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The Suicide Club – Andrew Williams ✶✶✶✶

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August 1917. Britain is mired in bloody stalemate at Passchendaele and the prime minister is looking for someone to blame. Soldier spy Sandy Innes is seconded to Haigs headquarters officially to train a new espionage group called The Suicide Club, unofficially to spy on the field marshals staff. Innes soon discovers few at HQ trust the top secret information being fed to Haig by his intelligence chief, and as he digs deeper he begins to suspect treachery. The stakes could not be higher the fate of hundreds of thousands of British soldiers. In a tense race against time and against the background of political machinations, Innes must survive membership of The Suicide Club, and then risk all by going back behind enemy lines to uncover the truth.

I fancied something different to read and this was the perfect book! I awarded The Suicide Club four stars as I have to…

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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IMG_20160503_111414ds22369406.jpgRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published / February 12 2015
Paperback edition / 383 pages
ISBN / 1409155846
RRP / $14.25 AUD

Young Adult Fantasy

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synopsisThis is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living in the shadow of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Then Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace, in the midst of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

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I liked this book, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t love it. Some parts did seem a bit predictable in my opinion. Before going into this book I had…

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Dumplin by Julie Murphy Review

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Murder on the Tor by Frances Evesham

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Murder on the Tor is the third of Frances Evesham’s Exham-on-sea mysteries.   Once again Libby Forest’s life is interrupted by a crime on her doorstep.  While walking Bear, the Carpathian sheepdog, for her friend Max, she finds herself lost in the mist on Glastonbury Tor.  Briefly she meets a little girl and then she finds an old beaded necklace.  Headed down the slope she is alarmed to encounter Detective Sergeant Joe Ramshore, Max’s son, who treats her with his usual exasperation.  A body has been found and he implies that she has something to do with it.

Once Libby and Max realise that the apparent suicide is a photographer whose work is about to be exhibited locally, they decide to resume their investigations.  Libby is upset that Max is not as warm as he used to be.  Is their relationship going nowhere?  Have the illegal activities of her deceased husband…

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Unrivaled by Alyson Noel

Of Books and Wishes

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Everyone wants to be someone.

Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Philips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.

But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.

She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.

That is, until Layla, Aster and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of LA’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the…

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Book Review #8: Bad Romeo

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Title: Bad Romeo

Author: Leisa Rayven

Published: 2014

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When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan’s romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.

Cast as romantic leads once again, they’re forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they’ll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks

I could not put this book down, I loved every minute of it. Its funny, romantic and sexy all in one really…

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The Bricks That Build The Houses by Kate Tempest

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06_tempest_housesThe first pages of The Bricks That Built The Houses read like a whirlwind of words, dazzling descriptions that dance around the page. Words appear and then disappear, like ghosts. Rapper, playwright and poet Kate Tempest, who has won the Ted Hughes Award for Brand New Ancients, an hour long spoken word story accompanied by an orchestra, shakes these creations out of her sleeve with ease. The books’s poetry slam like beginning, which returns in flashes throughout the book, sets the tone for the story of Becky, Pete and Harry. A dancer, a drifter and a drug dealer, who circle around each other until things spiral out of control.

The story sees Becky, Harry and Harry’s friend Leon leaving London in a car with a big bag of money. It then rewinds and starts at the beginning again, of how they reached this point and with that, the actual story…

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Thoughts on “Bird Box” by Josh Malerman

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WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE NOVEL. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK OR WISH TO DO SO IN THE FUTURE. 

You can find a synopsis here.

This was recommended by “ChapterStackss” of BookTube as one of her favorite horror novels so I thought I’d give it a shot.

I am so glad I did.

It’s difficult to pick a topic in this book for discussion. It was so mouth-wateringly good I’m left babbling incoherently.

I’ve decided to break up my thoughts into pieces so it’s less of a jumble.

The Plot

One aspect of this novel that I love is it turns traditional horror on its head. The darkness is the protagonist’s greatest defense against the enemy rather than a means for the main baddy to attack.

They aren’t afraid of what will happen to them when they close their eyes, but…

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Maze of Untitled Shores

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Who doesn’t like travelling? Who doesn’t like travelling in the greens? Who would refuse to have a peek in the World’s largest Delta? The Hungry Tideby Amitav Ghosh explores the journey of a Bengali-American cetologist, Piyali Roy who embarks on a journey to conduct a research on the Orcaella Dolphins inhabiting the Sundarbans. On her way to Sundarbans, she comes across Kanai, a businessman who offers her to visit his place Lushibari and later becomes her translator. Along with Fokir, a native fisherman, Piyali traverses the forests, bãdhs, rivers, mohona, villages of the dazzling archipelago. It is a story painted and sparkled with adventure and history, separations and unseparations, happiness and unhappiness, told and untold truth, inevitability of life and death.

Will Piyali be successful in her research?

Is she going to leave the Sundarbans empty-handed?

Will this journey bring about a change in the lives of other characters…

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Paper Towns

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“The town was paper, but the memories were not.”

Author: John Green

Rating: 3.2/5

Started on: March 05, 2016

Finished on: March 09, 2016

Edition: paperback (Speak)

Genre: Young Adult, Adventure

Synopsis:

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

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“It is so hard to leave – until you leave. An then it is the easiest goddammed thing…

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