Bookshop Finds: Copperfields

This secondhand & antiquarian bookshop can be found in Wimbledon, London. Since my friend moved there a few years ago we’ve been meaning to check it out, and we finalllllly did.

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Copperfield’s is a whole run-down house full of books. It’s labyrinthine  rooms and corridors are literally piled with books of all ages, all genres and all conditions. It’s hard to figure out the ‘method’ behind it all, but I loved the madness of it. I’m not sure I’d feel the same if I was looking for anything in particular however.

Every nook and cranny is bursting with books.

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We found the young adult section under the stairs.

And the Dickens’ section on what I think was an old fridge.

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Apparently upstairs there was a kitchen area with an empty bottle of wine sitting there a la Black Books. I can’t believe my friend Dora didn’t tell me about that until we’d left. She’d put me off going upstairs because she said it was all non-fiction and mainly science. Pfft. Thanks Dora. I WANT TO SEE FAKE BERNARD BLACK’S KITCHEN.

Ahem. I’ll definitely go back to Copperfield’s. On this visit I didn’t buy anything but I’m sure I will in the future. Outside they also did that blind date with a book thing where a selection of books are wrapped in brown paper and only a few hints to what is inside is written on it – I was really tempted. I don’t know what stopped me. Next time!

From the website: 

Copperfields opened eight and a half years ago as the culmination of a longheld dream.

Our initial stock of some 10,000 books has now grown to 42,000 titles in our shop with a further 8,000 books in readily accessible storage.

The subject base is broad, ranging from art to zoology and is constantly changing. Our aim is to cater for all tastes so there are plenty of entertaining page turners alomgside more specialist rare and antiquarian and academic titles.

Copperfield Books
37 Hartfield Road, London, Greater London SW19 3SG, United Kingdom

My Soul Immortal by Jen Printy

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Title: My Soul Immortal
Author: Jen Printy
Series: Fated Eternals #1
Edition: Digital Review Copy, 310 pages
Publication Details: February 15th 2014 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Disclosure? Yep! I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

Goodreads // Amazon

An endless love, for an endless price.

Jack’s immortality is exposed when he prevents a liquor store heist, forcing him to flee to protect his secret—a secret not even he understands. But when he meets Leah Winters—a mirror image of his decades-lost love, Lydia—his very soul is laid bare. He begins to question his sanity. Is she real, and if so, what does that mean for Jack and his secret?

Jack’s not the only mystery man in town. A stranger named Artagan hints at knowledge Jack is desperate to possess. But can he trust Artagan, or does the dark newcomer harbor deadly secrets of his own?

As Jack’s bond with Leah grows, so does the danger to her life. Jack must discover just how much he is willing to risk in order to save the woman he already lost once

Review

My Soul Immortal was such a shock to me; I could not put it down, and found it to be a well-written, unique take on the paranormal romance genre, which let’s face it – gets pretty tiresome pretty quickly.

The first book in the Fated Eternals series introduces us to Jack. He’s tall and handsome, he loves books, and he’s immortal…what more could you want?

When Jack gets shot playing the hero in a robbery he has no choice but to pack his (minimal) belongings and choose a new place to live. He can’t risk being found out. A dart to a map decides his fate, and fate it really is, as once there he bumps into Leah (literally), who is the spitting image of his soul mate, Lydia, whom he has spent years trying to forget.

As Leah and Jack realise that their bond is stronger than anything they have ever known, and Leah finally understands that her weird dreams were in fact memories of her past life with Jack, they find themselves in increasing danger, and Jack is not prepared to lose her again.

Like I said earlier, I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in two sittings, over two days and I loved it! I thought the whole past-life, fated eternals thing really made this a different kind of paranormal romance story, and I loved that Jack was simply immortal, not a fang in sight. 🙂

The only slightly negative things I have to say about this book is that at first I thought Jack’s characterisation was a bit off – I think Printy struggled in writing from a male point of view and some of the things he said and thought about didn’t quite ring true to who he was. And the other, was that I didn’t write this review straight after finishing the book (my bad), and when I came to start it, it took me a while to even remember what had happened, so as much I enjoyed it at the time I can’t say it was a memorable read for me.

However, I do remember how hooked I was, and how much I enjoyed Jen Printy’s writing. I hope to read more from her; I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up the next in this series!

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