Saturday, 27 July 2013

Review of The Time of The Hunter's Moon by Victoria Holt

I stumbled across a copy of this in a local coffee shop which has a reading book swap. I put in one of my own I no longer wanted and chose this. I think the cover drew me to it!

The Blurb:

During the last weeks of her stay at an exclusive finishing school in Switzerland, Cordelia Grant, in the company of three friends, has a strange experience in a nearby forest. It occurs at the time of the Hunter's Moon and the attractive man whom the girls encounter seems to them to be a mysterious figure, conjured up out of local legend.

Returning to England, Cordelia takes a post in a girls' school, situated among the ancient ruins of a Devon abbey. There she becomes disturbed by Sir Jason Verringer, the local landowner to whom the abbey belongs.

Surrounded by unsavoury rumours, his reputation is sinister - and yet Cordelia cannot help but be drawn to him.

Tension mounts at the time of the Midsummer Moon when a pageant is staged by the school among the abbey ruins; and when Cordelia has news from the girls who shared her forest adventure, she begins to realise that her past is becoming dangerously entwined with the present.

short review from Goodreads:

The Time Of The Hunter's MoonThe Time Of The Hunter's Moon by Victoria Holt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I've read by Victoria Holt. At times it felt a little slow but I really enjoyed this Gothic romance. There were twists and turns which livened the pace. I would definitely read more of Victoria Holt's work.

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Review of 3am and Wide Awake by Sarah England

'3am and Wide Awake' is the first book I've read by the author Sarah England. It is a collection of thriller/horror/suspense short stories. I bought the Kindle version but there is now a paperback version available too.

The Blurb:

‘3am and Wide Awake' is a collection of 25 thrillers and chillers by prolific short story writer, Sarah England. From the demonically inspired title story, to the madness of 'Girl in the Rain', or the shocking sadness of 'Rough Love' - there is one common factor - each story will take you to the edge of the precipice, and then bring you safely back again. Usually...

Dip into revenge with 'Retribution', or medieval terror with 'The Witchfinders'...Dare to invite a stranger into your house with 'Moving In'. Can you bear the aching loneliness of 'Burned'? Or the frightening consequences of dabbling with a Ouija board in 'Out of the Woods'? Why is a top surgeon being haunted by a vengeful woman in, 'A Second Opinion'? And what happened to the girl who took 'The Last Bus Home'?

Whatever you choose - we hope you will still be reading at 3am. And wide awake...

3am and Wide Awake3am and Wide Awake by Sarah E. England
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An entertaining, intriguing collection of stories. This is the first time I've read Sarah England's work and I was very impressed, I really enjoyed all of the stories. Each tale is different but all have a twist and a nice pace, which makes them memorable long after the close of the Kindle page. I look forward to reading more by this author.

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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Review: ACID by Emma Pass

I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I was really excited as I hardly ever win anything!

The Blurb:

ACID - the most brutal police force in history. They rule with an iron fist. They see everything. They know everything. They locked me away for life.

My crime? They say I killed my parents. I was fifteen years old.

My name is Jenna Strong.

My thoughts:

AcidAcid by Emma Pass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. The cover was the first draw - it is amazing. I entered the Goodreads giveaway really not expecting to win a copy but I did! I was like a cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof awaiting its arrival! I liked the main female character from the start, she's tough but also vulnerable. I found the second half just sped by and I'd read the whole book in two sittings. Will there be a second? The ending, although concluded, hints there could be. If there is I'd definitely want to read it!

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Review of Incubus by Carol Goodman

Although I write, I do read a quite a lot so I thought I'd start posting my reviews of books I've read on my blog as well as the usual places, Goodreads etc. I only write short reviews and do not include spoilers! All reviews are my own opinion and, unless stated, I have not been given a free copy for review.

I'm kicking off with a really absorbing book by Carol Goodman, called Incubus. I love the cover of this one:

The blurb:

In a town built on magic, be careful what you dream...

Ever since moving to Fairwick to take up a teaching post at the local college, Callie has been having vivid, erotic dreams about a man made out of moonlight and shadows. Dreams she begins to fear as well as anticipate...

She learns that her home - a Victorian cottage at the edge of a wood - is supposedly haunted. And then her new - and rather strange - colleagues tell her a local legend about an incubus demon with a human past who was enchanted by a fairy queen...

My thoughts:

Incubus (Fairwick Chronicles, #1)Incubus by Carol Goodman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

'Incubus' is the first book I've read by Carol Goodman. I picked it up in paperback, drawn both by the name and cover. I know the myths of Incubi so I was intrigued to read this story. I really enjoyed this, I found it absorbing after reading the first few pages or so. The imagery was created very well - the Victorian house Cailleach moved in to, the woods, the college, the whole lot!

There's a great mix of characters. At times I found myself feeling sorry for the incubus, then disliking him, before reeling back to wanting there to be a happy outcome for him, and of course, Callie. I enjoyed this book so much I ordered the second in The Fairwick Chronicles as soon as I closed the last page!

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