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W… W… W… Wednesdays

Image for weekly meme W... W... W...This weekly meme, hosted by MizB, over at ‘Should Be Reading’, is a snapshot of where I am at in my reading schedule.

To play along, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

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As I probably won’t be able to contribute every week, I have taken the liberty of adding in a couple more W…’s, which came to mind.

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What are you currently reading?

‘Primal’ by Deborah Serra

Amazon ImageWith everything at stake, what are you capable of?  What if the worst happens and you are not a policeman, or a spy with weapons training and an iron heart?

In this gritty crime thriller a family vacation takes a vicious turn when a fishing camp is invaded by four armed men.  With nothing except her brains, her will, and the element of surprise on her side, Alison must kill or watch her family die – and then things get worse.

What did you recently finish reading?

‘Gifts Of The Peramangk’ by Dean Mayes

Amazon ImageIn 1950s Australia, during the height of the divisive White Australia Policy, Virginia, a young Aboriginal girl is taken from her home and family and put to work on an isolated, outback station, in the cruelest of conditions. Her only solace: the violin, taught to her in secret by a kind-hearted white woman – the wife of the abusive station owner. However, Virginia’s prodigious musical gift cannot save her from years of hardship, abuse, and racism.

 Decades later, her eight year old granddaughter, Ruby, plays the violin with a passion Virginia once possessed. Amidst abject poverty, domestic violence and social dysfunction, Ruby escapes her circumstance through her practice, with her grandmother’s frail, guiding hand. Ruby’s zeal attracts the attention of an enigmatic music professor, and with his help, Ruby embarks on an incredible journey of musical discovery that will culminate in a once in a life time chance for a brighter future. But with two cultural worlds colliding, her gift and her ambition will be threatened by deeply ingrained distrust, family jealousies and tragic secrets that will define her very identity.

What do you think you’ll read next?

‘Fleeting Glance’ by Sherban Young

John Hathaway just wanted a quiet weekend alone with his fiancée.

Instead, he receives a cryptic postcard from a man he’s never met, gets wrapped up in an elaborate art heist and finds himself framed for murder.

And what’s worse, his future in-laws are in town!

The palette is certainly thickening here, and there might be only one person who can rally the muses in time to string it all together: the Master himself, Enescu Fleet, retired private eye.

What was the last book you reviewed?

‘Kiss Of the Butterfly’ by James Lyon

Amazon ImageMeticulously researched, “Kiss of the Butterfly” weaves together intricate threads from the 15th, 18th and 20th centuries to create a rich phantasmagorical tapestry of allegory and reality. It is about divided loyalties, friendship and betrayal, virtue and innocence lost, obsession and devotion, desire and denial, the thirst for life and hunger for death, rebirth and salvation. “Kiss” blends history and the terrors of the Balkans as it explores dark corners of the soul, from medieval Bosnia to enlightenment-era Vienna, from the bright beaches of modern-day Southern California to the exotically dark cityscapes of Budapest and Belgrade, and horrors of Bosnia.

“Kiss of the Butterfly” is based on true historical events. In the year of his death, 1476, the Prince of Wallachia — Vlad III (Dracula) — committed atrocities under the cloak of medieval Bosnia’s forested mountains, culminating in a bloody massacre in the mining town of Srebrenica. A little over 500 years later, in July 1995, history repeated itself when troops commanded by General Ratko Mladic entered Srebrenica and slaughtered nearly 8,000 people, making it the worst massacre Europe had seen since the Second World War. For most people, the two events seemed unconnected…

Vampires have formed an integral part of Balkan folklore for over a thousand years. “Kiss” represents a radical departure from popular vampire legend, based as it is on genuine Balkan folklore from as far back as the 14th century. “Kiss of the Butterfly” offers up the vampires that existed long before Dracula and places them within a modern spectrum.

Read My Review Here

What book review are you working on now?

‘An Uncertain Refuge’ by Carolyn J. Rose

Amazon ImageA child orphaned by violence. A woman sworn to protect and raise him. A killer come to claim him. A few deadly minutes in An Uncertain Refuge.

Kate Dalton lives by the rules of honesty and fair play until she steps between a battered woman and the man intent on killing her. Amanda Blake barely survives; her ex-husband dies by Kate’s hand. The repercussions force Kate from her job at a domestic violence shelter. Fleeing unwanted publicity and yearning to break with her past, she heads to the Oregon coast, burdened by a coerced promise to Amanda—to care for the nine-year-old son of the man she killed and shield him from the truth.

For several weeks Kate holds a tattered web of lies together. Then Way-Ray’s vengeful uncle murders Amanda, an ambush journalist tells the story, and the boy bolts in horror. Aided by a dangerous man she only half-trusts, Kate searches for the boy she’s come to love. But a sadistic killer intent on claiming his kin is watching every move.

Stop by and leave a link to your own reading schedule, I can’t wait to visit and check them all out!

Written by
Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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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8 comments
  • Hi there!

    I really like the look of Primal and An Uncertain Refuge. It looks like you’ve got a nice and diverse selection of books to look forward to. Happy Reading and have a great week 🙂

    • Hi Chrissi,

      ‘An Uncertain Refuge’ and ‘Primal’ are both excellent mystery / thrillers, which is one of my most favourite genres. Although the writing style of the two respective authors, couldn’t be more diverse and different. both storylines are intriguing, sinister and very creepy. The review of ‘An Uncertain Refuge’ is well in hand, and I am about one third of the way through reading ‘Primal’. If asked, which book I preferred, I couldn’t chose between them right now.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always value and appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Lipsy,

      Thank you so much for deciding to visit Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      ‘Kiss Of The Butterfly’ will certainly rate as one of my best reads this year and James Lyon, as one of the most friendly and participatory authors I have met. ‘Proper’ vampires are unleashed upon an unsuspecting world and no-one is either who or what you might think they are!!

      Definitely worth a read, if this is a genre which you favour, you won’t be disappointed!

    • Hi Mandy,

      Thank you so much for deciding to visit Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      I am about a third of the way through reading ‘Primal’ and already I am getting so that I don’t want to put it down, as I am constantly on the edge of my seat to know what happens next. I can pretty much guarantee that the suspense is only going to become more heightened and the action more sinister and intriguing, as the story progresses.

      Mystery / thriller writing is one of my favourite genres, so when I come across an author who is such a consummate exponent of the art of storytelling, I just don’t want the book to end.

      I am sure that you wouldn’t be disappointed with this one!

    • Hi Beth,

      ‘Primal’ seems to be a popular choice this week, although I can’t say that I would disagree, as mystery / thriller is one of my most favourite genres, particularly a book which is written as well as this one is.

      The author is a well known and much respected screenwriter, with the transitioning of her acute observational and visually descriptive skills, being almost seamlessly channeled into her prowess with the written word and the storytelling techniques she adopts.

      I do hope that you get the opportunity to read ‘Primal’, as I am sure that if you enjoy the genre, you will love this book.

      Thanks for stopping by, your visit and lovely comment are appreciated.

Written by Yvonne

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