Cat Ellington’s review of Blackout: The Life and Sordid Times of Bobby Travis

Blackout: The Life and Sordid Times of Bobby Travis by Edgar Swamp My rating: 5 of 5 stars Much like Jonathan Doe of Grand Theft Octo fame, Bobby Travis, star of Blackout: The Life and Sordid Times of Bobby Travis, is a human portal of wicked folly to whom the way of uprightness is an

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DarkSkull Hall by Lisa Cassidy

Yet another young adult heads off to magic school, unaware dark family secrets are going to catch up with her. On first sight, the prospect of another magic school story (this time, set in epic-fantasy-land) didn’t fill me with joy, but this is actually pretty good. It doesn’t try to be Harry Potter, the plot

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Aerodance Episode 1: Pilots by Brett Herman

Enjoyable first part of a space opera. This book suffers from some of the usual issues I expect from anything labelled ‘Episode 1’. The first three chapters introduce three unrelated characters. These character arcs only converge towards the end, and the ending lacks resolution. Despite that, it is an enjoyable read and there are two

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Elger and the Moon by Ian Eller

On a far future, post-apocalyptic Earth, a disadvantaged young man is determined to reach the city on Moon. The title suggests ‘children’s book’ and the story opens with exposition — but well-written, entertaining exposition, so I read on, and was glad I did. This is an entertaining story, well told, set in an intriguing world.

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Warmstone by Chris Speck

A father carries his disabled son through an icy wilderness, battling murderous machines and hostile men along the way. Outcast by his tribe, Seven carries his son Erik on a trek to the centre of the world, where he believes the sickly boy will be cured. Erik’s strange clairvoyant abilities and Seven’s steadfast bravery keep

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Call a Spade by DM Griffin

Kids undergo experimental treatment which delivers unexpected results. This book opens with a slightly off-putting wall of text, which is mostly description of the protagonist, Jasper. Jasper is a loser in life’s genetic lottery. At eight years old, he’s smart, but his genetic condition has deformed his face and hands and will presumably limit his

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Race the Red Horizon by M Jonathan Jones

A malevolent machine pursues a lone man across a desert planet. The plot’s simple to describe: the protagonist (unnamed) is for some reason being chased by a huge sentient tank-like vehicle, which relentlessly pursues him across a lifeless desert landscape. Along the way some hints are dropped about how things got this way, but much

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The Wolfe Experiment by RW Adams

Telekinetic kids cause mayhem, are pursued by evil military. As a result of their parents’ dodgy medical experiments, Tilly and Ethan Wolfe have powerful telekinetic abilities. Unfortunately, Tilly is not in control of her powers and tends to leave a trail of corpses and collapsed buildings behind her, especially when she gets upset. So while

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Heathens by Jonah Bergan

A young man survives and fights in a dark vision of America torn apart by fear and hatred. Self-named ‘Holden Caulfield’ is a gay teenager with a minor telekinetic ability. He relates the events he’s witnessed as his world fell apart, his attempts to fight back and his struggle to understand it all. The writing

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The Fall of Rath by Gavin South

When an immortal woman falls in love with a charming foreigner, her psycho sister sets an army on the fleeing lovers. Mage Yerikan of Rath is one of the few immortals: he doesn’t age (though he can be killed, just not as easily as normal folk). He’s sent off as ambassador to Jehar, with instructions

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Exquisite by Sarah Stovell (Short Book Review)

Sent to me by Orenda Books in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: 01/06/17 Publisher: Orenda Books ISBN: 978-1910633755 Format: Paperback, 300pp Genre: Psychological Thriller Rating: 4/5 Summed up in a word: Tumultuous Book Synopsis Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling……

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A Suitable Lie by Michael J. Malone (Book Review)

Sent to me by Orenda Books in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: 15/09/16 Publisher: Orenda Books ISBN: 978-1910633496 Format: Paperback, 300pp Genre: Psychological Thriller/Drama Rating: 4/5 Summed up in a word: Abusive First Impressions I seem to be reading a string of books that handle tough subject matter. A Suitable Lie is a story of spousal abuse. It……

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The Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam (Book Review)

Sent to me by Riverrun Books in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: 26/07/17 Publisher: Riverrun Books ISBN: 978-1786480842 Format: Paperback, 272pp Genre: Drama Rating: 4/5 Summed up in a word: Euthanasia Book Synopsis EVAN IS A SUICIDE ASSISTANT. HIS JOB IS LEGAL – JUST. Evan is the one at the hospital who hands out……

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Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee (Book Review)

Sent to me by Hideaway Fall in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: 27/07/17 Publisher: Hideaway Fall ISBN: 978-0995492332 Format: Paperback, 304pp Genre: Drama Rating: 4/5 Summed up in a word: Grievous First Impressions Broken Branches has been on all our minds for quite a while now; ever since Hideaway Fall sent us all a brilliant survival……

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Cover Artist Spotlight Series – Roman Muradov

Welcome to the third instalment of the Cover Artist spotlight series. Today I am lucky enough to feature Roman Muradov. I love his work, it is eccentric, vivid and masterfully original. I am really enjoying this series, I am getting so many brilliant artists involved and I hope you are all enjoying the spotlight posts……

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The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy (Book Review)

Sent to me by Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: 03/08/17 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton ISBN: 978-1473652217 Format: Paperback, 272pp Genre: Techno Thriller/Horror/Science-Fiction Rating: 4/5 Summed up in a word: Invasive First Impressions As soon as I saw this book, I thought it was going to be my sort of novel. Techno-Thriller that……

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You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott (Book Review)

Sent to me by Picador in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: 27/07/17 Publisher: Picador ISBN: 978-1447226352 Format: Hardback, 352pp Genre: Psychological Thriller Rating: 4/5 Summed up in a word: Dedication Book Synopsis Talented and determined, Devon is the centre of her ambitious parents’ world, and the lynchpin of their marriage. There is nothing Katie……

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The Room By The Lake by Emma Dibdin (Book Review)

Sent to me by Head Of Zeus in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: 01/07/17 Publisher: Head Of Zeus ISBN: 978-1786694010 Format: Hardback, 310pp Genre: Psychological Drama/Thriller Rating: 5/5 Summed up in a word: Disconnected Book Synopsis When Caitlin moved from London to New York, she thought she had left her problems behind: her alcoholic father,……

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The Only Child by Andrew Pyper (Book Review)

Sent to me by Orion Books in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: 08/06/17 Publisher: Orion Books ISBN: 978-1409161103 Format: Paperback, 304pp Genre: Psychological Thriller/Horror Rating: 4/5 Summed up in a word: Fractured First Impressions When I saw that The Only Child was being compared to Steven King, I was immediately intrigued. Andrew Pyper has crafted a……

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