May 2018 Book Haul

Hi guys,

So I’m a few days late with this one as I had a couple of things on the blog, and today (Monday) is a bank holiday here too so I just didn’t get a chance to do up the post until now.

*For any of you who don’t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books, ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

So without further ado, here are the books that I’ve added to my shelves and Kindle over the last month:

  1. Pressure by Betsy Reavley
  2. Lorali by Laura Dockrill
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas*
  4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas*
  5. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas*
  6. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Shattermoon by Dominic Dulley
  8. Adrift by Rob Boffard
  9. The Island by M. A. Bennett
  10. Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
  11. The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
  12. The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
  13. The Dying Detective by Leif G. W. Persson
  14. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  15. 84K by Claire North
  16. Safe by Ryan Gattis
  17. The Call by Peadar O’Guilín
  18. The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
  19. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  20. The Endless King by Dave Rudden
  21. Noirville Anthology by Various
  22. Problems by Jade Sharma
  23. Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
  24. Rhyming Rings by David Gemmell
  25. Hidden by Emma Kavanagh
  26. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  27. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
  28. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  29. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  30. After He’s Gone by Jane Isaac
  31. Absolution by Paul Hardisty
  32. The Party by Elizabeth Day
  33. The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg
  34. The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  35. The Gods of Love by Nicola Mostyn
  36. Dead is Better by Jo Perry
  37. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
  38. You Saw Too Much by Adam icholls and Jay Nadel
  39. The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson
  40. Cause To Kill by Blake Pierce
  41. The Priest of Blood by Douglas Clegg
  42. Trust No One by Anthony Mosawi
  43. The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven
  44. This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan
  45. Bermuda by Robert Enright
  46. First We Make The Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
  47. The Devil’s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch
  48. Pond Scum by Michael Lilly
  49. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  50. World After by Susan Ee
  51. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
  52. What She Left by T. R. Richmond
  53. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  54. Unrest by Jesper Stein
  55. A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon
  56. Broken Bones by Angela Marsons
  57. Seven Bridges by LJ Ross

 

 

 

 

 

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So, there you have it. A bigger haul than usual, but some beautiful books in there. Have you read any? Would you read any? Do let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

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Recent Reads~Rapid Reviews

Hi everyone,

So, I’m back with another Recent Reads Rapid Reviews post. I’ve not posted many reviews lately, even though there has been plenty of other bits and pieces on here. It made sense to carry on with this feature as it’s the only way I can get some mini-reviews done for what I’ve been reading lately.

Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone

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A little lie … a seismic secret … and the cracks are beginning to show…

In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, where a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery.
On a clandestine trip to new volcanic island The Inch, to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body, and makes the fatal decision to keep their affair, and her discovery, a secret. Desperate to know how he died, but also terrified she’ll be exposed, Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…

I love anything to do with volcanoes, and if you add in murder, I am sold. I picked this one up after a run of not so good books, and I ended up reading pretty much the whole thing in one day. Doug Johnstone has a great writing style and Fault Lines is no different. It is a cleverly re-imagined crime thriller, but nature takes centre stage due to the fact there is a volcano in Scotland. I really enjoyed the escapism with Fault Lines. I had suspicions early on, but that in no way took away from my enjoyment of the book. It is a really good read packed with plenty of intrigue and secrets. Recommended for sure!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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**A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?**

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.

When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune – and control of the OASIS itself.

Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on – and the only way to survive is to win.

Why oh why did I leave this languishing on my kindle for so long?! Even my husband, who doesn’t read that much, read it before me! I picked this up when I was in need of something different, and boy did it sing to my 80’s, geek-loving heart. John Hughes references, music I love and gaming references, what wasn’t there to love with this book?! I was hooked immediately, and I read it at every available opportunity. There wasn’t a thing I didn’t enjoy with Ready Player One. As soon as I had finished it, I wanted to go back and read it again, and that rarely happens to me with books! Highly recommended!

Trunk Music by Michael Connelly

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Harry Bosch is back at the LAPD in Homicide after disciplinary leave. But his first case proves to be one of the most difficult.

In the wooded hills overlooking the Hollywood Bowl, he opens the trunk of a white Rolls-Royce and finds a corpse. It looks like a simple case of Trunk Music – the execution style of the Mafia where the victim is shot in his own vehicle – but the victim is LA movie producer Tony Aliso, and the mob weren’t the only ones after him.

Bosch finds himself up against the FBI – and back in the arms of a beautiful ex-felon. It’s starting to look like Harry’s first case back in Homicide is in danger of being his last . . .

Continuing my re-read of the Harry Bosch series and Trunk Music was another great read. I am really enjoying this series, more so now that I am reading it in the correct order. The thing that stands out in these books is Connelly’s ability to create characters that are so well-written that you can’t help but become immersed in their stories. Trunk Music is a prime example of this. Bringing back an earlier character works really well here, and it really adds to the tension of the book as a whole. I can’t recommend these books highly enough!

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

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Five years ago, Geo’s first love was revealed as a terrifying serial killer.

But he escaped custody and went on the run.

Now, bodies have started turning up, killed in exactly the same way as before.

The message is clear: he’s making his way to her, one murder at a time…

Last but not least, Jar of Hearts. This was a really gripping book for so many reasons. Clever plotting, emotive scenes and great writing made this an interesting read. I loved Geo as a character, and I really felt for her in some parts of the book. This is a book for lovers of the serial killer thriller genre, because that is exactly what it is. There is a lot going on in Jar of Hearts, but it all weaves together beautifully. Highly recommended if you want a fast-paced thriller!

And that’s it for now. I have more reviews to do, some for blog tours, and some Netgalley reads as well. I will be raving about To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo and Furyborn by Claire Legrand sooooooooooon 🙂

January 2018 Book Haul

Hey everyone,

It’s book haul time 🙂

For any of you who don’t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books, ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

  1. The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
  2. The Primrose Path by Rebecca Griffiths
  3. The Game by Tom Wood
  4. The Dinner by Herman Koch
  5. Close To Home by Cara Hunter
  6. Die Last by Tony Parsons
  7. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  8. Punishment by Scott J. Holliday
  9. Nightblind US edition by Ragnar Jónasson
  10. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
  11. Past Echoes by Graham Smith
  12. Anaconda Vice by James Stansfield
  13. White Midnight by Daniel Culver
  14. Body & Soul by John Harvey
  15. I Still Dream by James Smythe
  16. Obscura by Joe Hart
  17. The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty
  18. Blunt Force Magic by Lawrence Davis
  19. Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb
  20. Our House by Louise Candlish
  21. The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste
  22. Furyborn by Claire Legrand
  23. Stateline by  Dave Stanton
  24. Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
  25. A Breath After Drowning by Alice Blanchard
  26. Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker
  27. Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
  28. Those That Remain by Rob Ashman
  29. Coldmaker by Daniel A. Cohen
  30. Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
  31. King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist
  32. The Fandom by Anna Day
  33. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
  34. My Name is Nobody by Matthew Richardson

How good was I in January!? 🙂 Only 34 books, and I’ve already managed to read TEN of them!

 

Have you read any of the books on the list? Would you?!

Do let me know in the comments!

Until next time… 🙂

 

Recent Reads ~ Rapid Reviews

Hi everyone,

So I’m back with another Recent Reads Rapid Reviews post. I’ve been crap at reviewing lately so I’m about twenty-odd reviews behind. It made sense to bring back this feature as it’s the only way I can get some mini-reviews done for what I’ve been reading lately.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that my lovely uncle passed away recently after a brief illness, so the blog and reviewing has been the furthest thing from my mind. I’ve been reading as a way to keep my mind off the sadness and grief, so I have quite a few of these to do. Plus some from late last year, so I’ll be posting a few Recent Reads, Rapid Reviews posts in the coming week or two, so bear with me 🙂

Mira

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary, bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend.

It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a tragedy; others have called it a hoax.

Now, a new crew has been assembled to investigate. And they’ll discover that whatever is down there is definitely no joke . . .

I really enjoyed Into The Drowning Deep. Its not something I would have picked up myself (Thanks to Nazia @ Orbit) but it was a fun read. If cannibalistic mermaids is your thing, then you’ll love this one. I found myself glued to this book, possibly in a car-crash sense of the word in that you know no good can come of being deep underwater with these creatures and its only a matter of time before people start disappearing! Escapism abound in this one, it definitely kept me reading!

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It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward – one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class has held control over planets and systems for centuries and they are not going to give up their power willingly, especially not to a teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who they consider nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis knows she will protect Tyrus at any cost; he is the love of her life and they are partners in this new beginning. But she also knows she can’t protect him by being the killing machine she once was. Instead she will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire – or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne… they might lose their lives.

*Read The Diabolic before you read The Empress!

This is a great follow up to the events of The Diabolic. I had been eager to read this one and I wasn’t disappointed. Full of action, some seriously shady characters, and more twists that I was expecting, it kept me reading compulsively. It is YA, but with the corruption and politics, it could easily be general fantasy. Highly readable, but just make sure you read book 1 first so you’re not lost!

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Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear. It looks like Harry’s many sins – corruption, greed, betrayal – have finally caught up with him.

An hour later the intruder, JP Carney, hands himself in, confessing to the assault. The police have a victim, a suspect in custody and an eye-witness account, but Julie remains troubled.

Has Carney’s surrender really been driven by a guilty conscience or is this confession the first calculated move in a deadly game?

I read The Confession fairly quickly. Its an Irish psychological thriller with a highly divisive set of characters. I found myself compelled to read the book at every opportunity, and its definitely an interesting read. It covers some of the financial history that we have lived through as well which you’ll appreciate (maybe wrong choice of word, but you know what I mean!) if you’re Irish like me!

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The police think Crystal Heathers isn’t missing.

The trainee detective assigned to the case isn’t so sure.

McAvoy thinks someone was being held at the derelict building where they just found a body pinned to the wall…and that all the signs point to it being a little girl.

But why would anyone not report a kidnapping?

And how far would someone go to get revenge?

The case will test McAvoy to breaking point – as the crimes of the present lead him to a final violent confrontation with an enemy from his own past.

My first meeting with DS McAvoy and it will definitely not be my last. I raced through this one, eager to see what was going to happen and where the author would take us. I wasn’t prepared for just how invested I would get in the characters fates. Excellent plot, great characters, what’s not to love! I will definitely be reading the previous books in the series, as well as recommending David Mark to anyone who will listen!

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Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.

This was a spur of the moment ‘I want to read a book from my personal TBR’ decision, and Morrie has been on there for long enough. I find it hard to read books that are like this, and I’m pretty sure if I had read it in the past couple of weeks I would have been an emotional wreck, but not this time. Yes its a sad story, knowing the ending is inevitable, but it didn’t really do much for me emotionally. It was a bittersweet book, short but with plenty of little life lessons. It’s only the second Mitch Albom book I’ve read, but if I had to choose, The Five People You Meet in Heaven was more resonant. Still though, I liked reading about Morrie!

 

Ok, I think I’ll stop there, because I still have another 8 books to go and I do’t want to overload the post, haha!

Hopefully there is something in here you might read! 🙂

See you again soon with another Recent Reads Rapid Reviews post!

Happy reading!

December 2017 Book Haul

Hey everyone,

It’s the first day of 2018, and that means it’s book haul time 🙂

For any of you who don’t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books (a LOT of bought books), ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

I’m not going to beat around the bush, here’s a list of what I added to my shelves in December:

  1. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
  2. Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates
  3. Brain Damage by J. A. St.  Thomas
  4. Hangman by Daniel Cole
  5. An Engineered Justice by William L. Myers Jr.
  6. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  7. Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic
  8. Vanished by Tim Weaver
  9. Fever by Deon Meyer
  10. The Mountain by Luca D’Andrea
  11. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
  12. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  13. The Treatment by C. L. Taylor
  14. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
  15. Blame by Jeff Abbott
  16. The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
  17. Contagion by Teri Terry
  18. Stags by M. A. Bennett
  19. The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver
  20. Cold Blood by Robert  Bryndza
  21. Perfect Prey by Helen  Fields
  22. The Midnight Lie by Lee Child
  23. Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
  24. Say Nothing by Brad Parker
  25. Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson
  26. City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
  27. The Wolf by Leo Carew
  28. You Were Made For This by Michelle Sacks
  29. The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson
  30. Don’t Make A Sound by David Jackson
  31. Slow Horses by Mick Herron
  32. Dark Skies by LJ Ross
  33. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling and Jim Kay  (illustrated version)
  34. A Known Evil by Aidan Conway
  35. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  36. The Long Drop by Denise Mina
  37. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
  38. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
  39. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
  40. Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch
  41. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
  42. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  43. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  44. House of Beauty by Melba Escobar
  45. Freefall by Adam Hamdy

And there you have it. 45 books isn’t too bad i the grand scheme of things I guess! Haha! Here’s a small selection of the books:

 

Have you read any of the books on my list?? Would you read any? Do let me know in the comments below!

Happy New Year 🙂

My Favourite Reads of 2017~Part 2~Series

Hi everyone,

Following on from this morning’s Favourite Reads of 2017 post, in this one I’ll be sharing the #booklove for books read as part of a series. Not all of the books in this list were published in 2017, but I did read them all this year, so that totally counts, right?! 🙂

As with before, and in no particular order, here are the books in a series that I read and enjoyed over the course of 2017…

High Force (DCI Ryan 5) by L. J. Ross

Cragside: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 6)

This is a series that is going from strength to strength with every new book. I love DCI Ryan, and these books are always bumped to the top of the TBR. A great series, excellent characters and totally worth checking out. (FYI, the newest, Dark Skies, was published yesterday!)

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Hope To Die by David Jackson

I find it difficult trying to say how much I enjoy David Jackson’s books because I can never do them justice. Packed with a great cast of characters, a tense and gripping plot, Hope To Die was an excellent second instalment in the DS Nathan Cody series. A Tapping at my Door (the first book) is well worth adding to your TBR!

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A Room Full of Killers is another brilliant installment in the DCI Matilda Darke series. This one focuses on Starling House and its inmates, young murderers. When one of the inmates is murdered, Darke and her team are called to investigate. What follows is a nail-biting, fast-paced and very twisted tale. Interspersed with chapters from the inmates of Starling House, A Room Full of Killers is Michael Wood’s darkest book yet. I LOVED it!!!!

Black Echo

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

An oldie, but a goodie next. I decided to go back to the start with Harry Bosch this year. Corruption, conspiracy and so much more take place in The Black Echo. I had forgotten how good Connelly is at creating such a strong plot. Whilst it moves at a slower pace, nothing is out-of-place, there is no padding. The whole story fits together effortlessly and is supported with an excellent cast of characters. A series I will always recommend, especially for the crime fans.

The Liar

The Liar by Steve Cavanagh

I honestly cannot recommend The Liar highly enough. There aren’t enough superlatives in my vocabulary to vocalise how much I enjoy these books. Addictive, thrilling, massively fun, you won’t be disappointed picking up The Liar, or the previous two books either!!!

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Freefall (Pendulum Trilogy #2) by Adam Hamdy

Corruption, subterfuge, murder are all present in Freefall. But it’s the little intricacies like levels of trust, networks (both people and technology) and lies that weave this book into the expertly crafted web the reader has to pick through. Every time I thought I knew something, I was told something different. The authors sleight of hand is immense in Freefall. Adam Hamdy makes the reader look one side, while he’s creating something dangerous on the other, which means the tension is ramped up completely!

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I absolutely devoured these three books. I didn’t write full reviews for them, but you can catch my thoughts on the three of them by clicking the links below the pictures. This was not a genre I was used to but I am here for it after reading these books!!! 🙂 (See next set of books LOL!)

Shadow and Bone Siege and Storm Ruin and Rising

As above, no full reviews for these three. I don’t know why they ended up with mini-reviews because I loved them all! The Grishaverse is one of my new favourite imagiary places, and I fully intend to revisit these books in the future because they completely captured my imagination from start to finish!

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Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson ~ Translated by Quentin Bates

It wouldn’t be a favourite reads post without the addition of my fave Icelander. I love Ragnar Jónasson’s books, and Whiteout was no exception!

I cannot recommend this series, and this book highly enough. Always atmospheric, often chilling and with plenty to keep the reader turning the pages, Whiteout is definitely a book to add to your TBR. The whole series is though, to be honest. If you haven’t read them, then you really should get on it!

I binge-read the three Dan Forrester books in one week, they are that compelling! I haven’t gotten my reviews written up yet, but it’s safe to say this is one of my most favourite series that I’ve read recently. Excellent characters, twisty plots and brilliant writing made these an absolute joy to read!

In The Still by Jacqueline Chadwick

Briefly Maiden by Jacqueline Chadwick

I know I mentioned Jackie’s In The Still this morning, so I’m cheating a bit here. But Briefly Maiden is the second book in the Ali Dalglish series so it merits a mention here too! I’ll just say this, If In The Still was dark, Briefly Maiden is pitch black. I can’t recommend this series highly enough, especially if you like your reads dark and disturbing!


So, that’s it. My favourite reads of 2017, over two posts, DONE!

I really hope you guys find something you like from my choices.

Thanks to each and every one of you for keeping up with Bibliophile Book Club this year.

To the authors, publishers and everyone who makes the book-world turn, you guys are the real heroes!

Keep reading 🙂

My Favourite Reads of 2017~Part 1

Hi everyone,

It’s that time of year again. CHRISTMAS!!! The trees are up, the stockings are hung, and presents are wished for. So, I’ve compiled a selection of books I’ve read throughout the year. Books I loved, books that moved me, books that captured my heart and mind completely.

BUT, there are so many of them, that I’ve decided to write two separate posts so I can fit them in. In this one, you’ll find standalone books, and in my follow up post, I’ll be chatting about books in a series!

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are some of the books that I read and loved in 2017, plus two recommendations for 2018…

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

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The format for The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is partly what made it for me. Told using alternating chapters, the reader is taken on two journeys. Samuel Hawley’s past and how he got to where he is, and the present told through Loo’s eyes. Perfectly crafted, this dual narrative barrels towards an unexpected conclusion. No spoilers in saying that, I just didn’t see where it was going. It has been over 6 months since I read this, and I still think about it.

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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One Of Us Is Lying hooked me completely from the outset. I loved the premise. Five teenagers in detention and only 4 of them make it out alive. I mean, terrible yes, but how could you not want to find out why?! And the comparisons to the seminal John Hughes classic are not unwarranted. I devoured this one, and recommend it quite regularly!

Blackwater by GJ Moffatt

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American crime fiction at its best and most gripping, Blackwater will grab you by the throat from the first chapter and won’t let go. Superb characterisation, a gripping plot and excellent writing made this a no-brainer for this list!

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

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If We Were Villains was reminiscent of Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life for me. In that, I mean that we get to see the characters, really see them, faults and all. Their highs and lows, petty dramas, competition between themselves, selfishnes and methods of self-preservation are there in all their glory. The arcs of these young, strong-willed characters takes the reader on an emotional journey, and this is where the story format really excels. It feels like you are reading a contemporary Shakespearean drama, yet it still stays true enough to the originals. it is bloody, honest and gruelling at times, but utterly rewarding to read.

Afterlife by Marcus Sakey

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Afterlife is an absolutely outstanding book! Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. It is compelling and beautiful, yet so dark at the same time. It is a mix of crime/dystopian fiction and a love story unlike any other, spanning years and worlds, with a very different antagonist. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It caught me unawares and I will be thinking about it for a long time!

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

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Tin Man is an eloquent and highly descriptive book. It is full of colourful and flowing prose, which made it a joy to read. In terms of books outside of my comfort zone, this is definitely one of those, but I am so glad I read it. Emotional but completely beautiful.

Blackwing by Ed McDonald

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Loved Blackwing! I’m new to this whole fantasy book reading thing, but I’m starting to figure out what I enjoy and Blackwing is just amazing! It has epic world-building, a damn fine main character, a band of supporting characters that is both motley and brilliant, and an absolutely insane plot!

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

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*I never actually wrote a full review for this one. I genuinely couldn’t find the words to do this book justice. I still can’t. I need to re-read it but all I know is in all its brutality, I still loved it.

I am months out from reading MAD and I am still haunted by Turtle Alveston. I can’t find the words for how much I enjoyed this book. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It is raw, visceral, disturbing and challenging, but boy is it rewarding. I don’t read books like this usually, but I am so glad I got to read MAD. It will stay with me for a long time, and I will recommend it to everyone!

Age of Assassins by RJ Barker 

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Age of Assassins thrives on its characters, with each and every one of them really well developed. Some you will love, some you will loathe, but that’s what you want isn’t it? To feel something for those whose journey you’re going along with. Add to this a great plot and plenty of action and you’ll find yourself hooked immediately!

In The Still by Jacqueline Chadwick

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In The Still is a graphic and evil crime thriller. Usually, with all of the crime books I read, I tend to read with detachment as I’ve become desensitised to violence between the pages, However, In The Still is different. It got under my skin. It made my heart pound. I was afraid to turn the pages to see what fresh hell Jackie Chadwick would unleash on her unsuspecting readers. The antagonist is so sick and twisted, yet unbelievably clever. That is what kept me hooked from beginning to end.

2018 Recommendations:

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First, I’m going to go with Luca Veste’s forthcoming book The Bone Keeper. Out in March next year, I had the pleasure of reading this in 2017 and it is absolutely brilliant.  A chilling crime read. Full of tension and with a sinister undercurrent, it will definitely get under your skin.

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In keeping with last year, I’m recommending Matt Wesolowski’s next book, Hydra. It’s another Six Stories book, and if you though Six Stories was creepy, just wait until you read Hydra. It is utterly chilling and completely compelling. You won’t be able to put it down!


Right! That is Part One of my Top Reads of 2017 done! I’ll be sharing my Top Series Read in 2017 later on today, so keep your eyes peeled for that! 🙂

Oh, and if you want to check out any of the previous years books, just click the links below to have a look:

Top 10 Books & Series Pt 1 2015

Top 10 Books & Series Pt 2 2015

Top 13 Books of 2016

Happy reading 🙂