Book Review: The Book of Essie: A Novel by Meghan MacLean Weir

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There’s just something so simple, yet stunning, about this cover. And the writing inside is equally as stunning, The Book of Essie is an intelligent and emotional novel.

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A captivating novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family’s hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.

Esther Ann Hicks–Essie–is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She’s grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family’s fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie’s mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show’s producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia’s? Or do they try to arrange a marriage–and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media–through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell–Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom? Continue reading “Book Review: The Book of Essie: A Novel by Meghan MacLean Weir”

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Book Review: Face Off by Brenda Novak (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #3)

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My favourite psychiatrist is back, in the third instalment of the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles. It’s always a pleasure to see how she, and her psychopaths, are getting on at Hanover House!

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SHE VOWED NEVER TO BE A VICTIM AGAIN. BUT NOW A KILLER HAS HER IN HIS SIGHT. . . 

Tortured and left for dead at sixteen, Evelyn Talbot turned her personal nightmare into her life’s work―studying the disturbing psychopathy of some of the world’s most vicious serial killers. Now a leading psychiatrist at Hanover House in a small Alaskan town, she tries to believe the past will never come back to haunt her―until a woman goes missing from a cabin nearby, and every clue points to the man who once brutalized her…

As her boyfriend, who is the area’s only police, begins to investigate―and finds not one but two bodies―Evelyn can’t forget that her would-be killer, Jasper Moore, was never caught. But there are no new faces in tiny Hilltop, no one who seems suspicious or potentially violent. In this twisted game of cat and mouse, Evelyn is certain of only one thing―Jasper must be hiding in plain sight. And if she can’t find him before he comes for her, she won’t be lucky enough to survive twice… Continue reading “Book Review: Face Off by Brenda Novak (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #3)”

Blog Blitz | Book Review: Sleeping Through War by Jackie Carreira (@rararesources)

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I’m delighted to be kicking off the blog blitz for Sleeping Through War by Jackie Carreira. I was immediately drawn to this book because I love its title. I really enjoy war fiction; it’s usually books set during WWII that I read, so I was so excited when I saw this novel was set during the Vietnam War.

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It is May 1968. Students are rioting, civil rights are being fought and died for, nuclear bombs are being tested, and war is raging in Vietnam. For three ordinary women in Lisbon, London and Washington life must go on as usual. For them, just to survive is an act of courage. How much has really changed in 50 years? Continue reading “Blog Blitz | Book Review: Sleeping Through War by Jackie Carreira (@rararesources)”

Book Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files #1)

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I’m sure Beth @ Bibliobeth has a talent for picking out amazing books for us to read together! Sleeping Giants was our August buddy read, and we both loved it, and I think it’s so fitting that one of the main characters in this sci-fi novel is a scientist, and I got to read this novel with a scientist, thanks Beth!

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Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger…

“We always look forward. We never look back.”

That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklyn, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered. An enormous, ornate hand made of an exceptionally rare metal, which predates all human civilisation on the continent.

“But this thing … it’s different. It challenges us. It rewrites history.”

An object whose origins and purpose are perhaps the greatest mystery humanity has ever faced. Solving the secret of where it came from – and how many more parts may be out there – could change life as we know it.

“It dares us to question what we know about ourselves.”

But what if we were meant to find it? And what happens when this vast, global puzzle is complete…?

“About everything.” Continue reading “Book Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files #1)”

Book Review: The Damned by Tarn Richardson (The Darkest Hand Trilogy #1)

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Don’t you just love when a book you haven’t heard of turns out to be one you won’t forget!?! I’m indebted to Ninja Book Box for sending this indie book my way, it’s one of my favourite books of the year!

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1914. The outbreak of war. In the French city of Arras, a Father is brutally murdered. The Catholic Inquisition, still powerful, but now working in the shadows sends its most determined and unhinged of Inquisitors, Poldek Tacit to investigate his mission to protect the Church from those who would seek to undermine it, no matter what the cost.

Yet as Tacit arrives, armed forces led by Britain and Germany confront each other across No Man’s Land. As the Inquisitor strives in vain to establish the truth behind the murder and to uncover the motives of other Vatican servants seeking to undermine him, a beautiful and spirited woman, Sandrine, warns British soldier Henry Frost of a mutual foe even more terrible lurking beneath the killing fields that answers to no human force and wreaks their havoc by the light of the moon. Faced with impossible odds and his own demons, Tacit must battle the forces of evil, and a church determined at all costs to achieve its aims, to reach the heart of a dark conspiracy that seeks to engulf the world, plunging it ever deeper into conflict.

Morally complex and fast paced, this is a gripping work of dark fiction set in an alternative twentieth century, where humanity’s desire for love, compassion and peace face daunting challenges in a world overwhelmed by total war and mysterious dark forces. Continue reading “Book Review: The Damned by Tarn Richardson (The Darkest Hand Trilogy #1)”