Death by Book Avalanche

Hello, my name is Roxanne and I live in sunny Cornwall, UK. I have a very large passion for reading and have done so since I was really little, so you will very rarely see me without a book nearby. I enjoy all sorts of books...Horrors, Mysteries, Thrillers, Erotica, GLBT, Romance, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Fantasy and Sci-Fi...there really isn't much that I won't read.


I love animals! I have two beautiful dogs, Eli and Loki which are Husky/Border Collie cross.


As well as reading I love to surf the internet, talk about books, write about books, go to gigs, draw, listen to music and spend time with my family.


Feel free to add me as a friend as I enjoy meeting new people, discussing books and comparing reviews.


Not all of the books I have read are listed on my profile due to a Facebook app, that I used before Booklikes, crashed and I lost everything...I saved as much as I could :)


My Star Ratings System


★ - Painful, a struggle, didn't like it at all.

★★ - Not really my thing, could be greatly improved...Meh!

★★★ - It's OK but I've definitely read better.

★★★★ - I really like you <3

★★★★★ - LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!



Reading list



You can find my Goodreads profile here and my Leafmarks profile here.

Doodle Bites. Polly Dunbar

Doodle Bites. Polly Dunbar - Polly Dunbar A very cute, fun story about feeling rather bitey. Great to teach kids not to hurt others and how to help friends in need.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - Lesley Harker, Lesley Harker This is a lovely book with beautiful illustrations. My daughter loves the classic rhyme and I thought the silver star on each page was a nice touch.

Dinosaur Chase!

Dinosaur Chase! - Benedict Blathwayt A good story about how to deal with bullies. The illustrations are really nice and tell the story better than the text does. The text got a bit wordy for my 2 year old but it was ok to use as a prompt.

Christmas Angel

Christmas Angel - Laura Dollin, Rosalind Beardshaw A nicely illustrated Christmas book for very young children.

Geek Love

Geek Love - Katherine Dunn So I've basically had this book out of the library for about a year now and I've tried and tried. I've read 100 pages but I just can't push myself any further.
I don't know if it's the writing or the subject but it just doesn't keep my interest.
Maybe I'll try again in the future but other books are calling me...back to the library you go.

Second Grave on the Left

Second Grave on the Left  - Darynda Jones Review to follow...

Dangerous Girls

Dangerous Girls - Abigail Haas Review to follow...

Read Me Like a Book

Read Me Like a Book - Liz Kessler ⚢⚢⚢⚢ 4 'Be True To You' Stars

This was such a beautiful book, inside and out (just look at this gorgeous cover art) I could of done with having this book years ago!
Here we have our wonderful MC Ashleigh who is on a journey of self-discovery in the world of love. When things start to fall flat with her current boyfriend she turns to her teacher Miss Murray for help and support...little did Ashleigh know that friendship would turn into love.

A wonderful 'coming-out' story split into 3 sections following Ashleigh's bond with her teacher, the warm fuzzy feelings to ice cold heartbreak, this book will put you through the wringer...but in a good way!

I liked all of the characters and I found that it some ways I could relate to the story. The only downside for me was everyone 'knew' Ash was gay before she knew herself. This didn't sit too well with me...stereotyping maybe? Perhaps.

Overall, a great read!

Rubyfruit Jungle

Rubyfruit Jungle - Rita Mae Brown Hearing about this classic coming out story I had to give it a go. I was expecting to like it more than I did. While I liked the main character, she was fierce and strong headed, she came across as quite anti-hetero and definitely anti motherhood; I must admit that made me a bit uncomfortable.
3 Stars from me.

The Wasp Factory

The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks ✭✭ 2 Stars

This was a very difficult book for me to rate so I rated it purely based on 'personal enjoyment'.
Yes the book was dark and clever and so well written but the enjoyment factor just wasn't there for me. Something I can not handle to read about is the abusing, torturing and killing of animals and this book was full of that. I could read an endless amount of books about the killing of people (slashers, thrillers,crime etc.) and not really be phased much but if animals are involved in it then my enjoyment level drops dramatically. I wish I had read other reviews first about this book so then I would of known what this book contains and wouldn't of read it, but I didn't as I worry about stumbling across spoilers.
An excellent look into the minds of the mentally disturbed and a truly crazy just wasn't for me.

Breaking Silence

Breaking Silence - Linda Castillo Review to follow...


Dolly - Susan Hill ♰♰♰ 3 'Gloomy' Stars

I didn't quite know how to feel about this book...

I have read a number of books by [a:Susan Hill|18874|Susan Hill|] and I have found them to be very hit and miss. I seem to compare each one to [b:The Woman in Black|37034|The Woman in Black|Susan Hill||2127172] as this was the one that I enjoyed the most.
There's no denying that Hill's writing is beautiful and she is fantastic at 'setting the scene'. The beginning of 'Dolly' was very well written, very descriptive and creepy, unfortunately this just didn't last throughout the book.
The length of the novel was just too short to fit everything in so it just felt rushed, this meant that so many opportunities were missed where Hill could of shown off the amazing skills that I know she has.

It makes me wonder if she sets a word limit or a page limit on all of her books as all the ones I have read just seem to be 'packed in'.

'Dolly' had the makings of a masterpiece but the execution let it down immensely.

Soulless: The Manga

Soulless: The Manga - Gail Carriger ♱♱♱♱ 4 'Beautiful' Stars

Just pick this manga up for the artwork as it is stunning! Absolutely beautiful ❤

I must admit I haven't read the original novel but after reading this I would like to give it a go.

The only negatives I found in this book is that it felt a bit rushed like too much was packed into one volume so things got a bit confusing at times. Maybe reading the novel will clear things up.

The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse

The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse - Steven Schlozman ✭✭✭ 3 Stars

I liked this book because it was different to anything else I have read about Zombies. It comes from a completely different perspective; to be precise a medical journal.
Even though I knew this was a journal I still expected some more brutal Zombie Zombies are brutal. There was little action in this but the artwork was nice and detailed.
To be completely honest, it became way too scientific for me which meant the majority of the explanations went over my head and it became boring fairly quickly.
If you're into Zombies strictly from a very medical/scientific point of view then definitely read this.

Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant  - Derek Landy Although this book is aimed towards children of 9 years plus, I believe it's still a great read for adults. It really is a lot of fun! It's an adventure story filled with magic and mild horror, which in my opinion is a great mix. I knocked a star off as I thought the ending was quite abrupt. A massive build up which lead to a bit of an anticlimax.
I liked all of the characters and would like to see if they return in the second installment.

The Stepford Wives

The Stepford Wives - Chuck Palahniuk, Ira Levin Review to follow...

Currently reading

How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss
Visual CBT: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by Avy Joseph
Progress: 7/346pages
Free Yourself From Fears with NLP: Overcoming Anxiety and Living Without Worry by Joseph O'Connor
The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3) by James Dashner