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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“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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Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Don't Wake Up

Alex Taylor, a Doctor, Pilot and all round over achiever is the likable main character of this Thriller.
As you begin the story Alex awakens on a table and bound, restrained with someone standing over her who is dressed as a doctor but likely isn’t. Next time she comes to shes in the car park.
No one believes her, and slowly she alienates people but trying to share her version of the truth.
The story makes you question who you can trust, if it really happened, and more importantly is being a good person all you need?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil
Crazy, brilliant, ingenious 

They are the three words I would use to describe ‘This Mortal Coil’

In a tech controlled world Catarina and her father Lauchlan are genius’. He is known for his brilliance, but in the past has made mistakes, now the virus is coming for all of them and he needs to make a vaccine. Cartaxus – the company that controls the apps that are available to change your world for the better, from making food taste better, to helping you heal.

I really enjoyed this book, it sits clearly on the YA Sci-fi and fantasy shelf, has interesting characters and its easy to connect with Catarina as you read. Today’s world is so full of technology with a lot of it being managed by apps the future vision feels like it’s a path we could be headed down, scientific research, only learning so much from animals and the ability to grow horns or change your hair colour at the push of a button feels like its nearly a possibility. Its all about trying to outwit nature and change evolution – perfect for getting your imagination fired up.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Mortal Coil is due for release on 02 November 2017.

This was a lovely surprising ARC from net galley, in exchange for an honest review.

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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between

I picked up this book after watching the last four episode of Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life. Its a show I really enjoyed watching and I had seen some rave reviews about this book.

Lauren Graham is known for playing Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls (and Sarah Braverman on Parenthood too apparently, but I’ve never watched it). This for me felt like a collection of stories that would be something people would bring up in conversation. I caught myself on more than one occasion skimming rather than reading, which is a shame – If your a fan of Lauren’s you’d probably be giving this 5 stars, but for me it lacked a little structure and the amusing parts where overshadowed by blabber.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

Last Seen Alive

There seems to be a trend for books to be set in the South West of England at the moment, And I love it!
This book is about a couple, hes still friendly with his ex, and we know she has a deep dark secret. They do a house-swap to get away from it all but it only makes things worse. Her history intrigues from the start as its obvious that’s key to the storyline however its not clear if his history will be just as pivotal.

I was foreseeing danger that wasn’t always there, and questioning how the link to the past was going to play out.
Its a brilliant read.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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