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:
A Time of Courage (Of Blood and Bone #3) by John Gwynne.
Published by Macmillan on April 2nd, 2020.
I am a massive Gwynne fan and this is the last book that he will be writing that takes place in the Banished Lands his phenomenal setting for both The Faithful and The Fallen series and the Of Blood and Bone trilogy. I cannot wait but, at the same time as that eagerness, I also don’t want the journey to end as when it’s over, it’s over and there will be no more stories to be told from The Banished Lands.
With how things currently are I’m struggling with reading and just can’t focus enough to read a 650-page tome. I’ll probably leave A Time of Courage even though it is one of my most anticipated books of the year until later in the year when things are hopefully more normal and when I’ll be able to enjoy it far more.
Battle the dark
Reclaim the world
The King of the Otherworld is finally free. Armed with fearsome new starstone weapons, Asroth prepares to lead his demonic war-host south. And with the help of his bride, Fritha, he plans to crush the warrior-angels and their allies for good.
In the shadows of Forn Forest, Riv and the surviving Ben-Elim hold a war council – desperate to unite those who would stand against Asroth and his army. They decide to fly west, to join the Order of the Bright Star. But Drem and the Order are already under siege by a demon horde and their fragile defenses may soon shatter.
Across the Banished Lands, armies are gathering to settle ancient grudges and decide the fate of humanity. Drem, Riv and the Bright Star’s warriors will need to call on all their courage as they face the final battle. But will it be enough, as their darkest hour draws near?
All Fall Down (DI Helen Grace #9) by M.J. Arlidge Book Review.
Published by Orion on June 11th, 2020.
Ok, I have to admit that this will be the first book in the series that I have read. However, Mother Tattooed Book Geek absolutely loves this series and when I saw that proofs were in on Twitter well, I put my name in the hat as the cover looked stunning and the blurb sounded delightfully sinister. Lo and behold, a copy arrived, awesome! Honestly, I didn’t think that I would get a copy as there were only very limited proofs still available, I was late in seeing the tweet, replying to it and many other bloggers had already asked to be considered. But, I guess that for once luck was on my side as I was polite courteous when asking to be considered (I know that most of us are but, some aren’t and it really should go without saying, be polite when asking for/enquiring about a book) and well, that’s the end of the story, I was chosen to receive a copy and it arrived a few later in a sick (in a good way) green envelope with thorn graphics on it.
“You have one hour to live.”
Those are the only words on the phone call. Then they hang up. Surely, a prank? A mistake? A wrong number? Anything but the chilling truth… That someone is watching, waiting, working to take your life in one hour.
The job of finding out falls to DI Helen Grace: a woman with a track record in hunting killers. However, this is A case where the killer seems to always be one step ahead of the police and the victims.
With no motive, no leads, no clues – nothing but pure fear – an hour can last a lifetime…
Fifty-Fifty by Steve Cavanagh.
Published by Orion on July 9th, 2020.
I absolutely loved Thirteen the previous Eddie Flynn book by the author and I was a fan of his fun and crazy standalone Twisted too. So, I’m super intrigued about this book, the latest in his Eddie Flynn series.
Two sisters on trial for murder. They accuse each other.
Who do YOU believe?
‘911 what’s your emergency?’
‘My dad’s dead. My sister Sofia killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’
‘My dad’s dead. My sister Alexandra killed him. She’s still in the house. Please send help.’
One of them is a liar and a killer.
But which one?
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix.
Published by Quirk Books on April 7th, 2020.
I received an ARC of this a few months ago and recently and it was a complete surprise I received a finished copy too. I enjoyed Hendrix’s previous book We Sold Our Souls and I think that this one could be pretty cool too.
Housewife Patricia Campbell’s life has never felt smaller. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime and paperback fiction. At these meetings, they’re as likely to talk about the Manson family murders as they are to discuss marriage, motherhood, and neighborhood gossip. This predictable pattern is upended when Patricia meets James Harris, a handsome stranger who moves into the neighborhood to take care of his elderly aunt and ends up joining the book club. James is sensitive and well-read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn’t felt in twenty years. But there’s something off about him.
When local children go missing, Patricia and the book club members start to suspect James is more of a Bundy than a Beatnik—but no one outside of the book club believes them. Have they read too many true crime books, or have they invited a monster into their homes?
Lady of Shadows (The Empty Gods #2) by Breanna Teintze.
Published by Jo Fletcher Books on April 16th, 2020.
This was more surprise book post as is, most of my book post. This is also the second book in the series/ trilogy…I’m not sure! I’d heard of the first book but, that was all and it mostly passed me by. This sounds like it could be good but, is it YA or adult fantasy? Cos, me and YA don’t mix. On the press release, it says ‘A light, funny, heartwarming fantasy that will provide a welcome antidote for readers from the uncompromising grittiness of grimdark’…I love grimdark! I have to say that it always confuses me slightly when a publisher sends out a later book in a series/trilogy when they didn’t send the first out, does it mean that I should have received the first book last year and it went AWOL?
Death is simple. Dreams are dangerous. Life is . . . unexpected.
Outlaw wizard Corcoran Gray expected death to be final, but life, and his loved ones, had other plans. A year after being resurrected and flung into a new body, he’s still trying to come to terms with his situation – and his self – when the all-powerful Mages’ Guild demands his help to stop a deadly plague.
He’s inclined to refuse the organisation that still wants him dead, until his partner Brix starts showing symptoms – to save her, Gray will do anything, even if it means working with his greatest enemies.
But it quickly becomes clear that this is no normal plague. The situation is more complicated, and more lethal, than anyone has realised. Ancient dangers are stirring, and thousands of lives are at stake . . .
Readers First win:
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker.
Published by Zaffre on April 2nd, 2020.
I had seen this book on twitter being raved about and when I noticed that it was on Readers First well, I had to give it a go and I was lucky enough to win a copy.
Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer.
Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed.
Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town.
Murder, revenge, retribution.
How far can we run from the past when the past seems doomed to repeat itself?
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