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Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox #BookReview

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About this book…

On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young boys are left alone while their parents dine downstairs.

But when one of the parents checks on the children at midnight, they discover one of them is missing.

The boys swear they stayed in their room. CCTV confirms that none of them left the building. No trace of the child is found.

Now the hunt is on to find him, before it’s too late – and before the search for a boy becomes a search for a body…

My review…

How is it that this is my very first Candice Fox book?! I don’t know how she has passed me by before but, thankfully, she’s on my radar now! I was attracted to Gone by Midnight by the blurb but what I got went far beyond my expectations as I met interesting, realistic characters who kept…

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The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Great review…I may have to give this series another go

The Reading Closet

Hi there, as many of you may know, one of my reading plans for this year was to finally read The Dark Tower series by Stephen King (much to my better half’s delight). If you were not aware and you’d like to read more then you can read all about it here. So I suppose this is the first of a potential seven – part review series?

January’s The Dark Tower read is the first book in the series; The Gunslinger. If any of you are American Horror Story fans then you’re aware of the feeling of being left with a million questions after the first episode but filled with the excitement of what happens next. This is the feeling I was left with after finishing this read. Let me take you back to the beginning!

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From Goodreads:

“In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most…

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Review: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Love the review….

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“I will ride the world, in between times, through the farthest countries of night and day”

Genre: Fantasy/YA

Similar to: Grimm’s Fairytales mixed with classic high fantasy

Could be enjoyed by: Those who like their YA fantasy with a darker edge

Publication date: 10th January 2019

I am starting 2019 with a bang!

The Winter of the Witch was my most anticipated reads of this year and I’ve already earmarked it as one of the best books of 2019.

Yes, during the second week of January.

It is that good.

I have ADORED the previous two instalments of the Winternight Trilogy and I was super-duper lucky to receive this book as a physical ARC (my first!) directly from the publishers. So, thank you to Tess Henderson at Penguin Random House for sending it to me. It holds a treasured place on my book blogging trolley.

I can’t quite put into words…

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#BookReview: The Binding by Bridget Collins @Br1dgetCollins @BoroughPress #TheBinding

Sounds so good…..can’t wait to read it

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Book Synopsis:

Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.
Forever.

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.

Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery:…

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The Garden of Stars by Samuel Canerday – Book Review

c9011ea8-259c-423a-bb5c-990f4c3f0f18The Garden of Stars by Samuel Canerday

The protagonist is a young man who, still troubled by the death of his father, returns home from college and tells his Mother he’s dropping out….she freaks out and as a result he decides to leave home and take a vacation to Mablepoint….

He checks in to a small hotel and ask about the area and is told a visit to The Iris Gardens is a must. Oh my, here the horror begins !

There is an archway, with a darkness that is calling…visions and terrible things seen and unseen lurking. There are lights in the night sky too like a midnight rainbow from the sea and a noise to scare the soul but which has a vague familiarity to it.

With murder, and freaky inhabitants, Mablepoint is a waking nightmare – I won’t give any spoilers, but if you love tales by Poe and Lovecraft you will adore this novella by Samuel Canerday….I can thoroughly recommend it.

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Red Snow: a complex chiller

I have to read this…..

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redsnowLike the very best Nordic noir, Red Snow conveys an eerie sense of place, of the suffocating claustrophobia endured by the inhabitants of a small Swedish town in frozen February. And like the very best crime fiction, the story in Red Snow centres on a remarkable protagonist, a touchstone for her time.

Tuva Moodyson is a recently bereaved, independent, professional and intelligent young woman. She’s also isolated, deaf – reliant on her all-too fallible hearing aids for ‘normal’ contact with the world around her – and bisexual.

With all those characteristics, you might expect Tuva to be a royal pain in the ass, a postergirl for the #MeToo generation. But the only snowflakes in sight are the ones piled deep into six-foot snowdrifts. Tuva’s written in exemplary fashion, so she feels just like – well, fancy that – a normal person. Which of course, she is.

The events of Red…

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The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene #bookreview #tarheelreader #thrperfectliar #thomaschristophergreene @stmartinspress #theperfectliar

A great review….

Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader

20181221_143937.jpgHappy Wednesday!  Today I have a review of The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene and publishing via St. Martin’s Press on January 15, 2018!


My Thoughts:

Susannah and Max are married. It’s the second marriage for Susannah. Her first husband passed away. Max is charming and the life of the party. He is now stepfather to her fifteen-year-old son. 

Susannah thinks the past is behind her and her new life is idyllic when she receives a note on her door one morning. 

The note says, “I know who you are.”

Max is not worried in the least about the note; however, just days after having dinner with Susannah and Max, someone dies in an accident while on a run…with Max. 

And that is all followed with another note on the door, “Did you get away with it?” 

Susannah and Max each have secrets, and they…

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The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris #bookreview @Anstey_Harris @simonschusterUK BookMinxSJV @BookMinxSJV

What a great review

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Amazon Blurb

Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music.

Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop.

It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable, and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about …

I think the blurb tells you all you need to need to know, about the underlying story line and I’m loath to say…

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The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts #NetGalley #BookReview @aclarkplatts @BloomsburyRaven

Have a read of this great review……

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Author: Alice Clark-Platts

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Format: Hardcover 352 pages

Release Date:  24 January 2019

Publisher: Raven Books

I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

THREE CHILDREN WENT OUT TO PLAY. ONLY TWO CAME BACK.

The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And the Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…


My Thoughts

This is a story which starts back in 1997 with two young girls, Laurel aged ten, and Rosie aged six, who whilst out playing led the even younger Kirstie Swann off to play and which somehow resulted in young Kirstie being beaten and tortured to death. 

Laurel and Rosie are known…

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The Immortalist by Chloe Benjamin

Love the review

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“If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?”

Varya, Daniel, Klara and Simon Gold live in New York’s lower Eastside and it’s the turn of 1969. News about a traveling Psychic claims to tell you the day that you die. One day they sneak out to get their fortunes told. Then, from then on, the stories unravel each of the siblings life told from their points of views until they die, how it effects their life and thinking.

To some this may sound boring…but what really caught me was knowing your death day. What would you do and how would you feel about that?

I have mixed feelings about knowing when I would die. I might change or go on a whim and explore the world. But I keep thinking that I feel like it would still happen on the same day even if…

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In an Absent Dream – Seanan McGuire

Great review….love this line…”In fact.. I’m still trying to find my doorway. But books like these give me hope that one day I will.”

The Grimdragon

Releases today!

Synopsis: This is the story of a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.

For anyone . . .

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#BlogTour #BookReview for A Walk in Wildflower Park – Part One – Build Me Up Buttercup by Bella Osborne @AvonBooksUK @osborne_bella #WildflowerPark

Lovely review

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Wildflower-park.BlogTourEscape to Wildflower Park with Part One of a brand new four-part serial from bestselling author Bella Osborne.

Life’s not always a walk in the park…

When Anna is dumped by her fiancé, she moves in to her own place on the edge of the gorgeous Wildflower Park and pledges to stay off men and focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives an accidental text from a mystery man, could it be the new start she needs? Or someone she really shouldn’t be falling for?

Anna’s neighbour Sophie is a stressed-out mum-of-two with a third on the way. Her husband is a constant frustration, and their children are a regular source of newly-invented swear words and unidentifiable sticky surfaces.

Luckily, Anna and Sophie have each other – and Wildflower Park proves to be a sanctuary as…

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