Strange The Dreamer – Laini Taylor ★★★★

Blurb; The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

My Review; This is one from my library pile it is a long read at 536 pages, so it took me a while but well worth it! A brilliant story. Really enjoyed it…

Brilliantly written, I loved Lazlos charater. The ending of this story though is one that just blows you away, unbelieveable. A major cliffhanger. I have book two waiting to be dived into and answers uncovered. It’s one of those books that you keep thinking about even though you’re not reading it… Something different. I need to know what happens next!

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Morecambe & Vice – I’ve Been Watching You by K.A Richardson ★★★★

Blurb; Ben Cassidy has a hard job balancing single motherhood with her career as a Crime Scene Investigator.

While taking a course in Digital Forensics she meets the charming Jacob Tully, an ex army war veteran struggling with his past.

While the team investigate the apparent hit and run of a care home worker, Ben suspects there is more to it. As events unfold she discovers the connection to a series of murders much closer to home.

To catch the killer, can she confront the demons from her past?

Will the team piece together the evidence before it’s too late?

The hunt is on for a twisted killer and this will be their deadliest challenge yet.

The team are back in the second novel from the gripping North East Police series.

My Review; I’ve Been Watching You is book number one is the Forensic Files series, we are going back to the beginning where it all started! I have read another book in this series but obviously not in order d’oh.

This story is written brilliantly, it’s gripping, thrilling, fast paced and has you on the edge on your seat flicking through the pages. Parts of this story are a little dark, twisted and can have you feeling a little uncomfortable.

Ben! Where do I even begin with this amazing, strong and determined character. I absolutely loved her throughout. She had my heart after what she survived and which later returns. Her relationship with Jacob is the cutest!

A well deserved four stars from me. A series I need to find time to read and binge through. Highly recommend.

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Author bio;
KA Richardson lives in the North East of England with her husband Peter, and two dogs. She loves writing books set in the area and is passionate about the people and the area in general. KA Richardson is the author of With Deadly Intent, a crime novel published by Caffeine Nights, as well as being the UK best-selling author of the Forensic Files which is a forensic-based police procedural series published by Bloodhound Books. KA has also contributed a short story to the Dark Minds anthology – all proceeds for this novel go to charities, Sophie’s Place and Hospice UK. She loves nothing more than holing up in coffee shops and writing – she has been known to use real descriptions obtained during these jaunts to help her build characters.

Social media links;
twitter: @kerryann77
instagram: @kerryann77

5 Questions for K.A Richardson;
1) Do you have a writing routine?
I don’t have a set routine though I do something writing related every day, whether it’s plotting or character building, actual writing or even just thinking and making notes. When I sit down at my bureau to write, one absolute must have is a hot cup of coffee because once I sit to write I don’t tend to move for a while.

2) Which is your personal favourite book out of them all?

Out of the 6 I’ve currently had published, my personal favourite depends on what aspect you mean. My favourite characters are from I’ve Been Watching You. I love Ben’s character – she’s overcome a lot and still pushes through when tough times happen. I love Jacob too – had a full on author crush as I was writing him. My favourite story/plot is Under The Woods. I love the darkness and creepy feel to the novel.

3) Which book did you find the hardest to write?

The hardest was probably Watch You Burn – it took me the longest to write because I had a bout of depression which set in about half way through – not writing related depression but I’ve suffered on and off for 20 years. I found it really difficult to write – I was bullied badly as a teenager and writing the bullying aspect of the novel brought memories to the front. I identified with the characters quite easily but it was tough to write because of the memories but also because it was written in fits and starts. Overall it took me 2 years to write from start to publication.

4) How did you first getting into writing and becoming an author?

I’ve always written – ever since being a child. I used to write stories for my school teachers and staple the pages together. They used to be mysteries about cats. I had my first poem published at around 7 yrs old. Then life got in the way as I got older and though I still loved writing, I guess I didn’t really think I could be a writer. I went to see a psychic in 2010 who, half way through the reading, stopped in horror and asked why I wasn’t writing. He said it was my passion and he could see me signing in Waterstones so why wasn’t I doing it. And my answer was that he was right – i loved it. And wasn’t doing it. I enrolled on my Masters in Creative Writing the next day and passed that in 2011. My dissertation was the first 15k of my first novel, With Deadly Intent. I kept writing and the rest as they say, is history.

5) Any tips for those who aspire to write their own book(s)?

Put pen to paper and get it started – all writers have doubts and starting writing is the only way to overcome them. Don’t worry about polishing it until you’re done – but get it started and make time to continue it. Whether it’s 15 minutes on a morning before work, or during lunch breaks at work, or even when you wake up at 2am. It only takes a little time each day and it will start to take shape and you’ll find you want to dedicate more time to doing it. The rest will all come but you can’t submit or ask opinions until it’s done. So just get writing!!

mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

Crazy House – James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet ★★★★★

Blurb; No one gets out alive.

Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her home and thrown without reazon into a hellish prison known as the Crazy House. To avoid execution, she’s told to shut her mouth and keep her head down.

Becca was never really good at either.

Her only hope for survival is for her sister, Cassie, to find her—that the “good twin” will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it’s too late. Because the jailers at Crazy House soon discover they made a mistake that could get both sisters killed…

My Review; This is one I saw recommended by a fellow blogger, so I had to have a look! My first James Patterson book too. This is more a YA thriller which was perfect! Crazy House is book one in the crazy house duology, The Fall of Crazy House is the second which I cannot wait to read already. Absolutely loved reading this.

It’s a story I just lost myself into, contains short chapters and brilliantly written from each characters point of view. A real page turner, something different with a major cliffhanger to finish it! Crazy house is going to be hard to forget! Would make a brilliant film or series. Some parts are hard hitting, twisted and brutal, but it kept me turning those pages.

Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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