The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais @biancam_author

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor
Bianca Marais
On Sale Date: August 23, 2022
9780778386995, 0778386996
Trade Paperback
$16.99 USD, $24.99 CAD
Fiction / Magical Realism
400 pages

About the Book:

A coven of modern-day witches. A magical heist-gone-wrong. A looming threat.Five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. All eyes turn to the witch in charge, Queenie, who confesses they’ve fallen far behind on their mortgage payments. Still, there’s hope, since the imminent return of Ruby—one of the sisterhood who’s been gone for thirty-three years—will surely be their salvation.But the mob is only the start of their troubles. One man is hellbent on avenging his family for the theft of a legacy he claims was rightfully his. In an act of desperation, Queenie makes a bargain with an evil far more powerful than anything they’ve ever faced. Then things take a turn for the worse when Ruby’s homecoming reveals a seemingly insurmountable obstacle instead of the solution to all their problems.The witches are determined to save their home and themselves, but their aging powers are no match for increasingly malicious threats. Thankfully, they get a bit of help from Persephone, a feisty TikToker eager to smash the patriarchy. As the deadline to save the manor approaches, fractures among the sisterhood are revealed, and long-held secrets are exposed, culminating in a fiery confrontation with their enemies.Funny, tender and uplifting, the novel explores the formidable power that can be discovered in aging, found family and unlikely friendships. Marais’ clever prose offers as much laughter as insight, delving deeply into feminism, identity and power dynamics while stirring up intrigue and drama through secrets, lies and sex. Heartbreaking and heart-mending, it will make you grateful for the amazing women in your life.

About the Author:

Bianca Marais cohosts the popular podcast The Sh*t No One Tells You About Writing, aimed at emerging writers. She was named the winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award for Creative Writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies in 2021. She is the author of two novels, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words and If You Want to Make God Laugh, as well as the Audible Original The Prynne Viper. She lives in Toronto with her husband and fur babies.

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Saturday, October 23rd
Half an hour before the alarm will be sounded for the first time in decades—drawing four frantic old women and a geriatric crow from all corners of the sprawling manor—Ursula is awoken by insistent knocking, like giant knuckles rapping against glass. It’s an ominous sign, to be sure. The first of many.
Trying to rid herself of the sticky cobwebs of sleep, Ursula throws back the covers, groaning as her joints loudly voice their displeasure. She’s slept in the buff, as is her usual habit, and as she pads across the room, she’s more naked than the day she was born (being, as she is, one of those rare babies who came into the world fully encased in a caul).
Upon reaching the window, the cause of the ruckus is immediately obvious to Ursula; one of the Angel Oak’s sturdy branches is thumping against her third-floor window. Strong winds whip through the tree, making it shimmy and shake, giving the impression that it’s espousing the old adage to dance like no one’s watching, a quality that rather has to be admired in a tree. Either that, or it’s trembling uncontrollably with fear.
The forest, encroaching at the garden’s boundary, looks disquieted. It hangs its head low, bowing to a master who’s ordered it to bend the knee. As the charcoal sky churns, not a bird to be seen, the trees in the wood whisper incessantly. Whether they’re secrets or warnings, Ursula can’t tell, which only unsettles her further.
That infernal billboard that the city recently erected across from the manor property—with its aggressive gigantic lettering shouting, ‘Critchley Hackle Mega Complex Coming Soon!’—snaps in the wind, issuing small cracks of thunder. A storm is on its way, that much is clear. You don’t need to have Ivy’s particular powers to know as much.
Turning her back on the ominous view, Ursula heads for the calendar to mark off another mostly sleepless night. It seems impossible that after so many of them—night upon night, strung up after each other seemingly endlessly—only two remain until Ruby’s return, upon which Ursula will discover her fate.
Either Ruby knows or she doesn’t.
And if she does know, there’s the chance that she’ll want nothing more to do with Ursula. The thought makes her breath hitch, the accompanying stab of pain almost too much to bear. The best she can hope for under the circumstances is that Ruby will forgive her, releasing Ursula from the invisible prison her guilt has sentenced her to.
Too preoccupied with thoughts of Ruby to remember to don her robe, Ursula takes a seat at her mahogany escritoire. She lights a cone of mugwort and sweet laurel incense, watching as the tendril of smoke unfurls, inscribing itself upon the air. Inhaling the sweet scent, she picks up a purple silk pouch and unties it, spilling the contents onto her palm.
The tarot cards are all frayed around the edges, worn down from countless hours spent jostling through Ursula’s hands. Despite their shabbiness, they crackle with electricity, sparks flying as she shuffles them. After cutting the deck in three, Ursula begins laying the cards down, one after the other, on top of the heptagram she carved into the writing desk’s surface almost eighty years ago.
The first card, placed in the center, is The Tower. Unfortunate souls tumble from the top of a fortress that’s been struck by lightning, flames engulfing it. Ursula experiences a jolt of alarm at the sight of it for The Tower has to signify the manor; and anything threatening their home, threatens them all.
The second card, placed above the first at the one o’clock position, can only represent Tabitha. It’s the Ten of Swords, depicting a person lying face down with ten swords buried in their back. The last time Ursula saw the card, she’d made a mental note to make an appointment with her acupuncturist, but now, following so soon after The Tower, it makes her shift nervously.
The third, fourth and fifth cards, placed at the three o’clock, four-thirty and six o’clock positions, depict a person (who must be Queenie) struggling under too heavy a load; a heart pierced by swords (signifying Ursula); and a horned beast towering above a man and woman who are shackled together (obviously Jezebel). Ursula whimpers to see so many dreaded cards clustered together.
Moving faster now, she lays out the sixth, seventh and eighth cards at the seven-thirty, nine and eleven o’ clock positions. Ursula gasps as she studies the man crying in his bed, nine swords hovering above him (which can only denote Ursula’s guilt as it pertains to Ruby); the armored skeleton on horseback (representing the town of Critchley Hackle); and the two bedraggled souls trudging barefoot through the snow (definitely Ivy). Taking in all eight sinister cards makes Ursula tremble much like the Angel Oak.
Based on the spread, Ursula absolutely should sound the alarm immediately, but she’s made mistakes in the past—lapses in judgment that resulted in terrible consequences—and so she wants to be a hundred percent certain first.
She shuffles the cards again, laying them down more deliberately this time, only to see the exact same shocking formation, the impending threat even more vivid than before. It couldn’t be any clearer if the Goddess herself had sent a homing pigeon with a memo bearing the message: Calamity is on its way! It’s knocking at the window, just waiting to be let in!
And yet, Ursula still doesn’t sound the alarm, because that’s what doubt does; it slips through the chinks in our defenses, eroding all sense of self until the only voice that should matter becomes the one that we don’t recognize anymore, the one we trust the least.
As a result of this estrangement from herself, Ursula has developed something of a compulsion, needing to triple check the signs before she calls attention to them, and so she stands and grabs her wand. She makes her way down the hallway past Ruby’s and Jezebel’s bedrooms at a bit of a clip before descending the west wing stairs.
It’s just before she reaches Ivy’s glass conservatory that Ursula breaks out into a panicked run.

Excerpted from The Witches of Moonshyne Manor @ 2022 by Bianca Marais, used with permission by MIRA Books.

Camp Death by Jim Ody QMP Horror Blog Tour (QMP Book #1) @Jim_Ody_Author @QuestionPress @zooloo2008 Hashtags #CampDeath #QMPHorror #QuestionMarkPress #ZooloosBookTours

About the Book:

The place had a gruesome past that nobody wanted to talk about…Camp Deathe is now a great place to spend the summer. Ritchie soon finds a group of outsiders like himself. Teenagers who ignore the organised activities, and bunk off in the old abandoned cabins deep in the woods. The cabins that have a history.The campfire monster stories were meant to just scare them. Nobody expected them to come true. Then one of the teenagers disappears in the middle of the night.Something is watching them. It hides in the woods and hunts at night.Ritchie will have to uncover the secrets of the camp and understand his own problems in order to survive.

Camp Death is Book 1 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.Check out Book 2 – Ouija by Zoe-Lee O’Farrell

Both books are available in paperback now!

About the Author:

Jim writes dark psychological/thrillers, Horror and YA books that have endings you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written over a dozen novels and many more short-stories spanning many genres.
Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife, three beautiful children and two indignant cats in Swindon, Wiltshire UK.


Then Sophie came down wearing an outfit of a small blue vest and shorts.
“Twerp!” she said ruffling his hair because she knew he hated it. 
“Chill out, little bro!”
“Why are you wearing toddler’s clothes?” He grinned. He had a mouthful of scrambled egg that almost fell out behind the remark.
“Why are you such a loser?” He stopped smiling. She found it easy to be horrible to him. He didn’t have a comeback and that annoyed him all the more.
His parents ignored them. They were used to this normal interaction of siblings, and saying anything made little or no difference anyway. They may as well speak to them in Korean for all the good it would do.
“What do you want, Sophe?” Their Mum asked, ignoring them like a true professional.
His sister looked over at the food and unconsciously touched her stomach with her right-hand. “I’m not that hungry,” she said, and Ritchie knew she was lying.
His dad glanced at his mum, and she sighed before answering, “Come on, love. We talked about this, didn’t we? You need your energy.” She was already handing over a plateful of food to her.
Sophie huffed, and grabbed the plate. “Fine. It’s not fair!”
“Life gets worse!” his dad said, but Sophie had already retreated from the kitchen and was disappearing back up to her room.
“We’re leaving in an hour!” his mum called up the stairs just before they heard her bedroom door slam.
His dad rolled his eyes.
“It’s going to be a big few days…” she said but quickly looked away.
Ritchie was still thinking about what his dad had said. If his mum had said last night that life was worse at his sister’s age, and now his dad was saying when you’re older it’s even worse, then what the hell was there to look forward to? he wondered.
As if reading his mind, his mum sat down and said, “You’ll have fun this week, Ritchie. Give you a fresh new outlook on life.”
“This week?” he said. “I thought it was only a few days?”
“Five days is a few days,” His dad added, still scrolling through the news on his tablet, and slurping coffee.
“Not really,” Ritchie replied, his voice raised to a whine, but he knew his argument was futile.
“Are you okay about… Kelly?” His mum asked carefully. Then she looked over at his dad. “I know how inseparable you two are!” His dad nodded in agreement. It seemed like news travelled fast.
Suddenly the food became harder to swallow. “Sure,” was all he could manage. His head was down and he was chasing a couple of baked beans around his plate. He wished he was small enough to hide behind them.
“Oh,” his mum said, detecting the change in atmosphere. This was what he hated

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The House on the Water’s Edge by C.E. Rose @CazEngland. @zooloosblogtours

About the Book:

Ali is a new mum, struggling to cope. Starved of sleep, plagued with phantoms and fears from childhood, she is a woman on the edge, light years from the polished professional barrister she has worked so hard to become.
Then her mother dies, suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving Ali an orphan. Haunted by the loss of both her parents, Ali cannot get her mother’s last words out of her head: ‘There is something I need to tell you…’

Heading back to the Norfolk Broads to sort her mother’s things, Ali is plunged into childhood memories of her picture-perfect summers on the river. But as she starts to uncover long-buried secrets, she is drawn into a dark web that threatens to destroy all she thought she knew about her family – and her very sanity. Ali is forced to decide: how much does she really want to know?

About the Author:

Caroline England, who writes as C.E. Rose, is a psychological thriller writer living in Manchester. She likes to write multi-layered, dark and edgy domestic suspense stories that delve into complicated relationships, secrets, lies, loves and the moral grey area. She admits to a slight obsession with the human psyche, what goes on behind closed doors and beneath people’s façades. She also enjoys performing a literary sleight of hand in her novels and hopefully surprising her readers.

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My Review.

After The House of Hidden Secrets, I actually said “Yes! Another book by C.E. Rose” when Zooloo’s Book Tours offered me a chance to be on the blog tour for this because the previous novel made such an impression on me.

Ali is a new mother and struggling with her reality. She had her mother in her life until recently when she passed away in a tragic car accident.

With her mother’s last words “I have something I need to tell you” in her head and heart, she wonders how to move forward.

She finds herself on a quest back to the house on the Norfolk Broads. What was her mother wanting to tell her?

C.E. Rose has done it again. The House on the Water’s Edge is full of suspense. There are a lot of twists although the pace is slow in the beginning. It does pick up but it’s a generally slow thriller but in a good way as I was liking lingering over the words and getting caught up in the story.

I really enjoy domestic thrillers like this where the new mother is trying to move her life forward, any thriller relating to family at all. Her relationship with her sister is good despite some awkwardness and I was glad they had each other.

This was not gory in any way and it was gripping. The house is the perfect setting as are the Norfolk Broads in the way they are described, although I have never been to that area of England.

For some, it may be disconcerting that some parts of the plot are not really wrapped up by the end.

As a writer, I know that this is sometimes intentional as a technique to let the writer make of things as they will. It creates suspense and makes my mind wander and create ways things maybe could have been wrapped up. I personally like it rather than having things handed to me on a silver platter as it were.

I like to let my imagination run wild and keep the suspense and mystery going.

Thanks to C.E. Rose and Zooloo’s Book Tours for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

5 stars

Earth 101: Time to Run by Emmae Church @EmmaeChurch @zooloo2008 #zooloosbooktours

About the Book:

A missing girl. A world of secrecy. A quest to expose the truth.
Jayne knows they’re gone, but no one else will acknowledge what’s happening.
One by one, they’re systematically erased from existence. No explanations. No missing person’s reports. No search parties.
Something sinister is afoot. Jayne can feel it in her bones. But uncovering the truth will prove difficult, especially when she discovers who and what is behind the devious plot.
As she searches for answers, she grapples with the lingering effects of a head injury, an unexpected forbidden romance, and a strange new reality that changes everything.
Will she uncover the truth, or will she be the next innocent victim?

About the Author:

Earth 101 is the debut novel from Emae Church, an emerging author, based in the South-West of England, who enjoys the adventure of life with two lovely children, when not saving the worldFollow her at:Website:

Earth 101 is the debut novel from Emae Church, an emerging author, based in the South-West of England, who enjoys the adventure of life with two lovely children, when not saving the world

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My Review:

Earth 101: Time to Run introduces us to Jayne, a high school student who is shocked to find that some girls in her class go missing. She is the only one who notices them and everyone thinks she’s crazy.

She has to fight against what people think of her and also decide what she’s going to do.

She feels like she can’t trust anybody and then she meets Aiden. He is from the planet Korudaz. I enjoyed seeing their friendship develop and I was anticipating more. Will they be more than friends?

This is a novel about friends, enemies and high school life with a difference. It is a portrait of what happens when you have two different races (Human and alien) in the same place.

It is enjoyable science-fiction and something different.

It is original and I like the twists and turns the plot took. I did think that the terminology and worldbuilding was good, but that there were too many pieces of terminology that I didn’t understand and there were too many different worlds.
I couldn’t keep track of them all.

The good thing is that there were very unique characters and it was a joy to follow them through the story. The writing style is action packed and well thought out. I would love to find another book from Emmae Church in the future. This is a great debut novel.

Thanks to Emmae Church and Zooloo’s Book Tours for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

4 stars

The Secret Mage by Rececca Jaycox @rebeccajaycox@AelurusPublish @zooloo2008.

About the Book:

Some secrets are too deadly to keep, some bloodlines too powerful to contain …
Reggie Lang might only be seventeen, but she’s had to grow up fast. Losing a father as a baby made things hard enough, but when her mom turned to alcohol for refuge, Reggie had to hold things together. She still does. If only she could escape it all …
When the other kids at school start calling her a freak, things only get tougher. What’s worse, she worries they’re right. Reggie shouldn’t be able to bring dead creatures back to life but somehow she can? If it wasn’t for her ride-or-die best friend, she’d have completely lost it by now.
When a mysterious man invades Reggie’s dreams, is it just another sign that she’s falling apart? He claims he’s her guardian – that he’s from another world. He tells her that her father’s killer is there …
… and that now an evil mage is gunning for her, destroying anything in his way.
Reggie’s always wanted to escape her life, but not like this. Does she really have to run to protect the people she loves? Who will take care of her mom? The man in her dreams says he’ll teach her about magic and protect her. That he’ll send someone he trusts to collect her. That her blood makes her powerful. It’s a hard choice, but ultimately protecting her mom is worth anything.
The magic-saturated world she discovers might be full of wonders, but the horrors are worse than she could have imagined. Can the man sent to guide her really protect her, or is the sign of his slavery an omen of what will happen to her?
Reggie will be pushed to her limits as she attempts her treacherous journey, struggling to adapt to a strange new world and learning to wield her powers. The Dark Mage isn’t easily evaded. He rules this world with a bloody fist. Because it’s blood he’s after—Reggie’s blood. And avoiding capture might just be the toughest thing Reggie has ever faced.

About the Author:

Rebecca Jaycox grew up in the tiny town of Berryman, which borders the Mark Twain National Forest and the Courtois River about 70 miles south of St. Louis. The beautiful landscape fed her imagination, and she began writing stories at age 10 and never stopped. Always seeking adventure, Rebecca moved to France after she graduated college with a journalism degree to teach English at a French high school. Bitten by the travel bug, she has recently visited Italy, Greece, Austria, Spain, and finally made it to her bucket-list destination of Istanbul last summer. Rebecca now lives in New York City with her husband, Gregory. She enjoys reading and writing fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction. 

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Chapter 2

Deep in the forest behind the small city of Porth, a shimmering patch of air stretched between two large oak trees. The trees were gnarled and ancient, their curved branches framing a makeshift doorway. It was like looking into a muted, two-way mirror. On one side was the normal forest, awake and alive with nocturnal creatures feeding and being fed upon. The other side of the mirror reflected a similar image.
With one striking exception. 
Standing on the other side was a tall man; his hard stare trained in the direction of Porth, which lay in the valley below. He stretched out a hand to reach through the shimmer and a thunderous boom echoed through the forest, followed by the sound of sizzling flesh. Blue energy crackled from the indention of the man’s handprint in the barrier. Smoke trickled from his fingers.
“The magic holds,” the man murmured.
He turned and flicked his fingers. A young man appeared next to him, standing above the older man’s impressive height. Moonlight illuminated his bronze skin and eyes of deep jade. Black hair hung past slightly pointed ears. He wore a gold collar with tiny figures performing acts of labor carved into the metal.
The older man surveyed the younger. He gestured for him to put his hand through the doorway. With a slight hesitation, the young man cautiously touched the surface. The barrier sighed as energy parted, allowing his long fingers to meet the air of Reggie’s world.
“Now is the time, Asher, when I demand payment in full,” the older man said. “I personally took you out of the House for my own, educated you, saved you from the Pits that are fitting to traitors’ children. Without me, you’d be wasting away in some mine, waiting to die.” He added weight to his next words: “You can finally be free; your family can be free if you complete a task for me.”
Asher’s eyes narrowed in doubt. “All the debt, Master? All of my family, not just me? I want things spelled out clearly.” Andrius Drake, Master of the Mages Council and head of the Military of Two Cities, wasn’t known for his mercy.
“Yes, all. This task is very important to me. If you can complete it, I’ll free all of your family,” he repeated. “And restore a place in society for you.”
“What do you need me to do?” Asher said.
“Don’t look so concerned. I’m not asking you to kill anyone.” Andrius reached into the pocket of his traveling cloak and pulled out a plain gold locket and handed it to Asher.
Asher took the locket and opened it. Inside was a photo of a young girl, pretty, with brown eyes and long brown hair. Not so much a girl as a young woman; she wasn’t much younger than Asher. He traced the picture with his thumb.
“Lovely, isn’t she?” Andrius observed, looking at the photo with Asher. “Now, I’ve done my best to beat that irritating morality from you, but you insist on clinging to your guilt, so you’ll be happy to know I don’t want you to hurt her.”
Asher broke his gaze from the picture. “You don’t?”
“No, she’s very important to me.

Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: Free Kindle Book Haul

When I checked my email, I was happy to find an email from Sylvia Price, an author whose class I loved on the recent summit by Emma Dhesi.

With it being Mother’s Day in the US and other countries, she’s offering her book The Crystal Scent Inn free on Amazon today. I immediately downloaded it.

Then, I searched for free books in the Kindle section of Amazon.

Here’s what I downloaded by category:

Self Help

Shyness: How to Overcome Shyness by Sofia Price . I was a shy child and now as a confident adult I am curious to find out what this is like so I can post it on my blog and help others.

Overthinking: How to Stop Worrying by Johnathan Lee Mindset Editions. I am a terrible over-thinker, so got this.

Women’s Fiction

Silent Cry by Jenny O’ Brien

The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall

Sisters (Sun Valley Sisters book 1) by Kellie Coates Gilbert

The House on the Beach by Linda Barrett

Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson

Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl book 1 by Bernice Bloom

The Second Chance Inn by Susan Hatler

Wind Chime Café book 1 by Sophie Moss

What Happens in New York by Kristina Adams

A Single Step book 1 by Georgia Rose

The Redesigned Ranch by Liz Isaacson

Elly in Bloom: A Novel by Colleen Oakes

The Davenports by Kelly Moore

Father Found: The Daddy School by Judith Arnold

Her Best Match: A Sweet Billionaire Romance by Tammie Dearen

After having finished a paranormal romance for Camp NaNoWriMo, I downloaded some paranormal books

Paranormal/ Cozy Mystery

The Imperfect Psychic by Ashley King

Wysteria Witches: Witch Cozy Mystery book 1 by Angela Pepper

Bakeries and Bones by Nic Roberts

Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

Science Fiction:

Girl from the Stars by Cheree Alsop

Willow Weeps by Louise Worthington

About the Book:

A secret is a lie in the making.
A charming divorcee and his young daughter. The promise of a new life – together as a family, in an apartment in a historic building.  A fresh start – or the key to a nightmare?
Who will Willow believe – a young offender, or the love of her life?
Page-turning and emotional, Willow Weeps is the gripping new thriller from the author of Rachel’s Garden and The Entrepreneur. 

Where to Buy:

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About the Author:

Born in Cheshire, England, Louise studied literature at the University of Essex. As a teenager she read until the small hours, enjoying the darker worlds conjured by Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier.
Louise is the author of the bestseller, Rachel’s Garden, another psychological thriller and Distorted Days which Kirkus Review described as ‘a formidable work.’  Her chilling blend of the lyrical and the dark is themost gripping in her thrillers and horror.
Twitter: @louiseworthing9

My Review:

Willow Weeps is my first novel by Louise Worthington. It follows Willow as she lives without her sister Mandy who passed away in a house fire when they were little. I was gripped by it and it has a lot of twists and turns. I wanted more backstory to the characters and was curious about the events surrounding the fire and would have liked more explanation of that as it was somewhat vague. 

Willow Weeps was creepy, but not so dark it put me off it. The suspense and sisterly bond are well explored and I felt that Willow really missed Mandy. I felt the mentions near the beginning as to how Mandy would “manifest” herself to Willow were subtle yet visual, imaginative and poignant as well as relevant to the story and that they fit well. 

The atmosphere is sad and mysterious but also full of hope within the suspense of what may hapen as I felt that when Mandy was mentioned, she and Willow were closer together. 

As someone who lost a sister, I think this resonated with me more. The plot is certainly original and I love the title. It automatically made me ask “why? why does Willow weep?” As with another book I enjoy where Willow is the name of a main character, Willow Weeps is a great play on the real name of the tree, weeping Willow and ties in well with the themes of grief, self-discovery, discovery of secrets and the bond between sisters. 

A very well thought out thriller that kept me up at night. 

Thanks to Louise Worthington, Rachel’s Random Resources and Red Escape Publishing for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. 

4 stars.

Cast in Ruin (Chronicles of Elantra #7) by Michelle Sagara

About the Book: 

Seven corpses are discovered in the streets of a Dragon’s fief. All identical, down to their clothing. Kaylin Neya is assigned to discover who they were, who killed them – and why. Is the evil lurking at the borders of Elantra preparing to cross over? At least the investigation delays her meeting of the Dragon Emperor. And as the shadows grow longer over the fiefs, Kaylin must use every skill she’s ever learned to save the people she’s sworn to protect. Sword in hand, dragons in the sky, this time there’s no retreat and no surrender…

My Review.

Kaylin is called on another assignment and finds seven bodies. But the bodies are identical. Who killed them? Why? 

She knows about dragons and is constantly learning more. I am learning so much about them, too. 

I did like how hers and Diarmat’s characters evolved in this novel. The slow-burn romance with Severn was a great compliment to the action-packed fantasy world that is so well imagined and bought to life in the pages of this novel as it is in Cast in Wisdom. 

My second novel in the Chronicles of Elantra series and just as enjoyable as Cast in Wisdom.

I was randomly selected for this title as part of the Series Reread event hosted by Harlequin to celebrate the release of Michele’s new novel, Wolves of Elantra and would like to thank them for this opportunity to review my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. 

5 stars.


I will also be taking part in a group review event for Wolves of Elantra, so look out for that on the 13th.

Can’t wait? Check out my review of Cast in Wisdom!

And, if you are wondering about the next book in the series, CAST IN PERIL, here are more detils about that: Cast in Peril.

Check out the other books in the reread!

Spookathon 2019 Listening List

It’s Readathon season again! I love books and challenges. Some days ago I was searching for a new challenge to help me get through my TBR pile and found the Spookathon. 

Here are my books: 

Thriller: Mother by S.E. Lynes

A book with red on the cover: Carrie by Stephen King. I loved the film and just recently saw it again so this seemed a good choice for this category. 

A Book with a spooky setting: Down to the Woods by M. J Arlidge

Spooky word: Charmed: A Thousand Deaths by Amy Schultz- I first started watching Charmed at university and my friends and I loved it. I only have one other book based on the series and was approved for the ARC of this and it fits as death is something that’s scary. 

A Book You Would not Usually Read: The Shining by Stephen King 

See you from 14-20 October. I haven’t found any way to officially sign up for this so I’m just going to take part and blog about it like I did in the Booktubeathon earlier this year when their  site was playing up. 

Review: Vampire’s Kiss Book 1- Blood Curse  (Point Horror) by Julie Harrell 

About the Book: 
Rina is beautiful, mysterious and a vampire. Bound to a blood curse aginst her will over 200 years ago, she is compelled to wander the earth alone. She then meets James who soon falls under her spell but her rival, Chelsea, will do anything to keep him in what becomes a bloody battle for supremacy.

My Review: 

Rina is 200 years old and is a vampire. A blood curse means she is destined to live life as an immortal. 
James is a high school student who sparks an interest in Rina. She poses as a student and is in all his classes but his girlfriend Chelsea sees something wierd in Rina from the start. 
Who will win James’ heart? 
Blood Curse is the first Point Horror book I have read and also the first in this mini series. 
The author, Janice Harrell, had me hooked right from the first word in the book. 
The doubt and mystery James and Chelsea felt surrounding Rina, her personality and presence was extremely well portrayed and the love battle between Rina and Chelsea in their fight for James was well done, too. 
I felt for Rina when she missed her human life and disliked Chelsea. 
A quick, fast- paced read. I’ll be on the lookout for more Point Horror books as well as Blood Spell, the second one in the series (an extract of which is at the end of book 1 which I was pleased to find). 
5 stars.