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review 2017-09-11 22:07
MIDNIGHT by Erin Hunter
Midnight by Hunter, Erin [HarperCollins, 2005] Hardcover [Hardcover] - Hunter

A new series in the Warriors series has Brambleclaw receiving a dream from Star Clan.  He along with 3 other cats have received the dream.  What does it mean?  Why are the medicine cats not receiving the dreams?


I liked this story.  It starts off about a year after the first series ends.  We are now just about on the second generation since Firestar has become the leader of Thunder Clan.  Brambleclaw has to determine what his dream means and how the other cats fit in.  They must work together and travel to Midnight.  I like this group of cats.  We still have Firestar and his generation as well as a few elders but this next generation looks like it might change things up in the status quo.  I liked the Yoda-like character that appears.  I am anxiously waiting to see me niece to get the second book in this series.

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review 2017-04-29 12:19
Born Bad - Marnie Riches,Samantha Seager... Born Bad - Marnie Riches,Samantha Seager,HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Gritty, contemporary crime drama set in Manchester, two rival gangs with plenty of villains and violence galore. Told by multi voices, but you soon get used to all the different characters as things swiftly fall into place. Who will end up being "king" of South Manchester - get a copy of this book and find out! Loved the style and tempo of this and it was hard to put down as the hard hitting story progressed. My first book by this author but definitely not my last!

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review 2017-04-10 07:34
Enjoyable environmental adventure
The Ice - Laline Paull,HarperCollins Publishers Limited

An interesting story and possibly a warning to us all as to what could happen if we choose to ignore global warming and turn a blind eye to the continuous erosion of the polar ice caps. Two childhood friends Sean Cawson and Tom Harding have the opportunity and it would now seem the means to dictate future trends by the successful acquisition of a strategic land mass within the northern polar region: The Artic....."super-objective of Midgard: an inspiring venue in which to promote the reconciliation of business and environmental ethics." At the start of this story ( and 3 years since his disappearance), a body is discovered in the ice, soon identified as Tom Harding....What happened between the two Oxford graduate friends? How could a business venture so carefully construed turn into disaster under the auspices of two intelligent and far-sighted men; one who wanted to save the world and one who really wanted his name in lights and the benefits and comfort of untold wealth?


A large part to "The Ice" is given over to an inquest by The Coroner into the manner and cause of Paul's death. To establish the facts, and ensure that the death was an accident and not in any way contributed to by other members of the Midgard consortium. The outcome will have lasting repercussions and lead Sean to question the ethics of his venture and to finally realize the hidden agenda of those who supported him both financially and emotionally. A big thanks to the good people at netgalley for supplying me with a gratis copy of this enjoyable read, in exchange for an honest review, and that is what I have written.

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review 2016-11-01 19:12
Dear Charlie...
Dear Charlie - Huw Parmenter,N. D. Gomes,HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Blimey Dear Charlie was a heck of an emotional read. Seriously. Chocolate required – I give you fair warning.


The utter horror that encompasses a school shooting has been fictionalised a fair bit, Dear Charlie though I found gave it a particular resonance.  Focusing as it did not on the shooters, or the mother of, or the victims families but on the sibling left behind who is supposed to what? Hate his brother now? Call him a monster? Sam is facing that having lost so much and through his writings to Charlie we feel every moment.


Sam faces himself as much as he does Charlie within the narrative, a new school, a new attempt to make friends in an atmosphere that finds him vilified and lashed out at for the most part. A bunch of misfit students might be his starting point but the press hover, his parents are falling apart and there is no easy road back from this tragedy.


It is utterly gripping considering this is not a thriller, I was completely involved immediately with Sams struggle to understand, to come to some acceptance. The writing is beautifully done and the layers of grief that you find are heartbreaking. A media storm is one thing but an internal storm is quite another, Sam has both and then some.


Completely believable, occasionally beautiful, always compelling, Dear Charlie will stay with you for a long time after reading it. Batten down the hatches and read this – it will touch your soul.


Highly Recommended.

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review 2016-08-06 16:16
If you enjoy Montalbano, you'll like this!
A Cold Death: A Rocco Schiavone Mystery - HarperCollins Publishers Limited,Antonio Manzini,Daniel Philpott


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Very reminiscent of the work of Andrea Camilleri (the author of the Inspector Montalbano books), this second detective novel by Antonio Manzini about Rocco Schiavone, Deputy Police Chief stuck in Aosta in the Italian Alps will please any reader of detective fiction. We delve into the detective's background while he attempts to solve a grisly murder.

It has the three Ns: enjoyable, entertaining and engaging. I found the ending a bit too contrived but otherwise this is well worth a look.


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