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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five reviews that made my to-read list longer


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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June Round-up

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Books I Read In June 2019

I read the five books from my to-read list on my Five on Friday (June 7th). I also read three more.


My Reviews:

Game of Crones by Jay Raven

Lynmouth Stories by L V Hay

Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

The Sentinel’s Reign by Suzanne Rogerson

Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval

Paroled From Heaven by Lily Luchesi

Cry Standing Up by Valarie Savage Kinney




May Round-up

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Books I Read In May 2019

I read my five books from my Five on Friday (May 3rd) and then read a few more*!

My Reviews:

Retriever of Souls (D.I. Sterling Book 1) by Lorraine Mace
Children in Chains (D.I. Sterling Book 2) by Lorraine Mace*
A Matter of Latitude by Isobel Blackthorn
The Gordon Place by Isaac Thorne
Moon Sworn (The Bound Series #1) by J.F. Holland
Blinded by the light by Joe Kipling
Light the Way by Joe Kipling*
Rebekka Franck Series Box Set: Vol 1-5 by Willow Rose*



May Roundup

Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five reviews that made my to-read list longer…


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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April Round-up

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Books I Read In April 2019

I read my five books from my  Five on Friday (April 5th). Having read the final book on the list, In Memory by Joshua Sutton, I dove straight in and read the other two books of the trilogy, Shadowborn and Shards of Shaz’uul.

My Reviews:

The Basement by Dianne Hartsock
Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead
Fog by Michael Wombat
The Case of the Curious Client by T.G. Campbell

My review for In Memory Trilogy by Joshua Sutton will be posted will be published on my Saturday Spotlight (May 4th).



March Round-up

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Books I Read In March 2019

I read my five books from my  Five on Friday (March 1st).

My Reviews:

Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn
The Coven Rescue by Lily Luchesi
Life, and Other Dreams by Richard Dee
A Lifetime or a Season by Maria Gibbs

My review for The Sacrifice (The Ghosts of RedRise House Book 1) by Caroline Clark will be posted later in the week.



Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

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Clarissa's-Warning-Main-FileA lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

After she buys an ancient stone ruin on Fuerteventura – the island of her dreams – her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger.

Claire pays no heed, but soon after she moves to the idyllic island, she is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals.

Someone or something doesn’t want her there. But what is really behind the events?


My Review:

A slow-paced and pleasant read.

We spend a few months with Claire after she wins the lottery and buys an ancient ruin on Fuerteventura. Her intention is to restore the house to its former glory and live on the idyllic island.

At first, Claire doesn’t believe her occultist Aunt Clarissa’s warning of danger but starts to rethink that, when she discovers the locals won’t work on the building, and strange things start to happen at the site.

Her interest in the history of her future home is piqued by Paco, a local photographer, who has his own reasons for being interested in the building.

With spooky happenings, mystery, and a budding romance, alongside interesting characters, I enjoyed the overall story, but I found myself pulled out of the tale, occasionally, by the overly descriptive details of the renovation and the island. The book, at times, seemed as much a travel guide as a supernatural mystery.


Author Bio:

Isobel Blackthorn Headshot 1 copyIsobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of genres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire.

Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat.