Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

A tale of corruption and lost cities, Elantris by Brandon Sanderson was his first fantasy novel, and sets the precedent that everything that has followed. The book begins with Arelon’s Crown Prince, Raoden, having woken up and discovered that he has been marked by the Shaod. The Shaod is a mysterious disease that can afflict anyone in the city, causing them to come out in black blotches and to lose their hair. As a result, all those infected with the Shaod are thrown into the city of Elantris, a city…

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REVIEW: The Dish by Stella Newman

The Dish by Stella Newman

A novel that carefully treads the line between secrets and lies in a relationship, The Dish by Stella Newman features the delectable world of food tasting and a sprinkle of romance. Four years ago Laura Parker discovered that her husband had been cheating on her with one of her best friends, leaving her heartbroken and lost, not to mention seeking a new a career. In a bid for escape she moved to London and began working as a secretary to Roger, the editor of magazine, The Voice, and an old…

The Engagement by Chloe Hooper

From what initially seems like an erotic novel, The Engagement by Chloe Hooper cleverly twists into an unexpected thriller that is abundant with unanswered questions. Liese Campbell has moved from the UK to Australia and is now working as a real estate agent in Melbourne, hoping to somehow pay off her debts and return home. It is then that she meets Alexander Colquhoun, a handsome and wealthy son of a farming family who is seeking a pied-a-terre in the city. After viewing yet another disappointing property, Liese seduces Alexander and…

Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell

In a dramatic novel that explores love, loss and medical miracles, Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell is one of those special books that makes you appreciate the life you’ve been given. The first of the three perspectives in this book is that of Hallie, a twenty-eight-year-old cystic fibrosis sufferer who is on the transplant list for a new set of lungs. She has her good days and bad days, but knows that on the whole her condition is slowly deteriorating and is desperate to enjoy the time…

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Hi Guys! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s the low down on what happened at BCC this week… FEATURES & REVIEWS In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (Historical Paranomal YA Mystery) 4.5 Stars Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn (Mystery) 4 Stars Hollywood Strip by Shamron Moore (Chick Lit) 3 Stars New Series Alert: The Black Wolves by Kate Elliott BOBBY’S ROUNDUP Pride comes before a fall, so they say, and going by my reading level in the past couple of weeks, it’s true. However, I did manage…

Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn

An exciting new novel that mixes history with both mystery and romance, Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn is a well-researched novel of the 1930s. The book begins with West End stage actress, Nina Land, meeting renowned artist, Stephen Wyley, for a hotel room tryst. Upon leaving the room, Nina interrupts an attempted murder in another room, allowing the victim to escape and giving her a glance at the potential killer. It soon transpires that she is a witness to the identity of the Tie-Pin Killer, who has recently been killing…

Hollywood Strip by Shamron Moore

Upon opening Hollywood Strip by Shamron Moore, I was expecting a fun tale of romance and celebrity, and was disappointingly met with more of the ‘strip’ part of the title. The book begins with an introduction to the protagonist, Callie Lambert, and her recent move to LA from her dreary hometown in Michigan. This first scene dives straight into nudity as Callie strips off in a photo shoot for Coquette magazine, later to learn that her efforts were in vain as they have gone with another model. She is desperate…

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