I've read a little bit of Fantasy before, but generally always gone back to crime as nothing really grabbed me. I decided to try Eternity which is of the fantasy genre and I definitely can't say it didn't grab me! It's amazing!
It was full of fantastic, rich descriptions which created a vivid picture in my mind and drew me into a whole other world.
Every single character was so well developed and I became really emotionally involved and was completely invested in the characters and the story.
The pace remained perfect throughout. It swept me up and carried me along all the way to the very last page. I really liked the ending and found it satisfying and fulfilling. I couldn't have asked for anything better.
I have an e-book copy but I loved it so much I think I'm going to get a hard copy too! I don't usually talk about the cover of the book, but it's absolutely beautiful and it'll look great on my shelf!
Overall, I would give this book 5 out of 5 and add it to my five star favourites shelf! It was vivid, enthralling and transported me to another world. I really hope there will be more books on the way from James Nealis!
This book is available from Amazon.co.uk here
This e-book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
To celebrate the return of Grantchester to ITV tonight, I am reviewing the sixth book in the Grantchester Mysteries series which will be published on the 4th May.
I've read all of the previous books in the series which I thoroughly enjoyed and although I think you don't necessarily have to do this, I would recommend it. I feel that it helps to have that wider understanding and extra connection with the characters which is gained from reading the other books. Not only that, but they're fantastic books which shouldn't be missed.
The Persistence of Love is made up of six smaller stories which are connected through Sidney and span about five years of his life. They all cover different things, they're not all crime, but each one is perceptive and thoughtful. I liked them all, but the last one really stood out to me. It was emotional and poignant and really touched me. It stayed with me long after I finished reading.
Sidney has a great depth and insight which makes reading all the more pleasant. His many flaws combined with beautiful descriptions of the Cambridgeshire countryside, make reading a Sidney Chambers book reminiscent of greeting an old friend.
Overall, I would give this book 4.5 out of 5. It's engaging, insightful and at times moving, with some classic English mysteries for good measure.
Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love is published by Bloomsbury on the 4th May
This e-book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
When Alison first contacted me about reviewing her book, I was a little hesitant since my usual genre is more crime / psychological thriller orientated and this book was primarily a Comedy Romance, with a bit of crime and mystery woven into it. However, I decided to give it a go because I'm always happy to try something new. I'm very glad I did because it ended up being an enjoyable read!
I liked Ruby as a main character and I felt like I was able to get to know her better through the diary entries that were dotted about, since they were written from her perspective and definitely brought out more of her character.
I also liked the way the present day situation with the Police Chief ran alongside Ruby arriving in America and past and present alternated between chapters.
It was entertaining being with Ruby as she faced many challenges trying to fit in with the different people around her.
There were some parts I found a tiny bit predictable, these were mostly when Hank was involved. Despite this, there was plenty of humour which made for an amusing read and drew me in.
I thought the ending was pleasing, it was the perfect way to wrap everything up and I liked the closure each character got.
Overall, I'd give this book 4 out of 5. It was witty, charming and a great light read. Although it's not my usual genre and I won't be switching from crime just yet, I still liked it and am so glad that I had the opportunity to try a new genre.
This e-book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
My Sister was a thrilling and suspenseful read from beginning to end. It maintained tension and intrigue whilst also looking at the bond between sisters and the aftermath of a life-changing event.
The characters had great depth and were continually developed throughout the novel. I was instantly suspicious of Elle. Irini is hesitant to see her again after managing to avoid her for six years and the reader is gradually told why through flashback chapters.
Since Irini knew nothing of why she was given away, I felt as though I was with her on her journey to find answers to questions which had affected her whole life. I felt her emotions with her and her frustration as the truth remained elusive and always just beyond her grasp. In each chapter, Adams feeds through tidbits of information, revealing more and more about the Harringford family's past whilst still keeping the information tantalisingly out of reach. This kept the pages turning as I desperately wanted to know the dark secret and what had really gone on inside the Mam Tor household all those years ago. I got so into reading that I accidentally broke the spine, which is something I never do!
There were plenty of small twists throughout, leading up to a massive twist at the end which I wouldn't have predicted at all. The ending was satisfying for me and I felt it wrapped up the book well.
Overall, I'd give My Sister five out of five! It was a suspenseful and engrossing read which I'd definitely recommend picking up.
My Sister will be published by Headline on 20th April
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
From the first chapter, I was instantly riveted. I felt like I got to know Nora from the very beginning and she was brilliantly developed. The details were woven through the pages and didn't interrupt the story or feel like a massive information dump. They were seamlessly incorporated and this meant that I didn't feel like I was bogged down with detail and could enjoy the plot.
The main storyline about the missing girls was also introduced quickly which I liked. It got straight into the mystery without any messing about. The intrigue created was maintained the whole way through.
The book was faultlessly paced throughout and the pace adjusted accordingly in all the right places. This was especially apparent towards the end of the novel. The tension ramped up, and kept me frantically turning the pages. I found the ending extremely satisfying and almost my ideal novel ending!
As a lover of Midsomer Murders, I also have to mention the little reference to it in chapter 29 which I particularly enjoyed!!
Overall, I'd give this book 5 out of 5! It was flawlessly paced, riveting and maintained intrigue throughout.
Fatal Crossing is published by Arcadia Books, £8.99
This book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.