Friday, 26 August 2016

REVIEW - Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Gemina

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Oneworld/Rock the Boat

Release Date: 20th October 2016

Source: ARC

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. 

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.
So I read Gemina.

It was ahhhh-mayyyyy-zingggg and I don't stretch out words like that for just any old book.  I am not one to fangirl lightly but this series has so far been breathtaking.

So what has been happening in the vastness of space since Kady and Ezra's shit hit the fan in Illuminae, well sweet f all is what has been happening to the bored resident of the Heimdall jump station.  

Now quick segue to the name, Heimdall, I totally imagine Idris Elba all god like strutting about when I hear that name, it is a good name, a name that means business but in this case, well in the case of Hanna it means being stuck in the ass end of space.

Hanna is the privileged daughter of the captain of the station, she has a cushy princess life and gets what she wants.  She has a hot, clever boyfriend, a designer spacey wardrobe and all manner of people at her beck and call, people like Nik.

Nik is part of a syndicate of criminals aboard the Heimdall but he isn't really a bad guy, he is however charismatic, handsome and when it comes to Hanna he has a very large soft spot.

They have great chemistry but hey she has a boyfriend so nothing is going to happen in that department.  Now when I first met Hanna I wasn't sure if I was going to like her, to begin with she was definitely not a patch on Kady but she totally won me round and you know what, there is a lot more to her than meets the eyes.  Nik, I found very likeable from the get go, plus he also sounds kinda hot which is always a plus!

Despite the boyfriend it doesn't stop Nik from trying to flirt with Hanna but their peace is about to be shattered, a shit load of trouble is about to land on their doorstep in the shape of the Hypatia.

Life on Heimdall is about to get a lot more interesting and no way in hell are you getting spoilers from me.

Gemina still has the same brilliant layout as Illuminae, which may not be everyone's cup of tea but me I find having the to turn the book upside down to read it a breath of fresh air and if it is good enough for Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter then it is good enough for me.  

Gemina is an incredible read, Illuminae was quite frankly hyped to death but it deserves that hype it was awesome and Gemina is totally deserving of all the pre-release excitement.  

It is a freaking amazing ride and heck I know it sounds cliched but it is, from the first to the last page its spell takes hold and quite frankly clear your schedule, cancel those appointments because Gemina demands your full attention and it will reward you for it.

Thank you to Oneworld/Rock the Boat for making my month in sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

REVIEW - The Irish Inheritance by M J Lee

Title: The Irish Inheritance

Author: M J Lee


Release Date: 15th June 2016

Source: Blog Tour Copy

June 8, 1921. Ireland.
A British Officer is shot dead on a remote hillside south of Dublin.

November 22, 2015. United Kingdom.
Former police detective, Jayne Sinclair, now working as a genealogical investigator, receives a phone call from an adopted American billionaire asking her to discover the identity of his real father.

How are the two events linked?

Jayne Sinclair has only three clues to help her: a photocopied birth certificate, a stolen book and an old photograph. And it soon becomes apparent somebody else is on the trail of the mystery. A killer who will stop at nothing to prevent Jayne discovering the secret hidden in the past
The Irish Inheritance takes us through the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Irish War of Independence, combining a search for the truth of the past with all the tension of a modern-day thriller.

It is the first in a series of novels featuring Jayne Sinclair, genealogical detective.

Jayne Sinclair is an ex-cop with a failing marriage and a new business as a genealogical investigator, she is a woman who once she starts a job doesn't finish till she gets an answer but in the Irish Inheritance she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

She is contacted by an American billionaire, a man who also has months to live, a man who has a dying wish.  That wish is to find out who he is, literally.  Adopted as a child, he wants to find out who he father is and with a couple of pieces of information he tells Jayne she has 8 days to find out before he returns to the States.

What should be a straight forward dive in to the past, looking through records to find this mans last request turns out to be much more with Jayne having to look over her shoulder as it seems somebody doesn't want her to find out the truth.

This book is also written from two POV's with a current day POV from Jayne and a POV from the time she is researching.  The historical POV gives an insight in to Ireland during a time of great turmoil and the passion of the characters during these chapters is very close to surface.

This was an enjoyable read with a great story with the main story line with regards to finding out the truth of her clients history combined with a lesser story line that sees the failure of her marriage. The story is very engaging but I did find some of the historical chapters a little long in places but apart from that it was a great read.

Thanks to Neverland Blog Tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.

He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.

Whilst working in Shanghai, he loved walking through the old quarter of that amazing city, developing the idea behind a series of crime novels featuring Inspector Pyotr Danilov, set in 1920s and 30s.
When he's not writ

ing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, practicing downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

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The Sunday Post #57 - 21st August 2016

Welcome to my Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimberley over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer . Join me as I ramble about my week in and out of the blogosphere.

Hello, how you doing?

It has been a week of crazy weather, rain peeing down one minute and gorgeous sun the next.  I hate it.  I hate weather like this, I wish it would just sort itself the hell out and decide exactly what it is.

In other news over the last couple of weeks, my 10 month old car broke down, I was not pleased but it is fixed now but still do they not build things to last these days?

My book reading has been, like my blogging a bit lax mainly because I am tired and usually fall asleep drooling on my book and kindle.  I need a holiday and thankfully next month one is coming up.

I did however manage to find time to read, nay devour Gemina, I was made up to get an ARC and I loved every minute of this amazing read which is just as great as Illuminae.  The only downside, well it is an unfinished proof, a lot of the graphics are not there but I think the finished article will be immense.  I hope to review soon.

Anyway have a lovely week and happy reading book bunnies!
Well actually last two weeks since I didn't Sunday Post last week.

2015 - I reviewed You are never weird on the internet by Felicia Day

2014 - I reviewed After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry


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Friday, 19 August 2016

REVIEW - Poison City by Paul Crilley

Title: Poison City

Author: Paul Crilley

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release Date: 11th August 2016

Source: ARC

The name's Gideon Tau, but everyone just calls me London. I work for the Delphic Division, the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service. My life revolves around two things - finding out who killed my daughter and imagining what I'm going to do to the bastard when I catch him.

I have two friends. The first is my boss, Armitage, a fifty-something DCI from Yorkshire who looks more like someone's mother than a cop. Don't let that fool you. The second is the dog, my magical spirit guide. He talks, he watches TV all day, and he's a mean drunk.

Life is pretty routine - I solve crimes, I search for my daughter's killer. Wash, rinse, repeat. Until the day I'm called out to the murder of a ramanga - a low-key vampire - basically, the tabloid journalist of the vampire world. It looks like an open and shut case. There's even CCTV footage of the killer.

Except... the face on the CCTV footage? It's the face of the man who killed my daughter. I'm about to face a tough choice. Catch her killer or save the world? I can't do both.

It's not looking good for the world.

Poison City is the first in a fantastical new series for fans of Ben Aaronovitch, Lauren Beukes, Sarah Lotz and Stephen King.
Any book that features a talking, bitching, wise ass, slightly magical drunk dog will automatically get upon my reading list, I mean what is not to love?  In fact I would go as far to say as the dog needs a spin off series. He is awesome.

Anyway its not all dog related,  he has of course an owner/partner/skivvy, Gideon Tau.  A policeman who has upped sticks from London town (London is also his nickname) to South Africa, Durban to be exact.  He is not a run of the mill copper, he works for the Delphic Division who deal with all things occult.  

Tau can wield magic or shinecraft as it is called in the book which  I personally think sounds kinda cool.  His days are spent dealing with the magical scum of the Earth and trying to solve a case that is very personal to him - the murder of his daughter.

His daughter's death understandably has really screwed him up and he is trying to uncover what happened to her, who is responsible for taking her from him.

But before he can continue with that there is the small matter of a Ramanga (what is a Ramanga?, well the book describes it wonderfully as a low-key vampire - basically, the tabloid journalist of the vampire world) who has been murdered and the killer turns out to be the main suspect in his daughters murder.  

Things are not open and shut however, a whole heap of other mystical, magical dudes are hell bent on giving Gideon a very bad day.  His daughters killer might have to wait a bit.

Now I haven't read many books set in South Africa but straight away I fell in love with it, Paul Crilley has painted it so vividly and it isn't just the setting, the characters are excellent too.  Of course I have already mentioned my love for the dog but another mention has to go to Armitage, Tau's boss who is from Yorkshire and every time she spoke in the book I heard her as a mixture of all the ladies from Last of the Summer Wine.  She is a bit more badass than Nora Batty - younger/non Brit readers may need to Google this comparison.  

This book was fantastic, it was funny, it was smart, it was enchanting and it was one heck of a read, quite frankly I loved it, it sucks you in straight away and has a good mix of menace and magic too.

I highly recommend it.

Thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

BLOG TOUR: Review - A Cunning Plan by Astrid Arditi - WIN A Kindle Fire!

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This is my stop during the blog tour for A Cunning Plan by Astrid Arditi. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14 August, you can view the tour schedule here.

A Cunning Plan (Sloane Harper #1)
by Astrid Arditi 

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 8 May, 2016

Determined to put her family back together, Sloane Harper stalks her ex husband and his annoyingly stunning mistress, Kate. And she’s not the only one. Handsome IRS agent Ethan Cunning is surveying them too, but not for the same reasons. He is attempting to nail Kate’s playboy boss.

Ethan and Sloane decide to help each other, which sends Sloane’s wobbly life spinning out of control. She’ll have to face danger, humiliation, and scariest of all, the dating scene, to lure her daughters’ father home.

Losing control was the best thing to happen to Sloane… until it turned lethal.
Sloane Harper is smart and savvy woman, a mother, a friend and now an ex-wife, she has been through the mill recently, her husband has left her for another woman and she finds herself devoting her days to stalking the other woman,the lovely Kate and trying to find dirt on her.  

Whilst she is stalking, she discovers she is also under surveillance and in to her life comes the enigmatic, handsome Ethan, an agent for not MI5, FBI or CIA, nope he works for something even worse, the IRS.  He is trying to bring down Sloane's new girlfriends boss and somehow he and Sloane end up helping one another to achieve their goals.

Sloane despite being a little ditsy is quite adept at sleuthing and together with Ethan try to dig the dirt on both Kate's boss and Kate herself, Sloane wants her husband back and Ethan wants Kate's dodgy boss but will things go to plan?!

This was a great read with an intriguing yet fun plot.  Sloane is quite the character and it was a pleasure to watch her develop.  Well worth a read.

Thank you to Lola's Blog Tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Astrid Arditi

Astrid Arditi was born from a French father and Swedish mother. She lived in Paris and Rome before moving to London with her husband and daughter back in 2013.

After dabbling in journalism, interning at Glamour magazine, and teaching kindergarten, Arditi returned to her first love: writing.

She now splits her time between raising her kids (a brand new baby boy just joined the family) and making up stories.

A Cunning Plan is Arditi'€™s first published work.
You can find and contact Astrid here:
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Saturday, 13 August 2016


Beyond the Books is a weekly meme hosted by KissinBlueKaren where she throws out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and we blog about it!

This week - My First Job

I decided when I was I think 13 that I needed more money, I needed things of importance like the latest cassette tape or the latest Doc Martens and they cost ££££££.

Some of my friends and family where already working at a local cafe, I am not going to name it but people who know who read this will know exactly where. I ended up getting a job washing dishes for I think £2.88 an hour, my first shift was 4 hours long and my god was it a shock to the system.

However I grew to love the job, I was working with friends from school and I also met friends from another school that I would later attend.

I worked about 16 hours over the weekend and an occasional evening during the week. I had access to all the chips (as in fries US readers) and coke I could drink. I could sneakily have a cigarette out the back and the icing on the cake was the uniform.

Well there was two uniforms, the first was a gingham blue affair with a frilly apron but then it changed to a blue polo shirt and a utility apron. Both the height of fashion, but being a teenager I would drown myself in Body Shop White Musk perfume not giving a thought to health and hygiene.

I ascended the ranks from humble plate washer I became a waitress, I am not really a people person so it was my idea of hell plus it was a truck stop too and lorry drivers can be course. They are partly responsible for my love of swearing!

I ended up a cook which was excellent fun, cooking fried breakfasts, bacon rolls, scampi, all the usual cafe fair. I would go home smelling of chip fat with bits of food under my nails but I really enjoyed it.

The downside of the job, there was a rota for cleaning, you either got the hoovering or the toilets, the toilets was just horrendous and there was a shower in the gents which exposed me to some truly interesting sights - not people sights, what people leave behind.

I was there for 4 years and in the last 18 months I started my first grown up job and as the money was good from there I decided to give up my job.

I have no regrets about doing it, I earned my own cash, I met new friends and it helped me grow confidence plus there was all those chips!

What was your first job?

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