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review 2017-07-24 16:26
knuckle-gnawing suspense
RETRIBUTION RIDGE: a dark, gripping and intense suspense thriller - Anna Willett

If Backwoods Ripper had you chewing your knuckles in suspense, Retribution Ridge certainly will not disappoint. But the tension has a deeper psychological twist in Anna Willett's later book, which has the reader sharing in the entrenched distrust that exists between the two sisters at the centre of this story. This is a book that taps into our own fears of past wrongs, which delivers an exciting, pacey read with the kind of eerieness and impending threat about it that will have you reading long past bedtime.

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review 2016-07-31 17:57
Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Cold Days - Jim Butcher

Note: I feel that Death Masks, Book 5, is where reading this series out of order starts to do you an injustice. This book does work as a stand alone to some extent, but you will get major spoilers for the previous books in the series and it also pulls in characters we have met before. So I recommend reading the previous books before you jump into this one.

At the end of the previous book, Ghost Story, Harry wakes up and finds that Mab, Winter Queen, has kept his body alive with the help of Demon Reach island. He’s a bit grumpy about it. Mab means for him to keep his word and he is now the Winter Knight. First, he has to spend months at Arctis Tor in physical therapy. Thankfully, he has a competent and beautiful therapist, Sarissa, to help him through it. Unfortunately, he is tested nearly daily by Mab herself and this often means sharp pointy things being flung at this head.

Harry is introduced to the Winter Court on his birthday with a big party. Of course, these are the fae and a party wouldn’t be complete without some serious injuries. Maeve shows up in her vagazelled birthday suit and taunts Harry in a variety of ways. Then a Red Cap makes the mistake of harming Sarissa and this gives Harry the opportunity to show off his new powers as the Winter Knight. Once the festivities have tamed down a bit, Mab quietly sets Harry on his first task for her: kill one of her strongest minions, a specific immortal. Harry is going to be hard pressed to carry out that order!

Back in Changes, Harry had a lot happen to him that changed his life – he lost his office, apartment, car, etc. Now in this book, I actually see Harry has changed. We’ve seen Harry pressed to the limits before, having to make hard decisions. These things over time have aged him; some have given him wisdom and some have subtly changed him in other ways, like becoming more cynical. Now he has the mantel of the Winter Knight and that means he not only has this magnificent power, he also has these animalistic urges to protect what is his and destroy anything that threatens him and his, and sometimes even those things that deny him his will. Harry has this roiling mass of violence and lust just beneath the surface that he has to keep in check all the time, or does he? The poor man will be tested sorely!

First things first: very few people know that Harry is still alive. All his friends think he is dead. So you can imagine what it’s like for him to stroll up as the Winter Knight. Ha! There was a plethora of feelings here as he reunited with his friends. Some were angry. Some were happy. Some had very mixed emotions. Then Harry himself has quite a few emotions about being alive and being the Winter Knight.

Harry doesn’t have a place to stay in the mundane world, so Molly puts him up at her swanky apartment. Apparently, she did a job for the svartelves and they were quite pleased with her work. I should mention that all that physical therapy and combat training with Mab has left Harry well muscled. Molly wasn’t the only one who noticed.<img class="emoji" draggable="false" src="https://s0.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/emoji/twemoji/svg/1f609.svg" alt="

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text 2015-11-29 14:18
Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll

It's midnight and im ridiculously tired but kind of on a high as well.

This book was excellent, to me it read like a real experience, a real story full of pain, hurt, anguish, anger, resentment, that someone was brave enough to share.


Ani is clearly holding her shit together by her teeth, and not very well. This story portrayed someone suffering from PTSD, hiding from their emotions to keep it together, building a life to hide from her fear that kept coming back to slam her at inconvenient and unusual moments.
Jessica did a fantastic job with creating Ani, the psychological damage she received from everything she had experienced and seen, her need to feel pain but the fear of being hurt, her obsessive need to be a certain way to stop that phantom hurt, but then turning around and facing it anyways, it was truly incredible.

And the surprises just kept coming!!

A brilliant book.

I'm not actually sure why I'm not rating it 5 stars, maybe because some of the subject topics were difficult? maybe because there was victim shame? but i know of it already, I'm highly aware of it as a part of my studies and today's media, but i suppose thinking about it it still came across as a dull surprise, finding out this girl/character isnt that much older than me was a bigger one! maybe its just because i can't see this book ever being something that i re-read, for in love with countless time? for what ever reason I feel that 4.5 stars is the perfect amount.

But I'm am so glad i read this book.





(Big thanks to joan, for pointing it out for our buddy read!)

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Her OutSpoken Lips: A Collection of Poems Through the Eyes of a Woman Pushed to the Edge Part III - Monroe Ariel




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review 2015-10-09 12:57
Review: 24 Hours by Claire Seeber
24 Hours: An intense, suspenseful psychological thriller - Claire Seeber


24 Hours should really come with a warning about how addictive it is! I started reading it this morning thinking I’d just read a couple of chapters while I drank my coffee and I got so engrossed that the next thing I knew I’d finished the book and it was lunchtime! This is such a brilliant thriller, it’s impossible to stop once you start reading!


24 Hours is the story of Laurie Smith; she has been caught up in a fire in a hotel and believes her best friend is dead and that her daughter may well be in grave danger. She is now in a race against time to find her.


The novel is told in alternating chapters - one from the past that gradually leads up to the present day, and one from each of the 24 Hours that Laurie is frantically searching for her daughter, Polly. It’s so well written because you’d think that the chapters told over the 24 Hours would be the most intense but the chapters set leading up to this day become increasingly more unsettling and there reaches point where there is such tension in every chapter that you almost can’t breathe.


Each of the 24 Hours is brilliantly plotted, you can almost feel Laurie’s increasing tiredness and exhaustion as the hours draw on and the way she starts to question herself and what she thinks she knows because she is almost delirious with fatigue, it begins to feel like you’re in it with her and you’re as unsure as she is. It’s such good writing.


I rate this book 10 out of 10 and highly recommend it. I read a lot of psychological thrillers and this one just felt so refreshingly different to a lot of others that I’ve read of late. Go buy this, you won’t regret it!


24 Hours is published today and is available from Amazon.


I received this book from Bookouture via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.


This review was originally posted on my blog: RatherTooFondofBooks

Source: rathertoofondofbooks.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/review-24-hours-by-claire-seeber
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