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Much of Madness by S. E. Summa

Much of Madness (The Conexus Chronicles) (Volume 1) - S. E. Summa
T I T L E: Much of Madness
S E R I E S: The Conexus Chronicles (Nº 1) 
A U T H O R: S. E. Summa
P U B L I S H E R: Inkmancy Press
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 29, 2016
I S B N: 9780997295412
Fantasy


Seraphina Pearce doesn’t know what’s more frustrating: her magic’s affinity for death, her best friend’s transformation into an albino Sin Eater, or that simply touching a guy she loves means someone’s headed to the morgue.
After a sin-eating job goes awry, she casts a risky spell and butts heads with a handsome stranger in order to win an infamous grimoire.
Marceau L’Argent is the last person she should confide in because the occult cat burglar has a mysterious past, and he’s made it no secret he also wants the grimoire. He recognizes her dark magic and offers his unique help as a rare curse breaker. If all that weren’t enough, Marceau causes butterflies in her stomach—a feeling she’d long thought dead. Seraphina was only trying to break her curse—not piss off Death himself.


 
This book was quite the pleasant read with lots of little surprises in a supernatural world. It captivated me from the very first chapter and (MORE)
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An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel

An Unattractive Vampire - Jim McDoniel

T I T L E: An Unattractive Vampire
A U T H O R: Jim McDoniel
P U B L I S H E R: Inkshares
P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 16, 2016
I S B N: 9781941758649
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Jim McDoniel’s debut novel, An Unattractive Vampire, is a darkly comic urban fantasy of ancient horrors in suburban cities. After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile—also known as the Curséd One, the Devil's Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors—awakens only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he’s just too ugly—modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good. Determined to reestablish his bloodstained reign, Yulric sets out to correct this disgusting turn of events or, at the very least, murder the person responsible. With the help of pert vampire-wannabe Amanda; Simon, the eight-year-old reincarnation of his greatest foe; and a cadre of ancient and ugly horrors, Yulric prepares to battle the glamorous undead. But who will win the right to determine, once and for all, what it truly means to be a vampire?

While I may not have laughed out loud when reading this book, I did smile or chuckle frequently. It was a great concept and executed very . . . (M O R E)

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Green Eye by Vena Cork

Green Eye (A Rosa Thorn Thriller) - Vena Cork

T I T L E: Green Eye
S E R I E S: Rosa Thorn (Nº 3)
A U T H O R: Vena Cork
P U B L I S H E R: Endeavour Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 6, 2016
I S B N: 9780755324084
Mystery

Danny Thorn has enrolled in Billings College, Cambridge.
After the tragic events of his unsettling past, including the death of his father, Danny was happy to blend in at university.
But, his involvement in a production of Othello opposite the beguiling Stella, sees Danny drawn into the hedonistic lifestyle of university.
On the surface it may seem enviable but right now, Danny can see little to be jealous of.
While Stella doesn't seem to be interested in him, his ex, Julie, won't leave him alone.
But as the term progresses, getting a date for the May ball will be the least of his worries.
A rapist, who's been preying on female students for months, is still at large, and the Othello cast are not beyond his reach.
A potentially deadly case of the green-eyed monster, jealousy, is about to rear its ugly head, and Danny may just find himself unwittingly caught in the middle.
All too soon Danny finds the May week, the height of the Cambridge social calendar, spirals into terror, chaos and murder.

I will start by saying that this book did hold my attention to a certain degree, but unfortunately, not completely. There were times that I actually had to force myself to keep reading . . . (M O R E)

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The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

The Death House - Sarah Pinborough

T I T L E: The Death House
A U T H O R: Sarah Pinborough
P U B L I S H E R: Titan Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 1, 2015
I S B N: 9781473202320
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Literature fiction (adult)

Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House: an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They're looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it's time to take them to the sanatorium.
No one returns from the sanatorium.
Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes.
Because everybody dies. It's how you choose to live that counts.

So wow. Where to begin? This novel about children of various ages had me weary to begin. I don't normally read book about kids, and I most definitely stay clear books about . . . (M O R E)

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The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly

Scarlet and Ivy - The Lost Twin (Scarlet and Ivy, Book 1) - Sophie Cleverly

T I T L E: The Lost Twin
S E R I E S: Scarlet and Ivy (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Sophie Cleverly
P U B L I S H E R: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
P U B L I S H--D A T E: May 3, 2016
I S B N: 9781492633396
Middle Grade, Children’s Books, Thriller, Mystery

Ivy, I pray that it’s you reading this. And if you are, well, I suppose you’re the new me…
When shy Ivy’s troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to “take her place.” But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school’s true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened to the real Scarlet, and why is the school trying to keep it a secret?
Luckily for Ivy, Scarlet isn’t about to disappear without a fight. She’s left pieces of her journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find. Ivy’s going to figure out what happened to Scarlet. She’s got to.
But the staff of Rookwood is always watching, and they’ll do anything to keep their secrets buried…

All throughout this book Laila showed an immense interest in its storyline. She complained at night when I only read one chapter. . . (M O R E)

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A Man of Genius by Lynn Rosen

A Man of Genius - Lynn Rosen

T I T L E: A Man of Genius
A U T H O R: Lynn Rosen
P U B L I S H E R: Una Publications
P U B L I S H--D A T E: April 15, 2016
I S B N: 9780997073812
Literature fiction (adult)

Samuel Grafton-Hall is a man of genius who demands reverence from all. A renowned architect, his point of view is not universally shared by students, critics, and colleagues - but this is of little consequence to Grafton-Hall, for he revels in his misanthropy.
Immune to the barbs of the masses, Grafton-Hall also suffers no qualms about his personal peccadilloes and perversions. An unrepentant womanizer, Grafton-Hall leaves colleagues, friends, and lovers deeply scarred from having known him.
And then there is the murder. The question of guilt is of less consequence than the question of whether the gift of genius makes one irreproachable.

This is no ordinary novel, and is in no way for ordinary readers. Upon reaching the last page, I was stunned wordless . . . (M O R E)

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Secrets in the Stones by Tessa Harris

Secrets in the Stones (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery) - Tessa Harris

T I T L E: Secrets in the Stones
S E R I E S: Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries (Nº 6)
A U T H O R: Tessa Harris
P U B L I S H E R: Kensington Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 23, 2016
I S B N: 9780758293411
Historical Mystery

Within the mysteries of the body, especially those who have been murdered, 18th-century anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone specializes in uncovering the tell-tale clues that lead towards justice…
Newly released from the notorious asylum known as Bedlam, Lady Lydia Farrell finds herself in an equally terrifying position--as a murder suspect--when she stumbles upon the mutilated body of Sir Montagu Malthus in his study at Boughton Hall.
Meanwhile Dr. Thomas Silkstone has been injured in a duel with a man who may or may not have committed the grisly deed of which Lydia is accused. Despite his injury, Thomas hopes to clear his beloved's good name by conducting a postmortem on the victim. With a bit of detective work, he learns that Montagu's throat was slit by no ordinary blade, but a ceremonial Sikh dagger from India--a clue that may be connected to the fabled lost mines of Golconda.
From the mysterious disappearance of a cursed diamond buried with Lydia's dead husband, to the undying legend of a hidden treasure map, Thomas must follow a trail of foreign dignitaries, royal agents--and even more victims--to unveil the sinister and shocking secrets in the stones…

This is the 6th installment in this particular series. Even though I haven’t read any of the previous books, I had no problem following along at all. . . . (M O R E)

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The Silence of Stones by Jeri Westerson

The Silence of Stones: A Crispin Guest medieval noir by Westerson, Jeri(February 1, 2016) Hardcover - Jeri Westerson

T I T L E: The Silence of Stones
S E R I E S:A Crispin Guest Noir (Nº 8)
A U T H O R: Jeri Westerson
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 1, 2016
I S B N: 978072885623
Historical Mystery

A medieval mystery featuring disgraced knight Crispin Guest
London, 1388. When the mythical Stone of Destiny disappears from the throne of England during mass in Westminster Abbey, the populace takes it as a sign to side with King Richard II’s rebellious barons. The last thing the king needs is for his authority to be put in question, especially after his army suffers a crushing defeat against a Scottish uprising.
Desperate, Richard calls in Crispin Guest to find the missing stone. And to ensure that he will do the deed, the king imprisons Jack Tucker and orders Crispin to find the stone before Parliament convenes in three days' time - or Jack will hang for treason.

A great mystery and my first introduction to Crispin Guest, a medieval knight turned detective, or tracker as he is referred to in the story. (M O R E)

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Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden

Bite The Dust (Blood and Moonlight Book 1) - Cynthia Eden

T I T L E: Bite the Dust
S E R I E S: Blood and Moonlight (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Cynthia Eden
P U B L I S H E R: Hocus Pocus Publishing, Inc
P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 6, 2015
I S B N: 9781942840077
Paranormal Romance

Vampires. Werewolves. Beasts that hunt in the night...When New Orleans Detective Jane Hart investigates her first official homicide case, she never expects to have her world ripped apart. But the murder she’s investigating is part of a deadly war between vampires and werewolves…and now Jane is caught in that eternal battle. A battle that can’t end well.
Werewolf Aidan Locke has been running New Orleans for years. It’s his job to keep the vamps out of the city. But when a Master Vampire comes to town, determined to unleash hell, Aidan knows it’s time to fight with all the fury of his pack. Beast versus vamp, until the last breath. Then he meets Jane…
One look, one taste, and Aidan knows that Jane is far more than she seems. Far more than she even knows herself to be. She’s important in the paranormal war, not a pawn to be used, but a queen to be won. And if he can’t keep her at his side, if he can’t stop the darkness from descending on the town…then Jane Hart will become not just a fierce cop, not some guardian, but something deadlier. Darker. Aidan will fight heaven and hell to change her fate. To change their fate because he is more than just a predator.
And Jane is more than prey. Far more.

I was in the mood for a really great paranormal romance and was looking hard for one when I stumbled upon this particular book. Didn’t. . . (M O R E)

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Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales From Shakespeare's Fantasy World

Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales Shakespeare's Fantasy World - Adrian Tchaikovsky, Kate Heartfield, Foz Meadows, Emma Newman, Jonathan Barnes

T I T L E: Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales From Shakespeare's Fantasy World
A U T H O R: Jonathan Barnes, Emma Newman, Kate Heartfield, Foz Meadows, and Adrian Tchaikovsky
P U B L I S H E R: Rebellion/Abaddon
P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 6, 2016
I S B N: 9781781083949
Anthology, Literary Fiction, Fantasy

Mischief, magic, love and war.
These are the stories Shakespeare never told. Five of the most exciting names in genre fiction today – Jonathan Barnes, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Emma Newman, Foz Meadows and Kate Heartfield – delve into the world the Bard created to weave together a story of courage, transformation and magic.
Including an afterword by Dr. John Lavagnino, The London Shakespeare Centre, King's College London.

This anthology of short stories adapted from none other than The Bard himself is a great collection. Based on William Shakespeare’s . . . (M O R E)

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Skeleton Blues by Paul Johnston

Skeleton Blues (A Quint Dalrymple Mystery) - Paul Johnston

T I T L E: Skeleton Blues
S E R I E S: A Quint Dalrymple Mystery (Nº 7)
A U T H O R: Paul Johnston
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: April 1, 2016
I S B N: 9780727885784
Mystery

Ex-cop Quint Dalrymple discovers there is something very rotten in the independent city-state of Edinburgh in this near-future dystopian thriller.
Edinburgh, spring 2034. The weather’s balmy, there’s a referendum on whether to join a reconstituted Scotland coming up – and a tourist is found strangled. As usual, maverick detective Quint Dalrymple is called in to do the Council of City Guardians’ dirty work.
For the first time in his career, Quint is stumped by the complexity of the case. An explosion at the City Zoo is followed by the discovery of another body – and the prime suspect is nowhere to be found. Can Quint and his sidekick, Guard commander Davie, put a stop to the killings before the city erupts into open violence? Are the leaders of other Scottish states planning to take over Edinburgh, or is the source of unrest much closer to home? Quint must race to pull the threads together before he becomes one of the numerous skeletons on display …

I need to say wow, I love Quint Dalrymple and his cases. Set in a dystopian Edinburgh during the year 2034, it is not . . . (M O R E)

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Soft Summer Blood by Peter Helton

Soft Summer Blood (A Liam McClusky Mystery) - Peter Helton

T I T L E: Soft Summer Blood
S E R I E S: Liam McLusky Mysteries (Nº 4)
A U T H O R: Peter Helton
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: April 1, 2016
I S B N: 9780727885777
Mystery

A seemingly open-and-shut case becomes increasingly complicated for Detective Inspector Liam McLusky in this intriguing police procedural.
It all seemed so simple: a murder; an obvious suspect; a shaky alibi: DI McLusky never had it so good. Until a second killing challenges all his earlier assumptions. With every new piece of evidence McLusky brings to light, the case becomes more complicated. Does it have its roots in a disappearance eighteen years earlier, or is it firmly based in the present?
Meanwhile, DI Kat Fairfield and DS Jack Sorbie are tasked with finding the daughter of a prominent Italian politician, who has disappeared while on a student exchange programme at Bristol University. Neither is overjoyed to be lumbered with a routine missing person’s case while McLusky heads a high-profile murder investigation. Until they find a dead body of their own…

This is the first Liam McLusky mystery that I’ve read and I really liked it. I do have to admit though that it took me a bit to warm up to Liam, and . . . (M O R E)

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Negative Space by Mike Robinson

Negative Space - Mike  Robinson

T I T L E: Negative Space

S E R I E S: The Enigma of Twilight Falls (Nº 2)

A U T H O R: Mike Robinson

P U B L I S H E R: Curiosity Quills Press

P U B L I S H--D A T E: August 17, 2013

I S B N: 9781620073155

Mystery, Thriller

 

Negative Space tells the story of a provocative Los Angeles painter named Max Higgins, on the verge of local fame. The secret to his work's haunting allure? He collects photos of missing persons and incorporates them into his paintings, giving the often melancholy faces, as he puts it, a "home in his work." This fascination stems from the bizarre disappearances of people he knew growing up, including his father. Then, one day, someone recognizes a face in one of his paintings, and he is suddenly thrust into a journey as surreal as anything from his brush, a journey into his past that will determine irrevocably his future.

This novel was much improved from the last. All aspects of it. The characters are more likable, all easy to relate to and love - even through their . . . (M O R E)

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Skin Like Silver by Chris Nickson

Skin Like Silver: A Tom Harper Victorian police procedural (A Tom Harper Mystery) - Chris Nickson

T I T L E: Skin Like Silver

S E R I E S: Tom Harper Mysteries (Nº 3)

A U T H O R: Chris Nickson

P U B L I S H E R: Severn House

P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 1, 2016

I S B N: 9780727885708

Historical Mystery

 

The third intriguing historical mystery to feature Detective Inspector Tom Harper

Leeds, England. October, 1891. An unclaimed parcel at the Central Post Office is discovered to contain the decomposing body of a baby boy. It’s a gruesome case for DI Tom Harper. Then a fire during the night destroys half the railway station. The next day a woman’s body is found in the rubble. But Catherine Carr didn’t die in the blaze: she’d been stabbed to death – and Harper has to find her killer.

The estranged wife of a wealthy industrialist, Catherine had been involved with the Leeds Suffragist Society, demanding votes for women, the same organization for which Harper’s wife Annabelle has just become a speaker. Were Catherine’s politics the cause of her death? Or is the husband she abandoned behind it? But when her brother escapes from the asylum and steals a shotgun, Harper has to race to find the answers.

An engaging mystery. I really do like this series so far. If you haven’t read any of these books before, don’t let that stop you from . . . (M O R E)

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The Green-Eyed Monster by Mike Robinson

[ [ [ The Green-Eyed Monster [ THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER ] By Robinson, Mike ( Author )Oct-23-2012 Paperback - Mike Robinson

T I T L E: The Green-Eyed Monster

S E R I E S: The Enigma of Twilight Falls (Nº 1)

A U T H O R: Mike Robinson

P U B L I S H E R: Curiosity Quills Press

P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 23, 2012

I S B N: 9781620071052

Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Martin Smith and John Becker: bestselling authors with ordinary names and extraordinary minds. Rivals since childhood, they live in the same town and are famous for their uncanny similarity in physical manner and literary voice. When one of them ends up dead at the other's home, an investigation is launched into their dark past, revealing a series of troubling stories from their childhood, adolescence and careers, throughout which lurks the presence of an authorial entity with roots beyond our time or dimension – a sinister entity with far-reaching designs.

Reading the description of this book, I wanted it to be amazing. Reading the reviews about this book, I waited for it to blow my mind. (M O R E)

 

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Dark Child: Bloodsworn (Omnibus Edition) by Adina West

Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Omnibus Edition (Dark Child Omnibus Edition Book 3) - Adina West

T I T L E: Dark Child: Bloodsworn (Omnibus Edition)

A U T H O R: Adina West

P U B L I S H E R: Momentum Books

P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 11, 2016

I S B N: 9781760301774

Urban Fantasy

It's open war between the Families of Power and the Tabérin. Two ancient races, witch and vampire, are locked in a deadly battle, and Kat Chanter, descendant of both warring bloodlines, is the only hope for peace …

With the fate of two races resting on her shoulders, Kat is determined to make the best of her forced visit to her grandmother Imara's Napa compound, and learn all she can about the Families of Power and her newly discovered witch heritage. But she quickly learns that Imara's word can't be trusted. Prejudice runs deep in the old coven leader, and her grandmother remains committed to a war with the Tabérin that Kat would do anything to stop.

But Imara's war isn't the only threat to the fragile balance between the races that has endured for centuries. Fanatical factions within the European covens plot to resurrect an ancient power best left sleeping, and the new Vodas is building his dynasty on the backs of a personal guard willing to fight to the death to give him what he wants.

With the unsolved murder of a young witch boy raising as many questions as answers, Kat is discovering blood is the key to everything, including the new Vodas's subjection of his sworn elite.

In this world, blood is power. But blood can betray you.

An urban fantasy full of vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters, which is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments and Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series.

This is a full length novel. Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Omnibus Edition bundles together Dark Child (Bloodsworn) Episodes 1-5.

 I found this a struggle to follow along. When I read the description I thought since it said it was episodes 1-5 it would start at the very . . . (M O R E)

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