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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!

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Into The Thinnest of Air by Simon R Green. Review.

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Simon R Green for my ARC of Into the Thinnest of Air which is Book 5 in the Ishmael Jones series.

Penny and Ishmael are off to a fancy dinner with some of Penny’s father’s friends in Cornwall. Having just acquired The Castle, an inn fraught with rumour of the supernatural, Albert & Olivia are hosting a dinner party to be staged exactly like the one where hundreds of years ago, the innkeeper killed all his diners because of voices he was hearing in his head.

But things start to go wrong when one by one, the guests are picked off and disappear, but only when left alone. Most of them think the explanation lies within the supernatural world of ghosts and bogeymen, but Ishmael just isn’t convinced…

What I absolutely adore about the Ishmael Jones series is something I can’t really put my finger on. But since reading book 3 last year I’ve been hooked. I’ve tried to describe them to my partner but I get as far as ‘well it’s about an alien who has become a sort of detective in the human world’ and then realise I’m not doing it justice.

So all I can suggest is reading them for yourselves to really get the feel of why they’re so great, they’re such easy reads, designed to be devoured in one sitting. They’re funny, I love the relationship between Penny and Ishmael, I love that Ishmael can do loads of cool stuff because he’s an alien, but I also love that Penny, a human woman can also kick ass! I really need to get the 1st and 2nd Books read now.

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Review

A unique blend of historical and fantasy fiction. The Lie Tree is one of a kind.

Faith and her family are moving to the island of Vane so that her father the Reverend Erasmus Sunderly can consult on a new archeological dig. To most people Faith seems shy and demure but inside she is burning with questions about the world and in particular science.

But when her father’s body is discovered Faith can not accept the ruling of suicide or accidental death, so she begins her own investigation and uncovers her father’s biggest secret; The Lie Tree.

The Tree feeds off lies and in return reveals secrets. Faith sees it as an opportunity to discover the secrets of her father’s death, but doesn’t realise she is putting herself into the same kind of danger.

A cross between a Victorian Murder mystery and a YA fantasy series. A truly brilliant piece of fiction which brings brand new ideas to the table.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Review

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Holly Black for my ARC of The Cruel Prince. If there’s anything in this world I love, its stories about fairies. Growing up I was obsessed with them, I had collections of picture books and of course the staple fairy book; The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker. My favourite film was Fairytale A True Story and I was convinced that I would be able to see them. Because I truly believed, and that’s all you need right? If you believe in Fairies, you’ll see them.

Holly Black follows in the footsteps of her friend Cassandra Clare in that her Fairies are not the sprightly, sweet, pink wearing Flower Fairies of Cicely Mary Barker’s compendiums. Instead they are dark, the Seelie and Unseelie courts, Lords and Ladies of Misrule, tempting humans into slavery with their narcotic spiked fruits, ensorcelling them with their commands and dark magic. That’s exactly what kind of world Jude and her sister Taryn walk into when their older sister Vivienne’s fairy Dad walks back into their lives and takes them to live in Faerie.

Jude has a lot to contend with, not only does she need to protect herself and her sister from the charms of the fey, she has also found an enemy in Prince Cardan, the youngest and cruelest prince who seems to be doing his best to make Jude’s life a misery.

But there are bigger players in this game, a game much larger and more complicated than child’s play. Somehow, Jude finds herself right in the middle of it. With everything to lose, she’s everything to play.

Dark, dangerous and deliciously deceitful. The Cruel Prince is an outstanding first novel in what I think will become an addictively good series.

Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor. Review

As a rule I’m not a huge fan of short stories or novellas. But as far as I’m concerned Lips Touch Three Times is one of the best set of stories I have ever read. Better even than some of the full novels I’ve read!

Starting with Goblin Fruit Laini Taylor takes us on a Journey with a girl who doesn’t know she’s beautiful, dark and mysterious. But the goblins do. And the goblins are watching, waiting for the right moment to pluck her like a juicy piece of fruit.

Spicy Little Curses sees a demon and an ambassador to Hell, squabble over a terrible curse and hundreds of lives at stake, but will true love save the day?

Finally, in my personal favourite, and the longest story in the book, Hatchling takes the reader on a journey to Russia and the soulless Druj, one in particular who is desperate to restore his mortality.

All three stories were unputdownable. Mysterious, interesting and thought provoking, not to mention one of best writing styles I’ve ever come across, consistent as always with Laini Taylor’s writing, she really is something else!

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 Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart. Review

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Martin Stewart for my ARC of The Sacrifice Box.

First off let me give a trigger warning to potential readers that lots of animals die in this book which was quite upsetting (for me) and might be for you.

It’s the late 70s and a group of friends on an island near New York City, are spending the summer together. Thrown together by chance, a broken arm, friends at camp etc. Sep, Arkle, Lamb, Hadley and Mack uncover a mysterious box in the woods. Driven by a waking dream experienced by Sep, they decide to make sacrifices to the box to seal their friendship.

Fast forward to 1982 and the five friends are no longer friends. When school started again, Sep earned himself the nickname ‘septic’ getting bullied by those he once made a pact of friendship with. He’s also thinking of going to boarding school on the mainland. The others have their own lives and own worries. That is until the box is disturbed and terrible things begin to happen and the friends are thrown back together again.

This book was first and foremost very weird. It jumped around quite a lot and I can’t say I’ve come away from it knowing what happened or making any sense of it. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I just didn’t get it. There seemed to be good storylines that pinged along and never came to anything and to be honest most of it was just really, really sad. I may have felt this way because I really don’t like reading about animals dying, especially if said animals, die because they’re trying to protect humans. So maybe that ruined it for me. But I don’t know, maybe I don’t get horror either as I’m not really a horror fan!

This book also smacked of Stephen King’s Stand By Me a bit too much for my liking which made it feel a bit replicated.

However, despite all that, I did read until the end so there must have been something keeping me going with it!