If you are like us (and probably one of the many thousands of book lovers across the globe) and have had the misfortune of spending your hard-earned cash on an apparent "best-seller"; you will probably also have experienced the dull thud as you bang your head against the wall, thinking "Why did I listen to the reviews on the back?!" The truth is: reviews found on books are usually self-promoting, PR stunt-type hype and not necessarily a true reflection of the books' quality at all.

It is our aim to tell the truth about books, but don't for one second assume that that is synonymous with us creating a blog to 'diss' authors' work - to the contrary - our intention is to provide an honest appraisal of each and every book we read. If the book is any good - it'll get a good review. If it's awful and a tragedy to the literary world - then it won't. It's that simple.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Revenants by Ryan Sherwood is OUT NOW!

We don't doubt that it was frustrating for readers to learn about this great new paranormal/ supernatural thriller by self-published author, Ryan Sherwood. We also know that having read our interview with the author can only have whetted your appetite for this book more...

So, we are pleased to announce that this book has now been published for public consumption! Out on 3rd July (as is his previous novel: Hold the Light), all we can say is: it's about time!!!!

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Interview with Stephen Woodworth

The author of Through Violet Eyes agreed to our interview, which was certainly an eye-opener. If you haven't read Through Violet Eyes, then you might want to think about it! The first in his Violets series is a absolute stunner:full to the brim with originality and with just the right amount of conspiracy theory and paranoia to make it a helluva ride.

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Photograph : Prasad Associates

The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan

We knew we had invariable missed some corkers that were published before we got The Truth About Books going, but we were pleasantly surprised by Trudi Canavan's series, which was published back in 2004. We we, in fact, so impressed with The Magician's Guild (Book 1), that we simply had to read the entire series - so we did! You can read our reviews of The Novice and The High Lord as well as book 1. We're also delving into her recently released The Magician's Apprentice - link to follow.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

This is our latest Unmissable Read - set in 1570, Sacred Hearts is the story of a young girl's struggle to come to terms with her new life in Santa Caterina - a convent. It is so much more than that however, it is as provacative as it is pensive. Boys might want to skip over it, but we're willing to bet that girl out there will find something to empathise with in this gorgeously written book... Read the book review

Readers' Choice Winner: Envy the Dead

June's Readers' Choice competition saw us receive over 5700 votes! All we can say is: wow! You guys really love your books - especially if they're free ;-)

In the end, it came down to lord of the midlands crime novels - Iain Mcdowall - to scoop the prize! Envy the Dead is his latest offering. Not only can you read our review but you can also take a peek into the author's inner workings through our interview.

Finally - congrats to our winner: Neil Bramble.

We've updated the link so it takes you straight through to July's Readers' Choice, which is already up and running... we know, we know, we are too generous!! Get your votes in - who knows, it could be you that wins next time!