Cover Reveal: The Gatherers by Ashley Ehlers

I am very excited about this post. This is my very first Cover reveal here at Weezled and I am happy it is The Gatherers. While I am not a huge fan of the horror genre, I am interested in this release. The blurbs piqued my interest and the cover pushed it over the edge. The Gatherers and it’s sequel The Harvesters are now on my ever-growing to-read list. Check them out!

In the meantime, I promised you a cover and it is time for me to deliver!

The Gatherers

The Gatherers by Ashley Ehlers
(Harvesting #0.5)
Publication Date: April 25th, 2015
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

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Synopsis:

Ashley and Jason weren’t the only ones to have an encounter with The Harvesters that day….

Coleen hasn’t been the happiest with her father remarrying, especially to the mother that gave birth to her enemy, Virginia. Bleach blonde bimbo as Coleen thought the moment they started high school. But since they’ve graduated, their parents married for a year now, Coleen has seen a whole new side of Virginia and the girls have gotten closer than ever. However, the parents don’t see it, as the girls put up a front, so they plan a getaway to the family’s cabin before the girls go off to college.

Being away from the city is exactly what the girls wanted. Virginia even has something special planned for Coleen on this holiday and being out in the woods is the perfect setting for it. Though things get put on hold when their family dog Trudy runs away and Coleen’s stepmother insists she goes out and find her. So as Coleen walks into the woods she gets a chilling sign from her stepmother, Tori, which starts a domino effect of bloody unforgettable events.

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Author Bio:

Newly married Ashley Ehlers now resides in San Diego with her husband who is currently stationed there. There in their cozy two bedroom apartment she finds the peace she’s been looking for. As they settle into the new chapters of their lives Ashley’s Muses are growing stronger than ever as inspiration is around every corner in her latest adventure.
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Contemporary Lovecraftian Lore: A Review of Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

mapleTitle: Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches #1)
Author: Cherie Priest
Genre: Horror / Historical Fiction / Fantasy
Publisher: Roc
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014
Kindle Edition: 448 Pages
Source: Personal Purchase

“Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one….”

The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.

But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.

This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.

“It sounded like music played by a madman on an instrument found in hell.”

I couldn’t wait to read Maplecroft from the moment I found it. The combination of Lovecraftian horror with a historical figure like Lizzie Borden was just too much to resist. I dove into it mere minutes after finishing my previous book. I would have devoured it in one sitting if it had not been three o’clock in the morning.

Maplecroft is immediately engaging. The plot progression started out a bit slow, but the beauty of Priest’s prose and the flawless shift of voice between characters is entrancing. I found myself drawn in. Each chapter featured letters and journal entries from the main characters as well as a cast of supporting characters who offered their own unique perspectives and opinions on the events occurring in Fall River, Massachusetts.

The main characters are all well-developed though not always likable. Lizzie often comes off as stubborn and rash while her sister Emma is selfish and her lover Nance is naïve. These little flaws bring life to the characters and make the story feel honest.

There were some minor pacing issues, leaving the bulk of the action happening in the last half of the novel. This lead to the book feeling like it might have been too long. With that said, I am likely nitpicking with these complaints as I never found myself trudging through chapters in order reach the “good stuff”.

All in all this was a fantastic read. If you are looking for something to hold your attention for a few days I couldn’t recommend anything better. Don’t rush through it. Take your time and enjoy it. It is well worth the investment.

Even though Priest did a good job of tying up loose ends in Maplecroft a sequel will hit shelves this September. I am a little skeptical, but I enjoyed this book so much that I could not skip out on the sequel.

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