Laura T

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,249
Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (775 of 1,032)
Location: Cambridge, U.K
In My Own Words:
I'm a PhD student in History at King's College, Cambridge, currently writing a novel 'in my spare time'. I blog over at Laura Reading Books, if you're interested in seeing more of my reviews.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,249 - Total Helpful Votes: 775 of 1032
The Fever by Megan Abbott
The Fever by Megan Abbott
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Salem redux, 27 July 2014
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I struggled to get into this novel, the first I'd read from Megan Abbott. I thought it was going to be an epidemic-style thriller, but instead it's a psychological exploration of mass hysteria that rests on some terrible cliches about female adolescents. The style is vaguely reminiscent of early Jodi Picoult in Salem Falls, or Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, which I thought was far inferior to Gone Girl. I'm afraid that the modern-day take on the Crucible has been done too often to interest me again. The writing also failed to capture my attention, dotting around so much between viewpoints that it took me a long time to get the characters straight. This might appeal to young adult readers… Read more
Sedition by Katharine Grant
Sedition by Katharine Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Facing the music, 26 July 2014
Sedition is a fabulous romp of a novel that reminds me of Sarah Waters' debut, Tipping the Velvet; it's mock-historical, not in the sense that any individual incident is strictly historically inaccurate, but due to the cumulative effect of its plotting, which plays out strikingly modern themes. It's late eighteenth-century London and five young women are seeking a match. Their fathers conspire to educate them on the pianoforte so they can wow society and make wonderful matches. However, the men have more money than sense, and the pianoforte maker, and more specifically, his daughter Annie, has plans of her own. Conversely, the five girls are not innocent victims. While the plot pivots… Read more
James Martin by Wahl ZX841 Table Blender and Grind&hellip by Wahl
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This blender is sturdy, attractive, and very useful in the kitchen. The grinder attachment is also excellent and it's good to get the two as a pair. Unlike some other reviewers, I like the look of the product and haven't yet found the grinder too small for my purposes. It's difficult to know how this item will perform long-term, but so far it is living up to my expectations.

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