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Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida
Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida
by Catherine Ryan Howard
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A fun memoir, 15 Mar. 2011
A fun little memoir about an Irish girl working in Orlando, Florida. This is not a book about an Irish girl working for the Disney corporation as the blurb on the back of the book would make you think. It's well written and her enthusiasm for all things American is infectious. It'll have you craving for a Starbucks and a trip to Orlando.


The Saffron Gate
The Saffron Gate
by Linda Holeman
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure through Morocco, 1 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Saffron Gate (Paperback)
The Saffron Gate is the first novel i've read by Linda Holeman & it was utterly fantastic! Following the story of Sidonie O'Shea, who crippled at 16 from Polio falls in love with Etienne, the doctor who helped her recover from a terrible accident. Etienne mysteriously disappears from Albany, New York leaving only a letter behind for Sidonie to find. Going against everything she believes, Sidonie braves herself for the unknown and heads off to Morocco to find Etienne. What follows then is a wonderful insight into life in Morocco in the 1930s and the Arab world. Truly captivating and engaging, i couldnt bare to put this down! A must read!


Mutiny on the "Bounty": a Novel of the "Bounty"
Mutiny on the "Bounty": a Novel of the "Bounty"
by John Boyne
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 17 May 2008
Told by John Jacob Turnstile, a young lad with a history of problems, who one day gets caught for stealing a pocket watch from a gentleman. Turnstile get the opportunity to either spend 1 year in jail or join the crew of the Bounty, a ship that is sailing to the island of Tahiti to collect Breadfruit. On board Turnstile is the servant to Captain Bligh, a man who shown to have a bad temperment at times, but is one of the fairest Captains of the times. The crew face trials and tribulations as they make their year long journey to Tahiti and it is when they reach the island that problems arise.

This is a surprisingly well told version of the mutiny on the Bounty. Enjoyable.
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The Outcast
The Outcast
by Sadie Jones
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.07

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with an outstanding finale, 17 May 2008
This review is from: The Outcast (Hardcover)
It is the death of Lewis' mother Elizabeth that triggers his downward spiral. Set in the years following the end of World War 2, it is a society that is rigid, following rules and ignoring the obvious. The tragic death of Lewis' mother leaves a devastating effect on the young boy, as he tries to comes to grips with what happened without showing emotion. Gilbert the father unprepared and unable to comfort Lewis finds solace elsewhere and marries a young woman months after the death of his first wife. This is an extraordinary story of two families and the secrets that are hidden around them as they try to hide their addictions and abuse from one another.

I enjoyed it, but it was the ending that blew me away. I havent been quite as satisfied with an ending as this for a long long time, perhaps one of the finest endings ive ever read. A great look at society in Britain during the 50s and the comfort and caring that adults often neglected children. Enjoyable.


The Knife of Never Letting Go: bk. 1 (Chaos Walking)
The Knife of Never Letting Go: bk. 1 (Chaos Walking)
by Patrick Ness BA in English Literature (1st class) University of Southern California
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book for teens, 27 April 2008
Todd Hewitt is the only boy left in a town of Men. Everyone can hear each other's thoughts, nothing is private. This is an absolutely cracking adventure read for teens, and can be perfectly enjoyed by adults too. As Todd tries to escape Prentisstown a month shy of becoming a man, he encounters several obstacles along the way, including an army who seek to capture him. Its really well written, hugely enjoyable and almost certainly a huge summer seller.


Five Quarters Of The Orange
Five Quarters Of The Orange
by Joanne Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yummy, 3 April 2008
An absolute delight, really scrumptious to read, but beware do not read on an empty stomach you'll be yearning for the food that Framboise cooks up in this book. Set in a sleepy town on the Loire, Framboise or Boise as she is know narrates the tale of her younger days through her mother's cookbook that was left to her after she passed away. It is probably one of Joanne Harris' darkest novels, but her most beautiful in my opinion. She paints the french countryside with such vivid and beautiful descriptions that its easy to find yourself yearning for a small cottage in rustic France. Set against the back drop of World War 2 and present day, Boise is a rebellious youngster with a desire to catch the mythical pike 'Old Mother' that lives in the darkest parts of the Loire, something to occupy her whilst her older brother and sister attend school in a nearby town. The story takes place over a summer, where love is discovered, innocence is lost and heartbreak changes the lives of all involved. Stunning!


Mudbound
Mudbound
by Hillary Jordan
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and engaging!, 22 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Mudbound (Hardcover)
Wow, i havent read a great novel like this in a long long time. Set against the mississippi delta in 1946, shortly after the end of the second world war, its an engaging story of racism and the effects it has on the several narrators. It's beautifully told, the setting is well described as images of mud seem to drown everything. The only negative i would have to say is that it was too short, a couple extra hundred pages wouldnt have gone amiss! Very enjoyable and easy to read!


Julius Winsome
Julius Winsome
by Gerard Donovan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and frightening, 19 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Julius Winsome (Paperback)
After his dog is murdered Julius Winsome sets out to extract revenge. A lonely character who lives in the woods of Maine, where winter seems to the season throughout the year, the setting is bleak and wonderfully describes how and why Julius acts as he does. The writing is stunningly beautiful, it will have you turning the pages and guessing what Julius will do next. It's frightening what loneliness will do to a person, but we learn that although he is alone, its all he has ever know and doesnt really know how to live like a regular 'normal' person. Well worth the read.


The Rose Of Sebastopol
The Rose Of Sebastopol
by Katharine McMahon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting historical novel, 12 Jan. 2008
This review is from: The Rose Of Sebastopol (Paperback)
Admittedly it took me quite a while to get into the flow of the book, but once that happened i was engrossed. The Crimean war is a period of history that i really didnt know alot of, except for Florence Nightingale. The story is told by Mariella, a young women who has grown up in London, without actually seeing any of London. She has lead a very sheltered life, that is until her delightful cousin Rosa descends from the North and lives with Mariella and her family. I loved the contrast of stern and innocent Mariella and Rosa who just wants to help every individual that comes across her path. In the middle of this, is Henry Thewall, Mariella's fiancee who is a doctor and working in the Crimea. Rosa leaves London to nurse in the Crimea, her letters detailing the horror and expressing how she cant seem to do enough to help the soldiers. Suddenly the letters from Rosa stop and no more is heard from her, worried about her cousin and her fiancee, Mariella leaves London to search for them. I really enjoyed the book, once Mariella had left London, discovering how strong she actually is without the people she loves around her. And again, its an interesting period in British history that is rarely written about.


Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
by Chris Priestley
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super spooky and wonderful, 15 Nov. 2007
This is without a doubt one of my favourite children's books of the year, it was the cover that first attracted it to me. Its so beautifully illustrated, i'd love a poster of the cover. The story is about Edmund who visits his Uncle Montague in the deep and dark woods on the outskirts of town. Whilst at the house Uncle Montague tales the young boy scary stories with mementos to match. Honestly this book scared me, the stories were short but effective, id imagine they would scare a young child reading them. I really cant recommend this book enough, its fantastic!


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