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Friday, January 24, 2020

Death at Hungerford Stairs

Title: Death at Hungerford Stairs
Series: Charles Dickinson investigations #2
Author: J.C.Briggs
Genre: historical fiction mystery
Rating:4


Boys are going missing from London’s slums…
London, 1849
When a boy is found drowned in the River Thames at Hungerford Stairs, novelist Charles Dickens and Superintendent Jones of Bow Street are mystified to discover that the child is not the missing youngster for whom they have been searching.
As Dickens and Jones delve deeper into London’s poverty-stricken backstreets, they stumble across two more bodies.
A serial killer is on the loose. And Charles is terrified that someone close to him may be one of the victims.
With a strange image of a mask sketched next to the corpses, could the murderer be leaving a trail for the detectives to follow…?
Or will the Death at Hungerford Stairs remain unsolved…?


My thoughts:
Would I recommend it? Yes
Will I read more of this series? Yes
Would I read more of by this author? Yes
Once again the author takes us back to London 1849, and this time it's a little bit darker and twisted then before because this time someone is praying on the innocent lives of children. And Charles Dickinson and his friend is off to find out who ,why and to out a stop to it before anymore more boys die. But not only does Mr Dickinson has that to figure out ,he has to find a list boy and his dog, and the story also shows how people's beloved pets where taking and either sold back to them for money or force to fight. It also brings to live how hard the lives of people was doing that time period as well. With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it .

Never -Contented Things

Title: Never -Contented Things
Author: Sarah Porter
Genre:Young Adult
Rating : 1


  Seductive. Cruel. Bored.
Be wary of…


Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries ― until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies' otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price ― and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom


My thoughts:
Would I recommend it: No
Would I read anything else by this author? no
I really want to to like it , and I went in expect it to be dark and creepy as well as some what twisted ,but while it was a bit dark ,it wasn't what I was expecting at all, and the way the author wrote it kind of throw me .And it was a struggle to try and understand what in the world was going on, as well as try and get though it, but non the less I did finished and not once did I enjoy it at all because after I finish it I was like what did I just read, and other thing I kept asking myself why in the world did i pick it up in the first place and then it hit me the only reason was because of the cover ,will I guess the saying is true in this case : never judge a book by its cover. With that said I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read and review it.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Snowball

Title : Snowball
Author: Gregory Bastianelli
Genre: Horror
Rating :4
A group of motorists become stranded on a lonely stretch of highway during a Christmas Eve blizzard and fight for survival against an unnatural force in the storm. The gathered survivors realize a tenuous connection among them means it may not be a coincidence that they all ended up on this highway. An attempt to seek help leads a few of the travelers to a house in the woods where a twisted toymaker with a mystical snow globe is hell bent on playing deadly games with a group of people just trying to get home for the holidays. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

My thoughts
Would I recommend it ? Yes
Will I read more by this author? Yes
I can't believe it took me this long to pick it up, as soon as I read the first couple of pages I was hooked, and i do have to say after reading this book that I'll at a snowman the same way ever again.It was the perfect read for a cold snowy day ,and that made it even more spooky .Not only that but it gives of vibes of these movies which I've seen bits and pieces of and after reading this I don't think I want to see them, and the movies are Krampus, Jack Frost and and a Christmas Horror Story. With that said I want to thank the Publishers as well as NetGalley for letting me read and review it.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Dilemma

Title: The Dilemma
Author: B.A.Paris
Genre:
Rating:3
Livia is finally having the birthday party she always dreamed of. When she and her husband Adam fell pregnant as teenagers, she was disowned by her parents. Their marriage has had its ups and downs, but now, twenty years on, they are blissfully happy now with their two grown-up children, Josh and Marnie. And tonight, Adam is throwing Livia the party of a lifetime, to make up for the fairytale wedding they could never have.

Marnie has been studying abroad and can’t make it to the party. Livia can’t help but be slightly grateful for this, as she’s recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. For just one night, Livia wants everything to be perfect.

Adam, meanwhile, has set up another surprise for his wife: Marnie will be secretly flying back for the family celebration. But soon it emerges that Adam is faced with a dilemma of his own, and he too may have to keep a terrible secret. After all, if you could give the person you love the most in the world a few more hours of happiness, you would . . . wouldn’t you? As the day of the party dawns, one thing is clear: Marnie’s arrival could shatter 


My thoughts
Would I recommend it? Yes
Would I read more by this author?yes
I was so happy when I got an email from St.Martins Press inviting me to read her new book, because of the two I've read I ended up loving them, and I didn't even know she was coming out with a new one until I saw the email ,and I was like yes please ,it even made its way on to my most anticipated reads for this year, bit sadly it didn't work for me, while I did like the concept of the story and as always her characters came to life it just didn't have her normal punch that her other two books (The Breakdown and Bring Me Back),and while I know and understand that every book is going to be different this one just didn't want to hold my attention at all,it was just boring even though it was a spectacular emotional display of love and deceit in a marriage. With that said I want to thank St.Martins Press as well as NetGalley for letting me read and review it , and I can't wait to to read more by this author .

The Girl from Widow Hills


Title:The Girl From Widow Hill
Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: psychological Thriller
Rating: 5
Everyone knows the story of “the girl from Widow Hills.”

Arden Maynor was just a child when she was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm and went missing for days. Strangers and friends, neighbors and rescue workers, set up search parties and held vigils, praying for her safe return. Against all odds, she was found, alive, clinging to a storm drain. The girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Arden’s mother wrote a book. Fame followed. Fans and fan letters, creeps, and stalkers. And every year, the anniversary. It all became too much. As soon as she was old enough, Arden changed her name and disappeared from the public eye.

Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. She’s managed to stay off the radar for the last few years. But with the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Where is she now? Soon Olivia feels like she’s being watched and begins sleepwalking again, like she did long ago, even waking outside her home. Until late one night she jolts awake in her yard. At her feet is the corpse of a man she knows—from her previous life, as Arden Maynor.

And now, the girl from Widow Hills is about to become the center of the story, once again, in this propulsive page-turner from suspense master Megan Miranda..

My thoughts
Would I recommend it ? Yes
Would I read anything else by this author? Yes
Wow other win for this author, so far besides this one I've read All the Missing Girls , The Last Houseguest, The Perfect Stranger.And all of them just like this was and is five start reads for me, in fact I would go as far and say that this one is my all time second favorite book of her while All the missing girls is my all time favorite one.Why is this my second all time favorite book over her other two books The Perfect Stranger and the Last Houseguest you may be wounding and the answer is because it's more dark and twisted then they are, and it makes you question everything you thought you knew about Olivia. And to tell the truth even though I give the other two books 5 stars and they deserved them this one was everything that I love when it comes to a thriller fast paced, heart pounding, non stop action. With that said I want to thank Simon &Schuster as well as NetGalley for letting me read and review not only one of my most anticipated reads but also one of my top books for January 2020.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Legion of Fire

Title: Legion of Fire
Series: Luke Jensen Bounty Hunter #6
Author: William W.Johnstone & J.A.Johnstone
Genre: western
Rating: 4


 Johnstone Country. Frontier Spirit Lives Here.

Luke Jensen comes from a righteous brood. Survival is in his blood. And he’s burned enough gunpowder to forge out his own legend on the frontier as the toughest bounty hunter who ever stalked his prey . . .
 
THE HUNTING PARTY
 
When Luke Jensen traps fugitive Ben Craddock in Arapaho Springs, he’s ready to collect on his bounty. But the job’s not done—not by a long shot. A raid by a savage gang known as the Legion of Fire has left the peaceful settlement looted, burned to the ground, and the ashes scoured for female hostages—including the marshal’s daughter. For Luke this is more than a hunt. It’s now a rescue. And with Craddock busted out of jail and thrown in with the gang, it’s also revenge. Wrangling a small posse, Luke heads for the Legion’s hideout in the Kansas badlands. Outnumbered, they can’t risk an ambush. Instead, it’s going to take cutthroat cunning for the outlaws of the Legion of Fire to go down in flames—one by one.


My thoughts
Would I recommend it ? Yes
Will I read more of the series ? Yes
Would I read more by this author? Yes

Very well written ,and the characters come to life before your very eyes, but then again they will because it's William W.Johnstone and J.A.Johmstone. And even though this is book 6 and my first time reading this series, it's not my first time reading anything by these author's ,in fact their two of my favorite western author's to read, just because of how well their stories being back memories of watching old western movies with my dad. So if your looking for something like that to read and get lost in then check them out as well as this series .With that said I want to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for letting me read and review it .

Monday, January 20, 2020

the complete language of flowers

Title : The Complete Language of Flowers
Author:
Genre: Nonfiction
Pages:256
Rating:3


 The Complete Language of Flowers is a comprehensive dictionary for over 1,001 flower species. Along with a visual depiction, each entry provides the flower's name, characteristics, and historic meanings from mythology, medieval legends, folklore, and flower poetry.

For centuries, symbolic flower meanings have fascinated readers, writers, poets, and suddenly smitten couples alike. Extremely popular during the Victorian era, these floriographies flourished and versed the public on the hidden meaning of popular flowers like peonies (bashfulness) and tulips (passion).Coupled with stunning full-color illustrations, this beautiful reference is a must-have for gardeners, florists, and flower enthusiasts. Whether you're looking to arrange the perfectly bespoken wedding bouquet or to understand what the yellow rose you just received from an admirer means (friendship), this updated floriography is a visual delight.


My thoughts
Would I recommend it ? Yes ,but only to people who this type of book
Would I read anything else by this author ? Nope
Beautiful cover as well as pictures in it , of the different types of flowers ,as well as been in alphabetically by botanical genus or species.And while it's not a book that will make you want to read it in a day, since it's more of an encyclopedia ,it is a
wonderful tool to have in your home to consult whenever you encounter a certain flower and wish you knew more about it.With that said I want to thank Netgalley as well as the Publishers for letting read and review it.