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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! An eclectic mix of books this time.

Books received for review consideration:

Chaos Vector (The Protectorate #2) by Megan E. O’Keefe.

Published by Orbit on July 30th, 2020.

Sci-fi is a genre that I have to be in the right mood to want to read, really in the right mood. I don’t gravitate towards it and I steer away from it even though I often enjoy my occasional dabbling. So, even though I have a copy (surprise book post last year) and I have read nothing but great things about it. I am yet to have picked up and read the first book, Velocity Weapon, maybe one-day dear followers, maybe one day.


The fate of the galaxy is on the line in the second book of this gripping, visionary space opera by award-winning author Megan E. O’Keefe.

Sanda and Tomas are fleeing for their lives after letting the most dangerous smartship in the universe run free. Now, unsure of who to trust, Sanda knows only one thing for certain – to be able to save herself from becoming a pawn of greater powers, she needs to discover the secret of the coordinates hidden in her skull.

But getting to those coordinates is a problem she can’t solve alone. They exist beyond a dead gate – a sealed-off Casimir gate that opens up into a dead-end system. And there’s a dangerous new player who wants the coordinates for their own ends – a player who will happily crack her open to get them.

Dazzling space battles, intergalactic politics and rogue AI collide in the follow-up to the Philip K. Dick award-shortlisted Velocity Weapon.

Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon a Con #3) by Ashley Poston.

Published by Quirk Books on August 4th, 2020.

A YA Beauty and the Beast retelling, a weird one for me to receive. But, ya know, it is surprise book post and well, the only thing that I can say is that this one was definitely a surprise.😂 I can’t say that I will read it and if the world was in a different place I would do a giveaway, but I work in a supermarket, dealing with customers when the shop opens is bad enough without having to go into town and the post office to post a book as it means interacting with more people and honestly, with COVID-19 I don’t want to do that.


A tale as old as time is made new in Ashley Poston’s fresh, geeky retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck–on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.

On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember–with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.

When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.

But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off–and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.

Katherine Howard The Tainted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #5) by Alison Weir.

Published by Headline on August 6th, 2020.

This is another surprise book that arrived. Confession time, I have a couple of the other books in this series that I have also previously received as surprise book post and haven’t read.



At just nineteen, Katheryn Howard is quick to trust and fall in love.

She comes to court. She sings, she dances. She captures the heart of the King.

Henry declares she is his rose without a thorn. But Katheryn has a past of which he knows nothing. It comes back increasingly to haunt her. For those who share her secrets are waiting in the shadows, whispering words of love… and blackmail.

HER Story.

Acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir draws on extensive research to recount one of the most tragic tales in English history – that of a lively, sweet but neglected girl, used by powerful men for their own gain.

History tells us she died too soon.
This mesmerising novel brings her to life. 

Fugitive (Jack Lark #9) by Paul Fraser Collard.

Published by Headline on August 20th, 2020.

I received a surprise copy of the previous book in the series, The Lost Outlaw when it was released last year. As it was the eighth book in the series I was reluctant to read it as starting a series late can either work well or not. A few weeks ago, I wanted something completely different to read and, so, I found the copy out, the blurb screamed western to me, enticed me to try, I gave it a go, and I absolutely loved it. Due to that, I was thrilled when a surprise copy of Fugitive recently arrived in the post.


After five years away, Jack Lark – soldier, leader, imposter – is once more called to fight . . .

London, 1868. Jack has traded the battlefield for business, running a thriving club in the backstreets of Whitechapel. But this underworld has rules and when Jack refuses to comply, he finds himself up against the East End’s most formidable criminal – with devastating consequences.

A wanted man, Jack turns to his friend Macgregor, an ex-officer, treasure hunter and his ticket out of England. Together they join the British army on campaign across the tablelands of Abyssinia to the fortress of Magdala, a high-stakes mission to free British prisoners captured by the notorious Emperor Tewodros.

But life on the run can turn dangerous, especially in a land ravaged by war . . .

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini.

Published by Tor on September 15, 2020.

Sounds interesting, as I mentioned with Chaos Vector earlier in my book haul post, sci-fi is a genre that I have to be in the right mood to want to read. This is a big boy, if you will, a king dong of a book clocking in at 12,000 pages in length! I jest, it is 880 pages, but that is still absolutely huge and it’ll be a mammoth undertaking reading it. I’m daunted by the size, it is the size of three books in one!😮 It is a standalone though, that’s a plus. I’m honoured that my little blog received one of the one hundred and eighty limited and numbered proofs that were sent out.


Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds
Now she’s awakened a nightmare

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she’s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.

As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn’t at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human.

While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity’s greatest and final hope . . .

The Home by Mats Strandberg (translated by Agnes Broome).

Published by Jo Fletcher Books on August 6th, 2020.

This sounds like it could be really good, didn’t know anything about it before its surprise arrival though. 😂


Once inseparable, Joel and Nina haven’t spoken in twenty years.

When Joel’s mother Monika develops dementia, he has no choice but to return to his home town. Monika needs specialist care, and that means Pineshade – which also means Joel is going to have to deal with his one-time best friend, for Nina works there.

It’s not long before Monika’s health deteriorates – she starts having violent, terrifying outbursts, and worse, she appears to know things she couldn’t possibly know. It’s almost as if she isn’t herself any more . . . but of course, that’s true of most of the residents at Pineshade.

Only Nina and Joel know Monika well enough to see the signs; only by working together can they try to find answers to the inexplicable . . .

The Home is an eerie story about love, friendship and the greatest fear of all: losing control of ourselves . . .

Reader’s First win:

The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard.

Published by Corvus on August 6th, 2020.

I think that this sounds really good. I hadn’t heard anything about it until I saw it while I was browsing the competitions on Reader’s First, but when I read the blurb it appealed and as luck would have it, I got a copy.

nothing man

I was the girl who survived the Nothing Man.
Now I am the woman who is going to catch him… 

You’ve just read the opening pages of The Nothing Man, the true crime memoir Eve Black has written about her obsessive search for the man who killed her family nearly two decades ago.

Supermarket security guard Jim Doyle is reading it too, and with each turn of the page his rage grows. Because Jim was – is – the Nothing Man.

The more Jim reads, the more he realises how dangerously close Eve is getting to the truth. He knows she won’t give up until she finds him. He has no choice but to stop her first…

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