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Thursday, December 18, 2014

141) Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

The Blurb :

In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm...

My Thoughts :

I don't know what happened to this book but I was so sure it was supposed to be released months ago.  I kept checking for it and finally it appeared on Audible the other week and I snapped it up straight away.  This series is one of my favourites to listen to and I have been looking forward to a new installment for over a year.

Foxglove Summer was just what I needed this last week.  A story I could really loose myself in and enjoy.  The change of scenery was a little surprising at first, I am so used to the London location that it was weird not having the familiar stomping grounds being described.  However it turned out that the different location was a breath of fresh air and it reminded you that the weird stuff isn't just something that happens in London.

Peter needed a break after what happened in the previous book and even if this is more of a busman's holiday he does get to enjoy himself a little.  There was a lack of Nightingale in this one but a nice amount of Beverley.  I didn't like her very much in the previous books but I warmed up to her in this one.  Of course Lesley is mentioned and has a very small part in this fifth book but it looks like we will have to wait for that mess to get cleared up in another story.

This series is turning out to be a brilliant escape of a read.  Lots of fantasy and supernatural all wrapped up in a mystery with some lovely characters, great humour and some very interesting explanations for everything.  I love the concept and also love the fact that it is totally British.  The author obviously has a great imagination but he also manages to put some facts behind his work.  There is no lack of research and this isn't the kind of series, story or plot that is thrown together quickly and without proper thought.

Well worth reading!  Make sure you start at the beginning!  Oh and if you like audiobooks then this is a superb one to listen to!  The narrator really brings the characters and story to life.  Definitely check this one out on Audible.

Here's hoping the wait till book six isn't too long....



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Author Guest : Scavenger Hunt with Alex Hughes



The Blurb

Nothing ruins a romantic evening like a brawl with lowlifes—especially when one of them later turns up dead and my date, Detective Isabella Cherabino, is the #1 suspect. My history with the Atlanta PD on both sides of the law makes me an unreliable witness, so while Cherabino is suspended, I’m paying my bills by taking an FBI gig.


I’ve been hired to play telepathic bodyguard for Tommy, the ten-year-old son of a superior court judge in Savannah presiding over the murder trial of a mob-connected mogul. After an attempt on the kid’s life, the Feds believe he’s been targeted by the businessman’s “associates.”


Turns out, Tommy’s a nascent telepath, so I’m trying to help him get a handle on his Ability. But it doesn’t take a mind reader to see that there’s something going on with this kid’s parents that’s stressing him out more than a death threat.




Reading Order


Rabbit Trick #0.5  ~  Clean #1  ~  Payoff #1.5  

 Sharp #2  ~  Marked #3  ~  Vacant #4






The Author


Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including Every day Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. 


She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily all at the same time! For all the latest news and free short stories, join Alex’s email list.








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140) Mist & Shadows by Yasmine Galenorn

The Blurb :

In Ghosts, you'll meet a man entranced by a picture of a woman who haunts him from beyond the grave.

Minor Deaths introduces you to Lisa, a Jumper, who must face a creature on one of her Jumps who threatens to lure her away from her body back on Earth.

Mortuary Man is the tale of a man's obsession with the dead.

Willowborn The Devil's Wind comes to Painter's Peak and brings with it a most unusual transformation.

Memory's Child is a story of the water Fae, and love both found and lost.

Siobhan and the Siren was Yasmine's very first published short story.

My Thoughts :

I am way behind on my yearly reading goal and I am trying to play catch up.  This involves reading some novellas so I will at least be back on track. There will be some serious reading going on over the Christmas holidays to make up for things but right now I am reading whatever I can, when I can.  So when I came across this collection of short stories by Yasmine Galenorn I decided to give it a go.  I am behind on her books right now and don't think I have managed to pick up anything written by her at all this year so it seemed like a good idea.

Unfortunately these stories were not my thing.  Not one of them really stood out and make me get excited and while they were all very well thought out and very interesting I didn't like them very much at all.  Maybe I was expecting something different.  Something more familiar.  Maybe my expectations were too high.  Whatever the reason, this collection was a bit of a disappointment.

However I think that any fans of the author should give this one a go.  I think the stories were well written and had some great concepts.  They just weren't for me.



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

139) Gifted by Kelley Armstrong

The Blurb :

Gabriel’s Gargoyles (Cainsville short story, Gabriel Walsh as 10 year old narrator.) :

Cainsville was where a boy could walk the streets safely at any time, day or night. Where everyone was genuinely glad to see you, and didn’t think you were odd if you wanted to keep to yourself. Because Cainsville was odd, too. For one thing, there are the gargoyles. Unlike the others, Gabriel doesn’t believe the carven creatures came to life to protect the town. It’s up to a boy to protect himself. Now he’s determined to find the last hidden gargoyle by winter Solstice. He’s also determined to get the perfect gift for his great-aunt Rose. And when Gabriel Walsh sets goals, he achieves them…one way or another.

The Puppy Plan (Otherworld novella, 9 year old Logan Danvers as narrator.) :

When Logan finds an puppy abandoned by the roadside a few days before Christmas, he knows it’s a sign. His sister Kate wants a dog more than anything. Their parents aren’t completely opposed to the idea. It’s just a bad time. A really bad time. Maybe next year. But now there’s this puppy in need of a home and a girl in need of a pet… So how does a boy who always plays by the rules give his sister what she wants most?

My Thoughts :

The Otherworld series came to an end but Kelley Armstrong still delights her readers with these amazing short stories!  The Puppy Plan is another story about Elena and Clay's twins who are now already 9 years old.  It is another great story in the series and a must read for any fans.  The Christmas theme to the story means that this is the perfect time of year to read this one and it would also make a perfect gift to anyone who loves this author.

The Cainsville series is Kelley's newest adventure and it is turning out to be just as amazing as all her other books.  I am enjoying the series a lot and this short story was a lovely gift from the author.  It was great to get to know Gabriel as a boy and really see how things were for him growing up.  The whole story was interesting to read and it would also make a great quick look into the series if you haven't already started.

Both stories were, as always, top notch.  Definite must reads for fans of the author and if you can manage it you really need to check these out before the holidays are over.  There is nothing like reading a Christmas story at the wrong time of year!

Thank you Kelley for the amazing gifts!  I hope you have a great Christmas! ;)





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Monday, December 15, 2014

138) Shopaholic on Honeymoon by Sophie Kinsella

The Blurb :

The new Mr and Mrs Brandon are on honeymoon, and Becky has big plans! They’ve got a whole year to explore Venice, learn yoga in India, sleep in little wooden huts in South America… maybe even see penguins in the Arctic. And of course they’ll need to buy just a few essential souvenirs along the way (everyone needs a set of Murano glass goblets, after all).

They’re not just tourists, they’re travellers. Becky is sure it is just the thing that Luke needs – time to unwind. He’ll come back a changed man… with all the good bits still intact of course.

But it soon becomes clear that Luke has different plans entirely. Can Becky help him let go, or will this little disagreement threaten their whole honeymoon?

My Thoughts :

There isn't much to say about this novella.  A free Kindle version the author has released for the fans so they can find out what Becky and Luke did on their Honeymoon.

Short, somewhat sweet, this isn't as funny and amusing as the full length novels.  It was a nice quick read and it was good to be back in Becky's Shopaholic world but it isn't much to write about.

A definite must read for fans of the series and not a bad choice if you are looking for something short  to read.  As I mentioned this is a free e-book so there is no wasted money just a free story that follows the couple on a nice trip to Venice.



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Sunday, December 14, 2014

137) Vacant by Alex Hughes

The Blurb :

Nothing ruins a romantic evening like a brawl with lowlifes—especially when one of them later turns up dead and my date, Detective Isabella Cherabino, is the #1 suspect. My history with the Atlanta PD on both sides of the law makes me an unreliable witness, so while Cherabino is suspended, I’m paying my bills by taking an FBI gig.

I’ve been hired to play telepathic bodyguard for Tommy, the ten-year-old son of a superior court judge in Savannah presiding over the murder trial of a mob-connected mogul. After an attempt on the kid’s life, the Feds believe he’s been targeted by the businessman’s “associates.”

Turns out, Tommy’s a nascent telepath, so I’m trying to help him get a handle on his Ability. But it doesn’t take a mind reader to see that there’s something going on with this kid’s parents that’s stressing him out more than a death threat…

My Thoughts :

The Mindspace Investigations have been amazing reads and this fourth installment is just as brilliant, if not better, than the previous three books.  Alex Hughes has founded a great concept and continues to work her magic on it making this a must read series for me.  Alone the idea of being a telepath isn't a new one but if you start at the beginning of this series and find out all about the Techwars and the Guild you will not only be hooked but also in awe of such a great idea.

I remember not being sure if I would like this series.  After all it is Sci-fi and I don't really like anything of that genre book wise.  Film and TV wise, sure, but reading about it isn't my thing at all.  However the science fiction in this series is subtle and not in your face.   It is interesting and mixed up together with some other very unusual stuff and actually the science fiction angle is mentioned just in passing every now and again.

This fourth book deals with the aftermath of what Cherabino and Adam took part in and did during book three.  It was nice how we left them but things get strange and twist around within a few pages of this book starting and the whole time I feel sorry for the strain it will put on them both and worry about the fallout.  Despite that mess there is more work for Adam and it takes him away from his usual haunts and puts him in some situations that will test him and his sobriety.  It was a wonderful plot and it kept me engaged all the way through the book but I won't give anything away because there are some nice twists and turns in there.

You can't go wrong with the Mindspace Investigations.  Even if it doesn't sound like your cup of tea, it is worth giving it a chance because this unique series is in a world of its own and will surprise you.  It certainly surprised me and the continuing story continues to surprise and keep me reading.  I can't wait to see what happens next, there are some big changes coming and it will make for great reading I am sure!

Vacant is another success in the Mindscape Investigations series and it remains on my must read list.  I can only hope that this series continues for a good few years and that the author delights us, sometime in the future, with something else as equally amazing as this series.




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Friday, December 12, 2014

Currently Reading & To Be Read

I know it has been quiet over here but it is the season to be busy and tired.  I am reading and will have some new reviews to post over the weekend.  You can all take bets on if I will meet my reading goal this year.  I am five books behind (according to Goodreads) and I need another 14 books before the end of the year to meet my 150 book goal.

Currently Listening to :

It feels like I have been waiting for this book for ages.  I was so sure it was releasing in Summer but nobody had it.  Then it suddenly appeared a few weeks ago and I quickly headed over to Audible for a copy.

This is an amazing British Paranormal humourous series and I absolutely love listening to this one.  This time around there isn't much going on in London and Peter is out getting muddy in some small villages but it is still turning out to be a great story with some interesting happenings.

If you haven't tried this series then you really need to start from the beginning because this is one that needs to be read in order.  Well worth trying out and definitely one to add to your Christmas wishlist!







Currently Reading :


This series is one of my favourites and despite it being a little sci-fi, which isn't my thing, it is a subtle little twist in the whole concept that I sometimes forget that this one is set in the future.

The characters are like old friends and the plot is always interesting and compelling.  The series is original, unusual and is for me, a must read.

I am about halfway through with this one but haven't had a chance to curl back up with it since Monday which was a Bank Holiday here.  I intend on finishing it off over the weekend and can't wait to see what happens!










The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :

There are a few books on this list that are ARC's I need to read and review but because they don't release for another couple of months/weeks.

Anyone paying attention will notice that this list has gotten longer and most of the books from last time are still on here.  I am a naughty person and keep reading the new stuff and neglecting the old stuff!

Portrait of a Dead GuyHot ButtonThe Midnight WitchQuick Study
Death by the Dozen