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Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony: 5
Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony: 5
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artemis has come a long way..., 13 Aug. 2007
I loved it, just as I loved the other three books in this series. It's fun for children and adults: great story, funny and with "lessons" for the kids...

Artemis had come a long way from the money-obsessed teen kid with questionable morals we met in the first book: he's getting a bit of sunshine, making friends, alsosome enemies, but hey, nobody's perfect :-)

Next to Holly and Artemis we have a new main character, Number One, who I found really great: his comments were very funny at times, the characters is well develloped and will speak to kids who don't fit in well with the "in croud" or, maybe if they are part of the in-croud, make them understand kids who aren't...

Can't wait for a the next book to come out ! With the ending this book has, the next one should be fun !!!

Touch The Dark
Touch The Dark
by Karen Chance
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but not quite original, 9 Aug. 2007
...like some of the other reviewers already commented on.

It starts of in mysterie:Cassie, the main character recieves a fake obituary on her computer and realises it's time to run away - who from and why is not clear from the onset, or what she does for a living: she has two jobs, but the first one is never mentioned (which bothered me a bit, but maybe I'm just picky).
The story is set in this world, but with all the preternatural creatures in it + whiches and mages of whom the rest of the world don't have a clue about.

As the story develops, the world in which Cassie lives is explained bit by bit. If you want the readers to understand your world, you have to explain is and she does a good job, but sometimes there's a bit too much explaining, maybe she should have kept her world a little simpler of spread it out a bit in following books...

It is true that the story is not highly original. Vamps will be vamps, with all the power playing, backstabbing, betraying and sceming that go with that territory.
Some compared Cassie with Anita Blake. There are some points where they meet: powers they never asked for, do not want, have no controle over, and everyone wanting a piece of them because of this power. Being tempted by beautiful vampires and, though fooling around a little bit, not wanting to go all the way. This last bit of course only apllies to the Anita in the good old days, before she started sleeping with too many men to count...
Big difference: Cassie's not a big fan of violence dispite the fact that she grew up at a vampires court and saw it on a regular basis. You gotta love a girl who's willing to try diplomacy first, too many heroins go in with their guns blazing...

Some well know historical figures make there appearence as vampires: Dracula's brothers and Rasputin of whom one might expect this. Nice where the unexpected ones: Marlowe and Raffael.
Most vampire characters where well developed and it was good to know that at least in this world there are some truly ugly vampires, not all GQ models like in some books... There were some really good dialogue. Not as humourous as some vampire books but (to quote Laurell K Hamilton as Merry Gentry): a girl doesn't always need to laugh !

The book has an ending... of sorts... the last pages just scream sequel ! I haven't read the second one yet though... I hope it's as good as the first one, because I really liked it, read the whole thing in two days.

Dates From Hell (A Hollows Novella)
Dates From Hell (A Hollows Novella)
by Kim Harrison
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 9 Aug. 2007
A book with short stories is always nice. Here you get 4 stories for the price of one. And it's a good way to discover new authors. I had only read books from Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison and liked what they did, so this probably was gonna be good ! And it was.

In "Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil" Kim Harrison describes Ivy's 'early days' when she's hooked on blood and passion, not the strong willed Ivy we got to know in the other books. She did come a long way... If you haven't read anuthing from Kim Harrison, maybe this is a good place to start, at the beginning... The main characters (Ivy and Kristen) also play a major rol in her other books.

"The Claire Switch Project" by Lynsay Sands. This was a bit of a dissapointment for me. This is sience gone awry, nothing preternatural: no vampires, werewolves, ghosts and whatnots. Just a romance novel with some shapeshifting (through science). It's well enough written and funny at times, but not quite what I expected in this omnibus...

Chaotic... I love Kelley Armstrong her work and this was no exception ! I love how she doesn't stick with one person for her whole series, because if you do that, the bad just has to get badder and bigger with every book and look where that got Laurell K Hamilton... but I'm drifting away from the subject. Armstrong introduces in Chaotic a new character, Hope, a half demon who doen't quite now what to do with her power... Then she gets in contact with someone who works for the Counsel and finally she can do some good with her powers, chatch bad guys and satisfy the demon in her. After a while and old familiar pops up, of whom we see a whole new side ! Loved it !

Last in line was "Dead Man Dating" by Lori Handeland. Also a new author for me and I like her style ! I'm sure gonna buy more of her books... It's fast passed, well written and with a sens of humour. And I loved the fact that for the heroin wasn't a perfect shaped, long legged blond with perfect vision... but someone with a great love for books, ancient civilisations and who wears glasses...

All in all a very good book.

Me and Mr Darcy
Me and Mr Darcy
by Alexandra Potter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.28

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great chic lit ! (warming: spoilers), 31 July 2007
This review is from: Me and Mr Darcy (Paperback)
I picked up this book just because of the title... and bought it and read it and loved it !
I've read some of the other reviews. Unbelievable plot, author didn't "get" Darcy, characters are not really well developped...

It's a chic lit book, no pulitzer price nominee. The point (in my opinion) of this kind of books is not the great story or the well developped characters, but HAVING FUN while you read it. And this book is a lot of fun ! I laughed out loud a number of times reading it. And that doesn't happen that often...

Of course, some people had problems with the way the author 'made' Darcy. That she didn't *get* him. But: we see a version of how the main character percieved Dacry in her fantasy... and, the author needs Darcy *not* to meet her expectaions... because, he isn't real...

Also really great: two years ago I did a tour of Jane Austen on my own and also visited her house in Chawton, Winchster Cathedral and Bath and the way they are discribed in the book brought it all back ! The way she describes the table Jane used to write on at Chawton, I remember thinking the same things the main character did... Of course, I didn't sit down at it. Maybe I should have ;-)

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