Friday, 1 July 2016

Florence Grace - Tracy Rees

Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It's a hard existence but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape. She thinks her destiny is set in stone.

But when Florrie is fourteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, Florrie's life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth.

Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie struggles to learn the rules of this strange new world. And then she must try to fathom her destructive pull towards the enigmatic and troubled Turlington Grace, a man with many dark secrets of his own.

My thoughts:
The way Florrie talked about the moors sure made me want to visit them. And I loved her connection to them, and nature in general. How she longed for it all when she was stuck inside. She was not a city girl, and that never changed. But I am getting ahead of things.

The book was told through first person and it worked so well, it was also as if she told the story looking back at things. The story flowed and it was hard to put down, I really needed to know how Florrie's life would turn out. her voice was lovely.

Because we all know there will be sadness. She is an orphan living with her gran. Then she finds out she is related to the mighty Grace family and they want her back. A notorious family, and not a kind one. Well there were a few kind ones, but still those years will not be easy. From rich to poor. From her beloved countryside to stiff London where you can not go out. But there will also be love, but this is not a romance, I will leave you with that.

There are sure some interesting characters in this one, good ones, bad ones, rotten ones, strange ones. And as for Florrie, she stays true to herself, and I liked that. Through good and bad, and at last, finding her own destiny.

This would make a great tv-series btw, I'd watch it. Do you hear me Britain?

Conclusion:
A story you can not put down.

Cover
nice

Paperback, 544 pages
Expected publication: June 30th 2016 by Quercus Publishing
Historical fiction
For review


Thursday, 30 June 2016

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief - Lisa Tuttle

Should you find yourself in need of a discreet investigation into any sort of mystery, crime or puzzling circumstances, think of Jesperson and Lane . . .

Should you find yourself in need of a discreet investigation into any sort of mystery, crime or puzzling circumstances, think of Jesperson and Lane . . .

For several years Miss Lane was companion, amanuensis, collaborator and friend to the lady known to the Psychical Societs only as Miss X - until she discovered that Miss X was actually a fraud.

Now she works with Mr Jasper Jesperson as a consulting detective, but the cases are not as plentiful as they might be and money is getting tight - until a case that reaches across the entirety of London lands in their laps.

It concerns a somnambulist, the disappearance of several mediums, and a cat stuck up a tree . . . the links with the cat are negligible, but there is only one team that can investigate the seemingly supernatural disappearances of the psychics and defy the nefarious purpose behind them.

Jesperson and Lane, at your service. 

My thoughts:
Miss Lane was a clever and practical woman, all good things in a main character. She realised that the woman she worked for was a fraud and left before everything fell apart. Not the most practical thing to do, I confess, but Miss Lane is lucky and found a new job.

Mr Jesperson was more the Sherlock Holmes of the two. He sees things others misses, he is an original to be sure. But also a perfect gentleman, and gives her a chance as his assistant.

They were a perfect mix and completed each other so well. She was the yang to his ying. I also kind of wish now that in future books they will fall madly in love with each other and have cute clever babies, awwww. But hey friendship is good too, just awww!

These two set out to solve their first crimes. A sleep walker, and mediums disappearing. Two cases that proves hard to crack. And it was nice watching them trying to solve these cases and the heat turns up at the end of the book.

Conclusion:
A great story, and I do want to read the next book to see what kind of case they get. Two great main characters and a lovely atmosphere through out the book

cover
meh

Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 16th 2016 by Jo Fletcher Books
The Curious Affair Of #1
Historical mystery
For review


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Stormswept - Deborah Martin

The first wedding night that Lady Juliana St. Albans spent with the dark and daring Rhys Vaughan was intoxicating, the heady culmination of her new husband’s driving hunger and her own awakened sensuality. When he mysteriously disappeared the next morning, she waited for him in hope and desperation. And when he was finally proclaimed dead in a shipwreck, she bitterly mourned the loss of her love.

The second wedding night that Juliana spent with Rhys Vaughan was six years later, after he returned to claim her just as she was about to wed another. This Rhys was different—bolder, harder, and convinced that she’d betrayed him. Only their blazing passion remains from their years apart. But is it enough to light their way through the maze of mystery, menace, and mistrust—to the love they once shared and would have to find again? 

My thoughts:
I did want to hit Rhys over the head a few times, oh you know me, I always want to hit book characters over the head!

Rhys and Juliana met and fell in love, in secret of course. And married, in secret of course. They were enemies after all.

Juliana was sweet and naive. And I did not mind, how could she be any other way?
While Rhys wanted to save his Wales, and could not help falling for her. Though he had some issues.

And this book is all about those issues. See he disappears and comes back with one big chip on his shoulder. And I was all Hold up! You are angry? She could be angry too! And I wish she had been mad too. He is all You betrayed me! And he is so nasty about it. I wanted her to stop explaining and just be that mad too. She had every right. But that was not her.

I also had some fears when I realised it was written in the 90s, cos he was so angry. And well at least 80s book can go a bit too far, but it never did. And I am glad it did not. Rhys is mad, just not crazy.

I must mention that her brother is an ass. And I want to hit him, but at the same time I kind of wanted a book with him. So he could redeem himself, but since it was written 20 years ago then that has passed.

Conclusion:
A good book where 2 lovers has to find each other again and find forgiveness and trust.

Cover
I could do with a head

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Pocket Books (first published September 1st 1995)
Wales #1
Historical romance
NG


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Hope and Red - Jon Skovron

In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose. A nameless girl is the lone survivor when her village is massacred by biomancers, mystical servants of the emperor. Named after her lost village, Bleak Hope is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance. A boy becomes an orphan on the squalid streets of New Laven and is adopted by one of the most notorious women of the criminal underworld, given the name Red, and trained as a thief and con artist. When a ganglord named Deadface Drem strikes a bargain with the biomancers to consolidate and rule all the slums of New Laven, the worlds of Hope and Red come crashing together, and their unlikely alliance takes them further than either could have dreamed possible. 

My thoughts:
Gangs, warriors, pirates and thieves;

First there is Bleak Hope (not her real name, that would be rather depressing), who ends up with a bunch of monks and becomes a warrior. A truly kick ass warrior who is all about honor. So she lives on her island and trains and..well duh, leaves so the stories can become one.

Then there is Red, a thief who lives in a city ruled by gangs, that is the underworld is ruled by them. The Imps patrol the rest and protect the good folk. As for Red, aye I liked him, he had grown up differently and was kinder cos of it. He also had that smile you can not say no to.

Oh and there is some pirating in there too ;)

And creepy magicians called Biomancers and those are really really evil, I did not see a single one one do a good thing. You will see.

Conclusion;
Ass-kicking, pirating, running, danger and an ending that made me all whaat? What next?! More is sure in store for us, and I am curious.

Cover
eh

Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: June 28h 2016 by Orbit
Empire of Storms Trilogy #1
Fantasy
NG


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