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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
Price: £17.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet, 25 July 2007
Unlike many reviewers, I thought that the book was a perfect length, bearing in mind that Harry's quest to find and destroy the Horcruxes was never going to be short or easy. Rowling ignored the usual, familiar structure of 'Dursleys, Hogwarts, conflict, ending' with unnerving effect: Harry's encounters with the Death Eaters at random intervals were thrilling and terrifying. And isn't it obvious that the last book would include more good vs evil/strength in adversity than the others? He had to defeat Voldemort somehow! I found the chapter when Harry believes he has to die very understated, and therefore particularly moving. As for the ending, I felt that Rowling tied up loose ends sufficiently to prevent sequels from her or anyone else, but there were still some unanswered questions e.g. what did Harry do for a living? I absolutely loved the book; it had me gasping, laughing and crying all the way and I think it was a perfect conclusion to a magnificently written series.


Great and Terrible Beauty
Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye, 5 Mar. 2007
Yes, this book makes excellent historical fiction, but Gemma's magical experiences give it a shivery tension that makes it stand out from the rest. I was also struck when reading by the bleak future girls at that time had, having to marry who their parents chose and to suppress their own individuality. But it is Libba Bray's writing, filled with pathos and alive with imagery, that makes this story so compelling. Recommended and then some!


Blood and Roses. The Paston Family in the Fifteenth Century.
Blood and Roses. The Paston Family in the Fifteenth Century.
by Helen Castor
Edition: Hardcover

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A student's perspective, 12 Aug. 2006
I am currently in Year 12 and studying the Wars of the Roses, and came across this book when searching for some interesting background reading. But it is so much more than a regular history book - whilst illustrating how the wars affected lesser figures such as the Pastons, it also provides a gripping family saga worthy of any historical fiction. The conviction that it all really happened makes it, to me, all the more fascinating. I admit to getting slightly bogged down in some of the details of the legal disputes, but I persisted and it was worth it. If anything the events grow more exciting as the book progresses, just like a well-written novel. In short I would recommend this book to anyone, historian or not.


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