Saturday, 30 April 2011

Bookcase Showcase: Jodie from Books for Company


First off, thank you for having me on your site Kirsty! I love visiting you and reading your reviews & posts =)

So here are my bookshelves, l actually did a bookshelf tour vlog here, feel free to visit!
I have my own shelf under my desk for books l have read, most don't stay there for long before they get passed onto friends/bloggers/charity shops or l swap =)

First off is my romance shelf, ALL the books are unread on this bookcase. This is my biggest shelf but being honest, l haven't read a book off her for months and months (!) My nephew also has his little corner on the left at the bottom =)
1st & 2nd shelf - Lots of books on here that l want to read!
3rd shelf - These are mostly quite big books!

I have added pictures of every shelf, click on the links to see them.
All unread minus 1 book.
1st shelf, 1st row - This is my vampire shelf, even though there is one odd book out.
1st shelf, 2nd row - This has just random books to be honest, most are for review!
2nd shelf - This is another random shelf, some l have won, some brought, some for review
3rd shelf - Mostly my Sookie Stackhouse series, the rest l was lucky and got for review (minus 1)
So that's my YA, Paranormal etc shelf!

Finally, this is a hard shelf to photograph as it's high up, it has to lots of 'layers' and couldn't get one of the first lot. Too difficult to get them all down! Sorry. Another romance shelf mostly.
All unread
Hope you enjoyed looking at my books! =)

Friday, 29 April 2011

review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Published by HarperCollins
Challenge: DAC
Series: Divergent #1
Source: Review Copy (UK proof)


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


***
I'd been told this book was good but I didn't realise it'd be sooo good. It is intelligently written and fast paced with an awesomely brilliant main character. This book is a prime example of why I love dystopian fiction.

For me the best thing about this book is how brilliantly intelligent it is. The ideas about the different factions is really clever and the way the story uses those divisions in the final chapters (I'm not even going to begin to explain or tell you about it because I will spoil it for you. I can't wait to see how all the things that have been set up play out because they have the potential to be brilliantly awesome.

I loved the main character Tris. I loved following her tale and seeing the world through her eyes, having lived all her life in a simple and selfless way, and seeing how she adapts and copes in this new harsh world that she has found herself living in. I also loved the gorgeous yummy love interest in this book.

The action in this book is awesome. While nothing like it the brutality of some of the scenes were reminiscent of something from Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games. It is done really well throughout and picks up the pace as the book continues to the point where the last 200 pages were unputdownable. The book also had some cracking twists and turns that I never saw coming.

I'm going to keep this short. I don't want to risk spoiling any part of this amazing book for anyone. I'll finish by saying it is certainly as amazing as everyone is making it out to be!

Thank you HarperCollins for the review copy

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where she Went by Gayle Forman
Published by RHCB
Challenge: None
Series: If I Stay #2
Source: Review copy (UK paperback)


It's been three years since the devastating accident ... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.
Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

***

Where she went picks up three years after if I stay. It is told from Adam's point of view he is a Rock star, Mia is a a rising star having graduated Julliard early and they haven't seen each other in three years.

I did enjoy this book. I loved getting back to Adam and Mia as I really loved If I Stay. I thought the idea of it (even though it almost pained me to think that they weren't together) was awesome and I loved getting into all the whys and wherefores of how it went wrong from them both. I thought Adam was brilliant gorgeous in this and actually felt bad for him throughout the whole book and cross with Mia for treating him as she had. I think it also had an interesting message about fame and the reality of it for those who achieve it.

As the story progressed I loved getting under the skin of the characters once again and finding out about them and what went wrong between them. I thought it was brilliantly done and loved how the story was teased out by the author throughout the story.

The final ending was awesome and I was really pleased with how it turned out. I love nothing more than a book that finishes well which this certainly did.

All in all a worthy sequel which was as well written as the first instalment and just as engaging!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen

I love a good Sarah Dessen novel to read in the summer months. Looking forward to this one!


What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Published by Puffin 10th May 2011

Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean's become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean's ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Guest review: Doctor Who: The coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock

Today I have a guest review from Hadley

Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock


'There are dark tides runing through the universe...'Miggea - a star on the very edge of reality. The cusp between this universe and the next. A point where space-time has worn thin, and is in danger of collapsing... And the venue for the grand finals of the competition to win the fabled Arrow of Law.
The Doctor and Amy have joined the Terraphiles - a group obsessed with all aspects of Earth's history, and dedicated to re-enacting ancient sporting events. They are determined to win the Arrow. But just getting to Miggea proves tricky. Reality is collapsing, ships are disappearing, and Captain Cornelius and his pirates are looking for easy pickings.
Even when they arrive, the Doctor and Amy's troubles won't be over. They have to find out who is so desperate to get the Arrow of Law that they will kill for it. And uncover the traitor on their own team. And win the contest fair and square.
And, of course, they need to save the universe from total destruction.

***

Let me begin by saying I have been a fan of Doctor Who for many years - I followed the classic series and then was overjoyed when it returned to the screen in 2004. I have also read widely of the works of Michael Moorcock and have greatly enjoyed his dark surreal fantasy novels with fascinating characters, anti-heroes such as Elric and Corum. I was therefore, after my initial disbelief, very excited to hear that the BBC had commissioned Moorcock to produce a DW novel.

Unfortunately this failed to satisfy me as EITHER a Doctor Who or Michael Moorcock novel - yet alone both. Doctor Who references were minimal, while characterisation of both the 11th Doctor and Amy was poor. From a Michael Moorcock perspective there were myriad references to "the multiverse" and the battle between "law and chaos", but it was a far cry from the intelligent writing I associate with Moorcock.

The setting was comedic and nonsensical, the characters farcical and the conceptual science bizarrely ridiculous. An awful lot of time was spent playing weird sports events which the rules and terms were never really adequately defined so it was very hard to keep track of who was winning and how they were doing it.

To my mind Moorcock has taken the worst elements of Doctor Who and his own writing rather than the best. From Doctor Who he incorporated the sometimes childish plots and characterisation that is occasionally present in the series but none of the rich history that the series has established, from his own writing he took some of the bizarre conceptual theories but none of the depth of characterisation or sense of epic adventure.

I really regret that this is the case. I was looking forward to this so much.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Review: Run rabbit run by Barbara Mitchelhill

Run Rabbit Run by Barbara Mitchelhill
Published by Andersen Press
Challenge: BBC
Source: Sent for review by Author


When Lizzie's dad refuses to fight in the Second World War, the police come looking to arrest him. Desperate to stay together, Lizzie and her brother Freddie go on the run with him, hiding from the police in idyllic Whiteway. But when their past catches up with them, they're forced to leave and it becomes difficult to stay together as a family.
***
Run Rabbit run is a wonderful little book about a conscientious objector during World War Two and his family who are on the run from the police. It is told from the point of view of Lizzie the young girl of the family.

With my teaching head on I thought this would be a fab book to give youngsters an insight into life during World War Two and the issue of conscientious objectors which is something I haven't seen done before in a YA novel.

I enjoyed the story itself. It went along quite nicely with several little twists and turns put in. The family initially run away to Whiteway an estate within a village where the old man living there hides refugees and "conchies". As the story goes on main characters have to go on the run from their planned safe haven. The characters you meet within the book were written really well. I loved the family and seeing how they stuck together to deal with all the problems they came up against and enjoyed all the other characters they met whether they be nice or nasty.

All in all a fab little book that gives a brilliant insight into life during the blitz. A must read if you are studying the period or if you loved books like Carrie's war or goodnight Mr Tom.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

In my Mailbox (44)

Thank you to Kristi for hosting IMM every week.

I had a relatively quiet week bookwise at the overflowing library which was nice in some ways as it meant I could get caught up on my reading pile! The ones I did get look awesome.


The Summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han (UK paperback)
I have literally just finished this and really enjoyed it! Perfect book for the summer months.

It's not summer without you by Jenny Han (UK paperback)
i'm just about to start this one - very excited aabout it too!

Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer (UK paperback)
I picked this up in a charity shop during the week. I loved the first book so looking forward to giving this a try.

The Official Twilight Guide by Stephenie Meyer (UK hardback)
I'm not sure if I'll be reviewing this one. I picked it up in Waterstones whilst out earlier in the week and I reckon it'll be one of those books I dip in and out of from time to time.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Bookcase Showcase: Clover from Fluttering Butterflies

Hello all! Thank you to Kirsty for having me here today!  I'm Clover from Fluttering Butterflies (http://www.flutteringbutterflies.com) and I'm a little nervous showing you all my books, actually.  Kirsty's shelves are all so tidy and mine really, really aren't!  No judgement, right? :) Please excuse the terrible quality photos, I was using my camera phone in really poor lighting conditions! 





I'm going to start with the neatest bunch of books first and work my way down to the messiest.  This is what my bedside table currently looks like.  The stack of books there are always changing.  What I like to do is make a shortlist of books I'd like to read next (including books sent to my for review, books I've borrowed through friends or UK book tours or just other books I'd like to read in the near future) and this pile of books can change on a daily basis depending on my mood.  What you can also see there are my university textbooks and my (precious) blogging notebook, where I keep all of my to-do lists, blog ideas and schedules for the month. 



Next up, we have this little bookcase that sits in the middle of my stairs.  It's the home to a combination of both old photo albums as well as my really large collection of Robert Sabuda pop-up books.  Having two small children in the house, I really needed to find some place where grubby little hands couldn't destroy my beloved pop-up books and that place seems to be on my stairs. Go figure.  Sadly, I'm running out of space, and if you squint, you can probably see the zebra skin drum sitting next to the bookcase.  The drum is where I'd normally keep my library books and behind the drum, there are yet more Robert Sabuda books!  I really need to find a bigger place to house these books. 



 Now we're into the garage, where my main bookcases are held.  My two boys always keep a stack of picture books on their bedside tables in each of their rooms (with the eldest having his own little box of books that N made for him) as well as books in the living room.  In the garage, we keep everything else and rotate these books on a regular basis.  Every time new books come out, the boys feel like it's Christmas and their birthdays all rolled into one!  I must admit, only some of these books are from mine and N's childhoods that we'd like to pass on and the majority were bought especially for them. 

There is a small amount of order here - the picture books are grouped together, the board books together. Books by the same author (Dr Suess, Roald Dahl) try to share the same space.  There's a bunch of books on that top shelf of story collections.  I don't know if you can see, but piled in front of this bookcase is an overflow stack of my YA books that need to be taken up to the loft.


Opposite the children's bookcase are my two main bookcases.  I have to share with N and there is precious little space here, so forgive the almighty mess of it all!  This picture shows the top three shelves of the left bookcase.  The top shelf are my adult books that haven't yet been read.  They were once in alphabetical order, but I keep pulling books out and putting them in different piles.  You'll see another book shelf dedicated to adult books below.  There are so many of them that it is absolutely necessary to double stack.  All of these books are unread.  I keep the books that I have read in my loft and my loft is so unbearably messy that I refuse to show photos of it!!

The same goes for the two YA shelves below that.  I usually do alphabetise books, but when I make my shortlists of books I'd like to read, I generally pull a lot of books off the shelves and put them into these piles.  The two piles on the right handside of these shelves are two shortlisted piles of books that I've created but which didn't make it to my bedside table!  The pile on the left-hand side don't fit on the shelves and are double-stacked with some borrowed books on top (to make sure I remember that I have them!). 


I'm going to skip ahead now and show you my messiest photo.  Remember, these shelves are in my GARAGE where I keep a lot of rubbish that doesn't belong anywhere else.  So a lot of crap does end up on my shelves.  This photo is actually taken in such a way that you don't see the mounds of debris in front of the bookcases all lined up in bags and ready to be given to charity/the dump.  On these shelves are mostly reference books.  Some non-fiction books, some of N's computer books. Some fancier looking books that other people have given us.  One of the great collections of books that N has accumulated over the years is a great collection of fairy tales/myths from different countries and cultures that I'd love to explore on my blog sometime.  You can barely see them, but on the right-hand side, I have the entire Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon as well as the Spook's Apprentice books by Joseph Delaney, both of which I won in blog giveaways. 


And finally, here is a photo of my 'Overspill shelves'  That top shelf are more adult books, double-stacked (with no real order).  The second shelf is a dedicated N shelf, where he keeps his few books.  I've barged in and used some of his space to keep my hardback books.  (And some Sesame Streed DVDs apparently!)  Behind the Outlander books, the LOTR books are some of my childhood hardbacks, most notably my Frances Hodgson Burnett collection.

Other places in the house which contain books?  The kitchen has an entire shelf dedicated to cookbooks, the spare room upstairs (where the main computer lives) where I always keep a few different stacks of books, to the great annoyance of my husband and the loft, which I've mentioned is where I keep the books that I've already read.  I have a great many books up there, some of which will remain in my permanent collection (signed books, much loved books, childhood favourites) as well as those which I've read and will no longer read again for which I will eventually giveaway or donate to my local library. 

And, I think that's it!  I hope you've enjoyed seeing my collection of books! 

Friday, 22 April 2011

BLOG TOUR: Clash by Colin Mulhern - Alex Crow guest post

Today on The Overflowing Library I am pleased to have a guest post from Alex Crow one of the main characters from the awesome debut novel from Clash by Colin Mulhern


What Makes a Story, by Alex Crow

Colin came to our school when I was in my last year. I was labelled as someone who needed help in writing, which was utter crap because it wasn’t that I couldn’t do it, it was that I didn’t want to. I couldn’t stand English. What’s the point? I mean, poetry and Shakespeare and all that - what sort of job is that going to get me?

So in he comes, all smiling and friendly like he wants to be there and kicks off with, ‘Come on then, what makes a good story?’

‘Isn’t that your job?’ I asked. I was sitting at the side, near the middle – the perfect place to slip out if I got half a chance. There were only six of us in there, so it wasn’t really likely. More force of habit than anything else.

Colin just laughed, said he wanted to know what sort of things they teach us here. I was really pissed off at this. He was trying to embarrass us, rubbing it in that he knew more than we did, so I decided to speak up and show him we weren’t as daft as he thought.

‘Adjectives.’

‘Okay.’ He got up and wrote it down on the white board. ‘What else?’

The others joined in and he ended up with a whole list: verbs, nouns, adverbs, metaphors, scene, dialogue. I was feeling quite good... until he drew a line right through the lot.

‘That’s just naming the parts,’ he said. ‘The technical stuff. The boring stuff.  It makes a story readable, yes, but it isn’t what makes a story. What else do we need?’

I folded my arms. ‘Imagination!’

Colin didn’t give anything away. He just looked at me and said, ‘Do you have a good imagination?’

I sighed. ‘Not really.’

‘So does that mean the kids with great imaginations, the kids who read about fairies and elves and all that, can write better stories than you?’

A girl near me said, ‘Duh. Like, yeah.’

‘You think so?’ He looked surprised. ‘I never really liked those books. Wouldn’t it be great to have a story that isn’t all imagination? Something that was about real people. People like you? What would that be like?’

‘Boring,’ said the kid behind me. The rest of us agreed.

Colin didn’t give up. ‘So you all lead really boring lives, do you? You go home and nothing happens. No excitement, no drama? Nothing to talk about when you get back to school? Come on, I know for a fact that’s not true. Kids do stuff. You have arguments, fights, play stupid games, maybe even dangerous games.’ He started handing out sheets of paper, talking as he did so. ‘Have you ever fallen out of a tree, climbed on a garage roof? Done something that would make your teachers go pale?’ He sat back down. ‘That’s all experience, and when you write about real experiences – even if you tweak them a bit – they read so much better than something you try to make up. So how about it? Tell me a story about you.’

At first I was going to tell him some stuff that happened the other week, but he pushed again, saying, ‘Something no one but you could never come up with.’

So I wrote down a single sentence: I once mopped up all the blood from a murder. I stuck my name on the top and pushed it forward.

He didn’t read it out loud, he just smiled and said, ‘Alex Crow... I thought you said you didn’t have an imagination.’

I stared right back at him. ‘I don’t.’

Bit by bit, his grin faded. Poor sod had no idea what he’d got himself into.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Review: You against Me by Jenny Downham

You against Me by Jenny Downham
Published by David Flickling
Challenge: BBC
Series: None
Source: Picked up at RHCB bloggers brunch


If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother's been accused of a terrible crime and you're the main witness, then you banish all doubt and defend him. Isn't that what families do? When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her at a party, his world of work and girls begins to fall apart. When Ellie's brother is charged with the crime, but says he didn't do it, her world of revision, exams and fitting in at a new school begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. Brave and unflinching, this is a novel of extraordinary skillfulness and almost unbearable tension. It's a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it's a book about love - for one's family and for another.

***
Ever since I heard Jenny Downham was writing a new book I really wanted to read it. I loved before I die and had high hopes for this one. In a silly way if also put me off a bit - were my expectations going to be too high? Would I be disappointed if it wasn't as good as her first novel which was stunning? I'm glad to say that these worries were unfounded and I thought You against me was excellent.

The story revolved around two characters. Mikey a young lad in his late teens whose younger sister says she has been raped. He is the man of the house and spends his days trying to hold his single parent family together since his mother seems like she cannot cope with situation the family have found themselves in. The other character is Ellie another teenager whose brother has been accused on rape. She is the primary witness in his defence case and is feeling uncomfortable about her role in a future trial.

The first thing I'm going to say I like about this book(which is a totally biased and silly thing to like about a book) is that it is set in Norfolk yay! As a born and bred Norfolk girly I loved that about the book. (Silliness over back to the real review)

This story is so different from Jenny's other offering but just as good in how it builds up tension and brings to like engaging and interested characters that you can really relate to.

I won't tell you the ins and outs of the story and plot line because I don't know how I can give you that without spoiling the story but I will say this. For me the driving force of the story is the relationship between Ellie and Mikey. The story of the alleged rape is interested as an add on especially as it is not obvious who is the guilty party from the outset of the book but for me it was all about Mikey and Ellie. I loved how their relationship develops as the story progresses and I loved seeing how it affects, particularly in Ellie's case, how think, act and feel about the situation the two families are in.

The final section of the book is when it all kicks off. Again I can;t begin to explain or describe it in any detail or I would spoil it for you but I was totally and utterly gripped. The way it twists and turns was done brilliantly with loads of tension. The way it was written meant you couldn't quite second guess what was going to happen next which I really liked.

All in all an awesome book which I really enjoyed and would thoroughly recommend.


Thank you RHCB for the review copy

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

BLOG TOUR: The Opposite of Amber by Gillian Phillip



Today I'm pleased to having guest posting on the blog Gillian Phillip with part there of her exclusive story which features characters from the opposite of Amber. Check out my review of the opposite of Amber which was posted yesterday.

Big Gype  3

It was a Saturday, so it’s not like we had anything else to do. We mucked about on the foreshore and did stuff I’d thought I’d never do again after I turned twelve: skimmed stones and counted the bounces; footered around in rock pools in our bare feet; kicked water at each other. I caught a crab and made like I was going to stick it down her cleavage, and she shrieked and yelled but she didn’t run very far. When I agreed to chuck the crab back in the waves, she came sidling towards me herself, biting back a giggle. I could only watch her eyes, and her teeth on her lip, and her hair outlined in sun like a halo. I didn’t feel so much like fooling around anymore.
Not like a kid, anyway.
I reached out a hand and she gave another little scream and danced back a couple of paces.
‘No, it’s gone,’ I said. ‘Honest.’ I held up my empty hands, then reached them out again.
Tentatively, not quite trusting, she took my fingers. I pulled her in, ever so carefully. I kissed her and she kissed me back.
As the sun vanished and the sea turned metallic, we sat on a dry rock, high up the beach. She was leaning back against my chest so I put my arms round her. I squeezed my legs tighter round hers, too. I was kind of reluctant to let her go home.
‘How did we not get together properly before?’ I asked.
‘That’s a laugh. You’re the one that—’
‘Aye, OK,’ I interrupted, to shut her up.
Her hair smelt gorgeous and strange, like Red Bull.
‘We could get together now,’ I said. ‘Not that I mean... Just. You know. Go out, and that.’
She sank deeper back against my chest, and I thought she gave a little sigh.
‘We could,’ she said.
It was dark before I could let her go. We’d both got chilled sitting there on the rocks, so it was absolutely justifiable to wrap my arm around her as we walked. The pubs would be closing soon but right now it was quiet enough; the only sound was the tinny ring of the masts in the marina and the slop of water on the harbour wall.
We stopped to look at the black water. That was my second mistake. Being romantic.
I don’t know where the blow came from; I was only aware of it when I stopped falling through air and hit the water. My head rang so hard I couldn’t work out which way was up, and I floundered, bashing the side of a yacht, gulping water, till terror and freezing cold cleared my head. Wildly I grabbed the jetty, and hauled myself out. I still couldn’t stand up straight. I shook my head, and then I was scared to do that in case my brain came loose. And then, finally, it cleared.
I was terrified, sopping cold seawater as I fumbled my way up the steps to the quayside, and I thought about running away, but I didn’t. There was muffled squealing in the darkness near the trawlers, and the noise of an undignified struggle, so that’s the way I went, still dripping and staggering a bit.
The big gype from the beach bar. He had his hand over her mouth but Jinn was kicking away at his legs and he was far too busy fending her feet away from his goolies. I just ran at him, barged hard into him so he stumbled, but he didn’t stumble enough. He was back upright and trying to land another punch on me, and when I dodged that he grabbed me, first by my sodden hair and then by the throat.
You wee snot-rag,’ he roared.
I thought I was dead till my eye caught the flash of cold light behind him. I couldn’t shout but my eyes must have widened convincingly because he flung me down and spun round.
It was only a kitchen knife and she wasn’t even holding it right. He knocked it out of her hand as she flailed at him, and he went to hit her, but I was moving faster now. I rolled and grabbed it. Dropped it, grabbed it.
Shambled, half-crouching, to the struggling pair, and stuck the blade in the big gype’s side.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Review: The opposite of Amber by Gillian Phillip

The opposite of Amber by Gillian Phillip
Published by Bloomsbury
Challenge: BBC
Source: Review copy


'They found the fifth girl right after the snow melted ...the place where he left her was winter water, crazed with ice-feathers and dusted with snow. The traces from her body were gone, the ones that said his name, but she had an extra skin of ice that protected her and she looked perfect, like Snow White'. Ruby and her older sister Jinn live together on their own, just about making ends meet. Jinn is beautiful, with glittering blonde hair, and makes it her business to look after Ruby. They are horrified by, but try to ignore, the local newspaper stories of prostitutes who are murdered, their bodies eventually discovered underwater. Then the no-good Nathan Baird turns up on the scene - again - and Jinn starts to change. First Nathan moves in with Jinn and Ruby, making Ruby feel an outsider, and then Jinn and Nathan move out, leaving Ruby alone. Jinn no longer has time to look after Ruby. And it seems to Ruby that Jinn herself needs looking after. Her beautiful glittering hair starts to lose its shine. And then Jinn disappears. A deeply moving, chilling, and incredibly powerful thriller that celebrates the love two sisters have for each other and mourns the events beyond their control that will conspire to drive them apart.

***
The Opposite of Amber isn't the book you think it is going to be. The synopsis on it is a little misleading in its tone and sets you up for a very different kind of read. That's not to say the read you get in the end isn't good because it is but I'm warning you now to not set your heart on the type of book the synopsis seems to offer.

The books starts with you meeting Ruby. Ruby lives with her older sister Jinn who for all intents and purposes has spend her life acting as both her mother and sister (even when her mother was alive). The pair are really close and live in a small house in a seaside village in Scotland. Everything in their shared world bobs along nicely until that is Nathan Baird turns up. He starts seeing Jinn and slowly Ruby starts to see a change in her sister.

This book is really beautifully written. It allows you to really get inside the head of the main character Ruby and you really feel for her and the situation she helplessly finds herself in. The events of the book trot along nicely and the story is really engaging but it isn't the "thriller" promised on the synopsis (and probably is all the better for not being so). The final twist at the end was good and I never saw it coming at all.

Definitely one I'd recommend but don't let the synopsis put any preconceived ideas into your head.


Check back tomorrow for The opposite of Amber blog tour where I will be revealing the next part in Gillian's exclusive blog tour story.