Book Review: Right on the Monet

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Right on the Monet
By Malcolm Parnell

Book third in the series
Published 29th September 2018
Genre: Mystery/comedy mystery

 

My rating: Shape-Star2-256Shape-Star2-256Shape-Star2-256stargraystargray

 

 

~SYNOPSIS~

New York

Claude Monet painting is stolen

Mediterranean

Of all the things Harry Chase had imagined in his life, being a drummer on a cruise ship band was not one that would have occurred to him. And yet, there he was. Centre stage, behind a young female singer along with his mates, Dave, Tony and Steve.

Which meant that getting involved in a jewellery theft, an on-board massage parlour and the hunt for an Old Master was even further from his mind as he cracked the snare drum.
And yet, this was exactly how he found himself being questioned by Interpol…

~MY REVIEW~

It’s been a long time since I read book written in firstperson narrative and I was a little afraid that this book will be hard to read for me. Luckily my fears didn’t come true and it was really easy and enjoyable read. Most of the dialogues were well written and seemed believable.

The story developed slowly and the case was complicated enough to keep my attention through all book. I like reading books with complex mystery which aren’t too predictable for reader and this one surely wasn’t.

The only problem I have with this book was main character, Harry Chase and the way he treats women. I don’t like when someone treat people like objects and cares only for their sexual appearance. This was the only thing that sometimes made me uncomfortable while reading.

Even if it’s the third book in the series, it can still be read as standalone. I didn’t have any problems with understanding plot.

The ending of the book made me smile. After all it’s really enjoyable read. I would definitely recommended it to people who enjoy reading well-planned mystery.

I received this book as part of a blog tour in exchange for honest review.

~AUTHOR BIO~

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Malcolm Parnell has a passion for painting and teaches art and drawing skills when heis not working on his next novel.
His other passion, apart from his good lady wife, Marion, is Leicester City Football Club. Becoming an author and Leicester win the Premier League have been two of his greatest ambitions realised.

 

 

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September TBR

 

After long summer holiday it’s time to get back to reading! Because many trips and distractions I didn’t manage to read many books this summer so my TBR shelf for September  is a little ambitious. I hope I can make it!

 

 

Twice Dead
By Caitlin Seal

Release date: 18th September

 

Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo rading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir.  Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She’s struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.

But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she’s become an abomination–a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse. She’s been resurrected in order to become a spy for her country. Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue. 

She never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder. Or to fall in love with the young man and former necromancer she is destined to betray.

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Body Swap
By Sylvia McNicoll

Release date: 15th September

 

A fatal collision — who’s to blame? Two bodies, two souls switch in search of justice.

When fifteen-year-old Hallie gets knocked flying by a Hurricane SUV, her life ends without her ever having kissed a boy. At an otherworldly carnival, she meets and argues with the eighty-two-year-old driver, Susan. Both return to life, only with one catch — they’ve swapped bodies.

Now Hallie has wrinkled skin and achy joints while Susan deals with a forehead zit and a crush on a guy who’s a player. Hallie faces a life in a long-term care residence. Susan gets picked up for shoplifting. 

As they struggle with technology, medications, and each other’s fashion foibles, they start to understand and maybe even like each other. But can they work together to prove that a defect in the Hurricane caused the deadly crash? Or will their time run out?

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My Real Name Is Hanna
By Tara Lynn Masih

Release date: 15h September

 

Hanna Slivka is on the cusp of fourteen when Hitler’s army crosses the border into Soviet-occupied Ukraine. Soon, the Gestapo closes in, determined to make the shtetele she lives in “free of Jews.” Until the German occupation, Hanna spent her time exploring Kwasova with her younger siblings, admiring the drawings of the handsome Leon Stadnick, and helping her neighbor dye decorative pysanky eggs. But now she, Leon, and their families are forced to flee and hide in the forest outside their shtetele—and then in the dark caves beneath the rolling meadows, rumored to harbor evil spirits. Underground, they battle sickness and starvation, while the hunt continues above. When Hanna’s father disappears, suddenly it’s up to Hanna to find him—and to find a way to keep the rest of her family, and friends, alive. 

Sparse, resonant, and lyrical, weaving in tales of Jewish and Ukrainian folklore, My Real Name Is Hanna celebrates the sustaining bonds of family, the beauty of a helping hand, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

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Things We Never Said
By Nick Alexander

Release date: 4th September

 

“One day, we’ll be dead, and we still won’t have known each other. Not properly. Because no one ever does.” 

When Catherine learns that she is dying, she remembers the words her husband once jokingly uttered and decides to leave him the ultimate, posthumous gift: a time capsule containing photographs of their life together along with tape recordings in which she recounts every secret she ever kept, every unspoken thought whether loving or treacherous; the things they never said. 

Catherine’s recordings shake up many of Sean’s beliefs, sometimes enraging him and other times soothing with memories of the many joys that make up a life together. 

But even as the tapes provide an emotional roller coaster of surprises, Sean prays that they’ll confirm the one thing he always secretly believed but never dared say out loud: that destiny exists; that their life together was not the result of mere chance.

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The Guilty Dead
By P.J. Tracy

Release date: 11th September

 

Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and close friend of Minnesota’s leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the first anniversary of his son’s drug overdose. It seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide.

Until they realise the left-handed man seems to have used his right hand to pull the trigger.

And they find the second body.

As the seemingly open-and-shut case becomes a murder enquiry, the detectives begin to delve into the dark secrets of one of the city’s most powerful families. It seems the murders are not the first in the Norwoods’ tragic story – and they won’t be the last . . .

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Sadie
By Courtney Summers

Release date: 4th September

 

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. 

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

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In The Afterlight
By Alexandra Bracken

Release date: 28th October 2014
Buddy read: 18th September

 

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. 

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

Sneak Peek Review: Seafire


Seafire
By Natalie C. Parker

Book one in Seafire series
Published August 28th 2018 by Razorbill
Genres: Fantasy || Young Adult

 

 

 

My rating: Shape-Star2-256Shape-Star2-256Shape-Star2-256Shape-Star2-256stargray

 

 

~SYNOPSIS~

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

“Never underestimate the girls of this world.”

 

~MY REVIEW~

Can you imagine Mad Max meeting pirate universe? If not, while reading this book you will definitely do. Natalie C. Parker managed to create amazing world with great pirate battles and strong female characters.

A few years in the past, Caledonia Styx being still young, naive girl, chose to believe soldier form army of Bullets. That costed her and her friend losing their families and everything they had. For next four years they lived dreaming of avenging their families and friend. They rebuilt their old destroyed ship Ghost and gave it a new name: Mors Navis.

After four year the crew of the ship counts fifty two strong girls and women who are ready to fight with warlord’s Aric Athair army. And their captain is Caledonia, who learnt from her mistakes from past and now is ready to lead them and get her revenge which won’t be easy because Bullets are strong and cruel. But what will she do if her best friend is capture by the enemy? Will she be able to safe her or will she make another mistakes which costs her even more?

I definitely will read the rest of this book to find answers for these questions and experience more pirate adventures!

This sneak peek of the book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Group!

Book Review: The Damned, Vol. 1: Three Days Dead


The Damned, Vol. 1: Three Days Dead
By Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt (Illustrator), Bill Crabtree (Colorist)

Book one in The Damned series
Published March 28th 2017 by Oni Press
Genre: Comics | Horror | Fantasy

My rating: Shape-Star2-256Shape-Star2-256twocolorstargraystargray

 

 

 

 

~SYNOPSIS~

During prohibition, gangsters grew rich on our vices, and rivalries between criminal organizations resulted in open war. But unknown to the masses, a more sinister power controlled the crime cartels, using greed, gluttony, lust and other sins to fuel a more lucrative trade: mortal souls. Enter Eddie, a mortal who lost his soul long ago. Caught in the middle of competing demonic families, any other human would’ve gotten the ax long ago. But Eddie’s got a special talent that keeps him on his feet. One man’s curse is another man’s gift.

THE DAMNED is hard-boiled noir with demons, and the team behind THE SIXTH GUN is bringing it back with new colors, a new format, and a new ongoing tale of tommy guns and hellfire.

~MY REVIEW~

After reading the summary I was hoping for some exciting read. Combination of demons and Mafia sounds like a really cool concept. Maybe I was expecting too much, because I feel a little disappointed,
The plot is confusing and many things are not clear, for example why Eddie sold his soul. I’m also confused by his ability. How exactly is this working, is he coming back from dead when he is touched by living person? He’s interesting character but there is too much unanswered questions. I hope that I will find out answers in second volume.
The art isn’t actually kind of style I enjoy but I think it matches prohibition times.
I’m not exactly thrilled by 1st volume but I will definitely read second one, hoping to find answers.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo

Title: Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Crystal S. Chan (Story Adaptation), Alexandre Dumas, Nokman Poon (Art by)
Genre: Manga, Classics
Publication date: 1st April 2017
Published by: Udon Entertainment

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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~SYNOPSIS~

A Conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dantès into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo . Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on whose who have wronged him – but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know?

Alexandre Dumas’ skillful narrative combines intrigue, betrayal, and triumphant revenge into a powerful conflict between good and evil. Now this exciting saga, rich and diverse, takes on an entirely new life in this Manga Classics adaptation!

~MY REVIEW~

As a huge fan of classic books I always wanted to read book ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ but somehow I’ve never really decided to start it. Reading book that has more than 1000 pages and was written so long ago could be a challenge and I always was a little afraid to take it. So when I found out there is a manga adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel, I was thrilled.
I’m sure that converting such enormous book into manga, which is a lot shorter, must be huge challenge, but the author manage to handle it very well. The writing is kept in old fashioned style but thanks to graphic format it’s easy to follow plot and understand everything.
It’s one of the most famous story about revenge and it has never tasted so sweet. Edmund Dantes is truly good person. But he is also naïve and because of that he suffered a lot from people who envied him. During his long stay in prison he changed a lot. From victim he became god of vengeance.
My favorite character in this book was Haydee. She went through a lot even when she was a little girl. But she didn’t break down and she remained strong and fought against her enemy.
The art style is stunning. Every character is unique and the artist took care of every detail.
This book is a great choice for readers who are afraid to start their adventure with Count of Monte Cristo by reading classic book or for those who want to remember the main plot.

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Udon Entertainment!

Review: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better

Title: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better
Author: Hilary Campbell
Genre: Comics, Graphic Novel, Humor
Publication date: 10th January 2017
Published by: Animal Media Group LLC

My rating:  ⭐⭐

Goodreads 

 

~SYNOPSIS~

Anonymous break up stories from men and women, old and young, serious and silly and the cartoons that inspired them. Author and artist Hilary Campbell turns the painful into the hilarious, validating emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago.

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and cartoonist. Her films have won top prizes at Slamdance, SF IndieFest, and more. She was the co-illustrator of Jessica Bennett’s critically acclaimed Feminist Fight Club.Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could’ve Done Better is her first book of cartoons.

~MY REVIEW~

This book had such a potential topic. Who didn’t go through break up or didn’t at least have friend with heartbreak after a bad ending of their relationship. Some of breaks up are bad and people end up with tears. Some are so ridiculous that people don’t know how to react. Some of them are pretty normal but even these one can leave unpleasant feelings. No mater which one of these it is, it’s always a memory. And each memory can be a story. So I was expecting something funny that will make me smile. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed.
Let’s start with stories. Some of them were good and I really like them. But many of them were too short to make them feel like something memorable. While I was reading them it felt like I was reading some short confessions on Tumblr or some other site,.
Illustrations were good. I like that author has her own style but some of the drawings didn’t bring anything new to the story or sometimes seemed unrelated.

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Animal Media Group!