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The Stone Man - A Science Fiction Thriller
The Stone Man - A Science Fiction Thriller
Price: £2.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book, 4 July 2016
This had been sitting in my Audible queue for a while, and I'd completely forgotten what prompted me to buy it. Anyway, I needed something distracting during the post Brexit meltdown, and a vision of dystopian Britain menaced by an inexplicable and destructive dark force seemed to fit the bill.

I loved this book. A clever and compelling story, very well told. Great characterisation, perfect ending. So perhaps I should be ashamed to admit that I was surprised to hear, in Luke's charming and cheeky afterword, that it was self-published. I thought I'd learned that lesson from listening to Hugh Howey's brilliant Silo trilogy - self-published can be just as good as traditionally published. Still, it is well written by any standard, and easily better than a great many novels churned out with all the editorial might of a publishing house behind them. Hats off to you, Luke. I'll be reading more of your stuff.


Crush
Crush
Price: £4.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Eve Ainsworth does it again with another beautifully written story tackling dark themes, 28 April 2016
This review is from: Crush (Kindle Edition)
Eve Ainsworth does it again with another beautifully written story tackling dark themes, in this case an abusive relationship between two teenagers. Eve has a talent for producing finely nuanced characters with a gripping story, which makes her novels an enormous pleasure to read.


Seven Days
Seven Days
Price: £4.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 26 July 2015
This review is from: Seven Days (Kindle Edition)
Read this in one great big glorious gulp, and immediately knew it was going to be a hit. Eve Ainsworth sucks you straight into an intriguing story of Jess and Kez, bully and victim, only to reveal that things are never as black-and-white as they might first appear.

Highly original, gripping and packs a huge punch at the end.


Shadow Jumper: A mystery adventure book for children and teens aged 10-14
Shadow Jumper: A mystery adventure book for children and teens aged 10-14
Price: £2.29

5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure, 20 Jun. 2015
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Ripped through this adventure story for 10--14 year olds. Beautifully written with two touching and well drawn characters at its centre, along with an intriguing mystery. Not at all surprised its doing so well. Highly recommended.


Still Falling
Still Falling
by Sheena Wilkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book so much, 10 May 2015
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This review is from: Still Falling (Paperback)
Loved this book so much. A lovely story beautifully told, filled with feeling and honesty, some great characters, and so much heart. Several difficult subjects very sensitively handled, while never shying away from the truth of the situation. Enjoyed too the details that make life in Ireland distinctive.


A Brighter Fear
A Brighter Fear
Price: £3.74

5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't expect to enjoy this half as much as I did, 16 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: A Brighter Fear (Kindle Edition)
I didn't expect to enjoy this half as much as I did. For one, I was put off stories set in the Middle East by the Kite Runner. Two, I tend to read things that are very heavy on plot. But as another reviewer said, Drewery's books are very very readable, and I was soon hooked into the story of Lina and her life in war-torn Iraq. Drewery paints such a vivid picture of Lina's life, and her choices, that you cannot help but be drawn into her world, and though nothing in the story quite panned out the way I imagined it might, the end result was brave and perfect. I am full of admiration for this book. And it taught me an awful lot - not just about writing, and story, but also about life. Highly recommended.


And Then The Roof Blew Off: A Valentine Romance
And Then The Roof Blew Off: A Valentine Romance
Price: £1.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a charm, 7 Feb. 2015
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Cast a spell on yourself with this enchanting and heart-warming story from the three-woman coven behind Marisa Hayworth. Full of humour and sorcery, it’s a fabulous read, with a cast of absorbing characters, a bewitching heroine, and one utterly love-lorn dog. High recommended, and perfect for romance readers everywhere.


Land
Land
Price: £1.89

5.0 out of 5 stars No girl is an island, 6 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Land (Kindle Edition)
A high-octane dystopian adventure with sinister shades of Orwell and the Third Reich, and a ballsy, believable heroine. Campbell writes beautifully, and her adept world-building brings this brutal society surrounded by sea convincingly to life. Packed with twists and dilemmas, the pace never slackens, pulling you towards to its enthralling conclusion. Highly recommended.


Silent Saturday (Forbidden Spaces3)
Silent Saturday (Forbidden Spaces3)
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale for adults and teens, 19 Jan. 2015
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So much to love about Silent Saturday. The clever and intriguing plot surrounding a secret society whose members break into empty buildings; the atmospheric setting in Brussels; and the dauntless protagonist, 17-year-old Veerle, desperate to escape her claustrophobic home life. From the first pages, the pace is relentless, and I was racing towards the end, particularly enjoying the scenes between Veerle and her domineering, selfish mother - Grant always does bad parents superbly, and I'm a big fan of the dreadful Tuesday in The Glass Demon. Overall, there's a wonderfully eerie dark tone to the novel that adds to the suspense, and by the end I was eager to move on to the next installment, The Demons of Ghent.

In short, this trilogy is set to become a YA classic, but there's plenty here for adult crime readers too.


Salvage
Salvage
by Keren David
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended., 25 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Salvage (Paperback)
A lovely, sensitive and ultimately uplifting contemporary story about two teens reunited after a long absence. The dual narrative was
compelling, and I was rooting for a positive outcome for both. Highly recommended.


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