Category: Book Reviews

Review: The Secret Life of Winnie Cox by Sharon Maas

Title: The Secret Life Of Winnie Cox Author: Sharon Maas Publication Date: Oct 1, 2015 Genre: Historical Fiction I received an ARC of this book for an honest review from the publisher Bookouture through NetGalley. Goodreads Synopsis:1910, South America. A time of racial tension and poverty. A time where forbidden love must remain a secret. Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father’s sugar cane plantation. Life is sweet in the kingdom of sugar and Winnie along with her sister Johanna, have neither worries nor responsibilities, they are birds of paradise, protected from the poverty in the world around them. But everything can change in a heartbeat… When Winnie falls in love with George Quint, the post-office boy, a ‘darkie’ from the other side, she soon finds herself slipping into a double life. And as she withdraws from her family, she discovers a shocking secret about those whom are closest to her. Now, more than ever, Winnie is determined to prove her love for George, whatever price she must pay and however tragic the consequences might be. Overview A coming of age story, one of inequality and self-discovery and realising that the world is not the pretty picture one imagined it to be. Winnie soon comes to the realisation that not  simply ‘wanting’ something to change is enough; sometimes one has to go against...

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Review : The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H Boroson

Title: The Girl with Ghost Eyes Author: M.R Boroson Publication Date: Nov 3, 2015 Genre: Fantasy I received an ARC of this book for an honest review from the publisher through Edelweiss. Goodreads Synopsis : It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes—the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring great shame to Li-lin and her father—and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford. When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them. To aid her are her martial arts and a peachwood sword, her burning paper talismans, and a wisecracking spirit in the form of a human eyeball tucked away in her pocket. Navigating the dangerous alleys and backrooms of a male-dominated Chinatown, Li-lin must confront evil spirits, gangsters, and soulstealers before the sorcerer’s ritual summons an ancient evil that could burn Chinatown to the ground. With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl with Ghost Eyes is also the poignant story of a young immigrant searching to find...

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Review: Time To Die by Caroline Mitchell

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review from the publisher, Bookouture,  through NetGalley. Title: Time To Die Author: Caroline Mitchell Publication Date: Sept 24, 2015 Genre: Mystery/Thriller Goodreads Synopsis Don’t ever cross his palm with silver. He will reveal your most shameful secrets. He will predict your death. He is hiding a secret. He is hiding a monster. And all his predictions come true. Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven. As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all … Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards. Overview An intriguing blend of mystery/thriller with the paranormal/supernatural, Time to Die follows Dc Jennifer Knight in her hunt for the killer called ‘The Raven’. Dc Jennifer Knight has just joined the elite unit called Operation Moonlight , set up within the Haven CID department. This unit has been created to investigate strange deaths in Haven. Dc Jennifer Knight who is gifted is the perfect addition to this team and prettys soon she is investigating a group of...

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Review: Blade Of The Destroyer by Andy Peloquin

Title: Blade Of The Destroyer Author: Andy Peloquin Publication Date: July 11, 2015 Genre: Dark Fantasy I received a copy of this book for an honest review Synopsis An immortal assassin for hire without a past, the Hunter’s very name strikes terror into the hearts of the citizens of Voramis, and the thought of facing death at the end of his aptly named blade, Soulhunger, is enough to make the bravest tremble in fear. Accepting what at first appeared to be just another contract, he is soon caught up in a web of deceit and betrayal which have disastrous repercussions and will cause him to question everything he thought he knew about the city where he plies his ‘trade’, while shedding light on who and what he really is. My Thoughts The city of Voramis, the main setting, is a medieval city. It is brought to life through rich, detailed descriptions and you can almost smell the air and feel the wind caressing our face. You get a good feeling of what life is life for the inhabitants, whether it is the power and avarice of the nobles or the poverty and desperation of the poor. The story is told through the POV of the Hunter and we get unrestricted access to his thoughts. We get to experience firsthand his frustrations at not having memories of who he really...

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Review: Brazen (Gilded #3) by Christina Farley

Title: Brazen (Gilded #3) Author: Christina Farley Expected Publication: Sept 29, 2015 by Amazon Publishing I received an ARC of this book for an honest review from the publisher  through NetGalley. Goodreads Synopsis Sworn to an ancient god of darkness, Jae Hwa fights to gain her freedom and restore the balance of Korea… but first she must gain back the trust of her loved ones. Jae Hwa Lee spent her sixteenth year in Seoul, trying to destroy the evil immortals who had been torturing her family for centuries. The last thing she expected was to be forced to become their assassin. Trapped in the darkest part of the Spirit World as a servant to the Korean god Kud, fighting to keep her humanity, and unable to contact her loved ones, Jae Hwa is slowly losing hope. Kud, god of darkness, will do anything to keep her as a pawn in his quest for power over all of Korea, her entire family thinks she’s dead, and Jae’s true love, Marc, believes she is lost to him forever. When Kud sends Jae to find and steal the powerful Black Turtle orb, Jae sees an opportunity to break free and defeat Kud once and for all…but first she needs to regain Marc’s trust and work with him to vanquish the darkness that threatens to overwhelm Korea. There’s much to lose as Jae...

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