Nemo Me Impune Lacessit’ by Denise Mina

 

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit’ by Denise Mina

When I was asked if I wanted to review a crime fiction story for Bloody Scotland, the International Crime Writing festival I jumped at the chance.

Bloody_Scotland_bookThe story was ‘Nemo Me Impune Lacessit’ by Denise Mina.  A quick check on Google told me this translated to ‘No one provokes me with impunity’ (although when this comes up in the book its explained as “Cross me and Suffer”), A Latin Motto from the Royal Stuart Dynasty and is the written above the entrance to Edinburgh Castle (Thanks Wiki!).   All of the short stories in the specially written book revolve around a Scottish landmark building, and so the setting for Denise Mina is Edinburgh Castle.

The story begins as the family (Parents Audrey and Pete with their three children – Jake, Hannah & Simon) venture on a touristy day out in Edinburgh. We instantly learn that Jake has ongoing behavioural issues, boarding on psychotic. He has to be watched all the time, and makes life hard for everyone.  A sudden personality change on the day out rings alarm bells but also brings relief which allows for Jake to become the older brother that Simon always wanted.  It’s when the parents finally relax and have a moment to themselves everything changes.

Being a short story everything happens so quickly, we learn a lot about people, in a fragmented way which I was trying to piece together as I went, but as it turned out I didn’t need all of the information in the end anyway.  It’s a great coffee break read, with just enough history of the castle to make you feel like you have learned something but without taking over the story.

There’s a multitude of wonderful Scottish Authors who’ve contributed to this book, with some brilliant other short stories to pique your interest; My recommendation? Head out to Waterstones or visit the shop at www.historicenvironment.scot to buy the book and read them all!

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

 

 

 

 

Oh Boy! Where do I start?

This is the second book in the Dark Artifices series, carrying on the story of the shadowhunters.  I received a notification that book three was due out December 2018 which made me realise I had book two sitting in the to read pile in my Kindle.  ( Sometimes that really causes me a problem, because I cant see the books as easily i forget what I’ve got – although great news, this years to read pile is down to 42, a reduction from last year!

I love a book that takes us to the world of faerie and this one doesn’t disappoint.

I was more interested in the actual characters than  the larger plot arc was.  I honestly think anything could be happening and I’d be just as engrossed because of Cassie writing style, and character development.

Holly Black Holds the Queen of Faerie title, but Cassandra Clare  has really developed this world with her, in addition to the love triangles and forbidden romance,

For me the best characters this time out were Kit and Ty; Kit is learning what a shadowhunter is, and can do but brings mundane world understanding to Ty’s condition. The friendship between these two is building – lets see where that goes.. parabatai or something more!

 

Official Blurb:

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

The book is out now – dont do what I did and forget you have it to read. Read it now!!!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

This book reminded be on Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, when listening to be the marriage details between Daphne and Jackson.
We start with Amber, learning that she wants more, and will do anything to get it. Setting her sights on Jackson because hes rich and good looking. Befriending his wife is the way in, stopping at nothing to get what she wants.
The story switches from Amber’s narrati

ve to Daphne’s in part 2 of the book and we travel back in history to the early days of their marriage – and we find out what being Mrs Parrish is really like.

The Last Mrs. ParrishThe book is a good easy read. . . its out now on!
Official Description:

Addictive, dark, thrilling and full of twists! You won’t want to miss this mesmerising debut from a fresh new voice in psychological suspense.

Perfect for fans of B. A. Paris, Shari Lapena and Liane Moriarty

How far would you go to make all your dreams come true?

Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: an invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure.

Daphne Parrish is the golden girl of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her model looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber wants.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive—if she didn’t have a plan. Before long, she has become Daphne’s closest friend, and is catching the eye of Jackson. But a skeleton from her past could destroy everything, and if discovered, Amber’s well-laid plan may end in disaster…

 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story was an ARC from Netgalley and HarperCollins

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.”

I chose this book because I like the Cassandra Clare stories ( The Mortal Instruments aka the hit Netflix series Shadowhunters) . As they  collaborated together ( Magisterium) I was engrossed. Holly Black has a knack for keeping it simple whilst weaving detail beautifully to keep you hooked.  Shes known as the Queen of Faries for a reason.

I enjoyed stepping back into the fantasy world of the Fae for this story wanting to believe its just across the water from us; So many books have the same characteristics for the supporting characters in this genre, and Holly made it feel like a story about friends.

Theres Intrigue, A deep dark twisted romance, and a main character who isnt squeaky clean or even trying to be the perfect combination for a storyline, and a brilliant way to set up a new series.

Official Description:
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him—and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself

The books due out on January 2nd – get the date in your reading diary!

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Faking Friends

Faking FriendsFaking Friends by Jane Fallon

Amy has landed the dream job – working on a tv series in New York. After getting some bad news she comes home to find the people around her aren’t who she thought they were – and learns the meaning of true friendship.

You always have that one friend, who no one else wants to be friends with  – thats Amys best friend Melissa. Mels been a common thread in Amys life for years but now things are changing and revenge can be sweet.

I enjoyed this book immensely,  having had Jane Fallons previous book – Getting Rid of Matthew, recommended to me and not enjoying it as much as i thought I would I was cautious this time around. I really didn’t need to be. The story flows quickly and you’re instantly on Amys side, supporting her and wanting a new man to sweep her off her feet.

The book is out on January 18th – perfect for those cold January evenings.

Official Description:

A provocative, hilarious new book about the glory and toxicity of female friendship from Sunday Times bestselling author Jane Fallon. Available for PRE-ORDER NOW. ‘I’ve just finished this . . . it’s FABALISS. I was SO GRIPPED’ Marian Keyes Best friend, soulmate, confidante . . . backstabber. Amy thought she knew everything there was to know about her best friend Melissa. Then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. Until she pays a surprise trip home to London. Jack is out, but it’s clear another woman has been making herself at home in their flat. There’s something about her stuff that feels oddly familiar . . . and then it hits Amy. The Other Woman is Melissa. Amy has lost her home, her fiancé and her best friend in one disastrous weekend – but instead of falling apart, she’s determined to get her own back. Piecing her life back together won’t be half as fun as dismantling theirs, after all. ‘Hugely compelling . . . I loved it and just couldn’t put it down!’ Ruth Jones

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“Nobody knows Dolly like Dolly,”

Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly PartonDolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton by Dolly Parton
Official Description:
“Nobody knows Dolly like Dolly,” declares Dolly Parton.

 

Theres not much I can say about this book that isnt covered by its title, Its all about the Queen of Country – Dolly Parton.  For any fan of hers its a must, and the as the book is already out I expect it’ll be gift wrapped under multiple trees this December!

Genuine FraudGenuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

This book was a wish Granted from Netgalley, as an ARC due out on 31 May 2018

This book tells the tale of Jule, and Imogen. We start at the end of the story and work backwards to reveal all of the details that we need to know.
Both Orphans, Immy was adopted into a ‘better’ life than Jule but they become friends. Years later when they reconnect we are reminded that you never really know someone.

The Official description reads;

From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel-the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life.

But how many times can someone reinvent themselves?

You be the judge.

 

I found I was about 30% of the way through the book ( thank you kindle percentage bar) when I realised that I still had no idea why we needed to know or really how interested I was. the books an easy read, and although you find each clue to the puzzle on a chapter by chapter basis the motives behind the characters actions felt weak, and under planned.

Sadly it doesnt add E lockhart to my ever growing Authors list, just on the read and wouldnt buy the book list

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Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I tried so hard to wait until the TOD tour date at Waterstones Piccadilly next week before I read this but I just couldn’t!

TOD takes us to a new part of the Throne of Glass world – Antica. Theres no Aelin, although she is still a strong story in the background, but there is a new female lead Yrene Towers, whose story is captivating and engrossing.

Chaol and Nesryn are attempting to rally support for the war against the Valg, along with seeking a healer to help Chaol walk again. Antica is where they head to, a kingdom that has just lost its youngest princess.

I know some people feel the book was too long ( Should it have been a novella? I think I’d have been crying out for more) but for me it was perfect, the level of detail and information about the history of the war and its main players throughout the series along with the development of some of these characters kept me reading, and reading and reading.

See the official Website here for more info http://sarahjmaas.com/tower-of-dawn/

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The Betrayals by Fiona Neill

In today’s world the story of affairs, divorce and betrayal is common. This book tackles it brilliantly – with how the kids take sides, the pressure it puts on family members and the inadequacies people can feel as a parent. the added complication of mental illness and the blame children put on themselves makes for brilliant reading.

Your memory can play tricks on you and when everything changed that one summer the actions of everyone are skewed, A week of puppy love, rejection, adultery and alcoholism.shaped the future of everyone. The story picks up years later when Lisa contacts her ex best friend Rosie causing a downward spiral for Daisy’s mental health, questions around Max’s choice of roommate and girlfriend and asking questions that people didn’t know existed.The Betrayals

There were parts of this book that felt familiar, and made me question if Id read the story before, I ve put this down to how the story flows and the way you are drawn in with the lives of the characters, and the Norfolk setting – maybe its just my memory making the association!

I received this book from Penguin UK – Michael Joseph in exchange for an honest review but the books available to buy now.

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Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

Undercover Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles, #1)
I received this book in exchange for an honest review form Penguin Random House UK Children’s and NetGalley.  Its in the children’s category rather than the young adult but it was about princesses, and I usually enjoy a good boarding school story ( Malory Towers by Enid Blyton still sits as top of that list for me).
‘When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Due to a series of lies and coincidences, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.’
Although most of the plot is obvious, partially due to the description; it didn’t matter, its an enjoyable read and makes you want to keep turning the page.
There’s so much more to come from the characters that the future books will have their pick of direction – for me there is a hint of lust between to the two main characters which will be interesting if it develops as its rare to find a Young Adult book that covers the same sex relationship topic for a main character, especially when talking about princesses.

The book is due for release on 2nd November 2017.

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