These are four of the books I read this month that I just couldn’t help but share here.
Come check them out!
Note: All images here were taken from Goodreads.
Wicked Bleu by E. Denise Billups
This is a story about love, murder, jealousy, friendship, among other themes, all mixed and woven into a complex storytelling.
Author E. Denise Billups has a unique writing style that captivates and fascinates. There hasn’t been a book by this author that I haven’t enjoyed.
Simone’s compassionate and kind, a tough lady, and she’s protective of her friends. Her abilities to see ghosts might be new, but she goes into things with an open mind. For that, she wants to puzzle out a 100 year old murder to give a ghost the peace she lacked in life.
I enjoyed watching the budding romance between Simone and Mitchell, the support among her friends, and unraveling the murder mystery alongside Simone.
This is the second book in this series and as great as the first one. Although I’d recommend reading them in order, you don’t have to.
The Necromancer’s Daughter by D. Wallace Peach
D. Wallace Peach has a writing style’ that’s always fascinated me. It’s vivid and it’s captivating, and this book is no different.
I came into the story expecting a wonderful read, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The world building is fantastic, and so are the characters.
You can’t help but feel for Aster, for the hand she was dealt and the quest she’s facing, and even fall a little in love with Barus. I enjoyed the tension between Aster and Joreh, and watching the romance subtly evolving, not taking over the plot.
And the dragons…. It’s such a plus in this story, making it richer. My only wish was that we saw more of them.
I didn’t want the book to end, but couldn’t help but devour the pages, wanting to know more and soon, too soon, I was reading the last scene.
If you enjoy tales of compassion, of evil vs. good, of impossible odds – and of course, fairy tale retellings, this book is for you!
Mistaken Identity Crisis by James J. Cudney
I’ve had this book for a long while, and for no particular reason, just kept putting it off for later. But then I picked it up and just couldn’t put it down. The pages kept flipping, and before I knew it, I was turning the last page. It helped that this wasn’t a very long book, so I was only up until 1 in the morning.
Intrigue, mystery, humor, and a touch of romance make this a great read.
Kellan is sleuthing again, but this time, he may be in way over his head.
Another murder and an old, unsolved case has Kellan searching for clues. I was almost sure I had things figured out, but ouch, that twist – I didn’t see it coming!
And then we have the mystery of his supposedly dead wife, the mob and their rivalry, and in this fourth instalment, things are finally revealed.
If you haven’t yet read any of this author’s books, you have no idea how much you’re missing out!
PS: Nana D is still my favorite. Go, Nana D!
Bloodstone by M.J. Mallon
This is my first book by this author, and what an amazing surprise it was!
Bloodstone follows the story of Amelina, a 15 year old girl with a complex life, a dysfunctional family, and a curse.
From the beginning, I was caught by the steady, descriptive flow of the words. There’s poetry at the start of the chapters, adding charm and imagery to the scenes.
There’s a bit of everything in this book – teenage angst, romance, magical pets, friendship, broken relationships, as well as some scenes verging into the darker side of depression.
Some things were resolved in this book, but not all, leaving the reader satisfied, yet wanting more.
I highly recommend!