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Tease
Tease
by Amanda Maciel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars All Actions Have Consequences, 15 April 2015
This review is from: Tease (Paperback)
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Emma has committed suicide. Her bullies are now in the limelight, for everyone knows what they have done...

Sara claims that she is not a bully. Emma was a malicious little boyfriend-stealing worm, and she deserved everything that happened to her.

Amanda Maciel separates the story into two parts, that switch throughout the novel. The first parts surround the events on the run-up to Emma hanging herself. The other part focuses upon the aftermath of the suicide, and the way in which Sara remains defiantly unrepentant. Sara's lawyer and therapist try to get her to put herself in Emma's shoes, so to speak. Sara cannot see beyond the end of her own nose. Sara has a choice, to see events for what they were and grow, or to stay as she is, no matter the consequences.

Tease is an involving read, with a disturbing message, that all actions have consequences. A good, thought-provoking read, that I recommend to all.


The Mountain Can Wait
The Mountain Can Wait
by Sarah Leipciger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

3.0 out of 5 stars Not Fast Paced, But Beautifully Descriptive., 12 April 2015
This review is from: The Mountain Can Wait (Hardcover)
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The Mountain Can Wait is beautifully descriptive, and it really brings to life the Canadian wilderness. The story tells of the relationship between Tom and his son Curtis.

Tom has had to raise his children alone, after his wife left them all. He has worked hard, and has plans in place for when his daughter leaves for university. Curtis has long since left home, and is in need of nobody. That is, until one night Curtis ends up in serious trouble, and suddenly is in need of his father, whether he believes that or not. The tale that follows is of a man and his son, facing a battle together, whilst needing to turn to the battle within.

The characters are well written, the backdrop is described in a breathtaking fashion. The storyline is a reasonable one too. It is a good read, but not a fast-paced one. I needed to persevere with it, at times, which isn't a great sign. Perhaps, it was just not the best book for me. I think that some people will connect more with the characters than I did, and that might make what I see as a 3.5/5, more of a 5 star book for them. I hope so, because the author shows a lot of potential.


Vax Floors and All Base U86-PF-Be Upright Vacuum
Vax Floors and All Base U86-PF-Be Upright Vacuum
Price: £95.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Vacuum Cleaner, 11 April 2015
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I have owned several Vax vacuums, but this is by far the best I've tried from them so far! My last Vax (Floor-to-floor, Pet U86 PM) had such a voracious appetite for dirt, that it ate my favourite rug, and spat it out in pieces across my floor...which I dutifully re-hoovered up. It was big and cumbersome, but you couldn't fault that it cleaned very well. The one I used before that, and after the rug was eaten, was the Vax U91-MA-P Pet Upright Vacuum cleaner. It was lighter, more forgiving of my furnishings, but the cord was ridiculously short. This made hoovering more of an unpleasant experience, due to the number of times I had to alter plug sockets in order to stretch across my house.

Enter the Vax Floors and All Base U86-PF-Be Upright. It is like a merger of my favourite pieces of the last few vacuums! It has a marvelously long cord, that means I can hoover the whole living room, downstairs bathroom, extension, kitchen, and hallway, from one plug socket. My house is reasonably sized, bigger than modern dimensions, and I can literally plug this in to a central point and vacuum the whole of the downstairs level!

The suction power on the U86-PF-Be is very high - yet not quite as destructively as the Pet U86- PM. It cannot repair the damage already created by the U86-PM, but if used appropriately it shouldn't add to the problem.

By far the most interesting addition to this model is the fact that you can remove the cylinder from the rest of the cleaner and use this for cleaning the stairs. It is a fantastic, and long overdue addition to the range. It has solved the fact that there are days where I still long for my old Miele cylinder vacuum. With the ability to be able to become a 'cylinder' vacuum, for stair cleaning, and the efficient upright main design, it really does cover all angles.

Overall, the Vax Floors and All Base U86-PF-Be Upright vacuum is a fantastic product. It features some very useful design additions, and manages to do a brilliant job of cleaning. The ultra-long cord is a must-have, and the detachable canister really clinches the deal, by allowing you to clean your stairs with ease. I highly recommend this vacuum cleaner to all.


Philips SatinPerfect Deluxe HP6581/03 Wet and Dry Epilator, with Skin Tautening Attachment, Shaver Head and Precision Epilator
Philips SatinPerfect Deluxe HP6581/03 Wet and Dry Epilator, with Skin Tautening Attachment, Shaver Head and Precision Epilator
Price: £118.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Epilating Set, 7 April 2015
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The Philips Satin Perfect Deluxe (HP6581/03) is a fabulous epilator that can be used both dry and wet. Like all epilators, it will hurt a bit, but it wasn't enough to bother me at all. This particular model makes use of an attachment to pull the skin and, allegedly, minimise the pain it causes.

There is a useful epilator included that can be used on smaller areas, such as your armpits. It can do a very thorough job, on very little hair growth. The one thing I have always hated about using an epilator is that you have to allow a little re-growth to appear before you can epilate it away. Thankfully, this model greatly reduces the time spent covering up this re-grown hair, as it plucks it out from a very minimal amount of hair growth, (0.5mm). The spinning discs help to lift the tiniest of hairs and pluck them out by the root, thus increasing the time taken to regrow.

The Satin Perfect also comes with illuminated tweezers, which are ideal for use when tidying up your eyebrows. The light helps to show even the smallest hairs that need tidying.

The epilator is very comfortable to use, and it has a wide epilation head. This makes the epilating time less of a chore, by shortening the length of time it takes to remove all your hair. The model has been ergonomicalluy designed, and it feels sturdy, but comfortable, to use.

Overall, I cannot find any real flaws with the Philips Satin Perfect. It is such a versatile piece of equipment. Yes, it is an epilator, and it will be pulling your hairs out, but the discomfort is as minimal as possible. That aside, it helps the user to achieve silky smooth skin, and with the ultimate of ease. I highly recommend it.


Carry You
Carry You
by Beth Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale Of Loss, Friendship. Survival,, 7 April 2015
This review is from: Carry You (Paperback)
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Carry You is the story of Daisy, who has sadly lost her mother to breast cancer. She is so utterly devastated, and cannot see how the world is still carrying on around her, when she is so broken inside...

Abby, is her best friend. She hurts right alongside Daisy for the terrible events that have passed, but she needs her friend to know that life must carry on eventually. She needs Daisy to reconnect with who she was before, and she will stop at nothing to help her find herself again.

The emotion packed into Carry You is heartfelt, and at times almost heartbreaking. You really feel Daisy's pain coming through loud and clear. You also feel how strong the friendship between Abby and Daisy is. We could all do with a friend as amazing as Abby is!

The story is a gripping one, and it covers more than just the topic of a bereavement. It isn't all sweetness and light, neither is it heavy with the weight of grief. It finds a happy medium, and allows the reader to experience the roller coaster of emotions that the two women are going through.

Overall, the tale is one of hope, and survival. A story of loss, and great friendship that helps carry you through. It is an emotional but very worthwhile read.


AmiGami Penguin and Polar Bear Figures
AmiGami Penguin and Polar Bear Figures
Price: £14.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Our Favourite AmiGami Set So Far, 20 Mar. 2015
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AmiGami products are a lovely way of crafting without the need for glue, or sellotape. No glitter sprinkles flying around your house either. The AmiGami Penguin and Polar Bear Figures set includes plenty of colourful paper pieces, that just need to be pushed out from the holding paper. There is a sticker sheet included, some pegs, some caps, and a curling tool.

The idea is very simple. The child decorates the penguin and polar bear with the paper pieces and stickers. The paper can be curled, if desired. The pieces are of all different shapes and designs, so it is up to the individual to create a look they like. The stickers are reusable, so they can be moved at a later date to create a different look. The paper attaches to the animals with the plastic pins, and are secured in place with a little heart cap. The whole thing is very straightforward, and my six year old daughter had a lot of fun creating designs.

Overall, the AmiGami Penguin and Polar Bear figures set is a nice addition to the collection. Having two animals in the set makes it an easy set-up for friends to play together. It is a mess-free way to craft and design some toys, and one that your little art fan will enjoy! I have awarded a full five stars for this particular AmiGami set because it contained everything that was needed, and more, whereas one of the other sets didn't have enough pegs for the number of holes in the design. This set also holds more play value than the others that we also own. Joined with those sets, we are amassing a lovely little AmiGami collection. My six year old is hoping to continue to add to her collection as time passes.


Destination Earth
Destination Earth
by Ali Sparkes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Read!, 19 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Destination Earth (Paperback)
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Lucy is an alien. She is also the sole-surviving member of her whole planet. She has been travelling through space for nearly ten years, learning how to integrate herself in the world of humans along the way. Unfortunately, Lucy isn't actually alone in her spaceship, she has a stowaway on-board. This other alien species could spell disaster for the whole of the human race.

Upon arrival on Earth, Lucy finds herself striking up a friendship with siblings of a similar age to herself. Things seem fun, and she tries her level best to fit what she has learned into her real-life experiences. Before long, however, things take a serious turn for the worse. This other alien stowaway has the potential to annihilate the human race, and must be stopped at all costs! Can Lucy and her new friends save the day?

I won't tell you what else happens, but I will say that I enjoyed the story very much. I read it in one sitting, and could barely tear my eyes off it for a second. As is the case with well-written stories, it is a tale to span the ages. It is aimed at around the 9-12 year old market, but it most definitely gripped both myself, and my six year old daughter. She also read it in one day, although she is a particular fan of the genre.

Having said all this, I feel confident saying that sci-fi fans of all ages should enjoy reading this novel. I highly recommend it!


Barbie in Princess Power Super Sparkle 2-in-1 Doll
Barbie in Princess Power Super Sparkle 2-in-1 Doll
Price: £17.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A Superhero With A Secret Identity, 9 Mar. 2015
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Princess Power Super Sparkle is a little bit like any other superhero, hiding behind their everyday look. She is like Clark Kent, who at the merest hint of need can transform himself into Superman, except she transforms into Princess Power Super Sparkle! The doll fits in with the recently released DVD of Barbie in Princess Power Super Sparkle.

The doll can be dressed as a Barbie princess, with a tiara to top the look off. This is a traditionally elegant Barbie princess style. If, however, you were to press the jewel on her sparkle clothing, you would be able to change her into her superhero attire. In the latter look, the tiara can be doubled up as a mask, and her skirt can be unfolded into a cape.

The outfits are very girly, even the superhero version. They are sparkly and mixed pink and purple in colour. Barbie has jointed legs, but the arms are only able to move up and down. This is a flaw with many dolls of this size.

Overall, the doll is quite easy to transform. My six year old definitely found it very easy. I think it has limited play value, but it is definitely a different style of Barbie for those with kids who have a good imagination. I like the superhero concept, and I feel that this Barbie may offer more scope for play than an ordinary one would.


Amy and Matthew: A Love Story
Amy and Matthew: A Love Story
by Cammie McGovern
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Love Has No Boundaries...Does It?, 5 Mar. 2015
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Amy has cerebral palsy, but she is determined not to let that get in the way of her life. She refuses to be held back, and comes across as someone who has a tendency towards acting rather hastily, and without much in the way of forethought. Amy is a bright star of a character, refusing to be defined by her disability.

Matthew is physically very able, but he is virtually crippled by his own mind. He is bowed down under the rituals of OCD and anxiety. He shies away from the world, and the people in it.

Amy and Matthew form an unexpected friendship, and they learn to rely upon each other for different needs. Sometimes their differences seem to be insurmountable. How can Matthew cope with the way Amy just impulsively rushes into, and out of, every situation? He cannot seem to help himself from dwelling on them, over and over again.

The story is very good at raising awareness of both characters conditions. It is a very emotive tale, and this makes it seem a very fast-paced read. I don't want to spoil the storyline by going into the detail any further than that. Suffice to say, Amy and Matthew: A Love Story is a thought-provoking, heart-warming, and unusual book. I highly recommend it.


Smiler's Fair: Book I of The Hollow Gods
Smiler's Fair: Book I of The Hollow Gods
by Rebecca Levene
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Start To A Fantasy Adventure, 2 Mar. 2015
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Smiler's Fair is a fantasy adventure that manages to combine some of the traditional elements of the genre, with an additional number of twists and turns, that keep you captivated as you accompany the characters on their journeys.

Levene has created a full history for the people of her world. She has set it against a complex, varied and, at times, surprisingly unique way of existing. Things do not stay in one place here, they continually have to move, and with good reason too. Maybe you will read it to find out why, and it may just surprise you a little.

The book does not shy away from sex, violence, blood and gore. It is definitely not one for anyone who is easily offended, or upset. It is also not the most fast-paced start to a string of novels, but I believe that this is necessary in order to set up all the pieces of such an epic tale. You cannot rush in with guns blazing, when you need to layer the details that will be used in later novels.

Smiler's Fair is really a good solid read, and quite clearly underpins the beginnings of a new epic fantasy series. I look forward to reading the next instalment. Levene is carving out a name for herself, in the fantasy genre, and I will be keeping an eye out for the rest of this series. I hope that you enjoy the story as much as I did, for it really is a strong start to a whole new fantasy adventure.


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