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.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Fetlock Hall: The Unicorn Princess by Babette Cole

Babette Cole, author of brilliantly funny and entertaining children's book - A Dose of Dr Dog, has come out with a brand new series aimed at young girls. The Unicorn Princess is the introductory title in the Fetlock Hall series and features a young pony-mad girl called Penny as she discovers that sometimes boarding school can be fun, exciting and just a little bit magical!

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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill

For those of you looking for a scare-fest of the traditional variety: look no further...

Adam Nevill is a newcomer to the horror genre and is being loudly touted as the next big thing, as far as the Brits are concerned... In this his debut horror title; Nevill brings us a gruesome blend of artistry gone awry, the darkness of the "Void" and the terrifying prospect of what lies beyond death all wrapped up neatly with the requisite dumb American girl and a diverse cast of strange characters that never quite make it past the two-dimensional stage.

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Changes by Jim Butcher

Our Book of the Month is a brilliantly conceived magical fantasy that will appeal to adults and teenagers alike. With Butcher's charming self-deprecation and wonderfully dry sense of humour, it is impossible not to fall in love with this book. Just one of a long list in the Dresden Files series, Changes brings Harry Dresden's escapades as a professional wizard to a dizzying crescendo... what we don't know is whether or not this is the last that we will see of Dresden for the foreseeable future. Indeed, the author's note at the back refers to Butcher's other series - perhaps this is a none too subtle hint?

In any event, we've concluded that the Dresden Files are a staple for those seeking a more grown-up version of Harry Potter. Read our book review >>>>