ARC Review: The Killing Game by J.S. Carol


The Killing Game by J.S. Carol
Published: 13th Ocotober 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: EBook
Pages: 380
ISBN13: 9781786810311
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Available To Purchase
Amazon UK
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Synopsis

Imagine you are having lunch at an exclusive restaurant, filled with Hollywood’s hottest stars.
And a masked gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage.
You must bargain for your life against a twisted individual who knows everything about you.
He also has a bomb set to detonate if his heart rate changes.
If he dies. You die.
You have four hours to stay alive.

What would you do?

My Thoughts
Firstly, thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for my copy in exchange for my review.

This book had me on tenterhooks from the first chapter.  That chapter was an amazing first chapter. It was fast, gripping, exciting, and with a vice -like grip what shouts Read Me!!! The rest of the book followed perfectly. I’ve loved all of James Carol’s other books (the Jefferson Winter series), and this one has followed suit just perfectly.  I seem to be using that word a lot for this book! Just perfect!!

The writing is brilliant, knowing exactly how to keep you on the edge of the seat. With brutal murders, brutal journalism, and heroic actors.  JJ, Alex King, Rob Taylor, and Seth Allen make a perfect combination of characters, with a good balance of their side of the action.  With Rob and Seth giving the public everything they can, JJ trying to stay alive with the bomber, keeping her own secrets, and Alex hiding in the restroom trying to keep it together and help the FBI, while resisting the temptation of escape.

I sort of guessed why the bomber was doing it, but I kept second guessing myself the whole way through the book.  I didn’t get that he was targeting the exact people, so that came as a complete surprise!  I liked JJ, even if she was in the most vulnerable position anyone could.

I’m finding it difficult to hold the whole story in, I can’t really explain how I feel about this book without giving major spoilers away.  So, on that I will say this.  This book is explosive, heart-stopping, and just simple perfect.  It had me second guessing myself the whole way, and then completely doubting myself about whether I was right or not.

With enough blood splatters, explosives, and guessing to last me a lifetime, I give this book a huge 5/5!!

Book Review: The Madam by Jaime Raven

The Madam

The Madam by Jaime Raven
Publisher: Avon
Published: May 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 0008171467 (ISBN13: 9780008171469)

Synopsis:
Scars might fade but the memories don’t…
Three years and eleven months. That’s how long Lizzie Wells was banged up inside Holloway prison for, serving time for a crime she didn’t commit.
Six months. That’s how long it took Lizzie to fall in love with a woman inside the prison. Scar, who might just have reason for her name.
Now Lizzie is finally free, the duo embark on a search to find those who framed Lizzie and sent her down for cold blooded murder.
THE BUSINESS MAN. THE COPPER. THE MADAM.
It’s time they paid their price…

My Thoughts:

Firstly, let me thank the author for sending me a copy to read and review!! It had me gripped within the first couple of pages and couldn’t put it down until I knew the truth.

Lizzie and Scar are fantastic characters, I liked them both a lot – in fact I liked all the characters in the book which rarely happens for me.  They were developed well, although I think we could have had a little more backstory about Scar.  I’m not complaining though!!!!! And I liked even more when we found out why she was in prison to begin with! (I won’t give details but it’ll make a man cringe)

To begin with, Lizzie comes across as unstable, determined and just out right insane.  But by the end of the book, she’s proved she is determined but not unstable or insane.  She was a great character, one of the best I’ve come across this year.  I don’t think it was important if they were lovers or not, it’s not really defining point of the story for me.  It worked though, and made a strangely nice change from the normal female-male way of things.

I kind of predicted who the bad cop was about halfway through, but I didn’t care as it could have gone either way with it.  It was predictable in a lot of places but it didn’t change a thing for me.  I still enjoyed the book immensely, and as I said I couldn’t leave it alone!! I even found myself reading it through my lunch break at work instead of spending the time with the child (this being a big thing it being a sunday!!!!)

It was an excellent, well written story with enough twists, blood, violence, drama, and everything else you could ever want in a book like this!! A huge 5/5 from me!!

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

Library Return Trip

So, after finishing all (apart from 1) the books from My Most Excellent Idea last week, I took all the books back today and got some more out.  Another 6.  I must admit though, this is saving me a fortune!  They’ve actually been getting newer and newer books in so I’ve been able to get some that have found their way on to my  Amazon wishlists. Yes, I have more than one wishlist.  I’m going to have to take my time with some of these as I’ve still got 2 for reviewing from Bookbridgr.

So, my 6 books for this week are:

The Cosy Tea Shop in The Castle by Caroline Roberts
The Cosy Teashop in the CastleWhen Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!
Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?

The Time of the Clockmaker by Anna Caltabiano
The Time of the Clockmaker
Her mentor shockingly killed in front of her, Rebecca Hatfield must flee the place and time she knows. She has lost her family, her dearest love and her ability to live a normal life. All she has left is the gift – or curse – of her immortality, and the bizarre clock that allows her to travel in time.
But when she too is attacked by the mysterious black-clad figure, Rebecca finds herself stranded in Tudor England. The clock has been stolen and without it, she can never leave the past. Alone, without friends or resources, she must risk the danger of Henry VIII’s court and hunt down her attacker.
But someone else is waiting for her…

Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell
Three Amazing Things About You
Hallie has a secret. She’s in love. He’s perfect for her in every way, but he’s seriously out of bounds. And her friends aren’t going to help her because what they do know is that Hallie doesn’t have long to live. Time is running out…
Flo has a dilemma. She really likes Zander. But his scary sister won’t be even faintly amused if she thinks Zander and Flo are becoming friends – let alone anything more.
Tasha has a problem. Her new boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she’s afraid one of his adventures will go badly wrong.
THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU begins as Hallie goes on a journey. A donor has been found and she’s about to be given new lungs. But whose?

Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)
When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.
And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.
But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

The City’s Son by Tom Pollock
The City's Son (The Skyscraper Throne, #1)
Expelled from school, betrayed by her best friend and virtually ignored by her dad, who’s never recovered from the death of her mum, Beth Bradley retreats to the sanctuary of the streets, looking for a new home. What she finds is Filius Viae, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London, who opens her eyes to the place she’s never truly seen.
But the hidden London is on the brink of destruction. Reach, the King of the Cranes, is a malign god of demolition, and he wants Filius dead. In the absence of the Lady of the Streets, Filius’ goddess mother, Beth rouses Filius to raise an alleyway army, to reclaim London’s skyscraper throne for the mother he’s never known. Beth has almost forgotten her old life – until her best friend and her father come searching for her, and she must choose between the streets and the life she left behind.

Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman
Match Me If you Can
Meet best friends Catherine, Rachel and Sarah. Yet to find Mr Right, they’ve been settling for Mr Right Now. But when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets the girls to join her dating site where they can recycle their ex-boyfriends, they soon realise that anything could happen.
Rachel’s office romance James was a big fat mistake and she’s more than happy to upcycle him… Or is she? Homebody Sarah hasn’t had a date in years but when her transformation finds men falling at her newly-pedicured feet, will her popularity be worth the sacrifices she’s making? And Catherine falls asleep more often on her desk than on a man, so when she builds the perfect partner who ticks all her boxes, surely it’s a recipe for love . . . not disaster?
There’s someone for everyone, right? These best friends are about to find out for themselves . .

There’s the 6 for my next bulk read.  I’ve only just realised that one of them is the second in a series but I’m hoping it can be read as a stand-alone book as well, if not I’m going to be having to hunt it down to read the first one!!
I did end up buying books yesterday, the Man-Child is going to go mental when he realises!!!
The recent, sneaky purchases:
The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegrino
The Food Of Love Cookery School
The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris
The First Last Kiss
The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews
The Cake Shop In The Garden
The Three by Sarah Lotz
The Three

I must be going through a bit of chic-lit/romance/girly thing at the moment. I’m a sucker for the whole selection of genres.  I’m trying to mix things up a bit with some fantasy/crime/thriller/suspense but I keep going back to the grand old story of Love! Must be something in the air at the moment.

What’s everyone reading at the moment?  Have you read anything that you want to shout about from the  rooftops? Any great recommendations that you can’t shut up about? I look to hearing from you!!