The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan

I wasn’t sure what to expect when beginning this novel, but The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan makes for a pleasant surprise and combines mystery with a touch of magical flair. The book opens with an introduction to Reve (short for Revelation) and her husband Jeremy, as they prepare for their stage show in Las Vegas. As the amazing magicians, the Maskelynes, this night should be like any other, with the show ending with a disappearing bullet trick. Reve pulls the trigger on her husband, who then…

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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  Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (Romantic Suspense) 4.5 Stars SmeXmas Readathon 2014 Review: Dying for Christmas by Tammy Cohen (Thriller) 4.5 Stars SmeXmas Readathon 2014 Review: A Christmas Reunion by Susanna Fraser (Christmas Romance) 4.5 Stars SmeXmas Readathon 2014 Review: Gifted by Kelley Armstrong (Urban Fantasy) 4 Stars SmeXmas Readathon 2014 Review: The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams by Fiona Harper (Contemporary Romance) 4 Stars SmeXmas Readathon…

The lady risks all

I haven’t read a 19th Century romance in years and unfortunately The Lady Risks All reminded me why that is the case. Set in London in 1823, we follow the lives of two people who while coming from the same social standing, couldn’t be more different from each other. This is the story of Neville Roscoe, the man who gave up everything to save his family and Miranda Clifford, an unmarried woman trying to find her place in the rigid upper class society. We follow them through what could have…


All of us at BCC have favourite authors and series, which means that each year there are books we just can’t wait to get our hands on. Here are the books each of us are most looking forward to in 2015. What are yours? LAURA I think it’s fair to say that 2014 was one of the worst reading years for me. I read very few books (31) which also meant that I fell behind with some of my favourite series too – the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews springs…

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Amazingly, I have never read anything by Nicholas Sparks before, so Safe Haven is my first foray into Sparks’ immensely popular romantic fiction. This particular novel is more of a romantic suspense, as mysterious heroine, Katie, is clearly on the run from something or someone. She arrives in the small North Carolina town of Southport with nothing, having spent the last of her cash on the first months rent of a ramshackle cottage. With no money left for food, she successfully finds a job at the local diner as a…


Bobby’s Top 10 Reads 2014

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Unfortunately, I have read the least amount of books this year that I have for as many years as I can remember. However, the lack of quantity has meant that I have looked for quality and so I have managed to compile this post of the top ten books I read in 2014 (in no particular order). My Lady Quicksilver – Bec MacMaster  This is a series that I happened upon purely by chance and then loved, and this instalment did not let it down; it has just the right amount…


Happy New Year from BCC!

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Wishing you a fabulous, bookish and properous 2015. – Laura, Carolyn and the BCC team xoxo




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