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The Night Market by Jonathan Moore. Review

Thank you to Netgalley, Jonathan Moore and the publisher for my ARC of The Night Market.

This is the first book I have read by Jonathan Moore but I have already added his other two novels to my tbr. The Night Market is a dark, dystopian fiction reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984 in its honest and realistic predictions for the future of our world.

The year is unknown, but the world is dark, drought followed by constant rain, people stealing copper for its value, leaving whole neighbourhoods in darkness. Murder, prostitution and theft are rife as people obsess over the latest brands and fads. Everything is electronic, from the junk mail you get in your mailbox, to the way you pay, order or view things. Inspectors Carver and Jenner are called out to a suspected homicide on one of this dark and drizzly evenings, when they arrive, they find the strangest thing they could never have imagined, a dead man, covered in a substance which is literally eating his skin. But before they can investigate further, the FBI arrive and rush them away to a decontamination van. The next thing Carver knows, he is waking up in his own bed with his neighbour Mia by his side reading to him. He has no memory of what happened to him the past few days, all he knows is what Mia tells him, but can he trust her?

This novel was hugely engrossing, it really gets the reader thinking about how near-future this kind of thing actually is. We’re already obsessed with our gadgets, the internet, buying the latest things. Who’s to say that Jonathan Moore’s San Francisco isn’t around the corner for all of us?

Full of suspense from start to finish, and with an excellent twist, I really couldn’t get enough of The Night Market and can’t wait to read more from Jonathan!

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The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles. Review

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Lydia Ruffles for my Copy of The Taste of Blue Light.

‘I will find the old Lux and when I do I will climb back inside her and sew myself into her skin so I never get lost again.’

Lux Langley is an artist, she writes amazing stories and goes to an exclusive school which is only for the best artists in the world. She spends her days forgetting what mainstream subjects she’s learned, and her nights at decadent parties, lighting fireworks, taking drugs and dancing with her equally fun friends.

A month after the leaver’s party, Lux wakes up in hospital with no recollection of how she got there. The last thing she remembers is going to a party with some of the people she was working with at the Gallery where she was an intern. Despite Doctors attempts to help her recall her memories, Lux returns to school trying to grasp at some normality while still not knowing what is wrong with her. Now back at school she has migraines, flashes of weird colours and scary episodes of anger and distress to deal with. Who is the real Lux Langley and will she ever find her?

This is a passionate, incredibly emotional novel, which I think readers of John Green and E Lockhart will really enjoy. Lux is a complex character who one can neither love, nor hate. Nor pity in all honesty. Lux’s character is too strong to pity, which leaves you with a hodgepodge of emotions towards her and her struggles. Most of the novels focus on the interior life of Lux as she tried to adjust to her old life when she is no longer the old Lux.

‘Sometimes I want to be the kind of person who makes life easier for other people. And sometimes I wish everyone I love would die so I wouldn’t have to worry about hurting them anymore.’

Many of Lux’s feeling are relatable, particularly if you have ever suffered with anxiety, depression or similar mental illnesses. Her journey is rife with emotion, and frankly I could not put this book down, nor because the story was gripping and fast paced (in the way that say a crime thriller is) but because it was so emotionally charged. I was desperate to know what had happened to Lux but I was happy with the slow pace of the novel to break it to me gently.

A truly beautiful novel which everyone should read.

November Wrap Up 2017

It’s a big one this month! I had a 2 week break in Tenerife and we literally stayed in a villa in the middle of nowhere, so with nothing else to do, I had no choice but to read, read, read!

Ive read 32 books this month, totalling 10,979 Pages.

Midnight Crossroad, Day Shift and Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/midnight-crossroad-by-charlaine-harris-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/day-shift-by-charlaine-harris-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/night-shift-by-charlaine-harris-review/

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/into-the-water-by-paula-hawkins-review/

Pieces of You by Ella Harper

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/pieces-of-you-by-ella-harper-review/

Peggy and Me by Miranda Hart

Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/tess-of-the-dubervilles-by-thomas-hardy-review/

Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R Green

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/into-the-thinnest-of-air-by-simon-r-green-review/

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/the-lie-tree-by-frances-hardinge-review/

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/the-cruel-prince-by-holly-black-review/

The Girl You Lost and The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/the-girl-with-no-past-by-kathryn-croft-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/the-girl-you-lost-by-kathryn-croft-review/

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/the-hate-u-give-by-angie-thomas-review/

The Girls by Emma Cline

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/the-girls-by-emma-cline-review/

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/truth-or-dare-by-non-pratt-review/

A Very British Christmas by Rhodri Marsden

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/the-blade-itself-by-joe-abercrombie-review/

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/see-what-i-have-done-by-sarah-schmidt-review/

Faking Friends by Jane Fallon

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/faking-friends-by-jane-fallon-review/

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the illustrated edition by JK Rowling

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/look-for-me-by-lisa-gardner-review/

A Journey Through The History of Magic by The British Library

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/a-journey-through-a-history-of-magic-review/

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/the-sacrifice-box-by-martin-stewart-review/

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/a-knight-of-the-seven-kingdoms-by-george-rr-martin-review/

Across the Wall by Garth Nix

Lips Touch, Three Times by Laini Taylor

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/lips-touch-three-times-by-laini-taylor-review/

Contagion by Teri Terry

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/contagion-by-teri-terry-review/

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/american-gods-by-neil-gaiman-review/

Cold Christmas by Alastair Gunn

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/cold-christmas-by-alastair-gunn-review/

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Review

This book has always been on my mental TBR but I hadn’t actually added it for some reason. Then I actually picked a copy up from the hotel ‘library’ on holiday in June, didn’t get chance to read it there, brought it home and it’s sat on my shelf ever since. Anyway, I have now read it, and best of all enjoyed it!

I was lucky enough to read the extended, republished version which is quite a lot longer than the originally published version, I’ve heard it described as ‘too much description but not enough happening’, fortunately, I didn’t find it so!

We start the novel with Shadow, in prison and not far from release when he receives the news that his wife Laura and his best friend Robbie have been killed in a car accident. On the plane Home, he meets an unusual character who calls himself Mr Wednesday. Finding himself employed by this rogue, as a bodyguard, driver and errand boy, Shadow is sent on a journey beyond his wildest dreams as he finds himself entangled with gods and humans of equally despicable intent.

Although this was a big book, it was an easy read, I found I’d devoured hundreds of pages without even realising! While the story may to some, appear slow going I found that the whole book was a climax rather than a build up to a final climatic moment. And I hadn’t worked out most of the secrets!

An interesting outlook on not one set of Gods but all gods and the idea that they were brought to America along with their people and left their gods to die.

Contagion by Teri Terry. Review

Contagion is the first book in Teri Terry’s new series; Dark Matter. I’ve loved Teri’s unique, dystopian novels since I first read Slated in 2013 and that love has continued to grow with each book that has followed.

Callie is missing, her brother Kai has given up any hope of finding her, that is until Shay turns up to tell him that she saw Callie on the day of her disappearance.Then a terrifying epidemic rages across the country and Shay and Kai are racing against time to find the source and save themselves and the rest of humanity.

Contagion is a little bit different to Teri’s other novels in that it is not exactly dystopian. It is from what I could tell, set in modern day but with a science fiction twist and I really liked it. Not only was it a great storyline and a fantastic opening to a promising new series but it showed that Teri is not a one trick pony (is that the right term??) not That I ever suspected she was but it’s good to see your favourite authors succeeding in more than one genre.

Im really looking forward to seeing what happens next!

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin. Review

Oh George, I loved this book. But I know I’d love The Winds if Winter even more… will it ever come?

Anyway, with the next season of GoT being a few years away, and the next book being god knows when, I dived back into Westeros in another way, and another time. 100 years before the events of Game of Thrones a hedge knight name Dunk meets a young bald boy called Egg and they go on some adventures. As it turns out, Egg is actually Aegon Targaryen the future King and somehow Dunk finds himself with Egg as squire.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a compilation of 3 novellas telling the stories of Dunk and Egg’s adventures through Westeros. From The Hedge Knight which finds the two meeting for the first time and the deal being struck for Egg to become Dunk’s squire, to The Sworn Sword where they defend an old knight who may or may not deserve it, and finally The Mystery Knight where they find themselves in a tourney of traitors. All the stories are fun, easy reads, peppered with information about the history of Westeros and the events which overshadow the future in A Game of Thrones.

I really enjoyed this little collection, complete with amazing illustrations which made Egg look like Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender, it also gives loads more information about the Targaryens, which after that finale to the last season? Is exactly what we all desire.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. Review

The Book of Life is the third and final book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy. Pleased be warned going forward that while there are no spoilers for The Book of Life here, there will be some from the first two books; A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night.

After returning from their adventures in the 16th century, Matthew and Diana are immediately roped into a new drama. Not only is Diana now a powerful weaver (a witch who can create her own spells), she is also pregnant with twins and against all odds, Matthew is the father. Some people (mostly their friends and family) are overjoyed by this news, but others like their old adversaries Gebert and Peter Knox are really not! Meanwhile, there’s some new and old faces arriving on the scene, and more than a few surprises in store.

The Book of Life really got me back into the story of Diana and Matthew, I loved that it gave so many answers, reintroduced some much loved characters and also a bond worthy villain. It really reached the series for me and I was sad when it ended!!