Friday, July 24, 2015

Gillian Flynn's Dark Places Official Trailer


Perhaps you cannot call me a fan of Gillian Flynn, if I only loved her from her third book - which, incidentally, was the first book I had read of hers. I waved Gone Girl around like the hero soldier of the book world. It was what we had been waiting for - something dark, disturbing and incredibly violent. 

I went trudging through her backlist, but it was Tamarin at I Want a Dodo (her review of the novel can be found here), who finally convinced me to get through this one. And look, a movie - again - starring Charlize Theron.




About the Book

Taken off Goodreads

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars. Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben's innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother's? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back? She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day... especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find. Who did massacre the Day family?


Cannot wait to see what it is like?


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Review: The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos


It is no secret that I am a fan of Marisa de los Santos. I was handed her first novel Love Walked In and the title gave it all away, and the rest, as they say, is history.

My review of Falling Together can be found here.

“He smiled the kind of smile that is the reason for wars and poetry.”

The Precious One is a beautiful evocation of the chosen daughter in the Cleary Family. Taisy and Marcus, twins, have been cast aside by Wilson Cleary – a brilliant man, an inventor, a scientist – but Willow, who is his love child from an affair with artist Caro.

When Wilson invites Taisy and Marcus for an extended stay, Marcus says no immediately, but Taisy goes because it’s Taisy, and she is a sucker for all things Wilson Cleary.

So begins this family saga of old meets new, and new has to move over. Marisa de los Santos truly knows the family dynamic, its bristle points and where to let up the drama. Compared to her previous novels, this one is by the darker of the four.

As young Willow is sent to public school for the first time because Wilson has taken ill, she is forced to navigate life in territories he hasn’t prepared her for in her widely educated home schooling. A teacher takes a liking to Willow and lines begin to blur. Luka who befriends Willow, adds a definitive point in what Willow is going to learn about love.

When Taisy arrives at the house, she also arrives back to a town she left ages ago. Ben, the boy Taisy gave her heart to, is also back. So begins the facing the past, the deciding of the future and secrets in between them all.

A beautifully crafted novel with the deft hand of previous novels, de los Santos moves around family, love and hidden skeletons so easily. In parts, I found them melodramatic, and contrived, but then again I hadn’t picked up a book of cynical love triangles and brutally honest characters. I picked up a book that would whittle away at the bad and end up good – the modern day fairy tale, the ‘They All Lived Happily Ever After’ book.



I can happily tick this off the to-be read pile (you can watch the video here).


Monday, June 15, 2015

Alex van Tonder answers questions



It is with great excitement, and I mean excitement, that THE Alex van Tonder took the time in (no pun intended) to create a video response to some questions for the blog. 

Alex van Tonder is a copywriter, blogger (My Branded Life and Cape Town Girl), advertising guru and was named one of South Africa's most influential women on twitter. Her debut fiction novel is now available on Amazon and at your nearest bookshop. Check out more on This One Time.

Sit back, sip on your tea/coffee/hot beverage/wine (it's a public holiday - what the heck) and enjoy.






You can find Alex on twitterfacebookinstagram and on her website.

Thank you to Alex for doing this video interview for me!




Monday, May 25, 2015

Joburg's Literary Fest - Kingsmead Book Fair 2015





Now in its fourth year, Kingsmead Book Fair has fast become Joburg's Literary Festival. This is where authors, publishers, booksellers, and book lovers can be found rubbing shoulders, wine glasses in their hands and piles of signed books being passed around.

It all started in 2011 when a group of Kingsmead College, based in Rosebank, hosted a small book fair for the surrounding community. This event only hosted SA's top eight authors. It was the incredible support and response that grew this tiny community book fair to one of the Book Trade's biggest events next to Franschhoek Literary Festival.



This year was my first year, having heard all the things about wine and books being shared all at once with some of the world's biggest authors, I had to make an appearance. (Not to mention that Lood du Plessis was chairing a panel).

Kingsmead hosted mounds of food stalls, book stalls and let's not mention the likes of Toby Shapshak, Khaya Dlanga, Alex van Tonder, Sarah Waters, John Boyne, Chris Bradford, and Olivier Truc, and that is actually only naming a mere few authors that stamped their way through the book fair.



I managed to squeeze in two talks, one on the art of translation (Gained in Translation: Chaired by Lood du Plessis. Authors: Karin Brynard, Carol Campbell, Jaco van Schalkwyk & Olivier Truc); and a digital one (Digital Overload: Chaired by Ben Williams. Authors: Emma Sadleir & Tamsyn de Beer, techno guru Toby Shapshak and Alex van Tonder).

You have to get to next year's one, no doubt it'll be bigger, better and boasting tons more literary gems. So keep looking for updates on their website.

We even took a selfie



Monday, May 18, 2015

Vlog #2: My To-Be Read Pile


To kick off Monday, I spent the weekend doing a vlog (rather than bashing away at my research project). 

This month's blog is my To-Be Read Pile. It's a mixture of Young Adult, Fiction, and a Local Non-Fiction book. I really hope you enjoy it. 




If you happened to miss the last vlog you can check out the Book Rut Un-Rutters here.

Don't forget to subscribe, follow, tweet, tag or email me any suggestions. 


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Colouring Craze


I have been neglecting you. I have taken up a health column on Daily Planet and trying to make it out alive while doing an Honours Degree in Creative Writing at Wits. So my reading time has halved, well my 'relaxing-reading-time' - I really do read ALOT but not the reviewing kind. 



So it is all now the craze to colour-in. As a holey-letter colourer myself and on-the-phone-doodler I find this new fad fascinating. Oh, don't get me wrong, I hold myself to the high standard that is the cover and it stresses me out. So with not much reading time under my belt each day, I gave it a bash. Before I knew it an hour had gone past and I had created a semi-idyllic-Van-Gogh, ok maybe not a Van Gogh, but it was as close as I was going to get.

I went looking around the net. IOL reported that the colouring in book called The Secret Garden has now sold over 1.5 million copies! And illustrator Johanna Bashford is outselling Harper Lee and George R.R. Martin on the Amazon charts. 



It is a craze that is hitting Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter; pulling families together, destressing the stressed and making booksellers a new fad to bulk up on.

See my attempt at colouring...



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Pen's Behaving Badly by Paige Nick





It is no secret I am Paige Nick's biggest fan, from her Sunday Times column; stalking her on twitter; reading her smutty choose-your-own-sex-adventure novels penned with Helen Moffat and Sarah Lotz (Helena S. Paige); and now it is with the greatest excitement to present Paige's collection of columns in one bountiful tome, Pen's Behaving Badly

Paige is best known for her weekly column in the Sunday Times Life & Style magazine. As one of the anchor columnists of the Life & Style section since 2011, she has produced hundreds of hilarious columns and received hundreds more hilarious responses. Pens Behaving Badly is a collection of the best of her columns and the best of the wild letters they’ve inspired. 

This is a great honour to host Paige's blog tour, I hope you enjoy the video, it's quite raunchers (hehe).



Follow Paige on twitter, and visit her on her blog.


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