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Monday, 19 September 2016

Monday Book Post

Always the best way to start another week!  A pile of surprise books arriving!  We bookish people are easily pleased aren't we?!  So here's my goodies that have made my Monday so smiley!

The first to arrive was the wonderful box from Book And A Brew who are a wonderful monthly subscription box service, that I've been happily subscribed to for a number of months now and they never fail to make me smile with their choices of books, and new tea flavours too!

The tea this month is from a new tea company and is a Fruit Punch flavour which sounds delightful! Can't wait to try it!

And the book is one I'd not heard of though but after reading the blurb it sounds like a real fascinating read!  Here's a bit more of what it is about;

For fans of Sarah Waters and The Crimson Petal and the White, a vibrant tale of female boxers and their scheming patrons in 18th-century Bristol.

Some call the prize ring a nursery for vice . . .

Born into a brothel, Ruth's future looks bleak until she catches the eye of Mr. Dryer. A rich Bristol merchant and enthusiast of the ring, he trains gutsy Ruth as a puglist. Soon she rules the blood-spattered sawdust at the infamous Hatchet Inn.

Dryer's wife Charlotte lives in the shadows. A grieving orphan, she hides away, scarred by smallpox, ignored by Dryer, and engaged in dangerous mind games with her brother.

When Dryer sidelines Ruth after a disastrous fight, and focuses on training her husband Tom, Charlotte presents Ruth with an extraordinary proposition. As the tension mounts before Tom's Championship fight, two worlds collide with electrifying consequences.

The Fair Fight will take you from a filthy brothel to the finest houses in the town, from the world of street-fighters to the world of champions. Alive with the smells and the sounds of the streets, it is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention and fighting your way to the top.

I've really been enjoying the more historical reads recently, so this one looks like it will be perfect for me and it has received some great reviews on GoodReads so I can't wait to start reading it!

What do you do when you find out that your whole life could be a lie?

'I talked to my mother the night she died, losing myself in memories of when we were happiest together. But I held one memory back, and it surfaces now, unbidden. I see a green postbox and a small hand stretching up to its oblong mouth. I am never sure whether that small hand is mine. But if not mine, whose?'

Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, more than two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother is on her deathbed, and it is Louise's last chance to learn the whereabouts of a father she never knew.

Stubborn to the end, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter's fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead. A man called David Prescott . . . but is he really the father she's been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new piece of the puzzle leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies.

The above  was sent to me by the lovely people at Quercus Books  and looks to be another intriguing read!

Super-intelligent furry aliens suddenly appear from another universe. And they’ve come to earth to have fun. “Louie” follows fisherman Billy Morton home one day and he and his family come quickly to love the playful alien. But when Louie starts using their computer to hack into government and corporate networks, and steal millions from banks to give to others, they realize that Louie and his friends mean trouble. Billy, his wife and two sons begin a roller-coaster ride of fame, fortune, jail, death, resurrection, and a distinguished ranking high on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” List. The Government soon decides that all these aliens are terrorists. They must be eliminated. The aliens are playing games they hope will help humans to see the insanity of the American political, economic and military systems. But the Powers that Be don’t play games: they make war.

I was lucky enough to win this one from Luke Rhinehart in a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway so was excited when it finally arrived! I was a big fan of the authors book, The Dice Man, so I'm interested to see how crazy this book is to see if it compares!  I do like a quirky read and think this is what this book may give me!

Following the success of his award-longlisted Childish Spirits and its sequel The Spirit of London, prolific children’s author Rob Keeley is back with The Sword of the Spirit, the third instalment in his thrilling and suspenseful Spirits series.

“There are truths which must be revealed before the battle may commence. You do not yet know the meaning of the sword.” 

Ellie’s investigations into the spirit world have reached a medieval castle, where archaeologists are digging for the fabled Sword of St Merrell. But she didn’t expect to meet a real medieval knight. Nor was she expecting him to be an ancestor of Edward Fitzberranger. Ellie discovers that behind a legend of chivalry and bravery lies a dark and nasty truth. And worse is to come. Ellie’s meddling has consequences she could never have foreseen. This time, she may have gone too far... 

The Sword of the Spirit works both as a standalone novel and as part of a series. It will appeal to girls and boys of upper primary and lower secondary age – primarily 8-12 – and to parents and teachers reading the book aloud.

I was contacted by the author via Twitter to see if I would be interested in reading this childrens' book. As auntie to two avid readers, my nephew and niece aged 10 and 8, then I'm always on the lookout for new books to share with them and this book sounds perfect as the author writes for this age range.  So I can't wait to start this adventure too!

So, looks like I've got a little bit of reading to do eh!!   Probably a good thing I'm back on track with my September book buying ban! And I still refuse to count up my TBR pile - am I alone in being too scared to see an actual number of books I have to read?!  If I stay oblivious then it all seems possible that I WILL get to all those lovely books on my shelves and on the kindle..... well, maybe if I live to be 133!!

Happy Reading!!

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