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Five on Friday

Five reviews that made my to-read list longer

 
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They Come At Night by Nick Clausen

Reviewed on The Tattooed Book Geek

They Come at NightClausen does a good job of building up the suspense and the tension in the story. From the teenagers disbelieving that anything is wrong to the realisation that they are in serious danger.

It takes a long time for Clausen to play his hand and show us what the creatures look like. But, it is worth the wait as the creatures (they reminded me of a more baleful and menacing version of Mer-Man from He-Man) are creepy and well described with their actions coordinated and bloodthirsty.

The group of teenagers are all likeable enough and there was no over the top angst or teenage drama from them that made me eye-roll during the book.

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Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale

Reviewed on Auntiemwrites Crime Review

Last SummerAn unusual premise starts off Kerry Lonsdale’s Last Summer with protagonist Ella Skye recovering from a car accident which has cost the life of her unborn child. She has amnesia to the accident and the events leading up to it–including her pregnancy.

A senior editor at a tony magazine, married to a busy but successful tech entrepreneur, Ella can see by the changes in her body that she was pregnant, and when she’s discharged, there’s a nursery set up in their home.

But why can’t she recall being pregnant? And why is her husband, Damien, determined to push away any conversation about their lost child so she can grieve properly?

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The Thrumming Stone by John Brhel and Joe Sullivan

Reviewed on The Scary Reviews

The Thrumming StoneHaving read most, if not all, of John Brhel and Joe Sullivan’s books, I love the world they set many of their stories in, the town of Lestershire. I dig the way they work in previous books and a reference to Valleyview Cemetery. I’ve fast become a big fan of coming of age or YA adventure stories. The Thrumming Stone hit the mark with great characters trying to survive high school and tricky world of being a teen. The Thrumming Stone dropped me off in the early 90’s and into the world of Joe and Jason, and a mysterious monolith. I can tell the 90’s was a fond time for the author as he visits it often in his books, and I enjoy the call backs and references to that time as well.

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The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware

Reviewed on Ludwig’s Thrillers

The Turn of the KeyNo one writes a twist like Ruth Ware.If you love horror-inspired, creepy-home-based thrillers, or just someone who’s enjoyed Ruth Ware’s books in the past, you’re in for a treat in THE TURN OF THE KEY.

In a nutshell, the book is in the form of a letter where a nanny is writing to an attorney, pleading with him to see that she’s innocent – she certainly did not kill that little girl. Or did she?

The Heatherbrae house is the weirdest you’ve ever seen, and I love how the author put it – a house with a “luxurious split personality.” Have you ever felt like shaking a protagonist and getting her to “get the heck out of that house!!”? This is that kind of book.

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War by Laura Thalassa

Reviewed on Book Twins Reviews

WarHow can I describe adequately all the feelings that I experienced reading this book when the feelings on their own were so all consuming?

I absolutely adored PESTILENCE – who didn’t, right? So, it’s no secret that I was awaiting War’s book with excitement but also worry. Knowing that not many authors are skillful enough to write sequels that are as good or even better than an original success story, I hoped for the best, but prepared for the worst. Today I’m happy to say – SHE DID IT!!

WAR, I’m still speechless and amazed, but incredibly happy, it was EVERYTHING I hoped it would be.

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five reviews that made my to-read list longer…

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The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Reviewed on The Tattooed Book Geek

dragonsSome books start quite slowly, setting the scene, others, they start with a bang. The Rage of Dragons is one such book, starting with a bloody sword thrust through the chest cavity, one that explodes out the back in a profusion of action.

After fleeing their previous home, the land of Osonte and a catastrophe known as ‘The Cull‘ the Omehi are newly arrived on the shores of Xidda looking for a new home but the current population has other ideas. What follows is a violent battle (highlighting the powers of the Omehi Gifted and the strength of Winter’s ability to write detailed and dynamic battle scenes that populate the whole of The Rage of Dragons right from the get-go) and many die on both sides. The Hedeni (also known as the Xiddeen the original inhabitants of Xidda) are overwhelming the Omehi, with no wish to flee and as a last gasp, the last roll of the dice, the Omehi summon a guardian (dragon). The dragon turns the tides of the battle, the Omehi win and in Xidda they have a new home.

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The Poison Song – Book 3 of The Winnowing Flame Trilogy by Jen Williams

Reviewed on Brainfluff

thepoisonsongI have thoroughly enjoyed the ongoing adventure in this excellent trilogy – read my reviews of The Ninth Rain and The Bitter Twins. The progression of this story, taking it from a straight epic fantasy adventure into a science fiction mash-up was masterfully handled, as are the steady revelations of new twists about aspects that we previously understood to be facts…

The very nature of the way Williams crafts her books makes it unlikely that you will be able to fully enjoy what is going on unless you read them in order – and as those of you who are regular visitors to my site know, I habitually crash midway into series without turning a hair. However, I wouldn’t want to make such a move with this series and strongly recommend that you don’t attempt it.

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Beyond the Gravy by Mandy Morton

Reviewed on Auntie M Writes

beyond-gravyYou don’t have to be a cat person to take great delight in the world of cats created in Beyond the Gravy, Mandy Morton’s newest entry in the No. 2 Feline Detective series.

Hettie Bagshot and her partner Tilly have endured a long winter and are looking for a nice change in the weather and a new case to fill their coffers, when Tilly wins a contest that involves a cash prize and the promise of the duo traveling to Agatha Cripsy’s Devon home for tea.

But before that can happen, they are approached by psychic Irene Peggledrip, who has been having visits from a group of murdering spirits, intent on bringing chaos to her home. Hettie and Tilly are present for a round of, among other things, indoor snowstorms and a lovely Victoria sponge thrown against the bookshelves, to Tilly’s dismay, only a part of the hijinks these restless spirits produce.

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Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Reviewed on Fictionophile

Sweet Little Lies“Good daughter. Bad cop”

Good cop. Bad daughter.

This is the conundrum Cat Kinsella finds herself in.

I read a lot of police procedurals and enjoy them very much. “Sweet Little Lies” was different in that the protagonist is not a Detective Inspector, or someone of high rank. She was a twenty-six year old Detective Constable with little experience on the murder squad. Unmarried, she rents an attic room from a family with young children. She likes her work and is good at it, yet she fears that family loyalty has jeopardized her career. She compromises her personal and professional ethics and is deeply conflicted over this. Also, Cat is still reeling from emotional trauma she experienced on her last case. She drinks too much. She is obsessed with fairness and justice.

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Infinity 7: Gods Among Men

Reviewed on Literary Titan

Infinity 7A superhero mashup from the talented minds of Cosby, Dodds, and Champion containing all your favorite characters from the authors own respected series. These three well-accomplished authors team up to produce an ambitious novel. At times this story works well and seamlessly provides a world where these superheroes can come together and fight yet falls short to bridge the gap between each story line and harness a collective voice among the numerous characters.

Infinity 7 begins with the rise of a dark power. As the growing threat draws closer to earth the Capes, Majesties and Solar Warriors band together to solve the mystery of their fearsome foe and hold their own against the escalating violence around them.

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

 
Five reviews that made my to-read list longer…

 

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Legion by Brandon Sanderson

Reviewed on Fantasy Book Review

legion-brandon-sandersonStephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

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The Blood Race by K.A. Emmons

Reviewed on The Reading Cafe

the-blood-raceThe Blood Race by K.A. Emmons is the 1st book in her new The Blood Race series.

Ion was an outcast, he didn’t fit in, he always felt different, going from school to school, he’s always felt a freak, and after the latest incident at the new school, Ion was at his wits end !!!

Hawk isn’t interested in much, she keeps herself to herself. And when her “Sensei” wants her to take on Ion to “teach” him about what and who he is, she isn’t interested, but after persuasion from Sensei, Hawk takes up her task.

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Shores Of Death by Peter Ritchie

Reviewed on everywhere and nowhere

51lesyytosl._sy346_Shores Of Death definitely builds on the brilliance of the other books in this series, I knew I was in for a good story but this one exceeded my already high expectations.

I was especially looking forward to this book because of the big announcement made at the end of the last book (I’m not telling you you’ll just have to read it). I knew that this instalment would see Grace struggle with her priorities and I was keen to see how this would be handled.

Grace has always been a smart and strong character but it was nice to see some vulnerability.

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The Current by Tim Johnston

Reviewed on Stacy Alesi’s Bookbitch.com

current-by-tim-johnstonA captivating novel about two murders 10 years apart and how they are intertwined, tearing up the people living in a small Minnesota town.

Caroline Price and Audrey Sutter are two young women going to the same University. They have become good friends and take to sharing their experiences and confiding confidential matters to each other. When Christmas and New Year’s break comes up, circumstances place them together in Caroline’s car driving to their respective homes which are fairly close together.

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The Guardian by Jacquie Biggar

Reviewed on Roberta Writes

51ntfyg0i+lI listened to the audio book of The Guardian: Mended Souls One. The reader, Daniel F. Purcell, has a pleasant voice and I enjoyed his reading of this story.

Tracy York, a medical examiner, is assigned to investigate the circumstances surrounding a horrific car accident in which three people have been killed.

The driver of one of the vehicles is a well-know celebrity, Lucas Carmichael, who has been enjoying a night out on the town with his best friend and fellow celebrity, Scott Anderson, and Scott’s younger sister, Natalya, when the accident occurs and he is killed.

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Saturday Spotlight

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My first Saturday spotlight of 2019 is for the only book I’ve read so far this year. It’s from one of my favourite authors and was released on January 1st.

 

Day Of Execution by Lily Luchesi

Day Of Execution is the seventh, and penultimate, book in the award-winning Paranormal Detectives Series.

 

90275-LILY52B252812529Blood is not thicker than water.

The Undead are restless, and the Empress feels powerless to heal the rift within the vampiric empire. As tensions rise, Angelica and Danny must hold a crumbling paranormal world together. But a knocking from the portal into Hell makes for a dark distraction. What horrors will the new Lieutenant of the Underworld heap upon them?

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My Review:

This penultimate book of the series, is yet another awesome book from Lily Luchesi. From page one I was immediately transported back into Angelica and Danny’s life, their Empire and the PID.

The return of an old enemy threatening Angelica and Danny’s world kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end… and what an ending! I was not expecting that!

With plot twists, plenty of action, betrayal and much more, this book did not disappoint. I can’t wait to see what Lily has in store for the finale!!

I highly recommend this book, and the series.

 

The first book in the series is free and books 2-7 are on sale for 99p for a limited time.
If you haven’t read any of this series yet, now is a good time to start!

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About The Author:

 
47a2c-43314876_2106286012749327_8257721607548567552_nLily Luchesi is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of the Paranormal Detectives Series, published by Vamptasy Publishing. She also has short stories included in multiple bestselling anthologies, and a successful dark erotica retelling of Dracula.

Her Coven Series has successfully topped Amazon’s Hot New Releases list consecutively.

She is also the editor, curator and contributing author of Vamptasy Publishing’s Damsels of Distress anthology, which celebrates strong female characters in horror and paranormal fiction.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things “dark”. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle. She is also an out member of the LGBT+ community. When she’s not writing, she’s going to rock concerts, getting tattooed, watching the CW, or reading manga. And drinking copious amounts of coffee.

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

 
For my first Five on Friday of 2019, I’m bringing you five Top Ten/Best Book lists of 2018 that I found on other blogs.

 
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My Top Ten Reads of 2018!   by Jenna M
Posted on December 28, 2018 

Where has the year gone?

Hello, friends! The year isn’t quite over, so here’s hoping I don’t stumble across a new favorite book between now and Tuesday, because I’m compiling my top ten list today. 2018 was my first year of book blogging, and I’ve found so many wonderful books due to this hobby. For each entry on this list, I’ll provide the blurb from Goodreads and tell you a little bit about why I loved each book.
So, without further ado, let’s count down to my favorite book of 2018…

(Jenna Bookish)

 
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Best Books I Read in 2018   by Liza
Posted on January 1, 2019 

Time for part 2 of my end of the year series! We went from a bad note with my Books I DNFd in 2018 post to a good note with Best Books I Read in 2018!
This list will be split into standalones/first books in a series & sequels. Lets jump in!

(Dusk Angel Reads)

 
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My 2018 Top 12 Books   by SnoopyDoo
Posted on December 29, 2018 

I can’t believe we reached the end of 2018. Reading wise it was a great year, I read a good part of my never ending TBR, I found some new and amazing authors and I finished some truly amazing series. Some of them long running. While I took some of 2018 off from blogging I still kept on reading and I actually finished my Goodreads goal early this year 🙂

(SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews)

 
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My Top Ten Books of 2018   by Fee Roberts
Posted on December 31, 2018 

I read some familiar authors and discovered new authors. I love discovering new authors. I hope you all can discover some new authors, too. I read some really good books this year and I hope to read more good books in 2019. As for my best of post, this was such a hard decision, but I did it. Feel free to give some of these authors a shot, if you haven’t already. Wishing you all the best for your reading goals in 2019! Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

(FeeRtheDragon)

 
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Best Books of 2018   by Stacy Alesi
Posted on December 31, 2018 

Every year I think I will do a top ten list and every year I just can’t do it. That said, there were three books that I recommended over and over again this year – The Wife by Alafair Burke, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, and The Widower’s Notebook by Jonathan Santlofer.

Here are my 25 favorite reads of 2018.

(Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch)

 
I hope you found, as I did, some new books to add to your 2019 reading list.

 

Time Will Tell by Les Lynam

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…Before You Leap

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Two teens from two centuries apart, one the direct descendant of the other. Einstein’s Theory didn’t cover THIS relativity.

Sean Kelly considered himself an average 16-year-old, living in an average neighborhood in a small University town. Nothing too exciting ever happened in Grover’s Corners, Missouri; some might even label it boring. His ordinary life was disrupted when a distant relative dropped by at the beginning of his Junior year in high-school. A distant relative from the 23rd Century.

Two 16-year-olds in a time machine. What could possibly go wrong?

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My Review:

A well-written and humorous read.

The characters were brilliantly described, completely believable and come alive as you read.

I loved Sean’s reaction to the science behind time travel, which was interesting and not overly complicated.

Ther was no great cliffhanger at the end, but it was left open for another book, which I’ll be more than happy to read

This book was so much more than your typical sci-fi/time-travel novel.

 

…Saves Nine

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Sean Kelly and LX travel back one more generation to the year 1969. The question is: will either teen know how to ‘make the scene’ in the sixties? Can they blend in with the other teens in tiny Mercer, Iowa; including Sean’s dad? When they return to 1995, both of them have regrets about the past.

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My Review:

Wow! Amazing! I loved this book!

If you read and enjoyed …Before You Leap read this! In my opinion, it’s even better.

The plot is fascinating and the writing outstanding.

The characters from book one continue to develop, and the characters new to this book are well fleshed out.

How the author keeps all the toing and froing between different times straight in his mind while writing it so that it’s completely understandable for the reader is beyond me.

I can only hope that Les Lynam can also travel through time so that the next book in the series will be waiting for me when I finish this book yesterday!
(He couldn’t – I had to wait)

 

…In One Basket

In One BasketBook 3

After her relocation from 1969, Jane joins LX and Sean in an attempt to kidnap a clone from the Schattenwelt space station in the year 2169. Sean is shocked to find that he has already been there twice, but even more surprised by the team leader.

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My Review:

Another great, fun-filled book from Les Lynam !

Having read the first two books of the series I was looking forward to reading …In One Basket, and I was not disappointed.

The book follows on from where the second book ended and I was pulled straight back into the story.

My old friends Sean, Jane/Kate and LX are back and better than ever, and I loved the surprising development of Steffi’s character.

It was an exciting and enjoyable read, filled with non-stop action and unexpected twists!

 

Meet The Author:

Les LynamLes Lynam (1954- ) was born in Creston, Iowa, into a farming family which also included an older brother and two older sisters. The family farm was near the tiny community of Corning, Iowa, (birthplace of Johnny Carson).

After graduating from Corning High School, he attended Central Missouri State University (renamed University of Central Missouri in 2006), graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications.

After a short, mostly unsuccessful, attempt at running a print shop, he refocused and returned to a life of studies at the University of Missouri. He received an M.A./M.L.S in 1986 and began a new career as a librarian at Ward Edwards / James C. Kirkpatrick libraries at UCM. He took an early retirement on December 31, 2012 to pursue his lifelong dream of writing Science Fiction.

His premier novel, “…Saves Nine”, was first published in 2014 with hopes and dreams of many more to come. His favorite sub-genre of Science Fiction is Time-Travel, with Martian Colonies a close second.

He has one son and three grandchildren.

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Saturday Spotlight

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Winter Trials and Awaken
Books 1 & 2 of Northern Witch by K.S. Marsden

 

Winter Trials

Winter Trials

 
With Midwinter just around the corner, Mark’s Nanna decides that it is time he learnt more about his family heritage. Learning witchcraft shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

Balancing school, magic, and the distractions of the gorgeous new guy, should make this a very interesting winter.

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My Review:

Winter Trials is an entertaining quick read, and a great start to the series. It’s a sweet and spooky short story, with a lot of content – action, danger, and romance!

The book is well written and the author breathes life into the characters.

We get to know Mark (and his friends), as he begins learning witchcraft from his Nanna, the head of a coven, and meets Damien, the gorgeous new boy at school.

With the support of his best friends, Harry and Sarah, and his nanna’s coven, Mark tries to help Damien overthrow the demon which wants to possess him.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and moved straight on to book 2, Awaken.

 

Awaken

Awaken

 
Mark has everything he ever wanted. He is training to be a fully-fledged witch; and he is dating the hottest guy at school.
But events from last winter have set things into motion that he is not prepared for.

Witches, demons, and danger come together to prove that this… this is only the beginning.

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My Review:

The second book of the series picks up where book one finished. This book has a darker feel to it than the first.

Mark has a hard time coping as his boyfriend is possessed by a demon that causes trouble as it gets a stronger hold on Damien. Misunderstanding causes a rift between Mark and his friends, Harry and Sarah. On top of which, the other students and residents are scared of him, as they think he’s using dark magic.

All in all an exciting read that doesn’t let up until the last page – which left me wanting to know more!

 

 

The Author:

35486042_602790366769190_1403381745084006400_nKelly S. Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.
Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

She writes Fantasy stories part-time. Her first book, The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

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