Title: Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
Authors: Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Genre: Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Young Adult
Publisher: Vintage Books (25th March 2014)
From Rob Thomas, the creator of the groundbreaking television series and movie Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling new mystery series.
Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.
Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.
Rating: *** (3 stars)
THE THOUSAND DOLLAR TAN LINE is the first in a new book based series, which ties into Rob Thomas’s groundbreaking TV series and film about a wily female PI called Veronica Mars. The book starts after the end of both the TV series and the film. Things aren’t easy for Veronica, and she needs a big job which just happens to fall into her lap. Spring breakers have descended on Neptune, and a girl has gone missing.
Title: The Secrets Sisters Keep
Author: Sinéad Moriarty
Genre: Contemporary, Chick Lit
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK (26th February 2015)
Source: Catherine Ryan Howard/Penguin Books
The Devlin sisters rely on each other – but some things are just too painful to share, even when your sisters are your best friends . . .
Mum-of-four Julie thought that if her family had more money, life would be easier. But now they’ve inherited a fortune, her problems are only starting.
Lawyer Louise is used to having life go exactly as she wants it to. Discovering that there are some things even she can’t control is a shock she might never recover from.
And former model Sophie can just about cope with getting older – that’s until her ex-husband finds a younger model.
All three sisters think that some battles can only be fought alone. Maybe they need to think again . . .
Rating: **** (4 stars)
THE SECRETS SISTERS KEEP is the latest novel from Sinéad Moriarty. The book follows the story of three forty-something sisters – Julie, Louise, and Sophie – as they navigate through the changes in their lives. Julie’s husband recently inherited a fortune which has eased things for her family financially, but means she’s left on her own more. Louise finds out something that changes her life. Whilst Sophie struggles to find her place.
Title: Clariel (The Old Kingdom Series, 4)
Author: Garth Nix
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Hot Key Books (2nd October 2014)
The beautiful royal city of Belisaere is the jewel in the crown of the Old Kingdom. Its citizens are wealthy, refined and noble. They are also dangerous, cruel and riddled with corruption . . .
Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to city life. She yearns to be roaming free in the forest, not continually making mistakes in this new city filled with courtiers, false flattery, secrets and endless rules of propriety.
Then Clariel’s destiny takes an unexpected turn. A dangerous Free Magic creature is stalking Belisaere. Is it coincidence that the creature has arrived at the same time as her family? Or is this a warning that the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr are crumbling? Clariel aches to escape this dangerous, cloistered world, and the burden of responsibility that comes with it – but when your path calls, can you disobey?
The highly anticipated prequel to Garth Nix’s bestselling Old Kingdom trilogy.
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Set within the same world as Garth Nix’s OLD KINGDOM trilogy, CLARIEL tells the story of a seventeen-year-old girl whose family moves from Estwael and the Great Forest to the capital of The Old Kingdom, Belisaere. Clariel is not happy with the move to help further her mother’s career, and longs to return home but events within Belisaere are coming to a head, and Clariel finds herself caught up in them.
Title: The Black Swan Inheritance (The Black Swan Series, 1)
Author: Marigold Deidre Dicer
Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Smashwords Edition (November 2014)
Source: The author/Smashwords
Anita had the kind of reputation in high school that no one wants to carry into adulthood, especially since she wants to be a doctor like her dad. Now at university, she is determined to be good, but one little end-of-semester celebration can’t hurt, right? Well, it can if she ends up having a one-night stand with a werewolf that triggers a dark awakening. Turns out Anita’s over-active libido has become more than something hormonal – it’s magical.The Black Swan is a powerful legacy that brings both temptation and danger. Having now inherited the title and all that comes with it, Anita finds herself beset upon by ancient abominations that won’t take no for an answer. No wonder the Black Swan had been driven to seclusion and banishment in the past. But Anita is determined not to run away – she is here to help, whether the medieval dragon-wolf or the undead cultists want it or not.She will be no one’s pawn. She will rise to the challenge.If she can just manage to deal with her own flaws first. Anxiety, panic-attacks, and bouts of bitchiness does not a successful diplomat make.
Title: Wild Justice (A Nadia Stafford Thriller, 3)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher:Sphere (26th November 2013)
Wild Justice: the dramatic finale to the Nadia Stafford trilogy
Ex-cop Nadia Stafford has a dark secret. After taking the law into her own hands she was kicked off the force . . . and entered the shadowy world of guns for hire. She has her own strict code – works only for one crime family, only kills the really bad guys. But when a hit goes tragically wrong, Nadia is devastated. Is is time to leave the business for good?
Before she has time to decide, Nadia discovers that her own life is under threat. And worse – that terrifying events from her past may have triggered the attacks. With the help of Jack, her enigmatic mentor, Nadia is forced upon a dark path – towards the truth and towards her final destiny.
Rating: **** (4 stars)
WILD JUSTICE brings to a conclusion Kelley Armstrong’s brilliant Nadia Stafford trilogy. When a hit goes tragically wrong, Nadia is left adrift and unsure of her future. Wanting to help her, Jack presents her with a case that might very well provide Nadia with the closure she is looking for…
It is with regret that I write this post, to announce that The Flutterby Room will be on hiatus throughout March 2015. Taking a break from blogging during this month was not something I had planned, but events have conspired against me. I have a chronic illness, which flared up towards the end of December 2014, and I have been fighting to keep afloat. There will be one more post from me this month; one that I scheduled a while back. It is a review of WILD JUSTICE by Kelley Armstrong and it will go up on the 5th March.
Taking a deep breath and pausing in March will hopefully allow me to catch up with both my reading and write some new blog posts.
I hope you have a good March.
See you on the other side.
Title: Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires, 9)
Author: Chloe Neill
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz Fiction (20th February 2014)
Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and became the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds.
But now these alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. But who – or what – could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?
Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.
Rating: **** (4 stars)
WILD THINGS is the ninth addition to Chloe Neill’s brilliant Chicagoland Vampires series. Merit’s story continues with the mayor of Chicago looking for someone to blame for Chicago’s recent paranormal activity, and Ethan Sullivan makes a good target. Merit and Ethan retreat only to find another enemy waiting for them.
Becki is the owner and blogger on The Flutterby Room. She has an MA English through the Open University, and she gained her BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing from University College Falmouth. Books have been a huge part of her life for as long as she can remember, and although she is primarily a reader she does occasionally dabble with writing. When not reading (which isn’t that often) Becki can be found cooking, baking or listening to music – and sometimes doing two of the three at once.
The Flutterby Room is on hiatus throughout the month of March 2015.
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