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Belle Azul Cool Legs - Instant Relief for Aching, Tired, Overworked legs. Cooling Gel Improves Circulation, Revitalizes while Soothing away any Discomfort. 100ml
Belle Azul Cool Legs - Instant Relief for Aching, Tired, Overworked legs. Cooling Gel Improves Circulation, Revitalizes while Soothing away any Discomfort. 100ml
Offered by Beauty Solutions Ltd
Price: £29.90

5.0 out of 5 stars A luxurious way of rejuvenating tired feet and calves, 13 Feb. 2016
This is fabulous! I have days where I'm standing for 3 hour stretches, and this cream really cools and soothes sore and aching muscles in feet and calves. The coolpack is a thoughtful addition to the package and multiplies the effect of the cream.

Like the other Belle Azul products I've tried, this is packed with natural ingredients and feels luxurious to use. If you're on your feet a lot then this is a gorgeous way of soothing away end of day aches. Thanks to Belle Azul for a free product for review.


Belle Azul Spa Pedicure Kit - Complete home pedicure kit, with a Hard Skin Removing Gel, Callus Remover, a Metal Callus Scraper, a Double Sided Foot File and a Hydrating Foot Cream. Gel and Cream are rich in Aloe Vera, Argan and Tea Tree oil.
Belle Azul Spa Pedicure Kit - Complete home pedicure kit, with a Hard Skin Removing Gel, Callus Remover, a Metal Callus Scraper, a Double Sided Foot File and a Hydrating Foot Cream. Gel and Cream are rich in Aloe Vera, Argan and Tea Tree oil.
Offered by Beauty Solutions Ltd
Price: £39.90

4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely kit for pampered feet, 13 Feb. 2016
This is a comprehensive kit that allows you to keep your feet soft and smooth in the privacy of your bathroom. The instructions are clear and the products nice to use with a peppermint scent that is cooling and refreshing. I look after my feet anyway and don't allow hard skin to build up but the hard skin remover still left my soles gorgeously smooth.

I have to say that the callous remover is scarily scalpel-like and sharp and I would hesitate to wield it myself, preferring an electric hard skin remover to polish away callouses. The final moisturizing cream is gorgeous and left my feet feeling rejuvenated.

So overall a good package which makes a lovely gift for a friend or for yourself. Many thanks to Belle Azul for a free product for review.


The Innocent Killer
The Innocent Killer
by Michael Griesbach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves, 13 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Innocent Killer (Paperback)
The first two thirds of this book offer a detailed evaluation of the evidence and court case which led to the conviction of Steven Avery for the attack and sexual assault of a woman. The author is involved in getting the conviction overturned and one of the methods he uses and discusses is the inadequacy of the forensic and other evidence against Avery.

It therefore becomes extremely problematic that in the final third, where the exonerated and released Avery is rearrested for the rape and murder of another woman, the question of evidence goes out of the window. The internal logic of the book gets skewed and the last third becomes questionable in all kinds of ways.

There's no doubt that these are appalling crimes but one of the victims is the US legal system: it's a shame that the book does such a troubling volte face and sweeps the burden of evidence under the carpet for a easy moral victory. Worth a read, for sure, but watch out for the biases and anomalies.

I received a review copy via Netgalley


Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Read by the Cast of the Stage Play
Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Read by the Cast of the Stage Play
Offered by Audible Ltd

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly condensed dramatic adaptation of Laclos' novel, 13 Feb. 2016
This is excellent, and so enjoyable. Laclos' novel has been shrunk to just over two hours but still maintains much of the richness, the humour, the shifting tides in relationships as the book. Performances are all excellent with McTeer and West as standouts playing Mme de Merteuil and Valmont respectively. The recording offers a real sense of intimacy, as did the small stage of the Donmar. Highly recommended to both those who know the book as well as those new to Laclos.


The English Girl
The English Girl
by Katherine Webb
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling adventure story shot through with lies, secrets and betrayals, 12 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The English Girl (Hardcover)
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This is a multi-layered story that is a gripping adventure story set in Oman in the late 1950s, as well as a coming-of-age tale as Joan learns how to take control of her own life. Interspersed and entwined with both strands is Maude Vickery, an Edwardian female explorer like Gertrude Bell, whose own experiences of the desert have had profound consequences on her life.

With secrets, love and betrayals set against an exoticised background rife with sexism amongst other -isms, there's a lot going on here but Webb holds it all together well. The writing is smooth and fluent and the pages turn easily as we're keen to get to the heart of the characters and book. A superior piece of story-telling that is simultaneously an intelligent read.


Green Eye (A Rosa Thorn Thriller)
Green Eye (A Rosa Thorn Thriller)
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Deft and engaging, 12 Feb. 2016
I like the premise of this series but the books themselves are a little shaky: the good news is that they improve and this is the best by Cork so far. Set around a Cambridge college, this is excellent on the crises in people's lives: first love and breaking up, wife vs. mother, new academia vs old school. In the foreground is a college production of Othello and the siren Stella with whom many of the other characters are obsessed, and we just know that something horrible is hovering over the scene.

The writing and characters are both deft and engaging, but Cork can't seem to stop herself going over the top so into this already heady mix she introduces a rapist with a religious obsession though she seems to awkwardly forget about him for large stretches. Do also note that someone is killed at 80% into the book so there's a sudden flush if activity at the end.

For all its flaws, though, most of this is gripping and feels authentic in its delineation of character with some nice observational humour, not least around the fabulously awful Frankie. If only Cork could rein herself in a little more her books would be better - still, this is the best of the three I've read. Recommended.

I received a review copy via Netgalley


The Nature Mandala Colouring Book (Colouring Books)
The Nature Mandala Colouring Book (Colouring Books)
by Cynthia Emerlye
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality adult colouring book, 12 Feb. 2016
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This is a gorgeous book of intricate mandalas for adult colouring. The designs are detailed but repetitive, almost like a kind of meditation, and the paper quality is very smooth, offering a tactile surface good for blending. The designs are on only one side of the page so there's no concern about show-through if you're using ink pens, though I prefer pencils. Do note that many of these designs are based around tiny colouring spaces so maybe not for you if you like big spaces and broad strokes. I love this and find this a soothing activity after a day spent talking and writing when a non-verbal activity is what I need to calm my brain. Highly recommended.


A Summer at Sea
A Summer at Sea
by Katie Fforde
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.49

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned and cosy, 11 Feb. 2016
This review is from: A Summer at Sea (Hardcover)
The last time I read Katie Fforde the book was a fun, upmarket romance with smooth writing and witty characters. Sadly this book doesn't match up to that experience. This starts off well enough but it soon gets bogged down in dullness with one of the most uncharismatic couples I've read. I certainly don't subscribe to the 'eligible billionaire' stereotype that has swept the romance market but Alistair (despite his Scottish burr) is just grey, and our heroine no better.

There's a very old-fashioned feel to this with lots of cake-making, knitting of Fair Isle jumpers, and cooing over babies, children and dogs. If that's to your taste then this may suit very well. Me, I expected something a bit livelier, wittier and more energetic.


Making It Up As I Go Along
Making It Up As I Go Along
by Marian Keyes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and upbeat, 11 Feb. 2016
A fun collection of articles from magazines, Keyes' blog and so on. Very much an 'everywoman' feel about them rather than anything sharper or with bite. Keyes is best writing about frivolous things ('makeup monogamy', for example) as when she touches on the more serious (meeting Aung San Suu Kyi) she can gush like a schoolgirl. A fun, light read, warm-hearted and upbeat.

I received a review copy via Netgalley


The Ballroom
The Ballroom
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully realised, 11 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Ballroom (Kindle Edition)
Like Wake, this is another restrained story told in delicate and exquisite prose. At the same time, though, it's also a quietly angry book as it looks at the results of the eugenics movement at the start of the twentieth century and the impact on a handful of characters who are designated 'mad' or 'feeble-minded' by the medical establishment and incarcerated in an asylum.

Hope makes good use of real documents but never lets her research overpower her fiction, and keeps her indignation controlled. This is an intelligent, socially-aware, but also beautifully-realised book - I thought Hope was a writer to watch after Wake, and this second novel confirms it - recommended.

I received a review copy via Netgalley


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