Avian by Emma Pullar

Avian is the tense follow on from the highly acclaimed dystopian novel Skeletal... 

  CENTRAL IS LOSING ITS GRIP ON THE CITIZENS OF GALE CITY.   Megan Skyla, who refused to play by Central’s rules and become a surrogate for her masters, has thrown the city into chaos. Corrupting those around her, she and her friends are forced into hiding – hunted by Central, the evil rulers of Gale City. Skyla’s desperate attempts to keep everyone alive ends when they’re kidnapped by feuding gangs.  Skyla cuts a deal and then betrays both gangs. Now there is nowhere left to run. It’s the desert or die. Her best friend, Crow, thinks she still wants to find a way to cure the Morbian masters of their obesity and finish what she started.  But Skyla has other plans. She’s sure there are settlements in the desert, there must be something out there … and there is. Something terrible.     Skyla is about to find out there’s more than one way to bring about change but one truth remains … Central must be destroyed in order to ensure her survival. There is no other way.

CENTRAL IS LOSING ITS GRIP ON THE CITIZENS OF GALE CITY.

Megan Skyla, who refused to play by Central’s rules and become a surrogate for her masters, has thrown the city into chaos. Corrupting those around her, she and her friends are forced into hiding – hunted by Central, the evil rulers of Gale City. Skyla’s desperate attempts to keep everyone alive ends when they’re kidnapped by feuding gangs.

Skyla cuts a deal and then betrays both gangs. Now there is nowhere left to run. It’s the desert or die. Her best friend, Crow, thinks she still wants to find a way to cure the Morbian masters of their obesity and finish what she started.

But Skyla has other plans. She’s sure there are settlements in the desert, there must be something out there … and there is. Something terrible.  

Skyla is about to find out there’s more than one way to bring about change but one truth remains … Central must be destroyed in order to ensure her survival. There is no other way.

I was absolutely taken in by Skeletal - Emma Pullars debut novel, dystopian is not my go to genre read, but this had an intense gritty feel to it. 

Avian is definitely a follow on book, where Skeletal gives us Skyla and the set up background and gritty ways of Central, it lays many tracks down and Avian gives us an even darker and edgier story. 

Skyla has to be one of the most fascinating characters I have ever read about and Pullar really does give her an added dimension in this new novel. 


Avian with its enticing cover, flawed but likeable main character and plenty of juicy grit, suspense and treptidation for the characters is this autumn's must read. 


Go dip your toes in a new genre, one author who really does pull the punches with a creative writing style. 

Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier

Special Hardback 80th Anniversary Editon, review is based on this copy. 

  Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .   Working as a lady's companion, the orphaned heroine of  Rebecca  learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to his brooding estate, Manderley, on the Cornish Coast, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers . . .  Not since  Jane Eyre  has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never been out of print,  Rebecca  is the haunting story of a young woman consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

Working as a lady's companion, the orphaned heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to his brooding estate, Manderley, on the Cornish Coast, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers . . .

Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never been out of print, Rebecca is the haunting story of a young woman consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.

I am going to start with this gorgeous edition, and when reading the book realised the relevance of the initial the more I read. 

I would have got round to reading Rebecca at some point, but this edition made sure I wanted to sooner. I am also going to have to admit I would possibly not read this or any edition if it wasn't for it being in my friends top 5 read list. 

The issue being that I saw it is historical classic, and Rebecca is - but it is so much more than that and it isn't a dated read. I have read more recent Historical Fiction Books that are steeped in history and read more dated than this. So I was hesitant in picking this book up. 

It is a captivating, and the descriptive nature - which again isn't to my usual enjoyment - It is told from the new Mrs De Winters point of view, her eyes and thoughts seeped in unrest and her behaviour is antsy, she can't quite settle in to her new role as easily as she assumed she may have. 

Manderly being in her life from a young age, her possession of a post card, set her love affair for this gorgeous home. 

At times her character did frustrate me, but I also felt for her and could understand her reactions to her predicament. 

As much as Mrs Danvers, the house keeper is creepy, I loved her character portrayal, her darkness, brought in the perfect unsettlement to the second Mrs De Winters. 

I was unsure of my likeness of Max De Maurier, from the outset although he was grieving for his first wife, I didn't quite take to him all the way through the book and felt he could have helped his new wife so much more, he was slightly aloof and standoffish.... 

All these layers, elements gave the right setting for the dark undertones of the book. 

I was captivated and enthralled by the style of Du Mauriers writing and her imagination brought Manderly to life within the pages of Rebecca. 

Rebecca is full of suspense, intrigue, dark, romantic, mystery and so, so atmospheric - 

Du Maurier has written one of the most descriptive stories with sinister running through it's spine. The undertone of dread is there all the way through the book.. 

In some ways this book should have been a fairytale. It definitely isn't and I loved it. 

it will make one of my all time favourite reads, for a variety of reasons and I for one will put it aside to re-read, and I rarely do that with books. 

Highly, highly recommend this book and it will be one I shall add to my top 5 reads also. The first line that is so well know grabbed my attention and I fell under the spell of Rebecca also, but from the second De Winters telling. 

 

The Dead Whisper By Emma Clapperton

this can be read as a stand alone, but you benefit from reading the series, there is a novella and one other book published by Bloodhound Books previous to this one. 

 Do you love  gripping  crime thrillers full of  suspense ? Emma Clapperton's  haunting  Dead Whisper is one  you won't be able to put down.   D.S Preston and D.C Lang are sent to investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow. But who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? When they believe their questions have been answered the case is closed.   Meanwhile, Sam Leonard could not be happier - he has a great acting career and a fantastic girlfriend. After being in a previously turbulent relationship, what could go wrong?   For Patrick McLaughlin life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better.  But the house that Patrick moves into is not what it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased, and a recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase?    In order to lay the ghosts to rest questions will be asked but can the house ever let go of its past? 

Do you love gripping crime thrillers full of suspense? Emma Clapperton's haunting Dead Whisper is one you won't be able to put down.

D.S Preston and D.C Lang are sent to investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow. But who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? When they believe their questions have been answered the case is closed. 

Meanwhile, Sam Leonard could not be happier - he has a great acting career and a fantastic girlfriend. After being in a previously turbulent relationship, what could go wrong? 

For Patrick McLaughlin life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better.

But the house that Patrick moves into is not what it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased, and a recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase? 

In order to lay the ghosts to rest questions will be asked but can the house ever let go of its past? 

Having read Emma's previous books in the series of Patrick and Jodie, I was looking forward to catching up with them, the story has moved on quite a bit from the last book, which is explained within the pages. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and found the way that Patrick was woven in to the story was unique. I love the idea that buildings hold memories, and felt that this would have been clever to delve in to deeper, maybe in a future novel? 

The creepy feel of this book,while curled up in a blanket with the early darkening nights was perfect. It is a chilling read, with  great characters. It was great to have Preston and Lang together. 

With the focus not so much on the Spiritual Church and all the characters having decisions to make, it made for a more in-depth read. 

A clever twist on a ghost story, with an easy page turning read, with tension and suspense.