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The Inside Track: Paddocks, Pit Stops and Tales of My Life in the Fast Lane
The Inside Track: Paddocks, Pit Stops and Tales of My Life in the Fast Lane
by Jake Humphrey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.18

47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm a big Jake Humprey fan but slightly disappointed., 12 Nov. 2012
I'm a massive BBC F1 fan, I've never missed a race and feel that Jake is maybe the best sports presenter there is, yet I find myself disappointed with his book. I assumed that it would be full of behind the scenes stories of what it's like to work with Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard and what drivers get up to during a race weekend but there was none of that. All he really wrote about was the facts of F1 which most F1 geeks such as myself already know! I also expected the book to be a little bit longer as it was only 250 pages, and at £18.99, it's hard to justify the price!
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Halfway to the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel
Halfway to the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars American authors, please stop trying to write bad British dialogue!, 10 Oct. 2012
I liked this book towards the end, however the reason I only gave it 3 stars was that I didn't like the first half. I felt that Bones and Cat just fell in love with no relationship building whatsoever and I felt that the author didn't make us fall in love with the characters in a way that we really cared whether they ended up together or not. I also see why people say Bones is a Spike rip off and it really winds me up when American authors write British badly! We don't call everyone love and say sh***ing and b*****ks all the time! As I said towards the end of the book the story really picked up and I kept turning the page to find out what happened next so I'll definitely be reading the sequel but if it doesn't improve a lot I might not read any further.

The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy
Price: £5.99

17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Published purely because of her name., 10 Oct. 2012
Even though I went into this book knowing it was an adult novel and would be nothing like Harry Potter, I was still really looking forward to it and expecting it to be a good read but it was so poor that it was genuinely like it was written by a different author all together!

From the start she was trying too hard to try and prove that she was an adult writer by putting every controversial subject you could imagine into it when it just added nothing to the plot. Swearing after nearly every word, random sex scenes, boys watching porn, drug use, self harm, alcoholism, abusive parents, cyber-bullying, theft, prostitution, you name it, it was in there somewhere. Not only that but there was just no story to it! Absolutely nothing of interest happened and i'm still not completely sure what the point of the book actually was.

I fell in love with Harry Potter for the wonderful characters and magical writing, both of which sadly where the absolute opposite in this book. Every character encountered in this novel was either completely repulsive or boring as hell and the writing was more like a soap opera than a book by one of the world's best writers. Another problem I had with the writing was the amount of brackets that where used and the leagth of them, there often was an entire page or more of just text inside brackets.

If this was her first novel this would with out a doubt not have been published, it was purely who it was and not the quality story as to why it was published. We all know JK Rowling is an incredibly talented writer but I'm starting to wonder if she's only talented at writing the one type of books. Stick to children's stories JK!

Shadow Wave (Cherub)
Shadow Wave (Cherub)
by Robert Muchamore
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great ending for a great charcter!, 26 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Shadow Wave (Cherub) (Hardcover)
This book was released this morning and 3 hours later i've finished it. I just could not put it down! This book is a great end to (in my opinion) one of the greatest series of books of all time. My only regret is that this is the end of the series. (and yes, i did have a tear in my eye as i turned the last page!)
Just like the rest of Robert's books it still has great humour, characters you really want to be friends with and pages of complete excitement/terror/suspense, but all this is tinged with a bit of sadness because going into this book you know it's going to be James's last mission and you just hope the author sends him off with a bang and that he will carry on happy forever. Thankfully Robert Muchamore came through with this and unlike other series of books i've read, i'm 100% happy with this ending. Go read it, now! You will not be disappointed...except for the fact there will be no more of James's CHERUB life to read about!
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