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, 25 June 2010

Starting Over by Sue Moorcroft

If you love the thrill of a strung out chase, the emotional tumble of falling in love and the speculative dip into sumptuous (but not really THAT rude) sexiness - then maybe, just maybe, you have found a book to sprawl with by the poolside. 

We'll be honest, we're not all that fussed about the genre of Chic Lit.  A lot of it is same-old, same-old.  Everyone is devastatingly handsome, or spectacularly stunning; which is great if your self esteem can handle it, not so great if it makes you look at your bulging love handles and that baby belly you still haven't quite shifted.  But, and it's a BIG but - Moorcroft is just a genius at creating realistic, believable characters.  Tess, in Starting Over, is quite frankly extremely messed up.  Her fiance dumped her a couple of days before the wedding, she miscarried a child she didn't realise was there and if that wasn't enough, then the "Curse" as she calls it, would absolutely, one hundred percent make you weep inconsolably for yourself.

We weren't sure about naming the main man "Ratty", or "Rats" - but then, it's a damn sight better than being called "Miles"...

Read the review of Starting Over >>

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Jake Ransom and the Skull Kings Shadow by James Rollins

Rollins is better known for his adult thrillers (The Last Oracle, Black Order and others); but this is his first forray into the often trechorous Children's fiction genre.

Available in the UK from 1st July, this is one series that is sure to whizz off the shelves. Ok, so it's marketed as a "childrens'" title, but in reality, any adult who itches to indulge in original storytelling that is both captivating and intriguing, exciting and intelligent - will undoubtably find themselves sucked into the Jake Ransom series.

A sequel, Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx, is due out sometime in 2011.

Friday, 18 June 2010

NEW! Book Giveaway - 5 signed copies to be won!

We loved the self-published title: Jakob Flint by Jonathan J Drake. Not only is it laugh-out-loud funny, but the magic is in the story itself. Yes, it's a bit childish. No, it's not really that complex. But you'd be hard pressed to find a novella that will keep adults amused as much as Jakob Flint does.

The 2nd Edition was recently released and lucky us, we managed to get our hands on 5 signed copies from the author. For your chance to win a signed copy of Jakob Flint, all you have to do is answer a easy question (we don't like to make it too hard for you!)

Enter this FREE Book Giveaway!

You'll have to HURRY though! This giveaway is only open until the 16th July 2010.

A Brief History of Lies by Daniel Nanavati

This non-fiction title appears to promise a lot of things: a brief (breathe a sigh of relief) history of lies, a pinch of humour and some funny cartoons.

We want to like this book. In fact, we willed it to be good...

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Moscow Sting by Alex Dryden

If you enjoyed Dryden's Red to Black, then you will no doubt have been looking forward to the sequel - Moscow Sting. The premise is straight out of James Bond 007 territory, only with less overt shooting and no discernable car chases. But at least there is the beautiful Russian defector, ex-KGB Colonel, Anna. What would a spy novel be without one of those?

Anna's in a world of trouble. Not only has her lover, husband and father of her child, Finn, met an untimely death at the hands of the Russians; but she is now being hunted by nearly every major power in the world. Anna, it would seem, is the only one who can identify Mikhail, an extremely valuable asset. It's a plot that has plenty of scope, but can it deliver?

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The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

May 2010 saw the release of the much anticipated English translation of the phenomenon that is Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Accomplishing something that few international authors do, Zafon has breeched our shores and made himself at home on our bookshelves - and not without reason (or considerable effort).

Prince of Mist was Zafon's debut novel. Essentially a children's title, he always envisaged it to be a book that would appeal to all ages willing to immerse themselves in a good old story.

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