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review 2013-09-30 23:19
He Was A Boy, She Was A Girl ~ Love & Skate by Lila Felix Review
Love and Skate - Lila Felix

NA romance is like a packet of Allen's Lollies - sometimes, you'll get a handful of your faves, and sometimes you'll get one or two liquorice flavoured jelly babies which will ruin your day.

 

Well Love and Skate was definitely not a liquorice jelly baby! (unless you happen to love liquorice flavoured confectionary) Love and Skate is a NA romance with a punk twist, introducing two characters who you will grow to love, root for, and cry over during the course of this novel.

 

The first of them, being our main protagonist/roller derby gal, Nellie Forrester:

 

"Yes Mom, I know that I'll never find anybody who loves me with blue hair. That's why I dyed it pink."

 

Nellie's straightforward personality, wit and charm create a character who has depth and a brain where most female characters only have air and 'feelings'. She has the rare female character ability to see the difference between love and lust - and to only accept the former. With a strength built up from years of heartache and a lack of acceptance from her family, Nellie is ready to take on anything. 

 

Including Owen Black:

 

'I stood stunned. She had known me less than a week and had me all figured out. She pecked me on the lips and left me standing there in the parking lot, standing on the line that marked where her car was. But instead of feeling betrayed, I felt freed.'


Owen and Nellie are basically two peas in a pod. With his own skeletons in the closet, Owen has a hard time with trust - something that he admits he struggles to come to terms with on a daily basis. Yet, be ready to throw your fangirl pom-poms up and down, because this tattooed mountain of maleness is...

 

*drum roll*

Chivalrous!

That's right, ladies! He may have tats, but the guy has more chivalry packed into his frame than most clean-cut guy characters have at the end of a novel. 

 

Owen and Nellie's relationship spans across a little over 200 pages, and is allowed to grow, and to be explored by the reader in all its facets - good, bad, ugly. And downright adorable. 

 

So if you like novels about cute guys who meet feisty girls who happen to like playing at roller derbies, you'll definitely like Love and Skate

 

Although, be prepared to do this more than once:

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review 2010-06-30 00:00
Super skaters: world figure skating stars
Super skaters: world figure skating stars - Steve Milton Juvenile. A page of "facts" and a full-page photo of each skater. Included in this, the Canadian edition: Baiul, Boitano, Bonaly, Bourne & Kraatz, Brasseur & Eisler, Browning, Candeloro, Chen, Chouinard, Davis, Gordeeva & Grinkov, Kerrigan, Stojko, Torvill & Dean, Urmanov, Yamaguchi. See also the US version under the same title, with substantially re-worked content.
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review 2010-06-30 00:00
Super Skaters: World Figure Skating Stars
Super Skaters: World Figure Skating Stars - Steve Milton Juvenile. This is a reworking for the American buyer of Milton's small book of the same title published in Canada by Key Porter Kids, 1996. It's in decorative boards rather than glossy paper, and Michelle Kwan replaces Elvis on the cover. The introductory material appears to be the same, but the choice of skaters is different. Included in this version: Baiul, Bobek, Boitano, Bourne & Kraatz, Brasseur & Eisler, Candeloro, Chen, Eldredge, Galindo, Gordeeva & Grinkov, Kerrigan, Kwan, Meno & Sand, Stojko, Torvill & Dean, Yamaguchi. Some of the changes are obvious, but the omission of Browning is downright puzzling.
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review 2010-06-23 00:00
Ice Cream: Thirty of the Most Interesting Skaters in History
Ice Cream: Thirty of the Most Interesting Skaters in History - Toller Cranston,Martha Lowder Kimball Toller's opinions on: Sonja Henie; Ludmila & Oleg Protopopov; Ludmila Pakhomova & Alexander Gorshkov; Peggy Fleming; John Curry; Beatrix Schuba; Dorothy Hamill; Robin Cousins; Torvill & Dean; Scott Hamilton; Gary Beacom; Underhill & Martini; the Duchesnays; Brian Orser; Jozef Sabovcik; Elizabeth Manley; Katarina Witt; Kurt Browning; Midori Ito; Nancy Kerrigan; Tonya Harding; Phillippe Candeloro; Laurent Tobel; Oksana Baiul; Lucinda Ruh.
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