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The Purity of Crimson by Beverley Lee

The Purity of Crimson by Beverley LeeFirstly, thank you, Beverley Lee. *bows graciously*

The Purity of Crimson was that book. That much-anticipated read of the Autumn season, the final instalment of the Gabriel Davenport series by the supremely talented, Beverley Lee. Purity held all my expectations after absorbing myself in Gabe’s world with the first two books, The Making of Gabriel Davenport and A Shining in the Shadows; it delivered beyond my expectations. Leaving me bereft once those last few words were uttered; yes, I spoke that last paragraph allowed, finalising the end of an era. *cries in her cappuccino*

I was honoured to have an ARC (advance reading copy), sending my little dark heart all aflutter – thank you, dear Beverley. With its official release date 9th October, it is sure to fulfil all the dark lusting of even the most discerning vampire – “Blood calls to blood.”

The claws of winter raked against his skin but he did not feel its chill. Natural creatures ceased their breathing as he passed, instinctively fearful he would snuff out their lives like a candle flame.

The Purity of Crimson by Beverley Lee

Gabriel with his brothers, Moth and Teal have found refuge, though their safety is to be short-lived. Food is scarce, with danger, strangers, hunters lurk in every shadow. Gabriel, feeling the need with his innate ability as a pure breed, takes responsibility for his brothers, leading them on a journey with the pull of Teal’s fireflies.

This brotherly band go from three to five as they find themselves in the company of a questionable witch boy and a weak, tortured vampire. Can they trust either of these new additions into their fold, when trust is not easily earned in such perilous times?

Gradually the “Bloody Little Prophets” are torn apart, pulled in different directions; one by one, each facing their inner demons as well as the ones that hunt them. Gabriel is forced to accept stark realities as his innermost fear rains down on him, pushing him to the brink of his existence, questioning his very own morality. Finding himself in the company of one who has the answers he seeks, one who holds the key to death itself; can Gabriel resist? – “What would he give to know why the wings of darkness had always sought him? And what would any of them sacrifice to save each other?”

Honestly, a lot of coffee was consumed in the reading of this novel; a boost to keep me going through the late evenings as I literally could not put this down… not that I wanted to. Sleep was something for the dead, not the undead as I was dwelling in those dark hours along with my boys. Over the course of the trilogy, I’ve become quite protective; it’s the dark mother in me. Purity had me in tears more than once as fear for the boys surfaced chapter after chapter.

Purity introduces us to some new characters that weave alongside those we already know and love, some with questionable motives, some just plain evil that we adore to hate, and those who will always remain with us.

Beverley Lee’s creative voice emanates from the page, with her natural ability to produce clear description, enticing you into her world without the need to overdo it. Her writing is subtle with a poetic nuance that sends chills, shivers, captivating with blood-glistening prose with each page turn.

From the first line of book one, The Making of Gabriel Davenport to the closing phrase of this, The Purity of Crimson, I have been captured, bitten by Gabe and all that it delivers within the pages of this trilogy. Once in a while, something special comes along.

If these don’t already sit neatly on your bookshelf, physical or virtual, please do yourself a justice and remedy this.

 

Connect with Beverley Lee – Official website, Amazon, Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

 

 

 

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate MortonFirstly, it must be said, I couldn’t help but dive straight into The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Anticipating its release, seeing Kate’s social media posts and regular updates over the past months, I let out a great sigh as if I’d been holding my breath; to finally hold it in my hands.

I was lucky enough to be one of the selected to receive the ARC, advance readers copy, in serialisation form through Pigeonhole and Pan Macmillan. I was also thrilled to be invited to the official UK book release evening with Kate Morton. (Oh, when life gets in the way of our dreams) unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it *sighs* But, after seeing the photos I’m sure it was a wonderful intimate evening.

Kate Morton has always reigned as one of my favourite authors; her talent for weaving an intricate, multilayered story, over the years has been of great inspiration.

So, grab your coffee, here’s my spoiler-free review… *sips cappuccino*

‘My father called me Birdie; he said I was his little bird. Others knew me as his child, the clockmaker’s daughter. Edward called me his muse, his destiny. I am remembered as a thief, an imposter, a girl who rose above her station, who was not chaste.
My real name, no one remembers.
The truth about that summer, no one else knows.’

From the cover, The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

The Clockmaker’s Daughter presents us, initially, with two eras.

We start in 1862, Edward Radcliffe, a young passionate painter, invites a group of artist friends to stay at his newly purchased, Birchwood Manor. A long summer ahead of them; one of art, passion, creativity, and long hazy summer evenings by the river. However, their summer is cut short, abruptly, as tragedy strikes. A woman is shot dead, one is missing, his life in tatters, Edward will never be the same again.

In 2017 young London archivist, Elodie Winslow stumbles across a leather satchel, concealing an artist sketchbook and a Victorian photograph of a woman. Flicking through the pages, she finds a sketch of a twin-gabled house. Something about this house and the beautiful young woman, trigger some childhood memories of her deceased mother, and a bedtime story she would tell. Why does this house feel so familiar?

The Clockmakers Daughter takes us off on a wondrous journey, stopping off at certain points in time, all gravitating at one location; a stunning 16th-century house, with stone walls and twin gables, that sits at the bend of the Upper Thames. A house that is steeped in history, sprinkled with mystery and magic. But this house harbours a dark secret.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter has all the hallmarks of a Kate Morton bestseller. A cast of ripe, varied characters, richly painted locations, all wrapped in an intricate plot. This is a murder mystery about love, loss, abandonment, art and creativity, a story of death and survival. It is told to us in multiple voices, all with their own little silken thread, weaving this lavish story tapestry.

Needless to say, I loved it…it’s 6 stars from me.

Are you a Kate Morton fan? Have you read it, I’d love to know your thoughts?

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Erinsmore by Julia Blake

20180909_144908.jpgErinsmore is the 7th book release from indie author, Julia Blake. With its release back in May, it has been one fantasy I was itching to dive into. This is one author who never fails to deliver, with release after release, she’s a prolific force to be reckoned with.

So… Are you ready for a quest? Prepared to be carried off on an adventure of a lifetime? A tale of magic, good versus evil, epic battles? This is a tale with its inspiration firmly planted in Arthurian legend, with a quest and mythical creatures to delight even the most discerning Narnia fan. Then sit back and step inside the pages of Erinsmore.

Unsuspecting sisters, whilst on a family holiday to Cornwall find themselves stepping into another world. One of magic, swordplay, legend, chivalry, love, and a host of evil to match… But with a prophecy that will change the lives of young Ruby and her older, more cynical sister, Cassie, forever.

Two shall fight for freedom 
Defend the dragon’s throne
Two shall walk the dark path
And one return alone

The fate of Erinsmore lays at their feet. They cannot ignore, refuse or forget its plight for the fate of our own world is in danger.

This book delivers it all. Once you open the book you are quickly enticed into the pages, being carried off into Ruby and Cassie’s adventure in one massive leap, making Erinsmore an addictive page-turner.

Don’t be misled, although the author was obviously inspired by the likes of C.S Lewis (what fantasy writer isn’t), Erinsmore is in no way a pastiche or rework. The world of Erinsmore, and all those who dwell within its pages, good and evil, are unique, well-formed, credible, and spellbinding.

With the author’s effortless writing style, she lures you into this new world, so you settle there as if there is nothing fantasy about it; a clever ability, allowing the reader to be utterly transported.

Erinsmore, though may fall into the YA fiction genre, delivers so much more than you may first expect. There is nothing immature about this book, in peril or plot. The author has in no way simplified or altered her craft for the younger reader, the prose is clear, clever, artistic and beautifully crafted for the adult reader, fulfilling all the requirements for a fantasy adventure for all ages. For the young curious minds, it offers to nurture and cultivate, no doubt feeding a new generation of fantasy readers with a lifelong love of swords & chivalry, as once Lewis himself did.

This is another triumphant novel from Julia Blake, a step away from her, till now, normal genre of contemporary and romantic suspense, and she seems very at home here. Though, we have experienced a taste of this world-building creativity in Eclairs of Tea, her collection of short stories and poems.

Her writing speaks volumes of how natural, how very at ease she feels within the realms of knights and dragons. I have a feeling Erinsmore will settle Julia Blake fast and firm into the fantasy genre, I for one can’t wait to read what’s next. It’s no surprise that Erinsmore deserves no less than 5 Stars!

You can follow Julia Blake at her website, social media, as well as finding all her books at Amazon.

Official WebsiteInstagram, Facebook, GoodreadsAmazon

 

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Review – My Year of Stories

Book Review – My Year of Stories by Abigail ShepherdIMG_20171208_160909

5 Sparkling Stars!

A fantastic collection of stories, all tied into a year of the author’s life. These are so very cleverly interspersed with diary entries and a little explanation of each. Along with details of publication, these all map the authors journey to becoming a published writer.

The stories themselves all have the authors distinct twist of the unexpected, sometimes light but sometimes a little unnerving… brilliantly written, even the shortest delivers a punch.

Uplifting, inspiring and empowering. We travel through the year with the author, proving that steadfast dedication and motivation, can really pay off.

This book, although a quick read, is a great credit to the writer and a great addition to any bookshelf. A must for any aspiring writer.

Abigail Shepherd’s books are available from Amazon. You can find out more about Abigail’s on her Website. You can also follow her on social media Twitter  Facebook  Instagram

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Spread some Christmas magic…

What’s on your Christmas list?

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I can truly say what a wonderful year this has been. I’ve received so much support, friendship, book-love and fans for all my books, and I’m feeling incredibly blessed.

I’m not normally one to harp on about book reviews, but I thought, as it’s Christmas if anyone would like to bestow a few words in the form of a review, I would be forever grateful for the gift.

Book reviews really can be a lifeline for an Independent Author… we are in control of all our marketing and promotion. A simple book review can make the world of difference, after all, word of mouth recommendations are worth their weight in gold!

The past few months have been rather busy, and with the release of Daughters of the Oak, the Halloween period certainly sparked a rush! As we cosy ourselves in the enchantment of the festive season, Remember to Love Me has certainly been the book of choice.

So, if you would like to leave a few words, for any of my books, please do. You can leave a book review on Goodreads and wherever you purchase from – kindle, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository.

Thank you, Becky 😊