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White Hot – Ilona Andrews

White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) – Ilona Andrews

White Hot

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Déjà vu… The cover.

So I did a random one person experiment and asked my husband what he thought this book would be about by looking at the cover. Keeping in mind he doesn’t read much at all, and when he does read, Ilona Andrews books are not exactly in a genre he enjoys. Anyway I quote, “Some cheesy romance book with lots of sex”. Now I know this isn’t exactly a decent sample size, but he echoed my thoughts about the darn covers in this series. If I didn’t know and love Ilona Andrews, I would probably have skipped past both of them.

Sure, there is a little bit of sex in the book (ok probably a moderate amount by Ilona Andrews usual standards which generally isn’t much at all) and a little bit of romance, but there was also much more action, violence, twists and turns.. It was a really good book! I think the authors are going to lose some of the random “Looks good by the cover, I’ll buy it” audience. Thankfully for me I listened to both as audio books so didn’t have to stare at the cover picture much unless I was looking at my screen.

Anyway enough of my little rant.. Hubby and wife authors otherwise known as Ilona Andrews have produced yet another solid story. It has been two months since Rogan left Nevada standing in the warehouse. And he is nowhere to be seen. Now another case throws them together again when Cornelius’ wife is murdered and they enlist Rogan’s help to find the killer. Sparks fly, bullets fly, cars fly and Nevada has to start to come to terms with the reality of her powers.

As always, Renee Raudman is FANTASTIC as the narrator. I am so used to her voice now I just think she is absolutely fabulous. She is my favourite female narrator.

You may have noticed that I rated this one 4 stars and not the 5 that is generally reserved for Ilona Andrews books. It wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy it. I just didn’t quite enjoy it as much as the first one in the series. I’m not particularly invested in the main characters like I am with her other series. I think Rogan is a bit of a douche, and Nevada annoys me at times.

However, I am still in awe how the authors come up with the story lines. It is truly a very special gift. I a still very much looking forward to the next one due out at the end of the month on audio.

Would I recommend White Hot?

Of course! I recommend ANY Ilona Andrews series! This is the second book though, if you don’t read Burn for Me first, you will be completely confused as to what is going on.

I purchased White hot on audio at audible.com at my own expense.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ilona Andrews

 

 

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge (GoodReads).

 

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

 

 

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009 (GoodReads).

 

 


If you enjoy White Hot, you may enjoy:

Burn for me   Clean Sweep   Magic Bites

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Burn For Me – Ilona Andrews

Burn For Me (Hidden Legacy #1) – Ilona Andrews

5 Stars (5 / 5)

I had seen this book many times around and on goodreads, but there was one main reason I never read it. THE COVER! Oh my gosh how awful is it!!? It looks like some terrible corny romance book that my grandmother used to read. But it is also not a secret that I have become a BIG Ilona Andrews fan, and all of the fans of this husband and wife author duo were rating this book well, so I decided to listen to the audiobook. And HOLY SMOKES! Another HIT!

In an alternate world where some humans have developed magical powers and the strongest ones are known as “primes”, Nevada is a private investigator. She is forced by her boss to take on a case to find Adam, a fugitive prime who can control and manipulate fire. He is suspected of setting a bank on fire and killing a security guard. He is dangerous, and if she doesn’t find him, she will lose her business and her home that she shares with her family. But she is not the only one looking for Adam. “Mad” Rogan is one of the most powerful primes on earth, and he is also determined to find him. They will have to work together to save no only Nevada’s job, but the whole city.

I just feel like I am repeating myself over and over when I talk about these authors! This husband and wife team make magic I tell you!!! MAGIC!!!!! I LOVE the Kate Daniels series, and the Innkeeper Chronicles. I was thinking there would be NO WAY that they could come up with so many different story lines and so many different worlds, and consistently have AMAZING writing in each one! Well I was VERY VERY wrong…

In their other series, the subsequent books just kept getting better and better, and I am hoping that this one will be the same!

I LOVE how they do romance in their series. This one had a bit more heat in the first book than the first books in their other series, but it was still frustratingly spectacular. I still really appreciate how the relationships are built on much more than just lust, and they really go to town on the character development. It’s so refreshing!

Just when you thought they couldn’t come up with anything more exciting, there was action and violence, drama and humour. I was in bed listening to it and almost woke my husband up when I burst out laughing at a particular scene about a dream…

I think that they chose a horrible cover, but an AMAZING narrator. All Ilona Andrews books that I have listened to on audio book have been Renee Raudman and she is just the perfect narrator for all series.

Would I recommend Burn For Me?

YES!!!! It is a wonderful introduction to what I hope will be a stellar series. The third book is being released later this month and I have already pre ordered the audio version! Now, to book number 2 White Hot.

I purchased Burn for Me on audible at my own expense.


If you enjoy Burn for Me, you may enjoy:

Magic Bites   Clean Sweep

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One Fell Sweep – Ilona Andrews

One Fell Sweep (Inkeeper Chronicles Book #3)

One Fell Sweep

5 Stars (5 / 5)

I’m going to take a minute to appreciate just how FREAKING good this husband and wife author duo are. Seriously, when these two sit in front of their computer or however they get the words down, MAGIC happens. One Fell Sweep is the third instalment of the Innkeeper Chronicles, and in my opinion, the best of the lot. I’m not sure how they manage to keep getting better and better, book after book… But somehow it just happens. After this series and the Kate Daniels series, which I recently re-read because I love it so darn much, I am going to make it a mission to read every word they have ever written.

Dina is the inn keeper in Gertrude Hunt, the magical inn in Texas that is a pit stop for some very interesting creatures from all sorts of planets. Dina’s job is to keep the guests of the inn safe at all costs, and her job is near impossible with the arrival of a malodorous guest who has an unusual bounty on his head. Many of our favourite characters are back from the first two books, including one frustrating but seriously hot werewolf. Will Dina be able to keep everyone safe?

OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS AUDIOBOOK! I loved everything about it. The writing, the story, and the narration! Renee Rauldman and her Southern accent is SO EASY to listen to! The audio version was magical. I’m sure I would have still adored the paper version, but I just loved this audiobook!

I have no idea where they come up with the ideas in their stories. World killers?? Nano ants?? Seriously!! Obviously in this case two writers are better than one. Its just one awesome idea after the other which leaves you thinking, “HOW THE HELL DO THEY COME UP WITH THIS!!??”

Like the Kate Daniels series, the romance is like lighting a big fireplace in a living room. You start out shivering a bit, warm up quite comfortably, and then suddenly get so hot you start sweating! I love the way that they build the romance up over numerous books. It may start off as attraction between two people, but then it grows into something much deeper, with an actual RELATIONSHIP where people DO THINGS other than swoon over each other. In this case they kill things together and talk together. They don’t just make it a quick attraction with a happy ending, and although the wait for the pinnacle of the romance is frustrating, its SOOOOOOO much better for it!

Would I recommend One Fell Swept??

YES YES YES!! Read the above! ALL THE ABOVE!! You will start with Clean Sweep and Sweep in Peace first, or some things might get a touch confusing.

I purchased the audio version of One Fell Sweep on audible, at my own expense.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ilona Andrews

 

 

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge (GoodReads).

 

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

 

 

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009 (GoodReads).

 

 


If you enjoy One Fell Sweep, you may enjoy:

Clean Sweep   Sweep in Peace   Magic Bites

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Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

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4 Stars (4 / 5)

Ok, there is a lot of hype surrounding this one. I was a bit out of the loop as I hadn’t read any of Bardugo’s previous Grisha books, although the first one, “Shadow and Bone” has been on my to read list for a long time.

Set in a fantasy world where a certain race of people called the Grisha have magical powers, Six of Crows is pretty much the story of a heist. Six people come together through Kax Brekker, the leader of a criminal gang, to perform a somewhat impossible caper. A lot of action, adventure and romance follows. I have heard it time and again compared to “oceans 11 meets game of thrones”, which is almost right… Except it didn’t quite have the game of thrones vibe for me. It did have the entertaining one though.

I must admit that for the most part, the hype is warranted. The characters are fantastic. All their backstories are superb, and I found them all to be extremely likeable. The humour was fabulous, the story was exceptionally well done and I did thoroughly enjoy it.

However I did have one major problem with it though. I haven’t heard many other people complain about this, so it may just be me: But how the hell can these characters be so young??? I cannot for the life of me bring myself to believe that Kaz, Inej and the rest of the characters are TEENAGERS! Especially Kaz… It just ruined the whole atmosphere for me, the things that they said and did just didn’t meet with their ages, no matter how much they had been made to mature quickly in their extremely hard lives. If I pretended that they were adults, at LEAST in their 20’s, the story was much more enjoyable for me. Of course I have nothing against teenagers, or the young adult genre. I quite like young adult. But this didn’t feel young adult to me. Also, I listened to the audio version and the narrators reading the story were obviously older, which that added to my dissonance about this. When they were talking about how they were teenagers merely 16 years old, I just kept going “NOPE, NOPE, NOPE! There is just NO WAY!!”.

Other than this major hurdle which I had to keep pretending was not written into the story, I thought it was great. It certainly did have that “Oceans 11” vibe, and I really loved the way all the twists and turns were written. very clever indeed! The only other thing that lowered the rating for me, was it had a bit of a slow start. It took me a good 5 hours to start to get into this book. And 5 hours of an audiobook is longer than I usually get if I’m not getting into it. But thankfully I persevered and it got SO MUCH BETTER! It was just a bit hard to follow all the characters and get into the world at the start. I’m not sure if I should have read the first series before attempting this one to get a better feel for it, but I got there in the end.

I love audio books with different narrators, but holy moly! 6 NARRATORS!??? It took me a while to get used to the voices and figure out what was going on, but it surprisingly worked.

Would I recommend Six of Crows?

Yes for sure! See if imagining the characters as a bit older makes it better for you?? I have the next one on audible ready to go! Might just jump straight in!

I purchased Six of Crows from audible.com at my own expense.


If you enjoy Six of Crows, you may enjoy:

Artificial   Vanquished   Dawn of Wonder

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Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart (Reckoners #1) – Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart

3 Stars (3 / 5)

I was expecting to enjoy this one more than I did. I felt quite underwhelmed unfortunately. It had an extremely promising start but for some reason it started to fall a bit flat for me. However, I still mostly enjoyed it, what nerd like me wouldn’t enjoy a story about super villans and super heroes?! Now I know a LOT of people adored this book, so please don’t hate me if you are one of them!

David was only 10 when the world changed. “Calamity” came, and the Epics arrived. Supervillians with terrible powers, all evil and murderous. Steelheart was the worst. He killed David’s father, and now David wants revenge. He has to somehow join the resistance known as the Reckoners to bring down the epics. And destroy Steelheart.

Points to the audio version narrator MacLeod Andrews. He was fantastic! I am glad I listened to the audio version for this one. I think he made it more enjoyable in my ears than I could have made it in my head!

This is the first Sanderson book that I have read and I didn’t realise that it was YA. Not that I would have had a problem with that, I love a good YA. However I think maybe I should have stuck with his more adult fantasy books.

I found the main character David to be exceedingly annoying. He was a pompous little upstart and I just couldn’t bring myself to like him. When he wasn’t doing stupid things, he was dreaming about a girl. Because that’s all YA characters can do you know… Its all superheroes and girls. The language that all the characters used was the most annoying part of the whole book for me. “Calamity” and “Sparks” are the new swear words, and they just made it sound so stupid. Whenever I would hear the narrator say “Calamity!” I would roll my eyes.

Sure, some of the epics were well plotted, however I was still a bit bored. There was just something missing for me. Perhaps it was the atmosphere. It didn’t feel like humanity were slaves to epics now and the whole world had changed. Maybe it needed more than the viewpoint from some annoying young character to give it a bit more depth for me. People died but the atmosphere didn’t really relay that. It felt like all the awful things that happened in the book were superficial. If that makes sense.

There were a few redeeming factors, besides the awesome narrator… It had a good twists at the end. I totally saw one of them coming but the other one blindsided me. Despite the “Calamity” and “Sparks”, it was fairly well written. It was easy to get into and had a great premise. The other characters were not quite as annoying as David, and I enjoyed the way the whole thing ended.

Would I recommend Steelheart?

Maybe… If you don’t mind the corny language and annoying main character you may enjoy it more than I.

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If you enjoy Steelheart, you may enjoy:

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The Fireman – Joe Hill

The Fireman – Joe Hill

The Fireman

4 Stars (4 / 5)

It must be hard for Joe Hill to follow in his fathers footsteps as an author. As the son of Stephen King it’s not really surprising that Joe Hill is well known now for his horror writing, however he is an extremely talented author in his own right. I am sure he gets even more criticism than your usual author for having one of the most renowned writers of our time as his father. However I think he probably gets a lot MORE ATTENTION than your average writer probably would because of this fact. No doubt about it, The Fireman is a good book. But I did compare! As much as I told myself I wouldn’t! I couldn’t stop myself! The Fireman was almost a homage to The Stand. When at first I was slightly disappointed, I soon realised that this was obviously totally intentional. Character names and traits were similar or the same, parts of the story that I picked up were the same or mirrored, and probably a lot that I didn’t pick up (its been a very long time since I read The Stand!) And at the age I was, I am sure I didn’t appreciate The Stand as much as I probably would now. The Stand was a 3 star read for me at the time. Despite this, I have given The Fireman 4. So I obviously still enjoyed it, actually more than his fathers work.

Harper is working as a school nurse when Draco Incendia Trychophyton makes its way to her city. Soon the disease has taken over the whole world. Otherwise known as Dragonscale, this deadly spore covers the sufferer with black and gold markings as it enters the blood stream and overtakes the whole body and brain, before literally burning the victim from the inside out. Spontaneous combustion. Before they know it the world is in ruin and the healthy turn on the diseased to try to eradicate them. Harper and her husband Jakob decide that if they get infected that they would both end their own lives, together. However this all becomes complicated when Harper discovers she is pregnant, soon before discovering the marks all over her body.

I really did like this book. I listened to the audio version narrated by Kate Mulgrew. The first half of The Fireman especially was extremely riveting. I really enjoyed listening about the progress of the disease and the deterioration of the world. Being a nurse too I think I really enjoyed Harper’s character and resonated with her. Although I found her to be just TOO good, and it annoyed me at times. The Fireman himself was nothing like I expected him to be. I thought he would be a larger part of the book, having the title role, however the book was all about Harper.

The length of the book and the slow parts were what brought this book down for me. I found the narration to be excellent in general, however I am not sure if perhaps I would have enjoyed the book more listeneing to the characters in my head instead. I guess that’s the risk with all audio books that you listen to. Even the most wonderful of books can be brought down by a bad narrator, and a horrible book can be made magical by a good one. I didn’t like the way she portrayed The Fireman. This could have just been her feminine voice with the English accent.

Also the ending just didn’t do it for me. I was expecting it and felt a bit let down. I found a lot of the novel predictable. I was also surprised by the constant Merry Poppins references. I understand that he was aiming for that sort of vibe with Harper and that Merry Poppins was an influence for him. However it really started getting on my nerves.

The majority of the book however, was superb. I loved the chase with the exterminators, the camp, and the fact that the disease wasn’t exactly a disease as such, and gave the sufferers something very special… The fact that the world split into healthy versus diseased was depressing, but made every move they made even more dangerous and exciting. And you could imagine easily that humanity might actually do that if there was an event like that. All these excellent qualities of this book was still not quite enough to give it 5 stars for me, but its a strong 4!

Would I recommend The Fireman?

Yes, I think its worth a read even if this isn’t your usual genre. And if you enjoyed the stand you will appreciate (or maybe not) the references made throughout this book.

I only wish I had been able to have such an opportunity to learn from such an inspirational author from birth. Its no wonder he paid homage to him!

*I bought this book myself on Audible.com

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Rhuna: Crossroads – Barbara Underwood

Rhuna: Crossroads (Rhuna Fantasy Books #2)

Rhuna: Crossroads

Goodreads Summary:

The sequel to Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom, and the second book in an exciting and unique historical Fantasy series, Rhuna: Crossroads is set in exotic Ancient Egypt and features unforgettable characters and a riveting adventure.
Some years have passed since Rhuna helped to defeat the Dark Master in her new home of Atlán, and now Rhuna has a teenage daughter who accompanies her on an assignment in Ancient Egypt to investigate some disturbing reports. She soon discovers an astonishing underground network of the Dark Master’s followers, along with the secret group of Atlans dedicated to stopping them.
In the process of trying to carry out her assignment, Rhuna is confronted with enormous challenges which could drastically change her entire life and everything she has ever believed in!

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My Review of Rhuna: Crossroads

I don’t think I have ever read a historical fiction fantasy novel before! I really enjoyed this book. It is the second of a trilogy. Even though I have not read the first one, I had no problem getting into the story and the wonderful setting.

Rhuna is a grand master in the council of Atlán, a place where there is little to no violence and people treat each other with respect. People have inner wisdom and live together in peace and harmony, quite a utopian society. Atlán also presides over numerous colonies. Rhuna gets sent to one of these colonies across the ocean to investigate some events that have occurred. She takes her daughter with her. There begins their adventure in this foreign land. Being an Atlán master, Rhuna has numerous gifts such as the ability to have visions and change elements and she soon begins helping the less fortunate members of the colony. But there are some people out to stop Rhuna from discovering that the unfortunate events that have been occurring may have something to do with a dark master whom Rhuna had destroyed years before.

I thought this book was really well written and so clever. I just loved that she could use her powers to speak with her husband and the council back in Atlán. The fact that they could ultimately spy on each other’s every move was also a really creative way to add a whole new dimension to this book to make it really unique. Rhuna was so conflicted with having to keep a proper and level mindset of a master, to that of a woman in a new place that is so different from Atlán. Her heart was taking her in a different direction than she was expecting.

I really enjoyed all the characters except I had a bit of trouble keeping up with all the “keeper of wisdom” type names. A few times I couldn’t remember who was who and got a bit confused. I loved her daughter and her spirit. And I enjoyed reading about the majority of the secondary characters. I do wish that I had read the first book to get a better understanding of Rhuna as she grew up.

There was some romance in this book which I was sort of hoping for, but then conflicted as Rhuna already has a husband that she seems to love. I think maybe I would have been more conflicted if I had read the first book which apparently introduces Tozar and how they come to be together. I wasn’t a fan of how abruptly she decided “Ok I love someone new now”. BOOM. However I can understand how her husband was holding her back from becoming the person she was meant to be. It just felt a bit abrupt, however I am interested to see how it pans out in the future.

I enjoyed the mystery,  and loved the setting with the pyramids and the secret rooms and thought this whole book was really clever.

Would I recommend Rhuna: Crossroads?

Yes for any fans of Egyptian historical fiction melded with fantasy and mystery! It was a really enjoyable read and I am really looking forward to the sequel!

Many thanks to author Barbara Underwood for a copy of Rhuna: Crossroads in exchange for my honest review.

4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

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What the Night Knows – Dean Koontz

What the Night Knows – Dean Koontz

What The Night Knows

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

 Not one of his best I must admit. Overall it was an entertaining story but ultimately left me feeling more unsatisfied than satisfied.

John is a homicide detective who lost his entire family to a serial killer when he was a teenager 20 years earlier. He killed Alton Turner Blackwood that night, but Blackwood is back. Using the bodies of less than wholesome people, he uses person after person until his ultimate goal can be completed… Revenge on John and his family. And to finish the killing spree that he started.

I enjoyed the start of the book and how Koontz gradually gave away piece by piece of information. It kept me enthralled through the first few chapters. In fact, the whole book was quite good up until the chapters from the children’s point of view. I don’t think I have ever heard such poor portrayal of children. All three of them were so completely unbelievable it pretty much turned me off the entire book. Then some more chapters with the adults point of view would make me forget that I wasn’t enjoying it… And then the children would have a point of view again… And cue the eye rolling.

I did enjoy the diary of Blackwood. It was interesting hearing how he turned into such a monster. I just found it frustrating that every character either had some innate evil, or they were so inherently good. No character seemed to be in the middle.

It had some spooky moments, but overall it was more frustrating than frightening. And what is with all the big words that he uses!? I’m fairly sure he used his spell-check thesaurus quite a bit while writing this! And when the children started using those big words.. It was just too much for me.

I did enjoy it overall though. The storyline made up for the poorly portrayed characters, and I enjoyed the narrator of the audio version.

Would I recommend What the Night Knows?

Maybe. Die hard Koontz and horror fans would probably enjoy it. However I am sure there are better possession stories out there.

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The First Lie – Virginia King

The First Lie – BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

(Selkie Moon Mystery #1)

The First Lie

I am so excited to be part of The First Lie blog tour! I don’t do many tours lately due to time restraints and I try to pick my tours carefully. When the opportunity to review The First Lie came around, I couldn’t resist this supernatural mystery. From the first few pages I knew I was going to LOVE it! Virginia King is another extremely talented Australian author, and has written a cracker of a book!

The First Lie Description:

Someone is trying to kill you.

When Selkie Moon flees Sydney to start over in Hawaii, it’s to live life on her own terms. But Life has other plans.

Though she tries to dismiss the warning as just another nightmare, it soon becomes apparent that someone, or something, is stalking her. Attacked by frightening visions and mysterious compulsions, she must piece together the fragmented clues before time runs out.

Virginia King effortlessly blends funky creativity and deep spirituality – with a dash of Celtic folklore – to craft a story of one woman’s fight for truth, and her discovery that the lies we tell ourselves are the most dangerous of all.

 

My Review of The First Lie

WOW!!! What an AWESOME book! Right from the beginning I was sucked into the story and was hooked until the very end!

Selkie leaves her emotionally abusive husband and Sydney behind to move to Hawaii to start up her own business. When she is there she begins to have visions, hears voices and music when nobody else does, and starts to believe that someone is trying to kill her. We follow Selkie through a compelling and sometimes downright creepy journey to find out not only who is out to get her, but who she really is.

I found the premise and the atmosphere of the novel to be completely original. I can honestly say that I have not read anything quite like it. It was tense, funny, creepy and exciting all in one, and I stayed up until 4am reading the first three quarters of it because I couldn’t put it down! I don’t usually resonate with characters when they are going through spooky, supernatural/paranormal type stuff. Often I get put off by all the unbelievable aspects. However, I really loved the way this story went, it was paranormal and creepy.

Selkie was an great character. So damaged and seemingly quite fragile, yet she had a huge inner strength. At the beginning I found it hard to believe that she conducted seminars and was a motivational speaker, however as the story progressed I could understand the almost completely different persona she had, and that her work was an outlet for something within her. I really enjoyed Selkie’s romantic escapades in this book. I wont give out any spoilers, but the main love interest was a great character, and the tension was palpable. I can’t wait to see how things progress in the second book!

I really enjoyed reading about all the other characters too, poor Selkie has some terrible men in her life, and some fabulous ones. I adored Derek and Nigel I loved to hate her ex husband and I want to see if anything more happens with him in subsequent books. Some of the characters have an almost unexplainable depth to them. Something incredibly raw.

King did a wonderful job writing this novel. Its extremely descriptive, without crossing the “too descriptive” line. It was easy to read and even easier to get swept up in. The twists and turns were unexpected and it was so completely unlike anything I have ever read before!

The ending I found a bit strange, a bit primeval almost… However when you read the first chapter of book 2 it makes sense and paves way to a new mystery. Otherwise there really wasn’t much to criticise about this book. It was just so refreshingly different!

Would I recommend The First Lie?

Absolutely! Even non-paranormal mystery fans will appreciate the enjoyable originality of this book! And if you are a paranormal mystery fan, you are in for a real treat!

Many thanks to author Virginia King for asking me to be part of this blog tour and providing me with a copy of The First Lie in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars (5 / 5)

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When a voice wakes you up in the middle of the night and tells you to write a mystery series what’s a writer to do? That’s how Virginia King came to create Selkie Moon, after a massage from a strange woman with gifted hands was followed by this nocturnal message. Virginia sat down at the keyboard until Selkie Moon turned up. All she had to do was jump, the first sentence said. Soon Virginia was hooked, exploring far-flung places full of secrets where Selkie delves into psychological clues tangled up in the local mythology.

Before Selkie Moon invaded her life, Virginia had been a teacher, an unemployed ex-teacher, the author of over 50 children’s books, an audio-book producer, a workshop presenter and a prize-winning publisher. These days she lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney with her husband, where she disappears each day into Selkie Moon’s latest mystery. Bliss.

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Sacrificial Lamb Cake – Katrina Monroe

Sacrificial Lamb Cake – Katrina Monroe

Sacrificial Lamb Cake

4 Stars (4 / 5)

This was a funny change of pace from what I have been reading lately. I really enjoyed it! If you are a fan of the movie “Dogma” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, then you should enjoy this satirical version of the second coming. However the more religious readers may take offense, however I really didn’t feel that it was meant to be offensive at all and I am sure both religious and non religious readers will see the funny side.

So Rain has just found out that she is the lamb of God. And she is not happy about it. She is a lesbian raised by hippy parents after all. After performing some miracles with her now sidekick Jude, she resigns to the fact that she is the messiah. However a terrorist is blowing things up disguised as her, and the devil, ie “Lucy” is creating her own havoc. How is Rain going to find and fight the antichrist and save humanity?

I was reluctant to read this book at first, I try to avoid reviewing any sort of religious books. However this was a really enjoyable light fun ride. I really enjoyed her take on all the characters and there were quite a few moments that were hilarious.

It was a quick read and I really enjoyed the big twist near the end. I didn’t see it coming! Despite only a few more serious moments, it was pretty light and fluffy considering it was the end of the world. Loved Rain, Jude and “G”, and loved the adventures they had!

Would I recommend Sacrificial Lamb Cake?

Yes, to anyone who is after a light hearted read and who doesn’t mind the subject matter.

Many thanks to Katrina Monroe for a copy of Sacrificial Lamb Cake in exchange for my honest review.

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