crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · thriller

Burned – Thomas Enger ★★★★★

Blurb; Uncovering class divisions, racial conflicts, and tangled emotions, this gritty, shocking novel of suspense heralds the arrival of a major new talent.

Henning Juul is a veteran investigative crime reporter in Oslo, Norway. A horrific fire killed his six-year-old son, cut scars across his face, and ended his marriage, and on his first day back at the job after the terrible tragedy a body is discovered in one of the city’s public parks. A beautiful female college student has been stoned to death and buried up to her neck, her body left bloody and exposed. The brutality of the crime shakes the whole country, but despite his own recent trauma – and the fact that his ex-wife’s new boyfriend is also on the case – Henning is given the assignment. When the victim’s boyfriend, a Pakistani native, is arrested, Henning feels certain the man is innocent. This was not simply a Middle Eastern-style honor killing in the face of adultery – it was a far more complicated gesture, and one that will drag Henning into a darkness he’s never dreamed of.

My Review; Burned is book number one in the Henning Juul series. I stupidly read book five first so have decided to start from book one now! There is just something different and something I love about this series. It’s addictive.

Burned is a great first story to the series and introduces all the characters perfectly alongside a thrilling mystery of what really happened to Henriette? I must admit I have spoiled some aspects of the book already as I read book five first but it still had me hooked and plenty to keep me guessing and engaged! This is why you read series’s IN ORDER!!

Henning is a journalist for an online newspaper and is facing his own personal issues/demons while returning back to work after 2 years. However, he would make a brilliant detective rather than a journalist! I did also not expect that outcome of the whole case/mystery either. Brilliant.

Burned is a fast paced, easy to read story that can easily be devoured and contains short chapters. A very cleverly researched and planned out story. A well deserved five stars from me and I would totally recommend this series to you all so far. I’m off to dive into book two now (Pierced).

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chick-lit · Children's · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* The Big Event – Anne John-Ligali ★★★★★

Blurb; You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action. 

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes. 

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

My Review; What a brilliant part one to this short story series. A very easy read, written well and catchy story with a deep hidden meaning. Part one focuses on social media and online friendships and how people who you think you know well online can be entirely different in real life. It is an eye opener of a short snappy story which highlights in this century how much everyone relies and focuses on social media over social face to face interaction, which is a sad thought really. 

I awarded five stars as it was the perfect short story and having nothing to fault with this story. Except, I would have liked to have got to know the character Constance better but I suppose I will in The Weekend Spa Break (part 2) which will be released in 2018. I am looking forward to part 2. I would highly recommend you take five minutes out of your day to read this short story. 

Adventure · fantasy · Magic · Young adult

Black Magician Series – Trudi Canavan ✶✶✶✶✶

trudi canavan series

#1 The Magicians Guild
#2 The Novice
#3 The High Lord

This is a series of Sonea’s story who starts off as a novice in the magicians guild, but she is more powerful than the average magician. Sonea has battled with many powerful enemies while at the magicians guild who she has won against, but when other novices not that Sonea is different and receiving special treatment off tutors, will they turn against her? Or will they treat her with the respect she deserves? Now, this is just a basic review of the whole five star series as I really would urge you to dive in and join the magicians guild for yourself.

I cannot express to you how much I enjoyed this series, this is another series that I did not think I would enjoy but yet again I was surprised to find I fell in love and was gripped throughout each book! Do not let the covers put you off these amazing stories! This is the perfect series for those readers who enjoy fantasy, adventure, magic and young adult genre’s. My friends lent me this series a while ago and it has still stuck with me since, it is a series you will not forget! They are not easy to read books but well worth the effort if you decide to dig in. I will always highly praise and recommend this series to everyone, and I cannot wait to be immersed into more of Trudi Canavan’s thrilling stories. This series well deserves the five stars I have awarded! Enjoy the magic and welcome to the magicians guild, you will fit in well!