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Any One Book: Dust by Hugh Howey

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I am so sorry that I’m late with this one, NaNoWriMo distracted me quite a bit. I had actually planned on keeping you updated with my progress for that last month, but I guess I never managed to get round to it. I finished my first ever NaNo year on the 26th and it was very tough but also very rewarding (although it is fair to say that while I made it to 50,000 words my novel is far from done).

Unfortunately the delay in actually getting this review up means that there is no time for a vote and so I’ve already chosen the book for this month. I shall be announcing it tomorrow evening.

Anyway, enough of the catch up, you want to know about Dust. Well, what can I say, it was amazing. It had so much to live up to and it managed it all. It was thrilling, gripping and ruthless. Hugh Howey did not relent and at times it was difficult to see how the characters would ever be able to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading

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Voting Round Two

After running it last month I’ve decided to keep going with the voting for Any One Book….Although I appear to have started reading one of last month’s entries any way (The Rook, it’s quite clever)!

Again, I’m going to list three books below with their blurb and add a poll at the bottom so you can vote for which one you want to be next month’s Any One Book. Hopefully you enjoy the selection I am putting before you. Continue reading


Voting for the Next Any One Book

I thought I might try a new system for Any One Book, since I have many books on my shelf.

I’m going to leave the decision for the next Any One Book up tp you guys. Below you will find a list of three books, complete with their blurbs and an image, and whichever has the most votes by the 4 October will be revealed the next day as our next book. Feel free to vote for whatever reasons you want, if you’ve read it before and want to see what I think, if you haven’t read it and you want to read along, or simply because you like the look of the cover (despite that old saying), just make sure you leave a comment or click one of the choices in the poll below. Continue reading


The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

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Well that was a brilliant book.

Yes, I admit I had not heard of this book before all the news coverage and the mystery that unfolded via the media, and yes I admit that I’ve not been particularly interested in crime novels. That was until JK Rowling fulfilled her dream of writing a crime book.

I think everyone knows what this book is supposed to be about, but I’ll just refresh your memory. It follows Cormoran Strike, a veteran soldier turned private detective who has fallen on hard times. His financial situation means that his business is on the brink of failure and with the recent split from his fiance his only refuge is a camp bed in his office. Then in comes Robin Ellacott, a bright, intuitive temp who’s been assigned to Strike’s office for a week. Thus starts a tentative friendship and a blossoming professional partnership. Continue reading


Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Yep, I found the first one that satisfying that I moved straight onto the second. It was a good sequel and remained just as entertaining as its predecessor, neither worsening or improving. So far, it seems that this is a very consistent series.

Beautiful Darkness follows in the aftermath of Lena’s birthday. She and Ethan are trying to come to terms with a loss and Lena is still freaking out about whether she’ll turn light or dark. She starts pulling away from Ethan, who doesn’t entirely understand the events that unfolded on her birthday. With Lena’s coldness he is left to figure things out on his own, which becomes that bit more difficult when Liv arrives in town. Continue reading


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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I stayed away from this because it seemed a bit too much like Twilight. but then on one dull Sunday morning, I popped over to Blockbuster and decided to rent the film out simply because Emma Thompson playing the baddie intrigued me. Once it had finished I was pleasantly surprised, it didn’t seem that much like Twilight, so perhaps it would be worth my time.

So I bought the book and began reading it. The story follows Ethan Wate who lives in Gatlin County, a town in which nothing happens and nothing changes. That is, of course, until Lena Duchannes comes to town. She and Ethan have a strange connection where they share the same dreams and start kelting with each other. All of a sudden, Gatlin has become unrecognisable. Continue reading


Shift by Hugh Howey

Be careful of spoilers!

I told you to keep an eye out for this review. Bah this series is so addictive and the final instalment comes out in October!

It was just as good as Wool, which is a hard thing to achieve as that was a brilliant series opener. This book doesn’t follow Juliette or Lukas, instead it follows and unassuming man called Donald in a world before the Silo. It’s a sort of prequel that finishes where Wool left off and it helps to understand this series so much more. I mean, I thought I understood Wool but I really had no idea until I read Shift. Continue reading


The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

Yes, it’s the final instalment of the Darkness Rising books, meaning Kelley Armstrong has tied off the last of the stories set in the Women of the Otherworld universe. Funnily enough I didn’t realise this book was coming out until the day of its release, which marked a quick dash from work to the nearest Waterstones before it closed for the day, and lead to  my nose eagerly pressed against the pages as I re-aquainted myself with Maya and her group of fugitives. Continue reading


Any One Book: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

As soon as I heard this book was coming out I was always going to review it and I was always going to start that review by saying I would forget about Harry Potter and review it without the boy wizard in mind.

Except, I don’t need to. I don’t need to forget that J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in  order to give this book a fair review because in all honesty (and let’s be honest, relief) this novel stands on its own two feet.

I know that a lot of people aren’t clear on the details of the book because not much was released until recently but it truly is an adult novel. It features drugs, rape, domestic abuse, prostitution, self-harming, racism, mental illness and is also full to the brim of arrogant and spiteful characters.

It’s set in the idyllic location of Pagford, nestled in the countryside overlooked by a ruined abbey and bordered by a river. It neighbours Yarvil which all the teenagers love and the elderly dislike. It starts with the death of Pagford Parish councillor Barry Fairbrother whose untimely demise leaves a gaping hole in the small town, and whether the locals know it or not, they are being drawn into the chaos that resides within. Continue reading


Happy Casual Vacancy Day

Yes, it’s finally here!

Five years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling will be launching a new book.

But it’s not just any book, it’s one that’s so far from Potter that it’s almost unbelievable it’s by the same author.

Over the past few days more details have been revealed. It’s not a fantasy or anything supernatural, it’s not a crime, mystery or thriller novel. In fact it’s hard to say exactly what it is. Rowling herself said that if it was to be summed up in a question it would be ‘what do we do with Krystal?’ yet what we do know is that this is NOT a book for children. Continue reading