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Ekouaer Women's Sexy Front Closure Lace Racerback Soft Cup Bra (Black,34C)
Ekouaer Women's Sexy Front Closure Lace Racerback Soft Cup Bra (Black,34C)
Offered by avidlove
Price: £16.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice fit, comfortable to wear, 31 Mar. 2016
The back is absolutely gorgeous, it's a pity to keep it hidden beneath a top.
It closes at the front, which makes things a lot simpler when putting it on, however the clip can be a bit finnicky to close.
Other than that it is comfortable and looks great. The best combination in my opinion. It can look fantastic, but the most important thing is it has to be comfortable.
It is lighted padded, but not a push-up. Personally I prefer this because it gives you the same look without the whole false perception.
*I received a free copy of this product, courtesy of the company for purposes of review.*
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Ekouaer Womens Ladies Nightdress Nightie Slip Lace Satin Chemise Sexy Baby Doll Lingerie (Black,L)
Ekouaer Womens Ladies Nightdress Nightie Slip Lace Satin Chemise Sexy Baby Doll Lingerie (Black,L)
Offered by avidlove
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and looks nice, 31 Mar. 2016
For me comfort is the most important element of night clothes. Looking good only goes so far.
This nighty has plenty of leg-room, because it flares out at the bottom. The material is nice and soft and the lace trimming doesn't itch.
The straps are easy to adjust.
Length-wise it comes down to just below the knees or mid calf if you're a short butt like me.
*I received a free copy of this product, courtesy of the company for purposes of review.
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Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1)
Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1)
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting mix of Dystopian and Sci-Fi, 31 Mar. 2016
Admittedly I am late to this series, but hey better late than never. I actually bought all the books in the series for one of my children. I have just never found the time to read them.
I can definitely see the influence this book has had on other authors and vice versa. Also the obvious parallels to the Hunger Games (HG was released first). It’s an eclectic mix of dystopian and sci-fi.
The inevitable romance element kind of messed up the intricate dystopian idea a wee bit, but then it’s become an ‘expected’ part of YA books.
Society is split into factions, each being known for certain personality aspects. Being selfless, not telling lies or being recklessly brave. Then at a certain age they have to choose their life faction, after being accessed which one they are most suited for.
There is also another option, however it is also the option that pegs people as possible rebels.Those with no clear affiliation can think beyond boundaries and rules.They question the norm. It makes them a danger to leadership.
Aside from the huge secret Tris carries around with her she also has to deal with the violent and competitive ways of her new faction. Not good enough and you end up a nobody, too good and the others want to get rid of you. It isn’t exactly a welcoming environment. Friends become enemies and trust is a thing of the past.
An interesting start to the series, although I hope the emphasis is on the dystopian element rather than her love life.
*I received a free copy of thisbook via NetGalley.*


No One Knows
No One Knows
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Who is the real criminal?, 30 Mar. 2016
This review is from: No One Knows (Kindle Edition)
Aubrey has been distraught since the disappearance of her husband five years ago. Her mother-in-law blames her and thinks she has killed her son. Aubrey is subjected to the bitter attacks and suspicions, even after so many years.
A court of law decided there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Aubrey, but the shadow of suspicion still hangs over her every day.
There were a few things that didn’t gel for me. Chase turns up and a few days later he is the boyfriend. Seems a little hasty for someone apparently so upset about the disappearance of her husband. Perhaps the mother-in-law isn’t so wrong after all.
The whole Chase connection was a little daytime soap opera for my taste. A pity really, because it is kind of the weakest link in the plot.
This is one of those stories where you have to be careful how much information you reveal or it spoils the plot for other readers, so with that in mind less is more on this occasion.
The twist was good and the end a little unexpected. Not sure who I believe deserved to be punished the most though.
No One Knows has a good premise, but the delivery could have been much better.
*I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.*


Night Study (The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 8)
Night Study (The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 8)
Price: £3.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Snyder's strongest, 30 Mar. 2016
If you are new to Maria V. Snyder then it might help to know that Night Study is the second book in the Soulfinders series and that it is a spin-off from two other series, the Study series and the Glass series or the Chronicles of Ixia.
Yelena is in the most difficult position she can be in. She is incapable of defending herself without her powers. She isn't welcome in one place for being a magician and just as unwelcome in the other for being a magician without power. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
On top of that someone has decided to mess with her personal life in an attempt to get rid of Valek. Unfortunately it has far-reaching consequences for the two of them. It makes each step the two of them take so much more important.
Integral to the series is the relationship between Valek and the Commander. It's taken a turn for the worst to say the least, and finally Valek is forced into making a bold statement and choice between the man he swore to protect and the woman he loves.
I have to say the Commander could definitely get lost if it were me, regardless of whether he is being manipulated by Owen or not. Valek needs to smell the roses and get the heck out of Dodge already.
Night Study isn't Snyder's best, not by a long shot. She is a spectacular fantasy writer, which is certainly evident in her earlier books. Not so much in this one.
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.*


The End of Law: A Novel of Hitler's Germany
The End of Law: A Novel of Hitler's Germany
by Therese Down
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read for the historical details, 30 Mar. 2016
Down does one thing really well in this story, she says it how it was. Regardless of the upsetting details, the horrific truth, the despicable depths humans were willing to go to just to get rid of unworthy humans.
Instead of the focus being on Karl and his crisis of faith, which is what I believe Down intended, the surrounding drama of domestic abuse drowned out that particular part of the story. Aside from the personal family drama I think there could have been more focus on the struggle or indeed non-existent struggle of any of the perpetrators.
Guilt or lack of guilt, how do they or did they deal with their unimaginable cruelty, and the design and testing of their calculated killing machinery on a day to day basis?
The efficiency, the structure, the planning and the sheer scale of annihilation is still quite inconceivable, and yet it happened. Not only did it happen, but it took far too many years for other countries to intervene and stop it. Mass murder executed with the precision of a military siege. It's what makes the Holocaust different from any other genocide or mass murder in history.
The research was sound and the details were remarkable, despite the gruesome and atrocious nature of said details. I especially enjoyed the trivia about a certain high ranking Nazi's brother. Very interesting indeed.
*I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.*


Predator
Predator
Price: £9.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cross should have just fed him to the crocodiles, 28 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Predator (Kindle Edition)
I have been reading Wilbur Smith since I was a very young girl. The Hector Cross series isn't one of my favourites, I am at heart a Courtney and Ballantyne gal, when it comes to the Wilbur Smith novels.
The Cross series is more of a modern action adventure thriller, as opposed to the beautiful landscapes and family drama laced with history and politics of some of his other books.
This certainly the best example of Smith's work. I put that down to this particular series and not the collaboration with Cain. It is definitely worth reading some of his other work to get a better overall view of Wilbur Smith's writing style.
Predator is fast-paced, graphic and brutal. Personally I think Cross should have just fed Congo to the crocodiles to save himself and everyone else a lot of trouble.
In the end there isn't much difference between Cross and Congo. Both are willing to kill, torture and inflict great pain to achieve their end goal. The only apparent difference is one is a bad guy and the other a so-called good guy.
If you're looking for action packed scenes with a stereotypical hero and villain then this will be right up your alley.
*I received a free copy of this book via Edelweiss.*


Flawed
Flawed
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An innovative venture into YA, 26 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Flawed (Kindle Edition)
This really is quite spectacular. Subtle in its approach and with a lot of intricate layers, Flawed certainly deserves to be right up there with best reads of the year.
Ahern draws many a historical, political and anthropological comparison, although they may not be the first things people or readers think of, especially because due to the confines of the sub-genre.
Let's start with this particular society creating two layers of wrong-doing. You have the criminal or 'normal' crimes, which are dealt with by the police and then you have the moral and ethical crimes. Those are policed by a higher tier of Judges, laws or rules.
Any action, statement, behaviour judged to be flawed, ergo ethically or morally corrupt is punished. Depending on the crime the person receives a brand on a specific part of their body.
If accused and convicted you become part of the Flawed community. Not allowed to eat what they want, say or do as they wish and live by curfews and restrictive rules.
It is also a crime to help the Flawed in any way, which also incurs the punishment of becoming flawed. Including showing them compassion, understanding or any kind of humanity. When Celestine gets in trouble it's because she reacts instinctively, despite knowing her actions will get her in trouble.
Suddenly she becomes the voice of the oppressed and the face of the uprising. By telling the truth she has shown the world the flaws in the actual system. Oh, the irony.
Ahern's first venture into YA is an innovative one. The ethical layers are intriguing, it has a lot of potential, and it will be interesting to see where she takes the series next.
*I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.*


Aftermath: The Makers of the Postwar World
Aftermath: The Makers of the Postwar World
Price: £10.55

3.0 out of 5 stars Has a lot of details I was unaware of, 25 Mar. 2016
Don't expect any frivolous details or leaning towards the dramatic, this is a scholars book. Politics and history with an emphasis on the great men in power at the time.
Crowder has also added tidbits of information about those men. Idiosyncrasies, odd habits, power games and even unexpected funerals.
I think even now in the 21st century many of the generations are completely unaware of the Cold War machinations. As we speak or read, the wheeling, dealing and political games of chess are happening behind many a door.
I don't believe any of it can be compared to the post-war political agendas. The shaping and creation of post-war treaties and alliances by the political greats and leaders of the 20th century.
Crowder has included such a vast amount of details it often seems like overload, and it seems to lack direction, but that may really have to do with the sheer amount of information.
* I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.*


#DoYourFitness Yogini Fittness Mat, ideal for Pilates, Gymnastic and Yoga, 183 x 61 x 1.0 cm grey, 122566226
#DoYourFitness Yogini Fittness Mat, ideal for Pilates, Gymnastic and Yoga, 183 x 61 x 1.0 cm grey, 122566226
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Price: £22.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The added thickness makes exercise more comfortable, 24 Mar. 2016
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This mat is a little thicker than regular yoga mats. I personally prefer using it because of the thickness. My knees and joints don't really appreciate me doing any exercise, and they especially don't like it when I roll around on the floor.
My kids also use these for sleeping on when they go camping. They also take them with them when they go for sleepovers or parties.
The company makes yoga bags for both the thicker and the thinner mats they sell. They are fashionable, good quality and they fit mats of all sizes.
When I am not using one of the bags I use one of the carrier straps they sell. They literally transform the big mat into something you can just roll up and sling over your shoulder in a matter of seconds.
I highly recommend this mat for extra comfort if you have a little trouble doing your exercises on the thinner mats.
*I received a free copy of this product, courtesy of the company for purposes of review.*
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