#Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff #Audiobook #ScienceFiction #YAFiction

There is no love greater than the one held for a well-written book, and I am starting to see now why The Illuminae Files has such a strong international fandom. Snarky, shameless intertextual, deliberately diverse, and the epitome of the high-stakes YA space opera, I can’t recommend this book and this series highly enough.

geminaTitle: Gemina

Series Title: The Illuminae Files

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Listening Library

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

Genre: YA Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Themes: Space, Survival, Corporatism, Adventure, Love, Family, War

Features: N/A

My Rating: 5/ 5


From Goodreads…

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

My Review


Somebody tell me why I waited so long to get back into this series. Seriously! It’s so damned good, particularly the audiobook adaptation. Those voice actors deserve a freaking gold star because they brought this book to life!

At first I was a little sad that this story took a step away from Kady and Ezra, because their sass and dynamic was particularly magnetic, but cue Hanna and Nik and after 3 chapters I was totally sold. I mean you have a bad boy born into a family of crime that actually has a heart of gold, and a spoiled little rich girl who just so happens to be a tactical badass. Put them together with the combined threats of a damaged wormhole, psychedelic slime aliens loose in the station, and a sleeper cell that’s come to take out all remaining witnesses to the Kerenza attack and you have drama and action around every corner. If you hate adrenaline, big reveals, plot twists, and swoon-worthy slow burn romance with more yearning than one brain can reasonably handle, I strongly urge you to stay away.

What I loved most about this book is that it’s clearly written for teens and features teens. They’re old enough to know some shit and be badass, but young enough to still need their parents and question their every move. They grieve like teens, say and do stupid shit like teens, regularly reference pop culture like teens, and have to constantly defend their abilities to condescending adults like teens. Oh, and they enjoy rebelling against authority figures and asserting their newly found identities just let teens. This might be an epic space opera set at a wormhole jump station caught in the crossfire of multiple covering universes but these kids are REAL!

And can I just give a special shoutout to Ella? She might not be one of our main protagonists, but that girls is so damned likeable I legit cried every time she died because of the Gemina field. It was refreshing to see a physically disabled girl play such a strong and integral character. Not only is she a queen spider of the ones and zeros, she is young and vulnerable and incapable of caring for fish. I adored how she wore sarcasm like an armour and always added levity to those heavier moments.

There’s so much more to talk about – like a painfully beautiful traitor, Kady Grant’s father taking Hanna under his wing, the awesome depravity of the BeiTech strike team, and the trials the weave all of these disparate narratives together. But, I don’t like giving out spoilers and I fear that these comments would tread a dangerous line. Just know that every line is action packed perfection, and that you need to read it. Every element in these stories are so carefully wrought and expertly woven together that it’s almost impossible for me to accept that Gemina is a collaboration.

I can’t wait for our two divergent crews of space heroes and heroines to come together in Obsidio and kick some serious BeiTech ass. There will be sass, action, and attitude beyond measure, and I have the feeling that there is nothing in the verse that will stop them from succeeding.

I borrowed this audiobook from my local library as a result of blogger recommendations, all opinions are my own.


#Preorder #PromoBlitz: Trust in You by Julia Firlotte @rararesources @juliafirlotte #Romance

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Title: Trust in You

Author: Julia Firlotte

Publication Date: April 6, 2020

Trust In You CoverGenre: Romance

Themes: Bad boy types, Self discovery


From the moment she met him, Ella Peterson had questions. As always, though, she’s too shy to ask.

Older and sexy as hell, mysterious Adam Brook soon sweeps sheltered Ella off her feet; but is he as perfect as he appears to be, or is there more to him than he’s telling her?

Ella’s world has already turned upside down after moving from England to rural Kansas. She and her sisters were hoping for a more secure future, but instead find that life can be tough when jobs are scarce and the stakes often higher than anticipated.

When events spiral out of Ella’s control, she learns the person she needs to rely on most is herself and her instincts on who to trust in the future.

It’s just that her instincts are screaming at her to trust Adam; it’s what he tells her that makes that a problem.

Pre-order Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trust-You-romance-intrigue-Falling/dp/1916167012

US – https://www.amazon.com/Trust-You-romance-intrigue-Falling/dp/1916167012

Publication Date: 6thApril

Join Julia Firlotte’s mailing list and receive the first three chapters of Trust in You – https://www.juliafirlotteauthor.com/

About the Author

Julia Head Shot 2.Julia is an avid reader of all things romance, and she has read hundreds of books across a variety of sub-genres and began writing her own novels in 2018. Four books are currently in various stages of editing and completion, the first of which is finished and will be on sale in spring 2020.

Julia has always been passionate about languages and fiction and has a degree in Languages And Trade and an A-Level in English Literature. When Julia is not writing or editing her own novels, she usually has her nose in books by other authors and is otherwise kept busy caring for her family, going to the gym and carrying out her day job. Julia lives on the South Coast of England with her two children, husband and cats.

Media Links 

Author Website:                  www.juliafirlotteauthor.com

Facebook Page:                                    https://www.facebook.com/JuliaFirlotteAuthor/

Facebook Group:                  Romance Chit Chat


Twitter:                                    https://twitter.com/juliafirlotte

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19484358.Julia_Christine_Firlotte

Instagram:                                    https://www.instagram.com/juliafirlotte/

Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this tour.



#Blogtour #Review: Rage and Retribution by Lorraine Mace @rararesources @lomace

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Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the log tour for Lorraine Mace’s latest instalment in the D.I. Sterling series, Rage and Retribution. If you like a healthy dose of thrill as the perfect side to your crime fiction, then turn the lights on and dive right in.

Rage_&_Retribution_FCTitle: Rage and Retribution

Author: Lorraine Mace

Publisher: Accent Press Ltd.

Publication Date: February 13, 2020

Genre: Police Procedural, Crime Fiction, Crime Thriller

Themes: Rape, Torture, Nepotism, Vigilantism, Family Dynamics

My Rating 4.5/ 5


Rage and Retribution

Can two wrongs ever make a right?

A man is found by the side of a canal, comatose and brutally attacked.

It quickly becomes clear that someone is abducting men and subjecting them to horrific acts of torture. After three days they’re released, fighting for their lives and refusing to speak.

A councillor is accused of fraud.

Montague Mason is an upstanding member of the community. That is until he’s publicly accused of stealing the youth centre’s funds – an accusation that threatens to rip through the very heart of the community and expose his best-kept secret. But how far would he go to protect himself?

Two cases. One deadly answer.

As the two cases collide, D.I. Paolo Sterling finds he has more questions than answers. And, when torture escalates to murder, he suddenly finds himself in a race against time to find the killer and put an end to the depravity – once and for all.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1786156857

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1786156857


Rage and Retribution has it all – a likeable and complex DI with a complicated home life, some serious white collar crime involving high-profile members of the community, and and an insanely twisted serial torturer all packed into an expertly entangled story. This is the kind of book that hooks you from the first few pages and won’t let you put it down until the very end, no matter how gritty the story gets.

Be warned though, this book is not for the faint of heart. Mace tackles some dark and potentially triggering content in detail, though I never found it to be gratuitous. There is detail of assault, rape, and torture that may make some uncomfortable. And while those torture scenes made me squirm just a little (okay, a lot), they created a tension and atmosphere that permeated every single page setting the most ominous of moods. I thought that it was really interesting to have male victims feature so prominently throughout, and the entire construct to be thought provoking on so many levels, especially since men rarely report these types of encounters.

Now add in a dynamic team with whom D.I. Stirling has an incredible bond, some serious workplace drama and accusations of nepotism, an ex-wife, and a teenaged daughter and you’ve got a healthy dose of character development and personal drama to balance out the darker elements of the story. And can I just say that the characters are so incredibly well written? Even the characters I hate I love because they are so believable and polarizing. I felt like I could pick out real-life counter parts for each and every character save the killer, but never once felt like I knew how the story was going to play out.

And the best part? While this baby might be part of a series, it can absolutely be read as a stand-alone novel. Details from the past are expertly folded into the narrative in way that feel natural and not at all like info dumps. The writing itself is superb, equal parts descriptive and enthralling, and packed full of an energy that simmers just below the surface until it finally explodes at just the right time. This is the kind of book that continuously rewards the engaged reader, as all the clues are there for the taking as the story progresses, but you have to work to put them together. It’s so damn good!

Stirling and his cases will take you on a gripping, dark, and utterly enthralling journey. I highly recommend not only this book, but the whole dang series. Dive in, collect the clues, and enjoy the ride.

About the Author

Rage and Retribution - Lorraine MaceWhen not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.lorrainemace.com

Blog: http://thewritersabcchecklist.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lomace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.mace.52

Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this tour. All opinions are my own.

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#Blogtour #Excerpt: In Too Deep by Elly Redding @ellyredding @rararesources #Giveaway

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Next up on today’s double feature of promo posts is an excerpt and giveaway for Elly Redding’s In Too Deep. If you like a little (okay, a lot) of drama in your chick lit and a romantic interest with a complicated and mysterious past then don’t look this one over!

Also, you need that fab chocolate to go with the reading… get thee to the giveaway!

In Too Deep CoverTitle: 
In Too Deep

Author: Elly Redding

Publisher: SilverWood Books

Publication Date: February 3, 2020

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Themes: Family, Romance, Consanguinity, Reunion


Set in the rolling countryside of Devon, ‘In Too Deep’ is the emotional story of a woman’s determination to win the trust of the man she’s adored since they were thrown together as children, by forcing him to confront the darkness of his long-lost past.

One little lie. A guilty secret. And the man she mustn’t love…

It’s been six years since Isy Forrester left home. In that time, she’s strived to forge a new life for herself in London, away from Jack Mancini, her father’s adopted son, and his devastating betrayal of everything she thought they had.

Only now her father’s in hospital, and the house that’s been in her family for generations is at risk. Forced to return to Devon, she finds Jack as infuriating and stubborn as ever, and just as irresistible. Soon she realises the bright lights of London can’t hold a candle to him.

But Jack has a past, one which he refuses to share with her. And until he can trust her with these deepest secrets, how can she risk her heart? How can she even begin to help him, when he won’t tell her what happened all those years ago – before her father brought him home to Hambledon Hall?

Purchase Links –
UK Amazon: https://amzn.to/2QSHpYd

US Amazon: https://amzn.to/2FMkRSV


 Jack has invited Isy out for a meal at the local pub. His aim? To try and rekindle her feelings for him.  Her aim?  To make sure he doesn’t. 

‘So, just how many women have you brought to this restaurant?’ she asked, once they were alone.

Jack leant back in his chair and gave her a whimsical smile. ‘Let me see, it’s been open just under two years, so that would make…?’

And she could have flung something at him if there was only something dispensable to hand. ‘Do you come here with Jess?’

‘I’ve come here with you.’

‘Not to the restaurant.’

‘No, but to the pub, when you didn’t want to go to the Duck and Drake. It was the only way your father would allow you to go out in the early days.’

She found herself grimacing at the recollection.

‘He just cared for you,’ he reminded her. ‘Don’t knock it.’

She didn’t. It just made her more determined than ever to find out about Jack’s. ‘Your father, you never talk about him?’

‘And you never ask.’

‘I’m asking now.’

‘Well, I’m not talking about him.’

And Isy knew she should let the subject drop. That she really should choose between the beef wellington and lamb shank, but she’d never been very good at doing what she was supposed to do. ‘Why is everything about your childhood a secret? I ask Dad, he tells me to mind my own business. Even Auntie Beth avoids the subject, when she can.’

‘Then perhaps you should too?’

‘I won’t judge you, Jack, I really won’t.’

He glanced across at her as though that was exactly what he thought she’d do, and she hated herself for pushing him where he didn’t want to go. But then what else could she do? When she could sense there was still so much more he hadn’t said?

‘You kiss me as though you still love me. You want me to trust you, I know you do, but how can I do that, if you don’t trust me with the truth?’

‘Trust isn’t always about knowing everything, Isy. It’s sometimes about having faith in what you don’t know. It’s about having faith in me.’

There was a silent plea behind the words. She could hear it in his voice, and she wanted to agree, she really did. Only how could she when she’d been here before? Six years earlier?

‘I think I should go,’ she said, once Matt had taken their orders. ‘As soon as the Hall’s finished. I think I should go back to London.’

‘Because I won’t talk to you?’

‘Because there’s no point in staying.’


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*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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About the Author

In Too Deep Author


Elly Redding is an award-winning romance writer. Having originally written screenplays, her first novel, ‘True Colours’, won the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award, and third prize in the Independent Author Book Award “Words for the Wounded”, as well as being voted Chill with a Book Readers’ Book of the Month Award and receiving a B.R.A.G. Medallion.

Born in London, she now divides her time, with her husband, between Bedfordshire and Devon, where she loves art, dancing and watching the waves.

Elly is a member of the Society of Authors and Alliance of Independent Authors, and would love to hear from you. She can be found @ellyredding on Twitter, Elly Redding Author on Facebook and Elly Redding on Instagram.

Her website is www.ellyredding.com

Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this tour. All opinions are my own.

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#Blogtour #Giveaway: Empire’s Hostage by Marian L. Thorpe @rararesources @marianlthorpe

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Today I’m offering double feature of promo posts. First up: Empire’s Hostage by Marian L. Thorpe. The second instalment in the Empire’s Legacy trilogy, which delves into a meticulously wrought world strictly divided across gender lines follows our heroine Lena as she travels north of the wall. It’s engaging, it’s imaginative, and best of all, it can be read as a standalone!

Oh, and did I mention that there’s a giveaway? An INTERNATIONAL giveaway? Check out the rules and enter below.

Hostage ebook coverTitle: Empire’s Hostage

Author: Marian L. Thorpe

Publisher: Arboretum Press

Publication Date: July 16, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Themes: Adventure, War, Relationships, Strategy, Consequences


For fifteen months, the Empire and the northern people have been at war, but a truce is finally at hand. As part of this treaty, Lena, now a Guardswoman on the Wall, is asked to stand as a hostage, to go north to live and learn among the people of Linrathe. But not everyone there will welcome her. As Lena learns more of the history of both her land and the north, a new threat emerges, one that will test her loyalty to its limits, and in the end, demand a price she could not have envisioned.

Purchase Link – https://storyoriginapp.com/universalbooklinks/70c2d124-98f8-11e9-a22b-0fa7c9705e88


Giveaway to Win a Paperback copy of Empire’s Legacy, the complete trilogy (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

ENTER HERE –> http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33c69494344/?

About the Author

Empires Hostage Author

Not content with two careers as a research scientist and an educator, Marian L Thorpe decided to go back to what she’d always wanted to do and be a writer. Author of the alternative world medieval trilogy Empire’s Legacy, Marian also has published short stories and poetry. Her life-long interest in Roman and post-Roman European history informs her novels, while her avocations of landscape archaeology and birding provide background to her settings.

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Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this tour, and for proving a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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