#5books: Book recs

Do you have an actor who is just watchable, and you will always watch their movies even though you may know better?

That’s how I feel about Will Smith and Gemini Man. It’s a movie where he is an assassin set to retire only to find himself a target of …. himself. His clone. Younger, faster and better. I mean, it’s a great action, really great premise and then somehow or the other, something sends it off the rails and by the end I was like … why?

Harrison Ford is another who falls into this category. What was up with Seven Days and Seven Nights, or whatever that movie was, I can’t even bother Googling it. Angelina Jolie, another. What on earth was Taking Lives about?!

Anyway, those are my top three. And yes, I watched those movies I listed above and am still asking myself why.

House of Earth and Blood

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savouring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City— has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world.

Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.

Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.

As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir…

Hype killed my interest in Sarah J Maas’ initial books. Dead as a doornail. I get that she’s a good author, but honestly if I never had to see or hear the words Throne of Glass it would be too soon. I guess this book might go the same way given her fanbase, but for now assassins (for Archangels) and half-fae half -human mix of characters kinda works together in an unexpected mix from what I associate Maas with in my head.

An Incantation of Cats 

The new novel in Clea Simon’s spellbinding Witch Cats of Cambridge series! When two new clients seek Becca’s professional services, the fledgling witch detective is overjoyed. Finally, she can use her skills to help her magical community. But as the young witch finds the new cases intertwining, things grow more complicated. Becca’s three cats – the ones with the real power – can smell something is wrong with these clients. But not even Clara, the calico, knows what to do when a man ends up dead and a powerful and poisonous root appears – and disappears – in the case. To make matters worse, Clara and her littermates are feuding – and she can’t tell them about an unsettling interaction she’s had with one of the client’s sisters. Is it possible that some humans may have the same powers as the magical felines? What does that mean for Clara’s beloved Becca – and for the potent poison that has already taken one person’s life? In this second Witch Cats of Cambridge mystery, Clara and her sisters must learn to work together if they are to save the person they all love.

Alright. So. The thought of a mystery and a witch-detective is what caught my attention straightaway, and then I read the blurb properly, and … this one is odd, right? I mean it’s from the POV from a cat. A CAT. And yes, in my head it’s all in capital letters. And yet, still I want to read this!

In the Clearing

A stunning new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Call Me Evie.

Amy has only ever known what life is like in the Clearing. She knows what’s expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure life in the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn’t fitting in; she doesn’t want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.

Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a ‘normal person’. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you’d think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn’t seen for a very long time, arrives in town.

As Amy and Freya’s story intertwines the secrets of the past bubble up to the surface. This rural Aussie town’s dark underbelly is about to be exposed and lives will be destroyed.

Small Australian towns and their secrets, right? I am busting to know how these two women’s stories intertwine.

Unknown Male

Japan-set noir doesn’t get any darker or more twisted than this’ Sunday Times Crime Club

He is a completely unremarkable man.

Who wears the same black suit every day.

Boards the same train to work each morning.

And arrives home to his wife and son each night.

But he has a secret.

He likes to kill people.

Set in the neon drenched streets of Tokyo, this gripping thriller will have you on the edge of your seat . . .

Does this blurb not give you the creeps?!?! I read it days ago and it STILL gives me the shivers. The unremarkable life that’s nothing but a front for who he is?! I NEED this in my life.

Die Alone

Alastair Sheridan has it all. Wealth, good looks, a beautiful wife and children and, in the chaotic world of British politics, a real chance of becoming Prime Minister.

But Alastair also has a secret. He’s a serial killer with a taste for young women.

Only a handful of people know what kind of monster he is, and disgraced detective Ray Mason is one of them.

Awaiting trial for murder, Ray is unexpectedly broken free by armed men and given an offer: assassinate Alastair Sheridan and begin a new life abroad with a new identity. The men claim to be from MI6. They say that Sheridan is a threat to national security and needs to be neutralised. Ray knows they are not who they say they are, and that their real motives are far darker.

The only person Ray trusts is ex-cop and former lover Tina Boyd, who’s keen to settle her own scores with Sheridan.

With enemies on every side, only one thing is certain.

No one wants them to get out alive

Well, shit. So, a serial killer with a chance to become PM? It sounds outlandish and yet, I want to see how the author pulls it together — especially when a former detective is asked to asassinate the possible PM. And serial killer.

Right, so I can’t decide which one blows my mine more — Unknown Male or Die Alone. What about you?!



  • Jenny Mullen says:

    The Incantation of Cats, the title alone makes me happy. The setting and blurb of In the Clearing catches my interest because I’m so curious about the Clearing!

  • Angela says:

    Adam Sandler is that actor for me – people bash him and his movies, but really, he’s made some very good ones and the other ones, well, don’t take them too seriously and they’re pretty funny!

    • Verushka says:

      I actually think he can be a far better dramatic actor than a comedian, would you believe. Spanglish remains one of my faves of his.

  • I have an arc of the Incantation of Cats. Don’t tell Cass. I think the actor for me is Wesley Snipes. I don’t know why but I’ll watch him in anything. And then there’s Tom Cruise. He’s an actor I find hard to watch and I have to force myself to do so. I think I want to read all of these – imagine that! I’ve managed to stay off the Maas bandwagon too and I’ve not read her Throne of Glass series either – but don’t tell anyone 🙂

    • Verushka says:

      Cass is currently side-eyeing you right now. He has a nose for the books you shouldn’t be having 😉 Ooooh, Wesley Snipes! I hope he starts doing more movies — I think he’s in one with Eddie Murphy on Netflix. Tom Cruise. it’s only when I am bored and I can’t find anything to watch do I liek his movies. I can’t believe they’re making another Top Gun though. I don’t want to read Throne of Glass — the hype just really was too much for me.

  • I’m very excited and curious about House of Earth and Blood. It sounds amazing!

  • Kelly says:

    I don’t watch a lot of films really, I’m more into TV series, I can watch quick episodes here and there, I always end up falling asleep during a film like some sort of movie induced narcolepsy.

    I’m dying for Crescent City. I’m a massive Maas fan. She’s one of those authors that frustrates me, her sex scenes are awful but yet I have multiple copies of all of her books and she’s one of my favourites 😂

    • Verushka says:

      I got scared away by the hype surrounding TOG, I think. You made me laugh at your movie induced narcolepsy! I on the other hand can’t find a good series to sink my teeth into. But I can stand even a bad movie on in the background while I blog or even read. It’s weird I know!

  • In the Clearing sounds so good! I haven’t read a book from Maas, but from the sounds of Crescent City, I need to check them out. I have a few actors/actresses that I will watch whatever they play in. We have Will Smith in common, I love him!

  • Sam@wlabb says:

    I am going to say it, I loved ToG. Sorry for saying it. I am up for anything SJM puts out. Although she writes fantasy, her books appeal to me, because of the great friendships and the romances that are part of them all.

    • Verushka says:

      Don’t beeeeee! Given the hype, and how persistent it was, she’s obviously a good author – but it was just all too much for me.

  • I will definitely watch Harrison Ford in anything. My love for him goes back to his Star Wars days. That Sarah J. Maas book sounds really good. I’m still working my way through her ToG series. I was hesitant to even start it because of the hype, but it’s pretty good.

    • Verushka says:

      I cried at the end of the Star Wars movie that shall not be named and did such a wrong to Han 🙂 But, I can’t resist him — still! The TOG got rave reviews for sure, but the hype maaaaan — though that said, whose to say what hype is too much you know? It just happens to be one of those books that hit that hgih mark for me.

  • Lily says:

    all of these sound good. I have to say An Incantation of Cats piqued my interest 😀

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