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One Hundred and Four Horses
One Hundred and Four Horses
by Mandy Retzlaff
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing but Heatbreaking Memoirs of Farm, Family, Africa & Exile, 13 Sep 2013
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This book tells the heartbreaking story of Mandy and Pat Retzlaff as their lives in Zimbabwe slowly begins to fall apart. As the Mugabee invasions gather pace, the Retzlaffs family find themselves having to begin an epic journey across Zimbabwe, facing eviction after eviction, being forced out of their homes, whilst at the same time trying to save the group of animals with whom they feel a deep and enduring bond - their horses.

When their close neighbours flee to New Zealand, Pat & Mandy Retzlaff promise to look after their horses, and as time goes on, similar promises were made to other farmers along their journey, never knowing whether they will be able to feed or save them. They gather an astonishing herd of over 300 animals; the final journey to freedom will be tough, and what make matters worse is they can take only 104 horses.

One Hundred and Four Horses is the story of an idyllic existence that falls apart at the seams; it's a story of incredible bonds - an intense love of the land, the strength of a family, and of the connection between man and the most majestic of animals, the horse.

I really enjoyed this beautiful story. It was very sad in places and the determination of Pat Retzlaff didn't cease to amaze me. It was also very warming too, especially when Mandy describes the personalities of some of their favourite horses, like Grey, Frisky, Princess, Black Magic and so many others.

I myself was very young when the problems in Zimbabwe occurred and this book helps me to understand the needless suffering of humans and animals during a War which would change Zimbabwe forever - and not for the good. It isn't very often a book makes me cry but this one did. This is a very sad story, and one which makes me feel that this war, like many others, was so nonsensical. Written in the first person, Mandy Retzlaff has certainly encaptured her memories of Farm, Family, Africa and Exile. In my opinion, a must read


Wolfsbane: Number 2 in series (Nightshade Trilogy)
Wolfsbane: Number 2 in series (Nightshade Trilogy)
by Andrea Cremer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Human to Wolf and back again, 23 Aug 2013
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You really need to read the first book in this series, Nightshade: Number 1 in series otherwise it will be difficult to pick up the plot.

Wolfsbane is the second book in the "Nightshade" Trilogy. Calla Tor, continues her adventures and the love triangle resumes. Calla wakes up in the den of her sworn enemies - the `Searchers'. She is convinced that her days are about to end, when then the Seachers make her an offer - one that gives her the opportunity to destroy her former masters and save her pack; but how will Shay and Ren, (the two sides of the love triangle) react? Will Ren be worth the price of her freedom and will Shay stand by her. Will true love survive? Calla is convinced that everything will work out fine, but is aware that the fight to get what she wants will be difficult. So the adventure begins, but things don't turn out quite as easily as Calla had anticipated.

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but this one seemed to drag a little and was a little boring in places. Also there wasn't a great deal of substance in the plot. In addition, the character of Shay was pretty annoying and it looks like he is turning out to be a control freak which I'm not sure Calla will be able to cope with. We certainly don't find out the answers to these questions in this book, but hopefully the final book in the Trilogy - Bloodrose: Number 3 in series (Nightshade) which is out now, will reveal all.


Dancing with Paris (A Paris Time Travel Romance)
Dancing with Paris (A Paris Time Travel Romance)
by Juliette Sobanet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing "Dancing with Paris" - Present & Past, 3 Aug 2013
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Dancing with Paris is a novel about time travel and past lives, without being `off the wall'.

It's 2012 and Dancing with Paris finds our main character Claudia, a successful Therapist, dancing in San Diego Studio of her Grandmother with the dashing Édouard Marceau.
At this point, only Claudia knows that after a one night stand with someone else, she has fallen pregnant. Just when she thinks her life cannot get any more complicated, Claudia takes a tumble and is knocked unconscious....

In Chapter 2 Claudia wakes up, but she is in Paris, sometime in the 1950's and in the body of Ruby Kerrigan, a glamorous cabaret star, and the number one suspect in the murder of one of her fellow dancers, Gisele!!

Things begin to get complex. Claudia is in the body of a sassy nightclub performer, Ruby. She continuously seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and a complex web begins to entwine itself around her. The light in Claudia's life is ignited when she meets, (under stressful circumstances), a handsome and mysterious French doctor, Antoine.
The twists and turns of the web becomes very intriguing and the reader will enjoy trying to guess the ending.

Juliette Sobanet has spent lots of time living and studying in Paris and it has a special meaning to her. She bases her novels in France because she wants to sweep her readers away to this romantic, vibrant setting. Dancing with Paris certainly does this. I felt as though I was transported to Paris with Claudia/Ruby, walking through the streets, meeting the different characters in this novel. An intriguing read. I really enjoyed this book


Immortal Flight Journal (Diary, Notebook)
Immortal Flight Journal (Diary, Notebook)
by Peter Pauper Press
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.38

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Immortal Notebook for your Handbag, 3 Aug 2013
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I bought this little note book/journal to put into my bag so that when I came across any profound statements or little "pearls of wisdom", I can add them to it so I won't forget them.

One never knows when one can use them in little messages or cards to friends and loved ones.

The book itself is so pretty. The front cover is full of mystery. The artist Anne Stokes depicts, in "Immortal Flight" another realm full of magic, moonlight and eternity. When you open the book, the beauty continues. Each page has curved edges and displays a pretty Purple/Blue butterfly on every page. Each page also shows a lightly gradient colour scheme from Purple/Blue, through to Cream, back to Purple/Blue again. The paper used is acid free/archival. It has 160 lined pages, an elastic band place holder together with a Purple inside back cover pocket, useful for popping small items in such as a book of stamps, or supermarket coupons. The Immortal Flight Journal (Diary, Notebook) measures approximately 5" x 7", so won't fit into a small bag.

I would highly recommend this beautiful Notebook/Journal. It is so beautiful and a joy to write in


China's Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower
China's Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower
by Linda Yueh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £27.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars China - The Economic Superpower, 3 Aug 2013
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Linda Yueh's China's Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower explains China's unique transition of its developing economy. It shows that the structure of the economy is just as important as growth factors. It also looks as questions such as:-

What made it possible for China - one of the poorest developing economies under communist rule, to have been transformed into the world's second-largest economy in just 30 years?

How can we account for this miraculous making of an economic superpower?

China's Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower helps us to understand how this happened and what the contributors were. The detail provided in this book helps to resolve this puzzle.

An extremely detailed and informative book and a good one to have on every Professional's book-shelf.


Dear Grandma, from you to me (sketch) (Journals of a Lifetime)
Dear Grandma, from you to me (sketch) (Journals of a Lifetime)
by from you to me
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Lifetime Journal for your Grandchild, 27 July 2013
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This little book is amazing and asks so many poignant questions in the grandchild's persona. A keepsake which will give your grandchildren knowledge of their ancestors - it can be as detailed as you wish


Dear Dad, from You to Me (sketch) (Journals of a Lifetime)
Dear Dad, from You to Me (sketch) (Journals of a Lifetime)
by from you to me
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Books, 26 July 2013
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I bought three of these books:- From Me to You, Dad; From me to You Mum - these are presents for my Son and Daughter-in-Law, and of course From Me to You Grandma.....
They are beautiful books and are a fun way to tell your children/grandchildren a little about YOU. Novel idea and would highly recommend any one of these or all!!


Stylish Polka Dots Gel Silicone Case Cover For Apple iPhone 4s 4 s 4g 8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB + Screen Protector & MadCase ® Microfibre Cloth (Teal Blue)
Stylish Polka Dots Gel Silicone Case Cover For Apple iPhone 4s 4 s 4g 8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB + Screen Protector & MadCase ® Microfibre Cloth (Teal Blue)
Offered by Gadgets 'N' Bits Ltd.
Price: £3.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Polka Dot iPhone 4s case, 26 July 2013
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Took delivery today of two Case Covers for my iPhone 4s. One Purple and the other Teal.

They are good quality and seem very durable. The delivery time was amazing - well before the suggested time.

I would say that the colours come up different. For instance the Teal comes up slightly lighter, and looks more Turquoise - still a great colour and looks really smart. On the other case I ordered, the word description says Purple and the visual on the website looks Magenta - it is in fact Magenta and not Purple. Again, still a great colour and looks great too. Not a big deal for me personally because I love both colours, but suggest may Gadgets 'N' Bits change the colour description in their drop down menu, i.e. Teal to Turquoise and Purple to Magenta?


Water Witch (Fairwick Chronicles 2)
Water Witch (Fairwick Chronicles 2)
by Carol Goodman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Water Witch - Book No.2 in the Fairwick Chronicles, 14 July 2013
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Water Witch, the second in the Fairwick Chronicles by Carole Goodman continues with Callie trying to sort out her life. Callie's turmoil after banishing her powerful Incubus demon lover, Liam, to the Borderlands continues. Liam still haunts her dreams, always trying to tempt her with knowledge of a how to bring him back so he can become human. Callie knows that loving an Incubus usually ends in death for the human, so she needs to learn to control her desires for Liam and ensure that he remains trapped in his watery prison forever. However, Liam isn't the only dangerous creature in the Borderlands, there is another - he too is looking for a way back, and Callie finds herself in a dangerous situation.

We are also introduced to more characters in this book, and Carole Goodman describes each one of them in such a way you can almost visualise them. However, I felt that the Water Witch didn't move as quickly as Incubus (Fairwick Chronicles 1) - the first book in the trilogy; also, I felt the plot is somewhat predictable which spoils this book for me. Hence the reason I have only given it 3 stars. I have to say though this didn't detract me from enjoying it and I look forward to the next book in this trilogy.


The Bone Season
The Bone Season
by Samantha Shannon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First In a Long Series of Seven, 13 July 2013
This review is from: The Bone Season (Hardcover)
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I won't waste your time by going through the plot of this first in a series of seven books written by 22 year old Samantha Shannon, as other reviewers have already outlined this in great detail. Samantha Shannon's style of writing is extremely detailed, showing maps and charts at the beginning of the book which are complicated; in addition there is a Glossary at the back of the book which helps the reader somewhat.

The Bone Season (Scion 1) already has an option on film rights and hopefully if this goes ahead, I hope it won't be as big a disappointment in the same way that the film The Golden Compass from Philip Pulman's, His Dark Materials: Gift Edition including all three novels: Northern Light, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass was.

Samantha Shannon's imagination is amazing and meticulously detailed. The Bones Season looks to be a dark and intense Fantasy series. If you are a follower of Fantasy books, this is probably for you. However, although I enjoyed her style of writing, it was a bit too complex for me personally and I feel the writer could have an arduous task of keeping up the pace in the next six books. It is however doubtful I will be reading the next book.


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