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Dare Me
Dare Me
by Megan Abbott
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Cheerleading thriller, 19 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Dare Me (Hardcover)
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I picked this up after reading one of Megan Abbott's other novels and admiring the way she manages to write teenage girls so well.

In Dare Me, she also captures the drama of the teenage girl in style, however it seems she prefers to focus on a particular type of girl: the popular, bitchy school princess. In this case, the story focuses on a cheerleading team and the way their dynamic changes after a new young coach joins the school and becomes a threat to head cheerleader Beth and her friendship with deputy Addie.

The book began really well, with snappy dialogue and plenty of conflict. But after a while I grew tired of the constant bitchiness and scheming, which was sometimes a bit over the top.

A mix of YA and crime thriller, this is well written, with some interesting character dynamics and dramatic moments. Not a bad book by any means, but I didn't love it.


Our Souls at Night
Our Souls at Night
by Kent Haruf
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and unexpected, 16 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Our Souls at Night (Hardcover)
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When widow Addie Moore begins a tentative relationship with her neighbour, Louis, the small town in which they live disapproves. But the elderly couple continue to see each other, spending their once lonely nights talking and enjoying each other's company. Their relationship flourishes, until family problems threaten to get in the way.

This is a short novel, written in simple, to the point prose. As a kind-of-romance about an elderly couple, it isn't sentimental. Instead it's a book about seizing the opportunity to find happiness, wherever it might come from and whatever the obstacles may be. Addie and Louis have known each other for years; they each knew the other's spouses too. But as they lie in bed each night holding hands, sharing their fears and triumphs and sadness, they come to know each better; perhaps even better than their former partners.

Unexpected and beautiful in so many ways, this is a moving and elegant novel about love in all its forms.


Poetry of the First World War An Anthology (Oxford World's Classics)
Poetry of the First World War An Anthology (Oxford World's Classics)
by Tim Kendall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful collection, 24 Mar. 2015
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This collection of WW1 poetry features work from a range of people - from well-known poets and soldiers like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, to civilian and female poets. Including such a variety of work adds a depth to the battlefield poetry, not only a longing for lost love but also an outsider's perspective of the war. I was particularly struck by the work of May Wedderburn Cannan who writes tragically about the death of her lover.

The notes on each writer also provide interesting context for the poetry, along with details of their experiences. A moving collection that doesn't flinch from the horror and destruction of war.


Case-Mate Tough Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 / Galaxy S5 Neo - Black
Case-Mate Tough Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 / Galaxy S5 Neo - Black
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleek and sturdy phone case, 22 Oct. 2014
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I got this for my husband to use with his new phone. He's really pleased with the quality and the case seems pretty sturdy. The cut of the case also makes using the buttons on the phone much easier. A sleek, well made phone case.


Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series)
Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series)
by Thord Daniel Hedengren
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful way to improve WordPress knowledge, 4 Sept. 2014
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I've been using WordPress for a couple of years to run a blog, although I'm not a technical expert by any means. I was hoping that this book would allow me to develop my knowledge of the platform, troubleshooting problems and improving my website.

As a couple of other people have mentioned, this book does require some knowledge of php, which I'm not great at. However, the book explains things in a clear way and it has helped me to improve my understanding of the technical side of WordPress.

I haven't had chance to use the book extensively yet, but I'll certainly be referring to it in the future.


No Harm Can Come to a Good Man
No Harm Can Come to a Good Man
by James Smythe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling thriller, 4 Sept. 2014
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Just after he begins his campaign to receive the nomination for US President, Laurence Walker suffers a family tragedy.

He gets back to work quickly, but when his team insists he fill out a report for ClearVista, the popular new technology that can predict anything, the results aren't what he expected. They’re terrifying.

Can Laurence prevent this prediction from coming true, or is the outcome inevitable?

James Smythe has become one of my favourite writers: he's fantastic at taking a simple premise and producing a chilling story, focusing on the psychological effects of a situation on one man. At times, this isn’t an easy book to read. It’s painful to witness the way Laurence, losing control of everything around him.

Without wanting to give too much away, I found it frustrating how easily Laurence’s family, friends and neighbours were willing to believe something awful of him, without evidence. But then that’s the whole point of the story, to examine our over-reliance on the media and technology.

This book stayed with me for quite some time after I'd finished reading. If you enjoyed Smythe's other work, give this a go.


The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad:  5
The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad: 5
by Tana French
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Character driven crime novel, 14 July 2014
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When a sixteen-year-old boy is found murdered at St. Kilda’s, a private Irish girls’ school, the police struggle to find the killer. Eventually the case goes cold.

A year later, Holly Mackey, a student at the school and the daughter of a policeman, turns up at the station to speak to Detective Stephen Moran. She brings with her a photograph of the dead boy that she found on the school noticeboard. A photograph with the words ‘I know who killed him’ printed across it.

Half crime thriller, half coming of age story, this novel alternates between the police investigation and the last few months before the murder. It’s not a typical crime novel, mostly because of the focus on two groups of teenage girls, who are at the centre of the mystery.

The writer has managed to capture the intensity of adolescent friendships in a powerful way. Holly and her friends – Julia, Selena and Rebecca – don’t fit in with the other girls, because they don’t care about boys or what other people think of them. They genuinely care only about each other and the magic that exists between them, something that leaps off the page with French’s often unusual prose.

Perhaps a little longer than it needs to be and ultimately a little unconvincing on the killer’s motive, this is actually an excellent, character driven read that draws the reader in. There are some spot on observations of the way the relationships you have as a teenager can affect you for the rest of your life, but it’s also a sad reflection on the way things can go wrong so unexpectedly and change the your plans forever.


Delivering Effective Social Customer Service: How to Redefine the Way You Manage Customer Experience and Your Corporate Reputation
Delivering Effective Social Customer Service: How to Redefine the Way You Manage Customer Experience and Your Corporate Reputation
by Martin Hill-Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool for anyone using social media for customer service, 26 Jun. 2014
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This book takes a slightly different approach to the other social media manuals I've read, as the focus is on delivering great service to customers using the social networks.

With plenty of tips, covering things from integrating capabilities to legal issues, this is worth reading if you use social media for work or business. The book is structured so that you can dip in and out, and each chapter has a breakdown of the key points at the end to make things easy.


The Investigation
The Investigation
by Jung-myung Lee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A study of the human spirit, 21 April 2014
This review is from: The Investigation (Hardcover)
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When a notorious guard is found murdered at Fukuoka Prison, during World War Two, a young guard is tasked with finding the killer. As Watanabe learns more about the murdered guard, he is surprised to find he was not what he appeared to be.

More of a literary novel than a mystery, this book explores what happened to Korean prisoners in Japan during WW2 and how their identities were systematically destroyed, as they weren't allowed to use their Korean names or write in their own language.

Beautifully written, this is a study of the human spirit and how it can survive even the harshest situations as long as the promise of freedom exists in some form. Writing and poetry are important parts of the story; the key to keeping the spirit alive.

I found this a slow read, but one that is full of touching details and interesting characters.


Annihilation (The Southern Reach Trilogy)
Annihilation (The Southern Reach Trilogy)
by Jeff VanderMeer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.68

4.0 out of 5 stars Transformation and truth, 9 Mar. 2014
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For decades Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world, not fit to live in. A secret government agency known as the Southern Reach has been sending scientific expeditions into the area to explore, but not all of them have returned. When Expedition 12 enter the area over the border, they quickly encounter something unexpected and horrifying that threatens their entire mission.

The first part of a trilogy, the rest of which will be released this year, Annihilation is a fast paced and chilling read. At just under 200 pages, it's a short novel, which I read in one go.

The story crosses several genres, from science-fiction to horror to psychological thriller, which makes it difficult to define. But it's a thought provoking read that deals with human identity and fear, as the expedition encounter a number of inexplicable and horrifying things that may or may not have a transformative effect on them.

It's difficult to review this without giving too much away, but as the story progresses there are a number of frightening revelations that make the members of the expedition reconsider what they have been told about Area X and the people who travelled there before them. There are many horrors in this book that are suggested or that remain unseen, which leaves the reader to imagine all kinds of things.

Although it's a short novel, this is certainly powerful, compelling stuff and I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series, but I fear it will ultimately raise more questions than answers, leaving them to the reader's imagination.


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