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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Book Review + Giveaway Winners: Legend of the Chupacabra (Chupacabra #3) by Michael Hebler

Author: Michael Hebler
Series: The Chupacabra
Number in Series: 3
Format: ARC ePub
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Pages: 372
Publisher: Night After Night Publications
Genre: Horror/Western/Historical Fiction/Mystery/Thriller














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Synopsis from Goodreads 

Inside a small village within the Great Plains of Montana, a ritual initiated in blood will be performed. This ceremony has been executed only once before and will mark a rite of honor and justice. Commonly, the Assiniboine are a harmonious people with strong pride and passions, but turn to the spirits for vengeance when wronged. The tribe’s chief will summon the Great Spirit on behalf of his people, for no earthly man can make evil suffer
like a greater evil.

Legend of the Chupacabra finds Jessie and Suzanne living peacefully in Portland, Oregon, six years after they believed to have put an end to the curse of the chupacabra. But the women
come to learn of their failure and the futility of their sacrifices when a remarkable reunion brings horror back into their lives; only this time, what they face will be unlike any creature they've encountered. Legend of the Chupacabra marks the end of a trilogy but the continuation of a saga that will leave this moment of history drenched in blood.
 
 


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     Legend of the Chupacabra is the third book in the Chupacabra series. We are following Suzanne and Jessie once again. They both have fallen into a type of groove. Jessie has a job at a bar in Portland. She uses this job to make money the conventional and unconventional way. She hasn't grown out of her stealing habits. If anything, she has evolved. She steals from the mindless drunks that stumble in and out of her bar, but she puts the money to proper use. Things for her and Suzanne are going good until it seems the chupacabra has made a visit to Portland. Jessie and Suzanne thought the creature was finally out of their lives, but they are even more wrong than they thought.
     Hebler has done it again. This series gets better and better. This is definitely my favorite in the series so far. The twists and turns, the action, the heartbreak, this book just had it all. Jessie and Suzanne are amazing as always. Jessie is more grown up now and she is as feisty as ever. Jessie has always been a favorite because you never know what she will do or say next. I love her street smarts. She read people so well, it is like she has a sixth sense or something. It is crazy, but very accurate.


     This is such a wonderfully written series and this is just impeccable. Hebler does such a great job putting you in the 19th century. Everything feels authenticate and real. You actually feel like you are there. Hebler writes in a way that really draws you in and puts you in the time frame of the book. I loved how well this story progressed as well. We think that the curse of the chupacabra is finally over, but there happens to be someone else who is cursed and they ended up in Portland. Jessie and Suzanne can't believe that their nightmare is back and worse yet, the why of it. Suzanne and Jessie have both adjusted to their new lives. But not only must they deal with the chupacabra, but they also must deal with a surprise visit who also has a surprise secret. I couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it actually.

     On top of the chupacabra, Jessie and Suzanne have to deal with people in their lives who have some terrible secrets to hide. Jessie meets an Indian named, Tree Cradle, who she does not trust. They both want to kill each other, but they both end up in a situation they never would have expected. Jessie makes some discoveries that she knows she has to fix. 

     I love that Hebler has given us a great history for the chupacabra. It shines a different light on it. It is not the typical chupacabra we grew up hearing about. It wants human blood and it has targets. I love the character development for this book and the overall series. Suzanne is becoming the woman she has always wanted to be and becoming like a mother to Jessie. We also get some great backstory for the chupacabra and some other surprise characters as well. I won't spoil, but you better make sure you have read the other two books first or you won't get the full affect.

     Overall, this is a fantastic read. I am very in love with this series and I am so excited for the next book. That ending left me speechless. Holy crap! Book 4 is going to be mindblowing, I can't wait. Hebler is such a talented author and it shows with every book. If you haven't started this series yet, what are you waiting for? You are seriously missing out. Must-read, plain and simple.

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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 


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About Michael Hebler

Prior to becoming an award-winning author of his dark fiction Chupacabra Series, Michael was a full-time international film publicist who had worked on multiple titles for Walt Disney, Pixar, Lionsgate, Lakeshore Entertainment, Warner Bros., Summit Entertainment, and the 2013 Academy Award® Winning Best Foreign Language Film, “La grande bellezza” (The Great Beauty).
 
Born in the early 1970's in Los Angeles County to a salesman and a homemaker, Michael dreamed of following his passions for entertainment and storytelling by becoming an actor. It was while studying theatre arts at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, that he realized his penchant for stories was better suited on the page than on the stage. However, creating tales with suspense, laughter, and heart is not Michael's only love. Hebler also enjoys volunteering in his local community for Meals on Wheels, as well as aiding in the capture/spay/neuter/release feral program.

To date, Michael's publications include Night of the Chupacabra and Curse of the
Chupacabra (Chupacabra Series Books I & II) as well as his first publication, The Night After Christmas, a holiday picture book for believers of any age.

On October 7, 2014, Hebler also will release The Ghost of Christmas Past, a spiritual novella placing Dickens’ notorious Spirit in the center of its own afterlife, and life, while aiding a woman's complicated past.


Connect with Michael Hebler:
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GIVEAWAY WINNERs!!!

And the winner to the Legend of the Chupacabra giveaway is...
Grand Prize - Olivia Byrd
First - Tiffany Turner
3 Runners Up:
Sarah MacGuire
Quentin Coldwater
Carson Mitchell
An email has been sent to you all. Please respond within 3 days to receive you gift. Michael Hebler will be sending out your gift and I am sure you will get an email from him as well. Thank you so much for all who applied. Congrats again Olivia, Tiffany, Sarah, Quentin, and Carson. 


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