Monthly Archives: September 2016

Review & Giveaway: MURDER AT ROUGH POINT by Alyssa Maxwell

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As part of a Blog Tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I am happy to tell you about Murder at Rough Point, the latest addition to the  Gilded Newport Mysteries series by Alyssa Maxwell.


MURDER AT ROUGH POINT.jpgIn glittering Newport, Rhode Island, status is everything. But despite being a poorer relation to the venerable Vanderbilts, Emma Cross has shaped her own identity—as a reporter and a sleuth.

As the nineteenth century draws to a close, Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, a “cottage” owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt that has been rented as an artist retreat. To her surprise, the illustrious guests include her estranged Bohemian parents—recently returned from Europe—as well as a variety of notable artists, including author Edith Wharton.

But when one of the artists is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff…

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No Safe Zone by Adite Banerjie

The Liquid Sunset

81o-eHefUFL.jpgPublished on : May, 2016

Publisher : Harlequin

Pages : 200

Source : Review copy received from the author

Format : Paperback

Rating : 3.5 / 5

To buy the book visit Amazon

Synopsis : London-based activist Qiara Rana is devastated when investigations begin against Sameera Khan, her upright mentor at Girls Rock!, a small but reputed not-for-profit organization. She will do anything to save them from ruin. Even if it means visiting the city that still makes her heart bleed. But within a few hours of landing in New Delhi, she is being chased by a gunman and is a suspect in the murder of a high-profile businessman. The only person she can turn to for help is the man who stood her up ten years ago.

On a mission to bust an international women’s trafficking ring, Intelligence Bureau Officer Kabir Shorey runs slam bang into the girl who…

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Hollow City Book Review


Hey! I’m Lauren, and today I’ll be giving you my thoughts on Hollow City By Ransom Riggs.
I’m finally done with Hollow City. It was a ‘Peculiar’ read (yes, I did that). The gist of the story is Jacob and his friends are taking a journey from Cairnholm to London in 1940 after a series of events has them fighting against time. Along the way they have to fight their way through Wights and Hollows. Making friends with Gypsies and Peculiar animals in the process.
This book met my expectations and I would recommend it to Beginning readers that are interested in Fantasy, but some parts do become dark. It’s an Easy read, I loved Hollow City so much, almost more than the first book. There were lots of plot twist you won’t see coming.
I enjoyed how Ransom Riggs put his own twist on history, How St. Paul was…

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The Couple Next Door

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img_6815While certainly a fast-paced book full of plots twists left and right, unfortunately Shari Lapel’s The Couple Next Door falls flat on the very last page. While reading I felt like I was riding a rollercoaster, wondering which way she would turn next, but ultimately I was left disappointed. I won’t give away any spoilers but I would have been thoroughly satisfied had it ended before the very last page. Even so, the book kept my attention so much so that I stayed up late at night to finish, making it an easy, intriguing read. If you are looking for quick thriller this is for you. Enjoy!

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The Secret Place

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I have realized that I love a good suspense novel. Especially when it deals with the twisted world of teenage girls. I think girls get the rep of being sweet an innocent so I love when authors dive into their lives deeper and show what is kept hidden. Teenage girls are mean. I had heard a lot about this author’s book Into the Woods but that book had never caught my eye but I looked into her other books and that’s how I came across the book.

The Secret Place by Tana French is a story about an all girl’s boarding school. A boy from the neighboring all boy’s boarding school was found murdered on the girl’s school ground. The first time the investigation went through it didn’t get anywhere. Now a year later Holly Mackey, a teenage girl from the school, shows up at Detective Moran’s office to…

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50 Scariest Books: #18 – The Ritual by Adam Nevill

Warp and Woof!

I’ve decided to work backwards in reviewing what I’ve read from the 50 Scariest Books list. It’ll be a nice work up to October.

I can’t tell you how much I love the “idiots lost in the woods” trope. It’s my favorite thing! (See: Suicide Forest.)

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The particular idiots in The Ritual, woefully unprepared and not a little disdainful of each other, kick it off with the classic “Let’s take a shortcut!” cliche. Because no one in a horror story has ever read a horror story, this is accepted as a great idea that cannot go wrong. Except, have you ever hiked in the wilderness? Pointing a compass due south and heading in that direction isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. There’s undergrowth. Trees. Rivers. Ravines. One thing that Nevill nails about an untamed forest is how hard…

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“And the Trees Crept In” by Dawn Kurtagich

For my fellow fans of horror, this makes even me want to run out (okay, to my computer) and get this book.

Love that kind of scary that puts people off scared.

★★★★☆ New release Tuesday!

28449150Disclaimer: This is a HORROR book. I typically don’t watch horror movies or read horror books because I get too scared, so I’m not sure what prompted me to request this from the publisher.

That being said: And the Trees Crept In is extremely creepy and unsettling. When Silla and Nori escape their abusive father, the only place they’d think of going is their Aunt Cath’s house, a large estate called La Baume. The house is old, run-down, and creaky, but it’s all they have. Aunt Cath is so sweet to the girls, nurturing them and loving them like they’ve never experienced. But one day, Cath loses it when Nori gets too close to the surrounding woods. She won’t stop pacing the floor in the attic and keeps talking about someone named “The Creeper Man”. And then one day, Silla notices the trees. They’re creeping closer…

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

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