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Infinity On High
Infinity On High
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £5.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Fall Out Boy On a High, 26 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Infinity On High (Audio CD)
With some seriously high expectations after their album "From Under The Cork Tree", I was very impressed with the way Fall Out Boy have moved on from some of their darker moments.

The opening tune "Thriller" had nice parts from Jay Z, and got me even more excited about the next track, which is in my opinion, is one of the best on the album. It started off with Patrick Stump playing a punchy opening and featured not only great lyrics but amazing guitar parts.

The proceeding song, "This Ain't A Scene It's an Arms Race", was released, and it had catchy phrases and a nice tune. The album might have been called 'soppy' (tracks like "I'm Like a Lawyer... [Me+You] and The (After)life of the Party" etc.), but I thought they lightened up some of the harder messages - like from "You're Crashing But You're No Wave" and "This Ain't A Scene It's An Arms Race".

Overall, there was a great variety of topics covered and some amazing guitar and more great lyrics to de-code. A fantastic album full of delectable ear candy. Fall Out Boy have delivered with style and have maintained themselves as one of the best bands in the music industry today. Definitely one for buying.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition]
by J.K. Rowling
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *SPOILERS* Shockingly fantastic, 22 July 2007
The Deathly Hallows concludes the spectacular potter series. It begins with a scene involving Voldemort at the Malfoys' house, where he promptly kills Muggle Studies teacher Charity Burbage.

Meanwhile, Harry, Ron and Hermione are preparing for the wedding at the Burrow. They are then called upon by the Minister, who gives them the objects left from Dumbledore via his will. To me this scene is a bit tame compared to the parts where Harry and the Minister have been less than polite to each other.

The wedding starts, and it seems to me that if the Weasley's are having a really extravagant wedding, and that it would attract Death Eaters to the scene, which it did. Harry (who is disguised), Ron and Hermione narrowly escape, then escape Death Eaters again. They stay at Grimmauld Place, and there Harry encounters Sirius's room, a nice Kreacher and finds out who R.A.B is. No surprises, it is Regulus Black indeed.

They go on to find more Horcruxes, destroying the locket, cup, (which was tricky to get), an object of Ravenclaw's (her diadem - which is like a crown) and Nagini eventually. Dumbledore later reveals that Harry is a Horcrux too.

The three pay a visit to Luna's dad, finding out about the Deathly Hallows, three objects made by death; an unbeatable elder wand, a resurrection stone and an invisibility cloak that hides the wearer from Death's sight. But he betrays them to the Death Eaters as an exchange for his captured daughter Luna, narrowly escaping again.

This leads to the final battle between Harry and Voldemort, which could have been a bit more exciting.

The book ends with a scene 19 years later, showing who gets married.

This is an exciting finish to the series, but I felt that some parts could have been a little better written. This is especially in the case of the very beginning, which is like a fan fiction written by a talented person, but who is being a bit lazy. But overall, a must-have read.

The Best Damn Thing
The Best Damn Thing
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.75

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Damn Thing, 22 July 2007
This review is from: The Best Damn Thing (Audio CD)
Fans of Avril's more rock side might be disappointed. This album is a pop feast. The song lyrics are catchy and you will be humming them afterwards, but the rapping really spoils the effect of some songs. However, this is overall a great album from Avril, all songs are at least good with the exception of I don't have to try, which in my opinion is the worst song by Avril yet.

Definitely worth listening to for the summer.

Eragon: Book One (The Inheritance Cycle)
Eragon: Book One (The Inheritance Cycle)
by Christopher Paolini
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.49

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm..., 4 Jan. 2007
When Eragon finds a blue stone he thinks it will buy some meat in the winter for his family. But when it hatches a dragon he becomes a legendary Dragon Rider and he and his mentor Brom leave on a journey packed with peril and destiny.

Frankly, Eragon is not the best book of the genre I have read. The description is good and the storyline goes along nicely. However, some parts which were meant to be the twists were clear from the beginning. Spoiler ahead. Like Brom is a Rider - OBVIOUS!!!! Yet other twists were really surprising. In the battle at the end the plot becomes hard to follow. But well-written and I can say, bring on ELDEST! Major problems: they have not Anglicised it so I found it frustrating to see words like 'ax', 'favor', 'color', and 'traveled' crop up. They were some of the most frequent.

Overall, not bad... But the small things amount to a lot!!! P.S any confirmation that the IIIrd book is called Glaedr???

Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code: 3
Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code: 3
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars It won't take you an eternity to read this! You'll devour it!, 20 Dec. 2006
When our favourite teenage criminal mastermind creates a computer from purloined fairy technology, you can imagine what the huge consequences could be for the People living on and below the earth would be... (enough said) But, rest assured, Artemis isn't going to sell it - he's having a rather nice lunch with callous american businessman Jon Spiro; where he will unveil his miracle of technology. Butler will be with him so nothing will go wrong.

But it does, and when Spiro closes his grubby hands onto it, it is disastrous. It seems that Artemis can never beat the man - he is a toy for Spiro's enjoyment. Always one step behind.

But, with Fairy technology on his side, and feisty Captain Holly Short can Artemis prevail over the 'foe'? There is a lot at stake here, but will Artemis win?

Fabulous and gripping stuff. Grab a copy of delight...!

The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl)
The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl)
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Yippee! Our favourite criminal mastermind is back!, 20 Dec. 2006
When illegal human technology has been supplied to goblins all hell breaks out. The illegal technology is, yes, BATTERIES. The batteries have been used to repower illicit guns. But could goblins really have an eighth of a brain to do that sort of stuff? Somebody must be collaborating with the goblins - but who would have the technology and resources to do that?????

Captain Holly Short of LEPrecon instantly singles out her prime suspect... Artemis Fowl. But is the mud boy behind it?

Meanwhile, Artemis has his own problems to deal with. His father is still missing. But how to get him back? Strap in; it's gonna get hot with a trip under the earth. With a seriously cool mission to the arctic. Hey, why not throw in a dip in a freezing cold sea?

Colfer's brilliant book will have you hooked. And if you haven't discovered Artemis Fowl then... WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?! Highly readable. Beware!

High School Musical [Encore Edition] [DVD] [2006]
High School Musical [Encore Edition] [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Zac Efron
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £4.96

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!!!, 18 Dec. 2006
When top brain Gabriella and the popular Basketball Champion and Captain Troy meet at a karaoke party on new year's eve, they share a song and instantly click. So, imagine their great surprise when Gabriella turns out to be the new girl at East High School (Which is of course the school that Troy goes to).

Taylor, the captain of the Scholastic Team instantly invites Gabriella to join the team when her high intellect is discovered. But Gabriella hs other thoughts; she doesn't want to be the 'freaky genius girl' again.

When Troy and Gabriella audition for the School Musical and get a callback, vain and self-centred drama queen Sharpay Evans and her brother Ryan instantly start scheming to throw them off the trail.

Meanwhile, Taylor and Troy's best friend Chad are doing scheming of their own. But will this do more harm than good? Will the two teens break out of their moulds and stun the student body? Or will they STICK TO THE STATUS QUO?

A staisfying movie great for all the family. The Soundtrack is catchy and has that 'Disney Pop' element in in it.

P.S, don't think that the extras are completely golden - for example, 'learning the moves' has only a short clip where the actors are doing the dance so fast that you really wonder how it helps you to actually learn the moves.

Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception: 4
Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception: 4
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best of the series so far!, 18 Dec. 2006
Admittedly, all of the Artemis Fowl books are great. But the Opal Deception is probably the best and most exciting of the series. The usual characters emerge (on and below the earth). Commander Root, Holly Short, Foaly, the much-loved flatulent, kleptomaniac dwarf convict Mulch, Butler and of course, Artemis himself.

Psycho pixie Opal Koboi is back - but in a 'coma'. When things go wrong, very wrong, Holly is on the line for murder and the only person who can help is - you guessed it - ARTEMIS FOWL!

But Opal seems unstoppable; she is always one step ahead. And with Artemis's brilliant mind wiped from all trace of the People, can he really help them this time?

Colfer's master series just gets better and better every installment! Who knows what's coming next? A great book!

Sabriel (The Abhorsen Trilogy)
Sabriel (The Abhorsen Trilogy)
by Garth Nix
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel..., 27 Oct. 2006
"Sabriel is a winner a fantasy that reads like realism" as Philip Pullman described it. And he is right - Sabriel is a fabulous novel.

It all starts when Sabriel ventures into Death. There, she is given a bandoleer, a sword and a particularly fearsome book. They are all of her father's trade and Sabriel fears the worst for him. She leaves Wyverly College, her home for 13 years, to venture into the Old Kingdom to try and save him.

On her quest she crashes a paperwing, unleashes a Free Magic creature, meets an annoying friend and fights Kerrigor, her father the Abhorsen's worst enemy. It is then she comes face to face with what she must be...

A rich tale stooped in Charter magic that will not fail to delight all ages 12+. Highly recommeded!

The Gift (Pellinor Trilogy)
The Gift (Pellinor Trilogy)
by Alison Croggon
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow..., 27 Oct. 2006
Maerad is a slave in harsh times and quite despises her life. Her mother, father and brother have all perished leaving Maerad alone. One day, the Bard Cadvan comes and frees her from the desolate life she knows and they discover she has a powerful Gift. The two are quickly thrown into hot water as they try to master her wayward talent and travel safely.

With strong, vivid description and fast-paced action, the Gift is sure to appeal to many. Croggon keeps everything interesting and sets the scene well. The Gift is truly a gem that will be enjoyed for many more reads.

Filled with love, power, uncertainty, hope and sheer joy, the Gift makes a perfect summer read - or a great read for anytime. Readers will like the unexpected twists and how they lead to many things. A fabulous novel that will keep you hooked!

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