Nick Russell – Big Lake

The first few pages of this book did absolutely nothing to entice me into reading it. I like a book to pull me in and have me hooked from the very beginning, but the start of this book just felt boring to me. But I persevered and I’m now very glad that I did. The book centres around a town called Big Lake in Arizona, and although this is a real town, Nick Russell is very keen to point out that the book is completely fictional. And after...

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John L. Betcher – The 19th Element

When I added this book to Goodreads and read the description before I started reading, I convinced myself that it wasn’t my kind of book and that I wasn’t going to like it. A book with terrorists in? Not my cup of tea. But as usual, I was wrong, and I found the book plenty thrilling. The book centers around a terrorist plot to blow up a nuclear power plant in Minnesota. The one thing that I never managed to figure out was how the...

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Melissa Foster – Traces of Kara

For about three quarters of this book, I really wasn’t feeling it at all. I hate giving up on books before the end because even if a book is terrible, I need to know how it all ends. Plus, sometimes a book can start off pretty shaky and turn into something amazing. And whereas I wouldn’t say this turned into something amazing, it did grow on me slightly by the end. I think the main reason I didn’t like it was because it was...

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Michael Wallace – The Devil’s Deep

This was book 3 in my ‘9 killer thrillers’ set from Amazon, and it was just as enjoyable as the rest, although unlike anything I’ve read before. The plot was very different to the others in the set, not really having anything to do with the police, and having a very strange set of crimes taking place, none of which seem to fit together until very late in the book. It seemed for a long time that there were two different stories...

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Claude Bouchard – Vigilante

I really didn’t have high hopes for this book, for two reasons. Firstly, it was a part of the ‘9 books for 74p’ bundle that I bought on my kindle. Secondly, the latest reviews on Goodreads seemed to suggest that I should run for the hills and avoid this book like the plague. But I have no idea why, because the book was full on suspense and intrigue and kept me guessing right up until the very end, and I thought it was...

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M. J. Rose – The Halo Effect

Morgan Snow is a sex therapist. Cleo is a prostitute, catering for high end clients with a lot of money. Cleo has been seeing Morgan for some time, to try and discuss the problems with the relationship with her fiance, and Morgan has broken the first rule of being a therapist: don’t get personally involved with your clients. When Cleo gives Morgan a copy of her tell-all book manuscript, but then doesn’t turn up for her appointment...

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Veronica Roth – Allegiant

I don’t think I’ve ever been broken and put together so many times as I have when reading this book. I’ve been left with extremely mixed feelings. Overall, I really liked the book, but I just didn’t feel as compelled to keep reading as I did with Divergent and Insurgent. It took me over a week to read the first 150 pages, because I just couldn’t get into it. I think the main reason for this to start with was the...

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Veronica Roth: Insurgent

Wow wow wow. I finished my review of Divergent by saying that I thought this could become the next Hunger Games, and I think I may have been right. Quite often, the second book in a trilogy is a bit lackluster, stuck between the excitement of the first book and the dramatic conclusion of the third, but this book was jam-packed with page after page of action and intrigue. We get to take a closer look at the individual factions in this book as...

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Veronica Roth – Divergent

I had high hopes for this book after hearing a lot of positive reviews and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. It had a lot to live up to after being mentioned many times as the next Hunger Games, a series which I absolutely loved, but I think if it’s possible, I may love this one more. The main premise of the book is a future world split into five factions: Abnegation; the selfless, Candor; the truthful, Erudite; the...

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Samantha Hayes – Until You’re Mine

Heavily pregnant and with twin four year old boys to look after, the last thing Claudia needs is a navy husband about to be deployed on a covert mission. So the couple decide to hire a nanny, in the form of Zoe. She impresses them at her interview and she seems to be great with the boys, but Claudia keeps noticing weird little things and is suspicious about Zoe’s real purpose for being in the house. And so the book begins from there, we...

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Markus Zusak – The Book Thief

I honestly had no idea what to expect from this book, I only really bought it because I saw a poster for the film and I thought that if I was going to see the film, I’d rather read the book first. What I didn’t expect was a book which would take me on a journey leading to me sitting at my desk on my lunch break reading the final few chapters and trying not to cry (and failing miserably). I’m not going to talk about the plot...

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Jana DeLeon – Trouble in Mudbug

I’ve had this book on my kindle for absolutely ages, but for some reason it has never really caught my eye enough to read it. But since I read another Jana DeLeon book last month and quite liked it, I thought I might as well give this a try too. Maryse is a scientist working out on the bayou, carrying out investigations into the plant-life on the bayou. But her life is turned upside down by two things, firstly her mother-in-law dies...

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Denise Grover Swank – Thirty One and a Half Regrets

Oh my goodness! This book was ridiculously thrilling! We start the book 5 weeks after Joe left, and Rose is finally starting to feel better. She still misses Joe, but it’s not long all consuming, and she’s getting back to a semblance of normal life. Well, kind of. She’s hardly speaking to her sister Violet, who was the main reason she had to give up on her relationship with Joe. And for some reason, Bruce Wayne has stopped...

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Denise Grover Swank – Falling to Pieces

I was in two minds whether to review this or not, with it only being a novella, not a full novel. But since I’m reviewing the other four books in the series, I might as well go for the full set! The book really was quite short, and much of the first half was a repeat of the end of the last book, just with a little bit more of the characters emotions in. We switch back and forth between Rose and Joe, so we can see both their sides of the...

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Denise Grover Swank – Thirty and a Half Excuses

I just can’t put this series down, the author has written a series that is a complete page turner, thrilling and exciting and unpredictable. We return to Henryetta a few months after the end of the last book, and in the meantime, Rose has been setting up the flower shop/nursery with her sister Violet. They’re running the shop as equal partners, but since Rose was a million dollars by her birth mother, she’s invested the most...

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Denise Grover Swank – Twenty Nine and a Half Reasons

I absolutely adored the first book in this series, and now that I’ve finished all the Charlaine Harris books, I think good old Rose Gardner may be my next obsession. We left the last book with Rose starting a relationship with Joe, and finally getting to know him for real, rather than the undercover persona he’d been portraying. As this book starts, we learn that Rose is blissfully happy when she is with her first love, but he lives...

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Charlaine Harris – A Secret Rage

Well this was rather different to what I expected. I’ve read a lot of Charlaine Harris books, I think Goodreads said 32 at last count(!), but this was different from the other murder-mystery novels of hers that I’d read. For a start, the main character Nickie is beautiful, a supermodel from New York in fact. But when her agent tells her that she’s past it, she decides that she will move back to her home-town,. move in with her...

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Charlaine Harris – Sweet and Deadly

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, it probably won’t be much of a surprise to learn than I absolutely adore Charlaine Harris. I thought I’d read all her books until I was at Waterstones and spotted this double bill, which I think was her debut! The first book (Sweet and Deadly) was released in 1981! I have to say, this really comes across in the book. Not that it makes it any less enjoyable to read, but there are...

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Celina Grace – Hushabye

I’m really getting into the crime genre now. However, unlike my previous two books, this was a straightforward crime book set in the UK, not a chick-lit/crime book set in the southern states of America. This book also had a lead character who was a policewoman, not just some woman who thinks they can investigate a murder on their own! But I still very much enjoyed it. I like reading a book and trying to work out who the culprit is, even if...

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Jana DeLeon – Louisiana Longshot

Fortune Redding is for all intents and purposes an international super-spy, jetting off on missions all around the world. But when her cover is blown on a mission in the middle east, and it looks like the leak was from within her own office, she has to get way off the radar before she gets herself killed. Luckily for her, her boss has a relative who has just passed away, with a niece about Fortune’s age. The niece was supposed to be...

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Denise Grover Swank – Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes

After the intense focus required by my last book, I needed something a little easier on the mind. Scrolling through my list of kindle books, I saw this, something which looked like a cross between the typical chick-lit and a murder mystery. Starting the book, we are introduced to Rose, a young woman living a very sheltered life under the thumb of her overbearing and downright mean mother. She’s used to taking orders from her momma, doing...

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