Saturday, 16 February 2019

Goodreads Look-in!

So, I've been reading a lot, and because of this I can't always review the books I have read. So now, I'll be doing to occasional Goodreads look-in where I will be showing my ratings and a few thoughts of the books I have read.

Here we go:

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood: 5 Stars. Such a beautiful book, really made me wish to be in the pages and part of the glitz and glamour.

I Invited Her In by Adele Parks: 4 Stars. Definitely a surprising ending, and a good venture out of my usual book genre, just goes to show I need to expand my genre's more often!

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning: 5 Stars. I adored this retelling, it gave some interesting views on everything and was just beautiful.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: 5 Stars. I re-read this series and it was just as breathtaking, if not more so than before. This is still my favourite book of the series.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas: 5 Stars. This was a re-read and wow I loved it, and that ending. I'm glad I decided to re-read near to the new/last book of the series coming out so it is fresh in my mind.

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton: 4 Stars. I got into this quite slowly, but it definitely kept me wondering what would happen, and it ended in a perfect place to leave me wanting more.

Ariadnis by Josh Martin: 4 Stars. Definitely an interesting concept, and I loved the way it went through both POVs of the main characters. I can't wait to get the next book.

The Warrior Queen by Emily R. King: 5 Stars. An amazing ending to a great series, I loved seeing different characters and places, and I'm glad it ended the way it did.

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl: 4 Stars. I've always wondered what happened after the first book as I've seen the movies, it was definitely an interesting way to take the series.

The Mystery of the Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah: 4.5 stars. I've always watched Poirot and never read one of Agatha Christie's books, I think I definitely need to now, and definitely need to read more mystery.

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold: 4 Stars. This book really intrigued me trying to figure out what was happening. I absolutely loved this take on princesses, princes and dragons, and the ending blew me away. I would say though it is quite a dark tale!

Arrowood by Mick Finlay: 4.5 Stars. I've recently got into reading mystery, and this one definitely didn't disappoint, I loved the setting, the characters and the story and I can't wait to read the second book. Definitely happy to have picked this up from HQ crime night!

This is just a few of the many books I've read and only reviewed on Goodreads, have you read any? What did you think of them? I'll be posting another Goodreads look-in in a few months!

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Blog Tour: The Lost Man by Jane Harper

So, I'm back again on another blog tour for a Jane Harper book - this time called The Lost Man. As soon as I was asked if I wanted to be a part of the blog tour, I knew I HAD to say yes, as I absolutely adored Jane's last book, Force of Nature.

This book, however, has a totally different narrator and style, being narrated by Nathan, a ranch owner in Western Australia. Here's the book:


He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron's mind when he was alive, he didn't look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle farms under the relenting sun of the remote outback. In an isolated part of Western Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes three hours' drive apart.

They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron, who lies dead at their feet.

Something had been on Cam's mind. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects...

I will say one thing about this book, it pulled me in straight away. I love my crime TV shows, and this set the scene just like it from the first chapter, setting the scene of the crime, and then pulling you into the main story line. It absolutely captivated me from the first chapter.

I think I loved the book so much because it was a singular POV, unlike Jane's previous book which I had read, so this surprised me a bit, but in a good way. It helped me to connect to the book a lot more, and really get into it, as I follow the MC Nathan.

I loved the way that you were really taken through the whole story slowly, it wasn't an information overload and you slowly got given little tidbits which made you wonder if they would have anything to do with the main story of Cameron's death, or if the points were red herrings  to put you off the track. I'm surprised to say I didn't see where it was going until it got quite close to the end of the book, and so I think I was turned by these little zingers and made to think it was a certain character and then change my mind with the next little twist that was dug up - so I I'll say that it was quite twisty and made me second guess myself, which I love.

I think one of my favourite parts of the book was the writing of the scenery. Jane really brings that little part of Australia to life, and I think that her ability to really describe the landscapes and set the scene is amazing - just like in her last book too.

Overall, this is my favourite of her books, I couldn't find any faults, and I breezed through a lot quicker than I thought I would - I couldn't put it down I wanted to know what was going on such much! Definitely a mystery book I'll read again.

Thank you to Little Brown for gifting me a free e-ARC and letting me be a part of the blog tour! I'll definitely be recommending this to my mystery loving friends and family.

I give this: 5 cats!

The Lost Man is out now, and you should definitely go and buy a copy. Have you read it? What did you think? Comment below!