Book Review; Black Tide- KC Jones

Page Count 280

Publication date May 2022

Publisher Tor Nightfire

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Synopsis

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-It was just another day at the beach. And then the world ended.

Mike and Beth didn’t know each other existed before the night of the meteor shower. A melancholy film producer and a house sitter barely scraping by, chance made them neighbors, a bottle of champagne brought them together, and a shared need for human connection sparked something more.

After a drunken and desperate one-night-stand, the two strangers awake to discover a surprise astronomical event has left widespread destruction in its wake. But the cosmic lightshow was only a part of something much bigger, and far more terrifying. When a set of lost car keys leaves them stranded on an empty stretch of Oregon coast, when their emergency calls go unanswered and inhuman screams echo from the dunes, when the rising tide reaches for the car and unspeakable horrors close in around them, these two self-destructive souls must find in each other the strength to overcome past pain and the fight to survive a nightmare of apocalyptic scale
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Book Review; Hide- Kiersten White

The rules are simple… don’t be found.

Page Count 256

Publication date May 2022

Publisher Del Rey

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Synopsis

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The challenge: spend a week hiding in an abandoned amusement park and don’t get caught.

The prize: enough money to change everything.

Even though everyone is desperate to win–to seize their dream futures or escape their haunting pasts–Mack feels sure that she can beat her competitors. All she has to do is hide, and she’s an expert at that.

It’s the reason she’s alive, and her family isn’t.

But as the people around her begin disappearing one by one, Mack realizes this competition is more sinister than even she imagined, and that together might be the only way to survive.

Fourteen competitors. Seven days. Everywhere to hide, but nowhere to run

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AnAverageLife’s Top 10 Titles of 2021

This year was a difficult one for reading motivation, my current average book rating is 3.9. Even so, of the 53 titles I finished over the past year I awarded five star ratings to 19 of them! I’ve painfully narrowed those down to my top 10 below;

10.  Demon – Matt Wesolowski

The latest in Scott King’s Six Stories continues this series five star streak.

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9. False Witness – Karin Slaughter

A fantastic standalone novel from the queen of crime fiction.

REVIEW HERE

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8. The Watchers – A M Shine

I adored this scary twist on traditional Irish folklore.

REVIEW HERE

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7. Dead Ground – M W Craven

After a late start to the Poe series I’m now a full fledged addict!

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6. Near The Bone- Christina Henry

My ultimate fairytale reteller Christina makes it to the top 10 again!

REVIEW HERE

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5. The Once & Future Witches – Alix E Harrow

A truly epic tale with a magical, diverse heart.

REVIEW HERE

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4. Cunning Folk– Adam Nevill

Never found a Nevill novel I haven’t loved.

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3. Mirrorland – Carole Johnstone

An intense, imaginative debut

REVIEW HERE

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2. The Night Will Find Us– Matthew Lyons
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1. The Last House On Needless Street- Catriona Ward

OF COURSE this was my number one of 2021, no question about it.

REVIEW HERE

Did you pick up any of my top ten last year? Do you plan to?

Let me know your thoughts or drop the links to your own reviews in the comments so I can take a look!

Roxanne

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Book Review; The Watchers- A.M Shine

Page Count 240

Publication date October 2021

Publisher Aries; Head of Zeus

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Synopsis

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You can’t see them. But they can see you.This forest isn’t charted on any map. Every car breaks down at its treeline. Mina’s is no different. Left stranded, she is forced into the dark woodland only to find a woman shouting, urging Mina to run to a concrete bunker. As the door slams behind her, the building is besieged by screams.

Mina finds herself in a room with a wall of glass, and an electric light that activates at nightfall, when the Watchers come above ground. These creatures emerge to observe their captive humans and terrible things happen to anyone who doesn’t reach the bunker in time.

Afraid and trapped among strangers, Mina is desperate for answers. Who are the Watchers and why are these creatures keeping them imprisoned, keen to watch their every move?

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Book Review; The Loop- Jeremy Robert Johnson

Stranger Things meets World War Z

Page Count 320

Publication date September 2020

Publisher Saga Press

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Synopsis

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Stranger Things meets World War Z in this heart-racing thriller as a group of teenagers attempt to survive the night in a town overcome by a science experiment gone wrong.

A small town nestled in the hills of western Oregon becomes the epicenter of an epidemic of violence when the teenaged children of several executives from the local biotech firm become ill and aggressively murderous. Suddenly the town is on edge, and everyone must do everything it takes just to survive…

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