Book Reviews · Crime

Review: A Numbers Game by RJ Dark

Meet Malachite Jones – the foremost (and only) psychic medium on the gritty Blades Edge estate. All he wants are two things: a name that isn’t ‘Malachite’, and a quiet life. And maybe some real psychic powers, but he’s making a living without them. Janine Stanbeck wants to find her dead husband Larry’s winning ticket and escape Blades Edge with her son. And she thinks Mal can help her. But Larry’s dad is the crime lord of the estate, and he wants that ticket for himself, and worse for Mal, he's not the only criminal with his eyes on it. Add in two coppers desperate to nick Mal's best, only, and admittedly quite dangerous, friend, Jackie Singh Kattar, and Blades Edge is getting pretty crowded. Malachite Jones might not really be able to talk to the dead, but if he and his friend Jackie Singh Kattar can’t find that money and a solution that pleases everyone they’re likely to be in need of a psychic medium themselves.

Book Reviews · Middle Grade

Review: The Secret Detectives by Ella Risbridger

When Isobel Petty is orphaned, she finds herself being taken away from her home in India and sent to live with a distant uncle in England. On board the S.S. Marianna, she witnesses a shocking act – somebody being thrown overboard in the middle in the night. But when the ship’s captain insists that nobody is missing, Isobel and her two new reluctant friends must solve two mysteries – the identities of both the murderer and the victim – before they reach England and the culprit has the chance to escape.

Book Reviews · Fantasy

Review: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of powerful magic - but is now little more than a decaying ruin. Priya is a maidservant, one of several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to attend Malini's chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, as long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides. But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya's true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled...

Ramblings · Wyrd And Wonder

Wyrd & Wonder Prompt Catch-Up

IMAGE CREDIT: pegasus image by Svetlana Alyuk on 123RF.com Hello fellow adventurers. I can't believe tomorrow is the last day of May, and thus Wyrd & Wonder has come to an end. I'm pretty sad about that, but I've loved this first experience of mine so so much and can't wait for the next one! I'm sure I'll write… Continue reading Wyrd & Wonder Prompt Catch-Up

Ramblings · Tags

Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

IMAGE CREDIT: pegasus image by Svetlana Alyuk on 123RF.com I saw this tag done by the awesome Book Forager at the start of the month, and I don't exactly know where the tag started but if you follow the links I'm sure it'll lead you somewhere exciting! I've seen quite a few fun interpretations of it doing it this… Continue reading Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

Book Reviews · Fantasy

Review: The Wood Bee Queen by Edward Cox

Somewhere in England, in a small town called Strange Ground by the Skea, Ebbie Wren is the last librarian and he's about to lose his job. Estranged from his parents, unable to make connections with anyone except the old homeless lady who lives near the library, Ebbie isn't quite sure what he's supposed to do next. His only escape from reality is his deep interest in local folklore, but reality is far stranger than Ebbie can dream. On the other side of the sky and the sea, the Queen of House Wood Bee has been murdered. Her sister has made the first move in a long game, one which will lead her to greatness, yet risk destruction for the entire Realm.