I’m a book lover, there’s no two ways about it. I have been obsessed with books from a very young age and it’s never changed – I love books so much that it’s hard to put in to words (I’m sure there’s some sort of deep irony in there?) but the amount that I read, unless blogging/life, takes over is testament to it, I think.
When I get given the chance to review books for the blog I have no choice but to say yes, there is something inside me that considers it painfully wrong to turn down the chance to have a new book to read – It’s an utterly alien concept! If someone says ‘Would you like me to send you an interesting new book to read?’ the answer should Always be yes!
This does mean that, sometimes I end up with books that take me a while to get in to because, although I will read anything, some things don’t strike that spark in me as others do. As luck would have it, though, ‘Bird Box’, by Josh Malerman, was a book that sparked and sparked and didn’t stop until I was finished a few hours later!
I read it in one evening, I had some books I wanted to read on the kindle on my journey to London but I had really wanted to get this read so I thought I’d give it a go. I resurfaced a few hours later feeling rather disoriented because I had forgotten about the real world and was living in the unnerving world that was created within this chilling novel.
Instantly the story captures you because the intrigue is palpable – I defy anyone to not read the first few chapters of this book and go ‘What, On, Earth?!’ – It’s captivating because it’s odd, it’s wrong, it’s eerie and you want, no Need, to know why this is happening and what on earth could possibly happen next!
The world that the, few, characters inhabit is one that’s utterly alien to us, the world has become a place where you cannot open your eyes outside, if you do then you won’t survive. Terrifying, no? The story follows two paths, it follows a woman and two children as they try to exist within this world and it also follows a story of how the woman, and the world, came to be in this situation. It’s simple, but it works, the timing and the pacing of both threads of the story work perfectly in their separate ways and intertwining together too.
The book was released on the 3rd April and I urge you to give it a go, if you can cope with something that’s rather chilling that is, because it’s just utterly utterly captivating. I’ve not enjoyed something like I enjoyed ‘Bird Box’ in a really long time. You can buy the book from Amazon, HERE.
If you’re feeling lucky, though, then I’d recommend entering my giveaway as I’m allowed to offer one of you, lovely readers, the chance to win a copy of this book! I’m so glad that I’ll be able to allow someone else to enjoy it, just as I have.
– The Giveaway is open to residents of the UK only
– The winner will be picked via Rafflecopter
– There will be one winner
– The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
– The giveaway runs until midnight on 28th April 2014
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