Red Sister – Mark Lawrence (Review)

red sister.jpgAs everyone knows, there are four types of nun: prayer nuns, stealth nuns, magic nuns, and murder nuns. The convent of Sweet Mercy trains them all.

Nona Grey – a child steeped in blood almost since birth – is saved from the gallows and taken to the convent. For the first time ever, she has friends, and enough to eat. She learns to read and fight and use her talents to their fullness. Outside the walls, as the world grows colder, her enemies gather and strengthen.
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To the Poles (Without a Beard) – Catharine Hartley (Review)

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The story of an ordinary thirty-something city girl who became the first British woman to walk to the South Pole. ‘We called ourselves Plebs to the Pole. It was the first time travellers with no previous polar experience had the chance to attempt such a journey. Before our expedition, Antarctica had been sacred territory – the preserve of scientists and real explorers. No one had any idea how amateurs would perform in such extreme conditions.’

In January 2000 Catharine Hartley, a thirty-four-year-old Londoner with no previous polar experience, walked into the record books by becoming the first British woman to reach the South Pole on foot. Continue reading “To the Poles (Without a Beard) – Catharine Hartley (Review)”

The Deep Range – Arthur C. Clarke (Review)

tdr1After an accident in space left deep scars on his psyche, Walter Franklin retrains as a warden, one of the herders protecting and tending to the whales that form a large proportion of Earth’s food supply. Though space is forever denied to him, he finds new purpose exploring an equally strange and bewitching environment.

The Deep Range is set on a relatively near-future Earth. Humanity has control of the upper levels of the ocean, using the life within it to feed the planet. But there are always still secrets, dangers, and strange creatures down in the deeps. Continue reading “The Deep Range – Arthur C. Clarke (Review)”

Love’s Verdict – Carsen Taite (Review)

Loves verdictTwo exceptional, ambitious, but very different,  lawyers are assigned to work on the same case. Whichever one most distinguishes herself will get the only available partnership place.

As they work to defend one of their firm’s most valuable clients from a murder charge, they face a different and unexpected problem: the growing attraction between them.  Continue reading “Love’s Verdict – Carsen Taite (Review)”

Thresher – Michael Cole (Review)

thresher.pngSome things just naturally belong together: horses and carriages, swallows and summer, quiet seaside towns that need a lucrative tourist season and giant shark attacks.

The peaceful seaside town of Merit is about to host a sailing competition. There’s a lot of opportunity for profit, and the acting mayor has decreed that nothing must go wrong. Unfortunately, there’s something in the water.

A rookie cop gets partnered with an alcoholic veteran; a marine biologist makes the find of his career; an acting Mayor ignores the truth. And beneath the waves, something hunts. Something vast and merciless and hungry. Continue reading “Thresher – Michael Cole (Review)”

Push Me Pull Me – Amanda Rhodes (Review)

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Mallory is not the best at life. She’s frequently late to work and struggles with face-to-face interaction, preferring to spend her time online. These are significant problems for a rental agent.

With her boss running out of patience, Mallory has to do everything she can to impress her latest client – the beautiful, sophisticated Corinne. As she summons previously-untouched reserves of professionalism, Mallory begins to suspect that a beautiful rental property is not the only thing Corinne has her eye on.  Continue reading “Push Me Pull Me – Amanda Rhodes (Review)”

Alien Taste – Wen Spencer (Review)

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Ukiah Oregon knows little about his past. Raised by wolves and then by adoptive parents, he doesn’t even know how old he is. That’s not the only thing that sets him apart – he has a perfect memory, preternatural senses, and severe injuries heal in hours.

Working as a tracker, he’s solved mysteries and saved lives. But when a tracking case going violently wrong, Ukiah gets his first clues to both his real origins and a secret war that endangers the whole of humanity.  Continue reading “Alien Taste – Wen Spencer (Review)”