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ALLPOWERS™ 3nd Gen Fast Charging 3.5A Output Portable 15600mAh Power Bank External Battery Charger Powered Backup Pack with PowersIQ™ Technology for Mobile Phone, iPhone, iPad, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, LG, BlackBerry, iPod, MP3, MP4, PSP, PDA and Most USB Devices
ALLPOWERS™ 3nd Gen Fast Charging 3.5A Output Portable 15600mAh Power Bank External Battery Charger Powered Backup Pack with PowersIQ™ Technology for Mobile Phone, iPhone, iPad, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, LG, BlackBerry, iPod, MP3, MP4, PSP, PDA and Most USB Devices
Offered by ALLPOWERS UK
Price: £49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly easy to use, offers plenty of charge, just a tad bulky..., 26 Nov 2014
Length:: 1:43 Mins

**THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 15600mAh (WHITE) POWERBANK**

The AllPowers 15600mAh Portable Power Bank is a handy portable charger which can be used to recharge most portable electronic gadgets such as phones, tablets, digital cameras and portable e-reading devices.

The charger comes with two of the most popular sized adapter heads (micro USB and 4s), making it suitable for use with most devices.

Upon opening up the packaging, the first thing that you instantly notice about the Power Bank is the size and weight of the beast. Measuring 14cm x 6cm x 2cm, it's quite a substantial piece of kit to cart around with you. Indeed, it's not something that you'll simply be able to slip into your pocket or a small handbag with ease. Since we've had the item, we've been leaving it fully charged in our car with the adapters stashed alongside it in the small zip-lock bag that comes included, so that should either my wife or I need to charge up our phones whilst we're out-and-about with the car, we can.

The idea and design behind the Power Bank is simple. You've got two USB Output ports which offer either a 1 Amp charge or a 2.1 Amp charge (depending on the device you need to charge). There's also a separate Input port located on the side of the Power Bank which you use to re-charge up the Power Bank itself. These sort of power banks can usually be recharged around 400 - 500 times before they stop holding the power effectively. Whether this is the same for the AllPowers Power Bank is thus far to be seen, but you'd expect (and hope for) a similar level of performance.

Whilst the Power Bank is charging, there are four orange LED lights on the side of the unit that light up to indicate how charged the Power Bank is. Once it's fully charged (which does take quite a few hours by the way) the Power Bank offers up enough charge to be able to recharge your devices around 2-3 times (depending on the device), or just the once if it's for an energy-sapping tablet. The time it takes to charge up your device also depends on what it is - but from our use, it seems to be around the same, or maybe just a tad longer, as if it was plugged into the wall etc.

Aside from the size and weight of the Power Bank, both my wife and I couldn't be happier with it. It performs much better than we thought it would, it's versatile enough that it can be used for most devices (but not all - so do check and compare before purchasing), and ultimately gives you peace of mind when you're out-and-about. It's just a shame that it's so hefty!

PLEASE NOTE: The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


LEPOWER 16 Bright LED Wireless Solar Powered Motion Sensor Light (Weatherproof, no batteries required)
LEPOWER 16 Bright LED Wireless Solar Powered Motion Sensor Light (Weatherproof, no batteries required)
Offered by Prodigy3
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A very handy and easy-to-install solar-powered outdoor light..., 26 Nov 2014
Length:: 2:52 Mins

The Lepower LED Motion Sensor Light is a small, wireless and easy-to-fit motion-detecting outdoor light. Furthermore, the light is 100% solar powered, therefore once you've screwed it to the wall, you won't need to do anything more. Quite literally 'job done'.

The light is reasonably small, measuring just 12.5cm x 9cm x 5cm (approx.). Accordingly, the light doesn't have too much of a dominant presence on an outdoor wall, and instead offers a moderate amount of lighting without becoming a particularly noticeable or garish feature. This makes the light ideal for placing around the side of a garage or along a wall, or for above our outdoor shed doorway (as we have done) so that we can see what we're doing when we go to unlock the door at night.

Installation is a doddle. After unpacking the light, you'll need to activate the device by turning on the internal battery. This is done by using a small, paperclip thin 'key' (comes included) which is inserted into a small hole on the underside of the light (see video). Once this is done, it's merely a case of marking-up where you want the light to go, drilling two holes, and then screwing in the light (screws and rawl plugs come included).

When it gets dark outside, the light's sensor is triggered, turning the light on to a permanent 'dim' mode until it either picks up some motion or it gets light again. This means that at night the light always illuminates the area a very small amount, making it a bit of a security deterrent.

Should the light pick up some motion, it will go from 'dim light' to 'bright light' and remain on this bright setting for around one minute (approx.). The light seems to pick up motion from around 2 metres away, however, this will vary depending on how high up you place the light etc.

The amount of light that it provides when on its 'bright' setting (i.e once triggered by the motion detector) is certainly enough to be able to see a door lock with. It's not necessarily bright enough to act as a main security light for illuminating a driveway, nor will it really help with seeing further than within the immediate 2 meter vicinity. It's just not the sort of light to produce such illumination. However, for seeing a door lock, or merely adding some illumination to a particular spot or passageway, the light is absolutely ideal.

We've had the LED light for just over a week now and I have to say both my wife and I are more than happy with it. It illuminates just the right amount for our needs, it doesn't look too dominant on our walls, it's incredibly hassle free, and it seems to take enough power from the daylight hours (even during the winter period) to keep working most of the night long (if not all of it). Very very happy.

PLEASE NOTE: The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


Aukey Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, Multi-function Eye-care Table Lamp, 4 Lighting Modes (Reading/Studying/Relaxing/Bedtime), 5-Level Dimmer, Flexible Arm, Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, 1-Hour Auto Timer, 5V/2A USB Charging Port, Mobile Device Charger (15 W, LT-T1, Piano Black)
Aukey Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, Multi-function Eye-care Table Lamp, 4 Lighting Modes (Reading/Studying/Relaxing/Bedtime), 5-Level Dimmer, Flexible Arm, Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, 1-Hour Auto Timer, 5V/2A USB Charging Port, Mobile Device Charger (15 W, LT-T1, Piano Black)
Offered by duola beauty
Price: £79.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern & stylish lamp that offers a plenty of different levels and styles of illumination..., 26 Nov 2014
Length:: 3:13 Mins

The Aukey 15W Dimmable Eye-care Folding Desk Lamp (model LT-T1), is a reasonably large contemporary-looking desk lamp that includes a whole variety of different settings.

SET-UP / ASSEMBLY:
After unpacking the desk lamp, there's a very small amount of assembly required, which in a nutshell, consists of screwing the lamp's stem to the base and then plugging it in. That's it.

DESIGN:
The lamp is very contemporary looking, with its stylish and sleek design, making it look modern and totally up-to-date. However, die to the timeless high-gloss piano black colour used across the entire hard-plastic body of the lamp it won't look at all out of place in a more traditional looking study or workspace.

MOVABILITY:
Along with having a 180 degree swivelling base, the lamp also includes two further joints along its stem (upper and lower), as well as a swivelling head. Oddly, the swivelling head rotates 180 degrees in a clockwise direction and only about 10 degrees in an anti-clockwise direction. Accordingly, if you have a choice, it would probably be better to position the lamp on the right-hand-side of your desk in order to take advantage of its full positionability (but that's probably just being overly fussy).

LIGHTING:
The desk lamp offers four different types of light (demonstrated in the accompanying video). These are 'Reading', 'Study', 'Relax' and 'Sleep'. The names of each pretty much describe what sort of illumination to expect, but you can see for yourself in the accompanying video.

You can also adjust the level of the brightness across all four different types of illumination via the brightness control buttons. These offer five different levels of brightness, with the highest setting really illuminating everything around it (especially if set on 'Reading').

ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS:
Along with the different illumination types and adjustable levels of brightness, there's also a 60 minute timer mode, which when set, will automatically turn the light off after 60 minutes. This is a handy setting for those who are prone to falling asleep whilst reading at night.

Another incredibly handy feature is the inclusion of a USB port on the lamp's side which allows the user to plug in a mobile phone or similar device, and charge it through the lamp.

CONTROLS:
All of the controls for the lamp are found on the one 7.5cm x 4cm control panel located on the front of the lamp's stem where it attaches to the base. All of the buttons are the modern touch-sensitive type, which illuminate with a red LED once pressed.

ISSUES / DOWNSIDE:
The only slight downside that we've found with the lamp is that the base is prone to sliding about on the desk surface when you're trying to swivel the lamp's stem section. As such, it becomes a two hand job (one hand to keep the base still and the other to swivel the lamp's stem). Not a huge issue by any stretch of the imagination, but possibly worth mentioning nevertheless.

OVERALL RESULT:
All in all we couldn't be happier with the desk lamp. The amount of different types of illumination it offers, alongside the varying degrees of brightness that you can adjust the lamp to, makes for a very versatile lamp that will no doubt help alleviate eye-strain etc.

It looks stylish and fitting in our study, it feels strong and sturdy and is likely to last for years to come. And finally the energy efficient aspect of the lamp is a very definite bonus.

PLEASE NOTE: The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


CPR Call Blocker Big Button Sim Free Mobile Phone
CPR Call Blocker Big Button Sim Free Mobile Phone
Price: £79.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a basic mobile phone, but with some good functions for the elderly / vulnerable..., 26 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 2:53 Mins

The CPR Call Blocker 'Big Button' Mobile Phone is a mobile phone that's especially designed for older and the more vulnerable people.

The mobile phone is a Sim Free model, meaning you can simply insert a pay-as-you-go Sim Card (i.e. one from your previous phone) and you're good to go.

The functionality on the phone is incredibly simple to use (as it should be). The main screen shows the time, the day and the date, how much power is remaining on the phone, and if you have an unread text / missed call.

Unlocking the phone is the usual 'press 1 and then the * button in reasonably quick succession'. The text across all of the menus and options is very large and well-illuminated.

Undoubtedly, the main feature, the phones USP if you like, is with the black listing function. Quickly black listing calls is incredibly simple. Once the phone has been called by a number that you want blacklisted, it's just a case of choosing the 'Black List' function and then selecting the appropriate number from your recent calls list. Simple as that. There's also a reverse of this, which is via enabling your 'White List' which will block all calls apart from those that you've put on your white list.

Other than this the phone offers a handy but quite blurry magnifier (digitally magnifies small text etc). However, you have to have a steady hand to use this otherwise you'll find it just too blurry to use.

The camera function is also a little on the ropey side, with the picture quality decidedly grainy, especially if taken indoors. Certainly not great compared to the quality that we're used to on most other modern mobile phones.

Other functions of note would be the ability to choose the person to call from your phonebook via a picture (a choice of four come up for the user to select from). There's also a handy little torch that you can turn on from the side of your phone. Finally, you can select to have the buttons you've pressed spoken out to you in a human voice (see accompanying video), which is great for the visually impaired.

Other than that what you've got with the CPR Call Blocker Mobile Phone is a pretty standard no-frills mobile with big buttons and very easy to read displays. Good for what it's for, but doesn't offer anything of much note other than these handful of specifics and then the absolute basics.


Philips GU10 5 Watt 230 V 2 LED Spotlight Bulb, Warm White
Philips GU10 5 Watt 230 V 2 LED Spotlight Bulb, Warm White
Offered by DDL-Direct UK
Price: £11.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two energy efficient bulbs that offer an excellent bright white illumination..., 23 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 0:40 Mins

The Philips GU10 4.5 Watt LED twin spotlight bulbs are standard sized spotlight bulbs that utilise LED technology for a much longer lasting and more energy efficient bulb.

The bulbs are non-dimmable, but offer the equivalent of a 50 Watt bulb for just 4.5 Watt of consumption. Furthermore, the bulbs offer a mammoth 15,000 hours of an average lifespan. As such, this makes the bulbs incredibly energy efficient, ranking as A+ on the EU energy efficiency table.

Being a GU10, the bulbs are fitted using the standard spotlight design of a two-prong twistline fitting.

Because the bulbs use LED technology, they come to their full brightness as soon as you turn them on. Thankfully, gone are the days of slowly illuminating energy efficient bulbs.

These particular bulbs offer a standard 'White' illumination (and not 'Warm White' as the product title currently states) which has a bright, strong illumination, which combined with the 50w equivalent of output, makes for excellent illumination. Personally I really like the brightness that this bulb offers. However, my wife is far from convinced. It seems like a personal preference thing. My wife says the light that comes off the bulb seems quite cold and fake. However, as I said, I like it.


Philips GU10 4 Watt 230 V 2 LED Spotlight Bulb, Warm White
Philips GU10 4 Watt 230 V 2 LED Spotlight Bulb, Warm White
Offered by DDL-Direct UK
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A good quality energy efficient spotlight bulb that offers a nice 'warm white' light..., 23 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 0:41 Mins

The Philips GU10 3.5 Watt LED twin spotlight bulbs are standard sized spotlight bulbs that utilise LED technology for a much longer lasting and more energy efficient bulb.

The bulbs are non-dimmable, but offer the equivalent of a 35 Watt bulb for just 3.5 Watt of consumption. Furthermore, the bulbs offer a mammoth 15,000 hours of an average lifespan. As such, this makes the bulbs incredibly energy efficient, ranking as A+ on the EU energy efficiency table.

Being a GU10, the bulbs are fitted using the standard spotlight design of a two-prong twistline fitting.

Because the bulbs use LED technology, they come to their full brightness as soon as you turn them on. Thankfully, gone are the days of slowly illuminating energy efficient bulbs.

These particular bulbs offer a 'Warm White' illumination which has a creamy, slightly (but not overly) yellowish tint to them. For a room that very much about comfort, such as a living room, a bedroom or even a study, these bulbs are ideal. For a kitchen etc, I'd probably recommend going with a more standard 'white' light. But at the end of the day, it's really all down to personal preference.


NeutronCompression Jersey - Black - Large
NeutronCompression Jersey - Black - Large
Price: £25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A top quality and very well-made performance enhancing compression jersey..., 18 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:37 Mins

The Mitre Neutron Compression Jersey is a tight-fitting stretchable sports jersey that's specifically designed for use with playing sport.

The compression jersey is designed to be a tight fit. In fact, its compressive qualities help improve circulation which will ultimately assist with enhancing your sporting abilities. Admittedly, the compression top isn't necessarily designed to cope with the slight (cough cough) extra baggage that I have around the belly area, which does make the top feel particularly tight around my abdomen.

When being worn, other than feeling tight and figure-hugging, the top provides a relative degree of warmth (but not overly so) and allows for completely unrestricted movement.

Over the past few weeks I've been wearing the top whilst working-out, jogging, and in particular when using our punch bag.

I have to say that one of the very best features that I've found about the top is that it seems to allow my skin to breath whilst also drawing the sweat off my body, keeping my top-half feeling comfortable no matter how hard my workout.

The material itself seems incredibly strong and highly unlikely to rip or tear. Furthermore, because it's so tight against your body, it's much less likely to get caught on other players, or yanked and pulled whilst in the thick of the action.

In fact, I would say that the compression jersey is nothing short of a top quality, well-designed and more than likely a long-lasting piece of sporting clothing. To be honest I thought I'd probably only end up using it for the odd game of friendly five aside that we have from time-to-time, however because of its numerous properties, I'm actually going to be wearing it for general exercise as well.


ALLPOWERS™ Portable Power Bank 15600mAh External Battery Charger Backup Pack for Mobile Phone, iPhone, iPad, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Blackberry, Nokia, LG, iPod, MP3, MP4, PSP, PDA and Most USB Devices
ALLPOWERS™ Portable Power Bank 15600mAh External Battery Charger Backup Pack for Mobile Phone, iPhone, iPad, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Blackberry, Nokia, LG, iPod, MP3, MP4, PSP, PDA and Most USB Devices
Offered by ALLPOWERS UK
Price: £49.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly easy to use, offers plenty of charge, just a tad bulky..., 16 Nov 2014
Length:: 1:43 Mins

The AllPowers 15600mAh Portable Power Bank is a handy portable charger which can be used to recharge most portable electronic gadgets such as phones, tablets, digital cameras and portable e-reading devices.

The charger comes with two of the most popular sized adapter heads (micro USB and 4s), making it suitable for use with most devices.

Upon opening up the packaging, the first thing that you instantly notice about the Power Bank is the size and weight of the beast. Measuring 14cm x 6cm x 2cm, it's quite a substantial piece of kit to cart around with you. Indeed, it's not something that you'll simply be able to slip into your pocket or a small handbag with ease. Since we've had the item, we've been leaving it fully charged in our car with the adapters stashed alongside it in the small zip-lock bag that comes included, so that should either my wife or I need to charge up our phones whilst we're out-and-about with the car, we can.

The idea and design behind the Power Bank is simple. You've got two USB Output ports which offer either a 1 Amp charge or a 2.1 Amp charge (depending on the device you need to charge). There's also a separate Input port located on the side of the Power Bank which you use to re-charge up the Power Bank itself. These sort of power banks can usually be recharged around 400 - 500 times before they stop holding the power effectively. Whether this is the same for the AllPowers Power Bank is thus far to be seen, but you'd expect (and hope for) a similar level of performance.

Whilst the Power Bank is charging, there are four orange LED lights on the side of the unit that light up to indicate how charged the Power Bank is. Once it's fully charged (which does take quite a few hours by the way) the Power Bank offers up enough charge to be able to recharge your devices around 2-3 times (depending on the device), or just the once if it's for an energy-sapping tablet. The time it takes to charge up your device also depends on what it is - but from our use, it seems to be around the same, or maybe just a tad longer, as if it was plugged into the wall etc.

Aside from the size and weight of the Power Bank, both my wife and I couldn't be happier with it. It performs much better than we thought it would, it's versatile enough that it can be used for most devices (but not all - so do check and compare before purchasing), and ultimately gives you peace of mind when you're out-and-about. It's just a shame that it's so hefty!

PLEASE NOTE: The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


Ispeed Mirror Pro Swim Goggle (Blue/Green)
Ispeed Mirror Pro Swim Goggle (Blue/Green)
Offered by New New Inc LTD
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars High quality goggles, offering excellent clarity underwater and great comfort..., 15 Nov 2014
Length:: 3:28 Mins

The Ispeed Mirror Pro Swim Goggles are a set of good quality swimming goggles that not only look stylish, with a variety of colours and styles to suit almost every taste, but they also offer an excellent range of nice design features.

Putting them on, the goggles feel tight and secure to your head, with the silicone eye cups adjusting to the contours of your face whilst sealing perfectly around your eye sockets and the edge of your cheekbones. On either side of the goggles there's the usual adjustable strapping, whereby the user is able to adjust the length of the elastic to accommodate the size of your head. Furthermore, the goggles also come with three different sized nose bridges to ensure a perfect and snug fit for all. However, it should be noted that these bridges do take a little wiggling and a reasonable amount of force applied to change them, so not something that you'll want to be doing a lot of.

The goggle lenses all offer 100% UV protection which is very handy to know if you're planning on wearing them whilst in outside pools or swimming in the sea. This obviously makes them ideal for taking away on holiday, because with the tinting on some of the lenses, it can sometimes be easy to forget that your eyes could get damaged from UV sun rays.

What's perhaps most impressive about the goggles is the anti-fog coating that covers the lenses. It really does work. It's so frustrating when you're underwater and the lenses start to gradually fog up on the inside, making it blurry and near-impossible to see more than a metre or two in front of you. With these goggles there's absolutely no misting up, and the clarity through the lenses is incredible.

My wife and I have tried the three sets of goggles we've been sent at our local swimming pool over a couple of occasions now. Each set have proven to provide the same high-quality and excellent vision both underwater and above water.

They feel comfortable and secure, with absolutely no leakage through the seals around the eye cups. The goggles also feel tough and durable enough to withstand a large amount of general wear and tear. To be honest, it's really hard to find any fault with them.

The goggles also come with a nice hard plastic case to protect and store them within.

The goggles tried out and 'modelled' in the accompanying video were the colours Blue/Green, Acid Blue and Black. Out of these three we found that the 'Black' ones gave the clearest vision, whereas the 'Acid Blue' ones offered the best tinting (see video) - so they're probably the best for wearing outdoors with the sun glaring down on you.

PLEASE NOTE: The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


Above
Above
by Isla Morley
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A colossal novel of desperation, fear, love, remorse and heart-wrenching compassion..., 12 Nov 2014
This review is from: Above (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First published back in March of 2014, 'Above' formed the second novel for South African born author Isla Morley.

DLS Synopsis:
It was on the 22nd July, the night of the big Horse Thieves Picnic celebration, that sixteen-year-old Blythe Hallowell was taken. It was getting late and she was on her way home when Dobbs Hordin told her to come with him. Because Blythe was told that something had happened to her brother, she didn't think twice about getting into Hordin's rusty old car. Concern for her brother was the only thing filling her mind as she allowed the man that she knew to be her school librarian, to drive her out to a darkened field in the middle of nowhere.

The next thing Blythe knows is that she's waking up in a room without windows. In fact, Blythe Hallowell is now in one of twelve decommissioned missile silos that now remain in Kansas. Her captor, Dobbs Hordin, has spent years preparing the underground silo. Hordin was convinced that the apocalypse was almost upon them. And he'd spent years of his life, and every penny that he'd earned, in order to prepare for the end.

Locked away in his underground silo, Hordin had enough provisions to last for years. He had collected together a vast cache of documents and jars filled with specimens in order to assist with the creation of a new world following the apocalypse. And now that he has Blythe, he finally has everything he needs in order to live through mankind's near annihilation. Everything he needs to begin a new life after everyone else's life ends.

For Blythe Hallowell, her life above ground now seems to have come to an end. As the days, months, and years pass by, the once defiant young girl gradually gives in to her captor's will. The world above ground becomes nothing more than a lingering memory. And Blythe's entire world has become confined to this underground concrete prison...

DLS Review:
What we have here is one hell of a compelling read. From the very moment that you embark upon Blythe Hallowell's story, you're hooked. Within a matter of pages this innocent young girl is ripped away from her world and thrown into this underground decommissioned missile silo. Disorientation hits the reader square in the face. And slowly but surely, as author Isla Morley starts to put the pieces together, the true horror of the young teenaged girl's predicament fully reveals itself.

For the first half of the book, the situation in the underground silo just gets worse and worse. The unrelenting claustrophobia crushes you, the bleakness of Blythe's close-quartered existence depresses you, and the once strong young girl's final resignation and ultimate acceptance to her fate eventually chills your blood.

I say for the first half, because Morley has very purposefully split her book into two distinct halves. The first half is a downward descent into a lonesome hell; held prisoner in the underground silo without any lasting hope of ever seeing the world above. The second half...well I can't comment on the second half without giving one of the critical twists in the tale away. However, what I can say is that Morley has got some jaw-dropping surprises up her sleeve. And they smack the reader in the face with the force of a sledgehammer.

To say that 'Above' is a page turner is one mother of an understatement. From the very first page the novel is absolutely addictive reading. Blythe's terrifying predicament drags the reader into the claustrophobic hell that is Dobbs Hordin's survivalist silo. The purposeful drip-feeding of information about Hordin, how Blythe had been snatched, and the poor girl's own past, builds up an inter-woven nest of intrigue that keeps the reader sucked into the very fabric of the plot.

Blythe Hallowell is a wonderfully and lovingly created character. Morley has breathed so much life into the girl. By around a quarter of the way into the tale you will swear that Blythe is real. There's so much detail in her personality. So many layers to her. Her strength, her emotional tolerance, her inner-struggles, and perfectly identifiable human qualities. You relate to her on so many levels. You respect her. And as a testament to Morley's astonishing skills as a storyteller; you end up loving Blythe Hallowell for everything that she is, and everything that she is not.

There's such a tightly-packed tangle of emotions pulsing through the novel. And so often these emotions are in direct conflict with each other; causing an inner-turmoil in Blythe to reveal itself to the reader. And these near-cannibalistic feelings are ultimately projected onto the reader; swamping them in a flood of their own deeply provocative ripped-raw emotions.

There is so much in this novel that will keep you gripped to it from the very start to its final page. Your emotions will be pulled taut, your heart will fill your mouth, your pulse will race, your breath will get caught in your throat, and you'll find it impossible to leave Blythe for the night without first finding out if she's going to survive it herself. Ultimately, for a short time 'Above' will become a part of you.

This is a truly stunning tale that takes the reader through more emotions than you would ever have thought it could. There's no sitting still with this novel. Anything could be round the next corner. And Morley uses this scope to its full effect. Utterly breath-taking. Unbelievably captivating. A colossal novel of desperation, fear, love, remorse and heart-wrenching compassion.

Quite simply, you should read this novel.

The novel runs for a total of 342 pages.


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