ARC Review: Break-Up Club by Lorelei Mathias

Break-Up Club
Break Up Club by Lorelei Mathias
Publisher: Maze
Published: May 2016
Format: Ebook
Pages: 377

Holly Braithwaite and loveable loser Lawrence have been together for five years. But the obvious cracks in their relationship can no longer be ignored and Holly soon finds herself saying ‘it’s not me, it’s you’.
In the shock aftermath of their break up, Holly finds unlikely companions in Olivia, Harry and Bella. Together, they form the Break-up Club, as they support each other through their mutual melancholy and find ways to love, laugh and function as human beings again.
Break-up Club meets every Sunday. Each week, as the comedy and drama unfolds, they discover a new BUC ‘rule’. And, one by one, the rules become vital markers on their journey to recovery . . .

My Thoughts:

Firstly, Thanks you to Netgalley and the publisher, Maze, for my copy in exchange for a review.

I hate writing poor/negative/bad reviews. I really really hate it. This book just dragged. It had moments where I thought it just wasn’t worth it. Nothing spectacular happened, it was just… Meh. This book had an enormous amount of potential but it flopped big time.  But, as I was reading it for review for Netgalley, I finished it. Eventually.

The characters were supposed to be sort of respectable adults but instead came across as teenagers – always drunk, on drugs, constantly complaining or whinging about something or other. I did not like them one bit.  They irritated me, and I mean irritated. I hardly ever get frustrated while reading and on numerous occasions I was given strange looks from the man-child because I would huff and puff and slam my kindle down on the sofa/bed. Then to take one of the main characters out of the storyline a bit made it even worse for me to read.

Fair enough, there were little moments or one line jokes that made me smirk but nothing special.  Other than that though, I struggled. Really struggled. I think that it could have been written better, had huge chunks of it taken away and it would have been a little more enjoyable. There were sections which were a bit pointless, they made chapters that little bit too long and boring.
I don’t think I’ll probably pick up anything else by this author but we shall see. One book isn’t enough to form an opinion of someone’s work if that make sense?

My Rating: 3/5. Reasons for this: while I didn’t enjoy the book, it had promise. It had the little moments I mentioned before: this cheesy one line jokes. They weren’t there often but it was enough to keep it going. That’s the only reason it’s got 3/5. It could have been worse and ended up on the “Did Not Finish” pile.


Trilogy Review: The Paper Magician Trilogy By Charlie N. Holmberg

The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician by Charlie N.  Holmberg
The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)
The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #2)
The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #3)

Synopsis for all 3:
Book 1: Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.
Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.
An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.
Book 2: Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.
When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.
Book 3: Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she’s kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She’s discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own — an ability long thought impossible.
While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician’s exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined.

My Thoughts:

Firstly, let me explain why I’m reviewing as the whole trilogy and not separate books.  I read all 3 as one book as they were so short.  I finished the first one and just wanted to keep reading about Ceony and the world of Folding.  Emery helped as well, I need my Emery in my life!! He was a fantastic character.  Anyway!! As I said, I read them all together, one straight after the other, which I rarely do.

In my opinion, the books could have been a lot longer than they actually were.  There wasn’t enough depth to the fictional London it was set in, and there wasn’t enough explanation into the villains motives or anything.  I mean, I get she was a part of Emery’s past and all but why did she actually do what she did??? I have more questions that answers for all 3 books I’m afraid.

Getting, I did love Ceony – although she was a little predictable and just reckless.  I have already stated my feelings on Emery, he was a great character and I’d love to read his own story.  Langston needed more, and Delilah as well.  I would have liked to have seen more of Ceony’s own family but I understand that they were more of a back story.

I read a few of the bad reviews before reading the books and I’m a tad frustrated with some of the comments, well mainly one.  The book was set in Victorian England, and within the reviews I read there was complaint about the author not doing any amount of research into the time period.  Who Cares?? It’s a FICTIONAL London, not a complete time period replica.  I don’t care if there wasn’t actually any Secondary Schools in Victorian London, or what other things that were complained about!!! But obviously, everyone has their own opinion on things like this, otherwise the world would be a boring place.

The love story between Ceony and Emery was sweet, innocent and a tad predictable.  Predictable was a good thing, not a bad thing though.  It meant that you could concentrate on Ceony being reckless, a bit naïve with certain things, and the story as a whole.  You weren’t trying to figure out if they were or were not involved, or if they would be, if anything was actually going to happen.  It was set out from the beginning, you knew where they were heading and where it would end for them.  It was a nice romance, no messing around.

I rated each book 4/5 on Goodreads, and as Trilogy (or one big story) I still rate it 4/5.  It was a wonderful story, if not a little different on the magic side of things.  I liked the thought that each individual magician could only control one man-made substance (things like fire, rubber, glass, metal, and paper). Just a beautiful world I hope to read more about in the future!!!

ARC Book Review: Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
Publisher: Penguin Books (UK)
Published: July 2016
Format: Ebook
Pages: 304
ISBN13: 9781844883639

My Thoughts:
Firstly let me thank Netgalley and Penguin Books UK for the chance to read and review this book.

The beginning sentence of this book had me hooked.  It’s the best opening sentence I’ve read for a long while. This sentence is: “My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.”

This book was not what I was expecting at all.  It’s so much more than the average thriller.  Lydia is a complete and utter controlling bitch. Laurence is just… I don’t know. I wouldn’t say a pushover, or submissive or anything like that. Hes a strong, independent (as much as allowed) character, but it all comes back to bite his backside in the end.  Karen was a great character and I feel for her, I really do.  It doesn’t end so well for her either but I sort of expected it.  I didn’t see the point of other random characters, there must be reasons behind them and everything but they didn’t really stand out waving to me.

Beautifully written, and had me captivated from page one, right until the end.  I didn’t think it was going to end the way it did, but it was a perfect ending to a hell of a ride!! The setting, 1980s Dublin, was great. Along with the Avalon backdrop, it all worked perfectly together. This is definitely going to be a hit this year I reckon.

So, overall, this is just a perfect, bitch, controlling thriller.  It also made me realise that you should never underestimate a mentally unstable mother’s love for her child.  Just perfect.

My Rating:5/5

Books Added Before 14th April

Books added to my collection whilst I was having my break, and slightly before and after.  There’s a fair few, and I’ve also read a fair few as well – I’ll add them last.

Recipe for Life by Nicky Pellegrino Synopsis:
A recipe for life should be a simple thing: love and happiness, family, friends and a little food. But life is rarely straightforward…Alice wants to make the most of life – after all, she knows how fragile it can be – and knows she never feels more alive than when she’s cooking.
Babetta has spent a lifetime tending the garden of her tiny house on the Italian coast, supplying food to feed a family now grown and gone.One summer these two women are brought together in a crumbling Mediterranean villa, with the shared language of food. There, under the heat of the Italian sun, or the shade of the pomegranate tree, secrets will be spoken, fears and hopes shared. But life’s lessons are not learnt easily.

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman

Sisters Alice and Natalie were once close, but adolescence has wrenched them apart. Alice is a dreamer who loves books and birds; Natalie is headstrong, manipulative – and beautiful.
On their lakeside family holiday, Alice falls under the thrall of a struggling young painter, Thomas Bayber. Natalie, however, seems strangely unmoved, tolerating sittings for a family portrait with surprising indifference. But by the end of the summer, three lives are shattered.Decades later, Thomas, now a world-renowned artist, reveals the existence of a portrait of himself with Alice and Natalie from that fateful summer. The sisters themselves have disappeared without a trace. And Thomas is torn between taking the secrets of the girls to the grave, or using the painting to resurrect the past before it closes up on them all for good…

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up and begins to read.
But as she turns the pages she is horrified to realize she is a key character, a main player.
This story will reveal her darkest secret.
A secret she thought no one else knew…

A Year Of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman

Marvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she’s taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She’s waiting for something – she’s not sure what, but she’ll know it when she sees it.
Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man’s last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous’ creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid.

Our Song by Dani Atkins

This is the story of Ally and Charlotte, whose paths have intersected over the years though they’ve never really been close friends. Charlotte married Ally’s ex and first true love, David. Fate is about to bring them together one last, dramatic time and change their lives forever.
Full of Dani’s signature warmth and emotion, this is a gripping and emotional family drama. With breath-taking plot twists, Dani explores themes of serendipity, friendship and love. She fully engages the reader in the dilemmas faced by her characters. What would you do if your husband was the love of somebody else’s life? And when faced with an agonising decision, could you put the past behind you and do the right thing?

The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Santa Montefiore

Dorset, 1933:Grace Hamblin is growing up on a beautiful rural estate. The only child of the beekeeper, she knows her place and her future – until her father dies unexpectedly and leaves her bereft and alone. Alone, that is, except for the man she loves, whom she knows she can never have.
Massachusetts, 1973:Grace’s beautiful, impetuous daughter Trixie Valentine is in love. Jasper is wild and romantic, a singer in a band on the brink of stardom. Then tragedy strikes and he must return to his home in England, promising to come back to Trixie one day, if only she will wait for him…
Weighed down by memories, unaware of the secrets that bind them, both mother and daughter are searching for lost love. To find what they are longing for they must confront the past, and unravel the lies told long ago…

Sea of Lost Love by Santa Montefiore

An idyllic Cornish holiday in the summer of 1958. A happy aristocratic family blessed with wealth and promise. But unbeknown to all of them, death stalks paradise. When catastrophe strikes in the most unexpected way, the tragedy first breaks Celestria Montague’s young heart – then shatters her every illusion.
With the backing of her grandfather, a flamboyant American robber baron, Celestria sets out to unravel the deadly yet bizarre riddle. Amongst the orange groves of Italy’s ruggedly beautiful southern coast, she finds a grotesque, bewildering mist of masquerades and mirrors. In this labyrinth of deception that threatens to destroy all her faith in family and affection, she meets a man who teaches her that truth is the heart of all love.

Return to Mandalay by Rosanna Ley

Eva Gatsby has often wondered about her grandfather Lawrence’s past, and exactly what happened to him in Burma during the Second World War. But it is only when Eva’s job as an antiques dealer suddenly requires a trip to Mandalay that Lawrence finally breaks his silence and asks her to return a mysterious artefact of his own – a chinthe – to its rightful owner.
As Eva arrives in Burma her mission soon proves dangerously complicated, and the treasure she is guarding becomes the centre of a scandal that will have far-reaching consequences. Caught between loyalty and integrity, Eva is determined to find the truth about her grandfather’s past, of her own family origins, and of the red-eyed chinthe itself – enigmatic symbol of the riches of Mandalay.

The Dream House by Rachel Hore

Everyone has a dream of their perfect house – in the heart of the countryside, or perhaps a stately residence in the middle of a wonderful city?
For Kate Hutchinson, the move to Suffolk from the tiny, noisy London terrace she shares with her husband Simon and their two young children was almost enough to make her dreams come true.
Space, peace, a measured, rural pace of life have a far greater pull for Kate than the constantly overflowing in-tray on her desk at work. Moving in with her mother-in-law must surely be only a temporary measure before the estate agent’s details of the perfect house fall through the letterbox.
But when Kate, out walking one evening, stumbles upon the house of her dreams, a beautiful place, full of memories, it is tantalizingly out of her reach. Its owner is the frail elderly Agnes, whose story – as it unravels – echoes so much of Kate’s own. And Kate comes to realize how uncertain and unsettling even a life built on dreams can be – wherever you are, at whatever time you are living and whoever you are with.

The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan

Harriet Jenner is just twenty-one when she walks through the gates of Fenix House. Reeling from a personal tragedy, she doesn’t expect her new life as a governess to be easy. But she certainly does not foresee the spell Fenix House will cast.
Almost fifty years later, Harriet’s granddaughter Grace follows in her footsteps. For Grace, raised on Harriet’s spellbinding stories, Fenix House is a fairy tale; a magical place suspended in time.But the now-faded grandeur of the mansion soon begins to reveal the holes in Harriet’s story and Grace finds herself in a place of secrets and shadows. For Fenix House hides truths about her family, and everything that she once knew is about to change.

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

They say trouble always comes in threes. And for sisters Lyn, Cat and Gemma Kettle, the year they turn thirty-three is no exception.

Sensible Lyn is struggling to balance being a mother, wife and businesswoman without losing her mind. Cat, whose perfect marriage is the envy of all her friends, never suspects that her husband has been hiding a secret that will tear her life apart. And directionless Gemma, who changes jobs and boyfriends every few months, has just met a new man who could be the one to unlock her hidden past.
Through everything, the bonds of the sisters are strong enough to withstand whatever life throws at them. That is until the night of their thirty-fourth birthday dinner, when home truths are revealed and things are said that can’t be taken back . . .

Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain

It’s the summer of 1990 and fourteen-year-old Molly Arnette lives with her extended family on one hundred acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The summer seems idyllic at first. The mountains are Molly’s playground and she’s well loved by her father, a therapist famous for books he’s written about a method called ‘Pretend Therapy’; her adoptive mother, who has raised Molly as her own; and Amalia, her birth mother who also lives on the family land. The adults in Molly’s life have created a safe and secure world for her to grow up in. But Molly’s security begins to crumble as she becomes aware of a plan taking shape in her extended family – a plan she can’t stop and that threatens to turn her idyllic summer into a nightmare.

Kindle Books:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

The Executioner by Chris Carter

Inside a Los Angeles church, on the altar steps, lies the blood-soaked, decapitated body of a priest. Carefully positioned, legs stretched out, arms crossed over the chest, the most horrifying thing of all is that the priest’s head has been replaced by that of a dog. Later, the forensic team discover that, on the victim’s chest, the figure 3 has been scrawled in blood.
At first, Detective Robert Hunter believes that this is a ritualistic killing. But as more bodies surface, he is forced to reassess. All the victims died in the way they feared the most. Their worst nightmares have literally come true. But how could the killer have known? And what links these apparently random victims?
Hunter finds himself on the trail of an elusive and sadistic killer, somone who apparently has the power to read his victims’ minds. Someone who can sense what scares his victims the most. Someone who will stop at nothing to achieve his twisted aim.

The Gift by Alison Croggon

Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful gift, a gift that marks her as a member of the School of Pellinor. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true heritage and extraordinary destiny unfolds. Now she and her teacher, Cadvan, must survive a punishing and uncertain journey through a time and place where the dark forces they battle with stem from the deepest recesses of other-worldly terror.

And for the books that I’ve read:
I will add that I haven’t reviewed many, if any, in the last month. According to Goodreads, I’m currently 17 books ahead in my reading challenge. This is my read list since the middle of March.

1:The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen
2: The Nearly-Weds by Jane Costello
3: The Broken Hearts Book Club by Lynsey James
4:Finding Sheba by H. B Moore
5:The Proposal by Tasmina Perry
6:City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
7:The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
8:City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
9:The Little Flower Shop by the Sea by Ali McNamara
10: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
11: City of Fallen Ashes by Cassandra Clare
12:The Second Love of my Life by Victoria Walters
13: The Beauty Series by Skye Warren (Regrettably)

Books Added

So, a week into March and I’ve added 15 books to the shelves of Kindle and Living Room.  I’m officially out of room in my living room, I’m determined not to spend anymore money on books for a while.  I’m very determined!! I went into 2 bookshops today, and then walked out with absolutely nothing in my bag!! I’m very proud of myself!!

Right, so my 15 added books!!

R.S.V.P by Helen Warner. Synopsis: Four women, one wedding and a day to remember – or rather forget. Anna’s world is rocked when she receives an invitation to her ex Toby’s 9954078nuptials – Toby was the one, the love of her life. Will attending his big day finally give her the sense of closure she so desperately craves? Or will it only re-open old wounds?

I’ve seen this book floating round a few shops that I use and I’ve been undecided about it for a while.  Then I saw it as part of a collection on The Book People and decided I may as well try it.  I’ll probably end up loving it, I’m already in love with the cover!! It’s stunning!

Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon. Synopsis: Discover the scintillating new novel from the bestselling author of Pictures of Lily and The Longest Holiday! 18280725
A year ago, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After one amazing night together they parted ways.
Now working on the picture desk for a glassy magazine in London, Bronte is about to meet a new colleague – who turns out to be all too familiar. Alex is now engaged, but the memory of the spark they felt when they met hasn’t died. As Alex’s wedding day looms, it is clear that he and Bronte have unfinished business…

I’ve seen books by Paige Toon before and never thought to read them.  This one caught my eye and I liked the sound of it.  Paige Toon comes highly recommended from many people who are part of the same Book Groups I follow on Facebook.  The reviews are good, and varied which I appreciate.

The Nearly-Weds by Jane Costello. Synopsis: What’s the worst thing that could happen to a blushing bride?
After Zoe is jilted by her fiancé Jason, she’s unable to face the pitying looks of her friends and family any longer.
Fleeing to America, she is employed as a nanny by the moody, difficult, but devastatingly sexy, single dad Ryan.6326485
She quickly wins over his children, but her boss is more of a challenge. Things aren’t helped, of course, by her inadvertently displaying her knickers to his colleagues or nearly hospitalising him with a toy bow and arrow.
Thank God she’s got her colourful circle of friends to keep her sane: fun-loving Trudie, hippy Amber and chilly, tight-lipped Felicity.
It is only over time that Zoe and Ryan begin to understand each other and their apparently ill-fated relationship takes on a new dimension.
There’s just one problem, as Zoe soon discovers: that the past isn’t always easy to escape, no matter how far away you go.

I can hold my hands up and say that I have never heard of Jane Costello. Sounds like an amusing book though.  I’m hoping this will be one of them books that get me out of a reading slump or when I’m undecided on what to read.  Fingers Crossed!!!

The Rosary Girls/The Skin Gods/Broken Angels by Richard Montanari. Synopsis for all 3: The Rosary Girls: Sprawling beneath the statue of William Penn, Philadelphia is a city of downtrodden crack houses and upscale brownstones. Somewhere in this concrete crazy quilt, one teenage Catholic girl is writing in her diary, another is pouring her heart out to a friend, and yet another is praying. And somewhere in this city is a man who wants these young women to make his macabre fantasy become reality. In a passion play of his own, he will take the girls–and a whole city–over the edge.
Kevin Byrne is a veteran cop who already knows that edge: He’s been living on it far too long. His marriage failing, his former partner wasting away in a hospital, and his heart lost to mad fury, Byrne loves to take risks and is breaking every rule in the book. And now he has been given a rookie partner. Jessica Balzano, the daughter of a famous Philly cop, The Rosary Girls (Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne, #1)doesn’t want Byrne’s help. But they will need each other desperately, since they’ve just caught the case of a lifetime: Someone is killing devout young women, bolting their hands together in prayer, and committing an abomination upon their otherwise perfect bodies.
Byrne and Balzano spearhead the hunt for the serial killer, who leads them on a methodically planned journey. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams–and vanish just as quickly. And while Byrne’s sins begin to catch up with him, and Balzano tries to solve the blood-splattered puzzle, the body count rises. Meanwhile, the calendar is approaching Easter and the day of the resurrection. When the last rosary is counted, a madman’s methods will be revealed, and the final crime will be the one that hurts the most.
The Skin Gods:When a sadistic movie buff begins re-creating some of the most gruesome murder scenes ever captured on celluloid — the chainsaw scene from Scarface, Glenn Close’s infamous bathroom demise in Fatal Attraction, etc. — Philadelphia homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano (featured in 2005’s The Rosary Girls) must catch the notorious psycho before he’s gone with the wind. 1802085
Videotaped footage of the reenacted murders begins showing up, spliced into rental videos that have been stolen from and then replaced in independent video stores, and Byrne and Balzano — who are both dealing with life-changing issues — must somehow track down an ingenious madman dubbed the Actor, “a man of a thousand guises, skilled in the arts of dialect and stage movement.” Byrne, who is recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound to the head, and Balzano, who is struggling with a crumbling marriage, follow a meandering evidence trail that leads them through seedy no-tell motels, big-budget movie sets, the subterranean realm of fetishist pornographers, and, eventually, the stuff of their worst nightmares.
Broken Angels: When the first body is found, mutilated and strangled on the riverban2580480ks, Philadelphia homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano suspect yet another case of random urban violence. Then it happens again. And again.
Carefully dressed and posed, each victim seems to tell a story so gruesome that Byrne and Balzano struggle at first to make sense of the killer’s dark and twisted imagination. But when they stumble upon a collection of old fairy tales, the fragile link between the murders suddenly becomes clear – and with it the terrifying conclusion of the killer’s plan.
Desperately, they try to anticipate the madman’s next move, but as the body count rises, the killing spree spirals out of control …

Again, I’ve never heard of these but I’m always game for a gritty murder/crime book!!

Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Synopsis:She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
24934065Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from. Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

I’ve been eyeing this book up for weeks, and then bam! Mother’s Day came round and The Man-Child and C had got it as a gift for me!! I have no idea how he knew, but I’m impressed!!! The actual cover is beautiful, I wouldn’t care what the story is about if I had seen it in the shop!! I’m in love with it!!

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells. Synopsis: I have a gardener’s inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft-petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer.
Children who don’t die before their parents.
A community in shock.26029974
When eighteen-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village where she lived will never be the same again. Local gardener Kate is struck with guilt. She’d come to know Rosie well, and thought she understood her – perhaps better even than Rosie’s own mother.
A family torn apart.
Rosie was beautiful, kind and gentle. She came from a loving family and she had her whole life ahead of her. Who could possibly want to harm her? And why?
A keeper of secrets.
Kate is convinced the police are missing something. She’s certain that someone in the village knows more than they’re letting on. As the investigation deepens, so does Kate’s obsession with solving the mystery of what happened to Rosie.

Again, I’ve seen this floating around a couple of Books Groups and it looks quite good!! Excited to pick this one up.

The Postcard by Leah Fleming. Synopsis: 2002, Australia
On his death bed, Melissa Boyd’s father confesses a secret so devastating that Melissa, armed with only a few tattered keepsakes, including an old postcard addressed to 22043874someone called Desmond, embarks on a journey that will take her across oceans and into the past …
1930s, London
Caroline has led a privileged life, supported by her Aunt Phoebe. But when her impulsive elopement to Cairo quickly turns sour, she finds herself alone with a newborn son. Then war breaks out and Caroline feels compelled to play her part. Leaving her son, Desmond, with Phoebe, she begins a dangerous existence on the front lines. But when Caroline finally returns, Desmond has disappeared.

This has been on my Amazon Wishlist for a very long time, and it finally dropped down in price!! So happy about it! This is exactly my sort of book!

Now You See Me by Jean Bedford. Synopsis: Journalist Noel Baker is no stranger to reporting horrific and gruesome crimes. But when a disturbing suggestion arises in a coroner’s report, she decides to look into her new case more closely.
28582162Young Belinda Carey has been killed and with the parents the obvious suspects, the police are looking no further for the culprit. But Noel senses a disturbing pattern with the deaths of other abused children and she realizes that Belinda’s death may not have been at the hands of her neglectful and abusive parents. As Noel’s investigation unfolds, the killer writes a diary. The diary reveals a horrific childhood with unspeakable suffering, and these demons of the past rear their heads in the present…
It reveals that the killer is right amongst them, one of an old circle of university friends.
But which one? Who could be driven to such deplorable acts?

A freebie so cannot complain.  This one came recommended from another blog page.  Seems to have a good storyline so watch this space!!

The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extance. Synopsis: A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn’t had the easiest childhood. 15984269
But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count.
So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing ..

This sounds like one of those books that everyone looks over, but then when it is picked up it’s an incredible, unforgettable read.  I hope it is, it sounds like an underdog tale!

A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Synopsis: At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – 22698053neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible…

This has been highly popular recently so I thought I’d see what it was all about.  Again.  I’ve tried reading this before but I couldn’t concentrate on it.  Hopefully, second time round, I’ll manage it!!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E Schwab. Synopsis: Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey 23403402London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

This sounds an incredible story.  Nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Fantasy, it must be a promising book.  Shame I couldn’t find a physical copy and only on the Kindle! A books a book though!!

The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester. Synopsis: 1912 and London is in turmoil…
The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond, Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly laced acrobat and follows her across London to a Mayfair corset shop that hides more than one dark secret.22912907
Then Ebony Diamond mysteriously disappears in the middle of a performance, and Frankie is drawn into a world of tricks, society columnists, corset fetishists, suffragettes and circus freaks. How did Ebony vanish, who was she afraid of, and what goes on behind the doors of the mysterious Hourglass Factory?
From the newsrooms of Fleet Street to the drawing rooms of high society, the missing Ebony Diamond leads Frankie to the trail of a murderous villain with a plot more deadly than anyone could have imagined…

I’ve not really read anything set during the Suffragette movement, or actually not know much about it, so this will hopefully be an eye-opener. I love the cover!!

Out Of The Blue by Gretta Mulrooney. Synopsis: Will going back to a past love end up destroying everything? 28815166
When Liv Callaghan inherits her grandmother’s cottage in Cork, Ireland, it offers escape from London and her marriage to her alcoholic husband Douglas. She travels back to the beautiful place where she spent idyllic childhood summer holidays. She learns to enjoy the challenge of living in the rustic cottage, which is without electricity or running water. But looming over her is a family secret that curtailed the summer visits of her youth.
Unexpectedly she meets her first love, Aidan. But he’s married now and lives locally with his family. Twenty years ago he broke her heart, so what happens when they get the chance to rekindle their relationship? Can you ever go back and what are the consequences for those close to you?
This is a wonderfully engaging novel of love, family, learning about yourself and your past, and finding independence.

This is the sort of book what I read when I want a basic book. No, basic is the wrong word.  But you get what I mean right?
So, that’s all of them. I think anyway. I’m beginning to think I’ve got a serious problem. Maybe I’m mad? Maybe I just jave an addictive streak in me?? I know people will probably have a worse problems than this, but I haven’t even got the motivation to update my book pages!!!! It feels me with dread!!

Watch this space for some ARC reviews! I was accepted for a couple the other day and have started to read one today. Seems good so far!!!



Added Books This Week

Oops, no let me change that!! Mega Ooops!! I’ve been adding to my shelves this week. I’ve not been able to stop myself this week!!  I’ve added a total of 13 this past week.  I will admit that 1 was a Kindle book, and a free one, so technically I’ve purchased 12.

The Kindle book I got is A Pocket Called Past by Yvonne Anderson.  The Synopsis on Amazon isAn emotional story of secrets, regrets, lies and love.  These words are not my own. They have been folded deep into my psyche since birth. I choose
those words I speak carefully but the words, which escape onto paper, are wild, untethered and free. They tumble into the world with an abandon I
do not feel.  
Words can change everything.  Rosie’s discovery turns her already troubled world upside down. Jacob has his own burden to carry; yet when he and Rosie meet he finally finds someone who can understand his pain.
Sarah has kept her secret hidden for so long but feels it’s time to let her truth out. Mary, who is nursing her own broken heart, listens to Sarah’s story as it unfolds into something she will ultimately be left holding. Lenora waits for her daughter to come and find her.  A Pocket Called Past shows us what consequences secrets and regret c
an have in our lives and how we go about picking back up the pieces.

Right, the physical books I’ve gained this week!
Broken Harbour by Tana French. Synopsis:
In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin – half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned – two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad’s star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher’s personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she’s resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk . . .

Angelfall and World After by Susan Ee. Angelfall Synopsis: It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When angels fly away with a
helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back… 

World After SynopsisIn this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken. Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans, where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go. Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Crewel by Gennifer Albin. Synopsis: Enter the world of Crewel: a world of secrets and intrigue. Where a girl with talent will thrive…or be destroyed.  Incapable. Awkward. Artless.  That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret – she wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time and matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, power and beauty, the ability to embroider the very fabric of life. It also means entering a world secrets and lethal  intrigue.  But unlike the others, Adelice isn’t interested in controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have and will do anything to hide her talent from the Guild. But when she slips up during her final test, her gift is identified. Now she has one hour to eat her mum’s overcooked dinner. One hour to listen to her sister’s school gossip and laugh at her dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything is OK. And one hour to escape. Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back…

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan. Synopsis: One last full moon – then it will all be over. Jacob Marlowe has lost the will to live. For two hundred years he has wandered the world, enslaved by his lunatic appetites and tormented by the memory of his first and most monstrous crime. Now, the last of his kind, he
knows he cannot go on. But as Jake counts down to suicide, a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into the desperate pursuit of life – and love. 

The Magus of Hay by Phil Rickman. Synopsis: When a man’s body is discovered near the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye, his death appears to be ‘unnatural’ in every sense. Merrily Watkins, priest, single mother and exorcist, is drafted in to investigate. A man’s body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning – until DI Frannie Bliss enters the dead man’s home. What he finds there has him consulting Merrily Watkins, the Diocese of  Hereford’s official advisor on the paranormal. It’s nearly forty years since the town of Hay-on-Wye was declared an independent state by its self-styled king. A development seen at the time as a joke. But the pastiche had a serious side. And behind it, unknown to most of the townsfolk, lay a darker design, a hidden history of murder and ritual magic, the relics of which are only now becoming visible. It’s a situation that will take Merrily Watkins – on her own for the first time in years and facing public humiliation over a separate case – to the edge of madness.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Synopsis: Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue – in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest in the family – Hannah – who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened. Everything I Never Told You is a gripping page-turner, about secrets, love, longing, lies and race.

City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones Synopsis: Love. Blood. Betrayal. Demons. First in the New York Times No. 1 bestselling series that has swept the globe, City of Bones is also a major movie and Shadowhunters, the TV series based on the book, is currently airing on Netflix. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City and the dangers of forbidden love. This edition contains exclusive bonus content
as well as a map and a new foreword by Cassandra Clare.

City of Ashes Synopsis: Discover more secrets about the Shadowhunters as they fight to protect the world from demons in the second book in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Love and power are the deadliest temptations… Haunted by her past, Clary is dragged deeper into New York City’s terrifying underworld of demons and Shadowhunters – but can she control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?


The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johnson. Synopsis: Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret after her mother – a monarch as vain as she was foolish – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding… And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, win the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive…

The Angel Tree by Lucinda Riley. Synopsis: Thirty years have passed since Greta left Marchmont Hall, a grand and beautiful house nestled in the hills of rural Monmouthshire. But when she returns to the Hall for Christmas, at the invitation of her old friend David Marchmont, she has no recollection of her past association with it – the result of a tragic accident that has blanked out more than two decades of her life. Then, during a walk through the wintry landscape, she stumbles across a grave in the woods, and the weathered inscription on the headstone tells her that a little boy is buried here . . . The poignant discovery strikes a chord in Greta’s mind and soon ignites a quest to rediscover her lost memories. With David’s help, she begins to piece together the fragments of not only her own story, but that of her daughter, Cheska, who was the tragic victim of circumstances beyond her control. And, most definitely, not the angel she appeared to be . . .

Little Lies by Liane Moriaty. Synopsis: Jane hasn’t lived anywhere longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic seaside town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane finally feels like she belongs. She has friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste – two women with seemingly perfect lives …and their own secrets behind closed doors.But then a small incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground causing a rift between them and the other parents of the school. Minor at first but escalating fast, until whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful. It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder …

After buying a couple of them, mainly Broken Harbour and The Magus of Hay, and getting home I realised that they are part of bigger series.  They look like they can be read as stand-alone books so I’ll do that.  I’ve not got the patience to read 12 or more books in the series to get to the one I originally wanted to read.

Have you added to your collections this week?