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Stormy Weather by Victoria Clayton
Stormy Weather by Victoria Clayton
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming as ever, 17 May 2012
I am a big fan of Victoria Clayton's books and this contained all the elements I love and expect from a title of hers.

Artemis Castor is an endearing heroine: independent and intelligent, anxious by nature and prone to worrying, determined to do her best to think well of people (though this last trait has its exasperating moments!). Left in sole care of her twelve-year-old sister by a dead mother and an uninterested father, she does the best she can to protect Persephone even when times get hard.

The book is filled with the usual cast of madcap eccentrics, always so distinct and interesting to read about. As usual I found our hero to be unconventional, flawed and… Read more
The Wizard at Pembrook by Lisa Anne Nisula
The Wizard at Pembrook by Lisa Anne Nisula
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read, 1 May 2012
The Wizard at Pembrook by Lisa Anne Nisula is a low-key fantasy story about a secretary named Janet. She has a humdrum life in the city as a clerk, until one day she gets caught up in some odd magic going on in the town centre. Soon she's swept away to a new life as assistant to Lord Fairfax, a talented wizard with an emotionless demeanour and a mysterious past. What's really going on at Pembrook House? Well, Janet will have to find out.

When I said this was low-key I did mean it. The story ambles along at a relaxed pace, with little real tension. On the one hand this was nice; its lack of melodrama was very welcome and its slow pace made for a relaxing, even soothing sort of… Read more
West Pacific Supers: Victory at Any Cost by K.M. Johnson-Weider
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable sequel, 24 April 2012
I have always been a fan of Greek mythology, so the idea of a battle between Nike, Goddess of Victory, and Circe the witch appealed to me right away. The two have an ancient rivalry which they renew by forming a wager: Circe's old team (the West Pacific Supers) versus Nike's new team (the Victory Team). Whichever succeeds in being chosen as the city's official team wins the wager.

Herein lay some interesting complications from the start. I was rooting for the West Pacific Supers, of course! But not for Circe; I liked Nike - or her alter ego Victoria Pallas - much more. I also liked Mei, Circe's long-suffering apprentice who's determined to be a wizard - NOT a witch! - and who… Read more

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