#MiniReviewMondays | #BookReviews | 18/03/2019

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week.

DO NOT DISTURB (Deanna Madden #2) by A.R. Torre

This is the second book in A R Torre’s Deanna Madden trilogy.

Deanna is dealing with the results of her actions in book one, and the ongoing need to keep her secluded from the general public for their own safety.

This second book I found was a little slow to start with but it soon ramped up the pace along with discovering more about the other characters involved in Deanna’s life.

I am looking forward to reading book 3 and seeing how this trilogy ends, along with how the characters develop.

[K]

THE DIRT ON THE NINTH GRAVE (Charley Davidson #9) by Darynda Jones

Haha well given the synopsis on this book what can I say?

The way book 8 finished I could not wait to get my hands on to this next book in the series. I loved the way the storyline played out and Charlie was her brilliant self complete with snark. I did wonder how all the characters did what they did without having to worry about their bills and property (joys of a fantasy book I guess eh? Escape from reality!) and cannot wait to see what the next book brings.

If you like a strong female lead character who knows her own mind but can also have some really random moments this series is for you. Get yourself book 1 and be prepared to be hooked!

[K]

PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

This was read as part of the Ardently Austen Book Club being held on Instagram.

What can I say about this classic that has not already been said hundreds of times before?!

I found this a very enjoyable book, a faster pace and more drama (in my opinion) than Sense & Sensibility. This book wasn’t as wordy as her previous novel which I think helped with my reading pace and I had less of a struggle with the language used. I was wanting to read to find out what was going to happen with the characters next despite having other things pressing on my time. The characters were easy to follow and places visited were well described. I now want to watch the film to cement the story in my mind.

I have finally discovered why everyone has a soft spot for Mr Darcy and have developed my own for him ❤

[K]

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#MiniReviewMondays | #BookReviews | 28/01/2019

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review 🙂

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SNAP by Belinda Bauer
Published; May 3rd 2018, Transworld Digital

I have read Belinda Bauer before so when I saw this book in my local library picking it up was a no brainer!

This book follows a family who’s mother disappears after going to find help when their car breaks down. Years later the eldest son is trying to keep the family together, survive and not have any outside interference that could split the siblings up and remove them from their family home with memories of their mother. 

I found this a very clever thriller that kept me reading, with so many twists and turns that I found I could not read as fast as I wanted to so I could find out what happened next. Each time I thought I had worked out what had happened and what is likely to happen, boom, on the next page there is another surprise that throws all my theories out of the window.

[K]

THE CROW TRAP (Vera Stanhope #1) by Ann Cleaves
Published; February 11th 2016, Pan Macmillan (First published 1999)

I decided to try the Vera series as the TV series was going to be shown on the TV and was glad I did.

I found the story was well described and could visualise the moors and countryside that surrounds a cottage and farm which is the main setting for this book. It is a bit of a slow burner, Vera herself doesn’t appear straight away and the story revolves around the 3 women who come to visit the cottage to do an environmental survey, the first of whom finds the lady who lives in the farm has apparently committed suicide. Each of these ladies have good reasons for wanting to go to an isolate place and escaping the community, so when there is another murder will these secrets stay hidden? 

I think this would be a good book for those that like Detective stories like Columbo. 

[K]

LOST BOY; The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry
Published; July 4th 2017, Berkley Books

Each time I see a Christina Henry book I find I have to read it!

In this story it is a dark retelling of Peter Pan, who leaves Never-Never land to find lost/unloved children to take home to be his playmates. Jamie is one of these children that Peter has brought home, but this is not the Disney version of Peter Pan, there is danger and death on the island, and nothing is what it seems.

Whilst I had a rough idea of how the story went I really did not expect the story to go the way it did! I just could not put this story down. I cannot wait to get my hands on her next book.

[K]

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#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 26/11/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

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THE BIRTHDAY GIRL by Sue Fortin

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As it was my birthday I decided to do some theme reading and read a book involving a birthday.

I found this story intriguing from the start. A group of friends receive a mysterious invite from an estranged friend inviting them for a birthday weekend away at a mystery spot. All of the women are hiding secrets and over the course of the weekend hints are dropped that their secrets are not so secret after all.

I liked the way this book was set out in days, so the timeline was kept clear. The story had short chapters, was fast paced and before I knew it I had read a third of the book.

Now I have finished this story I can now catch up on sleep lost as I really struggled to put this down!

[K]

 

 

 

NIGHT SHIFTS BLACK (NSB #1) by Alyson Santos

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This is my first RARE19London read and it was a sweet read. (Sweet as in nice…not like how the youth of today would use ‘sweet;! Ha!)

NIGHT SHIFTS BLACK is definitely more of a character driven story as to a more ‘action’ packed novel I am used to reading in this genre.

Luke is one of those characters that from the off, you want to do everything you can to look after this person. Unfortunately for me, this role was taken by Callie – a young writer who happens upon Luke when he is at his most vulnerable.

A simple story which packs a lot of punch!

-S.

 

 

 

GHOST STORIES by Various Authors

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I loved this collection of short stories, some were very good, some were not so much, but will definitely give you chills reading on a cold and dark Halloween night! Some stands out were…

The SIGNAL-MAN by Charles Dickens

I quite enjoyed this short story by Dickens, of a man with insomnia that meets a lonely signal-man who is haunted by a ghostly figure but to what end?

OH, WHISTLE, AND I’LL COME TO YOU, MY LAD by M.R. James

In this short story the main character finds a whistle whilst having a short break. No harm ever came of blowing a whistle did it?

THE BODY SNATCHER by Robert Louis Stevenson

In the early stages of the medical education in anatomy real bodies were used to learn about the human body, but how far are people willing to go to acquire these bodies?

[K]

 

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#MINIREVIEWMONDAY | #BOOKREVIEWS | 19/11/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

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DEATH BY HALLOWEEN by David Warkentin

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I used to love the old kid’s choose your own adventures books so decided to give this a try.

I am not sure if it was cause it was written in the first person or cause it was a multiple choice options, I found this actually started to spook me as much as a good horror novel. I loved the variety of the options and the tangents the story went in depending on the choices made.

Definitely one to read on a dark Halloween night!

[K]

 

 

 

 

THE ENEMY (The Enemy #1) by Charlie Higson

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I used to love the old kid’s choose your own adventures books so decided to give this a try.

I am not sure if it was cause it was written in the first person or cause it was a multiple choice options, I found this actually started to spook me as much as a good horror novel. I loved the variety of the options and the tangents the story went in depending on the choices made.

Definitely one to read on a dark Halloween night!

[K]

 

 

 

 

OFF. Your Digital Detox for a Better Life by Tanya Goodin

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I found this book rather insightful, whilst I’m not a massive user of my phone I know people that are.

This book highlighted habits that it is very easy to fall into and how to break them. This is done in a way that is easily understood together with inspirational quotes to break up the flow of information to make it easier to absorb.

I have since taken some of the advice on board so I spend even less time just mindlessly on my phone. Fingers crossed it works!

[K]

 

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#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 12/11/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

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READY FOR FLYNN (Ready for Flynn #1) by K.L. Shandwick

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Are you ready for Flynn?

At the very start of this book I wasn’t sure how I felt about the storyline, but as it progressed I loved the way the characters evolved and developed and as the story grew and I became emotionally invested in the story as though what was happening directly involved me personally which at one point in the story what happened really knocked me for six (the phrase emotionally ruined me was actually used at the time).

I cannot wait to pick up book 2 to see what happens next, and to see if I really am ready for another installment of Flynn Doherty.

[K]

 

 
THE HOUSE OF MANY WAYS (Howl’s Moving Castle #3) by Diana Wynne Jones

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This is the third book in the Howl series, and it is still as magical and random as the previous stories.

In this book Charmain house sits her Uncles house whilst he is away, and things do not go to plan!

This lovely fantasy story is so easy to read you feel that you are in the constant changing rooms and corridors in the house or attempting the magic that is described. The characters are strong (and sometimes stroppy), the town and landscape are well imagined.

I would very much like to read a book 4 if there ever is one, I live in hope!

[K]

 

 
HAUNTED NOTTINGHAMSHIRE; GHOST STORIES by Julia Skinner

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As it was Halloween, I thought I’d read local haunting book.

This is full of local mysteries, ghostly goings on and hauntings. Some of which I had previously heard about but some completely new to me.

I’d fully recommend picking up one of these books if you are interested in reading about the haunted happenings in your hometown!

[K]

 

 

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#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 5/11/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

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THE MADMAN OF BERGERAC (Maigret #16) by George Simenon

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In this story Maigret is off on his holidays, till his fellow passenger piques his interest and he decides to follow him off the train… whilst it is still moving!

Unfortunately he is injured and whilst recovering he discovers there is a madman running loose and attacking women. Unable to proceed with his normal style of investigation technique, he gets his wife involved.

Who is the madman that is seemingly hiding in plain sight in the small village of Bergerac?

[K]

 

 

 

THE ANGEL OF DEATH (The Woman in Black #2) by Martyn Waites

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Angel of Death is the sequel of The Woman In Black, which is set in the 1940s decades after the first book. This time the house is being used as a house for evacuees to escape the bombing in London.

This book was a quick read with short chapters and a fast pace. The scene was set and the story flowed without it feeling as though it was being dragged out.

Whilst I do enjoy a good ghost story but it is not very often they affect me, this one gave me chills! I will not be wanting to go on any lone visits to any old run-down houses anytime soon.

I would say definitely a story for those that enjoy being scared. Treat it like you would a good horror movie, in a dark room on your own with one lamp on to keep the shadows at bay.

[K]

 
SHOWMANCE (Showmance #1) by L.H. Cosway

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I loved the location of this story, set involving a new West End show which the characters were involved in whicl I found gave more depth to the usual boy meets girl story.

I found the characters believable and could visualise their mannerisms as described. I also enjoyed reading about how they arefeeling and what they were thinking, which was even better as this is a dual POV book.

I think everyone should have a Damon Atwood in their lives!

[K]

 

 

 

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#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 15/10/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

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THE BEAST WITHIN (Villains #2) by Serena Valentino

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A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle.

Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp–like a beast’s!

But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster?

And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?

I found this to be a clever alternate story to the original Beauty & The Beast we all know and love. All the well loved and not so well loved characters were included in this story.

It was interesting to read how the story could have happened from the Beast’s point of view, as in the Disney film we took it at face value that the Beast was selfish and spoilt without any explanation what made him that way.

This is the first book I have read by Serena Valentino, will definitely be looking for the rest in this series

[K]

 

’48 by James Herbert

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In 1945, Hitler unleashed the Blood Death on Britain as his final act of vengeance.

Those who died at once were the lucky ones. The really unfortunate took years. The survivors – people like me, who had the blood group that kept us safe from the disease – were now targets for those who believed our blood could save them.

I survived for three years. I lived alone, spending my days avoiding the fascist Blackshirts who wanted my blood for their dying leader. Then I met the others – and life got complicated all over again . . .

This book is a different take on the apocalyptic dystopian alternate history ‘the world has ended’ genre, even though it was first published in 1996. Majority of England (and possibly the world?) has been wiped out by Hitler’s last hurrah, a bomb with a deadly virus.

The story focuses on the main character Hoke who is immune, but unfortunately for him there are others who are surviving in a sense but are in near constant pursuit and after his blood.

I found this a real page turner of a book with many twists that keeps you reading.  I first read this book years ago as a teenager, and have ever since wanted to read it again but couldn’t remember the title or the author.

My mum happened to come across this at our local library and I am so glad she did! I have now managed to re-read a book which fragments of the story has managed to say with me for the last 18 years and now purchased my own copy so I can re-read again at my leisure.

[K]

 

A BABY AT THE BEACH CAFE by Lucy Diamond

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A Baby at the Beach Cafe is an engaging short story follow-up to Lucy Diamond’s bestselling novel The Beach Cafe.

Evie loves running her beach cafe in Cornwall but with a baby on the way, she’s been told to put her feet up. Let someone else take over? Not likely.

Helen’s come to Cornwall to escape the stress of city living. She hopes a seaside life will be the answer to all her dreams. When she sees a job advertised at the cafe it sounds perfect.

But the two women clash and sparks fly. . . and then events take a dramatic turn. Can the pair of them put aside their differences in a crisis?

This is lovely little short story with characters I found I could relate to and believe in.

Due to it being a short story this will only be a short review as I do not want to inadvertently give away any spoilers.

But if you have a spare couple of hours please pick up this book for a lovely heartwarming story beside the seaside.

[K]

 

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#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 08/10/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

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END OF DAY (Jack & Jill #1) by Jewel E. Ann

37541926.jpgEarth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life.

Four caskets. Two bodies.

Jessica and Jude Day witness their funeral and that of their parents a few yards away from mourning family and friends. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever.

Six months later, two thirty-year-old misfits with elite self-defense skills and penchants for alcohol, sex, and trouble arrive like an earthquake to Peaceful Woods, a retirement community in Omaha, Nebraska, that thrives on rules and gossip. Welcome home, Jackson and Jillian Knight.

Jackson celebrates his new beginning by embracing his job and wiping his cavalier past clean with a temporary oath of celibacy. But Jillian’s past is branded into her soul—the deaths, the insanity, Dr. Luke Jones, and the need to make her lovers bleed. Her chance for redemption comes in the form of a next door neighbor, one Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan. He’s sexy, dangerously alluring, and riddled with emotional issues from years of service. He’s also … So. Damn. Grumpy.

Their mission is simple: Let go, start over, don’t kill anyone, and pray that nobody wakes the dead.

I LOVED this story. I thought I knew roughly what to expect and I was blown away.

It feels as though this story starts in the middle, but as the story goes on you learn what has happened to the characters and how they are coping with their current situation. I found I really felt for Jill as the story went on as she struggles to adjust to her new life and involve herself in their neighbours lives, whether they like it or not.

I felt the range of emotions as the story went on, from finding I was tearing up to actually laughing out loud (and getting funny looks for it!)

I cannot wait to pick up the next in this series as I NEED to know what happens next!

[K]

 

GUILTY PLEASURES (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Anita Blake is small, dark, and dangerous. Her turf is the city of St. Louis.

Her job: re-animating the dead and killing the undead who take things too far.

But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings, Anita must confront her greatest fear—her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean-Claude, one of the creatures she is sworn to destroy…

 

I was recommended to read this book and I do not understand why it took me so long to pick it up!

I never expected the wealth of characters this early on in the first book of the series and found I was thrust into the middle of Anita Blake’s world, where the existence of vampires and other supernatural creatures are known and living in the human population. We are introduced into Anita’s next mystery to be solved, someone is viciously murdering vampires, with seemingly no rhyme or reason.

If you are looking for the soft and cuddly vampires this book is not for you. These are the vampires of nightmares, they manipulate and terrify you into doing their bidding.

[K]

 

DRIVE by Kate Stewart

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Music . . . the heart’s greatest librarian.

The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.

At the height of my career, I had the life I wanted, the life I’d always envisioned. I’d found my tempo, my rhythm. Then I received a phone call that left me off key.

You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.

Two days.

One playlist.

And the long road home to the man who was waiting for me.

I found this a very good read, I loved the way the author provided a playlist for the entirety of her book, as her main character Stella is that involved in music it provides the basis for her life.

This book kept me reading and guessing all the way through right to the very end. I felt the ups and downs with the character, and more often than not I found myself humming the current chapter track whilst I was reading.

This book reminded me to keep following my dreams and never give up no matter how much life throws at you.

[K]

 

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#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 01/10/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

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THE YELLOW DOG (Maigret #6) by Georges Simenon

18774736.jpgThere was an exaggerated humility about her. Her cowed eyes, her way of gliding noiselessly about without bumping into things, of quivering nervously at the slight­est word, were the very image of a scullery maid accustomed to hardship. And yet he sensed, beneath that image, glints of pride held firmly in check. She was anaemic. Her flat chest was not formed to rouse desire. Nevertheless, she was strangely appealing, perhaps because she seemed troubled, despondent, sickly.

In the windswept seaside town of Concarneau, a local wine merchant is shot. In fact, someone is out to kill all the influential men and the entire town is soon sent into a state of panic. For Maigret, the answers lie with the pale, downtrodden waitress Emma, and a strange yellow dog lurking in the shadows…

Another brilliant story from Mr Simenon

When I picked up the first Maigret novel, Pietr the Latvian I wasn’t sure how I felt about the Detective and his story. I am so glad I persevered as they just keep getting better. I am now used to how Detective Maigret works in his sometimes brusque manner, and as these books were set and written in the 1920/30s how life was so much different then (the way of speaking to men/women, how the classes acted towards each other, even what was just generally acceptable then that wouldn’t necessarily be now) and investigation techniques were so much different how it is in the novels now.

Maigret has found himself in the middle of another mystery, when a seemingly unknown person has decided to remove certain well known characters in a little town.

What has happened that means someone wants these prominent men dead?

Where has this yellow dog appeared from and who does he belong to?

[K]

 

THE HOMEWARD BOUNDERS by Diana Wynne Jones

1017863.jpg“You are now a discard. We have no further use for you in play. You are free to walk the Bounds, but it will be against the rules for you to enter play in any world. If you succeed in returning Home, then you may enter play again in the normal manner.”

When Jamie unwittingly discovers the scary, dark-cloaked Them playing games with human’s lives, he is cast out to the boundaries of the worlds. Only then does he discover that there are a vast number of parallel worlds, all linked by the bounds, and these sinister creatures are using them all as a massive gamesboard.

Clinging to Their promise that if he can get Home he is free, he becomes the unwilling Random Factor in an endless game of chance.

I am definitely enjoying Diana Wynne Jones’ books, and I happened to come across these by chance!

In this book the story revolves around a young lad, Jamie, that discovers that our ‘world’ is basically a big boardgame for aliens – I’m thinking something like Risk (or at least how I understand that game is played) but because he discovers this he is cast out from his word and cursed to walk the Bounds (cross between the worlds) until he finds his Home again. The alternative worlds vary from one end of the spectrum to the other, with Jamie discovering what he can and can’t do to survive.

Unfortunately this is a standalone novel, but am looking forward to reading more of this authors books.

If you like time travel, fantasy and abit of sci-fi this one has got to be on your TBR list!

[K]

 

HALF A KING (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie

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Betrayed by his family and left for dead, prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the shattered sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy.

This was recommended to me by another Goodreads reader.

My only regret is not starting this sooner!

This book sucked me in from page 1. Set in Medieval-similar times Yarvi is the second in line to the throne, training to be a minister but doesn’t have the affection of the people due to the hand deformity he was born with as people see him as half a person. This story follows Yarvi through death and betrayal, friendship and hardship and the extremes of weather and people on his travels so he can take his revenge on those who wronged him.

Whilst I did guess part of what was going to happen just shortly before it did, it was still a brilliant story and there were other twists that I never saw coming! Can’t wait to get my hands on the next book from this author.

I would say if you are a fan of George RR Martin this is a story for you!

[K]

 

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#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 24/09/2018

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

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THE NIGHT AT THE CROSSROADS (Maigret #7) by Georges Simenon

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“She came forward, the outlines of her figure blurred in the half-light. She came forward like a film star, or rather like the ideal woman in an adolescent’s dream. ‘I gather you wish to talk to me, Inspector . . . but first of all please sit down . . .’ Her accent was more pronounced than Carl’s. Her voice sang, dropping on the last syllable of the longer words.”

Maigret has been interrogating Carl Andersen for seventeen hours without a confession. He’s either innocent or a very good liar. So why was the body of a diamond merchant found at his isolated mansion? Why is his sister always shut away in her room? And why does everyone at Three Widows Crossroads have something to hide?

These are short little novels, with medium size chapters. So for me a fairly quick read and ideal for taking on a day out.

These little stories can be read as standalones if preferred, nor do they have to be read in order if it is not desired.

Whilst I had already seen the televised episode of this with Rowan Atkinson, and did remember the basic storyline it was fun to read the novel as opposed to have it all play out on the television screen.

I found this a fast paced book, which still kept me guessing right until the very end.

Another brilliant and intriguing investigation by Maigret.

[K]

 
THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD by Belinda Bauer

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There’s no safety in numbers . . .

Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.

The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.

When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions.

One is public murder.

And the other one is her . . .

This was the first novel I’ve read by this author but definitely won’t be my last.

This was a fast paced book which I found I struggled to put down. I warmed to the main character Eve’s personality, and disliked the smarmy Guy, the problems of juggling her journalism job with an incredibly tetchy boss and her homelife, when a serial killer is thrown into the mix. Each death by this killer was a surprise and I found myself rooting for Eve to solve the case right up until the climatic end.

Whilst I don’t want to give too much away and spoil the story for new readers, I would definitely recommend this book to those that like a good crime thriller. So much so I have actually passed this book onto my Mum to read as she likes this genre.

You will not be disappointed!

[K]

TRAITOR’S BLOOD (Civil War Chronicles #1) by Michael Arnold

9186453.jpgTraitor’s Blood, the first in The Civil War Chronicles, Michael Arnold’s acclaimed series of historical thrillers, sees battle-scarred hero Captain Stryker, ‘the Sharpe of the Civil War’, confront his nemesis. ‘Stands in comparison with the best of Cornwell’ Yorkshire Post

Once seen in the heat of battle, Captain Stryker is never forgotten. A hardened veteran of the wars in the Low Countries, he has come home to England to seek revenge on the man who left him for dead and scarred him for life.

Stryker is driven by loyalty rather than conviction to serve King Charles’s cause. He has no truck with aristocracy, preferring the company of a handful of trusted men, including sometime actor Lancelot Forreseter and his foul-mouthed sergeant, Skellen. But when the existence of a dangerous spy at the heart of the Royalist establishment is discovered, it is Stryker whom Prince Rupert chooses to capture the man before he realises the game is up.

Lightly armed and with only a handful of men, Stryker must journey across a country riven by bitterness and beset by marauding bands of soldiers in a race against time. But unbeknown to Stryker, someone else is also closing in on his quarry, someone whom Stryker has sworn to kill: Captain Eli Makepeace, his nemesis, the man who nearly destroyed him . . .

Being part of one of the Civil War towns (Newark), I have taken an interest in this particular point in history.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel but I really enjoyed it, the story is set around Captain Striker and his companions giving the battles and skirmishes from their point of view (in this one it includes the battle of Edgehill) Whilst trying to complete his special mission he has been given.

I found I was rooting for the good guys, disliking the bad and wondering how they were going to get out of the scrapes they found themselves in. The action was well described and non stop, where pretty much no one got away unscathed. And the storyline I felt was well paced and thought out.

Definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series. Ideal for those that like military or historical action stories.

[K]

 
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