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Rebecca Clare Smith

Rebecca Clare Smith

Author of Desecrated BondsPreying On Time & Breaking Cadence. Urban & dystopian dark fantasy writer! Stuck with glue to @howardstaveley & 2 cats. Twitter obsessive. Likes tea.

 

Currently working on sequels to the Indigo Skies series &Survival Trilogy simultaneously unless found on tumblr.

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2 Stars
Nightshade: Book 1
Nightshade: Book 1 - Andrea Cremer
Not as good as I expected it to be. The best bit was at the ending when it all finally started to get exciting... but then the ending came revealing that it is obviously going to carry on into the next book. I'd like to say I'm hyped up to read the next book, but I'm not. Nightshade was quite disappointing really, but when the second comes out I may borrow it from the library in order to find out the conclusion.
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2 Stars
Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe and the Heart of Midlothian Quentin Durward
Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe and the Heart of Midlothian Quentin Durward - Monarch Notes, Walter Scott, Richard Dunlavey
I didn't like this book. It's an old tome and the story was of the same quality. Reading it was quite the slog as nothing much seems to happen. The only thing I enjoyed was the inclusion of Robin Hood in another guise.
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4 Stars
The Reapers
The Reapers - John Connolly
This was different to my normal reads, but I found the change more pleasant than usual. The book is well written with a brutally cold edge to the descriptions that chill to the bone. A perfect, cold thrill.
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4 Stars
No Humans Involved: Number 7 in series (Otherworld)
No Humans Involved  - Kelley Armstrong
I read this first out of all the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. I have to admit that it is my favourite because it includes werewolves and necromancers. Dangerous animals and people who can talk to the dead somehow go together perfectly.
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4 Stars
Living with the Dead
Living with the Dead  - Kelley Armstrong
This was a fantastic twist in the Otherworld series. Humans thrown into the fray made the book an even more compelling read than usual. I felt really connected to Robyn and loved the different paranormal characters trying to keep her alive.
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5 Stars
Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, Book 1)
Bitten  - Kelley Armstrong
Bitten isn't as writing enhanced as some of the other novels in this series, but as Armstrong's first book that's okay with me. The story, however, is fantastic. In fact, there's nothing else I really have to say about it; except, if you like werewolves, romance and characters with personal demons, go out and buy yourself a copy!
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4 Stars
Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, Book 4)
Industrial Magic  - Kelley Armstrong
Industrial Magic was so much more than Dime Store Magic. The relationship between the three main characters seemed to come to life more in this second outing. The story line was more complex and much more thrilling. I loved it.
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3 Stars
Dime Store Magic
Dime Store Magic  - Kelley Armstrong
I read No Humans Involved before I decided to start the whole series. Although I loved Dime Store Magic, I felt it didn't show as much control and careful planning as Armstrong's later books have, but I still loved it and enjoyed it to the very last page. As always, I couldn't put it down.
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3 Stars
WAITING FOR ANYA
WAITING FOR ANYA - Michael Morpurgo
I read this in Year 5 and, whilst I don't remember all of it, I do remember that I thought it very sad and that, as a nine/ten year old, I was touched by the story.
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4 Stars
The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris
I watched the film before I read the book and I loved both in equal measure. Perhaps that's because part of me is a somewhat cruel and sadistic individual or perhaps it's because the book is the work of a true spectator of the sociopathic mind.
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3 Stars
Count Karlstein, Or the Ride of the Demon Huntsman
I read this quite a while ago and, whilst I remember liking it, I don't remember much about the story at all. Either I should reread it or it just isn't note worthy enough for me to remember.
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4 Stars
Olivia joules and the overactive Imagination
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination - Helen Fielding
Olivia Joulles is not a book that gets off to the best of starts, but you need to put your apprehension aside and read it, damn you!

I have to admit that I love this book. Sadly, I don't own it (hints, people). It's a tale of a very overactive imagination in the hands of a journalist. I must admit to having similar thought processes to those mentioned in this book whereby Olivia assumes that seemingly normal people are spies and terrorists out to get her. Of course, this wouldn't be quite so brilliant if it didn't turn out that some of her crazy imaginings came true!
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4 Stars
Jane Eyre (Puffin Classics)
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
I read this quite a while ago and it's still stuck with me. The love story between Jane and Mr Rochester is fantastic, but some of the book just didn't make sense to me. I felt that there was too much included about her painful youth and then the ridiculous point at which she was sleeping in ditches to avoid Mr Rochester. The rest was great, but those pieces made me wish I could ask Charlotte Bronte exactly what she was thinking when she wrote them.
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4 Stars
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
This story is one that those of the younger generation should definitely read considering the amount of CCTV cameras that follow our every move nowadays. The book contains the correct balance of suppression, struggle and injustice that makes it absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately, it's not a feel good book, so I warn you before you pick it up that this is no fairytale ending.
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2 Stars
The Catcher In The Rye
The Catcher In The Rye - J.D. Salinger
Despite it being a classic, I'm still struggling to figure out what the plot was. I enjoyed some of it, but on a whole, not one of the best things I've ever read.
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3 Stars
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changelings, Book 1)
Slave to Sensation - Nalini Singh

A good read though I was disappointed that the clinching of the romance took so little time. Sometimes it's a lot more fun if they take longer to get together. I also found the change in the protagonist's a bit too fast. I totally understand she's been forced to suppress her emotions for so long. In fact, I really enjoyed that she was warring with herself over it and felt so stiff when expressing, but it felt like this was all rather too quickly forgotten when she basically defects. She starts talking like the Changelings and teasing etc immediately.



That's my personal opinion. However, I did enjoy [b:Slave to Sensation|178476|Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)|Nalini Singh|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347798536s/178476.jpg|172416] and would still recommend it as a good read with complex ideas and fairly compelling characters.