Friday Finds

Friday Finds: Gripping Fiction. Plus Book Blogger Hop.

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Hello my lovelies. We all want to be drawn into a story, whether it’s an action, adventure, thriller or romance. This week’s Friday Finds spans the genres and pulls together some gripping fiction.

If you don’t know what these weekly posts are all about, I explain it all in my Friday Finds page here.

I like being part of the weekly  Book Blogger Hop meme, hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict, so I’m doing it again today. You can read my answer to this week’s question at the bottom of this post.

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So, here are some recommendations and book reviews. It’s a mix of genres but they’re all pieces of gripping fiction. I know you’ll find something to tempt you.

His & Hers by Alice Feeney reviewed by From Belgium With Book Love

Kelly Van Damme admits that over the years her tastes have evolved and expanded, she’s tried many genres, from horror to chick lit, from vampires and werewolves to cosy mysteries, from YA to action. She still enjoys YA, horror, fantasy and light sci-fi, but she mostly reads (psychological) thrillers now. I love that Kelly writes from the heart; she doesn’t analyse every single sentence, but just tells us the thoughts and feelings the book’s left her with. She really loved this thriller giving it 5 stars, saying: “His & Hers is a brilliant story. I was sucked in from the start, had to keep listening. It kept me guessing until the very end, and despite all my theories, I never even came close to figuring out the truth. Still, the ending made total sense. Despite my oblivion until the final reveal, I don’t feel like it came out of the blue, I have a feeling it was there all along, and it makes me want to reread, to find out what I missed the first time around. If you enjoy twisty psychological thrillers, I highly recommend you check this one out!

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All The Book Blog Names Are Taken recommends Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

Sarah is a BIG fan of all things historic and although her passion is non-fiction she does get lost in a novel from time to time. I like her writing style and find her posts easy to read and always enjoyable. Sarah gave this one about 28 stars out of 5 and waxed lyical about this Macbeth retelling, saying: “This is easily one of my favorite books of 2020 and I will read everything Hannah Capin ever writes (which I also said after I finished The Dead Queens Club). I noticed on Goodreads this is now listed a “book #1”, so I am very curious as to how this could become a series? Even though perhaps not every question was answered, I don’t think they all have to be. I think the end was brilliant, and wouldn’t change a thing. HIGHLY HIGHLY A MILLION TIMES RECOMMENDED.

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The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter reviewed by An Average Life

Roxanne is a fellow British bookworm and describes herself as a “dramatic, curly-haired wannabe writer from a nowhere town in Somerset. Stop-starter of all projects great and small.” She uses her blog to talk about books, films, mental health issues and also writes various lifestyle posts. I always enjoy reading her posts as her intelligence, experience and amazing personality shines through in her writing. Roxanne was really enjoyed reading this gripping murder mystery from one of her auto-buy authors, saying: “You can read this book as a stand alone, any previous history is covered throughout the book, but I will always recommend you start from the beginning to fully appreciate the character development and community Slaughter has built. Definitely a five star from me, I cannot wait for the next chapter.

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KayCKay Book Reviews raved about Subversive by Raena Rood

Kimberly is an avid reader, but this amazing book blogger also listens to audiobooks and confesses to opening up the Kindle app to read books just about any moment she has! Kindred spirit, right?! I love the way she sets out her pros and cons for each book she tells us about. Kimberly really enjoyed this Christian, dystopian tale rating it 5 stars, saying: “This novel is attention-grabbing, fast-paced, and engrossing! While the novel is fiction, persecution of this type is not implausible and that made the book intensely thought-provoking. I am quite impressed with Subversive and I cannot wait for Ms. Rood’s next novel in this series! I know she can write well, but I hope she can write really fast, too! If you particularly enjoy thrillers with dystopian elements, this book is definitely for you!

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And my final review this week is from a blogger with a brilliant sense of humour who I’ve been following for a while.

The Lost Outlaw by Paul Fraser Collard reviewed by The Tattooed Book Geek

Drew is a fellow UK book blogger (and all round good bloke) who mostly reads Fantasy and Crime Thrillers but has also been know to read Post-apocalyptic, Zombie, SFF, Horror and Graphic novels. Drew’s personality shines through in his posts which is why I love reading them so much. He really enjoyed this historical fiction novel set in the old wild west, saying: “I’ve always enjoyed watching westerns (playing westerns in video games too) and with my interest piqued I decided to give the book a go and I’m glad that I did. My initial apprehension at starting the series late on was misplaced, the book gripped me, was easy to get into and like a man on the gallows, I was hanging on every page.

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So, that’s my picks for this week. I hope you find a moment or two to click at least one of these reviews yourself. Who knows, you may just find your next gripping read!

Now on to the Book Blogger Hop (BBH) meme.

BBH was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 but ended on 31 December 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict relaunched the hop on 15 February 2013.

Each week the hop starts on a Friday and ends the following Thursday. There’s a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs and learn about new books. But also to befriend other bloggers and receive new followers to your own blog. Easy!

So this week’s question is:

What book/books got a lot of hype but were a disappointment for you?

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

This is a great question! I’ve seen many blog posts over the last 12 months talking about this very thing.

For me it was Bitten by Kelley Armstrong.

book cover for Otherworld 1 - Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

As a reader of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, Kelly Armstrong is one of the go-to authors in the genres. This book pops up continually in PNR groups, favourite lists and must read posts. I was so disappointed when it didn’t rock my world.

What been your most disappointing read? I know we all have them. Let’s share your pain and disappointment, I’ll bring the bottle of rum. 😉

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post.

I hope you have a great weekend, continue to be smart, stay safe & healthy and manage to read (or listen to) a great book.

Happy Reading!


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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
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(9) Comments

  1. Oh I have such high hopes for his and hers! gonna check out Kelly’s review 😀

    1. Flora says:

      Cool. That’s great. Glad to help.

  2. Flora this is such a lovely post! Thankyou so much for including me, what a great start to my day xx

    1. Flora says:

      Aww, you’re welcome Roxanne. I really like reading your reviews and wanted to share the love. 😉

  3. I haven’t read Bitten and I guess that’s a good thing. I probably would have picked it up too if it had come across my radar. ❤️

    1. Flora says:

      I might continue with the series if the books have a different protagonist. But at the moment I’ve got too many other great books on my TBR to worry about it. 😉

  4. I have not read Bitten but do believe it is on my list. I hope I enjoy it more than you did. 🙂

    1. Flora says:

      I hope you do too, Freda.

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