#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 30/03/2020

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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.

Claimed By The Zandian – by Renee Rose and Rebel West

Blurb:

I CAN’T CLAIM HER…BUT SHE WILL CALL ME MASTER.

I was born blind. My genes are defective.

Unsuitable for breeding.

That’s the only reason I don’t claim the alluring human

we rescued from a slave auction.

I have no intention of mating her,

especially since she’s meant for another.

But when she calls me Master, I can’t help but take command.

And command I will. 

Review:

Tarek is blind, and because of his blindness, despite his briliant other skills, he refuses to allow himself to accept a mate. Until he meets her… Despite his best intentions he just can not stay away.

I couldn’t say I normally pick up alien romance books, but after reading a previous alien romance book by another author I thought I would give this one a try. I fell into the story very quickly bonding with the characters and getting myself emotionally involved in the story.

As this was a fairly short book I was disappointed when it ended, wishing I could spend longer in Tarek’s world. 

This was my first book I’ve read in this series, but will definitely not be my last. Cannot wait to get my hands on another in the series!

[K]


The 50/50 Killer – Steve Mosby

Blurb:

The 50/50 killer preys on couples.

He manipulates their love for each other and makes them play a game.
He stalks them, tortures them and then forces them to choose.
What is going to break first? Their will or their love for each other?
Only two things are certain:
One of them will die.
And the other will have killed them.

Review:

When I first saw this book the cover was the first thing that attracted me to it.  What was meant by a 50/50 killer? When I discovered this was because the killer chose couples and made them chose who should die I found this to be an intriguing concept.

Within the first few pages I was hooked, no slow build up to the action, that started right from the very beginning.

The story twists and turns really well, just as I thought I had worked out who the killer was, there was another element thrown into the mix that confused my theories. 

This was my first book by this author, but I will actively be looking for more of his work as I do enjoy a good well written psychological thriller.

[K]


Have you read/listened to any of the books above? Or any previously featured on Mini Review Monday? Let us know your thoughts! 

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE SILKWORM by Robert Galbraith | #TBT

Hello everyone!

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 19th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before… 

Review:

** BOOK REVIEW **

’The Silkworm’ by Robert Galbraith

“I’m totally serious. Look it up on the net. When women turn, they really turn.”

I do not take back the statement that Galbraith (Rowling) is now in my top three crime writers. This book has blown me away!

When I finished ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ I was sat thinking that it was a great novel, but also asking myself whether it was a one off? Could the next book/s be as good….or even better?

Let me tell you, this blows the socks off ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’! Galbraith has really grasped what it takes to write a successful crime novel. It is gritty, dark, exciting – it leaves you guessing at every turn and questioning EVERYONE.

When the killer is revealed, you have that ‘GASP!’ moment where you have been surprised and for me that is the best. Where you think you have nailed who the killer is…but then get it wrong and are shocked to learn the truth!

SO excited to read the next installment…from Goodreads reviews, it seems the next book is even darker and more horrific. Bring it on Galbraith….Bring it on!!

-S.

#thesilkworm #robertgalbraith

#Review | #BookReview | POISON by Jade West @jadewestauthor (March 16th 2020) #IndieAuthor

Blurb;

He was the man who destroyed me. The monster who left me in pieces over a decade ago.
I swore I’d never speak to him again, that I’d never set eyes on him again as long as I lived.
But I was wrong.
When life gets too much and you need to escape, the poison that might kill you becomes oh so tempting.

I craved his perverted ways, his smirk, his laughter as he pushed my body way past its limits.
I needed a release from the crazy. Just once.
Just one night. That’s what I told myself.
No strings, no illusions, no promises. Nothing but the lasting thrill of his flesh on mine.
The lasting hit of his poisonous touch.
But when poison runs through your veins, the way he runs through mine, it’s toxic and eats you alive.

This much passion always comes at a price…

Review;

Okie doke – where do I even start? I’ve been in a BIG reading slump for a while now and what better way to break that slump then with a new Jade West release?! Even more so knowing what a personal and emotional book this is for Jade.

POISON tells the story of Anna and Lucas as a one off text message after ten years sees the pair reunite and embark on a HOT and steamy series of encounters. We learn throughout the book that life has changed dramatically for the pair in the last decade and the events that led to them separating in the first place.

POISON is a credit to the powerhouse of a woman who, in light of a turbulent couple of years, is still able to bring to life a pair of humans who have the most incredible chemistry and are FILTHY as hell!

Another stellar read from Jade and one that I’ll be talking about for a while!

-S.

You can buy POISON from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#BlogTour | #BookReview | CRAZY-ASS STORIES FOR CRAZY-ASS PEOPLE by Andy Rausch @writerrausch1 (March 25th 2019) @BlackthornTours

Thank you very much to Henry @ Blackthorn Tours and Andy Rausch for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

This quirky collection of short stories (and one novella) by Andy Rausch contains something for readers of every stripe. Rausch touches on a variety of genres, including horror, comedy, crime, and even Western, but every story features his unique, offbeat wit, superb writing, and razor-sharp dialogue, all delivered from a decidedly off-kilter perspective. His work has been praised by the likes of Cape Fear screenwriter Wesley Strick and Fort Apache the Bronx author Heywood Gould. Author Peter Leonard once compared his writing style to that of his father, Elmore Leonard. Storylines include a naive little boy mistaking a burglar for Santa Claus, bumbling white supremacists attempting to resurrect the dead body of Adolf Hitler, a man who develops an unexplainable craving for the taste of human flesh, a would-be author summoning the spirit of dead novelist Charles Bukowski to assist him writing, a showdown between legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and a deadly serial killer on the dusty streets of Tombstone, and many more. So ask yourself: are you a little bit crazy, and if so, are you up to the task of reading these twenty-two wild and crazy tales of darkness, wackiness, and outright debauchery?

Review:

This is a brilliant collection of short stories, based in a variety of places; cities, to sea to space, with no two stories alike. Genres that you would not expect appear in this wacky collection of short stories.  Just as I thought I had an idea of the plotline, it turns into a crazy-ass story.

As well as the short stories I did enjoy reading the origins of each of them, This is my first book by Andy Rausch but definitely will not be the last. I already have a new list for my TBR!

If you want a unique collection of dark and quirky stories this crazy-ass collection is definitely for you

Author Bio:

Andy Rausch is an American film journalist, author, screenwriter, film producer, and actor.

He is the author of several novels and novellas including Elvis Presley, CIA Assassin. He also wrote the screenplay for Dahmer versus Gacy and is the author of some twenty non-fiction books on popular culture.

Books: Riding Shotgun, Bloody Sheets, A Time for Violence, Layla’s Score

You can usually find Andy on Twitter @writerrausch1, and he maintains a blog at https://authorandyrausch.wordpress.com/

You can buy Crazy-Ass Stories For Crazy-Ass People from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | A Girls Best Friend by Lindsey Kelk | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 15th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!


Blurb:

First Tess was a girl with a plan.

Then she was a girl with a dream.

Now she’s a girl who’s come back to earth with a bump.

When the opportunity arises to join her best friend, Amy, in New York for Christmas, Tess jumps at the chance. The only fly in ointment is that Nick, the man who broke her heart, lives there. And Charlie, the man she turned down, has just started talking to her again. And she has just four days to take a photo for a competition that could save her career.

But aside from that, everything is going to be great: it’ll be the best Christmas ever. Won’t it?

Review:

REVIEW – A Girl’s best friend by Lindsey Kelk

4****

I am a huge fan of Lindsey Kelk and mostly pre order her books to be delivered on release day. This was no exception.

A Girl’s best friend is the sequel to previous novels About a Girl and what a girl wants and follows Tess Brookes as she spends christmas in New York with best friend Amy. Tess is still trying to decide between a job with best friend/former love of her life Charlie and her hobby photography.

As is always the case with Lindsey’s books Tess has lots of ups but mainly downs as she tries to sort out her life.

I find Lindsey’s characters very easy to like or hate depending on who they are and you spend most of the book willing Tess to just go for it and I even got frustrated with her at times.

Would recommend this book to someone looking for a easy, quick and enjoyable summer read!

*L*

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 16/03/2020

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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.

TFL: The Story Of The London Underground – David Long, Sarah McMenemy (Illustrator)

Blurb:

When the first passengers climbed aboard the earliest ever underground train in 1863, it would have been impossible to imagine how the London Underground would change and grow over the next 150 years. From smelly steam trains running along a single track to the innovative electric tube system speeding through a vast network of tunnels beneath our feet today, the London Underground keeps this busy city on the move.

The Story of the London Underground tells the extraordinary history of the world’s most famous underground railway. Explore Victorian London as the Brunels dig deep under the Thames. Take refuge in the tunnels during World War II and discover which world leader’s bath was found in an abandoned station. Marvel at the famous fossil wall, deserted ghost stations and unusual spiral escalators that are all part of the London Underground’s fascinating history.

Published in association with TfL, this beautiful book from Blue Peter Award-winning author David Long and exceptionally talented artist Sarah McMenemy tells a captivating story of the London Underground that will delight children and grown-ups alike.

Review:

I picked this book up on a whim as it caught my eye on the library shelf. I have always been interested in the history of the London Underground but never spotted anything to read.

Whilst this was aimed a children full of illustrations and colour I found this to be a very interesting and informative book on the history of the London Underground.  I would recommend this book to children and adults alike. 

By reading I have learnt quite a few new things that will be very handy for the next pub quiz!

[K]


Photographing The Dead – Dean Koontz

Blurb:

A self-styled artist is getting away with murder in Death Valley. If all goes well, so will Nameless. In part two of the Nameless series, the relentless avenger is haunted by nightmares of the past and visions of what’s to come.

Palmer Oxenwald’s hunting ground is the Mojave wasteland. His victims are random tourists and hikers. His trophies are cherished photographs of the damage he’s done. His greatest threat is Nameless. Two men with one thing in common: memories of the dead. For a psychopath like Palmer, they’re a clear rush in black and white. For Nameless, they’re visions of violence buried and erased. But for how long?

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes Photographing the Dead, part of Nameless, a riveting collection of short stories about a vigilante nomad, stripped of his memories and commissioned to kill. Follow him in each story, which can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

Review:

This is book 2 in the Nameless series.

Nameless is directed to Death Valley to stop a murderer. This killer takes photos to immortalise his victims after death, but if Nameless succeeds he will not be photographing anyone else.

Another  brilliant short story in this series. Fast paced and a fast read I cannot wait to start book 3 to see what happens next!

[K]

To read [K]’s review on book 1 in the Nameless series please click here: In The Heart Of Fire


Have you read/listened to any of the books above? Or any previously featured on Mini Review Monday? Let us know your thoughts! 

#Review | #BookReview | HIS TRUE QUEEN by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JODIELLENMALPAS (August 7th 2018)

Blurb:

The breathtaking conclusion of The Smoke & Mirrors Duology.

A beautiful, defiant princess. A renowned, sinfully gorgeous Hollywood actor.

A love affair that is sure to rock the British Monarchy…and the world.

Their love affair began intensely and passionately. Princess Adeline and Josh Jameson knew any future together was impossible—her status as a princess and his standing as a Hollywood heartthrob dictated that. But the heights of pleasure they could take each other to were wildly unanticipated by them both. Josh’s absolute disregard for Adeline’s status quickly drew her into his hedonistic world. And her perfectly worn mask and false façade captivated Josh to the point of obsession. The boundaries became blurred. The physical became emotional. Their hearts became entwined.

But a cruel turn of events rips their worlds apart and Adeline is more bound than ever by the protocol and expectations her title commands. The army of royal advisors who guard the secrets and scandals of the Monarchy will go to unthinkable lengths to keep the smoke and mirrors in place…and Josh away from Adeline. She knows the power she possesses comes with agonizing sacrifices. Walking away from Josh devastates her…but it keeps him safe from the corrupt institution that has ruled her life.

Yet Josh refuses to lose the woman who has consumed him so completely, distorted his boundaries, and stripped him of all sensibility.

Will the power of the British Monarchy triumph? Or will their fierce love for each other change the course of history?

Review:

The second novel in Jodi Ellen Malpas’ Smoke and Mirrors duology is everything we have come to expect from this amazing author. A tale of two lovers, who are fighting against all the odds to be together. 

In true romance style the path to being together for our lead characters isn’t plain sailing, with everything stacked against them it’s hard for the reader to see how things might work out. JEM keeps us guessing, keeps us reading, eager to see what will be become of these two beautiful people. 

Once again you become invested in these characters, eager for Adeline and Josh to figure out their differences, see the damage being inflicted from around them and stand together to face it. Sure, in our minds we believe they can do, that they can face and overcome the adversity but with each turn of the page it becomes harder to see. 

The novel is another foray into the JEM world, another set of characters that you take into your heart and come to cherish. It took me a long time to bring myself to read the second and last book in this duet, but I am glad I picked this back up, thoroughly enjoying the read, I could not put the book down. 

Another JEM treasure has been added to the bookshelves, a shelf that is shaping up to hold some of my all-time favourites novels and one that I cannot wait to add to in the future. 

Here’s hoping Jodi Ellen Malpas never stops writing, we need her work in the world, her characters to devour and cherish. 

*M* 

You can buy His True Queen from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

To read *M*’s review of book 1, The Controversial Princess please click here

Have you read His True Queen? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

#BlogTour | #BookReview | Deadly Waters (DCI Jane Phillips #2) by OMJ Ryan @OMJRYAN1 #DeadlyWaters #InkubatorBooks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Hello, welcome to our spot on Deadly Waters blog tour.

Thank you very much to Kelly @ Damppebbles and OMJ Ryan for providing a copy of the book to [K].

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Several young women have recently drowned in Manchester’s vast network of canals. A coincidence? Or something more sinister?

When star detective DCI Jane Phillips begins to investigate, her finely tuned instinct tells her these are no accidents. And when she discovers that each of the drowned women has a mysterious circular bruise on the back of her neck, Phillips is sure of it — she’s up against a very clever serial killer.

But how are the victims being chosen? And who will be next?

With the body count rising, Phillips and her team find themselves in a fight to the death with a shadowy figure who always seems to be one step ahead.

Can Phillips stop the killer before the next victim dies? Or will she herself become an offering to Manchester’s deadly waters?

Publishing Information:

Published by Inkubator Books in digital format on 15th March 2020.

Review:

DCI Jane Philips is called the canalside, it seems like an open and shut case, the poor woman fell in the water and drowned. But as more women are pulled from the same stretch of canal, are they all unfortunate accidents?

This was the first book I have read by OMJ Ryan but I will definitely be picking up book 1 in the DCI Jane Phillips series so I can read her cases from the beginning.

I loved the characters of DCI Phillips, her team and the interaction between them. Phillips description of her boss and what a different character she was in comparison to the other members of staff, wanting results quickly to feather her career path and keeping a beady eye on what is happening that may affect this.

From the very start of this story I was hooked, I actually found it a struggle to put down! The novel was very well paced and kept you reading ‘just a little bit more’ long after you should have closed the book to do other things (it made me late for work and gave me some late nights let me tell you!)

If you want a fast paced thriller that grabs you from the first page, clear your schedule and pick up Deadly Waters. I will be recommending it to everyone I know.

[K]

Author Bio:

Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards.

In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last. DEADLY WATERS will be his third novel published with Inkubator Books

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OMJRYAN1 @OMJRYAN1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OMJ-Ryan-2449880305025779/
Website: https://www.omjryan.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omjryan/

You can buy The Boy In The Barn from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE DARK DAYS CLUB (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, January 13th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Hope you enjoy!


Blurb:

London, April 1812.

On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

Review:

** BOOK REVIEW **

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman

“This is what you had to see, Lady Helen’, he said, wiping blood from his eye. ‘Welcome to the Dark Days Club.”

Okay, so it took me a good 60 pages to get into the story and to get ‘the hook’. This is nothing to do with Alison Goodman as an author – but has everything to do with me personally as I find it difficult at times to read Regency novels.

That being said – once I was hooked, I was HOOKED! The story in itself is simple, but effective. Early 1800s in Regency London and Lady Helen Wrexham is about to be presented to the Queen (an acknowledgment that Helen is now available for marriage) when one of her house maids goes missing.

Lady Helen then meets Lord Carlston who has recently returned to London following allegations that he committed murder against his wife. Not many people are happy to see Carlston back in society – however Helen finds him intriguing. Especially as he reveals a secret to Helen about her heritage.

What then transpires through the book is an introduction to a new world for Lady Helen and how she should deal with this – all whilst under the guardianship of her Aunt and Uncle, who are intent in ensuring Helen is betrothed to a suitor as soon as possible.

This book was excellent! I am happy to know that this is the first in the Dark Days Club trilogy – however I shall now be impatient whilst waiting for the next instalment.

The word ‘trollop’ is also used a couple of times in this story. Kudos to Goodman!

What did you think to ‘The Dark Days Club’?

-S.

#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | 09/03/2020

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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.

Torn Apart – Aria Adams

Blurb:

“I was an enslaved mermaid. Now I have legs. And my master is coming for me.”

Taken as a child. Trained underwater. Lied to and manipulated. Aylia escapes by accident, but once she glimpses the surface world, she never wants to go back. Although she cannot speak, Prince Edward falls for her, and swears to protect her. But when her evil master returns, how can Edward disentangle Aylia from the dark wizard’s clutches?

This 40,000-word novel is a dark fairytale retelling of The Little Mermaid. The heroine has an unreliable point of view. The hero cannot always save her. And the villain is very evil. If you don’t like your HEAs to come easily, this series is for you.

Formerly a short story entitled Grim Mermaid, this novel has been vastly expanded and re-written.

Review:

Aylia does not have an easy life, living a life of enslavement she awaits her Master to give him pleasure that he approves of. Unfortunately this is rarely the case to Aylia is regularly punished for her lack of commitment to her ‘tasks’.

When I saw this was a dark retelling I wanted to give this book a try, as I have read other dark retellings of myths and fairytales and found them adapted well.

The story starts really rather quickly and I sympathised with Aylia and her plight, wishing for her escape from her horrendous treatment from her Master.

I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but I thought the characters were well developed. The story flowed well and loved the twists in the story.

This was my first book by Aria Adams, but I will definitely be picking up another of her books soon. 

[K]


In The Heart Of Fire – Dean Koontz

Blurb:

A bloodthirsty sheriff is terrorizing a small Texas town where justice has been buried with his victims. Until Nameless arrives—a vigilante whose past is a mystery and whose future is written in blood.

Anyone who crosses Sheriff Russell Soakes is dead, missing, or warned. One of them is a single mother trying to protect her children but bracing herself for the worst. Nameless fears the outcome. He’s seen it in his visions. Now it’s time to teach the depraved Soakes a lesson in fear. But in turning predators into prey, will Nameless unearth a few secrets of his own?

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes In the Heart of the Fire, part of Nameless, a riveting collection of short stories about a vigilante nomad, stripped of his memories and commissioned to kill. Follow him in each story, which can be read or listened to in a single sitting.

Review:

Nameless is a vigilante, with no name and no past, he receives instructions to visit a small Texas town where there have been disappearances. He has random visions of the future, can he prevent another disappearance?

This is one of my first books by Dean Koontz (surprisingly) and I really enjoyed this short story, the first in the Nameless series and found it a very fast read.

I am looking forward to reading the next short read in this series soon.

[K]


Have you read/listened to any of the books above? Or any previously featured on Mini Review Monday? Let us know your thoughts!