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Tiger's Curse

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-11

Two Indian Princes bound by a centuries old curse. Trapped in the bodies of tigers and only able to be men for a brief time each day. To lift the curse they must complete several magical tasks but they can't do it alone. They need the help of an ordinary 21st century girl. So begins a compelling tale of adventure, fantasy and romance. This is rich in detail and draws on Hindu mythology. I couldn't put it down.

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Hard-hitting

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-11

This is the story of Ruby, condemned to a life of slavery along with the rest of her congragation while they pray for their saviour's return. Ruby is precious. It is her blood that sustains the congragation and helps them endure their suffering, but things are only growing worse, and there is no saviour in sight. This is a harrowing account of life as a slave, and the author certainly doesn't hold back. Forbidden love adds an extra dimension to the story, and Ruby knows that whatever decisions she makes will impact not only herself but those around her. This is a gripping tale of love, loyalty and hardship, but it's a novel of self discovery too. I think this author will be one to watch.

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Haunting

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-11

This took a little while to get into as its present tense, third person narrative takes some getting used to, but as the story takes hold, the writing style soon feels natural. Part supernatural thriller, part realistic portrayal of a known mental disorder, this is a cleverly written story, haunting and emotionally gripping, with well drawn characters. The author captures life in a small town really well and her descriptions of the heroines battle with OCD is handled with care. The story is at times, chilling, and as the sinister atmosphere builds, the story becomes impossible to tear away from. My only regret is that it appears to be a stand alone.

Surprisingly enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-11

If you're a fantasy fan looking for something a little different, this one is worth a try. Waterfall is the story of Gabriella, a 21st century teenager transported to 14th century Italy while on a visit to an old hystorical toomb with her family. Gabriella finds herself plunged into a war between two fighting dinisties. As she adjusts to her surroundings and searches for a way home, she is inexpliccably drawn to one of the knights. This was a lively, engaging story with a likeable heroine, colourful descriptions and plenty of action. The author paints a vivid portrait of life in medieval Italy. A good book to while away an afternoon.

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Another awesome Artemis adventure

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-11

In this, the seventh installment of Eoin Colfer's amazing series about a criminal mastermind, our young anti-hero finds himself battling enemies of another sort. They are enemies no one else can see. It's finally happened, Artemis's superb brain has betrayed him, and right when his friends need him the most. Can Artemis conquer the demons in his imagination before those in the real world destroy him? As with the Time Paradox, this book is a little on the quirky side and takes some getting your head around, but it is conpulsive listening, and with one more book promised, listeners will be left eagerly awaiting the eighth and final book in the series.

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Reunion

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-11

I was so pleased to see this book on Audible. Now readers can enjoy this wonderful series as it was meant to be enjoyed. This is book 3 in the series and in this installment, our long suffering heroine finds herself dealing with not one, but four angry ghosts all intent on killing a seemingly innocent boy. Suse is caught up in a tale of murder and revenge from which it is unlikely anyone will emerge unscathed. I fell in love with this series when I first read it. The author gets the voice of the heroine across just right and the narration is perfect. This book is impossible to put down and will remain with listeners long after they've finished it.

The lost saint

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-11

This is the excellent sequel to the Dark Divine. I thought the title of this book was a clever one as it could actually have refered to several characters. As with the previous book, this novel took a little while for me to get into, particularly as I felt that the character of April adds nothing to the story and she irritates me considerably. However, this book turned out to be every bit as well written, exciting and impossible to put down as the first. What I really liked was that I never had a clue what would happen. There were enough twists to keep any listener guessing and the suspense and danger is cranked up several notches in this book. As for the characters, Grace is a flawed but excellent heroine, Daniel is every bit as attractive as I remember and there are new characters to wet the reader?s appitite. The cliffhanger ending caught me by surprise, and will leave listeners clammering for the next instalment.

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Disappointing

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-10

Having loved the first two books in the series, I was very much looking forward to this one. However, I had issues from the start. I read a lot of Young Adult fiction, and while I accept that this story is being told from the point of view of a teenaged girl, I found the language at times to be very immature, and it kept pulling me out of the story. The previous book was quite powerful, but this book manages to dilute that. The characters also didn't come across as strongly in my opinion. Entice is esentially a quest novel and the Author deals with the various problems the characters face in a realistic way. At times, the story was gripping and the scene is set for the next instalment. In short, a great book for teens but the writing style may prevent some adults from enjoying it.

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Teen vampire fiction

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-10

Three stars is actually a bit cruel for this book, and four is too generous. Three and a half is probably closer to the mark. Hearts at Stake is a teen vampire novel about the Drakes, an old vampire family, who, unlike many of their kind, abstain from drinking human blood. This book is well written, and the character of Lucy comes across particularly strongly. The book has enough action and romance to keep readers happy, but therein lies its problem in my opinion. No one can accuse this book of being slow. In fact, it's so fast-moving that it's often difficult to keep track of events. There's all the action without any explanation and I had the perpetual feeling I was missing something. I think this also took away the power from the romantic interests. Worth a read but not up there with some of the teen vampire classics in my opinion.

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Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-10

I only wish I could give this book a higher rating. Five stars doesn't seem nearly generous enough. Angel is the story of a group of beings who visit our Earth to feed off humans and bring death and disease in their wake, while convincing their victims that they're actually divine, loving beings. The scary thing is it's almost believable. Set against them our Alex, an AK (angel killer) and Willow, a half human half angel whom Alex has swarn to protect. This is the most origional fantasy I've read since Mortal Instruments. I thought no one could equal Jace, the hero of Mortal Instruments, but I think Alex might actually give him a run for his money. The interaction between the two main protagonists is brilliant and the unfolding romance is beautifully done. This book took me a little while to get into but once I did, I couldn't put it down. The book is billed as a young adult novel, but adults will love it too. This is the author's debut novel and all I can say is if she can do this good a job with her first book, then I can't wait for her second.

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