Thriller Thursday

Bringing you Thriller Thursday again, and this one was meant to go up in October, you know, before the move threw everything up in the air and laughed at my plans.

So.

Let me present to you one of my newly faved thriller series that I’ve had the joy to start this year.

The Reprobation Series

 

Catherine Fearns is an amazing author and she has put so much research and creativity in these books that there’s no way I couldn’t love this series. So, prepare to hear me fangirl screech…you know as usual when I love a book.

I mean it’s got murder mysteries, demonic occult, supernatural, metal bands, and more!

ARE YOU NOT INTRIGUED?!

The reason I’ve waited on posting about these books on my blog is simply because I was waiting to read the third book, and now that I’ve finished it, it’s time!

We’ll start with book one!

Reprobation

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GoodReads:

Are you one of the elect?

Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.

When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.

Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell.

Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.

 

My Review

 

I hadn’t heard of this book before and how much I regret not reading this sooner! I loved so much about this. Firstly, we have a Calvinist Nun and the lead singer of a Norwegian Metal band solving crimes together, it’s like the metalhead version of Father Brown haha, and in the best ways.

We have a few characters at play and the way Fearns hints at the supernatural and otherworldly is perfect, she combines Christian mythology/theology with a police procedural to give you a spectacular murder mystery and the set up for a great set of books. Not to mention she keeps the length of the novel perfect, not overwhelming you or bogging it down unnecessarily so the pacing is just right. All too often a great thriller can be diminished by carrying on too long but Fearns doesn’t make this mistake.

What I really enjoy is Fearns giving us a new twist to murders/murder mysteries, she keeps it fresh which for someone like me who reads a copious amount of thrillers, well, it’s so nice!

Fearns provided me a copy of her awesome novel in exchange for my honest review.

 

Onto Book 2…

Consuming Fire

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GoodReads:
What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen.

Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.

A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.

In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

 

My Review

Another knockout novel by Catherine Fearns! In this one, we continue with this thread of the unknown and supernatural that was introduced so wonderfully in book one and Fearns expands on it while keeping true to this also being a mystery as well. There’s once more a lot of theological ideas and they’re all put in a way for the readers to understand but it’s clear that Fearns has done her research.

This time the focus was more on Darren and even his partner Matt rather than Dr. Helen Hope. I do admit to missing Helen and Mikko interacting but I was also so happy to get to know more of Darren and the rest of his ‘squad.’

The ending for this was such an epic ending that I cannot wait for the next book, I am left waiting on pins and needles.

What I really enjoy is Fearns giving us a new twist to murders/murder mysteries, she keeps it fresh which for someone like me who reads a copious amount of thrillers, well, it’s so nice!

Can’t wait to read the next one!

Fearns provided me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review which I am very happy to give. 

 

Finally, Book 3!

Sound (The Reprobation Series Book 3)

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GoodReads:
Can you hear it?

A professor of psychoacoustics is found dead in his office. It appears to be a heart attack, until a second acoustician dies a few days later in similar circumstances.

Meanwhile, there’s an outbreak of mysterious illnesses on a council estate, and outbursts of unexplained violence in a city centre nightclub. Not to mention strange noises coming from the tunnels underneath Liverpool. Can it really be a coincidence that death metal band Total Depravity are back in the city, waging their own form of sonic warfare?

Detective Inspector Darren Swift is convinced there are connections. Still grieving his fiancé’s death and sworn to revenge, he is thrown back into action on the trail of a murderer with a terrifying and undetectable weapon.

But this case cannot be solved using conventional detective work, and D.I. Swift will need to put the rulebook aside and seek the occult expertise of Dr. Helen Hope and her unlikely sidekick, guitarist Mikko Kristensen.

 

My Review

You may have noticed that the other two reviews were already on GoodReads but not this one, it’s being written here first. Wooo, celebrate.

This continues much where we left off with Darren. He’s been on leave after the crushing ending to ‘Consuming Fire’ and the events that seem too weird to be true continue to happen.

However this has nothing more to do with fire and everything to do with sound.

There’s a new case, two murders both staff, lecturers/experts in acoustics, one in psychoacoustics and also has synesthesia.

[I will say it was so interesting to have a character with synesthesia, it’s something we talked about a bit in Uni as part of the music program but I only knew of one person who had it, so that already caught my interest.]

The excitement I had in knowing Mikko was back was like a kid on Christmas, he is my favorite but also I love the chemistry between Mikko and Helen. This also means the band was back too, and it’s great.

The tension building from the last two books is palpable, it was coming off the page and making me sit hunched over in earnest as I read.

There’s another metal band, though, different sub-genre than our lovable gang, and they were such a cool part of the book, their concert definitely left me with some atmospheric chills.

There was a twist that I DID NOT see coming and I was SHOOK by it haha, like I can’t believe it happened, it was intricately weaved in from book one and I still had no inkling it was going to happen.

Forest was in this again and as horrible as he was, I was happy and satisfied with his ending but I’ll keep the spoilers to myself. This also has left a lot of questions though at the end of this book, wondering what will happen to my favorite trio next. Helen and Mikko especially, as I will go down with that ship.

Darren seems to be engaging in something that could prove to be a crazy awesome thread to continue on.

Another success by Fearns, and possibly my favorite of the three! Thank you to Fearns for providing me a copy of the book, and in exchange I’ve given my honest review.

 

 

 

 

The Shadow Prince – Blog Tour

Hey guys, hope everyone is doing alright, I’ll be doing another blog tour post today, yesterday was the last day I needed to spend deep cleaning the old place [and filling in nail holes lol because I love to hang up pictures]. This means more time back on bloghopping and everything else because I won’t be practically comatose by the time I get on my laptop.

Anyway, here we go, on to the good stuff!

The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment, #0.5)

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Synopsis:

Prequel novella to the award-winning YA fantasy series Mortal Enchantment. Discover a world of elemental powers, courage, duty, sacrifice, forbidden romance and a war for the very elements of life. 

Sixteen-year-old Rowan is an elemental prince. Banished to the mortal world, he doubts he will ever return to Avalon and claim the fire court throne. Until he receives a challenge from his estranged mother. If he slays Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental, princess of the air court, she will abdicate her throne. Is he capable of completing such a heinous task? And what price will he pay if he refuses? 

Perfect for fans of Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas. 

“Filled with betrayal and intrigue, The Shadow Prince is a dark and twisty novella from an exciting new author!” Katee Robert, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

The Shadow Prince is part of the
Mortal Enchantment box set: https://amzn.to/31vk2WN
Book Information:
Title: The Shadow Prince
By Stacey O’Neale
Series #: Mortal Enchantment #0.5
Publication date: March 25th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Purchase Links

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My Review

I love novellas, especially when they’re used as teasers for series and so I definitely enjoyed this one. It was of course a very quick read and got you interested enough to want to read more.

Another thing with novellas though means that there’s not exactly going to be a five paragraph review for it, haha. But it’s not needed.

O’Neale has a nice clear style of writing and her characters and world seem to be very expansive, I want to know more about the Gabriel hounds, the elementals and the different kingdoms, but she gave us enough to satisfy us while reading this…and to automatically make you want to go read ‘Storm Born.’

Rowan’s a sympathetic character, he’s young and isolated from his people and despite how his mother has ruled, he wants to be his own leader and change things for his fire court.

However, will he ever get a chance to be king?

Just when it seems his time to rule has come, Rowan’s given a task. If he slays Kalin though as he’s been ordered, is he really any better than his mother as a leader?

I loved how conflicted he was and also I was immediately intrigued by Kalin.

Hands down though, Rowan’s best friend Marcus was my favorite character, he seemed so loyal and awesome.

Anyway this is a solid intro to a fantasy series and you can bet I’ll be reading ‘Storm Born’ next. Thanks to Xpresso Tours for a copy of the eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Other Books in the Series

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About the Author

Stacey

Award-winning author, Stacey O’Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult fantasy and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Author Links

Website | GoodReads | Facebook | Twitter

 

Giveaway

Win a $25.00 Amazon Giftcard! [INT]
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Photographer of the Lost

Hey everyone, I am excited as this is my second really highly rated book on the same day to have a blog tour for, and it’s only the second day of the month! Woo!

 

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Until she knows her husband’s fate, she cannot decide her own… An epic novel of forbidden love, loss, and the shattered hearts left behind in the wake of World War I 
1921: Families are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many survivors of the Great War have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie’s husband Francis has not come home. He is considered ‘missing in action’, but when Edie receives a mysterious photograph taken by Francis in the post, hope flares. And so she beings to search. 
Harry, Francis’s brother, fought alongside him. He too longs for Francis to be alive, so they can forgive each other for the last things they ever said. Both brothers shared a love of photography and it is that which brings Harry back to the Western Front. Hired by grieving families to photograph gravesites, as he travels through battle-scarred France gathering news for British wives and mothers, Harry also searches for evidence of his brother. 
And as Harry and Edie’s paths converge, they get closer to a startling truth. 
An incredibly moving account of an often-forgotten moment in history, The Photographer of the Lost tells the story of the thousands of soldiers who were lost amid the chaos and ruins, and the even greater number of men and women desperate to find them again. 
Every photograph has a story, every story needs an ending. 
Book Information:
Written By: Caroline Scott
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Published On: 31st October 2019
Format: Hardback
Price: £12.99

My Review

I remember the first time I read ‘The Book Thief’ it utterly consumed me on an emotional level, it was rare that a non-fantasy book could have such a huge impact on me. That was a while ago, but, last night as I was reading the last few pages [because of course I procrastinate] I knew that this review was going to be raw to write.

This book is SO poetic in its prose, it’s very rare for me to enjoy books written in present tense in general, but after just simply noting it was in fact in present tense, I never gave that a second thought. It was engrossing, emotional, endearing, so many other awesome e words I’m sure, but really it was just simply amazing.

Harry’s job may seem morbid on paper but he tries to provide answers and closure to those who hire him,. but what he has trouble facing is his own future and feelings, so he turns to them to help blot out what he cannot change or figure out.

Harry lost two brothers during the war, his eldest brother also being Edie’s husband. One day Edie receives a photograph of her MIA presumed dead husband, and it brings the past hurtling forward while throwing the future up in the air, tilting everything on its side.

This book was a journey, a spiritual and, as I said already, emotional one.

The perspectives shift, Harry and Edie at various point during and after the war. There’s loss, grief at its rawest form, and love in perhaps its most vulnerable form.

So many now have not realized that after the war was sometimes as hard as during, though this is continually true for anyone who has been affected by war. After WWI it was the issue of not being able to locate your loved ones, not knowing if they were dead or alive, never knowing where they would be buried, and this is something that most in the Western World hadn’t dealt with on such a large scale.

It was a perfect point to use in history, so often overshadowed and I loved that Scott used this. Her writing style was practically flawless for me and the book is one I intend to carry in my heart for the rest of my life.

You felt as if you were looking through War Torn France with them through a majority of it, and their emotions slid from the page to your heart.

I don’t want to give away more of what happens, but, suffice to say if you have any interest in a book set post WWI that will fill your heart, this one is for you.

Thank you to Anne and the Publisher for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review as part of the blog tour.

 

About the Author

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Caroline completed a PhD in History at the University of Durham. She developed a particular interest in the impact of the First World War on the landscape of Belgium and France, and in the experience of women during the conflict – fascinations that she was able to pursue while she spent several years working as a researcher for a Belgian company. Caroline is originally from Lancashire, but now lives in southwest France.

 

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Tears of Frost – Blog Tour

 

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Synopsis:
The electric second book in the Heart of Thorns trilogy explores the effects of power in a dark magical kingdom—and the fierce courage it takes to claim your body as your own.
Mia Rose is back from the dead. Her memories are hazy, her body numb—but she won’t stop searching. Her only hope to save the boy she loves and the sister who destroyed her is to find the mother she can never forgive. Pilar is on a hunt of her own. Betrayed by her mother, and plagued by a painful secret, she’s determined to seek out the only person who can exact revenge. All goes according to plan… until she collides with Prince Quin, the boy whose sister she killed.
As Mia, Pilar, and Quin forge dangerous new alliances, they are bewitched by the snow kingdom’s promise of freedom and opportunity. But with the winter solstice drawing near, they must confront the truth beneath the glimmering ice, as lines between friend, foe, and lover vanish like snowflakes on a flame.
Book Information:
Tears of Frost
(Heart of Thorns #2)
By 
Bree Barton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: November 5th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Purchase Links

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My Review

It’s not very often that a sequel manages to be so amazing in my opinion but ‘Tears of Frost’ is possibly greater than ‘Heart of Thorns’ the story line continues on from the amazing clash of events in book one and book two continues to rip your heart out and mash it in little pieces. Like most good authors and books tend to do.

Pilar is probably my ultimate favorite, she has so many layers, of course she’s not the only complex character in this amazing world but she is the one I also tend to relate to the most.

There are a few shocking revelations that will have you going ‘NO’ while reading, I feel I did this out loud at least 3-4x just to give you an indication, haha.

Quin probably has the biggest shift out of the characters, and he goes through SO MUCH.

The pacing is incredible, this felt like it was just two hundred pages instead of the 450+ and I got lost in the story.

The revelations, seriously, I cannot get over them. But more than anything, Bree has put so much heart in this book. You feel the emotions rattling you from the inside out as you realize just how much everyone in this book feels many have been taught to follow their heart or their instincts but what happens when that isn’t good enough for some? What happens when that leads some of our favorite characters astray?

If you’re looking to start a new series I would definitely recommend ‘Heart of Thorns’ and if you’ve read it, you’ll definitely want to be read to read ‘Tears of Frost’ as it hits shelves on November 5. I have to say it was a lot of fangirling in my notes, the awesome feminism and LGBTQ rep continues and impresses me once again. I love that the characters are simply who they are, Quin has had to deal with some coming to terms on his desires, but, the refreshing take that most are just as they are, that women can love women, that a person can love a man or a woman and it’s not even cause for the blink of an eye is great.

Again, so much heartache and yet there was this hint of hope, I have my fingers crossed for them all and cannot wait for book three. ….Is it out yet?

Thank you to TFFBC for the chance to participate in this tour and to Katherine Tegen Books for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

 

Favorite Quotes

_...survival did not come in a silken bonnet. Survival meant dirt and blood under your fingernails.

_The Prince didn't look pretty. He looked real._

_If a person wasn't in control of their lies, did it still count as lying__

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_It's remarkable how often the word 'civilize' has been used in place of 'oppress.'_

_Regret eroded you from the inside out, like a poison. Shame was a curved blade. It eviscerated you, scooped out all the parts you thought were worthy. Shame carved an empty space nothing could ever fill._

Bree’s Awesome Playlist

Gettin’ Frosty Spotify Playlist

 

 

About the Author

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Bree Barton is the author of Heart of Thorns (KT/HarperCollins 2018), the first in a series of fierce feminist fantasy novels. Her books have been published in seven countries and four languages. When she’s not crafting a story, Bree teaches dance and writing to teen girls. You can find her on Instagram @SpeakBreely. She lives in Los Angeles but dreams of the northern lights.

Author Links

GoodReads | Website | Youtube | Instagram

Giveaway

1st Prize: Win a TEARS OF FROST bundle: signed hardcover copies of HoT and ToF, HoT bookmark, ToF bookmark, HoT candle, ToF candle (US ONLY)

2nd Prize: Win a TEARS OF FROST goodies bundle: signed bookplate, HoT bookmark, ToF bookmark, and a customized poem in the style of the epigraph (INT)

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Ends: November 13th, 2019

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Safe House – Blog Tour

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

I’m doing my rewind post tomorrow because frankly I can’t be bothered and I got a fun tour post today, which as a thriller, fits nicely on Halloween. [Today is also its publication day, so yay for that!]

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Blurb:
Charlie just wants to be forgotten but everyone else wants to know her story… 
The morning after a terrible storm, a woman turns up in a remote Cornish village. She has bought the crumbling cottage that has lain empty for over a decade, and she’s going to make it her home. She calls herself Charlie, but it’s a name she’s only had for a few days. She keeps herself to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. Because Charlie has a secret. 
Charlie was in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. But Lee Fisher wasn’t a murderer to her; he was the man she loved. Convinced of his innocence, Charlie said she was with him the night a young woman was killed. That lie cost her everything. 
And now she has the chance to start again. But someone is watching her, waiting for her, wondering if she’s really payed the price for what she did. 
Book Information
Publisher: Harvill Secker [Vintage Imprint]
Publication Date: 31, October, 2019
Format: Hardback & eBook

Purchase Link

The ebook will be 99p throughout November!

My Review

Hey all, first off thank you so much to Vintage [and NetGalley] for giving me a copy of the eARC in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the tour.

When they reached out and asked if I wanted to read and review this for a tour, how could I say no? Creepy awesome thriller for a Halloween timed tour? I was all in.

And I have no regrets!

This is as creepy and awesome as the blurb made it sound. You switch around between the cop Naz at the prologue, Charlie in the present, the creepy vigilante justice seeker [super creepy], and Charlie before she was Charlie.

You really do connect with her, I have to say it was a nice change of pace. I tend to be detached from protagonists in Thrillers, especially if they’re not the broody detective that you secretly want to cheer for and cuddle in a blanket.

I still wanted to wrap Charlie in a blanket lol. As you read the book there are certain things that have already been in motion before we were privy to the story or that happened int he past and you read about it and you’re just like ‘nooo don’t do that!’ and I liked the element of going between the past and present but not overlapping almost at all. It’s hard to not overlap too much but Jakeman pulls it off effortlessly.

This book also has the ability to make you pick it up and read it in a sitting, haha I picked it up thinking I would only read a few chapters, bam, I was done and sitting there in slight awe after finishing it.

There were some style elements that happen in all thrillers and personally I LIKE when things can be slightly formulaic so that’s what made it a solid thriller for me.

I can honestly say I’ll pick up another book by Jakeman again…and again after reading ‘Safe House.’

If you’re looking for a thriller with just the right amount of twists and turns and creepiness, I present to you this book. 3.5 Huge cups of coffee from me! Now to read her debut thriller, ‘Sticks and Stones.’

 

About the Author

JO JAKEMAN was the winner of the Friday Night Live 2016 competition at the York Festival of Writing. Born in Cyprus, she worked for many years in the City of London before moving to Derbyshire with her husband and twin boys. Safe House is her second novel and Sticks and Stones was her debut thriller.

 

Hood Academy – Blog Tour

 

 

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GoodReads:
Will she follow the pack…or destroy them?
A dead mother. A violent father. A missing brother.
When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.
Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.
Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.
Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.
Loyalty, friendships, and family bonds are tested as Mia discovers her true identity, but will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?

My Review

If you’re looking for something packed with action and werewolves, may I present to you ‘Hood Academy?’

Mia has had a rough life, the only one who ever seemed to be on her side was her brother but he left when she was a child and that meant Mia was stuck with their violent tempered father. A man changed after the death of his wife, unfortunately in the worst ways and habits.

This means that Mia is naturally wary of people, hard to trust others and always having to be at her toughest. After the death of her father though, she’s picked up by her Uncle and taken to a school he runs, Hood Academy. Her Uncle claims this is a school for gifted girls, but, not in the academic sense. They’re hunters.

Werewolf hunters.

The academy seemed awesome and I enjoyed learning about the girls and their curriculum and the history to this secret school.

One thing that annoyed me was that after the halfway point, because it’s actually two books in one, we do get reminded of past events in book one, but I didn’t realize this until after I finished reading, so, just know, this is actually two books, the two parts are the titles of the original two. There’s ‘Oath Breaker’ and ‘Oath Keeper.’

This actually makes so much more sense and I wish I had done a bit more research before getting annoyed haha as I read both books as one rather larger book.

Anyway, you get to see Mia go through some huge changes and not just to do with being a hunter, or the werewolves or even the academy but she learns to find her place in the world, to find her own ‘pack.’

There’s a great mentor, the answers to where her brother went, the truth of the werewolves and hunters and so many startling revelations about Mia and her life.

I think for me it may have been a little too much action at times which is why I gave this only 3 stars, I wanted more down time, to get to know Mia more as it felt like we were rushing through her development and the plot because there was so much to do.

But that could be exactly what makes this a four star/five star read for you!

If you like things like werewolves and YA you’ll enjoy this, I know I did. Also I would recommend this to fans of ‘Twilight’ or maybe ‘Vampire Academy,’ if you’re looking for a more compact read.

Anyway, three cups of coffee for me, this book was entertaining and if you divide it into two, they’re both quick reads and with a satisfying conclusion. A story of love, action, adventure, and of course, werewolves!

Thank you to BHC Press and NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

About the Author

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I’m a genre straddling English author of motivational self-help titles and young adult fantasy fiction. My sensible side writes non-fiction books to inspire you to survive and thrive, and my cheeky and playful side writes young adult fiction to remind you to nurture that inner teen.
My passions include history, visiting castles, eating pizza and obsessing over to-do lists.

Author Links

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The Art of Sherlock Holmes [USA 1] – Blog Tour

 

 

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Blurb:
The Art of Sherlock Holmes-USA Edition 1 is truly unique. While there have been literally hundreds of Holmes pastiches written before our first volume, The Art of Sherlock Homes-West Palm Beach, there had never been a volume where Holmes short stories were interpreted by such accomplished artists. 
In this first USA edition, thirteen world-class artists who live and create in the United States have each had a story assigned to them – specifically dependent on the particular talent of each artist. Whether the interpretations be from the forms of surrealist, contemporary, realist, digital, minimalist, symbolism, or an amalgam of various forms, each piece of art created is unique, hypnotic, mesmerizing and unforgettable.  Each created specifically to express the essence of each incredible Holmes story. 
The thirteen stories herein range from the impossibly baffling (except for Holmes) to the humorous, paranormal, or simply intellectually intricate. You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make delicious Holmes meals of mystery. But please remember, art is in the eye of the beholder. So we hope you’ll appreciate each creation for what it is: an inimitable interpretation of a truly unique Holmes story. 
For those of you who get lost in abstract art, our abstract artists have provided an explanation of what their art means in relation to the story they’ve interpreted. 
The Art of Sherlock Holmes books are curated by Phil Growick, himself a renowned Holmes author.
Book Information:
Pages
208
 Publisher
MX Publishing (24 October 2019)
ISBN (hardcover – standard edition)
9781787054714
ISBN (hardcover – special edition)
0781787054707

Purchase Links

Amazon US | MX Site | Amazon UK

 

My Review

Another great collaboration of artists and authors in a common goal to share in a love of Sherlock Holmes. Once more I loved every single art piece used in association with the stories. They breathe color and life into the world of Holmes, and I enjoyed the stories as well. There were a few rather amusing stories, some involving the Circus, but at the heart of every story there was Watson and Holmes. [Or in one case or two, mostly Watson, and who can say that isn’t appropriate given his loyal chronicling of our masterful sleuth?]

It’s a quick read in the best of ways, 13 stories that while done by 13 different authors flow seamlessly together, taking you from one adventure to the next.

At the start of each story there is the art, and it is a wonderful tool to put you in the right mood/mindset for the story about to be unfurled.

I was impressed how many authors, yet again as I reviewed the last ‘Art of Sherlock’ book, were able to capture the true heart of Doyle’s writing. Watson is most faithfully written in each of the stories, as is Holmes, and I was rather glad that the authors achieved this while giving us new adventures of the duo.

There were a couple of stories that had me in the end giving this 3.5 rather than a full 4 cups of coffee, but the majority of the stories were brilliant and without fault, there were just a couple of nuances in two of the stories that I was rather distracted by. On the whole though I would definitely recommend this to any fan of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. But I also did have such a deep affection for other of the stories, especially ‘Circus Belle.’

The art was hands down the best part and I could go through and flip through those pictures all day they’re just so much fun to look at and vary so much in style.

Thank you to Caroline and MX Publishing for a chance to read this in exchange for my honest review as part of the blog tour.

 

The Art

 

About Phil Growick

Phil Growick ran one of the world’s leading executive search firms in the advertising industry. Phil’s network in the creative world is unparalleled which is perfect for artist acquisition. Now living in West Palm, Phil is heavily involved in the local art community and as a two-time Sherlock Holmes novelist came up with the concept of combining two of his passions – art and Holmes.
“You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make a delicious Holmes meal of mystery: inimitable interpretations of truly unique Holmes stories.”

Author Links

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About MX Publishing

MX is the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories is the world’s largest new Sherlock stories collection with twelve bestselling volumes in the last four years – with three more volumes due in May 2019. Over 100 authors have taken part in the anthology including NY Times best sellers Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Lyndsay Faye and Bonnie MacBird.

The collection raises money for the Stepping Stones School ( a school for children with learning disabilities) at Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home which carries the Estate’s Conan Doyle Seal. The collection has overwhelming support from leading Sherlockians worldwide. MX are in a perfect position to bring the best in Holmes fiction and the Sherlock fan base to the project. 

MX’ other project is the Happy Life Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya. Twinned with Stepping Stones, Happy Life has saved the lives of over 600 abandoned babies in the last two decades. The project has expanded to include a school and paediatric hospital.

MX Links

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Art of Sherlock Holmes Instagram

 

The Rest of the Tour

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Author & Artists List

  1. The Vampire of The Lyceum

Artist        Alex Arshanky
Authors     Charles Veley and Anna Elliott

Conan Doyle Estate Link – https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/16-the-vampire-of-the-lyceum


  1. The Adventure of the Pharoh’s Tablet 

Artist          Aaron Schwartz
Author       Robert Perret

Conan Doyle Estate:
https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/17-the-adventure-of-the-pharoh-s-tablet

  1. The Adventure of The Missing Link 

Artist           Bruce Helander
Author         David Marcum

Conan Doyle Estate – https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/18-the-adventure-of-the-missing-link

  1. The Case of the Cuneiform Suicide Note 

Artists     Jeffrey and Michael Bisaillion
Author        Mark Mower

  1. The Adventure of The Gypsy Girl 

Artist         Niz
Author        Tony Reynolds 

  1. The Adventure of The Inn On The Marsh 

Artist         Rafael Glückstern Gardos
Author     Denis Smith

  1. Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Tainted Cannister 

Artist         Angela Fegan
Author        Tom Turley

  1. The Mystery of The Scarab Earrings 

Artist         Jhina Alvarado
Author        Thomas Fortenberry

  1. The Adventure of Vittoria, The Circus Belle 

Artist         Andrea Perez Bessin
Author        Tracy Revels

  1. The Woman Returns 

Artist         Christina Major
Author        Richard Paolinelli

  1. Vigor The Hammersmith Wonder 

Artist         Diego Perez
Author        Mike Hogan


  1. The Ghost of Dorset House 

Artist         Krystal Sutton
Author        Tim Symonds


  1. Sherlock Holmes and A Brush With Death 

Artist         Alexander Yulish
Author        Dick Gillman