The Wreckage – Review

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The Wreckage is the latest book from Australian master of crime Michael Robotham. Readers who have previously enjoyed the work of Michael Robotham will be excited to hear that this latest offering is even better than the earlier ones. He really has hit it out of the park this time and I know anyone who reads The Wreckage will really enjoy the rollercoaster thrill ride you are taken on.

Fans of Michael’s earlier books will be excited to see the return of some old characters and a whole host of new ones too. He has really set the bar high with The Wreckage; it is a gritty political crime thriller that brings back the character of Vincent Ruiz, a character that many fans already enjoy reading.

Michael has delved deeper with his writing and the result is stunning. This is fast paced, political, edge of your seat writing that will have you hooked from the first chapter. The story starts with Vincent Ruiz rescuing a young woman from a violent boyfriend, but of course it’s not as it seems and he wakes the next morning to find that he has been set up and robbed. As he tracks down the thieves, he discovers the boyfriends tortured body and learns that powerful men are looking for the girl. What did Holly Knight steal that is so important to them?

Meanwhile in Baghdad, the bank robbery capital of the world billions of dollars in reconstruction funds have gone missing and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist LucaTerracini is trying to “follow the money”. The dangerous trail will lead him to London where he teams up with Vincent Ruiz and together they investigate the disappearance of an international banker and mysterious “black hole” in the bank’s accounts.

Bouncing around to different exotic and sometimes fearful locations this is the perfect mix of espionage spy thriller and criminal psychological drama. Brilliantly mixing contemporary issues with fast paced action The Wreckage is the sort of book that will have you looking behind you when you go out, and questioning who people really are. This is the perfect crime story from money to murder and far beyond. Robotham’s style is efficient with his wording and utterly compelling. Told in a terse and often times sharp fashion the books reads like the characters would speak. This is further proof of why Michael Robotham has won himself so many fans.

If you haven’t read Michael Robotham before then now is the time to start, The Wreckage is a brilliant story that will appeal to anyone who enjoys quality crime writing. Do yourself a favour give this great Australian author a go you won’t be disappointed.

 

BlondiieC

xox

Day 30 (LAST DAY) – 30 day Book Challenge

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WOO HOO Today is day 30 !! Thank god that over, I’m starting to hate the sight of my Macbook thanks to these never-ending challenges…….anyways I digress day 30 is your favourite book this time last year .. EASY !

 

Piaf Bistro – Restaurant Review

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Piaf is a french fusion restaurant named after the singer Edith Piaf, known as the little bird. Piaf is located in the heart of Southbank in Brisbane. It’s a small restaurant with loads of charm!

 

Piaf is full of all the things you want from a great restaurant, charm, ambiance, great service, and most of all beautiful food. Boasting an incredible seasonal menu, Piaf has it all. The menu changes with each season which means you never tire of the choices on offer. The changing menu also means the chefs at Piaf are able to deliver beautiful fresh seasonal food when it’s at its absolute best.

The menu is impressive for its dazzling variety and its ability to cater to so many food choices, gluten-free, wheat free, vegetarian they offer it all. The wine list although small boasts an excellent selection of wines, most wine lovers will find although the choices are limited, they are in no way disappointing.

The portions are perfect, not so small that they could pass as a garnish but not so huge that you feel as though your wasting half the food on your plate either. I particularly enjoyed the flexibility of the menu. You can order an appetizer as a main, with a side dish if you’re not a fan of big meals. This also enables you to mix and match dishes and get the full Piaf experience.

The thing that impressed me most was the way the chefs at Piaf were able to transform everyday meals into incredible delights. The one that comes to mind is a side dish of macaroni and cheese, now that sounds dull but don’t let that fool you. The dish was made with several different cheeses all adding their own unique depth of flavour and special bite to the dish. The provolone was particularly good !

I also had a spectacular asparagus tart. You could assume this was just a variation of quiche but again Piaf delights the senses with its stunning use of ingredients, making this the best tart I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. The pastry was divine and the filling was like an explosion of flavour.

Piaf is a brilliant addition to the Brisbane foodie scene. While Brisbane is putting itself on the mark for its growing array of culinary delights, I feel that its restaurant like Piaf that will really put us on the map. But don’t just take my word for it, try it out for yourself.

Piaf is strictly by reservation only and has two seatings per night so punctuality is a must. With dishes ranging from $15 – $25 this is a little pricier than your average bistro but it is worth every cent. Make sure to sample the wine list too, it’s absolutely fantastic.

I give Piaf four stars out of five !

 

BlondiieC

xox

(photos courtesy of ourbrisbane.com)

Day 29 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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Day 29 is your favourite books as a kid …..This book used to freak me out, I have no idea why now, but back then its scared me and I loved it !

 

Day 28 – 30 day Book Challenge

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Day 28 is the most obscure book you’ve ever read, I don’t really read obscure titles I’m too busy reading upcoming titles but this is  quirky title we have in stock at the shop and I think its hilarious !

 

Confessions Of A Shopaholic – Movie Review

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Being a self-confessed book devotee I am always one to say that the books is always better….I did actually read the book in this case (as I normally do) and this time was no exception. Confessions Of A Shopaholic is a great book. Sophie Kinsella  is a great writer of girly fiction and this series is particularly good.

If I’m being honest the shopaholic series is a stand out for me from the rest of her books. I was excited to see this movie after enjoying the book so much and while it was a great film it simply couldn’t hold a candle to the book.

Confessions Of A Shopaholic stars Aussie “it girl” Isla Fisher as Rebecca Bloomwood. Isla Fishers’ charming personality and witty joke cracking make this movie a far better experience than it might have been if someone else had been cast in the role. This a fun movie filled with great one liners but it lacks the same punch as the book.

The story centres around Rebecca Bloomwood a shopaholic with a serious spending problem. To use the word obsessed would not be too extreme. Rebecca is facing mounting credit card debt and has no way of paying it off until she gets a job at a finance magazine. This is supposed to be ironic as she has no idea how to manage money but gets paid to tell other people how to do it. The joke falls a little flat in the movie but the story lin ia lot more involved in the book and its reads better.

This is a cute girly movie with lots of fashion, cute men and witty jokes. Will it appeal to a large audience? no probably not but if you’re a fan of girly flicks this one is worth the effort. If you enjoy the movie I urge you to read the book it really is a fun and funny read that will make you laugh out loud and feel Rebecca’s pain over each swipe of the credit card.

This movie is not a world beater, but its infinitely enjoyable. One to watch with a group of girls, some chocolate and lots of champagne !

2.5 stars from me !

BlondiieC

xox

Day 27 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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Day 27 is your favourite stand alone book. I think this is kind of odd but anyway its like asking your favourite book. Anyway must play along so…..

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