#5Books: Book recs and books you hate to love. Like. Somewhere in the middle

#5Books for the week ending 8 July 2018

You ever read a book that kind of is doing your head in (in a good way), and it makes your head hurt being steeped in that darkness but you still want to know what happens in the end?

Yeah, that’s a book I just finished. Review will come soon enough, I just feel like I need to clear my head after it — have you ever felt like that with a book? How did you decompress after? More importantly, what was it so I can avoid it šŸ˜‰

TheseĀ  book recs however do not sound dark and dire, or a more acceptable dark and dire, I think? Either way, they were a relief to contemplate.

Her Kind of CaseĀ Ā 

Her Kind of Case is a legal drama that centers on Lee Isaacs, a female defense attorney on the cusp of turning 60, who, out of curiosity, determination, and desire for a big, even impossible, professional challenge, chooses to take on a tough murder case in which a largely uncooperative young man is accused of helping kill a gay gang member. This beautifully written novel, which earned a starred review from Kirkus, is built around not only a gradually resolving mystery, but by fully fleshed-out characters, particularly the strong-willed and sharp-witted Lee. It is a breath of fresh air to see someone of Lee’s standing achieve career and personal success as an older single woman who grieves the recent loss of her husband, but continues her daily routine of law and karate, fighting tooth and nail to prove her client not guilty. (Note: The author, Jeanne Winer, is herself a longtime defense attorney in Boulder, Colorado, and a black-belt karate expert.)

As the blurb points out, it is a breath of fresh air to see a woman in this age range kick butt in the courtroom like this — and that is really what I hope brings something new to the legal drama. God knows, The Professor is pushing 70 and he was a far more fascinating character than the young man/lawyer in the book.

A Study in Honor

Dr. Janet Watson knows firsthand the horrifying cost of a divided nation. While treating broken soldiers on the battlefields of the New Civil War, a sniper’s bullet shattered her arm and ended her career. Honorably discharged and struggling with the semi-functional mechanical arm that replaced the limb she lost, she returns to the nation’s capital, a bleak, edgy city in the throes of a fraught presidential election. Homeless and jobless, Watson is uncertain of the future when she meets another black and queer woman, Sara Holmes, a mysterious yet playfully challenging covert agent who offers the doctor a place to stay.

Watson’s readjustment to civilian life is complicated by the infuriating antics of her strange new roommate. But the tensions between them dissolve when Watson discovers that soldiers from the New Civil War have begun dying one by one-and that the deaths may be the tip of something far more dangerous, involving the pharmaceutical industry and even the looming election. Joining forces, Watson and Holmes embark on a thrilling investigation to solve the mystery-and secure justice for these fallen soldiers.

Holmes and Watson are women of colour in a whole new world where a different kind of Civil War rages? I’m ALL OVER THIS.

Game of Secrets

Felicity Cole sells flowers in the streets of Victorian London to feed herself and her young brother. But she has a close-guarded secret–her brother is a Tainted, born with special abilities that society fears and a shadowy organization called the Hunstsman scours the country to eliminate. When Felicity becomes the target of one of these individuals, she discovers something horrible: she’s Tainted, too.

Rescued by a mysterious gentleman on the eve of execution, she’s whisked away to a school funded by Queen Victoria, established to train selected Tainted into assassins in service of the crown.

Struggling to harness her incredible strength, speed, and agility, and despised by her classmates, all she wants is to use her new position to find a cure so she can be normal and reunited with her brother.

But with the Golden Jubilee fast approaching and the discovery that there’s a traitor in their midst, she has no choice but to embrace the one thing she’s been fighting all along.

I am a sucker for a Game of Thrones-like title and I don’t even watch the show! This looks like such FUN, and historical fantasy to boot!


Everyone is dying to read the latest book in the popular Gap Lake mystery series, and Addison is no exception. As the novels biggest fan, Addison is flattered when the infamously reclusive author, R.J. Rosen, contacts her, granting her inside information others would kill for.

But when the most popular girl in Addison’s high school is murdered, Addison can’t help but think that life may be imitating fiction. And as other terrifying events from the book start happening around her, Addison has to figure out how to write her own ending -and survive the story

Okay, I am TOTALLY into books like this — reality beginning to mirror fiction. It’s like your worst-best nightmare come to life.

The War in the DarkĀ 

A genre-defying page turner that fuses thriller and speculative fiction with dark fantasy in a hidden world in the heart of Cold War Europe.

Europe. 1963. And the true Cold War is fought on the borders of this world, at the edges of the light.

When the assassination of a traitor trading with the enemy goes terribly wrong, British Intelligence agent Christopher Winter must flee London. In a tense alliance with a lethal, mysterious woman named Karina Lazarova, he’s caught in a quest for hidden knowledge from centuries before, an occult secret written in a language of fire. A secret that will give supremacy to the nation that possesses it.

Racing against the Russians, the chase takes them from the demon-haunted Hungarian border to treasure-laden tunnels beneath Berlin, from an impossible house in Vienna to a bomb-blasted ruin in Bavaria where something unholy waits, born of the power of white fire and black glass . . .

It’s a world of treachery, blood and magic. A world at war in the dark.

A spy, Cold War Europe and a demon-haunted Hungary AND Berlin? I’d be all over this just for the locations if the blurb weren’t so interesting!

Whew, yeah, finding these made me feel so much better!


  • Copycat sounds like something I would certainly enjoy.

  • Angela says:

    How do you always find these amazing books that I’ve never heard of?? Copycat sounds awesome!

    • Verushka says:

      *blushes* TY! ( I subscribe to way too many newsletters at the moment and I am hooked on all the goodness they send out! )

  • I’m curious about Game of Secrets, and that cover is great!! And I’m curious about this book you mention now…love and hate at the same time huh? lol


  • I’m anxious to read Game of Secrets as well as Copycat. As always, great book selections this week. You’re still killing my TBR!

    • Verushka says:

      Those two sound SO good, don’t they? We need to get paid to wait on pins and needles for these books and then to read them lol

  • Jen Mullen says:

    All of these sound interesting! Maybe Game of Secrets and Copycat catch my interest more right now, but it is a dilemma when they all sound intriguing.

  • Sam@WLABB says:

    I have been seeing Copycat around, and am thinking about taking it out of the library, because the things I am seeing are good. It could be a nice change of pace for me too. I have Game of Secrets, and hope to read it soon-ish.

  • Yeah, sometimes after finishing a book it feels like I just came out of a dark cave or something, and I need a brief break before starting another book, or I need some light novella romance or something.

    Game of Secrets does sound fun! And I know I’ve seen War in the Dark somewhere, I recognize the cover. That one sounds interesting!

  • I’m intrigued by Copycat…I’ve seen that on a few blogs this week. I’m never affected like that by the books I read. I tend to read then either finish or DNF, and then read the next one. Even disturbing plots don’t usually bother me in any way.

  • That happens with me sometimes and I usually decompress by grabbing something light and fluffy to read. All of your recs this week sound amazing. I especially love the sound of Her Kind of Case since it has an older woman as the protagonist. I don’t see that often so it really appeals to me. The War in the Dark sounds fantastic too.

  • OMG, A Study in Honor sounds like all sorts of catnip! Love a good Sherlock adaptation and the fact that it features queer WOC is icing on top. Game of Secrets is also calling my name because lord knows I can’t resist a historical fantasy!

    • Verushka says:

      YESSSS to a Study in Honor! Love the possibilities in that plot! Game of Secrets — I’m such a sucker for a good title lol

  • Greg says:

    I like the sound of Game of secrets, and War in the dark doesn’t sound half bad either!

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