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review 2020-01-21 17:05
"The Twisted Tree" by Rachel Burge
The Twisted Tree - Rachel Burge,Kate Okello

"The Twisted Tree" is an original, deeply atmospheric Young Adult book that brings Norse myths to life in modern Norway, as seventeen-year-old Marta runs away from home in England to her Grandmother's cabin in Norway, only to discover that, instead of a refuge from the traumas in her life, she has made herself the target of a supernatural threat.


I listened to the first four hours on a long drive and was completely pulled in to the story. I liked the fact that, although this is a relatively short book (180 pages / six hours forty minutes) Rachel Burge didn't rush storytelling.


We follow Martha step by step as she makes her first solo journey to Norway and tries to make sense of what she finds there. As she journeys, we learn about the recent trauma that she's suffered and about her sudden and unwelcome ability to read the thoughts of emotions of people when she touches their clothes.


I liked the slow growth of a sense of threat in the story, which matches pace with Martha's arrival on an in Norway on a dark, stormy January night. All Martha's previous visits have been in summer when the days feel endless, so the menacing beauty of the benighted, snow-covered mountains was new to her. Part of my enjoyment came from how well the atmosphere of the mountains in winter was evoked. I'm recently returned from living in Switzerland and it fed my hunger for mountains and snow as I drove past flooded fields in dismal but unrelenting rain in the daylight-dark of an English winter.


"The Twisted Tree" is not so much horror story as a story about a young woman discovering the truth of her Norwegian heritage, the responsibilities it places on her and the abilities it gives her.


Key to the success of the book is the fact that Martha is a believable seventeen-year-old girl, not some kick-ass warrior woman. She's brave when she needs to be but she spends much of her time frightened and unsure about what to do next.

There's a romance element to the book that is nicely judged to develop Martha's character without sliding into melodrama. There are also some very creepy scenes with the dead, the undead and the recently murdered.


Unfortunately, in my opinion, the book wobbled a bit in the last ninety minutes. There was a lull in the action as Martha waits for dawn before doing what needs to be done to deal with the supernatural threat she faces. I understand why the lull was there. It was used to give Martha a dream contact with a key character who guides her on what she has to do but the pacing, which had been intense, was broken and, to me, there seemed to be too much of explaining of what had to be done and why.


The book recovered during the climactic conflict and set itself up for a sequel but it lost a little impact along the way.


The narrator. Kate Okello does a good job. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.



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review 2020-01-21 14:08
Review: White Night (The Dresden Files #9)by Jim Butcher
White Night - Jim Butcher




A sensational addition to the Dresden Files adventures-from a USA Today bestselling author.

Professional wizard Harry Dresden is investigating a series of deaths in Chicago. Someone is killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry's half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too...



My Thoughts




Oh wow another crazy book in this fantastic series. Each book gets crazier and crazier and I think it can’t get any better and nothing can shock me anymore with Harry and then he next book does. This was the same with this book. It was a total wild ride and again so much stuff has happened this book that I most likely will forget stuff for the review. I also don’t want to spoil anything for the few people that have not read the series, but that also gets harder and harder. So I will try to just keep it to the point and short.

While I’m absolutely in love with Harry, sometimes his self-sacrificing act can get a bit annoying I also think eventually it will bite him in the butt someday.

I really love the Molly part, not only can it be funny it is also very informative and a better look into the wizard and council world, that we would otherwise not get,

This book get back a lot with the white court of vampires and some surprising things happened. I’m not sure how feel but I guess I wait and see how things works out. It also gave me a glimmer of hope that we might see Susan again, who I still totally miss.

There are also some news on Thomas and what he has been up to, I’m also curios to know why Harry not tells the people about who Thomas is to him, to the people who are closest to him. I think it will come out soon enough though.

Elaine was back a lot in this book and at first I was not sure how to feel about that but I ended up really liking it and her.  I also curious to see what that means for Harry and her.

Of course there is still Murphey and the “will they, wont they” thing that is happening, honestly I’m not for it and really enjoy them just as friends and no more, but time will tell.

 Ramirez is a great deal in this book and I’m so for it. I love his character and what he brings to it and hope we get to see more of him and maybe even between him and someone.

Overall another epic book in the series that was full of action, humor and surprises, the only little negative for me was that there was sometimes just too much going on and too much information overload… but other than that I loved every minute if it.

 I rate it 4.5★










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review 2020-01-21 13:23
Ruddy Gore (Phryne Fisher #7) - Kerry Greenwood
Ruddy Gore - Kerry Greenwood

These books never disappoint. Not only was this book delightful, it was also a quick enough read that it allowed me to finish the long weekend having read more books than my 11 year old. 


If you ask her, she'll say my lack of enforced bedtime allowed me to win. That might be true. I still won. 


Dates read 1/19/2020-1/20/2020

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review 2020-01-20 23:35
"Her Royal Spyness" by Rhys Bowen
Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen,Katherine Kellgren
Strong start to an original and fun mystery series with a young, penniless daughter of a Duke as the reluctant sleuth.



I started this series at book six, "The Twelve Clues Of Christmas" which was such a splendid Christmas Cozy Mystery that I decided to go back to the beginning and read all the books in order.


The first book, "Her Royal Spyness" didn't disappoint. It kept me engaged and amused even though I already knew the basics of what the book sets up.


It's 1932 and Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie (Georgie to her friends), a minor Royal, cousin of King George V of England, and thirty-fourth in line to the throne, has just moved to London from her ancestral castle in Scotland (now belonging to her brother, the Duke of Glen Garry and Rannoch, and his wife, to make her way in the world. Her recently deceased father was the previous Duke of Glen Garry and Rannoch, her mother is a famous actress and her grandfather is a cockney ex-policeman who lives in a semi-detached house in Essex. Georgie was educated at a Swiss Finishing School, knows all the right people, but has no money and no experience of life without servants.


The plot, which involves finding a body in Georgie's bathtub, her brother being accused of murder, the family estate being under threat and a secret mission being given to Georgie by the Queen, results in Georgie having to learn how to look after herself, solve a murder, make some money and try and survive the strong of accidents that befall her.


Georgie is easy to like. Her friends are fascinating, Her enemies are ruthless and her secret mission is probably doomed to failure.


What I liked most was the very satisfying mix of humour, history, social observation wrapped around a real mystery... or two... or three.


I strongly recommend the audiobook version. Katherine Kelligan does an excellent job of bringing all of the characters to life. Her narration made the book for me. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.






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review 2020-01-20 16:34
Review: Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files #8) by Jim Butcher
Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher



There's no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City.

As Harry adjusts to his new role, another problem arrives in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend, all grown-up and already in trouble. Her boyfriend is the only suspect in what looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob....



My Thoughts




Oh wow another great book in the series. What a wild ride not only this book but the entire series so far. Also the books are getting harder and harder to review without spoiling it. But I will try my best but this review might spoil something from previous books, so if you haven’t read them please be aware that this might spoil you.

One big thing happening in this book has to do with Charity and she has had kept a huge secret from everyone as they deal with the fallout from that, Harry and Charity work together Unlikely duo, yes, but I loved it and some things are also being revealed along the way. Though there were a few moments between Harry and her daughter Molly that had me worried for a while and a bit nervous and too weird for me. But overall it worked all out for the most part and for now. As we know things never quiet rest in these books.

One thing that happened in now in a few books is the whole coin and fallen one, Lasciel.  Inside Harry thing. I’m not sure what to think of that, I’m not a huge fan of it but still curious to see where it takes us from here on out in the story.

We get more into depth of the whole winter and summer court, but to be honest all that is starting to get a bit confusing. The same with the Vampire courts and so on but I can’t wait to see how things work out now that Harry has been on the council, how it will effect things for him.

We learn more about Thomas as things also move and they seem to be more comfortable with each other and the whole situation.  I can’t get enough of them two together.

Murphy, things might or might not be happening, we might never know to be honest. Only time will tell as most of everything in his life things are complicated and never that easy. Though one thing is for sure Harry seems to be getting really lonely and I feel for him. I also still hoping Susan will come back some time with her hunger under control and they can make it work somehow. I not only liked her but I liked them together.

I listened to the audio book as all the other prior and again I can’t praise them enough, they are s great to listen to and James Marsters does a phenomenal with these books.

Over all I loved the book and rate it 4.5★, there are a few minor things that I don’t care for and feel drawn out like Lasciel but overall I loved it.














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