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Perfect Liars by Rebecca Reid

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They have it all. And they’ll do anything to keep it that way.

For fans of The Girlfriend and Liane Moriarty as well as TV hits Doctor Foster and The Replacement.

Sixteen years ago, best friends Nancy, Georgia and Lila did something unspeakable. Their crime forged an unbreakable bond between them, a bond of silence. But now, one of them wants to talk.

One wrong word and everything could be ruined, their lives, their careers, their relationships. It's up to Georgia to call a crisis dinner. But things do not go as planned.

Three women walk in to the dinner, but only two will leave.

Murder isn't so difficult the second time around...

Gripping and unputdownable, Perfect Liars tells the story of a group of friends bound by their dark pasts and their desperate need to keep their secrets hidden from the world around them. How far would you go to protect the life you’ve built?

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review 2018-08-12 11:30
A Son of the Sun by Fabien Nury, Eric Henninot (Illustrator)

Parlay is the French king of a dying island tribe and the father of the sublime Armande. He’s selling his pearls, a fortune collected from his island’s lagoon. The wealthiest traders in the Solomon Islands have been invited to the auction, except for David Grief, the Englishman the natives call the Son of the Sun. Come hell or high water—probably both—Grief will be there. And he isn’t coming for the pearls.

 

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REVIEW

 

** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Copy received through Netgalley

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A Son of the Sun is based on Jack London novels. While I've never been a Jack London reader, I found this graphic novel to be beautifully illustrated, with that old-fashioned grit and colour of classic books, and well paced, with a great plot.

A Son of the Sun, by Fabian Nury
★★★★☆
80 Pages

Let's start with the simple stuff:

Would I read it again?: Yes!
Genre: Comic, Graphic Novel, Adventure
Content Warning: deals with alcoholism, gambling, slavery, suicide, racism


Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty:

David Grief is an interesting lead character. He has everything he could want at his disposal, wealth, respect, a business empire, but he has nothing really to live for since the woman he loved committed suicide. There are a whole host of other traders and sailors, but he's the main plot, and by far the most interesting.

There are hints that this “Parlay” character is the one bringing them all together, but that Grief is the only one not invited, and we don't really know why until they reach Parlay's island. The slow trickle of information and backstory was really well done, I loved the snippets of flashbacks and the hints that were littered throughout, but never too heavily relied on.

The writing style is great, for a graphic novel. It gives the same kind of detail and background as a novel could, but in a condensed form and keeping only to the bullet point facts that we need to know to follow the story. The plot was well paced and told a great story about the dangers of greed, lust, and love. About how pride could hurt yourself more than anyone else, in the end. And that last panel was a perfect ending.

The one fault I had – the reason it's not a 5 star review – is because the format of the pdf meant that it was hard to read. If it had been in comic form (cbr/cbz) then I could have used a comic reader to read each individual panel. However, that option wasn't available, so I had to enlarge the page, which meant that the page took a moment to adjust and sometimes didn't; I often ended up with blurry text that was hard to read, no matter how far I zoomed in. It made for a difficult reading experience and I missed a few speech bubbles, for the simple fact they were too small and too blurry to read, which, in the end, affected the flow and ease of reading.

However, the story still managed to come through, so I'd still read it again.

Although it's currently not available on paperback, I'd definitely buy it. I'm also going to get the original novel, and read that. This graphic novel was a great introduction to Jack London's work, for me, and I'm eager to read more from both this author and him.

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Katey Hawthorne - Superpowered Love #1: Equilibrium

TBR for Netgalley:

 

 

Hansen has been hot for Sam since they first bonded over their secret superpowers—literally hot, since Hansen can produce fire from thin air. But Sam is always covered in girls, so Hansen keeps his feelings deeply buried and settles for being Sam's best friend.

Then Sam's electrical powers go haywire in public, and in the fallout a mutual attraction is forced to the surface—but bisexuality is new to Sam, and Hansen is afraid to admit he's in love. And in the midst of trying to figure out themselves and each other, they have to face—and survive—the unfriendly witness to Sam's explosion.

 

Source: lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=123&products_id=1640
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review 2018-07-29 11:00
The Devil You Know by Camilla Quinn

Tom used to be a lot of things: assassin, interrogator, sadist. But for the past decade he's worked on being a better person, a good father to his loving daughter. But for a man with his past, a bullet is the only end he can expect—he just hopes his daughter will survive the inevitable fallout. 

Doro has no illusions about himself: provocateur, infiltrator, killer. Even though he's one of the youngest assets the Vaylen Crime Family puts in the field, he's skilled and eager to prove himself. 

After years of civil war, the Family has finally settled, and their leader wants to tie up loose ends. That includes sending Doro to get rid of the only man to ever walk away from the Family, the man once known as The Devil.

 

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REVIEW

 

Book – The Devil You Know
Author – Camilla Quinn
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 91
Cover – Creepy!
POV – 3rd person, multi-POV, present tense
Would I read it again – Yes!
Genre – LGBT, Assassin, Contemporary
Content Warning – memories of violence, kidnap, torture, dissociative identity disorder


** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **



This was a refreshing and original take on the whole assassin/mafia enforcer theme. 

Present tense is usually not my friend, but I really liked how it was used here to provide a more intimate view of the personalities at play. The characters were both real and slightly typical of the mafia genre, well developed and explored, without any kind of info dump for back stories. I loved the father/daughter dynamics between Tom and Jessie; the chemistry between Tom/the Devil and Doro. The POV was split between all of the main characters – Tom and his split personality, the Devil; Jessie; and Doro. They all got to show their own thoughts and experiences, which really helped explore the delicate dynamics between them all. It also helped with the isolation of the location, making the story much more character and plot focused. I particularly loved the bit about using Christmas music as torture.

Overall, it was a great exploration of the genre, with originality and great characters. I'd love to read more with these characters, but I also really love the perfectly ambiguous and HFN ending.

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Favourite Quote

“His instructors used to speak of this man, spun of flames and nightmares. They spoke of his violence, his ingenuity, his insight. He used to think they exaggerated.
As he drifts into the darkness, he realized they did not.”

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/37487095-the-devil-you-know
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