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Sparkle 2 Evo
Sparkle 2 Evo
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 21 July 2014
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I downloaded this for my son as I thought it looked up his street. But it was rubbish and didnt live up to the description of the game. There is a distinct lack of instructions so you have to guess what the colours on the screen represent but it wasnt entertaining enough to take the time to try to figure it out.


Meteorites
Meteorites
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bunnymen at their best., 21 July 2014
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Absolutely love this. One of the best Bunnymen albums ever.


Get Water!
Get Water!
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1.0 out of 5 stars If I wanted preached to I'd go to church., 21 July 2014
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Absolute drivel and a complete waste of time. Preachy in attitude and as a game failed to entertain. The preachy nature of the game annoyed me as it suggested that I was unaware of the problems or didn't care. As neither of these are true I felt offended at being reminded every couple of minutes that I was ignorant.


The Sisterhood
The Sisterhood
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much left unanswered., 26 May 2014
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This was somewhat confusing, jumps to conclusions and leaves a lot unexplained.

Why has Salome got any special powers? Unlike her half brother she is the child of 2 normal, ordinary humans.

At the start of the book it explains that you need the medal to translate the chronicle, yet when Menina translates it she uses only a Latin phrasebook and her own knowledge of Spanish.

What has the painter got to do with anything?

Antiques change hands all the time, so why does Menina assume that 16th century Salome is her ancestor? We don't know what happened to the medal between the 16th and 21st centuries.

Why did the 2 people following her just stop?

Her ex pursued her to Spain, then stopped. Why? Did the author forget about him?

If wanting to hide the chronicle and it's contents, why commission paintings showing the stories in the chronicle?

This book didn't make much sense.
This is badly thought out and reads like it was written in a bit of a hurry to meet deadlines.


The Heist (Tainted Blood Book 1)
The Heist (Tainted Blood Book 1)

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1.0 out of 5 stars I got this for free. I paid too much., 2 April 2014
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Clearly I was Reading a very different Book from the rest of the Reviewers. "The Heist" is nothing Short of Badly written, self indulgent, cliche ridden Nonsense. Maybe two Authors are credited with the writing as no one Person was Willing to take the blame. If you are getting fed up with the Random Capital Letters in this review, then I sincerely advise you to give this book a miss. Almost every single sentence has at least one random capital letter. It is somewhat infuriating. Perhaps even more so than the peculiar use of apostrophes that occur peiodically, such as in "Xavier's' mood".

Surely an author's skill lies in the ability to paint a picture with words. This is a skill which very much relies on the author actually knowing the meaning of words and not just inserting them into sentences irrespective of whether or not they make sense. Take for instance these examples. "the one who proclaims to be a commander". Claims not proclaims surely as there was certainly no official proclamation being made about the character's rank. This is nearly as stupid as the vivid description of a victim being garrotted with a pointed stick. Clearly this must have been a very flexible stick. If you haven't got just the right word for a particular narrative how about making one up, like in the use of the word "misfortunate"; a peculiar amalgamation of misfortune and unfortunate.

Without doubt though the worse misuse of a word is in the book's title, "the heist". The criminal activity this all leads up to isn't a heist, it's a murder. For the authors' information, a heist is a robbery.

I would further like to inform the authors that the pronouns they and their are not gender neutral. They are plurals. Take for example the sentence "The Thief wasn't stupid or sloppy in their line of business." This is endemic throughout, with singulars and plurals all mixed up in the same sentences. It makes no sense and is very difficult to read, especially if you combine it with all the Random Capital Letters.

As regards the actual story, it jumps from one irrellevant situation to the next making it very difficult to follow in places. The cast are not the rounded, fully-formed characters other reviewers would have you believe. They are barely one dimentional. There is no substance to any of them. What genuinely confuses me is why the authors chose to give these people a supernatural element then done nothing with them. There is a vampire who sunbathes and a werewolf who can't shapeshift. Was there any particular reason they were supernatural characters at all other than the authors were trying to be all things to all men.

The tale starts with a Thief (this word always has a capital letter in this book) who is wanting to kill a person who wronged her. She meets up with a violent thug who was hired to protect the mafia don she wants to kill. As he fancies her he decides to help and together they plan their big "heist", which turns out to be the planned murder and not an actual heist. After killing the mafia don, the authors then completely give up at all pretence of a plot and instead, ignoring all that has went before, descend into badly written porn.

I can't help but wonder if this is intentionally meant to be a spoof. If it is then I don't get it. Unfortunately, I believe that the authors actually did intend to write this action/crime/supernatural/porn. This is supposedly the first in a series. Needless to say I will not be seeking out it's successors.


Dear Lupin... Letters to a Wayward Son
Dear Lupin... Letters to a Wayward Son
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't see the attraction of this, 2 April 2014
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I got this as it was described as a delightful read. It failed to delight me. The father and son clearly are very fond of each other and this shines through despite the fact that it is really just the tale of an upper crust disfunctional family. The drug dependant son shows no respect for himself or others and his absent father laments his son's lifestyle despite not having bothered to raise him and instead left it to boarding schools and staff to bring up his junkie toff offspring. Many of the letters ramble on about people and situations that the reader neither knows about or indeed cares. Maybe you have to be a family member to delight in this self indulgent nonsense.


The Chase
The Chase
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars difficult questions but not enough of them, 2 April 2014
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I started off loving this. The questions are very hard, it is almost exactly like the television programme. But all too quickly the same questions start coming round again. There are not enough questions so they repeat themselves too often and too soon. It means that by the second time the same question comes round again you know the answers so it is no longer a challenge.


The Misremembered Man
The Misremembered Man
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read let down by predictive ending and overused backstory., 30 Mar 2014
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This isn't my usual kind of book. I got this for free on a promotion otherwise I don't think I would have been drawn to it otherwise. For the most part this was a delightful find. Unlike many of the other reviewers who didn't believe the characters and found the language overly simplistic, I found the characters very believable, mainly because they used a lot of the words and phrases that my own Irish grandmother used herself. Growing up in a small town I understood Lydia's frustration and feeling of being trapped in a situation. The author paints a vivid picture of life in a rural small town.

What lets the book down however, amongst other things, is the encroaching Americanisms which are out of place with the characters and the location. I'll like to give the author the benefit of the doubt there as it was an American publisher who printed the book and no doubt the edits were made to appeal to an American readership. This is purely speculation on my part.

The author however spoils the book herself by the repeated overuse of Jamie's abuse backstory. This was completely unnecessary. It seemed to be included for the sole reason of sensationalism. What with that and the 'big reveal' at the end of the book , it was hardly a surprise. The obvious conclusion was the one the author opted for. No big surprise, no plot twists.

For these reasons I cannot give this book anything higher a rating than a very average 3 stars, a pity as it started off so well.


Airo Ball
Airo Ball
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1.0 out of 5 stars Far too difficult, 11 Mar 2014
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This is far to difficult. I struggled with the first level and couldn't do the second level at all. My son managed the first level easily but again couldn't do the next. Very frustrating.


The Simpsons: Tapped Out (Kindle Tablet Edition)
The Simpsons: Tapped Out (Kindle Tablet Edition)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crashes a lot., 27 Feb 2014
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I would really like to have been able to give this more stars as I really like the game but unfortunately it crashes a lot and the 'doughnuts' that are the games currency, which you are encouraged to purchase with real money, are too hard to come by in the game and way too easy to accidentally spend.


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