Awhile ago I stopped buying books in order to clear more space. I’ve done well it’s three months later and the only books I’ve had were from my Ninja Book Subscription and a Book Fairy (I wish real book fairies existed). I’ve read three of my tbr/Beat The Backlist books and my Book Fairy book. You know what, I am a book addict I don’t need to justify myself. I’ve seen a lot of books I wanted to buy and well, I’ve held off long enough.
I couldn’t really buy one book, and once I bought one well, it’s 3 for £5!!!
Skin by Ilka Tampke
I read the blurb on the back and I had to buy this book! Have you ever read the back and first pages of a book and knew you had to buy it? Couldn’t leave the shop without it? (Foxlowe was one of those and it was an amazing book) Well, this was like that.
It’s set in Celtic Britain, I’ve always been fascinated by this era and love the pagan beliefs from that time. “I had no skin. I was half-born, born in body but not in soul.” I read the first few pages and was hooked so I’m looking forward to starting this.
“Ailia has never truly belonged, for she has no totem, no ‘skin’. Without skin, she is not allowed to learn the traditions of her ancestors, or to marry.
But this is Celtic Britain, and the dark power of the Roman Empire is gathering in the distance.
As Ailia’s people prepare to face a brutal enemy and an uncertain future, it is Ailia who must embrace the extraordinary power which lies within her… and who must stand, alone, to protect the people she loves from the end of everything they’ve ever known.” – from GoodReads
Ink by Alice Broadway
Just take a look at that beautiful cover! You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. The blurb on the back, just this sentence: “The truth will get under your skin” grabbed my attention and within the first few pages I was intrigued. The character’s father is dying and they prepare his skin for when it’s taken off his body and made into a book “But the next time I saw him, his life had become pages” that’s how they remember their loved ones. Weird things like that always grab my attention, unique fantasy stories, and the blurb which was on the inside cover sounded good.
“Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.”- GoodReads
It’s part of a series I’ve seen pictures on twitter of the next book and it’s just as gorgeous (Just realised the continuing theme of skin in both these books, coincidental, odd.)
Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, it’s been sitting in that book shop for some time and I’ve resisted for so long. I love horror, I used to read nothing but horror but haven’t read much recently.
“Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.
The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity” – from GoodReads
Recently Discovered/Future purchase
I entered a Goodreads giveaway to win this book, but it’s quite cheap on Kindle, I’m not going to buy it yet – you never know I might win the giveaway- since I bought these three but it’s a definite to buy in the future:
Forsaken by J.D. Barker
“When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.
But was it really fiction?
He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family.
She wants to come back.
At home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive. Secretly wondering if she caused it all…a deal she made long ago. A deal with the Forsaken.” – Goodreads
The author J.D.Barker has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and picked by the Soker family to write a prequel to Dracula! I loved the description of the book and downloaded a sample onto my Kindle. That hooked me, the writing style is perfect and I really want to read it. If I wasn’t currently reading three books!