What: Book Talk and Signing.
Who: Cassandra Clare
Charing Cross Rd
When: 26th October 2011
Why: To Promote City of Fallen Angels,the forth book in the Mortal Instruments series.
The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power.Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And-most important of all-Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering the shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side-along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re all willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls-neither of whom knows about the other.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of the mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves.Even Jace.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
|Foyles, Charing Cross Rd, London|
I can’t let the opportunity pass without commenting on my first visit to the spiritual home of UK book bloggers. With the help of the Foyles very useable website and only one slight detour the wrong way around some serious looking tube improvements, I managed to find the flagship Charing Cross Rd store. I wandered throughout the rabbit warren of book shelves, my eyes alighting on gorgeous cover after gorgeous cover, the need to touch, examine and smell the many fantastic books on offer undeniable. If like me you have a thing for signed books, you will be interested to know that I spotted at least half a dozen autographed lovelies in the Young Adult department alone!
|Lynsey and Casey!|
Quirky jobs, wacky friends, hot crushes, and an unraveling marriage are all part of this darkly funny novel describing 45 year-old newlywed Wendy Sinclair’s life in Las Vegas after she impulsively decides to stay following a bizarre girls’ weekend in 2005.
This is a fairly light read and may appeal to those who love their Chick-Lit! It didn’t really hit the spot for me however. The story begins when Wendy leaves her husband of three months to have a girlie long weekend in Las Vegas, I initially enjoyed the author’s descriptions of the city and the fun filled girlie times. She’s lost a great job, she has chameleons in her bedroom and her newly married life isn’t turning out the way she expected. She’s hurt and confused and needs the break. So she heads to Las Vegas for a five day break with her friend Paula. There wasn’t much in the way of emotional support or wise counsel from Paula though. It was really about the shopping!
After a while I began get a bit bored of the shopping/spa treatment/dining routine. They were clearly very rich but it all got a little tedious for me. After Wendy makes a u turn in the departures lounge, deciding to stay in Vegas, rather than return to her husband in Houston, as she couldn’t face going back, I’d already had enough of Vegas! There were too many long, detailed explanations of the city and the casinos, dining experiences and shopping. The author clearly knows Las Vegas well and loves it, but for me it was too much detail.
Wendy, over the course of the next year or so gets work as a designer, does a stint as a showgirl, meets a couple of guys that she is romantically interested in and all the while expects her husband to understand and be happy with her choices. I really felt for Roger, the guy was incredibly patient! Wendy agonises over her decisions from time to time, but still manages to justify what she is doing and carry on her merry way.
I was looking forward to reading about Wendy, who is in her mid-forties and how she dealt with her struggles and how those affected her life and relationships. But in the end I found that I didn’t like Wendy very much at all, finding her selfish and shallow. I found myself skimming pages towards the end, in order to get there quicker. I wanted to find out what Wendy finally decided and what happened, but I found the ending frustrating.
On the positive side there were some humorous moments and even though I felt there was too much ‘Vegas’ info and found it way too much as filler, it did make me want to visit Las Vegas one day. It does sound fun! As I said at the beginning though, this is just my own opinion, and I do normally enjoy chick-lit, but I didn’t like the characters in this story.
Verdict: This may be for some, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.
Reviewed by Lesley
Mouse is too quiet to join in all the party fun! How can he find his voice, and make his friends take notice of him?
This book is filled with bright, funny and action packed illustrations, with the added bonus of a cute finger puppet for the reader to get snip snapping with their fingers, and giving a great 3D dimension to the story!
Quiet as a Mouse is the story of a little mouse that is so quiet and timid he keeps getting left out of all the party fun his friends are having.He desperately wants to join in but just can’t get anyone to hear him.
When a big cat threatens to spoil the party fun, Mouse surprises himself as he finds his voice and ‘roars’ the cat away, leaving all his friends in awe of his new found bravery!
This is a brilliant interactive picture book providing great entertainment as well as a ‘feel good’ story about a cute character! The illustrations are bright and colourful promoting great discussions about the actions of the mice on each page.
Verdict: A great, fun book with an interactive finger puppet that is sure to delight adults and children alike as they follow Mouse on his adventure.
Reviewed by Jane
Each month we use our FRUGAL FICTION post look to at different ways to make the most of your money and get more books for your buck! We take £8.00, an average RRP for a paperback, and see how much literature we can get for our money.
Since having my children I have picked up the odd bargain for them too, a book of fairy tales, some picture books, old annuals. They have been good, but it is worth flicking through and making sure the books are in good condition, there are often some with drawing in, flaps missing in pop up books and so on.
Unfortunately I have been unwell for the last two weeks and not got out there with my £8! However I can tell you I am planning on looking for some Alastair McCall-Smith books, a Tess Gerritson and maybe a Jodi Picoult or a Marian Keyes.
If I were to shop on line I have seen:
Small Island by Andrea Levy £2.99; The Bleachers by John Gresham £2.99 and The Other Hand by Chis Cleave £2.99.
This would take me slightly over budget, but these are all books I really want, so maybe that’s ok!
Welcome to high school high society hell.
As if senior year at Weatherford Preparatory School wasn’t hard enough, sixteen year old Alexis Bardolph had to add school outcast to the curriculum.
A new found notoriety following a family scandal, her lacrosse star boy-friend dumping her for a former BFF and a string of perpetually bad hair days were among the many things going wrong in her already turbulent teenage life.
But when the haunting nightmares that have plagued her since childhood begin to take an eerily tangible form and several Holler Creek residents are reported missing, Alexis can’t help but wonder if there isn’t more to her hellish dreams than meets the eye.
The unexpected arrival of a mysterious and dangerously handsome new student ultimately leads Alexis to troubling truths that not even her wildest imagination could have conjured.
The first book in the Bloodlines series, by debut author J.D. Thomason, Silver and Bone is told from the first person perspective of Alexis. Following a horrific family tragedy, the former prom queen, has become a social outcast. Her isolation is so complete that even her family avoid spending time with her. Enter Lucas, the mysterious new boy with his own closet full of skeletons.
Despite the gorgeous north Devon scenery and my daughter’s constant demands for swimming to distract me, I managed to devour Silver and Stone over two days of my wet English summer holiday. My attention was caught immediately by the vivid dream sequences and I was gripped by the need to unravel the many mysteries.
For me the best part of a romance follows that initial spark of instant attraction and over whelming connection. I love to savour the getting to know you stage, the flutter in your tummy as you experience the relationship firsts alongside the protagonists, the sparks of electricity at the first touch, the first kiss and the first declarations of love.
I initially felt frustrated at the speed at which the relationship between Alexis and Lucas developed. However as the story progressed and the plot was revealed I found myself immersed in the relationship and accepting the couple.
The start of a new series, JD Thomason manages to conclude the story without the aid of an excruciating cliff hanger to hook you. While all of the big questions are answered in a satisfactory conclusion I was left with the desire further explore Alexis and Lucas’ world and I can’t wait to find out the answers to some of the sub plots.
Sliver and Stone is currently available on kindle for the amazing price of just 86p! and there are plans for release in paperback before Christmas.
Verdict: While the format and content will be familiar to fans of paranormal romance this is an enjoyable and engaging debut. I look forward to the next instalment.
Reviewed by Caroline
Young readers will delight in searching for Hippo, Snake, Tortoise, Toucan, and the other animal friends concealed on each colorful flip-the-flap page. Color illustrations.
My newly started pre-schooler chose this book from the pre-school library. Joshua is enjoying learning about different animals at the moment and naming them all, the minute he saw the frog on the front cover and was able to articulate ‘It’s a frog on a beach!’ the decision was made.
This is a very simple and enjoyable read. ‘Frog’ introduces himself and explains he is playing hide and seek but can’t see his friends. On each page there is a smaller page (flap) to turn and the hidden animal with whom he is playing is revealed.
My pre-schooler studied each page intently looking for the hidden animals and loved turning the flap with a loud ‘Boo!’ as the animal’s hiding place was revealed. Each page and hiding spot is in a different part of the jungle – the forest, the beach, by the waterfall and Joshua and I ended up having a great conversation about where different animals live. It’s a short read, but a fun one and Joshua has ‘read’ it several times during the week or so that we’ve been borrowing it. The text is repetitive but that’s great for little ones who love to repeat and anticipate what’s coming next.
Verdict: A simply written and fun book which has been thoroughly enjoyed by Joshua and I. I have a feeling that this won’t be the last time this book will be borrowed!
Reviewed by Lesley
As book lovers we often find that our eyes are too big for our bookshelves! So once a month we join the ladies at Book Chick City and take part in their meme ON MY WISH LIST where we post about some of the books we are keen to get our hands on whether they be old books, newly released or those yet to be published.
Harvesting The Heart by Jodi Picoult
A young woman who was abandoned by her mother when she was 5, left her father behind in Chicago to pursure art school. She marries an ambitious doctor and soon becomes a mother herself. She cannot forget her mother’s absence and the shameful memories of her past, which make her doubt herself. Out of Paige’s struggle to find wholeness, Jodi crafts an absorbing novel that explores issues and emotions we can all relate to.
Twitchhiker – How One Man Travelled The World by Paul Smith