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Rivers of London | Review

Title: Rivers of London

Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 18 Jun 18 – 23 Jun 18

Publication date: 10 January 2011

Publisher: Gollancz

Genre(s): Detective; Murder Mystery; Fantasy

Description:

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden … and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying. Continue reading “Rivers of London | Review”

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Vicious | Review

Title: Vicious

Author: V E Schwab

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 15 Jun 18 – 17 Jun 18

Publication date: 10 January 2014

Publisher: Titan

Genre(s): Fantasy; Science-Fiction

Description:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in one another. A shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death-experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. They become EOs, ExtraOrdinaries, leaving a body in their wake and turning on each other.

Ten years later Victor has escaped from prison and is determined to get his revenge on the man who put him there, aided by a young girl with the ability to raise the dead. Eli has spent the years hunting down and killing every EO he can find, convinced that they are a crime against God, all except his sidekick, a woman whose power is persuasion and whom he cannot defy. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge but who will be left alive at the end? Continue reading “Vicious | Review”

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Eve of Man | Review

Title: Eve of Man

Author: Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 18 Jun 18 – 21 Jun 18

Publication date: 31 May 2018

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Genre(s): Dystopian, YA

Description:

Eve is like any other teenage girl . . .

Except that the fate of the entire world lies on her shoulders.

She’s the first girl born in fifty years.

She’s the answer to their prayers.

She’s the final hope.

Which means she has one function alone . . .

At sixteen, Eve must face her destiny and make a choice.

She will choose a man, one out of three carefully selected suitors.

But what about Bram?

The future of the planet hangs on Eve making the right choice.

Will she?

COULD YOU CHOOSE BETWEEN LOVE, AND THE FUTURE OF THE HUMAN RACE? Continue reading “Eve of Man | Review”

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July: It’s a Wrap

It’s August already. Where is this year flying too? Next month I go to Barcelona, and the month after Florida, and then the month after is my birthday and the month after is Christmas, and then it’s NEXT YEAR. OK, so there may have been a mild panic there, but seriously, this year is flying by in a whirlwind of work, books, film, and a sport and it’s exciting and scary that it’s going so quickly in equal measures. I may not have read as many books as I did last month, but I read a lot of incredible stories, and ticked off some more challenges for Around the Year. I rated almost everything incredibly highly this month, and entered some new and incredible worlds. Continue reading “July: It’s a Wrap”

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue | Review

Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 16 Apr 18 – 21 Apr 18

Publication date: 10 August 2017

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, YA

Description:

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi LeeSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love. Continue reading “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue | Review”