LEAVES OF FIRE (THE NEWIRTH MYTHOLOGY #2) BY MICHAEL B. KOEP

Leaves of Fire (The Newirth Mythology #2)

Imagine paintings that hold the secrets to the meaning of life and death—or scribbled words that can alter the past and reshape the present. We know art imitates life but in Michael B. Koep’s thriller fiction trilogy, the author brings the arts to life in an action-packed tale spanning seven centuries.
In the spring of 1338, young William of Leaves knows only of remedies, herbs and his mother’s kindness. When he is forced to watch as she is dragged to a witch’s pyre by a mob led by the Bishop of London, the mysterious immortal apothecary, Albion Ravistelle, promises the boy a chance at vengeance.

In present day, psychologist Loche Newith and Julia Iris must come to terms with Loche’s prophetic writings that have changed the course of history and shaped the lives of William, Helen, and countless others. As a war breaks out between the immortals on earth and Albion Ravistelle, Loche must accept the realities he has authored and cross over into death—he must enter again into Basil Fenn’s paintings to find a way to end the conflict.

In Part Two of The Newirth Mythology, Leaves of Fire, Koep entwines these lives and lifetimes as he explores myth, memory, revenge and the hope of forgiveness.

The Invasion of Heaven, the first in this series told the story of the Painter and the Poet. This second book is about the Healer.

An author whose writings are prophetic and change the course of history. The first one was a bit of a slide into madness, which isn’t always bad as we see in this book.

A battle between Gods and the ones who are tasked with keeping them where they are.

I’m really torn with writing a lot about this book because I loved the way I fell into it and got sucked down the rabbit hole along with the Poet and the Painter.

Almost like Stephen King meets Dan Brown!  But fresh, original and just when I was getting a little tired of the same old reads Mr. Koep comes along and blows me away.

You don’t have to read book one first, but I would anyway.

Great job!

The Well by Marie Sexton

The Well

Book Release Date is May 22, 2017

Book Blurb:

Twenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a séance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he’s willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.

But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.

Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He’s nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he’s determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie’s ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all – how did she know the secret of the well?

The Blurb is pretty much accurate. I would probably classify this one as a Ghost Story.

It isn’t a long read at all and we don’t have a lot of information on the characters. I would have liked more depth there. There was some romance of the M/M variety. Which was also a little shallow.

A nice little ghost story, murder mystery, just not enough to  feel like I knew any of these people better after finishing the book.

This book is self published and is available on Amazon!

 

His Vision of Her by G.D.Dess

His Vision of Her

Now republished after nearly three decades, with a preface by the author, His Vision of Her is a cult classic that tells the story of obsessive love, shifting sexual identities, self-deception, and ambition in the New York City art world during the 1980s. When Stephen, manager of a chic Soho bookstore, meets Gilberte, a beautiful, ambitious, young photographer just beginning her career in New York, he becomes obsessed with her. Stephen offers her a home in his loft when she has nowhere to stay, and he soon becomes her trusted consigliere and lover.

Seduced by her own early success, Gilberte is determined to chase fame despite Stephen’s attempts to keep her under his control and focused on her art. Gilberte’s rapid rise in the art world is aided and abetted by her collusion with Kristine, the wealthy, status-hungry woman who steals her away from Stephen and becomes her patroness, as well as replacing him as her lover.

As the more volatile aspects of the relationship between Stephen, Gilberte, and Kristine play themselves out, the narrative explores the nature of love and jealousy, art and integrity. It remains as relevant today as it did when it was first published in terms of depicting the undercurrents and fascinating characters who inhabit the center and the margins of the New York art world.

I’m not sure if there was a big cult following for this book back in 1988, but it has a new forward and is being released again.
Reading the blurb pretty much tells you the story. Most of the book is told through thoughts of Stephan, who just seems miserable.
There is a lot of insider information concerning the art world and behind the scenes in the lives of artists and most of it was interesting, but I really didn’t care for it.
Maybe you will have a different experience.

THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS BY SARA BLAEDEL

The Forgotten Girls

In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick—the new commander of the Missing Persons Department—is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a “forgotten girl.” But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed—and hidden—in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.

I am a big fan of Sara Blaedel and her character Det. Louise Rick. She is a smart, no-nonsense easy to like character.

Louise has moved over to the Missing Persons Department now and isn’t sure of this new partner but she has a job to do and she is really good at it. This time the crimes are happening in the forest where she grew up. The place doesn’t hold great memories for her for reasons you will find out. It does give her an edge on finding the killer since she is familiar with the area and the people.

Any time there is a mental institution and a spooky forest I’m happy. The writing is well paced and the suspense builds to an ending no one saw coming! If you like really scary fiction this one is for you. I’m already moving on to her newest book now. The Lost Woman.

About the Author:

Sara Blaedel

Goodreads Author

 

Born

in Copenhagen, Denmark

Website

 

Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in thirty-three countries. She lives in Copenhagen, and was voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time in 2014. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award.

Sara is one of the writers I would love to be at a party with. Sara, Lisa Unger and Karin Slaughter.  They are all funny women who write crazy scary mystery thrillers!

xx Patricia

What’s on the TBR List for Next Week

Two Nights: A Novel by [Reichs, Kathy]      #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller—featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

Product Details Following the incredible success of Sara Blaedel’s #1 international bestsellers The Forgotten Girls and The Killing Forest, Louise Rick–head of the police department’s elite Special Search Agency charged with missing persons cases–returns in Sara’s latest twist-filled suspense novel…

The Red Hunter: A Novel by [Unger, Lisa]   What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place…

These are the 3 I’m working on this weekend.  Birthday Week was a success. It can be tough competing with Cinco de Mayo ( which I am not sure why we celebrate here) but we got the job done and  one of my favorite writers released her new book yesterday  and I found a gift waiting on Amazon for it! Thank you so much Leanne!

So what is everyone else reading over the week-end? I need to real more YA fiction so if you have some recommendations please share them with me!

 

xx Patricia bookhaul

 

Scars of Independence America’s Violent Birth by Holger Hoock

 

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth

The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It’s a stirring narrative, and one the founders did their best to encourage after the war. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this deeply researched and elegantly written account of America’s founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war—one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand.
In Scars of Independence, Hoock writes the violence back into the story of the Revolution. American Patriots persecuted and tortured Loyalists. British troops massacred enemy soldiers and raped colonial women. Prisoners were starved on disease-ridden ships and in subterranean cells. African-Americans fighting for or against independence suffered disproportionately, and Washington’s army waged a genocidal campaign against the Iroquois. In vivid, authoritative prose, Hoock’s new reckoning also examines the moral dilemmas posed by this all-pervasive violence, as the British found themselves torn between unlimited war and restraint toward fellow subjects, while the Patriots documented war crimes in an ingenious effort to unify the fledgling nation.

For two centuries we have whitewashed this history of the Revolution. Scars of Independence forces a more honest appraisal, revealing the inherent tensions between moral purpose and violent tendencies in America’s past. In so doing, it offers a new origins story that is both relevant and necessary—an important reminder that forging a nation is rarely bloodless.

Hoock has definitely done his research on a topic that many people continue to have a romanticized version of our nations beginnings. Describing it more as a civil war with the Loyalists vs the Patriots. These were people torn apart by their loyalty to the Crown and those who wanted total separation from the Crown. Brothers fought brothers and Slaves and Native Americans all chose sides.

While General George Washington was waging a cruel war on the Native Americans, the rest of the country was having birth pains.

Not all the colonies were on board with this uprising and meeting to write our Continental Association. Georgia did not send delegates to the Continental Congress.

This is the unvarnished version of the birth of a nation. And it was ugly and mean and violent. As America constantly intervenes in other countries civil wars, we would do well to remember our own violent past and present and maybe take care.

A really good Historical read from Crown Publishing/Random House. Thank you to Netgalley and Crown for this copy!  Release date is May 9, 2017.

I Found You by Lisa Jewell Release Day!

I Found You: A Novel by [Jewell, Lisa]

Lisa Jewell is one of those authors who never disappoints. And this is no exception!

Living in Yorkshire, single mom, Alice looks out her window to find a man sitting on the beach staring into the sea. He hasn’t moved. At all. Even when the rain started. He has no idea how he got here or even who he is. But Alice takes him in the same way she takes in homeless dogs. With no husband and 3 kids to care for, she should be a little more cautious bringing strange men into her house, but that’s not Alice.

At the same time 21 year old Lily Monrose has been married to her adoring husband for only a few weeks when he just doesn’t come home one night. Lily knows no one in this foreign place. When she goes to the police she finds out her husband doesn’t exist.

Told from alternating points of view and time, the book is a thrill ride from beginning to end. There were so many twists and turns and odd characters. Most lovable but some not so much.

Will ‘Frank’ get his memory back? Will Lily find her husband? And what connects them all? I must admit I cried like a baby in the end.

I would have no problem recommending this book!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Jewell (born 19th July 1968, Middlesex, London) is a popular British author of chick lit fiction. Her books include Ralph’s Party, Thirtynothing and most recently 31 Dream Street. She lives in Swiss Cottage, London with her husband Jascha and daughters Amelie Mae (born 2003) and Evie Scarlett (born 2007).