January Book Review Round Up

I do love my holiday reading! I don’t take on many review books over the Christmas/New year break to give myself a chance to work through “the pile”. This month’s selection was a combination of review books, presents and personal purchases, hence the variety of genres.

*****         “The Dandelion Clock” by Sarah Key

****1/2    “The Vintage Tea Party Book” by Angel Adoree

****1/2    “Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics” by Michael Mallory

***1/2    “The Greatest Books You’ll Never Read: Unpublished masterpieces by the world’s greatest writers” by Professor Bernard Richards

***1/2    “Wild Card Run” by Sara Stamey

****        “Courtyard Kitchen” by Natalie Boog

***1/2    “John Hughes: A Life in Film” by Kirk Honeycutt

****        “The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine” by Alexander McCall Smith

****        “1001 TV Series you must watch before you die” by Paul Condon and Steve Moffatt





First 5* review of 2016 – “The Dandelion Clock” by Sarah Key

Spring Equinox is almost upon Cape Town and someone is killing homeless women. In fact two people are; an inept contract killer and a deranged pyscho, who has made a pact with a demon. Will the group of friends (a psychic nursing student, a carefree nanny, a rock singer and a rich anorexic) be able to deal with their personal issues and pull in enough favours to help save homeless woman Helene.

Well written, good pacing, great female characters and a captivating story. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. If you are keen to read more by this author, get yourself a copy of “Tangled Weeds” – a review is on the 2015 page.

Suitable reading for a mature audience – contains some violence, realistic situations, and supernatural themes which some may find distressing.

Fab Horror Movie Coffee Table Book

“Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics” by Michael Mallory is a wonderful coffee table book, with a great range of classic-must-see horror movies, from the start of film making to the modern day. It contains excellent photos, concise descriptions of film plots, and reasons why they deserve to be in the book. Yes I know that some horror buffs will be disappointed that film “x” wasn’t included, but it does not claim to be an encyclopaedia of the horror genre (hmm good idea for a book project there). As a horror movie devotee, I am always interested in books on the subject, and found this one to be both entertaining and informative. (I still find it amazing that after all these years, even still photos of Linda Blaire from The Exorcist – 1973, yeah really 1973 – continue to manage to give me the willies.)