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, 29 January 2010

The Returners by Gemma Malley

The Returners is sure to win critical acclaim - and not just from us. Malley is a master at creating deeply thoughtful, provocative novels and her latest offering is no exception.

Aimed firmly at the Young Adult market due to its profoundly abstract philosophical concepts and ideas; The Returners is just as likely to appeal to an adult audience. It isn't comfortable reading; dealing as it does with racism, bigotry, over-zealous nationalists and the deplorable acts that we humans have commited against each other... but that's the point.

A resounding triumph for Malley and a modern classic that could do worse than finding its way into the curriculum.

You can read our review and use our handy widget for finding the best price for this book on our main website.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

House of Night Series by P.C & Kristin Cast

We've been indulging ourselves recently with some light, entertaining reading in the form of the hugely addictive Vamp series - House Of Night. Essentially, the story of a teenager, Zoey's, transformation from ordinary teen to Vampyre fledgling - and all that that implies - which, as it turns out, is a hell of a lot! With her highly unusual extending markings, Zoey finds herself thrust into the politics of Vamp life and in doing so, discovers that not everything that goes on at Tulsa's House of Night is what it seems.

The series comprises 6 books: Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted and Tempted. You can read all our book reviews as well as reading the latest book review in this series on our main website. It is worth mentioning that the series is not really for younger teenagers as the language and sexual content is very adult in nature.

Burned (Book 7) is due out in April 2010, which frankly cannot come soon enough - although we do know that the book isn't quite finished yet. We hope the authors get their skates on and provide us with our House of Night fix!

Other cool news is that the series appears to have sold its film rights, which could mean the novels being transformed into a major new film! We'll be keeping our beady eyes open for further developments...

Thursday, 7 January 2010

We're on Twitter

For those of you who like their technological advancements and especially like fast, uncomplicated updates - you can now keep bang up to date with all our latest book reviews and links to competitions via our Twitter page. Simply click to follow us and bob's your uncle (as they say) - you will receive all our Tweets! Tidy!


Pursued by Love - Georgia Hill

This modern-day romance novel hangs itself loosely around Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice; in the sense that its main characters are actors caught up in a remake of that gloriously and hopelessly romantic story.

If you like your romance passionate, predictable (not necessarily a bad thing) and brimming over with devastatingly handsome men and dazzlingly gorgeous women; then Pursued by Love will be just the ticket.... Read the full book review