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Run in the Blood by AE Ross. Review

Thank you to Netgalley, AE Ross and the publisher for my ARC of Run in the Blood.

Run in the Blood is the debut novel from author AE Ross. A slick fantasy novel with awesome characters who you can’t help but absolutely love!

Aela Crane has been raised a Corsair, a brutal, bloodthirsty pirate and she wouldn’t want life any other way. Sailing the high seas in search of fights, gold and glory, and popping back to port for a fumble with a sweet girl every now and again. What other life could she possibly want? As long as she hides the old magic inside her, she’ll be just fine.

Del is a quiet, thoughtful soldier who seems to know much more about Aela’s powers than she does and he’s hiding secrets of his own.

Brynne is a crofter’s daughter trying to learn how to be a princess when she is lifted to lofty heights thanks to a deal her now Dead father made on her behalf.

There’s everything you could possibly want from a great fantasy novel, pirates, magical creatures, politics, secrets among royalty and plenty of ‘omg’ surprise moments. Not to mention buckets of fun along the way. A truly swashbuckling, adventurous novel that doesn’t play by the normal rules. No tropes here guys!

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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.

18 Series’ I need to finish

There are several series’ that I’ve started and not yet finished, some because the rest of the series has not yet been published, and some because I’ve started other things and not had the chance! So here are the series’ I’ve started and haven’t yet had chance to finish.

1. The Folk of the Air by Holly Black

I read The Cruel Prince recently and it isn’t actually published until January, and it’s started off really well. It will probably be a few years before the whole series is published but I’m looking forward to it!

2. The First Law by Joe Abercrombie

I read The Blade Itself while on holiday and it’s got off to a fairly good start. I’m not keen enough on it to buy the second and third books full price, so I’m waiting for a kindle daily deal to come along before I get the next ones.

3. Dark Matter by Teri Terry

This was a great first book and I believe the second one is out pretty soon so I’ll be able to continue with it! Up to now I think it is only planned to be a 2 Book series.

4. The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

The new companion series to His Dark Materials has got off to a great start and I’m really excited to hear more about Lyra’s early life.

5. Rise of the Empress by Julie C Dao

The first in what is set to be the hottest new retelling series on the block, an evil queen retelling set in Asia.

6. The Great Library by Rachel Caine

With 3 great books already published the 4th and 5th in this series are set to be published in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

7. Chief Inspector Barnaby by Caroline Graham

Caroline Graham’s iconic series which of course was turned into the Midsomer Murders tv series, I’ve read the first two and love it so far!

8. The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff

This series has got off to an amazing start and I am eagerly awaiting the third in the series being published.

9. Dark Gifts by Vic James

Another series which has got off to an incredible start. Book 3 is due publication hopefully next year or the year after!

10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

These books are so huge (but also so good) I think it will take me a little while to get through them all.

11. The Frostblood Saga by Elly Blake

Book 3 of this intriguing series is due for release in 2018.

12. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

This thriller series by the amazing Rachel Caine is deeply fascinating and Book 2 is due for release very soon.

13. Skin Books by Alice Broadway

An extremely interesting premise makes the start of a great series. There is as yet no release date for a second book.

14. Flame in the Mist by Renee Adhieh

The second book in this Asian fantasy is due for publication in 2018.

15. The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Like most people I can’t get enough of the Shadowhunters and this new series is shaping up very well!

16. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark got a lot of bad press but I really enjoyed it and I look forward to the next one!

17. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The most amazing book of the year by such a fantastic author, when I say I can’t wait I mean I literally can’t wait for the second book!

18. The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

A dark, Russian fantasy and incredibly good series book 3 can only possibly make it even better!

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris. Review

I’m so sad that this series is over! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the characters of Midnight, Texas and I’m a little disappointed but also hopeful that I might hear from them again!

What a hodgepodge bunch they are but so brilliant at the same time! In Midnight Crossroad and Day Shift the small group of townsfolk had to face several adversaries but none as formidable as the one they face in Night Shift. Suicides keep happening on the crossroads in Midnight, blood is being spilled and Lemuel the vampire is still desperately trying to translate the ancient texts which he found in the pawnshop. He’s sure that they will give a reason for the unexplained deaths. But if it’s what he suspects, they might just be running out of time. There’s a ritual needed and even Mr Snuggly is going to have his part to play.

This whole series has been start to finish brilliant. I really love these characters and I had forgotten what a wonderful writer Charlaine Harris is, her books are such easy, delicious reads with characters you really can’t help loving. I’ll definitely be checking out the tv series when I get back to the UK as well!

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris. Review

There’s a reviewer on goodreads called Jilly who really sums up this series for me, she says ‘this series is one of those kinds where it doesn’t move all that fast but you just enjoy hanging out with the characters’ I couldn’t have said it better than that myself. I love the characters in this series and all their quirky, individual ways.

There are a few spoilers here from Midnight Crossroad but the review of Day Shift is spoiler free don’t worry!

Day Shift invites us further into the world of Midnight, Texas and the characters who live there. A tiny hamlet near Davy, Midnight has lots of boarded up storefronts and only a few people living there. There’s Fiji a self proclaimed witch who owns the store The Inquiring Mind, Manfred, still fairly new to the town, a telephone psychic, Bobo who owns the pawnbrokers, Olivia some kind of superhero fighter woman and Lemuel the emotion draining vampire. There’s also Joe and Chuy a gay couple who might perhaps be angels. Then there’s Madonna, Teacher and their baby who seem to be normal and the Rev who nobody knows quite what he is. There’s also the return of some of the characters from the Sookie Stackhouse series as well!

Manfred finds himself in a spot of bother in Day Shift when one of his clients dies during a private reading. Accused of stealing her jewellery by her psycho son, and suspected of potentially murdering the woman, Manfred has to rely on his friends in the town to help him out of this mess, even if their methods are a little unconventional.

I’m getting rather addicted to this series and looking forward to getting straight into Night Shift the final book in this trilogy series.

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris. Review

Midnight Crossroad is the first in Charlaine Harris’ new series Midnight Texas. The town of Midnight is grateful for the Crossroad as it drives business from outsiders into the tiny hamlet. With only a nail bar, Gas station, diner, pawnbrokers and magic shop, the town is quiet with only a few residents, well known to each other. Manfred Bernardo an Internet psychic moves into the town and soon discovers that there’s something a little unusual about the townsfolk.

I really loved the concept of this novel, supernatural people all living together in a little hamlet, disturbed by white supremacy is about what sums it up which sounds ridiculous but it works!

I loved all the characters, some of them are open about their supernatural powers like Fiji the witch, while others like the Rev and Bobo are yet to be revealed, although I already have my suspicions. I am a huge fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series and Charlaine Harris does not disappoint with this latest series!