Review & Giveaway: The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye

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Title: The Waiting Room
Series: none
Author: Alysha Kaye
Genre: Romance, Philosophy, Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
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First of all I want to congratulate Alysha on the release of her fantastic self-published novel. I’m so happy for her! To celebrate her achievement, we’re doing a giveaway! Scroll down the bottom to enter to win a signed copy of her novel!

 Synopsis:
Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen when and if Nina does join him? The Waiting Room is a story of not just love, but of faith, predestination, and philosophy, friendship and self-actualization, of waiting.

The Waiting Room had the most unique, believable and fun approach to the afterlife I have ever read. I find myself hoping that’s it’s true – hoping that I, too, get to visit the waiting room and remember all of my past lives.

The stories of Jude and Nina’s lives outside of the waiting room were compelling, and the whole novel is neatly written, but it’s the relationships that Jude forms within the waiting room that captivated me. Friendships blossomed as he watched the reception staff grow and age.

I couldn’t put it down. In the end, I only had one complaint: there wasn’t enough. Decades passed, and I would love to have read everything that happened in their lives, or in the waiting room. It could have been a 700 page novel and I would have devoured it (and probably still asked for more).

It’s part romance, part philosophy. What is the waiting room? Who controls it? Who decides what happens in the next life? Whether you’re interested in the romance that transcends mortality or the mysteries of the waiting room, Alysha Kaye’s terrific debut has something to interest everyone and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Giveaway!

To enter the giveaway, follow Alysha and I on WordPress or our different social networking sites. We don’t expect you to follow all of them. We’re just providing an opportunity for our non-Wordpress followers to enter. We will contact the winner and let them know they’ve won. If the winner doesn’t reply within 48 hours, we’ll keep moving down the list until we find someone who does. You must be willing to give us your address so we know where to send the book. Don’t worry, we won’t share it and we’ll delete all traces of the address once the item has been sent 🙂

Enter the giveaway on Rafflecopter!

Welcome to Saturday Night’s Alright for Writing 2.0!

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First of all, thank you to everyone for not abandoning ship in my last two weeks of minimal posting.  I’ve been doing lots of thinking and planning and have come up with some new directions for this blog.

Goals!

That’s right, now I have some. They’re here to give my blog something unique and to give me some direction.

  1. Spotlight Australian books and authors
  2. Support indie authors, especially those on WordPress
    (Which basically means, Australian indie authors on WordPress are my crack. )

I’m hoping to keep about an even balance between Australian/Indie books and other more mainstream (I’d love to do all Australian but I want to read what I want to read, too!)

Post schedule

Musing Mondays: These are my favourite posts. I wouldn’t even dream of losing them!  I will, every week, endeavour to write about bookish things – reading, books, characters, authors. I’ll find something. And because inspiration can sometimes be hard to find, I welcome any suggestions!

Teaser Tuesdays: The best quote I’ve read  in the last week. Based on MizB‘s meme.

Wildcard Wednesday: Basically, no solid plans. Wednesdays will be whatever I feel like: an extra review, author spotlight, giveaway, throwback to an old book… whatever strikes my fancy.

Reviews on Thursday: I’ll post a review every Thursday, preferably for an Australian/indie book.

Stacking the Shelves Saturday: Hosted by Tynga. My weekly book haul post, if I bought/borrowed any books that week.

Plus I still have some surprises up my sleeve if I find extra time 🙂

I’m completely open to feedback. Please let me know what you think! Heard of any Australian books you want me to review? Let me know!

An accidental colour-coordinated book haul

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I lined up my latest book haul on the shelf and realised they were all yellow, black & white! I don’t really own any other yellow books, so it’s especially surprising they all arrived together.

the silent partner coverThe Silent Partner – Terrence King
The dark, quirky story of a smart-mouthed Angel, Homer, who doesn’t trust God, but is sent to Earth anyway. The mission: help Tom, a struggling journalist, to write a book that will change the fate of Earth and the human race. The challenge: Homer doesn’t think the Earth is worth saving.

more than this coverMore Than This – Patrick Ness
A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies. Then he wakes, naked, bruised and thirsty, but alive. How can this be? And what is this strange, deserted place? As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife.

it's kind of a funny story coverIt’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini (I have already read this. I’ve given a teaser but, as of yet, no review)
Craig Gilner checks himself into a psychiatric hospital after a suicidal episode, and ends up in the adult ward while the teen ward undergoes renovations.  It’s a light, funny but moving story of Craig finally confronting his anxieties.

What new purchases have you made lately? Any colours stand out? Have you got a rainbow of new books? Leave me links if you have photos!

Teaser: Fated

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This week, while I’m doing my blog overhaul, I’m going to be re-visiting my favourite pre-blogging books, the books that I love but haven’t had a chance to show their faces (much) on this blog, yet.

“Those of us who do like visitors have to advertise, and it’s tricky to find a way of doing it that doesn’t make you sound crazy. The majority rely on word of mouth, though younger mages use the Internet. I’ve even heard of one guy in Chicago who advertises in the phone book under “Wizard,” though that’s probably an urban legend.”
– Fated by Benedict Jacka
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Synopsis

In the heart of Camden you’ll find the Arcana Emporium, run by Alex Verus. He won’t sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but he might just be able to help. That’s if he’s not too busy avoiding his would-be apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light or investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.

Leave me links to your own teasers in the comments!


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingIt’s simple: turn to a random page of a book you’re currently reading and post two(ish) ‘teaser’ sentences.

Saturday Night’s Alright for Writing 2.0

I started this blog a few months ago for me. It was just somewhere for me to put my writing in case I wanted someone to see it. I have almost 100 followers now (which might not seem like much, but I never expected it) and if that many people are interested in what I have to say, I think it’s time for me to give this blog a little structure and consistency.

So for the next two weeks, it’s going to be running on bare bones (I really do hope that’s a saying) while I get set up for a complete blog overhaul. Nothing major is going to change – I will still be blogging reviews, writing about reading and sharing teasers. What is changing is my goals, or rather now I’m actually going to have goals. Hopefully it will give me more direction in what I’m reading and what I’m writing.

As of 30 June, get ready for Saturday Night’s Alright for Writing 2.0. It will begin simply as a content overhaul. As I get a sense of where the blog is heading, the aesthetics might get a tweak, too. I’ll be kicking off with a giveaway I’ve organised with Alysha Kaye, just in time for the release of her fantastic debut novel, The Waiting Room.

As for the rest of the exciting news, you’ll just have to wait!

Book Haul: Lifeline Bookfest

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On Saturday my friend and I went to the Lifeline Bookfest! It’s a charity book sale held in two halls of the Convention Centre, with millions of books at either $1 or $2.50, plus a section of slightly higher priced high quality books. We hauled home my 19 books, plus my friend’s similar number on a bus. Going on public transport was a poor decision on our part. Our fingers, arms and shoulders were incredibly sore by the time we made it home, but it was completely worth it!

As Ron Weasley’s prophecy states, “You’re gonna suffer… but you’re gonna be happy about it.”

Now I just have to find a space on my shelves for all these gems…

What books have you bought this week? What are your favourite charity sales?

Teaser: The Trusted

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“So, while some still persisted in humping their tatty recycled signs all over New York City, she continued quietly setting the fire for real change. From way up here, where her equally naive colleagues had entrusted her with keys to the third largest bank in the world, she would soon ignite a voracious inferno.”
– The Trusted by John M. Green.
Goodreads Amazon | Book Depository

I don’t often read spy books, but my Mum won a copy of this book off goodreads and I was surprised by how incredible the plot sounded.  It’s written by an Australian author, and since I rarely read Australian books I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve only made it to chapter 3 so far, but the writing is fantastic.

Leave me links to your own teasers in the comments!


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingIt’s simple: turn to a random page of a book you’re currently reading and post two(ish) ‘teaser’ sentences.