Monthly Archives: June 2016

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT DARKROOM by Mary Maddox @Dreambeast7 #Thriller

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Today’s team review is from Alastair, he blogs here

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Alastair has been reading Darkroom by Mary Maddox


Four Stars – Tight as a drum crime thriller, sharply drawn characters.

Who knew Colorado was the home of so many art-lovers? Not me, that’s for sure, but Mary’s richly detailed page-turner soon drew me into a netherworld of shady drug-dealers, twisted nightclub owners and wealthy swingers.

Maddox handles the plot extremely well, with a slowburn start that soon gathers speed, as the body count and crime reports stack up. It’s a complex story set against the usually dull world of museums and galleries, but very well told, with some wonderful action scenes that really grabbed my attention. The baddies are, in general, a slimy, devious bunch and Maddox peppers the story with little asides that colour their flawed characters, and make them more believable because of the damage in their past…

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The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon

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The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon
28th June 2016, 263 pages, 4/5 stars

Thanks to Booktopia for the review copy!

IMG_5351.jpgThis story is important. The Bone Sparrow tells the story of Subhi, a ten-year-old refugee in an Australian permanent detention centre. Born in the centre after his mother fled violence in her homeland, Subhi has known no other life.

Life inside the detention centre is vividly created. Seeing it through the eyes of a child makes the setting and the story that much more poignant. Subhi makes the most of things, enjoying his childhood as much as he is able. But there are major issues lurking. Subhi’s Mum has fallen into depression, barely acknowledging her children, staring at the wall day in and day out. Subhi’s older sister, Queeny, is being forced to grow up too quickly. There is tension brewing in the men’s compound.

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With Malice

From Jen's Bookshelf


So this was a book I saw into someone’s Instagram account. The cover and title caught my attention so I researched the book and the description sold it. I knew I needed the book. Unfortunately, I had to wait a few days for it to be sold in stores. But you bet your bottom dollar that when that Tuesday came I was at the book store purchasing the book. Fun fact for all you reading this blog new books are typically released on Tuesdays. So if you are looking for newly released books Tuesdays are the day to go to the bookstore. Also Instagram is really a great way to get book recommendations!

With Malice by Eileen Cook is told from the perspective of Jill Charron right after she wakes up in a hospital bed with no idea how she got there. She is then informed that she had been…

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Book Review: A Tale For The Time Being

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A Tale For The Time Being.

Author: Ruth Ozeki

Publisher: Cannongate Books Ltd

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction

Pages: 432

Summary: Within the pages of this books lies the diary of a girl called Nao. Riding the waves of a tsunami, it is making its way across the ocean. It will change the life of the person who finds it. It might just change yours, too.

This book is one that will stay with you long after you read it. Told in two different perspectives, across two different continents it is cleverly woven and had me hooked from the first sentence.

Ruth finds a lunchbox washed up on the shore of the Canadian coast. Inside she finds a diary, among other things, written by Japanese school girl, Nao, and is sucked into the mystery of her life and where she is now.

This isn’t a book I normally would’ve picked up…

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Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin


I happened upon this book at the library one afternoon. I stopped in to pick up a couple of requests that were waiting for me, and this book caught my eye as I breezed past the New Reads section. The cover was intriguing with a silhouette of books and a baby in a basket. The title was also intriguing…The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. Clearly, books played an important role in this story. I went to check the book out only to have the librarian look at the cover and say to me, “This was interesting. It was different. I enjoyed it.” Interesting, different, and enjoyable…I was hooked already! I started reading the book the following day and couldn’t put it down. I finished it in two days, and yes, I also found it to be interesting, different, and enjoyable.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is about…you guessed…

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Book Review-Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

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So, for my first ‘book review’ for this blog I’ve decided to compile for you all a little pro’s and con’s list about my thoughts on Claudia Grays, Ten Thousand Skies Above You.

The book is the second in the Firebird trilogy-a series of books about a girl who basically travels to alternate dimensions and of course-all the troubles that follow with that-especially, boy troubles.


The first pro of this book is the cover artwork (hardly as important as the content), but I found it extremely aesthetically pleasing and it’s part of the reason I started reading the series. (Here’s a link to an interview with the lead designer, if you’re interested).

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Look at those gorgeous colors!


It does a good job of creating questions rather than providing answers. Obviously the sci-fi element in this novel isn’t the most important aspect or the book would have made more…

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Book Review – “In a Dark, Dark Wood” by Ruth Ware

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Blog Tour: Gol + Interview

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377b8249-a3b5-4877-a1ad-b5f65cf2177bAuthor: J.W. Webb

Genre: Fantasy


Gol. A continent on the brink of destruction. Once a mighty kingdom, now six provinces torn apart by treacherous barons. In one province two young lovers strive to stay together when all else prises them apart. Lissane and Erun must survive to guide their people through the coming storm. The odds are stacked against them. Erun, dreamer and fool, is chosen for a dark path. Whilst Lissane is given away by her father
the baron to wed the brutal son of a rival ruler.
Meanwhile, at the far side of the world a sorcerer has freed the fire demon, Ashmali, setting off a chain of events that could ultimately bring about Gol’s long foretold ruin. Caught between rising seas, civil war, and approaching fire the continent’s time is fast running out. Gol features beautiful sketches and maps by Tolkien illustrator, Roger Garland. It opens the doors on a new epic…

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The Follow by Paul Grzegorzek ▫ Review

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The (Very) Dark Side of London’s Art Scene

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It’s no secret that I cannot resist a good thriller. So, when I was perusing theSkimm during a lull at work and the girls were touting L.S. Hilton’s Maestra as “The Talented Mr. Ripley Meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” you better believe I pre-ordered.

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