#5Books: Book recs and Carnival Row

Huh, I never thought I’d say this, but I actually liked Cara Delevingne  in Carnival Row. I mean, I have disliked her in everything else she’s ever been in, but Vignette is a strong woman (fae) and more than holds her own in this series. Also, YAY Orlando Bloom too!

Carnival Row is a story about racism, of humans against the fae, and really at its heart it’s a story of immigrants (fae) in boats looking for a better life. And there are more than enough humans who feel they should all just go back to their war torn lands — wars that the humans fought in as well.

This is kind of steampunk/ historical and I am actually watching, which I never do for series like these. It helps that at the centre is a mystery — a force that is killing the fae, and even more powerful than Unseelie Jack, the murderer that Philo (Orlando) is searching for when the show opens. And yes, Unseelie Jack is exactly who you think he is.

Very cool show. I am seriously impressed.

Vanishing in the Haight 

Between fending off a lecherous parole officer and trying to get by in 1978 San Francisco, private investigator Colleen Hayes struggles to put her life back together so she can reconnect with her runaway teenage daughter. Then her life changes dramatically. She accepts a case from wealthy, retired industrialist Edward Copeland. The old man is desperate to solve the brutal murder of his daughter, a murder that took place in Golden Gate Park eleven years earlier―during the Summer of Love. The case has since gone cold, her murderer never found. Now, in his final days, Copeland hires Colleen to find his daughter’s killer in hopes he might die in peace.

Colleen understands what it means to take a life―she spent a decade in prison for killing her ex. Battling her own demons, she immerses herself in San Francisco’s underbelly, where police corruption is rampant. Her investigation turns deadly as she pries for information, yet there is little to go on. However, a song on the radio makes her wonder―did the murdered girl leave any clues that others may have missed?

I like Colleen, mostly because of all the questions she has me pondering: is her husband the cause of her demons? How does a song cause her to start wondering about her case and the missing girl? And the added cherry on top — police corruption. I can’t imagine that isn’t going to come into play.

Take It Back

Take It Back is a gripping courtroom drama, perfect for fans of Apple Tree Yard, He Said/She Said and Anatomy of a Scandal.

The Victim: A sixteen-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother. Who accuses four boys of something unthinkable.

The Defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories.

Someone is lying.

Former barrister Zara Kaleel, one of London’s brightest young legal minds, takes up Jodie Wolfe’s case; she believes her, even if those closest to Jodie do not.

Jodie and Zara become the centre of the most explosive criminal trial of the year, in which ugly divisions within British society are exposed. As everything around Zara begins to unravel she becomes even more determined to get Jodie the justice she’s looking for. But at what price?

Everything about this makes me eager to see the characterisation in such an inciendiary plotline *rubs hands in glee* The potential for good characterisation, in such a plot, makes me happy!

Call Him Mine

Jaded reporter Andrew and his photographer boyfriend, Carlos, are sick of telling just another story: from cartel massacres to corrupt politicians, sifting the dregs of Mexico’s drug war, they think they’ve seen it all.

But when they find a body even the police are too scared to look at, what started out as just another reportage becomes the sort of story all reporters dream of…

…until Carlos pushes for answers too fast, and winds up murdered, leaving Andrew grief-stricken and flailing for answers, justice, and revenge.

Caught in a web of dirty money that stretches from the boardrooms of the United States to the death squads of El Salvador, Andrew must decide whether to save himself – or find out who killed the man he loves, and destroyed the only home he’s ever known.

From an intimate beginning, this blurb just becomes something else entirely — and it sounds EPIC. It was also published in July, so I am a wee bit behind yeah?


Seventeen-year-old Veronica Clarke never thought she would wish she’d failed a test until she finds herself holding a thick piece of plastic in her hands and staring at two solid pink lines. Even the most consistent use of condoms won’t prevent pregnancy when your boyfriend secretly pokes holes in them to keep you from going out-of-state for college.

Veronica needs an abortion, but the closest place she can legally get one is over nine hundred miles away—and Veronica doesn’t have a car. Too ashamed to ask her friends or family for help, Veronica turns to the one person she believes won’t judge her: Bailey Butler, Jefferson High’s own little black cloud of anger and snark—and Veronica’s ex-best friend. Once on the road, Veronica quickly remembers nothing with Bailey is ever simple and that means two days of stolen cars, shotguns, crazed ex-boyfriends, truck stop strippers with pro-life agendas, and a limo driver named Bob. But the pain and betrayal of their broken friendship can’t be outrun. When their fighting leads to a brutal moment of truth, Bailey abandons Veronica. Now Veronica must risk everything in order to repair the hurt she’s caused

Well, first, Veronica’s boyfriend is a douche of the highest order, and Bailey, I’m not sure about. What broken them apart? And how alone is Veronica that Bailey is the only person that would agree to help her.

That’s it for this week! How was your weekend?


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