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Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360)
Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360)
Offered by RST Holdings
Price: £14.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A well received present, 27 Nov. 2012
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Having given this as a present, it has been well received. Apparently, not quite as good as Borderlands (1) but still exceptionally enjoyable.


Banished to the Harem (Mills & Boon Modern)
Banished to the Harem (Mills & Boon Modern)
by Carol Marinelli
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Clinical and lacking depth, 27 Nov. 2012
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I usually like Carol Marinelli's books so bought this despite some of the reviews I had heard, but it was very clinical and the plot seemed a cross between convoluted and too shallow all at once. It makes her sound like a magical recepticle and I can't say I believed their romance.


Ben Hur - The Complete Series [DVD]
Ben Hur - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joseph Morgan
Price: £3.42

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 5 April 2012
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The product itself is fantastic. I have only seen this version of Ben Hur and particuarly appreciated the familiar acting style of Joseph Morgan. Many have complained that it does not measure up to the original - however my family and me really enjoyed the dramatic version of this tale. The acting allows you to find redeeming qualities in all the characters and the back drop is beautiful.
Worth a watch if you like historical dramas.


The Kanellis Scandal (Mills & Boon Modern)
The Kanellis Scandal (Mills & Boon Modern)
by Michelle Reid
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, with the odd tiny glitch, 26 Aug. 2011
IN A NUTSHELL
'The Kanellis Scandal' takes the rather well loved concept of 'tragedy turned scandal, to a not-so-reluctant relationship' and infuses it with just a little bit more life.

THE HEROINE
Zoe, the heroine, is refreshingly human - weaknesses and all. Following the sudden death of her parents and her resulting role as carer for her orphaned, baby brother we do not automatically see a stark transition from grieving woman to totally strong, independant and level headed woman - though these traits are all evident at some point.

THE HERO
Anton, the hero, is for want of a better word another alpha male but with a slightly more unusual moral code than we see in other books. He's not averse to being underhand and believing the worst of situations, but never relinquishes his firm stance on how 'gold-digger' is a terrible and insulting label. Unlike other heroes he doesn't see this as something you can ignore - rather as a deal breaker.

THE GOOD POINTS
As an almost obsessive M&B reader, I can safely say this is one of the few times when a heroine is both grieving, dealing with bitterness and falling in love at the same time with almost believable confusion. Along with one of the few times the hero is emotionally just as vulnerable (though less obviously) as the heroine.
Similarly I love the way his staff are not all forgiving: when Anton does something wrong or underhand his staff let him know of their disapproval. This is a surprisingly nice change - though I have nothing against the usual unwavering loyalty.

My favourite area of this story (except the Happily Ever After that is mandatory) is the actual getting there! The majority of this story centres around the emotional journey of the two characters and their negotiations of the mutual chemistry/dislike. Although it doesn't have he most sensual sex scenes it suits the story - and the relative brevity of the scene makes the little interludes all the more intense. And Anton never seems far from passion of some sort, even when being aloof there is a simmering tension there. He jumps off the page.

THE NOT-SO-GOOD POINTS
I will admit, it does have some faults. So much time is spent getting there that the conclusion is a little fast - but fantastically emotional. And yes, Zoe is a Virgin. I list this as a fault only because many others see this as unrealistic of a 22 year old woman - but is it really a deal breaker as to whether to read it?
Smiliarly, the actual mistery of the 'revenge' or 'secondary reason' for the trip to Greece is resolved in a few pages. But by that point you are so hoping for the HEA that you don't mind so much.

And like another reviewer said, it sometimes stretches reality to its limits regarding passports and social security etc, but to be totally honest, if you're looking for total accuracy regarding laws don't go for a Mills and Boon, especially one known for jet setting and passion.

SO...
If you are looking for the next literary prize winner, this is not it. But for an extremely emotional, deep Mills and Boon novel, I really recommend it. =D
Worth the £3.30 I paid...


Eurovision Song Contest Düsseldorf 2011
Eurovision Song Contest Düsseldorf 2011
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars As fantastic as always., 19 Jun. 2011
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As an avid Eurovision fan it admittedly doesn't takes alot to make me like an album but 2011 was a good year all round regardless. Despite a few Hiccups (Belarus or Moldova being the main one that comes to mind - gnome hats and bad music all at once!) the only downside this year in my opinion is the fewer number of countries singing in their native languages, but that does not detract from it all that much for the normal listener.
For me the highlights were the catchy 'Get you' from Russia, 60s throwback 'Caroban' from Serbia, typical happy Europop from Spain - the title is quite complicated but it's an awesome song - and many more. There's ballads, pop, rock, and even some traditional Greek music mixed with some Rap.
If nothing else, give it a try! It's worth it!
Fantastic year for Eurovision!!!


Wallace & Gromit: Cracking Contraptions Manual (Haynes Manual)
Wallace & Gromit: Cracking Contraptions Manual (Haynes Manual)
by Graham Bleathman
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant gift for the fan, 3 Feb. 2011
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For a Wallace and Gromit fan, a Fimo enthusiast or the average curious sibling, this is a great gift. I haven't seen my brother without it yet - it offers good inspiration for Fimo enthusiasts (or adventurous inventors who wish to try the Contraptions out I guess!) and lots of fun for the Wallace and Gromit fan.
Not to be reccommended as a gift if you want to hear from or get attention from the person receiving it for at least a week! =)

And the 'sellotaped rip' on the cover is fake - so don't be put off by it!


Oyeme
Oyeme
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, beautiful, rumba, 3 Feb. 2011
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Even if this wasn't the perfect song to dance the rumba with, (it is by the way), Monica Naranjo's stunning voice makes this song beautiful. It doesn't matter that it's not in English!
The longing is evident, the loving is evident, the passion is evident and her voice is fantastic. I am also looking for the instrumental version though, because the piece of music itself is amazing.
It is more easy listening than some music - good for both falling asleep and for simply listening to while chilling.


Dance With Me (Album Version)
Dance With Me (Album Version)
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and a great cha cha cha song, 3 Feb. 2011
Absolutely beautiful song - for somebody who loves Michael Bolton's greatest hits (85-95) album, it came as a surprise to me when I loved this one too.
Its vocal quality and sheer passion make it obviously Michael Bolton, but it has a different, more flirty character than I've heard before. Though I don't claim to know all his music...

The latin beat (a beginners level cha cha cha actually!) and sexy, sultry lyrics makes this song catchy and one to buy just to listen to over and over....or to dance the cha cha cha to!


Love Dealer [feat. Justin Timberlake]
Love Dealer [feat. Justin Timberlake]
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 25 Dec. 2010
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I love this song. I always get the vibe of girl power, sexiness and fun when I listen to it. It's most definately a summer song (or one to brighten a dull day - at least to me).

Esmee Denters voice is shown off to its best in this song with both high and low parts, fun, flirty and sassy parts. Justin Timberlake does the 'featuring' vocals justice in his usual manner. He sounds suitably intense and does not overshadow Esmee Denters, rather his voice compliments hers.

I only wish I could play videos because the owning the video to this (where both artists look and sound stunning and perorm bautifully) would make it even better.

I hope they do more songs together in future.


Chicken Blaster (Nintendo DS)
Chicken Blaster (Nintendo DS)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £2.99

2.0 out of 5 stars A simple (boring) concept BUT difficult to learn, 25 Dec. 2010
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This game was brought for a 7 year old. Although the concept is simple enough - you shoot the chickens that have gone crazy - the buttons are difficult to learn and there is little clear instruction throughout the game. The 7 year old in question can also not use all the buttons required all at once easily.
If you learn the buttons as an adult it is easy to play (but soon repetitive), if you teach the child they can play it moderately well and get almost endless enjoyment out of it for at least a week. Otherwise, it is not really much of a game at all.
Not really worth it compared to other games.


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