DNF Reviews: Outlander, Blackbird, and Tempting the Best Man

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
Genre: Historical Fiction | Romance
Length: 864 pages
Published on 19th February 2015 by Arrow
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Diana Gabaldon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased from Amazon for Jenny’s annotated birthday present

Synopsis: 1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage.
But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.

Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach – an outlander – in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.

Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

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Graphic Novel Review: The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais
Series: N/A
Genre: Graphic Novel | Fantasy
Length: 80 pages
Published on 3rd October 2017 by Diamond Book Distributors
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Waterstones | WHSmith
Amélie Fléchais: Website | Goodreads
Digital review copy received from NetGalley

Synopsis:
Lose yourself in in the dark forests of Amelie Flechais’ spectacular artwork. A young wolf, on a journey to bring his grandmother a rabbit, is charmed by the nice little girl who offers to help him… but nice is not the same as good. A haunting fairy tale for children and adults alike.

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ARC Review: Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon

Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon
Series: N/A
Genre: Thriller | Mystery
Length: 400 pages
Published on 2nd November 2017 by HQ
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Jonathan Lyon: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads
Copies received via Harper Insider #proofparty and NetGalley (oops).

Synopsis:
‘So you liked Irvine Welsh? Read Carnivore’ Cosmopolitan
Meet Leander: lover, fighter, liar.He learnt a long time ago that nothing is as intoxicating as blood. But whether it’s his or someone else’s doesn’t matter any more. There’s a mysterious pain in every muscle of his body – and it’s got so bad that he’ll do anything to escape it.

Up to now, it’s been his secret. But it’s hard to remain invisible when you leave a trail of destruction everywhere you go. So, when he comes to the attention of one of London’s most infamous criminals, Leander decides to put his appetite for violence to the ultimate test.

Let the villain win.

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ARC Review: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Series: The Nightside Saga #1
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | LGBT
Length: 404 pages
Published on 3rd October 2017 by Entangled: Teen
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD
Tristina Wright: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Digital ARC received for review.

Synopsis:
Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

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Graphic Novel Review: Taproot by Keezy Young

Taproot by Keezy Young
Series: Standalone?
Genre: Graphic Novel | Fantasy | LGBT
Length: 127 pages
Published on 26th September 2017 by Lion Forge
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Keezy Young: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Review copy received via NetGalley

Synopsis:
Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him.

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ARC Review: Bubblegum by Sari Taurez

Bubblegum by Sari Taurez
Series: Bubblegum #1
Genre: Science Fiction | Dystopia
Length: N/A pages
Expected publication 9th October 2017 by Sari Taurez
Purchase: I’ll update with purchase links once they’re available.
Sari Taurez: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC received from author for review

Synopsis:
Tiana is your typical pampered young twenty-something with a love for expensive shoes, hot guys, and murder.
Status means the difference between life and death in this society. For Tiana, she’s never had anything to worry about – that is until her mother cuts her off from the family riches. Luckily she’s got good prospects ahead: a job that could make her a killing.

Her first client: Julia, a lower-class I.T girl that finds life can be tough for those who can’t afford to call the police. When the orphanage where Julia volunteers is targeted by the infamous brothel-owner Bobby Nails, Tiana is excited to take the job. But when she discovers Bobby Nails has a full army of mercenaries at his disposal, Tiana wonders if she may be in over her head.

Tiana and Julia face an unexpected adventure as they seek vengeance against the elusive Nails. Their adventures lead them not only to their target, but to a partnership stronger than any of their differences. But will it be enough to stop Nails and save the orphans from a terrible fate?

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DNF Review: Queen of Extinction by Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre

Queen of Extinction by Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre
Series: Queen of Extinction #1
Genre: Fantasy | Retelling
Length: 388 pages
Published on 23rd January 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD
Gwynn White: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Erin St. Pierre: YouTube | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy recieved for review from the author

Synopsis:
A magical princess. A kingdom in danger. A fight to the death for the throne.
Princess Aurora never thought she’d have to rule Ryferia. That was her brother’s job, until his brutal murder at the hands of their uncle. She knows the law. A marriage is her only chance to take the throne, and to free her people from Artemis’s evil rule. Aurora gambles for her kingdom, invoking the right to hold a deadly marriage trial.As the most gifted—and ruthless—princes and lords battle to the death for her hand, Aurora falls under the spell of two mysterious suitors. Both are determined to win her hand and her kingdom for their own ends. But the princess has allies, as well as a secret power long outlawed in her kingdom…Will Aurora find true love and save Ryferia or will the trial’s winner destroy them all?Queen of Extinction is a fresh take on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale. If you like fairytale retellings, magic, steampunk, and romance, then you’ll love the first book in a new trilogy by Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre.

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ARC Review: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Length: 308 pages
Published on 1st June 2017 by Penguin
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Julie Israel: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy sent to work from the publisher

Synopsis:
It’s hard to keep close a person everyone keeps telling you is gone.
It’s been sixty-five painful days since the death of Juniper’s big sister, Camilla. On her first day back at school, bracing herself for the stares and whispers, Juniper borrows Camie’s handbag for luck – and discovers an unsent break-up letter inside. It’s mysteriously addressed to ‘You’ and dated July 4th – the day of Camie’s accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie’s secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie’s death – but without this card, there’s a hole. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own secret: a memory that she can’t let anyone else find out.

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Book Review: Alien Busters: Alien Hunting by Safa Shaqsy

Alien Busters: Alien Hunting by Safa Shaqsy
Series: Alien Busters #1
Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy | Young Adult
Length: 100 pages
Published on 28th July 2016 by Author
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD
Safa Shaqsy: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Received from author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
Nathalie is an Alien Buster, a member of a team that kills aliens in the Adkad City on Planet Zelea- home for humans after Earth’s destruction. Haunted by her parents’ death in the field, she joined the Alien Busters Institute in order to carry on their legacy. While on a mission, she discovers an alien baby. How can she kill this enemy when she’s formed a strong attachment, even if it’s forbidden?

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Review: Clutch by Lisa Becker

Clutch by Lisa Becker
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Length: 140 pages
Published on 26th October 2015 by Author
Purchase: Amazon
Lisa Becker: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook
Received from author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

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