Mini Book Reviews: The Nature of Cruelty plus more…

Feel like some contemporary romance or a post-apocalyptic horror thriller? Read on.


natureThe Nature of Cruelty by L.H. Cosway.

Another page turner by L.H. Cosway. I think I  may have mentioned this author on my blog more than a dozen times by now, but she’s an excellent writer!

Moving on. I despised Robert for a good deal of the book and even when I finished, I didn’t quite like him. He treated Lana terribly when she was a teenager and emotional scars cut deep. I don’t think wounds from childhood and taunts from bullies are ever really forgotten, and I’m not sure Lana and Robert belong together. Despite my lack of enthusiasm when it came to caring if these two got a HEA or not, I couldn’t put this book down as is always the norm whenever I read a book by Cosway. It helped that the sex scenes were very sexy. Check it out on Amazon and Goodreads.

PS: For any Irish people reading this, does the guy on the cover remind you of Bressie?


twelfthTwelfth Sun by Mae Clair

I loved trying to figure out the clues with Elijah and Reagan. At times, this book felt like a wickedly enjoyable old school murder mystery, despite nothing so sinister going on. I kept thinking of the board game Cluedo (or Clue I think it’s called in America).

The descriptions of the beach and boardwalk brought me right back to the summer I spent time in Rehoboth Beach. I could almost taste the hotdogs and fries, hear the seagulls screeching right above my head and smell the Atlantic. The romance between Reagan and Elijah was refreshing. I adored Elijah’s flirtatious nature. A fun, summery read. Check it out on Amazon & Goodreads.

PS: The cover is gorgeous. It exudes a summery warmth. And if you find yourself enjoying Twelfth Sun (which I have no doubt you will), try Mae’s debut novel, Weathering Rock, another great read.


deadDead of Eve by Pam Godwin

Good story and writing, but I found the scenes of rape, torture, mutilation and abuse difficult to read through. Evie was a strong and admirable woman. I thought it was kind of funny how every good man she came across was drop dead gorgeous and that three men were happy to share her between them, all sleeping in the same bed because she needs skin to skin contact before she can sleep, but I guess, if you’re the last woman on earth, you pretty much get to set out your terms when it comes to the bedroom department.
Side note: I was skitting laughing when the Irish character, Roark, says “feck aaf”. Check it out on Amazon & Goodreads.


The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare Books 1 to 5.


Phew. I need to catch my breath after reading all five books within a couple of weeks. I couldn’t put them down. I reviewed City of Bones already, but enjoyed the next four books just as much. I am so desperate to read the next and final story that I’m surviving on reading snippets and teasers from the author’s website at the moment. City of Heavenly Fire doesn’t come out until May 2014!! This book series has action, romance, the supernatural, plenty of fight scenes, and resilient and tough characters. It’s also funny and heartbreaking.


I laughed and cried reading The Mortal Instruments. Simon has to be my favourite character. He’s just so honest, endearing, normal, a good friend, a once regular guy forced into a darker life. He’s a hero, and he cracked me up several times. Reading How To Come Out to Your Parents – lol. I’ll have to make do with re-reading the first 5 books until the final novel is published. Check out the series on Goodreads.


What books am I missing? What’s Your Favourite Read of 2013 so far?


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23 Responses to Mini Book Reviews: The Nature of Cruelty plus more…

  1. Hi Emma! Great reviews. I now have two books to look into and one to avoid at all costs, lol. I’ll let you decide which one that is ;).

    I love the Mortal Instruments! It really is one of my favorite series. I didn’t even know there was going to be another book, so bonus for me, hehe.

  2. Jen Naumann says:

    Wow, you’ve been busy reading! You made me a fan of L.H. Cosway, will have to check this new one out. 😉

  3. fuonlyknew says:

    You talk about my reading! You’ve done some serious reading yourself. I guess I must not have a filter in my head as the scenes you described in Dead of Eve didn’t bother me as much. I admit the guys sharing her had me stretching my belief factor but as you say, the only woman! And Roark, I could read him all day long. So many funny comments and so sexy.
    I’ve only read the first book in Cassandra’s series. Sounds like I’ll have time to read the others before the finale.

    • Emma says:

      That reading was last month, I’ll have to sit down over the coming long weekend (Cork Jazz weekend here) and do some serious Kindle catch up. 🙂
      It was the last part in the compound place in Dead of Eve that really appalled me!

  4. Mae Clair says:

    Wow, thanks for including TWELFTH SUN in your reviews. What a pleasant surprise to find it here. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

    And you already know I’m a huge Cassandra Clare fan. Like you, I’m going through withdrawal waiting for the final book in the series. It can’t get here soon enough.

    Hey, I like the new blog background! Creepy and cool.

    • Emma says:

      You’re welcome, Mae. I loved Elijah and Reagan’s story.

      Ha ha, the background pic is actually one I took in Benalmadena, Spain, though I added the blood, of course 🙂 using Picmonkey and made it more gothic.

  5. beckyday6 says:

    Wohoo so glad to see you got on with Cassandra Clare, I hope I will too. 🙂

    Loving the blog revamp! Revamp, hey I made an unintentional pun. 😛

  6. I’ve read Twelfeth Sun by Mae and couldn’t agree more with your review. She’s such an amazing writer! I’ve also read the Mortal Instruments and cannot wait for the next book either! Have you read the Prequel series yet? If not, it’s just as good! So you could read those while you wait 😉 The other books sound very intriguing. I’ll have to check them out.

    • Emma says:

      I haven’t read the Infernal Devices yet. Last few times I was in town, the bookshops were out of the first book! Next time I see all 3 together, I’m picking them up.

  7. Love the cover for Dead of Eve. I haven’t read any of these yet – shocker – but I do have Mae’s on my TBR list because I loved the sound of it, including the cover! 🙂 Great reviews as always.

  8. Shah Wharton says:

    Great reviews… I so have to get with the II’s programme 🙂

  9. sherry fundin says:

    I have heard of most the authors you reviewed but have not read them. Thanks for sharing. ^_^

  10. Love the new look. Hmmmm, it’s been a while since I picked up a book and actually read. I miss that. Must. Find. More. Time.

  11. Pingback: Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Enjoyable, but didn’t capture me like The Mortal Instruments) | Emma's Ramblings

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