Book Trailers: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Every Saturday I share a book trailer of new releases, books we (other readers and myself) love, want to read, and anything that fits in with BA, in the hopes of helping readers find something new to enjoy.

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Review: The Wraith by Arielle Strauss

The Wraith by Arielle StraussOphelia Weller never believed in ghosts until the night she became one. But when the aftermath of a frat party on the most haunted campus in America leaves her face to face with her own naked corpse, she really has no other option. Now a wraith, Ophelia is a spirit hidden amongst the living.

Forced to conceal her undead identity from the world, and struggling to remain visible to the humans around her, how will she ever manage to convince her dearest friend of the truth? Or muster the courage to tell her beautiful gym partner that she just may be in love with her? And, with no memory of her death, how will Ophelia solve the mystery of her murder? Continue reading

BA Features The Wraith by Arielle Strauss

Welcome to BA’s Book Features showcasing a small collection of books to be released this week, or showcasing a special feature as part of a blog tour and promotion event. If you’d like to have your book featured on Bookish Ardour please send an enquiry.

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Introducing author Arielle Strauss and her release The Wraith

Review: Odd is on our Side by Dean Koontz

Odd is on our SideWhen things get scary, it’s nice to know that Odd is on our side.

The one and only Odd Thomas is back—in his second edgy and enthralling graphic-novel adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz.

It’s Halloween in Pico Mundo, California, and there’s a whiff of something wicked in the autumn air. While the town prepares for its annual festivities, young fry cook Odd Thomas can’t shake the feeling that make-believe goblins and ghouls aren’t the only things on the prowl. And he should know, since he can see what others cannot: the spirits of the restless dead. But even his frequent visitor, the specter of Elvis Presley, can’t seem to point Odd in the right direction.

With the help of his gun-toting girlfriend, Stormy, Odd is out to uncover the terrible truth. Is something sinister afoot in the remote barn guarded by devilish masked men? Has All Hallows Eve mischief taken a malevolent turn? Or is the pleading ghost of a trick-or-treater a frightening omen of doom?

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Review: The Dead Boy Detectives Graphic Novel

For Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine, every day’s a holiday. They spend their time reading detective stories, watching thrillers at the movies or just hanging out in their sweet tree house hideout. You might say they’re living the life of very kid’s dream, if it weren’t for one small problem – they’re not alive at all!

Best friends from beyond the grave, these two ghost have decided to live (so to speak) out their dreams and begin solving crimes themselves. But when they take on their first murder case, Charles and Edwin find out that the truth is stranger – and more dangerous – than fiction.

An immortal madman is killing the runaway children of London, not even the city’s spirits are safe. Can the Dead Boy Detectives solve the case, or will a fate worse than death make them give up the ghost for good?

This was a cute little read following the hapless adventure of two ghost children. By the sounds of it, or just by going from the cover and blurbs, it sounds like it is a spin off of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and if that’s so then I want to read that now as well (I’ve read the Graveyard Book which was entertaining, but not enough so for me to hunt down more Gaiman books).

It is quite English in some cases which makes sense because that is the setting, but when I say English I also mean Sherlock Holmes sort of time period with how the boys speak and they even go one step further and dress like media detectives with hats and coats and magnifying glasses.

There is dark content in this graphic novel with black magicians, dried up corpses, the death of children, but the detectives are so cute. They’re also quite daft and don’t really act like ghosts which is interesting, but I guess that also adds to the innocence the story portrays of them.

The art to me is standard comic art and only the art on the chapter pages stand out for me. What really matters is the content and story which is what dominates. I hardly noticed the art because of the story which doesn’t always happen and this is probably one of the first out of 5 (or 6?) I’ve read during my challenge that has had that effect.

I recommend it if you like a bit of dark side, but feel like some humour.