TBR part 1 (of MANY!)

Book Blurb;

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? 
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

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I adore a good mystery and Pretty Little Liars is one of my not-so-secret guilty pleasures. It was therefore inevitable that this book would find its way onto my TBR list. In fact it is currently waiting for me in my local library while I sit here (still in my pyjamas at 12.55pm) at the kitchen table. There are 5 others that I am waiting on from my library but I was so trigger happy pressing ‘reserve item’ that I genuinely can’t remember what they are. It will be a happy surprise!

I will endeavour to post a review upon completion. I will also not obsess over my dental appointment for 9.15 on Monday morning. I had a zoology lecturer in Uni that said one of our (many) weaknesses is that humans don’t have a beak. It’s times like this that I would seriously tend to agree with him.

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Chasing Graves By Ben Galley

The Review

Author: Ben Galley
Book: The Chasing Graves Trilogy Book One
Length: 391 pages
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb

“Meet Caltro Basalt. He’s a master locksmith, a selfish bastard, and as of his first night in Araxes, stone cold dead.

They call it the City of Countless Souls, the colossal jewel of the Arctian Empire, and all it takes to be its ruler is to own more ghosts than any other. For in Araxes, the dead do not rest in peace in the afterlife, but live on as slaves for the rich.

While Caltro struggles to survive, those around him strive for the emperor’s throne in Araxes’ cutthroat game of power. The dead gods whisper from corpses, a soulstealer seeks to make a name for himself with the help of an ancient cult, a princess plots to purge the emperor from his armoured Sanctuary, and a murderer drags a body across the desert, intent on reaching Araxes no matter the cost.

Only one thing is certain in Araxes: death is just the beginning.” – Goodreads blurb

My Review

If you are a regular on bookish twitter and unless you’ve been living under a rock you have probably noticed the gigantic blogtour (the biggest of all time) for Grimdark fantasy author Ben Galley that is being organised and run by the giant book blogger support group known as The WriteReads.

I told Dave (the bossman for @the_writereads) that I would do a first chapter review of Chasing Graves but holy cow! What a first chapter! After reading it I just couldn’t stop and ended up reading the whole book in practically one breath!

Araxes, what a city to envisage! It’s like a giant, sprawling nightmare in the middle of a near endless desert where unsuspecting travellers (or maybe somewhat suspecting… but the rumours can’t really be true can they?) are hunted down and murdered each and every night.

And not just murdered… oh no. It’s even worse. Once dead, their corpses are reanimated, their souls stolen, and then, these Frankenstein like victims are forced to serve their murderers for all eternity. No escape, no end. Just eternal slavery.

Yikes! what an idea! Could you blame me for not being able to put this one down?! I don’t want to say too much about how the story develops over than the characters are all pretty nasty pieces of work! Well, with some exceptions but even the good guys are I suppose grey at best. And that’s great! This is Grimdark after all. The worldbuilding is fantastic and the writing itself is solid.

Can’t wait to pick up the sequel. An easy 4.5 stars out of 5 from me!!

The Written by Ben Galley.

His name is Farden. 
They whisper that he’s dangerous. 
Dangerous is only the half of it. 

Something has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell. Something very old, and something very powerful. Five scholars are now dead, a country is once again on the brink of war, and the magick council is running out of time and options. 

Entangled in a web of lies and politics and dragged halfway across icy Emaneska and back, Farden must unearth a secret even he doesn’t want to know, a secret that will shake the foundations of his world. Dragons, drugs, magick, death, and the deepest of betrayals await. 

Welcome to Emaneska.

I received a free copy of this book from TheWriteReads and Ben Galley in exchange of an honest review. This is my first time participating in a blog tour and I loved it!

I’ll start by saying that I haven’t read many fantasy books apart from The Lord of the Rings and A Game of Thrones….. they are my reference points! I am more of a thriller/crime fiction kinda gal. However, I was drawn quite quickly into this unique setting that Galley has created in his debut novel. Maybe it’s the Harry Potter fangirl in me but I loved the mystical world of Emaneska and its unusual people. Dragons, tattoos and a main character who is not your typical hero all solidified my goal of reading more in this genre.

The MC, a mage called Farden is one of ‘The Written’. These are magical people whose powers are derived from tattoos on their back; different tattoos for different powers. Farden is an incredibly powerful mage, who is quick to anger and is battling his own private demons. Even though he lives in an entirely fictitious world it makes him a little more real to me. I enjoyed his character development immensely, particulary when he journeys to Hjaussfen and encounters the Sirens. The book featured a lot of well rounded, interesting characters. My favourite was Durnus the vampyre, Farden’s advisor and friend.

This is Galleys debut and I took that onboard upon reading. There are some flaws that need to be corrected but these did not put me off. The plot is fast moving with an epic twist that hooks you to the very end and has you wanting more. Luckily the rest of the series awaits!

About the Author.

Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada. Since publishing his debut The Written in 2010, Ben has released a range of award-winning fantasy novels, including the weird western Bloodrush and the epic standalone The Heart of Stone. He is also the author of the brand new Chasing Graves Trilogy.

The Cuckoo’s Calling.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

I was so excited to read this book as I am a huge Harry Potter and by default, J.K Rowling fan. I couldn’t wait to see what she would do with a more adult genre. Especially crime fiction because it is my number one genre EVER! To be very honest my favourite aspect of the book was definitely the characters rather than the plot itself.

Cormoran Strike is a Cornish ex-military war veteran who fought in the Middle East and is back in London trying to make a living in the working world by starting up his own private investigation agency with little or no money. He lost a leg during the war but it was evident throughout the book that his injuries weren’t just physical but mental as well. His character is well developed, he is clever, sharp, stubborn and determined to find out what happened to Lula Landry, a famous model who apparently died by suicide by Strike isn’t convinced.

Strike’s working life changes for the better the day Robin Ellacott walks into his office as his new temporary secretary. Robin is an unemployed determined lady who is fighting demons of her own. Together they make a perfect team….. at least most of the time. I could mention more about the plot but for me, this book is all about the characters,their relationship and their journey.

I have the paperback version of the book but I recently purchased the audiobook which is narrated by Robert Glenister. He truly makes the book come alive! I would highly recommend this book to other fans of crime fiction and thrillers. I would give this book 4 stars for plot and 5 stars for characters so 4.5 stars overall!