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The Fate of the Tearling: (The Tearling Trilogy 3) (Queen of the Tearling 3) (Bantam)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

Frustrating and disappointing

I enjoyed "Queen of the Tearling" which was the first book in this series although in many ways it was a rather predictable fantasy novel with a young woman coming into her powers and having to save her nation. I liked the minor characters particularly and thought that they were strong and that the author was obviously going to develop them further in succeeding books. Book two - ...

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Cover Me in Darkness: A Novel (Midnight Ink)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne


This is a clever idea which doesn't quite work so the book is not as satisfying as it could be. Amanda learns that her mother had died in the mental institution that had been her home since she killed Amanda's younger brother and tried to get Amanda to help her kill another one. The family had been part of a cu ...

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The Fall: A murder brings them together. The truth will tear them apart. (Headline)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Pretty average read

There is nothing obviously wrong with this suspense novel but it just didn't gel for me. I think some of this may be because it actually didn't have a lot of suspense since you knew from the beginning that Dan hadn't committed the crime and who actually had. This means that it was really a drama about what happened to the lives of those caught up in the nightmare of Dan 's arrest ...

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The Feed (Headline)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Great Idea - Quite Chaotic

In the future - not that far in the future - the internet has morphed into The Feed. Through an implant, everyone is linked to news, peoples feeds, messages, emotions as well as chemical adjustments to keep their body at the optimum health and many more automatic  functions. This is accessed in front of their eyes in some way, no device is needed. Better still you can get automatic backups (if you have eno ...

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After She Vanished (Hachette Books Ireland)

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

Loved the Main Character

David Dunnigan is a dysfunctional criminologist who works for the Garda (police - this is set in Ireland) and as a lecturer at the university. We actually arrive almost 20 years after the big event in Dunnigan's life - the day his 4 year old niece, Beth, disappeared whilst they were out Christmas shopping. Dunnigan has been a wreck and is now barely functioning with dreadful social skills and a bare existan ...

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White Trash Gothic ()

1.0 Stars  by Stephen Found

Trash is the operative word here

I once read a review of 50 Shades of Grey which I can paraphrase as "I love this book because it convinces me I could write a better one.". That's how I feel about this book except that there is really nothing to love about it. It classes itself as Extreme Horror but to me the word horror means something that scares me or unsettles me and stays in my thoughts for a long time after I stop reading. To my defi ...

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The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty (Hodder Paperbacks)

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

Nothing very new here but an interesting read

The book aims to tell its readers about the private and seemingly unimportant details of the lives of the Tudor monarchs. In that it does succeed and it is interesting to concentrate on the minutia of their lives. The author gives a brief overview of the politics and main events of the time but she concentrates on the aspects of the lives of royalty which are often a footnote or j ...

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The Color Purple (W&N)

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

Harrowing but hopeful

Set in rural Georgia in the 1930s this book is a deserved classic. It is the harrowing tale of Celie, a black woman raped by her father and with children she isn't allowed to see who is married to a man who abuses her. As time progresses we see Celie without hope, separated from her sister and also buying into the idea that marital abuse is normal and even desirable. Then she meet ...

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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2) (Quercus Publishing Plc)

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

Gripping from the first page

I read and enjoyed the first book in this series but I loved this one a lot more mostly because it was faster paced. I also liked the fact that Lisbeth was at the centre of the book although Blomqvist also features again as do one or two characters from the first book. The book starts as soon as the first one stops and follows both main characters after the events of the first sto ...

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The Spaces in Between: the most dangerous lies are the lies we tell ourselves... (RedDoor Publishing Ltd)

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


This is one of those really strange books which stayed with me for days after I had finished it. There are several ways to look at the events in this book and once finished was left with questions - not because the book was incomplete but because there were parts of it open to interpretation. Nicholas is an impoverished student in 1968 Paris. There are student riots, his visa is out of date, the university ...

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The Dark Angel: Ruth Galloway 10 (The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries) (Quercus)

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

Great Character Development - Not a Very Strong Plot

Dr Ruth Galloway is asked to go to Italy to look at some bones by an eminent Italian archaeologist, Angelo Morelli. It just so happens that Angelo is quite attractive and they had a quick fling in the past. So Ruth and her daughter Kate decide to have a working holiday acompanied by Ruth's friend Shona and her son Louis. Unsuprisingly a murder is involved with a dash of intrigue. Nelson is not happy being l ...

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Ink and Bone (Novels of the Great Library) (Allison & Busby)

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

Fast paced and imaginative YA novel

This is an exceptional young adult fantasy novel which takes many of the themes which we expect in such a novel and turns them into an exciting and original story.   This is an alternative world in which the great library at Alexandria was never destroyed and where all books ar ...

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