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Kittenhood: Life-Size Portraits of Kittens in Their First 12 Weeks
Kittenhood: Life-Size Portraits of Kittens in Their First 12 Weeks
by Sarah Beth Ernhart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.29

5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate coffee table book!, 6 Oct 2013
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This book is well worth the great Amazon price for such a huge and beautiful product. This will appeal to any animal lover, but cat lovers in particular, as its pages portray a range of moggies and pedigrees of various breeds. The book catalogues life size photographs of kittens from ages 4 weeks to 12 weeks, causing even the stoniest hearts to melt over their big eyes, unusual coat patterns and darling poses.

This would make a wonderful gift for the feline enthusiast in your life, or indeed yourself! I can't recommend it more highly though I guarantee you will be clamouring for a real kitten after a few pages. You have been warned.


The Tenderness of Wolves
The Tenderness of Wolves
by Stef Penney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Embarrassment of Wolves, 9 Oct 2011
There were several problems with this `Costa Book of the Year'. For a start there were far too many characters to keep track of, only one told in first person and certainly none that made me sympathetic to their fate throughout. The aspect of homosexuality between two characters late in the book seemed like an attempt to interest a modern reader and had little relevance to the overall plot. The same can be said of the Norwegian Line, her subplot only allowed her to interact further with some other characters and for no real purpose.
I appreciate that a lot of guessing had to be done by an agoraphobic Scottish author who apparently could not do more than some research at her local library - I am sure she could have also used the internet and phoned some experts in the field of 19th century Canada. But, teenagers in 1867 or earlier did not say `yeah' or use other less formal terms when speaking, even to each other. And I highly doubt any Norwegian, even now or then is familiar with the British term `ants in your pants'. I may be disproved about this with regards to the former but I am sure no one would have said anything like it back then, as the 19th century is known to have been a time of formality in most aspects of social activity.
Admittedly she does describe the landscape well for someone who has never been and experienced a harsh Canadian winter in the wilderness, but it is let down by her characters. We are kept guessing as to the identity of the killer until quite close to the end, but the circumstances surrounding the killer and their motive seem inadequate and it is almost in a way just brushed to one side, overwhelmed by other events occurring.
I cared nothing for any of the characters, only a few seemed developed just beyond a 2D cut out of a human being and their relationships would often develop at a painfully slow pace to suddenly - wham! - Love. And both of the major two relationships were shown in this way, like the character having an epiphany of feeling which is both unbelievable and unimaginative.
In conclusion this book was far too long, with far too many unnecessary subplots and absolutely nothing to keep me gripped to the page.


The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories
The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories
by Holly Black
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection, 10 Dec 2010
This book is another fantastic opportunity to delve into the imagination of Holly Black, one of the best fantasy writers for young adults currently living. There are about 10 stories in all, ranging from an eating contest with the Devil to a new take on vampire lore. Holly has managed to paint an often dark but always detailed picture for her characters to inhabit, each one just right for a short story. Buy this book today!


D Is for Dala Horse: A Nordic Countries Alphabet (Discover the World)
D Is for Dala Horse: A Nordic Countries Alphabet (Discover the World)
by Kathy-Jo Wargin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for young and old alike, 10 Dec 2010
This book is full of the most beautiful and detailed illustrations of tradition Nordic costumes and information on some of the more interesting and unknown aspects of culture in Scandinavia. This is the perfect introduction to all things Scandinavian for children aged 5+, though it is also great for someone who wants to know a little about the countries and their cultures. Or if you are just a big fan of Scandinavia like me!

The book may only be 40 pages but it is quite big to allow the pictures to be seen in clarity and detail, just right for children who like colourful books. The price is also very reasonable for a book you will treasure.


Ice
Ice
by Sarah Beth Durst
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.13

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 27 Sep 2010
This review is from: Ice (Paperback)
I came across this book entirely by accident and was very excited at the prospect of a novel-length re-telling of one of my favourite tales, East O the Sun and West O the Moon. It kept me enthralled right to the end, with a very well thought out and unusual take on the story. I particularly liked the description of Bear in his human form. Also, this book had a fiesty heroine who struggled on towards her goal despite the length and hardship of her journey there. One to read if you, like me, dream of ice and snow and a love you would travel to the ends of the earth to save.


Deerskin
Deerskin
by Robin McKinley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.98

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deerskin, 27 Sep 2010
This review is from: Deerskin (Mass Market Paperback)
I had high hopes for this novel, since I love faerietales and it had both an unusual setting and potentially gripping plot. However, after the initial couple of chapters to set the story, there followed endless pages of not very much. I spent long hours reading about every single tiny thing Lissar was doing and finding myself entirely unsympathetic towards her. Her father's actions were terrible, but not entirely justified and Lissar's problems all seemed to have been magicked away after long pages of pointless prose. Very disappointed.


The Princess and the Frog [DVD]
The Princess and the Frog [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anika Noni Rose
Offered by FILMNIGHT
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Disney are back in business!, 29 Jun 2010
I was unable to see this in the cinema, despite being a massive Disney fan from an early age and eager to see if the old method of animation still worked with an up to date target audience. I was not disappointed. My sisters and I laughed, crooned and (nearly) cried throughout this fantastic film. Admittedly some elements were rather dark for the younger generation but that just added to the fun for us, as people who enjoy a little darkness in our films. The characters were fun and believeable, with real New Orleans accents and there were at least five new songs to keep the children happy. Overall I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to any faithful Disney fan who has longed for the previous charm of Beauty and the Beast or Sleeping Beauty. Fantastic.


The White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1)
The White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1)
by Holly Black
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars White Cat by Holly Black, 28 Jun 2010
I read this in about four days, it was almost un-put-down-able! A brilliant new concept from the fantastically strange mind of Holly Black, as good by far as her Modern Faerie Tale series and just as captivating. A must for any fan of her previous work, anyone who likes a good con and those who like a little magic in their lives.


Shiver
Shiver
by Maggie Stiefvater
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.94

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new and exciting teen romance with a wolfy twist!, 30 Sep 2009
This review is from: Shiver (Paperback)
I bought Shiver online after glancing at a copy in a shop and could hardly put it down after the first few chapters- I had finished it less than twenty-four hours later! After Twilight, I found it refreshing to see a completely new take on the mostly untouched werewolf genre. Together with a truly beautiful and breath taking romance it made for the perfect story which kept me gripped from beginning to end, deftly weaving new twists here and there to continually draw the reader in. Please buy your copy today and join me to hungrily await its sequel, the second of a trilogy, Linger out next autumn. This fantastic book is not to be missed!


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