Book Review and Giveaway: The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark

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Title: The Book of Unholy Mischief
Author: Elle Newmark
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication Date: December 30, 2008
paperback, 400 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4165-9057-6
It is 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance and Venice teems with rumors of an ancient book that hold the secrets of unimaginable power. Rich and poor alike speculate about the the long buried secred tht might be scrawled in its pages and where the book might be hidden in the labyrinthine city. While those who seek the book will stop at nothing to get it, those who know will die to protect it.
As a storm of intrigue percolates in Her Most Serene Republic, Luciano, a penniless orphan, is plucked off the street by the doge’s chef and taken in as the chef’s apprentice. In the palace kitchen Luciano is initiated into the chef’s rich and mysterious world where recipes are more than they seem.
It is not long before Luciano is caught up in the madness. Torn between loyalty to his street friends and his passion for Francesca, a convent girl, Lucianco’s worthiness is tested. Armed with a precicious mind and insatiable curiosity, Luciano embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth. What he discovers will swing opent he shutters of his mind, inflalme his deepest desires, and leave an indelible mark on his soul.

This book made me hungry. I know that is a weird thing to say about a book but it's true. This book is filled with banquets and dinners that will leave your stomach growling.  Elle Newmark did a wonderful job describing the food so that you could almost taste it. It leaves your mouth watering. However, that is not all this book is about. The main character, Luciano, works as an apprentice under the very talented Chef Ferrero. Every dish that Chef Ferrero makes is a masterpiece. Chef Ferrero endeavors to teach Luciano not only the secret in the sauce but also the secrets to life. Meanwhile the city is being turned upside down looking for an ancient book that is said to hold many secrets. Everyone that searches for the book has a different reason why they want it. Some people are looking for love, wealth, immortality and others are trying to silence the book's possibility to destroy everything they know.  Elle Newark takes us on perilous journey where friendship, loyalty and love are tested.  Elle did a wonderful job developing the story line and the characters while she takes us on a captivating tour through 15th Century Venice.  

Don't forget to check out the other dates and locations for Elle Newmark's book tour. You can also check out her website here.
Tuesday, September 28

Wednesday, September 29

I received  a copy of this book from Elle Newmark and Pump Up Your Book for review purposes only. This in no way influence my review.  Summary and pictures also taken from Pump Up Your Book.

Now for the giveaway! I bought a copy of The Book of Unholy Mischief to give away to one lucky person. Please look at my giveaway rules page located at top of my blog before entering.
  •  This contest is for US residents only.
  • You must be 13 years or older to enter
  • please leave a comment with your email address
  • contest ends at 11.59 p.m. (central) on Oct 3, 2010


  1. Sounds like a great book. Please enter me.

  2. Thanks for the chance.
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  3. I really enjoy books that talk about food. I would love to read it.

  4. This sounds interesting! It's not something I would normally pick up, but that fact actually makes me want to give it a try and expand my horizons a bit. Please enter me, and thank you for the opportunity!


  5. Please enter me.

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  6. I have read several very positive reviews of this book so I would love to read it.


  7. Would love to read this!

  8. Count me in please :)

  9. I wanted to read this before, but now you've pushed it to the top of my to-read list! Thanks for the review and giveaway. Please enter me.


  10. This is going to sound weird, but I love books that feature food! Especially if it feels vivid. I'll have to check this one out, especially since the time period is one I love!

  11. this sounds great! i'd love to read it....

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  12. Sounds like a good read. Please accept my entry. Thanks!


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