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The Stolen Princess (Berkley Sensation)
The Stolen Princess (Berkley Sensation)
by Anne Gracie
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.19

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My First Anne Gracie, 25 Jan. 2012
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This was my first Anne Gracie book, and after reading several books where the entire plot was based around the hero falling for the heroine, it was a relief to find a book that actually had a plot, even if slightly far fetched. The book focuses on Princess Callie and her son Nicky and their escape from their homeland and avoiding an evil count, all helped by the hero of the book, Gabriel. The characters where all quite loveable, and I was definately rooting for them to get together and have their happy ever after in the end (almost a certainty in romance books though. The adding of children in the plot also gave it another dimension and Gracie evolve her characters more, definately making it a better book.

I did enjoy this book, and after reading it went on to read the other books in the series: I especially enjoyed Harry and Nash's stories (They are first introduced in this book). Definately worth reading, and overall I think this was a good find.


One Night of Scandal (Bluestocking Brides)
One Night of Scandal (Bluestocking Brides)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Night of scandal, 10 Jan. 2012
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This is the second in Cornick's Bluestocking Brides series, following the exploits of Richard Kestrel and Deb Stratton, who you first meet, and fall in love with in the previous book, The Notorious Lord (Bluestocking Brides). Richard is in love with Deb, who, after Richard asking her to be his mistress a year before the book was set, does not like him or being near him. Add spys, rakes, pretend fiances and hidden pasts, and you have a brilliant romance that you will enjoy reading every time.
My only reason for not giving this book 5 stars is that the relationship between Ross and Oliva is a bit rushed, and could have been expanded more, but that's only a personal prefrence. This is one of Cornicks strongest books and so I would advise anyone to read it, you won't be dissapointed!


The Duke is Mine: Number 3 in series (Fairy Tales)
The Duke is Mine: Number 3 in series (Fairy Tales)
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Princess and the Pea, without the Pea., 29 Dec. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book, the third in Eloisa James' Happily Ever After Series, coming after A Kiss At Midnight (Happily Ever After 1), and When Beauty Tamed The Beast (Happily Ever After 2) And with The Ugly Duchess (Ducking) coming next. The book follows the story of Oliva, who is most decidedly not the perfect princess, or duchess, but who has been engaged to be one since birth, her sister Georgiana, who is perfect in every way Olivia is not, and yet still lovely, and Quin, the borderline Aspergers suffering duke, who has shut off his heart to love, and is letting his mother choose his next bride. Which brings the reader to ... the PEA. Without having an actual Pea under several mattresses, this book has both challenges to find the perfect duchess, set by Quins mother, the Dowager Duchess of Sconce, and bumpy mattresses.

While the plot was slightly flawed, with Olivia and Quin only knowing each other for three days before being completely in love, knowing that they want to be together forever, and risk their lives for each other; The characters and the story line in this book were exactly what readers of Eloisa James would expect, warm, funny and draws you in till you cant bear to put the book down for a second! The Happily ever after sequence is not in order, just sharing the common theme of adapting fairy tales with a twist! My favourite being When Beauty Tamed the Beast. Definately worth a read whatever your taste in books, every one loves a happy ever after!


When Beauty Tamed The Beast: Number 2 in series (Fairy Tales)
When Beauty Tamed The Beast: Number 2 in series (Fairy Tales)
Price: £4.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beauty-ful story, 15 Dec. 2011
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As a fan of Eloisa James, having read her Desperate Duchess series (and loving them!) I had great expectations for this book, and it managed to fufil all of them.
Retelling such a well know story as Beauty and the Beast can be risky as it is hard to keep to the general story lines while making it yours enough, but Eloisa James managed it. Both her characters were warm funny and extremely loveable. There was several background stories which only added to the readers enjoyment of the romance between Peirs and Linnet. Piers' transformation from the hard hearted beast he is at the beginning to (not to give anything away) how he is at the end of the book, is truely magical, and the message that its whats inside that counts was well shown in the very moving ending.

I would recomend this book to anyone with a love of historical romance and fairy tales. You will enjoy it!


One Wicked Sin
One Wicked Sin
by Nicola Cornick
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Wicked Sin, 22 Nov. 2011
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This is the second book in Nicola Cornicks The Scandalous Women of the Ton series, coming after Whisper of Scandal (MIRA), where we meet Lottie, the heroine of this book for the first time. She is different to typical romance heroines, she is selfish, money and society focused. However, Ethan is not the typical Hero. He is a Prisoner of war, in a small village in oxfordshire, after being captured whilst fighting for Napoleon, against the english. Their story is not the typical romance either. They first meet when Ethan visits the brothel Lottie has been reduced to working in, and hires her to become his mistress.

I really enjoyed this book. It was completely different to all other historical romances I've read. Instead of a relationship between two high up members of the ton, Lottie and Ethan are both outcasts, the ex-society-darling, and the traitor. And yet their story is also one of the sweetest and loveliest ones I have read. The ending had me on the edge of my seat with suspence, wondering would it be a happy ending, or a tragedy. One Wicked Sin really stood out for me, and I would recomend it to anyone, especially if you are looking for a historical romance a little bit different.


Mistress by Midnight (Scandalous Women of the Ton, Book 3)
Mistress by Midnight (Scandalous Women of the Ton, Book 3)
Price: £2.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mistress by Midnight, 22 Nov. 2011
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This is the third book in Nicola Cornicks Scandalous woman of the ton series, coming after Whisper of Scandal (MIRA), and One Wicked Sin (MIRA). It focuses on the story of Lady Merryn Fenner and Garrick, Duke of Farne. Merryn was first intoduced in Whisper of Scandal, as Joanna's younger sister, and Garrick was introduced in One wicked sin, as Ethans half brother.

Merryn, the overlooked bluestoking sister of two of the tons most fabulous socialites, has a secret life working bringing justice to people. She is haunted by her brothers early death, killed in a duel against his best friend, who she holds a strong overwhelming hatred for. Garrick, has just reluctently inheritied the title of Duke of Farne after his brutish fathers death. He has only recently returned from exile overseas after killing a man in a duel...
When they first meet, there is an instant connection, but is there too much history and emotion inbetween them for them ever to get their happy ending?

This book was truely delicious. I couldnt put it down, and would rush back to it between readings, desperate for the happy ending. Both characters jumped off the page and felt truely life like. The plot had many unexpected twists and turns: some hilarious, some shocking, and some heart warming, which made for great reading. This was one of my all time favourite Nicola Cornick books, everyone should read it!


Jude the Obscure
Jude the Obscure
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good version of a sad book., 18 Oct. 2011
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Jude the Obscure was first published in book form by Hardy in 1895, the last of his novels. It focuses on Jude and his dreams of becoming a scholar, and later his love affair with his cousin, Sue. It is an beautiful evocative and heart breaking tale that shall leave you feeling empty and hopeless when you first finish reading it. It can be seen as quite an autobiographical book for Hardy, with several of Jude's life events echoing his own.

While it is quite a depressing book, It is definately one worth reading. It was Hardy's most critised book, called Jude the Obscene, by one critic and covers a wide range of topics that would have been very risque at the time it was written, and even now, in modern times, can be quite upsetting and thought provoking to the reader.

The Kindle copy of this book was extremely good for its lack of price. While there were one or two errors, there was nothing that ruined or even interrupted my enjoyment of the book.


The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories
The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories
by Angela Carter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.28

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just Gothic Fairytales, 3 Oct. 2011
I studied this book for my A levels, and at first I was not impressed. It seemed to be just fairytales with sex added to them, at times, it seemed, just in order to shock the reader. But as I read the book for the second time, and started studying it, I started to apprieciate the language and the beauty and strenght that her tales had. The fascinating was she subverted what you were expecting, how she mixed the expected and the unexpected to make a beautiful tale that left you feeling shaken and unsure.

The stories are based on a range if traditional fairy tales, from Bluebeard,to puss in boots, to several renditions of Beauty and the Beast and red riding hood. Having different versions of the same story in the book, as there is with Beauty and the Beast and Red Riding hood, is especially intresting, It shows how you can take a story and by forcusing on one element you can adapt it in many different ways.

One key theme of the book, is Nature; both outside and human nature, and how they interlink. The Lady of the House of Love, show what happens when you break your nature, when you turn against it and choose a different path, in this case for love. The Erl-King blends the boundrys of human Nature and the wild, The Erl King is almost a personification of the forest itself, wild and seemingly untameable.

Another theme is that of adolescencse and of innocence. Alot of the stories focus on the losing of innocence and the need for this in order to become strong and wise, to become and adult. The first story, the Bloody Chamber, especially, focuses strongly on the lose of innocence in many ways, through sex, betrayal of love, fear and so not only explores the lose of innocence, but also innocence itself and what it means.

A really good book, and one everyone should read wether they are studying it or not. Also extremely useful if you are studying another of Angela Carters books and want to contrast herr short stories to her novels, as they involve a very different writing style.


A Dark Night's Work
A Dark Night's Work

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Nights Work, 7 Sept. 2011
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This was an enjoyable read, written by Elizabeth Cleghorn- Gaskell. It is in a different style to her usual more observitory books such as Cranford, or My Lady Ludlow. It is a cross between a thriller and romantic tale, about a Lawyer and his daughter and how their lifes fall apart after one aweful night, hence the title. It is intresting how the book sets up their lives before the Night, folling the pervious generations setting up the families business, and how it all fall aparts.
The wide range of characters are all strong well built up, believable characters. Throughout the story you fall in love with them, especially Ellinor and Dixon, which makes the tense ending even more riviting,

Definately a great book, well worth reading.


The Sims 3: Generations (PC/Mac DVD)
The Sims 3: Generations (PC/Mac DVD)
Offered by Netro Enterprise
Price: £34.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Making time disappear..., 6 Sept. 2011
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I brought this game a couple to days ago and have been playing it in every free second I have. The game play was great, I had a little blip when I installed it onto my computer, but that may have been my fault by installing two games at once (The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff (PC/Mac DVD) as well). I am currently playing on a family of young adults and teenagers, so havent experienced much in the new actions as alot were focused on children and toddlers, but there has been a good improvement to the game anyway- the new chemistry set is fun. Also the new celebrations, and the comeback of the sorely missed wedding arch make it more intresting.

The option to send your teenagers to boarding school I have mixed feelings on- I sent two of my sims, and missed on being able to play with them whilst they were growing up and adapting their personalities. They can also loose and gain traits when they are there, so they can return very different to the sims you sent away- I thought that maybe it was more like the universtiy opition for sims 2 where you could play with them at a different setting but no, they are blocked till they return. However they do have starting bonuses in different careers and it was an easy way to handle a very busy household without having to split them up.

Overall I am glad i brought this game, and I am sure I will play with it alot, especially when i have other work to do!


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