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Thea's Parrot
Review of Thea's Parrot - Marcia Willett by Kukana

Advantages: Warm characters, nothing explicit, a gentle undemanding read
Disadvantages: Quite a few characters, a little slow-moving in places

I first came across the author Marcia Willett about fifteen years ago. I find her inspiring as she did not begin writing novels until she was fifty; now in her late sixties, she has published twenty-five in all, and is still writing. I liked the first b ... Read review

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Nice by Jarisleif
All I need to know, fab review. by dawnymarie
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21.10.2014 14:06
Life Swap
Review of Life Swap - Jane Green by jules.34

Advantages: A god read.
Disadvantages: Some confusing parts.

This story is focused on two women - Vicky Townsley who is based in London and features editor at Poise magazine and Amber Winslow who is a mother and supposedly living a suburban dream. Vicky is single and 35, wondering if she will ever get married, w ... Read review

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Handy! by LiveMusicLoverLyn
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20.10.2014 22:25
Flag wagging and Union Jack hurrahing not welcomed
Review of The Great War: The People's Story - Isobel Charman by JOHNV

Advantages: A stark portrayal of the effect of the Great War at home and abroad
Disadvantages: None

...seen many ways of telling the history of the conflict which broke out among the Great Powers of Europe and soon involved all four corners of the world. This volume, based on a recent ITV series of the same title, appro ... Read review

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E from me by rubyreviewer
Great review, E x by Wee_Jackie_163
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20.10.2014 19:48
Hindsight can be bittersweet...an evocative, engrossing read
Review of A History of Loneliness - John Boyne by IzzyS

Advantages: Characters, engrossing, not graphic, thought provoking
Disadvantages: The chronology jumps about, large-ish paragraphs may slightly put some off? heavy subject

...my way home from work a few weeks ago (around late September (2014)?), as it was that weeks featured read in the Radio 2 book club. I've always had an int ... Read review

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Great review, E x by Wee_Jackie_163
excellent review x by MsTricia
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20.10.2014 18:55
Has Reacher Met His Match
Review of 61 Hours - Lee Child by Andy.mack

Advantages: A glimpse at another side of Reacher,
Disadvantages: a Slightly different formula that didn't quite work, a little labored in places

With an hour and a bit train journey to work twice a day, I have recently found myself ploughing through books at a very high rate. One of my recent reads was to reacquaint myself with Lee Child and one of my favorite fictional characters Jack Reacher, in ... Read review

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Good review. =) Louise. by CoffeeQueen68
Well reviewed. One of those authors I have thought about getting into, but not got round to as yet. by supercityfan

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19.10.2014 22:08
What does as doornail look like when it's dead?
Review of Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris by dawnymarie

Advantages: Catch up with Sookie. Very well composed and pacey.
Disadvantages: More of the vampires would be nice

Charlaine Harris -- Dead as a doornail The Sookie Stackhouse series is also known as the Southern Vampire mysteries and in total, to date, there are thirteen novels. Doornail dead In book five of this series Miss Stackhouse returns for more mys ... Read review

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Yayyy! by CelticSoulSister
vh x by JEFFJEN

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19.10.2014 16:21
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Football at all costs.......
Review of Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream - H G Bissinger by bbicuk01

Advantages: Interesting narrative on American High School Sports
Disadvantages: A bit one sided for my liking

Now I am a big sports fan as you may have seen from some of my other reviews and a great fan of American Football both college and NFL. This book was bought for me by my brother as a birthday present and I have just got round to finishing it. The book is ... Read review

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Vh by danielalong
Nicely done. by afy9mab
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18.10.2014 13:55
Toy Story Stories
Review of Toy Story 3 Little Library - Parragon (Disney) by kat123456

Advantages: good price, bright colours, simple, educational
Disadvantages: cardboard sleeve flinsy, wear and tear

...boy received this set of Toy Story 3 books for his first Christmas last year and, over the past few months, we have been looking at these together fairly regularly. This is a set of small board books (hence the title 'My First Little Library) and ... Read review

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Great x by xmum2fourx
Sweet! by LiveMusicLoverLyn

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17.10.2014 21:55
I've Fallen For This Thriller
Review of Fallen - Karin Slaughter by gothic_moon

Advantages: Depth of characters, engaging & gripping premise and writing style
Disadvantages: None per se for me

...fan of her work. Thankfully, Fallen didn't disappoint. It's gritty and engrossing, so it gets a thumbs up from me. This falls within the crime thriller genre, the type of American ... Read review

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Good review. by Absinthe_Fairy
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17.10.2014 11:53
Anna goes to Paris and kisses like a French girl
Review of Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins by dawnymarie

Advantages: Nice, light, read
Disadvantages: Could have had a little more

Anna and the French kiss By Stephanie Perkins and aimed at the teenage/young adult market though not exclusive. Gay Paris Anna reluctantly travels to Paris to a boarding school for American's, because her dad wants her to. She will leave all th ... Read review

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Vh by danielalong
Sounds like an interesting read!x by Pmshack99

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17.10.2014 09:02
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More Than Just Jam
Review of Jambusters - Julie Summers by MentalSarcasm

Advantages: Well written, inspiring read, you'll want to go and make some jam afterwards
Disadvantages: Little information about effects of stress on the women

Despite living in a small countryside village between the ages of 3 and 25, I never actually joined the local WI. This is probably because my Mum has never joined it, although over the years she has joined in with other local activities including the annu ... Read review

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Well reviewed :o) by Bollinger28
Looks like they did miss an important aspect there, great review! by LiveMusicLoverLyn
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17.10.2014 07:58
Before there was Bridget Jones, there was George Hilton!
Review of The Rake's Diary: The Journal of George Hilton - George Hilton by KateHurst

Advantages: fascinating insight into an otherwise unknown life and personality
Disadvantages: maybe the eighteenth-century writing, one for those who are interested in social history

...on my newly acquired book, The Rake’s Diary, a journal kept b ... Read review

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An excellent review. E from me. by Violet1278
Super by Listerbelle
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16.10.2014 23:24
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Definitely no sparkly stuff here
Review of Lasher - Anne Rice by dawnymarie

Advantages: Well written. Tight plot. Continuation of the tale.
Disadvantages: A little slow in parts.

Lasher, lives of the Mayfair Witches The second in a trilogy by Anne Rice which will also overlap with her Vampire chronicles starting with Merrick. The first book of the trilogy is The Witching Hour. Taltos is the third. My Lasher For centur ... Read review

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Nice review.x by Wee_Jackie_163
Another concisely thoughtful review! by CelticSoulSister

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16.10.2014 12:27
The Book Thief: A Fresh Perspective
Review of The Book Thief - Markus Zusak by abbyw1221

Advantages: Witty, funny, heartbreaking, historical, easily understood
Disadvantages: The heartbreak will hurt.

The Book Thief is centered around Liesel Meminger, a young girl living in Nazi Germany, told from the third-party perspective of death. In my own opinion the outlook of her life which is presented is rather touching. In some ways this may make the reader ... Read review

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back page scribble by thedevilinme
You need to expand on the basics that you have here. by ravingreviewer

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16.10.2014 01:07
~ * Read with Love...Actually! * ~
Review of From Notting Hill with Love...Actually - Ali McNamara by xd-o-n-z-x

Advantages: plot, characters, style of writing, funny
Disadvantages: nothing major

...recently came across this book; From Notting Hill...With Love Actually, by author Al ... Read review

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e :o) by euphie
excellent review... by crazyomon

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15.10.2014 08:29
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