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Orla Kiely Home
Orla Kiely Home
by Orla Kiely
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £27.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Interior Design Book, 5 Dec 2013
This review is from: Orla Kiely Home (Hardcover)
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Orly Kiely is known for an eclectic, retro design style and she describes where this originates at the beginning of this book. The appeal is possibly to people of a certain age who will understand and recognise where her inspiration comes from but hopefully most will enjoy the end product.

Taking a look at several interiors, with illustrations and descriptions of the aesthetics involved this is a good book for finding that certain look or for ideas to incorporate into your own house. It is definitely of a taste but an interesting read as well.


Sweet Dress Book: 23 Stylish Outfits from Six Simple Patterns
Sweet Dress Book: 23 Stylish Outfits from Six Simple Patterns
by Yoshiko Tsukiori
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.47

5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Pattern Books In A Long Time, 5 Dec 2013
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There has been some talk of Japanese style dressmaking books for a while amongst the sewing brigade. Here at last is a translated version and it is lovely.

The concept of having the images of the finished product at the beginning of the book, great for inspiration, with the working and pattern towards the back is something which will hopefully be adapted in all sewing books. Rather than a messy layout of photograph on one page and everything scribbled on the page next to it, underneath it and so on this is a clean, crisp look where the clothes are the main attraction. The designs themselves may seem plain but are highly flattering to all figures be they tall, short, large or small.

For the first time in ages there is not a "filler" item amongst them - get the sewing machine out because you'll want to make them all!


The Curiosity
The Curiosity
by Stephen Kiernan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engrossing Read, 5 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Curiosity (Hardcover)
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There are many themes running through this story - the reach of science and ethics involved being the main one. Whether or not the science is genuine does not detract from the compelling tale of Jeremiah Rice, brought back from an icy death and those to whom his life means more than simply resurrection.

Each chapter is voiced by a selection of characters and is entirely in-keeping with their characters; the egotistical Carthage is especially enlightening. And what characters they are - believable and interesting if not quite likeable in some cases, well in quite a few cases but that makes them more intriguing. This is more than a story about Jeremiah and scientist Kate Philo (a well-written, brilliant female character which is worth reading the book for in itself!)

Highly recommended but with a warning, it is very easy to continue reading in to the wee small hours even though the ending is revealed early on.


Rapture's Edge (A Night Prowler Novel)
Rapture's Edge (A Night Prowler Novel)
by J.T. Geissinger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Night Prowler Book, 25 Nov 2013
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Although I do have to state that it is not as good as the previous novel Edge of Oblivion and the two main characters didn't have the electricity between them as Xander and Morgan did that doesn't detract from the fact that as both part of a series and a standalone book this is a great read. For those who enjoy this fantasy style of erotic romance this would be perfect.

Eliana, still shattered by the death of her father who was murdered by the man she loves (or was he haha?) has had to turn to a life of crime to support her small colony as they hide underneath Paris.

Demetrius, torn by the loss of his love and desperate to find her regardless of consequences for the remaining tribe in Rome finds his loyalty between brother and lover tested.

As Eliana's brother begins to formulate plans for his own plans the two lovers are once again thrown together as the truth will out or both the Paris and Rome colonies face destruction.

Leander and Jenna once again make a welcome return, it would have been nice to hear more than a tiny snippet of what happened to certain previous characters but the author has built such an intriguing world with the Ikati that it is with great interest we await the next instalment.


The Falconer
The Falconer
by Elizabeth May
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.73

3.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Too Far?, 20 Nov 2013
This review is from: The Falconer (Hardcover)
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Strange point to start on but the main niggle for me was the character's name - Aileana. For some reason it jarred as being just too "fantasy" and did spoil the premise and enjoyment of the story.

Having said that this book is a cauldron of faery lore, steam-punk and fantasy all bubbling away and for those more in tune with the genre it might just be to their liking. I did enjoy the Scottish setting instead of the usual London-centric scenario. This is definitely a YA book, which for me normally means an easy and enjoyable read and for that I am now feeling a little too old!


Illumination
Illumination
by Matthew Plampin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Paris Illuminated, 20 Nov 2013
This review is from: Illumination (Hardcover)
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Set during the siege of Paris in 1870 this story follows self-proclaimed people's leader Jean-Jacques Allix and Hannah Pardy, his young English lover.

This book has a pace which might not be to everyone's liking however the sense of period, the characters, were all believable and well written, even if at times Hannah can be infuriating. Having read some recent historical fiction where this wasn't the case it is an important point and one which does excuse the occasional slow plod.


The Fire Witness
The Fire Witness
by Lars Kepler
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Inspector Joona Linna Gem, 26 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Fire Witness (Hardcover)
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It doesn't matter whether crime fiction of the Nordic variety appeals or not, this third book of the series makes a great follow on for The Hypnotist and The Nightmare and surely must put Linna on the same level as Wallander, or at least that is one opinion! After reading The Nightmare beforehand and then seeking out The Hypnotist I was looking forward to this book and it doesn't disappoint. Each book works as a standalone novel however, like good chocolate, devouring one leads to another!

Swedish detective Linna, at the beginning of this book, is only an observer on this case having been suspended from duty while being investigated by the Police Internal Review Board. He is called in when a particularly nasty murder occurs at a home for "troubled" girls, none of whom appear to have seen anything. However facts do not make sense and as the layers of clues build up, hindered by the girls themselves, and the lead suspect runs off only Linna is not wholly convinced of her demise.

This is the very definition of a chilling story, the pace and atmosphere build as answers only seem to lead to more questions.

When is the next book out?


Leiths How to Cook (Leiths School/Food & Wine)
Leiths How to Cook (Leiths School/Food & Wine)
by Leiths School of Food and Wine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great For The Beginner And Onwards, 26 Oct 2013
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An enormous book from the famous Leiths School, this is an encyclopaedia of tips, techniques and recipes, only in a more useful layout! As an unconfident cook I found the instructions on skills needed, plus the full colour photographs dotted around the book, to be informative without being patronising. For example a section on tomatoes follows the simple procedures of peeling, deseeding and concasse with a recipe for Gazpacho.

Having read a lot of cook books where it is assumed everyone is completely familiar with how to prepare things like artichoke it is refreshing to find this kind of book available and it makes a great addition, one that can be dipped into for both the information and the recipes. Chapters include the expected vegetables, stocks & sauces, eggs etc. yet trickier aspects such as pastry are explained with an entire segment rather than adding it in with the baking as an afterthought. There is also a handy glossary towards the back of the book as well as advice on kitchen equipment and food hygiene.


Braun Satin Hair 7 Straightener ES 3-C
Braun Satin Hair 7 Straightener ES 3-C
Price: £43.32

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well It Works, 14 Oct 2013
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I'm somewhat of a hair straightener novice, so can't compare with other products. It took a while to get used to not pressing the buttons on the handle while styling and I still need some practice to get the hang of it but the difference was impressive. I have naturally frizz, curly thick hair and it is rare my hair looks anything other than dishevelled. However a 15 minute go on these and my hair actually looked presentable and swishy. I home colour my hair and look forward to it not frying my hair completely!


Remington B85R28B Frizz Therapy Round Brush
Remington B85R28B Frizz Therapy Round Brush
Price: £7.26

3.0 out of 5 stars Must be doing it wrong, 14 Oct 2013
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I have frizz bomb hair mainly because I prefer to let it dry naturally. Usually I use a paddle brush and have to say I continue to use this mainly to get rid of the tangles after washing. However on dry hair and when styling with hairdryer this brush seemed fine but I wouldn't go all out and say it was fantastic. The frizz is annoyingly still present.


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