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Bus Pass Holiday (Book 1 of Bus Pass Series) by Karenne Griffin
4.0 out of 5 stars Wales by bus!, 17 July 2014
Like many people, I spent a lot of time holidaying in Wales when I was a child and so I was delighted to recognise some of the places Karenne visited on her bus pass holiday. The concept of travelling around for free (although we learn that this is not always possible) is bound to be popular with most people, but I must say I was much happier reading about her adventures than actually going on the trip myself. It's an easy, interesting read and I get the impression there will be more. Where to next, I wonder? Recommended.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
American college students doing drugs, studying Greek and committing murder. Donna Tartt lures us into a world where the normal limits of college life disappear and something closer to supernatural anarchy takes over. There are half-revealed scenes of ritual horror, betrayals of trust, free love for some, tantalising frustrations for others.
The narrator, Richard Pappin, endures the agony and the ecstasy of becoming a member of an elite Greek class at Hampden College, Vermont, led by Julian Morrow, a brilliant and enigmatic professor, who remains mostly in the shadows and, despite his almost incestuous attachment to his exceptionally gifted students, is only partially aware of their… Read more
Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks
Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book, 19 May 2014
This was my first download from the Rave Reviews Book Club selection and I must say that it is a spellbinding piece of writing.
Set in Mississippi in the 1920s there is masterful detail of lives led on either side of the river, and Emily Ann Teegarten is the daring young protagonist whose dream of making it as a jazz singer finds her taking risks a young girl cannot hope to get away with all the time. I was immediately bewitched by her outspoken ideas and tenacity, her naivety and her curiously promiscuous nature. She is no shrinking violet when it comes to sex, but her animal instincts are beautifully tempered by the gift she has of seeing the good in everyone. Of course her trust… Read more