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The Great Talent Show Lie
The Great Talent Show Lie
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic, cynical and joyous book about family, dream-chasing and life., 25 Mar. 2014
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A fantastic and cynical look at the modern culture of transient fame and the cult of celebrity. The book focuses on India and her younger sister Cylia who enters a competition similar to The X Factor in order to realise her dream of becoming a singer. Along the way India has to balance the dysfunction of her family and she becomes the driving force for her family and her sister’s dreams.

I really enjoyed the book and thought Bleik showed a great understanding of human nature in order to build the world her characters inhabit. I felt for India as she kept everything from falling apart and the book has some fantastic twists along the way. A great story of family, struggles and the false idol of fame.


DESTROY ME.   (The Obsession Series Books 1-3 Complete.)
DESTROY ME. (The Obsession Series Books 1-3 Complete.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn’t be turned on so much by a book! Wow, 9 Mar. 2014
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I read the whole 50 Shades series after having heard it hyped and then quickly discovered the whole world of erotic fiction which was so much better than that one book which broke into the mainstream. This series is one of those hidden gems of the genre. It may never become super popular but those who are a fan of erotica (think K Bromberg) will love it.

Super sexy and really darkly erotic, the pages are filled with a sexual spark between the main characters. There is a beautiful complimenting of the masculine and the feminine. It is simultaneously both deeply sensual and deeply human. The first in the series, Surrender To Me, is as good an opening book as I have ever read. More than a guilty pleasure, I’d thoroughly recommend you read (although maybe read it somewhere private…..)


The Year of the Jubilee
The Year of the Jubilee
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious and brilliantly funny in equal measure. Truly delightful., 4 Mar. 2014
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This book series was recommended by a friend and really caught me off guard. I very rarely read fiction but the humanity captured within these pages blew me away. The author has a truly remarkable insight into the mind of her (imaginary) main character that she becomes completely believable from the moment you meet her. As the blurb suggests the book is indeed pretty hilariously chaotic, which is exactly what you’d expect from Anna (the main character, not the author, although that said is this book actually about her?).

Serious and brilliantly funny in equal measure. I hope that Ms Maslin is provided with enough incentive to keep writing as I personally can’t wait for more instalments in this series.


Time Killer (Max Larkin Detective Series Book 1)
Time Killer (Max Larkin Detective Series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be "killing your time" with this one!, 13 Jan. 2014
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I read the second book in this series and enjoyed it so much that I HAD to go back to the start to find out more of the origin of the detective duo. The debut of the series had much more emphasis on the actual investigation, which I personally really enjoyed. It was action packed but more importantly it was, put simply, very clever. It’s a highly original plot line which I’m being careful to not give away at all.

A great start to the series and a great addition to the detective-thriller genre. The detectives have a fair bit of the dark and edgy side of Bond to them (think Daniel Craig not Pierce Brosnan). Easy to get lost in, whether you’re snatching 15 minutes to read on your commute or can read it all in one night like I did.


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