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Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger
Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger
I have nothing against books that drop a lot of designer brand label names or centre their stories on the machinations of a group of modern socialites. If done right, this genre can be sharp, acerbic and very, very funny. The movie adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's other book "The Devil Wears Prada" was an excellent example of this, but this novel, "Chasing Harry Winston," was irredeemably shallow and it did not have much of a plot.

Focusing on a year in the life of three successful New Yorkers, "Chasing Harry Winston" is clearly trying to market itself on the success of both "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Sex and the City." However, unlike "Devil Wears Prada," where the only truly… Read more
The Immaculate Deception: The Popular Series: 2 by Gareth Russell
"The Immaculate Deception" picks up with the same cast of characters days after "Popular," the first book in this series, ended. Like "Popular," "The Immaculate Deception" is full of wit - it's funny, affectionately indulgent of its characters' (many) moral failings and it's full of well observed comedy. Many of the same characters return and their one liners are still numerous, making this a book that's hard not to laugh out loud to. Gareth Russell's humour relies often on sense of viciousness and if you take these characters too seriously, or think that they're role models, then you won't enjoy this book. But once you accept that it's satirical, the book becomes very enjoyable… Read more
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Set in a dystopian future, "The Hunger Games" is one of my favourite books. Dark, clever and addictive, it has great strengths in being able to draw the reader into a believable fictional setting, which is new, dangerous and very interesting to read about. In its lead heroine, Katniss Everdeen, we get the anti-Bella Swann. Katniss is determined, opinionated, clever and makes her own, clear choices, which are well-explained in Suzanne Collins' beautiful writing style.

"The Hunger Games" is, I think, the strongest book in its series and while the others are excellent, the exciting novel element of the first installment is what gives it part of its addictive qualities. This book is… Read more