Book of the Month
December Book of the Month is The Black Prince: Part One and Part Two, the final chapters in the brilliant The Black Prince tetralogy, which originally was intended as a trilogy. I think the series would have lost some of its charm if Fox had not extended the length of it, so I, for one, am very glad she did. A rich tapestry of characters and a wonderfully intelligent narrative have made this series one of the best series of books I’ve read in a long time. Isla and Tristan fight for their future and that of their adopted son, Asher as war rages between rebel leader, Maeve, Asher’s birth mother, and Piers, Tristan’s brother. Fox ties up each character’s storyline’s just enough so there are no loose ends, but not quite so much that there is not enough to make the reader desire for more. A perfect ending to a perfect series.
It is a new November release that has won November Book of the Month. Dear Mr You is the wonderful autobiography by Mary-Louise Parker, written as a series of letters to the men in her life, fictional and non-fictional. No name dropping or celebrity tales, just an account of Ms Parker’s life in retrospect through the narrative of these letters of explanation to men who have, or could have, impacted on her life. It is such a unique approach and a beautifully written narrative, that this was undoubtedly one of the best books I have read this year and certainly one of the best autobiographies I have ever read.
PJ Fox is the winner of Book of the Month for the second month running with her brilliant trilogy, The Prince’s Slave. Belle is lacking direction with her life, knowing she has to work at finding a career but with no idea what she wants to do. Having gone to college in Dresden, she hopes this will inspire her next move but is working hard with no idea of where she is going to go next. That decision is decided for her when she is kidnapped and bought by a rich Indian prince, Ash, who isn’t necessarily the monster Belle expects him and considers him to be. From the start of the book to the end, the narrative challenges every preconception the reader has about what Belle should do, or what Ash is truly like, whilst educating the reader with historical, geographical and sociological knowledge.
PJ Fox’s The Demon of Darkling Reach is a fantastic narrative, rich with intricate description and wonderful characterisation. Isla finds herself betrothed to the dark lord Tristan Mountbatten. She fears him, and the rumours that surround him concerning his involvement with the dark arts. Yet, Isla falls for Tristan, and will do whatever it takes to make him happy. I have truly fallen in love with this trilogy. I am very excited to see how Fox will end Isla and Tristan’s journey.
Joy Eileen’s début novel, Breaking Faith, book one of The JackholeS series and it is a fantastic beginning to what I’m sure will be an amazing series. The main protagonist, Faith, has found herself in a situation she is struggling to handle, having just left her violent, and somewhat deluded, ex-boyfriend. She finds help in the shape of about-to-be-discovered rock bank, The JackholeS, and in particular, lead singer, Kill. Only thing is, it may be that Faith is jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Well written, gripping and intriguing characters, I know I’m going to love the rest of this series.
Rob Lowe’s first autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends is a wonderful insight into the life of a boy who fulfills his ambition to be a Hollywood actor and whilst loving the experience, is drawn into a world of excess that almost becomes his undoing. I loved this book when I read it just after it was released and the subsequent two times that I read it. It has been suggested that perhaps being a Rob Lowe fan has biased my decision. Perhaps it has a little, but if you read the book yourself hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did and will be able to see what a wonderful, beautifully written book this is, and that any bias on my part is academic. The links are below.
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Matt Johnson’s second novel is a fantastic read as we catch up again with Robert Finlay, the former SAS Officer who has found himself embroiled in what appears to a revenge attack on men from his old regiment. Deadly Game shows the effect that these events have had on Finlay, as he is overcome by P.T.S.D. symptoms that affect his responses and judgements. The way that Johnson portrays Finlay’s inner turmoil makes this novel the great novel that it is and it is well worth reading.
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Steven Suttie’s brilliant novel is so well written, the detached narrative allowing the reader to truly make up their own opinion on how they would feel if a vigilante was going around the local area killing paedophiles. So much truth and realism in a work of fiction that leaves you feeling emotionally drained by the time you have finished reading it.
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April 2015 – The Last Days of Disco by David F, Ross (Orenda Books)
The Last Days of Disco captured my imagination on a nostalgic level and lived up to every expectation I had for it. Ross’s balance with comedy and poignancy was brilliantly portrayed and I am very excited at the prospect of a follow up to this fantastic book.
March 2015 – Wicked Game by Matt Johnson
Wicked Game is a fantastic debut novel by Matt Johnson and I loved the intricacy of the plot and the complexity of the main protagonist, Robert Finlay. I also found the relationship that he has with his wife really heart-warming. Behind every great guy is a fabulous woman!
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