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Crown of Betrayal (The Siren Series Book 1) by Marie F. Crow – My Review

Title: Crown of Betrayal (The Siren Series Book 1)

Author: Marie F. Crow

Release Date: June 4th 2020

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Verona has lived in the safety and bliss of the palace and the luxury of what being a Siren means. Content to live her life in the shadows of her beautiful mother, Ostila, and the enchanting, dark beauty of her aunt, Morlena, Verona never thought about what life would be like should they be taken from her. At her mother’s coronation, these once impossible thoughts become shockingly real.
Corander has lived his life in the shadows of his father, Kurt. At the head of the Empradar bloodline, Kurt holds no mercy for those who fail him and even less for those he distrusts. When the palace falls to madness, it will be Corander who is tested by his father’s desires and torn by his own.
Together, Corander and Verona must discover who they really are, and who they are truly meant to become, before all is lost to hidden plots and crowns of betrayal.

Superb! Enchanting! Thrilling! This book showcases the lovely talents of Marie F. Crow. This YA fantasy is intriguing and had me on the edge of my seat. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the uniqueness the author added for the Sirens. It was like a breath of fresh air to read something so different from what’s out there. The story didn’t end up where I thought it would BUT that is a very good thing! Who likes predictable? I can guarantee Miss Crow’s books are anything but predictable. From the characters to the story, I was fully engaged and once done, I was left wanting more. I can’t wait for the next book! I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


Interview with an Author Featuring Marie F. Crow

The Literary Vixen presents…

Joining us today is Marie F. Crow! Author of Abigail and her Pet Zombie and The Risen.

Where are you from?

  Summerville, SC

Tell us about your latest publishing news. Titles, release dates, cover reveals…

The wonderful team at Kingston Publishing is working very hard to release the first book of each of my three series’. We are on track to release a book almost every month and I’m so excited to see what their team is going to come up with for cover art and teasers! It all starts in April with the release of the first in the Abigail And Her Pet Zombie series to flow right into the release of The Risen – Dawning, Anniversary and followed by the siren series, The Crown of Betrayal. Fingers crossed the rest of the books will soon follow.

When and why did you begin writing? Did someone motivate you?

I began writing because of the time old dare – ‘if you think you can do better, do it’. I’m no where near to a point where I would say I’m doing it better, but that little nudge did wonders to spiral nine books and counting. I guess you could say my biggest motivation is the constant desire to ‘do it better’ with each book I release.

What inspired you to write your first book? Tell us about what makes that book special.

I was watching yet another horror movie filled the weak female cliches. After almost two hours of rolling my eyes into a migraine, I sat with my laptop and began the into to The Risen – Dawning.  

I often wish I could say I was moved by some one or some moment which set the dominos into place, but I wasn’t. As a mother of two girls, I just wanted to add to the collection of stories where women weren’t defined by their high heels in a forest, but by their ability to survive – whatever the personal cost. That’s what I like to think make my books special. The main characters aren’t damsels. They are just damned like the rest of us and having to figure it all out as it all falls apart.

Do you ever include personal events or people in your fictional books?

I’ve killed off the ex-husband a time or two, but I try to avoid making it too personal. The Abigail series though will feature important people in my life hidden among the artwork. For example, the next Abigail will have my deceased mother in a scene with all of the grandkids running towards her. She was so proud and in love with Abigail that the series will always have a special place in my heart.

Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

Aimes from The Risen series. She is like my inner monologue; the things you wish you could say but known you probably shouldn’t. She holds nothing back and I love working with the character in each scene. She is also one of the few characters I keep ‘writing off’ only to chicken out and find some loophole to resurrect her.

Is there a specific genre you enjoy writing the most? Why?

No. The only genre I’m intimidated by is romance. The rest are fair game and bring their own enjoyments.

What is your favorite book of all time?

I don’t have one. This sometimes makes me sad when this question is asked because I imagine it’s a lot like having a best friend whom you know will help you escape the drama of the day and we could all use that in our lives.

Is there any advice or message you would want to give to aspiring writers?

Don’t compare yourself to others – not their reviews, their followers, or their sales. For every single author must start at the bottom before they can ever see the clouds. No matter how bad you think you are doing, there is someone, somewhere, wishing they were where you are at this moment.

 

Thank you Marie F. Crow for chatting with me! I will include her information down below. Check out Abigail and her Pet Zombie today!

~Synopsis~

Abigail isn’t a normal five year old girl. She doesn’t have normal five year old pets. 

                  Abigail has a pet zombie. This is their story….

Marie F Crow weaves her stories around the human element of the horror verses the ‘monsters’ themselves. She believes that the real horror of life does not come from the expected, but from the unexpected responses of the human nature and what depths of trauma a person must survive in certain situations. She began writing The Risen series when feeling that the popular genre was slipping too deep into the realm of pure ‘slasher’ and forgetting what the horror of zombies can mean for a story.

Now, with her children’s series launched, Marie hopes to use her favorite ‘monster’ as a teaching tool to inspire children to understand that not everything that looks scary, is scary. With Abigail and Her Pet Zombie series, Marie hopes to further spread her love for all things “that go bump in the night” with small children showing them that it’s okay to be different and to embrace those same differences in those around them.

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The Risen: Courage by Marie F. Crow – My Review

Title: The Risen: Courage

Author: Marie F. Crow

Release Date: December 20th 2013

Genre: Horror

When everything shatters into madness, how do you pick up the pieces that are left? When your friends lie bleeding around you, which ones do you fight to save? To find these answers, Helena Hawthorn will have to face the ghosts that now walk the halls around her.

In the wake of J.D.’s madness, Helena and G.R.I.T. will have to find the courage to fight for their home and for each other as a new evil takes hold of their lives. The biggest threat to the high school and its survivors is no longer the Risen, and G.R.I.T. will have to fight to survive.

This book packed a powerful punch! It has action, horror, and those emotional moments that Miss Crow seems to bring with each book. Who can scare you and make you feel things at the same time? She can and she does with this series. The characters she’s created have become family. I’m fully invested in what happens to Helena and crew. I have my favorites! Everyone is recovering and dealing with the aftermath of what happened in Dawning. Things seem to keep getting better and better. No, that was sarcasm. Just when they think they’ve handled the crisis, something happens to make the next one even worse. 

I was captivated right from the beginning! I didn’t put the book down once. I was rapidly turning pages because I needed to know what would happen next. There’s a surprise at the end that I didn’t put together right away. If you know me and my reviews, then you know how I really dig when that happens. Bravo Miss Crow! I’ll be not so patiently waiting for the next book. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The Risen: Remnants by Marie F. Crow – My Review

Title: The Risen: Remnants

Author: Marie F. Crow

Release Date: September 25th 2013

Genre: Horror

Beth Clark lives of the edge of an abyss. Everyday is spent fighting for her survival and the survival of her teen daughter, Genny. Their lives have been shattered by a vaccine that was supposed to have been a modern miracle. A vaccine that is turning the living into monstrosities of their former selves.

Now, only remnants remain of their past lives. Mother and daughter will struggle to survive with what this new world holds for them as they discover the dawning of the Risen.

I know when I read a Marie F. Crow book, I am going to be on one heck of a ride. With a stop in emotionalville. Her ability to draw strong emotions from you while at the same time creeping you out, is phenomenal. That’s true talent. This is a short but fantastic read! I love the world she has created. Seeing different points of view of the same events from the first book only adds to my curiosity and has me wanting more. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The Risen: Margaret by Marie F. Crow – My Review

 

 

Title: The Risen: Margaret

Author: Marie F. Crow

Release Date: May 29th 2013

Genre: Horror

The Risen: Margaret is the second book in The Risen series by author Marie F Crow. This book is a complete story unto itself. Readers of Marie F Crow’s first book, The Risen: Dawning, will find an interesting parallel as the two stories complement each other with the interaction of Margaret Erikson and Helena Hawthorn. The main character, Margaret Erikson, is a kindergarten student who experiences an unimaginable horror. This book is told from her point of view as she details the events of her day. Synopsis: “It’s just a simple shot, right?” Margaret Erikson will ask this question many times today. What is suppose to be a basic school wide vaccine will go horribly wrong. It is not a simple shot and the lives that are lost to it will not become simple monsters. “I would have really liked a good-bye hug today” ~Margaret Erikson

Margaret. Oh Margaret….I was both intrigued and sadden by this story. Intrigued because you got like a behind the scenes look into what was happening. Tying it with some scenes from the first book. Sad because…well if you read this, you’ll know what I’m referring to. I love the author’s descriptive words and her ability to pull many emotions from you but keep you captivated at the same time. I was warned going into this book, but I’m doing good and ready for more. I give this 5 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*


The Risen: Dawning, Anniversary Edition: A Zombie Apocalypse Story of Survival (Book 1) by Marie F. Crow – My Review

Title: The Risen: Dawning, Anniversary Edition: A Zombie Apocalypse Story of Survival (Book 1)

Author: Marie F. Crow

Release Date: March 20th 2014

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror

Helena Hawthorn has lived her entire life in the dark shadow of her perfect younger siblings, The Hawthorn Angels. Now as the world awakens to a new horror, she will have to risk everything to keep them safe or forever be haunted by the failure to keep them alive. Each day will bring a new victory, or a new scar, as Helena learns that the dawn waits for no one.

With her newly bonded family, the local motorcycle club G.R.I.T., they will discover the world now holds much deeper horrors for them than they could have ever imagined. The Risen not only stalk the earth but stalk their nightmares as well.

This book came to me by way of a friend. It was described as zombies and Walking Dead with  a kick butt female. Let’s do this!

This book was like a breath of fresh air. It’s unique and totally engaging. It also has a Walking Dead vibe to it and I was there for it. Yeah I went there but it’s true. The beginning hooked me. Once you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Thank you Miss Crow! As the book progressed, I was more and more pulled and invested in the story. These characters had become my family. The author was able to make me feel so many things from sadness to anger then had me laughing. Ah good times. 

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and certainly not the last. I’m officially a fangirl and I look forward to reading more! If you’re a fan of the Walking Dead and strong females that kick butt but also want something new and unique to read, this book is for YOU! You won’t be disappointed. I give this 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*