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Kiss of Evil
Kiss of Evil
by Richard Montanari
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, 30 May 2010
This review is from: Kiss of Evil (Paperback)
An okay read but much prefer his Byrne/Balzano series, didn't much like the Grimm fairytale type aspect to it and the characters were very formulaic.
From his stand alone novels I recommend The Violet Hour.


Inglorious
Inglorious
by Joanna Kavenna
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An intense read, 30 May 2010
This review is from: Inglorious (Paperback)
After her mother dies Rose walks out of her job, is dumped by her boyfriend and makes herself homeless. As she free-falls into a nervous breakdown Rose is told by all and sundry to just get on with it and pull herself together but is at first unwilling and later incapable of doing so.
Both dark and comic, I thought this a fascinating read although a bit long-winded. Written as Rose thinks ; she isn't always likeable, you certainly want to give her a good shake sometimes but ultimately I did find myself routing for her.


Benny and Shrimp
Benny and Shrimp
by Katarina Mazetti
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Opposites do attract, 30 May 2010
This review is from: Benny and Shrimp (Paperback)
As different as chalk and cheese Benny and Shrimp are an unlikely couple, have little in common and aren't willing to make the changes necessary to make the relationship work. Shame that they're in love then and it could be their last chance at happiness.
Loved it!


The Mother's Tale: A Novel: A Mother's Tale
The Mother's Tale: A Novel: A Mother's Tale
by Camilla Noli
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Motherhood is not for all, 30 May 2010
Sparsely written and incredibly shocking. The story of a woman who should never have become a mother.
I thought it was going to be about a mothers' problems bonding or post-natal depression, but it had more in common with another book Monster Love by Carol Topolski.
Having said that I couldn't put it down :)
Prepare to be shocked.


My Dearest Osan
My Dearest Osan
by Marianne K Nishibayashi
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Two tales of female empowerment, 30 May 2010
This review is from: My Dearest Osan (Paperback)
Always had a fondness for books made up of letters and this one was no disappointment. A short novel that got to the point very quickly, grabbed my attention and didn't let go till the final page.
Set in Japan 1813, it follows the plight of two estranged sisters and the struggles they face in an effert to free themselves from their very different situations and reunite.


The Boy Next Door
The Boy Next Door
by Irene Sabatini
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ''Lekker!'', 30 May 2010
This review is from: The Boy Next Door (Paperback)
What I love about reading is that you can pick up a book you've never heard of, full of a place and time you know nothing about and by the end of it have a real feel for the people and their lives.
A small mystery , an unlikely seemingly impossible relationship and real characters set amid the turmoil of post-war Rhodesia/Zimbabwe sets the scene for a very memorable book. This book was 'lekker'!!


Cockroach
Cockroach
by Rawi Hage
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal and fab, 30 May 2010
This review is from: Cockroach (Hardcover)
Identifying himself as part human part cockroach, Hage's Lebanese waiter isn't so much reaching for the sky as looking into the underground.
Almost invisible from society as a immigrant in Montreal,Canada with nothing and no one in his life he will not be ignored ,as he forces himself into peoples lives and homes ..quite literally!
Stark, shocking, surreal and pulling no punches this novel ,like its character, will not be forgotten easily. Recommended.


The Wilding
The Wilding
by Maria McCann
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A real feel for the period, 30 May 2010
This review is from: The Wilding (Paperback)
Raced through this book in about 2 days flat. I loved the post Cromwell historical setting, an England still recovering from war and a family mired in secrets and betrayal.
Some of the twists weren't totally unexpected but the characters and particularly the dialogue felt very true to the period.
The history behind the individual stories developed slowly, the characters well-rounded although not always likeable and the prejudices and power struggles within small village life made this novel one to remember.


Henry's Sisters
Henry's Sisters
by Cathy Lamb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A blast., 30 May 2010
This review is from: Henry's Sisters (Paperback)
What a mixed bag this book is. Like one reviewer I was tempted to give up after the first 50 pages, it all seemed too over the top and the characters are very much larger than life. My life at least!
But once it got down to the nitty-gritty and why these sisters were the wrecks they were it was totally absorbing.

On the up side equally emotional, tragic, funny sometimes farcical sometimes deadly serious but also way too much screaming, sentiment and religion for me.
It would certainly make a great chick flick ,gave it a 4* as in the end it's a book with a big heart


Build Your Own Monsters! (Klutz Chicken Socks)
Build Your Own Monsters! (Klutz Chicken Socks)
by The Editors of Klutz
Edition: Spiral-bound

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned monsters, 30 May 2010
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I remember something like this when I was younger, my 4 and 7 year old loved making and playing with these.
Wobbly arms, legs and jiggly eyes. Good fun and value if they are creative. Save for a rainy weekend when they're whinging they're bored.


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