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.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010


As we're sure you are aware, it is that time of year again when schools are out and everyone dashes off to hotter climates and we're no exception!

The TTAB main website will not be updated from 22 July until 1st September 2010.
What this means to you is:
  • The winner of our current (July) Readers' Choice will not be notified until September and therefore will have a delay in getting their book,
  • No new reviews will be loaded onto the website,
  • The August Readers' Choice competition will go ahead as usual,
  • There will be NO Readers' Choice comp for September
And that's it really...

Wishing everyone and our members a happy summer!  Oh, and remember, we have left you with our selection of tasty summer reads - because we're considerate like that!

Saturday, 3 July 2010

The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

As Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief hit our cinema screens; Riordan had already moved on... done with capturing the excitement and exhilaration of being half human, half God - he's also opted out of the Greek stakes in favour of all things Egyptian.

In this, the first installment of The Kane Chronicles, Riordan blasts our senses with an incredible plot line, bags of action, tons of magic and a veritable feast of wonderfully memorable characters.  If you liked Percy Jackson - you will love The Kane Chronicles!

Read the review of Rick Riordan's latest book >>