#OrendaMonth Book 5: The Abrupt Physics of Dying by Paul Hardisty @OrendaBooks @Hardisty_Paul


Time flies! It’s the fifth book in the Orenda Month to be reviewed! To be frank, I was hoping I’d review more books but March has been too good to moan about what a slow reader I am! Especially when you come across books from a genre you never expected to enjoy so much! Gosh, it feels good to jump out of our comfort zone!!!

the abrupt physics of dying

Title: The Abrupt Physics of Dying
Author: Paul E. Hardisty
Publisher: Orenda Books
First date of publication: 2015
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy
Number of pages: 448
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Claymore Straker is trying to forget a violent past. Working as an oil company engineer in the wilds of Yemen, he is hijacked at gunpoint by Islamic terrorists. Clay has a choice: help uncover the cause of a mysterious sickness afflicting the village of Al Urush, close to the company’s oil-processing facility, or watch Abdulkader, his driver and close friend, die. As the country descends into civil war and village children start dying, Clay finds himself caught up in a ruthless struggle between opposing armies, controllers of the country’s oil wealth, Yemen’s shadowy secret service, and rival terrorist factions. As Clay scrambles to keep his friend alive, he meets Rania, a troubled journalist. Together, they try to uncover the truth about Al Urush. But nothing in this ancient, unforgiving place is as it seems. Accused of a murder he did not commit, put on the CIA’s most-wanted list, Clay must come to terms with his past and confront the powerful forces that want him dead. A stunning debut eco-thriller, The Abrupt Physics of Dying is largely based on true events – the horrific destruction of fresh water and lives by oil giants. Gritty, gripping and shocking, this book will not only open your eyes but keep them glued to the page until the final, stunning denouement is reached.

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#OrendaMonth Top 10 Twins in Fiction, Guest Post by Lucy V. Hay @OrendaBooks @LucyVHayAuthor


Remember how I said this Orenda project was my first big thing on the blog? Well, today, another big thing is happening! A Top 10! I am over the moon to be hosting a guest post, and guess what? It’s on one of my favorite subjects and by the author of one of my most anticipated reads of the year!!!

Without further ado, I present you the Top 10 Twins in Fiction according to Lucy V. Hay!

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Two Voices One Story by Elaine Rizzo and Amy Masters #BlogTour

A little break from our month’s project today with my stop on the blog tour for Two Voices, One Story, by Elaine Rizzo and her daughter Amy Masters.
I would like to thank Rachel at autoright for including me in this blog tour! Without further ado, here is an extract and my review!

Title: Two Voices, One Story
Author: Elaine Rizzo and Amy Masters
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
First date of publication: 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 144
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

This is the true story of a girl called Amy and the English “mother” who adopted her from an institute in China when she was just a baby.

It’s a story about love, family and identity; and the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.

When Amy came to be adopted in 1999, China’s then notorious one-child policy had given rise to a generation of missing girls. Amy was one of them, destined to life in an orphanage if she was lucky enough to survive. That is, until she was adopted by a loving British couple who were desperate to give her the home she deserved; Elaine and Lee.

In this moving autobiography, Amy and Elaine chart their own personal experiences of their shared adoption story. Theirs is not a political account, but one which is open about the challenges of adopting a child from a foreign country and the long journey that follows; from China to the UK and from infancy through to adolescence, as Amy and her new family learn and grow together.

Now a bright and ambitious young woman on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Amy is braced for an exciting journey into adulthood, one which her proud mother is delighted to be able to share.

Two Voices, One Story is a frank but uplifting account of the complex adoption process and the profound relationship between a mother and her adopted child.

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#OrendaMonth Book 4: Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen @OrendaBooks


Here comes another review! I feel I’ve been writing plenty of them when it fact it is only the fourth! I’ve experienced a bit with the format of my reviews in March but now it’s Lazy Saturday Review time!


From Lipsyy : I started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

where roses never dieTitle: Where Roses Never Die
Author: Gunnar Staalesen
Translator: Don Bartlett
Publisher: Orenda Books
First date of publication: 2016
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy
Number of pages: 285
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

September 1977. Mette Misvær, a three-year-old girl, disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found. Almost 25 years later, as the expiration date for the statute of limitations draws near, Mette’s mother approaches PI Varg Veum, in a last, desperate attempt to find out what happened to her daughter. As Veum starts to dig, he uncovers an intricate web of secrets, lies and shocking events that have been methodically concealed. When another brutal incident takes place, a pattern begins to emerge. Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns, Where Roses Never Die reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost crime thriller writers.

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#OrendaMonth The Team’s Tree: The Branches (part 1) @OrendaBooks

Now that we met the trunk of the Orenda Books team last week, it is time to take a look at its inspiring and diverse branches!

Just like the Trunk team, authors and translators have been kind enough to give me 5 facts about them. You may wonder why I got this idea. Well, since I started blogging, my relation to book has evolved and now that I see books in their entirety, meaning with their publisher and author, and not just as stories coming out of nowhere. That’s why I thought it would be nice to take a closer look at who is behind the words that transports us by getting details we can’t find in their official biographies. Yep, told you I was nosey! Plus, I realized I never read the biographies and after preparing this post I realized I should start doing so!!

Many authors sent me a little something so I decided to explore the branches in different posts. Meet the first branches today!

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#OrendaMonth Book 3: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski @OrendaBooks @ConcreteKraken


This book was not scheduled on this month’s reading list but reading about it everywhere, I couldn’t pass the chance to add it.

six stories

Title: Six Stories
Author: Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 2016
Format: eBook
Source: Bought myself
Number of pages: 280
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and a half!

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby.

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