A Year in Review: 2016

A Year in Review 2016

There was a lot to be sad about and to mourn over in 2016. We lost many brilliant sparks and the political culmination of Brexit and the Presidential Election this year has left us wan with disappointment. So, instead of focusing on all the ways that 2016 was a collective disappointment, I want to take one last look back over the small victories and happenings in my personal life that made 2016 enjoyable!

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Review – Devil’s Bargain by Rachel Caine

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Having never read any novels by Rachel Caine, but aware that she has written Vampire fiction, I was intrigued to pick up her book Devil’s Bargain. It’s a book that combines the power of string theory and psychic ability to create a mysterious investigative duo.  Not to mention the steamy moments too!
Jazz Callendar, an ex-police officer, never expected to find herself on the end of an unbelievable offer that enables her to start her P.I. business to save the name of her partner, Ben. When James Borden, attorney for Gabriel, Pike and Laskins LLP., offers her the chance of a lifetime, her instincts kick in. The catch? Their cases get priority and she has a new partner. Lucia Garza, sexy, sulty spy, who is just dying to get out from under the government’s thumb.  But they both find themselves in over their heads when not everything is as it seems. People are either Actors, Leads or they are not. Who will you be?
This book was a constant mystery to me, which I liked. The thrill of not knowing what Jazz and Lucia would face next and if they would be able to save the people that they didn’t even know existed prior to a letter from Borden. Ahh, Borden. The tension between him and Jazz was practically breathable and I was not disappointed.
If you enjoy a good conundrum and have an interest in psychic ability and its fallacies then I would definitely suggest this book. I would like to commend Caine on a well-researched novel, her detailed knowledge of the forces and law were very believable and gave the novel a new found authenticity.
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Review: The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs

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Having come home to see my parents for the weekend I was delighted to find that I had a package waiting for me. I couldn’t remember having ordered anything so I was happily surprised to find that I had been chosen to review “The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire” by Abigail Gibbs. I can now say that I have a highly regarded respect for the author of this book because she is living the dream. Only being 18 years of age, she is already a published author with a following of several million both on and offline and is also studying at Oxford University. She shows that age is just a number and true talent can spark at any point in life.

With regards to the publication in question, I started reading it at 7:30pm last night and finished it at 4:30am in the morning. I was truly entranced by the lexical whimsy and sarcasm of Violet Lee and her strong feminine character. It has been a while since I have read a vampire novel that has portrayed women as strong and independent. Despite her compromising situation, she stays headstrong and for those who have checked out “Canse12” on Wattpad (Abigail’s pseudonym) then you will know that both Gibbs and Violet are vegetarian. I thought it was interesting to see the author’s personality come through in such a strong component of life and this was really reflected in the character. I would be interested to meet Abigail Gibbs and discuss if any other characters have quirks that are also personal ones.

I was intrigued by the short and snappy chapters; constantly reminding myself that this book was written with a multitude of exams and other school work that a 15 year old has to deal with and being only a half a year older than the author I can empathise with her busy lifestyle. I thought the short chapters complimented the book’s narrative and the second perspective we gain when Kaspar’s point of view is introduced really locks the readers fascination with the unknown about the protagonists.

The plots all weave together neatly towards the climax of the book and leave us open to a multitude of sequels that I am dying to read. With regards to her treatment of Vampire Lore, I think she has created an interesting twist by having some of the traditional expectations but also extending them with a creative touch.

I think this book feels very much like an introduction of what could be a fantastic series and I’m almost bereft at the thought that “Autumn Rose”, book 2 of the series, will not be published til at least next year. I hope to get the chance to review that book too.

Finally, I would like to congratulate Abigail again on doing what I hope to in the future and being able to study all at the same time!

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