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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Curious Minds (Knight & Moon Mystery #1) By Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

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Curious Minds is the first book in a new series that follows eccentric billionaire Emerson Knight and Harvard graduate Riley Moon.

Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard and started her dream job working at Blane-Grunwald bank, her dream job doesn’t seem so dreamy when she is assigned to babysit the handsome eccentric billionaire Emerson Knight. Knight want to see his Gold that he has inherited, but the head of the Blane-Grunwald is being weird about him seeing it, and with a 2 missing members of the bank Emerson starts investigating. Now Emerson and Riley are on a life and death race though Washington D.C, New York and Vegas. Emerson and Riley must uncover a sinister plot that could cause the destruction of the American currency.

This is a light heart fast paced crime fiction, with the entertainment coming from the character of Emerson, Riley and Emerson Aunt Myra. The banter between Emerson and Riley makes me laugh, and Aunt Myra kept on surprising me, she is someone who you shouldn’t under-estimate her.

Some might not like the fact that exotic animal live at Emerson Home, but I enjoyed the random animals kept popping into the story.

Some of the situation can seem far-fetched but the story is an entertaining read. This book may not be for everyone but for me it was the perfect book to read after some heavy reading.

The second book in the series Dangerous Minds is already out and on my to read list.

Thank you Headline and Bookbridgr for giving me the chance to read this book for a fair and honest review.

I give this book 3.9 out of 5

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If you would like to find out more about Janet Evanovich click HERE, to find out more about Phoef Sutton click HERE.

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (A Rise of the Empress Novel #1) by Julie C.Dao

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns was the book I received in my October FairyLoots Villainous box.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is the retelling of the East Asian fantasy The Evil Queen,. Xifeng is a beautiful eighteen year old peasant girl who a been told her whole life, by her Evil Witch aunt Guma that she is destined to be the empresses. Xifeng is despite to leave her forgotten village in the middle of know where for the chance to full fill her destiny. To full fill her destiny Xifeng will have to make sacrifice along the way. Now Xifeng will have to decide if she is willing to sacrifice the love of the only boy to every love her. To embrace the darkness in her for more power, and what is she willing to do to gain more power to help her get to the throne.

I was drawn to Xifeng for different reason than normal, normally I would become emotional attached to the main character and I didn’t with Xifeng. Although I was intrigued with her as a character and her drive to become the Empress. I think the author did a great job of creating a complex character that balances between the light and the dark.

The story is intertwined with drama, romance, good, evil and danger. A story of the secret power of woman and want they will do to get and keep it. I great pick for a villainous box

This book is great for fans of Heartless, Maleficent and Flame in the Mist etc.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

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If you would like to know more about the author Julie C. Dao click HERE

Thanks for reading

Gem x

The Hanged Man (The Bone Field #2) by Simon Kernick

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The Hanged Man is the second book in Simon Kernick The Bone Field series, although this book is part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone book.

The book main protagonist of the book is DI Ray Mason, after being suspended he is now working with National Crime Agency on the Bone Field case with Dan Wells, Ray know the who is involved in the killing but he has no evidence to provide it. The people that he is after are very rich and powerful, they have being killing for years without being caught. Ray is ready to risks everything to hunt and stop these killers. Ray’s break in the case come when a lead brings him to the killers Lawyer, but the lawyer is on the run. Ray and the police need to find him before his employer find and terminate him permanently.

I found Ray Mason a really interesting character, he is not a police officer that play well with the rule. He is a character that simulated polarizing opinions, I love his dedication to his job and solving the case, but I do not agree with the manner in which he does it. The book leaves on a cliff hanger regarding Ray fate, I hope another book will come out as I NEED to find out what happens next.

The story was gripping and a heart pounding thriller, A book that I never knew what was going to happen next, with character that gave a deverse look at the impact of crime on there lives.

I am surprised I have never picked up a Simon Kernick book before, but I am looking forward to reading more of his books. If you like a darker cop in your crime fiction read than I would give this book a read.

I give this book 4.8 out of 5.

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Thank you Netgallery and Random House for an copy of this book to read and review.

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Otherworld (Otherworld #1) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

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Otherworld was another book that I was lucky to get my hands on at YALC, the premise of the book grabbed my attention straight away.

Otherworld is more than a game its the next step in reality, This is what the Company says on it new game, a virtual world where anything is possible and all your dreams will come true. James thought it would be like another other game, turns outs that real life is more deadly than any game can be. What length will James go to find out the truth and save his friends.

This book was lot more than I was expecting, the book is full of drama and intrigue wrapped in a technological which is truly addictive. I really enjoyed James as a character, his unique in appearance as well as his outlook on situation. One of my favourite moments is the way in which James deal with some female bullies at school. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I read it in one sitting, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

I was really interesting in the aspect of the book, in which people can do what ever they wish in Otherworld, and most of the people choices seemed to be one of the seven deadly sins.

Anyone that like book that mixing gaming, fantasy and mystery will enjoy this book.

I give this book 4.8 out of 5

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Thanks for reading,

Gem x

A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke

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A Shiver of Snow and Sky was on my watch list, and I was really happy to see it in my October Book Box Club box.

A Shiver of Snow and Sky follows Osa a seventeen that lives on the island of Skane. Just as Osa was born the sky turned red, and a plague was unleashed on the island causing the death of hundreds of people even Osa mother. Seventeen years later and the sky is turning red again, Osa want to know why this is happening and how can save her village, to find this out Osa must journey to the top of the mountain to seek counsel from the goddess. The journey will test Osa like nothing has ever before.

This book for me is more about the journey than the final destination (although the ending is great). The book splits it Osa journey to the moutain and and Ivan Journey with warning and prepearing the other Villiages for what it to come. I like reading the different stories as it give you a better idea of the situation, but also a better idea of each character as you get to see them though each other eyes.

I have never read a book where quickly hated a set of character as much as I hated Osa father and sister, that when I was reading the book I became so angry. Which is fun trying to explain to your family that your not angry at them but at fictional characters. I think the way in which Ivan stick up for Osa made him warm to him more as a character, he was the good part in Osa hard life.

This book invited you into a beautiful but harsh world of Skane, and draws you into the world of Stars and the Goddess. This book is a great winter read, when we are all wrapped up nice and warm we can go and have an adventure in the snow.

I give this book 3.9 out of 5

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If you would like to know about the author Lisa Lueddecke click HERE

Thanks for reading

Gem x

 

 

This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada is the 100th book I have read this year and it was a great book to choice for book 100.

This Mortal Coil introduces us into world where DNA can now be controlled by technology. In a world with so much technology, the only thing that technology can’t fix is a virus called Hydra. This is a virus that destroys human body which ends up blowing the body up and spreading the virus even more. Cat is a gene hacker father is a genius in DNA coding, he was taken by force by Cartaxus to create a DNA code to cure the Hyrda virus. He made Cat promise to stay away from Cartaxus, he doesn’t trust them after the took control of the world from the Governments after the Virus spread. Two years after the outbreak Cat has done what she must to survive, but when a Cartaxus Solider comes and find Cat her world is turned upside down.  Cole the Cartaxus solider has come to tell Cat that her father has died just after creating a cure for the Hyrda vaccine, and she is the only person that can break the code. Now Cat has to decide who she can and can not trust in hopes of saving the world. 

I was captivated by the story, and the world that has created by Emily. The world that Emily has created is such an interesting one, the level of technology is amazing and not going to lie I would love to have those tech abilities.  Although it is scary on how people become to rely on it so quickly and lose the old ways of doing things (Which is true even in are world). As in this book people are healed by tech and not by doctors knowing medicine. 

I loved Cat as a character and found her incredible interesting, in the way that her mind works and her ability to stay alive in incredible difficult situation. I also found her and Cole’s ‘relationship’ very fun it was my favourite paring in the book. 

This book also raised the question what would you do to survive? Would you kill? Would you team up with an enemy? Would you give up your freedom? 

This book is a brilliant dystopian thriller for anyone that is a fan of books and show like The Walking Dead, Flashfall, Hunger Games just to name a few. I always think a good sign of a book for me if it plays like a movie in my head as I read it, and this book was my own mental movie.

This is one of my favourite books of the year and my favourite ARC book that I received at YALC. I can not wait to read the next book. 

5 out of 5

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If you would like to find out more about the Author Emily Suvada click HERE

Thanks for Reading

Gem x

Nomad ( Rubicon # 1) By James Swallows

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I have Nomad in my TBR pile and after binge watching Strike Back ,this seem the prefect time to read it.

This book follows Marc Dane a MI6 officer, who is the man behind the computer for his team. Everything changes when Marc and his team mission ends tragically, and he is the only survivor, when Marc get back to MI6 headquarters he is treated as a suspect and a traitor to the crown. Marc is on the run and been disavowed, he has know one that he can turn too to clear his name. Until the Rubicon group steps in with the help of Lucy Keyes Ex US Army solider, she has the skills that Marc doesnt. Between the two of them they have to stop a terror attack of epic size. 

I was total gripped in this book, that I also downloaded it on audible so I could listen to while I worked. The book splits perspective allowing a clearer picture of what is happening, but also what is really at stake.  It also made me become more emotional invested in the characters, especially the younger one.

This books pulled me in as due to the current war on terror, it made the story feel more real. Especially with the protagonist Mac Dane, as he is more brains of an operation, he’s not the Jason Bourne or Jame Bond type making it more realistic.

This book is a must read for anyone that enjoys spy thrillers.

I give this book 4.7 out of 5.

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The second book in the series called Exile and is already out,the third book in the series is out 31 May 2018 and it called Ghost.

Thanks for reading

Gem x