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Spellbound: The Legend of the Ice People: 1
Spellbound: The Legend of the Ice People: 1
by Margit Sandemo
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unexpected, 14 Jun. 2008
This was not entirely what I expected upon first picking it up. From the title I imagined the book would be a typical fantasy book. However, this novel read more like a historical novel with elements of fantasy than a strictly fantasy novel. For me the story started slowly, the intial chapter didn't really grab my attention, but after that the story became much more interesting and involving.

Spellbound starts in Norway in 1581 where a young women named Silje, her entire family wiped out by the plague, finds and raises two orphans. The tale revolves around Silje, her struggles, and her involvement with the mystical ice people after a chance meeting with one man.

An interesting start to a series with plenty of potential. I for one look forward to the next book.
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by Celia Rees
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting read, 24 May 2008
This review is from: Sovay (Hardcover)
When I read the blurb of this book I have to admit it really hooked me. What can be more interesting than a girl bent on revenge becoming a highwayman? Well there is much more to this story than is immediately apparent. Set during the french revolution Sovay is a story about a young girl surrounded by intrigue and adventure.

Sovay is a strong willed beautiful girl whose fiancee has had an affair. Instead of breaking down and crying she decides to devise a test for her fiancee to discover whether he is worthy of her or not. Donning a disguise, the apparel of a highwayman, she "tests" her fiancee. After this brilliant and clever opening Sovay continues to dress as a highwayman for excitement and also necessity, as intrigue and plots against the crown come to light. Through all this Sovay becomes a woman and finds true love.

This kind of reminded me of a tale of two cities, but mostly because of the background of the french revolution, and movement between England and France. On another note I found it a little strange that there was no moral commentary to Sovay's attempts to kill, despite this I think this is an interesting novel and should be categorised as young adult. If you like strong female characters, historical settings, and Celia Rees this something for you.
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SKIP BEAT TP VOL 01 CURR PTG (C: 1-0-0) (Skip Beat! (Viz Media))
SKIP BEAT TP VOL 01 CURR PTG (C: 1-0-0) (Skip Beat! (Viz Media))
by Yoshiki Nakamura
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not your usual shoujo manga, 3 Feb. 2008
This is definitely not your usual shojo manga.
The heroine is not your standard heroine. After getting used and dumped by Sho Fuwa, a guy that effectively ruined her life, instead of crying and running back home Kyoko Mogami vows to get revenge. How? - by breaking into the world of show biz and becoming a bigger star than him! This manga chronincles her path to fame and maturity, and all the difficulties she must face along the way.

This is a beautifully drawn manga filled with bishounen and style! It is incredibly funny, and has a similar feel to "The Wallflower", due to the similarities between the personalities of the two heroines. It is a touching story in which a girl finds herself and makes her own way in life based on her own strength of character and morals.

This volume introduces us to the main characters and gives us some glimpses at their backgrounds. Kyoko's first challenge in defeating Sho is to join a talent agency called LME (the second biggest after Sho's), unfortunately not everything goes quite to plan...

Price: £23.33

5.0 out of 5 stars great single, 22 May 2007
This review is from: Sakura(single) (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic single by Ikimono Gakari. It has four tracks on it, the title track, two others and an instrumental version of Sakura. You are very unlikely to be able to get this from anywhere else, but the price is quite high for a single. Still the lead singer is fanastic she has a really beautiful voice and the melodies are very catchy and light hearted. The genre is pop rock and very easy to listen to.

However, I think everyone should invest in the album instead of the single (if you can find it that is)!

Vampire Hunter D Volume 1
Vampire Hunter D Volume 1
by Yoshitaka Amano
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant blend of genres, 14 Feb. 2007
This is possibly one of my favourite books ever. Its a great start to a series with lots of new ideas involved based around the myth of the vampire. Here vampires were the ones to reach the pinnacle of technology and many of the nightmare creatures in these books were genetically engineered for their purposes. This book is set after the fall of the vampires, in a world turned into a living nightmare for humans in which the creatures the vampires created rule the night. The genre is a curious mix between western, sci-fi, fantasy and horror. This might sound unappealing but Hideyuki pulls it off very well. The novel itself is very intelligently written, with wonderful imagery, and one cannot doubt the attractiveness of D (this is a joke in regards to the myriad ways that D is described as beautiful - try and count them).

This story is based around Doris a young woman who was bitten by one of the elusive elite, the vampire Magnus Lee. D is portrayed as a mysterious and often emotionless young looking man, whom effortlessly deals with everything that is placed in his path. The other characters too are well drawn and interesting. There are many differences between the book and the film, for example the role of the "smaller" villains(i.e. Rei).

To top it all off Yoshitaka amano is the illustrator, and this alone makes the novel worth reading. All in all a fantastic read and the best one i've read so far in the series. (The second best one is book 3 :) )

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