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The Voyage
The Voyage
Price: £3.96

1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and rambling, 24 July 2014
This review is from: The Voyage (Kindle Edition)
I couldn't warm to this at all,and abandoned it after a few pages. It's very rambling, and written in a odd style, with huge blocks of dense text. The story was confusing, and the narrative jumped around.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.


The Night Guest
The Night Guest
Price: £6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, sad yet enthralling, 24 July 2014
This review is from: The Night Guest (Kindle Edition)
Beautifully written, this is a sad yet enthralling story about Ruth, an elderly woman who is clearly in the early stages of dementia, as she thinks she can hear a tiger in her house at night. Along comes Frida, a carer, who claims to have been sent by 'the government', and thus with horrible certainty, we see that the lonely Ruth comes to depend on her. I particularly like Ruth's flashes of mischief and assertiveness, but without giving anything away, the reader can see that she is in a downward spiral. I think I'll go and visit my elderly neighbour now ...


Fractured
Fractured
Price: £1.79

2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't find this to be well written, 21 July 2014
This review is from: Fractured (Kindle Edition)
Not very well written, and I'm sorry I trusted the other reviews. The characters are quite one-dimensional, and not particularly believable, and the whole thing seems to be aimed at teenagers. I gave up after a while. Yes, it was only 59p but still ... hard to believe this is from an actual publishing company. Don't they employ people to proofread and edit (at least)?


Cheaper, Better, Faster: Over 2,000 Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money Every Day
Cheaper, Better, Faster: Over 2,000 Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money Every Day
Price: £7.42

2.0 out of 5 stars Useful but needs some editing for Kindle format, 12 July 2014
There is a lot of useful information here, I'm sure, lots of it general, but some US-specific. As a Kindle version it didn't appear to be formatted correctly, and although I skimmed through the different sections, I couldn't read it properly. The text seemed to jump pages, with odd stuck-together titles.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.


Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life
Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life
Price: £6.11

3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag ..., 12 July 2014
Interesting. Undoubtedly there is a lot of really useful information here. Some of the information seems a little obvious, for example having regular eye tests and dentist check-ups, using sunscreen, etc, but perhaps necessary for some people. Most readers would already know many of these things, but it would perhaps be good for a 'check-up', to make sure that we're doing as well as we can in the areas of nutrition, exercise, education, finances, and spirituality. It's fairly comprehensive, and I think most readers would find something of use in this book.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.


The Island
The Island
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and moving tale of Cretan families, 12 July 2014
This review is from: The Island (Kindle Edition)
I had been aware of this book for a few years, and had dismissed it as 'chick lit', not having seen the blurb. However, I was very wrong! It's a beautifully written, vividly descriptive and moving tale of Cretan families and their entwined stories, beginning prior to World War 2, and focusing on those who contracted leprosy and how it affected their families and communities. The images of Spinalonga, the lepers' island, are particularly vivid. Often very moving, certainly very informative, this was an excellent story, although not what I would call a 'holiday read' - perhaps a bit too sad for that.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.


The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81
The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81
Price: £1.19

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant but ..., 12 July 2014
Pleasant but dull... gave up halfway through as it seemed nothing much was happening, then eventually went back to finish it, hoping the 'extra ordinary' of the title would come along - but it didn't. It was quite well written, and while I can see that it's meant to be funny, I didn't find it so at all. I think it creates expectations of something along the lines of 'The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window ...', which WAS exciting and amusing.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.


Experimental Landscapes in Watercolour
Experimental Landscapes in Watercolour
Price: £12.26

4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and full of life, 26 Jun 2014
Watercolours are often dismissed as twee, pastelly and timid when compared to other media, but these paintings glow with life and colour! This is full of inspiration for techniques to liven up your painting, such as using clingfilm, acrylic inks, salt, and the paintings are vivid and full of life.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.


The Girl With All The Gifts
The Girl With All The Gifts
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and scary with an unexpected ending, 26 Jun 2014
Enjoyed this very much, although it was quite scary and graphic at times, with an unexpected ending. I don't want to give anything away, but it did remind me a lot of a book by Richard Matheson (made into a film starring Will Smith). I thought the characterisation was really good, the writing excellent and vividly descriptive, so much so that I didn't want to read it just before sleeping! I would certainly read more from this author.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.


The Girls at the Kingfisher Club: A Novel
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club: A Novel
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable retelling of the old fairy tale, 26 Jun 2014
Enjoyable retelling of the old fairy tale, transported to Prohibition-era Manhattan. Well written, but I didn't feel that all the sisters were equally 'fleshed out', particularly the younger ones. The depiction of Jo, the oldest of the sisters, as the 'General', was quite apt, and rather touching, as she took sole responsibility for her siblings, teaching them to dance, arranging their secret outings, and putting their happiness above her own.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.


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