Important news regarding this blog – please read

13 Dec

This blog will be closing down on 31st December. Please read on if you would like to know where else you can find me and my book reviews. Continue reading

For Sale! Infernal Devices: The Clockwork Princess book

21 Nov

I have a brand new copy of book 3 from the Infernal Devices series, The Clockwork Princess, for sale. It is still wrapped in plastic wrapping which hasn’t been opened. It is for sale on Ebay at £8 with free postage and packaging. If you would like to purchase it follow this link: posting within the UK only!

The Book Thief Film

12 Nov

So I might be a little late in learning of this but one of my favourite books has been made into a film and I’m so excited to see it!

I reviewed The Book Thief all the way back in 2011 and it even made it into my favourite books of 2011 post. It’s one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading and found it extremely difficult to review as I felt that no matter what I wrote it didn’t do the book justice. I can’t see the film coming close to been as brilliant as the book but I have high hopes for it and I really hope it does it justice.

After watching the trailer I think it looks promising. It is due for release in American on 15th November 2013 and I believe it is out in the UK on 31st January 2014.

You can watch the trailer here:

Let me know if you have read The Book Thief and what you think about the imminent release of the film.

Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill

11 Nov

apartment16In Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, there is an empty apartment. No one goes in, no one comes out. And it’s been that way for fifty years. Until the night watchman hears a disturbance after midnight and investigates. What he experiences is enough to change his life forever.

A young American woman, Apryl, arrives at Barrington House. She’s been left an apartment by her mysterious Great Aunt Lillian who died in strange circumstances. Rumours claim Lillian was mad. But her diary suggests she was implicated in a horrific and inexplicable event decades ago.

Determined to learn something of this eccentric woman, Apryl begins to unravel the hidden story of Barrington House. She discovers that a transforming evil still inhabits the building. And the doorway to Apartment 16 is a gateway to something altogether more terrifying. Continue reading

The Good, The Bad and The Furry by Tom Cox

1 Nov

The Good, The Bad and The Furry book reviewMeet The Bear – a cat who carries the weight of the world on his furry shoulders, and whose wise, owl-like eyes seem to ask, Can you tell me why I am a cat please? Like many intellectuals, The Bear would prefer a life of quiet solitude with plenty of time to gaze forlornly into space and contemplate society’s ills. Unfortunately, he is destined to spend his days surrounded by felines of a significantly lower IQ…

Ralph: handsome, self-satisfied tabby, terrified of the clothes horse.

Shipley: mouthy hooligan and champion mouser, rendered insensible when turned upside-down.

Roscoe: fiercely independent kitten, tormented by her doppelganger in the mirror.

And then there’s Tom, writing with his usual wit and charm about the unexpected adventures that go hand-in-hand with a life at the beck and call of four cats… or three cats and a sensitive poet who just happens to be a foot high and covered in fur. Continue reading

A Sister’s Gift by Giselle Green

26 Oct

A Sister's Gift book reviewTwo sisters. Best of friends. Worst of enemies. The stunning novel from the English Jodi Picoult.

Hollie Hudson and her husband Richard are fast losing hope of ever having their own child.

But Hollie is unable to give up her dream of having her own family and so calls on her last chance – her wayward sister, Scarlett. A 24-year-old blonde bombshell, she is the antithesis of her darker, more reserved older sister but capable of giving Hollie the miracle she so desperately wishes for.

Having almost single-handedly brought Scarlett up after their runaway mother abandoned them, Scarlett knows she owes Hollie everything – and now it’s time to pay her back with the ultimate gift… Plus she has an ulterior motive.

Back from the Amazon where she’s been working with endangered species and threatened tribes, Scarlett finds being back home difficult. Especially as the past – and past feelings – come back to haunt her.

Meanwhile, an ever-desperate Hollie is faced with the decision of a lifetime if she’s ever to get the baby she wants, but just how much is she willing to put at stake?

Find out more in this mesmerising and heartbreaking tale from a stunning British talent about sacrifice, sisterhood, long-held secrets and dangerous desires. Continue reading

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

13 Oct

The Unlikley Pilgrimage of Harold FryWhen Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life. Continue reading

Book Review: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

6 Oct

The Shadow of the Wind reviewHidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the ‘Cemetery of Forgotten Books’, a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles. To this library, a man brings his ten-year-old son, Daniel, one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book and from the dusty shelves pulls The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. But as Daniel grows up, several people seen inordinately interested in his find. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. Continue reading

Book Review: The World According to Bob by James Bowen

19 Sep

The World According to Bob book reviewJames and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together. In the years since their story ended in the bestselling ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ James, with Bob’s help, has begun to find his way back to the real world.

Almost every day, Bob provides moments of intelligence, bravery and humour, at the same time opening his human friend’s eyes to important truths about friendship, loyalty, trust – and the meaning of happiness.

In the continuing tale of their life together James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship, and even life-threatening danger.

As they high five together for their crowds of admirers, James knows that the tricks he’s taught Bob are nothing compared to the lessons he’s learnt from his street-wise cat. Continue reading

Book Review: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

3 Aug

her-fearful-symmetryWhen Elspeth Noblin dies she leaves her beautiful flat overlooking Highgate Cemetery to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina Poole, on the condition that their mother is never allowed to cross the threshold. But until the solicitor’s letter falls through the door of their suburban American home, either Julia nor Valentina knew their aunt existed. The twins hope that in London their own, separate, lives can finally begin but they have no idea that they’ve been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt’s mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them and works in the cemetery itself

As the twins unravel the secrets of their aunt, who doesn’t seem quite ready to leave her flat, even after death, Niffenegger weaves together a delicious and deadly ghost story about love, loss and identity. Continue reading