Review: Helen Warner – RSVP

This book was a bit of an impulse buy; I knew I wanted to buy Drive, but it was three books for a fiver, so I had to make a pretty quick decision about which other two to pick. So, I’m not ashamed to say that I reverted to my old tactic of picking the books with the nicest covers, and I loved the pale blue colour on this one. As the cover says: Four women, One Wedding, Who will say yes? Which turns out to be a good question. There’s...

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Review: James Sallis – Drive

I had been wanting to read this book since I saw the film last year and found out it was based on a book by James Sallis. When I saw it in the shop and realised how short it was, it didn’t really surprise me, since Ryan Gosling seemed to say about 10 words during the whole film. I was expecting the book to be quite graphically violent, but it wasn’t as bad as the film. Although I didn’t seem to find the film as shocking as...

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Review: Sophie Kinsella – I’ve Got Your Number

I’ve always been a fan of Sophie Kinsella, her ‘shopaholic’ series was fantastic, and I’ve read a couple of other books from her (and her alter-ego Madeleine Wickham) which kept me very entertained. I found the storyline of this book quite far-fetched. I know chick-lit is supposed to be escapist and a little bit fantastical, but the idea that you could find someone’s phone in a bin, and then they would agree to let...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Dead Ever After

Well it’s finally here, the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. After the last book was left on such a cliff-hanger, I had no idea what was coming in this one, but I had a pretty good idea how I wanted it to finish. But in true Charlaine Harris style, nothing is ever quite how I wanted. Things aren’t going well for Sookie in this book, Eric is freezing her out and she doesn’t know why. Her ex-friend Arlene shows up after...

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Review: Nicola May – Better Together

I was quite disappointed with this book. I couldn’t relate to the main character, she seemed very flighty and changed her mind way too many times for my liking. Everything in the book seemed too ‘convenient’; Jess would change her mind, and everything would instantly fall into place to make everything perfect for her. I also found the dialogue quite stilted, I don’t know if it was just because I was reading a kindle copy...

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Review: Nicola May – The School Gates

After the success of the last Nicola May book, I decided to download her other three books from Amazon, they were all less than £1.50 on Kindle so I figured it was a bit of a bargain! The first one I read was this, The School Gates. My first impression was that there were too many characters, but I think that was because before the first chapter had started, you were introduced to each of the families one at a time. I didn’t think...

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Review: Nicola May – The Bow Wow Club

I was absolutely delighted when I received a tweet from Nicola May saying that she had read my review for Working it Out and she wanted to send me an advanced copy of her new book, The Bow Wow Club, which is out next month. I really enjoyed the last book, and it was so cool to know that I was reading the book before pretty much anyone else. Because it’s not out yet, I’m not going to give too much away about the plot, because...

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Review: Graeme Simsion – The Rosie Project

This book was received from the Goodreads First Reads program, where you can enter a giveaway for the chance to win an advanced copy of many books. I believe by the time I received this book, it had already been released in shops, but it made me very happy that mine says ‘Advance Reading Copy’ on the back, and for an extra bonus, it’s autographed too! The book centers on Don Tillman, a very smart but socially awkward professor...

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Review: Sophie Hannah – Little Face

The description on the back of this book was pretty intriguing: Her husband David was supposed to be looking after their two week old daughter. But when Alice Fancourt walks into the nursery, her terrifying ordeal begins, for Alice insists the baby in the cot is a stranger she’s never seen before. With an increasingly hostile and menacing David swearing she must either be mad or lying, how can Alice make the police believe her before...

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Review: Louise Douglas – Missing You

This is beginning to become a bit of a habit, another book bought on Kindle because it was cheap. It feels kind of like I’m cheating on my books, but I made a new year’s resolution to stop buying more physical books because I have absolutely no space left in my room for any more books, I’ve had to start putting them in boxes to make room. Regardless, this book was actually pretty surprising. From the title, I was expecting it...

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Review: Hilary Boyd – Thursdays in the Park

This book was an impulse buy after I got a free kindle book credit from Amazon. It was a very limited selection available so I decided this one was the best of the bunch. I actually quite enjoyed it, it was a very easy read. The book was about a woman named Jeanie, stuck in a loveless marriage and coming up to retirement age, when her husband decides that he wants to move from North London to Somerset. Without consulting Jeanie or listening to...

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Review: George R. R. Martin – A Game of Thrones

Before I started this book, I had watched the first 4 or 5 episodes of the first TV series based on this book, so I thought I knew what was coming. Oh, how wrong I was. I’ve never read a book where so many of the main characters don’t make it to the end (that is, if you can make out who the main characters should be). There are many, many characters in this book, and my dad had warned me that I may have trouble keeping up with who...

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Review: Dirk Hayhurst – Wild Pitches

This book was in e-book only format, designed as an add-on to Hayhurst’s last book Out of My League. It basically contained extracts that he wrote for the book that didn’t make it into the print copy, but that he though were too good to miss out. Most of the snippets from the e-book were quite funny, although with a few of them, you could tell why they hadn’t made it through into the actual book. My main complaint was that...

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Review: Brad Paisley – Diary of a Player

I’ve been wanting to read this book since it first came out a couple of years ago, but I’d never been able to justify the price (with it being an American book and not widely available in the UK). But my brother bought me it for Christmas this year and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Brad Paisley is one of my favourite artists, and definitely one of my favourite country artists. His music is beautiful and inspiring, but also...

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Review: Linda Green – And Then It Happened

Mel Taylor thinks she’s got it all, an amazing house in Cragg Vale, a beautiful daughter, and most of all – a husband with whom she is completely in love. But she’s always waiting for something bad to happen, thinks it must be too good to be true. And then it happens. While Adam is working at the museum, he’s stood under the huge dinosaur skeleton when some building work causes the skull of the dinosaur to come crashing...

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100 Book Challenge? – It Definitely Was!

Well I set my self a lofty total of 100 books in 2012, which turned out to be a little too high. I made it to 67, but I’m still quite happy with that. I started off the year with the best intentions and I managed to keep up until about June. And then Cameron moved back from Huddersfield and I was round at his house or going out more often, and the books kind of stopped flowing (I only read one book in July). I managed to pick it up again a...

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Review: Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol

I’m quite ashamed to say that I have never read this book before – the only way I actually knew this story was from watching The Muppet’s Christmas Carol film each Christmas, but I’d never actually read the proper story. Somewhat more embarrassingly, I’ve never read a single Dickens book. I’m going to rectify that situation next year, I’ve downloaded a lot of Dickens books onto my tablet so that I can...

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Review: Olivia Goldsmith – Uptown Girl

This is another kindle book, read on my phone whenever I’ve had a spare few minutes. It takes quite a while to read books this way, but it’s better than the crap I would be reading if I was just checking Facebook in those spare few minutes (sorry if any of you are my Facebook friends – I don’t mean you). This book was definitely a typical chick-lit book, although the storyline didn’t go in quite the direction I...

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Review: Eowyn Ivey – The Snow Child

I almost have no words for this book, but here’s a few that spring to mind: beautiful, enchanting, haunting and captivating. The book is set in 1920’s Alaska. Jack and Mabel moved to Alaska with the dream of setting up a cosy homestead with just the two of them, away from the constant reminders that they have remained childless. They did have a child once, many years ago, but the child was stillborn and this has haunted Mabel ever...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Deadlocked

I’d somehow managed to convince myself that I’d already read this book, so every time I’ve seen it in Waterstones I’ve just ignored it. But last week I realised that I’d not actually read it yet, so I had to buy it and read it straight away – the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series is my favourite set of books. Once again, Harris has written a book that keeps you enthralled from beginning to end, I just...

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Review: Pittacus Lore – I Am Number Four

I’d watched this film last year, ashamedly for no other reason than I liked the main actor, Alex Pettyfer. But when I watched it with my brother and my dad, I realised that I really liked it and I wanted to read the book it was based on. Admittedly it has taken me quite a while to get round to it, but I’m glad that I finally did! The book is about a race of people from the planet Lorien. When their planet is invaded and destroyed by...

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