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Currently Reading (2)|Mini Reviews

So here’s are some more of the books I’m reading at the moment and I would love to hear your opinions about the books whether your reading any of them at the moment or you have read them in the past. It is my intention to finish reading and review these books over the course of the next couple of weeks.
The Duke's Accidental Wife (The Dukes of War, #7)Stealing Snow

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1)

Meet Your Baker (Bakeshop Mystery #1)

Let it Snow

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Monday Missions #1 (16/1)

Books I intend to read this week:

Half Wild (#2 Half Bad) by Sally Green (netgalley) – to finish/p.145 of 416 pgs

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (netgalley) – to Finish/p.16 of 337 pgs

The Land of Shadows (#2 The End of all Things) by Lissa Bryan – to finish/p.17  of 216 pages

Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda (bloggingforbooks.com) – to Finish/ p.38 of 544 pgs

The Minarurist by  (netgalley) – to finish, p. 28 of 563 pgs

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (Netgalley) – start

Day 21 (#2 The 100) by Kass Morgan (netgalley) – finish,pg 16 of 320

Half Lies (#0.5 Half Bad) by Sally Green – Start

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (#3 Mara Dyer) by Michelle Hodkin – Finish,  pg 33 of 480 pgs

Cress (#3 The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer – Finish/p.56 of 560 pgs

Week in Review #7 (9-15 Feb.)

REVIEW BOOKS READ THIS WEEK

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bloggingforbooks.com:City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (Ebook)

Product DetailsYou’ve got to be careful when you’re chasing a murderer through Bulikov, for the world is not as it should be in that city. When the gods were destroyed and all worship of them banned by the Polis, reality folded; now stairs lead to nowhere, alleyways have become portals to the past, and criminals disappear into thin air.

The murder of Dr Efrem Pangyui, the Polis diplomat researching the Continent’s past, has begun something and now whispers of an uprising flutter out from invisible corners. Only one woman may be willing to pursue the truth – but it is likely to cost her everything.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (2 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L7SLSXM
  • Purchase Price: £6.49

Review

The book was about the politics, culture and religious beliefs of a place called the Continent, it is full of love. death (murder), mystery and intrigue.

This book was fantastic although at times it was quite heavy going due to the combination of the cultural, political and historical religious basis of the story.

The authors writing style and world building was great and at times made me the reader feel as though I was actually part of the story, which made the story even more intriguing. Shara the main character in the story was a very interesting, well educated, strong willed, gentle and loving person who was able to see things for what they were; and because of this was a character I really felt a connection to.

I will read this book again as well as recommend it to others and buy it as a gift for friends/family who I think will enjoy it which is why I gave the book a 4 star rating.

Author Bio

Robert Jackson Bennett’s 2010 debut Mr. Shivers won the Shirley Jackson award as well as the Sydney J Bounds Newcomer Award and his second novel, The Company Man, won a Special Citation of Excellence from the Philip K Dick Award, as well as an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. He lives in Austin with his wife and son.

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Netgalley: Half Wild (#2 Half Bad) by Sally Green (ebook)

NetGalley (Started Reading): The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (NetGalley)

Bloggingforbooks.com (started reading): Bonita Avenue: A Novel  by Peter Buwalda


BOOKS READ THIS WEEK

Tales from the End (The End of All Things # ) by Lissa Bryan

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From the author of The End of All Things comes a collection of short stories about the Infection that swept around the globe, decimating the population, and leaving behind a small number of survivors, unprepared to deal with the brutal new world which had replaced the one they’d known.
The Horsemen
L.A.’s mayor has declared quarantine to try to halt the spread of the Infection. Pearl sets off across the city to buy supplies, but already the world is changing. Something strange is in the air. The Horsemen are coming …
Veronica
When Veronica’s mother doesn’t come home from work and no one answers the phone when she calls for help, a nine-year-old girl is thrown into the chaos of a world coming to an end. Veronica decides it’s up to her to find her family. “Veronica” is the story of a little girl’s courage in the face of the end of all things.
“I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud”
They called her Shadowfax– the mare Carly and Justin found on their travels. But before she was found by Carly, the retired dressage horse was known as Cloud. An unusual tale of the end, told through the eyes of a confused and lonely horse, left in her pasture.
Birthday
A previously-published bonus story. Carly knows Justin has never celebrated his birthday, and after society crumbled, no one knows what date it is, anyway. But she wants to do something special for him. Celebrating the little things helps them keep hope alive, and as a blizzard rages outside, a small gesture of love warms their home.

Tales of courage, tales of survival… Tales from the End.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I8AUR98
  • Price: £0.99

Review

This book was really great as it gave you background on some of the characters that the reader got to know in the first book (Birthday, “I wandered lonely as a cloud” and Veronica) and the first story in the book introduced the reader to a character that we will meet in one of the books following “The end of all things”.

In the Story entitled Veronica we learned about the background story of the little girl that we are introduced to at the end of the first book while the story entitled “I wander lonely as a cloud” was about Shadowfax (Cloud) the horse that Carly and Justin found in the early stages of their journey.

The story entitled Birthday gave the reader an insight into what life was like for Carly and Justin once they had settled in a house that they found on their travel route when she was pregnant which was very interesting.

While in the first story Horsemen introduced the reader to a character called Pearl who will obviously be in one of the future books in this series and it was very interesting finding out what her life had been like prior to the Infection and in the early stages of the crisis.

The authors writing style and world building in this book is as good as it was in The End of all things is still as good and kept me hooked throughout my reading. I would also read it again as well as reccommend it to others who are reading the series. It is because of all of this that I am giving the book 5 star rating

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Currently Reading

Started Reading: The Land of the Shadow (#2 The End of All Things) by Lissa Bryan

Continued Reading: Cress (#3 The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Continued Reading: The Retribution of Mara Dyer (#3 Mara Dyer Trilogy) by Michelle Hodkin


REVIEW BOOKS RECEIVED THIS WEEK

Bloggingforbooks: Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda

Dazzling…Critics hailed Buwalda as ‘The Dutch answer to Jonathan Franzen’, but his  brilliance is entirely unique.”–The Times (UK) 

Siem Sigerius is a beloved, brilliant professor of mathematics with a promising future in politics. His  family—including a loving wife, two gorgeous, intelligent stepdaughters and a successful future son-  in-law—and carefully appointed home in the bucolic countryside complete the portrait of a  comfortable, morally upright household. But there are elements of Siem’s past that threaten to upend  the peace and stability that he has achieved, and when he stumbles upon a deception that’s painfully  close to home, things begin to fall apart. A cataclysmic explosion in a fireworks factory, the advent of  internet pornography, and the reappearances of a discarded, dangerous son all play a terrible role in  the spectacular fragmentation of the Sigerius clan.

A riveting portrait of a family in crisis and the ways that even the smallest twists of fate can forever  change our lives, Bonita Avenue is an incendiary, unpredictable debut of relationships torn asunder  by lies, and minds destroyed by madness.

PRICE: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-41785-2

RELEASE: Jan 13th, 2015

FORMAT: Hardcover

CATEGORY: Fiction – Family Life

NETGALLEY: Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Hilary Mantel meets Sylvia Day: the first installment in a deliciously erotic trilogy, set against the sumptuous  backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court.

 Bound to him against her will…
Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII’s court to claim his new bride: a girl  who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.

Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man  she barely knows and who-though she is loath to admit it-frightens her more than a little.

Their first kiss awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal  around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees firsthand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives…

 Lust in the Tudor Court:
Wolf Bride
Rebel Bride
Rose Bride

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Hellbender (A Fangborn Novel) by Dana Cameron

I-Day is near at hand, and soon the Fangborn will reveal themselves to humankind. As a member of this  secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles, will archaeologist Zoe Miller be prepared?

Still grappling with the newfound powers she gained after opening Pandora’s box, Zoe shares the responsibility  of protecting “Normal” humans. Having long preferred to keep to the shadows, she knows the pending  revelation of the Fangborn will set the world on fire. With Fangborn enemies in the Order of Nicomedia forcing  their hand, Zoe and her supernatural Family have no choice but to step into the spotlight. But that decision has  garnered the attention of the powerful and otherworldly beings known as the Makers. They claim to have created  the Fangborn—not as saviors, but as predators. And it seems they have their own plans for Zoe…and for the fate  of all the Fangborn.

Filled with stunning twists, Hellbender takes the Fangborn series to a thrilling new dimension.

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Storm Warned (The Grim Series) by Dani Harper

When Caris’s unearthly musical talent attracts the attention of the Wild Hunt, the Welsh farm girl is stolen away  to serve as a faery grim, a herald of death. Two centuries later, she’s finally escaped back to the human world—  and into the present-day life of a reclusive and heartbroken American musician.

Music was Liam’s whole life—until a crushing betrayal left him desperate to flee the public eye. Yet long-  dormant passions awaken within him after a powerful storm strands a beautiful, strong-willed woman on his  isolated farm. When a fae prince bent on ruling both human and faery realms threatens Caris’s life, Liam must  decide if he can finally believe in love again, not just for her sake—but for the sake of two worlds.

From the bestselling author of Changeling Moon, this sweeping and passionate story of paranormal romance  follows two souls from different centuries who lost everything…and found that only love can save them.

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Betrayed by Your Kiss by Laura Landon

It should have been the happiest night of her life…

Lady Olivia Sheridan knows one thing: she has loved Lord Damien forever. But when her beloved is accused of  fathering another woman’s child, Olivia’s world is shattered in ways she never thought possible. Especially when  Damien’s accuser sets a huge price on his head, and Olivia discovers Damien’s death will be the only outcome…  unless she does the one thing he will never forgive her for doing.

When Olivia’s plan to save him goes disastrously, dangerously awry, Damien doesn’t think he’ll ever see the light  of day again and, with bitterness, he realizes that the woman he loves is capable of the ultimate betrayal.

Now, four years later, Damien has returned. His eye is on one thing: seeking revenge for what Olivia did to him.  Only his heart may get in the way…

Because hell hath no fury…like a man betrayed.

Montlake Romance

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Sea of Stars (The Kricket Series) by Amy A. Bartol

Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the  universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet  Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the  catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise  to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that  will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey,  her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since  she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable  as the stars.

The highly anticipated sequel to Under Different Stars, winner of four 2014 utopYA Awards.

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Skewed by Anne McAneny

No birth announcement could top the headlines from the day Janie and Jack Perkins entered the world. As twins  born to a mother in a coma—courtesy of a bullet from their father—the sensational story of their birth never  quite died down. While Jack still craves the flash of a camera, Janie seeks sanctuary behind the lens—as a crime  scene photographer.

Thanks to Janie’s line of work, she’s comfortable around gruesome murders. But when old photos of her  mother’s body arrive in the mail, they open deep-seated wounds and raise chilling new questions about who was  really responsible for that deadly night.

Did Janie’s father spend decades in jail as an innocent man? Did an infamous serial killer actually take her  mother’s life? With photos in hand, Janie brings the truth into focus. But when her investigation ends up  invoking the wrath of the long-dormant killer, she must race to piece together the final evidence—before she  becomes the target.

Thomas & Mercer

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The Curse Keepers Collection by Denise Grover Swank

The Curse Keepers series, now offered in a single collection containing the full text of all three novels and three  prequel novellas, plus:

  •  An all-new introduction by the author, Denise Grover Swank
    •  All six works presented in the author’s preferred reading order

The wall between our world and a world full of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than four    hundred years . . . and it’s about to come crashing down. In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author  Denise Grover Swank’s epic paranormal romance series, the Curse Keepers, two reluctant yet brave heroes are  all that stand between the world’s survival and its total destruction.

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Because by Jack A. Langedijk

Robert had reached the summit of many mountains. His adventures took him to unimaginable heights, yet his  greatest achievements were not in conquering these majestic beauties, but in his ability to reach people in need.  That is, until he’s the one facing the toughest climb of his life.
Roberto Sanchez is living the dream; one could say the man had it all. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and  daughter who complete him. A career that reaches at-risk kids that brings him true joy. Then a tragic accident  leads Robert to a chasm of dark despair. Although his interventions have reached many, he found he is incapable  of helping himself off the edge of a cliff, jeopardizing his career, his marriage, and himself.
because takes us on a journey of two Roberts as he struggles to find a way to once again Believe.

Jack A. Langedijk

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ISBN: 9781922198129

 The Salvation of Vengeance Wanted Man by Nacy Haviland 

 

Only something as important as her best friend’s wedding to mob boss Gabriel Moretti could allow Nika Paynne  a reprieve from captivity. Her abusive husband has kept her under his thumb with footage of her beloved  brother, Caleb, killing another man. But the respite from her violent life isn’t the only draw. Vincente Romani—  Gabriel’s deadliest guardian—will be one of the best men at the wedding, and Nika has lingering thoughts about  the fascinating mobster…covetous thoughts that may put her life in danger.

With the heartbreak he’s suffered and the brutality he effortlessly delivers, Vincente knows he’s the last person  who can offer Nika a happily-ever-after. But his vow remains. He will do everything in his power to free his  redhead from her violent prison—even if that means losing her forever.

In the second thrilling and passionate Wanted Men book, a dangerous line is drawn between loyalty to the mob  and loyalty to one’s heart.

 

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The Temple of Light by Daniela Piazza

 On the brink of death, the Duke of Milan entrusts his only heir to the church, which is guarding a  thousand-year-old secret

It is the early fifteenth century, and the Italian peninsula is ravaged by war. While Milan fights for its political  and economic life, Duke Filippo Maria Visconti lies on his deathbed with no heir to succeed him. But the old  nobleman has a secret: He has a son.

Visconti hands over the one-year-old child to the archdeacon Onorio, who agrees to keep him safe. Little does  young Niccolò know that when he comes of age, he will inherit the great Visconti fortune and become the city’s  next duke.

Years later, in the shadows of a new cathedral, the members of a secret brotherhood practice alchemy and plot  court intrigues, working to fulfill the ancient prophecy of the goddess Belisama. The brothers, sustained by blind  faith, will do whatever it takes to achieve theirGrande Opera, but first they need peace in the city, and Niccolò is the only one who can help. But when he starts to witness mysterious rites and killings, Niccolò will be forced to reconsider his destiny.

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Toxic Love by Jax Garren

A mutation allows Chloe to breathe the poisoned air of post-atoxalyptic USA. GenFriends promises her a life of  luxury and ease … as soon as she picks a man to start making babies with.
SilkWords LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction, offering high quality romance and erotica that  allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction (“pick your  path”) and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Toxic Love is a branched fiction. Read it  multiple times trying different choices!

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Across the Pond by Michael McCormick

Across The Pond by Michael McCormick is the story of a young American who fights in the Vietnam War for his  country, only to be rejected when he comes home. The author based the book on his experience as a U.S. Marine  who served in combat.

First released by Vantage Press in 1994, McCormick wants to make sure his story is not lost in history.

Vantage Press

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 ISBN: 9780533105793

Wicked Wants by Cayla Kluver

 Elizabeth must marry, but she’s torn between obeying her father and eloping with her lover. In this unique “pick  your path” story, the gentlemen’s characters develop very differently based on your choice!
SilkWords LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction, offering high quality romance and erotica that  allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction (“pick your  path”) and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Wicked Wants is a branched fiction. Enjoy  reading it multiple times, making different choices!

 SilkWords

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 ISBN: 9781941847336

 Storm at SEA by Skyler White

A journalist accepts an assignment to investigate the Society of Erotic Adventurers. She infiltrates its flagship  hotel and, experiencing SEA’s legendary eroticism, discovers her own capacity for pleasure.
SilkWords LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction, offering high quality romance and erotica that  allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction (“pick your  path”) and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Storm at SEA is a branched fiction. Enjoy  reading it multiple times, making different choices!

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 ISBN: 9781941847022

 Low on confidence and jaded by her bland and limp ex, she turns to an online service for help finding a  “competent, compatible partner who enjoys skillfully inflicting pain for pleasure.”
SilkWords LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction, offering high quality romance and erotica that  allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction (“pick your  path”) and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Painful Chemistry is a branched fiction.  Read it over and over, making different choices!

 

 SilkWords

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Weeks in Review #6 (Feb 2-8)

BOOKS READ THIS WEEK

Read: A Winter of Ghosts (#3 The Waking Trilogy) by Thomas Randal

Book Information

Synopsis

Kara’s life in Japanese prep school has been a whirlwind of terror, as a demon’s curse keeps waking up ancient, evil  creatures to torment her and her friends. When a student goes missing during a visit to a mountain forest, Kara and her  friends are sure the curse has struck again. This time, it’s a demon of winter, whose power is more chilling than anything  they’ve encountered so far. And then it gets worse: the demon kidnaps Kara’s boyfriend, Hachiro, with whom she’s just  starting to fall in love. Desperate to save him, Kara ventures back into the snowy woods, where dark forces await her . . .

Details

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 402 KB

Print Length: 206 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Daring Greatly Corporation (20 Jan. 2013)

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language: English

ASIN: B00B3VLI9C

Review

This was a fantastic ending to an amazing trilogy.

In this final installment of the trilogy the reader sees the development of Kara’s and Kara’s Fathers relationships as well as Kara’s friendships and the ultimate destruction of the demons curse.

Again in this book the authors world building and general descriptions made me as the reader feel like I was a part of the story as well as be able to empathise with what the  characters were feeling.

The cover art work, authors writing style, the fact that I will read the book again in the future and recommend it to others/ buy it for friends and family members that I think will enjoy it; are the reasons that I have given this book a five star rating. In essence the trilogy as a whole is more than well worth the five stars plan to give it when I write the trilogy review

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The End of all Things (#1 The End of all Things) by Lissa Bryan

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Synopsis: After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her  apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her  is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to  continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief,  she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.

She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets  in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer  climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.

Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.

But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.

This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612131417
  • Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop (22 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4ZK9QA

REVIEW

Thank you Cindy Bidwell from thewriterscoffeeshop for asking me to do a review for this and the next two books in the series for her blog hop.

This is the first book in a dystopian romance series  based around a young woman and her partners travels across post virus Canada and into America from Juno in Alaska. It sees them having to deal with lack of food, being attacked and an unplanned pregnancy.

Lissa’s character descriptions and world building were so well written that you could really see things through the characters eyes at some points I even felt I was actually in the story. I particularly felt for Carly and Justin when they found put that Catly was pregnant especially their fear over what would happen to them and their child once s/he was born. I also felt their relief when they found the settlement and them when they realised they had infected its inhabitants with the infection.

I have given this book a 4 star rating because the cover art and writing in this book was so good that I would definitely read the book again in the future as well as recommend it to others as well as buy it for friends or family who I think would enjoy it, as well as it being a solid start to what I am sure will be a fantastic series.

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KINDLE BOOKS PURCHASED THIS WEEK

Circled Heart (The Laramie Series Book 4) by Karen J. Hasley – Free
The City Center (The New Agenda Series Book 1) by Simone Pond, Peter Stier – Free
Gaia’s Secret (A Pandoran Novel, #1) by Barbara Kloss – Free
Free – Lady X by Claudy Conn, Kathy Riehl
Free – Highland Shift (Highland Destiny Book 1) by Laura Harner, Jae Ashley
Free – Legacy Code: (Legacy Code #1) (Fractured Era Series) by Autumn Kalquist
£0.99 – Half Lies: A Half Bad story by Sally Green
£0.99 – Tales From The End (The End of All Things) by Lissa Bryan
Free – 3500: An Autistic Boy’s Ten-Year Romance with Snow White by Ron Miles
£2.99 – Destined for Doon (#2 Doon) by Carey Corp, Lorie Langdon
£0.99 – Doon (#1 Doon) by Lorie Langdon, Carey Corp
£9.90 – The Dragon Blood Collection, Books 1-3 by Lindsay Buroker
£0.99 – Alice’s Adventures in Steamland: The Clockwork Goddess by Wol-vriey, Arthur Gelsinger, steampunk
£4.31 – Shades of Grey (#1 Shades of Grey) by Jasper Fforde
£3.99 – Vanished Books Three & Four: Safe House; Sanctuary by Meg Cabot
£2.26 – A Winter of Ghosts (#3 The Waking Series) by Thomas Randall, Christopher Golden
£4.56 – Masters of the Cats: Collaring the Saber-Tooth by Trinity Blacio
£1.10 Greta and the Goblin King (#1 Mylena Chronicles) by Chloe Jacobs

NETGALLEY BOOKS RECEIVED THIS WEEK

All Together Now by Gill Hornby

  **THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY**The small town of Bridgeford is in crisis. The high street is half empty, businesses are closing and the idea of  civic pride seems old-fashioned to the commuters rushing home from work. Somehow, it seems to have lost its  heart.But there is one thing that might just bring the town together: music. The Bridgeford Community Choir has a  chance of winning the county championship. First though, the small band of singers must find a lot of new  members and a whole new sound.

Enter Tracey – one of life’s soloists, and hiding a secret past; Bennett – a church choir refugee, baffled by the  modern world. And Jazzy – who sees her voice as her passport straight out of town to a future of fame and  fortune. Can they really fit in with dependable old regulars like Annie? Can they learn to work together, save their singing group and maybe even their community?

All Together Now is a funny, sharply observed and moving novel about the joys of singing, about living in harmony, about falling in love… and about the importance of finding your own, true voice.

Little, Brown Book Group UK

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  • ISBN: 9781408704370
  • Price: £14.99 GBP
  • Edition: Hardcover

Libertine (Libertine #1) by Blair Lacey

 I wasn’t made for love. I was made for sex.

And I must not ever forget that.

Opal has been used and abused, but is determined to turn a new chapter in her life. Escaping from her abusive  ex took her all the courage she had, but when he threatens to return and torment her again, she fears for her own  life … Meeting a tall, dark and deadly stranger might just be her salvation – or will it doom her?

 Libertine is a dark romance novel with erotica and mystery elements. Provocative, dark &  twisted … a story that will play with your mind, body and soul.

Blair Lacy

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  • ISBN: 0000000000072
  • Price: $2.99 USD
  • Edition: Ebook

Heart Collector by Jacques Vandroux

Finding murderers is just a day on the job for police captain Nadia Barka. But when a mutilated corpse is  discovered in an old baptistery, she’s faced with some difficult questions: Who left a young woman’s body in a  high-security museum in the middle of the night? And where is the victim’s heart?

Barka has no leads, until several days later when unassuming computer technician Julien Lombard comes  forward, claiming to have had a premonition of the woman’s abduction and murder. The ensuing investigation  turns up nothing, however, and Julien is just as skeptical about his intel as the police are. But, after another  woman goes missing, Barka decides to take a chance and trust in Julien’s gift. Does Julien hold the key to  preventing another gruesome crime? Working together, can they find the murderer before he steals another  heart?

Amazon Publishing – AmazonCrossing

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  • ISBN: 9781477826829
  • Price: $10.99 USD
  • Edition: Other Format

Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neil

In the spirit of Cecelia Ahearn and Regina McBride, a lighthearted and relatable debut novel about an  advertising copywriter who upends her ordinary life and captures the attention of the world after publishing a  seven-part treatise on the existence of fairies.

Kate McDaid thought that going to the reading of her great-great-aunt’s will would be just another non-event in  her ordinary life. A junior copywriter at an advertising agency in Dublin, she was used to spending her days  wrangling clients, over-indulging in chocolatey products, and whiling away nights at the pub with her best  friends, using her trusty bicycle to get around town. Instead, Kate finds out that the will and her aunt (also  known as the Red Witch of Knocknamee) dictates that Kate must publish a series of strange poems called “The  Seven Steps” under her own name in order to inherit the rest of her aunt’s estate.

And those poems? They’re a mysterious treatise on the importance and existence of fairies…

Kate decides to publish the Steps on a friend’s website, thinking that the low traffic on the site would let her posts go unnoticed. She never could have imagined that in a matter of days, she would find herself a local celebrity with her own group of devotees and the target of a mysterious and glamorous newspaper reporter. Even Dublin’s rock-and-roll sweetheart—and Kate’s onetime fling—writes a song inspired by the Steps.

While the Steps strike a chord across Ireland and the world, Kate takes the message to heart. But as the tone of each Step moves from free-spirited to sinister, Kate must decide if she will go through with publishing all seven Steps—or protect humankind from an ancient evil.

Infused with just enough magic and everyday familiarity that anyone can relate to, this fantastic debut is a page-turner with the perfect mix of humor and mystery.

Touchstone

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The Changes Trilogy (The Weathermonger, Heartsease, and The Devil’s Children) by Peter Dickinson

 Something has gone very wrong in England. In a tunnel beneath Wales one man opens a crack in a mysterious  stone wall, and all over the island of Britain people react with horror to perfectly normal machines. Abandoning  their cars on the roads and destroying their own factories, many flee the cities for the countryside, where they  return to farming and an old-fashioned life.

When families are split apart and grown-ups forget how they used to live, young people face unexpected  challenges. Nicola Gore survives on her own for nineteen days before she’s taken in by a Sikh family that still  remembers how to farm and forge steel by hand. Margaret and Jonathan brave the cold and risk terrible  punishment in order to save a man’s life and lift the fog of fear and hate that’s smothering their village. And  Geoffrey and his little sister, Sally, escape to France only to be sent back to England on a vital mission: to make  their way north to Wales, alone, and find the thing under the stones that shattered civilization—the source of the  Changes.

Open Road Integrated Media – Open Road Media Teen & Tween

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 Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day  becomes the region’s most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.

Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and  stealing the margrave’s game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a  connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave’s game.

Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but  starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible  secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold on the black market,  profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers?

The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave,  but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring . . . and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher?

Thomas Nelson–FICTION

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 Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (Companions Codex III) by R. A. Salvatore

R.A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling tale of the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden continues immediately on the  heels ofRise of the King, with an expanding war and greater danger to the finally-reunited Companions of the  Hall.

In the evolving world of the Forgotten Realms setting, the Sundering has given way to months of cloud-cloaked  darkness, and war rages under that oppressive sky. The orcs have broken a hard-fought treaty that’s held,  however tentatively, for a hundred years, and the time to settle old scores has devolved into an all-out brawl for  control of the ancient realms of the North

  •  ISBN: 9780786965700
  •  Price: $27.95 USD
  •  Edition Hardcover

Asylum by Jeannette De Beauvoir

Martine LeDuc is the director of PR for the mayor’s office in Montreal.  When four women are found brutally  murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout the city over several months, Martine’s boss fears a  PR disaster for the still busy tourist season, and Martine is now also tasked with acting as liaison between the  mayor and the police department. The women were of varying ages, backgrounds and bodytypes and seemed to  have nothing in common. Yet the macabre presentation of their bodies hints at a connection. Martine is paired  with a young detective, Julian Fletcher, and together they dig deep into the city’s and the country’s past, only to  uncover a dark secret dating back to the 1950s, when orphanages in Montreal and elsewhere were converted to  asylums in order to gain more funding. The children were subjected to horrific experiments such as lobotomies,  electroshock therapy, and psychotropic medication, and many of them died in the process. The survivors were  supposedly compensated for their trauma by the government and the cases seem to have been settled. So who is  bearing a grudge now, and why did these four women have to die?

Not until Martine finds herself imprisoned in the terrifying steam tunnels underneath the old asylum does she put the pieces together. And it is almost too late for her…in Jeannette de Beauvoir’s Asylum.

St. Martin’s Press – Minotaur Books

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Die for Me by Cynthia Eden
  She thought her fiance was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer… Katherine Cole is running for her life, desperate to escape the Valentine Killer—so-called because he stabs his  victims through the heart and leaves them holding a telltale single red rose. Still he tracks her to New Orleans  and begins carving a bloody path to her door. But this time, Katherine refuses to run any farther. This time,  she’ll do anything to stop the madman she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with his job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New  Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancee, Katherine Cole, he can’t ignore  the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane knows he  won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms—and the Valentine Killer is dead. Dark and intensely sexy, this  romantic suspense novel from USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Eden is sure to leave readers breathless.Amazon Publishing – Montlake Romance

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Book Review: Doll Bones by Holly Black (via Netgalley)

Doll Bones

Twelve-year-old Zach is too old to play with toys. Or at least, that’s  what his father thinks.

 But even though he stops hanging out with Poppy and Alice, stops  playing with his action figures, it’s no good. There’s one toy that still  wants to play with him. A doll that’s made from the bones of a dead  girl.

The only way to end the game is to lay the doll to rest for ever. It’s time  for a journey to Spring Grove cemetery. It’s time to grow up.

 

 

 

 

Book Description

Kindle

    • File Size: 2832 KB
    • Print Length: 258 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552568112
    • Publisher: RHCP Digital (9 May 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BUB5CPG

Paperback

  • 256 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552568112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552568111

 

Author Biography

Holly Black

  Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed   her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore             volumes and spooky dolls, she lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband,             Theo. For more information, visit www.blackholly.com.

 

 

 

Review

I want to start this review by thanking Holly Black the Author and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book. I gave the book 5 stars out of five because I loved the premiss of the story and felt that I connected with the three main characters.

Holly’s writing was fantastic and the development of the characters made the story really immersive. I found the fact that the doll was possessed by the spirit of a dead girl from the 1800’s who just wanted to be put to rest by being buried in her home town.

The three main characters, children 2 girls and the a boy, were really believable and I connected with all of them in different way but particularly with one of the girls. I loved the fact that the kids although they were in middle school were still playing with dolls and action figures which they were using to make up quest based games. It was great that this was actually transferred in to their real life when they travelled to the home town of the doll girl to lay her to rest.

This is a book that I will read again as well as recommend it to others and buy it as a gift for people.

Puppet by Pauline C Harris

Book Synopsis

 

Puppet: A Retelling of Pinocchio Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.

When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.

As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.

As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

Book Information

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 591 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Patchwork Press (17 Oct 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ONDBB12

 

About the Author

Pauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen. She’s currently working toward a degree in English. Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes.

Review

I was lucky enough to obtain a digital copy of this fantastic book from Netgalley so thank so much for allowing me to get it.

The authors writing is really engrossing and makes you want to keep reading the story. All the character and plot developments in the story enables the reader to be drawn in to the story as well as to develop a strong and empathetic relationship with the main character Penelope (Protagonist) as well as the other two prominent characters Jed (the Scientist) as well as his son James.

Thus is fantastically clever retelling of the children’s fairy story Pinocchio about an orphan girl Penelope who is adopted by a man called Jed, a scientist to become his living Puppet.  At the beginning of this book you see Penelope looking at spending a further few years in the Orphanage where she lives as a result of her wrong doing and we follow her through her journey with Jed finally to being back with Jed after having spent some time locked up with the administrators. All the way through you see her strength as well as her vulnerability along with her lack of trust in people.

I loved this book because it uncovered all the strings that the main three characters had restricting them non more than Penelope. It also made me ask myself what strings I have restricting me in my life.

It is because of all of the above things that I give this book a full 5 stars out of five and would buy it for my self as well as for others.

 

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