Archive for September, 2018

Wychwood by George Mann

September 28, 2018 - 9:08 pm No Comments

Wychwood by George Mann
Published by Titan Books on 12th September 2017
400 pages

When Elspeth (Ellie) broke up with her boyfriend and lost her job, she needed a plan. Having to move back with her mom in Wilsby-under-Wychwood, an idea is formed when the surrounding woods are cornered off. When a body is found with similarities to a local myth, she thinks she has found her big story.
Elspeth was a likeable character, whilst she was upset with her break up, she did not mope around, and I did not have spend time reading about her constantly crying. Her fascination with myths and legends and her meeting up with her old school friend Peter, a DS in the police force, enabled her to assist the police with their enquiries. Whilst it is unusual for a civilian to go out investigations, it is not unheard off. As a journalist she needed good investigational skills, and this came across when she was digging for a connection between the victims. Some of the other characters were a bit stereotypical, the tortured actor and the doting agony aunt, but I loved this as you can imagine them living in a small village. As for Dorothy her mom, she was just like any mom whose daughter had been away for a few years, doting and feeding her up.
With the local myth the Carrion King playing a big part in the story allowed the author to tell its story and add a fantasy element to the book. However, when Elspeth digs up some history on one of the victims, another mystery comes to light.
Whilst not everything was explained and let’s face it, we can’t explain everything. This was a good read, the pace flowed steadily and before I knew I had finished the story. The twists through out kept me guessing and when the murderer was revealed, it all made sense.
Whilst this is the first book I have read by this author I am off to read Hallowdene, the next book in the series.

Blackwater: Vol. Three: (Book 3 in the Blackwater Trilogy) by TWM Ashford

September 26, 2018 - 7:11 pm No Comments

Blackwater: Vol. Three: (Book 3 in the Blackwater Trilogy) by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 21st September 2018
251 pages

Book 2 finished with the Old God released to cause havoc on Blackwater and Hunter falling down a pit. With the fate of Blackwater in his hands can Hunter survive the fall.
Starting 7 days after the ending of book 2, I was yet again transported in the dystopian city of Blackwater. With Blackwater being destroyed, and Army unable to help, Hunter had an impossible task. Fighting all those battles really took its toll, and throughout this book Hunter had moments of self-doubt and was physically exhausted. He felt more human and vulnerable and realised he survived on pure look. The only thing that got him through was his best friends Liandra and Abdul, still helping fight the world. But even they needed help from an unlikely source.
This trilogy got better and better with each book. Reading this story had me on the edge of me seat, as I was waiting for something to happen and was always expecting an attack. The detailed writing helped picture just how desolate Blackwater was. Some of my favourite scenes were where Hunter was walking round some of the older building like the gothic orphanage. These scenes were intensified with the creepiness of the encroaching shadows and strange flora that was attached to the buildings and the confrontation with the members of the Old Gods inner circle. The Old God’s army was pure Lovecraftian, with the constant chanting and the creatures from another dimension, making the whole mission a feel of failure. There are some shock moments that you will not see coming and I did have to stop myself gasping out loud.
The ending tied up this trilogy nicely and I know when I got to the end, that there will be no more Blackwater to read. However, having enjoyed all this author’s other work, I am looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.

By the Pricking of Her Thumb by Adam Roberts

September 23, 2018 - 10:02 pm No Comments

By the Pricking of Her Thumb by Adam Roberts
Published by Gollancz on 23rd August 2018
272 pages

Before I start the review, I have to say that I had not read the 1st in the series. What attracted me to this book was the blurb. A woman found dead with a needle in her thumb and one of the four richest people is dead, but no one knows who it is or who killed them. In steps to Alma, a PI, who has a knack for solving difficult cases.
You could tell straightaway that the two cases Alma was involved were complicated. Not knowing who to talk too and only having a small window of time to investigate meant that at times she did struggle to do any work. As sole carer for her partner Marguerite who was seriously ill made the need to solve these cases more important, as they were constantly in debt. Money played a big part in the story especially with the talk of absolute wealth, this emphasises just how serious Alma’s money problems were.
Throughout the story, there were a lot of play on words, usually down to Alma who was quick witted and the two thugs Reg and Ron Krys. They were some of my favourite characters, a dumbed down version of the Krays, who also loved their violence. They were like trained pets who did what they were told for the highest pay out. At the start Stanley was one of the most annoying characters I had read about in a while but the more I read, he grew on me. His love of Kubrick was full on and the world he created in the Shine to immortalize 2001 Space Odyssey, had me reminiscing watching this film with my dad.
As this is sci-fi there was a lot of tech, from smart clothes to personal feeds. There were times that I got myself confused but after a couple of lines I was able to see where the story was going. As the story concluded, the author tied up all the loose ends and the twist at the end was unexpected.
After reading this, I am interested in where this series started, so I am off to read book 1

Cover Reveal for The Coven Heir by Lily Luchesi

September 20, 2018 - 7:46 pm No Comments

COVER RELEASE for The Coven Heir


One year after The Company of Clan Munro was defeated, things in the UK Coven are settling down, and also beginning to be shaken up.
The Princess, Harley Sinclair, is building her potion business and planning a wedding to James Quigley, while still taking lessons from her father, the Coven King.
Her younger half-brother, Nick Smith, is moving to London with three friends … including Roger Ainsley, the son of the former leader of the Dark.
When a mysterious stranger appears back from the dead, his words of warning of another Dark Clan rising might change Nick and Harley’s lives forever.
There’s a deathwitch in the Coven, and she has her sights set on the Princess.
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Death Blooms by Yolanda Olson

September 19, 2018 - 9:35 pm No Comments

Death Blooms by Yolanda Olson
Published 20th August 2018
258 pages

Gray Talbot was an artist, using an unusual material, he had a select client. Whilst his business was doing well, his social life was non-existent. His only friend was Aiden, a feisty girl who loved to fight bare knuckle. Determined for Gray to find love, Aiden tries to play cupid by introducing him to Penn, who lived off his trust fund.
When Gray was working, the compassion and care he showed for his art work was like a parent and their children. His friendship with Aiden was strong and you realise if it was not for her his would slip into long bouts of depression. However, what was stronger was his love for Penn, the was passion and Gray took a big risk with sharing his secret with him.
What I love about this author is that she makes a story with only a few characters. This enables the reader to really get to know the characters. It is not till near the end that you know the full extinct of Gray’s work and I would love to know where the author gets her ideas from, as even with my weird mind I would never have guessed what his work entailed. As for the ending, I did not expect what was coming and whilst I was in shock, I could understand the reasons behind Gray’s decision.
This is true Yolanda, dark and gripping. A story about love in its rawest form. One of the best I have read