#RBRT An Unextraordinary Life by Jo Hollywood #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

Title: An Unextraordinary Life

Author: Jo Hollywood

Category: Paranormal Romance

Rating: 3*

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My Review:

Romance isn’t one of my favourite genres to read. However, paranormal fiction certainly is, so when I spotted that An Unextraordinary Life was a mix of the two I thought I’d give it a go.

The story switches point of view between the main characters, Tess and Jack. Tess is a young woman trying to move on with her life following the sudden death of her husband, and Jack is her dead husband back from the dead Continue reading “#RBRT An Unextraordinary Life by Jo Hollywood #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview”

The Last Necromancer by C.J.Archer #BookReview #Fantasy #Paranormal

#BookReview The Last Necromancer by C.J.Archer

The Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer

Author: C.J.Archer

Category: Paranormal Romance

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Review:

I discovered this book when taking part in Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge on my blog (you have five minutes to decide if you’d buy or pass on a book by cover and blurb alone). The cover art is striking, and the blurb should hook any paranormal fiction fan with a thirst for secret organisations, raising the dead, and a fantasy/history mix.

The story is told from Charlie/Charlotte’s point of view. Banished by her father, Charlotte survives the slums in the only way she knows how – by pretending to be a boy. Stealing, lying, and moving on every six months is how Charlie stays safe.

I liked Charlie, ‘he’ was feisty and exactly how you would expect a young lad surviving on the streets to be. The fact that he is really a she remains a secret to the lads Charlie occupies an abandoned building with. The other kids aren’t a bit part of the story as Charlie is quickly taken away from this environment.

We, the reader, know that Charlie is the elusive Charlotte Holloway, but her captors are unaware, which is handled quite nicely in the scenes between Charlie, Gus, and Seth (the ‘henchmen’). When they discover the truth, the shift in relationship dynamics is quite subtle yet entertaining at times.

Fitzroy is a mystery, and I look forward to his character development in the subsequent books. He has a backstory that we haven’t discovered yet and remains quite cold and clinical throughout the book. There are fleeting moments where his softer side emerges but these are few and far between.

As this is the first book, I think the author has set up the series incredibly well. The storyline is an interesting one and despite the timeline discrepancy of the ‘big bad’ (which the author explains at the end of the book) I enjoyed the artistic license. I’ve already purchased book two, Her Majesty’s Necromancer.

The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is due to character development. Once our feisty Charlie is captured and has access to a proper mattress and a hot bath he loses some of his spark. When the truth is uncovered that Charlie is actually Charlotte and our hero/heroine is given a dress then all that street kid/feisty/fighter disappears, and Charlotte emerges as a girly girl who could be scared of her own shadow. I would have liked her original character to have been more consistent – just because she wears a dress doesn’t mean she can’t kick ass!

Fortunately, there are hints towards the end of the book that Charlotte does indeed wish to recoup her sassy street cred and wishes to train with Fitzroy so she can fight. There’s hope for our Charlotte yet.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Blurb:

For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man.

Charlie hasn’t raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself. People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.

Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly “made” creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world – Charlotte – but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he’s been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn’t trust?

Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they’re hunting.

C.J. Archer is the author of the bestselling Emily Chambers Spirit Medium and Freak House series. If you love historical novels with mystery, romance and a paranormal twist, THE LAST NECROMANCER is for you. It’s the first book in the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series.

Books in the Ministry of Curiosities series:

#1 The Last Necromancer

#2 Her Majesty’s Necromancer

#3 Beyond The Grave

#4 Grave Expectations

#5 Ashes To Ashes

#6 From The Ashes

BUY a copy of The Last Necromancer from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

#BookReview Blood Shadows by @lindsayjpryor #ParanormalRomance #SundayBlogShare #Vampires

 

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Author: Lindsay J Pryor

Category: Dark Paranormal Romance

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

I’m a bit late to the party with the Blackthorn series as Lindsay Pryor is about to release book seven. However, I’m delighted that I now have another six books to read back-to-back!

Blood Shadows is predominantly character driven, told by the two main characters, Kane Malloy, resident Master Vampire, and Caitlin Parish, the VCU Agent who has dedicated her life to hunting him down. Continue reading “#BookReview Blood Shadows by @lindsayjpryor #ParanormalRomance #SundayBlogShare #Vampires”

#TuesdayBookBlog What Haunts Me by Margaret Millmore #Paranormal #RBRT

#BookReview What Haunts Me by Margaret Millmore #RBRT

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Author: Margaret Millmore

Category: Paranormal

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Review:

George recovers from the flu but finds that he is now able to see the ghosts that haunt people and make them ill. He discovers that he has a skill for killing these creatures and healing the sick person that was being haunted. He is aptly called the ghost killer. As the book progresses, we unearth that this skill has been present since George was a child but he had repressed the memories – until now. Continue reading “#TuesdayBookBlog What Haunts Me by Margaret Millmore #Paranormal #RBRT”

#FridayBookShare Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare #YA

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With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so I’ve created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare Continue reading “#FridayBookShare Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare #YA”

Would You BUY or PASS? Good Friday: Dreams & Nightmares #FridayFiveChallenge

 

Welcome to the ‘Friday Five Challenge.’

Would you BUY or PASS if you had only a thumbnail image and five minutes to decide?

Here is my contribution for this week:

Happy Easter!  It was fairly easy to choose a theme for the Friday Five this week and so in honour of our UK Bank Holiday I searched for ‘Good Friday’ and found this:

Good Friday: Dreams & Nightmares (Twisted Family Holidays Series Book 2) by JR Wirth

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Blurb: Continue reading “Would You BUY or PASS? Good Friday: Dreams & Nightmares #FridayFiveChallenge”

Reader’s Spot – Meet Bookworm and Reviewer, Rosie Amber

Here on the ‘Reader’s Spot’ I share the bookish love of our readers, from young adult to romance, chick-lit to murder mystery.  Whether you are a reader looking for new books, or a writer wondering what your readers want, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader’s Spot is Rosie Amber, an avid reader, bookworm and reviewer.

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  1. What genre do you enjoy reading?

I’m a huge fan of reading and love all sorts of genres. I like to mix them up, but I do have a preference for YA, NA, YA paranormal, most paranormal as long as it doesn’t dip in to Horror (I need to be able to sleep at night). I like a splash of romance and am happy to have it in any of the books I’m reading. I also like to dip into non-fiction, I’ve read some great books about how the Chinese discovered the world way before the European explorers. Plus I do like a spot or two of self-help.

  1. Do you have a favourite author?

Yes, yes and more yeses; I have loads; JK Rowling, Lousie Hay, J.R Rain, Ednah Walters, Sam Cheever, Sue Hewitt, Karen Lynch, Chris Bridge, Terry Tyler, Zee Monodee, Rosemary Gallagher, Monica La Porta, Nora Roberts, Joseph Delaney and many more….

  1. How do you prefer to read your books?

Continue reading “Reader’s Spot – Meet Bookworm and Reviewer, Rosie Amber”