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Top Twenty Reads of 2019 📚🎉

It’s been a brilliant year for books! I would like to thank all publishers and blog tour organisers for allowing me to take part in their tours and authors asking me to review their books. I managed to read 159 books this year so this was tough to wittle down to twenty but nevertheless, here it is… In no particular order I present my top twenty reads of 2019.

1) Spare Room – Dreda Say Mitchell.

2) Inborn – Thomas Enger.

3) The Librarian of Auschwitz – Antonio Iturbe.

4) The Passengers – John Marrs.

5) The Lido – Libby Page.

6) Furyborn – Claire Legrand.

7) Kingsbane – Claire Legrand.

8) A Good Girls Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson.

9) The Wild Book – Juan Villoro.

10) Viper – Bex Hogan.

11) The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw.

12) Crazy House – James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet.

13) Moonrise – Sarah Crossan.

14) S.T.A.G.S – M.A. Bennett.

15) Here To Stay – Mark Edwards.

16) Nothing Important Happened Today – Will Carver.

17) Elevator Pitch – Linwood Barclay.

18) Call Me Star Girl – Louise Beech.

19) Winterwood – Shea Ernshaw.

20) Beast – Matt Wesolowski.

If you made it this far thank you. I’m happy with my choices and this gives me a good look back over the year. I aim to read more next year and I know I am going to find more adventures to love, my pre order list is huge. I would like to wish you all the best for 2020, have a happy new year. See you on the other side. 📚❤🎉

mystery · suspense · thriller

Beast – Matt Wesolowski ★★★★★

Blurb; Elusive online journalist Scott King examines the chilling case of a young vlogger found frozen to death in the legendary local ‘vampire tower’, in another explosive episode of Six Stories…

In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.

Three young men, part of an alleged ‘cult’, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible.

Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses – people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peer beneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shocking online craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drove them to escalate a series of pranks in the name of internet fame. He hears of an abattoir on the edge of town, which held more than simple slaughter behind its walls, the tragic and chilling legend of the ‘Ergarth Vampire’…

My Review; I have been waiting for so long for this book I just couldn’t wait to read it and had to sneak it in before the end of the year. Boy I was not disappointed. Kept me up late into the night reading it. I am absolutely loving this series, it just gets better and better doesn’t it? Very happy. Very impressed. The perfect book to end the year on.

As usual brilliantly written, gripping, thrilling and chilling. A real page turner. I was hooked. I needed to know the answers as much as Scott. The outcome I could not see coming at all, a true shocker. Unexpected. Truelly. Shocking. A brilliant look back into the death of Elizabeth Barton. We get a glimpse into all sides of this character and some ain’t pretty. As they say not as they appear or seem.

A well deserved five stars from me and another late one slipping into my top twenty of the year. Cannot recommend this enough. I could say so much more but know a lot of my followers plan to read this or are currently reading it. Enjoy.

So when’s the next one coming Matt? 😂🤞 I think I may have a long wait…

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fantasy · Young adult

Winterwood – Shea Ernshaw ★★★★★

Blurb; Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

My Review; After reading The Wicked Deep earlier in the year and loving it this was a must have, must read. A very lovely friend bought me this for Christmas and I am so grateful. From the beginning I knew this was going to be good, as I started reading I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to read it all in one go, yet I didn’t I savoured it over three days. Honestly loved it! Immersed. Cannot forget it.

I loved how the story was told through the two main characters Nora and Oliver. I loved them both especially Nora. I loved the setting of the book. The background. The whole thing. I think it would make a brilliant film. The cover is gorgeous. We also get to learn about Noras ancestors throughout – the Walkers. Very interesting. Absolutely loved it and cannot recommend it enough. The ending switches and had me like woah. What. Wait a minute. Perfect.

I cannot wait to see what this author brings to the table next, not let me down yet. Another well deserved five stars from me and snuck into my top twenty reads of the read. I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time. Worth the wait. Perfect for young adult and fantasy readers.

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