Friday Finds

It’s Not All Romance And Flowers – Friday Finds plus Book Blogger Hop

Hello Avid Readers,

Today is Friday so it’s time for another Friday Finds post. I have found some great reviews around the blogosphere that I want to share with you this week.

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

If you are one of my lovely new followers let me just take a moment to explain what my Friday Finds posts are all about. I like to read, my favourite genre is paranormal romance but I’ve also been known to curl up with the odd urban fantasy or paranormal cozy mysteries too. But it’s a big wide literary world out there and I decided back in January that you, my dear followers, might be interested in the reviews about books from other genres to help you find your next favourite book. Ta!Da! My weekly Friday Finds post was born.

Here are some reviews for books that fellow book bloggers enjoyed reading (in no particular order).

Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn from Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs

Erin’s blog is a wonderful mix of book reviews, the ups & downs of parenthood and lifestyle posts. I love her outlook, how she composes her reviews and the way her personality shines through in every post she shares.  Erin really enjoyed this story and thought it was the bees knees. 🙂


Fear No Evil by Allison Brennan from Blue Mood Cafe

Jonetta loves reading and is fairly eclectic in her tastes and open to most genres. She’s open to exploring new authors and appreciates those who not only write well but can deliciously craft a character and a tale. Although the subject matter in this books is something I would steer well clear off, I really liked her honesty in this review, she doesn’t give much away but it sounds like an amazingly gripping tale.


Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson from book’d out

Shelleyrae is another fellow book-a-holic, but unlike me, you’ll find great reviews for books covering many different genres from this Aussie book blogger. 😉 She also champions Aussie authors and showcases their books as part of her reviews, cover reveals, blog tours and reading challenges. This compelling psychological thriller certainly ticked all of Shelleyrae’s boxes and she admits to being utterly absorbed by the battle of wits between the two protagonists



If you don’t know, Literary Titan are a group of discerning reviewers that seem to find independent published works in every genre. Their blog has over 3,000 followers alone! This sci-fi dystopian thriller warranted a 5 star review – not something that happens very often and although it’s not my genre of choice (dystopian) I’m sure some of you will LOVE it.


And my final review this week is from a tried and trusted book blog…

The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson from

Anne Mendez usually reviews books in the historical fiction genre, including all the sub-genres, e.g. mystery, thriller, romance, etc. and although this is a genre I rarely read myself, I always enjoy her thoughts. This book was also outside of her usual genre but she admits that although she almost passed on it for her review calendar she ended up giving it 5 stars as it was so fun and well written and just so so so much nostalgia that she couldn’t get enough of it!

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 favourite author!

Now on to the Book Blogger Hop meme which is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict. A question is posted each week, you answer the question and visit others blogs to see what their answers are. Easy!

So this week’s question is:

Do you read historical fiction? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

My knee jerk reaction is NO!

I used to read historical romance in my teens but have veered clear of the genre over the last couple of decades. However, some authors have been sneaky and I’ve found myself reading their book and forgetting that the story is set in the past – Dianne Duvall’s Gifted Ones series springs to mind – I’ve currently got 6 titles on my Goodreads ParanormalRomance – Historical shelf so perhaps it’s not such as resounding NO as I had first thought. 😉

What about you? Do you regularly read historical fiction? If so which authors are your on mainstay diet. 😉

Once again, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this post. I hope you have a good weekend and manage to read (or listen to) a great story.

Happy Reading!




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(8) Comments

  1. I’m the same way with paranormal romances. I read a lot of those as a teen but now I’m like, eh, eh, eh. You know what I mean? I think I burned myself out on them entirely. That being said, historical fiction is good but it can be a total mixed bag! Also, you know the author is good if they can trick you into forgetting something is set in a different era. Love it.

  2. Thanks for including my review of a very tough story, Flora! I love how you include titles outside of your comfort zone.

    I love historical fiction, especially in the hands of someone who knows how to separate fact and fiction. I always learn something in the process when I’m not really trying.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing my post! And for the compliment as well! 🙂

    I see a few books I want to add to my TBR from your post – and I am definitely going to hop to their blogs.

    I used to read a lot more historical fiction but I think I am burned out on it now, especially wartime stories. 🙂

    1. Ha and I just realized that the book you posted of mine probably fits in that category a bit! So maybe I read it when it is sneaky too. LOL.

  4. agreatreviewer says:

    I’m all for the paranormal historical fiction books! I also ADORE books like Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper–historical in nature, yet a fresh new mystery, that is still set in the past! Lol.

    Thanks for visiting my BBH post!

  5. I really like the look of The Saturday Night Ghost Club!

  6. Hey, you’re welcome, Shelleyrae.

    No I haven’t read Carrigers or Moning’s series, I will have to check them out, thanks. x

  7. Thanks for the link Flora 🙂

    I avoided historical fiction for many years too, but somewhere along the way that changed, though there are some periods, and settings, I find less interesting than others. Have you tried some like Gail Carrigers Parasol Protectorate series? Or Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series

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