Month: May 2015

Review: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter

Posted May 26, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter

I received this book for free from Netgalley/ the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter Series: Standalone Published by: Sphere on 21st May 2015 Genres: Chick-lit; Fiction; Romance; Paranormal Pages: 400 Format: E-arc / paperback Source: Netgalley/publisher Rating: **** About: Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you’re dead. When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world’s worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she’s actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she’s still here. Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . . In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter’s afterlife, she shares the […]

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

Posted May 22, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin Series: Standalone Published by: Abacus on 21st May 2015 Genres: Contemporary;  Fiction Pages: 260 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: **** About: Hanging over the porch of the tiny New England bookstore called Island Books is a faded sign with the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A.J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means. A.J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A.J. the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals […]

Review: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North

Posted May 20, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North Series: Standalone Published by: W&N on 19th May 2015 Genres: Contemporary; Fiction Pages: 288 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: *** About: Gripping and provocative, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark tells a story of fame, love, and legacy through the propulsive rise of an iconoclastic artist. “It’s hard for me to talk about love. I think movies are the way I do that,” says Sophie Stark, a visionary and unapologetic filmmaker. She uses stories from the lives of those around her—her obsession, her girlfriend, and her husband—to create movies that bring her critical recognition and acclaim. But as her career explodes, Sophie’s unwavering dedication to her art leads to the shattering betrayal of the people she loves most. Told in a chorus of voices belonging to those who knew her best, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is an intimate portrait of an elusive woman whose monumental talent and relentless pursuit of truth reveal the cost of producing great art, both for the artist and for the people around her. Review: The first thing […]

Guest Post: Q&A with Katherine Clemants, author of The Silvered Heart

Guest Post: Q&A with Katherine Clemants, author of The Silvered Heart

Today I am delighted to be part of the Blog Tour for The Silvered Heart by Katherine Clements.  This is a book that I am so excited to read, I loved Katherine’s first book, The Crimson Ribbon, so much that I sure this is going to be equally good and perhaps even better. At the moment I haven’t had a chance to sit down and enjoy a book properly as it is bang in the middle of exam season. Boo! But back to The Silvered Heart, which is about an infamous highwaywoman. Below Katherine has kindly answered the questions I sent her, in lots of detail and, without giving too much away (I will try to be more sneaky next time!). What drew you to Katherine Ferrers? Because (and this may be a terrible thing to admit) but I have never heard of her, she seems quite an intriguing lady. You may not have heard of Katherine Ferrers, but you may have heard of legendary 17th century highwaywoman, ‘The Wicked Lady’. Her story has inspired a number of novels and films. The most well known is a 1945 box office hit of the same name, starring James Mason and Margaret Lockwood. […]

Review: Joe All Alone by Joanna Nadin

Review: Joe All Alone by Joanna Nadin

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Joe All Alone by Joanna Nadin Series: Standalone Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 7th May 2015 Genres: Contemporary; Fiction; Young Adult Pages: 320 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: *** About: When thirteen-year-old Joe is left behind in Peckham while his mum flies to Spain on holiday, he decides to treat it as an adventure, and a welcome break from Dean, her latest boyfriend. Joe begins to explore his neighbourhood, making a tentative friendship with Asha, a fellow fugitive hiding out at her grandfather’s flat. But when the food and money run out, his mum doesn’t come home, and the local thugs catch up with him, Joe realises time is running out too, and makes a decision that will change his life forever Review: I’m not really sure what I have read. I didn’t feel like the story went anywhere and I didn’t leave with any sort of satisfied feeling. All I was left with was  the quest of really? The writing isn’t bad and the story is short enough that you don’t get bored. But did we go on a journey? Nope. I mean we didn’t […]