Sunday 8 July 2018

Book Review: The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus (Contemporary)

Title: The Book Ninja
Author: Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus
Simon & Schuster Australia

Publication Date: 1 June 2018
Contemporary Fiction
Won in a Giveaway


Sometimes love means having to broaden your literary horizons.

Frankie Rose is desperate for love. Or a relationship. Or just a date with a semi-normal person will do.

It’s not that she hasn’t tried. She’s the queen of online dating. But enough is enough. Inspired by her job at The Little Brunswick Street Bookshop, Frankie decides to take fate into her own hands and embarks on the ultimate love experiment.

Her plan? Plant her favourite books on trains inscribed with her contact details in a bid to lure the sophisticated, charming and well-read man of her dreams.

Enter Sunny, and one spontaneous kiss later, Frankie begins to fall for him. But there’s just one problem – Frankie is strictly a classics kind of gal, and Sunny is really into Young Adult. Like really.

A quirky and uplifting love letter to books, friendship and soulmates.

The Book Ninja was a delightful tale that so captivated me I devoured it in just two sittings. The characters were quirky and great fun, and I loved the literary references and in-jokes. This is most definitely a book for the book-lovers out there. Frankie brought many of her troubles upon herself, but that made her seem all the more human and likeable. The mix of prose with tweets, messages, emails, and blog posts worked well. In fact, the book has inspired me to think a little more about some of my own blog postings! Beautifully blending humour, literary fun, and romance, I recommend The Book Ninja to anyone looking for an entertaining, light and quick read. This one is perfect for the beach. Or, indeed, for reading on the train! *wink* I give it a solid 4.5 stars.

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