Books read in May!

Quite a good month! Don’t know if I will manage this many in June, but I will do my best! 😉

29 books 

6 graphic novels (Added the 2 Star Wars books I read to this group) 

2 short stories 

                                                                         

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The Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

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Ursula Kern is mourning a colleague and a friend who recently died. She is also quite certain that Anne Clifton, the friend in question, didn’t kill herself; she was murdered and Ursula set out to prove her point. What she didn’t expect was that she would have help to do it, but archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton isn’t letting Ursula put herself in danger without him by her side. The mysterious and attractive Slater will prove to be a great asset to Ursula as they try to find out the truth about Anne’s death.

I felt that I need to read something a little less emotional draining after reading The Missing and the dead by Stuart McBride. I needed to read something that didn’t leave me with an emptiness that you get when you read a book over several days that pull you in and when you’re done you feel lost! So when I was asked a months or so back if I wanted to read an Amanda Quick book was a quick to answer yes. (Pun intended)

Anyway The Garden of Lies is the kind of book that I like to read when I need something a lighter, but not too light, when I want a crime novel that will not leave me emotionally scarred or depressed.

Amanda Quick is one author that works for me when it comes to lighter fiction. Her books have, romance, mystery and crime set in a historical milieu and I love to read her books when I’m in need to be cheered up a bit.

The mystery isn’t that spectacle in this book, nor is it that surprising, but it’s enjoyable. It’s true that I really didn’t connect full heartily with the story and characters, but I liked Slater and Ursula. I like that Amanda Quick writes about independent women that are headstrong and stubborn that doesn’t hesitate to confront people that tries to blackmail them (like in this book, Ursula isn’t the right women to try to squeeze a few pounds from).

Thank you Piatkus for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!

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You’ve got Mail,

Started rewatching “You’ve got Mail” with my mother yesterday and will continue in a moment (Just going to finish my book). Isn’t that just one fabulous movie? Love and books with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It’s just such a sweet thing.

Ps. had to add some pics to the post! 😉

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Rainy Day, loving it! :D

It’s very rainy here in Sweden today (been very rainy the whole of May), but when It’s Saturday I just don’t care that much since I have my books! 🙂

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Disintegration blog tour + giveaway

About Disintegration: A Windy City Dark Mystery

Published by : Alibi (May 26, 2015)
Pages: 223 | ISBN: 978-1-101-88262-7

In a brilliantly stylish breakthrough thriller for fans of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Will Christopher Baer’s Kiss Me, Judas, here is the compelling tale of a man who has lost it all—and is now navigating a crooked, harrowing path to redemption.

Once a suburban husband and father, now the man has lost all sense of time. He retains only a few keepsakes of his former life: a handmade dining room table, an armoire and dresser from the bedroom, and a tape of the last message his wife ever left on their answering machine. These are memories of a man who no longer exists. Booze and an affair with a beautiful woman provide little relief, with the only meaning left in his life comes from his assignments. An envelope slipped under the door of his apartment with the name and address of an unpunished evildoer. The unspoken directive to kill. And every time he does, he marks the occasion with a memento: a tattoo. He has a lot of tattoos.

But into this unchanging existence seep unsettling questions. How much of what he feels and sees can he trust? How much is a lie designed to control him? He will risk his own life—and the lives of everyone around him—to find out.

“Sweet hot hell, Richard Thomas writes like a man possessed, a man on fire, a guy with a gun to his head. And you’ll read Disintegration like there’s a gun to yours, too. A twisted masterpiece.”—Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and Double Dead

Disintegration is gritty neo-noir; a psycho-sexual descent into an unhinged psyche and an underworld Chicago that could very well stand in for one of the rings of Dante’s Hell. Richard Thomas’ depraved-doomed-philosopher hitman is your guide. I suggest you do as he says and follow him, if you know what’s good for you.”—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Little Sleep

Review:

A man lost to the world is spending his time trying to forget the past. Once was he a husband and father now he is a killer that mementos every kill with a tattoo; he has a lot of tattoos.

I must admit that this is not a book I would have chosen to read at first glance. But when I was asked to take part of the blog tour for it did I find the story interesting enough to say yes and I’m glad I did.

Yes, the story is black as the night, gritty, bloody and frankly a hell of a lot depressing to read. But it was also, intriguing and sad to read. Well intriguing when I got into the story, it took me a while to get the hang of the rhythm, but when I did everything got a lot smoother. The chapters in this book are very short, some only a couple of sentences long, but it suits the story. It’s a first person narrative and you really get a sense that his memory is not as it used to be because of all the booze.

As I said before this is not a happy story and I didn’t expect a happy ending, but in a way it was a good ending, it could have ended a lot worse for out nameless killer.

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About Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in more than a hundred publications. Nominated for five Pushcart Prizes, he is the author of the novel Transubstantiate and two short-story collections, Herniated Roots and Staring into the Abyss. Thomas lives with his family in the Chicago area.

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Richard Thomas’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Tuesday, May 26th: SJ2B House of Books

Wednesday, May 27th: The Scary Reviews

Wednesday, May 27th: Crime Fiction Lover

Thursday, May 28th: It’s a Mad Mad World

Friday, May 29th: Mallory Heart Reviews

Monday, June 1st: A Reader’s Oasis

Tuesday, June 2nd: Kari J. Wolfe – Author, Editor, Entrepreneur

Wednesday, June 3rd: Bell, Book & Candle

Thursday, June 4th: The Qwillery

Friday, June 5th: Kari J. Wolfe – Author, Editor, Entrepreneur – Q&A

Monday, June 8th: Priscilla and her Books

Thursday, June 11th: FictionZeal

Monday, June 15th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Wednesday, June 17th: My Bookish Ways

Monday, June 22nd: W.A.R.G. – The Writer’s, Artist’s & Reader’s Guild

Friday, June 26th: From the TBR Pile

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Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

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London 1940. Margaret “Maggie” Hope wants to work for the British intelligence, but as she is a woman she ends up being a typist at No. 10 Downing Street.  But she has a knack for code breaking and soon she does a lot more den typing for the prime minister.

This book was OK, not fantastic to read, but enjoyable since I love historical mystery books. Maggie Hope is a good character and there were a lot of likable characters around her. I can’t say that I really liked her relationship with John. For some reason their relationship didn’t click for me.  The plot in this book was interesting, there is a plot to kill Winston Churchill and it doesn’t take much brain work to figure at that one person around Maggie isn’t who she is saying she is the question is who? There wasn’t really any real twist to the story, no real aha moments. Everything unfurled nicely along the way and that was the problem, I wanted the story to be a bit more problematic, more nerve chilling, but alas, it was not to be. Still I will continue with the series. I liked the book enough to feel that I want to read more and I especially liked Winston Churchill in this book.

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The Unraveling Cover Reveal (Steampunk Fantasy)‏

Welcome to the cover reveal for The Unraveling, Volume One of The Luminated Threads by Laurel Wanrow! This is a steampunk fantasy romance with new adult-aged characters and themes. The Unraveling ebook is on preorder for a special preorder price of only .99 cents from Amazon! A print paperback edition also features this beautiful cover artwork by the talented Craig Shields, www.craigshields.co.uk.
The Unraveling releases June 23, 2015.

About the Book:

In 1868 England, the competition to control agriculture is fierce…
 
…and nobody says no to Derby’s industrial magnate.
 
Except Annmar Masterson. The nineteen-year-old rejects his improper advances and instead takes an advertising position on a farm. She discovers the isolated valley is home to gifted species—including animal and plant shifters—who hide their lives from the rest of England. The blue threads only she sees on their clockwork machinery prove her heritage is rooted with theirs, but their world is so different that Annmar doesn’t know if she’ll ever belong.
 
Shapeshifter Daeryn Darkcoat blames himself for the death of his mate and swears he won’t be responsible for another pack. But when the farm he loves falls victim to an endless run of strange pests eating the crops, he joins the hunt, taking charge of an unruly team of predator shifters. In the midst of the battle, Annmar stirs feelings he can’t resist.
 
As Annmar becomes entangled in the fight against the pests, and with Daeryn, she discovers her magic might help…if she can learn to use it properly. If not, she’ll be forced to leave the people she has come to care for and become what she fears most: nothing more than another cog in the magnate’s gears.
 
THE UNRAVELING is a full-length novel, approximately 350 pages, for readers 18+ (new adult and older).
 
Please note: This is volume 1 of a three-part serialized novel. Volumes 2 & 3 will be published in 2015 to complete THE LUMINATED THREADS, a steampunk fantasy romance. To be notified of these releases, sign up for Laurel’s Newsletter.
 
Preorder from Amazon for the special price of only .99 cents! 
 
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Laurel WanrowAbout the Author:
Laurel Wanrow loves misty mornings, the smell of freshly dug earth, petting long-haired guinea pigs and staring at the stars. She sees magic in nature and loves to photograph it.
Before kids, she studied and worked as a naturalist—someone who leads wildflower and other nature walks. During a stint of homeschooling, she turned her writing skills to fiction to share her love of the land, magical characters and fantastical settings.
When not living in her fantasy worlds, Laurel camps, hunts fossils and argues with her husband and two new adult kids over whose turn it is to clean house. Though they live on the East Coast, a cherished family cabin in the Colorado Rockies holds Laurel’s heart.
Visit her online at www.laurelwanrow.com.
To be notified of new releases: Laurel’s Newsletter
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Giveaway:
One (1) winner gets a $10 Amazon gift card, and two (2) winners get paperbacks of The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow (US/CA/UK)
Ends June 10, 2015

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