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Tempest Rising
by Nicole Peeler
Published by Orbit
Print book
ISBN 9781841499666

Living in small-town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human. Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures that are terrifying, beautiful and deadly - all of which perfectly describe her new 'friend' Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire. It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never - ever - rub the genie's lamp.


I have a soft spot for selkie stories, and am prepared to accept vampires in romance only where they aren't the standard annoying alpha-types that seem to crop up everywhere in paranormal romance. Oh, and no pseudoscience explanations of how the paranormal beings came to be either. This story delivered on all counts. Ryu isn't a typical romance novel vampire, the supernatural beings evolved from a common ancestor centuries ago but mostly by means that no one tries to explain or understand, and most of their powers have proper trade-offs. Plus I loved the aging shapeshifter who now masquerades as a pampered pet. The book started slow but by the time the big showdown got underway, I was anxious to get my hands on the next in the series.

by Elizabeth Scott
Published by Harlequin Teen
ISBN 9780373210961

Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?


Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.

Welcome to My World
by Miranda Dickinson
Published by Avon
Print book
ISBN 9781847561664

A travel agent who longs to travel. An intrepid explorer who just wants to find a place to call home. And a Big Idea that changes everything...Close your eyes and imagine the world is your oyster...And now imagine never seeing it. Welcome to Harriet Langton's world. All her life she's dreamt of travelling the globe - fate always got in the way. Working as a travel agent, the closest Harri comes to her dream destination of Venice is booking the trip for someone else. But everything changes when travel fanatic Alex drops in. With her boyfriend Rob tied up with work, Harri is persuaded to help Alex in his quest for love. But in her attempts to help, Harri soon discovers that she's alienating those around her. Desperate to leave her life behind, will her dreams finally come true? Or will Harri's leap of faith be her biggest mistake yet? A gorgeous love story for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jill Mansell.


This gentle story of life in a small town had its good points; I could recognise a lot of the characters, but ultimately Harri annoyed me with how long she took to see through her boyfriend's excuses. The ending was all over a bit too quickly as well.

Lord Peter Views the Body
by Dorothy L Sayers
Published by New English Library Ltd
Audio book
ISBN 9780450017094

One solution requires expertise in fine wines; another calls on his knowledge of fine art. Lord Peter has the knack of being on the spot at just the right time to spot a thief or blackmail a blackmailer. Or even prevent a murder ...Whatever the occasion, the aristocratic detective uses his razor-sharp mind and unerring instincts to unmask the guilty and go to the aid of their victims.

My audiobook claimed to be complete and unabridged , but then missed out some of the stories listed elsewhere as being in the collection. Narrated rather marvellously by Ian Carmichael, the stories that were included all deserved their place, but I'm sad to have missed the others for now.

The Bride Says No
by Cathy Maxwell
Published by Avon
ISBN 9780062219268

Lady Aileen never thought she’d be in this position—falling in love with her sister’s betrothed! Of course, her sister did run away rather than marry him, and he doesn’t seem to be all that interested in her sister either, but even so, such a match is impossible...isn’t it?

Aileen is certain she must turn away from the man she loves in order to protect her sister’s reputation. However, he’s not one to give up without a fight, and now that he’s met a woman he wants to marry, nothing on earth could convince him to let Aileen go.


Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.

Prince Rupert of the Rhine
by Patrick Morrah
Published by Constable
Print book
ISBN 9780094609105

Rupert, Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, 1st Duke of Cumberland, 1st Earl of Holderness (German: Ruprecht Pfalzgraf bei Rhein, Herzog von Bayern), commonly called Prince Rupert of the Rhine, KG, PC, FRS (17 December 1619 – 29 November 1682), was a noted German soldier, admiral, scientist, sportsman, colonial governor and amateur artist during the 17th century. Rupert was a younger son of the German prince Frederick V, Elector Palatine and his wife Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of James I of England. Thus Rupert was the nephew of King Charles I of England, who created him Duke of Cumberland and Earl of Holderness, and the first cousin of King Charles II of England. His sister Electress Sophia was the mother of George I of Great Britain. Rupert is probably best remembered today for his role as a Royalist commander during the English Civil War. He had considerable success during the initial years of the war, his drive, determination and experience of European techniques bringing him early victories. As the war progressed, Rupert's youth and lack of maturity in managing his relationships with other Royalist commanders ultimately resulted in his removal from his post and ultimate retirement from the war. Throughout the conflict, however, Rupert also enjoyed a powerful symbolic position: he was an iconic Royalist Cavalier and as such was frequently the subject of both Parliamentarian and Royalist propaganda, an image which has endured over the years.


A rather dry account, which I gave up reading early on mainly due to a lack of time at present when other Prince Rupert biographies look more enticing. I may revisit this one at some point.

Lord of the Hunt
by Shona Husk
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 9781402280191

She Wasn't Cut Out for His World...

The realm of the fairies might be unbelievably beautiful, but its people are notoriously treacherous. Raised among mortals, Taryn hoped to avoid her fairy heritage her whole life. But now she must cross over to Annwyn and appeal to the King to pardon her exiled parents, or they're sure to die. And to get to the King, she'll first have to face the Lord of the Hunt...

He Can't Imagine Life Without Her...

Verden, Lord of the Hunt, is sworn to serve to King. But the moment he sees Taryn, the attraction is instant and devastating. How can he not help the beautiful, brave young woman who refuses to bend to the will of the court? Yet the power in Annwyn is shifting, its magic failing. No matter how much he may love Taryn, the Hunter knows that abandoning his duty could bring down the mortal world forever...


Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.
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