Friday, March 6, 2015

Giveaway: The Cake House by Latifah Salom

I have something special for y'all today! A giveaway of The Cake House by Latifah Salom, a loose retelling of Hamlet in Los Angeles. Having lived in Los Angeles for the majority of my life and studied Hamlet in school for quite a bit, I naturally found myself really intrigued by Latifah Salom's debut. I can't wait to read it and I'm so happy to share the opportunity to win this book with you too.

THE CAKE HOUSE by Latifah Salom (being published as a Vintage Paperback Original on March 3): hailed by Janet Finch (White Oleander) as an “accomplished, mesmerizing debut,” THE CAKE HOUSE is a charged blend of coming-of-age and mystery.

Release Date: March 3, 2015
Published by: Vintage

The Cake House - Latifah Salom | Goodreads

Part mystery, part compelling coming-of-age tale, The Cake House is a riveting debut novel that re-imagines the classic story of Hamlet amidst the hills of suburban Los Angeles.

Rosaura Douglas’s father shot himself after her mother left him . . . or at least that's the story everyone is telling. Now her mother has remarried and Rosie is trapped in “The Cake House,” a garish pink edifice in the hills of Los Angeles that's a far cry from the cramped apartment where she grew up. It’s also the house where her father died—a fact that everyone else who lives there, including her mother, Dahlia, and her mysteriously wealthy stepfather, Claude, want to forget.

Soon, however, her father’s ghost appears, sometimes in a dark window, sometimes in the house’s lush garden, but always with warnings that Claude is not to be trusted. And as the ghost becomes increasingly violent—and the secrets of her family’s past come to light—Rosie must finally face the truth behind the losses and lies that have torn her life apart.

Now, you thought that looked interesting. Wait until you read the PRAISE.

“Evocative . . . Salom’s writing is atmospheric, and her conjuring of the many shadows of Los Angeles provides the perfect backdrop.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Tense, shocking, and seductively dark, The Cake House is a brand-new twist on a classic story—an urban reinvention of a Shakespearean tale.” —Rebecca Coleman, bestselling author of The Kingdom of Childhood 

“Reading The Cake House, I vividly saw the whole edifice rising up before me, latticework covering a multitude of sins. A wonderful, chewy, complicated book that doesn't flinch from danger or pain but rejects despair.” —Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling Temeraire series

“The Cake House is a gem of a novel: a mystery wrapped in a cloak of family dysfunction with subtle Shakespearean trim. . . . Rosaura is a heroine with spunk and a vulnerability so endearing I missed her the second I closed the book. Salom has written a dazzling coming-of-age tale that will resonate long after you reach the end.” —Elizabeth Flock, New York Times bestselling author of Me & Emma and What Happened To My Sister

About the author:

Latifah Salom was born in Hollywood, California to parents of Peruvian and Mexican descent. As a teenager she attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and she holds degrees from Emerson College, Hunter College, and from the University of Southern California’s Masters of Professional Writing program. She currently lives in Los Angeles.


  1. this book sounds very intriguing :) thank you for sharing :)

  2. Book sounds very good, im reading mockingjay atm

  3. I'm waiting for Toni Morrison's new book, God Help the Child, due out in April.

  4. This books sounds really good!
    Thanks for the chance to win!


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