2

Review: ‘Calculated Justice’ by M.A Comley

Genre: Crime / Thriller
Length: 164 pages (Approx.)

This is book 12 in the Lorne Simpkins series.

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Synopsis: Let the chase begin… Lorne Warner, newly reinstated as Inspector again, is confronted with one of her worst cases to date. She knows who kidnapped the Warburton family–their kidnapper contacted her himself. But he forces Lorne and her team into a game of cat and mouse that leads them on a chase across London. As each clue brings Lorne closer to finding the family, she realises that saving the lives of the Warburtons might mean sacrificing her own.

Review: Fast paced, interesting and with plenty of our favourite characters, Calculated Justice is certainly a great read! How Comley can get to book twelve in the series and still come up with different cases and keep the books exciting and unpredictable is beyond me!

It was great to see Lorne back in the role of Inspector; a role that she is clearly built for! I was also happy to see lots of Lorne’s husband, Tony, and Lorne’s boss, Sean. I was sad to see Katy step down, especially under the circumstances, and hope that this doesn’t mean she’ll leave the force for good! I loved the case that Lorne was working on in this book! I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things she had to do! I loved all the references to London in this book and found it all to be exceptionally accurate.

Once again, we are reminded of some familiar ‘friends’ of Lorne’s and previous cases that she has worked on. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend reading this as a stand alone book. While it would work as a stand alone book, I think readers would get more out of it if they read previous books in the series so that they can fully understand the references.

I gave this book 4 stars for two reasons really. The first being that I didn’t feel the author gave enough explanation into the motives of the criminal. The second was that I wasn’t always completely satisfied with Charlie’s actions in the circumstances (I don’t want to give too much away). Regardless of these, I would still highly recommend this book as I found it a very gripping read!

★★★★ – A fast paced, gripping read! This case has a dizzying affect on Lorne! Highly recommended! 

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

5

Award: Siblinghood of the World!

I was nominated for this award by the lovely Cristina over at My Tiny Obsessions! Thanks, Cristina! 🙂

The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).
  4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

Questions from Cristina:

  1. Favourite book?
  2. Favourite TV show?
  3. Favourite Movie?
  4. Favourite Book-Movie/TV adaptation?
  5. Favourite Actor?
  6. Favourite Actress?
  7. Favourite Author?
  8. Favourite Book ship?
  9. Favourite TV Show ship?
  10. Favourite Movie ship?

My answers:

  1. Oh god, that’s difficult! I have so many! I think I might have to say Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol today!
  2. I think it would have to be either Grey’s Anatomy or Suits.
  3. At the moment, Guardians of the Galaxy!
  4. I think probably Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I’m always worried when a book gets turned into a movie, but I quite enjoyed this one!
  5. Hmm. Probably either Robert Downey Jr (I love him as Iron Man!) or Chris Pratt (he makes Guardians of the Galaxy so fun!).
  6. This is hard. It used to be Melissa McCarthy (she’s amazing in Gilmore Girls!) but I haven’t liked any of the films she’s done recently.
  7. This is an impossible question! How can I pick just one?!
  8. Davran and Ronan in the Fuel to the Fire trilogy by David Staniforth.
  9. Loralai and Luke in Gilmore Girls! Obviously!
  10. Does it have to be a romantic relationship? Rocket and Groot from Guardians in the Galaxy 🙂

I’m nominating:

  1. Dayna at Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers
  2. Romance Novels for the Beach
  3. Ditch the Bun
  4. Claire at Claire’s Cosy Corner
  5. Yvo at It’s All About Books
  6. Lexi at Sempre Dolce
  7. Michelle at Spider’s Book Club

Sorry if any of you have already been nominated! Also, if you want to be nominated and I haven’t nominated you, please leave me a comment and I’ll add you in! 🙂

My ten questions:

  1. If you could trade lives with one character (book, TV or movie), who would it be and why?
  2. Do you listen to music when you’re reading?
  3. If you were stuck on a desert island and only allowed to bring one book with you, what would it be?
  4. What book has been so over-hyped that you’ve felt disappointed when you read it?
  5. Paperback, hardback or e-book?
  6. Where is your favourite place to read?
  7. Do you use bookmarks or dog-ear your books?
  8. What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?
  9. Do you prefer to read at night or in the morning?
  10. Where is your favourite place to read?

fancy_page_divider

Once again, I would like to thank Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions for nominating me! Thank you!

Looking forward to seeing your answers!

 

9

Tag: Readers Problems!

I haven’t been tagged to do this, but it looked fun! Here are my answers:

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I usually go by what I’m in the mood to read, whether it has been recommended to me, or whether it grabs me during the first few opening pages!

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
I usually stop reading it and switch to something else. There are so many books on my TBR list that I don’t want to spend time reading something that I’m not going to love! Plus, I might come back to it at a later date.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
I’ve never actually participated in a Goodreads challenge! I don’t like feeling as if I HAVE to read – It just makes it so I don’t enjoy it!

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
It doesn’t really bother me, if I’m truly honest. Plus, on Kindle I wouldn’t necessarily notice!

Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
This has happened to me quite a few times! Especially during my A Level English Literature class where I had to read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald! I was the only one in the class that didn’t like it!

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I just let it out! I tend to get quite wrapped up in books, especially when I’m on the train, so often this happens without me noticing until people ask what I’m reading or if I’m okay!

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book?
I feel really bad admitting this, but I usually just read my review (if I’ve written it) or look up reviews for the book on Amazon or Goodreads! It’s not very often I forget a book, though.

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I usually say that I’ve already promised it to a family member to borrow!

Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I usually try something a bit out of my comfort zone! I either find something that I wouldn’t have tried before, or I think ‘nope. I’m going back to -insert book I started in the last month-‘!

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
I tend to get quite a few Amazon gift cards, so I’m usually able to buy a lot of what I REALLY want to read!

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
Not very long! I read quite fast, so I get through quite a high number of books!

fancy_page_divider

Those are my answers! What do you think?

What would your answers be?

3

Tag: The Literary Dinner Party!

I love doing tags, as I’ve mentioned before. I stumbled across this one online when I was looking for a new tag to do! I don’t know who started it, but if you do, please let me know and I’ll add the credit!

Task: Invite 11 great guests for a fabulous dinner party!

So, on to my invitations….

One character who can cook/likes to cook.
Searcy from Pie Girls by Lauren Clark. The recipes at the end of this book sound amazing!

One character who has money to fund the party.
Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harries. I bet he would be great company at a dinner party!

One character who might cause a scene.
Well, Eric Northman may cause a scene, on account of him being a vampire and everything… but as I get to invite another character, I would choose Hannibal Lecter from the trilogy by Thomas Harris. Not only would be cause a scene, but I bet he would be great for intellectual conversation!

One character who is funny/amusing.
It has to be Bainberry from the Labyrinth of Labyrinth‘s series by David Staniforth! Such a great character and so funny!

One character who is super social/popular.
Evra from The Darren Shan Saga. Definitely my favourite character!

One villian.
Dracula. I loved reading this when I was younger and I bet Dracula would be great to have a conversation with!

One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic.
Molly and Arthur Weasley. I think they would be great at a dinner party! Molly would mother everyone, making sure that everyone is happy and everything is running smoothly, and Arthur would have some great stories to tell from his work and his children!

One hero/heroine.
Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride! “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father; prepare to die!”

One under-appreciated character.
Grover from the Percy Jackson series.

One character of your own choosing.
Rory Gilmore from Like Mother, Like Daughter! It would be great to sit and talk books with Rory over some great food!

fancy_page_dividerSo, those are my invitations! What do you think?

Who would you invite to your literary dinner party?

0

Cover Reveal: ‘January Dreams’ by Carrigan Richards

image[This cover reveal is hosted by the lovely Paige over at Electively Paige!]

I’m very pleased to be taking part in a cover reveal today for the new book by Carrigan RichardsJanuary Dreams!

Here is the synopsis:
Megan Nekorb’s life is consumed by dreams of sharing an intensely, visceral love with Casper Truitt. But in real life, she hates Casper.
Megan starts dating the brooding and handsome Vincent, and they quickly fall in love. But each time they kiss, she sees vivid visions of another time and place.
Megan’s determined to learn the truth about her dreams and visions, but the more she learns, the more her life is in danger.

Sounds great, right?

Here is the cover:
image
Gorgeous, right? I love how mysterious the cover looks. It really fits with the synopsis!

fancy_page_divider

What do you think? Does this cover make you want to read January Dreams?

January Dreams will be released in January 12th, 2016.

0

Review: ‘What Dreams May Come’ by David Hadley

Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 386 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Synopsis: Dreams are dangerous things. After a mental collapse forces him to sell his software company, entrepreneur Stephen Parker retreats to the quiet coastal village of Stoneyhaven, hoping to rebuild his life. Soon Parker discovers how dangerous dreams can be, as the world of his nightmares threatens to break out into his waking life and destroy the new happiness he finds in Stoneyhaven.
To save the lives of those he loves, and perhaps even the world itself, Parker must enter the Dreamlands to rescue the ghostly woman haunting his dreams and solve the mystery of the Manor House before it is too late.

Review: This is a little different from Hadley’s usual work, but still a great and interesting read!

I found the subject of this book fascinating. Could there be a world running parallel to our own? The thought is certainly intriguing! How would this world differ from our own? I really liked the characters and enjoyed how the author left me with more questions than answers, allowing me to try and piece the story together on my own. What are the Dreamlands? Has Stephen really solved the mystery?  The story is quite complex and things that I hadn’t taken much notice of while reading suddenly made sense when I was thinking about the book afterwards! I can’t wait to see how the author will follow this up!

My only issue with this book was the sex scenes. They were not detailed, so this was not the problem. It was just that sometimes the sex scenes felt unnecessary. I was so drawn into the story that I wanted answers, and these scenes didn’t provide any. I can understood why the author included them, particularly at the beginning of the story, but they just didn’t work for me as the story progressed.

★★★★ – An intriguing read! This complex story will leave you thinking for days afterwards! Very highly recommended!!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

17

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From!

25a4c-toptentuesday

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, a topic is posted and participating bloggers/vloggers create their Top Ten list about that topic!

This weeks topic is:

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From!

In no particular order…

Darren Shan

I was obsessed with his books when I was younger! Both the Darren Shan Saga and the Demonata Series!

M.A Comley

10710334_10203808481147023_501876537437720625_o

Comley is a very skilled crime writer! I’ve read just about all of her books (though she writes them faster than I can read them!) I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing Mel on my blog!

Dean Koontz

I love the Odd Thomas series!

Charlaine Harris

I enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series! I didn’t really care for the Harper Connelly series, though.

Lauren Brooke

I went through a horse loving phase in primary school and have all of the Heartland books!

Stephen King

Who doesn’t love a good Stephen King novel?

fancy_page_divider

 

Who’s on your list? Let me know!