Strange Star by Emma Carroll

Strange Star Emma Carroll

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

It was Felix’s job to deliver the invitation.

Plot

Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales. Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn- more chilling than any tale. Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars. She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley. Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified…

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Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen

Coming in from the Cold Sarina Bowen

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Willow needed to keep the old truck on the road and out of the snowy ditch for just one more mile.

Plot

Ski racer Dane “Danger” Hollister does not do relationships, though he keeps his reason a secret. The real-life curse he’s inherited from his mother will eventually cost him everything: his place on the Olympic ski team, his endorsement income, and his ability to fly downhill at top speed.

Reluctant country girl Willow Reade meets Dane by accident. Literally. Her skidding truck forces him off the road during a blizzard. Stranded together in his Jeep as night falls, the two loneliest people in Vermont find themselves sharing more than they’d planned. And not just conversation.

Yet neither can guess how their unlikely tryst will threaten Dane’s frightening secret and Willow’s tentative peace with her own choices. Only mutual trust and understanding can end their pain and give them a hard won shot at love.

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Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

OrphanX

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Evan’s twelve-year-old body is stiff in the cushy passenger seat of the black sedan as he is driven in silence.

Plot

‘Do you need my help?’
It was the first question he asked.
They called him when they had nowhere else to turn.

As a boy Evan Smoak was taken from an orphanage.
Raised and trained in a top secret programme, he was sent to bad places to do things the government denied ever happened.

Then he broke with the programme, using what he’d learned to vanish. Now he helps the desperate and deserving.

But someone’s on his trail.

Someone who knows his past and believes that the boy once known as Orphan X must die . . .

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Larael’s Top 10 Books of 2017

Top 10 Books of 2016

2017 was a good reading year. I read more than I did last year and of the books I read, many were really great. So without further ado, here’s the best of the best: the top 10 books I read in 2017.

 

The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The first book in the Mistborn Trilogy, it has everything: great characters, an awesome magic system and a fast-moving plot set in a fascinating world.

Read my full review of Mistborn Book One here.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

“Sir?” she repeats. “How soon do you want it to get there?”

Plot

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

In the year 1860, the reputation of Doctor Wybrow as a London physician reached its highest point.

Plot

An eminent doctor is visited by a desperate woman with a question: am I evil, or insane?

When the letters from Italian servant to his wife in London suddenly cease, she is convinced he has been murdered.

In the darkened bedroom of a mouldering palazzo by the Grand Canal, an English lord sickens and suddenly dies.

How are these little mysteries connected? Spend the night in Room 14 of Venice’s finest hotel, and find out the truth – if you dare…

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