WWW Wednesdays!

 

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived at Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three Ws are

What are you currently reading

What have finished reading?

What will you read next?

I’m currently reading

Sometime I Lie by Alice Feenie a psychological thriller

The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater

The Rule of the Land by Garrett Carr a non-fiction account of walking Ireland’s border

I finished reading

Unseemly a horror novella by Jason Parent and

Everything but the Truth a brilliant thriller by Gillian McAllister.

Up next

The Night Market by Daniel Pembrey, Detective Henk van der Pol #2

Butterfly on the Storm by Walter Lucuis #1 in The Heartland Trilogy thriller series

So, what are you reading? Let me know in the comments.

 


Ten of the Shortest Books I’ve Read

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This weekly meme is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

March 21: Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

I do enjoy story stories and short books so I’ve chosen ten of the shortest books I’ve read for my list.

Ranging from 29 to 78 pages, my list is a mixture of sci-fi, paranormal, horror, romance and a non-fiction book on Street Photography. I gave each of them either 3 or 4 stars on Goodreads, so they’re worth checking out if you fancy a quick read sometime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t This Fun!

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Did anyone else see this article on Facebook the other day, about what French booksellers get up to when customers back are turned?

I thought it was such fun that I had to give it a try myself, with the only book I’ve got with a just a face on the cover. It’s Salt Blue by Gillian Morgan that I blogged about last week.

So what do think, and do you want to join in?

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Standalone Sunday

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by  Megan@bookslayerreads. Standalone Sunday was created to let others know about all the standalone books you have loved, but maybe don’t get the attention they need. Megan created the banner as well and anyone joining in can use it too. Why not check out her blog too🙂

This week’s choice is a historical fiction thriller Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard.

Here’s the Goodreads blurb :

6465693“Stephen Swan is amazed when he hears that the uncle he thought had been killed in the Blitz is actually alive. For nearly four decades, Eldritch Swan has been locked away in an Irish prison and now, at last, has been released. Shocked and suspicious, Stephen listens to the old man’s story and is caught up in a tale that begins at the dawn of World War II, when Eldritch worked for an Antwerp diamond dealer with a trove of Picassos—highly valuable paintings that later disappeared. Stephen, who finds his uncle by turns devious, charming, and brazen, then meets Rachel Banner, a beautiful American who may have inherited the Picassos—and is determined to see justice done for her family.

But in this tale of revenge and redemption, justice is the ultimate illusion. Eldritch, Stephen, and the woman Stephen has fallen in love with soon find themselves fighting for their lives—against sinister forces still guarding a secret that must never be revealed.”

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book back in 2011 giving it a 5 stars on Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

Book Review : Unseemly by Jason Parent

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28669624“Some discoveries are better left unmade.

Peter thought he was done with grave robbing, but when a former business partner lures him out to Dungarradh, a small Scottish island with a big secret, he finds himself waist deep in more than local folklore. Is the disappearance of his team-mate truly the work of the legendary fae, or is a sinister force at play?

A brand-new tale of dark fantasy and horror, from the bestselling author of WHAT HIDES WITHIN and SEEING EVIL.”

 

 

I don’t normally read horror stories, but after reading a Standalone Sunday post by Megan@bookslayereads of another book by the author, I was persuaded to give this novella a go.

This novella was a fun read with a good pace and plot that kept me wanting to find out what was going to happen. There was a bit of swearing though, so if you don’t like the use of the ‘F’ word it’s not for you.

Thanks to NetGalley and Corpus Press for my digital arc.

THROWBACK THURSDAY

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favourites as well as sharing books that you want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂 These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.

My Pick this week is:

Salt Blue by Gillian Morgan

Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 2010 by Honno

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“It is the reds, more than any other colour, that vibrate: cochineal, verbena, magenta, carmine, fuchsia, flaunting crocosmia, Chinese lacquer red, Marilyn Monroe lipstick red, and all the geranium combinations that lead to the deep red ox-blood, the same shade as Stella’s front doorstep.
Twenty-year-old Stella keeps her sumptuously coloured knitting wools stockpiled in her Victorian grandfather’s disused shop. They’re the only shafts of light illuminating a quietly conservative life—apart from a few starlit moments with her tentative first love.
Diagnosed as in need of a major life change by a glamorous friend newly back from “the Continent,” and funded by an unexpected windfall, the opportunity to escape is irresistible. Flying Pan Am to New York in search of her dreams, Stella is knocked off course by a chance meeting with a generous stranger, and with distance comes a new confidence and challenging insights. A colourful debut novel of tangible sensual pleasures, Salt Blue paints a striking picture of life in the 1950s.”
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A very simple but beautifully written story that takes you on a journey from small town Wales to Long Island USA. Stella the main character is very real and I can imagine it’s based on a true story as it all sounds so lifelike.
This was a random library read from 2011 that I rediscovered whilst looking for something to post on the blog. I love the cover and remembered how much I enjoyed reading it that bought myself a new copy.



 

Book Review : Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister 

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32599702“Just how much can you trust the person you love?

Everything but the Truth is Gillian McAllister’s stunning breakthrough thriller about deceit, betrayal and one woman’s compulsive need to uncover the truth

It all started with the email.

Rachel didn’t even mean to look. She loves Jack and she’s pregnant with their child. She trusts him.

But now she’s seen it, she can’t undo that moment. Or the chain of events it has set in motion.

Why has Jack been lying about his past? Just what exactly is he hiding? And doesn’t Rachel have a right to know the truth at any cost?”

 

What a fantastic thriller and a debut too!

This a beautifully written book with an intimate feel to it, as though the main character, Rachel, was a close friend confiding in me.

At times it was so intense that I had to put it down and have a breather, but it wasn’t long before I had to pick it up again and find out what else there was to discover about Jack. I cringed and shook my head as she went deeper and deeper and kept asking myself if I would do the same?

I can’t recommend this enough if you enjoy psychological thrillers that completely immerse you in the main characters lives.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for my digital advanced readers copy.

 

 

Book Review: The Existence of Pity by Jeannie Zokan

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32969331“Growing up in a lush valley in the Andes mountains, sixteen-year-old Josie Wales is mostly isolated from the turbulence brewing in 1976 Colombia. As the daughter of missionaries, Josie feels torn between their beliefs and the need to choose for herself. She soon begins to hide things from her parents, like her new boyfriend and her explorations into different religions.

Josie eventually discovers her parents’ secrets are far more insidious. When she attempts to unravel the web of lies surrounding her family, each thread stretches to its breaking point. Josie tries to save her family, but what happens if they don’t want to be saved?

The Existence of Pity is a story of flawed characters told with heart and depth against the beautiful backdrop of Colombia.”

 

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What a delightful read this was I’m so grateful that the author reached out to me to read and review it, as it was such fun. I really feel like I’ve been part of Josie Wales life this last weekend, hanging out with her, her family and friends in Colombia. I felt so many emotions reading this story as I laughed, tutted, gasped and almost shed a tear at the different situations Josie came up against.  I’d love to know if there is a another part to Josie’s story as the end of the book left me wanting to know how everything turned out.

I definitely recommend this if you enjoy YA or coming of age stories.

 

More about the author:

Jeannie Zokan

Jeannie Zokan grew up in Colombia, South America, where she read almost every book in the American school she attended. Her love of books led her to study Library Science at Baylor University then to attend The George Washington University in DC. When the chance came to head south, she took her motorcycle to Florida’s Gulf Coast to write stories for the local newspaper.


She now lives ten minutes from the beach with her husband, two teenage daughters, and three pets, all of whom keep her inspired and just a little frantic. She enjoys aerial yoga, tennis, and holding NICU babies as a volunteer. But there’s always writing. Writing to relive, writing to understand, writing to remember, writing to renew.

 

 

 

 

 

Standalone Sunday

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by  Megan@bookslayerreads. Standalone Sunday was created to let others know about all the standalone books you have loved, but maybe don’t get the attention they need. Megan created the banner as well and anyone joining in can use it too. Why not check out her blog too🙂

This week’s choice is a The King’s Bride by E. T. A. Hoffmann a fantasy fairytale for grown-ups.

6575007“Happily engaged to the poet Amandus, Fraulein Anna is horrified to discover that a beautiful ring, mysteriously deposited upon her finger whilst tending her kitchen garden, forces her into marriage with the gnome Corduanspitz.

Can Anna find any way of removing the ring? Will her poet lover shake off his passive demeanour and come to her aid?  And has Corduanspitz truly relinquished all ties to his gnome heritage, as he so proudly claims?

Around a love story very much of its time, Hoffman arranges a narrative that brings to mind the most successful elements of contemporary magical realism and surreal comedy. Always entertaining, yet capable of a focused though subtle morality, “The King’s Bride” brings disparate elements into a masterful harmony.”

 

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Fantasy is definitely not my genre but I really enjoyed this random library find. At just over 100 pages it kept my attention and even made me smile. 🙂

 

 

First Line Friday #10

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My choice for this week is from Breaking Dead by Corrie Jackson. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing this creepy thriller last year, and can’t wait for the next instalment.

“Her skin is perfect. Pink and plump. The way it puckers in the cold night air sends a surge of heat through my bones……”

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“Sophie Kent is hanging on by a thread. Her tenacity and talent have seen her rise through the ranks of a tough newspaper industry. But her brother’s suicide has thrown her career and personal life into chaos.

Whilst out on the job interviewing witnesses of a brutal child murder, Sophie befriends a beautiful but traumatised Russian model. When the girl’s mutilated body turns up in an upmarket hotel on the eve of London Fashion Week, Sophie knows she could have saved her. Eaten away by guilt, she throws herself head first into the edgy, fast-paced world of fashion with one goal in mind: to catch the killer. Only then can she piece her grief-stricken self back together. As she chips away at the industry’s glittery surface, she uncovers a toxic underworld rife with drugs, secrets, prostitution and blackmail.

The investigation propels Sophie from the glamour of the catwalk to London’s darkest corners, towards a sinister past and a twenty-year-old murder case that could hold the key. Battling her demons and her wealthy, dysfunctional family along the way, Sophie pushes her personal problems to one side as she goes head to head with a crazed killer; a killer who is only just getting started…”