Blog Tour: Bluebird, Bluebird *Giveaway*

October 3, 2017 in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Crime, Current Giveaways

Welcome to today’s stop on the Bluebird, Bluebird blog tour!

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: Bluebird, Bluebird *Giveaway*Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Series: Highway 59 #1
Published by Serpent's Tail on 28th September 2017
Genres: Crime
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
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Southern fables usually go the other way around. A white woman is killed or harmed in some way, real or imagined, and then, like the moon follows the sun, a black man ends up dead.

But when it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger working the backwoods towns of Highway 59, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about his home state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.

So when allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he is drawn to a case in the small town of Lark, where two dead bodies washed up in the bayou. First a black lawyer from Chicago and then, three days later, a local white woman, and it's stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes - and save himself in the process - before Lark's long-simmering racial fault lines erupt.

There are times when you read a novel and know it will stay with you for a long time; such was the case for me with Bluebird, Bluebird. Far more than a crime novel, this well-written, immersive book shines a spotlight upon racial tensions in East Texas.

Through Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger whose family hail from the state, we are given a glimpse into a world where a white woman’s death is investigated, but the suspicious death of a black man is left unexplored.  Darren gives us an insight into the life of a black law enforcer in an area where such a man is a rarity, an area which houses the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. Through his investigations, we are drawn into the racial politics and educated on what life is like (badge or no) when you are unwelcome in your own homeland.

I was thoroughly absorbed by this story. Having never read any of Locke’s work before, I was extremely taken with her storytelling and prose. The mystery aspect of the story is fascinating, however, it’s the look through the microscope at small-town East Texas life and the dynamics surrounding it that I found really made this novel. It’s a thought-provoking book and Locke raises many very pertinent issues. At times I was incredulous (and perhaps very naive) to find that this type of racism still occurs so freely in the world.  It’s a very timely novel that will no doubt impact the reader and leave a lasting impression.

**GIVEAWAY**

I’m delighted to say that I have a copy of this impressive and thought-provoking novel to give away to one reader in the UK. To be in with a chance of winning simply use the rafflecopter entry form below.

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Book Club: Spotlight On Hachette Children’s Group

December 5, 2016 in Book Club, Bookish Posts, Current Giveaways, Publisher Spotlight

It’s time for the third post in my publisher spotlight series and today is all about Hachette Children’s Group.

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Hachette actually publish one of my FAVOURITE authors, so let’s start there shall we? Leigh Bardugo! If you’ve followed the blog for a while, or follow me on Twitter (@rhodak09) this will come as absolutely no surprise to you. Bardugo is brilliant! Her Grisha trilogy will always have a special place in my heart and her more recent duology set in the Grishaverse is outstanding!

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The second book in this duology, Crooked Kingdom, hit the shelves at the end of September and ARGH it was everything I wanted it to be!

OK, calm down Rhoda. Bardugo is an author that I intend to introduce the Book Club to ASAP. If YOU haven’t read any of her books I highly recommend doing so; you can find my Bardugo archive here.

Enough of the fangirling. Let’s move on to another book that Hachette have published this year that’s not only on my own TBR, but is in our Book Club collection.

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon was published in July and boasts a 4.28 star average on Goodreads.

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It is the story of Subhi, a boy who has spent all of his life in a refugee camp. The world within those fences is all he knows. Until he uncovers the story of Jimmie. That’s all I know, aside from the fact that I need to read it!

Hachette have some very exciting offerings coming up in the early part of 2017. The Inquisition by Taran Matharu is the second book in the SUMMONER trilogy.

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I haven’t yet read the first book, The Novice, but given that this is a series described as “demons, magic and epic adventure”  I can assure you that it’s on my TBR! Look out for book 2 on the 12th January 2017.

This one might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I’m SUPER excited about it – AN ASTERIX COLOURING BOOK!

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I’ve been reading Asterix since childhood, despite the fact that I only got a fraction of the jokes at the time, and I adore the series. My friend’s son has discovered them and we have the most fun discussing the Gauls and the Romans. Add in the fact that I love a good colouring book and, well, it’s a no brainer! I kind of wish this was out before Christmas though as it’d make a great gift, but it’ll be something to look forward to on the 26th January 2017.

Also published that day is The Memory Book by Lara Avery, and if the early reviews are anything to go by, it’s going to be HUGE!

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All I know about this one is that a teenage girl is diagnosed with a rare disease that is going to cause memory loss. There’s romance involved and the story unfolds through a series of journal entries, text messages and mementos in her memory book. That’s as much as I know, and all I want to know. I can’t wait to read this one!

So there we have it; 5 books to look out for from Hachette!

Once again, we’d like to extend our thanks to Hachette for their incredible support and generosity.

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I can’t possibly gush about Leigh Bardugo without offering you the chance to win a paperback copy of one of her books! The winner can choose from Shadow & Bone, Siege & Storm, Ruin & Rising, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

I’ll be ordering the prize from The Book Depository so this giveaway is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY, provided TBD ship to your country for free.

To enter, just use the rafflecopter entry form below.

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Giveaway: Win A Signed Copy of This Savage Song

August 25, 2016 in Bookish Posts, Current Giveaways

It’s been far too long since I ran a giveaway. So, today I have an exciting prize for you – a SIGNED copy of V.E.Schwab’s This Savage Song.

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If you read my review back in May you’ll know that I loved this book and so when ordering my signed edition I decided to pick up a copy for one of you too.

 

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So, to be in with the chance of winning a signed UK edition paperback, just use the rafflecopter form below. You can do as many of the entries as you wish. Oh and it’s open INTERNATIONALLY too!

 

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Good luck!