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BOOK REVIEW-Soul Catcher-Rowanne S. Carberry

The Soul CatcherThe Soul Catcher by Rowanne Carberry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable read. Being a fan of supernatural crime stories, and kick-ass female protagonists, I loved the premise of this novel.
The reader is plunged straight into Jemma’s world, sharing her confusion and fear as events unfold.
Scenes of torture and carnage are described in gruesome, but not gratuitous detail. The villains were terrifyingly believable.
While I empathised with the main character, seeing the horrors that that she is forced to witness, I felt I would have liked to have had more backstory to know her better. I like Jemma is vulnerable and upset through many of the scenes, but does harden and begin to embrace her role as the story progresses.
While the chemistry between Jemma and her love interest felt exciting and believable, it did seem progress quite rapidly.
I want to read more of her exploits, and see how she adapts to her new role. Also it would be lovely to read more about the rest of the supernatural team, and her relationships with them.

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Book Review-City of Bones-Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The characters are multifaceted and believable, the story is well written and the world intriguing; with fantastical elements, yet with basis in real world.

I enjoyed this first book of the series, but it didn’t immediately hook me into the world or its characters in the same way as Clare’s Infernal Devices series (think it was the Steam Punk element and historical setting which I liked).

I am still looking forward to reading the rest of this series and discovering more about the world of the Shadow Hunters post-Infernal Devices.

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Book Review-Dreaming of America-Glenis Stott

Dreaming of America: A Journey of BetrayalDreaming of America: A Journey of Betrayal by Glenis Stott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This fascinating story explores the reasons for Clara leaving her husband and other children to make a new life in US with her lover and their daughter Jenny. It also examines the repercussions for the family she left behind. life in 1900s England is vividly captured. I love that the point of view switches between that of Clara and Jenny in US, and her family in England. This story is moving without being sentimental, and delves into the main character’s actions and motives without being judgmental.
The epilogue is poignant-brief biographies of the author’s family on which the novel is based.

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Book Review-Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops-Jen Campbell

Weird Things Customers Say in BookshopsWeird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lovely book that made me laugh, cringe, & shake my head at the funny, ridiculous, and sometimes inappropriate things customers say. The witty illustrations throughout compliment the text. A great book for when you’re in need of a quick read that will cheer you up.

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Book Review -Jason-laurell. Hamilton

Jason (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #23)Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I usually save reviews for indie titles, but felt I had to justify my scoring for this novel. I gave this a 3 as goodreads doesn’t have half stars. I love Anita Blake novels, but this one just didn’t gel with me.
First few chapters are exposition that seems like a ‘how to’ guide to polyamory & guide to lycanthrope social structure.
The rest is pretty much sex scenes, and not much plot or action (other than the sex). However, there is some character and story progression. By the end Anita has learned something new about herself -& some new ‘skills’. Also, relationships of characters have developed. Think there maybe hints of a new story line too. Will see when read the next installment of Anita Blake ‘Dead Ice’. I guess this story will appeal to readers who enjoy the sex scenes more than the violence, but it just didn’t appeal to me.

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Book Review-Spilt Milk-D.K Cassidy

Spilt Milk: A Collection of StoriesSpilt Milk: A Collection of Stories by D.K. Cassidy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightfully dark collection of short stories from D.K. Cassidy.
Her cast of dysfunctional yet bewitching characters provoke sympathy and revulsion in turn as their stories unfurl.
I especially love the humorous and grotesque story of Cinderella’s stepmother, and also the intertwining tales of collector George and psychopathic Caleb. Accompanying illustrations by Mika Sugano‚Äôs add sweetness to these exquisitely bitter tales.

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