Friday 29 November 2019

On McPig's Radar - The Deep

This sounds like a book that my Titanic loving heart needs as soon as it releases!

The Deep
by Alma Katsu

Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

Deaths and disappearances have plagued the vast liner from the moment she began her maiden voyage on 10 April 1912. Four days later, caught in what feels like an eerie, unsettling twilight zone, some passengers - including millionaire Madeleine Astor and maid Annie Hebbley - are convinced that something sinister is afoot. And then disaster strikes.

Four years later and the world is at war. Having survived that fateful night, Annie is now a nurse on board the Titanic's sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. And she is about to realise that those demons from her past and the terrors of that doomed voyage have not finished with her yet . . .

Bringing together Faustian pacts, the occult, tales of sirens and selkies with themes of guilt and revenge, desire and destiny, The Deep offers a thrilling, tantalizing twist on one of the world's most famous tragedies.

Expected publication: March 5th 2020
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Thursday 28 November 2019

Dead Before Dying - Get it Now for Free!!!

The Dead Before Dying e-book is free until the end of the month. So go get this awesome book now!

Maureen is totally amazing!

Dead Before Dying (Shadow Valley Manor #1)
by Kerry Schafer

Sidelined by an on the job injury, veteran paranormal investigator Maureen Keslyn reluctantly accepts an assignment at Shadow Valley Manor, an upscale retirement facility where someone—or something—is picking off residents and staff at a grisly clip.

With her resources dwindling one death at a time and unnatural forces on the loose, Maureen’s experience fighting the supernatural provides her only hope to destroy a clever and powerful evil before everybody in the manor—and the town—winds up dead. Together with a ragtag team that includes the local sheriff, the undertaker's daughter, and the facility cook whose knife skills in the kitchen could prove deadly out of it--Maureen is on a mission to bring rest to the weary, and peace to the dead...

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Monday 25 November 2019

The Bridge Kingdom - Book Review (repost)

The Bridge Kingdom is now also available in print, so I got my trotters on the paperback and did a reread. Here's a repost of my audio book review, as the book is still just as awesome!

The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1)
by Danielle L. Jensen

What is it about:
What if you fell in love with the one person you'd sworn to destroy?

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara's homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.

But as she infiltrates her new home - a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas - and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore.

Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?

What did I think of it:
Apart from the occasional short story, I'm not really an audio book listener/reader. I will confess I get easily bored, and on top of that the narrators take so much longer reading it to me, than I can read it myself. Also: i'm totally not a multi-tasker: there's only so much I can do while listening to a story. Therefor I was all set to wait for this book to be released in print, but I couldn't resist joining a giveaway for the Audible version. And I won! So I decided to give the audio book a chance, because it sounded like my kind of story.

And this story is so good I actually finished the audio book! I will confess that during the first few chapters I wondered if I would stick it out. The narrators at times really annoyed me with how they did the voices. I mean: why would an excellent spy master sound like a velvety snake ready to poison you. Really: he sounded like you should count all your digits after just talking with him.

But narration aside I was soon caught up in the story. I wanted to know what would happen to Lara and Aren. I did crank up the speed of the narration (almost 12 hours normal speed) slowly to first x1.5, to finally x2 because I just couldn't wait the whole 12 hours to find out how this story would end, it was that good.

There were some things that were predictable, but much more that took me totally by surprise. Lara is a cool heroine, she is capable, smart, and can think on her feet, but it's also clear her education left out some important things, and what she has in learned wisdom, she lacks in actual street smarts. As she slowly gets to know her new husband and his country she starts to question everything she learned, and she starts to fall for his charm and apparent kindness. The attraction between them is clear, but Lara's secrets, and Aren's protectiveness toward his country make the romance between them slow burning, but good.

As Lara uncovers both truths and lies, and her feelings for Aren grow, she will have to decide if she will do what her father asked her, or if she will switch alliances. Here I could see certain things coming, and I wanted to kick Lara at times. Still I rooted for her, and hoped things would turn out right.

And the ending!

Man, I need the second book in this duology! So you bet I'll get the print version of this book once it releases, to read at my own speed and to hug. I'll probably also totally cave and get the audio version of the sequel once it releases, because I need to know what will happen next.

If you're a fan of audio books I can totally recommend this to you!

Why should you read it:
It's a suspenseful and awesome Fantasy read/listen.

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Friday 22 November 2019

Magic for Nothing - Book Review

Magic for Nothing (InCryptid #6)
by Seanan McGuire

What is it about:
As the youngest of the three Price children, Antimony is used to people not expecting much from her. She’s been happy playing roller derby and hanging out with her cousins, leaving the globe-trotting to her older siblings while she stays at home and tries to decide what she wants to do with her life. She always knew that one day, things would have to change. She didn’t think they’d change so fast.

Annie’s expectations keep getting shattered. She didn’t expect Verity to declare war on the Covenant of St. George on live television. She didn’t expect the Covenant to take her sister’s threat seriously. And she definitely didn’t expect to be packed off to London to infiltrate the Covenant from the inside…but as the only Price in her generation without a strong resemblance to the rest of the family, she’s the perfect choice to play spy. They need to know what’s coming. Their lives may depend on it.

But Annie has some secrets of her own, like the fact that she’s started setting things on fire when she touches them, and has no idea how to control it. Now she’s headed halfway around the world, into the den of the enemy, where blowing her cover could get her killed. She’s pretty sure things can’t get much worse.

Antimony Price is about to learn just how wrong it’s possible for one cryptozoologist to be.

What did I think of it:
Did I text a friend halfway through the book to ask her if I was rooting for the wrong guy yet again? Totally!

That said: I very much enjoyed this book even though I wasn't happy with the love interest and also not that happy with Antimony at times.

I loved learning a bit more about the Covenant of St. George, and about the carnival Annie has to infiltrate. The mice are also part of the story again, and where there are Aeslin mice you have a happy piggy!

Antimony did work on my nerves half the time, and the other half I cheered her on. She really needs to do some growing up in my opinion, and to stop blaming others for her own choices. But overall I could root for her and her allies, and I was eager to see where things would lead.

The ending, although not a cliffhanger, left me hungry for more, so I'll try to get my trotters on the next book soon.

Why should you read it:
It's a very fun and entertaining UF read.

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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Slaying Monsters for the Feeble - Book Review

Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (The Guild Codex: Demonized #2)
by Annette Marie

What is it about:
I'm bound to a demon.

For my entire life, I avoided magic at all costs. Now, I'm responsible for a demon who wields magic more powerful than the toughest mage or sorcerer.

Demons are evil.

That's what my textbooks say. That's what I see. He's ruthless, he's temperamental, he's cold. But he protects me without fail. I wonder if he's hiding a heart behind his hostility.

My demon is a monster.

Whether he's heartless or not, my contract with him is illegal and beyond dangerous. Together, we must find a way to return him to his own world before anyone discovers our secret. If that wasn't bad enough, I've come to realize something else:

My demon isn't the only monster I should be worried about.

What did I think of it:
So yes: I did go on a bit of a binge and read three books by Annette Marie in a row.

This second book in the Demonized series is just as much fun as the first.

Robin and her demon have to learn how they can work together. They have the same goal, but different views on how to reach it. And Robin is still trying to figure out how human Sylas is and if she can fully trust him and vice versa.

During their search for Robin's family grimoire they find more trouble than they had counted on, and soon Robin is once again trying to survive.

I really like the bond Robin and Sylas share, and loved learning more about both Sylas and the workings of the demon world. The story is suspenseful and took turns I didn't see coming. Some things are getting clear, new secrets pop up. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it.

I'm eager to read more in this series and world, so you bet I'll get my trotters on the next book Annette Marie releases in this setting.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun and cool UF read.

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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Teaser Tuesdays - Barely Bewitched

"It's not a good idea. We're like clothes that have been too long in the dryer. I don't want any static-cling shocks, you know?"
"That's where we differ. I like our static cling and the shocks that go with it."

(page 39/40, Barely Bewitched by Kimberly Frost)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday 18 November 2019

The Alchemist and an Amaretto - Book Review

The Alchemist and an Amaretto (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #5)
by Annette Marie

What is it about:
As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything--mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I'd rather run for the hills. It doesn't even have to be my family.

So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron's mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I've got a bigger problem. Students of his family's renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds--and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus...and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we'll protect the students.

And Aaron's parents too, I suppose. If we have to.

What did I think of it:
After finishing Taming Demons for Beginners I immediately picked up the next book in the Spellbound series.

And this was another book that kept me reading deep into the night.

Tori, her three mage friends, and Tori's alchemist friend Sin are spending Christmas at Aaron's parents academy, they think the worst thing they will encounter are Aaron's parents and some stuck up alumni, but they're wrong!

I loved the setting and the set up. It was cool to see a bit about where Aaron came from, and how he struggles to not slip back in patterns from his childhood. Then a group of students gets attacked and things go wrong in a rapid pace.

I was totally hooked and rooting for Tori to save the day. As she is trying to figure out who or what is behind the trouble, things are happen to Ezra that raise the stakes even more. I was at the edge of my seat to discover if all my favorite characters would survive.

This was yet another awesome adventure, and the end left me hungry for more. At the back of the book was a novella that introduced the reader to a new character who will get his own spin-off, and it set the stakes of the next Spellbound book as well.

Guess what I'll be getting my trotters on once released!

Why should you read it:
It's an awesome Urban Fantasy read.

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Friday 15 November 2019

Taming Demons for Beginners - Book Review

Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1)
by Annette Marie

What is it about:
Rule one: Don't look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle's house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don't practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.

Rule two: Don't listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I'm supposed to act like I don't know how illegal and dangerous it is.

Rule three: Don't talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn't find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn't notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn't break the rules.

But I did, and now it's too late.

What did I think of it:
I love the Guild Codex: Spellbound series, so I had to try this spin-off from that series.

And this book is so much fun!

I really liked Robin: she's an introverted bookish young woman, who ends up in trouble because of her curiosity and kindheartedness. She binds herself to a demon without knowing the rules and will have to figure things out on the run, because soon all hell breaks loose.

The events in this book run alongside the events in book 4 of the Spellbound series, and it was fun to see where the stories overlap. But don't fear, new readers: this series is perfectly readable without having read the Spellbound series, as a good friend of mine can attest.

This book is just as fun and suspenseful as the books in the Spellbound series, but Robin is a very different character than Tori is, so she gets herself in trouble in new and creative ways. I was hooked from the start and couldn't put the book down until I finished it. You bet I ordered the next book right away!

Why should you read it:
It's a fun and suspenseful Urban Fantasy read.

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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Suspicious Minds - Book Review

Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things Novels #1)
by Gwenda Bond

What is it about:
A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things.

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be further from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, codenamed MKUltra. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tightlipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.

But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than she could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable, superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.

Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.

What did I think of it:
I really enjoyed the Stranger Things series on Netflix, so when I ran into this prequel novel I couldn't resist.

And this is a cool and suspenseful story even while knowing some of what the future will bring.

I was soon totally engrossed in the story and was rooting for Terry and her friends to figure out what was going on and to get out of this story alive. I especially liked Alice and wouldn't mind if she gets her own book.

I did think that Bond kept the story on the surface. There are emotional moments, but it doesn't go deep. The storytelling is more on the events than what people are feeling most of the time.

All in all I really enjoyed this story and might pick up more Stranger Things related books.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool read for Stranger Things fans.

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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Teaser Tuesdays - Slaying Monsters for the Feeble

My fingers closed around the warm disc, the center carved with the sigil of Zylas's house.
"We did it," I whispered, scarcely able to believe I was alive.

(page 132, Slaying Monsters for the Feeble by Annette Marie)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday 11 November 2019

Slay - Book Review

by Brittney Morris

What is it about:
By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the "downfall of the Black man."

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for "anti-white discrimination."

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

What did I think of it:
I totally got this book because there was a mention of an online role-playing game.

And this is a cool read even though I didn't really connect with Kiera. She had made things unnecessarily complicated for herself in my opinion. How can you really be partners or friends if you keep the thing that controls most of your life from those you love? That aside: there were other characters inside the game Slay I really liked and rooted for. Once their safe haven was threatened I feared for what would happen to them if they would lose it entirely.

The story was intriguing and had my attention from start to finish. There were some things I'd have liked to go differently, but overall this was a good read.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool read.

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Friday 8 November 2019

Terminal Alliance - Book Review

Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse #1)
by Jim C. Hines

What is it about:

When the Krakau came to Earth, they planned to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species.

This would have worked out better for all involved if they hadn’t arrived after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn their ships around and go home. After all, it’s hard to establish diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.

Their second impulse was to try to fix us.

A century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack by an alien race wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her assortment of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship, but flying the damn thing is another matter. As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance.

A conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago…

What did I think of it:
I absolutely love Hines' Jig the Goblin trilogy, but couldn't get into his Princess series. Then I saw this book and knew I had to try it!

And what a fun SF adventure.

Mops is the head of the janitor crew aboard the Pufferfish. When things go horribly wrong she , her crew, and an alien technician named Grom are the only ones who might be able to save the day.

This book mixes a really suspenseful adventure with lots of humor. I was both on the edge of my seat and laughing. I immediately bonded with Grom, they might be alien, but they were so easy to relate to. Mops and her team were really cool as well. I rooted for all of them to stay alive and to find out what was going on.

Each chapter starts with either a short piece of history or a conversation log, filling in gaps and providing entertainment. As Mops and her crew chase the truth danger stalks them from every side. I had to keep reading to see how this story would end.

All in all a really fun and entertaining read. You bet I will get my trotters on the next book.

Why should you read it:
Janitors in Space! Need I say more?

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Thursday 7 November 2019

More print books by Jeffe Kennedy!

Good news for fans of Jeffe Kennedy and lovers of print books!

Four novella's from the Twelve Kingdoms/Uncharted Realms series are now bundled into two print books!

The Snows of Windroven and Negotiation can be bought as a print book here

Heart's Blood and The Crown of the Queen can be bought as a print book here

International readers can buy these books at the online amazon store closest to them (uk, de, fr, etc...)

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Gideon the Ninth - Book Review

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #1)
by Tamsyn Muir

What is it about:

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Tamsyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

What did I think of it:
Necromancers in space? Sign me up!

I will confess I've been lusting after this book ever after seeing an early copy in Dublin this August. So I was very happy to get my greedy trotters on it, and I'd have loved it just for its looks alone.

Luckily this book doesn't just look absolutely awesome, it's also a totally amazing read.

I was immediately hooked and I loved Gideon. I could totally understand why she wants nothing to do with the house she grew up in, and why she begrudgingly accompanies Harrow to the first house, where all other eight houses will be submitted to a test.

The story that develops can best be described as a Gothic murder mystery in space, and is absolutely fabulous! There were many characters, but all are so well worked out I didn't have a problem keeping up with who's involved in what scheme, and who is on the ball in the contest and who is not. I had my favorites, and once the bodies started falling, I was fearing for their lives.

Even with this book being over 400 pages long, it felt too short. I could have stayed lost in this Gothic adventure for ever. And the ending!!! OMG! I need the next book! You bet I've already preordered it and I'll be impatiently waiting for the release.

Why should you read it:
Necromancers in space!!

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Tuesday 5 November 2019

Teaser Tuesdays - Taming Demons for Beginners

With one ear tuned for sounds from the upper floor, I pried the lid off a plastic tote and shone my phone's flashlight inside.

(page 27, Taming Demons for Beginners by Annette Marie)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you sh"are doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday 4 November 2019

A Breath of Eyre - Book Review

A Breath of Eyre (Unbound #1)
by Eve Marie Mont

What is it about:
Emma Townsend has always believed in stories--the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates. Perhaps it's because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn't come close to filling the void left by her mother's death. And her only romantic prospect--apart from a crush on her English teacher--is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma's confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre. . .

Reading of Jane's isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane's body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she's never known--and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane's story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own. . .

What did I think of it:
This was a nice, but forgettable read for me.

The story set in the now is one that I've seen done before, and the parts where Emma finds herself in Jane Eyre's world could have been so much more. Especially her first visit is practically a rehash of the original novel.

Still it was nice enough to keep reading to see where things would lead. There were some unique twists to the story, but not enough to lift the story to the heights I had hoped for. I won't continue this series.

Why should you read it:
It's a nice Paranormalish YA read.

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Friday 1 November 2019

Ghost Town - Book Review

Ghost Town (The Morganville Vampires #9)
by Rachel Caine

What is it about:
While developing a new system to maintain the town's defenses, Claire discovers a way to use the vampires' powers to help keep outsiders from spreading news of Morganville's "unique" situation once they've crossed the city limits.

But the new system has an unexpected and possibly deadly consequence: People inside the town start forgetting who and what they are - even the vampires. And when Claire's boyfriend, Shane, and her best friend, Eve, start treating her like a perfect stranger, Claire realizes she has to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment - before she forgets how to save herself... and Morganville.

What did I think of it:
It took me awhile to pick up this book after reading book 8 which was annoying at times (especially Shane), but this book is back in Morganville and much better than the previous book.

I will confess I'm not loving Shane. He seems to get more obnoxious, but it might be I'm just in an unforgiving mood. Myrnin, my favorite character has a nicely sized role in this book though, so I was all happy.

The stakes in this book are high: if Claire can't find a solution to the problems Morganville is facing, everyone will lose their memories with devastating results. I was hooked from the start and kept reading to see what was going on and how Claire would fix it.

All in all a very enjoyable addition to the series. I'll pick up the next book soon.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun YA Vampire read.

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