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review 2017-08-04 00:36
Review: Together by Julie Cohen
Together - Julie Cohen

Published by: Orion (13 July 2017)

 

ISBN: 978-1409171744

 

Source:  Publisher

 

Rating: 4.5*

 

Synopsis:

Is this a great love story?

Or a story about great love?
You decide.

 

On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually would. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie's actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret - one they will do absolutely anything to protect.

 

Review:

Together is the hauntingly beautiful tale of Robbie and Emily and their love for one another. Told backwards, this heartbreaking and deeply moving story is original, gripping and all-encompassing. I really like that out begins when the couple are older and works its way back, so we get to find out what it was like when they first met. I became so engrossed in Robbie and Emily's story, I was only vaguely aware of my surroundings.

 

The couple's secret, when it is revealed, is quite shocking. If I hadn't already guessed what that secret was, this book would have got a big 5 stars from me. I usually read crime, so perhaps that stood me in good stead for detective duties in uncovering the secret here!

 

Although this is the first book by this author that I've read, it certainly won't be the last. I am really impressed with her ability to draw the reader in and hold their attention. Special thanks to the publishers for providing an ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

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review 2017-05-31 16:20
How to Find Love in a Bookshop - Veronica Henry,Julia Barrie,Orion Publishing Group

When her beloved father dies, Emilia Nightingale inherits Nightingale Books, a much loved bookshop, nestled in the Cotswold town of Peasebrook. There she makes new friends, unwittingly helping them with more than book choices. But when a situation arises that threatens the bookshop, can Emilia keep her promise to her dying father, and keep Nightingale Books open?

 

The thing I find about bookshops is how inviting they are. There is the anticipation of finding a new book to fall in love with, of new worlds to explore and often times the shop seems to radiate the comfort and warmth the books themselves can bring. Nightingale Books sounds like the ideal place to lose a few hours, wandering the shops and browsing the shelves, chatting to like-minded book lovers. Lots of people dream of owning their own book shop, I’m one of them, and to my minds eye, Nightingale Books is how I’d picture my bookshop.

 

The story itself is warm and comforting, easy to get wrapped up in. It’s the kind of book to curl up with on a rainy winter evening, or to read whilst lying in the sun. It is filled with a cast of characters that all add layers to the story. Emilia is a lovely character, depicted as kind, considerate and understandably conflicted by her desire to keep the bookshop and the struggle she finds herself in. Julius, Emilia’s father is also a wonderful character, depicted as he is in a few explanatory chapters and through the memory of the other characters. The bookshop itself is a character, and rightly so. It is the linchpin, where the inhabitants of Peasebrook meet, chat and discover new books, and perhaps new people, to fall in love with. There are some characters I would have liked to find out more about as there felt the potential to find out more about them for example Thomasina, the excruciatingly shy chef and Marlowe, the violinist, friend of Julius whose appearances seemed to just scratch the surface of his character.

 

There were parts of the story that could be considered predictable, the trial and tribulation that would lead to the conclusion but I found comfort in those, enjoying the journey the story took me on. The story was told with the right pace, with a variety of different characters to provide entertainment and lots of separate story strands that were brought together by the bookshop.

 

This book exudes the sentiments of a good bookshop I mentioned above, it is warm, inviting and fun. It is a story about love, literature and the celebration of stories and what’s not to love about that?

 

This is the first book by Veronica Henry I have read but I shall certainly be reading more from her in the future.

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review 2017-04-24 00:20
Tangle of Need (Psy/Changeling #11) by Nalini Singh
Tangle of Need: Psy-Changeling, Book 11 - Angela Dawe,Nalini Singh

Adria and Riaz are both very dominant wolves who have newly returned to the Snow Dancer lands after some time away. Time in which both have been badly burned by their romantic lives


It is not a smooth reunion between the pair – this is going to be a rocky relationship to say the least

 

While Sienna is finding her relationship with the wolf Alpha Hawke much smoother than anticipated – but preparing to be Alpha’s mate is much more complicated with some heavy responsibilities.

 

The Psy war rages unabated, flaring into open civil war – and the desperate Pure Psy are restoring to unthinkable tactics that the Snow Dancers cannot ignore and cannot be neutral in the face of.

 

 

 

I do like how we’re calling back to a lot of the previous characters and partners in this book. One of the main issues I have with these kind of Paranormal Romance series with different characters each book is that the previous characters seem to drift away. We get nice cameo appearances of Sasha, but for several books we seem to have completely forgotten that Faith, the uber-powerful F-Psy is out of there. The Leopards in general have been very sidelined in the last few books which is such a shame because they were the first characters that have been kind of lost

 

This book ended up feeling far more of an ensemble book – drawing on the Council, with Hawke and Sienna very much being present and powerfully involved. We have predictions from Faith, we have Sasha and Ashaya, we have Judd all taking part. Not in a huge way, in all cases – though I wold say Hawke and Sienna are virtually co-protagonists with Riaz and Adria – but definitely taking up a powerful part of this book. We also have a really fascinating side plot coming with the Arrows and Kaleb


And I really like this side plot, because they’re both deeply immersed in the consequences of the Psy Civil War (which, to the Changelings, is still somewhat peripheral to their lives. But I still respect the conundrum they’re faced, their duty to step up because others are relying on them and whether they could possible be still in the face of such utter atrocities) but also because they represent that missing question over Silence that is not really analysed in the Changeling packs: the idea that Silence is necessary for some Psy. The conditioning that makes them safe, how the Arrows have relief on it or even how, if it starts breaking, the Arrows can begin to feel the brutal lives they’ve lived and consider whether they want to live at all.

 

In general there’s a widening of the plot in this book beyond the central romance which allows us to explore much wider and deeper. Like there’s Sienna realising she needs to step up as the Alpha’s mate means she is studying more about the pack so she can step up to discuss matters with Hawke. I love that she is considered to be integral to the Pack leadership structure and that having the deathly power is not enough to do that: her explorations allow us to explore as well just as Kaleb and the Arrows let us see more of the Psynet.

 

 

(Though I do want to know more about the “Maternal Females” which seems to be set up as a third class from both Dominants and Submissives. Which sounds nicely interesting and complex but the fact it’s gender specific makes me think it’s created for the sake of having “powerful women” but not having them as warriors. Which is fine and even right – but why is it women only who need the less-aggressive dominant role?)

 

Adria and Riaz both bring different elements as well: Adria with her take on dominance and Riaz being a lone wolf and the way that relates to the world wide influence of the Snow Dancers (again another element of this series we haven’t really developed)

 

Their romance is also interestingly different. For a start they’re both dominant and Adria makes it clear over and over and over to Riaz that she isn’t going to be meekly submit to his authority. I also really like that this relationship takes on the whole concept of the Mating Bond: And how it can be resisted and isn’t the final word in the romance. I like this because I hate mating bonds. I hate the removal of romance, of developing affections or actually choosing a relationship which mating bonds impose. By having this we not only develop this relationship but by simply framing this relationship as a rejection of the mating bond raises the possibility for the previous relationships. It adds an element of consent that is otherwise missing from the previous depictions.

 

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/04/tangle-of-need-psychangeling-11-by.html
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text 2017-02-28 18:35
February 2017 Round Up!
Hometown - Luke Walker
Fatale Deluxe Edition Volume 2 (Fatale DLX Ed Hc) - Elizabeth Breitweiser,Ed Brubaker,Sean Phillips
Gilded Cage - Vic James
Of Foster Homes and Flies - Chad Lutzke
Incognito, Volume 2: Bad Influences - Ed Brubaker,Sean Phillips
Rusty Puppy - Joe R. Lansdale
The Disembodied - Anthony Hains
The Fireman - Orion Publishing Group,Joe Hill,Kate Mulgrew

 

My reading has slowed down a bit this month, due to some health issues in my family. Also, I'm in the midst of a few books that seem like they'll never end!

 

Graphic Novels

 

Fatale Deluxe Edition: Volume 2

Incognito: Volume 2 Bad Influences 

 

Both of these were written and drawn by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, respectively. 

 

 

Audio Books

 

The Fireman by Joe Hill

 

 

E-ARCS

 

Rusty Puppy by Joe Lansdale

Gilded Cage by Vic James

 

 

Random Books

 

Hometown  by Luke Walker

The Disembodied by Anthony Hains

Of Foster Homes and Flies by Chad Lutzke

 

Total Books Read in February: 8

 

READING CHALLENGES:

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

(Horror Aficionados Group on GR) 

 

Goal: Read 40 books that I already own during 2017

 

January count: 1-Dominoes by John Boden

February count: 1-Hometown by Luke Walker

Running Count: 2

 

Graphic Novel Reading Challenge

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

 

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

Running count: 7

 

 

Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge:

 

Goal: Read Horror Books

 

January Books: 5

February Books Read for Challenge: 3

Running Count: 8

 

 

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review 2016-10-25 17:53
Renegade Orion (Shifter Kings of Kartak #2) by Delores Diamond Review
Renegade Orion: A Scifi Alien Shifter Romance (Shifter Kings of Kartak Book 2) - Delores Diamond

My personal fairy tale had almost come true. I bought my Mercantile House. I had a title, power, servants… and unimaginable wealth. The only things lacking were a fated mate, a Prince Charming if you will.

But life on Kartak is hardly like a storybook.

As I embarked on a dangerous mission to uncover an ancient technology, I began to look for my mate as well. Little did I know, I’d fall into the hands of my worst enemy, and his savage skinner forces that only wish me harm.

My only hope for survival is to trust a Tulani mercenary, a brawny alien with a short temper… and the fire of lust in his eyes. One touch, and he consumes me… I’m worried we’ll both burn alive.

I want to believe he is my fated mate. But will this brutal alien keep me safe, or betray me to my enemy? My life is in the hands of my own personal Renegade.

 

Review

 

This is a fun next book in the series with a great hero. I love a smart heroine and we get one here. The world building is good.

 

The plot rolls forward nicely but there are moments that make little sense, however, the romance makes up for the faltering.

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