Happy New Year to all of you lovelies, I hope that you have a wonderful one and get the chance to read the most amazing books / e-books. I was so lucky to have read some brilliant books last year, but you can see my Top 14 Reads here, if you haven’t yet read it!
In December, I read some bloody fantastic books a majority being from authors who I hadn’t heard from before. I managed a hefty 15 books, also #25infive helped heaps for reading motivation. The reading load was split between physicals and e-books, some of which I have already reviewed and others that I can’t until blog tour date (sorry guys!) What I have done is provided links to reviews, blurbs of blog tour reads and mini reviews of those I have yet to review….. because I obviously don’t like to take the easy road!
Buckle your seatbelt because i’m diving straight in!
I started this month with a darkly sexy read – along of Will Carver’s Good Samaritans, this read started with a fight club quote, that’s always a great start! The read totally exceeded expectations; not that they were low but i’m always really weary when reading new to me authors. I’ve recently purchased some of Will’s previous work Girl 4 and The Two which are the first and second books in the January David series. I’m looking forward to reading those! (Review link here)
Then came Purge by Nathan O’Hagan, yes you’re probably sick of me talking about how much I enjoy his books but I genuinely do. Purge is a 45 page book of six short stories about real life issues. It’s dark and meaningful all at once (Review link here)
The Small Hand by Susan Hill was my first eerie ghost story at the beginning of the month, which was a well developed haunting story in the traditional creep up on you way. It definitely made the room feel a little chillier.
The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross. I’m going to start this mini review by saying I am a huge fan of re-tellings and of Beauty and The Beast, and I loved this re-telling! I was lucky enough to be approved to read this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The author developed a majestically beautiful novel from the Beast’s point of view, while keeping true aspects from the original story. It’s definitely one that you should pick up in the new year.
I was provided an uncorrected proof copy of Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd – Robinson, from Mantle books thanks to the lovely blog tour / review organiser Tracy Felton! I have provided a blurb for you but my review will be available for your reading leisure Jan 21st in time for its 24th publication date. It’s a historical fiction read that is just excellent!
“June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark.
Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham – a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career – is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . . .
To discover what happened to Tad, Harry is forced to pick up the threads of his friend’s investigation, delving into the heart of the conspiracy Tad had unearthed. His investigation will threaten his political prospects, his family’s happiness, and force a reckoning with his past, risking the revelation of secrets that have the power to destroy him.
And that is only if he can survive the mortal dangers awaiting him in Deptford . . .”
The Lingering by SJI Holliday was my first #25infive read and I read it in a day! It was a a chillingly spooky read (which you should most definitely buy but not read in the bath) with flecks of heartbreak throughout it’s ghostly core. (Full review link here)
In January, i’ll participate in my first #randomthingstour organised by the wonderful Anne Carter. The book i’ll be reviewing is Grahame Peace’s The Pluckley Psychic Historical Society, see blurb!
“The Pluckley Psychic Historical Society is based in Pluckley, Kent, the most haunted village in England. Its founding members are the noted academic, historian, and Cambridge scholar Winston Hatherton, the white witch Florence Dearden, and the celebrated medium Jocasta Bradman. They are assisted by an 18th-century super-ghost called Jasper Claxton, although none of the society members are aware that Jasper is a ghost.
This is the third book in ‘The Ghost from the Molly-House’ series, and this book describes how the Psychic Historical Society was set up and goes back to the group’s first two official cases in 1919, just after the end of the first world war. The first story, ‘The Jewellery Box’ involves a 16th-century jewellery box made from precious metals, which is found buried in a garden and reveals a 400-year-old mystery.
The second story, ‘The Book of Souls’ is set in Huddersfield, England, at a place called Jubilee Tower or Castle Hill, which was built to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria and is on the site of ancient bronze and iron age settlements dating back 4000 years. An old book of spells is found, and once opened, it appears to have released something ominous.”
The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton was my second read of this months readathon and I flew through it, with elements of dark witchcraft and supernatural concepts it was a fantastic read for such a gloomy month. Again, not read any of Sharon Boltons work before but I will be adding more of her work onto my TBR pile.
We Own The Sky is a debut novel written by Luke Allnutt, this read again was received for a Jan blog tour, so I can’t say much but I have provided a blurb! You should tune into mine and every other contributor of the tour starting Jan 10th.
I purchased Harriet Lane’s Alys, Always at the beginning of the month as part of December’s book haul and I can confirm that it is a fabulous psychological thriller in the subtle but creepy kind of way. I was quite weary at first because I really dislike reading books without chapters; not even kidding there were none just one big chapter, but it was great and I enjoyed it very much!
I was lucky enough to have received Lost Lives by Lisa Cutts to review prior to a blog tour (again in Jan) thanks to Simon & Schuster, again I read it in just over a day and now I have a major book crush! Review to come.
Netgalley and Michael (the publicist guy at Penguin random house) has properly spoilt me this festive season by inviting me to read The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister way before its publication date. I screeched, happy danced and almost fainted, you can believe that I started reading it immediately and it was everything that I knew it would be. (Full review link here)
After all the murder, murder suspect speculation and ghostly storylines this month, I opted for a lighter boxing day read. I’m trying to up my Netgalley percentage (aren’t we all) and not trigger finger clicking requests when I know that I probably won’t read them for a good while (justification in a nutshell). Anyways, The Flatshare is superb, hilarious and cringey. Just what a brilliant rom – com needs! The full review is here (click it!).
Anyone who knows me, will know that I am most definitely not a patient person, if i’m expecting book post I will moan about the postman until he delivers my books and if there’s a book that I really REALLY can’t wait to read I will order it on amazon kindle while waiting for the paperback. Which brings me to book number 14; The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven. I’m not going to tell you exactly how I felt about it because there’s a review on it’s way BUT I will tell you that I wish I had taken my own advise and waited until December 31st to do my top reads of 2018. Why? Because this would have been on it! I’ve provided the blurb, i’ll provide a review but please if you love thriller murder mysteries you really need to buy it! It’s available on kindle for purchase now or published in paperback on the 24th of January.
That’s all for the books that I’ve read in December, I had started another read before the end of the month but not finished so I didn’t want to include it. You’ll just have to tune into January’s Reading Wrap up!
Have you read any of my December reads? If you have, what did you think? If not, why the hell not?!
Let me know your favourite read of December in the comment section!
Whatever you are reading,