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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

✍ The Life I Left Behind - Colette McBeth

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Published by St Martin's Press
Number of pages: 352
My rating: ★ ★ ★  I liked it
About the author

"Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody's neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned, and the attack and David's betrayal of her friendship left Melody a different person. She no longer trusts her own judgment, she no longer trusts her friends. In fact, she no longer really has any friends. She’s built a life behind walls and gates and security codes; she’s cloistered herself away from the world almost entirely.

And then, soon after David is released from prison, Eve Elliot is murdered in an attack almost identical to Melody’s. With the start of a new police investigation, Melody is suddenly pulled from her ordered, secluded life and back into the messy world around her. But as she learns more about Eve's murder, Melody starts to wonder if perhaps David hadn’t betrayed her after all... if perhaps the killer is someone else entirely, someone who’s still out there, preparing to strike again."

Saturday, 21 February 2015

✍ The Venus Trap - Louise Voss

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Published by Thomas & Mercer
Number of pages: 305
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★  I really liked it
About the author

"Jo Atkins’ sixteenth year was disastrous: she lost her dad, was assaulted by a stranger, and then had her heart broken. For the last twenty-five years, she’s believed that nothing could ever be as bad again.

She was wrong.

Now, still smarting from her recent divorce, pretty, self-effacing Jo finally gathers the courage to enter the dating scene. She meets Claudio, whom she vaguely remembers from her youth, but after a few dates decides he’s creepy and politely tells him ‘thanks but no thanks’.

But Claudio has no intention of letting her go.

Instead of never seeing him again, Jo wakes up sick and terrified, handcuffed to her own bed. She is given a week to prove her love for Claudio—or he will kill her.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

✍ Suckers - Z. Rider

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Published by Dark Ride Publishing
Number of pages: 330
My rating: ★ ★  It was OK

"WHEN WORN-OUT MUSICIAN DAN FERRY decides to take a shortcut back to the band's hotel, he picks the wrong dark alley to go down. Within days of being attacked by a bat-like creature, he becomes consumed with the need to drink human blood. Terrified of what will happen if he doesn't get his fix--and terrified of what he'll do to get it--he turns to his best friend and bandmate, Ray Ford, for help. But what the two don't know as they try to keep Dan's situation quiet is that the parasite driving Dan's addiction has the potential to wipe out humankind.

Poignant and terrifying, heartfelt and ingenious, Suckers is a story of sacrifice and friendship in the face of an alien contagion that threatens to destroy humanity."

"Suckers" is the first novel by Zoe Rider - a horror tale.

I liked Zoe's writing style, and I thought the story had a lot of potential.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Reading List [15-03] - March 2015

These are the titles that are due for publication in March 2015 which have caught our eye.
The one book that has truly captured my interest is "To Die a Dry Death".
The Day We Met
Shadow Ritual
The Jackdaw
The Devil's Detective
Asylum: A Mystery
No Man's World: Omnibus
From Vines to Wines: The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine
Mind Games
Kittens Can Kill
Doll Face
Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf
My Best Everything
Firebreak: A Mystery
To Die a Dry Death: the true story of the Batavia shipwreck
Reboot with Joe: Fully Charged: 7 Keys to Losing Weight, Staying Healthy and Thriving

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

✍ Release - The Invitation [3] - Roxy Sloane

Genre: Erotic Romance
Published by Roxy Sloane Books
Number of pages: 159
My rating: ★ ★  It was OK
About the author

"**Warning: this is a panty-melting, dirty-talking, slow-thrusting ride. Are you ready?**
The invitation unlocked a world of pleasure -- but the game is only just beginning...
He promised me an adventure, but I had no idea what lay in store. Now, I know his name, and everything has changed.
I want to trust him, but his secrets could destroy us both.
I need to know what he's hiding - before it's too late.
I've already risked everything for his love. Now, I'm playing to win.
*The explosive conclusion to the seductive new series*"

"Release" is the final part of The Invitation trilogy by Roxy Sloane, and unfortunately for me it truly fizzled out.

The sex was just excessive, far too dirty and truly unrealistic. "The Invitation" and "Surrender"

Sunday, 1 February 2015

✍ Masters of Blood and Bone - Craig Saunders

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Supernatural
Published by DarkFuse
Number of pages: 235
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★  I really liked it
About the author

Holland's a man who's good with death. Good at death.

When his daughter goes missing, he finds himself pitted in a deadly game against the Gods themselves. Powerful enemies surround him—a changeling, a mage, and a god who wants to destroy the world.

With silver bullets in his gun and death on his mind, Holland aims to set things right...or die trying.

 For the captors of Holland’s daughter, death is not only on it’s way, it’s in their very possession as Holland's daughter isn't just a fact, she's barely mortal at all...

She's Ankou, Death's daughter, and she's not an easy mark.

The battleground has been set, the world’s at stake, and all Hell is about the break loose.