‘Courier’s Run’ by Ennis Rook Bashe is set in a dystopian Scotland. Courier is one of many sisters engineered to thrive and survive in a post-apocalyptic world. She’s supposed to follow orders and work against the remaining humans, but this clone has a mind of her own. When she gets to meet real people, and one especially, she has to decide where her priorities lie.
This novella certainly grabbed my interest. The world-building was well done, and I wanted to know more about this particular version of Scotland. The premise was a mixture of dystopian, sci-fi, paranormal and romance. And I liked how the elements came together. Seeing the world and the people through Courier’s eyes made me realise that I’d like to find out more about how it all came to be – and what happens next to Courier and Sear. A good story with hints of more to come.
I was given this ARC for review.
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I really loved ‘Death Is Only The Beginning’ by JM Dragon as it is a wonderful mixture of mystery, humour and romance. Millicent Parker is a code breaker during WW2 and spends her weeks in London and her weekends with her lover Charlie in the country. When she dies in an accident and finds herself bound to Violet Reed, the driver of the car, things start to get very interesting. Was it really an accident? As the pair begin to investigate they realise that they must deal with Charlie and private investigator Pru who are also looking into the mystery. Charlie was my favourite character as she was caring, strong and so loveable and I wanted her to find happiness. The bickering between Milly and Violet was laced with a fair amount of sexual tension – but would they ever admit to that? The story was a very unusual scenario and full of surprises. It was also set in an English village which, in my mind, is the perfect place for a mystery. I want more of these characters and can see this becoming a well-loved series of books. Highly recommended.
I was given this ARC by Affinity Rainbow Publications in return for an honest review.