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Not a review: Advent, James Treadwell


“For centuries it has been locked away 
Lost beneath the sea 
Warded from earth, air, water, fire, spirits, thought and sight.

But now magic is rising to the world once more.

And a boy called Gavin, who thinks only that he is a city kid with parents who hate him, and knows only that he sees things no one else will believe, is boarding a train, alone, to Cornwall.

No one will be there to meet him.”

Having already read and reviewed James Treadwell’s Advent last year, I don’t want to re-post another review, but as my old site is no long accessible I thought I should at least mention afresh that it’s an unutterably beautiful read. The novel is so full of myth and detail that it stands up brilliantly to a re-read, and I wanted to refresh myself in readiness for the release of the second book in the series this summer.

Anarchy will be published early in July in the UK and Commonwealth, and in September in the US.
Prepare yourselves for gods, demons, bicycles and Canadians.

If you’ve not tried Advent, and you’re a fan of Charles De Lint, you HAVE to give this a go. It’s completely gorgeous. I believe ‘technically’ it’s YA, but it’s like no other YA you’ve read, I promise. It’s rich and challenging and full of depth, nothing like titles by the likes of Hocking or Clare. Treadwell puts them to shame. It’s really interesting to compare Advent to Wake, for example. Treadwell’s book is like a 3 course steak dinner in a beautiful ocean view restaurant, whilst Hocking’s is more your three day old Tesco value burger with a hint of dobbin around the edges. He really is in a class of his own.

I absolutely can’t recommend this highly enough. If you’re looking for something daft and fluffy, it won’t be for you, but if you want to read something truly beautiful, look no further.

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Smoke, Bones & Witches

I have to confess, I was hoping for a much bigger haul from my once-a-year-or-so day off work and todder-less trip out. That said though, I really do need to start focusing on quality rather than quantity, so it may well have been a blessing in disguise.  My trip to Waterstones was a little frustrating due to some poor stock and some irritatingly clueless staff (doesn’t often happen, but when it does? Mind-numbingly annoying. If you’re not arsed about books, don’t work in a bookshop), and of all places I actually picked up these two in Sainsburys;

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Now, I know we’re not supposed to buy books from the Big Evils, but…Waterstones wound me up, and looking at their website right now I saved over a fiver by getting these two from the supermarket. If they want me to not do that, they need less mardy staff. Simples.

I’ve not read or written much over the last week or so, but I’m about to bury myself in fiction once more, and later this week I really need to crack on with the second chapter of my new idea for a novel. I’m a little over halfway through my second read of Advent at the moment, and it’s even more gorgeous this time around. I can’t wait for the release of the second book this summer. I’ve also got some interesting eARCs that I’ll post about soon.

For now though? time to catch up on some work 😦


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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized


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MIA, & Advent

Still alive! Still writing & reading, just a bit caught up in the Epic preparations for my 3 year old’s Birthday Weekend. No one warns you of this. The party planning thing. Social, I am not. But I’m making a Herculean effort all the same.

In between bouts of banner hanging, present wrapping, party bag packing and outfit selecting, I am having a refreshingly gorgeous re-read of James Treadwell’s Advent in preparation for the release of the second book in the series this summer, yay 🙂 Always a special one for me, given that it’s the first Mass Market title I’ve been quoted on the back of. It’s my baby! If you’ve not discovered Treadwell yet, you must. Beautiful.


Even the cover is delicious. Hodder are fast becoming my heroes.

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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Uncategorized


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