Wednesday Wonderings

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You heard it here first – books are making a comeback. Personally I’m not fussy when it comes to reading. Whether it’s my Kindle, a paperback or even (in desperate times) on my smartphone I’m happy as long as I can read. There is something to be said for a physical book though, especially a second hand one. I’m a sucker for floppy pages and worn spines – it feels like the book has been enjoyed and I think thats a good thing. There are others that prefer to keep their books pristine and beautiful, and that’s ok too!

Here in Swindon we have an abundance of libraries, from the very small to the very grand tea-and-toast-serving multicoloured mothership in the centre of town. The beauty of a library is that you can try genres and authors you wouldn’t normally pick up, with no real commitment. If you don’t like it, you can take it back without worrying that you’ve spent a whole £7.99 that could have been spent on wine. I tend to go armed with my ‘To Be Read’ list from Goodreads, then competely ignore it for a pretty cover.

I would encourage everyone, whether you’re a casual reader or a serial book devourer, to join your local library. They often have great kids clubs (perfect for 5 minutes peace perusing the YA shelves) and many also provide tea and cake for a lot less than the local coffee shop. All this and free books? Sounds like a winner to me…



Book Review – Dire Straits by Helen Harper

Author – Yasmin




“Dire Straits” is an interesting and different take on the traditional vampire myth. Set in London, Dire Straits is a firm where the main character, Bo Blackman, is a rookie private investigator. While serving a summons to a dodgy daemon, Bo ends up saving his life. Bo doesn’t normally do triber – based assignments ( vampires, daemons and witches ) which is how she prefers it, so after saving the daemon, Devlin O’Shea’s life, Bo realises she’s been set up. Now the police and vampire families are looking for her, including the handsome head of the Monsterrat house, Michael.

Bo knows if she’s going to survive all the craziness she will need to join the Monsterrat family as a recruit. However, Bo refuses to become a full fledged vampire; instead she wants to be a sort of half vamp that doesn’t drink blood – a sanguine. While going through training Bo has to find out who is behind a conspiracy to create a new vampire family.

” I know now the hardest tests aren’t even tests. They’re how you cope when your life falls apart.”

I really enjoyed reading this book and Bo is definitely my kind of character, I loved her attitude, self confidence and her witty remarks. I liked all the characters and the setting being in London, as a lot of the Urban Fantasy I’ve read hasn’t been set in England. There’s plenty of action, suspense and snarky humour throughout. The tension between Bo and Michael has me wondering where it will lead and looking forward to reading the next. I would definitely recommend this book and Helen Harper is quickly becoming a top pick for me, as I also loved her other series, Blood Destiny, and know this will be another favourite.

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