Book Review Alert: The Half-Torn Page by David Palin

Reviewed: December 12th, 2022
Released: November 26th, 2019
Genre: Historical Fantasy

Ilsa Wlich, a striking, mysterious woman of indeterminate age and steeped in lore, ancient and new, arrives one fateful evening in beautiful, but remote and insular Reimersberg at the end of the Adventurer’s Road.

The town, deep in the mountains and wolf-inhabited forests in the Valley of the Witches, is seldom reached by outsiders and not particularly welcoming to them. Proud of their traditions, the people frown upon change and those who bring it.

Ilsa saves the life of a sick boy, Karl, but is suspicious of the cause of his sickness; a fact she keeps from the townsfolk for fear of causing panic. She earns the boy’s undying love, but also the enmity of some Town Elders, in particular the incompetent doctor and the mayor, Meister. Both feel as threatened by Ilsa as she feels wary of them.

Weary in mind and body from years of travelling, and still charmed by the town, Ilsa asks to settle in Reimersberg. Her presence there awakens a long-hidden darkness. She finds herself, together with Karl, treading paths far more mysterious, bloody and perilous than anything the Adventurer’s Road could conjure if they are to survive. Read my Thoughts…

Book Review Alert: Sins of the Father by Saffron Amatti

Reviewed: December 9th, 2022
Released: May 2nd, 2020
Genre: Fantasy Cozy Mystery

Tommy Kilbourne is a rogue, a scoundrel, a cad, completely untrustworthy, and has been trying to steal Lucas Rathbone’s girlfriend for years.

Unfortunately, he’s also the only person who might know where she’s gone.

Out of options and against his better judgement, Lucas enlists the help of this black sheep – and falls straight into a trap set for someone else.

Because Tommy has been scheming and will stop at nothing to avenge his blighted his life.

Now, Lucas must use all his wits to not only save the life of the woman he loves, but also that of a man who doesn’t deserve mercy.

The sins of the father cast long shadows across the life of his son…

But penance could prove fatal.

And time is running out. Read my Thoughts…

Book Review Alert: Dead Serious Case #2 by Vawn Cassidy

Reviewed: November 29th, 2022
Released: October 31st, 2022
Genre: MM Magical Realism

In the business of unfinished business…

It’s been over six months since a freak accident left pathologist Tristan Everett able to see ghosts, something he has yet to confess to his boyfriend. Instead, he now has a new calling, one he’s not entirely happy about… help the dead resolve their unfinished business so they can pass into the light, sounds simple right?

Wrong…

When the spirit of a sweet old lady suffering from Alzheimers follows him home he has no idea how to help her. When he finds out she’s been murdered by arsenic poisoning, a curiously outdated murder weapon, he once again finds himself tangled up in a murder investigation.

For Inspector Danny Hayes of New Scotland Yard, life couldn’t be better. After moving to London and meeting Tristan he’s ready to move their relationship to the next level, but something weird is going on with Tristan, he’s acting very strangely and with a killer on the loose he’s not taking any chances. He’s determined to discover whatever it is Tristan’s hiding from him.

Surrounded by a bunch of potentially murderous old ladies and aided by his sidekick, deceased drag queen and spirit guide in training, Dusty, Tristan must unravel the mystery of Mrs Delores Abernathy’s unfinished business and find the courage to share his deepest secret with the man he loves. Read My Thoughts…

Book Review Alert: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Reviewed: November 23rd, 2022
Released: March 2nd, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction

Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.

Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive. Read my thoughts

Book Review Alert: Off Track by Neil Bullock

Reviewed: November 20th, 2022
Released: June 15th, 2021
Genre: Science Fiction

Devastated and exhausted, Eden Lucas is the sole survivor of an unfathomable global catastrophe. As she grapples with the question of whether to go on alone, a train arrives.

It’s not a normal train, that much is clear. For one thing, it’s floating three feet off the ground in a supermarket parking lot. For another, there doesn’t seem to be any place for the driver to go.

Yet it seems to hint at possibilities. Maybe she’s not the only one who was spared. Maybe someone on the train will have answers.

And while she may yet discover what caused the death of her world, nothing can prepare her for just how little she understands about the universe. Read my thoughts…

Book Review Alert: Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Reviewed: November 6th, 2022
Released: October 5th, 2021
Genre: YA Fantasy

Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, tasked with cleansing the bodies of the dead so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a hunger for the living.

When her convent is attacked, Artemisia defends it by awakening a revenant. Wielding this ancient spirit’s extraordinary power almost consumes her – but only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a revenant, has any chance of saving Loraille.

As Artemisia unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy may require her to betray everything she’s been taught to believe – if the revenant doesn’t betray her first. Read my thoughts…

Book Review Alert: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Reviewed: November 3rd, 2022
Releases: September 15th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has.

In his notebooks, day after day, he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders: the labyrinth of halls, the thousands upon thousands of statues, the tides that thunder up staircases, the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls. On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend, the Other. At other times he brings tributes of food to the Dead. But mostly, he is alone.

Messages begin to appear, scratched out in chalk on the pavements. There is someone new in the House. But who are they and what do they want? Are they a friend or do they bring destruction and madness as the Other claims?

Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered. The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous.

The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite. Read my Thoughts…

Book Review Alert: Shifter Battles by Molly Webb

Reviewed: November 1st, 2022
Releases: June 8th, 2022
Genre: Urban Fantasy

I turned my back on my family. But I’ll kill to protect those I love…

Someone is hunting the shifters of Hollowmore and I’m the only one that can stop the killing. My name is Thea: monster hunter, daughter of the most powerful Arcanshifter and, since leaving my clan, the ultimate outsider.

My only ally, Marcus, is even more of an outsider than me. If anyone learns he’s a dragon shifter, the tattered remains of his clan will be wiped out. The last thing he wants is to risk exposure by helping me. The last thing I want is trouble with dragons – or the distraction of his smoldering eyes.

But a young dragon shifter is one of the latest victims, so Marcus is involved whether he likes it or not. I guess we’re working together. This should be… interesting.

From the secret councils of the shifter clans to the slums of Goblin Town, I’ll turn over every rock in Hollowmore if I have to. Someone is killing my people.

And when I find them, I’m going to make them pay…Read my thoughts...

Book Review Alert: Which Way the Cast Jumps by Ava Silvers

Reviewed: October 22nd, 2022
Released: October 4th, 2022 (Part of the Realm of Darkness anthology)
Genre: Romantic Fantasy

When an undead witch discovers that all is not well in her new world, she has to put aside the loss of her magical powers and discover who has cursed the vampires and what it means.

Added to that, a hot warlock shows up on her doorstep like some stray cat, and has decided he might like to stay to drink the cream.

If you are a fan of Ava Silvers’ Witches of Shadow Hollow then you are in for a treat. This is the story of Hazel’s sister Willow, and having met Willow first (not having read Ava’s other books yet, though I aim to put that right shortly,) I am sure they are just as good. Read my thoughts...

Book Review Alert: All Hallows Airship by Liz Delton

Reviewed: October 15th, 2022 (ARC)
Releases: October 25th, 2022
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy (Novella)

A catastrophic blast. A haunting memory. And she only has one chance to prove her family’s innocence.

All Caz Coppersdown has ever wanted is to be a journalist for the Soldark Times. But the chances of her parents letting her pursue a breaking story are slim. Secluded after a childhood illness, Caz finally gets to leave Soldark for a trip to the country to her great aunt’s estate, but she quickly finds out there isn’t anything newsworthy there—unless you count her aunt’s upcoming All Hallows Eve soiree.

Until the local airshow clashes with her aunt’s party plans—causing more than just pumpkins to be destroyed. When Caz meets one of the airship pilots and discovers something about her family’s past, Caz might have just found her big story.

But she’ll need to dig for the facts quickly, because the constables are looking for a culprit, and old ghosts are making themselves known on this All Hallows Eve. Read my thoughts...