Mooncakes Review

A lovely, cosy, fantasy romance.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

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A House of Ghosts Review

A perfect read for a spooky season.

Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives. At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die. For Blackwater Abbey is haunted in more ways than one…

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A Spell for Murder Review

Another review this fine Thursday afternoon.

This is a very fitting read for the month we are in with Witches, Occult themes and a murder mystery.

Down a quiet lane in town sits a little shop full of oddities you’d probably miss if you weren’t looking for it. This is Love’s Curiosities Inc., and its owner, Temerity Love, is sought by experts all over the world for her rare and magical gift: the ability to find lost things and learn their stories. When Lost Maidens’ pretty local school teacher is found murdered by a poisoned cup of tea, a strange antique hand mirror is discovered nearby. Temerity – with the help of witchy sister Tilda, their cats Scylla and Charybdis and the lovingly eccentric local townspeople – is determined to divine the story behind the mirror and its part in Miss Molly Bayliss’ untimely death. If only grumpy out-of-towner Angus Harley of Lost Maidens Police wasn’t on the scene. Temerity can’t solve the crime without him, but he’s distracting, and in more ways than one. Can this unconventional duo solve the most mysterious murder ever to blight Lost Maidens Loch before the killer strikes again?

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September Wrap Up 2019

Here are all the books I read in September of 2019.

Titans of History by Simon Sebag Montefiore (2 stars)

So, this book is a biography about many famous people of history and it started off pretty great. I was loving all the people included and was finding out some pretty interesting facts and then… I just got bored. The writing was boring, the closer you get to the present the more boring the “titans” chosen were and I just lost momentum with this massive book. So, I was not a fan by the end.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (5 stars)

Personally, I am a bit biased when it comes to this book. I read this series when I was younger and absolutely adored it. A couple of years later, nothing has changed. I loved Percy’s POV and his witty sense of humour and I loved just being able to be apart of this world again.

Mort by Terry Pratchett (4 stars)

I was a bit worried after reading Equal Rites as I was quite disappointed with that book. So, going into this one I was apprehensive as I didn’t want to be disappointed again. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. This was so much fun. The world building was immaculate, I wanted to explore every facet of this part of the series and I was very sad when the book ended.

The Body on the Train by Frances Brody (4 stars)

My first ever Netgalley review! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, the main character was an amazing female character, the plot was enticing but nothing beat the amazing atmosphere she conjured up. I felt on the edge of my seat all the way through this book.

The Body on the Train Review

1929, London. In the darkness before dawn, a London railway porter discovers a man’s body as he unloads a special goods train from Yorkshire, all means of identification stripped away. Hitting a dead end, Scotland Yard call on indomitable sleuth Kate Shackleton, hoping her local Yorkshire knowledge and undoubted skills at winkling out information will produce the results they need. 1929, Yorkshire. Fears of unrest in the Yorkshire coalfields mean that Kate must conduct her investigation with the utmost secrecy. But when she discovers that another murder occurred around the same time as the mysterious body on the train, she is convinced there must be a connection. Using her sharp instincts and persuasive charm, she begins to uncover a web of intrigue that edges her closer to the truth. But with attempts being made on her life, Kate needs all the strength and resourcefulness she can muster, before she becomes the next victim . . .

Well, this is my very first netgalley book! I am so excited to talk to you guys about this book.

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