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review 2018-01-08 19:27
Kidnapped by rednecks
BACKWOODS RIPPER: a gripping action suspense thriller - Anna Willett

An excellent take on the rednecks in the woods story theme. A non-supernatural horror story that will give fans of Stephen King a thrill.

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review 2018-01-08 17:54
Mounting excitement
UNWELCOME GUESTS: An atmospheric, suspenseful thriller - Anna Willett

The excitement mounts quickly in this new thriller by Australian author Anna Willett. A young couple go to a country house for a short getaway arranged by a family member. But not all is as it seems, and quickly they find themselves in danger. A gripping read.

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text 2018-01-01 21:45
Reading progress: 6%.
Mayhem in High Heels - Gemma Halliday

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-12-08 00:53
NIGHTEYES NIGHTEYES NIGHTEYES NIGHTEYES
Royal Assassin - Robin Hobb

"Wolves have no kings."

Nighteyes is here, if you weren't certain of that based on the review title!!!! Yayyyyy Nighteyes my BOY.

Also known as the one where Fitz doesn't know how to have a conversation about birth control, Verity is established as a Cool Uncle, the Fool is the best (okay, that's every Fitz book tho) and then it gets really fucking depressing at the end. Like, Jeepers, Robin. Take it down a notch?

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review 2017-11-11 12:17
Between Two Fires - An Enjoyable Re-read
Between Two Fires: A Novel - Mark Noce

Author: Mark Noce

Series: Queen Branwen #1

Rating: 4 stars

 

Book Blurb: Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales' last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King. But the fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen becomes the target of assassination attempts and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan, her world threatens to tear itself apart.

Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.

 

This was an enjoyable re-read in preparation for the release of  Dark Wind Rising, the sequel. 

 

This book, again,  proves I'm a moody reader. Reading this book last year I felt "meh" about it. This time around I couldn't put it down. I really got into the mystery and although I remembered most of the twist I had forgotten bits and pieces.

 

Branwen is a good character- young and immature at first, making impulsive far-reaching decisions without thinking things through. But she comes into her own nicely. 

As with the first reading, I felt that first person present tense is not my cup of tea- BUT, and this is a big "but",  the story is strong. This book could be a tv show, a good one in my opinion. The mystery arc is this book's strength.  And the political intrigue is handled quite well. It also deals with a time that is not done to death but is still popular. The "tense" issue still dings the book for me- that and the overuse of the word azure to describe characters'  eyes. After a while, I was like "BLUE just say BLUE already!" But I'm being picky.

I look forward to reading the next in this series. A side note: if you wanted to read this as a standalone you can, the story wraps up nicely. It actually took me by surprise when I found out there was another book.  

 

Recommend.

 

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