Owl and the City of Angels by Kristi Charish

Review:

Owl and the City of Angels - Kristi Charish

Owl is back!

I have wanted to read the next book in this series since I read the first book; Owl and the Japanese Circus. And, I’m quite pleased to say that the story is even better in this book. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the first book. But since the introduction to the supernatural world and its beings had been dealt with in the first book could this book focus more on the continuation of Owls adventures and less getting to know the characters and all the supernatural

Someone is impersonating Owl and stealing objects and now it seems that the person has stolen cursed objects that kill whoever touches them. Owl must now steal them back and clear her name. Thankfully she has helped; her best friend Nadja, Owls boyfriend Rynn and, of course, her cat Captain. Also, in this book, we finally get to meet Carpe face-to-face in the real world instead just as a gaming partner to Owl. And, I have to admit, I think he really is my favorite character. Well, he and Captain of course.  It’s just something special with the hacker elf. I mean I haven’t anything against Rynn. But I wouldn’t mind some Owl and Carpe action in the future.  Also, the messenger Hermes had a small part in this book.  I liked him very much too and hope to see more of him in the future. Someone I’m not as sure I like is Rynn’s cousin Artemis. I mean I started with liking him, he was so different from Rynn, but in the end. Well let’s say he kind of messed up a bit and that was too bad since I found him to be quite an interesting new addition to the story.

This book was really good, action from the beginning to the end. Plenty of hilarious moments especially since Owl doesn’t know when to shut up and keep getting in trouble all the time. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!

One thing; the cover. I prefer the cover to Owl and the Japanese Circus. I just don’t fancy this cover that much. The cover to the first book is just so beautiful, this one not so much.

Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser

Review:

The Mirror - Marlys Millhiser

I want you to think about the next time you see your grandmother how it would be if you would wake up in her body when she was young and then have to marry your own grandfather and give birth to your mother. That’s sounds quite insane I know, but that is what happened to Shay Garrett in this book. She wakes up in the year 1900, in her grandmother Brandy McCabe’s body.

This book cured me from any romantic notion about time-travel. I don’t know what’s worse going back in time having to live your grandmother’s life or going forward and living your granddaughter’s. Either you know too much that is going to happend or you are totally lost in the future. And, poor Shay’s mother and Brandy’s daughter Rachael that is the one that has to live with a mother that is her daughter and a daughter that’s her mother.

It’s a really good book, not perfect, I found the parts in the book about Shay in the past and Rachael growing up the best. But the ending with Brandy in Shay’s body was just not as good. I mean I felt for her, but personally I found it was far more interesting to read about someone getting used to life in the past than life in the future.

But it sure was an interesting book to read and I recommend this one to anyone that likes time-travel books!

I received this copy from Open Road Media through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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Nunslinger Book 6: The Judgement of Abraham by Stark Holborn

Nunslinger: The Complete Series - Stark Holborn

I’m reading Nunslinger: The Complete Series, but I thought it would be easier to rate every book as I finish them before I rate all of them as one.

It’s taking me forever to read this book. I think the problem is that it’s divided into books instead of chapters so even though I plan to read a book a day is it more like I read a book and then forget about the whole book for a while and then I have to remember what happened in the last book before and then I read one book and forget to read for a while again. I’ve been doing this since late last year…

The books are OK, they aren’t boring to read, I just can’t seem to get myself devoted to the book and read it all instead of reading one book at the time. The books aren’t that long around 60 pages long. But I will try to get this book finished before 2016!

Sister Thomas Josephine is still on the run and I have a feeling that it’s just not going to get easier for her since it’s a couple of books left to read…

I received this copy from Hodder & Stoughton through NetGalley in return for an honest review!

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Shadow Play by Iris Johansen

Review:

Shadow Play - Iris Johansen

I do seem to have some weird knack to start reading the last published book in a series lately. Shadow Play is book 19 in the Eve Duncan series, but it was super easy to get into this book and get the basic fact about Eve Duncan, Joe Quinn and Margaret Douglas and Bonnie.

Eve Duncan is a forensic sculptor and she is sent the scull of a young old girl that was found buried eight years in the forest. But it seems that the killer hasn’t forgotten her and soon Eve is in danger and it seems that somewhere out there is another little girl in danger and Eve must now try with the help of her friends and the ghost of the dead girl help try to find out who the killer is and who his next target is…

I really liked this book. It was fast-paced, it had an interesting story. I liked the characters and it wasn’t too much romance in it. And, I loved the paranormal part of the story. The story had just the perfect blend of thriller and paranormal. And, not to much focus on sex. Eve and Joe may be a couple, but they don’t have several pages of graphic sex. Sometimes I think books lose the focus and miss the fact that a good story and well written characters are the most importing thing. Or perhaps it has something to do with that I can’t stand Erotica.

Anyway I was curious about this series and decided to give the book series a shot when I saw this book was available at NetGalley to request. The story was really engrossing and I could hardly stop reading the book. I will only read one chapter more and suddenly had I been reading an hour. I really liked the mystery of the book. I liked that it wasn’t an obvious story that it surprised me from time to time.

I’m really glad that I read this book and I’m looking forward to reading the previous 19 books!

I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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A Death in the Dales blog tour

Review:

A Death in the Dales (Kate Shackleton Mysteries) - Frances Brody

 

A DEATH IN THE DALES

Frances Brody

 

Published in paperback original by Piatkus, on October 1st 2015, price £8.99

The new fantastically quirky crime novel featuring amateur sleuth extraordinaire Kate Shackleton

 

A murder most foul

 

 

When the landlord of a Yorkshire tavern is killed in plain sight, Freda Simonson, the only witness to the crime, becomes plagued with guilt, believing the wrong man has been convicted. Following her death, it seems that the truth will never be uncovered in the peaceful village of Langcliffe . . .

 

A village of secrets

 

But it just so happens that Freda’s nephew is courting the renowned amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton, who decides to holiday in Langcliffe with her indomitable teenage niece, Harriet. When Harriet strikes up a friendship with a local girl whose young brother is missing, the search leads Kate to uncover another suspicious death, not to mention an illicit affair.

 

The case of a lifetime

 

 

As the present mysteries merge with the past’s mistakes, Kate is thrust into the secrets that Freda left behind and realises that this courageous woman has entrusted her with solving a murder from beyond the grave. It soon becomes clear to her that nothing in Langcliffe is quite as it appears, and with a murderer on the loose and an ever-growing roster of suspects, this isn’t the holiday Kate was expecting.

 

 

Review:

I was quite trilled when I was given a chance to read the latest Kate Shackleton book since this is a series I have been meaning to try out, but never got to. 

 

Amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton and her niece Harriet is on holiday in the little village of Langcliffe. Harriet has recently recovered from diphtheria and Kate thought it would be good for her to get away from the town and spend two weeks in the country. Kate is also planning to spend some time with Lucian Simonson, the local doctor to see if they have a future together and it’s his late aunt’s hour they are living in during their stay. But it seems that Lucian aunt all along wanted to meet Kate and to get Kate to help her clear an innocent man’s name. It seems that 10 years prior to the present day in the book a man was killed and Freda witness the murderer, but she is convinced that the wrong man was convicted.  Now it seems that Kate has a new mission.

 

This is the kind of book you want to curl up in the sofa with and with a large cup of tea or coffee. It’s a cozy mystery book and it was no problem whatsoever getting into the story and get to know the characters. I did think the pacing of the book was a bit slow and I felt that not much happened for a while in the book other than Kate trying to find out the truth about the murder and looking after Harriet. The town’s people are quite convinced that the right man was convicted for the murder and it’s been ten years since the murder so Kate hasn’t got that much to go on. So much of the book was spent trying to find anyone that would have motive and means to kill the poor man. But towards the ending it got better when it pieces started to come to together. And, Frances Brody really manage to write an ending I never expected. I’m really impressed with that. 

One thing I reflected on while I read the book was that Kate didn’t seem that in love with Lucian. She is contemplating a future as a doctor’s wife, but I really didn’t feel any passion between them. It felt more like two old friends when they were together. I have only read this book, but I feel that she really needs someone more passionate than Lucian. I hope she finds him. 

It was a good book. I enjoyed reading it. The pacing could have been better, but I do look forward to reading more books in this series especially the books before because I curious to learn more about Kate and her family.

 

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

 

Frances Brody is the author of the Kate Shackleton mysteries, as well as many stories and plays for BBC Radio, scripts for television and four sagas, one of which won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse, and Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

Review:

The Zig Zag Girl - Elly Griffiths

I saw that book two is coming out now this fall and thought perhaps it was time to read the first book since I have had the ARC just around a year waiting for me to read. Elly Griffiths is the author behind the Ruth Galloway series, a series I quite enjoy reading so I was curious to see how this new series would be.

The new series takes place in the 1950s Brighton and Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens must solve a case of a murdered woman. The body has been cut in three bits and this reminds him of the magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl. He knows the investor of the trick, Max Mephisto, he is an old friend and they served together in the war in a shadow unit called Magic Men. But who would kill a girl and why? And, then another one is killed and now they must really find the killer before more people are killed. And, it seems that the people that are killed is connected to the Magic Men…

It was interesting to reading something other than Elly Griffiths usual series and I enjoyed a step back in time to the 50s just after the war with people that are trying to move on, but it has only been 5 years since it ended and the memories of it still lingers over the country. For Edgar Stephens brings this case back memories of the war and the shadow unit he was in and the women he loved and lost. He hasn’t really gotten over her and the way she died. And, now with the murder is he reunited with Max Mephisto, magician the man who invented the Zig Zag Girl. I just love magicians and I enjoyed the combination of a police and magician working together.

I found the case interesting because of the group of magicians, not all of them were magicians of course, Edgar wasn’t one. But they were gathered together to create illusions to stupefy the enemy. And, now it seems that there is a murdered among them.

But it was also not hard to figure things out, the story was good, but I found it too easy to figure things out. It lacked any real moments of surprises. I enjoyed reading it, it was a fine book and I want to read the next book. I just hope for a more intriguing plot.

I received this copy from Quercus Books through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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The Joker: Endgame

Review:

The Joker: Endgame - James Tynion, Brenden Fletcher, Scott Snyder, Dustin Nguyen

I actually thought for a moment I was reading Batman: Endgame while I was reading this graphic novel. I blame it on that I read reviews of Batman: Endgame and I could have sworn that Batman: Endgame took up the same stories as this one or similar. And, apparently it did. Frankly that doesn’t make me all that keen to read Batman: Endgame since now I have read this one instead and it was well let’s say not perfect. At least I didn’t find it that good, it got better towards the end when the different stories from different comics (BATMAN ANNUAL #3, back-ups from BATMAN #35-39, GOTHAM ACADEMY: ENDGAME#1, BATGIRL ENDGAME #1, DETECTIVE COMICS: ENDGAME #1, BATMAN AND ROBIN ENDGAME #1, ARKHAM MANOR ENDGAME #1) finally started to make sense and everything was leading towards the grand finale. And, since I have read reviews for Batman: Endgame have I also read what’s happened in the end when Batman and Joker finally confronts each other. So that wasn’t a big surprise or anything.

In the end it got 3 stars because I quite liked the beginning and the last 100 pages, but I found the story to be a bit disjoint in the middle and that made me stop reading the graphic novel for a while because I just found it frankly boring and a bit incomprehensible. One moment there was one story and then it was another comics with another story and then another and then back to the first one and then to another. I did not like that one bit. Thankfully it got better at least.

I received this copy from DC Comics through Edelweiss in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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