Archive for Jun, 2018

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:12 pm No Comments

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Published by Cornerstone Digital on 29th June 2017
323 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having read the Temperance series I was interested to read something different by her. Sunday Night is a woman with a past, now living in isolation, all she wanted was a quiet life. However after a bombing at a Jewish school resulting in fatalities and a missing girl, she is hired to find the bombers.
From page 1 you knew Sunday was damaged, and as you read more of her story is revealed. She is head strong who found it hard to trust and does not take to authority figures. I liked her, Sunday she was one of those people who got the job done and didn’t care how she went about doing it. With her uniform background, she was definitely up for the job. I found at the start she was a bit disjointed and it seemed that she had not got a clue and was winging it a bit. But this made her feel more real. However as soon as Gus joined her, it seemed to click and you felt that they would get the job done.
I felt that it started a bit slow but soon picked up pace as more information was found. With Sunday being so paranoid there was a lot of fine detail put into her style and habits and you knew exactly what she was doing. Information about the terrorists were drip fed throughout at the story and this made you want to carry on reading as you wanted to find out whether Sunday found the missing teenager. The author had a way of leading you in a different direction and the scenes in italics was not about who I thought they were
For a 1st in which I hope will be a new series this was a good start and I hope there will be more of Sunday Night

Bad to the Bone by Tony J Forder

Jun 24, 2018 - 8:47 pm No Comments

Bad to the Bone by Tony J Forder
Published by Bloodhound Books on 29th April 2017
350 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When the skeletal remains of a young woman are found in the woods, DI Bliss is called in to investigate. Coming back from a suspension, Bliss knows the case is going to be tough one. Not only are the bones old but the senior officers are breathing down his neck.
A crime thriller is not the same without a trouble MC and boy was Bliss troubled. Haunted by the past, Bliss always wanted to see justice done even if it meant him clashing with his superior officers. His only true friends were DC Penny Chandler and DC Bobby Dunne, both who work with him closely. The relationship between Bliss and Chandler was as close as siblings, the only one who knew about his past Chandler was always there for him, keeping him grounded when he had a wild idea. There were a couple of characters that I took an instant dislike to, one was “The Bone Lady” as I found her to forward, especially as she knew some of Bliss’ past
From the moment the bones are found, Bliss and Co get down to action. Starting from nothing, you wonder how the body can be identified let a lone who murdered her. The plot was well written and it felt like you were watching one of those true crime documentaries. There were red herrings throughout to throw you off track, and I could not get over how good the ending was as I never saw it coming.
Whilst it was a slow start, due to the amount of information that had to be found, the pace soon picked up as Bliss was putting the pieces together. Set in Peterborough, this was a good example of UK Police procedure. One thing I was glad about was that Bonnie and Clyde were ok. I will definitely carry on with this series, cause who does not love a troubled cop.

Cover Reveal

Jun 22, 2018 - 7:13 pm No Comments

Cover Reveal

Snowflake by Heidi Goody and Iain Grant

 The book will be published on 20th July and the blurb is below:

“Lori Belkin has been dumped. By her parents.
They moved out while she was away on holiday, and now, at the tender age of twenty-five, she’s been cruelly forced to stand on her own two feet.
While she’s getting to grips with basic adulting, Lori magically brings to life the super-sexy man she created from celebrity photos as a teenager.
Lori learns very quickly that having your ideal man is not as satisfying as it ought to be and that being an adult is far harder than it looks.
Snowflake is a story about prehistoric pets, delinquent donkeys and becoming the person you want to be, not the person everyone else expects you to be”

Secondary Silence by Virginia Johnson

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:44 pm No Comments

Secondary Silence by Virginia Johnson
Published on 21st October 2017
138 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When Ashley died, she had not expected to wake up as a ghost, her only companion was Thaddeus, a powerful vampire. Ashley was a sensitive in life so when she became a ghost, she still had special powers. Living with Thaddeus, she spent her days interpreting visions, either the ones she receives or ones given to her by Thaddeus.
Ashley was sweet natured and you could see the pressure she was under. The relationship between Ashley and Thad was strong and whilst on the surface it was platonic, you could feel the love they had for each other. As the story continues their past is slowly relieved and you can see how good Ashley is for him.
If you have read any of this author’s work you know that she can write some harrowing scenes, usually resulting in someone dying and this book was no different. Ashley’s visions were descriptive and because she could not understand them straight away she had to keep reliving them which made the reader re-read them as well. The details in the visions were so illustrative that you could imagine the sights and smells, even down to the burning flesh.
As Ashley’s power’s getting stronger you wonder what is going to happen and I was reading into the night to get to the end. This is a quick read due to there always something going on. The author keeps you guessing about the significance of the visions and it is not till the end that it is all explained.
If you like vampire stories with more action than pick up this book and whilst this is a PNR is has enough blood in to keep me happy. My only complaint was it was too short and I wanted to know what was going to happen to them.

Broken Branches by Ben Ellis

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:44 pm No Comments

Broken Branches by Ben Ellis
Published 8th February 2018
356 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

To stop over populating, pregnancies are controlled. To get a chance of becoming a family you have to have good genes and be on the National Tree. If you are an orphan, you have next to no chance of having a baby. You are a broken branch.
Grace and Charlie are twins, not having any family they are classed as broken branches. They do not get the same rights as thoroughbreds. So Grace was shocked when she was allowed to have a child with her thoroughbred husband Tom. Fearing reprisals from a terrorist group and their leader Shears, they go into hiding. To complicate the situation Charlie become fertile and gets a girl pregnant.
I instantly liked Grace and Charlie and whilst they are twins they were completely different. Grace was conscientious and kept her self to herself trying to be a good citizen. Charlie plays the field, dislikes authority and is a loveable rogue.
I love dystopian stories and enjoy books that are not the norm, and this book fitted the bill. With Britain being a nation that wanted to improve the gene pool, this story really showed the struggle with the class system and the prejudice against the broken branches. From the initial terrorist attack to the final page, you are drawn in to a story that will capture your imagination. When the babies show some unusual activity, you are left wandering what they are and whilst there were hints, I hope it is all explained further on in the series. My only niggle was that addition of an unknown prisoners dialogue as I found this made the story disjointed and I must admit I did end up skipping those scenes. Even now I did not understand the relevance, but that may be just me. That being said I did enjoy the story.
This is a new author to me and I will look out for further work. One of the interesting points was right at the end when the author explained the reason for the ps and qs and the other easter eggs in the story. This shows how well planned the story was. Overall this was a good dystopian