#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 01/05/2018 – Top 10 Books I Could Re-Read FOREVER!

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at That Artsy Reader Girl

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

I have chosen a ‘Top 10’ prompt from back in February which is ‘Top 10 Books I Could Re-Read Forever’.

Remember that these are in NO particular order! 🙂

GABRIEL’S INFERNO by Sylvain Reynard

THE INFORMANT by Susan Wilkins

THE MERMAID’S SINGING by Val McDermid

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE by J.K. Rowling

MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover

THE TAKE by Martina Cole

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Steig Larsson

DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb

THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER


by Jamie McGuire

What do you think to my choices? Do you agree with any of them?

Would love to hear in the comments! 🙂

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

 

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 30/04/2018 |CHILD 44 (Leo Demidov #1) by Tom Rob Smith @tomrobsmith (April 28th 2011, Simon & Schuster UK @simonschusterUK)

Title: CHILD 44 (Leo Demidov #1)
Author:
Tom Rob Smith
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 28th April 2011

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Stalin’s Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all of their needs. One of its fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminals.

But in this society, millions do live in fear . . . of the State. Death is a whisper away. The mere suspicion of ideological disloyalty-owning a book from the decadent West, the wrong word at the wrong time-sends millions of innocents into the Gulags or to their executions. Defending the system from its citizens is the MGB, the State Security Force. And no MGB officer is more courageous, conscientious, or idealistic than Leo Demidov.

A war hero with a beautiful wife, Leo lives in relative luxury in Moscow, even providing a decent apartment for his parents. His only ambition has been to serve his country. For this greater good, he has arrested and interrogated.

Then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal-a murderer-is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, his world turned upside down, and every belief he’s ever held shattered. The only way to save his life and the lives of his family is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it’s a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer-much less a serial killer-is in their midst. Exiled from his home, with only his wife, Raisa, remaining at his side, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the MBG to find and stop a criminal that the State won’t admit even exists.

After watching RED SPARROW in the cinema back in March – I was keen to read a spy thriller. I’ve only read a small handful to now so wanted to broaden my horizon!

Before anyone asks – no I haven’t seen the movie. Nor will I until I have read the book. This is how I roll these days!

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-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 24/04/2018 – Top 10 Romance Novels

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at That Artsy Reader Girl

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

As I haven’t posted a ‘Top 10’ for a while, I thought this week, I have chosen a ‘Top 10’ prompt from back in February which was a love freebie. With that, I am going to share with you my Top 10 Romance Novels. Which are in NO particular order! 🙂

MIDNIGHT BLUE by L.J. Shen

FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE by Mariana Zapata

CARNAGE by Lesley Jones

GABRIEL’S INFERNO by Sylvain Reynard

UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

 

HERO by Lauren Rowe

BAIT by Jade West

ONE NIGHT PROMISED by Jodi Ellen Malpas

UNDEFEATED by Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick

GREY by E.L. James

 


What do you think to my choices? Do you agree with any of them?

Would love to hear in the comments! 🙂

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 23/04/2018 | RECOVERED by Jay Crownover @JayCrownover (March 24th 2018, Indie Published)

Title: RECOVERED
Author:
Jay Crownover
Publisher:
Indie Published
Publication Date: March 24th 2018

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It was hate at first sight…

Affton

I hated Cable James McCaffrey.

He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.

He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.

He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.

Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

Cable

I was obsessed with Affton Reed.

She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.

She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.

I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.

In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.

The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.

I have *M* to thank for my ongoing adventure into the world of contemporary romance. Since attending RARE in London earlier this year, I have been reading some truly amazing indie authors.

It was the blurb for RECOVERED that peaked my interest. I’ve heard of Jay Crownover before and from what I’ve seen…her work is very well received. I can’t wait to get stuck in and let you know what I think!

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-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 16/04/2018 |FEARLESS by Jessie Keane @realjessiekeane (March 22nd 2018, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

Title: FEARLESS
Author:
Jessie Keane
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: March 22nd 2018

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Play dirty, play to win.

Josh Flynn is the king of the bare-knuckle gypsy fighters. His reputation is un-blemished; his fist a deadly weapon.

Claire Milo has always loved Josh, they were destined to be together from the day they met. Two gypsy lovers with their whole lives ahead of them. If only Josh would find a different way of earning a living instead of knocking the living daylights out of another man in the boxing ring. One day, she knew something really bad was going to happen. She could feel it . . .

Shauna Everett always wanted what she couldn’t have, and nobody, especially Claire Milo was going to stand in her way. She’s had her eye on Josh Flynn for years and she knew just how to get him. If it meant playing dirty, then so be it. What had she got to lose?

In a world ruled by violence, crime and backstreet brawls, only one woman will win in Jessie Keane’s Fearless, but how low is she prepared to go to achieve that goal?

Can you sense a theme on some of the books that are coming up on my TBR? I thoroughly enjoy Martina Cole and I’m half way into my first Kimberely Chambers book (THE TRAP) and LOVING it! Next step for me is Jessie Keane!

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-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 09/04/2018 |THE TRAP (The Butlers #1) by Kimberley Chambers @kimbochambers (January 1st 2013, Harper Collins @HarperCollinsUK)

Title: THE TRAP (The Butlers #1)
Author:
Kimberley Chambers
Publisher:
Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 1st 2013

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The heir to Martina Cole’s crown with a story of murder, the underworld, violence and treachery.

The Butlers are the kings of the East End

Vinny and Roy Butler are the apple of their mum’s eye. Queenie knows they can play dirty, but when it comes to family they look after business and make her proud. Nothing and no one can bring them down.

Brotherly love

But Vinny seems to have crossed the wrong person and his cards are marked. And with the brothers joined at the hip, Roy may just be in the firing line too…

Deadly rivals

One bloody night sets Vinny on the path of desperate vengeance, but will the Butlers emerge stronger than ever, or is the East End code of honour as good as dead?

I’ve been reading a fair amount of Martina Cole recently – so I wanted to branch out and read novels from similar authors. THE TRAP has been on my wish list for a long time now and I’m hoping to get around to reading it soon beans!

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-S.

 

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 25/09/2017 |HOUSE OF SPINES by Michael J. Malone @michaelJmalone1 (August 16th 2017, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Title: HOUSE OF SPINES
Author:
Michael J. Malone
Publisher:
Orenda Books
Publication Date: August 16th 2017

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Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who appears to have been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up.

Entering his new-found home, he finds that Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word – the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror … the reflection of a woman …

A terrifying psychological thriller with more than a hint of the Gothic, House of Spines is a love letter to the power of books, and an exploration of how lust and betrayal can be deadly…

I’m looking forward to sharing my review with you for HOUSE OF SPINES when the blog tour hits our page on 29th September. Until then, be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour;

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-S.

#BookTag | #Top10Tuesday 19/09/2017 – Ten Books on my Autumn TBR

#Top10Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by the fab team over at The Broke and The Bookish

The rules are simple – following a given prompt (or choose your own) you choose 10 items that fit within that prompt.

This week, the prompt is “Ten Books on your Autumn (or Fall for my overseas friends!) TBR”. There are some cracking books due out in the remainder of this year. I am aiming to read as many as I can!

My Top 10 looks like this;

  1. THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE (Millennium #5) by David Lagercrantz
  2. SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King & Owen King
  3. THE DARKEST DAY by Hakan Nesser
  4. THE GIRL IN THE ICE (Erika Foster #1) by Robert Brynzda
  5. THE CRUCIFIX KILLER (Robert Hunter #1) by Chris Carter
  6. THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Karin Slaughter
  7. FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager
  8. BETRAYAL by Martina Cole
  9. DEFENDER by G.X. Todd
  10. MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM by Grady Hendrix

What do you think to the list above? Are there some stand out books there that you also really enjoyed?

Would love to hear in the comments! 🙂

Until next week, happy reading…..

-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 18/09/2017 |MARIA IN THE MOON by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter (August 15th 2017, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Title: MARIA IN THE MOON
Author:
Louise Beech
Publisher:
Orenda Books
Publication Date: August 15th, 2017

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Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped calling me it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’

Thirty-one-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria. With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love.

But when she loses her home to the deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges … and changes everything. Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide…

As much as I love to read crime fiction, I do like to change it out from time and time and venture into horror, romance, YA…just something different. Orenda Books don’t just produce great crime fiction.

Louise Beech is a great writer and her previous novel; THE MOUNTAIN IN MY SHOE received nothing but great reviews so I am more than keen to get stuck into her new novel (which of course has already received fantastic reviews and has been tipped in some press as their top reads for September!)

I am beyond thrilled to be a part of this blog tour! Be sure to check out the blog page on 23rd September for my full review. Make sure you check out the other awesome bloggers on the tour!

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-S.

#BookTag | #GoodreadsMonday 11/09/2017 |THE SNOWMAN by Jo Nesbo (November 6th 2014, Vintage Books @vintagebooks)

Title: THE SNOWMAN (Harry Hole #7)
Author:
Jo Nesbo
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Publication Date: November 6th, 2014 (First Published in 2007)

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The night the first snow falls a young boy wakes to find his mother gone. He walks through the silent house, but finds only wet footprints on the stairs. In the garden looms a solitary figure: a snowman bathed in cold moonlight, its black eyes glaring up at the bedroom windows. Round its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.

Inspector Harry Hole is convinced there is a link between the disappearance and a menacing letter he received some months earlier. As Harry and his team delve into unsolved case files, they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears Harry’s suspicions are confirmed: he is a pawn in a deadly game. For the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his turf, a killer who will drive him to the brink of insanity.

It’s never ideal to bounce around a series, as you can lose key moments which really are integral to the development of plots and characters. However, when you hear that a movie based on this book is due out pretty soon staring that there Michael Fassbender – jumping around a series is certainly justified!

THE SNOWMAN is the seventh book in the Harry Hole series. I have only read the first book; THE BAT so far and I was blown away by the writing style and how the story grabbed me from the first page. I have heard great things about THE SNOWMAN, so I cannot wait to get stuck in!

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-S.