Happy Birthday Keeper of Pages!

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Well, would you look at that, it’s the 18th August aka my first blogiversay! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for a year already! I really enjoy blogging, reading and reviewing books with the occasional bookish rambling. I have enjoyed watching my blog grow over the last year and I hope you have too. I’ve met some amazing people in this community and bought tonnes of new books because of you guys.

Now, I’m pretty sure it’s customary to look back over the last year, showcasing some of my most popular posts, my favourite post etc etc but those that know me well, know how much I love to procrastinate, so I’m far too lazy to do that!

So, how am I going to mark this monumental occasion instead, with something I think you would like a lot more – not just one giveaway, but two! Now, these are not rafflecopter giveaways, you gotta work for your books here, my friend! Continue reading “Happy Birthday Keeper of Pages!”

Book Review: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done Sarah Schmidt

“Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty wacks. When she saw what she had done. She gave her father forty-one.”

Book Description:

When her father and step-mother are found brutally murdered on a summer morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden – thirty two years old and still living at home – immediately becomes a suspect. But after a notorious trial, she is found innocent, and no one is ever convicted of the crime.

Meanwhile, others in the claustrophobic Borden household have their own motives and their own stories to tell: Lizzie’s unmarried older sister, a put-upon Irish housemaid, and a boy hired by Lizzie’s uncle to take care of a problem.

This unforgettable debut makes you question the truth behind one of the great unsolved mysteries, as well as exploring power, violence and the harsh realities of being a woman in late nineteenth century America. Continue reading “Book Review: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt”

Book Review: Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Sweet Little Lies - Caz Frear

Sweet Little Lies was one of my highly anticipated summer reads, and I’m happy to report that it did not disappoint!

Book Description:

WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW: In 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared and Dad knew something about it? Maryanne Doyle was never seen again.

WHAT I ACTUALLY KNOW: In 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle. Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad’s pub. Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle’s disappearance and Alice Lapaine’s murder – FACT Connection?

Trust cuts both ways . . . what do you do when it’s gone? Continue reading “Book Review: Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear”

Book Review: This is the End of the Story by Jan Fortune

This is the End of the Story - Jan Fortune

I’ve been doing some secret Ninja Book Box reading, this time it was a coming-of-age novel by Jan Fortune – This is the End of the Story. Don’t fret, this book won’t be featured in your box but it’s a worthy contender for their book club!

From the back cover:

Belief is Cassie’s gift, so much so that she believes herself to be whoever those in her life tell her she is Cassie, Kat, Kitty, even, as Miriam insists, Casilda, an 11th century Muslim princess from Toledo. Cassie’s loyalty to Miriam’s extraordinary internal world survives a traumatic incident on a beach and a coming of age fraught with hostility, but is strained by an act of betrayal that propels her towards Liam, another person waiting to tell Cassie who she really is.

But Cassie may be more resourceful than either Miriam or Liam imagine. Caught in a labyrinth of friendship, hope and obligation, she must decide her own identity, and when she visits Toledo, tracking down the elusive Casilda, is this the end of the story?

A Quixotic coming of age novel exploring the ways we enter the fantasy lives of those we love, This is the End of the Story is the first in a trilogy of new novels from Cinnamon Press founding editor. Continue reading “Book Review: This is the End of the Story by Jan Fortune”

Book Review: Lost Boy by Christina Henry

The Lost Boy - Christina Henry

“All children grow up, except one…”

From the back cover:

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He’ll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

Peter will say I’m a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend.

Peter Lies. Continue reading “Book Review: Lost Boy by Christina Henry”