My favourite reads of 2015
Well another year is almost over and I have read many great books this year. I would love to be able to list them all but it's just not possible. So, I would like to share, in no particular order, my favourite reads of 2015.
|Nacreous (Harmony Run book 4) by Sara Elle Emm|
Nacreous is book four of the Harmony Run Series. It is a series that I have avidly followed and I couldn't wait for the book's release in August. It was the final book in the series and it didn't disappoint. The series is extremely well written and the story very clever. A must for any YA/Fantasy fan.
After two members of the Freedom Front are arrested and interrogated by the UZTA's tyrannical President Nicks, Rain Hawkins and her friends face the alarming reality that their plans to liberate the mixed zones across the United Zones of The Authority might not come to fruition. While the resistance movement is growing outside the walls of the zones, the president's forces are strengthening and putting citizens everywhere in more peril than ever. When Rain receives warnings that her cousin, Calista, has agreed to support plans to kill the mixed zones, and that her life could be in the line at the upcoming pure zone initiation ceremony, she must decide where her loyalties lie and if all of her allies can be trusted. As The Freedom Front use their abilities to unravel the mystery of the ceremony, The Authority captures some of their friends, forcing TFF to either go into hiding, or plan a rescue mission that could jeopardize everything they've been fighting for.
|Girl Gone Greek by Rebecca A Hall|
A completely unexpected book set in Greece that draws you in and throws you straight into the complexity of Greek life. It is one of those books that you can't put down, it's definitely one for lovers of Greece! This is the first book by Rebecca A Hall and I really liked it. I can't wait to read more from her in the future.
Rachel is finding it increasingly difficult to ignore her sister's derision, society's silent wagging finger and her father's advancing years. She's traveled the world, but now finds herself at a crossroads at an age where most people would stop globetrotting and settle. She's never been one to conform to the nine-to-five lifestyle, so why should she start now? Was it wrong to love the freedom and independence a single life provided, to put off the search for Mr Right and the children? Perhaps she could find the time for one last adventure...
So with sunshine in mind, Rachel take a TEFL course and heads to Greece after securing a job teaching English in a remote village. She wasn't looking for love, but she found it in the lifestyle and history of the country, its culture and the enduring volatility of its people. Girl Gone Greek is a contemporary women's fiction novel. When Rachel moved to Greece to escape a life of social conformity, she found a country of unconventional characters and economic turmoil. The last thing she expected was to fall in love with the chaos that reigned about her.
|The woman who stole my life by Marian Keyes|
I love Marian Keyes books and couldn't wait to read this one. The description intrigued me but didn't disappoint. It had me hooked from the beginning and even though I was desperate to finish it to find out what happened I felt a bit lost once I'd read the final page. A brilliant page turner as always!
One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life. For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out). That's okay. She doesn't really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car). But in this meeting is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, and, along the way, wrenching her whole family apart.
Is this all because of one ill-advised act of goodwill? Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma? Should she be grateful or hopping mad?
For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?
|Eve of DeCONstruction by John Manuel|
I came across Eve of DeCONstruction on the internet. The story sounded very interesting so I thought I would read it. The story was excellent, with great characters and an even better twist at the end. Definitely an author I'd recommend, and another great book for those who love reading about Greece.
Chippenham UK, present day. Eve Watkins is a fairly average modern woman in her early forties with two teenage kids, a loving husband with a steady job and a career of her own. It looks like her average life is fairly uneventful, yet secure.
Following the death of her mother she discovers things about her own past that come as a complete surprise to Eve, These lead her eventually out to a small village in mainland Greece, where developments soon lead to her life being to deconstruct before her.
Ought she to have let sleeping dogs lie? Yet she knew she had to find out. She had to know who she really was.
Whatever the cost.
|Hilltop Sunset: A Brynn Bancroft Mystery by Joyce Strand|
Having read the author's previous series - The Jillian Hillcrest Mysteries, I was looking forward to reading Hilltop Sunset, which features a character from the first series of books. I wasn't disappointed. This author creates excellent mystery books that makes gripping reads. Definitely one for mystery lovers!
A mystery set in wine country pitting financial exec Brynn Bancroft against a determined stalker, a troubled love interest, and career clashes.
Brynn Bancroft learns that a former employee who beat her nearly to death has returned to stalk her and her friend, Jillian hillcrest, also a former victim. Recently divorced, Brynn turns to a new love interest only to encounter additional unwelcome issues. Meanwhile, short-timer Brynn, who has resigned from her Silicon Valley company, becomes bored fulfilling her remaining responsibilities there. She begins to prefer supporting the launch of her ex-husband's new hilltop winery while waiting to move to her next position. Between her stalker and her new love interest, Brynn faces a series of life-threatening events.
I have read so many great books in 2015, I wish I could list them all here but I just wouldn't have enough space or time. I do however recommend flicking back though my archive to see some reviews of books released over the last year.
I'm looking forward to reading lots more new books in 2016, but before then I would like to wish you a very happy new year and thank you for checking in and supporting me!