Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Review: How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss

Title: How Not To Disappear
Author: Clare Furniss
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 416
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

How Not To Disappear
Our memories are what make us who we are. Some are real. Some are made up. But they are the stories that tell us who we are. Without them we are nobody.

Hattie's summer isn't going as planned. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to 'find himself" and Kat is in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with endless drama around her mum's wedding. Oh, and she's also just discovered that she's pregnant with Reuben's baby…Then Gloria, Hattie's great-aunt who no one even knew existed, comes crashing into her life. Gloria's fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling and is in the early stages of dementia. Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery - Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are erased from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future…...

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Review: Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward

Title: Lover Eternal
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #2
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: Piatkus
Pages: 480
Genres: Paranormal Romance

Lover Eternal

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast, Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood...

Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover - for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships, is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage's protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. Her faith in miracles was lost years ago. But when Rhage's intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Review: Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

Title: Dark Lover
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: Piatkus
Pages: 480
Genres: Paranormal Romance

Dark Lover

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There also exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Among them, none relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood...

The only pure-bred vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed - orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate - Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead...

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn't there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both...

Friday, 26 August 2016

Review: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Title: The Psychopath Test
Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Picador
Pages: 304
Genres: Non-fiction

The Psychopath Test
What if society wasn’t fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness.

Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything...

Monday, 22 August 2016

Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Title: The Silkworm
Series: Cormoran Strike #2
Author: Robert Galbraith
Publisher: Sphere
Pages: 580
Genres: Mystery, General

The Silkworm

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .

Friday, 19 August 2016

Review: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Title: Tuck Everlasting
Author: Natalie Babbitt
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Pages: 144
Genres: Childrens, Classics

Tuck Everlasting
Doomed to - or blessed with - eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten year old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks kidnap her and explain why living forever at one age is less than a blessing that it might seem.

Review: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Title: The Snow Child
Author: Eowyn Ivey
Publisher: Tinder Press
Pages: 448
Genres: Fabulist

The Snow Child
Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding: is she what she seems, and can they find room in their hearts for her?

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Review: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Title: Into the Wild
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Anchor Books
Pages: 240
Genres: Non-Fiction, Narrative

Into the Wild
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Review: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Title: A Study in Scarlet
Series: Sherlock Holmes #1
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 176
Genres: Classics, Mystery

A Study in Scarlet

'There's a scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.'

From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody violence and frightening ingenuity of the criminal mind.

In A Study in Scarlet, Holmes and Watson's first mystery, the pair are summoned to a south London house where they find a dead man whose contorted face is a twisted mask of horror. The body is unmarked by violence but on the wall a mysterious word has been written in blood.

The police are baffled by the crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge..

Monday, 15 August 2016

Review: Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu

Title: Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening
Series: Monstress (Collected Editions) #1
Written By: Marjorie Liu
Art by: Sana Takeda
Publisher: Image
Pages: 192
Genres: Comics, Fantasy

Monstress, Vol. 1

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both. Collects MONSTRESS #1-6.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Review: The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans

Title: The Butterfly Summer
Author: Harriet Evans
Publisher: Headline Review
Pages: 448
Genres: Family Saga, Women's Fiction
Source: ARC

The Butterfly Summer
What magic is this?

You follow the hidden creek towards a long-forgotten house.

They call it Keepsake, a place full of wonder ... and danger. Locked inside the crumbling elegance of its walls lies the story of the Butterfly Summer, a story you've been waiting all your life to hear.

This house is Nina Parr's birthright. It holds the truth about her family - and a chance to put everything right at last.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Review: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Title: Dear Amy
Author: Helen Callaghan
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 348
Genres: Psychological Thriller
Source: ARC

The Wolf Road
In her guise as 'Dear Amy', agony aunt for a local newspaper, Margot Lewis has dealt with all sorts of letters - but never one like this...

Dear Amy, I've been kidnapped by a strange man. I don't know where I am. Please help me, Bethan Avery

This must be a cruel hoax. Because Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades.

But as the present-day search intensifies for another missing schoolgirl, Margot is unnerved enough to take the letter to the police, hoping they will dismiss it as a sick joke.

Instead, they let Margot in on a little secret. One that confirms her darkest fears and tangles her up in the search for the sender, which could save one young girl's life and cost Margot her own...

Monday, 8 August 2016

Review: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Title: The Wolf Road
Author: Beth Lewis
Publisher: The Borough Press
Pages: 400
Genres: Post-Apolcalyptic, Sci-fi
Source: ARC

The Wolf Road
Since the Damn Stupid turned the clock back on civilization by centuries, the world has been a harsher place. But Elka has learned everything she needs to survive from the man she calls Trapper, the solitary hunter who took her in when she was just seven years old.

So when Elka sees the Wanted poster in town, her simple existence is shattered. Her Trapper Kreagar Hallet is wanted for murder. Even worse, Magistrate Lyon is hot on his trail, and she wants to talk to Elka.

Elka flees into the vast wilderness, determined to find her true parents. But Lyon is never far behind and she’s not the only one following Elka’s every move. There will be a reckoning, one that will push friendships to the limit and force Elka to confront the dark memories of her past.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Rock the Boat
Pages: 608
Genres: Young Adult, Science-Fiction

Illuminae

The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the space ships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ships protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on.

As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth its clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents, Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about the price of truth and the courage of everyday heroes.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Review: Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice by John Layman

Title: Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice
Series: Chew (Collected Editions) #1
Written By: John Layman
Art by: Rob Guillory
Publisher: Image
Pages: 128
Genres: Comics

Chew, Vol. 1

Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He's been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases. Collects CHEW #1-5.

Review: Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe

Title: Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery
Series: Rat Queens (Collected Editions) #1
Written By: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art by:  Roc Upchurch
Publisher: Image
Pages: 128
Genres: Comics, Fantasy

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery

Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit. It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

Monday, 1 August 2016

Review: Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

Title: Nina is Not OK
Author: Shappi Khorsandi
Publisher: Ebury Press
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Netgalley

 Nina is Not OK
Nina does not have a drinking problem. She likes a drink, sure. But what 17-year-old doesn’t?

Nina’s mum isn’t so sure. But she’s busy with her new husband and five year old Katie. And Nina’s almost an adult after all.

And if Nina sometimes wakes up with little memory of what happened the night before, then her friends are all too happy to fill in the blanks. Nina’s drunken exploits are the stuff of college legend.

But then one dark Sunday morning, even her friends can’t help piece together Saturday night. All Nina feels is a deep sense of shame, that something very bad has happened to her…