Penelope Pitstop

"Penelope Pitstop"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (21 of 22)
Location: England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 471,530 - Total Helpful Votes: 21 of 22
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I picked up this book after reading and very much enjoying, Sarra's first novel "Unsticky". Well, when I say "first", I should more accurately say, "first adult novel", as she has previously published a number of young adult books aimed at teenage girls, following her roots of writing fiction for the much-loved "Just Seventeen" magazine of my youth (that'll be the 1990s then... feeling a little old admitting that, but anyway).

This novel has been squarely marketed as a "chicklit" read, pink cover art and everything. All the essential elements are there: a loveable heroine - Neve, a bookish butterfly stuck in her coccon; a hunky yet rakish fella; a fashion magazine (via Neve's… Read more
A Swift Pure Cry (Definitions) by Siobhan Dowd
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book is published under a "young adult" imprint, but the issues Dowd so deftly works through here are universal and, while Shell, the protagonist, is a teenage girl, I believe this is a book that would move readers of all ages. I often have a problem with publishers assuming they must "dumb down" for younger readers (as with the dire Twilight novels - hello? We've had feminism haven't we? Women don't always need "saving" thanks very much), so I found Dowd's narrative refreshingly astute. Yes, she tells the tale in simple language, but never does she flinch from dark and in some places horrific situations, which in some circles would be deemed too "strong" for younger readers… Read more
Cold Granite (Logan McRae, Book 1) by Stuart MacBride
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I'm happy to declare Stuart Macbride to be my new favourite crimewriter. New to me anyway, as it appears I've been somewhat slow to catch onto him, having only recently discovered by accident his most recent paperback release, "Dark Blood"... only about his seventh release! Oops. So now, I'm going back, waaaaay back, to read the rest of the series. And thus far, I'm not disappointed. This lives up to the cover blurb's bandying about of terms like "gritty" and "not for the fainthearted" - which is saying something when so many crime novels these days are about as gritty as Winnie the Pooh.

I did have a minor gripe with the denouement... feeling the author chucked in one extra… Read more