Enchanted – maybe

Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold: Book Cover Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold:
Volume 1 (Romance a Medieval Fairytale)
Demelza Carlton
paranormal, mythology, romance
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
7 Mar. 2017

A beastly prince. An enchanting beauty. Only love can break the spell. Once upon a time... The wicked King Thorn forced the enchantress Zuleika to cast a terrible curse. She fled his court to travel the world, helping those who need her magic most. Until a search for her merchant father's lost ships leads her to an enchanted island, where Prince Vardan, the island's ruler, is afflicted by the most powerful curse Zuleika has ever encountered. She's not sure she can reverse the spell, but she's determined to try. After all, a prince who fights pirates can't be all bad...no matter how beastly his appearance. Together, can the enchanting beauty and the beastly prince break the spell?


Another version of Beauty and the Beast –  a very popular story line at the moment – aimed at those of us who haven’t quite grown out of our childhood fantasy heroes. We all want to be Belle and to help the poor Beast – this version has Belle having some magic of her own and able to curse in a rather nasty way…

But we never quite find out what was so beastly about Beast as it was supposed to reflect his character flaws but he appeared not to have any…

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When the writer is unexpected…

The Devil's Work Book Cover The Devil's Work
Mark Edwards
Fiction, suspense, thriller, psychological
Thomas & Mercer
September 13, 2016

A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies. It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake. What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie's predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years. As her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must race to uncover the truth about her new job...before it kills her.

 Once upon a time you had an ambition to work in publishing – and you knew just which publisher you wanted to work for.

But first you needed a degree – and so you went to university and met Jasmine and then her boyfriend Liam.  Something strange happens whilst you are at uni and Jasmine and Liam leave – some years later hey are declared dead in a boat fire, which you find strange but…

In the meantime you have married and had Daisy who is now 4, and after time at home you have decided to go back to work and your dream job not only becomes available, but is also offered to you.

And then strange things start happening.

Your husband has issues with twitter. Your house is under attack apparently as a result.

‘Accidents’ happen at work and you begin to suspect that someone has a campaign against you – but who? Meanwhile the accidents multiply and a strange book is given to you by your boss to read and you become convinced it was written by Jasmine – but when? After all, she is dead, isn’t she?

And the suspense is ramped it and more things happen until the denouement and the plot twists and turns, and I didn’t guess the ending!

A well written novel that grabs you and you begin to feel the paranoia building as the story progresses.

4.5 stars.

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Did you see her? Did you see her?

Did You See Melody? Book Cover Did You See Melody?
Sophie Hannah
suspense, psychological,
Hodder and Stoughton
August 24, 2017
400

Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can't afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied - by a man and a teenage girl. A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist - but Cara's fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can't possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder. Cara doesn't know what to trust: everything she's read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?

 

Cara finds herself unexpectedly pregnant when she, her husband, and her children, thought that their family was complete.

She realises that she needs time away from her family and her life to think about what this new child would mean for her.

And so withdraws a significant part of their savings and books a 2 week  retreat in Arizona. She tells no-one where she is going but gives a date to her family of when she will be back.

The 5 star Arizona resort is luxurious beyond her expectations, and when she is accidentally booked into an already occupied room – she barges in and gives the occupants, a father and daughter, quite a shock – she is upgraded.

Then the mystery of Melody begins to play out. Cara becomes obsessed with finding out the trial details and aided by an American mother and daughter she begins an investigation at the resort as she, seems to have been threatened and is very curious about the father and daughter she saw.

The investigation brings unintended consequences for many people and the book’s final page leaves you wondering just what is the truth? And who is telling the story of Melody? And why?

Read carefully and don’t skip anything because you might miss something important.

 

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Before me there was?

The Girl Before Book Cover The Girl Before
J. P. Delaney
suspense, psychological, technothriller
Quercus
January 25, 2018
448

THE RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB CHOICE - FEBRUARY 2017 'The tension is built up subtly, leading to a devastating climax. A really clever thriller... [the film] will no doubt become the third big "Girl" film' - Daily Mail 'A deeply addictive literary thriller that deserves to be one of this year's biggest successes' - Daily Express Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price? Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

I tried to read this book twice and failed  – the style failed to engage me and even though there was a mystery at the heart  of the house and the architect and the flowers, it did not engage me.

I am giving  this  2 stars.

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Over what?

Over the Line   Book Cover Over the Line  
(Adirondack Pack, #0.5)
K.C. Stewart 
paranormal, mythology, romance
Pronoun
2015

The truth is in the evidence. Follow your nose, keep an ear to the ground and don’t believe everything you hear. Tyson Cartwright has always known who he was and becoming the Adirondack Pack’s Enforcer was the goal from the very start. He loves his job, but not today. Someone in the pack isn’t who they say they are. It isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last that Tyson has to rid the pack of a spy. These are the people he calls his friends and family and one of them is lying to him. His gut has an idea but is it just because he doesn’t like the man his sister has taken up with or is there something more to Jack Naughton? For Jenny’s sake he better know for sure it’s Jack before dispensing justice because once a wolf goes over the line, there is no coming back.

Whilst recovering from my ‘little’ Xmas accident and being in and out of hospital for some time and in a lot of pain, I needed some light reading and this series provided me with that. Many paranormal stories were good reading fare amongst romances and other ‘chick’ literature.

This series was one that I particularly fell for all set around the Adirondack pack of werewolves.

I have previously reviewed book #1, but in fact there is a #0.5 prequel if you will. I have found that many authors write the prequel after the first couple of books are successful, so you don’t necessarily read in order.

Each wolf pack has a number of roles that are common to them all: Alpha, Beta, Elder, and Enforcer. This is the story of how and Enforcer was ‘born’.

Enforcers are the law in wolf packs. They keep order within the pack, at as detectives and represent the law. Often they are also used for more esoteric purposes such as torture during a period of warfare or political unrest and in-fighting. Thus hey need to be not only very strong and skilled in fighting, but also sadistic to a degree. Not just being unafraid of pain themselves,  but willing to inflict it n others.

Tyson was the Adirondack pack’s enforcer. “He was protector, detective, judge and jury”, and if need be executioner, because “once a wolf went over the line, there was no coming back”.

So the war with the Canidae begins and his sister Jenny gets involved through her friendship with Jack – who is not all he seems.

Tyson has to develop his emotions to understand this situation as he finds that he is unable to cope with his sister’s actions.

 

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