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Book review: Eichin Chang-Lim, Flipping (@EichinChangLim )

JonSun knew from the moment he caught a fleeting glimpse of her that his heart bellowed to the reviewmysterious woman in the library. Vigilantly he returned, hoping to catch sight of her again, and when he did, the unimaginable happened. Despite being far beyond his reach, she agreed to go on a date. Her parents wanted her to marry a doctor, but as time went on she had only eyes for him, and was willing to sacrifice a life of comfort, even her family to be with him. Her father had told JonSun he would never be good enough, he was determined to prove him wrong, but knew the life he provided was less than she deserved. But this is not just their tale, and theirs is not the only relationship to watch.

Eichin Chang-Lim writes with an amazing talent and gift. In Flipping she takes the stories of two unconnected families and pulls you into their individual stories, their plights, desperation, and struggles, then brings them together. This isn’t just one story, it’s three, the tale of JonSun and SuAnn, The struggles of the McMeri family, and finally the third tale of Wynson and Christa. Each story Is part of the whole and is a struggle against the odds. The plot is gripping, emotional, heart-wrenching, and most of all believable. The writing and characters are filled with such emotion they bring the story to life. Eichin Chang-Lim has an amazingly polished, concise writing style that will tug at the heartstrings from beginning to end. If you enjoy romance, conflict, struggles, and uplifting tales then this author is the one to watch. If you’re a KU subscriber like myself, you’ll also benefit from being able to grab this brilliant tale for free.

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Book review: The Hunt For Atlantis by Andy McDermott (@AndyMcDermott )

Nina Wilde was orphaned when her parents’ quest for Atlantis ended in betrayal, but  reviewthe same obsession runs through her veins. She has dedicated her life to continuing her parents’ pursuits, and she is certain she has the answer, the location of Atlantis itself. Excitement and nervousness floods through her as she gives her presentation in hope to raise funding, not knowing that following the same path as her parents could end with her sharing the same fate. As far as she knows they died in an avalanche, otherwise she may have shown more caution. Before she knows what is happening she finds herself in the crosshairs of the Brotherhood, a secret organisations whose sole purpose is to prevent the discovery of ancient legend. They will do whatever it takes to stop her, fortunately she has those on side who will do just as much to ensure her success.

With a plot straight out of Tomb Raider, The Hunt for Atlantis will keep you on the edge of your seat as Nina travels the world, piecing together ancient texts and forgotten mythologies, and challenging the interpretations of Plato’s writings. A brilliant, action packed mystery/ adventure that will win the hearts of Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones fans the world over. Andy McDermott’s narrative is ideal for this style of writing, a rich descriptive voice along with well developed characters complete a tight and intensely gripping plot. I have already picked up the second book in this series, and if it’s anything like the first then Andy McDermott has a new fan.

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Book review: Finding Forever by Amanda J Evans

Liz, had her fair share of problems growing up, events that gnawed at her confidence, review imageleft her questioning her own value. So when she met, and married, Charles, a man intent on loving her, helping her grow, she couldn’t have been happier. But the happily ever after was cut short before it even begins. Washed ashore following a tragic accident, wearing the tattered remains of her wedding dress, Liz as wakens holding the hand of her husband, his cold, lifeless hand. Her world begins to crumble, nothing makes sense. She just needs someone to believe her, but when they do they uncover a horrific truth. Start the clock, because time is running out. Liz must become more than she ever thought she could be if she wishes to discover what really became of Charles, before it is too late.

Brilliant. An engaging and well-written romantic suspense with more than a few twists. It is certainly a book that will keep you turning the pages. Written in alternating first person perspective from Liz and Charles’ viewpoint (with a special devational reward at the end) Amanda J Evans has no difficulty portraying the two unique personalities of her leading characters, as well as using them as tools to give depth and development to the rest of the cast. A brilliant debut novel from a clearly talented author.

I initially read this on KU but picked up a copy to keep as well

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Book review: In the Wake of Death by Billy McLaughlin

Marc awoke, haunted by nightmares, suffering from some short-term memory loss and 4160ofv86wlduring the first stages of his recovery was unable to retain his new memories. He has been told events, as they were understood, countless times, but he failed to recall the events as they were described, in fact, his version of what happened far differs from that he is being told. But he is certain of one thing, he was with his partner Joel. His estranged sister Margo has been watching over him, fighting to find the means to pay his bills. Marc asks constantly about Joel, his fate, but he has not visited him once in all the time he was at the hospital, and Marc’s home shows no signs there was anyone living with him, and most confusing no sign of anyone called Joel being in his life. What there is, however, is a steady stream of cash withdrawals from Marc’s life long saving account in the time leading up to his ‘accident’. As Marc begins to recover he starts to piece together events from before his brush with death, and soon wonders if surviving was a blessing, or a curse.
Billy McLaighlin’s In the Wake of Death is a riveting read filled with dark thoughts, twists, and confusion as the character tries to piece together events before his accident. The characters are deep, well conceived, and all flawed in their own manner. The style of writing is beautifully descriptive with excellent scene setting. I can see myself purchasing more books from this author in the future.
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