12 Jul 2012

THE TAKER - ALMA KATSU

SUMMARY
This is an immortal love story. Have you ever loved someone so much that you'd do anything for them? When Dr Luke Findley turns up to his hospital shift in the small town of St Andrews, Maine, he's expecting just another evening of minor injuries and domestic disputes. But instead, Lanore McIlvrae walks into his life - and changes it forever. For Lanny is a woman with a past... Lanny McIlvrae is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. Hers is a story of love and betrayal that defies time and transcends mortality - but this tale cannot end until Lanny's demons are finally put to rest. Her two hundred years on this earth have seen her seduced by both decadence and brutality - yet through it all she has only ever had one true love in her life. Until now. An unforgettable novel about the power of unrequited love to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, "The Taker" is an immortal love story on an epic scale...

REVIEW
Firstly, this book is not suitable for younger readers. Twilight fans who want to continue their forbidden love teen angst need not look here. This is the other, unbelievably extreme, sort of love. The fact that it labels itself as 'An Immortal Love Story' is ironic in a way. I picked it up by this tagline, thinking I could enjoy paranormality with a more adult storyline but I never imagined the utter brutality of this.

The story is set initially in the present, Dr. Luke meets 'Lanny' in his hospital who proceeds to tell him her story of how she came to be there. This is not a short story, she really starts at the beginning, and I'm talking her very beginning, back in the early 1800's. The settings were great and her storyline actually starts believably. I grew to like her, she's a normal person, not 100% pure or honest. Her only problem is that she is completely and blindly in love with the son of the biggest family in the town: Jonathan St. Andrew.

1 Jul 2012

Showcase Sunday - 01/07/12




Showcase Sunday is a weekly Meme designed to show what bloggers have received and bought through the week. It's hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea.



I haven't update this Meme for a while because even though I received the books a couple of weeks ago I hadn't signed them out. So this is kind of a bumper edition - a look at all the awesome things wonderful publishers have sent us!

I have to put a special mention in for Walker Books. I was lucky enough to be able to go to their Autumn Roadshow and got a super cool Where's Wally goody bag with some proofs from their new catalogue. A couple of days after this I received a surprise package with another 5 YA books, so thank you very much Walker!

So, from the event I received:

Kill You Last - Todd Strasser (Out Now)
Black Spring - Alison Croggon (Jan 2013)
Granny Samurai - John Chambers (Jan 2013)
The Girl Who Could Silence The Wind - Meg Medina (Out Now)

Walker Package:

Carry Me Down - M. J. Hyland
The Book Of Lies - Mary Horlock
Diabolical - Cynthia Leitich Smith
Wish You Were Dead - Todd Strasser
Blood On My Hands - Todd Strasser

From HarperCollins: 

Unravelling - Elizabeth Norris

From Work/Bought:

Black Heart Blue - Louisa Reid
The Fading - Christopher Ransom

It seems like the second half of this year will see lots of adult books re-released for teenagers, which is an exciting thing! I'm pretty sure Carry Me Down was shortlisted for the booker a long time ago (though I may have misremembered this) and I've also been eyeing up the adult version of The Book of Lies too.

A big thank you again to everyone who has sent things to me. I will obviously try my best to read everything but reviews may be delayed for the months to come. Hope you have found something here that you like the look of and want to add to your wish lists. 
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