The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

It has been a long wait for fans of the All Souls Trilogy but the story of Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont reaches its conclusion in The Book of Life – and I’m happy to report that this final instalment does not disappoint. Having returned from their time-walk to Elizabethan London, Diana and Matthew are reunited with their extended family but also find themselves back within reach of their enemies on the Congregation. Diana may understand more about her powers but she is still struggling to control them as well…

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Kicking off a new historical romance series is A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella Bradford, the first in the Breconridge Brothers series. As the eldest son of a duke, Harry Fitzroy is expected to marry well and start producing heirs – sooner rather than later. He thinks he has found his match in Julia Wetherby, the most beautiful girl of the season and the ideal catch for an amorous duke. However, when he visits her at her country home intending to propose, a simple horse riding expedition turns disastrous. Harry falls…

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Beginning a new romance series set on a holiday island is Sea of Love by Susan Donovan, which introduces us to Bayberry Island and their mermaid mythology. The Flynn family have been living on Bayberry Island for generations, but recent changes to the economy have forced them to turn their fishmonger business into a B&B. This accommodation is currently run by the Flynn’s daughter, Rowan, who was duped by her investor fiancée into signing over what remained of the family’s fortune. She returned to the island in shame, running the…

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[color-box]The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian (Chaos Theory #1) Headline (18 Mar 2014), Ebook: 272 pages, New Adult / Science Fiction Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating:  [/color-box] The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian is the first in the Chaos Theory series, and I have to say that this has been my favourite book to read so far this year. The book begins with heroine Evalyn Ibarra, who has been sentenced to a one month stretch in a Compass Room, following her…

Affliction - Laurell K. Hamilton

[color-box]Affliction by Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #22) Headline Publishing (2 Jul 2013), Hardcover: 567 pages, Urban Fantasy Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] Affliction is book 22 in the Anita Blake series, and it’s a series I have a love to hate relationship with. I’ve nearly given up on it a couple of times, but there is something quite compelling about Hamilton’s writing. The last couple of books before this one have been an improvement, I really enjoyed Hit List, then felt…

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REVIEW: Breach Zone by Myke Cole

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[color-box]Breach Zone by Myke Cole (Shadow Ops #3) Headline Publishing (28 Jan 2014), Paperback: 384 pages, Urban Fantasy Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] Taking place after the cataclysmic events of Fortress Frontier, Breach Zone by Myke Cole reunites the characters of the previous novels for a heart-stopping showdown in New York City. This time around, our protagonist is Colonel Jan Thorsson, aka Harlequin, an Aeromancer in the SOC who played a crucial role in book two. He is drafted in as the commander of…

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[color-box]A Gentleman Undone by Cecilia Grant (Blackshear Family #2) Headline Eternal (1 Nov 2012), Paperback: 350 pages, Historical Romance Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating:  [/color-box] A Gentleman Undone, the second book in the Blackshear Family series by Cecilia Grant, introduces us to Will Blackshear, brother of Martha from book one, but can easily be read as a standalone title. The book begins with a flashback to Will’s days in the army at Waterloo, and the loss of one of his comrades. He is haunted by…

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