Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

A brand new series about all the fun of the fair, Menagerie by Rachel Vincent puts an urban fantasy twist on the travelling carnival. I originally downloaded this book from NetGalley as I loved the description and hadn’t read anything by Vincent before, so this was a great place to start. The plot begins with Delilah Marlow’s birthday and an ensuing trip to Metzger’s Menagerie, a travelling show which promises to both delight and frighten its audience with the promise of cryptids. Cryptids are basically anything non-human in the context…

High Tide by Veronica Henry

Bringing a bit of last minute sunshine to the British summer, High Tide by Veronica Henry gives us a snapshot of a quintessentially British coastal town. The book begins with the funerals of two of Pennfleet’s local residents, who each moved in different social circles and so offer us different lifestyles to explore. The first, Joy, was a social worker who brought cheer and goodwill to those she met, with her daughter Kate having flown back from New York for the funeral. Since leaving Pennfleet, Kate has worked her way…

Ashes to Ashes

We love a good TV show, especially if it’s a long running series, so we thought it would be fun to make it a bit of a feature here at BCC. Every fortnight we will be talking about the shows we are currently watching, whether they are re-runs of old classics or a shiny new series we’re excited about. This week, it’s all about Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes… REBECCA For the past few months, my boyfriend and I have been trying to watch the entirety of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, which I…

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

It was the cover of this book that first led me to download it from NetGalley, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when starting A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. This book is the first in the Veronica Speedwell Mystery series, and introduces us to our kick-ass heroine and her unique profession of lepidoptery – or butterfly hunting. Veronica loves nothing more than to travel the world looking for unique species of butterfly, indulging in the occasional romantic dalliance along the way. The death of her spinster aunt at…

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

After reading and loving Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series, I’ve been on tenterhooks waiting for her next release, Six of Crows, the first in a duology. I knew I had to dive into this book as soon as I received it from the publisher and, like her previous books, I couldn’t put it down until I’d read to the very end. This new series is set in the same universe as the Grisha, although it is by no means a prerequisite to have read the previous books, with this first instalment…

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

I love reading anything by Brandon Sanderson, so when Steelheart popped up on NetGalley I knew I had to have it right away. The book begins in the past, with a flashback to our protagonist, David, and his father visiting a bank on a seemingly ordinary day. Their lives have changed in the wake of Calamity, an event which transformed a select few humans into Epics – beings with extraordinary powers. These powerful men and women are now running the city of Newcago, with one in particular claiming the ultimate…

The Brigadier's Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley

Having read the previous books in this historical romance series, I was looking forward to reading The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley when it came up on NetGalley. It helps that we have already met the heroine of this book, Sarah Fairfax, in previous instalments, although this doesn’t mean that the book can’t be read as a standalone. Of course, the thing that made Sarah stand out in previous books was the fact that she is pregnant, with the father of her child believed to have died on the…


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