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January 2020 Reading list update

Rogue Heroes The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War by Ben Macintyre Glow Book I, Potency by Aubrey Hadley 999 The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune Macadam Calling on Quinn by Blue Saffire


Read:
NetGalley
The God Game by Danny Tobey Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday An Inconvenient Duke (Lords of the Armory Book 1) by Anna Harrington The Fortress by S.A. Jones Burma The Forgotten War by Jon Latimer The Six by Luca Veste In Search of Truth (Deadly Force #3) by Sharon Wray Catacombs (Faye Longchamp #12) by Mary Anna Evans Cilka's Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #2) by Heather Morris

Other books
New York to Dallas (In Death, #33) by J.D. Robb Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1) by Rachel Caine Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

Edelweiss
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

The Six

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Title: The Six
Author: Luca Veste
Genre: Thriller
Pages:400
Rating: 4.5
Six friends trapped by one dark secret.

It was supposed to be our last weekend away as friends, before marriage and respectability beckoned. But what happened that Saturday changed everything.

In the middle of the night, someone died. The six of us promised each other we would not tell anyone about the body we buried. But now the pact has been broken. And the killing has started again …

Who knows what we did? And what price will we pay?

 

My thoughts
Would I recommend it ? Yes
Would I read more by this author? yes
If you love the movie or even watch it or know of the movie called I Know What You Did Last Summer then you might have to check out this book. Because that's what it remind me of as soon as I started reading, a group of friends go out together to have fun and something happens that changes their lives forever just like I Know What You Did Last Summer. Its creepy and a bit dark and I went into it not knowing what to except, what can I say some times something about a book cover gets me and in this case it was We do everything together. Even murder ,that's all I needed to know. And man di it surpass my expectations it delivered why better then I was hoping it would. It had me hooked form the start and wouldn't let go until the very last page. With that said I want to say thank you to NetGalley for letting me read and review this .

January 2020 Reading list

Total read : 11/52 books

 

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher Cilka's Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #2) by Heather Morris


Read:
NetGalley
The God Game by Danny Tobey Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday An Inconvenient Duke (Lords of the Armory Book 1) by Anna Harrington The Fortress by S.A. Jones Burma The Forgotten War by Jon Latimer The Six by Luca Veste In Search of Truth (Deadly Force #3) by Sharon Wray Catacombs (Faye Longchamp #12) by Mary Anna Evans

Other books
New York to Dallas (In Death, #33) by J.D. Robb Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1) by Rachel Caine Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton


To read next :
Rogue Heroes The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War by Ben Macintyre Glow Book I, Potency by Aubrey Hadley 999 The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune Macadam Calling on Quinn by Blue Saffire

The Fortress

The Fortress  S.A.Jones  

SCF fi

  rating: 2  

JonathonBridge has a corner office in a top-tier law firm, tailored suits and an impeccable pedigree. He has a fascinating wife, Adalia, a child on the way, and a string of pretty young interns as lovers on the side. He’s a man who’s going places. His world is our world: the same chaos and sprawl, haves and have-nots, men and women, skyscrapers and billboards. But it also exists alongside a vast, self-sustaining city-state called The Fortress where the indigenous inhabitants–the Vaik, a society run and populated exclusively by women–live in isolation.   When Adalia discovers his indiscretions and the ugly sexual violence pervading his firm, she agrees to continue their fractured marriage only on the condition that Jonathan voluntarily offers himself to The Fortress as a supplicant and stay there for a year. Jonathon’s arrival at The Fortress begins with a recitation of the conditions of his stay: He is forbidden to ask questions, to raise his hand in anger, and to refuse sex.   Jonathon is utterly unprepared for what will happen to him over the course of the year–not only to his body, but to his mind and his heart. This absorbing, confronting and moving novel asks questions about consent, power, love and fulfilment. It asks what it takes for a man to change, and whether change is possible without a radical reversal of the conditions that seem normal.

 

My thoughts

Would I recommend it? No.

Would I read anything else by this author? No

This one was an interesting read 
but not interested enough to give it a
much bigger than I give it which is a 2star
rating.Not any of the characters where
likeable or characters that
I wanted to read more about . With that said I want to
thank NetGalley for letting me read it and review .

The God Game

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Title: The God Game
Author: Danny Tobey
Genre: Sci fi
Pages: 464
Rating: 2

You are invited!
COme inside and play with G.O.D.
Bring your friends!
It;’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die!
With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines, smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first. Fun even.
But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win?
And what of the game’s first promise: win, win big, lose, you die? Dying in a virtual world doesn’t really mean death in real life—does it?
As Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they’ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can’t escape: an AI that learned its cruelty from watching us.
God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.

My thoughts
Would I recommend it? No
Will I read anything else by this author? no
Sadly I didn't like this book at all , I just couldn't get in to the book and there was times I just wanted to put it down but I didn't and I kept reading hoping it would get better that there would be something about it I liked but nope. There was also times that I couldn't even like the characters at all ,with that said I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read and review it

The Corner Of Holly and Ivy

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Title: The Corner of Holly and Ivy
Series: Harmony Harbor # 7
Author: Debbie Mason
Forever
Pages 366
Rating: 5

A feel-good Christmas romance

Sometimes love is just around the corner . . .

With her dreams of being a wedding dress designer suddenly over, Arianna Bell isn't expecting a holly jolly Christmas. Instead, her heart feels about three sizes too small. That is until her high school sweetheart Connor Gallagher returns to town and she finds his mere presence still makes her pulse race. But just when she starts dreaming of kissing under the mistletoe, he announces that he will be her opponent in the upcoming mayoral race....

Hot-shot attorney Connor Gallagher has something to prove. He's tired of playing runner-up to his high-achieving brothers. So when the opportunity to enter the campaign comes up, he takes it. Even if it means running against the only woman he's ever loved. But with a little help from Harmony Harbor's local matchmakers and a lot of holiday cheer, Connor and Arianna may just get the happy ever after they both deserve. 

My thoughts
Other books I've read in this series:
Barefoot Beach #8
Christmas in Harmony Harbor #9
Before I go on I just want to say yes I'm reading the series out of order and I have no problem doing so, I first found out about this series with book 8 thanks to Forever sending me a copy of it and after reading just that one book I was hooked on it, then as soon as I saw they had book 9 I was like yes please. There is just something about this series that I love, it could be that it takes place in a small town and its about family as well as finding loving. As well as being cute and adorable mixed in with a very  heartwarming story that makes it the perfect read for any time you want something light and funny . With that said I want to thank Forever for sending me a copy of it to read and review and I'm looking so forward to reading more of this series as well as more by this author.

The Dead Girls Club

Title: The Dead Girls Club
Author:Damien Angel Walters
Genre: thrille
Pages: 282
Rating: 4.5


Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face...

In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real--and she could prove it.

That belief got Becca killed.

It's been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night--that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She's done her best to put that fateful sum tomer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn't seen since the night Becca died.

The night Heather killed her.

Now, someone else knows what she did...and they're determined to make Heather pay


My thoughts
Would I recommend it? Yes
Will I read anything else by this author? Yes
Wow what a read, it was the perfect read for a cold and wet day like today was. It was never slow going  more of a slow burn, strange things happening throughout, each becoming more brazen and mysterious. So much so that I often found it hard to put it down, no matter which story line I was following. The spooky parts are sufficiently creepy and a little bit twisted or, so I thought,  and it kept you on your toes so much that it kept you wanting to know what happens next. With that said I want to thank Netgalley  for letting me read and request it. 

The Orphan Sisters

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Title: The Orphan Sisters
Author: Shirley Dickson
Genre: Historical fiction
Pages: 367
Forever ( Grand Central Publishing)
Jan 7,2020
Rating: 4.5

A heartbreaking, unputdownable and utterly unforgettable story of two young sisters cruelly abandoned by their mother at an orphanage. Fans of Wives of War, Lisa Wingate and Diney Costeloe will lose their hearts to this stunning World War Two novel.

1929: Four-year-old Etty and eight-year-old Dorothy are abandoned at Blakely Hall orphanage by their mother, never to see her again. With no other family to speak of, the sisters worship their beloved mam – confused and heartbroken to be deserted by her when they need her the most.

1940: Etty and Dorothy are finally released from the confines of Blakely Hall – but their freedom comes when the country is in the grip of World War Two and its terrors. Amidst a devastating backdrop of screaming air-raid sirens and cold nights huddled in shelters, the sisters are desperate to put their broken childhoods behind them.

But trouble lies ahead. Dorothy must bid goodbye to her beloved husband when he’s sent to war and Etty must nurse a broken heart as she falls in love with the one man she can never be with.

Etty and Dorothy survived the orphanage with the help of one another and neither sister can forget the awful betrayal of their mother, which has haunted them their whole lives. But when a shocking secret about their painful childhood comes to light, will the sisters ever be the same again?

My thoughts
Would I recommend it? Yes
Would I read more by this author? Yes
While I can understand why this might not before everyone, I actually enjoyed this story, and one of the reasons was it showed the story of family and how close the two sisters Etty and Dorothy was. As the story goes forth it shows what their lives was like from the time they was kids to the time they leave the orphanage and their lives doing the War. We see the highs  and the lows as well as the struggles they went though, and how the war effected everything and everyone around them not just them. We also get to meet other characters that are in their lives and see how they inter act with them. While its an emotional type read ,its a story that needs to be told and this author did it in a way that bright it to life. With that said I would love to say thank you to NetGalley as well as to Forever for letting me read it and review it as well as sending me a copy of it.

Where I've been

Sorry for not posting anything here from the last week of November until  now. my internet went out just 2 days before Thanksgiving and they finally fixed it on Friday 6th of this month , I have been reading as you can see but some of those reviews I have already posted on Netgalley . 

Books read so far in December

A Jensen Family Christmas by William W. Johnstone The Forest City Killer A Serial Murderer, a Cold-Case Sleuth, and a Search for Justice by Vanessa Brown Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece (A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery #1) by Rose Pressey Last Pen Standing (Stationery Shop Mystery #1) by Vivian Conroy The Bermondsey Bookshop by Mary Gibson Snowbound at Christmas by Debbie Mason Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Lucky Chance Cowboy by Teri Anne Stanley The Orphan Sisters by Shirley Dickson Wicked Cowboy Wolf (Seven Range Shifters, #3) by Kait Ballenger The Pharaoh's Secret (NUMA Files, #13) by Clive Cussler The Cutthroat (Isaac Bell, #10) by Clive Cussler Risk the Burn (The Smokejumpers #3) by Marnee Blake Much Ado about Nutmeg (Pancake House Mystery #6) by Sarah Fox Crêpe Expectations (Pancake House Mystery #5) by Sarah Fox An Ale of Two Cities (Literary Pub Mystery #2) by Sarah Fox A Cowboy for Christmas (Rocky Mountain Riders, #6) by Sara Richardson Death at Sandy Bay (Sukey Reynolds #13) by Betty Rowlands Death on Clevedon Beach (Sukey Reynolds #10) by Betty Rowlands Death at the Library (Sukey Reynolds #9) by Betty Rowlands Death in the Village A totally gripping British cozy murder mystery (A Sukey Reynolds Mystery) by Betty Rowlands

Thanks everyone who left me a message on my post when I said I was staying, which I am, and you will be happy to know that I'm not talking to that person. After the last time they came at me, when they got mad because I posted my own thoughts and opinion in one of our groups, and I wasn't talking about them and even if I was I still had a right to say something about it. I've come to realize that there are people who no matter what they say will only come at you and keep attacking even after they said they was attacking you, and they say lets just put it in the past and leave it there , but then they keep bring it up and can talk about it when you can't, will that's fine but that's not a type of friend I want , someone who keeps questioning my honest , and my friendship and says that its my fault for some of the things their going though and calling me a lair ,nope that's not a friend at all. I'll say hi when they do, but that's about it and I've even left the group we started with some others. And to tell you the truth I'm so much happier then I've been the last few months. 

I See You

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Title: I see You
Series: Criminal Profiler #2
Author: Mary Burton
Genre: Suspense
Montlake Romance
Oct 8,2019
Pages: 348
Rating:5

FBI special agent Zoe Spencer uses skeletal remains to recreate the faces of murder victims through sculpture. Though highly scientific, the process is also sensitive and intimate; she becomes attached to the individuals she identifies, desperate to find justice for each.

As Zoe examines old remains, she sees a teenage girl looking back at her—the victim in a cold case from over a decade ago. Zoe wants nothing more than to tell this young woman’s story and to bring her killer to justice.

Zoe’s case leads her to the victim’s hometown and to homicide detective William Vaughan, Zoe’s on-again, off-again lover. As the two become more involved in the case, they quickly realize that it isn’t as cold as they first believed: someone’s still out there hunting women. And with more women gone missing, time’s running out. Can they work together and stop this madman before he kills again?
 
My thoughts
Would I recommend it? Yes
Would I read more of this series? Yes
Would I read more of this author? Yes, in fact I have one other of her books to read.
 
Wow, for a second book in a series it packs a lot of twist and turns that pulls you in to the story, a cold case, and a present day murder case. Mixed in with a romance that takes nothing away from the story. Plus the more you're reading the more it keeps you guessing as to who is the killer and why is he or she doing this, as well as makes you question wither the killer is the same one who is linked to the cold case, and can you trust what the victims themselves are saying. With that said I would love to say thanks to NetGalley for letting me read and review it and I can't wait to read more of this series .
 
 

Hearts Of Blood

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Title: Hearts Of Blood
Series: Chevalier #2
Author: Kay Doherty
Genre: LGBT ( paranormal Romance )
Rating:4.5
Omega wolf shifter, Vance, and the rest of his small pack have finally found an Alpha willing to take them on and were still trying to regain their footing when the McBane Pack attacked them. When a vampire appears in front of him, Vance realizes he’s looking into the ice-blue eyes of his mate, and the fact that his mate is something other than wolf scares him.

Sakima knew the wolf shifter was his destined companion the moment he scented him at Elysium, but claiming the gorgeous young Omega wolf is a dangerous proposition. Vance and his unconventional pack have attracted the attention of the vampire coven. As the owner of Elysium, Sakima has been asked to use the club to gather information on the powerful interspecies pack and its Alpha.

Unfortunately for Vance and Sakima, the vampire coven and the continued attacks by the McBane Pack are only a portion of their problems. Amidst concerns over Alpha Tanner’s abilities growing with Sakima’s addition to the pack, a spurned ex targets Vance in an attempt to remove him from Sakima’s life, and Elysium becomes a hot bed for interspecies mingling where anyone could be an enemy

My thoughts
Would I recommend it? Yes
Will I read more of the series? yes, in fact I have book 3 to read.
Would I read more by this author? yes
This one was better then the first one because you leaned more about the characters especially the secondary ones, and you get to meet Vance and his mate Sakima who is a vampire. Right from the start there is  plenty of action and suspense. And just like the first one it pulls you into the story and just like Heart of Fire its told in dual POV, between Sakima and Vance, and  we also get to see Luca's POV as well. Other thing you need to know about this series is that you have to read them in order to understand what is going on and after reading this one I can't wait to read book 3 which I have because I have to know what is going to happen next to this characters that I'm felling in love with. With that said I want to say think you to Ninestar Press for sending me a copy of it to read and review .

The Luck Of the Bride

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Title: The Luck of the Bride
Series: The Cavensham Heiresses
Author: Janna MacGregor
Genre: historical romance
Rating: 4
Family secrets, mistaken identities…love and money make people do crazy things in The Luck of the Bride, the third Cavensham Heiresses novel.

March Lawson has never had much luck, and in a desperate move to save her family, she's been posing as the Marquess of McCalpin. But when she's summoned to a meeting with the Marquess himself, March expects jail time…not to be bewitched by dark hair and sapphire eyes.

Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham, finds himself drawn to March despite the judgments from his peers. He isn't sure he can trust March, especially since Michael has a secret that could ruin him and his family.

But society conspires to keep March and Michael apart, and when March is accused of not being who she says she is, will Michael toss her aside or fight for the woman he's come to love

My thoughts
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read more of this series? yes
Would I read more of this author? yes
This is a new to me author , and like with other new to me author's I like going in blind not knowing a whole lot about the story, or the series plus I can admit that sometimes I read a series out of order. With this one I had no trouble reading it at all, found it to be light hearted and sweet and very enjoyable to read, as well as a page turner that kept me wanting to know what happens next to our main characters. With that said I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read and review it .

The Wolf and the Sparrow

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Title : The Wolf and The Sparrow
Author: Isabelle Adler
Genre:LGTBQIA romance
Rating: 3

Derek never wished to inherit his title as a result of a bloody battle. With the old count dead and the truce dependent on his marriage to the rival duke’s son, Derek has no choice but to agree to the victor’s terms in order to bring peace to his homeland. When he learns of the sinister rumors surrounding his intended groom, Derek begins to have doubts—but there can be no turning back from saying I do.
After the death of his wife, Callan of Mulberny never expected to be forced into another political marriage—especially not to someone like the new Count of Camria. Seemingly soft and meek, it’s only fitting that Derek’s family crest is a flighty sparrow, worthy of nothing but contempt.
Another war with the seafaring people of the Outer Isles looms on the horizon, and the reluctant newlyweds must team together to protect those caught in the circle of violence. Derek and Callan slowly learn to let go of their prejudices, but as they find themselves enmeshed in intrigue fueled by dark secrets and revenge, their tentative bond is all that keeps their world—and their lives—from plunging into chaos.

 

My thoughts
Would I recommend it ? Yes, but only to ones that read same sex romance.
Would I read anything else by this author? Maybe
This was my first time reading this author and I can see why some people like her stuff, she has away of bring her fantasy stories to life and the way she describes her world's are amazing ,so much so that it doesn't take anything from the rest of her story. As for the romance its self it was slow going but in some way it was just what this story need, and it helped make the story more enjoyable as well because it showed the characters had a chance to get to know one other better. With that said I want to say thank you to NetGalley as well as to the publisher for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

The Paris Mysteries

Title: The Paris Mysteries
Author:Edgar Allen Poe
Genre: Mysteries
April 28,2020
Pushkin Press
Pages:119
Rating: 4
Three macabre and confounding mysteries for the first and greatest of detectives, Auguste Dupin

An apartment on the rue Morgue turned into a charnel house; the corpse of a shopgirl dragged from the Seine; a high-stakes game of political blackmail - three mysteries that have enthralled the whole of Paris, and baffled the city’s police. The brilliant Chevalier Auguste Dupin investigates - can he find the solution where so many others before him have failed?

These three stories from the pen of Edgar Allan Poe are some of the most influential ever written, widely praised and credited with inventing the detective genre. This edition contains: ’The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ’The Mystery of Marie Rogêt’ and ’The Purloined Letter

My thoughts
Would I recommend it? Yes
Would I read more by this author? Yes,
This isn't the first time I've ever read anything by Edgar Allen Poe, in fact every once in a while I do read something of his, but to tell the truth his not one of my favorite authors to read. But as soon as I saw this I knew I wanted to read it because I never knew he wrote mysteries, I knew he wrote poem's and horror but not mysteries. So, this was a chance at reading something new from him and surprisingly I liked it way better than I thought I would, was they the greatest detective mysteries I've ever read no, but they were still very good and was a lot of different from his normal stuff that I read from him. Would I read this again? Yes because these mysteries are an  example of the first detective stories in English. With that said I want to say think you to NetGalley as well as the publisher for letting me read and review them exchange for my honest opinion.