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by Carrie Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just another supe romance..., 6 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Need (Paperback)
Zara is shipped out to stay with her, frankly quite awesome, grandmother in Maine after the death of her Dad. As soon as she arrives, it's clear things are not as they seem-from the weirdo stalking her to the disappearance of local boys. Along with her new school friends, Zara needs to figure out what is going on before creepy stalker man gets too close...or anyone else disappears.

As a slightly-too-old-for YA reader I have to say I opened this book with kind of low expectations, maybe even a touch of cynicism. I think just about every angle of supernatural teen romance has now been covered...several times over...and in the need to get their vampire/fairy/werewolf/witchy offering out there I think many writers have overlooked a couple of things...such as a character that is actually likeable! Or how about writing that is actually good??

So, like I said, low expectations. As it happened I didn't need to worry. Carrie Jones has managed to create a character that is both likeable and realistic (there's no banging on about how insanely 'gorgeous-without-realising it' she is). While it's hard to empathise with a character who is angsting about their teenage vampire boyfriend, it's not too hard to imagine how difficult life must be for a teenage girl who just lost her Dad and, above all, is trying to come to terms with that.

The romance angle is fairly standard-boy meets girls, boy comes to rescue a few times etc. I don't think Jones will keep it too one-dimensional for long though, so I'll watch that space.

All in all, it's well-written escapism and I'll definitely be checking out the next installment.

Davina Fit [DVD]
Davina Fit [DVD]
Dvd ~ Davina McCall
Price: £14.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 28 April 2010
This review is from: Davina Fit [DVD] (DVD)
Best fitness DVD I have, and Davina is entertaining as well. Good exercises that really make a difference (especially all the kicking!). I would recommend for those who have done a few exercise classes before, as they don't explain the technique too much, but if you already know what you're doing it's great as it cuts out the long-winded explanation.

Two Caravans
Two Caravans
by Marina Lewycka
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pants, Pimps and Strawberry Fields, 16 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Two Caravans (Paperback)
Having never read Lewycka's previous title of Ukrainian Tractor fame, I was a tad hesitant to enter the realm of middle-aged mother's prose, but am glad I did. Lewycka, her characters the unfortunates of middle-class high tea England and eternally down-trodden Eastern Europe, writes with humour and fluidity. The characters, if not strictly believable and lacking the grit of a Monica Ali or Zadie Smith, are immensely likable and the plot doesn't leave you scanning the financial times for something more interesting to read. A reccommended read for anyone with a good sense of humour.
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