Archive for December, 2012

Review: No Time For Goodbye – Linwood Barclay

Cover of No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

Title: No Time For Goodbye
Author: Linwood Barclay
Publication date: September 1, 2007
Publisher: Orion
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-7528-9368-6
Length: 437 pages
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Age group: Adult
Source: Purchased
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon US | Amazon UK | The Book Depository

Synopsis

The house was silent. No sound of her parents getting ready for work, or her brother late for school. Were they punishing her for last night? She’d been out on a date when she should have been studying, and had a huge fight with her father. So where was everyone now? Why had her family disappeared?

Twenty-five years later the mystery is no nearer to being solved and Cynthia is still haunted by unanswered questions. Were her family murdered? Abducted? If so, why was she spared? And if they are alive, why did they abandon her? Then a letter arrives, a letter which makes no sense. Soon Cynthia begins to realise that stirring up the past could be the worst mistake she has ever made…

My thoughts

No Time For Goodbye is one of those books that grab your attention from the very first page. Not having read any of the author’s books I had no idea what to expect from the story but it was definitely a pleasant surprise and I’m really glad I picked this up. I had a few minor issues with it – which I’m going to get to in a minute – and it wasn’t as fast paced as I anticipated but all in all, it was a gripping novel full of twists and turns and with a touching ending.

Before I go even further, I have to warn you that this book is not for those people who get easily put off by the constant use of swear words. If you can stand it, go ahead – if you can’t, this one is not for you. Thankfully, I belong to the first category so it didn’t really bother me but I know it might be a big no-no for some people.

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Annual End Of Year Book Survey – Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012

Annual End Of Year Book Survey - 2012

Hello, lovelies – Merry Christmas! I hope you’re all having a great holiday season :) Today I’m back with part 2 of Jamie’s annual End of Year Survey and this time we’re discussing our best blogging memories of 2012. If you’d like to join in or check out some of the others’ posts, head over to Jamie’s blog.

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2012?

Oh, there were quite a lot! But my favourite one is Project To Be Read, which is run by Claire. Claire and I met on Twitter a while ago and on top of being a Londoner and running such a great blog, she’s super lovely too! We seem to have a similar taste in books so I’m sure I’ll be a frequent visitor of her blog in the future. :)

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2012?

I loved reviewing Eye Contact by Fergus McNeill, In The Woods by Tana French and Mice by Gordon Reece.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I think ‘Should bloggers charge authors for reviews?’ would be one of them. It was basically a response to all the craziness that was going on on Twitter and various social media sites at the time and my take on the issue. It wasn’t a happy topic but I know I loved writing it. Although the most popular one was Is blogging becoming a popularity contest?:)

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

There were so many! I really enjoyed Amanda’s post about how not to make friends on Twitter, Kristilyn’s article about finding the balance between blogging and everyday life.

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Annual End Of Year Book Survey – Best in Books 2012

Annual End Of Year Book Survey - 2012
I was scrolling through Google Reader when I found this survey on Jamie’s blog (The Perpetual Page-Turner) a few weeks ago. Jamie created this survey for herself back in 2010 but then a bunch of people followed suit and it became so popular that she turned it into an annual feature on her blog. I figured it would be a nice way of closing this year with a survey like this so I’m joining in the fun. :) Since it’s extremely long, I’ve decided to post it in three separate parts. Today’s post is about my 2012 reads and some of my favourites.

1.) Best Book You Read In 2012?

Oh dear, there were so many! I’ll probably break it down by genre to make it a bit easier for me. My absolute favourite was probably Tana French’s In The Woods which I read this autumn.

▪ YA Paranormal : Fracture by Megan Miranda
▪ YA
Sci-fi : Tempest by Julie Cross
▪ YA Dystopian : Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker
YA Thriller : Mice by Gordon Reece
Adult Mystery / Thriller: In The Woods by Tana French and Eye Contact by Fergus McNeill
Adult Literary Fiction: Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna
Adult Contemporary Fiction: Lifesaving for Beginners by Ciara Geraghty
Adult Women’s Fiction: Got You Back by Jane Fallon

2.) Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Watcher by Charles MacLean. This one sounded reaaaallly good but it turned out to be COMPLETELY different from what I thought it would be and I really struggled with it.

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Reading Challenges – 2013 Edition

I’ve been thinking an awful lot about reading challenges for the new year and whether I should sign up or not and even though I’ll be pretty busy until mid-June, I decided to sign up for two reading challenges. I took a quick look at my bookshelf the other day and realised that I have way too many books I haven’t read yet, so one of my bookish new year resolutions will be to read these. Anyway, the two challenges I eventually signed up for are:

Goals – Dystopia Reading Challenge 2013

Dystopia is something that became one of my favourite genres in the past year and there’s a few books I’ve been meaning to read for a while but haven’t managed to. I’m terrible at sticking to reading lists but whatever happens, I’d love to finish these four paperbacks (which, with the exception of Insurgent, are book #1 in a series) and if I like them, continue with the series. I also have quite a few Kindle books I purchased a while ago and would like to read for this challenge. These eight books I’m planning to read are:

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Gone by Michael Grant
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Matched by Ally (ebook)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (ebook)
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (ebook)
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (ebook)

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Nail Your Books #2 – Gradient Tiger Nails

Nail Your Books at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

Hello and welcome back! Nail Your Books is a feature at The Princess of Storyland that Cristina created in order to show off some great book related nail ideas. They can be anything from a book inspired design to a matching nail varnish. Since I love nail varnishes and – as my Twitter followers know – I often create book cover inspired nail designs for myself, I decided to join this feature and bring them here to the blog to show you.

Today’s nails were inspired by a thriller I’m reading at the moment, which is Linwood Barclay’s No Time For Goodbye. Based on the cover’s dark colours and the book’s haunting atmosphere I wanted to do something darker this week. Here’s how it turned out:

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve a bit of an obsession with gradient nails so that’s why I used two different shades of blue but I think it would look great with just one colour as well. If you’d like to recreate this look, this is what you will need:

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Showcase Sunday #30

Hello and welcome to Showcase Sunday. 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

I had another slow (and exhausting) week BUT! Look what has finally arrived! *drumroll*

Showcase Sunday #30

I’m probably the only remaining person here who hasn’t read Insurgent but I’ll SO pick it up in the new year! I read Divergent this year and I absolutely loved it so when Emlyn from Novel Publicity sent me an Amazon gift card for Thanksgiving, I knew I had to have the sequel. (Thanks Em! ♥) I know many of you said that it’s quite disappointing and it wasn’t as good as the first book but I’m really looking forward to reading it. I hope I’ll still enjoy it.

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Magnificently Magic Read-A-Thon: Mini Challenge and Giveaway

Hi guys! It’s day two of the Magnificently Magic Read-a-thon and I hope you’re all having a great time (and getting some reading done in the meantime). As promised, I’m hosting the second challenge of the read-a-thon – and I’ve some goodies to give away as well! So, what is today’s task, you ask? Today we’re challenging you to create a book spine poem!

Book spine poems are recurring items of bookish read-a-thons so most of you must be familiar with how they work. For those of you who are not, here’s an example (which I absolutely love, by the way) from Blue Rose Girls:

poems

The prizes

I’m giving away 5 e-copies of Sarah Baethage’s short story, Right Now, a bundle of swag and a book of choice from The Book Depository up to the value of $10 US. (£7) All you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter form below – the winners will be picked next week and notified via email. Best of luck to everyone and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with :) Open internationally!

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