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Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani

 Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani Twelve powerful people are kidnapped and imprisoned in an empty hotel. Each one of them has three choices: Live out the rest of their days peacefully in the hotel, Die by suicide so the rest of their companions can go free, Or murder one of their companions so they alone can go free. The Only Way Out is Death follows the story of these twelve people from the perspective of a young lawyer, Kiriaki, told as the events unfold. She has to forge messy alliances, navigate complex relationships and feuds, and, above all, try to stay alive. Meanwhile, the mastermind of this death game is lurking just out of view, watching them closely, making sure they are primed for murder. Will Kiriaki find the mastermind before it's too late for her? Will she outmanoeuvre the cutthroats before they cut her throat? There are twelve selfish lives in the hotel. Will it end in twelve selfish deaths? The Only Way Out is Death is a fascinating nov

Blog Tour Review - Scareground by Angela Kecojevic

 Blog Tour Review - Scareground by Angela Kecojevic

Roll up, roll up, the Scareground is in town!

Twelve-year-old Nancy Crumpet lives above a bakery and her life is a delightful mix of flour, salt, and love. Yet her mind is brimming with questions no one can answer: Why did her birth parents disappear? Why can she speak with the sky? And why must she keep her mysterious birthmark hidden?

Everything is about to change when the Scareground returns to Greenwich. Nancy is convinced it holds the answers to her parents’ disappearance. Nancy and her best friend Arthur Green meet the fair’s spooky owner, Skelter, and discover a world full of dark magic and mystery. Nancy must confront her greatest fears to get to the truth. But is she ready for all the secrets the Scareground will reveal?

Scareground is dark and spooky and utterly enthralling!

It's a story about a young girl trying to find her place in the world. Nancy Crumpet feels like there should be more to her life than being a baker, but just what that is, she doesn't know.

It's a story about unusual families and friendships. Nancy has a loving home and family, but still feels like she needs to know more about her birth family. And although she has a good friend, it's clear that friendships are something she has always struggled with. Her anxieties around her friendship with Arthur is fascinating to watch unfold, as she learns to trust in that friendship more. That longing for companionship intertwined with the fear of being rejected is so moving and well depicted. Even more fascinating is her friendship with the sky. It's clever, imaginative and magical in all of its mystery.

It's a story about fairgrounds, and our desire to experience the kind of thrills that scare us, and the powerful attraction fear has on our souls.

But more than any of this, it is a story about darkness. It is a story about what happens when we walk into the darkness, and how some people embrace it and some people fight it. It is a story about the powerful allure of the forbidden, the scary and the dangerous and how dark deals can twist and distort good intentions into something not very good at all. 

It is a powerful and creepy story that cast a spell over me and held me in its grip until I'd finished reading, leaving me wanting more.


Scareground by Angela Kecojevic is out now, published by Neem Tree Press.

I was given a review copy in exchange for an honest review and participation in this The Write Reads blog tour.

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