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The Secrets of Life and Death

#1 Jackdaw Hammond Series waiting to hear from author

   #2 Jackdaw Hammond            Series                                              from bloggging for books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Currently Reading #1 Instruments of Darkness

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Crowther and Westerman Collection (Instruments of Darkness, Anatomy of Murder and Island of Bones) by Inogen Robertson

Book 1: INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS: In the year 1780, Harriet Westerman, the unconventional mistress of a country house in Sussex, finds a dead man on her grounds with a ring bearing the crest of the nearby Thornleigh Hall in his pocket. With the help of a reclusive local anatomist, Gabriel Crowther, Harriet resolves to find the murderer.
Book 2: ANATOMY OF MURDER:  London, 1781. Harriet Westerman anxiously awaits news of her husband, a ship’s captain who has been gravely injured in the king’s naval battles with France. As London’s streets seethe with rumour, a body is dragged from the murky waters of the Thames.
Book 3: ISLAND OF BONES: Cumbria, 1783. The tomb of the first Earl of Greta should have lain undisturbed on its island of bones for three hundred years.When idle curiosity opens the stone lid, however, inside is one body too many.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4004 KB
  • Publisher: Review (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JKI0DGY
  • Price: £8.99

About the Author

Imogen Robertson
I grew up in Darlington in the North East of England, studied Russian and German at Cambridge and spent a year in Russia in a city called Voronezh during the early nineties. Lots of vodka, lots of falling over in the snow.
Before I started writing full-time I used to direct children’s television, film and radio. There is less sticky paper and glitter in my life now. Shame. I decided to try and make a career out of writing after I won the Telegraph’s ‘First thousand words of a novel’ competition in 2007 with the opening scene of Instruments of Darkness, my first book.
I’ve written six novels; five in the Georgian Westerman and Crowther series and a standalone, Paris Winter. Paris Winter, Island of Bones and Theft of Life have been shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Historical Dagger. I also play the cello and spend a lot of time staring out of my window in Bermondsey, South London.

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TALL, TATTED AND TEMPTING (#1 THE REED BROTHERS SERIES) by TAMMY FALKNER

Book Synopsis:  She’s locked up tight. But he might be the key.

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Logan Reed is tall, tatted and tempting.
Kit’s a woman with a mean right hook and a secret.
Kit wants a tattoo, but Logan sees more than she intends to share in the drawing of the tat she wants. He sees her in ways no one ever has.
Logan’s not disabled; but he hasn’t spoken in eight years. He hasn’t needed to. Until he meets Kit.
Logan doesn’t know everything about Kit. Kit doesn’t know anything about herself, until she has to sacrifice all she ever wanted to save what’s most important to him.

Series reading order:
Tall, Tatted, and Tempting
Smart, Sexy, and Secretive
Calmly, Carefully, Completely
Finally Finding Faith
Just Jelly Beans and Jealousy
Reagan’s Revenge and Ending Emily’s Engagement
Maybe Matt’s Miracle
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3482 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Night Shift Publishing; First Edition edition (27 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DGK7WAM
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Tammy Falkner lives on a farm in a lovely, sprawling little town in rural NC with her beekeeper husband and a house

About the Author:  full of boys, a few dogs, and a cat or two (or five – who has time to count?). As half of the Lydia Dare team, she has co-written ten books, including the Westfield Wolves series and the Gentlemen Vampyre series. A huge fan of Regency England, she often wonders what other kinds of magical, mythical and strange creatures might live and interact within the ton. Exploring the theory that the fae can walk between Regency England and their own land, Tammy spends as much time as possible with the lords and ladies of society, horse-drawn carriages, and elegant balls. Now add to that some faeries, a little murder, a bit of mayhem, and a troublesome garden gnome, and you have her exciting new series. She hopes you enjoys her world as much as she does.

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THE MINIATURIST BY JESSIE BURTON

Book Synopsis: On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . .Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?

Beautiful, intoxicating and filled with heart-pounding suspense, Jessie Burton’s magnificent debut novel The Miniaturist is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.
Jessie Burton was born in London, 1982. She studied at Oxford University and The Royal Central School of Speech      About the Jessie BurtonAuthor:   Drama, and worked for 9 years as an actress and a PA before The Miniaturist was published.

The Miniaturist is her first novel, and will be translated into 31 other languages.

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SISTERS RED (#1 RETOLD FAIRYTALES SERIES) By JACKSON PEARCE
Book Synopsis:   The story of Scarlett and Rosie March, two highly-skilled sisters who have been
Product Detailshunting Fenris (werewolves) – who prey on teen girls – since Scarlett lost her eye years ago while defending Rosie in an attack. Scarlett lives to destroy the Fenris, and she and Rosie lure them in with red cloaks (a colour the wolves can’t resist), though Rosie hunts more out of debt to her sister than drive. But things seem to be changing. The wolves are getting stronger and harder to fight, and there has been a rash of news reports about countless teenage girls being brutally murdered in the city. Scarlett and Rosie soon discover the truth: wolves are banding together in search of a Potential Fenris – a man tainted by the pack but not yet fully changed. Desperate to find the Potential to use him as bait for a massive werewolf extermination, the sisters move to the city with Silas, a young woodsman and long time family friend who is deadly with an axe. Meanwhile, Rosie finds herself drawn to Silas and the bond they share not only drives the sisters apart, but could destroy all they’ve worked for.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1103 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (7 April 2011)
  • Obtained from: NetGalley
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444900587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444900583
  • ASIN: B004TL1LZO
  • Price: £0.99

Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of second-hand            About the Author:   furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English

and a minoJackson Pearcer in Philosophy.
She auditioned for the circus once, but didn’t make it; other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.
Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn’t tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.

Sisters Red (published in 2010) is Jackson’s debut novel in the UK.Her second, Sweetly is published in 2011. Her first novel As You Wish has recieved rave reviews in the US.

 

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THRONE OF GLASS (#1 THRONE OF GLASS SERIES) BY SARAH J MASS
Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
Book Synopsis:    In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a traineProduct Detailsd
assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
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Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 1380 KB

Print Length: 416 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (2 Aug. 2012)

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language: English

ASIN: B008BJ3RP2

  • Price: £0.98

 

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of

About thSarah J. Maase Author:       Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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OPAL (#3 LUX) BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
BOOK SYNOPSIS:  From Jennifer L. Armentrout,  he addictive third book in the New York Times 
From Jennifer L. Armentrout, tbestsellingLux series. Aliens are the new vampires, and sexy Daemon Black will set your pulse racing…

NO ONE IS LIKE DAEMON BLACK.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

Reading order for the remainder of the Series:

Origin

Opposition

Format: Kindle Edition

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  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (26 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KM19XA0

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia.

About the Author:  When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching Jennifer L. Armentrout

zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent her time writing short stories, which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance. She writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J.Lynn.

She is the author of the Covenant Series, the Lux Series, the Titan series, the Gamble Brothers series, the standalone novels Cursed, Don’t Look Back, Unchained and Obsession, and the forthcoming Oblivion (December 2015), all published by Hodder. Jennifer is also the author of the Wait For You series, published by HarperCollins.

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ARANYA, #1 SHAPESHIFTER DRAGONS BY MARC SECCHIA
Book Synopsis: 2015 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Product DetailsChained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.

The suggested reading order for the Shapeshifter Dragons series is:
Reading Order      Aranya
The Pygmy Dragon
Shadow Dragon
And in any order with the others, Dragonfriend and Dragonlove.
 ISBN: 978-1499773590
Product Details    ASIN: B00KYQR4NG
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy
Format: MOBI
Marc is the bestselling author of 13 fantasy novels. Aranya and The Pygmy Dragon are full of dragons, battles and About the Authorromance, and are set in a unique island-world above the toxic cloudlands. He’s also the author of a bestsMarc Secchiaelling African historical fantasy series set in ancient Ethiopia.

Current projects: Putting the finishing touches to Dragonlove! And then planning to finish the various series I’ve started.

Marc was born Cape Town but now lives and works in Ethiopia with his wife and 4 children, 2 dogs, and a variable number of marabou storks that roost on the acacia trees out back. On a good night there are also hyenas prowling along the back fence.

When he’s not writing about Africa or dreaming about dragons flying across the moon, Marc can be found travelling to remote locations. He thinks there’s nothing better than standing on a mountaintop wondering what lies over the next horizon.

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<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18759421-raytara” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”Raytara: Judgement of the Stars (Arash #2)” border=”0″ src=”https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1383861674m/18759421.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18759421-raytara”>Raytara: Judgement of the Stars</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1337887.Elke_Schuster”>Elke Schuster</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1325148997″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
When I saw this book on NetGalley it was the Title that captured my attention and made me wan to read the book.<br><br>This was an excellent second book in what is going to be a 4 book series and is well worth the five star rating that I have given it, because I loved it from cover to cover, would and will recommend it to others as well as read it again in the future.<br><br>Elke’s writing was even more captivating and descriptive in this book as it was in the first book. Especially when she described the scenes of the Raytara trial and Livvia’s journey in space when she reached out to one of the characters miinds while he was ubilocating<br><br>I loved getting to know all the characters more especially Randolf and Livvia and seeing Livvia develop even more. It was also great being introduced to Rose another Arash who Livvia met while in hiding. I have to admit I was sad to see Ruth leave Randolfs family but it was nice that another Arash joined his Family.<br><br>I can’t wait to see how the story develops further especially when it comes to them finding Livvia’s mother who we found isn’t actually dead but had been imprisoned by an evil non dark Arash from another family. It was lovely end to this story that Randolf and the head of his old family reconciled with each other.<br><br>I loved this book so much that as soon as I had finished reading it I started the next book in the series Tasagalt – Cross of the South.
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Combined Book Review: The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash & The Adventures of Loriel The Wood Fairy by C. J. Walery

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  • The Hanging Tree: A NovellaFormat: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1667 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492274518
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Feather Productions (6 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FRMVJU6

Synopsis: Seventeen year old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life. Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by dating someone he does not approve. Under the moonlit sky in Long Island, Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple’s destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or will Arielle’s choices alter the course of her life?

About the Author:  Michael Phillip Cash ‘s first book Brood X- A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion is presently under consideration for a film adaptation. His well received second novel, Stillwell- A Haunting on Long Island, has stayed on the top of Amazon’s “100 Best Seller” in it’s genre since its release earlier this year. He is currently working on another ghost story. He lives on Long Island with his wife and children.

Review

First and foremost thank you very much to the author for allowing me to read this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

The story is based around a tree with a haunted past on the North Shore of Long Island when I read the synopsis for the book before requesting it from the author I thought it sound like it was going to be a well written and intriguing story, and I wasn’t wrong.  It tells the stories of two young girls from different times, one a girl in 2013 and the other a girl/ghost in 1649 – hung as a witch.

I loved the way that Michael intermingled the Story of Claire and her ghostly group with Arielle’s story. Arielle was the typical teenage girl rebelling against her father as a way of punishing him for her mother leaving them, who thinks she’s ready to have sex with her boyfriend but soon realises she isn’t. While Claire (the ghost witch) was a young girl who lived with her eccentric grandmother ‘Goody Bennete’ the local healer.

The Adventures of Loriel the Wood Fairy by C.J. Walery

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  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (9 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499016107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499016109

Synopsis: Loriel is worried by the lack of communication from her Grandfairy Cyce and makes a journey to her cottage in the Forest of Echoes, to find it empty. Upon arrival she finds Grandfairy Cyce has been kidnapped by a goblin. This part of the story tells how Loriel, Padra (the house mouse) and Anya (the pet hummingbird) all help to save Grandfairy Cyce. Loriel is frantic with worry because she knows that goblins must be dangerous (not to mention smelly) and she will need to make a plan that does not endanger Grandfairy Cyce.

Appology

Sorry to anyone who follows me for the lack of posts recently but I haven’t been doing them as much as there have been problems with the keyboard on the laptop I was using which made typing things very difficult as well as my little boy being very clingy making doing posts difficult but I am will be getting back on track over the next couple of weeks as I have got a new laptop now and my son is getting trough his clongy fase as well.

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Book Tour: Good Chinese Wife by Susan Blumberg-Kason

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Displaying 9781402293344-PR.jpg   Details:      Formats- Kindle Edition      ASIN: B00J8QDJIM                                                                                                                                           File Size: 14036 KB      Print Length: 352 ÷                                                                                                                       Paperback     ISBN-10: 1402293348/ISBN-13: 978-1402293344                                                                     352 pages                                                                                                                                                            Language – English                                                                                                                                                                                    Publisher – Sourcebooks (21 July 2014)

  Book Synopsis:   When Susan, a shy Midwesterner in love with Chinese culture, started grad school in                  Hong Kong, she quickly fell for Li, the man of her dreams. As they exchanged vows, Susan was sure                her life was perfect…until things took a sinister turn. In her  eye-opening memoir, Susan   recounts                her struggle to be the perfect Chinese wife to her increasingly controlling and abusive husband. At f                first, she dismisses her own values to save the marriage. But when Li threatens to take their son, Jake,          back to China f or good, Susan must find the courage to stand up for herself, her son, and her future.

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book from NetGalley for review a while ago but then was asked by Sam Lien from JKSCommunications to take part in a book tour for it as well.

REVIEW

This was a beautifully written book which told the story of a young girls life from being a post graduate student studying in Hong Kong to being a mother who leaves her marriage because her Chinese husband isn’t being supportive, which is why I would give it 5 stars & recommend it to other people.

It was a fascinating book because it enabled you to learn about Chinese culture and beliefs and how they can sometimes not mesh very well with western beliefs and customs. Although even taking that into account Cai did do so really nasty things even to their baby son, including threatening to send him back to China for his mother to raise him.

I also loved how Susan finally made the decision to Leave Cai finally when she got some legal advice about what would happen if Jacob was taken back to China against her wishes and found out that she likely wouldn’t be able to get him back. It was fantastic to see the light to ignite in her and made her make the decision to not to just leave Cai but to leave him that weekend, along with her son and with her mothers help to do it.

It was also very interesting to see how Cai reacted to the letter and the fact that Susan had left him because rather than getting really angry and detached as he usually would have done he actually was really upset, & heartbroken. But then following her leaving and their Divorce he rarely saw their son, no more than twice a year. However that was still more regular than how often he saw his daughter from his first Marriage.

I loved the fact that a chance meeting between two young people at University led to a marriage and the birth of a much wanted child, then to a separation and divorce.