Thursday, 26 April 2012

Giveaway - The Right and the Real




Happy Book Birthday to my my wonderful friend JoĆ«lle Anthony and her wonderful book THE RIGHT AND THE REAL. In stores and online today!

I love THE RIGHT AND THE REAL so much I want to run around giving it to everyone I know, but I'll have to settle for giving one copy away here.

Just fill in the form below. As long as you live where the Book Depository ships this giveaway is open to you.

Good Luck!




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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Book Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow b Robin Wasserman

It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark. 

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora’s best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.
Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life. (from Goodreads)




I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately and THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW by Robin Wasserman dragged me right out of it. 


I'm a sucker for a good mystery, especially a historical mystery. Add in a dead best friend, a vanished boyfriend (who couldn't possibly have done it, could he?), a fabulous main character main, and great writing and the slump was well and truly over. 


whipped through this book, biting my nails most of the time. While the technique of reminding me
something bad is going to happen can drive me doolally in this case it just had me reading faster, hoping the back cover copy was a lie.


Of all the things I loved in A BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW, I loved Nora best. Nora is the shinning centre of this novel. Thank you, thank you Robin Wasserman for giving me a heroine who is the heroine because she is smart, and determined, and independent. Not one who has a destiny.


Actually I loved all the characters; Adriane, Max, Eli and Chris. While I didn't always like or trust them, I utterly believed in them due to the many fabulous little details that made them feel completely real. I was as conflicted as Nora over who to trust and who to believe in.


The last quarter of the book does descend into Indiana Jones territory. The writing remained addictive, keeping me up till gone midnight, but I did have to fling my disbelief aside, and just go with it. That was a little disappointing, but hey who doesn't love an Indiana style finale?





Wednesday, 18 April 2012

The Right & the Real Book Trailer

A big Happy Birthday to my dear friend Joelle! She's celebrating with the release of the book trailer for her amazing new book, THE RIGHT AND THE REAL.

I love this book, be sure to add it to your TBR pile. Or pre-order it. It's out April 26th

Monday, 9 April 2012

5 Things About March

Long time, no blog! I've busy moving house. Although I feel like we've been unpacking forever, we still have a lot of boxes - hard to know what is in them now! Although I did find a collection of ten jam jars, which I apparently had planned to do something with, at some point, maybe.

Anyway on to bookish things.

1) I went to see The Hunger Games movie and I loved it! I thought they did a really good job and Jennifer Lawrence is amazing! Is there anyone who didn't well up in the reaping scene when she shouts I volunteer!

2) Then I re-read the book and remembered exactly how addictive and powerful it is (and how much they  cut to to get the 12 certificate, that last scene in the cornucopia is truly horrific). Even knowing the ending I stayed up till 1am reading.

3) I was very excited to hear both Elizabeth Scott and Sarah Dessen have announced new books. Miracle and The Best Ever After (whose heroine has one of my favourite names - Emmeline)

4) A Game of Thrones is back! It makes Mondays bearable, although I do have to hide behind cushions a lot. I love Jamie and Cersei as villains (I also love their story arc in the books), but my favourite character is Arya.

5) I have fallen under the spell of Sarah Addison Allen, but I have now read all her books :( So recommendations please, any authors who write similar books?

6) Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner have announced a new title for their book THESE BROKEN STARS. It's being called Titanic in space. Go add it on Goodreads

What have you been reading and watching?