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Book Review, Crime Fiction

Unleashed (Matt Hunter #2) by Peter Law

Unleashed by Peter Laws Matthew Hunter series that follows ex victor, now professors of sociology of religion who help out the police with crime with a religious angle.

This book is set a couple of months after the events in Purged, Matt has finally finished the difficult 1st book and is doing ‘press’ for the book.

He is brought into a case as rare religious symbols are left with the body. When the case looks open and shut accidental death,  but the symbols have Matt questioning so he digs deeper. What he uncovers is a hunted house where a young girl committed suicide 15 years ago, when the girls older sister friends start dying one by one there is more going on than the eye can see. This case will make Matt question is this killer from beyond on the Grave or a flesh and blood human. 

At the beginning of the book we get a good balance between the darkness of death, and the lightness of Matt being drunk and singing with his daughters.  I do like the relationship that Matt has with his daughter and wife, especially between him and Amelia. 

The story was a slow build, the tension grows as the story becomes more surreal and slightly creepy. The book make you realise that sometimes humanity is scarier than what goes bump in the night. The only part of the story that I found difficult was regarding the dogs and their deaths, I have Labrador so that hit at my heart a little. 

The book is split between Matt point of view and Rachel (She is the older sister of the girl who committed suicide.) Rachel point of view was interesting and help build up the story, I do prefer Matt point of view as I find his thought process really interesting. 

I hope that this isn’t the last we hear from Peter Law and Matt Hunter,

I give this book 4 out of 5 

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If you would like to find out more about Peter Law click HERE.

My Review of book 1 Purged is HERE.

If you would like a copy of the book below are some links.

Amazon UK

 

Waterstones

Allison and Busby 

Thanks for reading

Gem x

 

 

Book Review, Crime Fiction

Purged (Matt Hunter #1) by Peter Law

Purged is the first book by Peter Law, a Baptist Minster who has mixed crime fiction and religion.

The book follows Matt Hunter a Sociology professor who once was a former Minister many years ago. Matt lost his faith and started studying religion and debunks it, this knowledge has helped him assisted the police in religiously motivated crime. Matt wife has been asked to submit a design for a church. She is allowed to take her family with her to see the church, they have decided to turn it into a family holiday. A lovely family holiday takes a turn for the worse when Matt bumps into an old ‘Friend’ from college and women start disappearing in a peaceful god fearing town.

This book really interested me as the religious angle put a nice spin on the standard crime story.  The author has created a great balance of comic and the macabre, religion and questioning religion. One on the things that I found most unsettling in the story the town people and their unquestionable devotion, and how quickly the people became converted. If anyone has watched the film Hot Fuzz I was waiting for someone in the village to say ‘The greater good.’

I found Matt Hunter a really riveting character, he is devoted man to his family and his work in academic and with the police. He is the type of person I would like to have a drink with and have a long conversation about religion and the world.  I always think that a sign of a good writer when you would want to go out for a drink with one of their characters.

I give this story 4 out of 5

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The next book in the series is called Unleashed and was published 20th July 2017. Unleashed is my next read.

If you would like to know more about the Author Peter Law click HERE

If you would like to purchase a copy you can find links below.

Amazon UK

Book Depository

Kobo

Waterstones

Allison & Busby

Thank to Alisa at Allison and Busby for sending me a copy of the book to read for an honest and fair review.

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Book Review, Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA

The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order is the second book in The Bone Season heptalogy by Samantha Shannon.  The book starts up where it left off in The Bone Season, Paige has escaped Sheol 1 and is on the train back to London with the other survivors and the other member of her gang the seven dials.

Paige is recovering from her treatment in Sheol 1 and trying to find her place in the world again now she knows the truth. Paige want to tell the world the truth about Scion and its deal with the Rephaim, but her Mime lord Jaxon want to act like nothing happen and to continue like before. Paige has to deal with being the most wanted criminal in Scion, the only place that she is safe is with Jaxon, but this is another type of slavery. Things become more difficult when Paige is framed for the murder of a high member of the syndicate. Paige will take desperate measures to get the syndicate on her side to fight, but she will find out that not everyone is as clueless to what Scion is doing than she thought.

When I finished this book my heart was in my mouth, I had connected so much to Paige as a character that I couldn’t sleep, my mind and emotions where buzz at a 100 miles a minute due to the ending. The book went into directions that I hadn’t seen coming, but weaved in such a way that it made complete sense.

The first story was based in mainly ins Sheol 1, we are got to really see the seven dials and Scion london from Paige memories. In this book we are more immersed the London, and the seven dials underworld. Paiges rose-tinted glasses have fallen off regarding Jaxson, one of the interesting things about this book for me was their interaction and ‘banter’.

The next book in the series is The Song Rising I am going to have a couple of days break between the book just to cool off a little.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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

If you would like to buy to book below are some links.

Amazon UK

Kobo

Book Depository

Waterstones.

Thanks for Reading

Gem x

Book Review, Fantasy, YA

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is the first book in The Bone Season series.

Samantha Shannon has created an alternative world in which for 200 years being any form of clairvoyant is illegal with the penalty of death. The UK Government have been telling people that being a clairvoyants is unnatural and it is an illness.

The Book follows Paige a rare clairvoyant she has the ability for her spirit to leave her body and see into people dreamscape. To stay safe and to find out more about her gift she joined a crime syndicate and moved up the ladder and now is a high member.

Paige life changes one night when she is caught and taken to a secret location. Paige find out that everything the Government has said is a lie, they send clairvoyant into slavery to a Race called the Rephaim. This is payment for the Rephaims killing creatures from the Aether that feast on Human and animal flesh. Paige keeper is called The Warden the Blood Consort to the Rephaim leader, he has never taken in a human before but Paige is a special case. Now all Paige is to escape from this living hell and on her journey she will have to find out who she can or can not trust, and how strong she really is.

It’s a very scary world that Samantha Shannon, she has turned UK into a country with no free movement. A world that is controlled by fear, manipulation and what people are willing to do to survive. It makes me question if I was in Paige positions how would I cope.

This book is amazing heart racing book, a story that is muti layer in a vivid world. I never know what was going to happen next, which kept me engaged until the last word.

Paige is fascinating character, by the end of the book I am so invested in her as a character that my heart broke slightly, with her interaction with the Warden. Paige has been broken down and is building herself back up and I am interested to see what happens in the next book The Mime Order.

This is the first book that I listen too, I did enjoy listening to the book as it helped me with the pronunciation with names and it felt like Paige was telling me her story personally. Although nothing can top the feeling of reading a book in bed.

This book is for anyone that likes strong female character, a world with magic, a character fighting for their life against a corrupt Government, and the beginning of a revolution that will change the world.

I give this book 5 out of 5

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If you would like to know more about the author Samantha Shannon click HERE

If you would like to join me in reading The Bone Season I have put some links below.

Amazon UK

Kobo

Book Depository

Waterstones 

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Book Review, Fantasy, NetGalley Review, Sci-fi, YA

Book of Fire by Michelle Kennedy

Book of Fire is  Michelle Kennedy debut young adult novel.

The book is set in a world after a nuclear war, where two groups of people live, the insiders and the outsiders. The insiders believe that no one can survive outside their dome, that what they have been told. But Talia and her twin brother Eli provide that incorrect, they are outsiders living in a hidden village called Arafel they live in secret as if caught by an insider they disappear. An unexpected raid forces Talia and her best friend Max to break into the dome and rescue her family, while keeping the book of Arafel safe as it in pages lies the code for an unimaginable weapon. While in the dome she finds an unexpected ally in August a Knight of the dome, now Talia has to decide does she just focus on saving her family or help save the people Dome from its dictatorship.

It took me a little to get into the story but after the raid I was sucked in. I finished the book that night as I needed to know what happened next. As the story continues the more fast pasted it becomes the stakes become higher, you just hold you breath and go along with the ride.

I really enjoyed Talia as a character she is intelligent firecracker of a character, a lot smarter than the insiders give her credit for. She is trying to save her family but she is having to deal with confusing feeling towards Max and August, this makes her more realistic as emotions make us human.

I am a big fan of history and mythology and Michelle has woven elements into the story beautifully, she has brought history and the future together in one book.

I hope that this isn’t a one-off story.

I give this book 3.9 out of 5

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The book is published on the 27th August 2017 if you would like to pre-order a copy I have put some links below ⬇️

Amazon UK

Kobo

Thank you to Netgalley and HQ digital for a chance to read and review.

Thank for reading

Gem x

Book Subscription box, Fairy Loot, Fantasy, YA

Fairyloot July 2017 Unboxing

It’s that time of the month again for my FairyLoot unboxing. This month theme was all about the Tricksters.

The first item in the box was an exclusive Sherlock Enamel Tin Mug designed by the Fictiontea Designs. The design is that about one of Sherlock favourite places to visit his Mind Palace. Another great addition to my mug collection.

The second item is the Hogwarts playing cards, instead of having the normal heart, diamonds, clubs and spade. The cards are separated into Hogwarts houses, which have been beautiful designed. I used them last week when traveling to and from london and they are great card.

Geeky Clean have created an amazing smelling body lotion, exclusive for FairyLoot based on the God of tricksters Loki. The body lotion is vegan and cruelty free, I have sensitive skin and I am having no issues.

The next item was perfect times as an item in the box, as I am in the middle of having a new kitchen fitted. Fairyloot have designed a Fortune Telling Kitchen Glove, hopefully the Fortune telling will stop me burning anything (mainly me).

Again FairyLoot has teamed up with the very talented Miss Phi , to bring us an Exclusive Harley Quinn Print. The print is a great reminder to keep going even when times are tough.

The bookmark in this month book is based on the book Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The bookmark features a quote from the book, with a feather design. The bookmark has been created by the wonderful Lexy Olivia.

This month book is Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody, a book that is set in a traveling Carnival which cater to the dream and desires. No dream or desires are too strange at this carnival. To read my review click HERE.

All in all another great box by FairyLoot.

Thanks for Reading.

Gem x

Book Review, Fantasy, NetGalley Review, YA

FireBlood (Frostblood Saga #2) by Elly Blake

Fireblood is the second book in the Frostblood sage by Elly Blake, my review of the first book Frostblood is HERE. I gave the Frostblood 4.5 out of 5.

Fireblood resumes a couple of weeks after Frostblood, Ruby is recovering from the aftermath of destroying the ice throne and not accepting the bloodthirsty Minax control of her body. Now the Minax is jumping from body to body creating murder and mayhem in the kingdom. The answers to stopping the Minax my lie in the home of the Firebloods in Sudesia, Sudesia is the country that holds the information about Ruby’s powers and her past. King Arcus doesn’t want Ruby to go to Sudesia especially as she will be accompanied by a handsome Fireblood named Kai. Ruby must learn to control her fire and gain the trust of the Fireblood Queen, so you can access the Knowledge that could defeat the Minax. The fate of both Kingdoms rest in her hands but Ruby has to decide who she can and can not trust.
In this book we get to see Sudesia and see how different it is to the Frost Kingdom but how it has some similarities with the hate for anything different to themselves.

One of my favourite aspect of the book is the interaction between Arcus and Ruby, and Ruby and Kai. The banter between Ruby and Kai is fun, but the relationship between Arcus is more heartfelt, I love the sweet moment between them.

The story was no stop, a gripping action adventure with romance added to the mix. I now can’t wait for NightBlood.

Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for giving my an Advanced copy to read and review.

I give this book 5 out of 5

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If you would like to know more about the Author Elly Blake click HERE. 

Fireblood is published 7th September 2017. If you would like to pre-order a copy below are some links.⬇

Amazon UK

Waterstones

Kobo

Book Depository 

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Book Review, Science Fiction

Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

I was asked to read and review Strange Medicine by Jay at Strangebooks, for a fair and honest review.

Strange Medicine is a selection of short stories from the strange mind of Mike Russell.

The Titles for the stories are;

  • Flock
  • Seventy-Two Bricks
  • Telephone
  • Mime
  • Mr Dennis and the universe
  • The Spy
  • Brain
  • Shish

My favorite of the short stories is Brain about a man the lives his life all about rationality, and it the end life is more than rationality. The stories are not long but they way that they are written conveys the evolution of the character.

I like reading Mike Russell books you never known which direction they will take, and they make me think more about the meaning of the stories.

I give this book 4 out of 5

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If you would like to find out more about Mike Russell and StrangeBooks click HERE.

If you would like to purchase your own copy of Strange Medicine below are some links below ⬇

Amazon UK

Thanks for reading

Gem x

Book Review, Fairy Loot, Fantasy, YA

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody was the book I received in my Fairyloot book. (My unboxing will come later) The book is comes out in the UK in paperback 7th September, it is already out in Hardback with certain sellers.

The book follows Sorina a 16-year-old girl who lives within the borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Gomorrah is a traveling circus city with many unusual members, but Sorina is unique she is the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that people can see, feel and touch, all with personalities of their own. Her illusions are her family, and together they are the case of the Gomorrah Freak Show.  Sorina has always believed that no matter how real her family is they are just a figment of her imagination, or that is was she believed one of them is murdered. Now the only way she can protect her family is to find out who is doing this and how. On this investigation Sorina will find out more about the Festival, political turmoil and forbidden romance, but the truth might be more horrifying than Sorina would have ever expected.

Sorina as I character is really interesting, she was born with out eyes she doesn’t even have eye sockets. She hide behind a mask as even in the Festival she is more of a ‘Freak’ than other. She has no biological family and has created her own, the family she have created to me seem like they have qualities that she wishes for herself. Although some of the qualities she does have she just never believed in herself.

I was fascinated with the concept of a moving city, that even when they are moving the city is still working, that things still go on like normal.

This book merged two of my favourite genre, fantasy and crime fiction. What moves the plot of the story is the murder of Sorina family and it kept me gripped, I was torn between trusting and not trusting character. I spent a good portion of the book hoping one of the characters wasn’t a bad guy.

If you liked Caraval by Stephanie Garber I would recommend this book. I will be looking out for more of Amanda Foody books in the future.

I give this book 4.4 out of 5.

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If you would like to find out more about the author Amanda Foody click HERE

If you would like to purchase the book I have put some links below ⬇

Amazon UK

Waterstones

Kobo

Book depository 

Thanks for Reading

Gemx

Fantasy, Science Fiction, This months Books, YA

Books I like being Published August 2017

Hi,

I thought as I new thing on my blog ,that I would list the books being published in this month. That I want to read, or I have been lucky enough to have read an advanced copy.

1st August 2017.

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance.

Book 8 in the Cassie Palmer series. The time-traveling seer is trying to save her friend John soul and stop the God Aries coming to Earth and bring the end of the world.

My Review is HERE, I gave this book 4.7 out of 5.

Genre: Fantasy / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Romance/ Science Fiction.

10th August 2017

I Know a Secret by Tess Gerristern

Book 12 in the popular Rizzoli & Isles, Detective Rizzoli and Doctor Isles are on a case where the victim have no cause of death. The victims eyes are removed and placed in their hands, the only person that can help Rizzoli & Isles is the next victim. The only way she can help is by sharing a secret that she promised she would never tell.

Genre: Mystery/ Crime/ fiction.

22nd August 2017

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

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.

My review is HERE. I gave this book 4.6 out of 5.

Genre: Mystery/ Thriller/ Adult/ Suspense/ Psychological Thriller.

 29th August 2017
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

The story follows Sal an orphan and a thief, Sal  is fed up with life as a Highway thief, and want to get revenge on the nobles that let her home be destroyed and her family murdered. Sal find a poster giving people the chance to be in the Queens Left hand a group of assassins that kill on the queens orders. This is the chance Sal has been looking for, all Sal has to do is survive the test, but that’s not as easy as Sal might hope.

My review is HERE. I gave this book 4.4 out of 5.

Genre: Fantasy/ Young Adult/ Romance/ LGBT

September has a lot more book that I am looking forward too.

Thank you for reading.

Gem x