit toward stereotyping a few of my female characters. I don’t mean to and I try to make a conscious effort to have all manner of personalities included in my books, but it can be difficult when something has been so ingrained in one’s thinking over so many years.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Naps are good.

I also run a few times a week, lift weights, watch movies, hang out with Charlie (my better half), listen to music, fuss around our new house, try to get our old house sold (anyone want to buy a tri-level in Normal, Illinois?), look for venues to sell my books, and play with our two kitties. (other than working full-time at ISU)

I would also like to add, if I may, that I have a section of my blog dedicated to authors of ALL genres and would welcome anyone to get in touch with me through email if they would like a spot in my Meet & Greet (author interview) Section.

Priscilla Wyatt is a single, middle-aged nursing assistant who lives behind Sommerville Funeral Home. When her dachshund, Weenie, returns home with a ghastly find, Pris’s life starts to spiral out of control, plummeting her headfirst into the macabre.

Gerald Zenith, proprietor of Sommerville, couldn’t care less about the dead. Between running scams and keeping a necrophiliac subordinate in check, Gerald’s hands are full. He hasn’t the time nor the interest to be concerned with what is happening in the cemetery during the wee hours of the mornings…until all hell breaks loose.

Some secrets are too big to stay buried.

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Author Bio 

Fresh from a Publisher’s Weekly starred review of her second novel, Track 9, which follows a newlywed couple trapped in a haunted train station in Germany, Sue was already in the midst of fine-tuning her third book, Buried. Fans are already discovering the suspenseful secrets behind this latest tome which came out earlier this year from Plump Toad Press.

Sue also has two collections of short stories, one of which made a splash of its own. Her story “Coming Over” from In a Corner, Darkly: Volume One, was taken and adapted by the Southern Illinois University theater department and turned into a short film.

Last year, Sue branched out and created Tales of Terror: Live!—a multi-media event held at Nightshop in Bloomington, Illinois. The three-hour spectacular featured speakers, podcasters, a music DJ, authors, and ghost hunters – entertaining a full-capacity crowd for the Halloween season. Tales of Terror: Live #2! is coming in 2020.

Sue, who is a current member of The Chicago Writers Association and The Alliance for Independent Authors (ALLi), has written for (the now defunct) e-zines, Machinations into Madness and The Grim Seer Society. She has also been a contributing author on Golden Linings II: More Tiny Tales about Pets, for Pets, which came out last month (July 2019), and wrote the article “Planning for a Successful Book Fair” for ALLi.

Aside from working full time at Illinois State University, Sue has had the opportunity to showcase her books throughout the Midwest.

Sue hosts a blog where you can purchase all her books, read interviews from over 115 authors representing several different genres, and discover some other artists in the entertainment field.

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#BadMoonRising: The Boy Who Loved Horses by Joseph Carrabis #thriller #shortstory

It’s day two of Bad Moon Rising, and today we’re welcoming one of my publisher siblings, Joseph Carrabis.  Read on to discover why he thinks he’s part werewolf and is waiting for aliens to take him home.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

In the realm of TMI, I’ve been confused with a black bear when I take my shirt off (I’m a bit of a chia pet from the neck down), so I have the werewolf aspect covered, me thinks.

But a vampire? Dracula is the personification of evil because he’s so pitiable. Imagine a creature so driven by a hunger so strong it can never rest. Business owners know these creatures as investors and venture capitalists. I have such a character (vampiric, although not for blood) in my Empty Sky novel. Fun to write, not fun to be.

Okay, I’ll go with werewolf. I’m already half-way there. What the heck. Go for it.

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

People always ask me if I came on the mothership and I don’t like cornflakes (although not so much as to harm them) so I’ll go with the alien abduction. It’d be nice to go home after all these years.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Ghostbusters (original). Much better music.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I’ve studied aboriginal cultures world-wide and regardless of culture, location, ethnic basis, racial basis, mythic depictation, any of the standard concepts of self-identity, they all tell me I carry strong teacher and storyteller/storykeeper medicine/magic with my female energy being storyteller/storykeeper and my male energy teacher. Restricting ourselves to aboriginal North America, that would pretty much be spider (GrandMother Spirit) and Wolf (GrandFather Spirit). The personifications may change, the energies don’t. Or haven’t yet, anyway.

There’s lots more involved in such things and that’s a good place to start.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

A question for the mathematicians in your audience; Which is greater, Infinity or (Infinity + 1)?

Unpublished is easier. I have lots of work completed, submitted to editors, et cetera, and not yet published – 300+.

Now we ask, “How many of those are half-finished?” and I’ll include “rough draft” in “half-finished”. Maybe another 900+.

So 300+ and 900+. Infinity or (Infinity + 1).

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?

Asking them out for a date. I get enough rejection from editors and such.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Wait a second…”not writing”? What is “not writing”?

What are you working on now?

Improving my storycrafting and storytelling.

What if…
You’re born and raised Hill
but got City educated and now
you drivin’ a big state issue
Buick back into Hill ’cause
you gonna show them you
something else?
And
what if one town you drive
through’s got secrets it don’t
want nobody to know?
And
what if you plan to tell City
those secrets and those
secrets got they own idea
who you gonna tell?

Buy Links

The Boy Who Loved Horses – http://nlb.pub/Horses
Pretty much everything else – http://nlb.pub/amazon

Bio

Joseph Carrabis’ short fiction has been nominated for both Nebula (Cymodoce, May ‘95 Tomorrow Magazine) and Pushcart (The Weight, Nov ‘95 The Granite Review). His most recent novel, The Augmented Man, is available on AmazonBarnes&Noble, directly from the publisher, Black Rose Writing, and most online booksellers. His short fiction has recently appeared in Across the MarginparAbnormalThe New Accelerator, and later this year in HDP and Piker Press.

Joseph holds patents covering mathematics, anthropology, neuroscience, and linguistics. His time is spent loving his wife, playing with his dog and cat, flying kites bigger than most cars, cooking for friends and family, playing and listening to music, and studying anything and everything he believes will help his writing.

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#BadMoonRising: LV48 (Cassie Tam Files #3) by Matt Doyle #thriller #LGBT #paranormal

Welcome to the first day of Bad Moon Rising!  If you love reading creepy, spine-tingling tales that make your heart race and have you looking over your shoulder, you’ve come to the right place.  A different indie author will be featured here every day throughout the month of October, so make sure to check back daily – sharing is appreciated!

Although I haven’t gotten to this book yet (in spite of having a copy for several months), I’ve read the first two books in the Cassie Tam Files series, and Cassie is one intelligent, confident, and snarky protagonist.  Trust me when I say she finds herself in some life-threatening situations.  Welcome Matt Doyle!

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Hmm…as much as I’d love to see what alien life entails and view the universe from a different angle, I think I’d have to go with serial killer. The thing is, aliens are an unknown quantity, while serial killers are humans. If it’s a choice of a species that’s capable of interstellar travel and abduction or a human, which one are you most likely to be able to escape? So, yeah. I’ll go with serial killer because I’m fairly confident that I’d have a shot at getting out of it alive, if not entirely unscathed.

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

Haunted insane asylum definitely, especially if the person locking me in is supplying some equipment. I have a big interest in hauntings, and would love to have the opportunity to investigate one. Again, there’s a degree of survival probability comparisons here too. Ghosts, on a whole, don’t kill you. Figuring out whether a haunted asylum is actually haunted would be fun, and if it was, it’d be scary but cool.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

It’s terrible, but I picked this question because it’s so hard. I loved both the X-Files and Ghostbusters growing up. The more time I spent thinking about it, the harder I found it to choose too. Then, I found the solution…in 2014, IDW Publishing ran a comic series called The X-Files: Conspiracy: Ghostbusters. It followed the Lone Gunmen as they investigated the Ghostbusters. So, it’s a cop out, but I choose both! I’ll be an active Ghostbuster that acts a liaison with the X-Files team.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

Crikey, that’s a tough one. I’m going to say LV48, because of all the covers for The Cassie Tam Files, that has been my favourite so far. Natasha Snow does the covers for NineStar Press, and she’s so good. The figure on the front is spot on for the Light Vampire outfit in the book, and the colour effect fits really well with the LV tech abilities. It fits thematically with the other books in the series too, which is a real bonus as it creates some consistency. Outside that, I do want to mention the cover for The Spark Form Chronicles: Collected Edition too. The cover was done by a very talented artist called ValyceNegative, and it captures the feel of the card game in the story really well.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

A different type of writing. When I’m not writing/researching for books, I basically spend my time working on my website. The site is a hub for my creative work, and mostly runs as a pop culture blog. I do a lot of anime, comic, and video game reviews. I have a few companies that I work with who supply me review copies of releases too, so they always take priority. Which means spending great deals of time binge watching Blu-rays and DVDs while making copious notes. Then, once the posts are written, edited and queued up, I have to work on SEO and timed social media posts. There’s a lot to get done. Outside that, I love working on cosplay, and I’ll be branching out into video content soon too. Because, you know, who needs rest, right? If I manage to get a break between all that, then I enjoy drinking tea. And sometimes sleeping.

What are you working on now?

The fourth Cassie Tam book is currently going through editing with NineStar Press, and the fifth and final book is with them to review as well. So, those are kinda in the home stretch at the moment, and will bring the series to a close. With those now there, I’ve got another project on the go.

I’m currently working on a sci-fi horror novel. I’ve been so focused on The Cassie Tam Files for the last few years, that I haven’t had the opportunity to write anything else. So, this one is a standalone rather than a series. I’m basically at the stage of doing a lot of research for different things and trying to get the creature design to the best it can be. Basically though, expect space, death, and a sense of building tension. I may well work on both the screenplay and video game adaption at the same time too, as I’ve done both before (for different projects, obviously), and would love to get back into the swing of them.

 

LV48 [The Cassie Tam Files 3]

Sci-Fi / Mystery / Lesbian

New Hopeland City may be the birthplace of Tech Shifter gear, but it isn’t the only place that likes to blend technology with folklore. Now, a new nightmare is stalking the streets…

When PI Cassie Tam is attacked on the way home one night, she expects the police to get involved. What she doesn’t expect is to be forced into acting as bait to lure out a lunatic in a tech-suit that’s literally out for blood. But past actions have consequences, and doing so may be the only way she can get a clean slate from the city’s law makers.

If only that didn’t mean having to face down a wannabe vampire.

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Author Bio

Matt Doyle is a UK based author, cosplayer and pop culture blogger. Matt identifies as pansexual / genderfluid, and specialises in hybrid genre stories with a sci-fi grounding and diverse characters. Over the years, Matt has worked in a number of industries, including spending ten years as a professional wrestler, and appearing in multiple national print magazines for various cosplay projects.

 

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Slay by Brittney Morris #bookreview #YA #suspense #TuesdayBookBlog

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process? 

I can’t say I’m the target audience for this book, but that didn’t keep me from wanting to dive in and play Slay.

I was immediately intrigued by a high school girl developing such a popular game and keeping it a secret from everyone she knows.  And the game!  A safe place where players don’t have to hide and can enjoy the freedom to be who they truly are.  Such creative imagery – the characters in the game, the dueling cards, the world within Slay – I can see how this would transfer easily to the big screen.

Something else I enjoyed are the relationships between Kiera, her sister, Steph and their parents, and Kiera’s friendship with Cicada – all loving, humorous, and very relatable.  Her relationship with Harper is a tad strained at times, even though they’ve been friends since they were children.  Having read The Hate U Give, there are parallels between Starr and Kiera in the way they felt they could never truly be themselves around their white friends.

When the troll infiltrated the game, I was so ready for him to get what he deserved.  The buildup is tense, infuriating, and completely offensive – and then there’s a twist and the situation is dealt with in just a few pages.  I felt a little cheated, like the payoff wasn’t big enough.

Even if you’re not a gamer, Slayer is an exciting, suspenseful read with some powerful and timely messages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.