Ruin & Rule by Pepper Winters

9781455589333If you've ever wondered what Romeo and Juliet would be like if you crossed it with Sons of Anarchy, Ruin & Rule is your answer. Tightly wrapped in leather and unrequited love, this was a slow build to a heart rending finish. Just like the star crossed lovers of Shakespeare's tale.

Pepper Winters has created two AMAZING characters in Arthur Killian and Cleo Price, I don't think I've ever been more interested in finding out a character's history than I was in finding out about Cleo's past. The amnesia aspect seemed a little cheesy and cliched at first, but it grew to be the great catalyst of the story, along with the dark, broken mystery that is Arthur Killian.

With flashbacks and change of perspective, Winters moved through plot points seamlessly and delivered a succinct story with incredible characterisation and chilling twists. I have so much hope for Cleo and Art, and I cannot wait to see where they go next!

Perfect for fans of Chantal Fernando and Joanna Wyld.

~ Samantha, Northlands QBD

Note: This title is available from the 1/9/2015

Follow Holly Down the Rabbit Hole…

9780062442420Holly Madison really loved Hef, more than any of his other girlfriends did... or so we were lead to believe!

In this tell-all memoir, Holly takes us inside the playboy mansion, inside Hef's bedroom, and inside an emotionally abusive relationship which was so very different from the relationship portrayed in the media and on the "reality" show Girls Next Door.

At twenty-two, Holly was about to find herself without a place to live and, already having a foot in the door of the Playboy Mansion, asked Hef if she could move in. One big night out with the girlfriends and Hef, one bizarre and underwhelming bedtime routine later, and Holly was told "You can stay for a while and we'll see how it works out."

Thus began a seven-year relationship in which Holly, along with the other girlfriends, would be told she was replaceable and made to feel unattractive. An abusive relationship like any other, in which she convinced herself that she loved him, ignored the manipulative things he did, and was too afraid to leave because she was sure no one else would want her.

Down the Rabbit Hole is a look inside the morbidly fascinating world of the Playboy Mansion, but beyond that it's a story about a woman getting herself out of a bad situation, building a life for herself, and being more than a man's property.

No wonder Hef's not happy.

Spotlight on QBD Carindale

There's nothing better on a winter weekend than snuggling up under a blanket with a good book.

Our QBD Carindale team have some great suggestions to add to your winter reading list!

9781409157243The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz: The House of Silk is for those who have read all of the Sherlock Holmes there is to read and still want more! Anthony Horowitz takes up the Sherlock Holmes mantle and does a fantastic job of it. He has captured the character and the spirit of the adventures well and gives us a bit of extra insight into the thoughts of Dr John Watson. A compelling read that I would definitely recommend for any Sherlock Holmes fans. - Laura (Store 2IC)

9781406357738The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton: “Love makes us such fools.” This book is by far my favourite that I've read this year. It was, as the title suggests, strange and yet so beautiful. It is everything you wish for when you pick up a book hoping it will be a great read. It was magical, enchanting, alluring, unusual and cheerful. The Roux family has a history of tragic love stories. The story tells us of Ava Lavender's family. First her grandmother, then her mother and then Ava herself and the loves of their lives. Ava is also strangely born with a pair of mesmerising wings. I warned you it is strange! Do yourself a favour and allow yourself to be lost in this amazingly written book. - Haylee

9781447265443Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet: First having read “Pillars” when it was published in 1989 and being in my top 5 books, I decided to re-read it (something I never do with a book). I still found it as engaging as the first time. The reader quickly finds oneself being drawn into this historical fiction epic tale set in mid 12th century, of the building of a gothic cathedral and the lives of the characters entwined in the daily living in the medieval community of Knightsbridge. Follet writes in fine detail which offers action, intrigue, passion and violence with the characters as well as giving detailed descriptions of the building of the cathedral which was Philip's dream, he being the abbott of the monastry. Oh well, I'll just have to find a nice sunny spot and re-read the sequel, World Without End. Another weekend of fine reading coming up! - Gina

9781877008917Stasiland by Anna Funder: This non-fiction book follows Funder's research into the East German police, the Stasi. Funder presents stories of citizens whose lives were impacted in a variety of ways for mysterious reasons, but also interviews those who worked for the Stasi themselves. Funder's talent and skill as a storyteller is showcased here, as this non-fiction book reads as fluidly as a novel. An intriguing and beautifully written read, this book is perfect for anyone looking to get started in non-fiction reading, who enjoys reading drama or biographies, or as a gift! - Belinda

9780141340135Cinder by Marissa Meyer: As you follow Cinder throughout the novel, you feel as though you're witnessing everything that's happening and part of Cinder's life with every detail of New Beijing and the characters that Meyer has created. It's realistic and beautiful at the same time. This story grabs onto you after reading just a few paragraphs. It's a Cinderella story as you know it but with its own unique twists and turns that readers would want to experience. - Cassandra

9780752883304The Passage by Justin Cronin: A sprawling novel that spans countries and generations, Cronin turns the overworked concept of vampires into something completely different. Beware, this is no Twilight; The Passage is incredibly entertaining and devastatingly creepy at the same time. A military experiment gone wrong leaves the world in the throes of vampire-like beings. This new, meolancholic and desolate world will have you thinking about love, loss, and what it means to be human. Perfect for fans of dystopian fiction authors such as Stephen King and George Orwell. - Cara

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Book of the Month: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

9781439177723Can you commit the perfect crime?

Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation.

But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder – and Pilgrim wrote the book.

What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God.

When I was first given a copy of this book I felt there was no way I was going to make a commitment to a 760 page blockbuster as I normally prefer the 400 page fast fiction that fills our shelves. 100 pages into the book and I was already concerned that it just wasn’t going to be long enough and certainly at page 700, I was enjoying every page and wishing there were another 700 left. It a big statement to say the best book I’ve ever read, however I will say that I have never read a book that I enjoyed more.

-Steve, QBD Director


It’s a Wonderful Life!

9780552565974Meet Auggie Pullman. Star Wars fan, dreamer, joker, and first-time Middle Schooler. As ordinary as Auggie feels, he knows that he is different. People treat him differently, people look at him differently (if they look at him at all). Born with severe facial abnormalities, Auggie will always stand out in a crowd. Even after countless operations, his face is malformed enough to induce curiosity, horror, and pity in the strangers around him. And now, it has been decided that he will leave his safe home-schooling routine, and enter Beecher Prep Middle School.

Anyone who has ever been to school can probably guess what happens next. However, despite the stares, whispers, and gasps, Auggie makes a friend. Then two. And, slowly but surely, the bright spark that is Auggie's humour, bravery, and intelligence shines bright enough for the whole grade to see, as his schoolmates learn that 'ugly' is only skin deep.

This is a beautiful story which will stay with you long after turning the final page. Narrated by Auggie, his sister Via, his friends Jack and Summer, and other complex and sympathetic characters, Wonder tackles a tough subject with sensitivity and warmth. Similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, this book will be enjoyed by adults and younger audiences alike, and reminds us of the value of kindness, understanding, and acceptance.