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A Company of Swans
A Company of Swans
by Eva Ibbotson
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious, rewarding, utterly enjoyable book, 23 Mar. 2009
This review is from: A Company of Swans (Paperback)
I have read many other Eva Ibbotson books and this one is just as brilliant.

The novel is set in the early twentieth century (1915 I think?) Harriet is a small intelligent girl with a passion for dancing, who is trapped in her father's loveless cold, grey house.She is then offered a position in the Dubrov Ballet Company and has a huge row with her father because he won't let her go. Then, when she and her aunt's "Tea Ladies", go to visit the Brandon family mansion, Stavely, Harriet has a chance meeting with a small boy called Henry, which sets the story rolling.
This story is wonderfully descriptive, making you feel you really are there seeing what Harriet is seeing, and feeling what she is feeling. The characters are all very unique and endearing and you will remember them long after the last page is turned.

I am in awe of Mrs Ibbotson, a talented author, because of the wonderful way she can describe such deep true love! Wow!
Everyone should buy this book. Young and old. And if you have other Eva Ibbotson books on your shelf you need this one too! They will be lonely without it :)


Song of the Lioness Quartet
Song of the Lioness Quartet
by Tamora Pierce
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars You won't want to stop for anything!, 8 Feb. 2008
This book is the first book that truly grabbed me, lately. It grabbed me by throat and told me to read, read, read!
I read solidly for four days barely wanting to leave my bedroom for meals. Tamora Pierce has really created an amazing story. The four books follow the life of Alanna from the age of 10 to 20. Alanna is going to be spent to a convent and her twin brother Thom to the palace in Corus to learn how to be a knight. Alanna wants to learn to fight and her brother wants to be a sorcerer so they switch places.
Do yourself a favour and read this book, just beware of dangerous addiction problems! haha!


Absolutely Normal Chaos (Piper)
Absolutely Normal Chaos (Piper)
by Sharon Creech
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SO FUNNY!, 28 Aug. 2007
This book is really worth reading!

Mary Lou Finney is 13 years old, with 4 other siblings. (that's where the chaos part comes in)
The book is written as Mary's summer journal which she has to write for English. You see all her summer holidays from her point of view.
A great book! It makes you laugh and cry (tears of joy & saddness).

You should read it, well worth the little time we have in our chaotic lives!


Music and Lyrics [DVD] [2007]
Music and Lyrics [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Hugh Grant
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.26

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sill, fun, catchy!, 19 July 2007
This movie was one of the funniest romantic comedies I have watched in a long time.
The movie starts off with the ridiculous music video of PoP! Goes My Heart. Don't give up on it here if you think it's stupid - carry on watching. You will be surprised at how good the movie actually is.

Hugh Grant acts as Alex an 80's "Has-Been" from the band PoP! Cora, a huge teen popstar, wants Alex to write a song for her. The problem is Alex is rubbish at lyrics, that's when he meets Sophie (Drew Barrimore)and together they start on the song . . .

This movie is great fun and will leave you in stiches.

[And just letting you in on a secret, I loved PoP! so much that I went back and watched the music video on You Tube. It's so funny!]


Dreamgirls [1 Disc Edition] [DVD]
Dreamgirls [1 Disc Edition] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jamie Foxx
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.92

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream . . ., 18 July 2007
I disagree with the other reviews -- this movie was beautiful!

It almost seemed to be like a musical, as a lot of conversations ended up in song.
It gives an eye-opening glimpse into how ruthless the music business can be, and that was in the 1960's!
The acting and singing was very well done as with the filming. The glittery lights and ever-changing dresses, wigs and make-up also added a thrill.
Well done to Jeniffer Hudson - I'm sure greater things are to come. She did win many awards (Golden Globe & an Oscar etc. etc.)for her performance in Dreamgirls.

A movie for girls and woman who are "girly". [I'm not sure if any guys would tolerate this movie]


Lost & Found
Lost & Found
by Valerie Mendes
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!, 18 July 2007
This review is from: Lost & Found (Paperback)
This book is one of my favourites of all time.
It was very unpredictable and amazing how Valerie Mendes could use all different and important themes together in one story.
The characters seem very real because each chapter is told by a different person's point of view.

I recommend this to all teenage girls.


Saving Francesca
Saving Francesca
by Melina Marchetta
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars I love Francesca!, 17 July 2007
This review is from: Saving Francesca (Paperback)
This book was lovely. I read it straight through, only stopping to eat dinner and going to bed much later than I should have.But it was worth it.
I think every teenage girl should read it. Melina Marchetta knows how a girl like Francesca would think.
Also the characters are quite complex so it's great!Will is one heck of a guy.

Just get on with it and READ THE BOOK!
In my opinion it should have more than just five stars.


Missing You
Missing You
by Meg Cabot
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DIVINE READ!, 17 July 2007
This review is from: Missing You (Paperback)
This book was gorgeous!

You definitely won't be dissapointed about where Jess's life is going. I personally think this was the best book in the series.Totally romantic and great to see Jess more grown up.

If you liked the other books you will LOVE this one!


Heaven Sent (Mediator)
Heaven Sent (Mediator)
by Meg Cabot
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVOURITE MEG BOOK EVER!, 16 July 2007
This review is from: Heaven Sent (Mediator) (Paperback)
All girls out there this is something you have to read.

Read the other Mediator books first [except for no. 2 - its stupid] and then treat yourself to this.
It is my favourite Meg Cabot book and I've read it 3 times!

It makes you cry and laugh, and at the end you feel almost sad that Suze and Jesse's adventures are over.
But only for you to read. I'm sure some of you will day-dream about it here and there . . .

A must read!


Hating Alison Ashley
Hating Alison Ashley
by Robin Klein
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!, 16 July 2007
This review is from: Hating Alison Ashley (Paperback)
Erica Yurken, or Yuk to everybody, thinks she is superior to everyone at the notorious Baringa East Primary, a school with a very bad reputation.
But this world is turned topsy-turvy when the beautiful (and rich) Alison Ashley arrives at Yuk's school due to a zoning problem.
Yuk hates Alison, who is really a very sweet girl, because she had everything Yuk's always wanted.
Things change though at a school camp . . .

I loved this book. It was funny, gripping and the plot was very non-transparent! Everything you'd want in a book!

READ IT!


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