REVIEW: Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Villains #1)

ViciousTitle: Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Pages: 420
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 29th May 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
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Synopsis: 

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?

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BLOG TOUR: Halcyon by Rio Youers

HalcyonTitle: Halcyon by Rio Youers
Pages: 528
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 23rd October 2018
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

Halcyon is the answer for anyone who wants to escape, but paradise isn’t what it seems.

A self-sustaining community on a breathtakingly beautiful island, Halcyon is run for people who want to live without fear, crime or greed. Its leader has dedicated her life to the pursuit of Glam Moon, a place of eternal beauty and healing, and believes the pathway there can only be found at the end of pleasure.

On the heels of tragedy, Martin Lovegrove moves his family to Halcyon. A couple of months, he tells himself, to retreat from the chaos and grind. Yet he soon begins to suspect there is something beneath Halcyon’s perfect veneer. As the founder captivates his young family, Martin sets out to discover the truth of the island, however terrible it might be, where something so perfect hides unimaginable darkness beneath…

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REVIEW: The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw

The Things We Learn When We're DeadTitle: The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw
Pages: 501
Published by: Accent Press Ltd
Publication date: 26th January 2017
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

Small decisions can have unintended consequences, but sometimes we get a second chance. 

On the way home from a dinner party she didn’t want to attend, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions.

It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident. Or does God have a higher purpose after all?

At first Lorna can remember nothing. As her memories return – some good, some bad – she realises that she has decisions to make and that she needs to find a way home…

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BLOG TOUR: Strange Ink by Gary Kemble

Strange InkTitle: Strange Ink by Gary Kemble
Pages: 400
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 8th October 2018
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis:

When washed-up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes one morning with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. But soon more tattoos appear: grisly, violent images which come accompanied by horrific nightmares – so he begins to dig deeper. Harry’s search leads him to a sinister disappearance, torment from beyond the grave, and a web of corruption and violence tangled with his own past. One way or another, he has to right the wrongs.

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BLOG TOUR: In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

In Her BonesTitle: In Her Bones by Kate Moretti
Pages: 432
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 2nd October 2018
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis:

Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction and media frenzy, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie is a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job, just trying to survive out of the spotlight.

Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to discover how they’ve managed–or failed–to move on, and whether they’ve fared better than her. She’s been careful to keep her distance, until the day one of them is found murdered and she quickly becomes the prime suspect. Edie remembers nothing of the night of the death, and must get to the truth before the police–or the real killer–find her.

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REVIEW: Half Moon Bay by Alice LaPlante

Half Moon BayTitle: Half Moon Bay by Alice LaPlante
Pages: 320
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 25th September 2018
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis:

Jane O’Malley loses everything when her teenage daughter is killed in a senseless accident. Devastated, she makes a stab at a new life and moves from San Francisco to the tiny seaside town of Half Moon Bay. As the months go by she is able to cobble together some possibility of peace. Then children begin to disappear, and soon Jane sees her own pain reflected in all the parents in the town. She wonders if she will be able to live through the aching loss, the fear once again surrounding her, but as the disappearances continue, fingers of suspicion all begin to point at her.

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REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Dust by James Lovegrove

The devil's dustTitle: Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Dust by James Lovegrove
Pages: 304
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 12th June 2018
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis:

It is 1884, and when a fellow landlady finds her lodger poisoned, Mrs Hudson turns to Sherlock Holmes.

The police suspect the landlady of murder, but Mrs Hudson insists that her friend is innocent. The companions discover that the lodger, a civil servant recently returned from India, was living in almost complete seclusion, and that his last act was to scrawl a mysterious message on a scrap of paper. The riddles pile up as aged big game hunger Allan Quartermain is spotted at the scene of the crime when Holmes and Watson investigate. The famous man of mind and the legendary man of acton will make an unlikely team in a case of corruption, revenge, and what can only be described as magic…

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