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A Seductive Coax

This tale is an interesting take on a possible origin of a notable Urban Legend regarding Bloody Mary. It spans hundreds of years, examining the characters and the impact of the lineage in many ways. At the start of the 15th Century, we begin to learn of the Cambelle family and their dark secret, but things take a decided turn rather quickly.  It was very intriguing seeing how the situation developed, this early point in history showing its own layering within a well-developed lore that is slowly revealed to us. Within this tapestry, we are treated to the lives of many characters as they experience the consequences of the family’s heritage, not the least of which is the eponymous Mary, for whom a grave tragedy awaits.  Before this fully manifests, we are treated to some titillating erotic scenes.  The book is noted as being for 18+ readers, and it pulls no punches when it comes to sex and gore.  This may serve to lure the reader, sometimes like a seductive coax, other times akin to a deep shock.  This book is not for the squeamish.

The narrative spans many years and generations, jumping ahead so we may experience the haunting legacy of those seeds as we visit the 19th and 21st Centuries to fully realize the horrible consequences that have resulted in this legend.  This presents many interesting viewpoints as without this context, it might be easy to merely view Mary as a monster.

The ending felt quite sudden, even a touch anticlimactic; however, it left me wanting more. If anything, it seemed it could have been another beginning, even a cliffhanger. I’d like to know more of Mary, the curse, and the descendants of the family and what may further befall them.

Be sure to buy, read, and review this book!

The Curse of Mary: All Legends Begin in Truth by NicolaJayne Taylor (Amazon Link)

So, I’ve decided to post a review.  I’ve done a paltry few on Amazon, and I have been soliciting them for my own book, so I decided to do something a bit more organized and post reviews on my site here that will also be cross-referenced to other social media.  If you are interested in reciprocal reviews, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Without further ado …

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Not Your “Normal” Vampire Tale

The story comes off like an interesting adult soap opera/fairytale with something of a Terry Pratchett feel, though I loathe making too many such comparisons.  It is comedic, melodramatic, salacious.  It got more than one laugh out loud from me with its sardonic humor.  The vampires generally act like overgrown children, which only adds to the amusement.  The sudden spike of very real morality discussions peppers the generally darkly light-hearted affair, imposing an unexpected, though welcome, weight to the overall tone.  Even within the absurd realm of the supernatural, some of the problems shown are all too real for any number of us.  Growing up is not just for immortals.

The illustrations are wonderful and add to the delight and singularity of the piece.  Oh, and breasts, lots of talk of breasts, so if you like that, here is plenty.  Well worth the cost and time, so go ahead a dive in.

Vampire Therapy by Shebat Legion (Amazon link)