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That’s a Wrap – weekly wrap-up post Jan 13th 2018.

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If you missed any then here’s a recap of my blog posts for the week:

Sunday.

I started the week off on Sunday with the latest in my series of fun book covers posts! 

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A trio of the included covers:

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Monday.

On Monday I posted Music Monday featuring a FFDP duo of Trouble and Gone Away.

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Tuesday.

On Tuesday I was on the Blog Tour for A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis with a review of the book.

 

A review snippet:

The story told in A Map of the Dark is both well-executed and well-written by Ellis who never glorifies the subject matter that she deals with. The hunt for Ruby is a race against the clock and at times it can be harrowing especially as the story progresses and more about the kidnapper is revealed. Then you also have the revelation that Ruby’s abduction might not be the isolated and solitary case that it was thought to be and that it might, in fact, be the latest in a long line of abduction cases perpetrated by the same person dating back years. Add in plenty of twists and turns along the way (one revelation near the end is shocking) and as Ellis builds to the conclusion, ramping up the tension you will find yourself gripped and constantly turning the pages.

And now the highly quotable bit:

The pacing in A Map of the Dark never lets up and combined with Ellis’s writing creates a dark and compelling read.

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Wednesday.

Wednesday was a double post blogging day with a Waiting on Wednesday/Can’t Wait Wednesday meme featuring the Art of War: Anthology for Charity and then a book tag in the form of the New Year Book Tag!

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Thursday.

On Thursday I posted my review for The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. It’s a fantastic read and will be one of the books for 2018!

A review snippet:

It’s a testament to the high-quality skill of Turton as a writer that he is able to keep abreast of all the various plot threads that he creates throughout the eight days and the various rich and well-developed eclectic mix of characters that inhabit Blackheath and bring his story to life. There are layers upon layers of this clever mystery and secrets galore to be found at the estate of Blackheath and it really is a multi-layered and elaborate story that Turton tells.

This is one of those books that you need to read and experience first-hand to get a grasp of how truly brilliant it is. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a work of art, cleverly plotted, intricately woven, absorbing and ingenious.

Books like Seven Deaths are what reading was made for, it grabs you, doesn’t let go and it is the book equivalent of Bobby Roode and AJ Styles (if you know who they are then I offer you the highest of fives ✋if not, they are WWE wrestlers). Both glorious and phenomenal.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is one of the best books I have ever read.

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Friday.

On Friday I took part in another Blog Tour, this time for the paperback release of A Mighty Dawn (The Viking Chronicles #1) by Theodore Brun.

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My stop on the tour was a guest post by the author and he chose to write about the research that went into researching the book. It’s a very interesting read. 🙂 

I had read and reviewed the book when it was first released in hardback last year and as such, I included my original review as an extra in the tour post. 🙂

A review snippet:

The world building by Brun is stellar, it’s a cold, lonely and bleak road travelled by Erlan as he attempts to reach Svealand, it’s a desolate journey and Brun does a good job of depicting the despair felt by Erlan, you feel the solitude and isolation along with him. The snowy and barren wilderness is a treacherous landscape with the cold being a constant and dangerous foe as Erlan and then Erlan and Kai battle the elements to reach their destination.

Brun’s writing expertly balances description, dialogue and action alongside the quiet moments of reflection and inner torment crafting an epic tale. Weaving together history, fantasy and myth like the Norns twining the threads of fate in A Mighty Dawn, Brun has created an excellent debut and a top quality read.

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A great week post wise on TTBG. 🙂

In other blogging news, I’m closing in (very slowly) on reaching 100,000 page views! I’m sure that amount is small to a lot of you but to me, it is a huge number and I should (hopefully, fingers crossed) reach it by the end of January (unless you all leave me stranded and alone like a blogging leper).

Stats aren’t important but as someone who thinks everything that they write is shit to achieve a number like that is awesome as it means people actually visit and read what I write, a shocker isn’t it! 🙂

I also received an email to say that I have been selected as one of Feedspot’s Top 100 Book Blogs (they are an RSS reader).

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How was your blogging week??


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15 thoughts on “That’s a Wrap – weekly wrap-up post Jan 13th 2018.

  1. Congrats for the achievment and good luck with your stats! To know that someone is reading what you write (ok, here we’re speaking about a lot of someone!) it’s a really nice feeling, and appreciation is always a good thing! 🙂
    Also, it seems that I have a couple of reviews to catch up with! I’ll come back later to read them!!

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