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Graceling (Graceling Realm Book 1) (Gollancz)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Interesting idea but slow story

This is a good, solid fantasy novel. Katsa is a graceling - she has a supernatural talent or grace and as such she is feared and in the service of her uncle the king. Katsa's grace is that she can kill people very easily and as such she is used by the king to assassinate and otherwise deal with people who oppose him. Katsa doesn't want to do this any more but her grace ...

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Do Not Disturb: Be careful who you let inside . . . (Michael Joseph)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Could Have Been Better

Kirsty and Adrian need a break from London. So buying their dream home in Wales and turning it into a B & B seems an ideal solution. Kirsty's Mum joins them in their venture and they can't wait for the opening. It isn't only guests who come and stay but the family turns up as well - Kirsty's brother and his wife; cousin Selena and her unwell daughter, Ruby. Strange things start to happen and then there is a ...

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Song of the Damned (Phineas Fox Mystery) (Severn House Publishers Ltd)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

A Good Read

I have read several books in the Phineas Fox series and found them all to be good reads. This book is no exception. Phin is invited by the headmistress of Cresacre School to investiagte an opera which has been put forward by a school patron for performance. There are concerns over its quality and possible plagarism. Phin finds that there is a lot more to this piece of music than meets the eye and finds my ...

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The Turn of Midnight: The much anticipated second instalment to the bestselling novel The Last Hours (Allen & Unwin)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Brilliant - Excellent Detail & Historical Research

This is the sequel to Minette Walters book "The Last Hours". If you haven't read "The Last Hours" then please stop reading this review & go & read that first. Although there is an exceptionally handy summary of the first book at the beginning of this one, it is no substitute for reading it in full. Minette Walters writes in great detail with well constructed three dimensional characters which need to be und ...

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Beyond Black (Fourth Estate)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Dark Humour

What can one say as an introduction to this book? Unusual it most certainly is. Alison is a psychic with a very annoying and frankly disgusting spiritual guide. She does the circuit of the home counties, the fairs, the psychic nights and the private readings. She meets up with Colette and they form a partnership with Colette as her business manager. As the book progresses we learn a lot more abo ...

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My RSPB Nature Clipboard (Walker Books)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Great for Getting Out & About

This is a brilliant activity pack for any family going out and about this summer. You don't need to go far - the local park or back garden will do. The pack is filled with activities to do whilst out as well as when back home again. There are things to look out for, a spotter poster and suggestions of things to do. The clipboard is handy for making sure any paper doesn't go blowing off. There is also a slip ...

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Who Is Sleeping? (Lift the Flap) (Walker Books)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Firm Favourite

Lift the flap books are always a big hit with young children. I can see this being no exception. It is a solid board backed book so ideal for younger children. Obviously the flaps are a little more delicate but still in stiff card. The question is asked "Who is sleeping..........." with a place mentioned and shown on the page. Behind the leaf, in the burrow etc. Then the child lifts the flap and the animal ...

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Count with Little Fish (Little Fish Book) (Candlewick Press (MA))

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Bright & Colourful

This is a handy sized board book which is perfect for slipping in a bag when out and about. This is a brightly coloured book with different coloured fish on each double page. The fish aren't named acurately but rather "funny fish" or "fat fish". This is fine for children of the age this is aimed at. Each fish is described with a little rhyme including its number. The figure of the number is printed on the ...

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel (The Ya-Ya Series) (HarperCollins e-books)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

Excellent reading

Siddalee is interviewed by a journalist and when the article is published it makes it appear that she has been very critical about her mother Vivi. Vivi is furious, Sidda ditches her imminent wedding and Vivi's friends send her daughter the scrapbook which tells the history of the Ya Ya Sisters (Vivi and her two friends). The story of the Ya Yas is told in a series of ...

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Constance (Pocket)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Slow and not very engaging for me

Connie (Constance) lives a seemingly idyllic life in Bali but after she hears that her sister is dying she returns to Britain and tries to mend bridges that were broken years ago. She has been in love with her brother in law all their married life, she had a difficult childhood and she has a strained relationship with her sister who is deaf. To reconcile there needs to ...

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The Thieftaker's Trek (Bastei Entertainment)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Poor Historical Background

Young Harry is keen to earn a penny to help his Mother. In 1810 at the start of the industrial revolution every penny counted for the slum families. However Harry goes missing.  Thieftaker Peter Frobisher is called in to search for the child and his trail takes him to the Derbyshire mill towns. I love historical novels. I love to feel, smell and imagine the historical setting. To understand the grinding p ...

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The Woman In The Mirror: A haunting gothic story of obsession, tinged with suspense (HQ)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Mediocre - Lacking Suspense

This is a book set in two time periods. We have 1947 when Alice Miller goes to remote Winterbourne in Cornwall to be a governess to twins. In the modern Day we have career driven Rachel who is going to Cornwall to see a legacy she has received from an unknown relative. I found this book to be a mediocre ghost story. I could see far too many ghosts of other author's work - primarily Henry James' "Turn of th ...

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