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Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

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The Other Girl is the new crime fiction book by Erica Spindler, the book is being realised on 22nd August 2017. Thank you to Netgalley and St Martin Press for allowing me the chance to read the book. 

The book follows Officer Miranda Rader, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks that changed to an honest and handy in a crisis. She has been called out to the scene to investigate the murder of one of the towns beloved college professors. Things take a turn for the worse for Miranda when evidence ties her to the crime, and all its all connected to what happen to Miranda 14 years ago which turned her straight. Miranda will have to search for the truth to what happened 14 years ago to find the murderer, and in doing so will find out who she can and can’t trust.

As always I enjoyed the story, we have a crime to solve with a little romance added. Its nice to have a little bit of light with the darkness of crime. I also think it gives you another side of the characters that you wouldn’t get to see if the only focus on the book was the crime.

Miranda is a really interesting, the book shows us what she was like 14 years and what she is like now. It nice to see in a book a character and the catalyst that made her change. Erica Spindler is very good at throwing you off track, you think you know who the killer and then she throws a curve ball in and it changes your mind.

Erica Spindler is an author that I would always recommend for people that like their crime fiction with a little romance. This book is a easy read,you start reading and get sucked in and before you know it the book has finished. If you like Karen Rose than I would advise trying Erica Spindler.

I give this book 4.6 out of 5

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If you would like to find out more about the Author Erica Spindler click HERE

If you would like to pre-order The Other Girl I have put some links below ⬇

Amazon UK

Book Depository

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Artemis by Andy Weir

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Artemis is the new book from Andy Weir that is due out 14th November 2017, I was lucky enough to be given the chance due to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK / Ebury Publishing to read an advanced copy.

Artemis follows Jazz Bashara who lives on the first and only city on the Moon. The place was built for rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire, which Jazz is not one of. She is one of the working class people who help keep Artemis running. Her job of a porter doesn’t pay well so she smuggles in some contraband on the side to help pay her bills.

Jazz is a small time criminal,  who is given the chance to make a lot of money to commit the perfect crime. The perfect crime isn’t easy to pull off, and she has stepped into the middle of a battle for control of Artemis, now her only chance to survive is to pull off a bigger and more complex crime than before.

The story was amazing, Artemis is a non-stop and the story went into a direction I would never of guessed. The book also parts of the story gave me the Ocean 11 feeling which I loved.

This is the first book that I have read that the description of the location where Jazz lives and it made me feel claustrophobic.  I am not normally claustrophobic in real life but I couldn’t live there.

Jazz as a character is really interesting, you immediately warm to her. Jazz is funny, smart and sarcastic, she has a mouth that will get her into trouble.  In the book focus on the current storyline but we have an email conversation between Jazz and a friend back on earth called Kelvin where we find out more about Jazz past and how she ends up in this situation.

This book is a must read for the year.

I give this book 5 out of 5

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If you would like more information about the author Andy Weir click HERE 

If you would like to pre-order Artemis I have put some link below ⬇

Amazon UK

Book Depository

Waterstones

Kobo 

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Souldrifter (Dreamwielder Chronicles #2) by Garrett Calcaterra

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Souldrifter is book 2 in Garrett Calcaterra Dreamwielders series.

This book takes place 1 years after Dreamwielder, after dismantling the Guderian empire Makarria is the Queen and is trying to bring peace and order to the five kingdoms. The Old World Republic have decided to offer help to Queen Makarria but this help has strings attached.  If Makarria takes up the offer she would just be a puppet for the Old World Republic and if she doesn’t take the offer than their will be war. While Makarria is having to deal with the Old World, she finds a spy in her court that is out to cause trouble for Makarria and Prince Caile. Makarria is finds herself unable to trust the people around her, she been betrayed and lost. Her only hope is to trust herself and her Dreamwielder power and rebuild the world around her.

I really enjoyed the character of Makarria in this book, you can tell that she has grown as a character, she is a Queen at the age of 14 years old. She seems much more mature and confidence in her abilities, you forget her young age.

I enjoyed Dreamwielder but I enjoyed Souldrifter more, I had a better understanding of the world and the character so for me their was more at stake. Garrett Calcaterra has created a really interesting world with a new take on magically abilities. I hope this isn’t the end in the series as I would like to see what happens with Makarria and Caile.

Thank you to the author Garrett Calcaterra for send me a copy of this book.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

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If you would like to know more about the author Garrett Calcaterra click HERE

If you would like to purchase a copy of Souldrifters I puts some links below ⬇

Amazon UK

Book depository

Thanks you for reading.

Gem x

 

 

 

The Waking Land by Callie Bates

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I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of The Waking Land by Cassie Bates in my May Illumicrate.

The book follows Lady Elanna Valtai she has been held hostage by the King because her father tried to start a rebellion to place someone else on the Throne. Elanna has spent 14 years in his court treated like another daughter, but the King suddenly dies and Elanna is frames for his murder. Elanna has to run for her life and the only place that is safe for her is her homeland to her parent that’s she has seen in years. When she get home she finds that her father has started the rebellion again and he wants Elanna to be the face of it. Elanna has to decided which side or the war she will be one the land that she born on or the land she was brought up on. While she having  to come to terms with her what her life becomes, she is also coming to terms with who she truly is  and the power she has been trying to hide since she was a child.

Elanna is a really interesting character and relatable as she struggled to find the out the truth out what she has been told her whole life. She has spent most of her life believing the words of the King to find out that everything that he has said and done wasn’t done with the utmost truth. I find her struggle felt real, as anyone knows what it feels like to be stuck between a rock and a hard place.

The book and its world gripped me from the beginning to the end. The magic connection with the land was an interesting take on earth magic, and its was nice not knowing what could be truest done with it till nearer the end. The book also has a little romance which is alway nice to see especially in the middle of war, it’s the little bit of light in the dark journey that Elanna has to take.

I am glad that the author finished the book in a way that it end this part of the story, but left knowing that there is more to come.

Callie Bates is an author now on my watch for list.

I give this book 4.4

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If you would like to find out more about the author Callie Bates click HERE.

If you would like to sign up for a Illumicrate subscription box click HERE.

The book is out and if you would like to purchase a copy I’ve put some links below ⬇️

Amazon UK

Book depository

Kobo

Waterstones

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Roar (Stormhearts #1) by Cora Carmack

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Roar is the first book in the Stormheart series by Cora Carmack, this is the book I got in my June FairyLoot box. When I read the description of the book I was exited to read it, it was a book right up my reading alley.

The book follows Aurora ‘Rora’ Pavan the sole heir to the Pavan Throne. Her family has ruled due to their power of repelling the magically storms, the only problem is that Aurora has no magic. If the Kingdom found out the Pavan would lose their throne, to stop this happening Aurora mother and the Queen has arranged a married to another royal family with the aim of her husband dealing with the storms keeping Aurora lack of magic a secret. Everything changed when Aurora find a group of storm hunter that were born without but now have magic, something that Aurora has been told is impossible. Aurora does not want to marry a prince she does not trust, so she decided that if she can steal magic she won’t need to marry the prince. Which would she can save her own Kingdom and stop having to carry so many secrets.

Aurora is a really interesting character she is smart and brave, she has many different sides to her. Aurora is split in two the person she is and the person she wants to be, by hiding her secrets of her lack of magic she is shy and lack certain people skills. The person that she wants to be is strong and adventurous both sides of her are stubborn. As the book progresses you get to see the different side of Aurora battle out to find how who she is without the pressures of being queen.

I loved the bickering between Aurora and Lockes there both like storm both trying to win when really they would be perfect together.

This book is a really good read, I liked the take on magic storms and stormheart as its own form of magic compared to element magic. If people like the Truthwitch story by Susan Dennard then the book is a must.

I give this book

4.6 out of 5

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If you would like to find out more about the author Cora Carmack click HERE

If you would like to sign up for a FairyLoot box where I got this book from click HERE

If you want to purchase this book I have put some links below ⬇️

Amazon UK

Book depository

Kobo

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer #8) by Karen Chance

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Ride the Storm is the eighth book in the Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance.

As this is book 8 I will do a quick recap about the series so it makes a little more sense.

The Cassandra Palmer world exists with vampires, fey, ghosts, witches and gods. Cassandra herself is a seer, she spent her children in a the home of a Tony a vampire who acted like a 1920’s gangster. Cassandra escaped from Tony and is in hiding, as the supernatural community would all love to have their personal seer. Life becomes more complicated for Cassandra when she becomes the worlds chief seer, not everyone is happy that the power and others are trying to use her. She also has to stop the Gods coming back as they will want to destroy the world, all while learning about her powers, dealing with politics of the supernatural world and trying to get herself killed.

This series happens of a couple of months, there is only days between this book and book 7 Reap the Wind. In this book Cassie has to stop Aries coming back, as one of the trainee seer is jumping through time trying to find a powerful object to break the wall between their world and Aries world. While trying to stop the end of the world she is trying to save the soul of John Pritkin who has been cursed and his soul is being erased from time. Although it never just that simple for Cassie and their is several things she has to do before jumping back in time, as well as dealing with the people who don’t want her messing up the timeline.

One of the reason I like this series is how the author has mixed different mythology and weaving them into the story. she has Greek mythology in with the Gods, Cassie main Vampire Mireca is brother the Vlad the first Vampire. In this book we get to see King Arthur and Camelot, with a very different fey spin to it.

I really like Cassie as a character she very realistic in her reactions to the crazy things in her life. She has experience masking her thought to the outside world most of the time, but her inner monologue tells us she not as calm and collected as she wants to be. It also nice to see the hero of the story struggle with want she has to deal with and just want people to ok with that. This quote is one of my favourite from the book for that very reason.

“That’s another thing the movies get wrong. Why is the hero always so damn manly? Why is it not okay to scream a little when it feels like you just shattered a kneecap? Why are you supposed to suck it up and soldier on, without even a curse or two? Is that reasonable?”

This book is filled with none stop action and drama, the book is fast paced there is always going on. In this book we get more information about so everything that has been going on previous book start to make more sense.

I was reading this book on my tablet and keep pressing the screen hoping for more pages when the book ended, It really did leave me wanting more.

I give this book 4.7 out of 5

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If you would like more information about the author Karen Chance click HERE.

This book comes out 1st August 2017, below are some links if you would like to pre-order the book.

Amazon UK

Book depository

Kobo

The first book in the series is called Touch the Dark and you can purchase a copy at the below retailers.

Amazon UK

Book depository

Kobo

Thank you to Netgalley and Berkeley Publishing Group for allow me a copy of the book to review.

Thanks for reading as always

Gem x

Darien (Empire of Salt #1) by C.F Iggulden

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Darien is the first book in a new fantasy series called the Empire of Salt.

Darien is a city that has one throne and twelve ‘royal’ families, this families are the You people who keep control of the armies, magic, money and peace. Peace as at risk but these families do not know it. The story follows 6 people stories, Elias a hunter focus to kill with Vic Deeds there to make sure he does, Tellius an old swordsman in hiding from his homeland who finds a boy Arthur who does not speak. Daw Threefold a gambler and ‘adventurer’ who take Nancy on adventure that awaken a talent that might be the downfall of them all.

It took me a little bit to get into the story as you are introduced to a new world and several character. I think it was me trying to figure out people connections and how all these stories would come together than enjoying the flow of the story.

When all the characters are in Darien is when I was really gripped with the story, the action is all happening in Darien but we get to see it from the prospective of these six characters. You finally get to see who everyone is connected and the impact these people will have on the history of Darien. 

I didn’t really connected to any of the characters, as the book is split between so many. I hope that in the next book I can learn more about them.

The book ending was well written and made me want to read the next book.

I give this book

3.5 out of 5

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C.F Iggulden is the pen name of Conn Iggulden if you would like to find more about the Author click HERE

The book comes out 13th July and below are some link if you would like to purchase the book.

Amazon UK

Waterstone

Kobo

Book Depository

Thanks for reading

Gem x