Book Review: Heart of Granite by James Barclay

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Synopsis: The world has become a battleground in a war which no side is winning. But for those determined to retain power, the prolonged stalemate cannot be tolerated so desperate measures must be taken.

Max Halloran has no idea. He’s living the brief and glorious life of a hunter-killer pilot. He’s an ace in the air, on his way up through the ranks, in love, and with his family’s every need provided for in thanks for his service, Max has everything . . .

. . . right up until he hears something he shouldn’t have, and refuses to let it go. Suddenly he’s risking his life and the lives of all those he cares about for a secret which could expose corruption at the highest levels, and change the course of the war.

One man, one brief conversation . . . a whole world of trouble . . 

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Weekend Rescue

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Working full-time has its ups and downs. As hard as I try, I’m not very good at self-care during the week.

By the time it gets to a Friday night, my skin feels dry, it looks drained and look as exhausted as I feel.

Lately, I’ve been using the weekends as a pick-me-up. My target is to start the week physically feeling better than I ended it.

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Book Review: Paris Ever After by K.S.R Burns

Paris Ever After 1Synopsis: Can Amy’s rocky start in Paris turn into a happy ever after?

Amy didn’t realize how stale her life was until she jetted off to Paris without telling a soul—not even her husband—and had the adventure of a lifetime. Now as she tries to establish herself in the City of Light, she finds that despite a fun (and quirky) group of friends and the ability to indulge in French pastries whenever she wants, reinventing her life is much harder than she imagined.

Then on Amy’s thirtieth birthday, two unexpected visitors leave her wondering if she will soon be saying au revoir to Paris and the new life she’s struggled to build. Her estranged husband, Will, shows up—but is he interested in reconciliation or separation? And a young woman who arrives on Amy’s doorstep unleashes chaos that could push Amy out into the street.

As Amy’s Parisian dream starts to fall apart, she must decide: return to the stability of Will and Phoenix (if that’s even still an option) or forge her way forward in Paris? Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy cafés, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart.

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Book Review: Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

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Synopsis: War. Heresy. Madness. 

Shuos Jedao is unleashed. The long-dead general, preserved with exotic technologies and resurrected by the hexarchate to put down a heretical insurrection, has possessed the body of gifted young captain Kel Cheris.

Now, General Kel Khiruev’s fleet, racing to the Severed March to stop a fresh incursion by the enemy Hafn, has fallen under Jedao’s sway. Only Khiruev’s aide, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, appears able to shake off the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao.

The rogue general seems intent on defending the hexarchate, but can Khiruev – or Brezan – trust him? For that matter, can they trust Kel Command, or will their own rulers wipe out the whole swarm to destroy one man?

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Book Haul (May)

It wasn’t my fault!

Honest, it wasn’t.

I only went onto The Works to buy a friend’s birthday present. And the next thing I know, seven books just happen to have jumped in my basket, and still been there when I checked out.

Actually, only six jumped in. Then I was under the postage, so naturally I had to go and find another.

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I forgot how cheap books from The Works are. Admittedly, you can’t always find what you’re after. But on this occasion, not only did I find something I had only just decided the day before I was going to buy, I also found books that I’ve been struggling to get hold of.

With seven new books taking pride of place on my bookshelf, that could only mean one thing: book haul time!

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Book Review: Eden’s Endgame by Barry Kirwan

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Synopsis: The awesome finale to the Eden Paradox series. In his battle to overrule the galaxy, Qorall unleashes a new weapon. Humanity is low in the galactic order but will play a pivotal role in the ultimate battle at Hell’s End. Heroes fall in this final volume, galactic concepts are challenged, and familiar characters are pushed beyond their limits.

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Book Review: Dragons of Dark by Ava Richardson

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Synopsis: Saffron’s resolve will be tested as the fate of a kingdom hangs in the balance.

 

Young Dragon Rider Saffron and her faithful comrade the rightful king Bower have survived their first battle, but the war for Torvald is far from over. She warns the scholarly prince that they must take action and adapt for the sake of their people, while their enemy—and her relative—King Enric waits in the wings. The powerful mage knows orphaned Saffron wishes for a family above all, and his offer to make her his heir may be too tempting to refuse.

As both dragons and Riders struggle to return to the ways of old, from before the land fell into darkness, the evil king undermines their every move with spies and sabotage. Bower knows their efforts are doomed without a final assault against the palace, but Saffron has doubts. Risking everything in a single attack isn’t what concerns her—it’s what victory may mean.

She knows she must overcome her Maddox nature to save her people. Toppling the ruthless Enric means an end to one deadly threat, but will she be able to resist the temptation to use her wild magic to seize power for herself?

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