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julesG
Belladonna | Adalyn Grace
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Mehso-so

Review from #AugustARCs about a month late 🙄🙄🙄

The audiobook of this YA gothic/paranormal fantasy novel was good, but the story was a bit long-winded for my taste. There was too much woe-be-me by the main character Signa. The mysteries were, given I had paid attention from the start, obvious to me.

If you liked Kingdom of the Wicked, you will certainly like this book. After all, it's a story of romance between a not-so-mere mortal and Death.

Velvetfur Great cover though isn't it 😊 2mo
julesG @Velvetfur Changed the picture, I like the UK cover (left) more. 2mo
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ozma.of.oz
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#BookSpinBingoResults are in for August! Two! Two bingos! Woohoo!

#BookSpin and one #Roll100 book finished! Two for #AugustARCs !

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AmyG
Ashton Hall | Lauren Belfer
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Finished my 4th ARC…as was my goal for #20in24. Also 4 ARCs for #AugustArcs

This was a good story of a woman, Hannah, and her son visiting Ashton Hall, where her dying uncle lives. There she gets her life in order and investigates one of the inhabitants, Isabella Cresham, whose body was found in Ashton Hall by Hannah‘s son. Seems she lived there in the late 1600s.

@Andrew65 @Clwojick

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 3mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
The Parlour Game | Jennifer Renshaw
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Pickpick

This turned out to be a really good Gothic horror novel. Ivy is a main character with whom it's easy to empathise & become invested in what happens to her. The strange atmosphere & sense of foreboding at the Blackham home is evoked well & although I did guess some of the twists, I didn't guess them all.

(Continued in comments)

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4866841510

#AugustARCs @clwojick

OutsmartYourShelf I'm not sure if there will be a sequel, but there really should be because of that ending & the fact that there are several loose ends that need finishing up. There was a slightly issue with pacing as it seemed to go on just a little too long, but it's a minor quibble. Overall I rated it a 4🌟 read.

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, BooksGoSocial, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley
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Rehesina I think there is a sequel! Because it‘s part of a whole series! 1mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
Belladonna | Adalyn Grace
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Pickpick

I've been waiting for a book that completely swept me away for a while & it's finally here. I absolutely loved the supernatural mystery side of things. Signa (I kept misreading her name as Sigma) is one of those main characters that starts off a bit annoying but then grows on you. (Continues in comments)

4.5🌟

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4657792116

#AugustARCs @clwojick
#20in4 @andrew65

OutsmartYourShelf Now love triangles are not one of my favourite tropes by a long shot, & yes, the romance was a little “OMG he's so hot“ (there are a couple of quite steamy sex scenes in the book), & there are some problematic aspects. As characters though, both Sylas (handsome stable boy) & Death (yes, Death is one of the trio) were rather intriguing. 3mo
OutsmartYourShelf Overall the mystery element & the writing won out over the romance for me, even though I did guess the guilty party & the twist. 4.5 stars (rounded up)

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley
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Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Pickpick

I thought this was a moving account of a tragic story. Starting with the lives of Robert's parents, the authors take the reader through the early history of the family, to the events of that night, & the aftermath. It was sensitively done, keeping the shocking nature of the murders but not sensationalising them. 4🌟

TW: stalking, violence, domestic abuse, death of a child, death of pregnant women, death of a pet.

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Dundurn Press, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4657771164

#AugustARCs @clwojick
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OutsmartYourShelf
Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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Pickpick

This is an excellent read with a nod to Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None'. I found it a bit difficult to get into for the first 20%, but when the murders start to happen things pick up considerably. I ended up flying through the last 70% of the book in one day! The family were an interesting group of characters, but the nicest was Poppins the dog, a sweet Old English sheepdog (no harm comes to Poppins if anyone was worried). 4.5🌟

OutsmartYourShelf I had begun to work out some of what was happening but that final twist was great. It turns everything you've read on its head. The creepy poems were also a nice touch. I recommend this to anyone who like dark thrillers, especially 'locked room' scenarios, & the only reason I didn't award it full marks was the for the first 20% where I struggled.

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Pan Macmillan, for the opportunity to read an ARC.
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Andrew65 Totally agree with all of your review, and it does take a bit to get into it - but well worth it in the end. 3mo
Clwojick Glad to hear it was good! This is one of my most anticipated 🖤 3mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Pickpick

This sounded like a fast-paced action-packed read, but the first half was surprisingly mundane. Somewhere around the 48% mark, I was really beginning to regret not DNF-ing this one, but the author actually pulled it round in the second half of the book, & I ended up being glad I hadn't quit.

If you like action thrillers which don't worry too much about characterisation, you'd probably enjoy this. 3.5🌟

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Hodder & Stoughton, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4495936087

#AwesomeAugust @andrew65
#AugustARCs @clwojick
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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Mehso-so

As a debut book, I thought this was quite good. It got off to a decent start, but then seemed to falter in pace a little towards the middle. As an MC Jen is, how can I put this, just a little bit dim at times. The men are (mostly) all a bit sleazy & you can't for the life of you understand why Jen keeps chasing after a guy who should have a neon sign around his neck saying “He's just not that into you“.

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OutsmartYourShelf Overall it's a mixed bag but the author has talent & potential for future books. 3⭐

My thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Embla Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC. #NetGalley

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4853247613

#AwesomeAugust @andrew65

#AugustARCs @clwojick
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Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
Clwojick Fantastic! 🎉 3mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
From Inside the House | WD Jackson-Smart
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Pickpick

The first book was very creepy in parts, & whilst this one dispenses with the paranormal angle, it's just as chilling in a different way. The murders are described in detail from the point of view of the victims, & it's pretty grim. The pace is perfect, there's no lull in the middle, & the reader is kept on the edge of their seat. Overall it was a gripping if gruesome read, & I look forward to reading the next book in the series. 4🌟

OutsmartYourShelf My thanks to the author & publishers, Bloodhound Books, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

Full Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4915447203

#AwesomeAugust @andrew65

#AugustARCs @clwojick
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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3mo
Clwojick Woohoo! 🎉👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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