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These are the latest books that I have received.

As always, my thanks to the publishers and publicists for the books. I am always grateful for each and every book I receive and always slightly baffled too that people choose to send me books!

Books received for review consideration:

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Published by Jo Fletcher on August 6th, 2019.

Sounds really intriguing but I’m not sure if it is a book for me.


The Jazz Age is in full swing, but it’s passing Casiopea Tun by. She’s too busy scrubbing floors in her wealthy grandfather’s house to do anything more than dream of a life far from her dusty, small town in southern Mexico. A life she could call her own.

This dream is impossible, distant as the stars – until the day Casiopea opens a curious chest in her grandfather’s room and accidentally frees an ancient Mayan god of death. He offers her a deal: if Casiopea helps him recover his throne from his treacherous brother, he will grant her whatever she desires. Success will make her every dream come true, but failure will see her lost, for ever.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed only with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey, from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City and deep into the darkness of Xibalba, the Mayan underworld.

Survivors (The Voices #3) by G. X. Todd.

Published by Headline on October 31st, 2019.

Yes! I love this series! Such an honour to receive an ARC of this, well chuffed!


There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who hear voices, and those who want to silence them.

Pilgrim is a man with a past he can’t remember. When he wakes alone in a shallow grave, there is a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. It explains who he is and what he’s done. It tells him he has one purpose: to find a girl named Lacey.

As Pilgrim is drawn north to Missouri in search of Lacey, he must also travel back to where it all began – to those he left behind. War is coming, and Pilgrim is going to need all the allies he can get.

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield.

Published by Penguin on August 22nd, 2019.

Something different for me but I feel that it will be an important and harrowing read.


‘Everyone thinks, tomorrow it will be my turn. Daily, hourly, death is before our eyes . . .’

Gustav and Fritz Kleinmann are father and son in an ordinary Austrian Jewish family when the Nazis come for them.

Sent to Buchenwald concentration camp in 1939 they survive three years of murderous brutality.

Then Gustav is ordered to Auschwitz.

Fritz, desperate not to lose his beloved father, insists he must go too. And though he is told it means certain death, he won’t back down.

So it is that father and son together board a train bound for the most hellish place on Earth . . .

This is the astonishing true story of horror, love and impossible survival. 

The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child.

Published by Orbit on August 1st, 2019.

Sounds intriguing and like it could be something rather different to what I usually read.


What if your life had an ‘undo’ button?

Arlo Knott develops the mysterious ability to reverse his last action. It makes him able to experience anything, to charm any woman and impress any friend. His is a life free of mistakes, a life without regret.

But second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As wonderful as his new life is, a mistake in Arlo’s traumatic childhood still haunts him and the temptation to undo, undo and keep undoing could be too much to resist.

Blood of an Exile (Dragons of Terra #1) by Brian Naslund.

Published by Tor on August 8th.

Surprise book mail that I hadn’t heard much about other than seeing the cover on twitter but holy shit, the book sounds good!


Sentenced to die. Impossible to kill.

Bershad was supposed to die. When he was caught attempting to assassinate a fellow noble, he was given the harshest sentence: a command to slay dragons, so his death might serve the kingdom. Yet for some reason he never lost a fight and is now the most successful dragon-slayer in history. However, as a doomed man Bershad is still shunned by his peers and his countrymen. But that could all change.

The king who sentenced Bershad has just given him a way out: kill a foreign monarch and walk free forever. His problem is that Bershad couldn’t care less about the fates of kingdoms – until the dragon-slayer discovers he could save an innocent child in the process.

His mission might also save every creature in Terra.

The Whisper Man by Alex North.

Published by Michael Joseph on June 13th.

Ah, The Whisper Man. For months I had been eagerly looking forward to The Whisper Man and I had even pre-ordered it. Only to be told that my pre-order would be six weeks late as the shop was having issues with the publisher!  The book was due in on July 26th, I haven’t been to see if it is in yet or heard from the shop either, cos, ya know, I’m lazy, it’s either been too hot or pouring with rain and well, that’d be too polite for the shop to let me know!😮😲🤬😤 So, I grumbled on twitter after being told about the extra delay and got a tweet from the author offering me a signed copy! How. Freaking. Cool! So, yeah, I have a purchased copy, it is somewhere, I don’t have it yet but I do have my signed copy courtesy of the awesome author! 

Oh well, my Mother can read my purchased copy and I don’t have to worry that the creaser of spines and the ripper of dust jackets will damage my signed copy! 😉


If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken . . .

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a much-needed fresh start.

But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago, a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys.

Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.

Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home.

Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.

He says he hears a whispering at his window . . .

From the author:

The House of Sacrifice (Empires of Dust #3) by Anna Smith Spark.

Published by Harper Voyager in the UK on July 25th and by Orbit on August 13th in the US.

I have included the US information too as the author was kind enough to send me a signed copy of the book but she had run out of UK covers (I am a UK blogger if ya didn’t know) and so, she sent me a signed US copy instead, freaking cool! 🙂

Marith Altrersyr has won. He cut a path of blood and vengeance and needless violence around the world and now he rules. It is time for Marith to put down his sword, to send home his armies, to grow a beard and become fat. It is time to look to his own house, and to produce an heir. The King of Death must now learn to live.
But some things cannot be learnt.

The spoils of war turn to ash in the mouths of the Amrath Army and soon they are on the move again. But Marith, lord of lies, dragon-killer, father-killer, has begun to falter and his mind decays. How long can a warlord rotting from within continue to win?

As the Army marches on to Sorlost, Thalia’s thoughts turn to home and to the future: a life grows inside her and it is a precious thing – but it grows weak.

Why must the sins of the father curse the child?


Hellrider by JG Faherty.

Published by Flame Tree Press on August 22nd, 2019.

I won an ARC of this on twitter in a retweet competition. I entered because I saw the cover and thought it looked fucking badass. The blurb sounds pretty sweet too.👌📚


When Eddie Ryder is burned alive by fellow members of the Hell Riders motorcycle gang for ratting on them, he vows revenge with his dying breath. He returns as a ghost, with his custom motorcycle Diablo by his side. After he finds out he can possess people, he launches a campaign of vengeance that leaves plenty of bodies in its wake and the police in a state of confusion. Spouting fire and lightning from his fingers and screaming heavy metal lyrics as he rides the sky above the town of Hell Creek, he brings destruction down on all those who wronged him, his power growing with every death. Only Eddie’s younger brother, Carson, and the police chief’s daughter, Ellie, understand what’s really happening, and now they have to stop him before he destroys the whole town.

The Possession by Michael Rutger.

Published by Zaffre on July 25th, 2019.

I won a copy of this on Readers First. I’ve read the book and should have my review up in the next couple of days.



A group of explorers arrive in the remote town of Birchlake, Northern California, to investigate the appearance of mysterious stone walls.


A teenage girl has disappeared without a trace.


Soon it becomes clear that the two events may be connected in the most terrifying way. Because sometimes the walls we build end up closing us in . . .

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31 thoughts on “My Latest Book Haul. #BookBloggers #BookBlogger #Books #Blogger #Bloggers

  1. Ooo several of these sound amazing!! I have Arlo knott on my TBR pile, starting it tonight!!

    Blood of an exile and the house of Sacrifice have jumped straight onto my TBR, they sound AMAZING!! I’ve ordered the first in Empires of Dust.

    I’ve gotten behind on my reading recently because I just couldn’t get into anything, so been rereading a favourite series, but back onto review books today!

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    1. I hope you enjoy Arlo Knott.👍

      They do, I hadn’t heard much about Blood of an Exile but damn, it sounds brilliant.

      Awesome, I hope you enjoy it. Smith Spark has a very unique way of writing. It’s definitely love it or hate it but if you like it then the book is brilliant and the sequel even better.

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  2. Blimey, you’ve done well, that little lot should keep you going for a while! Nice cover art on Blood of an Exile 👍🏻 How come you get ‘surprise’ book mail then? Are you on publishers auto mailing list or something? Asking for a friend 🤔📚

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    1. I have done well.😂

      Yeah, I am. Not sure they are auto mailing lists but I’m on the lists. Titan and Gollancz send out press release emails that you either ignore or reply to that you want the book. All other publishers lists I’m on they just send me books at times.👍

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      1. Aah I see, I’ve just realised that I do get a couple a month but they tend to go into my junk folder! Oops! Along with release invites that are usually in London that I’m unable to attend (which is a shame actually). I must start paying more attention to them really 😬 So are any of the books sent to you not really your bag and you probably won’t read? If so, do you feel bad having them and not reading them? Sorry for all the ?’s but I’m just wondering…🤔

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      2. Ah, I get invites too. Usually London and no way can I get there.

        There’s a few! Gods of Jade and Shadow isn’t really my thing as I prefer darker fantasy, grimdark and generally fantasy set in a fantasy world and not on earth.

        Yes and no! I’m shocked that I receive books to be honest! Always have been! I read what I can, when I want as I’m a mood reader and if I miss the release date which I often do it’s just too bad. I’ll get around to them at some point and as they are unsolicited they are sent because the publicist thinks that you might like them, no need to read them, no pressure, don’t even have to look at them.😂 If I request a book then I’ll do my best to read it before the release date but unsolicited, I don’t sweat that.

        I guess, no, so many bloggers get loads of books, far more than me and don’t get around to reading them so no, I don’t really feel bad about it.

        I was contemplating on twitter a while ago about receiving books and that I’m always grateful and always baffled by it and someone said that the publicists must like your blog and your reviews to send you the books so even if you doubt yourself (which I do) others like your blog.

        So, yeah, not really no.

        Oh, related note. I downloaded One Star after you mentioned it. Will give it a read later.😀

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  3. That’s an awesome haul! I’m curious to see what you think of The Boy who followed his Father to Auschwitz. I usually stray away from those kinds because they depress me too much. Excited to see what you think of The Whisper Man!!

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    1. It is! I’m one lucky blogger!😂 I have high hopes for The Whisper Man, it sounds like the type of thriller that I love.

      I don’t read them much, but I saw the publicist offering paperback copies on twitter for the Auschwitz book and enquires about one. I expect a harrowing and emotional story and a tough read. I read a book called Jakob’s Colours a few years ago, it’s about the Romany holocaust and it is a brilliant book so I thought I’d see what this is like.

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  4. I was wondering if other bloggers feel bad about not reading arcs! Knowing you’re not too phased by it makes me feel a bit better! I’ve recently had a sort out and I’ve come across a few that I’d either forgotten about (my bad😬) or on re-reading the synopsis, I decided it wasn’t for me after all. I must cast aside the guilt I get and stop pressuring myself to read stuff I don’t feel like reading. Like you, I’m a mood reader and last year I read next to nothing cos it was a bad year personally for me. Thanks for your thoughts on that tho, it’s definitely helped.
    😲 and downloaded One Star eh?! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It’s very short, but not at all sweet! 😵😆 I look forward to hearing what you think.

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    1. They possibly do.👍 Some won’t, some will and some know that they can’t read all the books they are sent.

      I think that publishers know that we can’t read all the books they send, they send them cos we are on their lists and they think that we will like them but there’s no need to read them. As you say, you re-read the synopsis and the book doesn’t appeal. I’ve done that, most have. I’ve accepted the press release, thought the book sounded great and then by the time it has arrived it doesn’t interest me. Can’t be helped and then, I might get around to it at some point.

      It’s awesome! Thank you for mentioning it! I read it three times!😂 So damn clever, dark and relevant. I have my July wrap-up post going live in the morning but I’ll probably schedule the One Star review for later afternoon tomorrow.👍

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      1. Isn’t it dark?! I loved it 😁 The author will be delighted that you enjoyed it so much. He’s a really decent guy and couldn’t thank me enough for posting my review on my blog and GR. I’ll keep a look out for your review, can’t wait to read it 😉

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