Sunday, 30 July 2017

Book Review: The Girl in the Spider's Web (continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series) by David Lagercrantz


Title: The Girl in the Spider's Web
Author: David Lagercrantz
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Publication Date: 7 April 2016

Blurb

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist have not been in touch for some time.

Then Blomkvist is contacted by renowned Swedish scientist Professor Balder. Warned that his life is in danger, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story - and it is a terrifying one.

More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker.

It seems that Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters - and a violent criminal conspiracy that will very soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm, to the Millennium team, and to Blomkvist and Salander themselves.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Book Events: Beauty & the Beast Screening, Afternoon Tea & Book Swap



This time last week I had the pleasure of attending a special screening celebrating Disney’s DVD/Blu-ray release on 17th July of the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, followed by an afternoon tea and book swap.

The event was arranged by the lovely Juliana Fenton from Premier and it was a lovely surprise to receive the invitation.

The event started at 10am, so after a bleary-eyed trek into London, I arrived at the Covent Garden Hotel where I was pleasantly surprised to find that instead of a conference room (as I had anticipated), the hotel actually has a private screening room downstairs which I estimate seats around 40-50 people in total.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Book Review: My Mother's Shadow by Nikola Scott




Title: My Mother’s Shadow
Author: Nikola Scott
Publisher: Headline Review
Publication Date: 30 May 2017

Twitter: @nikola_scott

Rating: 4 out of 5

Blurb

Hartland House has always been a faithful keeper of secrets...

1958. Sent to beautiful Hartland to be sheltered from her mother's illness, Liz spends the summer with the wealthy Shaw family. They treat Liz as one of their own, but their influence could be dangerous...

Now. Addie believes she knows everything about her mother Elizabeth and their difficult relationship until her recent death. When a stranger appears claiming to be Addie's sister, she is stunned. Is everything she's been told about her early life a lie?

How can you find the truth about the past if the one person who could tell you is gone? Addie must go back to that golden summer her mother never spoke of...and the one night that changed a young girl's life for ever.