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New On My Shelf

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I have these lovely new books to be added to my virtual shelf this week.

I am still trying to be good and schedule all the books I receive, so as not to increase my toppling TBR pile, and so far it is working, although it’s quite a close call!

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First of all this time, I would like to thank Claire, representing publisher Flatiron Books, for inviting me to take part in the informal Blog Tour for this book in July


cover image of the book 'Razorblade Tears' by author S.A. CosbyA Black father. A white father. Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance.

Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid.

The last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah’s white husband, Derek. Ike had never fully accepted his son but is devastated by his loss.

Derek’s father Buddy Lee was almost as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed his father was a criminal. Buddy Lee still has contacts in the underworld, though, and he wants to know who killed his boy.

Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. In their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, hardened men Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices about their sons and each other, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys.

Provocative and fast-paced, S. A. Cosby’s Razorblade Tears is a story of bloody retribution, heartfelt change – and maybe even redemption.

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Next, I was lucky enough to bag one of those gold-dust “Read Now” options featured by Netgalley and supplied by publisher Avon Books, who were already on my favourites list


Cover image of the book 'The Lucky Escape' by author Laura Jane WilliamsONE CANCELLED WEDDING

When the day finally comes for Annie to marry Alexander, the last thing she expects is to be left standing at the altar. She was so sure he was Mr Right. Now, she has no idea how she could have got it so wrong.

After a chance meeting with Patrick, an old friend who reminds her of who she used to be, Annie takes a vow of her own: she’ll say yes to every opportunity that comes her way from now on.


Could a spontaneous trip with Patrick be the way to mend Annie’s heart? She’s about to find out as she embarks on her honeymoon – with a man who’s not her husband…

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Finally this time, another great new thriller read, courtesy of publisher Head Of Zeus, with whom I have auto-approval on NetGalley


Cover image of the book 'Cabin Fever' by author Alex DahlA dark, twisty Scandinavian thriller from CWA-shortlisted author, Alex Dahl.

You are her therapist.
Kristina is a successful therapist in central Oslo. She spends her days helping clients navigate their lives with a cool professionalism that has got her to the top.

She is your client.
But when her client Leah, a successful novelist, arrives at her office clearly distressed, begging Kristina to come to her remote cabin in the woods, she feels the balance begin to slip.

But out here in the woods.
When Leah fails to turn up to her next two sessions, Kristina reluctantly heads out into the wilderness to find her.

Nothing is as it seems.
Alone and isolated, Kristina finds Leah’s unfinished manuscript, and as she reads she realises the main character is terrifyingly familiar…

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Mailbox Monday’ is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week.

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • You again introduce us 3 very interesting books, Yvonne…I can’t wait for your reviews, esp. the Razorblade Tears and Cabin Fever. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    • Hi Angie,

      Both of your options would probably also be my own ‘go to’ choices, however I have so many thrillers in my schedule right now, that a little light relief along the way will be good!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope that your own week turns out good too! 🙂

  • ‘Cabin Fever’ sounds like just the book for me, which means my TBR tower will go from precarious to dangerous xD ‘Razorblade Tears’ sounds like it might be very intense, but I do hope you enjoy it! I hope you have a lovely start to the week and do drop by my Mailbox Monday if you have the time! – Juli @ A Universe in Words

    • Hi Juli,

      I read author S.A. Cosby’s previous book ‘Blacktop Wasteland’, so I know exactly how deep, dark and disturbing ‘Razorblade Tears’ is likely to be, especially with the moral and social issues it sounds as though it is going to be touching on. I do enjoy the author’s intense style of narrative and dialogue though, although I shall probably have an altogether much lighter story lined up to read afterwards!

      My TBR is in permanent ‘catastrophe’ mode, despite any new regimes I set myself. They all work great for a few weeks (often only days 🙂 ) and then I’m right back where I started from!

      Oh Well! onwards and upwards and one day I may reach the peak 🙂

  • Wow that’s quite a mix of books! I’m sure you won’t be surprised that The Lucky Escape appeals most to me . The others would need to be the right book at the right time but both sound quite riveting.
    Have a lovely week, Yvonne.

    • Hi Mary,

      I would have definitely pigeon-holed you for ‘The Lucky Escape’, which for me is going to work really well as light-hearted infill between some of the more intense books I have on my TBR pile right now.

      I really do have eclectic reading tastes and almost any book is fair game for my reading schedule, which is why my TBR pile is always so overflowing. Being selective and sticking to one or two of my core genres, is just so mundane and boring!

      Thanks for visiting this week. I hope that all is well with you and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I have a couple of author Alex Dahl’s previous books already on my Kindle, having shared extracts from them as part of Blog Tours. However, I have yet to read any of them in full, which I aim to rectify very soon, as ‘Cabin Fever’ does sound so dark and intense!

      It was really good to have been invited to join so many Blog Tours, where only selected extracts from the books needed to be shared. However, my failure to read and review the complete book for NetGalley, has resulted in some pretty poor feedback ratio, which I really need to put right, or I can see me being refused any more books eventually.

      Even a simple hobby like reading is never that easy, is it?

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always value your support and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • A nice mix this week, isn’t there?
      Something for everyone, as they say!

      Thanks for stopping by and I’m pleased you found at least one title which caught your eye 🙂

  • None of these are really calling my name. If I were to pick one, though, it would be Cabin Fever. It’s certainly a varied group!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I have yet to read any of author Alex Dahl’s books, however I am assured by fellow readers that ‘Cabin Fever’ is sure to be a gritty and intriguing thriller.

      You may recall me reading the previous book by author S.A. Cosby, ‘Blacktop Wasteland’, so I know too, that this will be a difficult read, given the subject matter.

      I do enjoy a good mix of genres and I have quite a few slightly ‘out of the ordinary’ storylines to share over the next few weeks.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      What a beautiful jigsaw puzzle post you have treated us to this time, it must have been lovely to make and see come together!

      I checked out the artist website and see that she is a trained muralist and faux finisher. Some of her other artwork is equally as impressive as ‘The Rare Book Dealer’ and it is all so colourful and vibrant.

      Thank you for sharing, Joelle’s is definitely a name I shall remember 🙂

    • Hi Anca,

      You may remember me reviewing the book before ‘Razorblade Tears’, ‘Blacktop Wasteland’, so I know just how dark and socially challenging this storyline is likely to be. I really like the author’s style of writing and the way he hits the reader ‘right between the eyes’ right from the first page, whether you are ready for it or not.

      I am due to read this one for review in July, so not too long to wait!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your week is going well so far 🙂

        • Apart from the fact I keep getting drenched in all these heavy downpours, all is good thanks. Had coffee with an old work colleague this morning which was nice and luckily it stayed dry until I got back to the car, so we could sit outside! xx

    • Thanks Martha,

      I do enjoy having a good mix of genres in my TBR pile, and with them all pre-scheduled for review, I never know what I am going to get to read next!

      Have a great rest of the week and thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Veronica,

      Only two books on a NetGalley shelf, that’s amazing, mine is more like 200, although in all fairness, that isn’t really all my fault.

      A publisher granted me auto approval if I would take part in regular Blog Tours for them. They requested I download the books, but then only required me to share prescribed extracts as part of the actual Blog Tour. Consequently, and me probably not reading the NetGalley T&C carefully enough, I have not been reading and reviewing the entire book, so my feedback ratio is rubbish. My own fault I know, so now my aim is to read my way through all the books on my shelf and get back on an even keel – wish me luck for I am definitely going to need it! 🙂 🙂

      • It would take me years to catch up on that many books! I did get carried away to a small extent about two years ago and had 30 books on my shelf. Now I have caught up I am being a lot more cautious with how many I request. Netgalley is definitely fun though.

        • I am determined to get my NetGalley review ratio up to a respectable and acceptable level somehow, the problem is that they feature so many amazing books that I just can’t resist. I have even taken to being by the computer at 9am, when the featured book of the day is revealed, just to see if it is a ‘read now’ offer! 🙂

Written by Yvonne