Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Book review: The Hating Game

This book gets a review post all of its own as it is Talli Roland’s debut novel, and today is her web splash – hoorah! Come on – get wet!

The Hating Game, by Talli Roland
Published by Prospera Publishing (e-book Dec 1, 2010)

The Hating Game zings along at a cracking pace, with humour to match. Mattie Johns, her recruitment business teetering on the brink of despair, is seduced into appearing on a dating show for a dizzying amount of prize money. Unbeknownst to her, the conniving folk behind the reality show, SiniStar Productions, have lined up four of her ex-boyfriends to star as the contestants. The contestants could be looking for love or revenge, but SiniStar Productions are only looking for ratings – and will stop at nothing to get them.

Author Talli weaves great humour with her playful take on names – SiniStar Productions just one of them – and each chapter accelerates the action, highlighting the dark side of reality television. Some of my favourite lines:

A faded sign with greying letters spelled out ‘Cliff Top Holiday Park’. Scrawled underneath was a demented-looking happy face beside the words ‘is shit’.


She expected him to be in servitude somewhere along the M25, asking: ‘Do you want fries with that?’


Her mocking eyes and dismissive tone reminded Nate of his Granny Edith, who was forever grabbing handfuls of his puppy fat and cackling.


The Hating Game is a fun, escapist read, and you find yourself rooting for Mattie, hoping that once the reality show is over, her real life can begin.

And now over to you, folks!
Subtitle: How You Can Help A Fellow Blogger!

Help Talli Roland's debut novel THE HATING GAME hit the Kindle bestseller list at and by spreading the word today. Even a few sales in a short period of time on Amazon helps push the book up the rankings, making it more visible to other readers.

No Kindle? Download a free app at Amazon for Mac, iPhone, PC, Android and more.

The Hating Game is coming soon in paperback. Keep up with the latest at and at her blog.

Good luck, Talli!


Kit Courteney said...

It's good to see so many Talli posts this morning!

I've downloaded it ready to read and can't wait, so... I'm off!

Eliza said...

Great review, I've downloaded it ready to read 

Old Kitty said...

Yes, I am so SPLASHED by Talli!!!

:-) Take care

Matthew Rush said...

Excellent review! It's so great to see all the support for Talli, she's the best.

Joanna St. James said...

am all splashed in champers, I love talli Roland Day.

Susan Fields said...

Thanks for the review! I love those lines you included - sounds funny!

Kathryn1000 said...

I shall look out for it.I like the description

Kittie Howard said...

All this support for Talli warms the heart. I've got her logo on my sidebar, got the app to download (Kindle for Christmas). Really hoping her book hits the bigs!

Clarissa Draper said...

Glad you liked it. Can't wait to start reading it.


The Golden Eagle said...

Hooray for Talli! There's so much Talli today--it's awesome!

Talli Roland said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review my novel - I'm so pleased you enjoyed it!

And for taking part in the web splash, too! Yay! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

So exciting to see Talli everywhere today! I started reading last night & I'm enjoying the book a lot!! :)

Pat Tillett said...

Whoo Whoo! Go Talli!

The Good Wifehold said...

Wow! I am new to this cyber world and I am so impressed by everyone's support for each other. It's incredible. Good Luck Talli!