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Miss Hyde (paranormal thriller & romance)
Miss Hyde (paranormal thriller & romance)
Price: £3.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 11 Jan. 2014
Miss Hyde is a great combination of thriller and romance. Even though it's based on a well-known story, there's enough originality to set it apart from Stevenson's tale. Marion, the central character, is likeable - being both naive and gutsy. If you enjoy historical or steampunk novels with a little bit of fantasy and passion, then you'll like this too.


Illumination
Illumination
by Matthew Plampin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Read, 13 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Illumination (Hardcover)
I very much enjoyed reading Illumination. The story is set during the little-known siege of Paris and follows the adventures of a displaced British family, the Pardys, as they find themselves imprisoned in the dying city. The characters are all well-drawn, especially the bumbling brother, Clem, who constantly tries to better himself with calamitous results.

Plampin brings the setting and period to life in great detail. I particularly liked the descriptions of hedonistic Montmartre, and the offset of the burgeoning Impressionist movement against the Prussian assault. There are enough layers to bring light and shade to the central plot, which revolves around the mysterious revolutionary Jean-Jacques Allix.

In all, a nice balance of story, character and historical reference. Highly recommended.


ACID
ACID
by Emma Pass
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Debut, 3 Jun. 2013
This review is from: ACID (Paperback)
Unputdownable is an overused word, but in this case it's true. As soon as I opened the first page, I couldn't stop reading ACID. It has all the hallmarks of a great thriller - a feisty heroine, non-stop action and a dark conspiracy at its centre. Set in a near-future UK that's scarily realistic, the story follows 16-year-old Jenna Strong as she tries to stay one step ahead of the law, and in doing so, learns the truth about the government - and herself. Anyone who appreciates a truly kick-ass MC and can handle nail-biting tension will love this book!


Tweet Right - The Sensible Person's Guide to Twitter
Tweet Right - The Sensible Person's Guide to Twitter
Price: £2.49

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Guide to Twitter, 16 Aug. 2011
If you're thinking of trying out Twitter then I'd highly recommend reading Tweet Right first.

Tweet Right is a concise instruction booklet, which details everything you need to know about getting started on Twitter. It covers all the basic topics such as installation, account settings and posting 'tweets', but it also goes a lot further. The author explains how to get the most out of the service - offering tips about maximising your profile, maintaining etiquette and finding other 'tweeps' with similar interests. I particularly liked this e-book because it's been written for everyone, not just marketeers. It's also affordable and easy to download.

A great introduction to the Twitterverse.


Walking Weekends: Peak District: 24 Circular Walks from 12 Villages Throughout the Peak District (Walking Weekends)
Walking Weekends: Peak District: 24 Circular Walks from 12 Villages Throughout the Peak District (Walking Weekends)
by Mark Reid
Edition: Paperback

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction, 1 Jan. 2009
I have completed just over half the routes in the book, and can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single one. I am lucky enough to live in the Peak so the weekend layout (Saturday/Sunday walks) hasn't been applicable, but I am sure that hikers visiting for a long weekend would find this very helpful. I also like the way that the walks are circular and ordered by starting point (ie Bakewell, Eyam etc). This really helps to 'centre' the experience.

My only criticism regards the format of the book. One thing I love about the Cicerone Guides is that they can be easily carried in a pocket and have a waterproof PVC jacket. Our book hasn't stood up very well to rainy Derbyshire weather and we've had to resort to photocopying pages to take with us. Saying that though, I would buy other books by Mark Reid, despite this one minor quibble.


Sculpture Parks and Trails of England
Sculpture Parks and Trails of England
by Alison Stace
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Overview, 13 Nov. 2008
This book is great for anyone wanting to combine a bit of outdoor art with a trip away. It doesn't give a detailed tour of each sculpture park, but it does give give you a good insight into each venue with directions, facilities and particular pieces to look out for.

I really liked the fact that it includes places all over the UK - ranging from the larger, more famous parks to smaller gardens. It's also has a very welcoming tone and is not too technical. Definitely recommended for UK art lovers.


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