Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Dusty Pages Review: Sunshine

There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk.But the lake had been quiet for years. . . .She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion - within easy reach of her fellow prisoner.

She knows he is a vampire. She knows that she's to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet when dawn breaks, she is still alive. And now he needs her to help him survive the day...


I received this book as a gift though I had been quite interested to read it. The blurb sounded good but I had several problems with the book when I actually got around to reading it.

1 - The book is separated rather oddly into four parts. Each part if about a quarter of the book in thickness and has no chapter breaks in between. Told from the main characters point of view, though you don't actually work out what her name is until nearly all the way through the first part, its mostly one big monologue.

2 - Said monologue, meanders, frequently. Considering the book is supposed to be about her run in with vampires - the revelation is also a bit long in coming in the first part - but she spends an awful lot of time talking about, thinking about and generally commenting on her life and her customers where she works at her family diner/bakery. If I had to hear about how she got up at 4am to make the cinnamon rolls one more time I was likely to crack.

3 - Getting a grasp on how the world around her was supposed to work - ie which magical/mythological creatures existed, how long human kind had known about them, and their response to them was a little hard. I managed to gleam by the end of the first part and into the second that vampires were considered the biggest bad (because they just wouldn't behave) and that there was a special force set up to deal with them - along with other bump in the nighters.

4 - Then I started having issues with the main character herself. She was a little boring. Painting her life out as it was, there seemed to be absolutely nothing about her, until she gets captured by the vampires. Then you suddenly get all this back history on her powers. Taught by her grandmother when she was a kid till Grandma vanished and hasn't done a spell in years - but is suddenly able to wield that power like she's practiced everyday even doing something that she didn't even know was possible just because she thought it up on the spot. Let's just say I ended up rolling my eyes.

Now I did get very ill just after I had started reading this book and don't know whether that contributed to the fact that after finishing part two, I did not want to pick this book up again. I was disappointed, and not just with the fact that the blurb is only a reference to part one, but that the story I thought I was going to get, wasn't what was written on the page. I didn't finish this book, which is a rare thing for me.

I give it

Monday, 25 June 2018

Meet a Writer Monday Presents...

...Skye Andrews

1. Tell me about your book, I am Terry Walker, and where you got your inspiration for it?

I wrote an article for the Serial Killer Magazine about various torture methods and thought it would make a good book

2. Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so what was it?

Marketing is hard

3. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?

Jack Nicolson

4. What are the top three books in you TBR pile?

1) Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King
2) The girl who takes an eye for an eye by David Lagercrantz
3)Acts of revision by Martyn Bedford

5. What do you think Victoria’s secret is?

She has a penis

6. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?


7. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?


8. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? 

I am always honoured when someone takes time to review my books.  As of yet I have not received a bad review. 

9. Do you think giving away books for free works and why?

No I don't think it works, I have had a couple of giveaways and each time I have only had a couple of people enter and those who do enter don't want the free book but to help me promote it

10. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans? 

Always place honest reviews. It is the best way for an author to improve

11. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Entirely from my imagination

12. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day? 
Yes I have a day job. I am a QA


I am Terry Walker is about a serial killer who used various torture methods to kill his victims.  For two decades he remained anonymous.  This is his story.


About Skye

Skye Andrews lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.  She has release two book I am Terry Walker and Living with the torture killer both part of the I am Terry Walker series.  A third book A Disturbed Mind will be released in June.
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