Review: The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander

The Secrets of Life and Death

I received this as an arc from Netgalley for an honest review.

4.5 chocolate kisses

I am very hard put on how to write this review because this novel is unlike anything that I have ever read before.

It is both a historical and a contemporary novel. That was the easy part.

From the beginning, I had a sense of unease that I can only describe as the feeling I had while watching the movie ‘Alien’ for the first time at a midnight show the night it opened. Later I was to find out that the sound track had channel where they used the sounds of someone trying to catch their breath. So the novel had a delightful tension all the way through it. I just knew something bad was going to happen in the present and the past.

The story developed slowly with the historical and the contemporary meeting with a crescendo. It was excellently done, the characters well drawn and the world building – all I can say is that I am very glad I did not live in 16th century Eastern Europe. The world was a visceral experience, at times I thought perhaps I could even smell the odors from the author’s description.

Quite fab story and I would read this author again. I have a little hope that she will continue with these characters in another story, but there is no cliffhanger and as a stand alone it is fine.

There is some romance, just enough to keep me happy that there was a connection on that level. And in fact, I liked the amount just fine and prefer it at this point in my reading life.

I enjoyed this book because both the historical and the contemporary dealt with the unseen in the spirit world very differently than a normal paranormal or urban fantasy story. The was an awareness that this is not just a normal day, that they were delving in dangerous things and this gave it an edginess that I liked. Maybe it goes on my religious paranormal shelf, but that is not quite right either.

Also, this was a refreshing look at a historical character who was known as a monster and how she came to be that way. This was very satisfying and intriguing because it was a culmination of entitlement, curses, magic that was interwoven into the very fabric of the time and the juxtaposition with historical and contemporary was very telling in how much of the unseen is discarded in contemporary approach to puzzles. It is more empirical – for better or worse.

I recommend this book to people who like dark fantasy.

Nameless: The Darkness Comes (The Bone Angel Trilogy) by Mercedes M. Yardley

Nameless: The Darkness Comes (The Bone Angel Trilogy, #1)

 

4 solid chocolate kisses

I enjoyed this book. The heroine was a bit stubborn and mouthy. A nice set up for following books in the series but no cliff hanger at the end, thank goodness. I felt for the characters in the book as they were well drawn. I most definitely will look out for the next one.

 

 

Review: Midnight Riot by Ben AAronovitch

Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)

4.5 chocolate kisses

This novel grabbed me from the beginning and I thought it was a great read.  It was not my usual fare though.  There was very little romance, but what was there was nice.  It is more of a paranormal crime story with some romantic elements.  I do not think I am stretching that point.

Ok, we got that out of the way.  Not much romance.

But the hero, Peter, is an interesting hero.  He is not Alpha, but he is not beta either.  He seems like the regular run of the mill Joe.  But he is not as he discovers and so do we.

I thought the world building was most excellent and unusual.  I’ll’ even go so far to say that it is provactive as I do not usually get this view about London and paranormal, so it was extremely refreshing and enjoyable.

It is a really good book and it should be a Television Series.  I would watch it.  I thought that it was extremely hip for some reason.

Why not a 5 chocolate kisses review?  I thought the ending was a bit unclear, but it will certainly not stop me from reading the next installment.

Review: Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright

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5 chocolate kisses

It is such a joy to find a novel where the hero and heroine are in dread locks.  In fact, many characters in this book are  multicultural – a mix.

The theme was simple,  as was the plot.  But what the author did with those just made a wonderful story.  There was romance, murder and cannibalism.  *laughs*  I rarely mix my romance with cannibalism but this flowed smoothly, no jagged edges in the flow and I hope is the start of a series.  I will be buying the next installment.

This is a review that I gave on Goodreads:

This is a most excellent read. Well done and for less than $1.00. There was so much about this book that I enjoyed but what stood out the most for me was the world building.

Even though I gave it 5 stars, I wish that she could have spent a little time on a few things that I will not name because of spoilers. It is possible that as the series grows (I hope) the author will fill in some blanks.

It was fast paced, sexy and edgey with timely themes.

Again, well done.