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Shadow Man by Alan Drew

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I was interested in Shadow Man because I read a lot of crime fiction and like that this book was based in the 80’s, in a small California town.

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Detective Ben Wade has moved back to his home town of Rancho Santa Elena, for a quieter life with his daughter and now ex-wife. The perfect town, with it perfect streets and excellent school, but the town perfect exterior starts to fade when a serial killer starts murdering women in their own homes. Ben and forensic specialist Natasha Betencourt must stop the murder before he kills again and make the town feel safe again. Ben world is rocked when a teenager commits suicide, and he comes to realise that some secrets are not best left in the past, especially when they affect the future. Ben must decide what he is willing to do to keep his town safe.

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This book was a slow burner for me, and it took me till about 40% of the book before I was really gripped. I was fascinated with part of the story about people secrets, and people looking the other way to them, as they are the ‘norm’ and people do not like to question that.  I wouldn’t class this books as a thriller but more of a mystery that surrounds Ben Wade, with the subplot being the serial killer case.  I also enjoyed that the cases were solved by old fashioned detective work, and knowledge of the area than with fancy technology.

In Conclusion.

I would give this book a read if you like ;

  • A book that is more about the detective solving the crime than the crime itself
  • books about the impact of looking the other way
  • Good fashioned detective work
  • a beautifully written book.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5

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Thank you Corvus for the copy of this book to read for a fair and honest review.

Thanks for reading

Gem x

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

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I received an advanced reader coy of The City of Brass, in my  November Illumicrate box.  TBH I had not heard about the book before, but once I had read the synopsis I was very intrigued.

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Nahri has grown up on the streets of 18th Century Cario only believing in herself a not magic. She is a con woman with unbelievable skills, which allow her to con money out of Ottoman nobles.  When in the middle of one of her Cons Nahri accidentally summons a Dijnn warrior Dara, who informs her that she has Dijnn blood and need to go Daevabad her ancestral home. Nahri has to come to terms that the magical stories she heard as a child are true. As they cross the desert Dara tells more tells as they try to get to Daevabad before they are caught by the ifrit.

Once they reach Daevabad behind the Brass gates is welcoming in the world of the Dijnn and its six tribes. Nahri dreams have all come true, but as the saying goes be careful what you wish for. As Nahri learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That it doesn’t matter how clever a con is they are deadly consequences.

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I have a passion for books that show us different religion and cultures, I was fascinated with the mythology of the Djinn and how it worked with the muslin religion. I would look for more books now with Djinns in. Another part of the story that really affected me, is the class system that they have in Daveabad.

I really enjoyed that this story that had a strong female muslin character in Nahri. Nahri is cleaver, tough and very resourceful. Some people may not like her as a character she is very headstrong, but that is one of my favourite things about her.

The book splits itself between Nahri and Ali the second prince of Daevabad. Ali was a character that my opinion change frequently when I was reading the book. I am glad that author has created a character that was not so clear-cut if going to be a good or bad guy.  I think this quote from Dava to Ali sums up Ali very we

“I was also once a young warrior from the ruling tribe. It’s a privileged position. Such utter confidence in the rightness of your people, such unwavering belief in your faith.”

I enjoyed the book as a whole, but I did prefer the first half of the story before Dava and Nahri reached Daevabad. I love the tales and the romantic tension between Dava and Nahir.

In conclusion 

This book is prefect for fans of fantasy, head strong woman with some romance mixed in. The book ended with a great twist and I am excited to read what happens next in The Kingdom of Copper which is due out later this year.

I give this book 4.8 out of 5

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If you would like to find out more about the author S. A. Chakraborty click HERE.

Thanks for reading.

Gem x

Everless By Sara Holland

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Here is My Review of Everless  the Young Adult Fantasy fiction by Sara Holland, and I was lucky enough to get this book in my December Fairyloot box.

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Welcome to Sempera a land where Time is in your blood, and is also your currency. The poor die and the rich will live forever. Jules lives with her father in a small town called Crofton, they are behind in their rent and Jules father doesn’t have much more time to give, and he doesn’t want her to up her time. To earn time to pay for their rent, Jules goes to Everless the home of the rich the Gerling to work as a servant for the up coming wedding. Everless use to be Jules home before she and her father had to run, going back to Everless Jules will remember things that she has long forgotten and this things will put her in danger.

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The world of Everless is one of the most interesting worlds in the Young Adult universe. The concept of the time being locked in are blood, and can be bartered with it a little scary, I don’t think I would want to know how much time I had left.

I liked Jude as a character, she is tough and smart and isn’t willing to give up.  After everything she has gone through growing up, as well with her father she is still willing to place herself in danger to find out the truth and protect the people she cares for. I also like the fact the her first reaction is to fight.

‘Reflex take over, and I see everything happening slowly, as if we’re suspended in honey. It’s happening again – time pausing, even the air unmoving, though no one seems to know it. The man’s grin fixed on his face. Amma’s horrified expression, a gasp caught halfway from her throat. I reach for my knife in my belt and bring it in front of me, meaning only to stop him.’

One thing that did surprise was that even though Jude doesn’t like him and try to stay away from Liam, they is something about his character that makes me think he isn’t all bad. He is one of the characters that I hope we get to see more of in the next book.

Conclusion

This book is a captivating YA fantasy, the book has the perfect amount of action, romance, drama, fantasy with some great twists added to the mix.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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If you would like to find out more about the author Sara Holland click HERE.

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Fairyloot December 2017 Oh So Regal Unboxing

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It that time of the month where I share my Unboxing of my December Oh So Regal Fairyloot box.

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In every box there was a full size Funko Pop, Their were six Disney Royals, Simba, Rapunzel, Pocahontas, Ariel, Jasmin or Tiana. In my box I got the Little Mermaid Ariel. Ariel is a great addition to my Pop figure collection.

 

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This month we have an exclusive candle made by A Court of Candles. The candles are all based on either Prince Eric from The little Mermaid, Prince Adam from Beauty and the Beast, Prince Aladdin from Aladdin and finally Prince Charming from Cinderella. I received the Prince Charming candle, the scent is Lemon Verbena and Patchouli. It smells amazing

 

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Miss Phi has designed a beautiful pouch which features No Fear Quote by William Shakespeare. I have yet to decided what I am going to use mine for, pens, pencils or make up.

 

 

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Fiction Tea Designs have designed a beautiful Books Rule keying. This keying is perfect and a must have for all book nerds.

 

 

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I love Notebooks and Stella’s Bookish Art has designed a beautiful Powerful Notebook inspired by The Red Queen by Victoria Averyard. The Notebook is the perfect size for any bag.

 

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This months book is the highly anticipated Everless by Sara Holland.  Everless was published 2nd January 2018.

The book synopsis: In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

Thanks for reading

Gem x

 

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of Air #1) by Holly Black

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The Cruel Prince is the highly anticipated Young Adult Fantasy, I had read the synopsis of the book and was honestly looking forward to reading this book. When you are looking forward to reading a book there is always that slight worry that it won’t live up to expectations, but this book lived up to and smashed by expectations. When I was reading this book I stop myself saying out loud ‘Amaze Balls’. It’s not the most elegant way to sum up my feeling with the book but I think it hits the mark.

The Cruel Prince follows Jade who at the age of seven watched her parents murdered, and with her two sister stolen away to live in The High Court of faerie by the General of the High King of Faeire army. Jade has been brought up and schooled with the gentry, but  some of the High Faeire do not like the fact a mortal is treated like the equal. One group in particular led by the beautiful and cruel Prince Cadran the youngest of the High Kings children. Jade is willing to do anything to prove herself and earn he place at the Court. Jade will have to lie, cheat, draw blood and in the end risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sister and stop Faeire Civil war before it starts.

As a twin I always find it interesting reading twin characters in book, I like the fact that both Taryn and Jade are different. That they are not carbon copies of each other, their priorities are very different, Jade wants to earn her place in court with her abilities, where Taryn wishes to marry into a position. Taryn will do what every she must to fit in, where Jade realises as a Mortal that she wont fits in and stops trying to.

I appreciate that Holly has taken a different approach to the look of faerie, they have the classic pointed ears, but they have other elements that mark them as Fae like having a body part that is more animal than human.

The story was captivating, fast paced with great drama and political intrigue. I was surprised by the ending of the book and desperately need the next book (I google and the next book is called The Wicked King and planed for 2019)

If you are a fan of books with Faeries and kick ass woman like Throne of Glass, A Court of Rose and Thorns, The Alex Craft Books, Paranormalcy. Than I would give this book a read.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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I do have a fondness for books with Faeries in, so I am surprised that I have not previously read any of Holly Black book, but I can see that changing in the future.

If you would like to find out more about Holly Black you can click HERE. Thank you to NetGalley and ReviewsFirst for sending me a copy of this book for honest and fair review.

As always thank you for reading.

Gemx

Mr Dickens and His Carol By Samantha Silva

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One of my favourite Christmas films is A Muppets Christmas Carol, so when I came across Mr Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva, I knew what my Christmas read was going to be.

Mr Dickens and His Carol, as the name may have given away is a fictional account of how Charles Dickens came to write the famous A Christmas Carol.

Christmas is coming closer to the Dickens house hold, but Charles is not truly in the Christmas mood. He last book is not selling as well as his previous books, and his publisher has threaten to take future earning off Charles to pay for his advance if he does not write a Christmas book. Charles does not want to write the book, but if he doesn’t it could cause his family to go to the poor house. Follow Charles as he begrudgingly writes a Christmas book, and finds his Christmas spirit.

This book is beautiful, heart warming Christmas read. I was surprised some of my emotion response to the book. Charles Dickens is an interesting and complex character, in parts of the story his is one of the most interesting character and other I parts I am not fan of his personality.

I do not read may books that have a real character in a fictional book, half way into the book I ended up felt compelled to search Charles Dickens, as I realised I knew very little about him.

This book is great read for around the Christmas time, a must read really. Especially in this day and age its a great reminder of the what is important at Christmas

It took me a little bit to get into the writing style of the book, the book is written in a way that matches the time the book is based in. The style helped transport me to the time and place, it just took me a little longer to get into the rhythm of the story.

Thanks you to Alisa at Allison and Busby for a copy of this book, in exchange 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 the author Samantha Silva click HERE.

Thanks for Reading

Gem x

Book Box Club December Winter FairyTales Unboxing

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Its time for my December unboxing of Book Box Club December Winter FairyTales.

This book was the perfect gift to myself that arrived just before Christmas.

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TJ Lubrano again has designed a beautiful notebook, the notebook is based on Cinderella Fairy Godmother. This notebook is great for place to write all are wishes for 2018.

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I love scarves, so I was so exited when a pulled the festive forest Scarf by Hazel & Pip. It beautiful and soft, perfect really for all year round.

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Is a beautiful Baba Yaga’s wishing bracelet by Charmed Delight Co. The bracelet has a Matryoshka doll which is from Russian Fairytale. Wear the bracelet and when the string breaks your wish will come true. I haven’t worn mine yet as I can’t decide on my wish.

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I love that Book Box club has food items in their boxes, and gingerbread marshmallows made by BonBoosh. Perfect complement for Hot Chocolate and reading session.

The Books

This month the box contained book 1 and 2 in a new series with a FairyTale angle.

The books are by Katherine Arden and the series is called Winternight Trilogy.

Book 1: The Bear and the Nightingale

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales 

Book 2: The Girl in the Tower 

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

Thanks for reading

Gem x