Review & Blog Tour: The Undying Tower by Melissa Welliver

Title: The Undying Tower Author: Melissa Welliver Publication date: 09 September, 2021 Age group: Young Adult Genres: SSF, Dystopian Synopsis: What if living forever was a death sentence? Decades after the discovery that a small percentage of the population has stopped ageing, theAvalonia Zone is in crisis. From overpopulation to food shortages, the ‘Undying’ have been blamed forthe state’s problems, …

Recipe for the Book – A Cuban’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor

Recipe for the Book – A Cuban’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor NameyFrom the Kitchen of The Urban Reader Ingredients: A Cuban girl, a grieving trifecta (loss of grandmother, boyfriend and best friend), one ticket to England, a cute English bloke, many flavours of tea. Flour, water, yeast, sugar, salt and all …

Review: Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket

Poison for Breakfast is such a delightful book! Well it’s odd to call it delightful if you consider that our author probably had poison for breakfast. But it’s delightful, well technically it’s bewildering. This is book about a mystery, it’s also about death, it’s even about philosophy, but mainly it’s about bewilderment. Poison for Breakfast …

Review & Blog Tour: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die. Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.

Review: Animal by Lisa Taddeo

Title: Animal Author: Lisa Taddeo Publisher: Bloomsbury India Publication date: 28 June 2021 Age group: Adult Genres: Thriller, Contemporary Fiction Synopsis: Honestly, sometimes I think it’s the only recourse. Killing men in times like these . Joan has spent a lifetime enduring the cruel acts of men. But when one of them commits a shocking act of violence in front of her, …

Review and Blog Tour: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Title: The Jasmine Throne Author: Tasha Suri Publisher: Orbit Books Publication date: 08 June 2021 Cover art: Micah Epstein (illustrator), Lauren Panepinto (designer) Age group: Adult Genres: Fantasy Synopsis: Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical …

Review: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.