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If you have read something you've really enjoyed, no doubt others will too. Please share your review with us - we'd love to pass it on as a recommendation.

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Author: Graham Norton

I guess having seen Graham Norton on television I was expecting a book with flamboyant characters and outrageous scenarios, and I was pleasantly surprised that this book was not at all what I had first conceived.  The characters were quirky and familiar.  The setting was wonderfully imaginable and the storyline was fun and engaging with not so much major twists as sudden bends in the road.  I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it for a good light hearted read.

Reviewer: Tania Ravenwood

 

The White Road

Author: Sarah Lotz

Sarah Lotz writes very dark, suspenseful novels which I enjoy.  I really appreciated the well researched novel that manages to have elements of fact alongside the personal insights of the characters.  I found the story line moved quickly with the tension rising at the same rate.  I really enjoyed this book but reading about the coldness of environment at Mt Everest, while listening to the rain lashing against the window didn't help me to feel warm but definitely added to the books atmosphere.

Reviewer: Tania Ravenwood

 

Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head

Authors: Lauren Oliver & H.C. Chester

This children's book about four orphans with extraordinary skills who are part of a museum of freaks that uses their special abilities to solve a mystery.  I enjoyed this book, it was fast paced, quirky and fun.  I liked that it could have been set in any time making the story seem timeless and the characters were unique and because of their differences they didn't always get along making them seem like more realistic children than some books which only show children in an idealised light.  I enjoy reading children's literature and I can see this book will be the first in a series and I look forward to reading more adventures by these authors.

Reviewer: Tania Ravenwood

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