The Passage by Justin Cronin

If you haven’t heard of The Passage by Justin Cronin, check this out.

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Room…

further to yesterdays blog I have found some other great accolades for Emma Donoghue’s Room, check out these twitter results

P.S. I also stayed up half the night trying to finish it…

Room by Emma Donoghue

I have just started Room by Emma Donoghue, she is an author who I have not heard of before however so far I am really enjoying its unique narrative and the well research concept.

Room is the story of a 5-year-old boy and his Mum who are held captive in a room (think Josef Fritzl). The book is narrated by Jack they five-year old boy who was born in the 12 x 12 foot room (fathered by their captor) and has never left. It examines the issues he has with trying to figure out what is happening in the ‘space’ outside the room and how other things such as cars and people (but not Dora) exist in places other than just the T.V.

I am looking forward to seeing where this story takes me and perhaps investigating some more of Donoghues works. I’ll let you know how it goes…

In the meantime here is an interview with Emma Donpghue about the book

You can also check out Emma’s Webpage here  www.emmadonoghue.com

Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

I have just finished Beautiful Malice (Rebecca James). This book captured the media’s attention after it sparked an international bidding war for its publishing rights. This book is targeted at the young adult/ adult cross over market (think twilight) and possibly for this reason I found it really easy to read.
This gripping psychological thrill is James’s debut novel and examines grief, friendship and love with some interesting twists. It follows Katherine Patterson, a 16 years old girl who is trying to escape the  realities of her sisters murder by moving cities and changing her name. Katherine, to her surprise, quickly becomes close friends with Alice, who has other motives for their relationship apart from friendship.
I flew through this novel, and enjoyed the simplicity of the writing. I would recommend this to anyone wanting an easy to read but gripping thriller.

Beautiful Malice Cover

Precious (originally titled Push) by Sapphire

Precious (originally titled Push) by Sapphire is set in the 1980s in Harlem, America. The story has just reached movie theatres here and is getting rave reviews. As with most books I decided that it was probably better to read the book than watch the movie.

This book is set in Harlem, America in the 1980’s and is the story of Precious, a young African-American girl. The story captures your attention right from the start with Precious reflecting on when she was 12 and was pregnant with her father’s child. The book continues as precious shares her life story as well as the stories of those around her. There is some pretty horrific scenes (rapes and beatings) and there was many times i was just completely shocked at what happened.

The book ends very abruptly without the typical fairytale ending which is very fitting to the story line however I wish it could have elaborated a little more on what happened. This book is shocking, horrific and at times very raw and hard to read (it does do justice to the story) but it is an incredible story and well worth the read.

Hunting Blind by Paddy Richardson

I am a slow reader, it takes me about a month (or two) to read a book. Hunting Blind however I finished in a week. It probably helps that this thriller is set in my home town which makes the events that unfold and the eventual resolution even more chilling.

The novel starts out like most thrillers. A ‘normal’ town with ‘average’ people until something sinister occurs. I will not spoil the story but the plot unfolds in a unique manner with lots of twists (although some a little predictable) a little romance and an interesting ending which will make you wonder… ‘What would I do in that situation?’  Overall an enjoying read

Hunting Blind

Hunting Blind

About the Author:

Paddy Richardson has written two collections of short stories, Choices and If We Were Lebanese, many of which have been broadcast on Radio New Zealand. Richardson’s work has also been highly commended in the Katherine Mansfield and Sunday Star-Times awards. Her first novel, The Company of a Daughter, was written during her year as the Burns Fellow at Otago University, Dunedin, 1997, and Penguin published her second novel, A Year to Learn a Woman, in 2008. Paddy lives in Dunedin, where she writes and teaches part-time courses in creative writing.

Recipe for Life by Nicky Pellegrino

We have just received an advanced copy of Nicky Pellegrino’s latest book Recipe for Life. Although I have not managed to get my hands on it yet the girls in the shop who have read it tell me it makes them want to go to Italy and just eat; they absolutely loved it. If you loved Italian Wedding, or the Gypsy Tearooms keep an eye out for Recipe for life due out around March.

FYI here is the publishers blurb:

Escape to Italy with this sumptuous story of secrets and friendships under Mediterranean skies.

A recipe for life should be a simple thing: love and happiness, family, friends and a little food. But life is rarely straightforward…

Alice wants to make the most of life – after all, she knows how fragile it can be – and knows she never feels more alive than when she’s cooking.

Babetta has spent a lifetime tending the garden of her tiny house on the Italian coast. Growing food to feed a family now grown and gone.

One summer these two women are brought together in a crumbling Mediterranean villa, with the shared language of food and the soil they grow it from. There, under the heat of the Italian sun, or the shade of the pomegranate tree, secrets will be spoken, fears and hopes shared. But life’s lessons are not learnt easily.

RECIPE FOR LIFE is a novel about discovering how life never stops surprising us, and about how, with a little love and courage, its flavours can be richer than we ever imagined.

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