Review: Forensics

2020, May, non-fiction, REVIEW

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Author: Val McDermid
Pages: 292
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

Val McDermid is one of the finest crime writers we have, whose novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide with their riveting narratives of characters who solve complex crimes and confront unimaginable evil. In the course of researching her bestselling novels, McDermid has become familiar with every branch of forensics, and now she uncovers the history of this science, real-world murders and the people who must solve them.
The dead talk – to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. Forensics draws on interviews with some of these top-level professionals, ground-breaking research, and McDermid’s own original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists. Along the way, McDermid discovers how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine one’s time of death; how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer; and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist were able to uncover the victims of a genocide. It’s a journey that will take McDermid to war zones, fire scenes, and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with both extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern-day.

| My thoughts |

I also find it difficult to review non-fiction books but I found this one so informative.

I found this book extremely interesting and very well researched. I like the fact it was based on UK proceedings but also touched on cases in other countries. It had a mixture of old and new cases, some of the newer cases were ones I was familiar with due to them being on the news in the UK. The author puts enough detail into the case to discuss the topic she is talking about but she didn’t pry into the lives too much. There were so much I didn’t realise about the forensics in cases and how they work to catch the suspects.

Val McDermid also writes mysteries but I haven’t had a chance to pick any up at the moment.

I would highly recommend this book for people who are interested in forensics.

 

Review: The Rumour

2020, May, REVIEW

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Author: Lesley
Pages: 304
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .
Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.
Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.
So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

| My thoughts |

I was given this book was a gift from my step mum. I actually quite enjoyed this book. It was a page-turner, and the plot kept me intrigued. I didn’t gel with the characters as much as I hoped I would but I didn’t affect my rating on the book. 

I am using the CAWPILE spreadsheet put together by Gi, her channel is Book Roast on youtube. You rate each section out of 10, here are my results.

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I just didn’t have an emotional connection to any of the characters, they weren’t bad characters, they just weren’t for me.

I did have a theory about who was involved, which turned out to be slightly correct but there was still a twist. I think this is a solid debut and I will look into any other books by this author.

overall this was a solid debut.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?

Happy Reading
xoxo

Review: Harley Merlin and the stolen Magicals

2020, REVIEW

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Author: Bella Forrest
Pages: 408
Star Rating: ✪✪✪.5

| Synopsis for book one | 

Harley Merlin can sense people’s emotions, among other things. It’s how she snagged her first job pinpointing cheaters at a casino.

But she has no clue where she got these freakish powers because she spent her childhood jumping from home to home in the foster system, and her father left her with nothing more than a cryptic note. Then she crosses paths with a terrifyingly real monster. This is when a mysterious and annoyingly arrogant young warlock named Wade Crowley steps in, introducing her to a hidden world of beasts, magical, and covens riddled with secrets—as well as clues about her murky past.

Whether she likes it or not, this new world is where she belongs. But after a disturbing twist of events, Harley quickly realizes that her past is darker than she could ever have imagined and that someone in the coven is out for her blood. With the help of Wade and her new friends, she must figure out who the traitor is and why they’re targeting her… Before the human and magical worlds dangerously collide.

| My thoughts |

I am still enjoying this series, they quick read and I get them through them really quickly. I am finding Santana’s sections of the books so much better than Harley’s sections at the moment. Santana is a good character, she is a good friend and is always trying to do the best for everyone

Harley isn’t my favourite character at the moment, she doesn’t seem to be growing in my eyes, she still makes the same mistakes she made previously. 

The plot is still intriguing and kept me interested even though I  am unsure of the main character but because Santana also has chapters this breakup Harley’s sections which is probably why I keep going with these books. 

I don’t want to go to much into the plot of this story because it is the 3rd in the series. I am looking forward to carrying on the next in the series. 

Harley Merlin Book 1 

Harley Merlin Book 2 

 

May TBR

2020, May, TBR

Hey readers…

I have 8 books on my tbr this month, I am hoping that I can get to all of these as my reading hasn’t been too good with all that is going on at the moment.  The Dwarves is a re-read for me, I love this series and The Rumour is my TBR jar pick for this month.

41571057| Synopsis |

Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.
But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season. Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility. Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.

9781841495729| Synopsis |

For countless millennia, no man or beast has ever succeeded in breaching the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Until now… Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith is the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. But when he is sent out into the world to deliver a message and reacquaint himself with his people, the young foundling finds himself thrust into a battle for which he has not been trained. Not only his own safety, but the life of every man, woman and child in Girdlegard depends upon his ability to embrace his heritage. Although he has many unanswered questions, Tungdil is certain of one thing: no matter where he was raised, he is a true dwarf. And no one has ever questioned the courage of the Dwarves.

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Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future. When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl but Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

| Synopsis |

A bold and blood-hungry retelling of the King Arthur legend from the critically acclaimed author of The Boneless Mercies. On the heels of a devastating plague, Torvi’s sister Morgunn is stolen from the family farm by Uther, a flame-loving wolf-priest who leads a pack of ragged, starving girls. Torvi leaves the only home she’s ever known and joins a shaven-headed druid and a band of roaming Elsh artists known as the Butcher Bards. They set out on a quest to rescue Torvi’s sister, and find a mythical sword. On their travels, Torvi and her companions will face wild, dangerous magic that leads to love, joy, tragedy, and death. . . Torvi set out to rescue a sister, but she may find it’s merely the first step toward a life that is grander and more glorious than anything she could have imagined.

| Synopsis |

In a fractured Europe, new nations are springing up everywhere, some literally overnight. For an intelligence officer like Jim, it’s a nightmare. Every week or so a friendly power spawns a new and unknown national entity which may or may not be friendly to England’s interests. It’s hard to keep on top of it all but things are about to get worse for Jim. A stabbing on a London bus pitches him into a world where his intelligence service is preparing for war with another universe, and a man has appeared who may hold the key to unlocking Europe’s most jealously guarded secret…

| Synopsis |

This is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous as a breath can only be collected one unit at a time.

|Synopsis|

Val McDermid is one of the finest crime writers we have, whose novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide with their riveting narratives of characters who solve complex crimes and confront unimaginable evil. In the course of researching her bestselling novels, McDermid has become familiar with every branch of forensics, and now she uncovers the history of this science, real-world murders and the people who must solve them.
The dead talk – to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. Forensics draws on interviews with some of these top-level professionals, ground-breaking research, and McDermid’s own original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists.

| Synopsis | 

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . . Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea. Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman. So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

What books have you got on your tbr this month? Have you read any of these, if you did what did you think of them, let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading
XOXO

OWLS Wrapup

2020, Owls Readathon 2020, Warp up

Hey readers…

Here is my wrap up for the O.W.L.s Readathon 2020. I went for the curse breaker career. I did start to have issues in the month, losing my reading mojo and just feeling down due to the current world situation. 

I have completed my career reading and I am now a CURSE BREAKER 😀 

Here is what I read to complete this career. 

| Ancient Runes – Heart on the cover or in the title |

51PQPbc+9SLFor this subject, I picked up The Pure Heart by Trudi Tweedie. You can find my review for this book here.  

I did enjoy this one and it wasn’t in my initial TBR for this month. 

I added this book after I found myself slumping. 

The original book I was going to read was The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie. 

 

| Arithmancy – Read something outside your favourite genre |

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The book I picked up for this subject was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You can find my review for this book here.

This book surprised me and I really enjoyed it more than I thought I would, I found myself thinking out this book when I wasn’t reading it and picking it back up again. 

I will be reading another Jane Austen book in the future. 

 

| Charms – White Cover |

61ikfa6tmnl._sx324_bo1204203200_The book I picked up for this subject is The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. You can find my review for this here.

As always I really liked this one and gave it 5 stars. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors and I really enjoyed the Mistborn Trilogy 

 

 

| Defense against the Dark Arts – Book set at Sea and Coast |

44647479._sy475_For this subject, I picked up, Deeplight by Frances Hardinge. You can find my review for this book here

This was such a good book. I had never read a book by this author, I usually stick to reading the same author. I love finding different authors and I will be reading something else by Frances Hardinge. 

 

 

| Potions – Lure of the north |

91ddR5cAQuLFor this subject, I picked up, The Lure of the North. 

This was an interesting little book I rated it 3 stars. I haven’t written a review for it. It was a mismatch of excerpts from three journals in The London Library. 

I have a couple more of these books so once I get around to reading more, I might do an overall review 

 

| Transfiguration – Shapeshifting – Harley Merlin and the stolen magicals |

51fknwtnb-lFor this subject, I picked up, Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals. 

This is the 3rd book in a quick, fun series I have picked up from Kindle Unlimited. 

I gave this book 3 stars but I will definitely be continuing on with this series. I can fly through these books really quickly. 

I have a review for the first book here and the second book here. I will have a review up for this book in the coming week. 

What did you read for your O.W.Ls? Did you complete the reading for your Career? 

Happy reading
XOXO