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Book Review: The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel


Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill. With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death’s preferential treatment. 

But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman. 



This is one of those books that tries to be a psychological thriller full of twists and turns and while these books are fantastic when they succeed, this particular one falls a little short. While there are twists and plot turns as you, the reader, try to work out whether Alistar is cursed, crazy or something else, what causes this book to fall well short of being up there with true suspense novels is the fact that the plot is sometimes hard to follow. There are a large number of flashbacks in this story, causing the plot to be told in a non-linear fashion. While this works well as a plot device when it works, in The Cursed Man it just doesn’t quite work, instead creating a degree of confusion in the reader when the only confusion should be in regard to just what is real. 

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Masquerade Crew: Here's your chance to win 8 books.


Our adventure started a little more than six months ago. Since we posted our first author-requested review on October 1st, we’re going to officially celebrate our six month blogaversary between now and April 1st, which is the first day of the A to Z challenge. We encourage you to come back for…

Posting again. It’s super easy to enter and having reviewed most of these books I can say that they’re all great reads. 

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Here’s your chance to win 8 books.

Our adventure started a little more than six months ago. Since we posted our first author-requested review on October 1st, we’re going to officially celebrate our six month blogaversary between now and April 1st, which is the first day of the A to Z challenge. We encourage you to come back for that because for 26 days in April we’re going to post writing tips from some of our followers. 

In the meantime, we’re kicking off this party with a mega giveaway. Roughly half of the authors of our 5 star reviews have agreed to give away copies of their books. This is your chance to win up to 8 free books. Click on the book covers to go to our review.  

A Soul to Steal
by Rob Blackwell

Force of Habit
by Marian Allen

The Punished
by Peter Meredith

by Zach Fortier

by M. R. Cornelius

Spirits Rising
by Krista D. Ball

Everything I Tell You Is A Lie
by Fingers Murphy

Blood Passage
by Michael J. McCann

For a chance to win these 8 books, visit The Official Giveaway Post.

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Book review: Transmat World by Glen Hendrix


It is the year 2145 A.D. From a Post-Hit apocalypse rises a technology so powerful it destroys the economic infrastructure of Earth. Vince Miller is determined to forge that technology into something that will turn humanity’s fortune around and take it to the stars. The only things in his way are a deranged artificial intelligence that claims those very stars and a cease and desist order from a parallel universe. Non-compliance is not an option. 


I feel I should have enjoyed this book more than I did. After all on first impressions it ticks all the boxes. It’s a science fiction book, a genre I enjoy reading. It’s well written, a fact easy to see by opening the book to the beginning and from the synopsis it has an interesting storyline (a fact which is true of the book). And yet despite the book reading like a professional novel, and despite wanting to know what happened next there were elements of this book that largely decreased my enjoyment of it. 

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Book Review: Dead Spell by Belinda Frisch

Review by Bec


Harmony Wolcott’s darkest secret has clawed its way back from the grave. Afraid to ask for help or admit the strange occurrences happening to and around her, Harmony searches for answers in the wreckage of her childhood home where the truth is buried under the rubble of a family plagued by mental illness. 

Some secrets you keep even from yourself until something from beyond the grave forces you to remember. Dead Spell is about a ghost with a past and a girl who would die to forget it. 


Dead Spell is a bit of a strange book, for while the synopsis talks of Harmony, only half of the story is really hers. The other half is narrated by her best friend Brea who does not rate a mention on the synopsis for some reason. Dead Spell is a novel that is supposed shock you with its twists and turns, and yet I felt at times that the past and truth waiting to be dug up did not justify the events in the first half of the book. This is particularly true for Tom, one of the characters whose past you find out and who I feel, given that past, would not have acted in the way he did. I was left with a funny feeling after finishing this book as if the twist did not quite fit the start of the book, like the two halves were mismatched puzzle pieces being forced to connect. 

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Book Review: Mind Over Matter by S.J. Clarke

Review by Bec

This story delves into the disappearance of Rebecca’s daughter, and her romantic involvement with former FBI officer Dan Cooper. However it’s not just a standard kidnapping story, rather there are supernatural elements that often provide certain clues, complete with visions. If I didn’t already know the genre, I’d classify this book more as a romance book, with elements of a supernatural detective story. And while the story was stronger on the detective story (with some elements more predictable than others), I wasn’t entirely convinced on the romance side of things. 

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Book Review: Force of Habit by Marian Allen

Review by Bec

Being a bit of a science fiction junkie, I love when stories are set in space, involving aliens. And this one covers those bases, involving a few different species of aliens, a space ship, an alien planet and cultural misunderstandings caused from the relation of the above. It all makes for a very interesting setting overall, and one that serves well to highlight the intricate story and weaving plot that this book contains. 

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Help @MasqCrew get 1,000 Twitter followers by the end of the year.

According to, we’ve had an average of 9 new followers per day since we launched some months back. At that rate, we would come close to hitting 1,000 by the end of the year, missing it by only a few. (Based upon my calculation this morning. Of course, I am taking care of two kids under 3 as well, so I could be off some.)

Help us push to 1,000 followers and beyond.

Follow us if …

  1. If you like books.
  2. If you like book reviews.
  3. If you are a writer.
  4. If you would like us to review your book.
  5. If we have reviewed your book.
  6. If you would like to write a book.
  7. If you are in the process of writing a book.
  8. If there is a reason I have not listed.

And while you’re at it, follow us on Facebook as well.

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We are now actively accepting book review requests

We Are Now Actively Accepting Book Review Requests

From the Desk of Mark

I would like to start this post by saying thank you for all of the interest shown during our special month of Harry Potter material (expect at least one more post on tumblr). From some of your comments here on the blog, on Twitter, and on Tumblr, we can tell that our reviews and analyses brought smiles to your faces. We are happy. We hope to continue this trend. With your help and suggestions we can do this. 

With the start of a new month, we eagerly look forward to new things on the horizon. From the title of this post, the most significant thing is the fact that Bec C. now has a Kindle. I’ve been hesitant about sending word out that we want books to review because I was unsure how many books we could handle at one time. That isn’t as much an issue anymore. Bec is a voracious reader, so we should be able to handle a lot more than we could last month. Sharon Flood is also a heavy reader, so I suspect you will see lots from her as well. The rest of us will help out where we can. 

To handle the influx (hopefully) of book review requests, there is a form to fill out. You can access the form by clicking the link titled Request Book Review. Submitting a book for review does not mean that we will review it. We’ll let you know why if we decide to pass on it, though. We are not interested in reviewing erotica, but I think most other genres are acceptable. If there’s interest, we may even accept your non-fiction book. We especially want to help the self-published, for everyone currently on the Crew are also writers, many of us wanting to publish one day ourselves. 

You can of course read this post on our blog  in full. 

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince # 2

Review by Bec

This book opens with a question, just who is the Half Blood Prince? The answer is one that comes much later in the books and for those who haven’t read them, it may not be any of the obvious suspects. It is also the title reference that takes the longest time to be answered, with most others being answered somewhere among the first few chapters, if not the first half of the book. Keep reading, and all will be revealed. Rowling does not answer the question too early, but gives enough hints that, on a reread, you almost hit yourself for missing them

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