Review: Peregrine Harker and The Black Death by: Luke Hollands


Review: Peregrine Harker and The Black Death
By: Luke Hollands

Description by Netgalley: 


Peregrine Harker is about to learn you’re never too young to die.

London 1908: A secret society stalks the murky streets, a deadly assassin lurks in the shadows and a series of unexplained deaths are linked by a mystery symbol…

My review:

 Is 1908- London, Paris and India. There’s a terrible problem: the cost for tea is raising. Then, there’s Peregrine Harker, a fifteen-years-old young boy, orphan, living his life dreaming in being a wonderful spy in his dreams while in reality he’s about to lose his job as being a journalist. Jabez Challock, the editor, tells Peregrine that he has only two weeks to find out why the price of tea is raising, as this may cause a terrible problem for the day-to-day of every english man if they don’t have a cup of tea. Young Peregrine starts his search by visiting the tea trader Clayton, but everything turns upside down when he sees a coffin. Trying to see what’s inside of it, he almost gets killed by two men but is saved by no other than his cousin-brother, Archie Dearlove. Later on, while he was with Archie, the two of them see the scene of a man dying in front of everyone while they were eating- when they decided to try and capture the man that Peregrine thought that killed them, he took a paper from the dead’s man hand that consisted of a triangle inside of a circle inside of a square…Then, he tries to talk to a man that wanted to help him, only to find him dead with the same paper and symbol. The Black Death symbol; haunting both Peregrine and Sir Magnus Clayton, they have to stop the one behind all that before they are both dead. But, there are some secrets the young Peregrine didn’t thought of knowing, nor the young and beautiful daughter of Sir Magnus, Louisa. This is the beginning of a young adventurer.

Who is Peregrine Harker?

-He is a young boy of fifteen years old. Both his parents went missing while exploring the Orinoco River in South America. He went to different boarding schools; then went to live for a while with his cousin Archie, and before they took him back to a boarding school he run away to London, in where he lived in a small apartment in Soho and worked as a journalist. 
-Skills: Fencing, pistol marksmanship, horse riding, fast thinking.
-I think he’s skinny (for the moment) and with long hair.

Archie Dearlove:(may contain spoilers)

-Is the son of Sir Oliphant Dearlove ( he was the captain in the Royal Navy).
-He may be five years older than Peregrine; being twenty years old. He had a beamin smile and piercing eyes.
-At first we were told that he was Lieutenant Archie Dearlove of His Majesty’s Royal Navy; but later on he tells Peregrine the truth- he works for the Naval Intelligence, being a spy.
-Skills: Fencing, pistol marksmanship, horse riding, fast thinking, good at keeping secrets, good at making plans. 
-He was truly a good friend.

Ignatius Woolfe:

-Works as a: butler.
-Appearance: Short, tough, with a condescending face, hawk-like nose.
-Skills: Pistol marksmanship, Riding (vehicles, motors or anything new), very intelligent, fast, fast thinking.

Sir Magnus Clayton: 

-He was the owner of the Indus Star Importation Company.
-Appearance: Dark hair, face of kindness.
-Skills: Pistol Marksmanship, Riding, very intelligent, maker of weapons (such as guns). 


Why was the price of tea rising? 

-Because, after all, Sir Magnus Clayton, being the villain of this story, was trying to import the last of his gold from India. He had a brother named Richard Clayton (the two of them killed each other), the two of them were poor, so they decided to enlist in the army. While Richard followed his duty, Magnus always wanted fortune and glory. When the two of them went in duty for India they felt in love with the most beautiful girl in Northen India, named Kitty Blackmore. Richard, married and had a daughter with her and when his brother Magnus found out he planned to make a revenge making a pact with Sanghar Khan. Sangar Khan, being an orphan he was taken by the religious band ( or cult) called The Brotherhood of the Black Death. They worshipped the Hindu deity Kali, the god of death and destruction, which made them experts and specialist in lethal poisons and razor-sharp blades. When Magnus went to get revenge the end was that Kitty was killed, he took their child, and almost killed Richard; which he came back to kill them all. 

 My thoughts:

 It was a pretty good book, but, it was slow-paced… which I don’t like that much. Also, all the names of the places they went were confusing. There’s also the question of if there’s going to be another adventure and if we will ever know what happened with Peregrine’s parents. But overall it was a pretty good twist in the end. Thanks NETGALLEY for the book!


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Vampire Wake (book number 2 in the Kiera Hudson serie)

Vampire Wake #2
                           by Tim O’Rourke
Since escaping from the Ragged Cove and finding herself suspended from the Force, Kiera Hudson is hired by the mysterious Lady Hunt to protect her sixteen-year-old daughter Kayla, from the stranger who lurks on the moors. But little does Kiera know that it is she who is really in need of protection.

Arriving at Hallowed Manor on the desolate Welsh moors, Kiera soon realises that the vampires that she has been ‘seeing’ are not the stuff of her nightmares, but are very real and closing in.

If Kiera is to escape the vampires that hunt her, she will have to discover the true identity of the bandaged man, the secret of the children’s graveyard hidden beneath the weeping willows and who or what is hiding in the ‘forbidden’ wing at Hallowed Manor…

Kiera Hudson is waiting for a signal to meet with her fellow friends again…..not forgeting that’s she’s dealing with a new power of having vision, and everytime she has a vision her left eye bleeds. She has this wall with newspapers about murders and such because perhaps she can find where Murphy, Luke and Potter. But boring out she decides to put an advertisment that she can help you, so when a strange woman asks her to babysitt her “rebel” daughet, Kayla, Kiera decides to give it a shot as the woman, Lady Hunt, explains that there’s a man in the shadows watching her daughter…. but little she knows who are those people at that house and the secrets that unfolds the mansion of Lady Hunt. Some people are closer than you think…..Later on she discover what she is, and that Kayla is not a normal human girl. This book is the start to a new adventure that brings love, betrayal and death. Kiera doesn’t know what she is and the problem is there are more secrets to unfold.
1) Lady Hunt-> Auburn hair that flowed to her shoulders, eyes the color of clear blue, full lips, pale skin but in a good condition and she was in her mid-forties. Human. She’s the mother of Kayla and someone whom name I won’t say!
2) Kayla-> Just like her mother but more beautiful. She’s sixteen.  She’s a half Vampyrus and a half human. Her power is hearing. Her father, Lord Hunt was a Vampyrus.
3) Isidor Smith-> His right eyebrow was pierced, clean cut and a beard in his chin. Black flames tattoed the left side of his neck, his eyes were a dark shade of brown almost blacl and he was tall and lean. He is eighteen years old. Half Vampyrus and half human. His power is the smell
More info:
-> When they transform they have claws and have a face like a bat … well that’s the way I understand it was!
-> There are only three half Vampyrus and half humans.
-> I can’t believe I like more Potter than Luke and that Kiera and Potter kiss each other. Lol.
COMING SOON! a little interview with the author!!!!!!! yes! and he told me we could do a giveayway!!! so wait for the third book review and giveaway! READ THE AWESOME BOOKS!

Vampire Wake (Kiera Hudson Series, #2)
5/5!!!!!!!!! LOVED IT

Vampire Shift (Kiera Hudson Series #1) by: Tim O’Rourke

Vampire Shift  (Kiera Hudson Series #1)           
                                                                by: Tim O’ Rourke
          When twenty-year-old police recruit Kiera Hudson is posted to the remote town of The Ragged Cove, her life is changed forever. Investigating a series of horrific murders, grave desecrations and missing persons, with her unique ability of ‘seeing’, Kiera soon realises her life is in danger. But when Kiera falls in love with Police officer Luke Bishop, not only is her mind and her heart opened to a terrifying new world, she comes to suspect that Luke might be involved in the killings. In a race against time to unearth the truth, Kiera must discover the identity of who or what is behind the gruesome deaths on the ‘Vampire Shift’
          This is the start of the story of Kiera Hudson a twenty years old that has been employed in The Ragged Cove, a place that seems to be hiding from any other place. It rains a lot and even more weird everyone talks about vampires, even the place she is to stay is weird. They sell holy water and cruxifies. And even worst… in such a little place there has been a lot of murder around. Who’s the one behind? Is it only ONE person?… or is it a person? Kiera will sure find out! as she has sort of a gift that can see details others don’t!
My favorite characters:
1) Kiera hudson-> Long jet-black hair, eyes the color of honey. She has a gift that we don’t really know yet if it has a name, since her mother had it too.
2) Luke Bishop-> He is a hottish guy of no older than twenty-two with short black wavy hair, green eyes and well like a say very hot… well handsome. Vampyrus.
Other characters:
Vampires-> They are created ( as it says in THIS story) when a Vampyrus drinks blood from a human and so there are the vampires. But they are like animals! most of the time they only say Hungryy Hungry hehehe.
Vampyrus-> The vampyrus are what humans call “Desmodus Rotundas”/ vampire bats, because they have wings. They live in The Hollows, that are caves and caverns that are under us. They were here before humans came to Earth.
Other characters:
1) Sargent Murphy-> Good guy. Vampyrus. He had short grey hair and shaven. He was about forty years old.
2) Constable Potter-> He was tall and lean, with black hair that was slicked back off his forehead. He was about twenty years old. Good guy. Vampyrus.
3) Father Taylor-> Old and a very bad Priest. He’s face was thing and gaunt-looking, his eyes were bright. He is a Vampyrus and it has he whom took Kiera’s mom.
4) Kristy Hall -> A fifteen years old girl who was turned into a vampire. The first vampire kiera killed it was her.
5) Sergeant Phillips-> It’s a very mean man, that was the sergeant that trained her in the training school. Vampyrus

Tim O'Rourke
Coming soon:
Review for Angelina’s Secret
and Half-blood