#5Books: Book recs for your reading pleasure

#5Books for the week ending 24 february 2019

It’s been a long week over here, and I can’t quite shake the feeling that I want a blanket, a hot chocolate and to shut the world out for a bit.

My reading has been slow as well, not because of anything but my energy levels I think. See, one of those long exhausting weeks.

How have you been doing? What has your week been like?

In fact, tell me something good. Weird. Funny… 

Where Oblivion Lives

A lyrical historical fantasy adventure, set in 1932 Spain and Germany, that brings to life the world of the novellas collected in Los Nefilim: Spanish Nephilim battling daimons in a supernatural war to save humankind.

Born of daimon and angel, Diago Alvarez is a being unlike all others. The embodiment of dark and light, he has witnessed the good and the horror of this world and those beyond. In the supernatural war between angels and daimons that will determine humankind’s future, Diago has chosen Los Nefilim, the sons and daughters of angels who possess the power to harness music and light.

As the forces of evil gather, Diago must locate the Key, the special chord that will unite the nefilim’s voices, giving them the power to avert the coming civil war between the Republicans and Franco’s Nationalists. Finding the Key will save Spain from plunging into darkness.

And for Diago, it will resurrect the anguish caused by a tragedy he experienced in a past life.

But someone—or something—is determined to stop Diago in his quest and will use his history to destroy him and the nefilim. Hearing his stolen Stradivarius played through the night, Diago is tormented by nightmares about his past life. Each incarnation strengthens the ties shared by the nefilim, whether those bonds are of love or hate . . . or even betrayal.

To retrieve the violin, Diago must journey into enemy territory . . . and face an old nemesis and a fallen angel bent on revenge.

Guys, how epic does this sound? Let me blow your (my) mind further: here’s book 1, 2, and . We follow Diago through each book, his family and the man he loves. He is the product of  a daimon and an angel, and that on itself sounds epic enough, there’s a war, family he didn’t know he hand and getting into bargains with daimons he really shouldn’t be. 

The First Mistake

From Sandie Jones, the author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller The Other Woman, comes an addictively readable new domestic suspense about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.

THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.

HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.

HER BEST FRIEND: Through the ups and downs of life, from celebratory nights out to comforting each other through loss, Alice knows that with her best friend Beth by her side, they can survive anything together. So when Nathan starts acting strangely, Alice turns to Beth for help. But soon, Alice begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced . . .

Her first mistake could be her last.

What do you do if you can’t trust your husband. Or your best friend? 

What we buried

Siblings Liv and Jory Brewer have grown up resenting one another. Liv—former pageant queen and reality-TV star—was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. The only thing they have in common is contempt for their parents.

Now Liv is suing her mom and dad for emancipation, and Jory views the whole thing as yet another attention-getting spectacle. But on the day of the hearing, their parents mysteriously vanish, and the siblings are forced to work together. Liv feels certain she knows where they are and suspects that Jory knows more than he’s telling . . . which is true.

What starts as a simple overnight road trip soon takes a turn for the dangerous and surreal. And as the duo speeds through the deserts of Nevada, brother and sister will unearth deep family secrets that force them to relive their pasts as they try to retain a grip on the present.

So this makes you appreciate your relationship with your sibling doesn’t it? But that’s exactly why I want to read this — this relationship horribly toxic, yet it’s to each other than they turn in order to save themselves. But also — what on earth are their family secrets? 

Fade To Grey

Meet Gethin Grey, crusading hero with problems of his own. His Last Resort Legals team investigates miscarriages of justice in and around Cardiff; on the side he gambles and struggles with a creaking marriage. Izma M. was sent down for the brutal murder of Hannah Gold. In jail, he penned an acclaimed autobiography and attracted supporters convinced of his innocence; the charismatic Amelia Laverne among them. Gethin is less convinced but he needs the money so when Amelia offers to fund an investigation to prove Izma’s innocence, he takes on the case. The stakes prove chillingly higher than Gethin ever imagined and Amelia shows herself to be a force of
nature, both mesmerising and destructive.

Miscarriages of justice in Cardiff? Yes please! When I started this blurb, I thought that Izma might be the kind of force that convinces people to do things they shouldn’t, but nope, it’s Amelia, the woman he thinks is going to get him out of jail that’s more dangerous.

The Good Sister

An electrifying novel about the unyielding bond between two sisters, which is severely tested when one of them is accused of the worst imaginable crime.

Martha and Becky Blackwater are more than sisters–they’re each other’s lifelines. When Martha finds herself struggling to balance early motherhood and her growing business, Becky steps in to babysit her niece, Layla, without a second thought, bringing the two women closer than ever. But when Layla is found dead one morning, at only eight weeks old, Becky is charged with the unthinkable: the murder of her sister’s child.

Nine months later, Becky is on trial and maintains her innocence–and so does Martha. Unable to shake the feeling that her sister couldn’t possibly be guilty, Martha sets out to uncover exactly what happened that night, and how things could have gone so wrong. As the trial progresses, fault lines between the sisters begin to show–revealing cracks deep in their relationship and threatening the family each has worked so hard to build. With incredible empathy and resounding emotional heft, The Good Sister is a powerhouse of a novel that will lead readers to question everything they know about motherhood, family, and the price of forgiveness.

So this is a complex relationship to say the least, around a horrific crime where, to be clear, I don’t know how this can end without Becky, if she is guilty going to jail and the sisters’ relationship totally broken… and yet, the ending of this blurb (not the empathy bit) but the bit about cracks in their relationship, and the fact that they worked so hard to rebuild it… I feel like there’s something more going on here.

That’s it for now. What’s caught your attention this week??

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