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I'm Kristal McKerrington. I have been a published author since 2010. I'm currently signed at Gilbert Literacy Agency. I'm signed with several publishers. I work with ReemVision. Even appeared on TMZ a few times. I'm a nationwide author with Marie's World. I have become a worldwide author with many publishers. 

I live in Scotland, I'm a believer in a free Scotland. I love Viking myths and history. I'm a reader in my spare time. I love to read paranormal and romance novels. I am co-creator of the genre wrestling romance with Joe E Legend. I'm a believer in doing a show on wrestling and romance writing together, showcasing my lifestyle compared to Joe's. 

I've written a comedy novel which comes out in 2015 with Firefly & Wisp Publishing. I'm entering new genres with interest. I love a challenge when it comes to my writing. 

I'm good friends with Mohombi who has supported my novel Marie's World going nationwide in the UK and will be released nationwide in the US. We have had support from Sony Music and other big promoters, celebrities. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

The Hidden Bones (Hills & Barbrook) By Nicola Ford Review

Hello all,

Here is my first Arc review for Allison and Busby. I'm so excited to share this with you. It's been delayed with my two stays in the hospital. 

Let's get into this great book. 

The Hidden Bones (Hills & Barbrook)

Rating:4/5 

Following the recent death of her husband, Clare Hills is listless and unsure of her place in the world. When her former university friend Dr David Barbrook asks her to help him sift through the effects of deceased archaeologist Gerald Hart, she sees this as a useful distraction from her grief. During her search, Clare stumbles across the unpublished journals detailing Gerald's most glittering dig. Hidden from view for decades and supposedly destroyed in an arson attack, she cannot believe her luck. Finding the Hungerbourne Barrows archive is every archaeologist's dream. Determined to document Gerald's career-defining find for the public, Clare and David delve into his meticulously kept records of the excavation. But the dream suddenly becomes a nightmare as the pair unearth a disturbing discovery, putting them at the centre of a murder inquiry and in the path of a dangerous killer determined to bury the truth forever.

What I Was Expecting: With it being like the crime books in Shetland I expected a lot of culture in it. I wasn't sure how that the woman was going to bridge two different forms of looking or looking for the truth. I have grown up in a world where Viking sites were the primary focus in my old community so I wondered if that would be apart of it. 

What I Got: Such a great well thought out a book that managed to balance the archaeology and crime-fighting well. It felt like a fresh breath of air. She didn't lose me in the more technical parts of Clare's job. 

My Thoughts: I'm not sure how they are going to continue this on as a series. I am sure praying that they will allow me to review the arc for the rest of the series. I found I loved some of the different fonts that were used. 

Review: We meet Clare and Gerald right away as it drops us into the storyline. We learn about Hungerbourne and its surrounding moors history. We meet David Barbrook. Clare thinks a lot about him. She goes up into the loft to help clear out Gerald's manor. She finds the Hungerbourne digs achieve. The papers linked to it. Papers that were meant to have burned down in the garage fire.

Peter suggests Arason for the garage fire. That the silent calls to kill Gerald might have driven the man insane. Clare feels an instant connection to Gerald.

Muir and David are introduced even though Muir doesn't play a part in this book that much. There is much more on the history of David's struggles. We learn that people think of Muir as a runt. He's from Glasgow and people hate his customs. David is able to tell Muir that he got 15,000 pounds in funding for Hungerbourne. Muir is furious at David's success. When David floats doesn't help. The pair has a long history together.

Muir leaves David with a threat.

David lets Clare work on the project as a paid worker. Clare's grateful for the opportunity. Surprised by how much she's allowed to do. Keeps her mind of her husband's death, the mess he left behind that she must clean up.

Clare suggests bringing in a bone expert for the Urn. They speculate why Gerald stopped the dig and kept the finds from the British Heritage Association. The warning keeps coming back to them about the woe waters. They examine the finds together, they find an article in the times that have them questioning Gerald again. They travel to the British Museum.

David reveals his hopes to dig at Hungerbourne which leads to Clare questing one of the origins of the pieces. Embarrassing the Mesuem and David at the same time. The sundial isn't what is described in the notes or what is achieved. There is confusion in the museum has David questioning Clare. After a fashion and a long drawn out fight, David makes up with Clare. She's made no mistakes.

They decide to run down Mr Jevon who owned the field that the dig took place in. Clare and David find Mr Jevon's son who revels that his father found the dial. David stops in it with Clare again leaving her angry, really hurt by him.

After getting the names of the dig crew they set up a meeting with Margret Bockwell. Gerald's brother Jim had money issues that were often helped by Gerald. Clare finds out how to find Jim. She has dinner with Peter as she strikes out on her own. Her husband affairs torment her int he background of the story. SHe fears to deal with his mess alone.

Clare meets with Joyce Clifford who runs a BnB that she stays in for the night. Joyce still wears her wedding band. She's divorced from Jim Hard, Gerald's brother. Clarie reveals that she is also a widower. She's shocked to discover that Joyce was expecting her. Joyce pours them a drink and gets to the point. She fears that she is going to lose her BnB. Joyce reveals that she suffered domestic abuse at the hands of Jim Hart. Jim did not leave with Joyce. Jim owed someone big from what she knows.

She heard George and Jim arguing. Jim tries to calm George down. Gerald had been paying her for her silence. He feared another scandal.

David has breakfast with Sally Treen the woman who is meant to find the missing sundial. He has had a passionate night with her and enjoys her company. Clare remembers telling David she was getting married to Stephan and how he reacted in that memory.  Clare has dinner with Peter again as they have a heart to heart conversation. They discuss whether or not David and Clare have a history. They are friends and that is all.

Peter wants to help them with the missing sundial. George pushes Peters buttons as they make inquiries into it. They learn that the gold was fenced to pay Jim's debt off. He suggests they talk to Ed Jevons about the missing sundial. Peter's angry at how it all goes. He's learning things about his father he didn't want to learn. He didn't want to know anything about his father.

Inspector Sally tells David there is very little hope of finding the disc after so many years. They continue their intimate relationship nether the less.

The American bone expert arrives catching Clare off guard. They excavate the urn. They find a filling in the midst of the soil. Clare starts to understand why Gerald closed the dig and hid the findings. Jo and Clare believe they have found evidence to support Gerald killing Jim, then stashing in him the Urn.

David is livid about Jo and Clare's findings, he takes his anger out on Clare. Joe loses her contract and appears to be US-bound. She is still around long enough to learn that the corner rules an unlawful killing of Jim Hart.

Inspector Sally Troon has to take over the case and is given a hard time. Things are growing to a peek when Clare kisses Peters cheek outside the courthouse. David's longing after Clare even though he's sleeping with Sally. It doesn't stop them from starting the dig.

Margret Brookford joins them at the dig. Margaret gets drunk and falls down where she cuts her hand. She implies that she knows where the sundial is. Accuses her of watching Jim's cremation. She had. She tells them everything she saw. Reveals that there was someone else at the dig other than Gerald and Joyce. The dig suffers from bad weather and storms comes in. The money issues that are growing.

Another letter from her husband's lawyers pummels her.  Clare is determined to keep going and her fear of heights isn't going to stop her. She takes to talking photos of the dig site. Margaret inquiries about Clare future plans. Clare says that the business dealings that Stephen made were complicated and put her in a bad situation. Margaret comforts Clare, as she tells her that his accident was classed as suspicious. Clare wonders if this is her fault somehow. She wonders if it was suicide, she shares the letter with Margaret.

Clares heart breaks coming to the truth that Stephen was penniless at the time of his death. Margaret and Clare make a plan of action. They go through her assets. She learns he's remortgaged the house. Cashed in his life insurances. She hears that the police rule it as suicide. Margaret asks her why she got involved in the dig. Clare tells her its a way to get away from the pain of her loss.

Through Margaret's hotel room window, she sees someone up on the dig site. Margaret tells her she's an archaeologist all along. That is what she is to hang onto.

In the morning David and Clare clean off the paint from the tea hut that the intruder from last night left behind. Clare tries to get him to take the threat seriously. She tells him that she is selling her the Mazda. He's horrified, she is embarrassed over what Stephen has done. She finds that she can't confide in David about Stephen. All attempts to escape her pain fails.

David calls Jo and asks her to look up an article in the times called "Woe Waters". He tells her not to tell that Clare has asked her to do this.

The platform that Clare's using to take pictures gives way under Clare. She scolds herself for peeing herself but it turns out to be blood. Clare gets wedged in the platform, Ed Jevons takes risks to get Clare out. After a fashion, he manages it, but there is something off about him. Ed compares Clare to a cow. Clare is taken to the hospital and held overnight. She suffered cuts and a dislocated shoulder.

David blames himself for Clare's accident. Ed tells David to burn the wood. He wants to check it out for himself.

Geroge Clifford has a neat garden when David pays him a visit as Clare rests with Margaret. It turns out that most of the village detests him. They notice huge differences between his wives. George dismisses his wife. George has to contact DI Treen. He asks repeatedly if he sees his first wife. H doesn't. Peggy changed her name, at the time of the first dig was mixed with both brothers. Jim told George about the affair when he had been drunk.

George remembers seeing Ed Jevons running from the pyre at the time it was burning. He saw the smoke, then guesses the whole town could see it.

Jo finds proof the dig has been targetted before and is being now. Clare doesn't think it was an accident that she went through the wooden planks. Margaret takes charge of Clare, sets up a room for her. She tends to keep an eye on her and check out the photograph tower for herself. Clare slowly recovers. She confesses her beliefs someone tried to kill her. She believes it's the same person who killed Jim, she doesn't think it was Gerald.

She thinks Peter doesn't believe her and Peter discovers Gerald had the archive moved. Paid extra for a moving team to move the archive than to stay quiet. He made sure it was done at night so there were no questions asked. Gerald's dig is being investigated by Peter who wants to know what happened. He started to look into it because the fire didn't make sense. Peter thinks that he had the fire to cremate Jim further.

Clare shares a drink with Ed who reveals that he was close to Gerald for years. He had been in on Jim and Clifford's scheme to steal the sundial. Assumes Jim gave it to Gerald before being murdered.

Jo starts work at the dig on full project pay. She tells Clare about her concerns after everything she has learned. Jo thinks David hired her to watch over Clare. H's worried about her and so is Jo. They settle on having a cup of tea.

A bowie knife turns up in the old Hart trench. It's bagged and ordered to b on Clare's desk. She realises Jenny's having a rough time of it. The girls goes out of her way to not help herself. She thinks there is nothing that can be done. The students seem fed up. The students getting a day off.

Clare an Jo pay George Clifford a visit instead of busing the students around. Gerald informs her that he has spoken to DI Sally Treen. This baffles the pair. Gerald tells her it's not the damaged one they stole. They both find Gerald creepy. Jo suggests DI Sally Treen might be right. The wonder if Jim had help.

Jenny remembers the last few weeks. She shares a drink with a stranger. Jenny turns up dead in the canal.  When she is found the police says she smelt heavily of booze. Di Sally Treen can't understand people refusing to see that Gerald killed Jim.

Jenny's death makes the national papers much to the dread of David. Clare and David are aware that they are running out of time at the dig.

Ed Jevon gets DI Sally Treen up to speed on what they know so far.

Clare goes to get the site plans so they will be able to make the most of their time.

David goes with Jo. She rips her jacket. David gives her Clare's old waterproof. Joe loses the keys. David has to leave her at the dig. Jo plans to walk back to the pub. She secures the camp and leaves the site. Jo's ran over by diesel 4x4. Ed and Margaret share a drink. Clare joins them. She worries about too. Margaret and Ed reassure her.

Clare and the group go to see Jo at the hospital. She has a broken leg, ribs and skull fracture.

They suspect a drunk driver. Clare and David pay Estelle a visit Clare lays out how the Killers are after her. Because she is taking to find the missive gold. The story points out Jim was abusive, he beat, abused verbally abused her. He started to threaten Peter. Estelle confesses to killing Jim in self-defence. Clare presses for where the sundial is now. She states the sundial was missing before the fight. They were a pair.

Estelle worries Peter needed a dad figure. David reassures Clare.

There is a large discussion about the dig.

Gerald faked the fire after David's letter showed up. He feels guilty. They decide it's not Estelle trying to kill Clare or the others. So they keep her secret.

David feels bound to Clare through the secret. Clare brings the bowie knife to David not the knife that she was told was used by Estelle. David tells her to stick with the plan they have made.

Clare takes the dig reports to the site. David tells her that it wasn't an accident what happened to her. She tells him about how Jo told her that the bowie knife is not the murder weapon. That Jo had tested the theories show that the bread knife was not the knife that killed Jim.

She is tormented by the desire to want a family.

Clare confronts Peter with her suspicions. This is after Peter tells her all that she remembers. He's not her attempted murderer. David turns up with the police and Clare asks Peter to tell the police what he knows. DI Sally Treen is smug when she makes the arrest. Clare hands over the murder weapon. Clare has a flashback about Stephen.

Margaret talks sense into Clare about Peter. They are deep into this conversation when Ed Jevon's turns up drunk. Ed confronts Clare and Margaret. Ed is arrested after he goes to attack Clare by DI Sally Treen.

Peter is interviewed by DI Sally Treen who implicates Ed as a witness to his father's murder. He denies the attempts on Clare. He shows worry and concern for Clare.

Clare tries to take her mind off by examining flint findings in the area. She discovers that Ed uses to collect for the Reverand in his old age. Clare thinks she has found something. The sundial name after the son, not the father. Clare heads to the dig to meet David. Ed pays David a visit as David finds the missing sundial. Ed demands he hands it over. David refuses leading Ed knocking David out with the barrel of his shotgun.

Clare goes to the site seeking David. Clare leaves believing Ed is lying to her. Clare calls DI Sally Treen and ends up leaving a message. Clare returns to the dig where she sees Ed dragging David's limp body. Ed helps Clare after she falls in the supplies shed. He attacks Clare leaving her unconscious.

Clare comes around where Ed makes her assemble a Molotov cocktail. David comes around in time and wrestles Ed for the shotgun. It goes off. Margaret gives aid to Ed who was injured in the blast. He has serious injuries to his face and arm. Ed's charged with murder and attempted murder. Peter's released.

Peter donates his time and money to research, calling it the Hart Foundation.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Tuton Review

Hello All,

We have a book from NetGallery to review today and I can't wait to see what other thoughts that you all might have had on it. I was surprised. I hope that this will help you make up your mind to read or not.

7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

A brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Inceptionby way of Agatha Christie and Black Mirror
One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018
One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must-Read Books of 2018
One of Marie Claire, Australia's 10 Books You Absolutely Have to Read in 2018
'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.'
It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.
But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.
The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath...

4/5 stars

What I Was Expecting: A great murder mystery that would stand out from the rest of the crime, thriller and suspense market. I was thinking it was a time travel kind of story when I read the sample. 

What I Got: A "who done it" unlike any other and one that I recommend to all those who like a good "who" did it. 

My Thoughts: A fast-paced novel with so many minds, history and characters that I had to keep notes because I couldn't get my head around what was happening all the time. That is the warning I think should be in the book before people buy it. 

Review: We start with an introduction to Sebastian Bell, there is an instant mystery about a girl called Anna. Why he witnessed the death of a woman. Being ill an questioning himself a great deal. He explores the grounds he wakes up in. A nervous yet compassionate character is where we start as I said there is a lot of characters we are going to meet. 

Sebastian goes on a walk with Evelyn Hardcastle, where he discovers he's a drug dealer. Eve and Seb discover a crime scene where a dead rabbit ends up to being a present from someone known as the Footman. 

We jump into Roger Collin's whos known as the butler for the rest of the book. The person in the butler isn't Roger rather someone else. He's attacked and who believes that he's not the butler. The butler is attacked by the character called Gregory Gold. 

We jump characters again when he meets the Plague doctor. He works out the Plague doctor is at the heart of all of this. He's told he must solve a murder in order to be set free of a recurring day. 

The next character we meet is Donald Davies who attempts to escape Blackheath refusing to take part in this game. He's introduced to two rivals to this contest to be released. In a blink of an eye, he finds himself shift into another character. 

Waking up in Ravencourt. A character he instantly hates due to the size of his body and Aiden who the man inside him is ashamed of. He learns the strange rules to this mystery. He has to spend a full day in the different people's bodies. 

He learns about Evelyn's desire to die. Despite the hard time I had to keep up with this book I did think the point of view jumping was interesting. He finds Lord Hardcastle's chat with Daniel interesting and he thinks it gives him a lead. He tries to warn Evelyn but discovers that she already knows. He's threatened and feels utterly useless. He feels no closer to the answer. 

Desperate he blackmails Cunningham to help discover more. He meets Anna the girl he's been searching for. She gives him his whole name "Aiden Bishop". Derby gives up no leads what so ever. The book that held a lot of answers is destroyed. 

Cunningham reveals a scandal that surrounds this family that Ravencourts marrying into. Note of warning Evelyn of Derby. Evelyn dies at the pool and he's forced to watch. Ravencourt witnesses the whole thing. 

Anna and Aiden have a plan to get out together. Aiden experience as Johnathan Derby. Derby slaps the cook and meets with Doctor Dickie who is crooked. He learns more about his plan to leave this place with Anna, feels close to her. They build trust in each other. 

Aiden's host Derby is summoned by Mr Stanwin, while waiting he hears Evelyn screaming. Mr Stanwin prevents Derby from checking on her. Thre's a letter that Eve needs. Derby goes to extreme lengths to heart there conversation. Aiden fears his own chat with Stanwin. 

He learns to command each host and what each one offers him. 

A) Derby is flightly
B) Bell is a coward
C) Ravencourt is ruthless. 
D) Dance is logical
E) Rochester is a detectives mind. 

Derby just escapes a beating and Stanwin threatens his mother. Aiden learns that Anna will betray him after another visit from the Plague doctor. Anna is supposed to remember more than she is letting on. He discovers that Dickie has the murder weapon. 

He searches Evelyn's room only it's fruitless. Derby desires are shocking to Aiden. Derby learns about his mother's death and it crushes him. He isn't allowed to grieve. Instead, a short conversation follows with Evelyn. He watches Evelyn die all over again. 

Derby fights the Footman and is killed 

Aiden wakes up and walks in an old man's body's and Gold warns him to not get out of the carriage. Aiden is returned to the butler. Seconds later he's in the old man body called Dance. He has a plan to end the blackmail with his three best friends. He announces Evelyn's brother's murder was not the Lord's idea. Aiden sways the group to take Daniels offer of doing him one favour. 

Helene Hardcastle has made Ravencourt swear that he will never put his hands on Evelyn. Helene sees this as a punishment, her affair with Charlie Carver. Cunningham is Helene's child and Charlie the father. Helene's secret, reputation is why he's being blackmailed. This forces Aiden to confront Anna. 

Aiden and Anna make a new plan to save Evelyn. They all will get out. They set up a trap for the Footman using the notebook that Anna got, Aiden uses it to make the graveyard plan work, he confronts Dickie and fins himself in an uncomfortable situation as Dance. He learns Lady Hardcastle's acting strangely. Her behaviour started the year before, meeting with the Plague doctor Aiden hopes to learn more. He feels like he is losing himself. 

The Footman swears to murder all of Aiden's hosts. Stawin is killed by Daniel He's shocked when he learns about his future selves behaviour. Must stop his future self from leaving He searches for Stawin reveals a book of a decoder and the letters. 

They hope Aiden Bishop wakes up and it's just a bad dream with no consequences for what they have done. 

Anna betrays Aiden getting host and the butler killed. Aiden learns he murdered Anna in a different loop. He wants to trust her and is reluctant to follow her but does. Anna and Aid start to put the pieces of the future events in place. Grace derails Aiden's new host as he learns about Davies.  He pays Stanwin a visit as Rochester. He discovers who killed Thomas's killer.

He follows Daniel and uncovers the partnership between him, the Footman and another Plague doctor called Silver Tear. He visits the lake to understand Evelyn's own actions. He robs bell with Charlie and Grace. Rochester finds Anna and Peter Hardcastle. Peter's dead and he suspects Evelyn. 

Rochester discovers Evelyn's plans. The Footman attacks Rochester in Helen's room. Rochester joins Evelyn's plan. The original Plague doctor isn't happy about the other one. Rochester believes he's worked out it all out. He hopes his plan works. 

Michael reveals himself to the killer after trying to shoot Eve in the sunroom when he discovers that she is actually alive. Rochester ends the charade even gets an offer of a bribe of sorts. Michael wants to know how Rochester figure all this out. Rochester reveals the revolvers. Micheal drinks the remains of Evelyn's drink. Rochester watches Michael die after saving Evelyn. 

The Footman finds him and kills him, he wakes up again in Davies carriage. Davies retrieves a shotgun and runs into Daniel. He's confronted by Daniel and Silver Tear at the lake, the other Plague doctor is there. The real Plague doctor appears and confronts them. Silver Tear starts shooting. Aiden tackles Daniel and a fight breaks out. Silver Tear is shot by Lucy Harper,. He chases Daniel to the Lake's edge. Another fight ensues. Donald drowns and Anna tries to save him. He dies anyway. 

Wakes up next to Madeline Dupert, after a fashion he think's he's Gold. Aiden solves the murder, It's Michael. Only he's left fighting for Anna. He argues with the Plague doctor intensely. He's in a prison world to change the prisoners of their evil traits. Anna committed a crime to be there. He's come here for vengeance for his tortured sister who Anna killed and humiliated. He's been torturing Anna for 30 years. 

Plague doctor unmasks and looks like he's in his late 50s. Plague doctor is called Oliver. Anna committed many murders and destruction over many nations. He still argues for her. He is given his memories back of his sister. It almost crushes him. Implies there's a second killer and that's Anna's ticket out. He arranges to meet Oliver there to prove it. 11 pm at the boat shed. 

Plays out the day as it should happen. Aiden betrays Donald, Madeline draws a gun on Anna. Should have ended in my opinion at ninety per cent. Opening the chapter 59 does not make sense. They unmask Evelyn as a killer. Anna tells Aiden to never come back and tries to save him. Felicity kills Evelyn. Anna's set free so she can start afresh with Aiden. 

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Book 3) Review

Hello all,

So let's continue on with the Mortal Instruments.

Blurb- City of Glass

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third instalment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

Review: 4/5

What I Expected: A fast-paced intense next part of the story that would leave me gasping for air as that is what I thought I would get. I have been reading this series since trying the show. I was expecting something that would make me so happy that I picked it up.

What I Got: I wasn't sure what I was getting at first as it gained speed I was enjoying it more then it peaked off. This could have been two books and this wasn't even close to what I was expecting to get.

Review: Right away we have Jace and Clary imploding. simon's put in the clave prison after being taken to Iris because he was in mortal danger. That was when we are introduced to the rather creepy character called Sebastian. Not much wow factors to begin with however a good pace.

There is an attack on the city which was done with a great deal of care and was interesting. Like the different point of view of the attack. There is a great deal of funny banter of Magnus who seems to end up in the midst of things. Simon's rescue is at the forefront of everyone's minds except Clary who's making her way towards Iris.

The adding of Hodge again was a nice touch and how he was presented was well thought out. Seeing how Max is killed off is well written and will make you sad. Questions are being answered well through this part of the novel. Its well thought out how Valentine returns/demands changes that benefit him.

Simon and Isabella find some humour in the darkness that surrounds everyone at Max's death. Jace is concerning with his behaviour. When Clary and Jace meet up again as there is a very sweet moment yet there is an edge of danger.

Jace decides to go on a solo mission that allows us to see more of what is going on inside him. From there we see the return of Jocelyn. That sparks off a power ceg of emotion. A fight with Isabella and Clary is broken up by her mother's return. She explodes at her mother which leads her leaving.

Simon goes to find her and there is a realisation in their conversation, which leads a passionate speech that Clary makes to the clave. The wait to see if it will work to save their lives. Simon shows off his tricks he's learned as a vampire which lightens the mood. Jocely comes out and leads to a heart to heart chat with Clary. This answers a lot of the questions that readers of this series have.

There points they discuss is Luke's change, Jonathan's birth, the start of her relationship with Valentine in the first place. His experiments on Jocelyn and Clary, how Jocelyn thwarted the uprising. How close Valentine is to being a warlock. Valentine's realisation about Jonathan. Jocelyn reveals to Clary that she has met Jonathan already. He's posing as Sebastian Verlac.

Jocelyn and Clary are interrupted by Luke, he's proud of her. She awaits the beginning of the matching ceremony between Shadowhunters and Downworlders. She notices that Magnus is not himself. The gathering for them to match and it begins with a great deal of reluctance.

Alec partners with Magnus where they share a very public kiss. There is shocked reactions all around, by Shadowhunters and his parents. Clary and Isabella is proud of Alec.

Raphael appears in a ghost-like form to say he would fight to Jocelyn and Like if they return Simon to him. They have an argument about this but they don't know that Simon is eavesdropping on it. Simon begs to go to Raphael and Clary give him a rune to protect him. She's shell-shocked he would do this for everyone else. Simon's marked with the mark of Cain and meets with Raphael after being escorted by his girlfriend Mia.

Jace finds Valentine and Sebastian where he overhears their plans. Sebastian confronts Jace the moment Valentine is gone. He overpowers Jace and ties him up. Feeding his ego he makes Jace watch as he releases the demons who will be under Valentine's control. He tortures Jace while telling more about their plans. How they are going to destroy the clave and rebuild.

Clary waits in the hall of the accords for news of the battle against Valentine. The ceiling shatters as the vampires who are rushing to the battle also pause with the sight they see. They fly across the sky in a red streak through black paint.

Back with Jace and Sebastian, they fight leaving Jace mortally wounded. Isabella comes to Jace who in turn saves her after Sebastian tries to kill her.

Simon is forced to join the battlefield. He is forced to unleash the true vampire that lives inside him and give into the darkness to survive.

Clary discovers that Malachi is a circle member and has betrayed the clave. Hugin kills Malachi after he turns on the bird. Clary teleports to Lake Lyn and is captured by her father. She is forced to watch over her father summoning the angel Raziel. She writes a rune so the wish is hers without him seeing after he kills Jace in front of her.

The angel arrives and after a back and forth argument he kills Valentine. She wishes for Jace to be alive and the wish is granted. She wakes up in Jace's arms. Jace falls and wakes up next to the hospital and is let out to attend his father's funeral.

Clary and Isabelle share each other's company trying to lift her spirits. She talks Clary into going to the celebrations that are going to be going on. They end up going to the party.

Jace comes looking for Clary but instead, he finds Armtis who tells him what his birthmark means. She gives him the treasure box that she made when she was with his father Stephan Herondale. She explains why Imogen (Grandmother), Inquisitor saved him. He leaves sometime later.

Clary overhears Luke telling Jocelyn that he loves her Only her mother says nothing, Luke ends up storming out. Luke storms out not caring that Clary overheard it all. Armitis drags out of Jocelyn how she really feels about Luke. Clary helps to send her mother after Luke to tell him that she loves him.

Clary borrows the dress from Armtis's trunk. She meets up with Isabella, Miara and Simon. He's okay with the mark despite her concerns. Simon and Clary make a deal to remain best friends no matter what. They attend the party and Clary searches for Jace. She talks to him helping him understand who he is. After a nudge from Clary, he declares his love for her. They are all enjoying the part.

Seelie Queen wants a favour, Clary says no.

Those are my honest thoughts and I am grateful for the chance to share them with all of you.

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review


Hello all, 

Welcome back and we are diving into the world of Kaz Bekker and his crew. I wonder what your going to think of this. 

Crooked Kingdom  by Leigh Bardugo
The #1 New York Times-bestselling sequel to Leigh Bardugo's thrilling Six of Crows.
When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
Praise for the Grishaverse
“A master of fantasy.” ―The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” ―The Guardian
“The best magic universe since Harry Potter.” ―Bustle
“This is what fantasy is for.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” ―NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” ―USA Today
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” ―Vanity Fair
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” ―Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” ―Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
“This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien.” ―RT Book Reviews
Read all the books in the Grishaverse!
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy 
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising
The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
#1 New York Times bestseller, October 16, 2016


4/5 Stars

What I Expected: I expected a punch filled story that made me want to stay up all night. I was hoping for a better story than the first one. I hoped to see more schemes, learn more about the characters and their world. To understand the elements that made this crew hang onto each other.

What I Got:  I wasn't sure at first what I had gotten so I let myself be dragged deeper into the world of magic, heists, crime and evening the odds. I was hoping that this book would be snappier than the last one. I just didn't get the love from this one that I got in her first book Six of Crows. To me this book felt like it should be two. There was two high points that would be great for two books, but I was sad that they didn't do that with this book. That is just my thoughts.

Review: The book had a slow start however I liked the opening scheme. The hide out was well chosen in my mind. Kaz has an emotional start to this book that I liked. Inej's realistic fears and reactions, even the impending doom are done very well. Seeing the Wraith shaken to her core got the story running and it gave the book legs.

Nina's struggle was put together really well and it does have the feel of an addict. It starts to tie up the the loose ends of the first book. The trade however was predictable and still just managed to be done well. I like how Van Eck's wife's singing becomes torturous for the group. The mass unplanned attack was interesting. It added some danger however I thought it was forgotten in the rest of the book.

Flying Shu is really exciting for me.

Seeing Inej attempts to fit back into the life she was ripped from was put together as seamless as lego bricks. I think this is what makes her role in the book stand out more than the others.

Kaz hints at his feelings for Inej and I found myself wanting to see them develop. The author manages to move the book quickly into a scheme with Pek Haskell. This seemed unwise to me. You are left feeling helpless but to watch it unfold before your eyes.

Nina demands they save the Grisha, this could have been another book in my opinion. She discovers more about her new powers and having to deal with not being who she has always known. Her story slots into Wylan mulling over his past and it was a good way to put his backstory into the book.

At the embassy Nina meets with refugees, her new power grows. Learning more about Kaz's plan like a bread crumb. Understanding that the crew are now wanted and have high rewards on their heads.

Jesper shares more of his history with us, how goodbyes are not goodbyes to him. There is much more to this gunslinger than people think.

Jesper, Mathias and Kweui are ambushed at the tomb, where they use Grisha magic to get away. They relay on each other to be safe. Matthias leads Kweui and Jesper to safety. They have a realization about who, what he is.

Inej and Nina's mission doesn't go to plan. Inej contemplates her own history that seems to be haunting her. she gets caught dealing damage to the silos and almost is thrown into a silo. Inej meets Ketterdam's newest assassin. She is out smarted and finds herself being out done. Meanwhile Nina is summoning zombie's to her aid.

Kaz with Wylan to get the seal of his father so they can carry out the next part of their plan. The great advice that they give each other. Only they find themselves ambushed by Per Haskell and his people. Kaz's escape with Wylan, first thoughts Kaz has is for Inej.

Kaz, Wylan, Nina, Rooty and Inej meet up. They move to a hotel suite to hide out. The gang turns on Kaz. He and Jesper get into a fist fight. Jesper is then forced to talk to his father. When he thinks that things can't get any worse. He kisses Kweui thinking he's Wylan. He's caught by Wylan.

The group form a new plan. That is when Jesper's father gets involved. The plan's complete with his help. Kaz hints more about his feelings towards Inej. He has a chat with her. He allows himself to show concern even guilt. That is when we learn more about Wraith 2.0.

Kaz tries to overcome his fear of touching people by changing Inej's bandages. The touch of his skin against hers changes the pair of them forever. Kaz kisses her neck and becomes unglued with his own past. After feeling this he finds him coming up with a suicide mission to take back the Dreggs or die trying.

In the gang's house he endures a bad battle. Kaz endures all they can throw at him as he retakes the gang.

Meanwhile Wylan is tailored back to his old self. When he's finally alone with Jesper he kisses him and tells him how much he cares for him. The Grisha makes a point to heal some of Kaz's worst injuries.

They start a new scheme with Jesper's dad at the heart of it. Nina helps him force the Merchant Council into a corner. Kaz fights with his "help" and injuries as things start to go the way he planned. Kaz makes  deal with the Rakva king. He continues to find his mind unable to let got of his past. Part of the reason he wears gloves and can't take them off. Its a big repeat if you have read book one. Its repeated a lot in this book too.

Wylan does this mission for his mother who he's found and believes is worthy. He receives Jesper's blessing to be with his son. That gives him a lot of strength and makes him feel worthwhile. He's kidnapped by his father where he is tortured and gives up Kaz's plans.

Inej lays out the escape route for the crew. She watches the Auction start. How the tide council gets involved. Kaz is cleared out. Pekka Rollins and Jan Van Eck in tatters. Inej bearly survives the attack by the other assassin. She just makes it in time to meet Jesper but he's not where he is meant to be.

Jesper fights off his own ambush by the Shu. He takes a ounce in a lifetime shot which is helped by Inej. Kaz takes down Pekk Rollins once and for all.

Nina uses dead flesh to create mayhem in the barrel. She misses her old powers. What her peers might think of her now.

Matthias returns to Nina and dies. They give Matthias barrel respect.

Nina pledges to take him to the North and lay him to rest there.

They all go their own ways.

Kaz gets a visit from the Tide Council three weeks later when on his way to see Inej. She and Kaz meet up where he reveals her family. He's got her a boat, his love for her. She kills Pekka Rollins.

Those are my honest thoughts and I am grateful for the chance to share them with all of you.

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Friday, 20 April 2018

Dracula: The Rise of The Beast Book Review.

Hello all, 

Today lets dive into a book for NetGallery. 

Dracula: The Rise of The Beast. 

Blurb: Anthology of stories exploring the secret history of the world’s most iconic monster 

That the cruel, ambitious monster of Bram Stoker’s most famous novel was once Vlad III Drăcula, Voivode of Wallachia – the Impaler, to his enemies – is known. A warleader in a warlike time: brilliant, charismatic, pious, ferociously devoted to his country. But what came of him? What drove him to become a creature of darkness – an Un-Dead – and what use did he make of this power, through the centuries before his downfall?

Decades after the monster’s death, Jonathan and Mina Harker’s son Quincey pieces together the story: dusty old manuscripts, court reports from the Holy Roman Empire at its height, oral traditions among the Szgany Roma people who once served the monster.

David Thomas Moore, editor of Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets and Monstrous Little Voices, brings together five new and established authors with roots in Central and Eastern Europe to reveal a side to the literary world’s greatest monster never seen before.

4/5 Stars


What I Expected: A vampire take on history to do with Dracula and those to whom he sired or others that might have learned how to survive with them. I expected to sink into the world of Dracula and feel the great excitement that comes with this sort of book.

What I Got:  A series of disjointed stories that didn't really work as well as I had hoped. I started having to read them like they were stand alones which is not what I thought I was getting.

Review: The book has many points of view at the beginning it starts  out with part one that is long winded. Sometimes dragging in parts. This made the enjoyment hard at times. There was humor only I wasn't able to get a lot of it. Lots of parts lost me.

Part two tying the story to the countess that was legendary at around the same time as Dracula was interesting and made me feel like the book picked up. There wasn't much of Dracula in this part though, which I think would have made it truly shine. Other characters seem to become forgotten in the shuffle. It had a strong ending, this is where I realized that they were single stories not whole ones.

Part three: Had a very jerky start to it. It wasn't holding my attention well at the beginning and found it a hard fought battle to not want to pick up other books. The mixture of witch, hunter and business man became interesting as the story progressed. Even if it was disjointed and felt like a big let down after part two.

The fourth part to me seemed to lack a hook, very disjointed and slow at times. It dragged to begin with. You witness his personal struggles. Siring three children with a succubus.

After so long he finds a town that he has hidden from him for so long and the hardships it now faced. It's a very strange take on the folk lore. What made it nice was how well the birth and change in him was done. The creation of a new legend.

The final part of the book we saw a hunters point of view, I like the gypy element and how well it was done. How they had looked at the way the hunter had to earn the gypys trust, staying at the castle or estate. The curse that is explained in detail. Journalist dies before the article can be finished and I was saddened at this point.

It doesn't move flawlessly into the letters from the descendants. Lolo's meeting and cliffhanger ending with Dracula was rushed and just not what I hoped for this book at the end.

Those are my honest thoughts and I am grateful for the chance to share them with all of you.

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

The Woman In The Woods Book Review


Hello All, 

So my adult fictional novel for the month was no other than The Woman In The Woods by Lesley Pearse someone I respect alot and she is my buy right away without reading the blurb. 

Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham have always had each other. Until the fateful day in the wood . . . One night in 1960, the twins awake to find their father pulling their screaming mother from the house. She is to be committed to an asylum. It is, so their father insists, for her own good. It's not long before they, too, are removed from their London home and sent to Nightingales - a large house deep in the New Forest countryside - to be watched over by their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham. Though they feel abandoned and unloved, at least here they have something they never had before - freedom. The twins are left to their own devices, to explore, find new friends and first romances. That is until the day that Duncan doesn't come back for dinner. Nor does he return the next day. Or the one after that. When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive. With Mrs Mitcham showing little interest in her grandson's disappearance, it is up to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the wood about whom so many rumours abound. A woman named Grace Deville. The Woman in the Wood is a powerful, passionate and sinister tale of a young woman's courage, friendship and determination. Santa Montefiore and Penny Vincenzi fans will swiftly fall for Lesley Pearse's mesmerising novels - you'll want to read them again and again . . . 'Heart-warming and evocative, a real delight to read' Sun 'A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers' Daily Mail 'Glorious, heartwarming' Woman & Home 'Evocative, compelling, told from the heart' Sunday Express

Review

5/5 Stars

What I Expected: Was a historical tale about a woman who lives in the woods and has had a hard life. I expected that maybe she was the one being sent away and what I got wasn't even close to what I expected. I must admit Lesley Pearse outdid herself with this book.

What I Got:  A traumatic, wonderful tale of growth from two young children that have a seriously hard time, however, find solace and help from Grace who is a woman they hear is a mad woman living in the woods. The real danger was going to be closer to home and they were about to have their innocence ripped from them over a summer.

Review: I found that the woman in the woods is often forgotten. Lesley manages to draw out some very strong emotions from her readers in this great tale. It makes you question family and friendships. Seeing Maisy grow into her character was one of the many highlights of this book. Random insight from the murder made it feel a little jerky at times. Softening of the harsh grandmother to the child was a nice turn in the book. Seeing Grace become who she was meant to be was heartfelt and lightening. The constant downfall of Grainger was well done and thought out. There is a really nice touch done with Maisy near the end. A very well out together story that deserves every star it earned.

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Percy Jackson and The Titan's Curse - Book Review

Hello All, 

Lets jump into the next book in the Percy Jackson Series. Percy Jackson and The Titan Curse. 

Half Boy. Half God. ALL Hero.
It's not every day you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human.

But when you're the son of a Greek God, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a Goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.
Oh and guess what. The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive . . .
RICK RIORDAN IS THE MYTHMASTER
The Greek Gods are alive and kicking - go to www.rickriordanmythmaster.co.uk and see for yourself.

Review

5

/5 Stars

What I Expected: I wasn't sure I was expecting to much from this book. I was scared that he would love steam with the series as this can often happen with authors when they get by the exciting first two books.

What I Got:  A girl driven story where Percy managed to also play a role in. There was a great detail to what goes on between the female warriors and the mission they end up on.

Review: I was worried at times that Percy was going to be shoved out of this book instead he managed to stay in it and was not just there for the sake of being there. I liked the part about the hunters, to see the female Gods in this story setting. I think its set up for a great ending to the series. I can't wait to dive into book 4 and 5.

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