19 October 2014

What I'm Reading | Books

I thought I would do something a bit different and show you what books I've purchased and why. I've been spending far too much money on beauty products recently and I realised I haven't read a book in a very long while so I bought two on the famous "buy on get one half price" offer that WHSmith always does. 

The Quick by Lauren Owen

Blurb taken directly from the back of the book: - 

"You're about to discover the secrets of The Quick.

But first you must travel to Victorian Yorkshire, and there, on a remote country estate, meet a brother and sister alone in the world bound by tragedy.

In time, you will enter the rooms of London's mysterious Aegolius Club - a society of some of the richesr, most powerful men in the fin-de-si├Ęcle England. 

And at some point - we cannot say when - these worlds will collide.

It is then , and only the, that a new world emerges, one of romance, adventure and the most delicious of horrors - and the secrets of The Quick are revealed."

This book appealed to me for a few reasons actually, the cover is just gorgeous, I mean the black, the white and the red how could you not want to pick this book up? There is something quite deliciously dark about this book actually, lots of secrets and mystery which is what I want in my novels, I want to be guessing until the last minute. I like the fact that it is set in England too and the Victorian era. Also there are some lovely little reviews on this book which just makes me hope that it is just as dark as I imagine.

The Gift of Darkness - V.M.Giambanco

Blurb taken directly from the back of the book: - 

"Last night, a family of four was found brutally murdered, the words "thirteen days" scratched near their lifeless bodies. 

Homicide Detective Alice Madison ran away from home as a child, one breath away from committing an unforgivable act; as an adult, she found her peace chasing the very worst humanity has to offer. Madison believes these murders are linked. And she has thirteen days to prove it. 

To stop a psychopath, Madison must go back into the wood and confront the unsolved mystery of the Hoh River Boys. She must forget her training and flow her instincts to the terrifying end as enemies become allies and, in the silent forest, time is running out to save another life."

I think that this book is a pretty standard detective novel, like many others really. I love all novels like this, bit gory, bit dark, but ultimately the bad guy gets caught. I haven't read anything from this author so I'm quite excited to see what her writing style is like. 

If you have read either of these novels please don't tell me how they end. Thank you!! I may actually review these books after I've read them, we'll see. 

Have you got any book recommendations?


  1. I really love the sound of The Quick! Going to order it now actually! x

    1. I've just started reading that one actually! Quite excited to see how it turns out! Thanks for reading!xx