4.5 Bewitching Stars🌟 The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker by Kerry Wilkinson @kerrywk @bookouture #BookReview

Happy Publication Day to this fantastic book!

I am over the moon to get to share my review of this book with you today! Many thanks to Noelle for my invitation to the blog tour and two Kerry Wilkinson for his bewitching words✨✨✨


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About the Book

‘I will never forget the night I drowned…’

Seventeen-year-old Eleanor Parker wakes up cold and alone in the river that twists through her quiet village. She remembers a hand on her chest, another on her head, water in her throat, those final gasps for air…

Her brother’s girlfriend was drowned in the same river the summer before, held under the water by an unknown killer.

Determined to unlock the mystery of what really happened that night, Eleanor can’t escape the feeling that something terrible links her to the previous summer’s murder. But will she discover the shocking truth, before it’s too late?

A gripping and extraordinary coming of age novel that will keep you guessing until the very end. 

My Thoughts

4.5 Bewitching Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a young adult thriller with a paranormal twist and it was brilliant! I’d like to encourage you to read this book with an open mind and the understanding that not everything in this book is “believable“… because the only way it is possible for somebody to investigate their own murder is for there to be a supernatural element… requiring us the reader to stretch our imagination…. for me this just was the perfect shift making an ordinary story extraordinary!

17-year-old Eleanor wakes up on a river bank with no memory of how she got there… is she dead? Is she alive? Is she a ghost? People can see her, she can walk, she can talk… but she cannot smell, taste, feel, and she is oh so cold… now Eleanor is determined to figure out what happened the night before she ended up in the river and who tried to kill her… and will they try again?

Eleanor was such a likable character… I loved playing detective right along with her, everyone was a suspect… her boyfriend, her best friend, her brother, the guy working at the local diner… I must give a special S/O to that diner love the idea of a wall filled with cassette tapes…. antique cassette tapes… ugh makes me feel old!

This truly is a genre defying book that I strongly encourage you to give a try! This was one of the best young adult books I’ve read this year and the uniqueness and supernatural element of the story should really appeal to a broad audience of younger readers…. I also need to give Kerry Wilkinson major props… as a grown man he did a phenomenal job of writing a book from a female teenager’s perspective… I certainly hope this is not his last young adult book, because I for one am looking forward to many more!

Absolutely recommend to readers of all ages, this was a well-done thriller with a unique twist!

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this wonderful book ***

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Kerry Wilkinson

Meet Kerry

Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults – a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.

When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

Upcoming US releases:
Behind Closed Doors (Jessica Daniel 7): Out now
Two Sisters (standalone): Out now
The Girl Who Came Back (standalone): Out now
Crossing The Line (Jessica Daniel 8): Out now
Scarred For Life (Jessica Daniel 9): Out now
One Cloudy Night (standalone): 2018
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): July 2018
For Richer, For Poorer (Jessica Daniel 10): Out now

Nothing But Trouble (Jessica Daniel 11): August 2018

Recent and upcoming UK releases:
Eye For An Eye (Jessica Daniel): Out now
Last Night (standalone): Out now
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): July 2018
To Have And To Hold (standalone): October 2018

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Barnabas Tew and the case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan @ColumbkillNoon1 @rararesources #GuestPost #BookBirthday

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing ScarabBarnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab

Barnabas Tew, a detective in Victorian London, is having a hard time making a name for himself, probably because most of his clients end up dead before he can solve their cases. His luck is about to change, though, for better or worse: Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, notices him and calls him to the Egyptian underworld. A terrible kidnapping has occurred; one that promises to put an end to the status quo and could perhaps even put an end to the entire world. It is up to Barnabas (along with his trusty assistant, Wilfred) to discover the culprit and set things to right. Can he turn his luck around and solve the most important case of his life?

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Barnabas Tew - ColumbkillNoonanPhotoAuthor Bio – Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.

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Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab

“Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds” is Barnabas Tew’s sophomore adventure, published by Crooked Cat Books (he debuted in last year’s “The Case of the Missing Scarab”) which is currently celebrating its first birthday! In “Nine Worlds”, Barnabas and Wilfred find themselves immersed in Norse mythology, but we aren’t here to talk about that, just yet. No, we are here to celebrate “Missing Scarab”’s birthday, and to talk a bit about Egyptian mythology, not Norse.

Except, of course, for one small point, which is that both of these mythologies have some pretty major thematic elements of angry (or uncaring) gods destroying the world as we know it (or, as Barnabas himself would put it, “I have to save the world, again?”). In Egyptian mythology it’s definitely a case of godly pique, if you will, whilst in Norse mythology it’s more just the natural cycle of things, but still, the end result is the same: world over, so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye. (If this sounds familiar to you, it should: world destruction is a common theme in so many belief systems throughout history. Why humanity should be so, well, obsessed with the end of the world is a topic for another day, though!)

So what happened to end the world in Egyptian mythology, and what on earth (or below it, or above it, as the case might be) does Barnabas Tew have to do with it?

The story goes that Ra, displeased with what he saw as humankind’s ingratitude/lack of piety/arrogance, decided that people must be punished to teach them a lesson. To that end he unleashed Hathor (aka Sekhmet). Hathor was an otherwise rather benevolent deity; being the goddess of fertility, joy, and inspiration she was far more accustomed to bringing people happiness instead of putting an end to them.

Unfortunately for people, though, Hathor apparently had a bit of a temper, too. She took her orders from Ra and ran with them, embarking on a murderous rampage that nearly wiped out humanity before some of the other gods banded together and stopped her by….oh wait, I can’t tell you that, since that particular story plays a bit of a part in “Missing Scarab”. You’ll just have to find out alongside Barnabas, when you read the book!

This, of course, is where Barnabas Tew ties in to this whole “end of the world” thing. You see, the moral of the story seems to be that if humans can’t behave themselves properly, the gods will become angry and put an end to them. Invariably, though, some few survive to tell the tale (because what would be the point of an end-of-the-world story if the world really, truly ended? No one would be there to hear it).

And so it goes: evildoers push the world to the brink, and only intervention by a well-meaning someone will save everyone from certain destruction.

In “The Missing Scarab”, Barnabas is an earnest, well-meaning detective from Victorian London (although, he’s not terribly good at his job, no matter how hard he tries). Rather surprisingly he finds himself recruited by Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, to solve a case. The stakes?

Why, the end of the world, of course!