Pestilence by Pamela Taylor Blog Tour Review

Today I am participating in my first blog tour. I will be reviewing Pestilence by Pamela Taylor. I was excited to be participating in the blog tour anyway, but when I received my copy of the book there was a note included. Pamela said that she recognized my address and decided to write. It turns out her father was a pharmacist at a pharmacy my family used to frequent. It was fun to be able to connect with her. It brought back great memories for me. Now on to the book.

Set at the dawn of the Renaissance, Alfred the second son must seek a destiny foreseen by his grandfather. Alfred’s brother has taken the throne, and it’s worse than anyone imagined. The kingdom is shattered and Alfred must decide how to help the kingdom built by his family.

Pestilence was a great read. The contrast between Alfred and his brother was striking. I’ve always enjoyed that element. As an only child, it’s interesting to see how siblings can be so different. Alfred’s loyalty was to the kingdom, while the king’s loyalty was to himself. The story follows Alfred on his journey to help protect the kingdom. It was a high stakes mission because he bordered on the line of treason.

I loved when Alfred decided to keep record of the actions of the king. As a history lover, I think documentation is so important. It gave a clearer picture as to what was happening in the kingdom.

I think it is important to read the first two novels to get a clearer picture of the kingdom. I am interested to see how the story develops in the next novel.

My Rating: 4/5

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The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths Review

Guys, I finally finished a book! I’m actually getting to do a review! I picked The Stranger Diaries for my monthly challenge. My prompt was, “read a book that was nominated for an award in 2020.” The Stranger Diaries won the 2020 Edgar Award for best novel. It deserved it. It was a great read!

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder, but most of the time it is a work of fiction. She is a high school English teacher that specializes in gothic horror. When her friend is murdered her life collides with her favorite novel. When Clare turns to her diary to document her feelings, she discovers writing that isn’t hers. Suddenly, she finds herself living in a horror novel.

The Stranger Diaries is what I wanted The Broken Girls to be. It incorporated a haunted school, a horror novel, and a murder mystery. Each element brought great depth to the story.

I loved the inclusion of multiple points of view. It had Clare’s point of view, her daughter Georgie’s, and Detective Sergeant Harbinder’s point of view. Even with multiple points of view I couldn’t single in on one suspect. I honestly suspected everyone.

The ending was unexpected. I love the way it wrapped up. I also enjoyed the friendship that developed between Clare and Harbinder. The Stranger Diaries was a well developed mystery with a lot of depth. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it until now. I feel like it is so underrated!

My Rating: 5/5

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