Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Reviews – #MagicalRealism #YA Sian Turner, #Paranormal #Thriller Nola Nash, #Thriller Mark Bierman.

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Sian Turner for her magical YA upwards novel Sweet Erin

About the book

A book for anyone who has ever been eleven years old.

Erin Fitzwilliam-Beaumont hates her friendless life at secondary school until a mysterious app brings Carys Bowen into her life. The new friends are struggling to face their own demons when a surprise announcement from Carys brings a remarkable new dimension to the girls’ already unconventional friendship.

Will Carys help Erin find the fresh start she desperately needs, and can Erin help Carys restore her crumbling relationship with her father?

One of the recent reviews for the book

DB 5.0 out of 5 stars A novel for all ages  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2021

If you enjoyed Matt Haig’s ‘The Midnight Library ‘, read this. ‘Sweet Erin’ is a well-written novel suitable for anyone of 9 upwards. It will appeal particularly to those struggling (or who remember their struggle) with adolescent issues such as bullying, relationships and school. Add in the mysterious shifts in time and space and here are all the ingredients for an exciting and thought provoking read. If you enjoy authors such as Margaret Mahy, Alan Garner and Philippa Pearce, add Sian Turner to your list.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

Also by Sian Turner

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Sian: Goodreads – Website/Blog: Sian Turner Author WordPress – Facebook: Sian Turner Author – Twitter: @SianTurner1066

The next author is Nola Nash with a recent review for Crescent City Moon: Book 1 in the Crescent City Series

About the book

Things put underground in New Orleans don’t often stay there. Even things that should – like bodies, and secrets.

How do you fight an enemy you can’t see that can kill on a whim? In 1820s New Orleans, on the eve of her twenty-first birthday, Zéolie Cheval discovers the mangled body of her father murdered in his bed and a maniacal voice haunting the recesses of her mind. When the priest sent to comfort her is killed while the house is swarming with police, Zéolie becomes entangled in a web of mystery that takes her from the French Quarter, to the Ursuline Convent in the Ninth Ward, and deep into the Louisiana swamps.

Officer Louis Saucier, who is losing his heart to Zéolie and his grip on logical reality, helps her find the pieces to her puzzle. The mother superior of the Ursulines offers assistance from a mediumistic nun and a voodoo priestess, blurring the lines between the spiritual and the supernatural.

After opening the family crypt to find it uninhabited, Zéolie realizes that her father lied about her mother’s death – amongst other things. Now, Zéolie must come to terms with magic she inherited from her grandmother and the price that comes with it.

Step inside the magic and mystery of the 1820s French Quarter to see if an unlikely menagerie can help Zéolie take down a murderous maniac while she shields the officer she loves. Can she harness powers she didn’t know she had? Or, will she make the ultimate sacrifice?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Allison Hubbard 5.0 out of 5 stars Preternaturally delightful  Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2021

Crescent City Moon draws the reader down to the heart of antebellum New Orleans, inviting them to savor every sensory experience involved in this fast-paced tale of witchcraft, voodoo, and accursed bloodlines–plus a bit of romance, too. Nash deserves her place next to Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite in the Hall of New Orleans Literary Greats, bringing to life the intricacies of this city and culture with skill and vivid detail. Ready to binge the sequel!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Nola Nash

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Nola on: Goodreads –  WebsiteNola Nash – Facebook Street Team:Nola’s Second Line – Instagram:Nola Nash Writes – Twitter: – @NolaNashWrites

The final author today is Mark Bierman  with a review for his novel a thriller set in Haiti, Vanished which I can highly recommend.

About the book

Tragedy . . . heartache . . . how much more can Tyler Montgomery and John Webster take? This missions trip, the “healing” one, has only added fresh layers of pain. Construction of an orphanage in Haiti’s northwest . . . yes. But a doomed rescue operation, human traffickers, human anomalies, extreme personal danger . . . risk of death? They hadn’t signed up for those.

Turning their backs on the crisis, however, is unthinkable, it’s just not who they are.

One of the recent reviews for the book

tpolen 5.0 out of 5 stars Tension-Filled Read  Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2021

I have a difficult time reading about cruelty of any kind toward children or animals, so I knew going in parts of this book would be a challenge for me. It’s a horrific reality that human trafficking exists in this day and age and is quite common in some areas. So common that when a young girl is abducted by slave traders in Haiti, very little effort goes into trying to find her. Tyler, grieving the death of his wife, and his father-in-law, John, are shocked at the lack of response and vow to find the girl and return her to her mother no matter what. With two Americans in an unfamiliar country taking on such an incredibly dangerous task it won’t be an easy quest. Who can they trust? Where do they even start?

I’d be lying if I said this is an easy read – it’s absolutely not. Tyler’s and John’s journey is filled with obstacles and dead ends, harsh truths, unsavory characters, and violence. Even when their own lives are in danger, neither is willing to abandon their search for this child. The subplots are just as compelling and tragic. Although it portrays very real atrocities that occur far too often, this story is also full of hope and inspiration. There is still good in the world and people who are willing to go to battle against evil.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

50% of the proceeds from Vanished go to an organization that helps victims of human trafficking.

Read the reviews and buy the bookAmazon US – AndAmazon UK – Follow Mark: Goodreads – Blog: Mark Bierman WordPressTwitter: @mbiermanauthor


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.

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