Blog Tour: J.D. Barker’s The Fourth Monkey

Hello there everyone! It is my honor to be able to bring to you J.D. Barker’s The Fourth Monkey! I have the pleasure of being the first stop on his
official blog tour, and so I wanted to share some thoughts on the book, as well as some fun competitions, photos, and exciting news! First,
check out an excerpt from my official review of The Fourth Monkey!33154920

I have to say it: this is by far the best book I’ve read thus far in 2017. There have been nothing but great reads this year, but the way this
book is written and brought to life is truly awe inspiring. The story of the Four Monkey Killer, or 4MK, is one of the most brilliant character
developments in a story this year. Not only are readers taken on a journey to find the killer’s last victim, but they are given a rare,
disturbing yet addicting to read look into the personal mind of the killer, learning about what made this individual become a killer in the
first place.

Be sure to read the full review here: https://authoranthonyavinablog.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/the-fourth-monkey-by-j-d-barker-review/

Also be sure to check out my video review of the book on my YouTube channel, Avina Vlogs: https://youtu.be/JDfGdp3xQoU

I am also really excited to be able to share a couple of competitions for you guys. The first is a chance to win one of three paperback copies
of the book. The other is to win a chance to become a character in an upcoming book. Check out the links below to learn more!

Link to a competition where a reader can win one of 3 paperback copies of the book: http://jdbarker.com/fourth-monkey-contest-win-draft-copy-upcoming-novel-4mk/
and
Link to a competition where someone will win and get the chance to be a character in an upcoming book!: http://jdbarker.com/be-a-character-in-next-book/

The Fourth Monkey Cover - UK Edition JD Barker

If you enjoyed the review and want to pre-order or pick up your copies of the book, check out this page to get your copies in either Hardback or
eBook formats:

http://jdbarker.com/fourth-monkey-coming-june-2017/

And finally for some exciting news! J.D. Barker has sold the publishing rights for The Fourth Monkey in the US and other countries, and also has
a movie deal! Learn more about the exciting project with CBS Films by going to this page:

http://jdbarker.com/fourth-monkey-heading-screen/

Be sure to follow the author himself at the links listed below on social media:

Links to J.D Barker’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/therealjdbarker/

Link to J.D. Barker’s Twitter page: https://mobile.twitter.com/J_D_Barker @J_D_Barker

Link to J.D. Barker’s Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/jdbarker

Be sure to share this post online and use the hashtag #4MK to get this book trending online!

Here’s a little bit about the author:

JD Barker At Work photo

About J.D.

As a child I was always told the dark could not hurt me, that the shadows creeping in the corners of my room were nothing more than just that,
shadows. The sounds nothing more than the settling of our old home, creaking as it found comfort in the earth only to move again when it became
restless, if ever so slightly. I would never sleep without closing the closet door, oh no; the door had to be shut tight. The darkness lurking
inside needed to be held at bay, the whispers silenced. Rest would only come after I checked under the bed at least twice and quickly wrapped
myself in the safety of the sheets (which no monster could penetrate), pulling them tight over my head.

I would never go down to the basement.

Never.

Read the rest here:

http://jdbarker.com/aboutjd/

JD Barker Photo 2

Thank you guys for joining me in celebrating this incredible book. I hope you will check it out for yourselves and share it online. This is one
of the most exciting reads for this blogger in 2017, and I think you guys are really going to enjoy delving into the twisted world of #4MK and
author J.D. Barker’s brilliant mind. Thanks to author Booklover Catlady Publicity for organizing this blog tour. I wish you much success with the release of
The Fourth Monkey and I look forward to reading and reviewing your future books.

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Lindsay Stirling: Brave Enough Review

Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough Review
In a new series of posts, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on some of the original programming from YouTube Red, the subscription service from YouTube that brings subscribers shows, movies and more. The first production i wanted to share with you guys is Lindsay Stirling: Brave Enough, an original documentary film that explores Lindsay Stirling’s Brave Enough tour and the emotional journey she went through to make the record and the tour a reality. Here is the synopsis:
Beginning on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, “Brave Enough,” documents violinist Lindsey Stirling over the past year as she comes to terms with the most challenging and traumatic events of her life. Through her art, she seeks to share a message of hope and courage and yet she must ask herself the question, “Am I Brave Enough?” Capturing her personal obstacles and breakthrough moments during the “Brave Enough,” tour, the film presents an intimate look at this one-of- a-kind artist and her spectacular live performances inspired by real-life heartbreak, joy, and love.
The one word I would to describe this powerful film is “emotional”. The emotional impact of Lindsey’s story and how this album and tour came to life brought tears to my eyes. The music performances she gives are breathtakingly beautiful, and when you hear the stories being told of her life and the inspiration behind her music, it makes the performances that much more powerful. 
Overall, this was a beautifully shot film with powerful and real life moments that so many of us can relate to, but with this film Lindsey Stirling shows us that it’s ok to feel these powerful emotions, but if we’re brave enough, we don’t have to be crippled by them. It’s a spectacular film that deserves to be seen, and so I give this film a 10/10 rating. Be sure to check out this film on YouTube Red today. 

Annihilation (Mind Breaker #3) by Marina Epley

Annihilation (Mind Breaker #3) by Marina Epley
One of the first series I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing on my blog has come to a thrilling end. That series is the Mind Breaker trilogy by Marina Epley, and the third book in the series, Annihilation, sees the deadly war between humans and breakers come to a bloody end. Here is the official synopsis:
THE MIND BREAKER ANNIHILATION. The third and final book in the MIND BREAKER trilogy. For the brave ones who have navigated the roller coaster ride of the first two books, hang on, the upside down inverted portion of your ride continues.
Not all dreams are meant to be fulfilled. Somebody once said what doesn’t kill you only serves to make you stronger… well, they lied.
Rex and his team have to join forces with their worst enemies in order to have a chance to overcome an even greater threat, a level 5 breaker with Godlike powers and evil intentions.
Strap in and enjoy!
The final book in this series takes the reader on a pretty intense journey, showing the fate of several characters you’ve come to know and love over the course of the trilogy. Relationships bloom, and old enemies become unlikely allies as the fate of both humanity and breakers alike rests in the hands of Rex, but will he be strong enough to stop this new emerging threat?
While there were a few grammatical errors throughout the book, overall I found the author’s style of writing to be entertaining and engaging, building a dark and desolate future and mythology that could easily mirror our own future, should certain fears be manipulated and decisions made based on that unfounded fear. The final book is jam packed full of emotion, heartbreak and edge of your seat suspense as you read the final pages for yourself. 
Overall, this is a fantastic final book that you will not want to miss. Marina Epley pens a beautiful final novel that YA and dystopian fans alike will enjoy, and I give it a 8/10 review. I hope you guys will pick up your copies today!

The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker Review

I received an ARC copy of this novel. All opinions are my own and my review of it is unbiased.

The next great serial killer is born in J.D. Barker’s The Fourth Monkey, a brand new thriller that focuses on the hunt for a killer in the city of Chicago. Here is the official synopsis:

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.

I have to say it: this is by far the best book I’ve read thus far in 2017. There have been nothing but great reads this year, but the way this book is written and brought to life is truly awe inspiring. The story of the Four Monkey Killer, or 4MK, is one of the most brilliant character developments in a story this year. Not only are readers taken on a journey to find the killer’s last victim, but they are given a rare, disturbing yet addicting to read look into the personal mind of the killer, learning about what made this individual become a killer in the first place. Seamlessly navigating back and forth between the investigators on the case and their lives, and the personal diary of a serial killer, this novel immediately captures the readers minds in just a few pages and is relentless in its dive into the macabre world of 4MK.

Written with a voice that commands the readers attention and artfully showcases the twisted, tormented journey of all parties involved, from the investigators chasing a killer, to the victims of the killer, to the dark life of a serial killer, this is a story that brings a fresh new take to the serial killer/thriller genre. As the reader delves into this story, they will learn the twisted mission the killer had, and why the killer chose the victims that they chose. Soon the reader will ask themselves if anyone is truly “innocent” in this story, and a shocking twist will leave both the characters and the readers hanging on the edge of their seats, breathless as they eagerly wait for the answers to be revealed.

Overall, this is a must read thriller that you guys will not want to miss. With this story, author J.D. Barker cements himself as the newest voice of the thriller genre, and is definitely an author you will want to watch in the years to come. I give this book a 10/10 rating, and highly recommend you purchase your copies now. The book, The Fourth Monkey, is available for pre-order now and will be released on June 27th, 2017.
Be sure to get your copies and follow the author at his official websites listed down below! Remember to use the official hashtag, #4MK on your social media posts as well. Let’s help get this book the buzz it so heavily deserves.

As a special note, I wanted to let you guys know that I will be kicking off J.D. Barker’s blog tour for The Fourth Monkey on Friday, June 16th, 2017. I will be posting the links to both this review and my video review, as well as links to interviews with the author, some exciting news about the book, a special competition to win the book and of course the link to pre-order the book once more. Be sure to look out for this exciting blog tour in a few weeks. #4MK

J.D Barker’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/therealjdbarker/

J.D. Barker’s Twitter page: https://twitter.com/jdbarker

J.D. Barker’s Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/jdbarker

http://jdbarker.com/aboutjd/

A Wider Universe by Allison Floyd Review

A family struggle and a question of man’s place in the universe take center stage in author Allison Floyd’s A Wider Universe. Here is a synopsis:

Gene Shepherd, still grieving his wife’s death, alone in his home after his daughter moves in with her good-for-nothing boyfriend, has grown
accustomed to a life of solitude. When he gets a series of unexpected visits from bible-toting Patrick Frye, a young man on a personal crusade
for Jesus, Gene must confront not only the pushy young missionary, but the painful past he has been quietly suppressing.

Gene’s nineteen-year-old daughter, Chelsea Shepherd, caught in a destructive relationship, finds herself at a crossroads in her life, unsure of
her future, as well as her present. One night, after an argument turns violent, Chelsea flees from her relationship and finds solace, safety,
and an unexpected friendship with Swedish college professor Alexander Jansson. Both Gene and Chelsea must face choices and challenges that will
guide them towards their places in the world with the help of some unexpected characters and a major test of faith. A Wider Universe is a story
of family, redemption, and one man’s discovery that even the loneliest man is not truly alone.

Now I won’t lie to you guys: when I first started to read this book, I was worried it was going to be a very religious oriented outlook on the
story. For those of you who don’t know, I myself am not religious, and while I personally believe we should respect everyone’s right to
believe or not believe whatever they want, I myself do not enjoy or respond to religious based stories. However as I continued to read,
I found myself surprised and happy. I identified greatly with one of the main protagonists, Gene, as his personality felt very similar to my own.
His confrontation with Patrick and the frustration that comes with dealing with overly aggressive religious people is something I can relate to,
and so I found myself drawn into this story more and more.

This story really showcased a fresh, young voice in the literary world. Other than a few grammatical errors, the only piece of advice I would
share with the author is that at times, this story utilizes the show vs. tell story-telling device. What this means is that at times the writing
goes into too much detail, and could benefit from some editing to leave a little bit to the readers imagination. Other than this, the
story is well thought out and is a modern drama story that deserves to be told. The struggle for Chelsea is an all too common issue that young
women must face, and the loneliness that comes with loss is a theme that drives into the emotional core of the reader. Overall this is a
fantastic read, and I give this story an 8/10 rating. If you haven’t yet, please be sure to pick up your copies of A Wider Universe by Allison
Floyd today!

The Town of Jasper by James Gianetti Review

The Town of Jasper by James Gianetti Review

A fresh take on the isolated town story, The Town of Jasper is a unique tale that follows two people, one a cop and an addict who struggles to
learn the dark secrets of the outbreak within Jasper, and the man who rose to power during the crisis in Jasper. Here is the synopsis for James
Gianetti’s The Town of Jasper:

Deadly foes and unexpected allies. A thrilling race against the clock.

Jack Sutherland, a disgraced detective battling his own addictions, must trudge through the quarantined town of Jasper. After “The Incident”
leaving half of Jasper’s population unconscious, Richard Morrisey rose to power. Morrisey, a grieving man desperate for justice, keeps the town
afloat by forging a tentative alliance with the mysterious and violent Filmore Whites. Meanwhile, a deadlier enemy lurks, known only as The
Redeemers. This cult has its own dark ideas for Jasper’s salvation.

Together, Sutherland and Morrisey battle impossible odds to save what little is left of Jasper.

The story of a small town being isolated from the world has seen a growth in popularity in recent years. From the highly acclaimed Stephen King
book Under the Dome to the popular Netflix series Between, this particular story has been used quite often. That is why it is so refreshing to
read a book with such a breath of fresh air into this particular genre. Rather than kill off half of the town’s residents or have them disappear,
readers are able to feel a more emotional connection to the characters as they are forced to watch over their loved ones, who remain unaware
of the situation developing in the town. The dark, complicated lives of both Jack and Richard are thoroughly explored in this book, and readers
will love to see the emotional roller coaster these two characters go on themselves, as well as the effect it has on the supporting characters
in this novel.

The novel itself was very well written. With very minimal grammatical errors, this story flowed beautifully, and the way the author eased back
and forth between the past and present from chapter to chapter until both finally caught up with one another was a great story telling device
that was used organically. Overall, this is a rich, dark and powerful thriller that readers need to read. The emotions running through this
novel are felt on every page, and that’s what makes this such an intriguing read. I give this book a 10/10 rating, as it kept me interested and
hanging on the edge of my seat as I read it, and I think this book showcases a true calling to writing for James Gianetti, and I hope to see more
of his work in the future. Be sure to pick up your copies of The Town of Jasper on May 9th, 2017!

https://www.amazon.com/Town-Jasper-James-Gianetti/dp/1943904081

Outlast 2 Review Link!

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have written a review of the recently released game, Outlast 2, a survival horror game. It is on my secondary blog on Tumblr, so please go check it out and let me know what you think!

 

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