Sigil By Aidan J. Reid [Book Review]

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Book Review: Sigil by Aidan J. Reid | Mystery | Suspense | Reading | Book Blogger | RachelPoli.com

I received a free digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

– EVERY VILLAGE HAS ITS SECRETS –

The sleepy Irish village of Ballygorm is shocked one bright summer morning by the tragic news that one of their own, a successful young builder and devoted family man has been found dead, hanging in an apparent suicide.

But Parish Priest, Father Tom Regan is sceptical. Inspired by his TV detective hero, Fr Regan uses his twin role as confessional confidante and the village’s religious figurehead to investigate the mysterious death and he suspects foul play.

Piecing the clues together, he finds that his outwardly pious and tight-knit community has been harbouring a murderer in a village where everyone is a suspect.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I do like the cover. I think the colors are pretty, despite the dark aura. It looks mysterious which is what this book is all about.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I’ve read a few things from Aidan before and enjoy his books. Mystery is my favorite as well so I was eager to jump on this.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

I found the plot unique in the sense that a priest is solving the murder – well, he’s taken it upon himself to follow the clues while everyone else brushes the murder off as a suicide.

This was certainly an interesting way to do things, however it wasn’t as believable as I thought it would be. The victim was hung with his hands tied behind his back, which should have been a red flag to everyone in town. Still, it was interesting all the same to watch Father Regan piece it together.

Characters | RachelPoli.com

I enjoyed following Father Regan around though I didn’t feel as though I could get close to him or anyone else in the story. All the characters were well written and had unique personalities, which was great. Though the book is told in third person omniscient, which it’s my favorite POV to read. It was hard to guess what people were feeling when it was told to me through the narrative or Father Regan “assuming” how they felt.

With that said, the characters were good, but I was able to see right through them.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

The book is well written. The POV is not a personal preference of mine so it was harder for me to read, but it was still done well. Some chapters were told seeing other characters – such as the culprits – which was interesting. One chapter in particular was strictly dialogue. It wasn’t long, but I enjoyed that bit.

The story was easy to follow along – for the most part. There are a lot of twists, but that’s a good thing and it was done well.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was a good read. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was written in a different POV, though that’s just my personal preference. Definitely give this a read if it sounds enticing to you and if you enjoy a good murder mystery.

Sigil by Aidan J. Reid gets…
Book Review Rating System | 3 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com3 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“He was used to people changing their behavior when he entered the room. They seemed to quickly become the best possible version of themselves.” -Aidan J. Reid, Sigil

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Rot 6: Filling Time By Aidan J. Reid [Book Review]

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Book Review | Rot 6: Filling Time by Aidan J. Reid | Short Story | Dark Comedy | RachelPoli.com

I received a free eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

The final instalment of the Ray Jones story.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I enjoy how simple and consistent the covers have been. This one is no exception. It’s bright and I think it’s a great shot of a certain character.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

After the cliffhanger from the last book, I was eager to read the finale in the story of Ray Jones.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

The plot in this one ties everything together. We’re at the pique and while things have been tense, this is the final showdown. Ray has Lena back and together they go to get rid of the Fairy Godmother once and for all.

They run into a couple more hiccups while doing so, which made the plot tenser. It worked.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

About half of this story was the final showdown and the other half was like an “aftermath” or “epilogue.” While I loved watching the plot wrap up, my favorite part was the ending.

The author did a wonderful job bringing the story full circle between the six parts of this short series. It was a sweet ending and I was certainly satisfied after being on such a journey with Ray.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was a great ending to a wonderful series. There are six parts, but each one takes about 30-45 minutes to read. You could read the whole series in one sitting if you had the chance. It’s certainly something different, fairly light-hearted, but tense with high stakes. Give it a try.

Rot 6: Filling Time by Aidan J. Reid gets…
Book Review Rating System | 5 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com5 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“I’m half-expecting some horrific twelve-foot troll from the underworld to be parked outside.” –Aidan J. Reid, Rot 6: Filling Time

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Rot 5: Gum But Not Forgotten By Aidan J. Reid [Book Review]

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Book Review: Rot 5: Gum But Not Forgotten by Aidan J. Reid | Reading | Short Story | Dark Comedy | Books | RachelPoli.com

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Summary:

Ray’s in a spot of bother.

The faun prophecy marked him as ‘the chosen one’.

Though they damn well didn’t make it easy.

Cast adrift in the human world. Watching his hopes fade with a dying faun.

The hopes of the Kingdom rest on his shoulders.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

Like the previous stories before it, this cover has a lot to say about the contents of this installment and it’s simple, so it works.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I’ve read the first four short stories of this series and I’m not going to stop now. It’s a good series though, so I wouldn’t stop anyway.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

Ray is cast out of the human world and back into his own. He’s still trying to find his wife, Lena, though he’s caught by the other fairies. Ray has a big mouth and gets himself into more trouble than he should, though he doesn’t resist too much.

I’ll admit, while I still enjoyed this part, I think this was my least favorite installment. Throughout the majority of this one we follow Ray as a prisoner and while his witty thoughts were entertaining, not much happened. That is, up until the very end where the story left off at probably the best cliff hanger I’ve seen in a while.

 

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This was a quick read, I feel like it was quicker than the other parts. Ray has not lost his sense of humor despite the pickle he’s found himself in so the story moved along quite nicely and added a lighter tone to something so dire. This picked up where the last part left off and left me with a great cliff hanger that I’m eager to read the next part. The author does a great job of staying consistent throughout the whole series.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This part wasn’t my favorite, but it was still enjoyable and easy to read through. I’m looking forward to part six, the final story in the series.

Rot 5: Gum But Not Forgotten by Aidan J. Reid gets…
Book Review Rating System | 4 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com4 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“Way to go lady. If he wasn’t dead before, he sure is now.” – Aidan J. Reid, Rot 5: Gum But Not Forgotten

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Rot 4: Plaque To The Future By Aidan J. Reid [Book Review]

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ROT 4: Plaque to the Future by Aidan J. Reid | Book Review | Short Story | Comedy | RachelPoli.com

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Summary:

His wife has been kidnapped.

He’s a fairy on the run.

The prophecy says he alone can restore balance and harmony to the Kingdom. The Fairy Godmother might have something to say about that.

Piece o’cake.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I like the cover to this one. It’s simple, stays along the same theme as the 3 stories before it, and the tooth looks shiny, which is pleasing to me.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I’ve enjoyed the first three books of this short story series. After the way the third book ended, I was eager to read part 4.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

The Fairy Godmother is back and it doesn’t seem like she’s too happy with Ray. Ray and Ian are on a journey to find their kidnapped wives. They travel far and wide coming across old and new characters. Some nice, some not so nice.

I think this story was the most intense out of the four parts that have been released. They run into a few different enemies just barely making it. It really added a lot to their adventure.

 

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

Just like the previous three parts of this series, the author’s witty humor shines through. Ray has a great narrative voice and a wonderful hilarious tone. It’s a short story, yes, but it’s a quick read because I get easily engaged and sucked into it.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

I think I enjoyed this story the most out of all four parts. This one was intense and had it’s fair share of witty, funny moments.

Rot 4: Plaque To The Future by Aidan J. Reid gets…
Book Review Rating System | 5 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com5 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“I reach out for his tail and grab it in my dizziness. Some warped version of pin the tail on the donkey.” – Aidan J. Reid, Rot 4: Plaque To The Future

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Rot 3: Flossed And Found By Aidan J. Reid

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Book Review | Rot 3: Flossed and Found by Aidan J. Reid | Short Story | Comedy | RachelPoli.com

I received a free eARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

Ray Jones and his wife Lena are on the run.

They’ve traveled to the far reaches of the Fairy Kingdom to seek cover.

But Her troops are coming together.

And they’re looking for revenge.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I love the cover because it’s simple yet it tells a lot about what the story is going to be about. The titles in this short series are getting more clever as well.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

As part of the author’s review team, I’ve read and reviewed Rot 1 and Rot 2. I enjoyed both of them so I was looking forward to this part.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

This short tale shows Ray and his wife, Lena, on the run. They travel far and wide meeting all sorts of new, interesting characters that “help” along the way. Some more than others. Ray has gotten rid of the Fairy Godmother only to find out that she may still be lingering about.

This was another great adventure for the tooth fairy. With each part we’re delving deeper and deeper into the plot and it keeps getting interesting.

 

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This story has an interesting sense of humor. As a short story, it’s, of course, short and sweet. It’s easy to read and fun to just sit and relax for a bit reading it from start to finish. It flows nicely throughout and it picked up right where part two left off.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was another great part for Ray and I’m glad to get to see more of Lena, I really enjoy her character. If you’re into a little twisted humor and short reads, check this one out. I’m looking forward to the next part.

Rot 3: Flossed and Found by Aidan J. Reid gets…
Book Review Rating System | 4 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com4 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“He’s hideous. A face that would make an onion cry.” –Aidan J. Reid, Rot 3: Flossed and Found

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An Unorthodox Guide to Sparking Your Creative Juices

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This week’s guest post is brought to you by Aidan Reid. Thanks, Aidan!

Inspiration can be found in the strangest of places, striking like a thunderbolt when you least expect it.

I was a self-help junkie when I was growing up. Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer – I listened to them all. I was also manic when it came to writing lists. While I was still a fledgling author with grand ambitions (not much has changed), I read from one such guru that you should carry a small notepad with you, ready to jot down a flash of insight at any moment.

It could be a new novel idea. It could be a clever analogy. It could be peculiar attributes of a character in your head inspired by the guy sitting across from you on the train. Yeah, the one picking his nose. Yeah. That’s him. Don’t stare!

The problem with our memories is that we have inbuilt erasers, unable to hold the information for very long before the practicalities of life soon seep in.

The famous inventor Thomas Edison, found a novel way for inviting more of these fleeting insights. During his frequent naps, he would sit upright and hold a steel ball in his hand. Directly below the ball would be a silver plate. Inevitably when he would drift off to sleep, his grip on the ball would relax and it would clang against the plate and wake him up.

Apart from annoying his long suffering wife with these strange habits, there was a method to the madness. Ideas could be reached when the conscious, critical mind was bypassed – reaching a place where ideas manifest in the subconscious.

I value my sleep FAR too much to consider this option. However, there have been moments where I’ve received flashes which have catapulted my own writing career into new territories.

The inspiration for my debut novel Pathfinders came when I read a book about Lucid Dreaming. Simply stated, LD is the ability to wake up inside your own dreams, and be aware of it. Suddenly the dream world takes on an exciting realism which mirrors your own day-to-day. Some dream pioneers (oneironauts) even suggest that the dream world feels even more colorful and exciting than anything we could even imagine.

I had my first lucid dream at twenty-two, shortly after reading the book, and it scared the hell out of me. So disturbed was I by this frightening vision that I began a decade long process of writing my novel which explored the danger of being sucked permanently into this state and not wanting to return.

Other avenues I’ve used for exploration when it comes to finding new ideas has been reading books across a wide range of genres. I’m working my way through the BBC Big Read Top 100 Books of all Time list. Ordinarily, I’d steer clear of anything to do with Romance, Westerns or Chick Lit, but because they are on the list and I’m determined to complete all the books in my lifetime, I’m being introduced to finer nuances and styles that don’t pigeon-hole me to a certain voice.

I’m also a big fan of getting outside of my comfort zone. I emigrated to Colombia from Ireland almost a year ago. Now 33, I’ve spent probably four years of my adult life traveling (usually solo) across the world. Visiting over fifty countries and interacting with thousands of backpackers en route, the stories I’ve heard will stay with me for life, fodder for new books and adventures still to be written.

A humdrum, corporate citizen for most of my twenties, sometimes the only thrills I could find between travel breaks would be to do something a little bit off the wall – bungees, skydives par for the course. Firing up my creative juices. Whether this unlocks parts of my brain that had perhaps hardened because of the monotony of the daily grind, I’m not sure.

But I’m certain that I couldn’t convincingly write about one of my character’s taking an ancient shamanic medicine in a Peruvian jungle, without having done so myself.

While inspiration can strike us at any stage – in the mall, at work, in bed at night – you have to be prepared to listen and act. Without taking action, there’s little reason for that voice to speak up again.

It could be calling and you don’t even know it.

Can you hear it? What’s it telling you?

AIDAN J. REID is a writer and freelance blogger originally from Cloughmills, Northern Ireland. His debut sci-fi thriller, PATHFINDERS, was released on March 1st 2016. Advance reviewers describe it as ‘Inception’ meets ’28 Days Later’.

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