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Publisher Pet Peeve: “Goodreads” Reviews

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This is something that’s been around a while and that has equally annoyed me for the time it’s been around (I had hoped it would go away with time – it hasn’t) but I recently got a couple of emails where this had been done and I thought I’d finally write something about it, because I haven’t seen anyone else mention it. What I’m talking about is when publishers quote a review of a book on their publicity material and simply credit it as “Goodreads” or “Goodreads review”. Sometimes, they even venture into “Amazon review”, but either way: I’m not sure it’s right, and I’m almost certain that it’s just laziness on their part. It’s not accurate, either: Goodreads doesn’t actually “write” any reviews. They’re just an aggregator site. And sure, when you post any of your stuff you agree to these terms: “By posting any User Content on the Service, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have a right to grant, to Goodreads a royalty-free, Continue reading


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Sand by Hugh Howey UK cover

Checkout the end of this review to find out how to enter the giveaway! Howey has quickly cemented himself as one of the best young adult fiction writers currently around thanks to the critical success of his Wool trilogy. Sand is his latest novel since then and marks him out as a truly talented author capable of crafting both great stories and wonderful characters. ‘This is the hiss of life,’ he said. The flame ducked and spattered as the water hit, and then leapt back up. ‘Our lives are the sweat on the desert floor. We go to the sky, over the jagged ridge, and we fall in the heavens where it rains and floods.’ What struck me immediately about Sand is that Howey’s prose is elemental. Like all great writers, the landscape becomes a character in itself. Under the harsh sun Howey’s visions of dry, dusty deserts frequented by sand-divers is exciting and vivid, and imagining them comes with ease as you almost feel the grains of sand falling Continue reading

We Were Liars

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We Were Liars by E.Lockhart cover

E. Lockhart’s much-anticipated, much-hyped We Were Liars is a bit like an Agatha Christie detective novel, in which the crime slowly gets recounted until, finally, everyone understands. Except, in this case, the crime is a tragedy that befalls the prodigious and in-fighting Sinclair family; and Cadence cannot remember what happened. The truth of the tragedy lurks in the foggy recesses of her mind, but since waking up hypothermic on the beach of their private island, all recollection of what drove her there has vanished. What struck me about We Were Liars was the juxtaposition of the physical freedom and mental claustrophobia Cadence’s narrative conveys. Spending every summer on their island, the Sinclair kids have pretty much all the freedom they could ask for, roaming from house to house and beach to beach. Yet when it comes to matters of the heart, the family is secretive, false and emotionally claustrophobic; a family of pretences. The dichotomy between the two manifests itself in Lockhart’s wonderfully lyrical and intense prose, which both feels Continue reading


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Messenger of Fear cover reveal

  If you’re a fan of Michael Grant and his books, you’ll no doubt be excited for his latest series, MESSENGER OF FEAR. Are you afraid? Not nearly afraid enough….here’s the official blurb: “I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself. And then the games began. Think you know the meaning of suspense? Think again… The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear. But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out…” To celebrate the revelation of the cover (LEFT – isn’t it beautiful?) Michael Grant has also answered one question on each and every one of the participating blogs… What is the Continue reading

Panem Today, Panem Tomorrow, Panem Forever: The Mockingjay Teaser Trailer

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Mockingjay Teaser Trailer

Personally, The Hunger Games film franchises is one of my favourites: it’s just so brilliant (okay, so there are a few disappointing moments but thankfully these are really quite minor) and in my opinion surpasses the books. One of my favourite things about the films has been their viral marketing campaign, which has seen websites such as Capital Couture go up. It’s all very immersive and that’s what’s so fab about the new Mockingjay teaser trailer too, in the form of a Capitol address by none other than President Snow himself! Obviously there might be quite a shocking revelation in that for those who haven’t read the books – and I won’t spoil anymore – but it’s all very exciting! Panem Today, Panem Tomorrow, Panem Forever. What do you think of the Mockingjay teaser trailer?