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The Ashes of London (HarperCollins)

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

Great Setting - Struggled with Some Characters

Set in the days immediately following the Great Fire of London in 1666 this is a story of conspiracy and murder. Cat is alone in London trying to survive and hoping to find her Father. Marwood is a menial clerk who needs to watch his step and is never entirely sure who his master is. This is a book which is written partially in the first person when we are following the story of Marwood and then partially ...

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One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story (Avon)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Basic, Predictable & Not Terribly Amusing

I am not a big Chick-Lit fan and rarely venture into that style of book. There is nothing wrong the genre as a whole but it just doesn't feature highly on my "to be read" list. I read the reviews of this book and decided to give it a go as it sounded light & amusing. Unfortunately this book just didn't live up to the blurb that I had read about it. I didn't find it that amusing - I admit that there were am ...

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The Witchfinder's Sister (Viking)

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

Interesting Historical Background

This is a historical novel which is based very slightly in fact. We follow the story of Alice, sister to Matthew Hopkins. She goes back to live with her brother following the death of her husband and gets caught up in his witchfinding. Firstly I must comment that the author does clearly state at the end of the book that a majority of this work is fiction. The person of Matthew Hopkins, the places around Es ...

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Divergent (Divergent, Book 1) (HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Strong doesn't have to mean brutal

Because this is a Young Adult novel it has quite a simplistic and unrealistic view of a dystopian society. The idea here is that the world is now split into a number of factions each of which represent an approach to the world, or an emotion. At sixteen young people are tested to see where they belong and then expected to stay in their birth faction or move to another. As an adult reader you have to just ac ...

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The Time to Kill (Orion)

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

A conspiracy thriller - a read page turner

This is an excellent thriller in the style of David Baldacci, Robert Ludlum and others who like fast paced adventure stories with a touch of conspiracy. It is one of a series and I have read the other two but you could almost certainly read this as a standalone. The story features Carter Blake. He is a man with a mysterious past who has made a living finding others - which is what the two previous books we ...

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Lirael (HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks)

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

Dark in places but a very readable fantasy

In the first book in this series "Sabriel" the eponymous heroine takes over the role of Abhorsen from her father; she can control the dead and enter the land of the dead. This story moves further in time. Sabriel is grown and has a family and she is looking to build her son Sameth into her successor. Meanwhile Lirael is part of a group of seers who live in a glacier. She is having problems because she has n ...

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After the Crash (W&N)

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

Clever and page turning

This is a crime/suspense/thriller novel and an excellent read. The premise is that in 1980 a plane crashes on its way from Turkey to Paris in the Alps. Everyone on board is killed except a young baby thrown clear and found beside the wreck. The problem is that there are two small babies supposed to be on the plane and for various reasons it is impossible to say which one this is (we are before DNA testing o ...

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Code Name Verity (Electric Monkey)

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

Highly recommended for adults as well as younger readers

This is an excellent Young Adult novel which should certainly be read by people of all ages. Prepare for a clever and involving plot with plenty of tension - and keep the tissues at the ready. The book is set during the Second World War and begins in diary form. Our narrator is the Verity of the title who has been dropped into occupied France and captured by the Germans because of a simple mistake. She has ...

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The Sudden Appearance of Hope (Orbit)

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

Possibly too clever ?

This book contains two excellent ideas each of which could have had a whole book written about it successfully. What didn't work for me was the way that the two were crammed into the one story. I delighted at the inventive ideas that the author had as well as the twists and turns of the plot but I didn't think that it all hung together well to make a coherent whole. I am glad that I read it though because i ...

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The Sudden Appearance of Hope (Orbit)

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

Not As Good As Her Previous Work

People forget Hope. Her own parents forgot to set a place for her at the table and later cleared out her room, her teachers forgot to ask for her homework until finally no one could remember Hope when she wasn't actually present. This is a very difficult position to be in - how do you get a job when you arrive on the second day & no one remembers who you are? How do you have a relationship when your partner ...

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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere) (47North)

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

A Good Read - Lots of Sex, Violence & Swearing

This is a post-apocalyptic dystonian novel. The world has succummed to a plague which has wiped out more women & children than men. The unnamed midwife falls sick but survives, waking into a changed world. She now has to survive. I have read a great number of this type of book and this is definitely on the higher side of average. However, as I read I could clearly see the influences of other books - the wa ...

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Nightingale Wood (VMC) (Virago)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Failed to engage my sympathies

I found it difficult to know how this book is aimed. It is not a satire in the way of the much loved (by me) "Cold Comfort Farm" and displays little of the really original writing in that book. It seems more like a comedy of the middle classes like Nancy Mitford or Angela Thirkell would write but although it is wry and witty in places I didn't feel that it was the author's intention for it to be a comedy be ...

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