Review: I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

“In an isolated village in the Icelandic Westfjords, three friends set to work renovating a derelict house. But soon they realise they are not alone there – something wants them to leave, and it’s making its presence felt.

Meanwhile, in a town across the fjord, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son.

When the two stories collide the terrifying truth is uncovered . . .”

I Remember You was selected as one of the books we were reading for Hear… Read This!, a monthly book club podcast. I had heard a lot of praise for Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, in particular for her crime novels, so had high hopes for this mixture of crime and supernatural. After reading it over Halloween, sadly it fails to live up to an interesting premise and quickly outstays its welcome. Continue reading “Review: I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir”

Podcast: Dominion by C.J Sansom

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Bookplate Books returns and this week Kate and Rob are discussing Dominion by C.J Sansom. What did they think of this take on alternate history? Continue reading “Podcast: Dominion by C.J Sansom”

Don’t miss episode two of Hear… Read This!

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As we move into the second week of November it’s time for another episode of Hear… Read This! Rob and Kate have joined forces with Gav and Simon of The Readers for a new monthly book club and we’ve love you to join us. Continue reading “Don’t miss episode two of Hear… Read This!”

Nigel McDowell – the Tall Tales From Pitch End Q&A

We’re thrilled to bring you this Q&A with Nigel McDowell, author of Tall Tales From Pitch End, which has just been shortlisted for the Essex book Award, and which Kate loved when she reviewed it earlier in the year.  Read on to find out more about Pitch End, Nigel’s inspirations and what he thinks about the importance of storytelling.

P.S. Have you listened to the first episode of Adventures With Words Young Adult Edition yet?  There’s a competition to win a signed copy of Tall Tales From Pitch End, but you must listen to the exclusive Tall Tale featured in the podcast to be able to answer… You’ll find the podcast and competition here! Continue reading “Nigel McDowell – the Tall Tales From Pitch End Q&A”

Introducing… Adventures With Words Young Adult Edition

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Welcome to Adventures With Words Young Adult Edition.  Once a month, Kate will be going solo to discuss the best of Young Adult fiction, old and new, especially great UKYA.  

Don’t worry – your normal podcast will be continuing; you can subscribe to this podcast separately in iTunes if YA is your thing, and you’ll be able to find all the YA Edition podcasts at

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Podcast: Juggling, The Luminaries and Naughty Ebooks

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Kate is back this week so it’s time for a catch-up on recent events. Rob and Kate discuss your feedback on juggling books, their thoughts on the Man Booker winning The Luminaries and the recent headlines involving naughty ebooks… Continue reading “Podcast: Juggling, The Luminaries and Naughty Ebooks”

Black Roses Blog Tour: the Q&A

Here’s the second part of the Black Roses Blog Tour here on Adventures With Words, to celebrate the fact that Jane Thynne’s insightful and unusual novel is now out in paperback.

We were really pleased to have the opportunity to put a few questions to Jane about her choice to set the story in Berlin in the years leading up to World War Two, her characters Clara and Leo and why she decided to focus on the women behind the big names of the Third Reich.

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Black Roses Blog Tour – the review

It’s the first stop on the Black Roses blog tour!  Earlier in the year, Kate read and reviewed Black Roses by Jane Thynne, which is now out in paperback.  We’d love to share with you again our review, and then later we have a Q&A with Jane herself, about some of the key themes of the novel…

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Nearly time for the Black Roses Blog Tour…

Adventures With Words is thrilled to be the first stop on the Black Roses Blog Tour, as Jane Thynne’s fascinating novel based in late-Thirties Berlin will soon be out in paper back.  We’ll be reposting Kate’s review of the book and we were lucky enough to be able to ask Jane some questions about it too – they’re coming up on the blog from 6pm tonight.

In the mean time, check out where else the blog tour is heading…

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Podcast: Back to The Secret History

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With a poorly Kate, there is no new podcast this week. But with Donna Tartt’s new book The Goldfinch hitting bookshelves, we revisit her first book The Secret History. Continue reading “Podcast: Back to The Secret History”

Review: The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

Will West is careful to live life under the radar.  At his parents’ insistence, he’s made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack of his cross-country team.  Then, Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam, and he is recruited by an exclusive and mysterious prep school – the best school no one’s head of, with technology the likes of which no one’s ever seen.

At the same time, coincidentally – or not so – Will realises he’s being followed by men in dark hats driving black sedans who pose a terrifying threat to his family.  What follows is a series of events and revelations that places Will smack in the middle of a millennia-old struggle between titanic forces… Continue reading “Review: The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost”

Review: Arclight by Josin L McQuein

The first rule of Arclight: Light is safety.  Light is life.

The second: Never go outside alone.

The third: No one ever comes back from the dark.

But Marina did.

Marina can’t remember anything about her life before she stumbled out of the Dark and into the Arclight.  Where has she come from?  How has she survived?  And why do the rulers of the Dark seem determined to destroy her? To find out, she will have to venture back into the Dark... Continue reading “Review: Arclight by Josin L McQuein”

Podcast: Exploring The Bookshelves

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Kate and Rob may live together, but they don’t share their bookshelves! They each pick three books from each other’s shelves and ask for the story behind them. What stories will they find? Continue reading “Podcast: Exploring The Bookshelves”

Introducing Hear… Read This!

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It’s here! Today brings the first ever episode of Hear…Read This!  We’re thrilled to present four hosts, two books and one bookclub. This month we are talking about HHhH by Laurent Binet and Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan. Continue reading “Introducing Hear… Read This!”