Blogmas Day 11 // Book Review – Storyland

If you like reading, you are in luck this week! Not one but two book reviews are appearing on An Ocean Glimmer. Now, this was actually done by accident! As you know, I normally take part in Blog Tours hosted by Neverland Blog Tours but I was recently approached by Emma Green, meaning I now have the opportunity to read Storyland by Bryan W. Alaspa this week. The second book review will be on Wednesday, where I will be reviewing 88˚ North by J.F. Kirwan.

I am very excited to review this book as I’ve previously reviewed the second book in the Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series, 37 Hours which was amazing! I would recommend reading this here, before my review on Wednesday, to catch up and understand what’s happened. Now, I will save that for Wednesday, let’s get on with the book review for Storyland. I was actually quite surprised when approached with this book, as it seems a little different from the normal books I read.

I didn’t know what to expect, to be honest, but was looking forward to it! I am officially the first stop on the Storyland Blog Tour and I am sharing the day with The Organised Mum, who is also called Gemma!

Storyland Blog Tour.jpg

Storyland? Let me tell you a little bit about it;

When Ned wakes up one morning, he finds that his childhood best friend Martin Brace has brutally murdered four people – in front of a child. It seems to have come out of nowhere, but for it to have happened in the same town where a young boy named Billy Marsterson vanished decades before, it seems like horrific bad luck.

Ned heads home, to find answers, compelled to go because of memories that the story causes to surface and he cannot recall fully. What happened all of those years back when Billy vanished? What did it have to do with the role-playing game he and Martin played as a child called Storyland? Why can’t he remember?

As he begins to investigate his own mind, the walls start to come down and the terrifying truth of what happened all those years ago, and how it ties to the brutal murder of four people, begins to come together.

What horrifying truth lies within the realm of Storyland?

The beginning of Storyland definitely does get you thinking, you jump straight into the action and wonder what’s happened! You join Ned after he finds out his childhood best friend Martin has brutally murdered four people, but why? There’s no answers currently for this mystery but you start to understand why the two best friends started to drift away from one another.

Through Ned, you start to uncover what happened, the story behind Storyland, a game the friends used to play as kids. I am definitely addicted to this book, it sucks you in and definitely gets you thinking! Bryan has done a great job capturing this, I love books that keep you hooked by their questions. Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to finish the book as I only started on Saturday.

That’s what I get for trying to read a book in December, around a full-time job! I’m definitely going to keep reading this book and hopefully, I won’t be disappointed in the reason why Martin killed. At this moment in time, I’m starting to think that for him the whole Storyland game has gone a bit too far and he actually thinks it’s reality now. I’m going to keep reading and hopefully find out!

How about a little bit about the author Bryan W. Alaspa;

Bryan is a freelance writer and professional author of both fiction and non-fiction. He has lived in Chicago almost his entire life, it was in the third grade where he began writing, after writing a three-page story on his mum’s electric typewriter. He also enjoys writing articles as well as being a blogger.

You can follow Bryan on TwitterFacebook as well as his official website.

There are a lot of bloggers on the Storyland Blog Tour so I would love for you to check out their reviews! You can do this by searching #storyland on Twitter or go and follow Bryan as I’m sure he’ll be sharing a few. As well as giving some love to Bryan and if you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy Storyland to read in Ebook (Kindle Format) from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now!

I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I highly recommend Storyland to all those who love a good mystery/thriller.


*Thank you Emma Green for hosting the Storyland Blog Tour. The Ebook was kindly sent to me for free, in return for an honest review. The feature image and those included within the post, were sent to me in the Media Pack, for more information please see my About Page.



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