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review 2017-09-29 15:31
Review: Up Against the Night by Justin Cartwright
Up Against the Night - Justin Cartwright

 

Frank McAllister has long since dropped "Retief" as his middle name, but the legacy of his family's history proves harder to shake. His ancestor Piet Retief, leader of the South African Great Trek, was killed by Zulu king Dingane in the 1838 massacre, along with a hundred men, women, and children. Afrikaner legend paints Retief as a homegrown Moses, bringing his people to the Promised Land. But Frank believes something rotten lies at the core of this family myth.

Frank spends his days in his London home with his new partner and her son and the products of his wealth. But the return of his daughter, Lucinda, from rehab in California brings him intense guilt: having sided with him during his divorce from her mother, she crumbled under the weight of the bitter separation. Lucinda has brought home with her a mysterious boy, and they will join the family trip to Frank's beach house in South Africa--not far from the site of the 1838 massacre. In the lulls of their idyllic days, Frank unravels what really happened on that fateful day, and how it may connect to the violence of the apartheid years, and the violence encroaching on them even now.

Up Against the Night is an enthralling tale of personal conflict and intrigue, set against the backdrop of South Africa's tangled past and troubled present, and told with tremendous color and insight. Absolutely original and gripping, it is destined to be as influential as JM Coetzee's Disgrace.

This is my first book by Mr. Cartwright and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But I must say I enjoyed this book and will look into other titles by him.

It was set in South Africa which was very well described and made it easy to follow and feel like we were there.

The family in this book was insane and there were quite the few issues they had to deal with.

Most of the book read fast and was enjoyable but some parts  were a bit di drawn out and could have been a bit smaller so it would not make it boring and make one lose almost interest.  But that were just some parts.

The writing was good and easy to follow, the world building was also well done and I think I enjoyed that part the most about the book. There were some slower parts like I said but mostly it was a steady pace.

I rate it 3 ½ ★

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

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Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright He was born in South Africa, where his father was the editor of the Rand Daily Mail newspaper, and was educated there, in the United States and at Trinity College, Oxford. Cartwright has worked in advertising and has directed documentaries, films and television commercials. He managed election broadcasts, first for the Liberal Party and then the SDP-Liberal Alliance during the 1979, 1983 and 1987 British general elections. For his work on election broadcasts, Cartwright was appointed an MBE.

Cartwright lives in London with his wife, Penny, and two sons.

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review 2017-09-29 15:17
Review: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12) by Darynda Jones
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave - Darynda Jones

 

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

OMG, Ms. Jones has gone and done it again. Every time you think her books can’t get any better the next book comes out and is better than the last. This book was simply put. EPIC. I don’t even know how to put it in words without spoiling anything, so I will just make it short and simple. Just know going into this book that there will be some pretty major plot-twists. Things we thought we knew from book one are all off the sudden not what we thought they are. And it blew my mind. Also know that this book will leave you hanging with a MAJOR cliffhanger that had me screaming. Even now writing the review I still don’t know what to think about all of it and that ending. The book starts off pretty much were the last one ended and oh boy poor Charley barley gets to breathe let alone sleep. I think she gets like a couple hours of sleep throughout the book. She is after Reyes trying to get him to come back to her. Body and soul. Of course that is not easy with everyone breathing down her neck. Archangels, God, hell hounds and so on. As that would not be enough, she also has a case she is taken on and that case proofs to be more than she first thought, While we get not as much PI work from her se still get to see her work and work through things including the dilemma with Reyes. She discovers some pretty shocking things along the way. One thing is for sure no matter how beaten and battled Charley is, she never loses her sense of humor. She still full of snark but that doesn’t mean she cares less. Oh no we saw how much she really cares for her friends and family in this book. Reyes, it is not secret that I have a hate-love relationship with him. But holy smokes did he push my patience with him this book. I think about half way I was ready to give up on the book on him and I needed a break from him. Of course I didn’t but I got close. We don’t get to see him all that much and yet he is always close. Osh. OH MY OSH. That man-child-demon snuck into my heart from the first time we met him. I knew he had great potential and I was not wrong. He really shined in this book. Garrett of course was all smexy and loyal and helpful and showed how much he is willing to give to help the gang out. Of course we have out lovely dead people, that always help, Rocket, Strawberry Shortcake and even Blue. Some big and heartbreaking things are happening that will impact them all in a big way. We also found out what happened to Taft, I think all of that will somehow tie into everything that has been going on, it has to. Last but not the least we have Ubi, Cook, Amber and Quentin, while we not get to see super much of all of them they all still play a major part of the overall plot. Overall we get a lot of things answered and some are truly shocking. The same with the ending of this book. OMG it had me in tears, my heart was ripped out and stumped on and then the unspeakable happened. I still don’t know which shocked me more and I think I will need a while to process it all. I’m very curious to see how she will end it all in the next book, I just wish I could read it now and wouldn’t have to wait a year. I rate this book a full 5 ★

 

Some of my favorite quotes:

“So, what did you tell Uncle Bon?” I asked, unlocking Misery’s secrets and her doors. “That we were going to see a movie.” I bit my lip, then asked, “And he bought that?’ “Of course, only his exact words were. “Tell that niece of niece of mine if she gets you arrested, I’ll make sure she never see the light of day.” “So, he totally bought it. Awesome.”

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I once made pot of coffee so strong, it opened a jar for me -T-shirt

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I’ll tell you what is wrong with society. No one drinks from the skulls if their enemy anymore. -T-shirt

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I try to one day at the time, but lately several days have attacked me at once. –Meme

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*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

Will be available October 31st 2017

  

Darynda Jones

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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review 2017-09-28 12:05
Review: The Violated by Bill Pronzini
The Violated: A Novel - Bill Pronzini

 

 

A new stand-alone thriller by an acclaimed master of the genre and author of the Nameless Detective series.

Bill Pronzini is crime-writing royalty. His more than eighty published novels have won or been nominated for Edgar, Hammett, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards—a clean sweep of the crime fiction award field—along with rave reviews from critics. He crafts masterful stories, often from multiple perspectives, in which the human condition is on full display.

The Violated is no exception. In Echo Park, in the small town of Santa Rita, California, the mutilated body of Martin Torrey is found by two passersby. A registered sex offender, Torrey has been a suspect in a string of recent rapes, and instant suspicion for his murder falls on the relatives and friends of the women attacked. Police chief Griffin Kells and detective Robert Ortiz are under increasing pressure from the public and from a mayor demanding results in a case that has no easy solution. Pronzini cleverly unfolds the case through alternating perspectives—Martin Torrey’s wife, caught between her grief and the fear her husband was guilty; the outraged husbands of the women violated; the enterprising editor of the local paper; the mayor concerned most with his own ratings; the detectives, often spinning in circles—until a surprising break leads to a completely unexpected conclusion. The Violated is Bill Pronzini at the height of his storytelling powers.

 

 

This book was okay. Just okay not great but also not bad. As mentioned in the blurb it touches in the subject of rape so that may me a trigger to some readers. This book also have multiple POV which I thought was great for this book and story. The story was entertaining and kept me guessing while I was sitting on the edge of my chair. The characters were good but some of them seemed a bit immature, which kind of took away from the overall thriller of the story. While most of the book was entertaining, some f it was a bit predicable and others a bit too drawn out, which can slow it down. The overall pacing of the book was okay . Overall I thought it was good and something you can enjoy if you like thrillers I rate it 3 ★

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

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Bill Pronzini

Mystery Writers of America Awards "Grand Master" 2008 Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1999) for Boobytrap Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) for A Wasteland of Strangers Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1997) for Sentinels Shamus Awards "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) 1987 Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1982) for Hoodwink.

Married to author Marcia Muller.

Pseudonyms: Robert Hart Davis (collaboration with Jeffrey M. Wallmann) Jack Foxx William Jeffrey (collaboration with Jeffrey M. Wallmann) Alex Saxon

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review 2017-09-27 12:05
Review: Weathering by Lucy Wood
Weathering - Lucy Wood

 

Pearl doesn't know how she's ended up in the river--the same messy, cacophonous river in the same rain-soaked valley she'd been stuck in for years. But here her spirit swirls and stays . . . Ada, Pearl's daughter, doesn't know how she's ended up back in the house she left thirteen years ago--with no heating apart from a fire she can't light, no way of getting around apart from an old car she's scared to drive, and no company apart from her own young daughter, Pepper. She wants to clear out Pearl's house so she can leave and not look back. Pepper has grown used to following her restless mother from place to place, but this house, with its faded photographs, its boxes of cameras and its stuffed jackdaw, is something new. Fascinated by the scattering of people she meets, by the river that unfurls through the valley, and by the strange old woman who sits on the bank with her feet in the cold, coppery water, Pepper doesn't know why anyone would ever want to leave.

As the first frosts of autumn herald the coming of a long winter and Pepper and Ada find themselves entangled with the life of the valley, with new companions who won't be closed out, each will discover the ways that places can take root inside us, bind us together, and become us.

This is one of those books that sounded really good and I wanted to like. I really did, but I ended up having a hard time finishing. There is no real plot point to the story and it seems like it is all over the place, which for me was hard to focus on. Not only that there was no real story to it really. This book was not plot driven at all. I did however enjoy the characters, they were enjoyable and did actually show some growth throughout the book. The writing was good if you don’t mind a book that is not necessary has a set plot line. Overall I wish I would have enjoyed the book more buy I’m sure there are plenty of people who will love this book. I rate it 2 ★

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

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Lucy Wood is the author of a critically acclaimed collection of short stories based on Cornish folklore Diving Belles. She has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and was a runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award. She has also been awarded the Holyer an Gof Award and a Somerset Maugham Award. Lucy Wood has a Master's degree in creative writing from Exeter University. She lives in Devon.

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review 2017-09-26 14:17
Review: Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic #1) by Molly Harper
Sweet Tea and Sympathy - Molly Harper

 

 

Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town's most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch.

The beginning of this book was a bit rough for me. But just because there are so many people right away and that was a bit overwhelming. But the more we get into the story the more fun it was. And actually come to think of it made us feel like Margot, who also was not used to such a bug family and the small town living. This book was a fun, sweet and sexy story. But also with some heartbreak, and a lot of heartwarming moments. ‘ I really enjoyed the story, it was well written, a great pacing and was nicely balanced between humor and heartbreak. Margot was a little annoying at the beginning but she grew on me. I did however enjoy Kyle right away. He was charming and funny and yet a bit of a mystery The side characters where just as much part of the story as the main couple, which I really enjoyed. Overall fun m entertaining and romantic book. I rate it 4 ★

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

Will be available November 21st 2017

  

   

Molly Harper

Molly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.

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