Top 5 Books of 2019 (So far!)

Hey guys! Since I recently did the mid-year freak out book tag, I thought I’d have a look at what some of my favourite reads have been for the first half of 2019. So far I’ve read 51 books and I’ve only rated 5 of them 5 stars so I haven’t had many that have blown my socks off. You probably already know what these are since I’ve gushed about them a fair bit.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab: V.E. Schwab deserves so much love. She has easily become one of my favourite authors and I haven’t even read all of her books yet! The ones I have read I have fallen in love with her writing, her characters and her worlds. I thought her Shades of Magic series was fantastic and nothing could beat it but then I read her Villains series and what can I say? It became my new favourite. Vengeful was such an exciting read. I know Victor and Eli are very evil characters but I love them – they are really fascinating characters! I just love how they started out wanting to be heroes and had completely good intentions but then it all went quickly downhill. I can’t say a lot about this one since it’s the sequel but please know that it was the easiest 5 stars I’ve ever given!

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare: As soon as this book was announced I knew it would be 5 stars, come on. A book about Alec and Magnus? Two of my absolute favourite characters? Hell yes. This was a surprisingly short book for Cassie – I guess you could say it was short but sweet. I loved being able to see their tentative first steps in their relationship and watching it grow throughout. I desperately wanted more of these two in The Mortal Instruments so I was very pleased with this one. I can’t wait for the next book!

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REVIEW: A Shroud of Leaves by Sage Westfield

40BB6962-79E1-44A7-AF65-9717D4474BE0Title: A Shroud of Leaves by Rebecca Alexander
Pages: 400
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 9th July 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

Archaeologist Sage Westfield has her first forensics case: investigating the murder of a teenage girl. Hidden by holly leaves, the girl’s body has been discovered on the grounds of a stately home, where another teenage girl went missing twenty years ago – but her body was never found. The police suspect the reclusive owner, Alistair Chorleigh, who was questioned but never charged. But when Sage investigates a nearby burial mound – and uncovers rumours of an ancient – she discovers the story of another mysterious disappearance over a hundred years ago. Sage will need both her modern forensics skills and her archaeological knowledge to unearth the devastating truth.

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REVIEW: On My Life by Angela Clarke

On My LifeTitle: On My Life by Angela Clarke
Pages: 384
Published by: Mulholland Books
Publication date: 11th July 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis:

Framed. Imprisoned. Pregnant.

Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it…

Locked up to await trial, surrounded by prisoners who’d hurt her if they knew what she’s accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what she needs to do:

Clear her name
Save her baby
Find the killer

But can she do it in time?

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REVIEW: The Vinyl Detective: Flip Back by Andrew Cartmel (The Vinyl Detective #4)

5E4DAC64-6A65-4275-AE48-656CD3AE06D0Title: The Vinyl Detective: Flip Back by Andrew Cartmel
Pages: 416
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 14th May 2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

At the height of their success, the electric folk band Black Dog invited journalists to a desolate island for an infamous publicity stunt: the burning of a million dollars. But the stunt backfired and the band split up, increasing the value of their final album vastly. It’s this album that Tinkler’s got his eye on, and he hires none other than the Vinyl Detective and Nevada to hunt a copy down.

Narrowly avoiding a killing spree, negotiating deranged Black Dog fans, and being pursued by hack celebrity Stinky Stamner and his camera crew, the Vinyl Detective and Nevada discover that perhaps all was not as it seemed on Holy Island – and that in the embers of that fire are clues of a motive for murder…

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REVIEW: The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive

The Manhattan ProjectTitle: The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive
Pages: 320
Published by: Black and White Publishing
Publication date: 16 May 2019
Genre: Crime Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

New York City is under attack.

Tsan Yohoto is CEO of Yamoura Pharmaceuticals, a multinational drug company. The atomic bomb at Hiroshima wiped out his family and he’s waited his whole life for revenge. Now, at last, the time is right. The target is New York and his chosen weapon is bioterrorism – invisible, deadly, undetectable. If he succeeds, millions will die and the American Dream will become its ultimate nightmare.

New York copy John Wyse knows the city streets inside out. When he’s assigned a brutal murder case down by the river, something doesn’t add up. As he figures it out, he can scarcely believe what he’s discovered. New York, gripped with fear, is descending into chaos. Can Wyse unravel the plot and save millions from catastrophe? And will anyone believe him about what’s happening before it’s too late?

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REVIEW: Warlock Holmes: The Sign of Nine by G.S. Denning (Warlock Holmes #4)

23E49F56-6330-4FC0-87B7-A38F4B0408EBTitle: Warlock Holmes: The Sign of Nine by G.S. Denning
Pages: 400
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 21st May 2019
Genre: Crime Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

Warlock Holmes may have demons in his head, but now Dr. John Watson has a mummy in his bloodstream. Specifically that of the sorcerer Xantharaxes, who, when shredded and dissolved in a seventy-percent solution, produces some extremely odd but useful prophetic dreams. There’s also the small matter of Watson falling for yet another damsel-du-jour, and Warlock deciding that his companion needs some domestic bliss…

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REVIEW: Warlock Holmes: My Grave Ritual by G.S. Denning (Warlock Holmes #3)

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Title: Warlock Holmes: My Grave Ritual by G.S. Denning
Pages: 300
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 15th May 2018
Genre: Crime Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis:

As they blunder towards doom, Warlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson find themselves inconvenienced by a variety of eldritch beings. Christmas brings a goose that doesn’t let being cooked slow it down; they meet an electricity demon, discover why being a redhead is even tricker than one might imagine, and Holmes attempts an Irish accent. And, naturally, Moriarty is hanging around… in some form or other.

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