Monthly Archives: May 2014

Cover Reveal: My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero by Emily Haper

Today we have the pleasure to take part in the cover reveal for Emily Harper‘s ‘My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero’. We are way too excited to read it and it’s no secret we are HUGE fans of Emily’s. We absolutely loved her two previous books ‘White Lies’ and ‘Checking Inn’ and totally recommend them to everyone enjoying a fun read with loads of LOL moments. Ok, now the moment we’ve all being waiting for, the cover and the blurb, YAY!

 

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Blurb:

Etty Lawrence is a bestselling romance author. At least- she would be if she could just get someone to read her books. Apparently, Amazon doesn t consider the 500 books purchased by your mother to be bestseller material. When Etty s given some simple advice from a friend- write what you know- she takes it to heart. But she’s never been in love before, and she doesn’t really have time to fall in love and write a novel at the same time. So, she convinces her slightly unwilling lifelong friend, Travis, to let her follow him around and witness real love, first hand. A third person memoir, if you will. Travis is the perfect hero for her story: he’s funny, smart, and good looking; only there’s one problem. He says all the wrong things. Does any girl really want to talk about the NHL trades? And his jokes would make a kindergarten class roll their eyes. But the worst part is, Travis’s dates laugh at his corny jokes; the jokes he told Etty first. They touch his sweater; the sweater Etty bought him. And the way these women swoon and gush over him…they obviously aren’t leading lady material. Now Etty has to take this love thing into her own hands if she has any hope of writing a bestseller that people other than her mother will buy.

 

My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero’ will be published by Writers to Authors on August 21st 2014.

Pre-order ‘My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero’ on amazon.com

 

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Blog Tour: In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda Review + Giveaway

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*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

In the Mirror is the first book by Kaira Rouda that I have read. Not being familiar with her writing style, I didn’t have any expectations for this book. The blurb sounded great, and though I’m not the biggest fan of sad stories or stories about sicknesses I decided to give this book a go.

However, whatever it was I was expecting from the blurb, I got something else. The story itself was rather complex, at times even too complex for me to digest. Jennifer Benson is the main character and is facing a deadly illness while being only 34 years old. Knowing she might leave this world too early she decides to celebrate her life by hosting a party. Now, despite the fact that I love her attitude and the fact she’s fighting the illness and mocking it in its face, I have to admit this attitude seems a bit strange to me. It’s either that, or the fact I didn’t feel Jennifer as strong as the author tries to portray her. She’s also very indecisive and I must admit the love triangle left me disappointed.

It would be awkward to say this is an enjoyable book, because it’s serious and deals with a tough subject. However, it’s definitely thought provoking and one that will take you by surprise. I couldn’t relate to the main MC as much as a tried too, but I can totally see many readers connecting to Jennifer. Either way, even if you don’t really connect to Jennifer, you will be able to at least get a glimpse of her life, and all the horror she’s going through. You’ll root for her (or against the illness) and you’ll start thinking about your own life. I’m quite sure of this! I would read couple of pages, than pause and try to see all the good stuff happening around me, remind myself of everything I’m blessed with. 

In the Mirror is certainly a complex story and not your every day read. At least, it wasn’t for me. I stepped off my comfort zone with this book, but at the end, I’m glad I did it. I’m glad I picked it up and would definitely read Ms. Rouda’s other books.

My rating: 3/5

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 About the author

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Kaira Rouda is an award-winning entrepreneur and author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her books include: Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women EntrepreneursHere, Home, HopeAll the Difference; and the short story, A Mother’s Day.  She lives in Southern California with her husband and four children and is at work on her next novel.

Connect with her on Twitter, @KairaRouda, and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. And of course, on Pinterest! For more about Kaira and her books, please visit her website KairaRouda.com.

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The US/Canada giveaway on tour is : a cozy throw,  a scented candle and a coffee or tea mug.

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The International giveaway on tour is: A signed copy of all of the authors novels, including In the Mirror.

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Book review: A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick

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*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

‘A Cornish Stranger’ is the first book by Liz Fenwick I have read, but it certainly won’t be my last one. I absolutely enjoyed each second of it and am truly fascinated with Ms. Fenwick’s writing. 

The story is centered around Jaunty and her granddaughter Gabe (short for Gabriella) who moves in with her grandmother to help her out during her last days. Jaunty is 92-93 years old but seems she can do most things on her own. Except maybe deal with her past and all the secrets she’s been hiding so well throughout the years. Secrets she kept well from her beloved ones, but as she’s approaching the end of her life, she’s determined to reveal them hoping she’ll get the forgiveness (and understanding) from her granddaughter. 

Jaunty’s life hasn’t been easy, she’s been a victim, a survivor, and finally a well known artist. But her secrets are threatening to destroy all she’s been working for. Along comes a stranger who not only reminds her of her past, but seems also to be strongly connected to it.

Gabe is a talented singer but with a lot of burden on her shoulders. Despite her great talent and beautiful voice, she has stepped off the scene, abruptly and mysteriously to many who have followed her carrier. She has some secrets of her own, so going back to the place where she grew up to help Jaunty seems to be the perfect getaway for her.

‘A Cornish Stranger’ is told from both Januty’s and Gabe’s POV and I must admit Ms. Fenwick did a great job in bringing these characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed their stories and found myself completely immersed in their memories, their past and their present. The author managed to create powerful characters, different yet similar to a certain extent, and intertwine their POVs, past and present delivering one complex and beautiful story. There aren’t many characters, yet each is so important and adds to the story. At times I would be in awe of Jaunty’s energy, strenght and zest for life, but then I would completely be shocked by her past. This is definitely not a predictable book, and there were couple of twists I certainly didn’t expect. It’s hard to say if I related to Jaunty or Gabe more. While I admired Jaunty for her strength and wisdom, I could relate to Gabe’s insecurities, and I was rooting for her since the beginning.

One of the things that makes this book even more beautiful is the setting and all the vivid descriptions. I was literally transported to this beautiful place, breathing in the sea air, feeling it fill my lungs. That obviously once again just proves Ms. Fenwick’s writing skills and mastery. To everyone enjoying a well written, unputdownable family drama, with historical and mystery elements, THIS is a book not to be missed out on.

My rating 4.5/5. 

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Book review: Looking for La La by Ellie Campbell

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*Copy provided by authors in exchange for an honest review*

You think that your life is perfect, you have a home, a loving husband and two adorable children. You think that your husband loves you more than anything in the world, and then suddenly postcards arrive for him signed with lipstick kisses. What would you do?

The story is centered around Cathy, a stay-at-home mum looking for a job. No one understands her or how hard it is to take care of the children and the house. And when her husband starts to receive love postcards from another woman, Cathy just snaps. She has to find that La La. But looking for the culprit is not that easy at all. Who the hell is La La?

I adored Cathy as a MC, she is such an extraordinary character. She is anything but boring. Looking for her husband’s mistress, she gets herself into so many embarassing and hilarious situations, you’ll need a tissue for the tears from laughing. It’s like Bridget Jones looking for Mark Darcy’s mistress. Poor Declan, her husband. He can’t prove he is innocent. Cathy wants to believe him, but postcards keep coming, signed with kisses. Everyone is a suspect. That secretary of Declan’s always talks how amazing he is. And they always stay late at work. Is La La just a joke, or there is something more going on?

The Campbell duo write in such a humorous way, I couldn’t stop giggling while reading the book. Trust me when I say your stomach will hurt from all the laughing. Just imagine Bridget Jones as a detective. I surely did. This story is not just a romcom, but also has some thriller and murder elements. Spiced with all that humor and mystery, Looking For La La is an excellent and such an enjoyable read. It’s exactly what you need at the end of a long and exhausting day.

My rating: 5/5

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Book review: Escape For The Summer by Ruth Saberton

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

This is my first Ruth Saberton book, but now after finishing it I can only say it certainly won’t be the last. I enjoyed the story so much that now I’m on a search of other books from Ms. Saberton. This story is anything but boring.

The plot is centered around three young women, Andi, Angel and Gemma. The three main characters are so hilarious, so adorable, yet at the same time very down-to-earth. Miranda (Andi) finds out that her boyfriend took all her money from her credit card. The same day when she discovers this, she loses her job and comes home earlier, just to find out that Tom is sleeping with the neighbor next door.What else can go wrong?

Andi’s little sister, Angelique or Angel, works as an beautician. She is not very happy with her rich Russian customer who seems that can never be pleased. And that lady has a huge mole on her face that’s very very hard not to stare at. But this time the mole looks swollen. After her mother died from skin cancer, Angel is very concerned about this thing. To tell or not to tell? The Russian lady is very offended so Angel loses her job.

Angel’s best friend Gemma is an actress. But working on TV means each day she faces one tough competition with all those skinny models. She loves to bake, eat and naturally seems to always struggle with her weight.

What happens when all your ships sink? You go back to the last place where you were happy and try to start all over again.

The plan is to go back to the Rock, the place Andi and Angel used to visit for the summer. Here they can relax and make some plans for the future. While Andi wants nothing but to chill and move on with her life, Angel thinks of finding the best way to grab herself a millionaire. Gemma wants to enter that realty TV show for losing weight that is located on the Rock.

Escape For The Summer is very enjoyable read. You’ve got everything here, from famous and rich people,  to TV celebrities. You might find out that behind all those titles and TV masks are just ordinary people who are trying to be happy. And these three women accidentally put themselves in so many hilarious situations. So, if you need a read that can make you escape your reality and make you feel like you’re vacationing with your best friends, this is the perfect read for you.

My rating: 4.5/5

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Book review: Right click by Lisa Becker

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

So, ladies and gents, the last installment in the Click series by L. Becker is finally here. I must say I’m so sad, because I really REALLY got so connected to her characters and their LOL e-mails.

To those of you who are not familiar with Lisa’s series, let me tell you, you’re missing out on so much! Just like watching a re-run from Friends, this is truly a series you’re gonna love THAT much! So if you decide to give this series a chance (and I’m strongly recommending that), then make sure you read the books in order because there are many things in book 3 that are considered spoilers. Just thought I’d get it all out before you start reading my review.

I was more than thrilled to see these guys again, Renee, Shel, Ashley, Mark and thank god cassidy (see what I did there;)) is out of the picture. Their lives have changed, though they sure didn’t. Renee is still madly in love and ready to marry, Shel is nutty and sassy as always and Ashley has just welcomed the birth of her baby girl. As you see, they all have so much going on in their life, however what hasn’t been changed is their friendship, growing stronger each day despite years and distance. I honestly think friendships like this are really hard to find, and couldn’t help but be jealous of their strong bonding, of the fact they support each other on everything and are always there for each other. Life is really miserable without supporters or people who’d make this journey more fun, because life IS supposed to be fun, right?

Although I haven’t had the chance to read that many novels written in the form of e-mail correspondence, I must say I think Lisa did an amazing job. Her writing is easy to follow and once you meet the characters it’s going to be easy to distinguish their e-mails. So Shel is the naughty one always trying to make sex jokes and boy, she’s hilarious. Ashley is the motherly type, one who always worries and is a bit of a prude. Mark is a sweet, honest guy, and I wish there were more of his e-mails in this part. While Renee is the strong connection between them all, updating friends on everything, keeping the ball down in case some of them get into a silly row, especially Shel and Ashley.

Though it’s a LOL read full of fresh humor, there were some parts that really were sad and emotional, but I would really hate pointing them out because I don’t want to spoil it for you. 

Overall, this was (as expected) very enjoyable and funny book. I know many people will love it and relate to the characters, so as I said, I’m really sad there won’t be more stories about them. But I do hope Lisa will decide, at some point, to continue this series. I mean, Sophie Kinsella announced recently a 7th part of her Shopaholic series, so I don’t see a reason why Lisa shouldn’t change her mind. I genuinely care for these characters and one day, I wish Lisa decides to get them back, maybe once they get older. Now that would truly be funny, Shel at 50 or 60!!! Can’t help but giggle at the thought! 

Ok, wrapping up, though I could talk for hours when it comes to this series. I seriously think you should check it out.

My rating: 4/5

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Buy ‘Right Click’ on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

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Blog Tour: Sinfully Summer by Aimee Duffy Review + Giveaway

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Here to put a little sizzling sunshine in your life is the Sinfully Summer Tour!

The smash-hit contemporary romance novel by Aimée Duffy has just been released in paperback so take a look at the details to find out why fans are loving it! There will be reviews and guest posts along the way, plus the chance to win a personalised signed copy of the book.

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What they say:

A Summer Bonkbuster perfect for fans of Jackie Collins, Tilly Bagshawe, Jilly Cooper and Victoria Fox!

SUN, SEA AND SEX

FLINGS & FLIRTATIONS

Notorious heiress Alexa Green has certainly been enjoying her most recent girls-holiday in Marbella. Just as we thought, she’s been knocking back the cocktails and showing off her fabulous bikini body on the beach…

SECRETS & SCANDALS

But rumour has it she’s also been spotted sneaking out of Enrique Castillo’s penthouse in the early hours of this morning – in nothing but her underwear! Our question is, doesn’t this fiercely private billionaire know what he’s letting himself in for?
He’s got the millions… and she knows how to spend them! So lie back on your sun lounger and get comfortable, because this summer fling is going to be a sizzler!

 

Our review

 

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

I really should have read this book by the beach! Look at that summery cover and all those vibrant colors! Sinfully Summer is one of those books that should come with a cocktail and lots of sun. Unfortunately the weather out here is crazy and been raining and grey mostly, however Aimee managed to transport me to sunny Marbella and its beautiful beaches.

This is a rather short, but very much sweet read. It’s one of those you’ll finish in one sitting, cover to cover, maybe even on your lunch breaks. It follows the story of Alexa, a bit of a spoilt, wild party-girl who’s on a vacation with her girls. Under very strange and embarrassing conditions, she meets Ric the hotel owner, an up tight businessman who asks (or shall I say forces) her to help him out organize a charity ball.

The writing is easy to follow and I really liked the immediate chemistry between Alexa and Ric, however there were few things that bothered me. As much as I tried to, I couldn’t relate to Alexa and despite the fact she’s trying to act mature I still thought she’s very spoilt. I also didn’t like the way Ric is blackmailing her to help him out.

However, Sinfully Summer is definitely a nice beach read, perfect to get your mind off serious matters and every day problems. I wish it was a bit longer though, because maybe I’d got to see more of Alexa’s character and like her more. I loved the setting and think I should definitely re-read it for my summer holidays.

If you’re looking for an easy, romance read and a short getaway from all your daily troubles, look no further. I’m sure you’d love to visit Marbella, just make sure you don’t forget getting a nice cold drink.

My rating: 3/5

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Aimée writes steamy, contemporary romance for the 21st century woman who enjoys the 21st century alpha male. She’s addicted to reading, shopping and can’t go a day without music. When she’s not writing you can find her traipsing up the Ochils (weather permitting of course) or procrastinating on Facebook and Twitter.

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Book review: Four-Leaf Clover by Charmaine Ross

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*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Charmaine Ross is a new author to me, and I always get way too excited over an opportunity to check new writers and their work. So, when Chairmaine posted the NG link to her book in a thread in one of the GR groups I’m in, I immediately downloaded it. 

Clover Loveday is the owner of Four-Leaf Clover Café and is doing her best to make that place big and comfortable for the customers. She’s however soon to meet her biggest (but darn sexy) competition, Liam. So, though Clover really dislikes Liam at the beginning, things for her start moving into an unexpected direction.

Now this was a really short, sweet and predictable story. I am not one of those who gives a lower rating in case I find the story predictable, because most of the times it’s not the originality of the story that fascinates me, but the way it was told. I’m also one of those who likes to either LOVE or strongly hate the characters, I need to feel something for them even if it’s negative. It means they got me intrigued enough. Baring this in mind and seeing my rating, you’d say that while I did like this book generally, I did have some issues with it. Well, that’s totally true!

The format of the copy I got from NG was seriously annoying me, but that’s not the problem with the author or the story. So at the same time, it’s not the reason for the 3*. However, while the writing is good and I liked the story, I can’t say that it’s one of those that are memorable. It’s either that, or I read way too many books, so I just couldn’t say I found something which will make this book stand out from others and make me remember it even months from now. 
Also, as much as I like sweet reads, it was a bit too sweet at times. I know romance is supposed to make us all happy and stuff like that, but sometimes I just feel like reading a romance which feels more real and believable. Sometimes I don’t, but that totally depends on the mood I’m in. 

But I’m sure of one thing, it’s definitely an easy and sweet romance with a HEA, I’m sure many would enjoy.

My rating: 3/5

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Book review: The Divorced Not Dead Workshop by CeCe Osgood

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Dorsey Bing got divorced five years ago. Since than, boyfriends come and go, no one is “the real thing’. So she has an idea, to create a workshop for divorced people, how to move on after the divorce. Her only supporter is her friend Pilar. But Dorsey’s widowed stepfather is getting married and the bride, Audrey,wants Dorsey to be her bridesmaid. They organize the wedding on a cruise, the very same weekend when the workshop starts. Plan B: The workshop moves on the cruise. But Pilar is nowhere to be seen, so Dorsey starts on her own. But she never planned her ex Theo to show up on the boat. Also, that horrible Finn, Audrey’s nephew is there for the wedding. And Dorsey has to run the workshop all by herself.

Dorsey Bing is such an adorable MC. Always clumsy, with so many bright ideas, always there for the others. She is really a nice person, but when it comes to men, she always listens to others. After the break-up with Theo, her recent boyfriend, she doesn’t trust men anymore. But there is Finn, Audrey’s nephew who’s always been the bad boy, according to Theo. He shows up on the wedding, and there is Theo again, trying to gain her heart again. Dorsey reminds me a lot of Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Who is Mr. Darcy, well, I’ll leave you to read the book.

The adventureon the boat is full of emotional moments, but funny ones too. There were many scenes that made me laugh so hard. Dorsey and Pilar are such a dynamic duo. And the boys, well Finn, with that British accent, mmmm! And Theo has such a gorgeous body.

Overall, it’s a enjoyable read with a serious theme to discuss, how to move on after the divorce. I loved all the characters and the plot, which reminded me a lot of Pride and Prejudice, as I mentioned before. It’s an interesting mix and I totally enjoyed it.

My rating: 4/5

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Blog Tour: ‘Closing In’ by Sue Fortin Review + UK/INT Giveaway

Today we have the pleasure to be part of another Blog Tour organized by lovely Sharon from Fiction Addiction Tours, this time for Sue Fortin’s ‘Closing In’. Sue is the author of 2 novels, and her debut ‘United States of Love’ is high up on our TBR list (especially after reading ‘Closing In’). Thanks to Sue we’re also offering you a fab giveaway (details found at the end of post). Scroll bellow to read our review and make sure you add ‘Closing In’ to your TBR pile no matter the size of it. It’s a fantastic read, I can guarantee you that. Then come back and comment, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

 

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Blurb:

Fight, Flight, Freeze or Fawn?

 

Helen has had to leave everything she’s ever known behind; her home, her family, even her own name.

Now, returning to the UK as Ellen Newman, she moves to a small coastal village, working as a nanny for Donovan, a criminal psychologist. Attractive, caring and protective, this single father and his sweet daughter are a world away from Ellen’s past. She thinks she’s escaped. She thinks she’s safe.

But something is wrong. Strange incidents begin to plague her new family, and their house of calm is about to become one of suspicion and fear. Who can be trusted? Who is the target? Who is closing in?

For fans of Emily Barr & Rosamund Lupton.

 

About the Author

 

Lover of cake, Dragonflies and France. Hater of calories, maths and snakes. Sue was born in Hertfordshire but had a nomadic childhood, moving often with her family, before eventually settling in West Sussex.

Sue is married with four children, all of whom patiently give her time to write but, when not behind the keyboard, she likes to spend her time with them, enjoying both the coast and the South Downs, between which they are nestled.

To find out more about Sue visit her blogs www.suefortin.wordpress.com  and www.theromaniacs.co.uk

Twitter : suefortin1.

Facebook : Sue Fortin Writer’s Page

 Buy ‘Closing In’ on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

 

Our review:

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

‘Closing In’ is Sue Fortin’s second novel, and though I haven’t read her debut yet (I do however have it on kindle so expect to rectify this pretty soon) I know this one is much different to her previous one. I’ve read many reviews of ‘Unites States of Love’, Sue’s debut, as well as chatted to people who have read it, and I must admit I didn’t expect this type of read from her. While ‘United States of Love’ is a chick lit/contemporary romance, seems with ‘Closing In’ Sue decided to explore the darker side, creating one hell of a gripping psychological thriller.

It’s got loads of elements in it, suspense, romance, mystery, drama..it’s one great combination of all the things I personally enjoy very much in a book. The story is centered around Helen, who leaves home and decides on changing her identity. For a while, she seems to be alright and finally living the life she always dreamed of. She has a job she enjoys, and maybe there are chances even for starting a new romance. However, things get pretty strange soon… could it be her past is still haunting her?

This was truly an enjoyable and such an easy read. I didn’t even want to go to bed so I could see how things will turn out for Helen at the end. Sue’s narration and the skills to create such a gripping read have really impressed me. I was completely hooked from the first page, wondering why Helen is doing such a drastic change. I could feel her reasons for that, but I can’t say I could totally predict everything that was happening in this book. It’s definitely one of those book that will keep you guessing and one which you won’t be able to put down. 

Needless to say, I will definitely be on a watch out for Sue’s next book (I know authors sometimes feel the pressure when a reader approaches them with this statement, but honestly I can’t help it). I will also definitely check out United States of Love, and I really can’t wait to see if Sue will decide to go back to chick lit or if she’ll continue writing psychological/drama/suspense. As much as I love chick lit I must say I wouldn’t be complaining if she decides to stick with the darker books. It’s obvious she feels very comfortable in this genre and she’s mighty good in creating an intriguing, complex and fast paced story that will keep you invested throughout.

My rating: 4/5

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