#BookHaul: June 2018

It’s book haul time! This month has been a busy one, with not much time for blogging, but what is clear is that, no matter how busy the month, my ability to haul books does not suffer! So, get comfortable and let’s browse the latest additions to my shelves.

*As per FTC rules, all books in the review copies section of this post were given to me for free by publishers*

Fiction

Review Copies:

IQ by Joe Ide (Orion Books)

IQ - Joe Ide

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, the elderly are being mugged, children go missing. But word has spread: if you’ve got a case the police can’t – or won’t – touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out.

They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. His clients pay him whatever they can afford, a new set of tyres or some homemade muffins. But now he needs a client who can pay. And the only way to that client is through a jive-talking, low-life drug dealer he thought he’d left behind. Then there’s the case itself. A drug-addled rap star surrounded by a crew of flunkies who believes his life is in danger; and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. If he solves this case, IQ can put right a mistake he made long ago. If not it won’t just be the hit man coming after him …

Righteous by Joe Ide (Orion Books) Continue reading “#BookHaul: June 2018”

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Book Review: Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (Beartown #2)

Us Against You - Fredrik Backman

Us Against You was my most anticipated read of the year, it is the sequel to Beartown (also published as The Scandal).

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Can a broken town survive a second tragedy? The follow-up to the international bestseller Beartown.

Beartown is dying . . .

Tucked in a forest in the frozen north, Beartown’s residents are tough and hardworking. They don’t expect life to be easy, but they do expect it to be fair.

Which is why the sudden loss of their hockey players to the rival town of Hed hurts. Everyone needs something to cheer for in the long winter nights. Now they have nothing.

So when a new star player arrives, Coach Peter sees an opportunity to rebuild the team – to take on Hed and restore Beartown’s fortunes. But not everyone in town sees it his way.

As the big game between both towns approaches, the rivalry turns bitter and all too real. Once the stands rumbled with threats to ‘kill’ and ‘ruin’ each other, but the residents didn’t mean it. Now they do.

By the time the last goal is scored, someone in Beartown will be dead . . .

Us Against You is the story of two towns, two teams and what it means to believe in something bigger than yourself. It’s about how people come together – sometimes in anger, often in sorrow, but also through love. And how, when we stand together, we can bring a town back to life. Continue reading “Book Review: Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (Beartown #2)”

#BookHaul: May 2018

It’s book haul time! I’m extremely excited about this haul because my latest unbound book pledge book arrived, so keep an eye out for that. And I’ve lost all hope with Netgalley, there’s just so many fantastic sounding books being published! My hauling is simply out to control! With that noted, let’s take a look at the latest additions to my shelves.

Review Copies:

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (Penguin)

The Water Cure - Sophie Mackintosh

Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them – three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.

The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation.

Should You Ask Me by Marianne Kavanagh (Hodder Books) Continue reading “#BookHaul: May 2018”

Book Review: The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong

The Good Son - You-jeong Jeong

The bestselling Korean thriller of the year!

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YOU WAKE UP COVERED IN BLOOD
THERE’S A BODY DOWNSTAIRS
YOUR MOTHER’S BODY

YOU DIDN’T DO IT. DID YOU?
HOW COULD YOU, YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN THE GOOD SON

THE INTERNATIONAL SENSATION FROM KOREA’S MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR YOU-JEONG JEONG.

When Yu-jin wakes up covered in blood, and finds the body of his mother downstairs, he decides to hide the evidence and pursue the killer himself.

Then young women start disappearing in his South Korean town. Who is he hunting? And why does the answer take him back to his brother and father who lost their lives many years ago.

The Good Son is inspired by a true story. Continue reading “Book Review: The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong”

Book Review: The Girl with No Name by Lisa Regan (Detective Josie Quinn #2)

The Girl With No Name - Lisa Regan

The Girl with No Name follows Vanishing Girls in the Detective Josie Quinn series.


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Detective Josie Quinn is horrified when she’s called to the house of a mother who had her newborn baby snatched from her arms.

A woman caught fleeing the scene is Josie’s only lead, but when questioned it seems this mysterious girl doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from or why she is so terrified…

Is she a witness, a suspect, or the next victim?

As Josie digs deeper, a letter about a mix-up at a fertility clinic links the nameless girl and the missing child to a spate of killings across the county. Josie is faced with an impossible decision: should she risk the life of one innocent child to save many others… or can she find another way? 

The Girl with No Name is nail-biting, twisty and impossible to put down. If you love gripping thrillers from Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked. Continue reading “Book Review: The Girl with No Name by Lisa Regan (Detective Josie Quinn #2)”