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Fire & Chasm
Fire & Chasm
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down, 3 April 2015
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A veritable page turner. I devoured this book in one sitting. Az is an adolescent acolyte of the Church by day and a Wizard killer by night. From the start, it is clear he is conflicted about the murders he commits. Campbell tells a fine story, letting the reader unravel the story without over-explaining what has happened to Az in the past to turn him into the killer he is. I don't usually read fantasy and had never heard of this author but will certainly look out for more of her work.


The Book Thief
The Book Thief
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 8 Oct. 2014
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If you're undecided about reading this, make up your mind now to read this truly brilliant thought- provoking story. The imagery is stunning and the characters inspiring. The book is longer than is usual for a novel but every word counts - ironic really when much of the story is about the power of words and the words that make this story are truly powerful.


Gulls!
Gulls!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear!, 29 May 2014
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This is good story that would have benefited from the services of a decent editor. The writer clearly has a good imagination but his writing style lets him down. Good horror works from building suspense in the reader and letting the story slowly unfold. The reader needs to care about the main characters in the story but the characterisation of 'Gulls!' is weak and I was unable to identify with any of the characters in the book. There were details that annoyed me: the lesbian background of one character added nothing to the story and was irrelevant and the author failed to notice that the villain changed vehicle from a Porsche to an Audi and back again without comment! The sexual exploits of the villain read like a middle-aged man's wet dream and once again were irrelevant. The fledgling relationship between the two main characters showed promise but didn't feel authentic. It goes against the grain to be negative in my reviews but I feel this author could do really well if he engages an editor and maybe attends a few writing workshops.


A Thread Unbroken
A Thread Unbroken
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4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story, 5 April 2014
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Although the events in this book after fictional, A Thread Unbroken relates a story based in fact. In China, children are still abducted and sold into slavery or prostitution by organised gangs. Kay Bratt wants this fact to reach a wider audience and I urge you to read this book.
As well as learning more about child trafficking, you will enjoy a week written story that demonstrates how human spirit cannot be fully subdued and how love can sustain us even at the darkest times. The love that connects Chai and her father Jun is the thread unbroken of the title and is this thread that although stretched is never completely severed.
I enjoyed this story and the insights out gave into Chinese rural life and traditions and would like to learn more.
On a negative note, I found the book just a little too 'American' in its language with words like 'gotten' striking a discordant note all too often but was able to ignore these as I enjoyed the actual story enough to ignore the writing style.


Room: Picador Classic
Room: Picador Classic

4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 27 Mar. 2014
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I heard Emma Donoghue on Simon Mayo's Radio Two programme and liked what I heard. Although it has been my intention to buy Frog Music, I was tempted by Room. What a lucky choice! This book is beautifully written, telling a difficult story through the eyes of an innocent five-year old. Initially, the reader had to work hard to understand what is happening and why Jack and Ma live such restricted lives but that's okay; I prefer a book that shows rather than tells the story. I loved this book and will be recommending it to everyone!


Billionaire on Board
Billionaire on Board
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, 8 Feb. 2014
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This is not a particularly well-written novel. A poor example of chick-lit, Billionaire on Board does nothing to improve the genre. However, if h you want a mindless read that demands no effort on your part then you could do worse.


The Picture Book
The Picture Book
Price: £6.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 6 Feb. 2014
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A beautifully constructed narrative, telling a story through a series of snapshots; the picture book of the title. If you love writing that conjures images in your mind then read this and enjoy as I did.


The Telling
The Telling
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 31 Jan. 2014
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Jo Baker is a revelation. After reading 'Longbourn', I wanted to read more from this talented writer. Her historical research is thorough and the sense of the past that her writing evokes feels authentic.
I loved this story, the way two tales slowly unfold in the way a jigsaw is assembled to reveal a complete picture.


Longbourn
Longbourn
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read, 28 Jan. 2014
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If you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, you'll love this. The way the 'domestics' and their lives are of little interest to those they serve is perhaps shocking to the 21st century mind but now many of of have read the book and even once considered the servants? Jo Baker has done just that and the result is a beautifully crafted story.


Always Dreaming of You
Always Dreaming of You
Price: £2.81

2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 24 Jan. 2014
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Nina Cordoba neatly rounded off the story begun in 'Never Dreaming of You'. The sex scenes were hot but the plot was predictable


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