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Monthly Archives: August 2017

I know a Secret (Rizzoli & Isles #12) by Tess Gerritsen

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I know a Secret by Tess Gerristern is her 12 book the Rizzoli and isles series. When I started reading the book it was like meeting up with old friends as the last book Die again was published in 2014, but like all good old friends it feels like no time has passed. The series started in back in 2005 ( I can’t believe it been 12 years 😲) with The Surgeon and it has not looked back.

This book follows a girl call Holly, people that she use to know as a child are dying. It’s all connected to a an event from her childhood and a secret she has been keeping.

Rizzoli & Isles catch the case when a girl is found with no apparent cause of death but her eyes have been removed. When another body is found it becomes apparent that there is a connection to religious martyr and a 20-year-old case.

 This book is a fantastic addition to Tess Gerritsen thrilling series, I love the balance that Tess Gerritsen gives in her stories. She mangers to give us a surprising crime thriller, with story of love with Maura and family with Jane.

This story was captivating, as you try to figure out who is committing the current murders. You are pulled into the past where you questioning where the correct people convicted and how is one of them connected to Maura biological mother.

I found the religious elements in the book fascinating, I ended up searching to see which martyr is celebrated on my birthday and it is Basil of Ancyra.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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If you would like to find out more about Tess Gerritsen click HERE

If you want you to buy your own copy below are some links ⬇

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Thanks for reading

Gem x

The Doll House By Phoebe Morgan

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The Doll House is the debut novel by Phoebe Morgan, this book is mystery crime thriller.

The book follows Corinne, her boyfriend Dominic and Corinne sister Ashley. Corinne is struggling her latest attempt of IVF has failed, and now she is on the last attempt. When she starts to find piece of her old Doll’s house in her flat, taken this a sign from her deceased father that everything will be ok.  This signs start to take a sinister turn, is someone watching her and getting into her flat? She tries to tell her boyfriend Dominic but he thinks it just stress of trying for a baby. She tells her sister Ashley but Ashley brushes it off as she has her own problems, her husband is working all hours, her oldest daughter is keeping secrets and her youngest daughter wont sleep through the night.

The book is a slow build but that builds to the suspense of the book and helps its creepy undertone. The book is told in 4 perspective, with one of the perspective as an unknown character. Having the unknown character story builds up the suspense as you start to realise how their story connects to Corinne family, and a deadly secret that neither Corinne and Ashley knew about until it was too late.

I felt sorry for Corinne in the story as she wasn’t really listened too, her family explained her behaviour on her anxiety and stress of trying for a baby.

The way the book ended I am left wondering if we could be seeing Corinne in another book.

If you want to read about that make you wonder if your been watched then give this book a read.

Thank you NetGalley and HQ digital for a copy of this book to review.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

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To find out more about Phoebe Morgan you can click HERE

The Doll House is published on the 14th Septemeber 2017, to order a copy you can click on a link below. ⬇

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Thanks for reading

Gem x

And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White

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I have previously read Kiersten White Paranormalcy series and enjoyed her writing style, so I thought I would start reading her The Conqueror’s Saga. The first book in the series is And I Darken. 

And I Darken is set a real period of time in around the 1430 in Wallachia, (now part of Romania) Lada and Radu are the son and daughter of Vlad 2nd, to keep his throne Vlad has sent his son and daughter to be held hostage by the Ottomen empire.  Lada is not beautiful but she is strong and fierce everything women at this time shouldn’t be. Radu is beautiful, emotional and caring, everything a man should not be. Their life has not been easy and becomes more difficult when they are sent away. They only start to feel like they fit in when they make friends with Mehmed,Mehmed is the third and least favourite of the Ottomen Sultan son. The story follows these three as they grow up and have to come to terms with, love, responsiblity, betrayal, and being true to ones self. 

 The story was interesting I never know what to expect from one chapter to another, I enjoyed the fact that we got to see the story from both Lada and Radu perspective as they have different outlook on their situation. 

I had recently watched a documentary about Vlad the Impaler and found it interesting as I read the book seeing how the author Kiersten White had marriage fact and fiction seamlessly. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes stories that mix fact and fiction together. 

I can’t wait to see what Kiersten White has in store next for Lada, Radu and Mehmed and what facts she will work into her fiction. 

I give this book 4.5 out of 5.

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If you would like to find out about Kiersten White click HERE

To buy a copy below are some links

Amazon UK

Waterstones

Book Depository 

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Thanks for reading

Gem x

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller is a swashbuckling epic story.

The book follows Princess Alosa (love the name) as she engineers her kidnapping onto another pirate ship, she is doing this to rob part of a map that her father the Pirate King needs. Alosa has to play her part of unwilling captive when she is surrounded by male pirate that she knows she can best in a battle of brains and strength. Alosa thought that this mission would be simple but it end up being anything but.

I love, love, loved the banter between Alosa and Riden. I was listening to the book with a massive smirk on my face trying to stop myself from laughing. The sarcastic comments and one up man ship. I hope in the next book that Alosa and Riden get a chance to having a shooting competition to find out who truly is the best.

The story kept me interesting wondering what Alosa has up at her very stylish sleeve.

I would love to read the story from Riden side, as I think his internal monologue regarding Alosa will be nearly as entertaining, as Alosa internal monologue about him.

The 2nd book Daughter of the Siren Queen comes out February 2018 and I can’t wait to see what happens next for Alosa. Her mission has changed her as a person, and I wondering if the world can handle the new Alosa especially her father.

I give this book

5 out of 5

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If you would like to find out more about Tricia Levenseller click HERE

If you would like to buy a copy of the book below are some links;

Amazon UK

Kobo

Book Depository 

Waterstones

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston caught my eye when I was a YALC, it was the perfect book to pick up while at a Convention. 

Geekerella follows Elle as she tries to get money and a costume together to enter the Starfield Cosplay competition at ExcelsiCon. But this isn’t as easy as it seems when Elle has to deal with a wicked stepmother how is all about appearances, and two stepsister that take pleasure in making Elle life hell. To top it off they are making her favorite TV show Starfield into a film with an actor that Ella doesn’t think is fit to play Federation Prince Carmindor.

The other person Geekerella follows is Darien Freeman, the actor that is playing Federation Prince Carmindor. Darien is a closet Geek who loves the show Starfield, but his manager doesn’t want people knowing that side of him. He is having to deal with the pressure of playing his favorite character, and the backlash of him playing Carmindor.

One wrong number Darien and Elle find that they are not so alone in the universe. 

I like the fact that each chapter swapped from Elle and Darien, its nice to see their reaction to each other messages. 

This book is a love letter to the world of fandom, I couldn’t help but smile to myself when the fandoms I loved were mentioned. There is a couple of section in the book which show the amazing camaraderie between ‘Geeks’, and how they stick up for one of their own, it doesn’t even have to be the same Fandom. 

Ashley Poston has created some amazing characters, that you love and hate for example;

Elle best friend Sage is funny, loyal, sarcastic and talented who is comfortable in how she is. She is a friend everyone should have

Chloe one of Elle stepsister I spent a lot of the book wanting to punch her in the face. 

I part listen to this book and part read it, piece of advice there were parts that made me want to cry. Which while listening to the book when walking home from work is not the best timing. 

This book is full of romance, laughs, heart-break and fun a true emotional rollercoaster. I just now need to find my geeky prince.

I think this type of book is great for someone who has difficulty with reading as the text messages helps break up the text. Some of the first book I started reading had lots of text and email messages in them and it help build up my confidence to try other books. 

I give this book 4.7 out of 5. 

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If you would like to find out more about the Author Ashley Poston click HERE

If you would like to join the Stargunners below are link to purchase the book.

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Book Depository

Thanks for reading

Gem x 

Tower of Dawn Giveaway

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas is coming out on the 5th September as I love the series, and book blogger and instagram got me into this series I thought I would share the love.

I am giving away one paperback copy of the book.

I will be sending the copy via Book Depository click here for the link for countries they deliver too.

The giveaway is open from 22nd August to 1st September. I will be announcing the winner on the 2nd September.

This Giveaway is now closed. Keep an eye out for my Blog as I will be hosting a Giveaway in October to celebrate my Blogs 1 year Anniversary. 

The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon

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The Song Rising is the third book in the Bone Season series, the last we saw Paige Mahoney she had just became The Underqueen of the Mime order. In becoming the underqueen she had to betray her mentor Jaxson, but Jaxon Hall betrayal is even bigger when he joins Nashira side and tell her all of Paige secrets.

Paige is on the hunt to find the source of the power for Senshield as if she can disabled Senshield then her and her people don’t have to hide. To find out the core of Senshield Paige ends up journeying from London to Manchester and Edinburgh.

The first half of the book focus on the newly created Mime Order, and how Paige has changed the running of it and the toll it has taken on Paige. The second half of the book is filled with more action as Paige is having to find the core while also dealing with being hunted by Hildred Vance the Scion army leader, where Vance will use mental and physical warfare. I prefering the second hard as it has more action for me that kept me gripped.

One of my favourite parts is the relationship between Paige and Areturus. Paige is struggling as her heart and mind are battling between trusting Areturus or listening to Jaxson telling her that Areturus is pretending to like her to keep her on their side.  The moments between Paige and Areturus are my favourite, even though I spend most of the time screaming kiss him in my head when their together.

At the end of the book you realise that there is more going on than what happen in Scion London. The world is becoming bigger for Paige and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

You know when I book series is good when you finish the book, and start looking for when the next one is coming out. I haven’t found out but I have signed up to Samantha Shannon blog so hopefully I find out soon

I give this book 5 out of 5

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If you would like to find out more about Samantha Shannon click HERE.

To buy a copy of The Song Rising  in Hardback or digital click on a link below. The paperback of The Song Rising is out 8th March 2018.

Amazon UK

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Book depository 

Kobo 

As always thanks for reading.

Gem x