Countdown to 2023 – Day 30 ‘Family and Friends’ (1 day remaining)


Today is day 30 of my countdown to 2023 – woot, only one day remaining.  Today’s prompt is ‘Family and Friends ’.  The prompts can be found here if you want to join in.  I’m hoping to use mostly books read this year.  Let’s begin:

FAMILY AND FRIENDS (A book with great characters)

I’ve gone for a series that I’m really enjoying and where the characters are fantastic.  This is an urban fantasy based in Manchester in the UK (so I confess I have a soft spot immediately for that reason alone) but, on top of that this is packed with great imagination and I love reading it. The Stranger Times series by CK McDonnell.  Book 1 is The Stranger Times, followed by This Charming Man and the most recent instalment Love Will Tear Us Apart which was just amazing.  My review will be up soon.

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Tomorrow: Bottle of Bubbly – Your first read for 2023


Love Will Tear Us Apart (Stranger Times #3) by CK McDonnell

When is a review not a review?  When it’s a teaser.

I recently finished Love Will Tear Us Apart, the third episode in CK McDonnell’s Stranger Times series and, hand on heart, it was my favourite so far.  This is urban fantasy that really delivers.  I absolutely love it.

I will be posting a full review closer to the date but for now – this was my initial reaction:

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‘Oh my giddy aunt. This is a series that just keeps getting better. I absolutely love it and this is my favourite to date, which bearing in mind Nos. 1 and 2 were also pretty damn fine, is no small thing.

I’m not writing a full review at this point – that will be posted closer to release date – the point of this is to whet your appetite. If you’re looking for a quirky, mystery filled, modern era fantasy series packed with all sorts of supernatural critters, a fantastic ‘found family’ in the form of the Stranger Times publication employees, banter, seriously ‘strange things’, drama, tension and heart in the throat endings, stop looking. Here you go. You’re welcome.

Word to the wise, don’t crash into this series, go back to the first book otherwise you’ll be missing so much goodness.

The ending of this brought tears to my eyes – me! I don’t do crying.

No pressure McDonnell but when is No.4 due?’

All I can say is that this is a series that gives me serious ‘feels’.  If you’re looking for your next great hook then I implore you to give this a chance.

The Stranger Times and This Charming Man are the first two books in the series.

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks. The above is my own opinion.