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The Apothecary's Curse (Prometheus Books)

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

Excellent

I am a fan of many types of fantasy books including the ones which span various ages. This book primarily spans the victorian and modern ages with the odd dip into other periods of history. Gaelen Erceldoune and Simon Bell are two of a kind. Possibly the only two of their kind. They do not age and have to reinvent themselves as distant descendents once it becomes apparent that they are not aging in a simil ...

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Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery (Hodder Paperbacks)

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

Enjoyable Read

This appears to be the 22nd in the series concerning DCI Banks. I have read a good many of the series but probably not all of them. It isn't essential to have read the previous books in order to enjoy this one. However, you certainly do have a much better understanding of the characters and their relationships if you have read at least some of the preceeding books. This book starts with a seeming ...

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Good Me Bad Me (Michael Joseph)

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

Excellent Psychological Thriller

I am always a bit wary when books are described as compelling, original and genius amongst other superlatives. Just because the publisher thinks it is compelling it doesn't mean that I will agree. However in this case this book was most definitely compelling & very much as described. 15 year old Milly comes from an abusive home. She shopped her mother to the police and is provided with a new home, a new fa ...

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The Phantom Tree (HQ)

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

Interesting View of Tudor Life

We open the book with Alison Bannister, a present day young 30ish lady who is browsing the streets of Marlborough durign a Christmas fair. We follow her story as she searches for the truth around the tudor lady Mary Seymour, child of the former queen Katherine Parr. We also follow the story of Mary in the past who, with her fellow  ward, Alison Banestre, are shifted from house to house as unwante ...

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The Stolen Child (W&N)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Rather Strange

This book is set in the late 1950s on a small island of the coast of Ireland, St Brigid's. This is populated by only a few families including that of twins Rose & Emer. Rose is happily married to Austin & has a string of children. Emer is unhappily married to Austin's brother Patch with just the one son, Niall. The inhabitants of the islands scratch out an existance from farming and fishing. Into ...

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The Secret by the Lake (Black Swan)

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

Excellent Plot Twists

At the beginning of this book Amy is working in France for the Laurent family as a nanny to their ten year old daughter, Vivienne. Things change for both Amy & the family until we find ourselves for the bulk of the book in a tiny village in Somerset. I very much liked the plot in this book. There are several twists and this book didn't proceed as I was expecting which made a lovely change. The bo ...

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A World of Information (Walker Books)

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

Fantastic Information Book

This is a fantastic information book for children of all ages. The content of the book is excellent without excessive "dumbing down" that can be seen in some children's non-fiction. I was pleased to see excellent explanations of quite intricate information such as music notation, the Fibonachi sequence, the moon, chemical elements, impossible shapes.........The content does really contain more sci ...

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The Book of Mirrors (Century)

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

Interesting Style

This is essentially a mystery story - who killed Joseph Weider & why? This is a cold case which happened many years ago. However part of a book emerges which claims to have the solution but mysteriously the rest is missing. This book follows three men, a private detective, a reporter and an ex-policeman who attempt to get to the bottom of this. This isn't an action book. The story mainly follows the charac ...

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The Secret of Orchard Cottage (Harper)

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

Had Further Potential Whic Wasn't Developed

This is the story of April, a middle aged woman who visits her Great-Aunt in the village of Tindledale. April was widowed about 18 months previously which is, understandably, still quite raw. Whilst there, April tries the solve the mystery of what happened to Winnie, her other great-aunt who disappeared during the war. This is the type of book that you have a fair idea of how it will end before y ...

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The Hidden People (Jo Fletcher Books)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Poor Plot Structure and Characters

This was a book with which I really struggled. I don't think I ever really got into it. Set in Victorian times, sane & sensible Albie goes up north to arrange his cousin's funeral. Whilst there he discovers that her death was due to various superstitions in the area about fairies and changelings. His wife joins him and Albie gets caught up in the rather strange world of the village of Halfoak wher ...

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Blue Penguin (Walker Books)

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

A Book About Friendship

Blue Penguin is different from the other penguins. He is blue and they are not. Poor Blue penguin is shunned and left alone so he starts to sing. Slowly one penguin comes to him to learn his song and they become friends. Then all the other penguins want to learn his song and Blue penguin becomes part of the group once again. This is, of course, a book about friendship. It shows very standard beh ...

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Once Upon a Northern Night (Walker Books)

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

Fantastic Use of Language

This is a beautiful book both in the illustrations and the text. Whilst a child is asleep in their bed it starts to snow. Various animals come out & leave their mark on the snow and the ice begins to form. The landscape is transformed whilst the child sleeps creating a fresh and beautiful world for when they wake. The first thin ...

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