REVIEW Little India at Home

May 19, 2017
By
REVIEW Little India at Home

I had no idea that Little India was first opened in Dunedin nearly around a quarter of a century ago. Now the chain has outlets throughout the country and has become a favourite among lovers of Indian cuisine, from Invercargill to Auckland. Based on the scrummy dishes fans will be familiar with, this soft-cover...

Read more »

Brutality enjoyed in Oz re-imagining

May 21, 2016
By
Brutality enjoyed in Oz re-imagining

Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige (HarperCollins, RRP $20): The Dorothy that landed in Oz and met the Scarecrow, The Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion must be killed. But why would anyone want to kill Dorothy? She’s good right? Well, no, she’s not. At least not in the world that Danielle Paige has...

Read more »

Post tale a stylish debut

March 31, 2016
By
Post tale a stylish debut

Wake By Anna Hope (Random House, RRP $37): This incredible debut novel from author Anna Hope weaves together the tales of three extraordinary women, Hettie, Evelyn and Ada. Hettie spends her nights at Hammersmith Palais, dancing for a nickel with gentlemen, Evelyn works at the pensions office, helping soldiers who are struggling since the...

Read more »

Quirky debut mixes drama, mystery to good effect

December 3, 2015
By
Quirky debut mixes drama, mystery to good effect

Terms and Conditions, by Robert Glancy (Bloomsbury, RRP $30): I’m not usually a fan of the books that insist on footnotes. I avoid them or make a slow decision about whether they are actually needed and what they could possibly add to the book. Why not just include those moments in the main text...

Read more »

Riveting morality study

May 2, 2015
By
Riveting morality study

  Kiss Me First, by Lottie Moggach (Macmillan, RRP $38): The internet is an easy place to hide, to lie and to be completely absorbed by. It can be a place where you trust someone so completely that you can hand over your life to a complete stranger. Lottie Moggach tackles these disturbing realities...

Read more »

In Hobbit heaven

December 21, 2014
By
In Hobbit heaven

The Hobbit – Desolation of Smaug, Chronicles – Art and Design, by Daniel Falconer (HarperCollins, RRP $60): Weta Workshop extraordinaire, Daniel Falconer, has compiled this third book in The Hobbit Chronicles series and it is simply gorgeous. Beautiful to touch and to hold, it covers a myriad concept arts, design, illustrations, descriptions of set...

Read more »

A clunky disappointment

September 21, 2014
By
A clunky disappointment

The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner (Doubleday Childrens, RRP $27): James Dashner may be better known for his bestselling dystopic Maze Runner series. He returns with The Eye of Minds, the first in his new series, The Mortality Doctrine. Set in the not-so-distant future, The Eye of Minds follows Michael and his friends...

Read more »

Compelling and edgy

June 19, 2014
By
Compelling and edgy

We Were Liars By E Lockhart (Allen & Unwin, RRP $23) E Lockhart’s novel We Were Liars has been making waves on the book blogosphere for some time and has been recommended to listeners of all the book podcasts I listen to. It promised to be original and thrilling which is always exciting to lay...

Read more »

Downstairs at the Bennett’s

February 28, 2014
By
Downstairs at the Bennett’s

Longbourn, by Jo Baker (Random House, RRP $38): Undoubtedly, one of the most beloved literary pieces is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Everyone knows the story of the Bennett family; their lives, their loves and their dramas. However, the story of those working for the Bennett family remained a mystery – until now. British...

Read more »

Unhappy wife meets gardener

February 19, 2014
By
Unhappy wife meets gardener

I Take You by Nikki Gemmell (HarperCollins, RRP $33) Australian author Nikki Gemmell has a great handle on delivering well-written erotica. A co-worker introduced her work to me last year, lending me With My Body and then, shortly after, The Bride Stripped Bare. Each story had me completely captivated. When I picked up Gemmell’s...

Read more »

Currently reading

Strange Beautiful Excitement