Showcase Sunday #105

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Good morning, amigos! How are you all? How was your week? Mine was insanely chaotic (I know I say this a lot, but this week was even more hectic than usual, if that’s possible) so I’m looking forward to spending my Sunday relaxing and reading in bed! What are your plans for today?

Incoming

Paperweight by Meg Haston

Death Notice by Todd Ritter

Paperweight | Death Notice

I got two gorgeous but very, very different books in the past two weeks. Paperweight is a pretty new release (it came out last week, I believe) and it’s about a 17-year-old girl’s battle with bulimia and recovery. I finished it earlier this week and really enjoyed it! I’ll definitely need to check out the author’s previous books now. Thank you to Hot Key for the review copy!

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Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Publication date: 30 July 2015
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781846558917
Length: 352 pages
Genre: Mystery
Age group: Adult
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon UK | The Book Depository
My rating: ★★★★★

In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room…

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

In a Dark, Dark Wood is one of those books that, when you’re not reading it, you’ll be thinking about it. It’s seriously addictive. I picked it up on a rainy Saturday morning and found myself, hours later, still glued to the page, not wanting to put it down. I had really high expectations for this one and it didn’t disappoint – I loved every (deliciously sinister) second of it.

Ruth Ware created a brilliant setting for a mystery: it’s winter, with chilly weather, darkness and mud.  Lots of it. We’re in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by a dark and menacing forest on all sides. There aren’t any neighbours and you can go miles before you hit a road or see anyone else. Most of the time there’s no reception, unless you want to brave the cold and climb to the top of the hill near the house. Everything is given for a perfectly haunting and spine-chilling story, and you know for a fact that this is definitely not going to end well.

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Showcase Sunday #104 – Another Charity Shop Haul!

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here.

Incoming

*cough* Erm. Yes. I acquired quite a few books in the past three weeks, didn’t I?

Mum and I popped into a charity shop when we went to Dover last weekend and spotted this beauty. I LOVED Kevin Brooks’s latest novel, The Bunker Diary (it’s one of those books I keep recommending to all my friends whenever I can. Seriously, it’s really good.) and I’ve been meaning to pick up his other books ever since. Black Rabbit Summer sounds like a perfect summer read!

Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

We also stopped by my favourite charity shop in Camden, where I spotted a gazillion Tess Gerritsen books. I’m serious. They had at least 15! I fell in love with Tess’s writing in The Surgeon, so I decided to pick up books 4, 5 and 6 in the series. I already have the second one, so one more book to go and my collection is complete. *air punch*

Tess Gerritsen books

I also got a few review books, one of which was In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. The synopsis kind of reminded me of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (a secluded location, half a dozen strangers invited to said remote location, a killer) so I was instantly intrigued. I started reading it the other day and really enjoyed it so far! Many thanks to Random House for the review copy.

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4 Reasons Why We Need Negative Reviews Too

Negative Book Reviews

The idea for today’s blog post has been with me for the past couple of months but for some reason, it never made it to the blog. I knew I wanted to talk about it in some form but I never thought it was important enough (or rather it would be stating the obvious) to dedicate an entire post to it.

However, the issue of writing negative book reviews – whether we should write them at all and if so, how far can we go – keeps popping up on my news feed, so I decided to sit down and talk about my experiences and why I think negative reviews do matter.

We’re all different

Each book blogger is different. We have different writing styles, different taste in books, and different preferences when it comes to writing our reviews. I know people who only review books they genuinely enjoyed reading and would recommend to others, and people who review the good and the bad. And that’s fine. We’re different and that’s how it should be.

I belong to the latter category but I totally understand why people would decide not to review books they didn’t enjoy and I completely respect their choice. Personally, I always attempt to review even the ones I didn’t like but being a slow reader and working full time, I don’t think I would be able to keep my blog going if I ignored every bad book I read. And I don’t want to, either. As a blogger, I think it’s important to talk about both good and bad stories.

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