Tuesday, 16 January 2018

#BookReview City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child @GrandCentralPub @Marablaise #Giveaway

City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What begins as a manhunt for the missing daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire becomes something altogether different when the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Kew Gardens, Queens, the head nowhere to be found. It appears there may be two killers on the loose--one responsible for the young woman's death, another responsible for the mutilation. A pair of such dastardly killers requires a team of equally talented investigators. Luckily, both Vincent D'Agosta and Special Agent Pendergast are back in town.

D'Agosta hopes that working a case back on his home turf for the first time in years will reinvigorate the FBI Special Agent and give him an opportunity to flex his investigative might. But neither is prepared to face a killer--or killers--as diabolical as this. It will take all of Pendergast and D'Agosta's intelligence and strength simply to match wits--let alone stay alive.

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City of Endless Night is the seventeen book in the Pendergast series, and I have read every single one of them. My personal favorite is the ones that have a slight supernatural element to the story like the first book Relic with the monster in the New York Museum of Natural History, which is why I felt a bit disappointed while reading this one. Don't take me wrong, it's a great thriller, and it's nice to have D'Agosta and Pendergast working together to catch a murderer.

However, it feels just like an ordinary thriller. Sure, the killings and beheadings is an interesting mystery especially since there seems to be no link to the people killed. I just wished that the book had been a bit more extraordinary. Instead, we get a straight-forward thriller, with not a very memorable killer. Well, besides the fact that this is one of the first times that Pendergast goes up against an enemy that seriously could outsmart him. The best part of the book is the end part when the killer and Pendergast face-off and Pendergast truly has to fight for his life against an enemy that is better than him. And, yes that is a very unusual scene since Pendergast is someone that often seems more than human.

City of Endless Night is a good thriller, as always is the writing great and, despite my reservations about the story, did I enjoy reading the book. It's only that I really enjoy when the stories take a more suspenseful feeling when Pendergast is up against something beastly and since the killer in this book is an ordinary killer (well he was psycho, but still very much human) did I get a bit disappointed.

Nevertheless, it's not a bad book, never boring and I enjoyed both the main story and the side stories. 

I want to thank Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!


City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

#BookReview I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke @CJ_Cooke_Author @GrandCentralPub @Marablaise #Giveaway

I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

…But what if that’s the only thing you can remember?

Komméno Island, Greece: I don't know where I am, who I am. Help me.

A woman is washed up on a remote Greek island with no recollection of who she is or how she got there.

Potter’s Lane, Twickenham, London: Eloïse Shelley is officially missing.

Lochlan’s wife has vanished into thin air, leaving their toddler and twelve-week-old baby alone. Her money, car and passport are all in the house, with no signs of foul play. Every clue the police turn up means someone has told a lie…

Does a husband ever truly know his wife? Or a wife know her husband? Why is Eloïse missing? Why did she forget?

The truth is found in these pages…


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I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke is one of those books that instantly, from the very first page makes me curious and engrossed. I'm really impressed with the fact that this is C.J. Cooke's first book. The writing pulls you in and to be honest, I had some serious problems with closing the book, despite the fact that I needed to get up early and the time just disappeared while I was reading the book.

The story shifts focus between Lochlan who discovers that his wife has gone missing without a trace, and a woman that is washed up on the shore of a remote Greek island with amnesia. This seems like a straightforward story, but is it really so? Without giving away too much, did I as the story progressed suspect how it would turn out, and yeah, I was on the right track. However, that only made the story more interesting to read, to see if I was right. I was also thrilled to read a book where the husband wasn't treated as a suspect from the very first minute. I could clearly picture how he would have to get on the run to find his wife to prove that he was innocent, but that never happened and that made me very glad.

I also found the ending to be very satisfying, and once again I face the trouble of trying to explain why without giving the story away. It's just that it could have ended more abrupt when Lochlan learns the truth, etc. However, the epilogue gives a more satisfying ending.

All and all is this a great book and I can't wait to read more books by C.J. Cooke.

I want to thank Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke

#BookReview A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (@deannaraybourn) @BerkleyPub @Marablaise

A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Members of an Egyptian expedition fall victim to an ancient mummy's curse in a thrilling Veronica Speedwell novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries.
London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker’s past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything. . . .



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Storywise do I think this is the strongest and most interesting one so far in this series. Not that the previous two books have been bad, more that I found this book mystery to be much more fascinating to read about, with a less obvious ending than the previous book. This is not a series that you have to read in order to enjoy, but it's a marvelous series so reading in order may be more fun would I think.

Veronica Speedway is such a wonderful character, not always bound to the traditional female role of the time and a bit outspoken. She also has an interesting family situation, with a quite absent father. Stoker, as well, has a bit of a family problem, quite similar to Speedways, but Veronica lacks the ex-wife who makes her first introduction in this book. I quite enjoyed learning more about Stoker's past and what really happened in the Amazons.

But, it's the humor that really makes me love this book, the banter between Speedway and Stoker are always marvelous and makes me often smile while I read this book. This is the kind of book I pick when I want something easy-going, but not too light.

A Treacherous Curse is a delightful book, with lots of funny moments, an interesting plot and wonderful characters. It was with a bit of sadness that I read the last page, now I have to wait until next year for a new book ... at least I hope a new one will come out next year...

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!

Monday, 15 January 2018

#BookReview Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate @LisaWingate @QuercusBooks @Marablaise

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale.


Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize that the truth is much darker. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together—in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions—and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

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I Love the Carolina Heirlooms series by Lisa Wingate. So, when I saw this book did I just know that I had to read it. However, I waited a while to read it after getting it because I needed to be ready to tackle this book with such a serious subject.

Before We Were Yours is based on a real scandal. During the 30s and later were children kidnapped and sold to wealthy families all over the country. For their own good. However, it was a very lucrative enterprise. This book tells a story about a family of siblings that are taken to Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage after their parents have left them on the riverboat they are living on. Their mother is having a baby and it's all going wrong so the hospital is the only solution. The whole family would never be together again. Years later will Avery Stafford through a chance encounter start to unravel the truth about her families history. And she learns that not everything is as it seems...

To say that this book is an emotional reading is an understatement. The worst part is that it's based on a true scandalous story. I knew since before that Lisa Wingate is a wonderful author and, as usual, is the writing on top. What really moved me in this book is actually the very end. Without giving away what happens will I just say that it's a wonderful although bittersweet ending. I will leave it at that and just say read the book!

I want to thank Quercus Books for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

#BookReview The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin @MelanieBen @randomhouse

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female superstars: Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. An enchanting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife.

Hollywood, 1914. Frances Marion, a young writer desperate for a break, meets “America’s Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford, already making a name for herself both on and off the screen with her golden curls and lively spirit. Together, these two women will take the movie business by storm.

Mary Pickford becomes known as the “Queen of the Movies”—the first actor to have her name on a movie marquee, and the first to become a truly international celebrity. Mary and her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, were America’s first Royal Couple, living in a home more famous that Buckingham Palace. Mary won the first Academy Award for Best Actress in a Talkie and was the first to put her hand and footprints in Grauman’s theater sidewalk. Her annual salary in 1919 was $625,000—at a time when women’s salaries peaked at $10 a week. Frances Marion is widely considered one of the most important female screenwriters of the 20th century, and was the first writer to win multiple Academy Awards. The close personal friendship between the two stars was closely linked to their professional collaboration and success.

This is a novel about power: the power of women during the exhilarating early years of Hollywood, and the power of forgiveness. It’s also about the imbalance of power, then and now, and the sacrifices and compromises women must make in order to succeed. And at its heart, it’s a novel about the power of female friendship.


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The Girls in the Picture is a book that I knew that I wanted to read as soon as I saw it. I love reading historical fiction about movie stars, or stories that in one way or another takes place in Hollywood. Especially around the Silent movie era and when the talkies came. I had only previously read Reckless Hearts: A Story of Slim Hawks and Ernest Hemingway by Melanie Benjamin, but she has written several books that I want to read.

What really struck me about this book was, despite, my deep love for silent movies, and old Hollywood classics is that Frances Marion was totally unknown to me. And she's behind several of my favorite movies, like A Scarlet Letter with Lars Hanson and Lillian Gish. Also, I had no idea that she was a close friend of Mary Pickford.

In this book, we get a fictional story about the friendship between Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. I enjoyed getting to know the women more and I especially enjoyed learning more about their lives. Both had great love stories, but neither had truly happy lives, despite, their success. Not all of their lives are written in this book, as Melanie Benjamin stated in her notes, just Mary Pickford relationship with her adopted children would fill a whole book. I personally had to take a break from the book several times to check up a name or a title, etc.

The Girls in the Picture is definitely a book to read if you, like me, love old Hollywood movies and are intrigued by the actors and actors from the golden era. I was charmed by the cameos, especially Charlie Chaplin's presence in the book. Made me eager to read a book about him or see his movies.

I want to thank Random House for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

#BookReview Racing the Devil by Charles Todd @Marablaise

Racing the Devil by Charles Todd
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge finds himself caught in a twisted web of vengeance, old grievances, and secrets that lead back to World War I in the nineteenth installment of the acclaimed bestselling series.

On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the Front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead—and make it through the war—they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice.

In November 1919, the officers all meet as planned, and though their motorcars are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice. But a serious mishap mars the reunion. In the mountains just north of their destination, two vehicles are nearly run off the road, and one man is badly injured. No one knows—or will admit to knowing—which driver was at the wheel of the rogue motorcar.

Back in England one year later, during a heavy rainstorm, a driver loses control on a twisting road and is killed in the crash. Was it an accident due to the hazardous conditions? Or premeditated murder? Is the crash connected in some way to the unfortunate events in the mountains above Nice the year before? The dead driver wasn’t in France—although the motorcar he drove was. If it was foul play, was it a case of mistaken identity? Or was the dead man the intended victim after all?

Investigating this perplexing case, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge discovers that the truth is elusive—and that the villages on the South Downs, where the accident happened, are adept at keeping secrets, frustrating his search. Determined to remain in the shadows this faceless killer is willing to strike again to stop Rutledge from finding him. This time, the victim he chooses is a child, and it will take all of Rutledge’s skill to stop him before an innocent young life is sacrificed.

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This is, unfortunately, by far the weakest book in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. I started off listening to the audiobook, but I was so bored by the start that I decided to pick something else to listen to after a couple of chapters. A couple of weeks later did I try it again and it felt like I managed to get through this by my love for Charles Todd's books and willpower.

I will keep this review short since I hardly can come up with anything good to write. I mean, it's always nice to once again read about Inspector Ian Rutledge and Hamish (his ghostly companion), but the story is pretty weak. I was not impressed with the start in France with the soldier's that promise each other that if they survive will they meet each other one year later and race motorcars from Paris to Nice. And, the almost crash that occurs didn't make my pulse race. Neither did the change of scenery when the story moved one year ahead with the death of a man in an accident that could be linked to the near death in France.

The whole investigation, with Rutledge chasing clues, is a bit dreary. The only bright spot is when Rutledge contacts Melinda Crawford to help him with the investigation. And she, in turn, contacts Bess Crawford (from Charles Todd's Bess Crawford series) to help out. If Bess has made a cameo in this book would I perhaps have liked the book better. The ending is not that surprising either. It truly felt like the most likely suspect did it all.

I hope next book is better!

Friday, 12 January 2018

#BookReview The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young @HesterAuthor @penguinrandom @Marablaise

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From a unique new talent comes a fast-paced debut, introducing a heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will heal or destroy those around her . . .

When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte “Charlie” Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children she’s sure that she’s lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent, she soon realizes. They are messages and warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them.

After a little boy in a boat appears in Charlie’s dreams asking for her help, Charlie finds herself entangled in a thirty-year-old missing-child case that has never ceased to haunt Louisiana’s prestigious Deveau family. Armed with an invitation to Evangeline, the family’s sprawling estate, Charlie heads south, where new friendships and an unlikely romance bring healing. But as she uncovers long-buried secrets of love, money, betrayal, and murder, the facts begin to implicate those she most wants to trust—and her visions reveal an evil closer than she could’ve imagined.A Southern Gothic mystery debut that combines literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist, The Gates of Evangeline is a story that readers of Gillian Flynn, Kate Atkinson, and Alice Sebold won't be able to put down.

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The Gates of Evangeline is an absolutely wonderful book. I love reading books with a setting in the American South, especially with a mystery in the heart of the story, like this one. Charlotte “Charlie” Cates has, after losing her son, started to have vivid dreams about children in danger. And, they seem to come true. So, when a little boy shows up in her dream begging for help as she at the same time is approached about writing a book about a little boy that disappeared around thirty years ago can't she help but feel that the dreams are connected with the mystery. But, when she arrives at the Evangeline estate is she faced with not only people that seem to have things to hide but also real danger...

The Gates of Evangeline is a book that was truly engaging and intriguing. I loved that the story of the book took place in Louisiana. It was one thing that really appealed to me since Southern Gotic stories are "my thing". I was intrigued right from the start, and I especially enjoyed the fact that Charlie has psychic visions. Southern Gotic + paranormal vibes. Yeah, I love this book. Unfortunately, there is just one problem with the story, it's a bit predictable. Sure, the ending is good, but the BIG mystery, about the missing boy. It was easy to figure that one out. And, that was a bummer. Otherwise, I quite liked the book. I mean even liked the romantic side story. Now I need to get my hands on the next book in this series.

#BookReview Sanningen (Fool Me Once) by Harlan Coben (SWE/ENG) @HarlanCoben ‏@Marablaise

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

SWEDISH REVIEW

Thrillerns mästare Harlan Coben levererar ytterligare en spännings­roman som av många kritiker anses vara hans bästa hittills.

Du tror att du vet sanningen. Men sanningen är att du inte vet någonting.

Före detta stridspiloten Maya ser en otänkbar bild fångas av babykameran medan hon är på jobbet: hennes tvååriga dotter leker med Mayas man Joe, som blivit brutalt mördad två veckor tidigare. Kan du tro på allt du ser med egna ögon? För att hitta svaret måste Maya ta itu med djupa hemligheter från sitt eget förflutna innan hon kan möta den otroliga sanningen om sin man och sig själv.



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Harlan Coben är en författare som är fantastisk på att skriva en spännande thriller. Jag älskar särskilt hans Myron Bolitar-serie. I Sanningen har Coben återigen skrivit en intressant berättelse där ingenting är som det verkar. Jag gillade omedelbart Maya och det var intressant att läsa om hur hon försöker hantera situationen att vara en ensamstående mamma, ex-soldat och på det tillkommer ett mysterium, ett omöjligt mysterium då hon seer något som inte kan vara sant i babykameran. Hennes man dog eller gjorde han? Hon måste ta reda på sanningen och det betyder att konfrontera sitt eget förflutna; hennes uppsägning från armén, hennes systers mord som skedde inte så långt innan innan hennes man mördades och hennes mans brors död för några år sedan. Kan det vara så att de har kopplingar till varandra, eller är allt bara en slump? Och, vem kan hon lita på, det verkar som om många människor runt henne har hemligheter...

Jag kunde inte sluta läsa Sanningen när jag väl hade börjat . På kvällen var jag var fullt inställd på just ett kapitel till men istället läste jag klart den. Boken kanske inte hade lika många överraskningar som i några av Cobens tidigare böcker, men det är fortfarande en alldeles fantastisk bok. Något som Coben är bra på är att skapa huvudkaraktärer man bryr sig om och besynnerliga mysterier. Sanningen är en mycket bra bok, och jag älskade särskilt den sista delen av boken när man börjar inse sanningen. Jag misstänkte slutet men ändå kunde jag inte räknad ut allting som skulle ske.

Jag rekommenderar varmt Harlan Cobens böcker om du gillar bladvändande thrillers med flertalet överraskande vändningar i historien.

Tack till Bookmarks förlag för recensionsexemplaret!


ENGLISH REVIEW

In the course of eight consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben’s page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching emotion. In Fool Me Once, Coben once again outdoes himself.

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.


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Harlan Coben is an author that really is the king when it comes to writing a suspenseful thriller. I especially love his Myron Bolitar series. In Fool Me Once has Coben once again written an interesting story where nothing is at it seems. I instantly liked Maya and it was interesting to read about her trying to deal with being a single mother, an ex-soldier and to add to that a mystery, an impossible mystery. Her husband died, or did he? She must find out the truth and that means confronting her own past; her dismissal from the army, her sister's murder not long before her husband was murdered, and her husband's brothers death a couple of years ago. Could they be connected, or is everything just a coincidence? And, who can she trust, it seems that a lot of people around her have secrets...

I read the book in a day. I thought I would just read one more chapter and then go back to sleep, and I ended up finishing the book. The twists in this book were not that astonishing as they have been in some of Coben's previous books, but it's still a page-turner. What I like about Coben's books are that I always like the main character and the mysteries are always intriguing. Fool Me Once is a very good book, and I particularly loved the last part of the book when everything started to come together. True, I was not astonished, but I did find the twists in the book well-done and satisfying.

I recommend reading Harlan Coben's books if you like page-turning thrillers with lots of twist and turns.

Thanks to Bookmarks förlag for the review copy!

Thursday, 11 January 2018

#BookReview Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon @MelanieGideon ‏@HarperCollinsUK @Marablaise

Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An utterly original, thoughtful and deeply compelling novel for readers who loved The Time Traveler’s Wife.

In the heart of the Sonoma Valley, on the edge of a sun-drenched meadow, lies the idyllic community of Greengage – where the residents wear simple clothes, lead quiet lives and whose manners could almost seem to be of another time.

Into this world stumbles single mother Lux Lysander, trying to lose herself in the peaceful beauty of the Californian countryside while her young son visits his grandparents. It’s a world far away from the unpaid bills piling up and the overwhelming sense of struggle to make ends meet.

Soon, Lux finds herself drawn into the lives of the people of Greengage, discovering not only the secret at the heart of their community but also a sense of belonging she didn’t know she was looking for. Torn between this life and her own with her son back in San Francisco, can Lux turn her back on the only place that has ever truly felt like home?

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If there is one genre I love is it time travel, especially when it's well-done. Like this story. I just love how Lux stumbles into the past, to a little community stuck in time and, then as the years pass by she keeps going back. Only telling her best friend about it. Although the best friend isn't that sure that Lux is telling the truth. I keep wondering why she just didn't accompany Lux to the Valley of the Moon to find out the truth. I would it a heartbeat, I mean if your best friend tells you she has found a community stuck in time, wouldn't you try to find out if she is telling the truth or is barking mad? 

Lux is a fabulous character, a young single mother, estranged from her family. She finds herself truly enjoying the life in Greengage. And, her heart is torn between the peace there and her life in the 70s San Francisco.

Anyway, there is also a lot of heartache in the story, without giving away too much of the story is time moving differently in the hidden community contrary to present time and that will have some consequences. Then, there is the ending, such a bittersweet ending. It broke my heart.

Valley of the Moon is a fabulous time travel novel, with a mesmerizing, occasionally sad story, but there is also a sweet love story for those that enjoy it (even I did). I recommend it warmly!

I want to thank Harper Collins for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

#CoverCrush: Arabella The Traitor of Mars by David D. Levine

For new visitors do I want to explain that Cover Crush is something that my friend Erin over at Flashlight Commentary came up with and I adopted the idea together with some other friends. And, now we try to put up a Cover Crush every week. You can check below my pick of the week for their choices this week!


The thrilling adventures of Arabella Ashby continue in the final book in Hugo-winning author David D. Levine's swashbuckling sci-fi, alt-history series!

Taking up almost immediately after the great Battle of Venus, Arabella has finally returned home to Mars to settle in to life with her husband, the mysterious Captain Singh. 

The Regent of the United Kingdom sets his eyes on solidifying his rule in the colonies and dispatches a fleet to better cement his control over Mars. Now Arabella and Singh must decide where their ultimate loyalties lie, with the Empire or with their home. 

Thoughts:

I have to admit that the title: Arabella The Traitor of Mars is part of the charm when it comes to this cover. This is definitely a splendid case of the right font on the right cover. Also the right kind of title. Since it's a "swashbuckling sci-fi, alt-history" kind of book does it need a quirky title and it definitely suits the flying ships on the cover.

Check out what my friends have picked for Cover Crush's this week:

Stephanie @ Layered Pages





Wednesday, 10 January 2018

#BookReview Kall kall jord (The Cold Cold Ground) by Adrian McKinty @ModernistaRed (SWE/ENG)

The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

SWEDISH REVIEW

Två personer har hittats döda. Den ena har lämnats, mördad, i en bil vid vägkanten. Det var meningen att man skulle upptäcka honom snabbt. Mördaren vill sända ett budskap. Den andra personen är en ung kvinna som hittats hängd i ett träd långt inne i skogen. Utan tvivel ett självmord. Kvinnan hade alldeles nyligen fött barn, men det finns inga spår av barnet på platsen
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På ytan tycks ingenting förena de två fallen. Men kriminalinspektör Sean Duffy vet att det finns kopplingar, och att de bara väntar på att tas fram i ljuset.


Sean har löst sex mord i sin karriär, men har hittills aldrig lyckats ställa någon av gärningsmännen inför rätta. Den här gången är han fast besluten om att någon ska få betala...

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Kall, kall jord tar oss tillbaka till 80-talets Nordirland. Ett land med stora religiösa motsättningar och där det just nu pågår en hungerstrejk i fängelset i Belfast, där fångarna kräver bättre villkor. Mitt i allt detta hittas en man mördad och det blir upp till kriminalinspektör Sean Duffy att försöka finna ut vem gärningsmannen är. När sedan en annan man hittas mördad med tydliga kopplingar till den första kroppen blir oron att man har en seriemördare att göra med.

Kall kall jord är en bra start på en ny serie. Jag tyckte det var mycket intressant att serien utspelas i Nordirland på 80-talet och att huvudkaraktären är en katolsk polis bland dominerade protestanter. I mångt och mycket var det just själva motsättningarna med katoliker och protestanter, samt den politiska situationen i landet som verkligen tilltalade mig. Det var uppfriskande att få läsa en kriminalare som utspelas på 80-talet Nordirland och Sean Duffy kamp både med motsättningarna mot honom själv samt kampen att lösa morden gjorde boken intressant att läsa. Men, jag måste erkänna att att jag fann själva utredningen av mordfallen inte alltid jättefascinerande att läsa om. Det var en hygglig bra bok helt enkelt. Ska bli intressant att läsa följande bok i serien och se vad Sean Duffy måste ta itu med härnäst.

Tack till Modernista för recensionsexemplaret!

ENGLISH REVIEW

The Cold Cold Ground is the start of a major new series from Adrian McKinty, author of the acclaimed Falling Glass, Fifty Grand and the DEAD trilogy.

Featuring Catholic cop Sean Duffy whose outsider status in the mostly Protestant RUC makes it as hard to do his job as the criminals he’s fighting, this is the start of a new series set in Troubles-era Belfast. A body is found in a burnt out car. Another is discovered hanging from a tree. Could this be Northern Ireland’s first serial killer, or another paramilitary feud?

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The Cold Cold Ground takes us back to the 80s Northern Ireland. A country with big religious conflict and where there is a hunger strike in the prison in Belfast. The prisoners demand better conditions. In the midst of all this, a man is murdered, and it is up to detective Sean Duffy to try to find out who the perpetrator is. The worry is big that it's a serial killer they have to deal with when another man is found murdered with clear links to the first dead body.

The Cold Cold Ground is a good start to a new series. I thought it was very interesting that the series is set in Northern Ireland in the 80s and that the main character is a Catholic police in a dominated Protestant force. To a large extent, it was the conflicts between Catholics and Protestants, as well as the political situation in the country that really appealed to me. It was refreshing to read a detective novel set in the 80s Northern Ireland and Sean Duffy's struggle both with resentment towards him and solving the case made the book quite interesting to read. However, I have to admit that I found the investigation of the murder case was not always extremely fascinating to read about, it was good, but not fabulously good. It will be interesting to read the following book in the series and see what Sean Duffy has to deal with next.

Thanks to Modernista for the review copy!

#BlogTour Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu @Marie_Lu @penguinrandom ‏

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.


One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.


In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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I'm more a Harley Quinn fan than a Batman fan. That's not saying that I don't enjoy reading Batman graphic novels or seeing the movies. So, when I got the chance to read this book, was I intrigued. I had before this one never read a REAL book about Batman. Although to be fair it's about Bruce Wayne before he becomes Batman. So, this is the first REAL Bruce Wayne book I have ever read.

How was it? It was a blast! I have never read a book by Marie Lu before, but I was impressed with how wonderful it was to read a book about Bruce Wayne before he was Batman. And, making him do community service at Arkham Asylum (in the future will he be a lot better when it comes to encounters with the police while chasing bad guys) was a great storyline. Even before he has become Batman has he a sense of what is right, and he's not afraid to do step up and do everything he can to stop the Nightwalkers from killing more people. Although cozying up to Madeleine Wallace may not be a wise move...

Nightwalker is a book that really made eager to read more books about DC heroes (and bad guys/girls). I love reading graphic novels, but it was a pure joy getting the chance to read this book. And, the ending (with the introduction of a familiar face) made me hope that more books will come because I definitely want to read books about a young Bruce Wayne.

I want to thank Random House for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

#BlogTour Seven Seconds by Lisa Compton @LisaCompton1210 @PerpetuityBooks ‏@Marablaise

Seven Seconds by Lisa Compton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Olivia Osborne, a forensic psychologist and former FBI agent, is blessed (or cursed, depending on who you ask) with unique gifts. Olivia is able to sense what others cannot--the spiritual presence of those who have "crossed over," as well as the living who are influenced, or some cases possessed, by evil. The passing of her beloved Gran was the catalyst Olivia needed to leave the FBI behind and return to her native San Antonio, Texas. But a familiar evil has followed on her heels.

When a series of brutal murders rock her city, Olivia is pulled into the investigation despite her plans to leave that part of her life behind. What if she isn’t supposed to run? What if she was always supposed to stand and fight?


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I love it when I find a great thriller with the addition of paranormal. And, that's what I found when I started to read Seven Seconds. Olivia Osborne has like the women in her family a gift, or gift is a strong word since sensing the spiritual presence of people that have crossed over as well as those that are possessed by evil is also a burden. Olivia has tried to move on from her work at the FBI, but when a serial killer is murdering women in her hometown is she contacted by an old friend and police to help out. The question is, will she be able to stop the killer?

Seven Seconds is one of those books that intrigued me from the start. I just love it when I read about a tough woman Olivia who also has a special gift. The hunt for the serial killer gets very personal and we learn more about her past. This is something I love, getting to know characters past history through flashbacks or reflections. It really gives more depth to the story and adds some spice to this already interesting story. And, I'm deeply pleased to know that this is the first book in a series because I really want to read more about Olivia. There is a bit of romantic triangle in this book, but personally, I found it only refreshing as it's written so well and adds more depth to the characters. It will be interesting to read book two and see how it all will be developed.

The ending is both satisfying and saddening. Can't give away anything, but I wished an event could have ended differently. It's a great book and if you like me like thrillers with a paranormal vibe, then go for this book!

I want to thank PerpetuityPublishing for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

#BookReview Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride @StuartMacBride @HarperCollins

Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the No. 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, comes a standalone spinoff featuring DS Roberta Steel
Sergeant Roberta Steel has recently been demoted after being caught fitting up a suspect. The trouble is, the man she got sent down has had his sentence quashed now he’s back on the streets. And women are being attacked again. But if DS Steel goes anywhere near him his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good.

The Powers That Be won’t listen to her not after what happened last time. Besides, she’s got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy perhaps she should focus on solving them instead of harassing an innocent man?

But Steel knows he’s guilty and the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer. The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?


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A novel starring DS Roberta Steel? Can that really work? I mean I like her, she is a great character in the Logan McRae series. But, can she really front her own own book? Oh yes, she can!

If you have read any of Stuart MacBride's books, then you already know he's a terrific writer, a man that can write a crime book that feels like three books crammed into one (it works, don't know how, but it does) and mix action, humor and tragedy and hilarious banter (trust me, listening to any of the books he has written can be both entertaining and hard work keeping the smile from your face and scaring the people around you who don't understand why you are giggling).

Where was I? Oh, yes the book, man I can't express enough how wonderful this book is. Although I should perhaps have written down notes. Although it had probably not have helped that much trying to explain this book story without giving away the plot.

So, I will just say this, yes this book can be read as a stand-alone without having read ANY of Stuart MacBride books before (although it's a plus if you have done that, then you know more about her "relationship" with Logan). Also, this book is way thinner than the other books I have read, at least it felt like that, still the story is marvelous, the time just flies when I started to read this book so it could be that. And, finally I just want to say, I want more. Yes, I need more books starring Roberta Steel!

So, there you have it, a very messy review, but it just reflects my messy brain as I try to summarize my feelings towards this book...

I want to thank Harper Collins for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

#BookReview The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman @BerkleyPub @Marablaise

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A covert mission
A royal demand
And a race against time


The fourth title in Genevieve Cogman's witty and wonderful The Invisible Library series, The Lost Plot is an action-packed literary adventure.

In a 1930s-esque Chicago, Prohibition is in force, fedoras, flapper dresses and tommy guns are in fashion, and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon vs dragon contest. It seems a young librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can't extricate him there could be serious political repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war.

Irene and Kai find themselves trapped in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They'll face gangsters, blackmail and fiendish security systems. And if this doesn't end well, it could have dire consequences for Irene's job. And, incidentally, for her life . . .


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After the last books thrilling plot was I eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. The Lost Plot takes librarians Irene and Kai to an alternative world set in 1930s America with gangsters (and dragons). They have to save the life of a librarian who has been caught up in a fight between two dragons. And, Irene and Kai most try to fix this situation since librarians have to stay outside conflicts like this.

Now, this book was absolutely alright to read. I love Genevieve Cogman's writing style, the humor, and the action and of course the supercool Invisible Library. However, I just want to say that there were two things that just made this book a little less interesting to read and that was that my favorite character, besides Irene, was pretty much absent all through the book. Yes, Vale is not in this book much. Which is perhaps logical since Irene and Kai are in another alt. world than Vale's. However, that doesn't mean that I don't miss him and that I didn't spend the whole book waiting for him to show up. Also, the romantic turn in this book is one that I was not at all thrilled about. I'm not sure I will handle this pairing in the next book. It just feels, not interesting.

The plot, for the most part, was good with two dragons competing against each other. Nevertheless, There were moments when I felt that my interest would drop throughout the story. Irene's usually brightened the dull moments with some wisecrack comments or thoughts. However, I must admit that looking back do I realize that my heart was not really there. That the story just barely worked for me. It could be because of the big confrontation in the previous book and the fact that this dragon centralized storyline just didn't do the trick for me.

However, I will still read the next book in this series and I do hope to see more of Vane in it.

I want to thank Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

Monday, 8 January 2018

#BookReview The Devil's Claw: A Jennifer Dorey Mystery by Lara Dearman @crookedlanebks @Marablaise

The Devil's Claw: A Jennifer Dorey Mystery by Lara Dearman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Following a traumatic incident in London, journalist Jennifer Dorey has returned home to Guernsey, taking a job as a local newspaper reporter. When she finds a drowned woman on a beach, Jennifer uncovers something much bigger and more sinister than she first thought.

Jennifer enlists the help of DCI Michael Gilbert, an officer on the verge of retirement, to investigate a pattern of similar deaths over the last fifty years. They follow a dark trail of island myths and folklore to the illegitimate son of a Nazi soldier, whose painstakingly executed work has so far gone undetected. But as Jennifer gets closer to the truth of the killer’s identity, she finds herself stepping deeper into his grasp.

Jennifer thinks she’s safe, but the dark hides sinister things in The Devil’s Claw, Lara Dearman’s exhilarating debut novel.


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The Devil's Claw is the first book in the Jennifer Dorey Mystery series and I read a sample of this book a while back and loved the intro of this book and couldn't wait to get the chance to read the whole book.

Now, I read a lot of mystery books and I especially love harsh island settings like in this one. Part of the charm of reading this book was just that the mystery takes place in Guernsey, an island that was occupied by Germany during WW2. Add this dark history seems to have a connection to the crimes that journalist Jennifer Dorey thinks has been committed for several decades. But, how to stop a killer if there is no proof that a murder has been committed?

The Devil's Claw is an interesting book. I loved the setting, the Nazi connection was intriguing. And I found Jennifer Dorey to be an is an interesting character whos return home from London occurred when her father died. But something happened in London that made her afraid to go back. DCI Michael Gilbert is also a great character with a tragic past that almost killed him a few years back. Now they, this odd duo starts to work together to solve a maybe crime. I wish I could say that the crime captivated me, but one some level I felt that I never really got truly invested in the criminal case. I wonder if it is because it was not hard to figure out who the baddie was. There are a couple characters introduced as the potential candidates and I nailed it quite easily. Sure, there were moments when I wondered if I was truly correct. But, in the end, I was right, so yay to me. But, I think that the main problem is that the case just did not really get suspenseful. The case moved too slowly forward.

Nevertheless, I quite liked the characters, and, despite the slowness of the case was it an interesting one to try to figure out the motive for and I would definitely read the sequel.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

#BookReview Harrow County, Vol. 6: Hedge Magic by Cullen Bunn @DarkHorseComics @Marablaise

Harrow County, Vol. 6: Hedge Magic by Cullen Bunn
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

When a haint comes to Emmy asking for help, she's surprised to learn that one of her oldest friends may be turning against her. While Emmy has been focused on dealing with threats from the outside world, perhaps a much bigger problem has been brewing at home. Collects issues #21-#24 of the award-winning series!

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Jumping from the story in volume 2, to this one volume 6, felt like a bit of a mistake. However, I really wanted to read this volume since this is a series that I quite like.

It took a while for me to get into the story, to be honest, mostly because I haven't read a Harrow County volume in a while and obviously reading this volume much has happened since I read Harrow County, Vol. 2: Twice Told.

However, Hedge Magi is a pretty good volume, can be hard to read this graphic novel without any previous knowledge about the series. But, you get the gist of the story pretty fast. I found myself quite caught up in the story towards the end, and just as it was truly getting good, did it all end! Sigh!

The art is still my big problem, I'm just not that fond of the drawings and the how the characters look. But, in a way, it starts to grow on me, and I'm not totally put off. It's just that I feel every time I start to read a Harrow County volume that it takes a while for me to enjoy the story because of the art. Thankfully the stories are good!

Thanks to Dark Horse Books for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

#BookReview Kodnamn Kassandra (The Cassandra Sanction) by Scott Mariani (SWE/ENG) @Marablaise

The Cassandra Sanction by Scott Mariani
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

SWEDISH REVIEW

Ett tragiskt dödsfall.
En sörjande bror.
En konspiration för att bedra hela mänskligheten.

Allt Ben Hope ville var att ta en stillsam drink på den lilla baren i spanska Fragiliana. Men där möter han den olycklige spanjoren Raul, som vägrar acceptera att hans tvillingsyster – den kända astronomen Catalina Fuentes – självmant kört sin bil över en klippkant. Någon kropp har inte hittats och nu ber Raul Ben, i egenskap av för detta SAS-agent, om hjälp för att leta efter henne.

Ben inser snart att Catalina inte är den första forskare som påstått tagit livet av sig, och han börjar ana att han är en stor konspiration på spåren …

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Jag tycker om att läsa en bok om Ben Hope mellan varven. Handlingarna är intressanta och har ofta kopplingar till historiska händelser och personer. Kodnamn Kassandra är inget undantag. I denna bok så träffar Ben på Raul Fuentes, en man som nyligen har förlurat sin syster, Catalina Fuentes. Allting tyder på självmord, men Raul tror att syster forfarande lever då man aldrig fann kroppen. Ben har svårt att tro honom, men minns själv hur han gav upp hoppet om sin egen syster när hon försvann när de var små för att sedan få reda på många år senare att hon lever. Ben beslutar sig för att hjälpa Raul trots att han innerst inne tror att Catalina är död.

Kodnamn Kassandra var mycket trevlig att läsa. Även om berättelsen om den försvunna systersn var bra, var jag mest fascinerad över information man fick angående Bens egen barndom. Jag har inte läst alla böckerna i serien, så Bens bakgrund var okänd för mig. Och jag måste erkänna att Bens personliga historia, som bara är en liten del av boken, gjorde ett större intryck än huvudhistorien. Inte för att Rauls jakt på sin syster var tråkig, det var mer den delen av berättelsen kändes en aning förutsägbar mellan varven. 

Jag tyckte om att läsa boken och jag ser fram emot att läsa både nästa bok i serien och de andra tidigare publicerade som jag har missat att läsa. 

Tack HarperCollins Nordic för recensionsexemplaret!

ENGLISH REVIEW

A TRAGIC DEATH. A GRIEVING BROTHER.
A PLOT TO DECEIVE THE ENTIRE WORLD…

All Ben Hope wanted was a quiet drink in a peaceful Spanish bar. What he got instead was the kind of trouble that only a man like him can handle.

Raul Fuentes can’t accept that his sister, Catalina, took her own life. Ben isn’t convinced, but ghosts from his own past compel him to help Raul discover the truth.

What connects Catalina’s apparent suicide to the suspicious fate of three of her fellow scientists? And why do a gang of professional killers follow Ben and Raul wherever they go?

Ben will soon discover the terrible truth, a fraudulent conspiracy to dupe all of humankind. And those responsible will soon find out they’ve met their match.

BEN HOPE is one of the most celebrated action adventure heroes ever and SCOTT MARIANI is one of the most successful home grown thriller writers of all time. Join the MILLIONS of readers who get breathless with anticipation when the countdown to the new Ben Hope thriller begins …

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I always enjoy reading a Ben Hope novel now and then, the stories in the book are interesting and they often have links with historical events and people. The Cassandra Sanction is no exception. In this book, Ben meets Raul Fuentes, a man who has recently lost his sister, Catalina Fuentes. Everything implies suicide, but Raul believes that sister is still alive since the body has never been found. Ben has difficulty believing him, but remembers himself how he gave up the hope of his own sister when she disappeared when they were little only to find out many years later that she was alive. Ben decides to help Raul even though he believes Catalina is dead.

I found this book to be very pleasant to read. Although the story was good, the missing sister, was I mostly intrigued by the snippet we got from Ben's own childhood  I've not read all the books so much about Ben is still unknown to me. And, I have to admit that Ben's personal story, although just a small part of the book, made a bigger impression than the main story. Not that Raul's hunt for his sister was boring, it was more that part of the story felt a bit predictable.

I did enjoy reading the book, and I'm looking forward to both reading the next book in the series and getting to the first books that I've missed.  

Thanks HarperCollins Nordic for the review copy!

#BlogTour The Captain’s Disgraced Lady by Catherine Tinley @CatherineTinley @rararesources #spotlight

Who is Captain Harry Fanton?

When Juliana Milford first encounters Captain Harry Fanton, she finds him arrogant and rude. There’s no way she’ll fall for his dazzling smile! Her visit to Chadcombe House was always going to prompt questions over her scandalous family, so she’s touched when Harry defends her reputation. She’s discovering there’s more to Harry than she’d first thought...

A man so plagued by the demons of war, he’s sworn he’ll never marry, no matter how tempted...


About the author

Catherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech and language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works for Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog.




Giveaway – Win 2 x signed copies of The Captain’s Disgraced Lady (Open to UK only).

Saturday, 6 January 2018

#BookMarathon Bout of Books 21: Reading List

As usual when it comes to a reading list will I probably not be able to keep to it 100%, especially if I get a book that I truly want to read during the marathon week.

For the reading list will I try to read eARCs (as usual) and it will be a lot of audio books since I will be working. The best thing is when I find an eARC as an audiobook.

7 Jan Update: Ecstacy by Mary Sharratt is off the list since I'm reading it now, instead have I added Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh. And, then I remembered that I need read The Swedish Girl as well since I'm doing a blog tour for the book the 18 Jan. So...I'm booked! :)

NetGalley:

Edelweiss:

Blog Tour:


Audiobooks (Yes I know I will NEVER get to them all, but I couldn't just pick 3 of them! ;)



Friday, 5 January 2018

#BookMarathon Bout of Books 21


It's time again for a new Bout of Books reading marathon!!!!!!!!!!


I will keep is short, having a cold and really not much energy to write much right now. But I will try to get a lot of books read next week. Haven't a reading plan (yet), but I bet there will be many audio books since I'm working...as usual!

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books

Thursday, 4 January 2018

#CoverCrush Curious Weather by Holly Messinger @Marablaise

For new visitors do I want to explain that Cover Crush is something that my friend Erin over at Flashlight Commentary came up with and I adopted the idea together with some other friends. And, now we try to put up a Cover Crush every week. You can check below my pick of the week for their choices this week!


A brilliantly crafted, fast-paced historical fantasy set in the rich world of the American West follows unforgettable hero, Jacob Tracy—a Civil War veteran who can see ghosts.

On the heels of her starred Publisher’s Weekly debut, The Curse of Jacob Tracy, Messinger delivers another remarkably original novel where she deftly recreates the tumultuous post-Civil war era and clashes the natural with the supernatural. 

When Jacob Tracy—Civil War veteran, ex-seminarian, and reluctant psychic—agrees to move into Miss Fairweather’s St. Louis mansion and study magic with her, he has one purpose in mind: to hunt down and destroy the necromancer Mereck, a predatory madman who has twice tried to make a meal of Trace and trapped Trace’s partner Boz in a monstrous half-life. 

Sabine Fairweather has her own grievance with Mereck, though Trace doesn’t know the details and doesn’t particularly want to. The woman may be a brilliant scientist and a powerful witch in her own right, but there is darkness in her and bitter secrets that threaten the tenuous faith Trace has in her. 

With Mereck’s minions circling ever closer, and old allies posing unexpected threats, Trace knows he and Sabine have no choice but to trust each other. But for that to happen, he will have to lay bare all the deepest secrets of her soul…and quite possibly her heart.

Some thoughts about the cover:

My love for westerns (and supernatural books) made me instantly love this cover. It looks like the couple is facing some serious danger, but she seems quite calm while he is ready for some serious bang-bang. And, what's with the pentagram?

Check out what my friends have picked for Cover Crush's this week:

Stephanie @ Layered Pages





Monday, 1 January 2018

#Bookreview Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict @Marablaise

Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In the industrial 1860s at the dawn of the Carnegie empire, Irish immigrant Clara Kelly finds herself in desperate circumstances. Looking for a way out, she seeks employment as a lady's maid in the home of the prominent businessman Andrew Carnegie. Soon, the bond between Clara and her employer deepens into love. But when Clara goes missing, Carnegie's search for her unearths secrets and revelations that lay the foundation for his lasting legacy. With captivating insight and stunning heart, Carnegie's Maid tells the story of one lost woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist.

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I was thrilled when I got the chance to read this book long before it was released. I mean as I write this review is it more than half a year left before the book is released. But, I just had to read it!

So, by the two stars rating have you probably figured that I did not truly love this book. Now, before I start to explain what worked and what did not work for me will I just tell you that I'm sure many will love this book. It's not badly written or anything. It's just that I'm pretty picky when it comes to romance, and that what in the end made this book fail for me.

Now, the book had potentials. The beginning was intriguing and I was eager to see how the story would develop. Now, I did know that this was a romance story. The blurb clearly stated it, but, despite not being a fan of romance books, do like to read romance in a historical setting. Clara is imagined characters, but that I didn't mind that even though I prefer reading historical romance stories between real-life characters. I did enjoy reading and learning more about Andrew Carnegie. Such a fascinating man. And, here is the problem, I would have loved the story to have been more about Andrew Carnegie's life and career and less about Clara, her tribulations and the romance between them. It just didn't work for me, I felt no sparks between them. To put it bluntly, Clara was not an interesting character and that made the romance pretty uninteresting.

And, the ending. I can't give it away of course. But, it felt very unbelievable. The beginning of the book clearly shows how it all would end. But, for my life can't I fathom that ending. It just doesn't make sense for me. Love always finds a way, and that ending was such a letdown to a story that already felt like a letdown.

I'm sorry to say, but this book was just not for me...

I want to thank Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!