Saturday, 4 June 2016

Win - Tattoo by Landan England + What I Read In May

Book cover of Tattoo by Landan England.

'An intriguing and original YA sci-fi novel that constantly keeps you guessing. Tattoo transports you into a totally new world yet also carries a very real subliminal message about prejudice. A fantastic read that you won’t want to put down.' Sounds fab, right? The good news is that I have a copy of this fun sci-fi-com (com-sci-fi?) by Landan England to give away. You can get up to five entries by filling out the Gleam form below:

Win Tattoo by Landan England
UK only.

If you aren't lucky enough to win you can buy Tattoo via Amazon - £9.99 for the paperback and £4.99 on Kindle. Check out the author's inspirational story too on his Wallace Publishing page. For my review of Tattoo and the other books I finished in May, keep reading. :)

What I've Read This Month

TATTOOTATTOO by LANDAN ENGLAND
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fiction, 2016. This debut novel by Landan England follows the story of Brock, a self-confessed cynic who has his life turned upside down after taking the plunge and getting a tattoo on his wrist. The tribal design he drew up himself turns out to be more than aesthetically pleasing - it's the mark of a sophisticated alien society, and Brock's portal to a world very different from his own.

Except, even with all the advancements the people he encounters have made, they still suffer from an age old hang up: prejudice. Set against the backdrop of some fun and detailed world building, Tattoo is an interesting exploration of racism, and the dangers of blindly accepting what we are told without challenge.

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Bought and SoldBought and Sold by Megan Stephens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Non-Fiction, 2015. Harrowing true life story of a girl who thought she had found love, but instead found herself forced into prostitution and increasingly desperate situations. The writing style is simple and to the point, making it a quick - if not quite easy - read. Pains are taken not to lay the blame at any one door, but the book raises many questions about her local authority social services department which I hope were covered in the policy reviews the case doubtless triggered. Just a little more thoroughness could have prevented the entire tragedy.

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The Cromwell Street Murders: The Detective's StoryThe Cromwell Street Murders: The Detective's Story by John Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Non-Fiction, 2005. Really interesting account of the investigation into the Wests, and the massive amount of policework involved to bring Rose West to justice. This isn't sensationalist in any way, but somehow the murders seem all the more gruesome for it. There were a few times I had to put the book down and do something else because I just didn't want to contemplate how much those poor girls had suffered.

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Arsenic Sally: Or the Curious Case of the Eastwood PoisonerArsenic Sally: Or the Curious Case of the Eastwood Poisoner by Mike Sheridan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Non-Fiction, 2015. Well researched account of a Victorian arsenic poisoning case - following the tumultuous inquest through to Sarah Barber's eventual death as a free woman in Tasmania. I would have liked to see a tighter SPAG edit but it's still well worth reading for history and true crime fans!  View all my reviews.









54 comments:

  1. It sounds a great read and full of intrigue #KCACOLS

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  2. I'm waiting for tattoo at the moment - sounds good! #KCACOLS Mumzilla

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  3. Oh thank you for sharing - I love reading recommended books but I have to admit that since blogging my reading has sadly taken a backseat - you've inspired me to go buy a new book so thank you #KCACOLS

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    1. That's awesome! I hope you enjoy it :)

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  4. Thank you for the opportunity to enter. I do love a good book and always on the look out for new Authors.

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    Azaria- Being Mrs Lynch

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  5. I'm so impressed you've read so much in one month! I am terrible and barely manage a book a month! #KCACOLS

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    1. I'm doing quite well this year - last year was a different story!

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  6. The book sounds like a good read for me and my daughter. Sci - fi com, a new genre perhaps ;)
    #KCACOLS

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    1. That's it, it could be the next big thing! lol x

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  7. I'm in awe of your reading list, and have entered your giveaway - everything crossed! #KCACOLS

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  8. I've recently read the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice but I like a variety of genres

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    1. It's been ages since I read those - I liked the film too :)

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  9. Great Reads, I believe I read Tattoo, and it was very good. Love it! #KCACOLS

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  10. ive just finished reading the maze runner third book, i love reading and will literally read anything, ive a collection of books to rival the libaray !

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    1. Ooh, I've not read those. Hehe, we had a massive clear out a few months ago so we actually have a few empty shelves at the moment!

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  11. I love that you read nonfiction! I also have added several of these to my wishlist in hopes I can get to them, I cannot believe you read them all this month! How do you find time! I am jealous #KCACOLS

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    1. I'm always sneaking in reading - usually in bed or on the bus to work :)

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  12. I think I've read bought and sold... Hmm. I really want to read Tattoo! It sounds very good :) #KCACOL

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    1. Bought and Sold was really depressing - so many chances for her to be saved that weren't taken up.

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  13. I'm sure I'm still on the last book I was reading last time you did one of these roundups!! #KCACOLS

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  14. Tattoo and The Cromwell Street Murders both sound like great books. Definitely look into getting a copy of those. #kcacols

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    1. The Cromwell Street Murders was really good - not the best writing, but so interesting to see how an investigation like that was structured.

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    1. They're not my usual genre, but I like them now and then :)

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  16. I love Lee Child Jack Reacher series - they keep you in suspense and you don't want to put the books down! (@PeanutHog)

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    1. Ooh, I haven't read those - will have to add to the (very long!) list! :)

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  17. I most like to read true stories involving strength over adversity as they help me to put my own problems into perspective x

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    1. Some of these books are so inspirational - there are some I've read which I still think about, years later, for motivation!

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  18. Autobiographies are my favourite type of book to read.

    Rachel Craig

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    1. I never used to read any, but I've started dipping into the genre more and I'm really enjoying it!

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  19. I like the Peter James series with Roy Grace set in Brighton

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  20. I don't get time to read my books anymore but I read children's books with my son. My favourite is Charlie Cook's Favourite Book at the moment!

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    1. Marianna is still at the 'I just want to chew on the book' stage at the moment, but I'm really hoping she will be a bookworm as she gets older. Her bookcase is already full to bursting as I'm always picking books up for her! x

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  21. I have just finished miss peregrine's home for peculiar children and about to start the next book

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    1. I really need to read these before we see the film!

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  22. I haven't read anything recently as work has been so busy.

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    1. Ugh, I know that feeling all too well!

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  23. I'm re-reading Tully by Paullina Simons, one of my favourite books. My favourite genre is Thrillers

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  24. I'll read any book :) But my favourites are murder mystery.. But I am also very fond of classics, one of my favoutite books is Wide Sargasso sea :)

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    1. I love murder mysteries - same with TV shows, it drives my partner mad! :)

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  25. I have just finished reading Cuckoo by Julia Crouch

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    1. I've not read it yet, but I've heard good things.

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  26. Georgina Holden18 June 2016 at 16:28

    looks like a great read

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    1. I hope you get chance to check it out :)

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  27. Pam Francis Gregory18 June 2016 at 20:48

    Love sci-fi

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