Book Review: Dodgers by Bill Beverly

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After reading Annie’s review of Dodgers last year, I’ve been meaning to read it; I finally acquired a copy from the library. This was a very welcomed and refreshing read!

Book Description:

When East, a low-level lookout for a Los Angeles drug organisation, loses his watch house in a police raid, his boss recruits him for a very different job: a road trip – straight down the middle of white, rural America – to assassinate a judge in Wisconsin.

Having no choice, East and a crew of untested boys – including his trigger-happy younger brother, Ty – leave the only home they’ve ever known in a nondescript blue van, with a roll of cash, a map and a gun they shouldn’t have.

Along the way, the country surprises East. The blood on his hands isn’t the blood he expects. And he reaches places where only he can decide which way to go – or which person to become. By way of The Wire and in the spirit of Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan and Richard Price’s Clockers, Dodgers is itself something entirely original: a gripping literary crime novel with a compact cast whose intimate story opens up to become a reflection on the nature of belonging and reinvention. Continue reading “Book Review: Dodgers by Bill Beverly”

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Bookish Rambling: Five Highly Anticipated Books I Can’t Wait to Read

Why not make it a trilogy – we’ve looked at five highly anticipated books I forgot to read and five highly anticipated books I chose not to read, so it’s only right, we look at five highly anticipated books I can’t wait to read. It’s all subjective, so while these are highly anticipated for me, they may not even be on your radar, but I hope we match up on at least one book.

#1 Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb

Deep Blue Trouble (Lori Anderson) by [Broadribb, Steph] Continue reading “Bookish Rambling: Five Highly Anticipated Books I Can’t Wait to Read”

Book Review: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

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This book has one of the best blurbs I’ve come across in ages! That, coupled with the amazing reviews surfacing for this title, My Absolute Darling became a must read.

Book Description:

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

‘You think you’re invincible. You think you won’t ever miss. We need to put the fear on you. You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin, and accept your life as a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough.’

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall;
That chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it;
That her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world.
And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.

She doesn’t know why she feels so different from the other girls at school;
Why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see;
Why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done
And what her daddy will do when he finds out …

Sometimes strength is not the same as courage.
Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape.
Sometimes surviving isn’t enough. Continue reading “Book Review: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent”

Bookish Rambling: Five Highly Anticipated Books I Chose Not to Read

Following on from the success of my bookish rambling last month about highly anticipated books I forgot to read, I decided to return to the subject – this time focusing on books that, for one reason or another, had a huge hype surrounding their release. The books listed were not necessarily highly anticipated releases for me but more for the bookish community in general – they may have had a big media promotion surrounding their release or books that were just everywhere I looked.

#1 Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Continue reading “Bookish Rambling: Five Highly Anticipated Books I Chose Not to Read”

Book Review: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

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I love that my first October read was a five star one; it feels me with so much positivity for the rest of the month. If you’re looking for a guaranteed good read – I highly recommend you read the The Ghostwriter.

Book Description:

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.

This final book?

It’s my confession. Continue reading “Book Review: The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre”