Book Review: The Winners Curse (Winners 1/3) by Marie Rutoski

The Winner's Curse Book Cover The Winner's Curse
Winners 1/3
Marie Rutkoski
Juvenile Fiction
A&C Black
April 10, 2014

As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. Kestrel has other ideas. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in Arin, a young slave up for auction. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him - and for a sensational price that sets the society gossips talking. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for him is much higher than she ever could have imagined. The first novel in a stunning new trilogy, The Winner's Curse is a story of romance, rumours and rebellion, where dirty secrets and careless alliances can be deadly – and everything is at stake.

Reading Time: 29/3 – 9/5

other books in the Series are:  book 2 The Winners Crime                                                                                      book 3 The Winners Kiss

This was the first book of Marie’s books that I have ever read and her writing enthralled me from start to finish. It only took me so long to read the book because I was reading while reading other books some of which took priority because they were books I’d received for review. The authors writing had me captivated from start to finish and the plot/character development were second to non. Continue reading

Book Review: The Quality of Silence: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton

The Quality of Silence Book Cover The Quality of Silence
Rosamund Lupton
Hachette UK
July 2, 2015
Blogging for Books (Via edelweiss)

Sunday Times Top-Ten Bestseller and Richard and Judy Book Club Choice. I'll risk my life for you. On 24 November Yasmin and her ten-year-old daughter Ruby set off on a journey across Northern Alaska. They're searching for Ruby's father, missing in the arctic wilderness. More isolated with each frozen mile they cover, they travel deeper into an endless night. And Ruby, deaf since birth, must brave the darkness where sight cannot guide her. She won't abandon her father. But winter has tightened its grip, and there is somebody out there who wants to stop them. Somebody tracking them through the dark. Praise for The Quality of Silence: 'There are many things to love about Lupton's third novel, not least its stunning evocation of the stark, beautiful Alaskan wilds. An elegant and icily unique thriller: you won't read anything like it this year' Observer 'Scary, suspenseful and so exquisitely, evocatively written. I found myself shivering as if I were there in Alaska with Ruby and her mother. Everything you want in a wonderful novel' Liane Moriarty, author of The Husband's Secret 'Ambitious and imaginative. Narrated in part by Ruby (her deafness is treated with great sensitivity), the landscape, wildlife and bitter climate of Alaska are powerfully drawn. Chilling in every sense, you won't want to step away from this story' Sunday Mirror 'A sophisticated thriller which brilliantly evokes the sublime and terrifying landscape of Alaska, the culture of the Inupiat people and the fragility of our planet' Sunday Telegraph 'Like a breath of icy air, this relentlessly tense thriller is also a child's-eye family drama like none other. Not since Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow have I shivered like this' Emma Donoghue, author of Room 'Will have you gripped form start to finish' Cosmopolitan 'A taut psychological thriller, The Quality of Silence will have your heart thumping. Masterful pacing, riveting plotting. Absolutely gripping' Louise Penny 'A literary slow burn, whose focus is as much on human endurance and a mother's relationship with her deaf daughter as the mystery of her husband's disappearance. This is Lupton at the height of her storytelling powers' Daily Mail 'A beautifully written thriller, and the way in which Lupton used the tundra as a metaphor for grief and faith in stunning. The voice of Ruby and her compassionate exploration of a life without sound only adds to the richness of the book' Press and Journal 'A wonderful writer . . . absolutely gripping' Jane Garvey, BBC Radio 2 Women's Hour 'The pressure is on to keep creating equally brilliant stores [and] Lupton has done that with The Quality of Silence' Red Magazine 'An elegant, chilling read from a writer who continues to stretch the bounds of suspense' William Landay, author of Defending Jacob

Generally when I finish reading  a book I wait a few days before I write a review but having just finished reading this amazing book; about family, love, respect, strength and dishonesty all set against the backdrop of the Wilderness of Alaska, I knew I had to write one immediately.

The book tells the story of Yasmin and Ruby’s trip across Alaska on a quest to find Matthew the man in their life (husband and father) and wildlife photographer after being told on their arrival in Alaska that he was missing presumed dead. The spit narrative between Yasmin and Ruby really made you aware of Continue reading