Darkangel (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill #1) by Christine Pope

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre(s): Fiction; Fantasy; Paranormal Fantasy; Romance

“As the future prima, or head witch of her clan, Angela McAllister is expected to bond with her consort during her twenty-first year, thus ensuring that she will come into her full powers at the appointed time. The clock is ticking down, and her consort has yet to make an appearance. Instead, her dreams are haunted by a man she’s never seen, the one she believes must be her intended match.

But with time running out, and dark forces attempting to seize her powers for their own, Angela is faced with a terrible choice: give up her dreams of the man she may never meet and take the safer path, or risk leaving her clan and everyone in it at the mercy of those who seek their ruin.”

Darkangel is about the journey of a witch Angela, who is the next prima i.e. leader of the McCallister clan. This book revolves around her effort of searching for her consort, which is of the utmost importance because bonding with a consort will strengthen and unleash her true powers. And a powerful prima makes a powerful clan. A prima without a consort means a weaker clan, something that they can’t afford, Read More »

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‘Too Close For Comfort’ (Knight & Culverhouse #1) by Adam Croft

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Rating: 3/5 stars

“DS Wendy Knight is Mildenheath CID’s newest murder squad recruit. In trying to solve the murder of Ella Barrington, a known prostitute, Wendy comes to realise that she has a serial killer on her hands.

As the murder investigation continues, Wendy begins to suspect that her new love interest, Robert Ludford, may have more than a passing interest in the murders in Mildenheath. The complete truth, however, is a little too close for comfort…

Wendy Knight and Jack Culverhouse team up in this case to try and solve a trail of murders. All they hit were dead ends until a woman called, saying his son was the murderer. Read More »

‘Becoming Human’ (Exilon 5 #1) by Eliza Green

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Rating: 5/5 stars

“In 2163, a polluted and overcrowded Earth forces humans to search for a new home. But the exoplanet they target, Exilon 5, is occupied.

Having already begun a massive relocation programme, the World Government on Earth sends Bill Taggart to monitor the threat level of the Indigenes, the alien race that lives on Exilon 5. Bill is a man on the edge. He believes the Indigenes killed his wife, but he doesn’t know why. Until now.

Stephen has every reason to despise the humans and their attempts to colonise his planet. To protect his species from further harm, he must go against his very nature and become human.

Laura O’Halloran is losing her daily battle with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Her only chance at recovery is leaving the dark Earth for the sunnier climate of Exilon 5. She hopes her credentials as a World Government employee will secure her a one-way trip, but with the ever-increasing relocation demand that is not a guarantee.

Her discovery of a deadly secret threatens her life and that of Bill and Stephen. A secret so great it could rip apart both worlds.”

Becoming Human is officially my first sci-fi read. I’m in the midst of trying out new genres and so far, so good. In this journey, I found out that literary fiction is topping mystery thrillers as my preferred genre. Sci-fi looked to be promising because of its close association to fantasy, and I love fantasy novels. Plus, Becoming Human is a dystopian novel, and I have enjoyed movies like Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, and Divergent. I was just a tad apprehensive and was second-guessing my decision to read this because it is an indie book. I didn’t know what to expect. I jumped in anyway, after seeing reviews on Goodreads. My worries were needless – the plot in Becoming Human blew me away.Read More »

‘The Summer of Crud’ by Jonathan LaPoma

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Rating: 4/5 stars

“The summer after graduating from college, 22-year-old Danny Wolinski takes a cross-country US road trip with his friend, Ian Perez, hoping to find the inspiration to reach his songwriting potential, start a band, and avoid student teaching in the fall.

Danny is tormented by intense physical and psychological pain and sees music as his only relief, but the more he searches for this inspiration in an America filled with endless parties, heavy drugs, and lost souls, the more he questions whether it exists.

The Summer of Crud is disturbingly deep, hypnotising. I suspect this is the sort of writing that is book club worthy. I couldn’t stop reading it even if I wanted. It details the road-trip of a 22-year old, soon to be a teacher,Read More »

‘My Favourite Husband’ by Pam McCutcheon

10.my favourite husband_pam mccutcheonRating: 3/5 stars

“After five years of being lost in the Amazon, archaeologist Chaz Vincent has finally come home to his wife, Kelly, only to learn that she has had him declared dead. When he attends his own funeral, Chaz finds out that Kelly married another man just that morning. Now she has to choose between them. Who will be her favorite husband?”

Good fun, a light read belying the fact that our lead character needs to make a very serious decision. I can easily see this being produced as a Hollywood romantic comedy!

Chaz grinned at her and spread his arms wide. “Hi, honey. I’m ho-oome.” Joy filled her. Her husband was alive! Horror filled her. Her husband was waiting in the Pourtales honeymoon suite. Ohmigod, what do I do?”

Kelly Richmond Vincent Preston, who had just married her second husband, Spencer Preston, was at her first husband’s (Charles “Chaz” Vincent) funeral when he makes a theatric entrance, apparently coming back from the dead. Read More »

‘The Day She Died’ by Catriona McPherson

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Rating: 5/5 stars

“That was the day I met Gus, the day I grew a family as if from magic beans, the day she died. That’s the point, see? It was the very same day…

Jessie Constable has learned the hard way to always keep herself safe. But meeting Gus King changes everything. Before she knows it, Jessie is sleeping at Gus’s house, babysitting his kids, becoming a part of his family. And yet, she can’t ignore the unsettling questions. Who does she keep seeing from the corner of her eye? Why are strange men threatening her? Most importantly, what really happened to Gus’s wife?

Creating a brilliant, foreboding mystery where nothing is as it seems, master storyteller Catriona McPherson weaves an ominous tale that will keep you guessing until the very end.

And indeed this book kept me guessing right up to the end. It had me thinking, frowning, but wide-eyed trying to figure it out. Catriona McPherson tells a mysterious tale using well-crafted characters with each their own quite complex personalities. You’ll find yourself trying to figure out why s/he’s behaving this or that way, and more often than I’m proud of I caught myself thinking “How did I not see this??”. Thanks to Fictionophile for her Throwback Thursday recommendation Read More »