Book Review: Cut The Threads

Title: Cut The Threads
Author: Robin Roughley
Book Description:

When the mutilated remains of local hard man, Tam Whitlow, are found tied to a chair, in a dilapidated building, Marnie Hammond and the team believe the murder could be gang-related.

Whitlow worked for Jimmy Rae, a man who hides behind the facade of local businessman but whose empire has been built on fear and extortion. However, it appears that someone is trying to take over from Rae, someone who is willing to commit horrific killings to achieve their goal.

Meanwhile, Tom Conway is looking for his oldest friend, John Hall, who is missing along with his young daughter, Rowan. As Conway starts to ask questions he finds himself in grave danger.

Is there a link between the missing man and the spate of murders?

Will Tom or Marnie discover the truth before it is too late?

As the body count rises, Marnie realises that there is someone in the shadows, someone who will never rest until they have had their revenge.

My Review

This book is so full of twists and turns it makes you think you are gonna get book sick. The characters, story line, and the writing style are superb. I was not sure if I liked it at first, but this book grabbed you from the first paragraph and does not let go. This book was very hard for me to put it down from start to finish.

The characters were very well written and you never really knew if the “good” guy was actually a “bad” guy or if the “bad” guy was the “good” guy. Robin Roughley is very good at keeping you in suspense of which side the characters are on. He knows how to create flawed characters along with really bad characters while keeping the humanity in all of them.

Even though this is the second book in the series (Keep You Near is the first) There is enough back story that you can read this one with out issues. Though it may make you want to go back and read the first one. I know I just bought it to read. Look for a review on that one in the future.

If you like crime novels that can get grizzly and quite a bit bloody. Robin Roughley goes into quite detailed about the gruesome deeds that happen to the characters. It is well written and well worth the read in my opinion.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Trapped

Title: Trapped
Author: Sally Mason
Book Description:

They took her sanity. Now they are back to take her life.

When Kelsey Miller was sixteen, she was kidnapped, beaten, and raped by two men—neither of whom was ever brought to justice. Three years later, the past still haunts her and fear, pain, and anger have taken over her world. Trapped in a cycle of self-harm and depression, she becomes her own worst enemy.

One night, her kidnappers return and ask her to make the ultimate sacrifice. This time, the stakes are even higher since her tormentors are not only determined to crush her spirit but her life.

My Review

Oh My Gosh! This book is amazing. The strength Kelsey showed only to have it beaten down over & over again. First she goes through the worst thing a woman could go through. Just to have justice ruined & then just when she starts to get her life back together she get thrown back into the worst thing again. Only to find out the worst thing!! I didn’t figure out who “Napoleon” was until halfway through the book which is odd for me.

This is a very graphic & adult book. As the beginning page says:

Trigger Warning: This story includes relevant social topics such as anxiety, self-harm, and depression, as well as references to rape/abuse. Do not read if you find any of these topics disturbing. They are not meant to upset anyone but to raise awareness.

Only read this if you can handle the emotional roller coaster.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: The Simplicity of Cozy

Title: The Simplicity of Cozy
Author: Melissa Alvarez

Book Description:

Make cozy your way of life with this guide for connecting to the positive energy of simple, everyday moments. Known around the world as hygge, lagom, and other similar terms, cozy and balanced living helps you improve your health, happiness, and spirituality by understanding and feeling the frequency of people, animals, places, and situations.

The Simplicity of Cozy explores a variety of topics, including mindfulness, simple ritual, self-care, home environment, relationship connections, and being in nature. Using easy techniques and exercises, you can tune into and practice the energy of coziness.

My Review

This is a non-fiction (not my normal read) but I love the title & the ideas & help this book gives really makes me want to live more Hygge! The book gives good practices & suggestions on how to make your life more cozy, and simple. I can not wait to put some of the practices & tips into my own life.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Blunt Force Magic

Title: Blunt Force Magic
Author: Lawrence Davis

Book Description:

Janzen Robinson is a man torn between two worlds. Five years removed from a life as an apprentice to a group of do-gooding heroes who championed the fight against supernatural evils, the once-promising student is now a package courier going through the daily grind, passing time at a hole-in-the-wall bar and living in a tiny, run-down apartment on the south side of Cleveland, Ohio.

Then fate (or a case of bad timing) brings him face to face with a door that’s got his old life written all over it. From the ancient recesses of unyielding darkness known as the Abyss, a creature has been summoned: a Stalker, a predator whose real name is forbidden to be spoken aloud. It’s a bastardization of the natural order, a formidable blend of dark magic and primal tenacity. Its single-minded mission? Ending the life of a fiery, emerging young witch.

Thrust into the role of protector, a role once reserved for those he’d lost years ago, the out-of-practice “Artificer” not only has to return to a life he’d left behind, but must relive that painful past while facing down the greatest threat to come to our world in a century. Janzen will have to journey through the magical underbelly of the city and not only stay one step ahead of an unstoppable monster hellbent on destruction but try and figure out why it’s been brought to our world in the first place. Past wounds are reopened as Janzen looks to old friends, a quiet stranger, and his own questionable wits to see them all to the other side of this nightmare that may cost him his life and, quite possibly, the world itself.

My Review

This book was not what I expected it to be. I expected it to be a simple basic fantasy novel but it turned out to be a really good fantasy book. The story line kept me engaged throughout the entire book. The fantasy was believable & though might seem farfetched at first the more you read you realize that it isn’t that far fetched.

I recommend this book if you can read books that have slow parts that seem to not be needed but you will realize that at the end that those parts were needed and you are glad you pushed through them.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Daughters of the Storm

Title: Daughters of the Storm
Author: Kim Wilkins

Book Description:

Five very different sisters team up against their stepbrother to save their kingdom in this Norse-flavored fantasy epic—the start of a new series in the tradition of Naomi Novik, Peter V. Brett, and Robin Hobb.


They are the daughters of a king. Though they share the same royal blood, they could not be more different. Bluebell is a proud warrior, stronger than any man and with an ironclad heart to match. Rose’s heart is all too passionate: She is the queen of a neighboring kingdom who is risking everything for a forbidden love. Ash is discovering a dangerous talent for magic that might be a gift—or a curse. And then there are the twins—vain Ivy, who lives for admiration, and zealous Willow, who lives for the gods.

But when their father is stricken by a mysterious ailment, these five sisters must embark on a desperate journey to save him and prevent their treacherous stepbrother from seizing the throne. Their mission: find the powerful witch who can cure the king. But to succeed on their quest, they must overcome their differences and hope that the secrets they hide from one another and the world are never brought to light. Because if this royal family breaks, it could destroy the kingdom.

My Review

This book really reminded me of the style of Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, & Terry Brooks. Which by no means is wrong or bad. I enjoy those authors. I can tell that Kim Wilkins takes her writing style from them. If she doesn’t then I would suggest she read them cause to me their styles are very similar.

The book itself was an interesting read. I can not say it was my favorite and in parts of it I was like, how much longer is this book. I understand why she put the “traveling” (the parts of the book or series that seems boring but is needed for the story line) sections, but I got bored reading them. The plot twists and the underlying tension made it for a good read and I do recommend this book if you enjoy woman dominant story lines. This story is going to become a wonderful series full of suspense and thrills.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.