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Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Penguin)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Alex Found

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Satirical magnificence. George Orwell’s political commentary through the allegorical ‘fairy tale’ (as emphasised through the first edition title) unfolded upon ‘Animal Farm’ was refused publication many times before becoming available in 1945. With such boldness and unrelenting pace, the novella journeys through the hardships, lies and trials the animal residents endure under the leadershi ...

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The Hobbit: 70th Anniversary Edition (HarperCollins)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Alex Found

"What have I got in my pocket?"

Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece. Delving into life lessons through the tale of Bilbo Baggins, Tolkien leads us through a variety of races, environments and spectacular events for the group of dwarves and a single Hobbit to discover and, more often than not, fight their way out of. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit (also known as a halfling), he lives a quiet, comfortable life in Bag End and resides far away from a ...

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Frankenstein (Wordsworth Classics): Or, the Modern Prometheus (Wordsworth Editions Ltd)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Alex Found

"Mary Shelleys immortal tale of the creation of life out of death is as chilling today as ever."

I read this statement before starting the novel and, now I have finished, I would disagree with it. It is true that the tale is immortal, but I think it's due to its worldwide recognition but not due to its story. I would ask, 'If Frankenstein had been first published today, would it still gain the recognition it has already received?' Although this debate may seem unsuitable and irrelevant for a review of ...

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The War of the Worlds (Penguin Classics)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Alex Found

"Nobody would have believed..."

H. G. Wells' legendary tale 'The War of the Worlds' begins with the daily activity of a single man and expands to Martians overtaking our world. The true brilliance within this novel is that a story so large is told through the eyes of a man, and we learn only his experience as well as his brother's. The nameless narrator recounts his episodes under the threat of extra-terrestial invasion. Beginning on Hor ...

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A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Michael Joseph)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Angi Nelson

Had Me Laughing

Dawn French's debut book is an amusing take on modern day family life. It drew me in from the very first page and had me laughing regularly. Whilst the overall plot is not exactly rivetting, I still felt compelled to keep reading, partially for the wonderfully clever humour but essentially because I wanted to know what happenned in the characters lives. The book is presented in alternate m ...

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The Prophecy (Penguin)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Angi Nelson

Not quite the fast paced thriller it is made out to be

The Prophecy is a rather laid back mystery thriller with a pinch of history weaved in, much along the lines of Dan Browns Da Vinci code, although not quite as gripping. It has a good storyline and is an easy read, but sadly predictable throughout. The two main characters Payne and Jones have consistently humourous banter which is certainly a positive if slightly unusual aspect of a supposed ...

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Afterlight (Orion)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Angi Nelson

Thought provoking

  In this second installment of this series, Alex Scarrow tackles the scarily possible scenario of a future suddenly without oil, a world plunged into chaos and dark times. Violence prevails as people fight for scraps of food and supplies of water. Innitially in the UK safety can only be found in a few safe havens ran by government officials where supplies had been stored in the event of disasters occurr ...

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Wither: Book One of the Chemical Garden (Chemical Garden 1) (Harper Voyager)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Angi Nelson

Absorbing debut

Ms Destefano kicks of her debut offering by writing book one of a trilogy and what a fantastic start it is to her career as an author. I enjoyed it so much that I flew through the pages in just two days. I picked up this book with my 12 year old daughter in the young persons section as we both liked the description and I have not been disappointed, in my opinion it will appeal to adults jus ...

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Mist (Hodder Children's Books)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Angi Nelson

A charming modern fairytale for young teen girls

Mist is a lovely mix of fairytale with modern western teenage life. It reminds me very much of the Enid Blyton books I read when younger, possibly as it contains underlying elements of morality, good versus bad behaviour, with the plot very much hinged on the main characters choosing to do what is right. The central character is Nell, the younger, quieter teenage sister of Gwen who is extrem ...

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Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (Arrow)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Angi Nelson

Disappointing offering from such an acclaimed writer

[size= small]As an avid reader of James Patterson novels, I picked this from the library for my 12 year old daughter as an introduction to his writings - with it being aimed at young adults. Although it is part of a series I found no difficulty in reading it as a one off, but I did feel that I didn't get to know the characters particularly well. [/size] [size= small] [/size][size= small]This story is abo ...

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At the Sign of the Sugared Plum (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Angi Nelson

Brings history to life in a fun way

I can only Echo Lou's words in her review of this book. It is a wonderfully colourful and descriptive tale that truly allows the reader to imagine the experiences of life in London at the time of the Black Plague. The story is compelling and I cant think of a better way to learn about this subject and time period for children. Both my 12 year old daughter and I read the book within two days and thoroughl ...

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Truecrime (Sceptre)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Gritty and realistic

This is the world of the celebrity villain - Ronnie Briggs and the Krays for example and of three people mixed up in it during the 1990's. Julie has a criminal for a father who was killed in a gangland slaying. Eddie is just out of jail and having his memoirs ghostwritten for him. Gaz is a small time villain whose personal life is falling apart. These three lives intersect around the film industry an ...

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